IMHO I would say yes if your 2 up, no if your primarily solo.
- Intergrated with sound system software. Having the VIC CB installed now for a couple months I REALLY like it's intergration with the onboard software for 2up and I think it REALLY puts you in control.
- CB is strong, have actually gotten about 1.5 miles WITHOUT line of sight, SQ open to hear the other rider but we were communicating fairly well up to almost 2.5 miles. He's on a Wing with stock CB and antenna. Within a mile SOLID, clear comm's.
- Controls stock on top but you can switch the audio and CB while you got it apart to put your PTT on the bottom for ergonomics. I left it on top and it is a little weird reaching up for the PTT there but I adjust my music more than PTT so glad its where its at.
- Head set connectors. THEY SUCK! EXTREMELY disappointed at the CHEAP MFGR of the connectors. I have pushed my headset plug through the console twice now.. Using some adhesive on the back side to provide some addtional support. Water caps are flimsy and threads are the cuplrit. ALSO, you MUST buy the riders HEADSET to aquire the connectors for front and rear head set cables. THAT in itself really P*&#$$ED me off since I already have J&M headsets in my helmets. To spend additonal money on a headset to get a connector is TOTAL BS!
- CB Mounting. Unit is mounted in trunk throat cavity so if you loose the trunk you loose your CB! LAME piss poor design. I know there are a couple folks I have read that are working on mods for the saddlebag and such but havent heard anything as of late.
- Antenna. I went with Firestick II with the stock mount for 52.99 and free shipping BUT their kit DID NOT come with the antenna spring so I got free shipping and lost out on the spring. So with that said pay attention when clicking on the links from http://www.firestik.com/CatalogFrame.htm
Knowing know what I do now, I think I would have went with the FireFly but at the time wanted the white antenna to match the bike and just couldnt find it in stock with the mount and the spring. The included mount only requires minor molding modificaiton to fit the contour. Bottom line, search the web. The FSII is one thick antenna but wow, does it perform! WIll be replacing my TC's antenna now as well. Keep in mind the NGP firesticks require that you DO NOT cut their cable.. You can also buy a splitter that can feed your stereo. Havent got it but will be sooner than later. I will try to do a followup on this once I replace my stock antenna on my J&M thats on my TC for a comparison.
Headsets - I love my J&M and they have the conversion cables so if you do have intergrated helmets, no fear.
In the end, I think J&M can compete with the VIC CB which is the same one used in CanAm Spyders for about 500 less when said and done. I don't like being forced into another headset when what I have, has the available 7 pin connector cables for the CB unit (about 20 bucks I think) and works fine.
Required parts for the CB are:
CB Kit (if you call it that) 2877189 649.99
CB Harness 2878064 99.99
Driver Wired Headset 2877190 219.99
Audio Wiring Harness* 2876143 69.99
** Purcheased through KATE at Honda East. Great price and service, was a little back order but I think that is the unit itself as my buddies CanAm was backordered too and its the same head unit.
Installation is not that bad, trunk is the worst but this is an easy Saturday project. Dremmel is a MUST along with extra zip ties and a buddy when handling the trunk. Im have a PDF of 08 instructions to give you an idea at least, shoot me a PM and will email to you, may toss up some lessons learned when I get a chance...
If you went with the J&M your still pulling the trunk off and breaking it down to mount the antenna.
Post if you got questions on this. Was doing more of a comparison review vs installation feedback.