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post #1 of 21 Old 08-06-2009, 10:20 PM Thread Starter
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External Speakers???

Anyone mount external speaker system on their Strom?

I sometimes ride with an MP3 and earbuds that I found OK, but a friend just bought a new HD ( I know I know) :rolleyes: that has a batwing fairing with a Stereo System in it. I sat on it yesterday with the radio going and think I would like the external speakers over the earbuds.

There are lots of different makes, most similar this this kind of system...
http://www.motorcycletunes.com/prodd...MT-4AS&cat=151

with a video here to explain it better... Fast forward to about 40 seconds.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rsI_G0G44U

Different systems have different size speakers as well as different wattage Amps etc.
I have a few ideas about mounting it all which is not much problem adding it to my Wee, but wondering if their are any cons that the members here can come up with.

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BTW, my buddies bike is an 09 Ultra Standard that cost him 25,000 and 1400 a year for insurance

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I suppose the problem is the charging system won't be able to handle the audio systems amplifier. You might be alright if you don't run anything else. Instead of regular ear buds how about trying a com system (autocom, Starcom, Behr)

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I suppose the problem is the charging system won't be able to handle the audio systems amplifier. You might be alright if you don't run anything else. Instead of regular ear buds how about trying a com system (autocom, Starcom, Behr)
Yea, I've been looking at those wattage ratings. various systems say their power is 100-300 watts, etc. But looking further in the specs they're often only drawing 25-50W.
They like using the max #s just cause people think it's better/louder I guess. I'm still a little reluctant (this is why I started the thread, as I've never seen this discussed before.)

But looking on youtube there are hundreds of motorcycles on it showing dozens of different stereo configurations.

I must say that I have zero experience with helmet speakers, just my 20 dollar player and my 15 dollar skullcandy earbuds.

I've also thought about the coms systems you mentioned but they still require earbuds or helmet speakers. Many have bluetooth systems and I know a few guys that use Scala gear with success.

I'm not ruling nothing out yet.

I have to leave the Country soon and won't be back till mid Nov. Won't need anything till next spring so I got lots of time to ponder and decide.


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I had to re-read your post before commenting, and when I got to "any cons?", decided it is worth it.

My thoughts? Don't do it. External speakers are just plain tasteless.

Think of the volumes you have to keep it pumped to so that you can hear the music over the road/wind noise, through the helmet and, (hopefully), your earplugs. Even if you reduce the volume when puttering around in town, you will still be annoying anyone nearby.

Is your bike nothing but a mobile "Boombox" that you can inflict your " excellent" taste in music on the rest of the world?

Okay, okay, maybe I'm feeling a bit crabby this morning. But 30 years ago, (feels like 10....really!:rolleyes, I did blast the neighbourhood with an overstressed Blaupunkt in a Datsun 510. Today I remember it with some embarrassment, even though I had excellent taste too.

Stick with earbuds or helmet speakers and enjoy the tunes for yourself.
(And keep Vancouver Island the idyllic place I like to remember it as)

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Thanks Rob...it needed to be said.

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Thanks Rob...it needed to be said.
Ditto ... there are few things as annoying to me as sitting on the wall in my favorite "Quiet Spot" down on the Natchez Trace Parkway listening to nothing at all for a change and then and hearing some dimwit on a Harley with straight pipes and a thousand watt stereo pumping country music all over the countryside.

I listen to music when I ride but I keep it to myself as well. Etymotic ear buds and an MP3 player are all I need.

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Actually, I never really considered how much of a nuisance I would be with this thing going. I'll certainly add this to my decision making.

There's also cons to the earbuds as well though. What about earbuds and not being able to hear emergency vehicles? I don't see this being much of a factor but that's what my HD buddy thinks.

The faster you go the louder the sound will be have to be, and it's directly in your ears. I'm not much of a fan of that either.
Not trying to be argumentative.. Just looking for opinions.

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Nice place this Island, but I can't wait to move back East!!

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You can hear emergency vehicles and outside noises better with good earplugs. Wind noise is literally deafening. Either you protect your ears and play music as loud as the sirens, or go for in ear speakers that also protect your ears from wind noise. A lot of solutions work for shorter trips but for day after day of touring, nothing beats custom molded ear buds. I use the ones at http://earplugstore.stores.yahoo.net/chmisearph.html
They protect your ears from wind noise and allow you to keep the music volume at a safe level instead of making it louder than the already harmful levels riding without earplugs. I can still hear outside noises like nearby vehicles and sirens.

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The faster you go the louder the sound will be have to be, and it's directly in your ears. I'm not much of a fan of that either.
Not trying to be argumentative.. Just looking for opinions.
That logic applies more to your external speaker idea than it does earbuds. With any decent set of buds, you'll set the music to a comfortable level and not have any issue with wind noise.
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There's also cons to the earbuds as well though. What about earbuds and not being able to hear emergency vehicles? I don't see this being much of a factor but that's what my HD buddy thinks.

The faster you go the louder the sound will be have to be, and it's directly in your ears. I'm not much of a fan of that either.
External noise is a non-issue, if you buy a good set of earphones. As long as you keep the music volume at a sensible level, you can hear car horns and sirens very easily. I have an old pair of Shure earphones and they work well enough you can leave the music off and they function as earplugs, keeping out all the unwanted wind noise. Your best bet would be to get some good earplugs soon, so you can stop listening to your Harley buddy.


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