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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 03-11-2013, 08:09 PM Thread Starter
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Tunes for my 900

I would love to hear of anyone who installed a speaker system on their bike. I am wondering about sound quality and ease of installation. Any suggestions are appreciated.
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I had a Shark system for a while. Kind of unsightly. Not the best quality. But it worked and it was cheap. I think I paid $50 or $60 for a 100W system. Even on the interstate I could hear most songs pretty well, provided I had my foam earplugs in. Otherwise it was nothing but distortion. I mounted the speakers on the mirror stems and amp in the center fairing pouch.



Now I have a Scala Q2 Pro. More expensive and not what you were asking about but it fit my needs much better.
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all you need is a mp3 player or a smartphone with pandora and a really good set of ear buds .. you will get far better sound quality this way than any over modulated high distortion what ever hanging off your handlebars. You may not look as cool, but the sound will be there, the wind noise wont, and everybody else wont have to listen to your speakers crackling away. .... I just dont get the whole "look at me, my sterio is loud and sounds like crap" guys riding down the road at 60 mph plus.

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My Harley has an AM/FM stereo with CD player and 4 speakers. I play it about once per year just to see if it still works.

Listening to music while I ride just isn't for me. I guess I have a one track mind and don't like anything distracting me from that one thing I'm doing. If I listen to music while I ride, it's too easy for me to get engrossed in the music and forget that I'm on a motorcycle...... and that's not good.

I don't mean to be critical of others who like to listen to music while they ride. It's just not for me. Now if I'm cruising down the highway in my car or truck, then it's no problem because I don't have to remember to lean in the curves or change gears at the stoplights. But on a motorcycle, listening to music is just too distracting to ME.

To the OP, hope you find what you're looking for. Good luck.

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all you need is a mp3 player or a smartphone with pandora and a really good set of ear buds .. you will get far better sound quality this way than any over modulated high distortion what ever hanging off your handlebars. You may not look as cool, but the sound will be there, the wind noise wont, and everybody else wont have to listen to your speakers crackling away. .... I just dont get the whole "look at me, my sterio is loud and sounds like crap" guys riding down the road at 60 mph plus.
These are what I use. They do good. I mean they aren't perfect but I feel they do very good for the price. They come with 2 different size ear bud foam pieces to choose from for the best feel. They are like ear buds with ear plugs built in. They also have a longer cord on them than some others I have seen.

Now I have a Scala Rider head set for the wife and I. Use it sometimes for audio. They have an AUX jack you can hardwire any audio source too.




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radio caddy fairing

Coming off a Goldwing after 26 years, I missed both the fairing and the tunes. So, I made some brackets and installed this Radio Caddy fairing w/Polk marine-grade speakers. At highway speeds you CAN hear it clearly, using a Kenwood marine-grade receiver.
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To those that advocate using headphones instead of a speaker system, please check the laws in where you plan on riding. Some states prohibit the use of headphones.

http://drivinglaws.aaa.com/laws/headsets/

For example, I live in VA, as a result while riding in VA I am limited to only the Bluetooth speakers I have installed in my helmet. However, should I decide to ride inot PA where I can ride without a helmet, I cannot switch to head phones or even if I keep my helmet on, I must not use the bluetooth speakers for anything other than phone calls.

For me it's not about tunes, its more about being able to listen to local traffic conditions as I commute through rush hour traffic. I did try and use my helmet speakers to listen to tunes at one point but Like Chas63 indicated, I lost focus on the road. I put myself and others in undue risk. Besides, headbanging at 70mph is never a good idea.
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To those that advocate using headphones instead of a speaker system, please check the laws in where you plan on riding. Some states prohibit the use of headphones.

http://drivinglaws.aaa.com/laws/headsets/

For example, I live in VA, as a result while riding in VA I am limited to only the Bluetooth speakers I have installed in my helmet. However, should I decide to ride inot PA where I can ride without a helmet, I cannot switch to head phones or even if I keep my helmet on, I must not use the bluetooth speakers for anything other than phone calls.

For me it's not about tunes, its more about being able to listen to local traffic conditions as I commute through rush hour traffic. I did try and use my helmet speakers to listen to tunes at one point but Like Chas63 indicated, I lost focus on the road. I put myself and others in undue risk. Besides, headbanging at 70mph is never a good idea.
You pose a good point. I know it is illegal in VA to do it, I also have not heard the first person being cited for it either. For the most part my wife and I talk too much with the Scala rider set to listen to music anyway. I use it for music with I am riding solo.

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You pose a good point. I know it is illegal in VA to do it, I also have not heard the first person being cited for it either. For the most part my wife and I talk too much with the Scala rider set to listen to music anyway. I use it for music with I am riding solo.
I have the Midland BT-2 set for my helmet. VA does have an exception for helmet systems. So you should be ok. But when I ride with my half helmet, no headphones. However, I do not think that headphones are a primary offense. It may not be the reason for them to pull you over. However, if someone is driving recklessly and found to have headphones in, then yes, I could see a citation. Like you I have never actually seen or heard of a citation for headphones.
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Don't know about PA but it's a moving violation in NY to use stereo earbuds. It's not even legal to ride a bicycle with earbuds in NY. You have to leave one ear open. A friend got ticketed for listening to his iPod on his bike (MC). If I remember correctly it cost him about $170 for ticket, $80 for the surcharge and since it's a moving violation there are points involved as well. Check your local laws before you decide what to do.
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