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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 04-07-2018, 10:11 PM Thread Starter
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I've owned a lot of bikes but added a Road Glide to the stable a year ago and I find it's pretty well the only thing I ride anymore. I've been reading through all the audio upgrade posts and admit I still am somewhat lost. I'm adding an amp and new fairing speakers but not sure if lowers are worth it. Can they add volume at 70mph? I generally run without my TourPack so not worrying about that and being in rainy B.C. rear lid speakers seem silly.

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Hi Buzz. Im a fan of lowers, but did not add speakers to them. Went with Infinity and B52 amp, no problem at speed for this budget upgrade on my 17. Not going to win any contest. I feel the lowers help create an air pocket for the sound.
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I run the BT 2180 & 4 Titan speakers in my 15. 2 in the fairing and 2 in the lowers. The lower speakers add just a touch of sound IMO. While riding, the bulk of the sound that I'm hearing is coming from the fairing speakers. On my old bike, which was an 02 FLHT, I ran a totally different head unit, amp, and speakers. I had 6 speakers in that old girl. 2 in the fairing, 2 in the lowers, and 2 in the t pak speaker pods. That system really rocked and volume & clarity was never an issue. Even on that one I could hear the rear speakers more than the lowers. I never tried bag speakers because I personally never saw the point of them.

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I've been running lowers since 1999, and never have put speakers in. IMO, they're worth it just from a comfort standpoint.
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I've owned a lot of bikes but added a Road Glide to the stable a year ago and I find it's pretty well the only thing I ride anymore. I've been reading through all the audio upgrade posts and admit I still am somewhat lost. I'm adding an amp and new fairing speakers but not sure if lowers are worth it. Can they add volume at 70mph? I generally run without my TourPack so not worrying about that and being in rainy B.C. rear lid speakers seem silly.

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I recall when a Blaupunkt cassette deck and Jensen Tri Ax speakers were the shit.
Lowers are a great addition in added wind protection and will keep you much drier when rIding in the rain.. Lowers with speakers are a great way to expand your sound stage. You will definitely hear the tunes better at speed. Depending on your color paint, aftermarket lowers with speaker pods can be had as low as a couple bills.
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I love lowers, never took them off when I had my Ultra. Got'em, on order for my RGS now...
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Considering adding speakers to my lowers. But may just go with what 2anvils said.


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I have fairing lowers with speakers in the lowers and they do add to sound quality, also the lowers add to riding comfort. I recommend the lowers because they are a great upgrade for wind management and then you decide on the speakers. Hearing the tunes at 70mph depends on the sound system you install. JMO


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I installed lowers on my RGS and absolutely love them. My inner thighs never get sore anymore after long rides on the highway pegs trying to hold my legs in place as the wind pushes on them. In the winter it's a no brainer. I haven't felt the full summer heat yet but I hope the vents let enough air in to keep them on all year long. The lowers and my 11" freedom shield create a nice quiet air pocket for me to hear my music. I installed a Biketronics amp and 2 fairing speakers with all intentions of installing lower speakers, even ran the wires. But after test riding it, it was loud enough for me as is. You're never going to get deep rich bass on a bike. All you can hope for is nice clear sound. I went down that rabbit hole with my last bike, installing speaker lids and it was a waste of money. I could barely hear them at speed. A good set of midrange speakers in the lowers like Hertz 165.1's would add more volume for sure and you would hear them better than the speaker lids because they are in front of you. My advice would be to test out the amp and 2 speaker setup first before you go all in. I did and the Biketronics 2 speaker kit amp kit was enough for me and I didn't have to spend extra money and give up my storage boxes in the lowers.
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My lowers just shipped today from Advan Black, took a few weeks to ship as they are color matched (Mysterious red)
I didn't go with speaker pods as I find running the B52 & Kappas are pretty loud, also dont want to upgrade the amp to run 4 speakers.

If you do plan on adding lowers & then speakers in the future be sure to get an amp that can handle the 4 speakers.

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