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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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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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Ok, Here are some pics of where I am in all this at this point in time.

A mock up of the stereo in it's installed position.

also pics of the parts I'm sanding to get ready for paint . I removed most all the parts That will still allow the bike to be ridden.

The neck covers and the side cover in the photo shows the primer color
I'm using that goes with the Firethorn Orange base coat.
If possible I'm going to try to shoot the color coats and then do a gold metal flake added into the clear coat.
I did my sons Honda Rebel 450 in this way, same primer just a cherry red base coat and clear coat w/ gold flake.
It was awesome, Sparkled like a diamond in the sun.
jake :)
 

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My Take on it

Man, i couldn't live w.o. music, so i bought an amplified set of speakers from ebay, after carefully researching, these i mounted on the handlebar, and they have the AUX cable for any device and BLUETOOTH that works 15ft away. the Speakers output 50w each and the install was seamless..

Hooked them to the main light cables Inside the headlight, increased a bit the FUSE for the headlight, and these speakers are LOUD. Going at 80, i still rock my head with them on. Because of the windshield though. LOL

 

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Trosky, Those look cool. Nice job. I went with a pair of non amplified
3.5" 3 way box type speakers. My mounting position will be similar to yours. Right in the middle of the handlebars. I currently have a digital
tach in there mounted to the back of the windshield.
I need to make this mount a little larger to make the speakers fit.
The rears (4 channel stereo) will be the same but mount on each side
of my back rest. Can't wait. But It takes time to get everything done.

Thanks for your pics and opinion.

jake :)
 

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Ok another update, Here's where I'm at. I installed the stereo in the side cover and the USB adapter plug next to it. As shown in the photos.

I thought I might be able to install the USB plug up by the handlebars.
However, with this also being my front speaker location and my tach is also mounted up there no room was left for it.

The side cover mount is good though. It allows me to use the extension cable to plug in my Memory stick and tuck it in the cooler pack on the left side of the bike. The rear speakers are attached to the barrel pack on the rear rack. They will be hooked to a disconnect under the back rest mount. It's getting there little by little.

jake :)
 

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Ok another update, Here's where I'm at. I installed the stereo in the side cover and the USB adapter plug next to it. As shown in the photos.

I thought I might be able to install the USB plug up by the handlebars.
However, with this also being my front speaker location and my tach is also mounted up there no room was left for it.

The side cover mount is good though. It allows me to use the extension cable to plug in my Memory stick and tuck it in the cooler pack on the left side of the bike. The rear speakers are attached to the barrel pack on the rear rack. They will be hooked to a disconnect under the back rest mount. It's getting there little by little.

jake :)
Thats a nice job right there!!! I wouldn't do that to mine cuz of the chrome.. and honestly i dont need controls. But that came out SAWEEEET
 

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Thanks Trosky, Even if you have chrome side covers this can be installed they are just plastic. I ordered my front speakers and they should be here in a week or so. I'm trying to install the stereo while working around whats need to get all the paint prep ready.
Since the front speaker wires will run under the tank I have to pull it off anyway to paint it. So it may be a while before everything is installed and working. I need a few clear warm days with little humidity.
there just a few weeks away.


jake :) :)
 

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I have a fairing with radio deck and speakers but when out riding on the highways and you're doing 80-100 kph you really can't hear s--t so I a bought a Bluetooth communication system to help listen to my tunes off my iPhone and like that if I get a call while I'm riding I don't need to pullover to answer my phone. Next purchase will be a clear cell tri pouch for the fairing
 

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Yes I understand it will be a bit hard to hear. My bike has the Cobra Baffled drag pipes. Not real loud but does have a bark.

My plan was to put me between the speakers. Two rears 3.5 3 ways
and two fronts the same size. The PRV 15 puts out 10 watts RMS per each channel x4 which is pretty good for a small stereo.

It has no fader control so it will be evenly ballanced front to rear.
With me sitting right in the center of the music volume it should be fine.
I use my bike more for commuting then anything else. so for me 45 to 50 mph is the norm. Or less. Out on the freeway at 65 or 70 too much wind noise to deal with. So then I would just shut it off.

It comes down to how you use your bike. For me this setup should work fine. I'll find out soon enough. I will for sure post back what the outcome is when all finished.

jake :)
 
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