Scooter sound system project


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Jan 11, 2011
Chiang Mai, Thailand
2007 KTM 990 Adventure Suzuki DRZ 400
Had been thinking about adding some kind of sound system to the Suzuki Burgman scooter, hunted around on the internet and didn't find anything ideal.

Coincidentally, Robert had been trying some ideas this week on his BMW scooter. A potentially easy way to add quality sound to a maxi-scooter, was to carry a Bose speaker/ processor unit. Power input for the Bose is rated 7.5 volt input, Robert was convinced a 12 volt supply wouldn't do the Bose any damage, so no voltage converter needed.

He gave it a try but the Bose mount wasn't good enough, so he's going to try something else

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Photo: Robert Cheong
This now had me really thinking about making a sound system. The "glove box" under the Burgman's steering column, looked like a perfect mount for speakers & the cavernous under seat storage could house everything else. So now a hunt for someone who could put something together in Chiang Mai.

It tool a while to find the right place with professional fitting but found it in the end - Chiang Mai Hyatt Autoway on Charoen Muaeng Road, co-ords:



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Find the owner, Yong (left) & he'll figure out a way of doing what you need


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To make a simple sound system you need 4 things:

- Power

- Amplifier

- Digital processor

- Speakers

To create the digital processor part, the easiest and cheapest way is to use a car stereo unit (which will be the amplifier too). All i'm looking to do here is play MP3 tunes from a phone/ MP3 player, so the radio part isn't too important.

Yong had a Japanese made amp/ digital processor in stock that he said would be perfect for the job. Fit under the seat and the volume can be controlled from the MP3 player in the glovebox.

It had direct AV input, all that was needed was a converter jack for the 3.5mm headphones jack to make it compatible with a phone/ MP3 player (headphone jack)

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4" speakers were the biggest that would look professional on the front of the glovebox cover, we found some that matched colors. So time to cut some holes.

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It took about an hour and a half to fit everything, all the wiring was covered in coaxial sheath, they did a really nice job of the wiring

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For now, I'm running an ipod shuffle (2,200 bht) attached to the input jack, which sits in the glovebox. If you use your phone, when it rings it will be awkward to answer, also, the Ipod shuffle can live permanently in the glovebox. There is a 12v power jack in the glovebox, so charging isn't an issue. Glovebox is lockable.

The finished product looks superb. Speakers are on an overhang vertical plane, so i dont think rainwater will be an issue

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4,500 Bht including fitting, really pleased with the end result

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One more thing, make sure you wire a break in the positive through the ignition (key) switch, then the whole system will turn off when the bikes it turned off, drawing no power.

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