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Like many other riders out there, I went with a bike with a full fairing. The issue I was having was with the stereo head unit that was in it. The head unit they used was a Kenwood CD player. Every bump I would hit would cause that fairing to shake so bad the CD would skip. Eventually this became a huge issue as I went on my last trip of the season. I rode over a bridge and the entire face plate detached from head unit and the face plate went tumbling. I ended up having to tape the face plate back onto the head unit. The faceplate suffered a bit of road rash after hittting me in the face.



I found a cheap alternative and a much lighter option. I picked up an XOVision XD103 head unit off eBay for around $30. This is a weaker power than the Kenwood, but I don't think it will be an issue since it will only be pushing two 6'' speakers. As you can see, the head unit does not have all the features of higher end head units, but I feel this is a plus. This head unit does not include a CD player or AM radio, both which are out of date technology. It does have an auxiliary input, USB port and SD card reader, all easily accessible. ALSO, THIS IS NOT WATERPROOF. Not an issue with my garage queen of a motorcycle.



Now what is included with the head unit is a mounting sleeve, wiring harness, removal keys and instructions. The wiring harness has its own build in fuse.



The real selling point for me was the weight and about half the size in depth of a regular head unit. The stereo is a single DIN, meaning it fits a standard 2''x8'' opening. The Kenwood is full of electronics with very little empty space. With the XOVision, the only electronics are two boards, one up front and one in the back. The housing is mostly empty space. I don't have a scale or else I would have weighed both units. The Kenwood felt like an anchor compared to the XOVision.

Kenwood is on the bottom. XOVision on top.



Another selling point was the fact that the face plate is not detachable from the head unit. When my face plate on the Kenwood failed, from hitting multiple bumps, the small plastic tabs broke. With the XOVision, the face plate is screwed on with massive tabs.

XOVision on the left. Kenwood on the right.



This is a terrible picture of the XOVision installed. I'll try to get another one posted soon.



If anyone has any questions, please post them and I'll try to get you an answer or opinion. I would recommend this for anyone that has a hard jarring of their fairing when they hit bumps. I know most of the jarring is the fairing, but the weight of the head unit still factors in.

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The real selling point for me was the weight and a DIN size of about half of a regular head unit. DIN size is the depth that the head unit goes into the mount. The Kenwood is full of electronics with very little empty space. With the XOVision, the only electronics are two boards, one up front and one in the back. The housing is mostly empty space. I don't have a scale or else I would have weighed both units. The Kenwood felt like an anchor compared to the XOVision.
Interesting find on a smaller, lighter unit. However, I'm just about positive DIN refers to the size of the opening that the radio slides into, not the depth of the unit. The Kenwood (and the XOVision) in your picture would be a single DIN. Most in dash NAV units would be a double DIN. Then of course there's the good ol Chrysler DIN-and-a-half that my Cherokee had...

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Interesting find on a smaller, lighter unit. However, I'm just about positive DIN refers to the size of the opening that the radio slides into, not the depth of the unit. The Kenwood (and the XOVision) in your picture would be a single DIN. Most in dash NAV units would be a double DIN. Then of course there's the good ol Chrysler DIN-and-a-half that my Cherokee had...
You are correct and I just edited my post

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So an update to my original post. The stereo worked great, but at only 20 watts per channel, it was too quite at highway speeds. I'm sure if I was riding something louder than my Victory, you wouldn't be able to hear it at lower speed either. So my solution was to buy a more power stereo.

I found a Boss UA612 head unit on eBay for $40 shipped. It is another digital media player, which plays SD cards and USB drives. This head unit does not have a CD player, which saves weight and cost.



The unboxing. Stereo, wiring harness, mounting sleeve, removal keys, face trim and instructions.



Very clean front face of the head unit. Large buttons which glove wearers will appreciate.




The rear of the head unit.



Side view of the head unit. The old Xovision is on the left, the new Boss on the right. You can see the height difference in the volume knobs. The Boss unit is a lot easier to manipulate than the Xovision. Also to ensure durability, I added a dab of JB Weld on the tab without the screw.



This unit has two separate wiring harnesses. One is for the power and the other is for the speakers. Each wire is individually labeled for easy installation.



Wiring instructions directly on the head unit.


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For the installation, I kept the Xovision harness installed. This way, if the Boss stereo ever breaks, I can quickly use the Xovision as a backup.



Installed and powered off.



Powered on in the dark. The accent lights on each side of the volume knob are pretty bright, and the brightest part of the head unit. If the light becomes an issue, I will probably attempt to dismantle the head unit and remove the lights completely.





My initial impressions with the head unit are pretty positive. Since I had 50 watt speakers installed, the matching 50 watt head unit is clear at high volume. As for the volume, you can really tell a difference. I don't think there will be any issues at highway speeds.

The radio presets also function differently while using the SD card or USB player.
Preset 1: Play/pause
Preset 2: Track preview
Preset 3: Repeat
Preset 4: Random
Preset 5: Next folder
Preset 6: Previous folder

The only negative I can see is on the display screen. You cannot change the picture of the WV Beetle haha.


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Just wondering which fairing is that?
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