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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 04-14-2017, 09:08 PM Thread Starter
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I searched pretty much this whole section for information on the improvement to be had by just upgrading speakers with very little luck, so, I thought I'd post my experience.

My last bike had a set of J&M speakers on it when I bought it, they were the early (smaller) version, but since I had no prior experience with the stockers, I guess I was happy. They were tinny at speed, but usually clear enough to hear my music okay...even though I did have V&H big shot duals. When I bought my 2010, I thought it sounded pretty decent, so when I pulled the fairing shell to change the handlebars, I was fairly surprised to find stock speakers...I guess quiet pipes (TBR slip on mufflers) make a huge difference...Since I'm a self admitted cheapskate, I picked up a used set of J&M Rokker XT speakers form the classifieds here. These are the ones with the 7.25" cones...I wasn't expecting a whole lot, but I'm reasonably impressed. Great clarity, and in increase in lower tones even at 70 MPH. It is not a "Booming" rolling night club by any means, but I can hear clear, full bodied music at highway speed, and that was all I was after.

So, J&M 7.25 speakers on the stock (pre-Rushmore) HK head unit ??? A very good improvement over stock, and since I paid $100 plus shipping, I give them an A+... Not sure what I'd rate them if I had paid full blown retail.

Any other Speaker only upgrader's ??? Want to post your results / grades for your brand of choice ? Maybe we can help out the other cheapskates on the forum looking for an improvement with a minimal investment...I'm sure I'm not the only one...

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I would like to know and hear some reply's on this. But I don't conceder my self a Cheapskate, Lol
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post #3 of 26 (permalink) Old 04-15-2017, 08:31 AM
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It's your bike and your wallet, so as long as you're happy with it that's all that matters. But, you said yourself you searched pretty much the whole section and couldn't find much, so that tells you something.

Audio, bars, and seats are mandatory day 1 changes on my bikes. To me just doing speakers is like having a 500hp muscle car and never doing hard acceleration or going over 50 mph - what's the use of having the capability if you're not gonna use it. After having experienced great audio I could never go back to speakers without an amp. I'm not knocking you for doing it at all, it's just something I would never do personally and wouldn't recommend it to a friend.

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I questioned Dealer about doing just speakers. Keep in mind this tech also rides. His advise was not to waste my time or money on doing just speakers. I took his word for it.
I wear hearing aids and while they are great they present some issues of their own when trying to get sound the way I want it. I can blue tooth directly to them if they ever make a system that can do it.


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See, we all hear different I guess... I wanted clearer, more full bodied music, and I got exactly what I wanted with $100 used speakers. For ME, there was absolutely no need to spend $500 + on a plug and play kit, and I'm sure I'm not the only one.

If I wanted studio quality audio, I sure as hell wouldn't spend the bucks necessary to attempt it on a motorcycle...for one thing, it's a motorcycle, no matter how much I would spend, at 70 MPH, the factory audio in my 10 year old chevy truck would blow it out of the water... I'd put it in my 55 chevy. But I like to drive that with the windows down, and it's pretty loud too....

We're all different...I made this post to hopefully help folks who just want a decent improvement, and wonder what speakers alone will get them. If I listened to you guys, I'd never know...and I'd be broke...
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And, just exactly how is it wasting money to just do speakers ? I mean, you need them anyway...you may just find that once you do the speakers, you don't need to waste the money on the amp, right ??? I try not to let the dealership inform me on how much money to spend...they always seem to think I have more than I know I do...

If you're not happy with the speakers alone, then buy an amp....no money wasted, just a few minutes on fairing removal.

I guess my thinking is this, a motorcycle is NOT a perfect vehicle for audio...you can't get even close to the sound quality of an enclosed space like a car for the same $$$...maybe in a parking lot or a garage, but that is not what my bike is for, it's intended to be carrying me down the road...Probably the best audio system you could put on a motorcycle is a good set of earbuds...I probably over spent on my used speakers I guess...

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Just my .02, while I'm not sure about the 13 and older sharks, I know that the Rushmore sharks do not respond well at all to speaker only upgrades.

The 25w/ch just isnt enough to push any speaker into giving you anything approaching quality sound.

Now if you wanted to add a class D amp (all while not breaking the bank) you would probably be amazed at the difference in both sound quality and loudness for a very small amount of money.

A lot of these little amps can be had for well under 200 bucks and if you couple it with a set of Infinity Kappas for around a Hundo, well you can see how you are not going to spend stupid money and most likely you will spend less than 5 bills by the time its all said and done.


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And, just exactly how is it wasting money to just do speakers ? I mean, you need them anyway...you may just find that once you do the speakers, you don't need to waste the money on the amp, right ??? I try not to let the dealership inform me on how much money to spend...they always seem to think I have more than I know I do...

If you're not happy with the speakers alone, then buy an amp....no money wasted, just a few minutes on fairing removal.

I guess my thinking is this, a motorcycle is NOT a perfect vehicle for audio...you can't get even close to the sound quality of an enclosed space like a car for the same $$$...maybe in a parking lot or a garage, but that is not what my bike is for, it's intended to be carrying me down the road...Probably the best audio system you could put on a motorcycle is a good set of earbuds...I probably over spent on my used speakers I guess...

To each their own...
Good reason I listen to them. I have done business with them many years. They know if I want something I will get it. And I am not worried about trying some different and finding it was not what I hoped for. If they recommend not doing something it is not because they are trying to sell me some other option that cost more. In fact he gave be a card for an aftermarket system that if I wanted to add some power to it would be a better option for me. Not all dealers are like some you read about.
One that has been in business for over 52 years with the same family. One where some working there have been there 40 years . One lady has been there from day one. Some working there grew up playing on the floor of the old building while the grandfather fixed Harley's.
I understand there are some dealers in for a fast buck. But not all of them are like that.
His point was that just doing the speakers would not result in any improvement running down the road and time and seeing others try has proven them right.


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I've run the stock head unit with 6.5" speakers and no amp for years without any issues. It is slightly better than the stock speakers but you will not get the full potential out of the speakers until you add an amp and radio

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