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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 This head unit does not include a CD player or AM radio, both which are out of date technology.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.



The XOVision installed and ready to go.



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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No more issues with skipping over a bump now? That's pretty wise I guess. Where do you store your iphone with the auxillery?
 

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No skipping because everything is digital now. I don't use the auxiliary jack. I bought an SD card that slides right in to the front of the stereo.
 

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No skipping because everything is digital now. I don't use the auxiliary jack. I bought an SD card that slides right in to the front of the stereo.
Mine takes a sd card. Its the only way to go,you can put like 500 songs on the smallest card.I dont use the radio much,too much talking not enough music.
 

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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.



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.



Let me know what you think or if you have any questions.
 

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Need to upload a sound file, so all the VR brutha's and sista's can hear the tunes. 8)
 

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I have this same unit in my batwing! It sounds great! I only have original Harley speakers as of now, but have a nice set of bostons to install as soon as I make an adapter.
 

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I'm running kenwoods in mine right now. Not sure if I'm upgrading yet
 

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I had a defective Cd player in my Samurai. Replaced it with a newer radio which also has extra inputs I use the USB port and it shows my songs, artist etc. on the radio's face plate. Love the USB input just updated the songs for both my USB drives I use one in the RV and one in my Samurai same 70 songs converted from CD and other sources. No skipping with USB digital songs. Have a USB drive with audio output I can connect to my helmets Cardio but only did it once to try it out prefer to not listen to music when I ride my C50.
 

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that's perty cool like it I wish I had thought of that lol I went with a hi end pioneer cost lil over 250$ but it wont skip. I like this idea though may buy me one and put my pioneer in my car =) cheers mate keep the good ideas coming
 

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that's perty cool like it I wish I had thought of that lol I went with a hi end pioneer cost lil over 250$ but it wont skip. I like this idea though may buy me one and put my pioneer in my car =) cheers mate keep the good ideas coming
I've got a pioneer in my car. Im not willing to let a nice stereo sit out in the elements. I figure if I at least get a year out of a $40 stereo, I won't be too upset if it goes out.
 
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