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I like fairings. Always have. I also like music. I had a Boss Audio 600 watt kit, and the sound was good. I could hear it great until about 70 miles per hour, but once I crossed that mark and the sound washed out. The speakers were a 3" design, so the low end of the sound was non-existant. I bought this for the bluetooth connection, but I found it to be unreliable above 65 mph. It would skip like a CD. No big deal, really, but I was changing the system out anyways.

I installed the Boss kit because I was on a time constraint. I was leaving for a 4000 mile trip about a week after I ordered it, so I needed the installation to be easy. It was. I removed the tank, hooked everything up and the system just worked. Cool.

I bought a fairing from USA Trailer Store. The total cost was about $265.00 shipped to my door. The overall quality is good. The cost was the big selling point for me. Compare it to any other fairing and you will understand why I chose to go this route.

Once I got the fairing, it was time to get it mounted. The initial fit was a little...iffy... I knew I would have to modify the fairing, so I was ready. The mounting holes needed to be wallowed out, so that the fairing could be mounted higher than it was. Took some time, but I managed to get the fairing fitting right. I forgot to take pictures of this step. It's not pretty, but it gets the job done.

Now for the fun part... AUDIO!!!

I went to Walmart, for cheap deck and speakers. No dice. Then I went to Best Buy - BOOM! I bought the Kendwood KMM-T312U deck. It's a mechless, so there is no CD player. This makes it a short unit. I had to shave the opening down to fit, but no biggie. Once it was mounted, it was time for the speakers. I bought the Kenwood KFC-6995PS. They were about $20 bucks more expensive than the lower 6x9 model, and I am glad I spent the money.

The wiring was straight forward, but I kind of winged it due to time restraints. The fairing itself is completely wired, but the power is where I half assed it.

I hooked the power wire, and the memory power wire together and ran them directly to a switched power source. Basically, when I turn off the bike, it's like factory resetting the radio completely. Kind of annoying, but I didn't have time to make it work right, and it's only for a couple of days until I get the rest of my parts.

Next up will be a volt gauge to mount in the fairing, so I can monitor the battery levels. I will install that when I also install a fuse block. When I install the fuse block and gauge, I will run the memory wire straigt to a constant power source.


My impressions:

1. The fairing is awesome. It's solid. I need to put some felt on top of the headlight because the fairing rubs a tiny bit and squeeks. No biggie, all part of the game.

2. The head unit is great. My iPhone plugs in using the Apple cord and I can control everything from the head unit. Once I have the memory power cable wired, I will be able to see song titles and all the coolness.

3. These speakers are loud. I was worried about having to get an amp installed at a later time. This will not be necessary. I listen to all kinds of music, mostly country with some Ice Ice Baby, Baby Got Back, and Regulators thrown in for good measure. One of my favorite bands is Liquid Tension Experiment. This is what I gauge the speaker quality on. I could hear all the parts of the song great. I never raised the volume of 30 and could hear it at 85 mph.

4. The shield that comes with the fairing is terrible. It's 5" tall and creates a lot of buffeting around my head. I will be getting a slightly taller and curved shield to install. The shield that came it is also a stupid brown color. Again, no biggie overall, since the height will not work for me anyways.

Now it's picture time.









 

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Hi Hayes

Great write up on the fairing. I have a 1700 Classic with a windshield but would like to try a fairing. This price is very attractive and it looks pretty good. I think the front ends on the Nomad and the Classic are the same but I can check that out.

You wrote that you had to do some work on the mounting holes. Is this on the fairing or on the brackets? How much did you have to move it to have clearance?

And does it come with covers for the speaker and radio cutouts?

Thanks in advance for any information you can send and again, nice job!

WEG
 

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Hi Hayes

Great write up on the fairing. I have a 1700 Classic with a windshield but would like to try a fairing. This price is very attractive and it looks pretty good. I think the front ends on the Nomad and the Classic are the same but I can check that out.

You wrote that you had to do some work on the mounting holes. Is this on the fairing or on the brackets? How much did you have to move it to have clearance?

And does it come with covers for the speaker and radio cutouts?

Thanks in advance for any information you can send and again, nice job!

WEG
I had to modify the fairing mounting holes. About 1/2 difference. The speakers came with covers, but they don't snap om, so I've left them off.
 

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Great write up and great job installing everything. I'm sure the trip will be much more enjoyable with better sound quality. The bike I have now is the 1st one I have had with a radio and I love it but I may need better speakers and/or an amp. When is your trip and how far you going? Enjoy.
 

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The radio changes everything. The trip is completed. I'll be writing it up eventually. It was 4414 miles across 12 states.
 

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If you ever decide to go with an amp you might try this one:
It'll clear up the sound and round it out better than the just the head unit. You might also look into a hidden antenna for the radio part. When on longer trips I like picking up local stations where I'm at for a change of pace. Just a thought.
 

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The fairing looks good tho. The fairing I put on my bike is from them as well. Mine came with 2 wind screens, one clear and one an amberish brownish "tinted" color. But like you stated, they are too short. I'm currently looking for a taller one myself. If you find one that works with the fairings mounting points, let me know :)
 

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If you ever decide to go with an amp you might try this one:
It'll clear up the sound and round it out better than the just the head unit. You might also look into a hidden antenna for the radio part. When on longer trips I like picking up local stations where I'm at for a change of pace. Just a thought.
The fairing looks good tho. The fairing I put on my bike is from them as well. Mine came with 2 wind screens, one clear and one an amberish brownish "tinted" color. But like you stated, they are too short. I'm currently looking for a taller one myself. If you find one that works with the fairings mounting points, let me know

I plan on adding a radio antenna. A friend has one that works really well. I'm also going to add a rain cover.
 
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