Many moons ago I replaced the
stock AM/FM cassette deck in my K1100LT with a Pioneer MP3
CD player and mounted a Pioneer wired waterproof marine
remote on the handlebars where the old handlebar remote used
This worked pretty well since,
re-encoded to 96 kb/sec, I could get about 350 songs per CD
and, despite being vertically mounted, the CD player never
skipped. However, I still had to carry around CDs and, since
it would only read CD-Rs, I'd have to burn a new CD if I
wanted to change my music collection. Not very hard with a
52X burner but still...
In 2012 I decided to upgrade to a
head unit that would at least read SD cards so that I could
have more storage that was easier to change. I didn't
want to have to redo the handlebar remote so I looked at the
specs for various Pioneer head units and found that the
MVH-P7300 accepted both SD/SDHC cards and USB storage
devices and would also work with my existing remote.
(There's also an 8300 model that does some Bluetooth stuff
but I didn't see the need for that.) In early 2013 I got
around to installing it.
Since it is made for cars, to get
the video to work I had to add a 12V micro-relay to fool the
head unit into thinking that the parking brake is on since
you're not supposed to watch video while driving.
The control panel flips up where
it has an SD slot. And here it is with a SanDisk 16GB Cruzer
Fit in the USB port:
As an added benefit it is also
Ipod-ready so I can plug my 3rd Gen Nano into the USB port
and toss that in my pocket or tank bag and operate that with
the handlebar remote. It charges the Ipod too.
And the backlighting color of the
screen and buttons is adjustable so I set those to green to
match the color of the bike.
My old speakers were pretty
hammered and crappy sounding so I also replaced all four of
those with new marine grade Polk db501 speakers.
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