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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-02-2010, 01:54 AM Thread Starter
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Handlebar speakers??

Hey guys, just wondering if anyone has ever mounted any speakers to their bike or handlebars?? Like to listen to their mp3 player or ipod.
I know we are limited on our voltage system on our 750s, but who knows.

Anyway heres a link for a decent cheap set (there are some that are like $400 and up!! wow), but this set is under $100.

The big thing is for it to be amplified to you can hear it.

http://papasbargains.com/pyle-plmca30.html

Here are some spendy ones!
http://www.motorcyclespeakers.net/

http://www.jmcorp.com/seeproducts.asp?pf=16


http://www.hsgear.biz/ProductInfo~pr...N-CLASSIC.html


Anyway just wondering what your ideas and thoughts on these were and if you think any of these will work with our voltage issues.

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A few folks I ride with have these: http://www.gooddeals18.com/product/S...radio-pkg.HTML

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A few folks I ride with have these: http://www.gooddeals18.com/product/S...radio-pkg.HTML
Those don't look too bad, not a bad price, but the speakers seem a bit big to fit on my/our bike. The Pyle PLMCA30 Cycle Series (http://papasbargains.com/pyle-plmca30.html) seem to be more bullet looking and would take up less space on our handlebars.

Anyone know how such a speaker/amp system would affect our voltage systems on our vn750s??

I listen to my mp3 player alot when riding, normally just with my headphones/earbuds, but i want some sort of nice and cheap speaker system to mount on my handlebars, and of course they'd have to be amplified somehow in order to hear them.


Also, just looking on ways to mount my mp3 player also, came across some cool ideas, like turning a bicycle reflector mount into a mp3/phone mount, check this out:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Univ...dle-Bar-Mount/

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I'd stick with the earbud headphones, as most speaker systems I have heard are useless at higher speeds. Around town at 25-35 mph they be OK, provided you have a big windscreen to help cut wind noise.

As a audio engineer , I have tried speakers, speakers in the helmet, and noise cancelling earbuds, and only the later work well in my opinion if you really want to HEAR the music the way it should be heard.

As for as mounting the player, there are alot of options using the RAM system mounts. I had my XM radio in a "aqua case" that not only made it waterproof, but the thin membrane cover allows you to still push the buttons on your player.see:
http://www.cyclegadgets.com/Products...p?prod=RAM-AB2

I only reccommend noise cancelling earphones like these:
http://www.cyclegadgets.com/Products...asp?Item=SPLUG

Those are a bit pricey, but if you do a search for Eytomic ER6i you can find some good deals on them at Amazon. (Those are the ones I use)
like this:
http://www.amazon.com/Etymotic-Resea.../dp/B000BQSGMM

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A few folks I ride with have these: http://www.gooddeals18.com/product/S...radio-pkg.HTML
I like how they put the retail price of these over $1100 so it looks like you are saving $1000 bucks.

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I thought that was pretty clever too.

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"I'd stick with the earbud headphones, as most speaker systems I have heard are useless at higher speeds. Around town at 25-35 mph they be OK, provided you have a big windscreen to help cut wind noise.

As a audio engineer , I have tried speakers, speakers in the helmet, and noise cancelling earbuds, and only the later work well in my opinion if you really want to HEAR the music the way it should be heard."

My bud Jeff has a fairing on his bike, which is a vulcan nomad 1500?? or something, and he has a nice speaker system, and i can hear his just fine when we are going down the road at about 65-70, so i am sure he can hear it too, lol.

And i dont understand what you mean by " my opinion if you really want to HEAR the music the way it should be heard", well the way it should be heard is LIVE in concert, but i dont think i can fit the band and stage on my bike, lol! I have a nice stereo and sub system in my truck, that sounds great, i am not looking for something fancy and all out perfect for my motorcycle, just something that i can listen to that will keep my ear focus off my exhaust and etc..

I think i am going to go with these: http://papasbargains.com/pyle-plmca30.html
but my concern is the voltage system issues!!
Can we switch the discussion to that and see what people think and if it will work???

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And i dont understand what you mean by " my opinion if you really want to HEAR the music the way it should be heard"???
What I am basicly saying here, is that given all the other noise one experiances on a motorcycle, a set of speakers pointed at you, even really good ones, will not sound as clear as a set of good earphones, especially ones that cut outside noises.
When not wearing the earphones, I also wear earplugs to cut noise, and this would likely only make me turn up the volume more to hear speakers if I had them. My only real concern here was the damage to your hearing, not trying to poo your whole speaker idea.

There are varied opinons on "what sounds good" so that is why I pre-faced my comment with "in my opinion"... (A freind in High School had a real crappy sounding radio in his car, but his answer to any teasing was "It still sounds better than no radio at all" )

AS for the power requirement, the Vulcan has 70w of usable power to spare. So you would need to know how much power the speakers use..(not what they deliver) I am not a electrical guru by any means, but am assuming a "400 watt sterero" does not use 400 watts of power, so you need to find out the power requirement for the sound system and make sure it is not over 70 watts, or you will start killing you vulcans battery.

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This video show about ten different sound systems for bikes.

http://www.youtube.com/user/CruiserC...30/nRG36iWBZ3c

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DIY option

You can always get yourself a pair of skullcandy earbuds then mod them in the following way.

Use a razor blade to cut some Hearos earplugs in half, then use a soldering iron (I know, I know) to burn a hole through them. Replace the silicone earbud with the piece of foam you have.

Works like a charm. About $15 if you fund the skullcandy headphones at a TJMaxx or Marshalls or something.

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