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Alright so I did a quick forum search and found a little bit of info but not exactly what I'm looking for. I've got a 2012 Hard Ball and I want to add a speaker system to the mix. I need some music to make those longer rides that much sweeter.

From what I've read on the forums it would seem that it comes down to either the UNiQ Cycle Sounds or the Motorcycle Tunes systems.

I'm leaning towards the latter because, the way I understand it, it's a more powerful system and I want the best sounding audio at highway speeds.

My question is this: Does anyone here have experience with either of these, or other handlebar mounted, systems? And furthermore do you have pictures? The promo pics on both websites are kind of weak. I'd like to see what the controls look like, how the whole thing was wired up and how the amp was mounted.

Thanks in advance if you're able to help. But before you ask, no I do not want to put a front fairing on my bike.

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Are you going to put the amp in one of the side bags?

My point to this is if you were going to do so you may want to go with putting the speakers in the lids?

Just an idea, good luck!
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I am admittedly a cheap kinda guy. But I will often buy a cheap item, knowing that for little more money, I can "upgrade" the unit as necessary. With that being said, I purchased a Home of shark motorcycle audio, music, speakers,Intercom headsets - SharkMotorcyleAudio.com unit. I have had a few issues, remote died, initial speaker set was too weak for the amp, etc. Their customer service has been top notch. A quick email and I have a replacement part in a few days. That was the unexpected part to me, since I bought one of their "reconditioned" units.
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Are you going to put the amp in one of the side bags?

My point to this is if you were going to do so you may want to go with putting the speakers in the lids?

Just an idea, good luck!
I'd like to put the amp under the seat if there is enough room and in the bags if there isn't. The being said, I haven't taken the seat off to see how much room I have to play with yet. I haven't ruled out the idea of putting the speakers in the bag but I'd like to conserve bag space at the same time. But the bags are pretty big so who knows, I might still go that way. Plus depending on how they look I might not want them on the bars. The last thing I want is a cluttered looking bike.

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I am admittedly a cheap kinda guy. But I will often buy a cheap item, knowing that for little more money, I can "upgrade" the unit as necessary. With that being said, I purchased a Home of shark motorcycle audio, music, speakers,Intercom headsets - SharkMotorcyleAudio.com unit. I have had a few issues, remote died, initial speaker set was too weak for the amp, etc. Their customer service has been top notch. A quick email and I have a replacement part in a few days. That was the unexpected part to me, since I bought one of their "reconditioned" units.
At 80 MPH, I'm not hearing every note in a song, but I'm hearing it well enough to get bugs stuck to my teeth from singing right along with it.
I'm pretty cheap too so I can relate lol. But when it comes to my passions I'd say I'm more Jewish about it, I'll pay the money if I think it's worth it. Where did you mount the remote and how exactly did it die? And do you lose notes here and there only at highway speeds or in the city as well? Do you have aftermarket pipes?

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I'm pretty cheap too so I can relate lol. But when it comes to my passions I'd say I'm more Jewish about it, I'll pay the money if I think it's worth it. Where did you mount the remote and how exactly did it die? And do you lose notes here and there only at highway speeds or in the city as well? Do you have aftermarket pipes?
I have stage 1 pipes, a little throaty when you get on it, otherwise really tame. I think the majority of why I loose some of the sound is wind at highway speeds. The system doesn't go out, Just can't hear it perfectly over around 70. I don't ride a lot of highways anyway, so it's not a big deal to me. I could probably adjust the angle of my speakers and it might help, but I'm pretty happy with it as it is, so rather than ride than wrench.
I had the remote mounted on the bars, no clue why it went out, It had worked fine after getting caught in the rain multiple times, just decided to die. It happens. I service machines for a living so I'm used to stuff failing.

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I am using the Boss MC400 I have the amp mounted inside headlight housing works great I did sand and paint the speakers flat black BOSS Audio MC400 Motorcycle/UTV Speaker and Amplifier System https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004S4XMH2..._het-vb43DNCSS
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