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Old 01-01-2013, 11:33 AM   #1
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Question: Do you listen to music while you ride?
If so, what's your favorite band/artist/genre/song?
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Old 01-01-2013, 11:59 AM   #2
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My personal choice is to run silent. It is all about becoming one with my motorcycle.
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Old 01-01-2013, 12:34 PM   #3
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My current genre is V-Twin.

Music while riding? Weird. Maybe if I had a long highway ride, but I tend to avoid those. How do you listen to it? Headphones would interfere with traffic noise (bad), and I can't imagine an external speaker would sound intelligible through wind and helmet.
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Old 01-01-2013, 02:41 PM   #4
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I was really interested to try my Klipsch earbuds with Pandora, through my cellphone. So I tried it on my short ride home from work.

Although the route was extremely familiar, the music inside the helmet made for a noticeable and quite undesirable distraction. I was not very comfortable.
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Old 01-01-2013, 03:14 PM   #5
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I blast my tunes all the time. I can't say I have any specific song or band. One day it could be heavy metal and another day Motown.
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Old 01-01-2013, 11:35 PM   #6
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I wouldn't recommend listening to music while riding.

But I do it all the time. First couple of times freaked me out.

I eventually used my iPod on a solo ride through upstate NY on an unusually warm October day. Blue, blue skies, brillant fall foliage and awesome roads. The music was the soundtrack. One of the best days of my life.

Sometimes I prefer to just listen to the mechanical music.

One favorite genre/song? Not possible. Depends on mood.
Some goodies from the current playlist:

"Need Some Air" by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
"New Dark Ages" by Bad Religion
"From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea" by The Cure
"Nirvana" by The Cult
"Blowing Cool" by Swervedriver
"Golgotha Tenement Blues" by Machines of Loving Grace
"Autumn Song" by Manic Street Preachers
"Behavior Control Technician" by Fishbone
"Spreading the Disease" by Queensryche
"Bright Bulbs & Sharp Tools" by Fair to Midland
"Surrounded by Cowards" by Julien-K
"Towering and Flowering" by Rob ****inson
"Cellophane" by Creeper Lagoon
"Joy, The Mechanical Boy" by Self
"Planet Botox" by DeVan
"Wish You Were Here" cover by Catherine Wheel
"Eat My Dust, You Insensitive F*ck" by Catherine Wheel

I could go on.

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Old 01-02-2013, 06:31 AM   #7
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Egg-sellent. Keep 'em comin', fellas ... good stuff.

And Schizuki brings up an interesting point: HOW do you listen to music while riding -- headphones or speaker system??

I find that yeah, in traffic music is a distraction, but once out on the highway, all-day rides become far more manageable w/ tunes. I personally use headphones; I have the iPod headphones w/ the controller attached on one of the cords. It hangs just under the strap of my helmet. It's a snap to find it & squeeze; I can adjust the volume, switch to the next song, or pause altogether.

It's important to note that many state laws prohibit earphones while riding; some allow just one.

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Old 01-06-2013, 10:11 PM   #8
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Newegg.com - LG HBS-730 Black TONE+ Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Headset

I use a bluetooth headset like this one paired with my smart phone.

The horse collar design:
  • Allows me to wear the ear buds under my helmet easily while still being able to answer the phone (people know to just wait a sec while I pull over when I answer and they hear wind noise).
  • Lets me change volume while riding and wearing gloves.
  • Lets me advance tracks and pause while wearing gloves.
  • Lets me answer a phone call on the side of the road without having to remove my helmet.

The only downside is that I've had the wind blow them right off my neck. You need to improvise something to hold them on. (Sunglasses retainer?)

Overall a very handy device. I use it a bunch when running my boat at work. Phone on a dashboard stand away from my wet hands.

I try to be careful not to crank the tunes too loud. Just loud enough to hear over the wind. I turn the tunes off when I get into traffic (unless it's stop and go traffic).

When I'm in an urban area, I stream iHeartRadio on my phone. I don't have a huge music collection on my phone, but I do have a few albums for out in the country.

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Old 01-07-2013, 05:01 AM   #9
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Originally Posted by jmdonald View Post
My personal choice is to run silent. It is all about becoming one with my motorcycle.
+1. Riding the bike is where and when I escape from media; be it music, calls, whatever. Besides, I don't like the distraction; aside from the occasional drone up I-95, most of the time I want to be focused on what I'm doing. I need all the brain cells I can muster to stay upright.
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Old 01-07-2013, 06:32 AM   #10
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I don't listen to music when I ride, and I don't listen to music when I run, either. I do listen to music when I drive

I also tried riding with a gps device once. That was really distracting, too, and took all the fun out of the ride. So if I need directions of some kind, I'll figure that stuff out before getting on the bike. In the car, however, a gps is a handy device.
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