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post #1 of 32 Old 10-30-2010, 05:36 PM Thread Starter
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Oh, now this thing rocks, Tom said melodically

I gotta have tunes to ride. I think it's the sign of an empty brain.

My GPS has a built-in MP3 player, but the volume needs to be cranked way up to hear it. I tried a Boostaroo, but it didn't quite work out like I wanted it. Great for on an airplane with sound-canceling headphones, but not so great on the bike.

This thing, the AmpliRider, was something I found while surfing the net looking for something better. The cool thing is that it's made for bikes! WoooHoooo!

Here's what it looks like out of the box:



Opened up, it's obvious that it's a quality build. I wish I could do this kind of work:



I modified the power supply lines to come out the back:



Here's how I set up to mount it on my handlebar brace:



I picked up power from my usual power points on the back of the cluster - these are switched from the ignition. You can't pull a lot of power from here, but it's enough to run the GPS and the AmpliRider:



And here's what it looks like installed:



The AmpliRider is made by an especially friendly Canadian guy and costs $58US. You order from him via e-mail, and what blew me away was that he answers e-mails really quickly and keeps you advised of what's going on. I was really happy with that!

There are three inputs in the back that will mix, so you can plug in your GPS, your MP3 player, and your Radar detector and hear all three. Jammin' to tunes, listening to directions, and warned about Smokie up ahead..it don't get no better. Almost totally wired!

I don't have a ton of miles on it, but so far I'm really jazzed (heh). The amp puts out plenty of power for my Iasus speakers, and the volume control is really handy.

If you're into tunes, check it out.

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Great report and you spelled Canadian wrong but we're all "especially friendly" around here.

Does the sound from the GPS or Radar Detector take priority over music and override it?

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Great report and you spelled Canadian wrong...
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...Does the sound from the GPS or Radar Detector take priority over music and override it?
I don't believe there is a priority input. The thing mixes the signals and you hear everything. So, if you are listening to the 1812 Overture and the radar detector goes off at the same time as a cannon, you might not hear it.

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I still like to listen to the engine and my tinnitus, Tom said quietly.




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Nice electronics, and inexpensive!

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That's cool. I've been looking for a way to mount my Zune as well. I wonder how weatherproof it is as I'm a year round rider.
PS and OT: What's the LCD display lower on the bars?

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It's this http://www.casporttouring.com/cst/mo...ics/14124.html

It's a POCCS*, it's not water proof (I drowned it yesterday, but it will come back) and it's not high quality. It does work, though, and shows the time, battery voltage, and temperature.

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*Piece Of Cheap Chinese Shit.

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That's pretty cool.

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It's a POCCS*, it's not water proof (I drowned it yesterday, but it will come back)
What is it like being out in this craziness? My curiosity is not strong enough to override my fear of riding in the rain, yet.

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I hear you're sending your rain this way and I'm displeased.

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