A client from Emmaus recently contacted the Mobile Edge team about upgrading the radio and speakers on his 2007 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide. He wanted the system to sound better and play louder. He also wanted a way to stream music from his smartphone to the audio system. After checking out his bike, we invited him to audition a few speakers, amplifiers and source unit options in our showroom. Once he’d chosen upgrades he liked, we put together a complete package to make this cool bike sound unforgettable.
Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Radio Upgrade
The first step in improving the audio system was to remove the factory radio to make way for an Aquatic AV AQ-MP-5UBT-HS radio. This single-DIN digital media receiver was designed specifically for older Harley-Davidson touring bikes, and it fit perfectly in the factory radio location. The radio power and speaker connectors also work with the bike’s factory wiring, so no splicing is required.
Hertz Motorcycle Amplifier Delivers Big Power
We fed the preamp output from the radio into a Hertz HMP-4D four-channel amplifier that we mounted in the front fairing. This amp is rated to produce 50 watts of power to four speakers or can be bridged to deliver 130 watts to a pair of speakers. We used the bridged configuration in this bike so there would never be any issues with having enough power.
Powersports Speakers Ensure Great Sound
The last step was to upgrade the speakers to something that could handle the extra power from the amp and deliver clean and clear music at all volume levels. The client chose a set of Hertz Hex 6.5 S-LD-G coaxial speakers. These two-way speakers are designed specifically for powersports applications to handle being exposed to rain, wind, dust and debris. The speakers also include RGB LED lighting in the grilles, so they look fantastic on the bike.
Carbon County’s Best Motorcycle Audio Upgrades
Once all the equipment was installed, we configured the amplifier to ensure that the system plays clearly, even at extreme volume levels. The client returned to Mobile Edge once we were done and hopped on the bike for a listen. He was blown away by the difference in clarity and output capability – precisely what he was after.
If the stereo system on your motorcycle doesn’t give you goosebumps when you crank the volume, take a ride over to Mobile Edge in Lehighton and talk with a member of our team. We’d be happy to help you choose a radio, speakers, an amplifier or even subwoofers for your bike to make it a rolling concert. If you can’t get to our store during regular business hours, give us a call or click on the red icon below to send an email.