Just thought I would throw out a possible cause of your poor reception with the stock radio antenna. My Vic had very poor reception and I thought that was about normal (having read some of the threads on it) and considered changing the antenna to attempt to remedy the problem. However, on further examination I found the likely culprit in my issue. The antenna cable had slipped under the triple tree and the turning of the front wheel had rubbed through the cable. It abraded the cable and caused the ground shield to come in contact with the center conductor, effectively severing the antenna from the radio. I can't say whether or not this is a widespread issue or just a one-off on my bike, but if you're running into problems with reception trace the path of your antenna wire and ensure it's not being pinched. Good luck and Good riding.