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Motorola Radio on Road

The Yellow Beast Triker is at it again! Innovation is his calling card. If you ride with Gary Bunting, and have a two-way radio, it is easy to know where each of you may be even if out of sight of one another. Just get on the airwaves. Gary mounts his Motorola radio right behind his neckrest on his 2010 Catrike Road, making it easy to hear and use.

And of course, here is the best part … it is YELLOW, which matches precisely his yellow frame, yellow panniers, yellow rear trunk, yellow helmet, and his mostly yellow but somewhat green dayglow shirt. His methodology is sound: for humans with normal color sightedness, yellow is the best color when it comes to the overland triker showing up out there on the road.

Gary's Road Radio


12 responses

  1. Nash

    Where does he ride the most and what channel would he be on just in case we are in the area.

    January 28, 2013 at 5:13 am

  2. Does that radio act the same way as a trucker’s CB radio?

    If so, do you advise users to know CB language ;-) ?

    January 28, 2013 at 6:44 am

  3. Gary W. Bunting

    Hi Nash,

    Well…this thing has 22 available channels (7 GMRS/FRS, 7 FRS, 8 GMRS). Of course, the GMRS stations require that you have an FCC License, which I have obtained at the cost of $85 to be legal (Call Sign WQQK355). Also, the GMRS channels are capable of GMRS Duplex Repeater usage. I haven’t chosen a particular channel to use consistently at this point (I live in the Rancho Cucamonga, CA area and usually am doing workout rides of between 17 and 25 miles north and east of my area along the San Bernardino Mountains. Just for grins, I will set my radio to Channel 13 (FRS 467.6875 MHz) on a routine basis. That may change during trike tours and/or depending upon who else is carrying a two-way radio/transmitter on the trip and what the area saturation is for that channel. BTW…You aren’t an FCC spy, are you?


    January 28, 2013 at 8:02 am

  4. Brown Daniel

    Yellow is a great color. Looks the same in day light as at night, easy to see.

    January 28, 2013 at 9:54 am

  5. Ed Blanchard

    I hope this radio is one of the newer 12.5khz bandwidth channel models. As of 1 Jan 2013 the FCC de-authorized use of the older 25 khz bandwidth channels models.

    January 28, 2013 at 11:05 am

  6. The more yellow the better, especially in the great northwest.

    January 28, 2013 at 2:15 pm

  7. I forgot to ask in my last post. But, do you have any way to make your Motorola hands free? Or, is it rather easy to access when needing/wanting to use it? It would be a great addition to my accessories when on team rides. Since we have volunteer paramedics, that would like the ability to communicate with cyclist/trikers during the ride duration. Especially if an accident or other incident where to occur.

    January 28, 2013 at 9:14 pm

  8. Gary W. Bunting

    This radio/xmtr has iVOX and VOX capability with three separate sensitivity settings to compensate for ambient noise that might cause your radio to constantly xmt in noisey areas, if not set to the proper sensitivity level. If you’ll notice, there is an ear-piece style headset with boom mike shown laying against the top of the seat. That plugs into the radio and with the VOX setup gives you hands-free operation. Very cool! I haven’t yet found out what the ’emergency channel’ is for these radios on the band usage provided. Still working on that. I know on my motorcycle, equipped with a CB, we use Channel 9 for emergency calls. Doubt if it’s the same for these radios – they are not CB units.

    BTW, these radios are waterproof (without an accessory such as the headset plugged in, and the seal cap for the accessory port, plugged in) to an immersion depth of 1 meter for 30 minutes. And…they float!!! I bought these for use while kayaking, hiking in weather, etc, as well as for use on the trike.


    January 29, 2013 at 10:05 am

  9. Gary W. Bunting

    AMEN! AMEN!! AMEN!!!

    Glad to see another YELLOW fiend.


    January 29, 2013 at 10:07 am

  10. Gary W. Bunting

    Well Cullen,

    Yes, and you can use the same type of lingo used when operating a CB, but it’s not usually done on these types of xmtr’s. These are more for recreation. On my GoldWing motorcycle, when riding with others with CB’s, we never use the ‘breaker-breaker’, ‘5X5’, etc. lingo. We just talk it up on channels that are not with heavy ‘chatter traffic’. Every once in awhile you’ll get a ‘breaker’ that asks us to cut the chatter. We then apoloize and change to another channel/frequency.


    January 29, 2013 at 10:11 am

  11. Gary W. Bunting

    Someone always wants to through a fly in the soup. You must be the FCC spy!!!

    Nope these are currently FCC-approved xmtrs. When you apply to the FCC for a radio/xmtr lincense, you are required to specify the bandwidth over which you will be xmtg. If you state your intended usage and frequency bandwidth to be used and that is within the approved limits, you will be approved for a license for operation. If you are out of the approved bandwidth for your intended usage, your application for licensing will be denied. If you lie, you will be caught and severely fined and your xmtr(s) will be confiscated. You may even face prison time.

    My license is new and therefore, my use of these xmtrs is within the approved frequency bandwidths.

    No worries.


    January 29, 2013 at 10:18 am

  12. Gary W. Bunting

    And, another AMEN!, as well, Daniel. YELLOW rules…and keeps your butt out of trouble most of the time.

    I have an Experimental Piper Cub aircraft that was repainted by the original owner/builder from bright Piper Cub Yellow to the US Army L21 Drab Green Liason colors used during the Korean War. It is going to be painted bright YELLOW again, just as soon as I can get the money and time together.

    Besides being my favorite color, YELLOW is the prime safety color in the color spectrum visible to the human eye. Besides that, it just makes you happy, doesn’t it?


    Have fun, ride on and ride safe, my friend,


    January 29, 2013 at 10:33 am