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Well, being the type that likes to listen to tunes on long road trips { like my 1950 mile road trip this may for example} I'm playing around with making a removable stereo for the KLR, no intentions of even trying to market it, but if it works and your interested, I'll be happy to guide you in any way.

I had the stereo mounted to the KLR last summer, and let me tell you it worked perfect ! you could here deep purple at 70 mph with no trouble, even wearing ear plugs as I do. Now I know our beloved bike isn't a beauty queen, but damn, the set up was hideous even for a KLR. So now I'm looking at a way to put a padded insert within one of my tank panniers to hold the head unit and mount the speakers to the cross bar with some form of quick disconnect type mounts, using quick connects for all wiring connections. I'll be taking some pictures and posting them later in the week. I will say this though, the total cost including the water resistant enclosure could cost as little as $150.
 

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I had it set up and working before, it just looked like crap sitting there on the bars like it did. Now just looking for an alternate location to mount the head unit. I think I'm going to make a sleeve in one of the tank panniers to hold the head unit. I want to be able to take it all off easily for trail riding etc.
 

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I found some Battery powered computer speakers (for the amp)
and they just plugged right into the GPS. w/XM radio. worked great
as your parked.
 

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:character00286: ya gotta melt the records first I hear :animal0019:

I'll take a few pictures this weekend, I'm off from thursday on:character0053:

I had thought about the battery powered speakers, but like when I did it before, you could listen to tunes at 70mph with no problem. I used 4 inch round speakers {pioneer of course} I had first bought a set of bike speakers that mounted neatly on the mirror mount, but the darn things blew the first time I cranked the volume up. Thats what I get for going cheap. I wanted to use the mounts, but couldn't find any speakers that could handle at least 50 watts that small. The stereo is just a cheapy jvc from wally world, so not a big deal if it gets trashed. I did find however that using the CD player was a bust if there was even the smallest road bump. The handle bar mount just wasn't isolated enough to use it vibration wise. the head unit was fairly well protected in a marine enclosure that has a flip down sealed face, almost lost it when the hinge pin vibrated out, who'd a thunk it LOL, vibration on a KLR.

I'm going to work on it this week, and should have it done I hope, if I do, I'll take the pictures and even a video and post it up.
 

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Even so I have not installed it (yet) in the KLR650 - I'm using a Starcom1 Advance unit on my ST1300.

I've plugged the Garmin 378 (with XM Radio) into it as well as the CB and Bluetooth for the Phone. Works extremely well on the ST1300 for a descent price. I've used the iPOD and other MP3 before with Goldwing headsets and an adapter to plug them in. But I've found that on the freeway they just don't pump out enough noise to make it audible.

I'm planning on installing a unit on the KLR as well but probably without the CB as I don't need it on there.

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I would like to see someones setup with XM radio. I have an MP3 with small headphones but will not be using it until I get some more experience riding. Don't need the added distractions just yet.
 

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I know it's great to wear the headphones and all, but it sucks... here in CA they don't let you wear head phones while driving on road, so I just use them off-road. I see why they would make that law in CA because people here drive like maniacs and if you don't hear them slamming on the brakes your dead. I was thinking about how to make a "stereo" and I think the best way would be to buy a tank bag and connect your mp3/ipod/cd player/ (whatever it is) to an adapter that has good speakers and put it all in the tank bag at max volume. I think it is a safer alternative to the headphones as well. I might just do that.
 

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I saw a cheap chinese scooter, a Helix knock off, with a stereo built into the top case. It has speakers sticking out of the case facing forward. The cassette/radio deck is inside with all of the controls only available with the case open.



 

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That speaker in the box thing is something I've been considering if/when I decide on what topcase to get. Instead of the radio though I want an external plug for mp3 devices.
 

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There's a lot of helmet speakers out there.. Here's an inexpensive set from Aerostich http://www.aerostich.com/catalog/US/Aerostich-Helmet-Speakers-p-18213.html

It's a tough issue on a KLR. I've tried EAR noise cancelling earbuds, but the problem is that after a while, they kinda hurt your ears.

I've kinda come to the realisation that if I'm on my KLR, I'm going to be without tunes. This sorta sucks because music really adds to the whole ride..

Now, if I want to ride and listen to tunes, I cheat and just take this instead..



It's got AM/FM/CB/10 disk CD changer and Sirius Satellite Radio (since mounted after this photo was taken), and I can either listen to the 4 speakers or use the intercom speakers in my helmet..
It's cheating at it's finest..:)
 

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+1 for the iPod & remote. I use the Monster remote,
which has held up VERY well (including being lost on a trail over night, and found the next day, still operational. My brother uses the Belkin, which is interesting, as it uses a fabric remote.
He has actually sewn the remote to some velcro, and sewn some velcro to his tank bag. I'm not the seamstress he is, though, so I've just got the hook on the monster remote hooked into my tank bag. Both remotes are designed for sports use, such as snowboarding, so weather is not a factor, and they're glove-friendly. Just make sure you keep an extra battery for the remote around, as they do weird things when the remote battery is low (such as randomly crank the volume ALL THE WAY UP).

Add some noise canceling headphones, and viola.

For your project, Gunny, you can get headphone jack to RCA adapters to use your car stereo as an amp, and run your speakers. If you have a cig lighter on Bambi Killer, you can even add power for your iPod (it doesn't draw much on the power side). My charged 30GB iPod Video will get me about 1000 miles from home before it needs juice. My brother has the iPod nano, which will go much further, as it doesn't have a hard drive in it.

Good luck, and give us some pics, man! (you find any camo speakers yet?)
 

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+1 for the iPod & remote. I use the Monster remote,
which has held up VERY well (including being lost on a trail over night, and found the next day, still operational. My brother uses the Belkin, which is interesting, as it uses a fabric remote.
He has actually sewn the remote to some velcro, and sewn some velcro to his tank bag. I'm not the seamstress he is, though, so I've just got the hook on the monster remote hooked into my tank bag. Both remotes are designed for sports use, such as snowboarding, so weather is not a factor, and they're glove-friendly. Just make sure you keep an extra battery for the remote around, as they do weird things when the remote battery is low (such as randomly crank the volume ALL THE WAY UP).

Add some noise canceling headphones, and viola.

For your project, Gunny, you can get headphone jack to RCA adapters to use your car stereo as an amp, and run your speakers. If you have a cig lighter on Bambi Killer, you can even add power for your iPod (it doesn't draw much on the power side). My charged 30GB iPod Video will get me about 1000 miles from home before it needs juice. My brother has the iPod nano, which will go much further, as it doesn't have a hard drive in it.

Good luck, and give us some pics, man! (you find any camo speakers yet?)
Can you use two sets of ear buds on an Ipod for a passenger?
 
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