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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 12-25-2009, 11:19 PM Thread Starter
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Just a quick question for anyone's opinion. For the holidays I received a pretty cool gift. A tank bag speaker system for my bike ( one 3" speaker). It's sold by Kuryakyn on there website. Not bad sound at all. I go on several long rides each season and since I would be uncomfortable using earphones (not to metion they are illeagal in PA) for my MP3 player I think this would be an awsome way to listen to some tunes. The system comes with a unit that has a power cord to attach to the battery just like a trickle charger for power. It also runs on 4 AA batteries. The power unit made by "Sportech" reads: DC Input 12V, Battery Input AA1.5V X 4, OutputPower 2 X 15W, Fuse 5A. My question is this... Is this unit safe to hook up to my battery without putting to much of a drain on the battery while riding or, should I just use the AA battery power option? I don't want to end up on the side of the road with a dead battery. Since I am somewhat illiterate in this area, any help would be appreciated. I know our electrical systems are quite sensitive and I don't want to overload. If anyone has this or something like it, or if you just want to throw in your two cents, suggestions would be appreciated.

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The unit uses a small 5A fuse, so I really doubt it's going to cause a significant drain on your electrical system. But I wouldn't have it powered directly off the battery or else it might be drawing power even when not in use with the bike off and the key out. (Unless there's a quick connect/disconnect in-line with the unit - like the trickle charger you mentioned. Then you could just disconnect when not in use and connect the unit only when you want to use it).

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The unit DOES have a quick connect/disconnect like a trickle charger. If I went that route I would disconnect when not in use. I just wasn't sure about WHILE I was riding.

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I don't see any issues with hooking it up to the bikes battery, but there are safety issues with listening to anything like that while riding. I have never listened to music while riding, the ride is enjoyment enough, moreso without music. But that aside, I seriously doubt you would be able to hear such a small speaker at speed, wearing a full face helmet. Actually it would probably be even worse without the full face helmet, due to wind noise.

I rode a Goldwing once (a '93 1500) with a built in factory stereo and speakers, and all you could hear above 35 mph or so was just noise. And the Goldwing has a very effective fairing/windshield, and the speakers were mounted in the fairing facing the rider.

Kinda makes me wonder about all those guys riding Harley dressers with factory stereo systems, and open pipes. Jerry.

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I have been wondering about speakers on my bike...but have avoided it because of the noise factor. have to give a report as to how well you can hear it...or if there is anybody else who can fill us in on how well speakers work at speed....
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Same as Jerry, my dads '01 GW has a 6 disc CD changer and 18 preset AM/FM and a CB. I havent drove it on the high way but I'v been on the back, and at 70 + mph the music is more of a noise. It rocks in town but thats all its good for. Full face helmet used.

As far as the tankbag speaker on our bike, definatly give it a shot. I'd like to hear the report on it too.

The battery hook up should work fine as explaind by Rubyrick, that is how I ran a GPS off my battery for 2 1/2 years with no problems.

I know you said it was illegal and I dont think its a good idea myself but my brother rides his croch rocket with ear buds. Of cours that works very well but its a personal choice.

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bluetooth headset comes to mind... and they are 50 states legal..
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I rode a Goldwing once (a '93 1500) with a built in factory stereo and speakers, and all you could hear above 35 mph or so was just noise. And the Goldwing has a very effective fairing/windshield, and the speakers were mounted in the fairing facing the rider.

Kinda makes me wonder about all those guys riding Harley dressers with factory stereo systems, and open pipes. Jerry.
I ride a Yamaha Venture and listen to the ipod at all speeds. I can cruise at 80 and hear it just fine.

In fact, most passengers think I have speakers in the helmet as the speakers are directed at you front and rear. Believe me, they work well.

I suspect a single speaker on the tank would also work well. No different than driving a car and listening to music....unless you count the real long shots and if it gets to that point....why take the risk of riding?

Not trying to be rude...just my observations.
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I ride using noise cancelling earphones that plug into my GPS, which has an
MP3 player and satalite radio. I have no problems being able to listen to music and ride the bike, but can understand that there are those that might be distracted by this.

I think this is a safer way to go than exterior speakers..unless your bike has a fairly silent bubble behind a large windscreen/fairing.

Helmet speakers only add to the noise you encounter on a bike, but I do know of many that use them along with earplugs.

If your bike is quiet at speed do to a large windscreen, you can hear exterior speakers...but the sound quality will not be as good as well made in ear speakers.

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I like to use helmet speakers with a mp3 player. no real problem with not being able to hear the tunes. have tried earphones (which are also illegal in Ohio) and didn't like it as much. one reason being that it is illegal, the other, it was a bit distracting and couldn't hear anything but the tunes.

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