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I'm taking a road trip next week for 6 days and was considering bringing my ipod. It'll be long stretches of 55mph on divided highways through corn country. On my last road trip I fought boredom sometimes and having music to listen to would have been nice, but i'm concerned about it distracting me and covering up noises I might want to hear (traffic, sirens, bad bike noises). If i just keep the volume down I think I should be ok, and turn it off when I enter larger cities with traffic. I was just curious how many of you listen to music while you ride and if you think its a good idea.

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I sing to myself while riding. It's fun and you save a bunch of money on a iPod and iTunes

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I never pay for music anyways! lol. That's the problem- i get songs stuck in my head and it drives me nuts

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I sometimes bring a police scanner with an earplug when I'm riding in areas where I may not be entirely welcome... :smirk:

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I don't like music, I like listening to my bike and the great outdoors.

The tires grinding on the gravel and tarmac, the whistle of the wind blowing, the rain hitting my face shield....

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I sometimes bring a police scanner with an earplug when I'm riding in areas where I may not be entirely welcome... :smirk:

great idea!

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If you have a volume control and use common sense it can't be any worse than listening to music in a car. I haven't taken any trips over 75 miles or so on my bike so I have not bothered setting anything up, but I may be guilty of singing on a few occasions.

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I do, I have a set of earbuds that wrap over the ear so they don't fall out inside the helmet. Then I use my phone to play pandora radio. It works great. I can easily reach down and turn the volume down if I need too. Ive never had any problems with not hearing road noise...but then again my FMF pipe isn't exactly quiet so I can't hear much anyways. It makes the commute to class, or the cruise around town a lot nicer when I have something to listen too.

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I always listen to tunes on the bike. Keeps me focused and relaxed.

Some people can't think with music, dunno what the **** that's about.

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Inside my helmet I am, Hank Williams, George Jones, George Strait, Merle Haggard, and Toby Keith all rolled into one. I sometimes wonder if the looks I get from passing cars is because my bike is so cool, or because my singing is that good. :ride: Who needs an ipod when you have a tinted faceshield and the lyrics to countless songs memorized. :lol:

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If you have a volume control and use common sense it can't be any worse than listening to music in a car.

Of course it can!

You aren't going to be killed if a car grazes you going by, you might on a bike.

You aren't going to hit the pavement at 50mph if your car loses a critical steering/suspension bit.

You need every advantage you can get on a bike.

To ride like you are in a car is the height of foolishness.

Just saying.

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I listen to my I pod all the time when I ride on the road. You can get some nice setups for the ipod controls that hook right on to your handle bars. I find that I can still here lots of road noise, just don't have the it cranked up.

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WPLR streaming through my phone into a set of skullcandy earbuds my son didn't like. I use this set up everyday commuting 60 mi RT on the Viffer. Can't see spending $100+ for some of the ones in the stich catalog. I use a Shoei RF which isn't known to be a quiet helmet either........

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I think riding a bike on the road is dangerous enough without having head phones in. I feel I need to be aware of my surroundings at all times and to take a sense out like hearing I think it would just compound the danger. I can see what your saying though, 6 days straight would be hard. Whatever you do just keep that in mind.

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Of course it can!

You aren't going to be killed if a car grazes you going by, you might on a bike.

You aren't going to hit the pavement at 50mph if your car loses a critical steering/suspension bit.

You need every advantage you can get on a bike.

To ride like you are in a car is the height of foolishness.

Just saying.

Why do you assume that listening to music at a moderate level harms your ability to ride, concentrate or operate a motorcycle?

Many people, if you can believe the studies, show marked improvement in fine motor skills and concentration when listening to music. In fact, you'd probably shit if you woke up in the middle of a brain surgery to hear your operating surgeon jamming on some Rolling Stones or Vivaldi while cutting on you...because I've seen them do it.

Occupational studies have shown people actually fatigue less listening to music, too, so I might just turn this around and ask why AREN'T you listening to music on your bike?

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I iLuv headphones & my iPhone keep me entertained on my rides.

It's low enough that I can hear j-walkers yelling when I run them over.

Plus I can take a call if I need too. (Not that I would :ride: )

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