Many clients come to Driven Audio asking why the factory Harley stereo system on their Harley Davidsons sounds so bad. Don’t be discouraged – designing audio systems is not something that motorcycle manufacturers are good at. They make bikes that are awesome to ride. Like most factory-installed motorcycle audio systems, though, Harleys suffer from the same symptoms as most vehicles: They are designed with low-quality speakers and don’t have enough power.
I Can’t Hear You
Imagine cruising along Coquihalla Highway at 120 kph and trying to listen to your favourite music. Your factory audio system just doesn’t have enough power to overcome the wind noise and sound of the exhaust.
What is the solution? More power, of course (insert Tim Allen grunt here)! We have amplifiers capable of producing an effortless 150 watts per channel that are designed specifically for use on motorcycles. These amplifiers are extremely efficient, so they minimize the load on the bike’s electrical system.
Speak To Me
Once we upgrade your bike with a new amplifier, the next step is to upgrade the connection between the amp and your ears – your speakers. Factory speakers on Harleys are small, don’t handle much power and don’t sound all that great. An aftermarket speaker can handle two to three times as much power as a factory speaker. They are also more efficient, so they convert more of the audio signal into sound. Critically important to the way your audio system sounds is the fact that aftermarket speaker cones can move much further. This added excursion lets them play a lot louder and produce more bass. The bottom line is that getting everything you want from any audio system relies heavily on the speakers you choose.
In many cases, there is only one pair of factory speakers on a bike. We have many options available for adding more speakers and more sound to your Harley. Front speaker pods, saddle bag lids and rear seat speakers are just some of the options. We could even install a subwoofer if you want to hear all your music.
Fixing Bad Bumps And Curves
The factory ‘tune’ on new Harley-Davidson motorcycles is, quite simply, awful. There is a huge bump in the midbass and too much lower midrange – it sounds sloppy, muffled and not very clear. Our installation technicians use modern test equipment to ensure that each and every system we install is tuned so all genres of music sound fantastic. Our systems play clearly and get loud – all without fear of damaging equipment.
Roll On In—Your Harley Stereo Upgrades Are Waiting!
If you are cruising through Abbotsford, British Columbia, then make a pit stop at Driven Audio. We would be happy to take a look at your bike and make some suggestions to upgrade the audio system to something that you can be proud of. For more information on any of our products or services, contact us here.