A new client from Scottsdale came to Handcrafted Car Audio in search of a 2003 Harley Davidson Road Glide audio system. We discussed his preferences in terms of music and listening style before developing a system plan. The client specified that he wanted something that was going to be crystal-clear at all speeds. This meant the system was going to need a lot of power. We proposed three pairs of speakers and twin amplifiers. With a smile on his face, the client let us get to work.
This Harley Davidson Road Glide Audio System Starts With Big Power In A Small Space
We started on the fairing by modifying the steel factory radio housing to allow a Hertz HDP4 amplifier to fit. We cut a ¼” ABS plastic plate to fit the amp-mounting dimensions and mounted it on the radio housing with 8-32 hardware and nutserts. Normally, we would never be able to use an amplifier of this size on a Road Glide, but the customer had chosen a JVC mechless radio for his system. This radio doesn’t have a CD mechanism, so the chassis is several inches shallower than most.
We mounted the second HDP4 to the outside of one of the rear saddle bags on a second ¼” ABS plastic mounting plate. We chose this location to allow the saddle bag to be removed when the bike needs maintenance. This placement also affects storage space as little as possible. We created what is known as a service loop for the amplifier, as well as the rear speakers. Enough wiring is available to allow all necessary work to be done without needing to disconnect the audio system.
In the front fairing, we placed two sets of Hertz HV165XL woofers in the factory locations and mounted a set of Hertz ML280 tweeters just below the gauges. In the rear, we installed a set of Hertz Hi Energy HCX690 coaxial 6×9” in the tops of the saddlebags. The front amplifier provides 120 watts to each of the front speakers, and the rear amp is configured to run as a two-channel with nearly 500 watts of power available for the 6x9s.
Our Great Products, Professional Installation And Expert Tuning Result In Another Happy Client
Each and every system that we complete at Handcrafted Car Audio is carefully tuned with an oscilloscope to ensure the most output possible without distortion. When the client returned to pick up his bike, he had a listen out in front of our shop. He was thrilled with how clear and loud the system played. We showed him how we mounted everything yet kept the bike remained entirely serviceable. He was blown away by our attention to detail.
If you are interested in upgrading the audio system on your bike, we invite you to call us or drop by for a consultation. We can look over your bike and design the best upgrade to fit your needs. You can contact us here for more information about our products and services.