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Old 12-04-2012, 09:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Road king and a radio?

So had a cheap shark system on my phantom. Worked ok for low watts and no w/s. But now that I have a windshield and a hell of a lot nicer ride I'm looking for another audio system.

What are your options of what's out there. $500ish is the ceiling on price. Doesn't have to have fm capabilities since I'm fine with hooking up my iPod or iPhone to it.


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Old 12-04-2012, 09:59 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Actually I use my MP3 player with ear phones most of the time on my 2012 FLTRX. I wear a full face helmet and at highway speeds the sound quality with the system on the bike isn't bad, but isn't great either.

I never even had a MP3 player with me on previous rides although now I do find it nice to listen to some "tunes". At times I find the system on the bike distracting especially if I'm relatively fast on a "twisty" and concentrating on the road and not really hearing the music, more so than the ear plugs.

There has been more than one occasion where a song with heavy bass popped up and I could "feel" it in the bike and would roll off thinking WTF just fell off.
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Old 12-04-2012, 10:36 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I use an ipod and ear buds I cant bring myself to add a system and ruin the classic look of my roadking. Earphones/buds are illegal in ohio and many other states. I figure it will take a few tickets to add up to a sound system. Anyhow I like the earbuds because they block a lot of the wind noise and you can enjoy the tunes without being overwhelmed by all the noise. If I keep the volume to a sensible level I can actually hear the traffic around me better than without them. I've been riding this way several years and several states and never been bothered by leos.
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Old 12-04-2012, 12:00 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I did the ear buds for awhile. Then I switched to a half helmet. Didn't like it as much. I never concentrate on the music and use it more as background noise. Nice when I'm riding by myself. Now that I have the windshield I'm sure ear buds would suit me just fine. I personally don't mind mounting 2 speakers down low on the bars.


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Old 12-08-2012, 11:23 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Occasionally I toy with the idea of music on my Road King. I doubt that I ever will however: should I change my mind I kinda like the windshield mounted HD one. That is till I saw the new CVO Road King with the lid speakers and lower speakers for the I-pod. Now I can't decide which one I won't get. Yet. lol
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Old 12-08-2012, 11:35 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Hog tunes has a windshield mount kit that is next to invisible and give you 4 1/2" speakers. Another option is to check ebay for a used Harley RoadTech riser mount stereo. They were specifically built for Heritages and RoadKing and sound surprisingly good. They can be gotten for less than your budget amount. I put in a picture of one installed. Not mine.

The far better solution is a Reckless Motorcycle audio fairing. It fits in place of the Road King windshield on it's mounts. On and off in 30 seconds after the intial installation. It's a few hundred more than your budget, but worth every penny.

Here's an example of a windshield mounted unit. Harley Roadking Rock Box and Windshield Radio Stereo CD Aux in Quick Release | eBay
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Old 12-09-2012, 12:00 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I see several of the road techs for sale but most are for the soft tail.
One even has chrome separate volume and channel adjustments.
Very nice.
I wonder what the difference between the RK and Soft tail kits could be.
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Old 12-09-2012, 01:44 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I have ridden a RK with the Hog Tunes. I was surprised by the quality and sound.
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Old 12-09-2012, 04:29 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I see several of the road techs for sale but most are for the soft tail.
One even has chrome separate volume and channel adjustments.
Very nice.
I wonder what the difference between the RK and Soft tail kits could be.
The difference is the riser cover. I just cut my stock cover. It has a rubber skirt on it anyway. I really liked my Road Tech, but ended up going with a Reckless full audio fairing.
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Old 12-09-2012, 04:44 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I installed a Boom Audio on my wifes RKC. It was the one with the windshield mounted speakers. She like it just fine.

IMO the windshield mounted speakers look better, but its a harder install and you cant remove teh windshield without unplugging the speakers.
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