GL1500 Aspencade Trike Radio Upgrade


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JPochron
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GL1500 Aspencade Trike Radio Upgrade

Post by JPochron » Mon Jan 07, 2019 1:16 am



I have a 1995 GL1500 Aspencade trike which i'm in the process of upgrading the radio. I've removed the old radio and secured the radio cover to the shelter. Only problem I see so far is how to cover the slot where the cassette player was. I've ordered a Pyle Marine Bluetooth Audio/Video Receiver, a Precision Power PPi TRAX5.2200D 2200 Watt 5-Channel Full Range + Sub Amplifier, Kenwood 2 New KFC-1095PS 4" 220 Watt 3-Way Car Audio Coaxial Speakers Stereo front and rear and Design Engineering 050311 Boom Mat Speaker Baffles, 4". I'm dreading installing the front speakers and the rear speakers were fairly easy to install. Have to determine where to mount the amplifier most likely in the truck. I guess going the route I am i'll lose all of the functions the factory radio had like changing channels from the left handle bar mount and the display in the LCD. If anyone has any suggestions i'd appreciate it. I've just started the upgrade so hopefully I won't run into any major issues
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Re: GL1500 Aspencade Trike Radio Upgrade

Post by RockportDave » Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:28 pm

I would like to see it (and hear it) when you get it put together.
I rarely play more than a radio when driving or riding, but I have thought of replacing mine.
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Re: GL1500 Aspencade Trike Radio Upgrade

Post by JPochron » Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:37 pm

I'll post some pics when it's done the amplifier came in today larger than what I anticipated. The radio should be in tomorrow. I'm going with Kenwood speakers front and rear but not sure when i'll replace the front 1's it's a huge task. Have to have my carbs rebuilt also the person I purchased it from let it sit up for a while.

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Re: GL1500 Aspencade Trike Radio Upgrade

Post by bluthundr31 » Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:14 am

I've been toying with the idea of blanking off the area where the radio was by using the blank-off from a '91 Interstate. I put an AM-FM bluetooth/USB/Aux-in stereo that works great when I cut a slot for it. You might be able to do a similar install with that marine unit. This blank-off would bolt up to the exact same holes on your existing center-shelter that your radio used for mounting.

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Re: GL1500 Aspencade Trike Radio Upgrade

Post by JPochron » Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:49 pm

Where did you find that blank off or cover? That will probably work better that what i'm doing. I glued the radio cover to the shelter then cut out an opening for the radio and plan on cutting a small section out to glue to the side of the cover where the cassette deck was

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Re: GL1500 Aspencade Trike Radio Upgrade

Post by bluthundr31 » Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:10 pm

They are standard, but ONLY on the '91 Interstate. Honda put a crappy little kenwood radio in the left hand fairing pocket and needed to blank off the hole where their OEM AM-FM radio was mounted. I used one for my "radio upgrade" and it works GREAT for my needs. I'm checking around to see if a 3D printer might be able to reproduce this panel, , ,or maybe someone using a silicone mold could reproduce it. It'd REALLY be a decent solution to the expense of repairing/fixing those old AM-FM Cassette radios that came standard. I have one of these panels that I want to have "laser-scanned" for 3D printing, , ,or sent to a mold-maker for reproduction. I'm wondering if they might be available under the name of "Unobtainium 2.1". HAHAHA

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Re: GL1500 Aspencade Trike Radio Upgrade

Post by JPochron » Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:17 am

The Radio cover works basically the same way but the only issue there's the opening where the cassette was inserted into the radio. I'm thinking of using part of the plastic i cut out to glue it in that opening but I don't think it will look to good. If you know if anyone has 1 for sale or where I can purchase 1 i'd appreciate it. I've been searching eBay and the Web since you posted it and no luck yet

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Re: GL1500 Aspencade Trike Radio Upgrade

Post by bluthundr31 » Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:33 am

You have a great idea and I agree with your comment that your "mod" to the cassette door won't look right. I'm getting quotes using the panel I have, but it will not be completed until I have the "vendors" response.

Many of the motorcycle salvage/wrecking outfits belong to a data "network". You input what part you are looking for on the network and the "member" salvage yards look through their inventory and email you if they find one. That's how I found this one. I spent about a month looking on eBay, Craigslist, and everything else with no luck.

The part number is 83155-MW5-8700. It is stamped with the words "Cover Top Shelter". It is on the '91 Interstate and originally had the Amp & Booster mounted to a metal plate that had a matching "bolt configuration".

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Re: GL1500 Aspencade Trike Radio Upgrade

Post by JPochron » Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:23 pm

Is there a website to check salvage yards or do you have to go to 1 and ask? I decided to go ahead and replace the front speakers now and the instrument panel is a beast to get out especially where the air vents are. I ended up breaking it in several places I may be able to super glue it and saw a few on ebay some in worse condition than mine. It's hard to distinguish the color from the pic as some that are brown look black. The prices are from $30.00 to around $100 used. Haven't decided if I'm going to replace it yet

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Re: GL1500 Aspencade Trike Radio Upgrade

Post by tnt9339 » Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:35 pm

I purchased a new one from Partzilla for $83.00. I bought a black one (lucky guess on type). Different type, different color. I sanded it smooth for painting, so color was no important.

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Re: GL1500 Aspencade Trike Radio Upgrade

Post by JPochron » Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:37 pm

I checked several parts dealers and it's not available. Were you able to match the paint to the shelter?

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Re: GL1500 Aspencade Trike Radio Upgrade

Post by bluthundr31 » Sat Jan 12, 2019 3:28 pm

Sounds like I got confused a bit, , ,if you broke the dash panel I think Tony (tnt9339) bought a new dash panel on partzilla, and yes THEY are available. The "blank-off" panel for the '91 Interstate is "unavailable" on Partzilla though.

JPochron, If you google something like "Motorcycle salvage dismantlers network" you'll find a dozen sites that will let you enter the information for the part you're looking for. I can't remember the site I used but I got an email from a California outfit who had the part, along with half a dozen emails from out-of-state outfits that said they got my "request" and would keep it on file and would email me if they found one.

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Re: GL1500 Aspencade Trike Radio Upgrade

Post by JPochron » Sat Jan 12, 2019 5:04 pm

Correct I broke that dash bezel because the air vents would not budge and while trying to pry the air vents out the bezel broke in a few places. There's a very thin sextion of plastic on the bottom where the air vents go so very fragile. And yes the blank for the radio is unavailable at any parts house so have to get lucky at either finding 1 like you suggested or on eBay

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Re: GL1500 Aspencade Trike Radio Upgrade

Post by bluthundr31 » Sun Jan 13, 2019 6:25 pm

JPochron, in the DIY section there is a really great thread with instructions AND pictures on how to remove/install that dash panel. The topic is something like "How to install LED's in the dash". It'll explain how those darn "vents" are tricky to remove unless you see how they're installed. I used that DIY thread to changed to LED's on my dash and upgrade my front speakers using the instructions/pictures and it was flawless. I'm in the habit now that ANYTIME I need to work on my bike, I check that section to learn how to do it best.

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Re: GL1500 Aspencade Trike Radio Upgrade

Post by JPochron » Sun Jan 13, 2019 6:41 pm

although it's to late i'll still check it out. The bottom of the dash bezel where the vent is installed is so thin no wonder I broke it. I've super glued it back together but I still may replace it



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