For Winnipeg and the surrounding area!

Discussion in 'Canada' started by BOBMUNZ, Jun 6, 2009.

  1. KamikazeKLR

    KamikazeKLR Shorty on the 650

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    Anyone have any experience usuing helmet speakers? Not the communication type, but the ones uniquely for music.
    I'm not going all the way to NFLD without any music so before I get any nasty comments saying that's dangerous...

    I would just prefer using the speakers as opposed to earbuds. Let me know what you guys think!
  2. jimtoe

    jimtoe Dream'n of a Dream

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    No nasties from me. I prefer the earbuds over speakers as they help reduce road noise. I have a Bluetooth unit that hangs like a necklace or clips to a jacket. The earbuds are small and to not interfere with the helmet. The best part is I can skip songs pause and control volume all from the hanging necklace and leave my phone in the tank bag

    The speakers just add to all the already loud travel noise.

    Just my opinion.
  3. humvee

    humvee Long timer

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    Earbuds:

    My favorite pair of earbuds are these, the foam blocks out a lot of noise, just roll it in your fingers before inserting it.

    http://www.koss.com/en/products/headphones/earbuds/KDX100__KDX100_In-Ear_Headphones

    I have about 1600km of use with the SENA headset. Yes, they are used with a communicator, but I don't think there's any difference between these and music-only in-helmet speakers. It is VERY handy to have an all-in-one unit attached right to the helmet. No more fiddling with earbuds or wires...very handy. Sound quality is ok, you will miss bass though (common issue with every in-helmet speaker I've ever read). They were plenty loud enough, even with earplugs in, but I think the SENA has a built-in amp.

    EDIT: I've used a similar bluetooth unit that JIMTOE refers too. Agreed, very handy to pause, REW, FF music. BUT...it's one more thing to charge, store, fuss with, keep waterproof, etc.
  4. theshaneler

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    i always have a set of Sony noise cancelling headphones in. while I'm in the city, i usually just have one in. they work incredibly well for drowning out the noise of riding.

    i have tried speakers in the helmet, but like it has been said on here, it just adds to the noise from the road/bike/wind and it all just kind of blends together.

    i have my music set up on my phone in playlists, so i usually don't need to worry about changing songs, as i enjoy all of them :p
  5. KamikazeKLR

    KamikazeKLR Shorty on the 650

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    Well boys, looks like im on the hunt for earbuds that have a volume/song control on the wire.
  6. Whyswoman

    Whyswoman The Gal's Gotta 'Yak

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    Mel, I have experience with both headphones and helmet speakers...

    I definitely agree, you need music for the ride to Newfoundland...make sure to download a generous helping of Great Big Sea to get you in the mood...that said here's what works for me...

    In the city, and at speeds up to 80 kph, I use the speakers in my helmet, at low volume, so that I can still hear the sound of my engine and the traffic around me. :ear This works pretty well, as the music quells any anxiety I might feel when riding, while the low volume is a nod to safety concerns that have been expressed to me by my spousal unit...

    once you hit full highway speeds however, the in-helmet speakers tend to be drowned out by the sound of wind in the helmet - and it is necessary to use ear buds in order to hear any music whatsoever. I have found a relatively inexpensive pair from Sony - which were sold in 2-packs at Costco last year - but do not have a volume/skip control on them....They stay in my ears pretty well, and that is important, as it can be very distracting if they slip out while you are riding (as has my ipod headset).

    When Brian and I went to Newfoundland last year, the most valuable tool we had was our SENA headsets...particularly when I was riding in the lead through MOntreal, with a dying GPS to guide me. Brian was able to quickly direct me (from behind, and out of my line of sight) in order to ensure I made the right turn when I was clearly headed to the wrong one.:eek1 Even though I could not reply (my microphone was broken), we were able to work our way east without too much difficulty.

    I would strongly urge you and Chris to consider getting a pair of SENAs, and then ask Brian about what mods need to be made in order to make them sturdier. I know you may not be keen on the extra expense, but when you start riding through cities like Montreal (or, if you will, Chicago), you are going to want to be able to keep in touch in the event that you get separated by other vehicles (which is a strong possibility in both places). Given that B and I have ridden over 20,000 kms together during our last 3 long-distance rides, I feel qualified to offer this bit of unsolicited advice...:lol3

    Hope this helps...
  7. gslf

    gslf Everything Wheels

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    Did you hunt down some paint and paint anything yet?
  8. BackRoader

    BackRoader ROK strapper

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    The helmet speakers are great for commutation at lower speeds .... Behind the great big windshield of the Harley. In the wide open expanses at higher speeds ear buds are the way to go.

    If you want to take it to the next level, get "EarFit" ear buds... Not cheap, but it's like sitting in a sound studio at all speeds... I found with over the counter ear buds, the sound level on my iPod would have to be set at 60 to 70%, with speakers at a 100% and with EarFits the volume never has to go above 30%.

    There are apparently really quite helmets out there bring down the noise level substantially, but well over $600, so that's an area I would not be able to comment on.
  9. rugbyrtcwka

    rugbyrtcwka railroader

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    Next month I'll be moving to Calgary to continue my career with CP rail. I'm going to miss you winnipeg inmates especially the ones I have become very cose friends with. I will still be posting on this thread and hope that, when your in my new neighborhood that you come to visit.
  10. 2whlrider

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    Best of luck with your new posting. :D
  11. BackRoader

    BackRoader ROK strapper

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    Kelly, just think, free bike insurance, no sales tax and Super Store Discount Liquor. What else do you need?
  12. DrydenRider

    DrydenRider Sun Seeker

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    not to forget foothills mountains, and less than 1000 km from an ocean ....................a lost prairie boy for sure.

    Congratulations on the new job
  13. KamikazeKLR

    KamikazeKLR Shorty on the 650

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    I did in fact get some paint that I think will actually work. It's meant for plastic and I'll take my time to do it right this time. I can't paint anything yet because I need to find a way to remove the old paint, and I cant take off some of my plastics because some asshole stole my tools out of my garage so i'm at a standstill until I buy more tools
  14. KamikazeKLR

    KamikazeKLR Shorty on the 650

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    I thought for sure helmet speaker were the way to go, but as with anything, I always ask the ADVers for advice and voila. Now I know. My new helmet just came in but I highly doubt it's going to bring down the noise.
  15. DrydenRider

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    I have a Schuberth C3 helmet. it is supposed to be the quietest out there, and it is nice, but still have to turn up the volume while listening to music in high winds or high speed with my in helmet speakers. Under normal riding and speeds the music comes through clearly.

    I would say the test for a music system would be if you can listen to the conversation and music from an FM radio source and I would say in helmet speakers would not pass that test at highway speeds.

    I find ear buds or ear plugs to get aggravating after a while but I do use them (plugs) on windy days.

    A communications system is invaluable when navigating through heavy traffic or complicated areas with 2 riders. I have the Sena SMH10 system and it works well between my wife and I. I usually ride ahead and warn of any road hazards or she can tell me if she needs to stop and we have open conversations about the scenery etc as we pass. It is really nice to have that capability.

    For a group of riders i would prefer a radio system where you could talk to everyone at once. The current system allows multiple connections (4) but you have to talk individually.

    Sena makes a FRS radio adapter system for their units that would fill that function via bluetooth but it is a bit pricy at $199. http://www.buysenabluetooth.com/sr10/sr10-10.html


  16. Whyswoman

    Whyswoman The Gal's Gotta 'Yak

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    Hey Kelly...I will definitely be planning a ride out your way - just for the purpose of saying Howdy...!!!
  17. rugbyrtcwka

    rugbyrtcwka railroader

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    I'll send you and Brian my address when I find one. My cell # is going to stay the same so that it's not long distance for people to call me from the peg.

    Brian and I have have a discussion about him visiting. He says he would rather not impose. If i find out he's staying in a hotel or a ditch when I have a couch to surf on, he'll find me dragging him kicking and screaming to my place. You are both more than welcome, and you have now both been told! :ddog
  18. theshaneler

    theshaneler Adventurer

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    Congrats Kelly! The wife and I are looking at homes in the Okatokes area, which is only 30ish min outside of the city, we will hopefully ride together once again!
  19. skysailor

    skysailor Rat Rider

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    Going to toss the old DR in the truck and drag it to the Peg for a couple of issues. Where's best? The dealer? Obviously no mad rush!
    Lyle

    Kelly, good luck with your new position!
  20. humvee

    humvee Long timer

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    Capitol motosports on St. Anne has always been fair to me.

    http://www.capitolmotosports.com/