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04-09-2012, 09:36 PM
I'm going in the morning to pick up, of all things, a scooter to just goof around on. I've checked out a bit of technical info on the one I'm getting and despite the awesome price of free,it still sucks because the charging system can't even hold a small Cobra or Uniden radio. So I'm thinking, a handheld, speaker/mic setup, but rig up a small echo board in line, and get the adaptors to run a regular mounted antenna and coax. yeah, i went there, echo with a handheld lol. anyone see any potential with this as a decent scooter radio system since the usual mobiles won't work? any other ideas that may seem more feasible? i won't be on it much but want something to listen to when i am on it lol

maybe if i upgrade most of the lights and free up some amperage, i could line up a small kl-30 or something lol

04-09-2012, 09:43 PM
might try a solar panel for extra voltage?
or ni-cad battery packs for a portable drill

04-09-2012, 09:54 PM
i was thinking in the storage compartment an extra battery, maybe a decent sized lawnmower type? my main concern is groundplane though. I've got a 4 foot fiberglass cobra highgear antenna set aside for it , may toy around with a custom built copper antenna if the 'glass rod tunes but who knows how it'll work out. wish the system could hold a decent sized radio, be funny to key on some truckers on a scooter lol

04-09-2012, 10:04 PM
Get a couple small gell cells. 2 in parallel would give you up to 25aH- plenty for a decent radio.

04-09-2012, 10:11 PM
I guess the best part of where I'll be parking it is the fact there's a power outlet on the wall. battery tender here i come. thanks for the charging system ideas guys, progress on that build will be noted and pics taken, who knows, with the way gas prices are going, more scoots may be out there with radios....

04-10-2012, 08:32 AM
id go with two small gels like noisy suggested and add one of those old school bicycle rub the wheel style light generators to keep them topped off thats what i had on a moped years ago and it worked eventually the bearings in the generator shit but it was a cheapy to begin with

Mistah Gravy
04-10-2012, 12:39 PM
back when i was a kid i purchased a nice ten-speed from a police auction(i saved up my lawn mowing money)and on it was a light that was hooked up to this little generator device.it was self propelled/powered.when i was riding the bike and moving along,the wheel of this generator would be pushed up against the tire and the movement of the wheel would power the light.granted this was on a much more small scale but i imagine that with the right size generator parts and the right size wheel to create enough power,you may be able to assis in powering the CB and accessories with the motion of moving at 25 to 45mph.but unless you have that extra battery to hold the charge,it's going to die down when you come to a stop.

just a thought that came to me from memory.i am sure that if you found one of those light generators,you'd be able to modify it to create enough power for your need.i just don't know if they still make them so i'd check a bike store if you want to investigate it.either way,leave it up to a CB'er to put a CB radio on a moped.i'd sure as shit try!!!!:thumbsup:

P.S.edit-oh boy,i ought to read the other posts in here before i go and post.i just saw that you other guys already mentioned the generator to the wheel.well,i guess i wasn't the only one to have one then!

04-10-2012, 03:03 PM
just got this thing home and already tore all the plastics off to take a look, there's actually a lot of steel frame on this thing. gonna rewire tonight for dual batteries and get the problems in the ignition system fixed. I'll see what the actual output is once i get it going, shouldn't be much work.

04-10-2012, 03:35 PM
interesting project , keep us updated and post pics if possible ;)

04-11-2012, 12:08 AM
hey booty, you have any extra flat stock of that aluminum laying around? maybe a 6" length in 3/4 or 1/2 width? i figured out the mounting bracket for the antenna, and where the radio will be placed now that i've been messing with it most of the day.

04-11-2012, 12:38 PM
nope , i had a few inch or 3 scraps left . lowes has a decent selection though and their prices aren't bad .


04-11-2012, 01:19 PM
eh figured it was worth a shot, i'm looking to mount on the grab handle at the back since it's one of those that pieces together in 3 different points and would allow the antenna to be centered as well as out of the way. i'll get to lowes soon, working out a few bugs right now

04-11-2012, 01:36 PM
depending on what you're doing the 1/8 inch thick material may not be sturdy enough , it is a PITA to neatly bend too

04-11-2012, 09:21 PM
I'm going with 1/4" for the bracket. elecrical is almost ready as is coax routing. this project will be more fun in a few weeks, ordering a big bore kit to make it 85cc at least, who knew these could be fun? checked out the mileage on it today, barely over 1800 miles, i pretty much stole this thing lol

04-23-2012, 03:03 PM
So project CB scoot has taken off and is operational. I ended up with a Midland 1001z to sit on the "dash" under the gauges. Not the best radio by any means, but the receive is good! 9' of mini 8 and a 4' fiberglass HighGear by Cobra A400 antenna from eBay, it's a decent little scoot rig. I'm working on a helmet mic and speaker idea, it's a little tough to hear going down the road. I'm actually considering using a EC2018 Xtreme mic to toy around with and since most everything is being encased in a weatherproof housing, make it plug and play for the helmet with a PTT button on the left hand grip area. More pics to come as I get them.

04-23-2012, 05:14 PM
That's pretty cool!

05-01-2012, 12:15 AM
catching skip in the receive on that thing is crazy, it's even better cruising around town and hearing locals talking about it on the radio lol....I swear I've about lost my mind. Now if I could just upgrade the charging system to keep up with my long winded self and run a decent radio I'd be golden lol