Harley-Davidson unveils new sound system, custom bike accessories

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Harley-Davidson released a gaggle of new Genuine Motorcycle Accessories at its summer meeting last month in Anaheim, Calif., which include the new Slipstream collection of accessories that match blacked-out and chrome-covered custom bikes.

Also introduced: a Boom! Audio Custom Touring System and Music Player Tank Pouch, a new set of chrome tie-down brackets, and even a 50-buck flashlight.

The Slipstream collection of grips, mirrors (see photo at right), footboard inserts and foot control pads feature “aero-inspired” spears embedded in the surface and square-shouldered rubber pads for contemporary looks and added traction, according to Harley-Davidson. Items include hand grips for $89.95 and $99.95 retail; mirrors ($129.95); footpegs ($89.95); a shifter peg ($29.95); brake pedal pads ($39.95 and $49.95); footboard inserts ($129.95 for rider and $119.95 for passenger); and Swept Wing footboard inserts ($129.95 for rider and $119.95 for passenger).

The new Boom! Audio Touring System is priced at $1,895 retail but reportedly delivers “unsurpassed audio performance in an outdoor environment,” according to the Motor Co. The system includes fairing, fairing lower and saddlebag-mounted speakers to envelop the rider and passenger in sound. The system matches to the Advanced Audio Radio on 2006-later Street Glides and 2006-09 Electra Glide Standard models; however, the customer must purchase a Vented Color-Matched Fairing Lower Kit and appropriate Saddlebag Lids. Harley is offering separately the Boom! Audio Saddlebag Speaker Kit for $369.95 and the Boom! Audio Fairing Lower Speaker Kit for $219.95.

The dealer’s digital technician needs to provide a software update at installation and thus is recommending dealers install the entire audio system for the customer, according to the company. The system is not compatible with Tour-Pak luggage, the Heavy Breather Air Cleaner and some other audio accessories.

The new Boom! Audio Music Player Tank Pouch ($44.95) has a neoprene jacket to protect a portable music device. Built-in magnets hold the pouch securely to any steel fuel tank or airbox cover. The clear window permits touch-screen control, and the anti-skid interior allows the pouch to accommodate players of various sizes.

Harley’s new Chrome Tie-Down Brackets ($59.95) mount to the front fork cover and offer a number of attachment points for tie-down straps. The brackets may be installed on 2000-or-later Heritage Softail Classic, Fat Boy and Fat Boy Lo models, as well as on many touring models, according to the company.

Finally, the new Tactical LED Flashlight with Safety Strobe, at $49.95 retail, is an ideal last-minute “sell” for the parts or checkout counter. The flashlight has three settings (high, low and strobe) and an adjustable lens to change from narrow beam to a wide flood of light. The high beam reaches 140 yards at 100 lumens, and the low beam will reportedly last 50 continuous hours.

Press release posted by Mary Slepicka