When we say we work on anything that has a battery and can move, that includes motorcycles. We have never run into a stock Harley Davidson system where we were happy with the sound, and it seems that most bike owners have not either! What is a rider to do when the tunes do not sound as good as the pipes?
When most people try to upgrade their stereos, they think the radio is the place to start. We like to start with the power – amplifier power. Most modern radios or “decks” sound OK, but they all lack power. When your music is competing with wind, road noise and traffic, it just can’t keep up. Fortunately, we can integrate a power amplifier into a motorcycle’s audio system easily, and without affecting your bike’s warranty or how your system operates or looks. Sounds pretty perfect, doesn’t it?
The amplifier solutions we offer fit inside the front fairing, often with no modification required, or in a saddle bag, depending on application and the power you require. Some offer specially designed EQ circuits to enhance the bass and sound quality of the smaller speakers that are often used on motorcycles. These are also extremely efficient, so they will not put a heavy load on your bike’s electrical system. The best part is that your handlebar controls, radio display and pretty much everything else on your bike stays looking the same.
We have a complete selection of amplifiers from Arc Audio, JL Audio, Rockford Fosgate and more, so come in and let us help you select the right power solution for your ride.
Once we have addressed the power problem, we tackle the speakers themselves. These are critical in any upgrade to a bike’s stereo system. The stock speakers that come with all bikes, old or new, are pretty much the bare minimum that was required to pass the “floor” test when you purchased your bike. That is a pretty easy task to achieve in a showroom. How many of us really give the stereo a full “test” when we take the bike we fell in love with for demo ride? Sadly, those stock drivers just don’t cut it when you’re out on a ride.
Choosing the right upgraded speaker to match your needs is actually easy when you know what to listen and look for. First off, ensure that the speaker you are looking at will handle the extra power of the amplifier you selected. Then, check to see if the speaker will handle the type of riding conditions it will face. If you’re an all-season rider, this is more important than if you’re a fair-weather rider who only enjoys getting out for a cruise when time allows and conditions are pleasant.
Lastly, and most importantly, listen to the speakers with a few different musical tracks – select a few that you know, and even play a few that you don’t know. Try to pick tracks that are different from each other in their volume and style of music. That way, you can get a sampling of what the speakers can do for you and your bike.
Stock speakers are often between 4″ and 5.25″ inch in size. We specialize in being able to increase the size of the speakers on your bike up to 6.5″ or 7″ where possible. Why upgrade? The two biggest reasons are that efficiency (how loud the speaker will play with the power you have) and frequency response (mid-bass and bass response) are both better with a larger driver. When we do these upgrades, it’s with the integrity of the bike and mounts in mind. No hacking and cutting here; we use specially designed and fabricated brackets, ensuring the best performance while maintaining the integrity of your bike.
Radio, iPod, MP3, XM, Sirius, HD radio, navigation, Bluetooth and more
Remember when we said that the radios that come on modern bikes are “pretty good”? That is certainly not “great,” so when you’re looking for the best performance from your system, we advise replacing the radio. The source unit or deck in your bike is where the signal starts. When you want to get the best performance from your bike, replacing the radio allows you to get the purest music signal you can to deliver to your amplifiers and speakers.
The biggest area of concern for motorcycle owners is ensuring that the unit will work with their bike’s handlebar controls for volume, track, mode and seek. When we replace any radio, we ensure those controls still work (and can add them if your bike didn’t come with controls!).
Weather and the elements are always a concern when replacing electronics in an open-air vehicle, and doubly so on a bike. We offer weatherproof covers that seal out the elements from your radio and help keep wandering eyes from seeing your upgrades.
We also specialize in integrating the latest technologies – iPods, smartphones, MP3 players, satellite radio and GPS navigation can all be incorporated – with your bike, your new stereo or the stock radio on your bike. Should you require a mount for any of these options, we offer quality mounts that are designed specifically for motorcycles, and often are made specifically for your bike, as well as to reduce the impact of road vibrations on the electronics of your gadget.
More, give me more!
This is great to hear – we are not always happy with just an upgrade, either! When you’re looking for more than the norm, we can deliver.
We offer specially designed bag speaker upgrades that allow you to add an extra pair of speakers to your bike in a unique way that keeps them stealthy and hidden, and takes up barely any room in your bags. This upgrade dramatically improves the overall volume that your stereo can achieve and delivers a massive upgrade in bass output and quality. We have systems specially designed for Harley Davidson baggers: ElectraGlide (FLHTC), StreetGlide (FLHX), RoadGlide (FLTRU) and Ultra Classic (FLHTCU) models. We can also customize a solution for most any bike.
Looking for more up front? Add speakers in your lower pockets with our machined mounting-plate solutions, available in black and chrome. You can even get them color-matched to your bike.
Want to add a dedicated subwoofer for real bass output? We do hidden installs of subwoofers in bags and packs that deliver solid kick to your system that will have heads turning and your ears “smiling”!
From a mild upgrade in speakers to a full-blown refit and replacement, or a complete custom audio system for your motorcycle, we have what you need, and the technicians to do it right. What are you waiting for?