Listening to music?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by scfrank, Jun 5, 2018.

  1. scfrank

    scfrank Old farts riding club.

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    I’ve been riding many years. A lot recently, almost at 30K on my 17.5 GS. I’ve never really tried listening to music while riding, until recently. Loaded some mp3s on my nav vi and have new helmet bud ear plugs/phones. They are great. But, thats not the story.

    I find the music distracting. Now, riding down the interstate it might be ok. Today I was coming down NC 215 from the BRP. A road that requires attention. Having Mick in my ear wasnt working. Went into a turn a bit hot. No problem, but not typical for me. Im usually not surprised.

    I think I’ll stick to silence unless in a low stress situation. Maybe lower attention required situation might be a better descriptor.
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  2. BetterLateThanNever

    BetterLateThanNever Long timer

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    There was a recent thread on this.

    I think that everybody is wired a bit differently, a bit like the way some of us could do homework with music and others couldn't. Me, I don't find it distracting at all in most circumstances. But I can't listen to a podcast... language part of my brain, I guess. And I cannot carry on a phone conversation. At. All.
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  3. aldend123

    aldend123 Long timer

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    I love music, podcast, and audiobooks while riding or driving. But I also have no problem 'tuning it out' during something important. However, this also means that if I'm listening to an audiobook I get through some complex intersections and realize I have no idea what they just said. Having a microphone set up means I just ask my phone to rewind x seconds or y minutes. I'll usually only bother with audiobooks/podcasts on familiar routes and longer highway stuff. If I'm going to be in a higher congestion area, then music.
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  4. PlainClothesHippy

    PlainClothesHippy Riding a dangerously quiet bike.

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    I love music in the car, can't stand it on the bike. It feels like I'm missing critical input. I found the same thing when I tried listening to music while running years ago. With the music I felt completely exposed to a world I couldn't hear. The reduced situational awareness greatly diminished my enjoyment of the run and it's the same on the bike for me.
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  5. GreyThumper

    GreyThumper Long timer

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    People's ears are different. I love music on the bike, but I'm very specific about it. I listen to music I'm already familiar with, and at a fairly low volume level. I guess my brain makes up for it and increases my perceived volume of the music. I've tried audiobooks and podcasts; they don't work for me on the bike. I enjoy them in the car though.
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  6. foxtrapper

    foxtrapper Long timer

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    OP, like you I find it distracting. Even in the car, I'll turn the radio off and open the front windows when in demanding situations.

    It's something I'd like to enjoy, but find it otherwise. Similar good audiobooks.
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  7. Grumpa

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    I enjoy having the music on when travelling with cruise control on highways but when the ride gets fun I'd rather listen to the engine working. Audiobooks and podcasts are always no go because then I'm not paying attention to the road. Music just covers the drone of a constant engine speed
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  8. max384

    max384 Bandaided

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    I pretty much exclusively listen to podcasts when riding. I don't find them distracting... But I do find riding distracting to listening to podcasts. I prioritize riding over listening, both actively and subconsciously.
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  9. DOGSROOT

    DOGSROOT OUTSIDE

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    Indeed.

    I listen to a favourite song on auto-repeat.

    Endlessly.

    My 5 week rough camping tour of the US featured Bob Marley's "Rainbow Country" 12hrs/day, every day.

    I still didn't know the lyrics by heart afterwards, which, given my voice, is likely a blessing.

    I used to do the same w/ my Walkman, back in the day.

    Only this spring did I start to listen to entire albums on repeat, but that's on the tractor only.

    Can't explain it; but it is more of a background/soundtrack kinda thing for me.
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  10. kwthom

    kwthom Retiree apprentice - willing to learn

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    When I returned to motorcycling after a 17 year hiatus, the Wing-o-bago tunes are terrific about 60% of the time.

    On a recently-ended tour, there were hours that I didn't have anything playing, which drove my wife nuts (Info: driver & pillion hear the same thing on a Wing) for a bit.

    As I've been doing more long-distance endurance motorcycling, sometimes trying to have a little sound as possible is just as good as non-stop rock-and-roll. :robin
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  11. WindBlast

    WindBlast Recalculating........

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    I love listening to music while riding but only started it about 10 years ago. When the curves or conditions require heightened attention levels I just turn it off.
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  12. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    Me too. I can listen to music while working, eating, or sleeping. On the bike I just enjoy listening to the motor, the road noise, etc.
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  13. RG1984

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    If you have music going in the helmet, you can always turn it off if it bugs you- but if you don't, you can't turn it on when the ride goes long.
    Some time about 10 years ago I was in northern Maine without any music, and I haven't taken much of a ride without since.
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  14. scfrank

    scfrank Old farts riding club.

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    Why can’t it be turned back on? I guess I’ve never gotten used to it. I’m deciding I can do without. Too much of a distraction. Too much looking at gps for selection. Too much else to do where I ride, like looking through turn, watching for deer and bears, etc. black bears, not smoky the bear.:D
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  15. scfrank

    scfrank Old farts riding club.

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    Common sense prevails. :lol3
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  16. sharpie1

    sharpie1 Been here awhile

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    I find I am more focused with music while riding. It keeps my mind from wandering into more serious thoughts or day dreaming.
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  17. RG1984

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    I don't think I was clear in the way I worded it. If you have a music capability you can turn it on or off as you desire- but if you don't have that capability you're stuck without it. I like the flexibility.
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  18. scfrank

    scfrank Old farts riding club.

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    Yep. I’ve been wearing some ear bud with small speakers in them. Much better sound quality, but, a bit of a pain dealing with the wires putting my helmet on and off. I’m not sure where I’ll end up.
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  20. CharlestonADV

    CharlestonADV I do my own stunts!

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    A motorcycle is far less forgiving to distractions than a cage. Ride with music and phone conversations if you want. But, understand that they are a distraction that could affect your reaction time...when reaction time is crucial.
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