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Has anyone mounted a radio?

Well, If i get a tank bag, I can throw in some mini speakers that have there own battery's w/ my Ipod in there. I was curious though if anyone has done a handle bar mounted radio setup and if it's actually works well. I know i don't want to drain the power system any more then I already have too, but I'm curious to see if anyone else has added tunes to there Vulcan.

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Well, If i get a tank bag, I can throw in some mini speakers that have there own battery's w/ my Ipod in there. I was curious though if anyone has done a handle bar mounted radio setup and if it's actually works well. I know i don't want to drain the power system any more then I already have too, but I'm curious to see if anyone else has added tunes to there Vulcan.
I am new on here, but I know I have seen a few guys with radios and speakers installed. I saw one guy that mounted a Sirius radio to the bars and speakers behind his windscreen. I am sure they will chime in soon on how they did it.
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Yea I've seen a few posts on here, but there all old and all the pictures are gone. I'm just trying to find out what brands are good and how to set something up so that my handle bars won't look like a christmas tree, lol.

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From the pictures that I saw, the Sirius radio was installed on the left bar and the speakers were mounted just to the left and right of the guages. The mount for the radio was custom made by him and as for the speakers I am not real sure. Hope this helps some.
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I know that I saw some pics on here of speakers mounted on a vn750 in the past year or so, but do not recall who posted them. I think I would opt for helmet speakers, if I were going to listen to a radio while riding. Here is a link to a thread with radio and speakers, along with a couple of pictures of how the radio is mounted.
https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthrea...=radio+mounted

For what it`s worth, I would be careful about having any additional distractions while riding, especially if you are a new rider. You will want a mute or on/off button that you can easily control with a quick touch, with gloves on and without looking at it. When you get into a stressful riding situation that demands your full attention, the radio/music may be the one extra sensory overload that slows your reaction time, or prevents you from hearing traffic around you.

I say this as a radio-holic, I always have the radio in my car or truck playing when driving. Riding without tunes or radio will be a sacrifice to me, and I am not sure what option I may eventually choose to use either.

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My biggest thing is that I'm a talk radio guy, So i listen to AM a lot. I don't even know if I'd be able to hear anything, but I'm going to try and work something out though.

It is an added distraction, I'll give you that, I'd still like to have the option for when I'm doing a slow country cruise or something along those lines, but I don't know. As far as the helmet speakers go, It is something I'm considering, but I think I'd rather have something external.

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I prefer earphones. I use the kind that fits right in your ear and also acts to dim outside noise. The importance of this is because it cuts outside noise down, you do not have to pump up the volume to hear the radio.

The result is less damage to your ears and the increaseed chance of still being able to hear when you become an old wrinkled man.

Helmet speakers tend to just add more noise to what you are already subjected to, although you can wear earplugs to reduce ambient noise, and still use helmet speakers. This seems odd , wearing earplugs and putting speakers over them, but the result is alot better than not using earplugs. ...as they will cut the wind noise ... but due to the proximity of the helmet speaker you can hear your tunes and not add to the noise level reaching your ear.

External speakers work OK with large fairings or windscreens, but at highway speeds just lose fidelity. It also takes more juice to power external speakers, and having your radio cranked up so you can hear it puts you in the same catagory as those drivers that sit at lights with their radios cranked..........or the guy with loud pipes that keeps blipping his thottle.

......you just become an annoying azzhole to those around you.




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