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Old 09-28-2009, 06:35 PM   #21
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never heard of riding with ear buds/plug on for noise reasons
1:for street how "safe" is it? imo i like to hear whats around me but
2:ipod? a substitute?
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Old 09-28-2009, 06:39 PM   #22
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never heard of riding with ear buds/plug on for noise reasons
1:for street how "safe" is it? imo i like to hear whats around me but
2:ipod? a substitute?


nah man, i doubt the ipod makes a good sub.

I'll ride without my music sometimes, and what a diff it makes. Personally i can concentrate better, cuz im not humping my tank to the pvssycat dolls but i can usually tune out the music when i have to.

But regardless the level of concentration and focus one has, riding with plugs and without the music, will make for a new level of awareness for most riders. IMO

but ive never tried plugs tho. think ima give it a shot, glad i came across this thread. Is there a certain type of plugs that are better than others?? cuz in most cases, you get what u pay for. and im all for that.
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Old 09-28-2009, 07:01 PM   #24
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sometime i will auto tune out the music until 1. particular song comes up or 2. back of my head reminds me that i still have music on. most times i dont notice mah tunes all that much. more focused on riding especially if there is more potential risk

i will try out those ear buds/plugs have a bunch laying around...
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Old 09-28-2009, 07:05 PM   #25
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Going more than 10 miles and it's plugs or buds FTW
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never heard of riding with ear buds/plug on for noise reasons
1:for street how "safe" is it? imo i like to hear whats around me but
2:ipod? a substitute?
1. Only thing I cant hear anymore is the wind.
2. Kind of contradicting question 1.... How can you hear whats around you with an ipod jammin in your ear

Give it a shot and come back and tell me what you think
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Old 09-28-2009, 10:19 PM   #27
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ear plus have been part of my gear for a while...i tried to ride with my ipod a few times and it was just to distracting for me



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skull candy earphones for when I use the pod and industrial strength plugs at the track and when I really need to concentrate (free plugs one of the benefits working at a chemical plant).
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It was drilled in my head in the Navy to wear hearing protection. I've been wearing them the entire time I've ridden a bike. I've ridden for a few miles without them a few times and don't know how you could do it for extended periods.

I tried the I-Pod a couple of times and absolutely couldn't stand it. I don't like not being able to hear what is going on around me. And I had to turn the volume up significantly to be able to hear the music which was probably worse for my hearing anyway.
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1. Only thing I cant hear anymore is the wind.
2. Kind of contradicting question 1.... How can you hear whats around you with an ipod jammin in your ear

Give it a shot and come back and tell me what you think
ipod/music/ to block wind noises (which is one of the main points discussed in the thread, but not to be confused with ipod for a strait up full substitute for plugs) volume not all the way up, just so i can hear it... although having strait open pipe doesnt really help it all that much.

although on my shoei z2 when i close the back vents there is a nice reduction in wind noise.

weather wasnt that good tonight but tomorrow otw to school (weather permitting of course) (only 2 minutes on freeway) and work (bout a good 10-15 min) i'll report back tomorrow.
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I felt like I couldn't judge speed the same....
This is exactly why I started wearing them: it allowed me to go faster without initiating my "omgwtfbbw slow down" subconcious response. Now it just helps me concentrate without all the extra noise, and bikes blowing past me don't spook me (cuz they don't hurt my ears).
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Old 09-29-2009, 11:09 AM   #33
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I could never get into the habit of wearing plugs, although I am well aware of the benefits and testimonials. I really need to break my habit (of not wearing plugs), especially now that my hearing has been deteriorating year after year.

What I cannot ever consider is playing music through a set of earphones. I do not see any benefit whatsoever in doing so; and in fact I absolutely believe it's a compromise to your own safety. I think that's just a bad a habit to start off with, than me not wearing plugs. Actually, I think it's not good at all, and especially if you're a new rider. Even my buddies, who only recently started riding (less than 1 year) are all into their i-pods and playing tunes (through earphones) while riding. I want to rely on all my senses, and hearing is extremely important to have no distractions, or distortions. Earphones completely mask, or significantly mitigate external noises, imho. I'd rather have external speakers, but then that would look kinda funny on a sportbike.

Besides, it's annoying when we're at a stop light, and I start saying something to them, then they go "hold on... need to turn down my volume." Then I'm like... Nevermind.
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i agree, concentrate on riding.

now if your going long distance (not meaning a long commute) i don't see a prob. but since most everybody here really only goes to the local starbuks...headphones are a bad idea mmkay.
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i agree, concentrate on riding.

now if your going long distance (not meaning a long commute) i don't see a prob. but since most everybody here really only goes to the local starbuks...headphones are a bad idea mmkay.
Yeah, especially around town through city streets, stop lights, driveways, and cagers all around. It's a bad habit, especially if you're new. You need your hearing.
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Yeah, especially around town through city streets, stop lights, driveways, and cagers all around. It's a bad habit, especially if you're new. You need your hearing.
well earplugs reduce hearing, the things you don't need to hear, primarily windnoise but do help you concentrate better.
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ear plugs are part of my gear list. there have been a few times I've ridden without them and I'm always mor fatigued afterwards.
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Yeah, I understand that about earplugs. I don't like earphones. Per my first post above.
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Earplugs don't totally eliminate the noise. You get used to hearing things in a different way with them. I can still hear my engine and know when I need to shift up and down. I can hear the cars around me also. It also makes me more prone to do a good lane check instead of just a quick glance.
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so i tried it otw to work, bout 10 minutes. its alot quieter (i have dumped piped that exit below my pegs so bike is pretty loud... wind noise is down dramatically, i could still hear it but it (wind noise) is like a whisper. its quiet and it leave to my thoughts kinda like driving a lexus, benz, etc...

like someone said above i kinda feel "disabled" unable to fully hear whats around me. especially around local streets and neighborhoods my caution level was raised a little.

yay or nay i dont know yet, but it was a pretty new expierience. i'll try it some more then i'll see
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