Listening to music on the freeway

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by davidji, Jan 17, 2014.

  1. Kennon

    Kennon Been here awhile

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    I use Beats in ear buds linked with my phone so I can pause it when need be just reach for the little controller by my helmet, I wear sportsbike lids so super light allot of noise but I never have it too loud so I can't hear the engine or horn just enough to block wind noise
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  2. davidji

    davidji bike curious

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    That's what I tried. Commuted with them, maybe 2hrs or so of riding. My ears were ringing so loud at night I couldn't sleep. I've changed screens on that bike and have less helmet turbulence now, but the wind noise difference isn't enough to try that again.

    Custom plugs/earbuds has an appeal, but I don't think I have the right ear canal shape for it. I got a set of custom plugs. They seemed like a perfect fit, but they wouldn't remain in place for riding. Just the movement of putting on my helmet might dislodge them as would any movement of the jaw. I'm not convinced anyone could do a better set of custom plugs for me, and I'm not willing to take a chance on an expensive set with mini-speakers in them.
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  3. k-moe

    k-moe Long timer

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    A good engine makes it's own music. :deal
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  4. davidji

    davidji bike curious

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    I can't use the car poo lane in my car, have to pay for the express lanes, and it's hard to filter through traffic. My commute takes me over 7 freeways and 2 express lanes.

    FWIW I am considering a more commute-worthy car in the future:
    http://www.eliomotors.com/
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  5. Paulvt1

    Paulvt1 Long timer

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    I never considered listening to audio whilst riding - but since getting the Triumph Trophy with the audio pack, i now wouldn't be without it.
    The bluetooth hook up to my Sena headset is great. I don't use the bike speakers as they top out quite easily. My Shoei GT Air is the quietest helmet i've ever used.
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  6. MiniBike

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    i use helmet speakers in my Shoei modular. Not loud, just a little background sound. Talk radio mostly. I think I paid about $60 about 4 years ago from one of the motorcycle vendors - don't remember which, but I made sure it had an inline volume switch.
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  7. BadKarma

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    This ^^^ I didn't use music until a few years ago. I still don't like it in traffic but most of our rides are solitary on two lane highways and music is nice. it's similar to skiing with music. Very relaxing, establishes a rhythm to the experience that I really enjoy.
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  8. kirb

    kirb should be out riding

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    Westone requires molds to be made by an audiologist, not some guy at a bike show booth. They pour quick set compound in your ear, send them to Westone, and make the plugs from those molds

    I have never had better fitting earplugs...ever. They will make them right if they don't fit. My ears don't do the crush foam ones at all.
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  9. davidji

    davidji bike curious

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    I get that there are people with more training. It's just that the bike show ones (made with goo they poured in my ear), seemed to fit perfectly, and block the sound. Not sure if there's any way the plug shape could be improved.

    I guess I could try...

    I need to pour water in my ear to get the roll up kind in. I have no-roll foam plugs that will go in fine if I wet the plug 1st.

    Makes me wonder if your ear canal is shaped like mine. My ear canal has a tight bend in it. Custom plugs I've seen for other people don't show anything like that.
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  10. mmmpies

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    I've got a riding buddy with custom plugs and a canal shape that sounds just like yours. The first set he had were a bust; just like you said, comfortable but the ear canal was blocking the sound.

    He had the audiologist that made the molds take a peek in his ear and mark where the speaker outlet should be, and sent them back to have them re-cast. He has to fiddle a bit to get them in and out, but they're dead on now.
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  11. DC2wheels

    DC2wheels Castle Anthrax troll

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    On my BMW K100RS4V (low fairing- wind hits me on the shoulders and up)


    Velcro'ed in speakers in my Schuberth S-2. A sort-of quiet helmet.

    Foam ear plugs

    Music from a Zumo 550- MP3 or XM radio

    Cell phone (just to hear voice mail, NOT to talk on while riding), radar detector and the Zumo music all running through a Mix-It 2 in my tankbag.

    Works great!
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  12. fast1075

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    I don't need music, the voices in my head keep me entertained :rofl
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  13. Rox

    Rox Been here awhile

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    If you have a bike that sounds good that should be all the music you need..
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  14. Gham

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    I tried it for awhile on my commute but it was a pain in the ass,music was either too loud or couldn't hear it at all,plus I was paying more attention to the music than driving.Veered out of my lane more than once and admitted that I just wasn't designed to do a bunch of stuff while driving.Said fuck it.
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  15. celticus

    celticus Been here awhile

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    +1 on the Shures!
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  16. FakeName

    FakeName Wile E Coyote SuperGenius

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    If I'm riding, I'm listening.

    XM through Zumo 550. I'd rather my headlight failed than my music. I use cheapy (sorta) isolating earbuds.

    IIRC, soundtrack to this was Zep:

    [​IMG]
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  17. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    Music 100% of my riding time. Autocom under seat Bluetooth to phone in tankbag which holds the tunes. Speakers in helmet
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  18. cbolling

    cbolling Here...Hold my Beer.

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    Those of you that have XM radio what radio do you use on the bike?

    We have an Onyx that we use in the car and house.

    I use the app thru Bluetooth headphones if I am within range of wifi but don't want to burn thru data on 4g
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  19. pitbull

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    Yeah, I have 3 ducatis and if you ride them for enough hours they sound a f*#king annoying as any other motorcycle.

    Music on a long trip hugely improves the quality of my ride
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  20. waveydavey

    waveydavey happy times!!

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    :lol3
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