Contributed Tech Stuff - Controlling the Boom!™ Infotainment System Wirelessly
Addendum #1 - WHiM

Contributed by F. Robert Falbo


Disclaimer: Information and ideas contained in this section are solely those of the contributor(s) and not those of Harley-Davidson®, Harley-Davidson® of Uica, H.O.G.®, or the Erie Canal H.O.G.® Chapter.


PREFACE NOTE: H-D® just released their Boom! GTS system. It uses the same interfaces as their Boom! 6.5GT system described here.

This section is an addendum to the previous article I wrote. Since then I've installed the WHiM on my bike, bought a pair of Sena 30K headsets, and had my Dealer turn on the wireless support in the Boom!™ Infotainment System. Here's what I've found out.

The WHiM was easy to install. I already had the CB module installed, along with the cable to allow wired headsets. That cable became an orphan, dead-ended in the fairing for now. The WHiM comes with a couple of mounts - one for the Street Glide, and one for the Road Glide. The WHiM kit includes the screws, and even some cable-ties, and a wire harness that's worthless if you don't own a 2018 model. (Stick it in your spare parts bin.) For 2014-17 model owners you need the additional cable spelled out in the preceeding article. The connections are fool-proof, except that the manual really doesn't tell you that even though you might not have the CB module, you'll still need to connect one end of the short CB cable to the CB connector that's on top of the Boom!™ chassis. (The other end that would normally plug into the CB can just hang there, unless you actually have a CB, in which case that's where that end connects.) The last part of that additional harness has a capped micro-USB connector - it's used to update the WHiM from a computer. Most people just tie-wrap it so that they can access it later without removing the fairing.

After the WHiM is installed, it's time to make sure it's updated with the latest software. This is best done on a laptop because you'll have to connect it to the bike via that micro-USB connector you just added. Harley has an Application called the "Windows Device Manager" or the "MAC Device Manager" that you'll need to download and install from HERE. Once you've installed the Device Manager software, you can download the latest WHiM software. When that's done, go ahead and start the Device Manager. Then you can use a USB to microUSB cable to connect the laptop to the WHiM. (Leave the bike OFF while you're doing this - the program will find the WHiM and prompt you to locate the WHIM software you downloaded. Then you can tell it to update the WHiM whether it needs updating or not - sigh - I guess it really doesn't matter one way or the other. If this software looks familiar it's because it's just Sena software with a different background - and with all of Sena's not exactly very intuitive interface. Here's a few pictures of the operation...


Click on a picture to view it full size.

Here's where I mounted the
microUSB connector.
The first screen you get. Don't
connect the USB yet... hit Next...
Time to connect the USB,
then hit Next and...
It should recognize the WHiM. Then you can
browse for the update file. If the latest version
is newer, the "Update" button will appear. I
was up to date so the button was greyed out.













Your next mission, should you choose to accept it, is... a trip to your Dealer to have them enable "Wireless Headset" under the Radio Options. (This is usually about a 1/2 hour charge.) Once that's done you'll need to pair your chosen wireless headset with the Boom!™ Infotainment System. I chose the Sena 30K for my headset because it has the Mesh technology, and I didn't really care that audio wouldn't be stereo. (Update: Go back to the original article to see what I have to say about that now that I've lived with the WHiM and the Freewire™.)

So let's get into pairing the headset to the bike...

Put the bike in Accessory.
Choose "Home", then "Setup"...
Scroll down to "Wireless Headset"...
Put your headset in pairing Mode.
Select "Pair Rider Headset"...
(This screen shows that the Rider Headset
has already been paired, but the Passenger
hasn't.)
When it pairs, you'll be presented
with this screen.













So how does it work? It works great!... Voice commands work just like the wired headsets, except there's no wires. And it appears to be plenty loud (see Addendum). I have one set of Sena 30K's mounted in my Bell 1/2 helmet, and another set mounted in a Daytona 3/4 helmet. I was hoping to pair the 1/2 helmet in the Rider position and the 3/4 helmet in the Passenger position so I could use either one, but it appears that Harley doesn't allow the Passenger position to issue voice commands to the System (unless I'm missing something). And of course the audio from the Boom!™ isn't stereo, but with the wind noise at 70mph who cares?

Addendum: (sigh - It's always something!) After living with the WHiM/30K for some miles the quality of the speakers that come with SENA's headsets leave a LOT to be desired. To put it mildly, they suck for anything but standing still with the motor off. As soon as you get going, the engine and wind noise all but drowns out what you're trying to listen to, so you crank up the volume and the speakers go all to hell - and this is on a bike with a stock exhaust system! SENA does include a 3.5mm stereo earbud connector, so the first thing I tried was an old set of earbuds. When you plug them in they disconnect the OEM speakers. Using the earbuds I could hear fine, even at 70 mph - problem solved for my 1/2 helmet since I didn't like adding a flap to house the OEM speakers. Things were a little different for my 3/4 helmet since it has pockets built-in for speakers. After some research I settled on a set of UCLEAR Digital Pulse speakers, hoping they would sound better. The UCLEAR speakers have the 3.5mm plug that fits the SENA earbud jack. After swapping out the SENA speakers for the UCLEAR speakers the difference was quickly appearent - the UCLEAR speakers were much more efficient (louder) and clearer. I can now easily hear music and voice over the road noise without having to overdrive the Boom! or the SENA headset - and I think these speakers will improve battery performance because they require less power from the headset for a comfortable volume.

WIRED & WIRELESS INTERFACE PARTS -- BOOM! 6.5GT ('14-'18) & BOOM! GTS ('19-UP)

MANUFACTURER DESCRIPTION PART NUMBER PICTURE PRICE COMMENTS
SENA for
HARLEY-DAVIDSON
WIRELESS INTERFACE
MODULE (WHiM)
76000768 $299.95 Adds wireless Bluetooth Comm. to the
2014 & up Boom! 6.5GT & GTS System.
Requires Dealer to toggle interface ON.
HARLEY-DAVIDSON WIRELESS INTERFACE
MODULE HARNESS
69201726 $49.95 Required to install the WHiM on 2014-2017
models. Not required for 2018-up models.
SENA for
HARLEY-DAVIDSON
BOOM! AUDIO
20S EVO BLUETOOTH
HELMET HEADSET
76000736A $299.95 Stereo Audio with the WHiM.
Bluetooth Comm. with other riders.
SENA for
HARLEY-DAVIDSON
BOOM! AUDIO
EXPAND BLUETOOTH
1/2 HELMET HEADSET
76000835 $159.95 Stereo Audio with the WHiM.
Bluetooth Comm. with other riders.
HARLEY-DAVIDSON BOOM! AUDIO MUSIC
& COMMUNICATIONS KIT
69200865 $69.95 Adds a wired 7-pin DIN plug to
2014 & up bikes that didn't come
from the Factory with one installed.
SENA WIRELESS BLUETOOTH
MOTORCYCLE ADAPTER
FREEWIRE™ (H-D) $249.00
(est.)
Connects to the installed H-D
Audio Music & Comm Kit's
7-pin DIN plug. (See #69200865 above)
SENA MOTORCYCLE BLUETOOTH
COMMUNICATION SYSTEM
20s EVO $210.00
(est.)
Mono Audio with the WHIM
Stereo Audio with the FREEWIRE™.
Bluetooth Comm. with other riders.
SENA MESH INTERCOM
COMMUNICATION SYSTEM
30K $250.00
(est.)
Mono Audio with the WHiM
Stereo Audio with the FREEWIRE™.
Bluetooth Comm. with other riders, and
WiFi Mesh Comm. with other 30K riders.
MESH DOES NOT WORK WITH THE WHiM !!!!!)
UCLEAR WIRED DROP-IN
HELMET SPEAKERS
PULSE $39.95 Much better, stronger sound than
the original 20S & 30K speakers!
(ANY MANUFACTURER) STEREO EARBUDS
WITH 3.5mm CONNECTOR
EARBUDS $$ cheap $$ Earbuds are a P.I.A. but they sound better
than the original 20S & 30K speakers when
using a 1/2 helmet.









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