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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-12-2009, 12:11 AM Thread Starter
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I am interested in purchasing a handlebar-mounted radio for my bike. Please take a look at this one (watch the video) I found on ebay and let me know what ya'll think. I guess what concerns me most is the drain on the battery. Please watch the video and let me know if you think it will work on my '99 750. I know the speakers are small but I was thinking of only using it for some tooling around the city, not highway. I know I won't hear it. (only has 2.5" speakers) I can't figure out how to send the link but if you go to ebay, the item # is #150326498973.

I know how sensitive our electrical system is... would this put a drain on the battery and would there be a way, if it did, to get aroung this? Sorry Im not more savvy with this electrical stuff.

Any help or suggestions would be appriciated. If you've done something like this please let me know what you've done. I want to keep it relatively inexpensive.

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A little help....

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Looks like a good deal...2 concerns though...it draws continual power for the clock, and the sound quality isn't very good...but with it being able to use an mp3 player and hook up helmet speakers...If I were looking for a cheap audio device for my bike...this would be one I would look into...
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Note the item's location, China. Don't expect to receive it overnight, if you receive it at all. I've been burned before on e-bay on deals like this coming from China and not a US location. I always check the location of the item I'm buying anymore before I lay down my cash.

The model has a voltage rating of 9.6V to 14.4V DC with a load resistance of 4ohms to 8ohms.

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Doesn't say anything about a warranty. Even if it has one, would probably cost more to ship it back to China than buying a new one. Note that the radio is NOT waterproof. Guess you could slip a zip-lock bag over it!

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No preset stations, which is ok if you only listen to one. The output power 2x3W is low. A bike is a noisy environment so you have to turn up the volume to hear anything. Expect distortion. No problem there if you use helmet speakers. Prepare to set up a proper external antenna. Your battery will hardly notice the few mA current for the clock when the radio is off.
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Thanks for all the good suggestions (and the pic 750Doug, Im so inept) Will prob try to hool something up. Maybe this, maybe not. Anyway ill keep you posted. Thanks again.

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the guy in the video is kinda a smuck. he doesnt seem to know much.

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I've got it. The speakers are kinda crappy but I bought it for the radio / mp3 hook up. The reception is somewhat lack though. The unit is supposed to be water resistant. I haven't had it in a big rain yet but if you know it's going to rain take a bagy to be safe. I had to modify the mount for me to be happy with the placement. I'll post a pic later tonight. (after dinner)
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I purchased this on e-bay and shipping was fast. The speakers are not that good with the bike noise and the speakers are small. I purchased it for the mp3 hookup to use with helmet speaker. The mountig bracket needs modified and curios to see your pics Kanuck because I installed my but dont like the way I mounted it with the bracket it came with the radio.
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