Here goes, The group I ride with all have CB's and intercomms, came from a GL1800 with all the trimmings.
First blush I have mounted a J&M CB/Intercom because I wanted the low/Hi power settings. Low for in a group and HI for distance. Before you guys jump me I know the CB is a Line of sight transmitter,
Reading thu the Victory owners manual and found out the the Victory system is also a local/distance ( hi/lo) system. Do any of you have the Victory CB installed and how do you like it, how well does it perform?
Thanks in advance
I have a J&M on my TC with a J&M antenna and also the same model VIC CB that will install on your XCT with a Firestick antenna. It is also used on the CANAM Spyder. I was never too impressed with the J&M but now believe it was just the antenna I was having problems with after getting feedback on Firestick. So I will be upgrading that antenna to see if I resolve my distance issue. However, I was getting about 1/2 mile solid transmit with degraded reception with it maybe a little more with line of sight. About 700 tied up in the J&M with the headset, their antenna as mentioned and head unit. Installed was a breeze, intercomm worked well with 2up vox and its their own xmit button but I mainly rode solo.
Vic CB installed on my Vision.
First complaint was price. Using a firestick antenna and mount, by the time I was done with parts and shipping through Kate at Honda East Toledo (cheapest I found), I was in over 1200 and a little ticked that I had to buy a 200 VIC headset just to get the connectors and pigtails for the unit which was not included in anything else. Haven't used it yet but have not heard good feedback from anyone that has when compared to j&m. Local and DX setting seems to work better on my Vic than J&M.
Whats the big difference? Integration and 500 bucks. The COMM/ICOMM selection through the Vic head unit is pretty nice, good selection for VOX, CB Volume, channel and SQ control as well as turning the CB and/or Icomm off. You can mix music/gps calls through your speakers and head set with CB in the head set. Just realized I have not check to see if I am getting CB through the speakers as well as headset but can report back on that today once I get my neighbor online. Of course you only got the one upper control mounted now instead of the larger J&M and your pinions controlls are in the trunk vs just a connector and sep push button.
I think in the end, my J&M will do as well as my Vic CB for what it is intended to do, keep us in touch with the group but the VIC CB may have it on range, appearance and functionality. I like J&M headsets, never a problem and maybe just skeptical on what I read on Vics so if you don't have one you can try it first. If you don't like it and don't own a J&M headset already then theres another 160 bumping up the total cost on the VIC kit. J&M 7 pin pigtails work with VIC CBs, so that is not a worry either.
I would have used Firestick in the first place and had I known then what I know now so appearance on the antenna will be the same either way.
So I guess it boils down to an extra 500-600 bucks you get integration as the bike was designed and maybe a better overall unit in performance and appearance as well as ease of use vs the less costly J&M mounted on your handle bar. Im happy I got the Vic unit, like it alot but not happy about the greenbacks to get there. If dollar amount is a big factor then I think the J&M will service you well. If you don't like it, I am sure you can sell it used as it is so flexible in application and then upgrade to the VIC since there is no major mods to install it.
Sorry for the longer read, just trying to get the info out there and this is obviously answering the cb comparison question, not should I go CB or bluetooth. I think everyone has their opinions there. Any cb questions feel free to ask, Im going to look and see if I still got some of the electronic installation guides somewhere when I get a chance.
2011 White Vision - Nuvi 550, Lowers, Lloydz 2nd filter, Vic perf filter, CB/Icom, 96 Brake LED's, Clear Signal lens/Switchbacks, VIC Hwy Pegs, Stebel Horn, 7Jurock 15" Shield, PCV, Lloyd ATS and Variable intake, Ness honkers
2004 V92 TC - S1 flash, level 1 slip-on, Ness big sucker K&N, ISO Grips, 4x1.5 Highway Hawg Risers, extra chrome (never too much), JM 2k CB 4' antena, Mustang seat, HD Front TS & Lowers, OD Pulley
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