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Some of you may know that I am looking at a new Vision and I was wondering if any of you have felt a need or have upgraded the stereo on the 2009 Premium Tour?
Let me know. I have seen the upgrade on www.hawg-wired.com that is an amp with (2) speakers for about $795......seems expensive.
Any advice or help would be greatly appreciated!
 

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While I don't have any seat time on an 09, yes the 08 could have used a better audio system/speakers. Also, I have heard mixed reviews on the Hawg-Wired upgrade. Unless you're doing your own work, be sure to add in the cost of labor and the installed price seems way too high.
 

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dream, i would find a custom stereo shop in your area. I have one here near me called ABT electronics, and they can do anything. and for 750 bucks you could have a killer system installed, and it would work with all the stock controlls !
 

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Are they like Car Toys? I am sure that there are some in this area, you just don't want anyone working on your bike as it is not like a car. I live in the Dallas - Fort Worth area. If you or anyone knows of any shops in this area that specializes in stereo upgrades for bikes let me know. Thanks!
 

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dreamrider2009 said:
What mixed reviews? The $795.00 is just for the amp & (2) speakers from Hawg-Wired.
WARNING: Long reply to follow:

A while back, I had looked into the Hawg-Wired Amp/Speaker upgrade (via a Google Search) and read online reviews from some riders who installed them and they didn't notice much of a difference after it was installed. Personally, for that price, I would WANT to notice a huge improvement. I will state that I prefer to do my own reviews, but since I've never personally experienced a before and after situation with this product, I have to rely on others' opinions.

On my 08 Vision, if I wear a 3/4 helmet, the quality of the audio at a reasonable volume level is okay. If I wear a full face helmet, I have to crank it up and it's not that great. Yes, the volume could be higher on the stock audio system and the sound quality could be much better. But, we have to be realistic and realize that we're riding motorcycles, we're not driving cars and we're not in our living rooms. Just having a dependable audio system is a great feature on a bike. Having the iPod incorporated into the system is the icing on the cake.

I think that we can honestly state that Victory/Polaris is not in the electronics business and it's a fair guess they outsource all the audio components and mark them up in the price of the bike. I can only wonder if there's a full time audio specialists handling all the audio/electronics purchases or if it's added duties for someone in the purchasing department. I'd venture to guess that it's added duties as we have to remember that in the big scheme of things, Victory is still a small company. If you think about it, the CB/Intercom most likely falls under the same department and that too could have been designed a bit better...with the needs of the rider in mind.

For example, I find it strange that although the CB is installed under the trunk, that it (or the intercom) cannot be used without the trunk. It would have been nice to see them place the antenna in a different location as well as the passenger intercom connector. (Now, don't get me started about the AM/FM antenna that barely works!).

Personally, for the price of the Vision, a better audio system should have been included...but we are talking bikes, not cars.

It's my understanding that for 09, Victory increased the amp output a bit and used different speakers with what they are calling, improved tweeters.

I know there's some VOG Members who have had both an 08 and an 09 Vision. I'm curious as to their thoughts if the stereo system has been improved from one model year to the next.
 

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I've got the Hawg Wired speakers on my Street Glide (sans the amp) and they are fantastic with no complaints.

I was fine with the Vision sound system until I took off the trunk (and therefore the rear speakers). The fronts just don't give me the clarity/diversity I am looking for (not crisp or clear enough with the Treble and high notes and absolutely no Bass). However, it sounds to me (pun intended) that there is no need for 'power' to the speakers (plenty of volume), it's just that the stock-speakers just don't deliver the clarity with that volume.

I chose to try J&M's to replace my fronts - they're being installed along with other modifications to my spaceship at the dealer as I type this. I should be getting the bike back next week and I'll let you know what I think.

Drew.
 

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Speakers are easy. And im pretty convinced that 80-90% of the audio problem is just needing a better antenna. Drew that site looks really good. The one problem i see with there Vision page is the antenna mounted on the trunk. I see alot off aftermarket antenna's done this way. Great for a HD or wing, but not on the Vision. When i take my trunk off for cruisin, i want the antenna to stay with the bike, not the trunk in the garage. Im sure it can be mounted differently.
 

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Dean,

I hear ya - but the antenna on the Vision-trunk is only for the CB (which I never used even when I had the trunk on). The radio antenna is taped behind the upper front fairing panel just under the windshield - and it really sucks. Horrible reception.

I really never listen to local channels anymore since I've got the iPod and XM.

Crisp, clear sound is all I need - we'll see if the upgraded speakers do the trick.
 

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dreamrider2009 said:
Drew,
Are you just doing the speakers? or Are you adding in a amp?If so which ones are you installing and are you doing front & rear?
No amp (don't see a need for one yet) and I am just doing the front for now (don't foresee putting the trunk back on anytime soon - so why waste the $.
 

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Drew said:
Dean,

The radio antenna is taped behind the upper front fairing panel just under the windshield - and it really sucks. Horrible reception.
There was a rumor a while back that a recall on the Vision's antenna was on the horizon. Has anyone heard anything about this? When I asked a dealer about it a while back, he stated he was unaware there was anything wrong with the antenna. Go Figure? (It should be a requirement that all dealers read the Forums to find out what issues rider's are experiencing!).

While I agree with Drew that with XM and the iPod, the AM/FM radio is not as important these days, that same antenna is used for the Weather Band and it would be nice to have that feature working properly. The WB on my bike only works in a very strong recption area.

On a related note, Florida, like many States, has low powered radio stations for traffic reports and has road signs with flashing lights when a tie up is ahead. (Some of the highways have overhead signs with traffic info). I've never been able to receive this station on my bike's radio.

I've wondered if the problem with the antenna is simply the location? Being located behind an aluminum "wing" panel could be the culprit. This would be the equivalent of placing an antenna under the hood of a car.

There is some good news...Even with these minor annoyances and complaints, I do truly enjoy my bike. For a big bike, it's easy to maneuver around town and a pleasure on the highway. Until someone comes up with a better bike, I'll stick with it. It would be nice if the service intervals weren't so close together though. That's probably why having good servicing dealers is so important...as we have to visit them more often than the Metrics do.
 

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dreamrider2009 said:
Some of you may know that I am looking at a new Vision and I was wondering if any of you have felt a need or have upgraded the stereo on the 2009 Premium Tour?
Let me know. I have seen the upgrade on http://www.hawg-wired.com/ that is an amp with (2) speakers for about $795......seems expensive.
Any advice or help would be greatly appreciated!
I don't have an 08 to campare it to, but my 09 10th anniversary Vision has plenty of power in the stock stereo. Very loud and good quality, espicially with the iPod and XM radio.
 

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I have to agree with some that have posted about the antenna being the cause of all that is evil. How this design got past the engineers is beyond me. I live Atlanta and my reception stinks. I understand that they really didn't want to disturb the flow of the bike with an antenna sticking out but I'll take function over style on this one. They should have stuck with an antenna on the trunk like everyone else until they could have perfected their current design. I think if you fix the reception most of us will quit thinking the radio is under powered. I'm currently stuck with only listening to the Ipod which shouldn't be the case.
My bike is an 09 and I still bought the upgraded speakers for the trunk as a test. To my untrained ear I'm not sure if it was worth the money. I understand the 08'sare a different story. Ultimately the radio on a bike isn't going to sound as good as your car stereo unless you start paying some really big bucks. A custom stereo guy was at the HD dealer I was annoying with my Vision :) and was explaining the big problem with bike stereos is they use marine speakers which in his opinion are crap. He was telling a guy that he should replace the speakers in his HD with a good set of audio speakers and explained that the way some are designed and sealed they would be fine in the outside elements. I'm a stereo novice so I can't say if that statement is true or not.
 
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