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Do people ride ride while listening to MP3 players, and if so do you use ear buds or have speakers? I am just wondering how safe it is using ear buds. I have just ordered a player to use on the bike but now am wondering how safe it is.
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That is a good question. I've been wondering the same thing myself, I've ridden my whole life without tunes, but now sometimes wish I had some along the ride.

I wear custom mold earplugs to protect my hearing(see my user name). I have a pair of custom mold in-ear monitors that can be used with iPods, etc. but the isolation with the custom molds for the music would drown out the necessary sounds ie: horns, sirens and just the environment itself.

Tough call. I'm interested to see other's responses as well.

 

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In California it is illegal. I do it and like it but it is definately not as safe as you could be.
 

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I have thought about it. But I wont because I like to hear what is going on around me. Now maybe an mp3 player after getting to a destination would be nice :)

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I used them on, and off on the way to Sturgis last year on a valkyrie...It was nice to have tunes while riding, but wheather it is ear plugs, or ear buds, I think either way you lose some safety. It is just that with the ear buds, you stand the chance to lose some hearing, too! ----Metalguy :wink:
 

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I tried a pair of ear-plug type speakers, and I didn't like the way it drowned out the noises I needed to hear. I tried just using just one earplug speaker and that seemed to work alot better. I just didn't like the fact that I had that cord hanging there.
I have since changed to speakers mounted on my upper forks and that seems to work a whole lot better. The ones I have have little amplifiers inside each speaker and can be heard at highway speeds. I'm making a pair of speakers for my other bike with an external amp mounted under one of the side covers.
Once you have tunes on your scoot, it's hard to go without. >PD<
 

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I hate to even respond to this thread-- I'll probably get blasted, however..

I have been wearing my mp3 player for weeks now and just make sure the volume is low enough that I can hear traffic noise above the music. The ear buds block out alot of wind noise and even with the music on, I can still hear car horns, my bike engine, etc.

If it's peak traffic time, I'll usually pull one side out and just ride with one bud in one ear. Obviously, most people would rather just have the "peace" and "quiet" to accompany their ride. I prefer some Buckcherry... Each to his own I always say.
 

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mark v said:
Some places it is illegal to use an ear piece when riding.

I know in Wisconsin you cant even wear headphones and drive a car!
Hmm, didn't know that. I'd rather be driving next to someone with headphones on (either on a bike or in a car) than all the idiots I see everyday on I-94 text messaging while driving in rush hour traffic!

Back onto the subject, I ride with my mp3 player from time to time. Not that this necessarily makes it any safer, but only with one earbud in and only on routes that I'm extremely familiar with and have little to no traffic and never at night.
 

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Well...I know its illegal in Pennsylvania. I tried it once or twice.....it wasn't a great experience...Nice to have the tunes, but it is distracting....ya kinda want to careful out there with every cager trying to score points by cutting you off! (or worse)!
 

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denise hits the nail on the head as far as I'm concerned. I'm one of those who prefers peace and quiet while riding. My RT has a radio prep kit in it - complete with wiring harness, speakers, and antenna. AFAIK, they've never been used.

I use the lockable radio chassis 'slot' as a mini-glovebox for my insurance card and registration. :)

Like she says though - to each his own. I use the time to be alone with my thoughts - and with the sights, sounds and smells of nature.
 

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I guess I don't see it any different that listeing to the radio in my car or truck while driving. That's just me. If someone doesn't feel safe listening to music while driving/riding, don't do it. I am not an advocate of this by no means.
I listen to my radio everytime I ride, and will continue to. I have music playing where ever I go (yes, I keep it on while I sleep too) so it's part of my life. >PD<
 

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I'm with Denise and PainterD on this one. I often ride with music. I have a very nice set of In Ear Monitors. I don't use them in town, but when I'm on the open road, I'm rarely without them.

A couple of thoughts (call them my opinions), although they are based on research and consultation with a hearing specialist.
Disclaimer: The hearing specialist is a Speech and Language Pathologist, whom I also happen to be married to. :)

1. People sometimes say that using earbuds will damage your hearing. Not (necessarily) true: A good set of IEMs will block out a significant portion of ambient noise, thereby allowing you to listen to music at a much reduced SPL. Net result is that they are protecting my hearing.

2. Wearing noise isolating ear buds will decrease your ability to hear traffic and reduce your ability to ride safely. True/Not True. This can be a factor at town/city speeds, i.e. below 30mph. However, studies show that at speeds above 30mph, wind noise completely dominates your hearing. This holds true whether helmeted or helmetless. This study was primarily geared toward advocating the use of earplugs to protect your hearing while riding, but the logic still holds, in my view.

3. Listening to music while riding is too much of a distraction. Personal decision here, I suppose, but here's my thought: If I can't focus enough to navigate my bike safely down a two lane midwestern highway because 'Baby Got Back' is playing in my ears, then I really shouldn't be on the road in the first place.

Regards. -Jay
 

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In Oregon, it's legal. In Germany, it's not. If I'm just making little jaunts around base, I'm definitely not using my earbuds, as you aren't supposed to have earbuds/headphones on while on base anyway (designated areas are ok, of course). If I'm going to Belgium or somewhere more than 20 miles away in Germany, I'll probably wear them. Mine are dense foam, so they block a good bit of wind noise, and I keep the music on as background. Sometimes I'll turn it up louder (sometimes ya just gotta sing along.) To each their own, I don't see it to be any more of a distraction than listening to music in a car.

I'm thinking of upgrading to helmet speakers, which are, for some reason, legal here.
 

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Ecthelion,
Hey dude, I was based in Baumholder back in the day ('72-'74) and spent alot of time in good old K-town!!! Man that place brings back some memories. Sure would be nice to go visit the area again. I'd like to get out to St. Wendel and Edar Oberstien again too. I'll bet it's a hoot to ride over there on a scoot. Great places over there for sure! >PD<
 

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Yeah, I love it over here. It's almost like back home in Oregon, cept the locals have this strange accent. :p Idar Oberstein is awesome, was there a few weeks ago.
 

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I use the speakers that my communication device came with. The speakers are mounted in the helmet, out of the ears. I found that after an hour or so, the ears get a tad irritated with ear buds. The speakers aren't the best quality but to me it's better than not having the music or communicating with my wife or other riders.
Oh, one more thing, the music device (ie: MP3 player) plugs into the communication radio and pipes through.
 

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I only listen to mine on the open hiway, but out here you may ride 100 miles between towns and see less than 50 vehicles. I found if I just use the earbuds with a half helmet, I have to crank the volume big time to get over the wind noise. What I found is if I use the buds and then use small cheapie CD on-ear headphones over the buds, It sounds good at lower levels but I can still hear the bike, (or sirens).

I never have my player on when riding in town or in anything over light traffic on the hiway. There's just too many idjuts to watch out for. But on open road tuneage is a must have for me.
 

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I see you already have a shield, now you want an MP-3 player.....I guess all that's left to buy is a couple more wheels and a couple of doors.
 
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