Video-We show you how to hook your Harley Wireless Headset Interface Module or “WHIM” into a laptop and update the software using the Boom Audio Bluetooth Device Manager, which is made by Sena for Harley-Davidson. We show you where to get the appropriate desktop application and where to get the latest version of system software.
Video-Using the Harley dealership Digital Technician software, we show you how to flash a Boom Box Infotainment System after installing a Wireless Headset Interface Module or “WHIM”. Only authorized dealerships have access to this software. There is a specific process that needs to be followed and particular boxes that need to be checked for a successful flash. After a successful Boom Box flash, you'll have a new menu item in your setup options called “Wireless Headset”. If you see that then you know it was successful.
In this completely free tutorial video, we show you exactly how to install the Harley Wireless Headset Interface Module (WHIM), and explain the exact parts you'll need. There are specific ways things need to be installed for proper operation. Don't waste your money by having a dealership do this install. You can do it yourself right in your very own shop or garage with this step-by-step tutorial video.
Video of Interest: (Please watch, so you are fully educated on the WHIM)
After you complete the WHIM install you will have to take your motorcycle to a Harley dealership and have your Boom Box Infotainment system flashed (re-configured), so it will recognize the new WHIM and operate properly. Harley dealerships are the only persons allowed to have the proprietary software necessary to do this Boom Box system flash and it is called “Digital Technician”. Some dealerships charge for this simple system flash (5 minutes at the most) and others don't.
Also, don't forget to hook the WHIM up to your own laptop and use the Harley/Sena PC or MAC Desktop Application to update the actual WHIM operating software prior to taking your motorcycle in for the dealer Boom Box system flash. You'll use the same Harley/Sena desktop application to make certain your Bluetooth headset is up to date.
- Go here for the appropriate Harley/Sena PC/MAC Desktop Application & All Harley/Sena Branded Headset Software Updates
Frequently Asked Questions:
Question: Will my regular non-Harley branded Sena headset work with the WHIM?
Anwer: Sort of. The only way you'll get “stereo” sound with the WHIM is if you pair a Harley branded 20's headset. With other regular Sena branded headsets (no HD logo) you'll only get mono sound. Also, you'll want to make sure your regular Sena headset software is up to date. You'll have to contact Sena to figure out if your regular Sena headset will pair with the WHIM, so you can get only mono sound. I can say that the regular Sena 20s and Sena 10u will pair with the WHIM in mono as we've tested them.
Question: Will another non-Sena headset work with the WHIM?
Answer: Yes, maybe. Some other brand Bluetooth headsets will pair with the WHIM, but you'll only get mono sound. You'll have to just test it and see if your particular Bluetooth headset will pair with the WHIM. We don't have a list.
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Harley Models Coming Equipped with the WHIM:
Owners of 2014 & newer Harley models with the Boom Box must purchase the WHIM on their own and install it as an “add-on”. 2018 & newer Harley CVO models with the Boom Box are coming already equipped with the WHIM out of the factory.
Better Alternative/Sena Freewire:
We here at Law Abiding Biker Media still believe the Sena Freewire ($250) is a much better option, as it is cheaper and you'll get stereo sound even with regular Sena headsets you may already own. And you'll get stereo sound with other brand wireless helmet headsets. With the Sena Freewire, you also get full Boom Box integration and rider/passenger communications just like the WHIM.
Note: With the single WHIM, you can run two Harley branded wireless Bluetooth headsets. With the Sena Freewire, you'll need one module for the rider and one for the passenger. You'll need to install a 7-pin DIN coms port for the Freewire and we have a free video on how to easily do that.
What are we going to do here at Law Abiding Biker Media? FREEWIRE OR WHIM?
We here at Law Abiding Biker Media will stick with the Sena Freewire. It gives all the functionality of the WHIM at a fraction of the cost. And best of all, it works in stereo with all the great Sena brand headsets we already own!
Sena Freewire Videos of Interest:
OTHER RESOURCES MENTIONED IN VIDEO:
- OFFICIAL BOOM BOX TUTORIAL VIDEO SERIES
- AWESOME FOR PURCHASE TUTORIAL VIDEOS HERE
- WHIM VIDEO 1
- WHIM VIDEO 2
- ROAD GLIDE FAIRING REMOVAL VIDEO
- HARLEY FUEL TANK REMOVAL VIDEO
- 7 PIN DIN INSTALL VIDEO
- OFFICIAL HARLEY BOOM BOX SOFTWARE/WHIM UPDATE PAGE
- SENA FREEWIRE AND VIDEOS
If you choose to go with the WHIM, then this is what you'll need and what you'll have to pay for full stereo sound: (part numbers and links)
- Wireless Headset Interface Module ($299)
- (Part Number 76000768)
- Wireless Headset Interface Module Harness ($49)
- Part Number 69201726
- Boom! Audio 20S Bluetooth Helmet Single Headset ($299)
- Part Number 76000736A
- Boom Box Dealership Flash ($50-$100)
- Dealership Install of WHIM ($200?)
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These Ciro 3D products are all high quality and plug and play for the most part. You can really light up your bike and not only make it look better but be safer going down the road. And you'll save money because you can install these awesome products yourself right in your very own shop or garage.
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VLOG-This is a brand new cone pattern drill I designed for an upcoming Police Motorcycle Officer Training Course. I have designed it from scratch and I am calling it “The Rythmulator”.
I spent quite a bit of time testing and measuring things out. I tested it all out on my Police Harley-Davidson Electra Glide. At the end of the video, I walk you through the course and give you the exact measurements and how to set it up.
This is an advanced Police motorcycle cone pattern and you should be a very experienced and a skilled rider before trying this. This is not a pattern for the majority of motorcyclists out there.
The goal of this pattern is to really get riders into a rhythm. Once riders discover the proper turn points and get into a rhythm, it will feel awesome and will look great. If a rider does not hit the proper points and is forcing the bike it will be very difficult. It's all about full bar locks, head and eye placement, quick transitions, and quickly coming in and out of the clutch gray area in this drill.
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Harley Davidson and Harman Kardon just released Boom!™ Box software update version 188.8.131.52 on September 19, 2017. This comes after software update versions 184.108.40.206 that was released on August 7 2017. We have received many inquiries from bikers asking if they should update to this latest version. It is always a good idea to wait and see if an update fixes more than it breaks and let me have some time to test things.
Note: This particular update if for the Boom Box 4.3 Standard, 6.5T Premium, and the CVO 6.5GT systems. I give the go-ahead to update to this new Boom Box software update version, 220.127.116.11.
I installed and tested this update for you. As usual, don't expect any miracles and that suddenly all things will be fixed for ever user. They still have a long way to go to get rid of all the problems that persist with the Harley Boom!™ Box Infotainment System. We are all skeptical that they'll ever get the Boom Box working perfectly at this point.
Question: If I get behind on updating my Boom Box software, will I have to go back and install each past update I missed?
Answer: No, you do not have to update incrementally. If you get behind, just grab the latest software update here and install it. It will update everything you need including past updates. There is no access to the older updates from the Harley website anyway.
Question: If I update my Boom Box to the newest software version and don't like it or it brakes things, am I stuck with it?
Answer: No, as long as you have been saving each Boom Box update file somewhere you're fine. You can go to a past software update file and install that over the new update version (downgrade). Keep all software versions and updates as Harley does not post or give access to older versions.
Resources & videos:
Harley Boom Box Software Update Version 1.20.2 (Siri Integration)
Harley Boom Box Software Update Version 18.104.22.168 (Dealership Locations Update Fix)
Remember; The Harley Boom!™ Box still has many annoying bugs and problems, so don't expect this software update to suddenly fix everything.
If you don't know how to properly update your system software and maps then check out my Official Boom!™ Box Software Update Video.
This update claims to fix the following: (22.214.171.124)
Date Released: 09/17/2017
- Radio software stuck in reboot loop during map database
update, intercontinental replacement or intercontinental
- Radio software freezing and lockup during dealer location
Note: If you aren't using Harley Davidson's Ride Planner to integrate with your Boom!™ Box system then you are [Read more…]