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A friend of mine rides with buds in his ears and listening to his Ipod. Just wondering if anyone else does that? Seams a bit damgerous to me no? Thoughts....
 

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Do it all the time. Nothing dangerous at all about it. No different that turning your music up loud in the cage. Unfortunately less you're "distracted" By music. I. Which case, you're the hazard if you wear earphones, not the music.
 

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Wow. $500-$600 for some speakers is kinda expensive compared to a pair of ear buds or even a $180 Bluetooth helmet (for those of us that believe in head protection).
 

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Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't. *shrug* It's not up so loud it's killing nerve endings, so things sound about the same to me as if I were in the cage with the radio on.
 

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I've got a bluetooth setup in my helmet that I use as an intercom, I also have a cheap set of shark speakers. Both do a decent job with music. Not against earbuds either I've just never found any that were comfortable in my ears! Eventually I'd like a fairing with 6x9 speakers. I can still hear what's going on. The wind is plenty loud and so is the bike, and I can hear emergency vehicles, screeching brakes, car horns, etc. over that! So why not a little music to break up the monotony of a long interstate commute? (Usually when I have music on anyway!)
 

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I just started riding with earbuds this year. Let me tell you, it makes a world of difference. Having music makes the low parts of the ride (wind, rain, slab-time) way more bearable, so you're in a much better mood for the places where the ride is enjoyable. In southern ID, you're an hour of straight road through featureless land in almost any direction before you get to some hills or forests or something. Not so bad early on, but the same stretch of highway (93, I84, 30) sure can get dull if you ride it as part of your road trip 10 times a season.

As for the safety, well, most MSF courses recommend earplugs when you ride to protect your hearing from wind noise. I can actually hear better through the earbuds, music and all, than I can through earplugs.
 

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With the earbuds, they were useless above 35 without the windshield, or above 55 with it. With the speakers good for 50 with shield and above 80 with it on the I-pod, without shield, phone good at 70. Never tried blue tooth.
 

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I just started riding with earbuds this year. Let me tell you, it makes a world of difference. Having music makes the low parts of the ride (wind, rain, slab-time) way more bearable, so you're in a much better mood for the places where the ride is enjoyable. In southern ID, you're an hour of straight road through featureless land in almost any direction before you get to some hills or forests or something. Not so bad early on, but the same stretch of highway (93, I84, 30) sure can get dull if you ride it as part of your road trip 10 times a season.

As for the safety, well, most MSF courses recommend earplugs when you ride to protect your hearing from wind noise. I can actually hear better through the earbuds, music and all, than I can through earplugs.
You got it!

My brother in law (who doesn't ride, but always 'thinks' about it) said (when I installed my speakers) "Ah man all you need is a speedometer and a windshield!" commenting on my extra luggage, cupholder, speakers, aftermarket seat, etc.

Well, for an around-towner or a weekend warrior? Sure! But man, I put 20,000+ miles a year on my machine. Some of that (too much) is highway, in the rain, in miserable weather, etc. For those awesome twisty roads on a beautiful day? Oh yeah, don't need anything but a good throttle hand! But these nay-sayers shouldn't knock it until they try it! Long slab stints, or otherwise, are much more enjoyable with some tunes, some ice cold water in the cupholder, and your feet up on the highway pegs! Actually, before, I prefered to be on the interstate in the car. Now, I prefer it on the bike! (Maybe that's why my poor car hasn't gotten any attention!) Gotta love it!
 

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I ride with my ear buds in also. I actually bought the bluetooth headset that droops around your neck, then the ear buds come up and fit in your ear. Much better than the wire one connecting to your ipod/smart phone. Don't know how many time I got that wire hung up on something and jerked my ears. Now, with the ram mount and bluetooth, I don't think about buying a stereo system any more. Just wish I could pick up my favorite AM talk radio on Pandora.
And I can still hear everything going on around me.
 

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In helmet headset, Srius radio, ham radio, all make for a more enjoyable ride. All of those can be turned off with a single toggle switch controlling the relay if I want to listen to the wind and think.
 

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I ride with my ear buds in also. I actually bought the bluetooth headset that droops around your neck, then the ear buds come up and fit in your ear. Much better than the wire one connecting to your ipod/smart phone. Don't know how many time I got that wire hung up on something and jerked my ears. Now, with the ram mount and bluetooth, I don't think about buying a stereo system any more. Just wish I could pick up my favorite AM talk radio on Pandora.
And I can still hear everything going on around me.
Check out the "I heart radio" app there is a decent chance your favorite AM talk is on there...


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