There is nothing like the sound of your motorcycle engine as you cruise around your city or town. However, having a nice tune to go along with your ride is always a bonus. Over the years the options for motorcycle audio have expanded to include similar components that you would find in any car or truck, making it easier than ever to have a great audio system in your motorcycle.

Here are 5 fast facts about motorcycle audio for you to keep in mind:

1. Motorcycle audio components are very similar to car audio components

If they make it for a car or truck, there is a good chance you can find a similar component for your motorcycle audio. For example, we carry options from stereos to speakers, to amplifiers and so much more for your ride.

Obviously, the size and power output will in many cases be smaller or lower as a motorcycle has much less room to work with; however, the same rules apply as in car audio. You will need a source unit like a stereo, you will also need speakers and an amplifier to power them, and you will need the proper wiring to bring everything together. In addition, all components should be made to withstand the elements as motorcycles do not protect them from the sun, rain, wind and other natural factors. 

2. There are many motorcycle-specific options available

Many people do not want to invest the time or the money to do custom audio fabrication, like spending hours to make speaker enclosures made of fiberglass. One amazing alternative is buying vehicle specific kits made for your motorcycle. These kits come with everything you will need to upgrade your audio system. They include the speakers the adapters and even the grilles. This takes all of the headache out of the entire experience. Visit our website to see if we have a kit made for your ride!

JBL Cruise

3. Handlebar speakers are a great option for many riders

If your bike does not come stocked any speakers from the factory and you don’t have any saddlebags you could customize, one option you should consider is handlebar speakers. Speakers like the JBL Cruise are a great option because they are water-resistant, they have a built-in amplifier, and they are Bluetooth compatible. All you have to do is mount them, connect them to your power supply, and you are ready to wirelessly connect them to your device so you can start riding.

4. You need to consider what type of audio source you are going to use

One important decision you need to make is what type of audio source you are going to use. Are you going to install an entire Single Din stereo or are you going to go for something smaller like a Bluetooth remote like the NVX XUBT3. Single Din stereos are a great option for someone who wants features like FM radio or Sirius Satelite radio as well as Bluetooth. You also get the advantage of not having to purchase an additional amplifier because these units come with one built-in; However, if you don’t have any saddlebags or any other existing place to put your stereo, you will more than likely have to do some custom installation. Bluetooth remote controls take up much less space and the custom fabrication will be very minimal. If you are just looking for a way to stream music wirelessly, this is probably the way to go. If you choose that option, you will need to buy an amplifier to actually power your speakers on your motorcycle.


5. Your motorcycle audio components should be water and weather resistant

As mentioned, motorcycle audio components are subject to the elements. You never know when a rainstorm will approach while on your ride or commute. With that said, using speakers, stereos and other audio parts that can withstand the damage from sun, moisture and the like is imperative. Moisture, especially, will damage electrical components. Check reviews and purchase from brands you trust to ensure a long-lasting product life.

Keeping these 5 fast facts in mind will ensure you have a great sounding and long-lasting audio system that can be enjoyed for years. Need further help with your motorcycle audio questions? Our team of experts will be happy to assist you!