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Old 06-22-2014, 06:04 PM   #1
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Riding with headphones

I'm sure there has been topics on it before, but I'll just ask again, fresh answers, right?
What is your opinion on it?
Good idea/bad, why...
Safety issues?

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Old 06-22-2014, 06:20 PM   #2
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Riding with headphones

I do it every day on my commute, volume just loud enough to hear over my bike
EDIT: New York State only allows 1ear bud to be worn when riding motorcycle

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Old 06-22-2014, 06:32 PM   #3
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I do it every day. I'm sure it's illegal in Mass. I don't give a fuck.
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Old 06-22-2014, 06:38 PM   #4
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Every day. Can't hear shit over 30mph anyways. My earbuds provide better sound damping than my ear plugs.
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Old 06-22-2014, 06:39 PM   #5
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I have a Nano and Urban ears, listen all the time. I picked the red ear buds, that way people don't talk to ya at the gas station.
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Old 06-22-2014, 07:22 PM   #6
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I have a Nano and Urban ears, listen all the time. I picked the red ear buds, that way people don't talk to ya at the gas station.

On the rare chance I'm not wearing mine I still just point to my ears like I'm wearing war plugs when people start talking to make them stop and go away. FWIW I like the apple ear buds, they have the volume control on the cord and at stop lites I can use Siri to change play lists or give me directions
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Old 06-22-2014, 07:33 PM   #7
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Headphones may be a bit ungainly, 'cept on a Vespa




Sorry, I was compelled.

Earbuds might work, though I prefer the Music of the Road...

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Old 06-22-2014, 07:41 PM   #8
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i never ride without. never loud or noise cancelling. music is nice when riding, same as when driving
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Old 06-22-2014, 07:48 PM   #9
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I prefer without. I don't know why as I love listening to music, but I just don't care for it on the bike. Back when I was a runner I didn't like wearing them then either.
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Old 06-22-2014, 08:10 PM   #10
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I wear Nonoise earplugs with Pro-Torx speakers in my helmet lining. The plugs do a great job of eliminating road and wind noise without diminishing the music sound quality. Plus the earplugs are the most comfortable that I've found. I forget they are even in most of the time. I rode with earbuds for a few years but they never stayed in my ear when I put my helmet on and tended to hurt my ears after being in for a few hours.
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Old 06-22-2014, 08:55 PM   #11
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Headphones may be a bit ungainly, 'cept on a Vespa




Sorry, I was compelled.

Earbuds might work, though I prefer the Music of the Road...

:)

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I see what you did there.

Edit: As to the topic of the thread, I frequently wear earbuds and listen to music while riding. They block out road noise just about as well as earplugs do. I don't really see a safety issue, since if I weren't wearing them, I'd be wearing ear plugs anyway, so it's not like I'd be able to hear traffic any better without them.
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Old 06-22-2014, 09:47 PM   #12
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I did it on road trips, I had easy access to turn the volume up or down. When in traffic I would turn it down and up on open road. Just didn't work for me in heavy traffic situations, I found it distracting.
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Old 06-22-2014, 10:39 PM   #13
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I have what I believe to be abnormally small ear canals. I tried wearing earbuds a few times, but found they popped out way too easily, ie if I turned my head wrong they'd be out. Now I have speakers attached to my sena headset, and wear earplugs. I also just installed a larger windscreen. So now, even with earplugs in and speakers running, I can still hear engine noise on my f800gs (pretty quiet), even at highway speeds. And now I'm one of the cool kids listening to music while riding. :)
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Old 06-22-2014, 10:54 PM   #14
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I wear custom ear plugs. I dont know if I'd like music. I'll have to try one day. I don't realy mind the noise of the bike. That and I rely on my hearing to pick up cars in my periphery, and to let me know if something is about to go catastrophically wrong with my bike.
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Old 06-23-2014, 12:04 AM   #15
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I equipped my helmet with a Scala Rider G9 so I have mini-speakers inside the helmet.
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