Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: Morgan Hill, CA.
Model: GL1500 Interstate (Cinnamon/beige)
Interested in upgrading your GL1500 stereo to something from the 21st Century?
Many riders of the GL1500 have had to deal with the stereo's that were "high-tech" for the 20th century, but are becoming more and more trouble as they age. The cassette stops working, the tuner gets finicky, and they can be expensive to keep "send it to the shop". Is there a way to get good sound with 21st Century technology on a motorcycle that is 20 to 33 years old??? Something with Bluetooth capability for connecting to headsets and phones, multiple pre-sets for AM/FM, USB port for charging or listening to MP3's, maybe a SD card slot for tunes, an Auxiliary input jack for music from the phone, or navigation info, waterproof for rainy days???
THERE IS A POSSIBLE SOLUTION!!!
A panel that will "seamlessly" fit the contours of the existing center-shelter where the radio sits! The panel sits flush and mounts to the same mounting points that the OEM radio uses. The panel has 3" clearance between the air filter housing at the "front" of the panel (closest to the dash). There is 3.5" clearance between the air filter housing and the panel at the point where it angles downward to be flush with the gas cap door. A ton of AM/FM stereo's currently on the market will fit with very little "modification" to the panel to cut a hole for the "body" or "guts" of the unit. It's also possible to lay the "body" horizontal under the panel mounted and secured to a metal "plate" that bolts up to the "legs" of the panel. The "face" of the radio is mounted on the panel and faces upward for easy reading.
I'm not an electronics guru but atleast one person who has done this type of modification has been able to continue using the controls on the handlebar for music/intercom usage (and provided wiring diagrams). So it CAN be done.
Last edited by BLUTHUNDR31; 04-12-2019 at 06:43 PM.