Do we wonder whether it had anything to do with Easy Rider? The film came out in 1969. Perhaps the sight of Fonda and Hopper and of course, Steppenwolf on the soundtrack, stimulated the idea that you could have music on a motorbike.
It was eleven years later when sound on motorbikes began to arrive. Still not the norm today, but you can buy bikes with them built-in, or fit them yourself. Not quite the same as other sound systems, of course, they need to be weatherproofed, and they need to be loud to be heard.
Let’s take a look at what’s on offer and find the ideal motorcycle fairing speaker system for you and your bike.
- Top 7 Best Motorcycle Fairing Speaker Systems In 2020 Reviews
- 1 Hoppe Quadzilla Fiberglass Fairing HDF-RK
- 2 Hoppe Industries Stereo Fairing
- 3 Boss Audio Systems MCBK420B Motorcycle Bluetooth Speaker System
- 4 Hoppe Industries Mediazilla Fairing CM0119-MZ-RK
- 5 J&M Audio Rokker 330 Watt 2 Channel Amplifier Kit
- 6 Rockford Fosgate TMS6SG Power Harley-Davidson
- 7 BOSS Audio Systems MC440B Motorcycle Weatherproof Speaker System
- Best Motorcycle Fairing Speaker Systems Buyers Guide – “Get Your Motor Running…”
- Before We Choose Our Favorite
- Which of The Best Motorcycle Fairing Speaker Systems Would We Choose?
Top 7 Best Motorcycle Fairing Speaker Systems In 2020 Reviews
1 Hoppe Quadzilla Fiberglass Fairing HDF-RK
Hoppe Industries are likely to be well-known to most bike enthusiasts. For over 25 years, they have been manufacturing accessories for bikes. They recently moved from Wisconsin to Texas to become part of the Motor Trike group.
Featuring a fiberglass construction that makes it lightweight but also stable, it comes ready to be painted what color you choose.
It comes with a built-in four-channel radio delivering 40 watts per channel. It also includes a 3-band EQ, and auxiliary input, and a USB port. Each of the four speakers has a five-inch driver. It comes complete with a wiring harness and a medium-sized faceplate.
The stereo system has a weather door to protect it against inclement weather. There is an internally built antenna located out of sight.
There are plenty of options for sound, outside of the radio, that are built-in. It is Bluetooth compatible, or you can use the auxiliary input. The input can connect your iPod or another device to play your playlists. Fitting is quite easy, and it has an instruction guide to help.
We wouldn’t say it produces the best sound you will ever hear but, on a motorbike, that is always going to be a problem. The sound is what can best be described as acceptable, and it has enough power to be heard.
It isn’t the cheapest option you will find to put music on your bike.
- Complete fairing and sound system.
- Four channels delivering 40 watts each.
- Quite expensive.
2 Hoppe Industries Stereo Fairing
Another product from Hoppe. This is a very typically designed fairing that will fit a range of bikes. It has the usual Hoppe fiberglass build that makes it lightweight, but also quite strong and stable. It has a gloss finish with a gel coating and is ready to paint whatever color you choose.
As with many of the Hoppe products, it comes with a built-in four-channel stereo with each channel delivering 40 watts. The four speakers each have five-inch drivers. It has a radio playing AM/FM stations and a CD player. For protection against any bad weather, it has a removable faceplate and weather door. For sound adjustment, there is a 3-band EQ.
You can, therefore, connect up the playlists on your phone, iPod, or another device if you wish. The antenna is built-in and located out of the way so as not to be visible.
This system includes a windshield measuring twelve inches, and it also has handlebar controls…
It is easy to fit, but it is advisable to check that your bike will accommodate it. There is a list of suitable bikes on the Hoppe website.
The sound is as good as you could reasonably expect it to be. The volume produced by the four channels is adequate, and you have the EQ that will make some minor adjustments if needed.
Again, this is not a cheap option, though it is more than just a stereo. It is a complete fairing with all the necessary fittings.
- Well-made with all the necessary fittings.
- Easy to fit onto a suitable bike.
- Quite expensive for someone just looking for a sound system for their bike.
3 Boss Audio Systems MCBK420B Motorcycle Bluetooth Speaker System
If you want nothing more than just a stereo and a couple of speakers, then this might be worth considering.
They are made of plastic and are described as being weatherproof. We are not sure what that means as they have no formal certification. However, Boss, on their website, says they are water-resistant, but again with no certification.
There is a Class D amp that drives the sound through two three-inch black speakers. The system is Bluetooth compatible and also has a 3.5mm auxiliary socket. You can, therefore, play your own playlists by connecting up your phone or iPad. It will also play MP3 and has easy connections to Pandora and Spotify.
The speakers will be able to be fitted to handlebars of .75 to 1.25 inches. The mountings are included. For convenience and, to a certain extent, safety, an inline volume control is fitted. This can be placed wherever it is most convenient for you when you are in motion.
The amplifier, we are told, has a rating of 600 watts, but it is unlikely two three-inch speakers could handle that. The actual volume potential, we are therefore not certain of.
This system is made in China.
- Fits neatly onto your bike handlebars.
- Has an inline remote control.
- Cost-effective price.
- Plastic build might be vulnerable.
4 Hoppe Industries Mediazilla Fairing CM0119-MZ-RK
Back we go again to Hoppe for another offering. This is a fiberglass fairing that is lightweight at only 20 pounds. Its shape creates a useful wind protection element, and it has a twelve-inch perspex windshield. It’s designed to fit a range of bikes and models, but it is best to check the compatibility first.
It has a 180-watt JBL tuner/amplifier that has both AM and FM, and it has a protective faceplate. It has a drawer, keeping it secure and away from sight, which is water-resistant. The antenna is located out of view, so it does not cause unnecessary obstruction. There are four five-inch coaxial speakers that deliver the sound.
Other devices may be plugged in using the USB or the 3.5mm auxiliary input. It will take MP3 or a memory stick and most devices. These options are neatly concealed in a drawer that pulls out when you need them. Another good feature is the inclusion of two 12 volt sockets for charging up or running extra devices.
You may need to make some size adjustments on some bikes. The sound is acceptable and, with a good JBL amp, quite powerful. It has everything included and some useful extras like the charging ports. Must be included as a contender for one of the best motorcycle fairing speaker systems.
It just isn’t the cheapest solution to providing music on your bike.
- Well made fairing with some good features.
- JBL tuner/amp with four speakers.
- Quite an expensive item if you only want sound.
5 J&M Audio Rokker 330 Watt 2 Channel Amplifier Kit
J&M manufactures high-quality audio products for bikes and has a wide range of options for all machines. Based in Tucson, Arizona, they are a well-known and respected brand.
This Rokker amp is sure to be one of the loudest sound systems for a bike you will find. As a sound system, it will certainly feature as one of the greatest motorcycle fairing speaker systems.
This gives you 330 watts peak power at 2 ohms. This is a Class D amp. This class of amp gives you far more efficiency and a better performance level than AB amps. The amp itself measures 7.25 by 4.75 by 1.75 inches. It comes with the mounting brackets, fasteners, and the wiring harness. It has full and complete instructions for fitting.
As usual, you will need to check that it is suitable for your bike. There is a comprehensive list of those bikes it can fit, best checked before purchasing.
You should note that this unit does not come with its own speaker systems. It will use speakers already installed. As such, that makes this amplifier quite expensive. The sound, though, is superior to what you would normally expect. You certainly will not have to crank this on to full volume to hear it as you drive down the road.
- Well-made powerful amp.
- Class D amp technology.
- Quite expensive.
6 Rockford Fosgate TMS6SG Power Harley-Davidson
Rockford Fosgate will need no introduction to anyone involved with bikes and audio. They have been producing audio for vehicles since 1973.
This is simply a pair of speakers that are designed to fit a specific motorcycle, the Harley-Davidson Street Glide. No changes or cutting will be required for a good fit. These speakers have been specially designed to take the place of the factory speakers. They are basically an upgrade and offer better sound quality and performance.
They are a pair of full-range 6.5-inch coaxial speakers with a new efficient 25mm dome tweeter. The coaxial design makes sense for a motorbike, as it entails one speaker being positioned behind the other inside a small cabinet, thus saving space. All the hardware fittings and the speaker connections currently in existence on the bike are still usable.
The speakers can handle up to 75 Watts RMS. This will give you a peak power rating of about 150 watts. They are protected from the usual elements that they may encounter, being predominantly used outdoors.
They are certainly a big improvement on the factory issued speakers and provide a bigger performance. It is difficult to say whether they sound better, but then that might not be that relevant.
As a set of speakers, they are not particularly cheap.
- 75 watts RMS gives a powerful sound.
- Easy fitting as all original hardware and fittings still apply.
- Quite expensive for a pair of speakers.
7 BOSS Audio Systems MC440B Motorcycle Weatherproof Speaker System
This is a Bluetooth compatible class A/B amp with two channels. It is a compact unit with the amplifier measuring just 3.5 inches by 3 by 1.5 inches. Easy to fit, and it isn’t going to take up too much space.
The same applies to the speakers, as they are also quite small at 4.5 by 1.5 by 3 inches each. The speakers are chrome and black, and each has a three-inch full-range speaker in the small enclosure. Boss says they have a rating of 1000 watts peak and 500 watts RMS. We have to say that given that this is a Class A/B amp, and the speakers are just three inches each, we doubt that will be the performance level.
The speakers have brackets that allow you to fit them to the handlebars. They will accommodate widths of 0.75 inches to 1.25 inches.
There is a useful inline volume control that is wired to the amp that can be located in a place you choose for convenience. It will only adjust the volume. Any change of tracks or general management must be performed by the device you have connected.
It has Bluetooth connections, which will allow you to connect up your compatible devices to play your own playlists. There is also a 3.5mm Aux input for wired connections to MP3 etc. The speakers are also wired.
- Convenient inline volume control built-in.
- Easy to fit.
- Quite expensive.
Best Motorcycle Fairing Speaker Systems Buyers Guide – “Get Your Motor Running…”
There aren’t too many big decisions to make when choosing your sound system for your bike. It is just a case of ‘do you want the fairing included?’. If not, then maybe you just want an amp or even maybe just the speakers. We looked at all options.
Will The Fairing Fit?
The big question. You will need to check that out. Some are designed for specific bikes and may not fit others.
How Much Power?
As we read about other people’s opinions, we constantly came across this… “this system is no good, I couldn’t hear it at 80 mph” — silly us. There we thought there was a speed limit we were all supposed to stick with. Clearly, some do not think it applies to them. Within the speed limit, you will hear it.
Nevertheless, there are some powerful systems and others not so loud. If it is just for you, on a bike as you go along the road, then most will suffice. If you want to ‘entertain’ half the town you might need something louder.
It is going to be an issue with some systems. Most, though, come with instructions and are quite basic. For the systems that include the actual fairings, you might find you need some help unless you are that way inclined. Many people are quite adept these days.
There is a difference, a big difference. Complete systems with fairings are much more expensive for obvious reasons. But then, there is a lot more included. Just an amp or just speakers aren’t going to cost much. But even the price of those, with fairings included, we thought were really quite realistic.
Whatever you choose, Steppenwolf are waiting.
Before We Choose Our Favorite
If you love improving your rides with the latest technology and accessories, do check out our reviews for the Best Motorcycle Seat Pads, the Best Long Ride Shields, the Best Motorcycle Boots, the Best Vintage Motorcycle Helmets, the Best Motorcycle Backpacks, and the Best Motorcycle Exhausts.
If this is all starting to look like rather an expensive endeavor just to get sound on your bike, remember to consider simply buying one of the Best Motorcycle Radios, or the Best Noise Canceling Earbuds for Motorbikes on the market.
Ok, back to fairing speaker systems…
Which of The Best Motorcycle Fairing Speaker Systems Would We Choose?
If we were to choose a sound system for a motorcycle, we would choose a package that includes everything. Including the fairing itself. Assuming that we had a bike that it would fit, this fairing and sound system has all you need—especially the power level, which is going to be more than adequate. Our choice then for the best motorcycle fairing speaker system on this list would be the…Hoppe Industries Mediazilla Fairing CM0119-MZ-RK.
Everything built-in, with some useful extra features, and easy to fit.
Enjoy your ride and enjoy your tunes.