Sony XAV-AX7000 w/ Apple CarPlay for Your Harley-Davidson

Sony XAV-AX7000 w/ Apple CarPlay for Your Harley-Davidson

by Cliff John November 05, 2019

We know you love your Harley-Davidson® and the freedom of the open road. Now you can make your audio experience even more enjoyable on your 1999-2019 Harley Touring bike with our Sony XAV-AX7000 Plug & Play Audio Bundles with Apple CarPlay.

Sony added weather-sealed buttons and a highly improved weather-proof anti-glare screen to the Sony XAV-AX7000 - which makes it extremely attractive to all types of Harley riders. They also packed it with an onboard 400 watt, 4-channel amplifier. Boom. 

Our Sony Bundles are completely plug and play and ready to drop in your bike, which not only makes it easy for you to enjoy today's technological conveniences, such as Apple CarPlay, but saves you a ton of money.  

Sony XAV-AX7000 with Apple CarPlay
Pictured above: 2014-2019 Harley-Davidson Touring Sony XAV-AX7000 Plug & Play Bundle

Sony XAV-AX7000 for your 1999-2013 Harley-Davidson Touring
Pictured above: 1999-2013 Sony XAV-AX7000 Bundle for Street Glide, Electra Glide & Ultra Classic

Pictured above: 2019-2020 Electra Glide Standard Sony XAV-AX7000 Plug & Play Audio Bundle

For the record, the Sony XAV-AX7000 is also packed with Android Auto, but we're focusing on Apple CarPlay in this article.

As we've all known for a while, Harley-Davidson includes Apple CarPlay as part of the Boom! Box GTS Infotainment Systems standard on all 2019 Harley-Davidson Ultra Limited, Ultra Limited Low, Road Glide® Ultra, Road Glide® Special, Street Glide® Special, CVO™ Street Glide®, CVO™ Road Glide® and TriGlide™ Ultra models and a factory-installed option for Harley Davidson Street Glide™, Road Glide® and Electra Glide® Ultra Classic® models. But, with severely limited capabilities unless you shell out even more cash for other accessories. 

Our Sony XAV-AX7000 Plug & Play Audio System w/ Apple CarPlay 

With the release of the XAV-AX7000 system, Sony has shown a commitment to making amazing products for us Harley riders. While there are some new features, they've kept the best features from the XAV-AX5000. The full color 7” anti-glare screen, dual USB-A ports, and streamlined navigation buttons are the same as the previous model.

Sony XAV-AX7000 on your Harley-Davidson

The sleek design makes it even easier to adjust playback and volume, change settings and return to the home screen. The screen is even less reflective than the previous 5000 model and Sony has added weather-sealed buttons to the 7000 along the bottom of the unit and has announced a new weatherproof screen. This will keep the XAV-AV7000 running smooth in all weather environments.

Sony XAV-AX7000 on your Harley-Davidson

If you haven't viewed it already, be sure to checkout our detailed Sony XAV-AX7000/Sony XAV-AX5000 comparison video below. It sums up everything in about ten minutes. 


Apple CarPlay Features On Your Harley-Davidson

Harley-Davidson's Boom!® Box GTS Infotainment System comes standard on 2019 models, but leaves all other Harley Touring riders in the dark as the radio is not compatible with older models. Thankfully, about 16 months ago, Sony and Metra stepped in making today's technology available for the 1999-2019 Harley Touring family. Apple CarPlay takes the Sony XAV-AX7000 Harley-Davidson to new levels of functionality.

If you're interested in learning more about our Sony XAV-AX7000 Plug & Play Audio Bundles with Apple CarPlay or if you're ready to purchase, visit our product pages:

With Apple CarPlay you'll have access to many of the same apps and features as your iPhone. Use it to get turn by turn navigation via Apple Maps, Google Maps or Waze - make and receive calls, texts, and iMessages, and listen to your favorite music or podcasts.

The bulk of CarPlay's features can be accessed with Siri's voice commands. 

Now, more about using Siri commands and making and receiving calls on your Harley-Davidson when packed with our Sony XAV-AX7000 Plug & Play Bundle.

You can certainly make and receive calls on your Harley if you mount the provided microphone somewhere within your windshield. I actually had a Road Glide owner say he mounted his microphone in his vent and could make and receive calls and give Siri commands up to 40mph. I'll be honest, I've never tried that. But, yes ... you can mount the microphone and up to "some speed", depending on wind conditions, make and receive calls, give Siri commands, etc. - but the fact of the matter is it has a mph expiration somewhere between 20 - 40mph. Why? Because you're on a motorcycle. Lol. 

If you ditch the microphone, which we're a fan of, all of the functionality is also accessible from the touchscreen and some via your factory hand controls. Our Sony bundles do maintain your hand control functions like volume up and down, source/seek select and changing songs/radio stations - but in order to switch between apps on the Sony XAV-AX7000 you'll need to actually touch the screen. To the rescue is iOS13, which provides an awesome split-screen view so you can run ... say ... Apple Maps and your Music all at the same time on your screen. Easy access. 

Two of the most popular uses of CarPlay are Navigation features and Music. In order to launch Apple CarPlay on your Harley, you will need to have your iPhone wired in to the provided USB cables. 

Sony XAV-AX7000 w/ Apple CarPlay Install 2014+ Harley-Davidson Street Glide

Sony XAV-AX7000 w/ Apple CarPlay Install 2015+ Harley-Davidson Road Glide 

CarPlay Navigation On Your Harley-Davidson

CarPlay uses AppleMaps and is also compatible with third-party GPS systems Google Maps and Waze. You can enjoy advanced navigation features including choosing the fastest, shortest or most scenic route for your ride. 

We get a lot of questions about what the navigation looks like on the Sony XAV-AX7000 device while in your Harley. It's fairly easy to imagine if you haven't purchased one of our Sony 7000 bundles yet. All you need to do is launch Apple Maps on your iPhone and turn it to landscape. Then, imagine your phone is a 7" touch screen embedded in the inner fairing of your motorcycle. Make sense? It's awesome. Trust me. 

All functionality on the Sony XAV-AX7000 Apple CarPlay Harley-Davidson is also accessible from the touchscreen.

Road Trip With Your Entire Music Library

Easily crank your favorite tunes or listen to a killer podcast. You can even crush an audiobook if that's your thing. Hopefully it's not. You're a Harley owner. 

CarPlay, of course, offers Apple Music support using the connection from your iPhone. You'll have access to the entire Apple Music library and can activate and give commands via Siri if you've mounted your mic and aren't going too fast - but what fun is that. You'll also have access to all your favorite podcasts, and popular streaming services like iHeart Radio, Spotify, Pandora and more. If you have your favorite music apps on your iPhone, when paired with CarPlay, the icons will show up and be accessible from your touchscreen on your Sony XAV-AX7000.

Sony knows music, and they've upped both the power supply and sound quality on the Sony XAV-AX7000 Apple CarPlay for your Harley-Davidson. With a 400W Class-D amplifier you'll hear your music more intensely, and EXTRA BASS™ helps overcome (some!) engine noise so you'll enjoy strong, clear, sound quality with less distortion. The 10-band equalizer can be adjusted to optimize the sound in any environment and the FLAC audio file format gives you better sound quality than MP3 even when streaming. 

With CarPlay you can create the perfect playlists for your road trip and you'll be riding in style. 

With the Sony XAV-AX7000 w/ Apple CarPlay for your Harley-Davidson you have access to many of your favorite apps like Google, Google Maps, Waze, Spotify, Pandora, and many more.

Bring your audio experience to the next level with one of our Sony XAV-AX7000 bundles. They come packed with great sound and great reviews. 

Want to learn more about the Sony XAV-AX7000 Apple CarPlay Harley-Davidson? Give us a call or submit a form below, ask us about our special XAV-AX7000 bundles and let us show you all the new features and benefits of upgrading!

Cliff John
Cliff John


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