Listening to music on the freeway

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

  1. BadKarma

    BadKarma Long timer

    Dec 29, 2011
    Rocky Mountains, USA
    Originally Posted by JerryH View Post
    While I often listen to music in the car, I NEVER do it on a bike. Not only is it distracting, but for me it ruins the ride. I now wear earplugs for every ride, and have been for some time. I wish now I had been doing it longer. I never understood why someone would want to mess up a nice ride with music or any other audio.

    Originally Posted by DAKEZ View Post
    If you want to listen to music on the freeway, Drive a cage.


    Noticed that too... Jerry is DAKEZ' fake noob? :rofl:rofl
  2. Jnich77

    Jnich77 Been here awhile

    Aug 22, 2012
    Orlando Fl

    I use satellite radio, through a radio shack volume know to a Boostaroo amp under my seat. I plug my headphones it to it and rock out.


  3. kirb

    kirb should be out riding

    May 18, 2010
    Musky, MI
    I use a zumo550 with the external XM antenna. The 550 does not stream xm via Bluetooth, so I use a small Bluetooth trans. Works way better than it should.

    I think the new zumos have xm built in and stream via BT...

    I used to use car type xmradios...reception was lacking as well as durability. The zumo just works.
  4. RxZ

    RxZ Legal Drug Dealer

    Mar 27, 2010
    Tyler, TX
    On longer trips when by myself I will wear my etymotic ear plugs and listen to music. The set I have is pretty low profile but blocks road/wind noise and sounds great at low volume. However, they no longer make this model, and the replacement model sticks out too far to use with a helmet. Mine still work great, but once they are done for I will have to search out something else. Sounds like a lot of people like Shure earbuds. Around town, I just throw in foam earplugs. Too much hassle to hook up the music when only going 10 minutes down the road.
  5. Bark

    Bark Panic Dancer

    Jun 26, 2012
    Kenai Peninsula Alaska
    I am trying to get these combo Headphones/Helmet approved by DOT and Snell but have been having difficulties. I don't see what their problem is.
  6. HarveyMushman

    HarveyMushman Tire Squarerer

    Jun 21, 2002
    LoCo, Virginia, USA
    I use a pair of Etymotics, ER6i's I think, plugged into my phone. They don't have good bass response, but they seal well and block out much of the wind noise. I can listen to my tunes at moderate volume.
  7. Toto

    Toto Been here awhile

    Jan 31, 2008
    Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
    Me too.
    Works pretty good with regular foam plugs also.
    Rarely listen to music on the bike...but the SMH10 works pretty good using my Galaxy Note as the source.
    I find that music relaxes me too much and slows me down.:eek1
  8. johnwoodsrides

    johnwoodsrides Been here awhile

    Jul 5, 2013
    E-town, PA
    I have the Scala Rider Q2 set, so have in helmet speakers in my FF helmet. I were ear plugs to reduce wind noise and have the volume set to where I hear the music but not always the lyrics, meaning, not very loud. I know the songs on my play list, so I can sing along if I want to even without hearing the lyrics. This way the music is not as much a distraction and I can hear outside noises like sirens or a car horn. Now that I have the KTM, instead of the K1200GT, I tend to not get on a freeway, but still like my music........
  9. wsmc831

    wsmc831 Been here awhile

    Jan 25, 2006
    Central Oregon
    I tried helmet speakers long ago, found they worked about as good as I expected, which was not at all. Went through a couple cheap pair of in ears, then a couple pair of Ety's and have settled on custom silicone pair from Block most noise and can have them on all day. with every thread about these, always the "I don't need music, you shouldn't need it either" people.
  10. glynb

    glynb Relentless Underachiever

    Feb 3, 2006
    N/W Louisiana
    I have an XM satellite radio receiver in my tank bag, and listen through ear buds under an HJC Symax flip front helmet. Works perfect for me on the ST. The receiver is powered through a 12 volt plug on the fairing.
  11. award900

    award900 Been here awhile

    Aug 15, 2007
    Twin Cities, Mn

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  12. Skitch

    Skitch Riding the range

    Oct 22, 2003
    ABQ, NM
    I have the Sena SMH-5FM with the upgraded speakers in my Shoei Neotech. I bought it primarily for bike to bike comms, but have come to enjoy using it for wireless music. I link it via Bluetooth to my iPhone 5 and tell Siri to start and stop the music as required. The Sena jog dial allows me to easily control volume and select songs. I never thought I'd like riding with music, but I have come around to it. I think I like the speakers because they do not completely drown out all road/engine noise...I still feel like I can hear things around me. I also like that I can take/make phone calls, and with my Escort and GPS wired to the SM10, I can get radar warnings and voice directions as well. Pretty slick.
  13. rauchman

    rauchman Been here awhile

    Oct 4, 2005
    Northeast, NJ
    Ahhh, yeah. Nice contribution to the thread.:rolleyes
  14. xrcris

    xrcris Been here awhile

    May 1, 2009
    Everett, Socialist Republic of WA(aaaaaahh)
    See my sig. That's why.:lol3
  15. opmike

    opmike Choosing to be here.

    Sep 11, 2011
    Southeast, US
    When I'm in the mood for tunes or podcasts, I just use my Sena SMH10. When paired with the set of earplugs, you don't have to crank the volume to ridiculous levels or anything to hear the music over the roar of the wind.
  16. hammick

    hammick Long timer

    Dec 2, 2007
    Kansas City, Missouri
    Actually wearing earplugs allows me to hear the music clearer and at a lower volume.

    I use the J&M elite heaset.
  17. Colorado_Rider

    Colorado_Rider Banned

    Mar 13, 2013
    Failville, CO
    Some people just don't love music, and I feel sorry for them.
  18. celticus

    celticus Long timer

    Mar 11, 2007
    E. Tn.
    +1 Me too. The Shures can be found cheap and they work well.
  19. Gillus

    Gillus High Desert Rat

    Jan 2, 2008
    Alamogordo, NM
    XM satellite radio receiver on a Ram mount hard wired to bike.
    Output from XM receiver into an on/off toggle switch mounted in the front edge of the tank bag so if your buddy wants to say something at a stop light you can switch off the music and hear him, turn it on and down the road you go. This on/off switch will need six terminals, right left and ground, 3 for in and 3 for out (amazon) and a water proof boot over the toggle.
    From the on/off switch into a Boosteroo amp in the tank bag.
    From Boosteroo output to a connector to plug ear buds into that clips on the edge of the tank bag for easy access to plug in ear buds to get off the bike. You can plug the ear buds directly into the Boostaroo if you want. The Boostaroo turns on and off by plugging in the input wire.
    Koss ear buds with volume control, earplugs and music all in one, Walmart less than $30, easy volume control is a must. :nod

    I wear a scull cap to keep the helmet from pulling the ear buds out when you put on the helmet.

    The boosteroo uses AAAA batteries and will last two weeks of all day riding :D. This set up takes a bit of time to put together but doesn't cost much except for the XM subscription and receiver. It is portable so I can easily put it in the truck for road trips.
  20. Onederer

    Onederer Crunch Nugget

    Aug 24, 2008
    At the bottom of your glass, staring back
    On the bike, only on long stretches of highway or interstate and I bought a Neckmike M3 that I have been using with my phone. I play music through Bluetooth so I can answer calls too. There several sizes of ear bud tips that come with the Neckmike and I think they cut down on the ambient noise enough that I never turn the music volume up past half way. I don't like the music too loud, just where I can hear it clearly.

    Previously I had a Rio MP3 player that I used for many years until it got broke in a crash.

    I was riding my ATC on some power line right-of-way when I caught a series of ruts; diagonally. I got tossed off the trike and landed pretty dang hard on my head (wearing a helmet, not just a mullet), enough to disorientate me for a bit. I was hearing a sound like a stuck horn, but I was confused because my ATC doesn't have a horn. I couldn't figure it out, so I started walking over to the trike to shut the horn off (I hit my head pretty hard). I finally realized the sound was coming from the ear buds because the Rio I had clipped on my side, had got smashed and was making the noise.