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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 11-15-2013, 07:44 AM Thread Starter
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Been lurking, now need some recommendations

I'd really like to be able to hear my stereo at highway speeds. Also, I'm cheap.

I'm ordering a madstad windshield to install in the spring. This alone should help a lot in order to hear the radio.

Speakers: Found a pair of Rokkers (HRRK-7252-RXX) for $260 online. Should I just order these, install them and the windshield and see how it sounds? Or will I *need* an amp? Also the forum seems to swear by the hertz (hdx 165). Are they suitable to be run off the factory head unit?

Head: I really like the simplicity of the HK radio. The big buttons. The screen is near perfect. I don't need a lot of bells and whistles. But most radios I see online look like your typical space-age-sony-flashy-blue-leds crap that I don't want. If I were to upgrade the head, it would really only be to add Bluetooth capability to it. Are there any head units with BT that are as "simple" as the HK?


Summary: Will a pair for $250 speakers and nothing else be a noticable improvement? and Any decent head units out there with BT and big buttons for glove-laden riders?
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Can't speak from experience because mine is still all stock (for now) but I have a buddy that rides an Ultra Classic and just changed out the front fairing speakers to Rokkers and said it was a big improvement for him and enough that he is stopping there. My guess is that would not be enough for everybody but it did work for him. By the way the Madstad will help you hear even the stock units.

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Thanks for the anecdote. I'm thinking for <$300 for the pair of speakers I can't go wrong. Even with the bike OFF, the stock speakers leave a LOT to be desired.
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Kinda what I'm gonna do. I've been looking at J&M setup. A couple hundred more you can get new 7.25 speakers and a small amp.

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I agree. When you get them in post what you think. I would like an upgrade but not really an audio buff, better than stock just might be enough for me too.

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The best thing I did for my radio was switching from the HD windsplitter to a 12" Freedom shield. I also run the HD boom speakers because I got a deal on them and I rarely turn it past about half way.
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I have a set of J&M Rokkers in my bike, sound improvement was good, way better than the stock speakers.

I put a madstad 13.5" on my bike before the trip to SWIII this year and that made the biggest difference in being able to "hear" my stereo. I can now hear my stereo with my modular full face shoei helmet fully closed at 80mph. At that speed and with the helmet closed the stereo is at about 1/2 to 2/3 of full volume. Flip up the visor and it is really loud at 80mph.

My opinion for what its worth is to go with a brand that you know and like and keep future upgrades in mind.

I will be adding a J&M amp this winter to get the most out of my speakers.


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Hate to beak it to ya, but cheap & able hear at hwy speed cleanly don't go hand in hand.

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If you don't plan to get an amp and want to stay HD, the HD Boom speakers are a pretty good deal, go to your local dealer and ask to hear them, you might be surprised.

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I have a set of J&M Rokkers in my bike, sound improvement was good, way better than the stock speakers.

I put a madstad 13.5" on my bike before the trip to SWIII this year and that made the biggest difference in being able to "hear" my stereo. I can now hear my stereo with my modular full face shoei helmet fully closed at 80mph. At that speed and with the helmet closed the stereo is at about 1/2 to 2/3 of full volume. Flip up the visor and it is really loud at 80mph.

My opinion for what its worth is to go with a brand that you know and like and keep future upgrades in mind.

I will be adding a J&M amp this winter to get the most out of my speakers.


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Thanks. This was exactly what I was hoping to hear.

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Hate to beak it to ya, but cheap & able hear at hwy speed cleanly don't go hand in hand.
says the guy with a couple grand in to his stereo. :P

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I agree. When you get them in post what you think. I would like an upgrade but not really an audio buff, better than stock just might be enough for me too.
I will, but it won't be until springtime.


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