A Step-by-Step Guide to Harley-Davidson Skyline OS 12.3-Inch TFT Touch Screen Audio Settings

Are you ready to unlock the full potential of your Harley-Davidson motorcycle's infotainment system? The Harley-Davidson Skyline OS 12.3-inch TFT touchscreen is an advanced interface that brings entertainment, information, and ease of use right to your fingertips. This guide will walk you through its key features, ensuring a seamless and enjoyable experience.

Getting Started: Selecting Your Media Source

The Harley-Davidson Skyline OS touchscreen makes accessing various media sources a breeze. Here’s how:

  1. Access the Infotainment Control Unit (IFCU): Tap the media source icon on your screen. For detailed instructions, refer to the ‘Infotainment Control Unit’ section in your owner's manual.

  2. Navigate with Ease: Use the direction pad on the Left Hand Control Module (LHCM) to browse through media options. For more information, see ‘Left Hand Control Switches’.

  3. Making Your Selection: Choose your preferred media source by either pressing the OK/enter button on the LHCM or directly tapping the desired icon on the screen. Your options include:

    • AM/FM Stations
    • Apple CarPlay
    • Bluetooth
    • USB connectivity

Tuning and Seeking Made Simple

Once you've selected a band (AM or FM), tuning and seeking stations is intuitive by using the arrows on the touchscreen or the Previous or Next buttons on the Right Hand Control Module (RHCM):

  • Short Press: Advances to the next frequency.
  • Long Press: Accelerates through frequencies. Release to stop.

Remember, the tuner wraps around the frequency range, so you can always find what you're looking for!

Finding a Media File

Accessing media files on a USB-connected device is straightforward:

  1. Browse Categories: Look for different types of media like artists, albums, songs, playlists, and audiobooks. Unfortunately, this feature isn’t available for Bluetooth streaming devices.

  2. Select and Play: Scroll through the list, pick your choice, and enjoy!

How to Save a Favorite

Skyline OS allows you to create favorite menus for Tuner, Media, Contacts, and Global settings. However, remember that Bluetooth-connected devices can't be saved as favorites.

  1. Set a Favorite: Simply tune to a station or select a file from a USB-connected device.

  2. Save It: Press the favorites button on the screen or navigate down on LHCM, then press and hold one of your favorite (+) present buttons from the list or press the OK/enter button on LHCM.

Note: To delete or replace a favorite, long-press on the existing favorite. This will bring up a menu.

How to Save a Favorite on Your Harley-Davidson with Skyline OS

How to Delete a Favorite on Your Harley-Davidson with Skyline OS

How to Pair a Phone or Headset with Your Harley

Discover the seamless connectivity offered by the Harley-Davidson Skyline OS through its comprehensive Device Manager feature. This intuitive menu allows riders to effortlessly manage Bluetooth connections, ensuring a connected and enjoyable journey. Whether you're looking to pair your phone, headset, or switch between multiple devices, the Harley-Davidson Skyline OS makes it straightforward.

  1. Bluetooth Connectivity: Easily toggle Bluetooth ON or OFF within the Device Manager. This feature is essential for pairing devices and utilizing the full range of your Harley-Davidson’s infotainment capabilities.
  2. Pair Your Phone and Headsets: With Bluetooth activated, you can pair your phone and rider or passenger headsets. This flexibility is perfect for staying connected, whether riding solo or with a companion.
  3. Managing Multiple Phones: Conveniently switch between multiple paired phones, ensuring you're always connected to the device you need.
  4. Customizing Device Settings: Once connected, tailor each device's settings to your preference. For phones, toggle Calls or Media ON/OFF. For headsets, adjust settings for Calls, Media, or Prompts, and designate the headset's role as either Rider or Passenger.

Step-by-Step Guide to Pairing Your Device

  1. Activate Bluetooth: Turn on Bluetooth on your device.
  2. Accessing the Settings Menu: Navigate to the Infotainment Control Unit (IFCU), then select the Settings menu.
  3. Enter Device Manager: Choose the Device Manager option.
  4. Adding New Devices: Opt to Add a new device, selecting either ‘Add New Phone’ or ‘Add New Headset’ as needed.
  5. Follow On-Screen Instructions: Complete the pairing process by following the on-screen prompts.

How to Pair a Phone or Headset with Your Harley

Voice Recognition: Command with Convenience

Voice recognition simplifies station seeking and tuning:

  1. Activate Voice Recognition: Use the voice recognition switch.
  2. Command Your Choice: Simply say "Seek Up" or "Seek Down" for seeking stations, or "Tune to [frequency]" for tuning to a specific station. For selecting a band, just speak "AM" or "FM" into the microphone.

Projection Mode: Integrating Apple CarPlay

In addition to the previously mentioned features, the Harley-Davidson Skyline OS 12.3-inch TFT touchscreen also offers a state-of-the-art Projection Mode, for Apple CarPlay users. This mode transforms your motorcycle's screen into an extension of your iPhone, providing a familiar interface and access to various apps while on the go.

How Projection Mode Works

  • Activation: When Projection Mode is enabled, the Apple CarPlay interface appears on the screen. During this time, any active tuner or media selections are paused, and any active navigation route is canceled, as CarPlay assumes priority. 
  • Compatibility: CarPlay is compatible with iPhone 5 and later models. This wide range of compatibility ensures that most iPhone users can take advantage of this feature. 
  • No Extra Apps Needed: Apple CarPlay does not require the download of an additional app. Once connected, your screen will display Apple-approved apps. This means not all iPhone apps will appear on your vehicle's screen, ensuring a focus on driving-friendly applications.
  • Headset Requirement: For safety and functionality, CarPlay will not activate without the use of a headset and microphone. This feature emphasizes hands-free usage and enhances riding safety.
  • Wireless Convenience: Apple CarPlay is available wirelessly. Ensure your phone is Bluetooth-paired and connected. Alternatively, a USB connection can also be utilized for a more stable link.
  • Easy Access: To switch to Projection Mode, turn your motorcycle's power to Accessory or Ignition mode. Then, select Apple CarPlay from the home menu.
  • Exiting Projection Mode: To exit CarPlay, simply select the close application option or tap the H-D logo on your screen.

How to Connect and Use Wireless Apple CarPlay on Your Harley-Davidson with Skyline OS


The Harley-Davidson Skyline OS 12.3-inch TFT touchscreen offers a seamless and user-friendly interface to enhance your riding experience. By following this guide, you can effortlessly navigate through its various features and functionalities. Remember, a good understanding of your infotainment system not only adds to the enjoyment of your motorcycle but also ensures a riding driving experience.