Listening to music on the freeway

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

  1. feathered

    feathered Been here awhile

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    SMH-10 and earplugs. I often turn the music off for the exciting parts. Also for the highway, where I feel like I'd have to increase the volume to a (even more) dangerous level to hear anything.
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  2. Shred Head Fred

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  3. it happens

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    Sena SMH10 works good. The speakers that came with work OK. I wear a full face helmet. The volume dial is easy to use.
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  4. BCJC

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    what about a "remote control" for the ipod etc, mounted to the handlebars for volume, next track, pause, etc? anyone have a reccomendation?
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  5. KirkN

    KirkN Been here awhile

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    This (fixed).

    Wind noise alone, even in a "quiet" helmet, will lead to hearing loss.

    Any music (or phone or radio or whatever) you listen to must come BETWEEN your ears and the wind noise, not from OVER it.
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  6. hippiebrian

    hippiebrian Long timer

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    I never got listening to music when riding.

    I crank the stereo when I'm driving because I HATE FREAKING DRIVING and it distracts me from how much fun I'm not having.

    I listen to the ipod on my bicycle, but usually only after 40 or so miles and I'm tired. The music helps keep my mind off of how tired I am.

    I never have listened to music when riding, nor has it tempted me because I love riding, so music is not necessary. And I love music!

    That said, I really should probably start wearing ear plugs. I'm over 50 and have probably, between work, playing in a rock band when I was younger, and riding for 40 years (a lot of those years helmetless like a dummy), I probably have done enough damage to my hearing and should mitigate any more.
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  7. Uncle Pollo

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    wrap around earbuds

    block windnoise and listen to tunes
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  8. steveWFL

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  9. Aonarch

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    I have to listen to music while riding. I have a full face AGV helmet and I use low profile ear buds.
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  10. jgiacobbe

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    Smh5-fm with earplugs. Tried Loss and Etys. Once I moved away from my cheap skull candy inked buds that did nothing to reduce wind noise, I had problems with everything else hurting the ear canal. Since going to the 5-FM, I'll never go back to ear buds under a helmet. Plugs go in ears and I can hear the speakers just fine. Volume, play from phone or FM all right thereon the left side of the helmet. Can easily move to the next/previous track just fine. I tercom works pretty good too. I don't like talking on phone while riding, so I set it to not VOX answer.

    It is just way simpler. No cords to run or to catch and pull an ear bud out an hour from my next planned stop. No trying to fumble to iopod nano control in my pocket. The nano now just lives in the console of my car.
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  11. Dismount

    Dismount Boring bastard

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    Something in my ear drives me nuts. I can deal with it for about 10 minutes before my ear begins to hurt.

    I'd love to find a solution that would let me listen though.
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  12. toddiscdn

    toddiscdn Take off, EH!

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    http://www.buyijet.com/

    I have had one of these for a couple years and it works great(4th gen nano), have it tethered to my tank bag very handy.

    They have a few different models, this waterproof one is what I have and its held up well, never been off the bike rain or shine.

    http://www.buyijet.com/remotes/inav-boss-v2-black-remote-ijet-4.html

    Cheers, Todd
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  13. BCJC

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    ^^^ Ha. That's good news cause I ordered one a few days ago!

    Cheers
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  14. KoolBreeze

    KoolBreeze Been here awhile

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    too each their own.

    the right music can easily accompany or even accentuate the right ride.

    if it is distracting or possibly annoying (this is a mood thing) I change it or just turn it off entirely.

    as anything, it's another tool in the kit of life. use it accordingly.



    to answer the OP question.... SMH-10 with custom drivers/speakers (ok, not "custom"... different than those that came with smh-10.)

    supposedly the drivers for the Koss KTX Pro1 headphones are the same as some dedicated motorcycle helmet speakers. idk if this is true, but they are cheap headphones to be destroyed for the purpose. to this end... I expect there are numerous headphones that could be donors for the cause.

    the current helmet is a RPHA-Max... don't know what the actual helmet matters, but it's a modular which is really more the issue. I can't imagine using a helmet that isn't. they are all around helmets that keep taking a drink of water, looking at a map, fiddling with * or most any other basic task the simple straightforward process they should be instead of a major time consuming undertaking. (never mind the internal sun visor aspect that a few other types now have also. sunsets... flip it up. no need to pull over and change shields)


    Bluetooth connection to iPhone. for music and various uses. as helmet, headset/speakers and music selection, I think the phone itself is a personal choice. listening to music... is not so much. although I find at times it can be a bother, in general either music , podcasts and talk shows I find to increase my attentiveness during particular rides. (droning long distance rides can otherwise be boring and attentiveness diminished)


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  15. TheRoss

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    I always listen to music because I think music rocks! And so I think you people should listen to music too! And if you don't, yer stoooped.




    I use the buyijet iPod changer mentioned above, and it works well. I usually have it in the map pocket on my tank bag, so I don't have to worry about it should the rains start.

    If I am on a trip using the Sena (SMH-10), I listen to music through my iPhone, which stays on a charger in my tank bag. The iPhone is Bluetooth so there are fewer wires than using a straight iPod. I use earplugs rather than the Sena helmet speakers in my Arai full face helmets.

    For earplugs I only use plugs molded to my ears... iPlugz Sports Monitors from E.A.R./Insta-Mold. Expensive, but awesome products and customer service.
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  16. 131unlimited

    131unlimited Been here awhile

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    2011 Street Glide and an Electra Glide before that. For the past decade If I'm riding the tunes are on. NP for me with Tunes all the time and in any riding scenario, exactly the same for me if i am driving. Just plug the IPOD in and hit go.

    Stock HD speakers and radio, stock pipes, can hear the tunes up to 90mph just fine. Full face, half helmet or no helmet depending on where I am riding and the mood I'm in that day.
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  17. scootrboi

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    I listen to the engine, and the grasshoppers in my right ear.
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  18. SkiFastBadly

    SkiFastBadly A beer? Yes, please

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    I listen to music all the time, I have over 20K songs on my ipod so never a dull moment. I use the etymotic 6is but as has been discussed, those have been discontinued. It cuts down the wind noise and since my riding is 95% on two lane roads in the country I'm not overly concerned about distractions.

    Before the etymotic, I had these, but sadly they're also discontinued. They doubled as extra amour too!

    [​IMG]
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  19. sstewart

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    The right music makes me do wheelies! Maybe I should just sing to myself.:freaky
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  20. feathered

    feathered Been here awhile

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    They still make bone conduction headphones. Here's one random example: https://www.aftershokz.com/
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