Use your radio antenna as a flagpole

Use your radio antenna as a flagpole

I was looking for a way to add an American flag to my F3T, and noticed that there are not a lot of natural places to attach a flagpole.  There are a couple of expensive options, such as adding a luggage rack and attaching the flagpole there, etc., but I’m not ready to do that yet.  Then I noticed that the radio antenna looks like a great place to have a flag flying, and decided to give it a try.

I ordered the flag here:
And this is what was included in the package:
It came with a single O-ring, which was much too large for the antenna shaft as you can see here:

After looking at how some other flags were mounted on my friend’s bikes, I came up with a solution. I purchased some additional O-rings so that I could have Top and bottom limits on the flag. Because they were obviously too large to stay on the antenna, I found some rubber grommets that would fit tight in the antenna, and also fit inside the diameter of the o-rings. The grommets would not fit over the rubber tip of the antenna, so I split them on one side, popped them onto the antenna, and pulled the o-rings over them. This makes for a very sturdy flag holder, and keeps the flag from sliding up or down on the antenna. Here is the end result:

I noticed that the flapping of the flag in the wind at highway speeds really seems to whip the antenna around. However, it is spring loaded and very flexible at the bottom, so I am hoping that there won’t be much additional wear and tear. I don’t use the over-the-air radio much, so I don’t know yet whether this affects reception.

One reply to Use your radio antenna as a flagpole

  1. Looks great and with the shorty antenna it should not be a problem with breakage.

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