Armin admiring his Road King Dragonfly fairing and stereo system.
While many of us love the sounds of the road and motor, sometimes some music can really wake up a long-distance trip. While some touring models come equipped with a stereo, others such as the Road King do not. Even if you are the type that doesn't want a radio, a full-coverage fairing is a nice accessory to have to prevent fatigue or for general comfort while riding.
We contacted Dragonfly Cycle Concepts to outfit a Road King with a fairing and stereo. Dragonfly fairings can be ordered with or without a variety of audio components including amplifiers, speakers, and a marine-grade stereo head unit. The fairing fits all years and models of Harley-Davidson Road King, Heritage Softail, Softail Deluxe, and Fat Boy, Yamaha Roadstar, Roadliner, and Stratoliner models as well as the Honda VTX 1800. The fairing is made from injection-molded LPRTM composite parts, which means high heat tolerance to post-production warping, as well as no protruding fiberglass strands.
Opening up the box from Dragonfly revealed the batwing-style fairing, complete wiring
The batwing-style fairing comes in black gel coat, which is the paintable surface of the injection-molded parts. It needs to be painted in order to look finished. Dragonfly can match all Harley-Davidson and Yamaha/Star paint schemes, even the limited edition CVO Screamin' Eagle and custom Color Shop colors and graphics. Dragonfly uses only PPG polyurethane base paint and clearcoats.
Dragonfly is at the forefront of aftermarket stereo systems specifically designed for use on a motorcycle. The basic stereo kit for Dragonfly's detachable fairing consists of a 200-watt, waterproof proprietary Dragonfly brand stereo with AM/FM tuner. A chromed face surrounds an LCD screen (visible in direct sun or night) needing no sliding cover for protection. The unit is MP3, iPod, compass, and hand controls compatible and includes a USB and iPod cable, 6x9 speakers, a wiring harness, and an antenna. There are no moving mechanical parts, making the stereo better suited for the rigors of motorcycle riding. In addition, the unit is satellite-radio-ready. The stereo features large, rubberized buttons for ease of use with gloves. Upgrades can be made to include higher output amplifiers and speakers. We upgraded the basic system with a 70-watt amp and 4-ohm, two-way coaxial Polyglass speakers, in addition to a Sirius satellite receiver.
The fairing was designed to be quick-release but comes with a locking mechanism to keep the fairing on the bike until you want to take it off. McGard Security Products made Dragonfly's exclusive Fairing Bolt Lock with triple-nickel chrome plating for beauty and durability. A tamper-proof bolt head means easy on and off by the owner only.
In a couple of hours, we were able to turn our friend Armin's Road King into an Electra Glide clone but packing some serious audio power and clarity.
The fairing came completely preassembled and prewired from Dragonfly with chromed mou
The test subject: an '01? Road King. The high handlebars tend to put too much wind on
We removed the seat, disconnected the battery, loosened the front fuel tank mounts, a
in order to fish the wiring harness under the tank. We routed the wires to the right
A fuse and pigtail were crimped onto the red power wire.
We next tapped into the wiring harness (carefully opening up the protective wrap with