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Old 09-24-2007, 07:54 PM   #1
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To MP3 or not?

Debatable, I know....

I like to listen, since I tend to focus more on my riding around me instead of being caught up in my own thoughts. Really helps on night rides(almost everytime I end up at night.) I don't blast the music, just enough that I can hear it. I wear a side slip on my pants so I can adjust volume and did lose one to rain but thankfully I did opt for the bestbuy warranty... guess since they didn't make a 30g anymore I had to get the 80g no charge...

So, earpieces, none, or mp3?

Keep in mind, sound-canceling earphones are good and recommended for preventing ear loss from helmet/wind impact....
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Old 09-24-2007, 09:17 PM   #2
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As long as you can hear the noises of the road that you gotta hear, then why not listen to music!
That is awesome about the free upgrade. Always a good thing! Love free upgrades.
People might look at you funny if you are dancing to your music while you ride though! :o)
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Old 09-24-2007, 09:26 PM   #3
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Linda, a chromie rider, listens to christian music and stops us behind her, looking for hand signals as she raises her hand....
I try salsa dancing but I white woman moves more gracefully then mybike...
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Old 09-24-2007, 09:46 PM   #4
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Hey, you gotta practice somehow...why not with a bike...then you can impress us while women even more when you dance with us! :o)
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I like to ride with my music, it seems to make me concentrate more
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What's the difference in riding in a car with the tunes jamming and or talking on the phone and driving? I have SHURE in ear noise cancelling headphones and I listen while I am riding. I can't hear much other than my music, but then again with a D&D, even with my earplugs (you should always wear ear protection when riding IMHO) I cannot hear much, but I can hear car horns.
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Old 09-25-2007, 01:25 PM   #7
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D&D straight through? A friend's got a vahns(something like that) on his 02 gsxr and it's so loud.... I cannot ride behind him; thankfully he doesn't corner at all.. nor ride though since he mated with a trailer a couple weeks ago
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The sound of my engine is all the music I need.
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Old 09-25-2007, 01:56 PM   #9
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I like to hear what is going on around me. I wear ear plugs 99% of the time. I think if I were to go on a long trip where there would be long open roads for miles on end I would like to listen. But when I got to populated areas I would probably turn it off.
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I dont know if I could ride without music..You still need to hear whats around you but just the wind noise in my helmet would drive me crazy.
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Hey, you gotta practice somehow...why not with a bike...then you can impress us while women even more when you dance with us! :o)
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I can hear the music at a little greater than freeway speeds but not real loud, too much wind noise. When I drive on the streets, I can hear better and rock with Van Halen and Nicleback.

As far as listening and riding goes, Goldwings and HD's come with stereos either in the helmet or with speakers on the dash and it's factory. If there were a safety issue with listening and riding, I would think the MFG would not take the liability and install them on the bikes. The same goes for intercoms from rider to passenger or bike to bike.

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If I cruise or on the freeways with my exhaust the deep tone can be drowned into the background.

Now I do have the 600 but I think the battery's dead... no ride time lately.

And my friend's 954r... we swapped for a ride to lunch and I'll admit I enjoyed making my own sound track....
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If I cruise or on the freeways with my exhaust the deep tone can be drowned into the background.

Now I do have the 600 but I think the battery's dead... no ride time lately.

And my friend's 954r... we swapped for a ride to lunch and I'll admit I enjoyed making my own sound track....
Was that the lunch Mark, you and I did? Personal soundtracks rock!
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A word of advice if you do go with music - learn the controls on your player without having to look. If there's ever a situation that requires you put more than 2% of your attention to the player, then let it go. Hearing a diff song or changing the volume can wait for your next stop.

Also - wherever/however you mount it, add a safety. I use the arm band holder that came with mine, but mounted it up on the clutch resv. - the safety is a hair tie that slips over the mirror and attaches to the string-tie loop.
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