A client from Hanover came to us with his 2009 Harley-Davidson Street Glide for a stereo system upgrade, at the suggestion of a previous client. He had purchased some equipment and realized he wanted to improve upon it, as well as have it professionally installed. We spent significant time on talking with the client and looking over his beautiful motorcycle so we could understand his goals for the upgrades. After speaking with him, we spent time in our sound room so he could listen to equipment that we thought was a good fit for him. At the end of our conversation, we worked up a proposal that he liked, so we set a time for him to drop off his bike.
Right from the beginning of the conversation, we knew the client wanted to replace his existing Harley radio with a new model that would give him integration with his smartphone. We installed an Aquatic AV AQMP5-UBTH stereo system that fit perfectly in the fairing, looking like it came as a factory-installed option. Not only does it fit perfectly, it also kept the handlebar audio controls working and gave him Bluetooth for music streaming, a 3.5mm port and a USB port. Now the client can easily play any of his digital media files stored on multiple types of devices.
The new stereo is waterproof and has a removable face that reveals a small storage compartment for things like a thumb drive or small music player. The full-color display is easy to see in direct sunlight. Here is a video from a friend of ours that shows the unit in action:
Speaker Replacement With Larger Hertz Speakers
Once we had the new stereo system covered, we replaced his previously installed speakers in the fairing with a set of Hertz HCX165.4 6.5” coaxial speakers on our speaker-mounting adapters. The 1998–2013 Harley models use 5.25” speakers in the fairing. Upgrading them to 6.5” models is easy since they gain lots more output plus better low-frequency response.
Front Lowers Make Room For More Speakers
The client brought us a set of front lowers designed to hold a set of 6.5” speakers. We installed them for the client with a second set of Hertz HCX165.4s and routed the speaker wiring inside of the crash tubes for a clean, classy look. We reused the client’s amplifier from his previous stereo upgrade to power both sets of speakers.
Client Loved His New Street Glide Stereo
When the client came to pick up his bike, he loved the attention to detail on the installation, as well as the fit and finish and the Aquatic AV stereo system. When we cranked it up for the first time, streaming music from a phone, he knew the right decision had been made.
If you would like to upgrade the audio system on your motorcycle, we invite you to ride on over to Westminster Speed and Sound in Westminster, Maryland. When you want a stereo system that you can hear clearly when riding at speed and you want an install designed to give you years of reliable use, we are ready and waiting to help.
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