Who says stereo systems are restricted to full-size cars and trucks? You might be surprised to learn that motorcycles can be equipped with fully functional stereos – and they work surprisingly well. Installing a stereo system on your motorcycle will allow you to enjoy those long rides just a little more, as you can listen to your favorite tunes while relaxing on your bike. However, there are a few things to consider when choosing motorcycle speakers.
Don't make the mistake of choosing standard, “indoor” speakers or even car audio speakers for your motorcycle. Unless they are waterproof, chances are they will become damaged from the rain and humidity. Moisture will settle into the electronic components, causing the speakers to short out. Thankfully, there are several different types of waterproof speakers on the market designed specifically for motorcycles.
Something else to consider when choosing speakers for your motorcycle is whether or not they feature Bluetooth connectivity. This feature is invaluable if you plan on listening to streaming music like iHeartRadio, Pandora or Spotify. Furthermore, it can be used for turn-by-turn GPS navigation services. Just connect your smartphone to the speakers via Bluetooth, and the speakers will project your smartphone's sound.
A good pair of motorcycle speakers should offer countless years of enjoyment. Some of the cheaper ones, however, may break down and stop working after just a couple months of use. This is why it's a good idea to choose speakers that are backed with a solid warranty. All of the motorcycle speakers and stereo systems sold at Steel Horse Audio have an iron-clad 5-year warranty plus 30-day money back guarantee.
Pay close attention to the placement of the buttons, as well as the types of buttons used in the motorcycle speaker and/or stereo system. If the controls are placed in awkward positions, it may be difficult to use, especially when you are riding. The controls should be ergonomically designed in a way that's natural, easy and comfortable for the rider to operate, even with gloves on.
Of course, you should also consider the mounting options when shopping for motorcycle speakers. Some motorcycle speakers are designed to mount on the rear of a motorcycle, whereas others mount on the handlebars or highway bars. Handlebar-mounted speakers are ideal because of their ability to project sound directly in front of the rider.
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