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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-09-2013, 09:14 AM Thread Starter
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Ok, this is the first bike I have owned with a radio antenna.

I have tried searching the forum here, but could not find anything on my question. When covering the bike with a standard storage cover, what do you do with the antenna? Is there a special storage mount position so it will sit without bending under the cover, or do I have to cut a hole in the cover for it to stick out?

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FRIG! That's a good question. On my last trip I had a shorty antennae so I didn't have to think about it. This next trip I will be using the stock antennae. Today or tomorrow I will cover the bike in the garage and check it out.

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you could un screw it cover the bike. If you do make sure you screw it back on tight a lot of guys have lost theres.

Bike covers are universal so they don't usually have anything in mind for antenna

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I live in a shared condo complex with underground parking so I would be covering it regularly. Continuously removing it would probably wear it out and strip it at some point.

I guess I could make a small hole in the cover and grommet it in the right location.

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For everyday use I would simply replace the antenna with a shorty and save the stock long one for extended trips. Problem solved. You can find the shorty's at any auto parts store. There are lots of threads about it on this forum you can bring up with a search.

If you absolutely must keep the long antenna on; a very small pencil sized hole should do it. You can change the angle of the antenna as needed.
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Ok, this is the first bike I have owned with a radio antenna.

I have tried searching the forum here, but could not find anything on my question. When covering the bike with a standard storage cover, what do you do with the antenna? Is there a special storage mount position so it will sit without bending under the cover, or do I have to cut a hole in the cover for it to stick out?
What BBob said.. I paid around $10 for my shortie at advanced auto..


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Thanks guys. I will pick up a shorty for it.

If I am out on the open road, I will be using MP3 anyway.


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I just put a shorty on mine the other day, got it from Wal-Mart for about $9. I like the fit more than the finish but it doesn't look too bad. The reception wasn't as good as the factory one but not terrible. Biggest diff. was in AM mode. but I mostly use my Iphone so I'm mostly happy with it.

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So this Walmart model that I have seen referenced, is it the Scosche brand? I see them online for $4.99 ?

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I use the cover from Beverly Bay and just bend the antenna over as I'm pulling down the cover. Have had no issues doing this, and the antenna stays straight after. It was bent over the whole winter (Nov-Mar).
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