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Cycle Tunes offers 2 speakers for bars and a 200W amp with all needed connections for XM install($179).Can anyone here recommend this product?I am interested because my ears do not like in ear speakers.I do think I could handle 1 ear speaker for my phone and having the Telenav service GPS on the phone would be audible.That service is like $15 per month.

1-Will the amp draw of the XM/200w amp be too much for electrical system?

2-What is the ideal install for a 650 that includes XM and GPS?


I know of the Zumo but the cost for GPS and XM with the Zumo and earphones is about $900.There are other Fark's to buy.

thanks for the help,
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I have always thought on bike speakers are a very bad idea. The wind around a helmet makes enough noise to make earplugs a good idea. Trying to get an external sound source through that is not practical. The outside world will hear them better than you will and you'll be violating every noise law I can think of before you'll hear them, much less appreciate them. Have you tried really high quality in ear or in helmet speakers. In ear speakers that attenuate wind noise as well as provide sound are the only solution I find acceptable.
 

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100W speakers do not draw 100W. They just are able to handle it without blowing up. That being said. Cranking up two of them to loud levels could be problematic. Any bike pushing the envelope with electrical equipment should have a voltmeter to monitor the situation. External speakers just are not a good idea.
 

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I recently bought a set of earbuds for my MP3 player, called "Marshmallows." I got them at Best Buy for $23.00. They go into the ear similar to an earplug, in that they have a conical-shaped foam piece that slips over the sound tube and goes into the ear. They stay in place and are comfortable. The speaker body sits flush with the ear and is comfy with a helmet on.

The motor officers at the Sheriff's office where I used to work (now retired) use them and just rave about them. They attenuate the external noise well, without blocking out all external sounds, and the audio quality is superb.

 

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Black speakers

Here is a link to what I have on my wee. I use my in ears on long rides, but these work well at speeds below 75, and are audible to the rider without bothering others. Only electrical problem I have had is when I left the amp on while parked for a week. I mounted the speakers on the blank areas on each side of the fairing. Look good, but could use better bass. Also have an RF ipod remote mounted by my turn signal switch which controls everything withour removing my hands from the bar whether I am using in ears or speakers.

I like tunes while I ride..........

http://www.motorcyclespeakers.net/index.html
 

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My wife and I both use Shure products. I've had them in almost all day with no complaints. She has hard to fit ears and also has no complaints after wearing for 10 hours.
 

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Be careful with the .5 inch THICK speakers. Maybe its my head shape or helmet but these will most likely press your ears against your head and after about 45 min your ears will feel it ...BAD. I used the $20 ebay 1/4 thick ones for 6 months and liked them, other than the low volume ... until a wire pulled out of one of them. I then bought the .5 thickness ones "quality" and those have to come out when I am riding longer than 1 hour (not to work) becuase of "squeezing". I have not found a "perfect" solution yet and I am too cheap to spend $200 on custom earphones.
 

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I have always thought on bike speakers are a very bad idea. The wind around a helmet makes enough noise to make earplugs a good idea. Trying to get an external sound source through that is not practical. The outside world will hear them better than you will and you'll be violating every noise law I can think of before you'll hear them, much less appreciate them. Have you tried really high quality in ear or in helmet speakers. In ear speakers that attenuate wind noise as well as provide sound are the only solution I find acceptable.
Sorry to disagree, but I must. My Road Glide had speakers mounted in the fairing facing the rider, and I enjoyed the heck out of listening to the radio and CDs while riding. Although the fairing on the Strom isn't as large, I would think that if the speakers are mounted inside the air "bubble" created by the fairing and windshield, you could hear them clearly enough. I guess at 95mph on the Interstate the 'Glide's speakers were a bit overwhelmed, but putzing along at slower speeds was great with the tunes.

I haven't thought much about putting speakers on the Strom because of the esthetics, but if you don't mind the looks, I'd say go for it and enjoy! If it's too loud, you're too old.
 
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