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