Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: California City, CA
Replaced Stock Speakers with J&M Rokkers
Today I added a J&M 500w amplifier and replaced the stock H-D speakers with J&M Rokkers in my 13í RGU. All I can say is I am extremely pleased with the performance of this system. It was a two hour ride on the Super slab from the installerís business to my residence so I used the opportunity to listen to multiple genres of music during the trip. Everything I played from Blues (B.B. King) to Hard Rock (AC/DC), from Hip-Hop (Dark Lotus) to Gansta Rap (Game), and Southern Rock (Hogjaw) to Metal (In This Moment) sounded great. YesÖ I have a large library of music on my Zumo 665 GPS.
I am actually impressed how well the different genres of music sounded. I did add the speaker grills with the tweeter and mid-range drivers so Iím sure they helped complete the experience.
I little bit about the bass performance... Based on the comments Iíve read on a lot of forums, I thought any music with significant bass was going to suffer badly. That is not the case at all. While the system isnít a bass monster I definitely donít feel it is lacking. For comparison, I own a 2010 Dodge Ram Sport with a premium sound system. With the windows up the bass in that system pounds on my chest and feels like it will shake the truck apart. Roll all four windows down and the bass doesnít seem to punch as hard but it is still quite present. That is what the J&M setup sounds like to me at 80mph on the freeway. The bass is there but it is not punching you in the chest and face. Slow down below 55mph and you will start to feel the bass punch although it is not near as hard as my truckís bass punch. Thatís about the best way I can explain the bass performance of the J&M system. Like I said, I really didnít expect it to have much presence based on the forum comments Iíve read.
The bike is my preferred method of travel which basically means itís my daily transportation. I wanted better sounding music while still maintaining my carrying capacity which is why I bought a bagger to begin with. Replacing the fairing and tourpak speakers was all I really wanted to do but I was willing to go with front lower speakers since I donít use the lower pockets too often. Now that I have the Rokker speakers installed in the fairing and tourpak I think I am good to go for my music needs. I will not be adding lower fairing speakers at this time.
In regards to the tourpak speakers, I think they get a bum-wrap. Even when I had the stock tourpak speakers I can hear them fine while traveling on the freeway. I understand what a lot of people say about not hearing the rear speakers because you are traveling forward but my experience is I hear the tourpak speakers fine on the freeway. One notch of the rear fade setting puts my head right in the middle of the stereo surround sound feeling. I must have lucked out in my torso length to be able to experience both the front and rear speakers.
I had been on the fence for about a year trying to decide if I should upgrade my sounds and, if so, what components to purchase. The good thing about the Internet is there is a lot of information on anything you may be interested in. The bad thing about the Internet is there is a lot of information on anything you may be interested in. When I ran across the J&M booth at the Laughlin River Run back in April I spent quite a bit of time with the staff and I learned a lot. Most important for me was to manage my expectations. Once I started listening to various sound systems and determined what I desired and needed the pieces fell into position pretty well. Iím pleased with the outcome.