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Is the antenna on the tour pack, or is it inside the fairing? I have a friend with a 2015 SG, that put the detachable tour pack kit on his, and relocated the antenna to inside the fairing. He noticed a big difference in his radio reception. Says that when he gets 10 miles out of Houston his radio station fades out.
Thanks. I was considering the hidden antenna when I get a touring bike, but I guess I will just go with the shorty antenna.
 

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Thanks. I was considering the hidden antenna when I get a touring bike, but I guess I will just go with the shorty antenna.
That guy sits across from me at work. I just double checked with him. He said that is a common complaint. He said the dealer will tell you that it works good, but that is a lie. He's the one I mentioned in another thread that is a chapter president, rep to the CoC in Texas, and very active in biker's rights in Texas, so he talks to a lot of bikers.
 

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While waiting to ask the Master tech at the dealership a question this morning I overheard a guy asking about CB reception that was qarbled. He said when he shut off the engine, the CB worked ok. With the engine running the reception was very poor. Answer - change spark plugs as one of the plug s resistors could be bad. Relatively cheap to do. If that didn't do it it's the voltage regulator giving off electrical interference. VR is warrantied.
 

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I bought a 2009 Ultra... same feelings, in all my 9 Harley Davidsons, the best were my 03 Electra Glide Classic and 05 Road King. I got rid of my 09 before my warranty expired and bought an 05 Road King with 7k miles. Not sure if I will ever purchase a new one unless I start hearing good things. Ok I probably won’t ever... my 05 has to last a few more years.
 

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I bought a 2009 Ultra... same feelings, in all my 9 Harley Davidsons, the best were my 03 Electra Glide Classic and 05 Road King. I got rid of my 09 before my warranty expired and bought an 05 Road King with 7k miles. Not sure if I will ever purchase a new one unless I start hearing good things. Ok I probably won’t ever... my 05 has to last a few more years.
Wow! 2009.

You've been holding that in for a long time!
 

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You should be talking to a CB shop or a place that deals with shortwave radios. Antennas are very sensitive to the metal plate that they're mounted to. I'm not going to try to go into the tech details because I don't understand it myself but it has something to do with a ground field that the mounting surface provides which helps antenna reception. I know this may sound like a bunch of BS but in the days of commercial shortwave radio this was a thing. Might try looking in the Yellow Pages for Antenna Shops or even Googling the subject. It's a bit surprising that HD even deals with CB radios anymore because even truckers have abandoned them to a large extent.
 

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Yep,

A 'ground plane' or your antenna doesn't work as it should. (High SWR's)

It was a big problem with fiberglass truck cabs, boats, Harleys, etc.

Get it to a CB Shop.
Corvettes had notorious issues with CB's and in car AM/FM radios. Chevy had a ground cable to frame under the antenna mount at rear fender that was sometimes missing or broken. Antenna was mounted on the fiberglass fender. Something to consider for you Touring guys.
 

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Build your own ground plane.

[ame]https://www.amazon.com/Shielding-Repellent-Electrical-Repairs-Grounding/dp/B01I1XNY1E[/ame]


I used this stuff to make a Faraday cage in my RC transmitter to prevent RF interference between transmitters.
 

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I've been riding Harleys for decades, and finally decided to go all the way in comfort and extras and get the 2019 CVO Limited. I got it in March and in my first couple of shakedown rides noticed that the CB radio sucked. I literally couldn't talk to people/hear people 50 feet away. I took it back the dealer, they duplicated the issue, put in a new CB and it still was the same. They spoke with tech support and were told that is the norm for the CB. They tried to give me some story about the bike having a small footprint so it couldn't transmit/receive from very far. The did not, however, have an answer as to why I can buy a walkie-talkie for ten bucks at a toy store and can talk to someone two miles away.
I put a few miles on the bike, not all of them in good weather and discovered that whenever you ride in the rain the radio will mute itself and the screen will change to one of the information screens. Local dealer was able to duplicate the problem. Tech services wanted a video of what it was doing, so a couple were sent to them of the radio doing this. The answer? The radio is operating normally, if a raindrop hits the touchscreen that is going to happen.
I am so pissed that I dropped almost $50K on a bike and in 14K miles I am being told to accept crappy performance on the things that are supposed to set the CVO above the other bikes. I called customer support and the impression I get from them is they are happy to have my money, and just to live with their top-of-the-line model having crappy modules. I feel like I've been transported back to the days of AMF Harleys.
I ride a '17 CVO Ultra Limited. No issues with my CB, it's just a crappy as all other CBs I've used over the years. But, that's sound quality. Your range problem is almost certainly an antenna issue. As to the touch screen issue, when I'm riding in the rain (never on purpose!) I'm way too busy staying safe and looking for shelter to worry about the radio. But, that's not you. So, in your case, I'd carry a little piece of waterproof fabric, or clear plastic, with velcro tabs, to cover the screen when it's raining.
 

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I've been riding Harleys for decades, and finally decided to go all the way in comfort and extras and get the 2019 CVO Limited. I got it in March and in my first couple of shakedown rides noticed that the CB radio sucked. I literally couldn't talk to people/hear people 50 feet away. I took it back the dealer, they duplicated the issue, put in a new CB and it still was the same. They spoke with tech support and were told that is the norm for the CB. They tried to give me some story about the bike having a small footprint so it couldn't transmit/receive from very far. The did not, however, have an answer as to why I can buy a walkie-talkie for ten bucks at a toy store and can talk to someone two miles away.
I put a few miles on the bike, not all of them in good weather and discovered that whenever you ride in the rain the radio will mute itself and the screen will change to one of the information screens. Local dealer was able to duplicate the problem. Tech services wanted a video of what it was doing, so a couple were sent to them of the radio doing this. The answer? The radio is operating normally, if a raindrop hits the touchscreen that is going to happen.
I am so pissed that I dropped almost $50K on a bike and in 14K miles I am being told to accept crappy performance on the things that are supposed to set the CVO above the other bikes. I called customer support and the impression I get from them is they are happy to have my money, and just to live with their top-of-the-line model having crappy modules. I feel like I've been transported back to the days of AMF Harleys.
Do yourself a favor and get in touch with your local amateur radio club. Go speak to them as THEY are EXPERTS in all forms of radio communication. Talk to an Extra Class member and they will set you straight in short order. Dealer doesn't know SHIT about radios, not even the stereo in the fairing.

Jim KD2FIP
 
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