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The Best Speakers for Harley Davidson

Coming from Australia, Harley Davidson has been around for a long time. They have a loyal customer base and serve as the go-to source of bikes for many motorcycle enthusiasts. Harley Davidson makes their motorcycles with high-quality parts and offers them at great prices. The company is also known for its famous slogan, “Live Life Like You Mean It.” 

The perfect soundtrack is an essential part of any adventure. And if you’re doing a road trip with your Harley Davidson, you want motorcycle speakers that will give you the best sound quality at a great price.

That’s why today, we reviewed 9 products to find the best speakers for Harley Davidson. These range from a variety of types and configurations and there is certainly on the list that is perfect for your needs and your budget. Keep reading to learn more.

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9 Best Speakers for Harley Davidson – Reviewed in Detail

Table of Contents

  1. Rockford Fosgate TMS6SG (Harley Davidson Street Glide and Electra Glide Speakers)
  2. J&M Rokker XXR (Harley Davidson Road Glide Speakers)
  3. BOSS Audio Systems MC750B
  4. Hogtunes Gen 4
  5. Hoppe Industries Stereo Fairing (Harley Davidson Road King Fairing Speakers)
  6. Kicker DSC6504
  7. BOSS Audio Systems MCBK420B
  8. Rockford Fosgate R165X3
  9. Kuryakyn 2720 Road Thunder

1. Rockford Fosgate TMS6SG (Harley Davidson Street Glide and Electra Glide Speakers)

Rockford Fosgate TMS6SG

The Rockford Fosgate TMS6SG Harley-Davidson Street Glide Speakers is perfect for your needs and budget. It has a pair of 1″ full-range tweeters and can produce 150 watts of power. It also features an innovative design that makes it easy to install in your bike’s existing wiring system. It is compatible with the Harley Davidson Street Glide and Electra Glide motorcycles.

Product Specifications

  • 1-Way Motorcycle Speakers
  • Compatible with 2006-2013 Harley Davidson Street Glide and 1998-2013 Electra Glide
  • 1″ Full-Range Tweeters
  • Front Speakers
  • Maximum Power Output: 150 Watts

Advantages & Disadvantages

Pros

  • These produce great sound quality and have an excellent response. They are also very easy to install on your Harley Davidson Street Glide or Electra Glide since they come with all the necessary wires and hardware.
  • The power output is pretty impressive on this audio kit, considering the small size of these speakers.
  • Element Ready advanced technology, resistant to weather and water, and protected against dust, UV, temperature, corrosion, and vibrations.
  • These Rockford Fosgate speakers have low distortion even at high volumes.
  • Coaxial speaker system, meaning it won’t need an external crossover or amplifier.

Cons

  • These only feature a tweeter and no woofer so there is a lack of bass response.
  • Only compatible with Harley Davidson Street Glide and Electra Glide motorcycles.

Conclusion

The Rockford Fosgate TMS6SG is an excellent pair of entry-level speakers for your Harley Street Glide or Electra Glide. They are small and compact but provide great sound quality. One of our favorite features is the ease of installation with this one: it can be done in a matter of minutes by anyone with minimum experience.

The only drawback is the lack of bass response since these don’t have a woofer, only a 1″ tweeter. It’s still a great product though.

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2. J&M Rokker XXR (Harley Davidson Road Glide Speakers)

J&M Rokker XXR

The J&M Rokker XXR is compatible with the 1998-2013 Harley Davidson Road Glide. These Harley Davidson speakers come in a set of three drivers for each side of the stereo signal, so you can expect nothing but sound clarity and a thumping bass response from them.

Product Specifications

  • 2-Way Speakers
  • Compatible with 1998-2013 Harley Davidson Road Glide.
  • 6X9 Size
  • Neodymium Magnet Structure
  • Maximum Power Output: 217 Watts

Advantages & Disadvantages

Pros

  • Each side of these speakers has a woofer for the low and mid frequencies and a tweeter for the high-end frequencies, ensuring you the full picture of your favorite songs.
  • They are the largest diameter speakers that can be installed in the Harley Davidson Road Glide.
  • Waterproof motorcycle speakers with a solid, durable casing.
  • Works with the factory head unit of the Harley Road Glide.
  • Includes extra speaker adapters and installation hardware.

Cons

  • Not a lot of information on the internet about them.

Conclusion

From the specifications, the J&M Rokker XXR seems like a decent pair of aftermarket Harley speakers. They are 2-way speakers, which means that they feature two drivers: a woofer and a tweeter. This configuration will give your audio system a pretty quality sound. Another interesting fact is that these can be powered by the Harley Road Glide’s head unit without the need for any external amplifier.

One thing that we didn’t like is that there isn’t much information on the internet about these speakers, even coming from the manufacturer.

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3. BOSS Audio Systems MC750B

BOSS Audio Systems MC750B

BOSS is a reputable brand in the consumer-grade audio industry, and it is no different when it comes to Harley speakers. These speakers are compatible with the majority of the motorcycles you can think of since you can mount them on the handlebar, making it a nice solution for those who don’t want to spend too much on upgrades.

Product Specifications

  • Handlebar Bluetooth Speakers
  • Compatible With Most Harley Davidson Motorcycles (.75″ to 1.25″ Handlebars)
  • Built-In Amplifier
  • AUX Input
  • Bluetooth Connectivity

Advantages & Disadvantages

Pros

  • These speakers are excellent if you are on a budget since you can simply mount them on the handlebar of your Harley Davidson and be ready to go.
  • Very affordable price.
  • Can be mounted tightly on the handlebar and will withstand any vibrations without falling or having its sound quality affected.
  • There are two types of connection available: AUX input and Bluetooth.
  • Even though these are small speakers, they have a pretty impressive sound for their size.
  • Weatherproof.

Cons

  • Weak bass response.

Conclusion

For a price so affordable, the BOSS MC750B will do the job for those on a budget. As these are compatible with most Harley Davidson motorcycles that have .75″ to 1.25″ handlebars, you won’t have to worry about the installation process or compatibility.

Although these Harley Speakers have a pretty impressive sound considering their small size, they lack a bit in the bass response. If you want a simple and easy solution, these are just fine, but for a better performance consider buying larger speakers.

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4. Hogtunes Gen 4

Hogtunes Gen 4

Hogtunes is famous among the industry of speakers for motorcycles. The Gen 4 is a pair of 6.5″ speakers that have a crystal clear sound and a plug-and-play, easy to install design that is compatible with a wide range of Harley Davidson motorcycle models.

Product Specifications

  • 1-Way Speaker
  • 6.5″ Full-Range Tweeters
  • Compatible with 2014+ Harley Davidson Ultra Classic, Street Glide, Ultra Trike, Road Glide, and Road Glide Ultra With Factory Radio
  • Metal Mesh Grills

Advantages & Disadvantages

Pros

  • These front speakers are compatible with most Harley Davidson models from 2013 and beyond, making them one of the most versatile units on the list.
  • The installation process is easy. The Hogtunes Gen 4 was designed to be plug-and-play.
  • There are metal mesh grills for proper protection of the speakers.
  • These Hogtunes speakers can be powered by the stock head unit on most compatible models, but some may require an amplifier.

Cons

  • None.

Conclusion

The Hogtunes Gen 4 are certainly one of the best speakers on the list. The model is compatible, as we discussed, with most Harley Davidson models from 2013 and beyond and are an excellent upgrade over your factory speakers. They can also be powered by the head unit without the need for an amplifier in most cases.

Furthermore, the Hogtunes Gen 4 delivers a loud sound without distortion and the company is very clear about the components used in this product. For that matter, they were our top pick for best Harley speakers.

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5. Hoppe Industries Stereo Fairing (Harley Davidson Road King Fairing Speakers)

Hoppe Industries Stereo Fairing

The Hoppe Industries Stereo Fairing speakers are designed for the Harley Davidson Road King. Apart from the quality of the material being very high-quality, there are 4 speakers (2 on each side), these will surely give you an amazing stereo crystal clear sound experience.

Product Specifications

  • Full-Range Fairing Speakers
  • Compatible with Harley Davidson Road King
  • Includes a 12in Windshield
  • Includes an Eclipse AM/FM/USB/CD Unit
  • Comes Completely Assembled

Advantages & Disadvantages

Pros

  • These full-range fairing speakers come completely assembled and ready to be installed in your Harley Davidson Road King. Furthermore, they are also ready to be painted.
  • Comes with an Eclipse AM/FM/USB/CD unit already installed.
  • The materials used to build these fairing speakers are of very high quality.
  • The 4 speakers in this unit will provide the best sound clarity and stereo image possible.
  • Includes handlebar control for easily choosing songs and adjusting the volume of the speakers.

Cons

  • Only compatible with the Harley Davidson Road King motorcycle.

Conclusion

These are an excellent upgrade over the Harley Davidson Road King fairing and stock speakers since so much stuff is included in the package. Apart from a panel built with high-quality materials and ready to be installed, you also get an Eclipse unit and a handlebar control.

We also like the fact that the 4 speakers are positioned in a way that you get the best stereo image possible and a clear sound.

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6. Kicker DSC6504

Kicker DSC6504

The Kicker DSC6504 fits all of the Harley Davidson Touring models from 1998 to 2013. These motorcycle speakers come in a complete set ready to be installed over your factory ones and have a great price: around $100 by the time this article was written, so it is also a great budget speaker upgrade choice.

Product Specifications

  • 2-Way Speakers
  • Compatible with Harley Davidson Touring Models from 1998 to 2013
  • .5″ Tweeter
  • 6.75″ Woofer
  • Maximum Power: 280 Watts/Each

Advantages & Disadvantages

Pros

  • These offer great sound performance for a low price that will fit most budgets.
  • The Kicker DSC6504 is compatible with the stock audio system of most Harley Davidson Touring models from 1998 to 2013 so these won’t need an amplifier to work properly.
  • Weatherproof speakers.
  • Comes in a complete package, ready to be installed without much hassle.
  • High sound quality even in extreme conditions. These can also get quite loud without any distortion.
  • Metra adapters included for installing these aftermarket speakers over your stock housing without any extra work involved.

Cons

  • None.

Conclusion

This speaker system is impressive. Compatible with all Harley Davidson Touring models from 1998 to 2013, they cover a wide range of motorcycles and will definitely give you a great sound upgrade over your old speakers.

We also like the fact that this is a complete speaker kit: everything is included in the package and it is ready to be installed for anyone with the required experience. For the low price, these are definitely a steal.

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7. BOSS Audio Systems MCBK470B

BOSS Audio Systems MCBK470B

Another set of handlebar speakers from BOSS, this set comprises 4 small speakers and a built-in amplifier with Bluetooth connectivity. The most outstanding feature of these is, of course, the ease of installation: you can simply mount them on your handlebar and get going.

Product Specifications

  • Handlebar Speakers
  • Compatible with All Harley Davidson Models (.75″ to 1.25″ Handlebar)
  • 4 Speakers Included
  • 3″ Inch Full-Range Woofers
  • Built-In Amplifier
  • AUX Input
  • RCA Input
  • Bluetooth Connectivity

Advantages & Disadvantages

Pros

  • If you are very serious about sound quality but still want a product that is easy to install then these are an excellent choice, since there are 4 separate full-range speakers on this set.
  • Compatible with all Harley Davidson models with a .75″ to 1.25″ handlebar.
  • Inline volume control that can be installed in any place of your choosing.
  • Weatherproof speakers.
  • The mids and highs sound remains crisp even in extreme conditions and under vibration.
  • Built-in high-quality amplifier.

Cons

  • May clutter your handlebar.
  • Not much response on the low frequencies.

Conclusion

Compared to the similar MC750B, the MCBK470B speakers deliver a better sound quality due to its 4-driver setup. These are an interesting choice if you are on a budget and don’t want to do any modifications on your motorcycle, but still praise for decent quality when listening to your favorite tunes. The response on the low frequencies is not that great, but it is ok considering their size and price.

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8. Kuryakyn 2720 Road Thunder

Kuryakyn 2720 Road Thunder

This Kuryakyn 2720 MTX Road Thunder motorcycle speaker is different from most other options on the list. It is a soundbar designed to be mounted on the handlebar of your motorcycle. We like this design since it doesn’t require an installation process and still delivers a great sound if your bike doesn’t have built-in speakers.

Product Specifications

  • Handlebar Speaker
  • 4 Full-Range Drivers
  • Compatible With All Harley Davidson Models (7/8″ to 1-1/4″ Handlebar)
  • AUX Input
  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • USB Charged
  • Available in 2 Colors

Advantages & Disadvantages

Pros

  • These motorcycle speakers have a great design and definitely won’t clutter your handlebar like it is the case with other handlebar speaker models that have each driver built into a separate case.
  • It is also very compact. You can simply throw them in your backpack when not in use.
  • For a unit that small, this speaker sounds pretty convincing.
  • Compatible with Bluetooth technology.
  • Available in 2 colors.
  • Durable. Can withstand weather and water, as well as maintain its sound quality in extreme conditions.
  • Distortion-free sound at any volume level.
  • Enhanced bass response if compared to other handlebar speakers. Of course, the low frequencies will not be as defined as on replacement speakers but they are pretty decent.

Cons

  • None.

Conclusion

If you don’t want to install replacement speakers on your Harley Davidson audio system, then the Kuryakyn 2720 will do a fairly decent job. Among handlebar speakers, you won’t find any better option.

One drawback is the high price. These aren’t very affordable but the quality kind of justifies the expensive amount charged for them.

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Factors to Keep in Mind when Shopping for Speakers for Harley Davidson

As you could see in the article, there are a lot of important factors to keep in mind when choosing the best speakers for Harley Davidson motorcycles. We will list some of them below to help you when shopping.

Replacement Speakers vs Handlebar Speakers

Replacement speakers, as the name implies, are meant to replace your stock speakers so they will require an installation process and are usually more expensive. They usually have a higher quality sound if compared to handlebar units.

Handlebar speakers are a compact solution that is easy to install. These units are screwed to the handle of your motorcycle and can be ready to go without much hassle. The benefit of this type is that it requires little to no modification and usually costs less. This type of speaker doesn’t have the same full sound as replacement ones, however.

Compatibility

You must make sure, above all, that the motorcycle speakers you are willing to buy are compatible with your Harley Davidson. We included a wide range of speakers on our list suitable for different motorcycles, but it is worth checking in our manual or on the website’s manufacturer if those are really compatible with yours.

Frequency Range and Frequency Response

The frequency range of a speaker defines how low and high it will reach in the frequency spectrum. If a motorcycle speaker’s frequency range is 20Hz to 20kHz, for example, it means that these will be able to produce sound as low as 20Hz and as high as 20kHz. The wider this value, the more detailed your sound will be.

The frequency response graph shows how the speakers behave in different parts of the frequency spectrum. They can be found on the manufacturer’s website and sometimes on the product page of each speaker.

Quality of the Components

Make sure that the components inside the motorcycle speakers you’re willing to buy are of high quality. We took this factor very seriously on our list, and it wasn’t hard to find concise and easy-to-understand information since most speaker brands are very transparent about the technology inside their products.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Will I Need an Adapter to Install Aftermarket Motorcycle Speakers on my Harley Davidson?

It depends on the model of the speaker. If an adapter is needed to fit the aftermarket piece over your factory speakers’ housing, it is usually shipped with the product. But it is important to confirm the information on the website of the manufacturer or the page of the product.

What are Fairing Harley Speakers?

Fairing speakers are speakers that come mounted in one piece, meant to replace the stock panel of Harley Davidson models such as the Road King. See the picture of the Hoppe Industries Stereo Fairing for reference.

Do I Need an Amplifier for my Motorcycle Speakers?

This will depend on the model of the speakers and their compatibility with the head unit on your motorcycle, but in most cases, you won’t need an external amplifier. Make sure to double-check this information.

Are Handlebar Speakers Worth It?

Are Handlebar Speakers Worth It for Harley Davidson

Depending on your budget, handlebar speakers can be more affordable and won’t require a complex installation process. Of course, they most of the time don’t have the full-range sound you will find in replacement units but could be a great solution if you prefer the versatility and convenience that this type of speaker offers.

Conclusion

In our best speakers for Harley Davidson article, you could notice that there is a wide range of speaker types, and not every speaker is compatible with every motorcycle. If you’re looking to upgrade your factory speakers, make sure first of all that they can fit the stock housing in your Harley, even if it needs an adapter.

With that being said, it was hard to choose our top picks among so many options, so we decided to base our choice on versatility versus audio quality, as well as divided our favorites into two categories: best overall and best handlebar speakers. Keep reading to learn more.

Hogtunes Gen 4

Hogtunes Gen 4 – Overall Best Speakers for Harley Davidson

We chose the Hogtunes Gen 4 as our favorite Harley Davidson speaker on the list because these are the most versatile sound system on the list. It is compatible with a wide range of Harley Davidson models and can be powered by most stock head units.

Kuryakyn 2720 Road Thunder

Kuryakyn 2720 Road Thunder – Best Handlebar Speakers for Harley Davidson

We picked the Kuryakyn 2720 Road Thunder as an option for those who don’t want to modify their motorcycle’s audio system but still want high-quality speakers for their road trips. This unit can be mounted on most Harley Davidson’s handlebars and is compatible with Bluetooth technology.

How to Buy

The link to each product’s Amazon page is at their respective titles on the list. Make sure to double-check if the speakers you are buying are compatible with your Harley Davidson. If this article was helpful, consider sharing it with your friends. Feel free to contact us if you have any suggestions or questions we could help with!