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a friend at work was showing me how he listens to his ipod when he rides his bike and it got me thinking. so what do you guys think ? dumb idea or really a nice addition ?
 

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i do on longer rides. Not so loud that it drowns out traffic and stuff that you need to hear. Just as background music.
 

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It's nice to listen to some tunes on the bike. It can either make me ride like a civil person, or have me riding at felonious speeds...
 

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I don't know that I'd do it on the street, there's enough stimulus going on out there as it is. But, after getting on the track, I wouldn't mind having something to get the blood flowing and find a groove...
 
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I listen all the time. With ear buds velcroed to the ear pockets in the helmet. It isn't too loud and it still lets in background noises. With my Fulmer(cheap) helmet you can hear comfortably up to about 55-60 mph before the wind starts to drowned it out. In some states it isn't legal, check here for your state. http://www.amadirectlink.com/legisltn/laws.asp

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sometimes when I feel like it, I'll pull out the mp3 player to listen to some tunes while I'm on the way home from school, or longer rides, stuff like that.
 

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I think this poses an interesting question.

I tried to ride with some tunes. I even went and bought some cheapo ear buds at walmart because my regular bose headseat isn't going to work so well in the helmet. anyway, The buds ended up hurting my ears and falling out. Nothing is more annoying than riding and having an ear bud fall out and listening to it on one ear until it pisses you off enough to stop.
I looked at noise canceling ones that have an ear-plug kind of shape to them that actually block out noise. The problem I have is that my helmet (G-max) is extremely loud at road speed. I rarely notice my exhaust sound and its not exactly quiet (stock with baffles removed)

so you guys that listen to tunes, what kind of earphones do you use? any suggestions for ones I might purchase?
 

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I use a set of Sony Sport wrap around the ear. they're ok, not the greatest sounding, but they don't need to be for me. All i hear usually is BWWWWOOOOWOOOOWOOOWOOOOOOOOmusialwaysbewOOOOOOOWOOonyou...

etc. Over winter, i plan on buying a curtain for my helmet, like a snowmobile curtain. My brother has one and swears by it. Keeps the wind, noise, and bugs out of your face.
 

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Yeah, those are about the types I'd look at except WAAAY over budget. Something that has rubberized tips to isolate the sound. But generally I wouldn't get too excited about spending alot of money on a set for high fidelity. Like I said, I have the bose headset for that or my logitec 5.1 pc speakers. I don't expect to hear every crisp hi-hat and every other minute detail while riding. All I'd care about is giving me some bass to get me pumped. anybody have a set already that works well for them?
 

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i bought a lil sony radio at wally world. cut the earphones off the little "hoop" and fitted them in my helmet right at my ears. just have the cord trailing out the back of my helmet. works like a charm and sitll allows me to hear more unlike the "plug" or "bud" type
 

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etc. Over winter, i plan on buying a curtain for my helmet, like a snowmobile curtain. My brother has one and swears by it. Keeps the wind, noise, and bugs out of your face.
Hey, let me know what brand of curtian you get. That sounds like a good idea if it works. For a lot of reasons.
 

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Thanks for the links. That's kinda expensive. Why don't you get one first and let us know if it's worth it. I'm getting one mostly to block the wind to my neck and face.
 

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Safety Helmet Required by law under age 21, reflectorization required
State Funded Rider Ed Not Available
Eye Protection Required by law under age 21, unless equipped with windscreen
Daytime Use of Headlight Required by law-modulating headlight permitted
Passenger Seat Required if carrying a passenger
Passenger Footrest Required if carrying a passenger
Passenger Age Restriction None
Helmet Speakers No Restrictions
Periodic Safety Inspection N/A
Mirror Left(L) Right(R) One required by law
Radar Detector No Restriction
Turn Signals Not Required
Muffler No acoustical criteria.
Maximum Sound Level No acoustical criteria.
State Insurance Requirements Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(15/30/10) - Graduates of rider education program may apply for reduction in motorcycle insurance rates.
Handlebar Height No restrictions
Rider-Education Waiver Skill Test
Accept Motorcycle Endorsement From Other States N/A
Motorcycles operating two abreast in same lane Yes. SECTION 56-5-3640. Motorcycle entitled to full use of lane; riding two or more abreast; overtaking and passing; operation in other instances. [SC ST SEC 56-5-3640] (a) All motorcycles are entitled to full use of a lane and no motor vehicle shall be driven in such a manner as to deprive any motorcycle of the full use of a lane. This shall not apply to motorcycles operated two abreast in a single lane.
Lane Splitting SECTION 56-5-3640. Motorcycle entitled to full use of lane; riding two or more abreast; overtaking and passing; operation in other instances. [SC ST SEC 56-5-3640] b) The operator of a motorcycle shall not overtake and pass in the same lane occupied by the vehicle being overtaken. (c) No person shall operate a motorcycle between lanes of traffic, or between adjacent lines or rows of vehicles.

Off Road
Safety Helmet Not Required
Eye Protection Not Required
Minimum Operator Age No Restriction
Rider Education Certification Not Required
Operator License Not Required
Headlight Not Required
Taillight Not Required
Muffler Not Required
Maximum Sound Level No Limit
Spark Arrestor Not Required
Registration Not Required
Vehicle Title Not Required
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