Color-matched DCC fairing and components ready for install. Dan also picked up a set of Cycle Smiths 13-inch Electra Glide Apes ($247. 10) for the install.
Color-matched DCC fairing and components ready for install. Dan also picked up a set
After spending several years and several thousand miles running in the open wind on his '06 Road King Classic (RKC), a friend of ours (Dan) was feeling envious of his riding partners who had the benefits of a blasting stereo and high-speed wind protection from their factory fairing-based baggers. Fed up with being the tune-less flying squirrel amongst his peers, Dan decided to resolve the matter with a fairing/stereo combo for his RKC.
Dan found what he was looking for with a setup from Dragonfly Cycle Concepts (DCC). Kevin Martin, owner of DCC, has been in the fairing game since '02 when he mocked up his first prototype for a road trip to Sturgis. Since that time, Kevin and the DCC team has continually improved its detachable fairings with better materials, construction processes, and audio equipment. With fitments for all Road King, Heritage Softail, Softail Deluxe, and Fat Boy models and years, Dragonfly can quickly give you the best of both worlds, touring and street, with its quick-detachable fairings-once installed the fairings can quickly and easily be removed/installed in less that two minutes. The DCC fairings are comprised of injection-molded composite inner and outer shells, and come with two 6x9 internally-mounted speakers, stainless steel mounting brackets, a 12-volt plug, a windshield, windshield trim, a stereo, and a fairing lock. DCC offers plenty of options with its fairings such as a black gel-coat finish, factory-matched paint, stereo upgrades, various windshield heights/colors, and an assortment of other options.
Kevin and his crew hit all the major rallies and do on-the-spot installations, so you could be in and out in a couple of hours with tunes and a whole new look to your bike. However, installation is pretty simple and straightforward so Dan ordered up exactly what he wanted and had it shipped to his house. Dan ordered a DCC fairing with waterproof LCD stereo package (came completely assembled), audio controls for stock H-D switch housings, chrome windshield trim, and 4-inch black windscreen (approximately $2,400 for everything). The 180-watt LCD stereo features an AM/FM tuner, a USB connection with extension cable (for MP3s on a flash drive), and is compatible with SIRIUS satellite and iPods. When everything arrived at his house, Dan had some friends over to sip a few beers and help with the install on a Saturday afternoon. We were there to get in the way and take photos of the install.
You may be wondering why Dan chose to go with a USB flash drive rather than an iPod. While he does have an 80GB iPod, Dan went with a flash drive for a couple reasons. First was the fact that the flash drive doesn't have a spinning hard drive (like iPod Classic and Touch models) which can be susceptible to pauses/interrupted playback from harsh bumps or jolts. The flash drive is relatively cheap/inexpensive to replace if broken or not removed and gets stolen. Actually the price might have been the most significant factor. Dan picked up a 16GB flash drive for a little more than $40. And depending on how he stores/saves his music, he can fit well over 3,000 songs on the unit. When compared to a 4-gig iPod Shuffle ($79) or a 16-gig iPod Nano ($179) (Apple's flash drive based units), he could get a couple flash drives for the same price. The other thing Dan liked about the flash drive was that it was so lightweight, he could hide it up inside the fairing with just some Velcro.
Here's Dan's metallic silver RKC before the install, looking back at images 1 and 2 you can see that DCC did an excellent job of color matching the fairing to Dan's bike.
Here's Dan's metallic silver RKC before the install, looking back at images 1 and 2 y
Looking up inside the DCC fairing you can see everything is tucked away nice and neat. You can see the two quick-disconnect cords, the main harness cord coming off the stereo (blue arrow), and the USB cord (red arrow). On the left-hand side Dan mounted the control module for the hand control audio switches to the mounting bracket (yellow arrow).
Looking up inside the DCC fairing you can see everything is tucked away nice and neat
Quick work was made of disconnecting the hand control wiring harnesses (behind the headlight), removing the grips, switch housings, and hand controls from the handlebars so that the bars could be removed from the bike and replaced with the new Cycle Smiths bars.
Quick work was made of disconnecting the hand control wiring harnesses (behind the he