Moped Stereo??

Wayne Broderick /

I can't believe no one else is posting about this! I had a honda express, 1978 (nc50) and I put a small wheelchair battery (10 amp hours @ 12v) and a car stereo with two brackett speakers. The moped was only 6v so I had to bring a battery-- It died (the NC50 not the stereo) so I broke down and bought a new Tomas Bullet. It's in the mail now,

I put the battery and stereo in a pannier pack which fit nicely on the express.

I don't want to overload the Tomas Bullet's system by running a 12v stereo off it. Has anyone else put a stereo on their moped??

I also have air horns which I plan on installing on the new ped.

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Very neat idea. If you tried to install a cd player, would the vibration make the cd skip ?

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Wayne Broderick /

Yes, CD player would probably skip-- but the new Mp3 players don't skip at all-!

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Interesting.......... I'll have to look into that.

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Simon King /

you might be able to get a cd player to not skip - they have some with 50 second anti-shock now. i banged it until the cd actually stopped spinning, and it dind't skip a beat.

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minidisks are also really good when it comes to antiskip, and they're just fun in general.

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Wayne Broderick /

Enough about Anti-skip--- I'm more interested in different ways people have put stereos on mopeds. I'm going to put one on my new 2000 tomas targa-- I think the 12v system should support it. if I get a small amp and efficient bracket mount speakers I should be able to put out a lot of noise. I found that with an EQ I could filter out the heavy bass and 'thick' midrange- This made small speakers perform really well without blowing or clipping or distorting. I got good results when I was only on a mountain bike. Now that I've got a moped I want to get some better equipment. The battery I got from a battery dealer (12v gel cel), but the radio and speakers I got at "xtra' mart or whatever for like 30 bucks.

Also, if this ped has 12v then I should be able to run a 12v compressor and an x-tra loud air horn. At one point I had the battery in a pannier pack on my mountain bike and rigged a button next to my shifter. A small hose and wire to the pannier pack and a few pull-ties and I had a mountain bike with a stereo and air horns.

The drawback was that the battery, stereo, speakers, brackets, wires and clamps added a lot of weight. It got so I didn't notice it after a while. A friend tried it and even in the easy gear he was un-impressed with the added weight.

My new project is to put an air horn and nice stereo on the tomas. The pannier pack will sit on the rear rack. I won't need a battery That means I will be able to put a nicer, larger automotive speaker on the rear rack facing upward (the pannier pack hangs to the side) a high powered bracket mount speaker up front will provide me with a nice stereo effect.

Depending on the way I mount the speakers I may or may not use weatherproof or waterproof speakers. The ultimate system will be when I have quality, waterproof outdoor speakers fastened safely with the wires concealed and connected to a waterproof pannier pack with a compressor (for the air horn) a small amp and a decent stereo. I keep the bike indoors and I don't plan on riding in the rain but I want to build it sturdy and "tight" anyway.

Please give me input-- I would assume that out in california or florida that this would be a common thing.

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Keep us posted, I'd like to see how you make out.

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Just be doubly careful about theft.... some lowlife will hear that stuff and follow you to see if he can have a moped with a stereo on it.

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Wayne Broderick /

We live in Portland, Maine... I haven't run into any big problems with people trying to unbolt my speakers or anything....

I work at a big company, so no one will steal the 'ped at work, but if I go into school or to visit friends I plan on using a 'U' and a cable.

A big part of the design has always been the removability-- I didn't want to get left out when people hit the trails on mountain bikes. That's why I went with the pannier pack and bracket mount speakers... I could pull off everything but a couple of brackets and wires in a couple minutes and it went back on just as quick.

I'll use that same design concept when I convert it to the new ped-- I always think how I can make it ''quick remove".

I think that having a 12v air horn will be a lifesaver to wake up ignorant drivers. I'll get a nice chrome one and conceal the air tube and compressor.

I will keep you posted and as soon as the 'ped arrives and is ready (by next friday the 11th at the latest) Pics will soon follow!!

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I DID IT, last summer i sucessfully hooked a stereo up to my 82 urban express, i have since then upgraded to a 88 elite, and the stereo hasd also upgrades, the origional was a very simple, weak contraption, but i am now running a 40wt 2 channel amp (20/chan)(stored under seat) and (2)6.5" 3 way speakers(conceled in a lockable box, which rests on rear luggage rack...as a head unit i just use a portable cd player(40 sec skip, have not problems with skipping)..i just ran a y adaper from the output on the port to the left and right RCA's on the amp...the only problem i had was the blue remote wire, i had no idea where to connect that bad buy to bc i wasnt using a head unit (deck) so i just ran it to my headlight, which is running only when the bike is running, it works but it kinds sucks when i just wanna turn the key and listen, but it keeps my battery from dying...i could only imagine how fist it would die w/o the alternator running...i dad a pr of AUX lights on it and w/o the engine running they lights wouldent run for more than 5 min, lol...have fun, lemme know how this turns out

WiiLL

Will5502@aol.com

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Jon Lewis /

Use sadle bags. Not only do they just clip onto the sides, but they can conseal alot of equipment.

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Reeperette /

Dunno about Stereos, i just bungeed a boombox to the back of my Tomos Bullet, as far as that went - but at one time i had a CB with PA system, mounted the speaker in between the plastic panels (it was a top-tank model, mind) under the fuel tank...was hard finding a loud PA-type speaker that small, but a round trip of the local junkyards did turn one up.

Oh the fun you can have with an earpiece/miked CB/PA on a 'ped, too...specially giving the obnoxious fourwheeler who just cut you off an earful....

Ree.

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Reeperette /

Dunno about Stereos, i just bungeed a boombox to the back of my Tomos Bullet, as far as that went - but at one time i had a CB with PA system, mounted the speaker in between the plastic panels (it was a top-tank model, mind) under the fuel tank...was hard finding a loud PA-type speaker that small, but a round trip of the local junkyards did turn one up.

Oh the fun you can have with an earpiece/miked CB/PA on a 'ped, too...specially giving the obnoxious fourwheeler who just cut you off an earful....

Ree.

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