do you guys listen to music while you ride ?

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do you guys listen to music while you ride ?

#1 Unread post by madd dogg11 » Wed Aug 09, 2006 11:36 pm

my friend at works got a bike, and he was showing me how he uses his ipod while he rides . i was thinking that might not be a bad idea. help me out here. is it totaly unsafe and just asking for trouble ?

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#2 Unread post by VermilionX » Wed Aug 09, 2006 11:37 pm

it depends on the person.

it's just matter of how you manage your attention pts.

personally... i don't listen to music while ride. my mind wanders around on its own anyway. :laughing:
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#3 Unread post by Scott58 » Thu Aug 10, 2006 12:17 am

Sometimes I do sometimes I don't. No big deal either way.
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#4 Unread post by Sev » Thu Aug 10, 2006 2:25 am

Long highway trips - Yes
City Riding - Hell no, being able to hear just saved my life.
Of course I'm generalizing from a single example here, but everyone does that. At least I do.

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#5 Unread post by Flting Duck » Thu Aug 10, 2006 5:46 am

It's probably a good idea to check your state laws on this. Some states allow headphones/earbuds, others don't. For example, in WA state headphones and earbuds are illegal - only helmet speakers can be used. In CA, only a headphone in one ear. In OR, it's legal but some municipalities have rules against headphones. In some other states, you can only use it for communication purposes, not listening to music. As you cna see, the laws vary from state to state.

If I were a beginning biker, I'd probably hold off on it for a while as it could be a distraction.

That said, I have MP3 CD players on both of my bikes and love riding with tunes.
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#6 Unread post by younggun » Thu Aug 10, 2006 11:39 am

Highway = yes
City = no
But it is up to the individual.
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#7 Unread post by OoJRod06oO » Thu Aug 10, 2006 12:46 pm

Highway - no
City - no

The sound of my engine is music enough :lol:

Plus I have too many other things to focus on as I'm still a pretty new rider.

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#8 Unread post by DivideOverflow » Thu Aug 10, 2006 1:29 pm

No music for me. The roads around here demand full attention.

Sometimes I sing to myself inside of my helmet....no one can see my mouth anyway.
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#9 Unread post by bok » Thu Aug 10, 2006 1:51 pm

i don't listen to music while i ride. in the city there is too much to pay attention to and in the country it's just nice to hear the wind and the engine noise. i get too much music and people talking all day on phones at work, riding gives me some peace and quiet
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#10 Unread post by flynrider » Thu Aug 10, 2006 4:29 pm

I used to listen to music many years ago, but I don't anymore. Between the engine noise and the wind noise, the decibel level is already pretty high. In order to hear music over all the background noise, you really have to crank it up. That can't be good for your hearing.
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#11 Unread post by Lunchbox » Thu Aug 10, 2006 4:39 pm

You need all the feedback you can get. Why block one of the most important inputs you have ... if you want to be safe.
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#12 Unread post by Social Distortion » Thu Aug 10, 2006 4:41 pm

been riding for under a year and though i enjoy riding old school on the 85 650 nighthawk sc, i think i would be too distracted by listening and jamming to tunes.
Maybe one day, but for now.....no tunes for me
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#13 Unread post by BLKNSLVR » Fri Aug 11, 2006 1:08 pm

I tried it once on a long road trip and didn't really like it.

I think you need to give full attention to what is going around you.
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#14 Unread post by Mr_Salad » Fri Aug 11, 2006 3:49 pm

I just went out and bought these earbuds with clips, so they don't fall of when I put my helmet on. So the answer is all the time. I think it should vary person to person, depending on how the music affects you. It doesn't distract me, it actually helps me concentrate. If I don't have the ipod going, then I am singing in my helmet the entire way. I can get pretty tired of hearing myself sing, so I try to remember the ipod :laughing:.
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#15 Unread post by storysunfolding » Fri Aug 11, 2006 3:51 pm

I use a speaker on the right side of my full face to give me signal from my radio, cellphone or passenger/other bike radio. I generally don't listen to it in the city because I want to be extra aware (DC traffic isn't nice even when you're 100% on your toes), but if I'm in an area where I'm cruising for a bit (highway/interstate_ or in stop and go traffic I listen to it- but be forewarned that people can hear you singing
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