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I can't see it being great for that price, but for the price it may be worth a shot.

I'm not a fan of bikes blasting music though. /shrug
 

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I second on the quality. I imagine the speakers are made of paper elements. The sticker on the back side of the unit doesn't even have a production date, serial #, or name of who inspected it. I'd be concerned about it being a display demo with no working internals.
 

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I've used an older version of that radio. Yup the speakers suck but the unit is decent for what it is. Unless they've changed it, the volume control will not control your mp3 input device.
 

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knees in the breeze!!!
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i got this one but havent installed it yet.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/S0BZ-12V-Mo...Parts_Accessories&hash=item484f454f66&vxp=mtr

its smaller in size than youd think and the speakers are real cheap feeling.
i got this one because rather than carrying my ipod or running my phone battery down it takes a 4 gig sd card that i can load with tons of music

i was at a poker run a few weeks back and a couple had the one you are looking at on their honda they liked it but they got better speakers with a small amp that made all the difference they said (their install wasnt very pretty tho)

they stream pandora thru the input side but their battery is way better than mine evidently

had it mounted dead center of bars on t tree with a external volume slider for the better speakers and the phone in a tank bib pouch
 

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I had one like that I installed on my Honda Silverwing. The bike was much quieter than the Vulcan and the radio put out some OK sound. I agree that an amp with better speakers would be needed to make it decent. My only complaint was that it would draw power down on my battery. Maybe it was the way I had to install it, but I put a small toggle I picked up from Radio Shack under the fairing. Made it easy to cut power when I shut bike down.
 

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knees in the breeze!!!
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I'd like to get something like that, but it'd need a plug-in for earphones
the first one he is looking at has that. its behind the lil rubber cover in the middle a headphone jack and a line in jack
 

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Thanks, Guys.

Sounds like once again that old adage is true, "You get what you pay for."
Ditto for my other thread on the hard bags.

Not to hijack my own thread, but there are several things I want to do to my bike eventually. In order of priority I'd say:

-Saddlebags
-GPS
-Highway bars & pegs
-Upgraded seat and back rest
...And those are in addition to maintenance things like new tires, etc.
(You talked me out of a radio/MP3.)

I don't list all that to start a new topic, just explaining my recent flurry of seemingly random equipment questions.

By the way, I can't tell you enough how helpful past threads/archives have been--even reading threads unrelated to anything I'm interested it in at that moment. I have found a few hidden gems of links and wisdom and even fixed an idling problem that popped up last week.

I'd buy another VN750 just for the forum support for the bikes alone!
Have a great day!
 

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Young Gun
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Yeah, they look like POS. I'd look for something decent but used to save cost.
 

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knees in the breeze!!!
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of course if you got the one with the headphone jack you dont have to worry about how well the speakers are.
i think im going to get one for my side by side utv this summer
 
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