Do our Sony Plug & Play Bundles Maintain Harley-Davidson® Factory Handlebar Controls?

Do our Sony Plug & Play Bundles Maintain Harley-Davidson® Factory Handlebar Controls?

by Cliff John September 07, 2018

Harley-Davidson® owners love the convenience of managing their radio functions with their hand control switches. Put it this way - when you hit the on-ramp of your favorite local highway, there's nothing better than being able to simply press the volume up button on your hand control switch to blast your tunes as you're rapidly increasing speed. 

It's important to bike owners not to lose this ability when purchasing aftermarket receivers. 

That being said, here's the first question we're always asked when a customer is inquiring about our Sony® Plug & Play Bundles:

"Do your Sony Plug & Play Bundles maintain factory handlebar controls?" 

The answer to this is simple: Yes. 

All of our Sony Plug & Play Bundles, listed below that can now be purchased directly on our website, for your Harley-Davidson motorcycle maintain factory handlebar controls:

The magic component of our Sony Plug & Play Bundles that maintains handlebar controls is the AXXESS Integrate ASWC-1 handlebar control module (pictured below). 

Axxess Interface ASWC-1


This magic system is standard in our Sony Plug & Play Bundles and will be programmed specifically for use on your Harley-Davidson '98-'19 model and year. 

All of our Sony Plug & Play Bundles are prewired for you. Connections are soldered and shrink-wrapped - no exceptions. Finally, we professionally wrap the harness with tesa® tape. Our bundles are also preloaded in their accompanying dash kit, if applicable, making them literally ready to put in your bike.   

Here's a great video that walks through exactly how we prewire all of our bundles. This video is specifically referring to our Sony XAV-AX5000 Plug & Play Bundle for '14-'19 Touring model owners, but the same prewiring process applies to all of our bundles.

Have questions after checking out the video? Give us a call at the shop, 301.825.9007, or submit a contact form below and we’ll gladly help. 

The AXXESS Integrate ASWC-1 handlebar control module maintains the following functions for '98-'19 Harley-Davidson Touring model owners:

  • volume up and down
  • source select for am/fm/xm/ipod
  • track/preset/seek select

Our Sony MEX-M72BT Plug & Play Bundle ('98-'13), our Sony XAV-AX7000 w/ Metra 95-HDIF Inner Fairing Plug & Play Bundle ('98-'13) and our Sony XAV-AX5000 w/ Metra 95-HDIF Inner Fairing Plug & Play Bundle ('98-'13) maintain all the functions you currently have on your bike as listed below: 

  • volume up and down
  • source select for am/fm/xm/ipod
  • track/preset/seek select

Our Sony XAV-AX7000 Plug & Play Bundle ('14-'19) and our Sony XAV-AX5000 Plug & Play Bundle ('14-'19) (including Electra Glide Standard bundles) maintains the same handlebar control functions:

  • volume up and down
  • source select for am/fm/xm/ipod
  • track/preset/seek select

'14-'19 Touring model owners will not maintain the following handlebar control functions with our Sony XAV-AX7000 and Sony XAV-AX5000 Plug & Play Bundles: 

  • Oil Pressure
  • Ambient Air Temp
  • Ability to scroll through icons on the screen

We're extremely transparent regarding the details of our bundles. Most riders aren't concerned at all regarding the list above due to the audio performance and features they gain with the Sony XAV-AX7000 Plug & Play Bundle (listed below) - not to mention, at least the hundreds we've spoken to about it, hardly use them: 

Sony Product Highlights:

  • digital multimedia receiver with AM/FM tuner
  • 7" anti-glare capacitive touchscreen display on bezel-less panel
  • built-in internal amp (45 watts RMS/100 peak x 4 channels)
  • works with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • plays FLAC files on USB drives
  • Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming
  • weather-sealed buttons, weather-proof screen

Smartphone Features:

  • Pandora and Spotify control with iPhone and Android

Audio/Video Features:

  • plays media from USB memory devices
  • 10-band equalizer with digital time alignment and EXTRA BASS
  • Dynamic Stage Organizer (DSO) compensates for low speaker positions
  • subwoofer controls


  • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
  • inputs: dual rear USB inputs, rear-view camera input
  • outputs: 5-channel preamp outputs (5-volt front, rear, subwoofer)

Interested in learning more about one of our Sony Plug & Play Bundles for your Harley-Davidson but have questions? Give us a call at the shop, 301.825.9007, or submit a form below and we'll provide all the information you need to make an informed decision about your bike. 

Also, be sure to check out our customers feedback regarding all of our bundles on our reviews page

Cliff John
Cliff John


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