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Stereo install without a fairing !

I have been hashing over some ideas on installing a stereo in my vstar 650 without having a fairing on the bike.

I was checking out some pod style speakers that mount to the handlebars. Those are easy to mount and come in various grades and
Power handling capabilities . The AM FM receiver is where things get
kind of dicey. However after looking things over for a few days I think the best solution is to mount the receiver in the left side cover storage
bin. Both the cover and the storage compartment can be modified
to allow for the radio install and short wiring distance to the battery.
Only the speaker wires would need to be routed along the frame up to the handlebars. The stereo in mind is the gauge style made by JBL (PRV-15) And Prospec also sells a similar unit. They completely waterproof and have 4 channels x 40 watts . I would have to find a way to mount rear speakers for the rear 2 channels but have some thoughts on that too.
I may be able to have this setup installed in the next month or so.

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I'm assuming the storage under the seat? If so wouldn't that make it sketchy to change the station or music while driving ?
I know for my self I'm a channel flicker and if it isn't coming thru clear I switch channels
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Does anyone know if anyone is making a motorcycle blue tooth type thing like the Bose speakers?
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Storage bin behind rear jug for the tool kit. Plenty of room and the wires can be loomed.

The JBL PRV 175 has the blue tooth. Same size radio.
They also have a remote control option.
Requires around a 3" diameter mounting hole.

The version I was looking at does not have this. It does have presets
for the stations. one button push to change.

If you do a lot of road riding the remote version would be best.
They even carry a USB port for an Ipod.

JBL PRV 16 and the 175 have all these functions for around $130

Very nice marine grade stereos for the price. Not junk.

Still the speakers can be found in water proof and water resistant.
Water resistant are cheaper and most likely will not last as long as the water proof versions which are about 2x the price.

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I've grown to become a big fan of JBL over the years. Installed the MS-8 in my BMW a few years ago and it's phenominal. Their high end car speakers are amazing as well.

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I have purchased a good many Kenwood stereos over the years for our personal vehicles. I could not say enough for these great stereos.
High power, long lasting and great prices. At Crutchfield.com

When it comes to small pod speakers like what required here the options for quality are way less. And prices can be low but quality suffers as a result. If you wanted to replace them every year than
go with the less expensive versions.

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Man I'll tell ya what. I always laughed at guys with stereos on their bikes over the years. I'd tell them if I had a stereo I'd play a continuous loop of the sound of a v-twin engine.

Now that I have one (on the Harley) ...I'll eat my crow. And...I wonder how I ever got by without it. Its fantastic. AM, fm-CD-MP3- Weather bands-CB. Breaks it up nicely when you are crossing state lines for sure.

You'll enjoy that system when you get it all squared away.

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It does make a difference. The Harleys have some nice stereo options.
They know what is needed to be able to enjoy it while cruising.
The full fairing does help this along a good bit in wind noise abatement. So as long as your pipes are not too aggressively Loud
you will be able to enjoy tunes regularly.

I just need to come up with the money for the radio and The speaker cost is minimal. Just after Christmas money is tighter.

But Hey when I get things a little further along I'll try to post up some photos of it installed.

If anybody wants to do this and needs help feel free to contact me for assistance. I do this for a living.

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Alright, Here's an update, I was able to find a PRV 15 on ebay for $70
and it includes the USB remote cable (30") for the MP3.
This has a cigarette lighter looking socket that can be mounted almost anywhere in front of you on the bike.
The unit is new and they had 7 of them. That is a good deal at $70
with free shipping. Just that USB cable option is a good feature that does not come with the stereo by itself it must be purchased separately .

So when you get it hooked up you can play AM FM or MP3 music on a memory stick. You just plug in and the unit can handle 32 Gig of memory.

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PRV 15, Riser mounted speakers, Chrome levers,Fringe grips, studded Leather bib with pocket, Billet Oil filter relocation kit , 3.5 PMS w/ stock pilots, mains- 122.5, Custom billet t signals
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