If you like going on the rides of a lifetime, Bluetooth headsets might not be entertaining enough. For one, you need serious skills to route them inside the helmet. And you might end up damaging the integrity of the helmet by installing these headsets. What’s the alternative? *Drumroll* motorcycle speakers. Yes, they exist. These are speakers that can be mounted on or between the handle bars of the motorcycle. They play music without compromising your hearing. They take the pressure off your ears and allow you to share your music with your passenger. We picked up the ten best motorcycles speakers that can keep you, and ACDC, company on the journey through The Twisted Sisters.
Which are better, motorcycle speakers or Bluetooth headsets?
That depends on your application and budget. Motorcycle speakers are meant to play music or radio vocals from various radio stations. These go up on the handle bars and blast music. This way, your playlist will be audible to your passenger too. These are cheaper and easier to install most of time.If you are travelling alone or with just one partner, these could be great for en route entertainment.
Bluetooth headsets are customized for inter-rider or rider-passenger communication. You can also connect them to the phone or portable MP3 players for music. However, they do not focus much on the quality of music as much as the quality of communication. You need finesse to install them on your own. Plus you must have a headset-ready helmet. These are generally more expensive than motorcycle speakers.
- 0.1 What things should be kept in mind while installing motorcycle speakers?
- 0.2 Which are the best motorcycle speakers?
- 1 Top 10 of the Best Motorcycle Speakers in 2017
- 1.1 PYLE PLMCA20 100 Watts Motorcycle/ATV/Snowmobile Mount Amplifier with Dual handle-bar Mount Weatherproof speakers
- 1.2 NOAM NMC4 – motorcycle / UTV / ATV 4 Channels Waterproof Speakers System
- 1.3 BOSS AUDIO MCBK420B 600 watt Motorcycle/ATV Sound System
- 1.4 BOSS AUDIO MC400 600 watt Motorcycle/ATV Sound System
- 1.5 BOSS AUDIO MC470B 1000 watt Motorcycle/ATV Sound System
- 1.6 BOSS AUDIO MC500 Chrome 600 watt Motorcycle/ATV Sound System
- 1.7 SharkMotorcycleAudio Motorcycle Aluminium Bullet Shape Waterproof Heavy Duty Wireless Bluetooth Stereo System
- 1.8 Familyus New Style Waterproof Bluetooth Motorcycle Scooter Bike ATV Jet Ski Stereo Sound System
- 1.9 Shark Spk6800-spks Motorcycle Atv Waterproof Marine Speakers
- 1.10 Shark Shkmsm2050k-black Motorcycle / Yacht 2 Speakers + Amplifier + Radio + Usb / Sd + Wireless Rec Remote
What things should be kept in mind while installing motorcycle speakers?
Some key considerations while installing the motorcycle speakers can make it a hitch-free process and help you get the best out of them. These include:
- Make sure you buy weather-proof speakers. Unmounting the motorcycle speakers is not going to be easy at a moment’s notice. So it’s best that they are ready to face some rain, dust and sun. You can do your part and take precautions to stay away from moisture.
- While buying the speakers, check if their mounting bracket or clamp will fit the girth of the handle bars of your motorcycle.
- Ensure that you connect the correct wires to the anode and cathode of the power source. If you have swapped the sides, it’s likely they might not function at all.
- Bad soldering can be the bane of your setup. Make sure there are no cold shorts in the connections you have made.
Which are the best motorcycle speakers?
There were not a lot of motorcycle speakers to choose from. But we looked at all sorts of options before zeroing in on the 10 best motorcycle speakers. They were selected based on:
Audio: Since we are talking speakers, we took audio quality as the first priority. You will be cruising through the highway with these speakers on, so they need to be loud. Once we got that out of the way, we checked if the audio distorted at high volumes. If not, that means that the bass is in line. It should be balanced between underscoring the music well and being too boisterous.
Value-on-money:These speakers range over low to moderate budget. Since everybody’s spending ability is different, we want to make sure that you get the most out of the speakers. Based on how much you can shell out, you can go for a 2-speaker or a 4-speaker set.
Features: We found a number of useful features on these speakers while researching them. There is FM radio, Bluetooth-capability, wireless remote etc.. The more features that are executed properly, the more convenient they are.
Top 10 of the Best Motorcycle Speakers in 2017
Pyle never fails to dazzle us. They have now covered a number of niche markets like in-ceiling speakers, retro speakers , party speakers etc. So when we dug into motorcycle speakers we checked with them first. And voila, out came the PLMCA20. These weatherproof speakers are the nemesis of your frayed earphones and Bluetooth headsets that choke out “Must__g _al_y” instead of Mustang Sally because of connection drops.This amp-cum-speaker package blasted music on its way to the best motorcycle speakers list.
Design and Features
The Pyle PLMCA20 comes as a bundle of a mini amplifier and two speakers with mounts.With their metal finish, PLMCA20 look right at home on the handlebar of your Harley. These 3-inch speakers are lodged onto to mounts which clamp to the bar. They have wires coming out of them which can be routed to the mini amplifier. Head-units of the motorcycle can be connected to the mini amp using RCA plugs. You can use its 3.5mm aux input for connection to other playback devices like smartphone, tablets etc..
Pyle claims that this motorcycle speaker is weatherproof. This is imperative if you are an all-weather rider. The amp and power switch are safe. But if you feel paranoid about them, wrap them up in plastic sheets and shut them tight. For the ease of use, they have included an inline remote control to manage the volume of speakers. This way you won’t be distracted while on the road or trail. It can be easily transferred to a snowmobile, ATV, scooter or even boat.
After a speedy installation, we got to listening to the Pyle PLMCA20 motorcycle speakers. And man, were they loud! Even at 75mph we could hear Bon Jovi musing about life in Wanted Dead or Alive. The mini amp works best on high pass filter position. The clarity of sound and tonal range really impress you. They have a bass and a treble volume knob that can be used to alter the sonic response according to your taste. On medium settings on both knobs, you get plenty of bass. Midrange and highs have moderate amount of details.
In any case, you are not likely to focus on the intricacies of audio while riding on a highway with all the traffic noise. But you don’t hear any annoying boominess or sibilance from these motorcycle speakers either.
- Comes with a mini amp
- Has mounts and brackets for speaker and amp
- Has 3.5mm aux and RCA plug
- Aux Cable could be of better quality
Why settle with two speakers when you can have the power of four. The Noam NMC4 motorcycle speakers come in one such set. They carry the power of 4 different speakers. Not just that, they work on Bluetooth connectivity. Isn’t that convenient? A cruiser can be easily adorned with these shiny beacons of music. If Bluetooth isn’t cutting it for you, you can even hook it up with wires. This pseudo Surround Sound arrangement is well-thought out and deserves its spot on the best motorcycle speakers list.
Design and Features
If you have deep pockets, you can go for the Noam NMC4 motorcycle speakers over the Pyle PLMCA20. This Bluetooth-enabled music system is the most convenient of the lot because the wireless connectivity is pretty smooth. These are chrome-plated, bullet-like speakers that are attached to a mount. NMC4 speakers are attached to 2m of speaker wire. So it’s straight easy to install them on your baby.
The 4 motorcycle speakers connect to the playback sources through Bluetooth 3.0 within a distance of 30 feet. So, stereo audio can be streamed over Bluetooth to these. In case you want to connect them via wires, you have ports for both RCA plugs and 3.5mm auxiliary plug. As with PLMCA20, the NMC4 speaker is also waterproof and hence can blast Smells like Teen Spirit through sun and rain. For all its abilities, this speaker is very affordable.
When you are blazing through the highway, you mostly need volume. That what NOAM NMC4 motorcycle speaker excels at. This 4-speaker set up emulates a Surround sound system on the motorcycle. That being said, it does not pinch pockets on audio quality. You can hear the nice, natural audio with bass underscoring the music. There’s depth and tightness to the lower registers. The mids and highs are clear and crisp. We would rate its audio above the Pyle PLMCA20. But it also costs more than twice as much. Still, NMC4 bangs big for its price.
- Loud natural audio
- Punchy bass
- Set of 4 speakers
- Bluetooth-enabled, smooth connectivity
- Comes with an amp
- Cable quality can be improved
Boss Audio seems to have the handle on motorcycle speakers.They have a powerful set of two speakers in MC420 that is moderately easy to install. They come in different combination of colors and Bluetooth options so as to match your convenience and bike color. They have a number of options to connect to your playback devices and head-units on the bike. The fact that these can fit on motorcycles, ATVs and scooters just gained them more brownie points.The best motorcycle speakers list would be forlorn without these.
Design and Features
The Boss Audio MC420 is a 2-motorcycle speaker kit that comes in different kinds of bundles. One is a matte black-colored set and another is a chrome-colored set. They are available with Bluetooth capability and without Bluetooth capability. The Bluetooth connectivity is seamless and you won’t find yourself laboring hard to make it work. However, if you have an inane dislike for Bluetooth devices or have had bad experiences with these in the past, go for the wired version. Just so you know, the Bluetooth models have 3.5mm aux inputs and a pair of RCA inputs too.
These motorcycle speakers claim to be weather-proof. But we would still cover the power switch and amp in a plastic wrapper. The amp can pump out a max power of 600W with 4Ohm input resistance. It has wired remote control that can be taped to the handle for easy volume control. The clamps included with this kit can fit handles of 0.75 inches to 1.25 inches thick handle bars.
The MC420 motorcycle speaker is known for its amazing audio. The audio gets real loud even at normal volume. And the clarity is great all over the volume range. The mid-bass is slightly emphasized for a warm and natural audio experience. . There’s no bleeding of bass into vocals. Treble matches up with the agility of bass. At the loudest best, it does not distort. It’s best to have a windshield installed behind the speaker.This way wind will not hinder the audio of the speakers. For its price, it gives you good return on your investment.
- Has 3.5mm and RCA ports
- Available in matte black and chrome
- Warm, natural, distortion-free, loud audio
- Cables could be longer
If Bluetooth is not your cup of tea, you can go for the Boss Audio MC400 motorcycle speaker system. Considerably cheaper than the Bluetooth-enabled MC420, the MC400s makes use of the good ol’ wired connections to play your favorite playlist. They come with a mini-amp to create the ruckus that can be heard over the growling of your engine.This is a huge bargain and fit for the best motorcycle speakers list.
Design and Features
Boss Audio is the Boss at designing motorcycle speakers. Just like we got used to Sena for the best motorcycle helmet headsets we look at Boss for kickbass speakers. If you have just caught on to the concept of having speakers on your ride, the MC400s make a great entry-level speaker. They are a pair of 3-inch music-makers that can be bought in chrome or black color. A mini amplifier accompanies them to boost the audio to levels required for riding in the wind. Any 12V motorcycle, scooter or ATV can support them.
The mini amplifier box connects to playback sources via RCA cables or 3.5mm auxiliary cables. A 5A fuse on the power cord keeps it safe from unexpected power surges. The speakers are mounted on clamps that can be adjusted on 0.75” to 1.25” handle bars. It also has a wired remote control that makes it easy to manage the volume levels with rider’s gloves on, while on the motorcycle.
For a motorcycle speaker to realize its full potential, it is best to mount it in front of windshield. This way the Ogive shape of the MC400 will be guarded from the great rush of wind. Any residual wind force will be combated with the bullet shape of the speaker. The audio hits high volume on MC400s without being sibilant or distorted. For their price and looks, we were happy that we could hear the vocals and acoustics over the blaring of horns and trailer truck noises. Your passenger can too. Clarity-wise, they outperform our expectations from them.
- Clear, crisp audio
- Adjustable clamp
- Wired remote control
- Plasticky build
It looks like a huge mistake to pick a 600W speaker when 1000W speakers are in the taking. That’s the peak power that Boss Audio MC470 is capable of. This is a 4-speaker set like the Noam NMC4. It comes coupled with a mini amplifier that is standard of many motorcycle speakers. This is available in in this Bluetooth version and also a non-Bluetooth version named MC450. It is nominally costlier than the NMC4,hence its place a few pegs down on the best motorcycle speakers list.
Design and Features
Most of the motorcycle speakers are designed in the Ogive shape so that they can cut through the strong winds and also blend into the aesthetics of the motorcycle. These are produced in both chrome and matte black shades. The mini amplifier matches the speaker color theme. All four speakers collectively connect to one plug which is then inserted into the amplifier.
This motorcycle speaker is waterproof so you can ride out into the drizzle. The amplifier has one set of RCA ports for connection to a console and a 3.5mm aux port for connecting phones or tablets. Mounting brackets are included in the kit. These clamps can be widened to fit handle bars from 0.75” to 1.25”. Bluetooth connectivity works well so you get no connection drops in between. But the range of connection is limited to 3-4 feet realistically. A wired remote control for changing volume is supplied. You can affix it on the handle and use it control volume while riding. This way your attention stays on the road.
Just like the previous Boss Audio models covered here, the MC470B motorcycle speakers have the startling clarity we did not expect from such a niche product. Also contributing to their fame is the fact that they can reach a peak power of 1000W. While we didn’t feel they went that high, their sonic response was audaciously loud.The bass has no bump. It is punchy without encroaching on the vocals and guitar. However, many casual listeners prefer boosted bass. We liked the natural sounding speakers for not defiling the music.
- Adjustable clamps
- Powerful and loud
- Uncolored audio response
- Bluetooth range is very less
You might get bored of your playlist on a long ride. A respite would be to tune into the nearest radio stations and revisit the old rock ballads. Now you have Boss Audio MC500 motorcycle speakers with FM tuners that help you reach out to your favorite radio jockeys on the go. We found the installation and sound quality to be similar as that of the other Boss Audio speakers on the best motorcycle list. So we whooshed them straight into it.
Design and Features
Boss Audio MC500 motorcycle speakers come as a set of two with an amplifier and a remote. The two 3-inch speakers are available in either silver or black color. The mini amplifier has built-in FM radio with auto-scan tuner. It also carries the volume-cum-track navigation buttons. The most important accessory is the remote control. This has the plus/minus button, Play/Pause button and the Mode button. The plus/minus buttons can either change volume or radio stations based on the pressure applied on them.
This motorcycle speaker connects to the playback source via 3.5mm at the back of the amplifier. It also has ports for either reading an SD card or playing from a USB.The remote control has a carabiner clip that can attach to any point. The speakers are mounted on a clamp that can fit a variety of handle bars, be it motorcycles, ATVs or even boats. The motorcycles should be able to provide a 12V source for the speakers to function properly.
The MC500 motorcycle speaker is a non-Bluetooth version. The MC520B is a Bluetooth model of the same speakers. We did not think that Bluetooth was worth the hassle. The wired version connects quickly to the playback source. Installation was not a pain for us. The audio played high and clear. The quality of audio is also in line with the loudness. We could hear the bass beats over the mayhem of highway without anyboominess. Most of the costlier motorcycle speakers go heavy on bass just to make them sound bolder. But MC500 has reined in the low-end, keeping midrange and treble clear of bass distortion.
- Loud and clear audio
- In-built FM radio with tuner
- 5mm port, USB/SD reader
- Carabiner attached remote
- Remotes are universal. Interferes with other systems close-by
By now, we are also pining for a change in the architecture and looks of the Boss Audio speakers. A welcome contestant is the SharkMotorcycleAudio SHKLXMT485 motorcycle speaker. These are suave-looking peripherals that can work off the wire, with various Bluetooth-enabled playback sources. The amplifier is also built into the set instead of being on the outside. For this space and effort-saving design, we couldn’t help but put these on the best motorcycle speakers list.
Design and Features
One thing that strikes you immediately once you see the SHKLXMT485 motorcycle speakers is that they look durable with uber-strong wires.Rather than look exactly like bullets, these have patterns on their back and the front grille also looks different from the previous speakers we covered here.The mounting brackets are solid in their construction, although they are not adjustable like the clamps. The whole setup is waterproof and can stand any brash behavior from the nature.
These motorcycle speakers connect to playback devices using Bluetooth. This has a maximum range of 30 feet. They also have a 3.5mm auxiliary port for connecting the phones and tablet in wired mode. The dials and power controls are situated on the side of the speakers. These include pairing, power and volume dials and Play/pause button. It’s best to stay within 100mph speed limit to hear these speakers clearly without any Bluetooth connection drops. They are equipped with a USB-out port which can be used to charge other devices.
The 3-inch SHKLXMT485 motorcycle speakers pack a lot of punch for such small stature. The max audio power handled by them is 800W. We can’t say they get as loud as the Boss Audio MC470B. But they come close. The audio response could do with a little more bass. So they might sound softer than they mean to. As a result, the overall sound remains free of distortion as they reach high volumes. We would say that the audio is good enough if you aren’t using a full-face motorcycle and riding under 80 mph.
- Sleek looks
- Bluetooth-enabled with 3.5mm aux port
- Decent audio
- Power controls and dials on the speakers
- Audio can get tinny
Bullet speakers might seem cliché. Familyus has the answer to this much- exploited design. Their motorcycle speaker is a cylinder that looks like a modern day Cryptex. Our rider friends could not stop ogling at it. And it has number of audio functions built into it, like Radio, Alarm etc. It gets even more convenient when you find that it has Bluetooth connectivity. You can find it at heavy discounts, and we assure you it is a bargain even at its original price. Wild horses could not have kept it out of the bestmotorcycle speakers list.
Design and Features
Familyus Bluetooth motorcycle speakers bowled us over with the looks. This cylinder has three portions. The two on either ends have speaker grille. The middle part holds all the controls and buttons. Off to both sides, you have the mounting brackets. These clasps are 1-inch in diameter, so you have to make sure you can arrange for these to fit on your handle bar. The speaker sides are waterproof, so you can continue riding in rains. But it’s best not to tease your luck with too much exposure to water or moisture. The speaker is 10.3 inches long and 3.1 inches in diameter.
The control panel in the middle has volume-cum-track navigation buttons. A power button, radio select button and clock control line up under these. These controls lie under the display. Beneath all these controls is a closed gasket which contains the USB slot, 3.5mm aux port and a TF card slot. Bluetooth connectivity frees you from those wires, should you choose to use it.
The motorcycle speaker from Familyus is skilled in acoustics as well. Under a speed of 50mph, we got plenty of oomph out of the speaker.We would always suggest that you put on a helmet that gives you full protection. Under the helmet, you can’t go beyond 55mph and still hear the audio. Quality-wise, the music is agreeable. Bass, vocals and treble partner well to eliminate any distortion. However, you will find that the Boss Audio speakers sound fuller and richer. Again, this depends on the listener and her/his sensitivity to the speaker faults.
- Innovative design, to be strung between handles
- Radio, Alarm functions
- Has Bluetooth and TF card reader
- Decent audio
- Does not get very loud
Shark Motorcycle Audio has more speakers in their arsenal.We were instantly attracted to the SPK6800 motorcycle speakers, given their sturdy and stylish build. This is an entry-level set with only the minimal features and accessories. If you are just playing the field, you can start with these. They chug out reasonable powerwith their small size and price. We launched them straight to our best motorcycle speakers list.
Design and Features
The Shark SPK6800 motorcycle speakers brought up images of exhaust fans to mind. Because their front face looks exactly like that. These are thickly made plastic speakers that can work come hail or rain. But they will not survive crashes or falls from the motorcycle. We hope that it never comes to that. They measure 4×3 inches in size, so they won’t stand out on the handle of your cruiser.
You need to power these motorcycle speakers with an amp. They are not shipped with any kind of clamp, only a mounting bracket.They are black in color, so take that into consideration before buying them.
The Shark SPK6800 motorcycle speakers have a peak power handling capability of 300W at 4Ohm resistance. At this price-point, we did not expect much out of them. But we were pleasantly surprised. They can play up to moderate loud volume, so they can be used on a solitary ride through less-taken roads. We can hardly critique speakers of this price in terms of bass, mids or highs. Suffice it to say that they sound decent and play without any major distortion.
- Sturdy speakers
- Decent audio
- Only moderately loud
A speaker kit that has everything to get our music going is exactly what we need. The Shark SHKMSM2050 is one such motorcycle speaker kit. The package can play music from numerous playback sources. It is easy to operate with its peripherals. The audio is what we have come to expect from Shark Audio. So no surprises there. We shot it straight to the best motorcycles speakers list.
Design and Features
We were intrigued by the charcoal black finish of the Shark SHKMSM2050 motorcycle speakers. They are connected to a mini amplifier which matches the color code of the set. The whole deal can be controlled by a wireless remote control. The amplifier carries a mode/mute, volume-cum-track navigation button and power/play/pause button. It also has a USB 2.0 slot and a universal SD card slot. An aux 3.5mm port allows you to connect to portable playback devices like phone, computer, tablets etc.
Mirror brackets are shipped with these motorcycle speakers to fit them on the handles of your ride.There’s also FM radio built into the amp that can be tuned by the remote. This way you can listen to the local stations and get a breather from your sophisticated playlist.
We mostly used the USB port of the Shark SHKMSM2050 motorcycle speaker to listen to music. And we found the music bang on for the price. At 100W power handling capability, they get loud up to 70-80mph speed on the highway. With a full-face helmet on, the range is more like 60 mph.The audio remains clear up to 75% of the top volume.Beyond that distortion creeps into music. The over audio quality is enjoyable.
- Decent audio
- Comes with brackets, remote and amplifier
- Distortion at high volume