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    Just finished refurbishing & wiring my stereo for my GL. Fairing being painted. Can't wait to install.
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    Sorry, I couldn't insert photos at work. Here's a shot

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    Nice, you might need the front dual wheel option .I want to see it on the bike when you mount it. This is what I did a Sony Marine in dash w/remote, a waterproof cover and four speakers.http://.
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    I got fed up with car stereos either not working right due to the vibration (forget listening to CDs) or needing an always live wire for memory (= parasitic draw) or just not pulling in stations very well because they are designed for an antenna mounted on a big steel reflector (=car body) so after experimenting with cheap bike stereos meant to mount on the handlebars (they picked up more stations more reliably with a foot and a half of plain wire for the antenna and didn't have a memory but the one on the GoldWing was definitely not waterproof) wire I ended up with this New stereo in Eccles' fairing The radio is pretty good but I almost always listen to stuff on flash drives instead.

    BTW: I have what looks like the same weatherproof cover as Steve and in 2 years of everyday fall-winter-spring use I have never seen a drop of water or a speck of dust inside it.
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    This housing was mounted in the fairing before with an AM/FM Cassette./ you're right Bob...the cassette was useless because you had to stop to change it and it eventually stopped working due to ( I think) vibration. The radio always worked great with the internal wire antenna that came with the housing, so I'm re-using that. The current unit is similar to the one you describe with no removable media other than an SD card or flash drive. I was concerned about the memory draw. I don't know how much of a problem that will be. Thinking of installing a push-on/push off switch in that line in case it becomes a problem. I also think I'll get one of those covers, as well.
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    Cassettes worked OK for me except that after a year or 2 dirt got into them and eventually wore parts out. They might have lasted longer if I had the weatherproof cover instead of the vinyl one...

    The problem with changing cassettes while driving a bike (aside from the distraction) is that you need to have somewhere to put the ones that aren't in the player. When I had my first GoldWing I found a cassette player only (no radio) and mounted in the glove box (in the top of the "shelter" that sits where most bikes' gas tanks are). It was a pretty sheltered location even with the cover open (as long as I wasn't going very fast) and if I was very careful I could change the tape while driving but I only did that a few times because if I had to slow down that much it was safer & easier to pull over and stop. Flash drives are the same but you can put something like 7 or 8 hours on a 1GB so it isn't necessary as often.

    The memory line shouldn't draw a lot of current. Certainly not enough to cause problems if you drive it every day but if it is parked for a few weeks it could drain the battery...

    The problem with the last couple of car stereos I had with memory lines was that sometimes when I started the engine the battery voltage went below 10V and they forgot everything. Before I installed the current one I tested it by tuning it to a station and unplugging the power overnight and when I plugged it back in it was still tuned (it remembers where it was in what I'm listening to on flash memory too).

    I have a toggle switch on the fairing so I can kill it quickly & easily without opening the cover and working controls that weren't designed for gloves (let alone mitts). I also have a stereo L-pad between the stereo and the speakers, mounted where I can reach it easily to adjust the volume without opening the cover.
    There is a remote for the stereo but I never use it because 1) it isn't designed for use with gloves, 2) it would be too much of a distraction to use while driving and 3) I would be charged with Driving While Distracted if a cop saw me attempting to use it (& rightly so).
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    A bit of info on the "L pad" you mentioned, please.
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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L_pad#Speaker_L_pad

    Electronically a variable L-pad looks like this. The impedances (usually simple resistances) are set up so that with a speaker of appropriate impedance connected to it the impedance seen by the amplifier (which would be connected at the + and - terminals) would be the same no matter where you turn the knob but the level sent to the speaker can be varied. When I worked in the speaker industry we used to put them in speakers to control the tweeter & midrange on upper low end speakers because people expected them. (The really good speakers did not have them because the people who bought them knew better.)

    Shavano Music Online - Using L-Pads

    Stereo L-Pads consist of 2 of those ganged so that a single knob controls both. A supplier sent us a couple of samples but double ganged ones weren't suitable because if you were varying the levels of both midrange & tweeter separate knobs looked more "impressive" so instead of throwing them out I took them home. Fast forward a couple of decades and when I decided to add a volume control that I could work with mitts on I finally found a use for them.

    It would be difficult to take a pic of the one in the fairing. This is the insides of my GoldWing's instrument panel/speaker box/wiring box. The L-pad is the orange & gold object near the middle with the terminals on the right (the blue object next to it is the switch that turns the stereo off.
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    This is what it looks like from the outside
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