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.
David E Moist says
Looking for an intercom for helmets for my HD Heritage Softail 2015 103 cu.in bike. Will look at audio if it includes intercom. Not the riches guy on the planet, but can spend around $500.00 or less. Any suggestions??
I am very sorry for taking so long to get back to you. We do not have a go to solution for this, however, if you would like us to put some time into it, we would be more than happy to. Just give us a call at 480-550-8944.
I have a 2013 Road Glide if I upgrade speakers and add a amp. will the sound improve to my liking.
Hey Mark, absolutely! Before 2014, you don’t have to deal with the factory equalization that Harley implemented. We have a few options for that bike that will definitely improve your sound, would you like to swing by to take a listen?
Brad minkoff says
What radio upgrade would you suggest for my 2003 road glide I already have the hog wire amp and speakers installed
Hey Brad, I’m sorry for the delayed response. That really depends on what kind of features you are looking for. We do a lot of the Alpine UTE-62BT for the guys that are looking for bluetooth connectivity and a front mounted USB connection. We also do a lot of the HD149BT for the guys who like the USB tucked into the glove box and want HD radio. Id recommend swinging by our showroom so we can go over al of your options with you. Hows next week for you?