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Posted on Fri, Jan 13, 2006 18:09

Given the new handle bar mounted MP3 player offered by Harley along with the Ipod it is now possible to listen to tunes on any motorcycle.
I occasionally have enjoyed listening to my Ipod while touring through the vast open spaces out West and wonder what opinions are on music and riding.
The sound quality is better through headphones, but how much awareness do you loose when lost in your favorite tunes?
Helmets reduce audible noises and sounds so is it really more dangerous to add music?
I think it is different if you have a fairing and mounted radio than headphones or is it?
Just interested in a discussion and thoughts...
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Posted on Sun, Mar 18, 2007 18:54

Hey all, same here, no music when riding. You have to be so much more aware of all things when on two wheels. Peace!



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Posted on Sat, Mar 17, 2007 13:25

I DONT HAVE MUSIC WHEN I RIDE UNLESS ITS IN MY HEAD. THERE ARE TOO MANY PEOPLE NOT PAYING ATTENTION ON BIKES AND IN CARS. WITH EVERYBODY TRYING TO USE A CELL PHONE OR TEXT IT GETS EVEN WORSE. I WANT TO FEEL THE WIND ON MY FACE AND KEEP THE ROAD UNDER MY TIRES.NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND.MIDNITEMANIAC2001 SAYS HI FROM THE Y PLACE IF ANYBODY WANTS TO AVOID THE BK MESS.(NOT PAID MEMBER)AND CHAT.



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Posted on Fri, Mar 02, 2007 00:11

I like music on a 8 to 12 hour ride. I am getting the Harley 12 disc CD changer installed on my bike now. I always find good radio stations down south in the mountains. I stream them on the internet when I get home, if they are streamable.

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Posted on Sun, Jan 21, 2007 04:14

That Ducati looks like it has the Bose System coming out the rear of it. Who needs an Ipod when you can hear those Termignoni cans wind up??

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Posted on Wed, Jun 14, 2006 12:23

just love the sound of the bike one of many reasons i have a bike and not a car



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Posted on Wed, May 17, 2006 16:48

yes i like to sing as well reggae one of my favorites is buffalo soldier by Marley love singing it at full pelt especially on the open road not so good when sitting at the lights

sometimes i go for a bit of Craig Davis or the sugar babes with my old helmet all i could here were twittering bird type noises and it can be a bit dodgy when u chewing gum at the same time multi tasking at its best lol

  


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Posted on Mon, May 15, 2006 18:58

I have to agree with Majorman on this one. I love music at home, clubs, and the car. I think it would be great to have tunes on the bike. It is bad enough with all of the distractions from road hazards to A-holes not paying attention. I'll have to stay tuneless, not lifeless or limbless.



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Posted on Mon, May 15, 2006 09:47

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I love music!...At home, in the car, at festivals and clubs. Rented a GW and rode 1K mikes in AZ, once I had the radio figured out I turned it OFF. I get into a 'zone' when I ride and it might seem to others that I am 'spaced out' but I'm actually TOTALLY focused on the ride and the sounds of the engine, the tires and bearings as I take a wide sweeping turn thru the canyons, what's that high pitch as I brake, who's that coming up on my left, I hear it and react to put myself in the best possible line. I'm doing this without consciously thinking 'bout it... I'm in the 'zone'. Music distracts me from what I'm doing and concentrating on. Much rather listen to the music in my head..and the voices in my head...telling me to.....PAY ATTENTION to all those around you that are not paying ATTENTION to you. I love riding more than ALMOST anything, but it is so easy to get KILLED or worse terribly injured as a result of a momentary lapse of concentration. I'm won't ride with music. Just my 2 cents, your millage may vary, to each there own, UNLESS you hit me 'cause U were groovin' on some ABBA tune....LOL

well i am very much with you on this one i like to hear my engine and feel the changes through the gears the sound of the wheels on the road even when the chnain in getting slack all that. If you do this all the time you notice very quickly when its different and you need to check something out.

  


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Posted on Sun, May 14, 2006 22:41

I love music!...At home, in the car, at festivals and clubs. Rented a GW and rode 1K mikes in AZ, once I had the radio figured out I turned it OFF. I get into a 'zone' when I ride and it might seem to others that I am 'spaced out' but I'm actually TOTALLY focused on the ride and the sounds of the engine, the tires and bearings as I take a wide sweeping turn thru the canyons, what's that high pitch as I brake, who's that coming up on my left, I hear it and react to put myself in the best possible line. I'm doing this without consciously thinking 'bout it... I'm in the 'zone'. Music distracts me from what I'm doing and concentrating on. Much rather listen to the music in my head..and the voices in my head...telling me to.....PAY ATTENTION to all those around you that are not paying ATTENTION to you. I love riding more than ALMOST anything, but it is so easy to get KILLED or worse terribly injured as a result of a momentary lapse of concentration. I'm won't ride with music. Just my 2 cents, your millage may vary, to each there own, UNLESS you hit me 'cause U were groovin' on some ABBA tune....LOL



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Posted on Sun, May 14, 2006 20:39


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for me the sound of the bike is the music. i want hear the motor and my shifts. i want hear as much as i can of everything that is going on around me. if a car rolls up beside me, i want to hear it. i can always listen to music in my office or at home.

you are so cool have a good day cya

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Posted on Sun, May 14, 2006 20:35

i dont want a pickle just wanna ride on my my motor ...cycle

and i dont wanna die just wanna ryde on my motor cy...cle

if you know this its cool You can get anything you want at alices restaurant excepting alice 'Arlo Guthrie' Well peeps Im off now so nice knowing everyone here but not 'sunscribing' anymore lol and yes i did say sunscribing coz its been wet over here in the UK lol but it won't stop me some of you have my email address some dont rofl lmao



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Posted on Sun, May 14, 2006 18:50

I thought about getting an Ipod and listening to music, because all I can hear is the sound of wind rushing past my ears... loudly.

I've started using foam ear plugs, so now I can hear my motor, and that is enough.

I almost always have a song playing in my head, which is okay if it happens to be a good song. I just wish I had a way to change the channel sometimes.

I do sing sometimes, but I've found humming to be safer... I eat fewer bugs that way. :)



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Posted on Mon, May 08, 2006 18:49

I agree, music may be a distraction. It's a good thing we can't talk on a cell phone while riding, that could be a disaster. There's plenty to pay attention to while riding.



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Posted on Sat, Mar 04, 2006 11:40

Years ago I fitted an 8 track player to a custom triple tree mount. Music quality was lacking and that toy hit the shelf.

Some years later I spent a lot of office time plugged into an auto reverse cassette player utilizing first generation ear buds. Tried it on a motorcycle, started riding to the music and suffered a few broken ribs.

From that point on I was dead set against music while riding thinking it was too much of a distraction.

The times they are a changin'.

Any more I seldom roll without a 30GB MP3 player plugged into my Chatterbox.

The scarry part being I ride at a sporting pace and much of my riding is in the canyons at night.



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Posted on Thu, Feb 09, 2006 19:59

Luv2Ride99 write:
havfun write:
stillme67 write:
for me the sound of the bike is the music. i want hear the motor and my shifts. i want hear as much as i can of everything that is going on around me. if a car rolls up beside me, i want to hear it. i can always listen to music in my office or at home.

maybe im just weird, but when I ride I hear music in my head, and I sing the vocals, have to be careful not to get carried away and start swaying the bike to my memory tunes. My voice is crappy, but I am happy and it shows, and it gives the cagers something to look at during rush hour!!!!!and its just one more difference between me and them! hahaRIDE FREE!


As a passenger/back warmer I love to listen to tunes and only bike dance in the straightaways, promise, LOL. But now that I'm riding my own again, I just decided not to hook my ipod up yet. Figure I better be paying a whole lot of attention since there's tons of idiots out there on the road. Plus, if I get lost in some Aeorsmith tune rocking down the road and forget to slow down before one of them sharp curves... eek.

I love the natural sounds when I'm riding... wind, bike purring, and nature when I'm stopped haha And, dude, be assured that you're not the only one that sings, I sing sometimes but mostly I'm a hummer LOL.


When I am commuting to work or dealing with a lot of traffic, I do not like to listen to music because it distracts me. I like the sound of my bike. If I am on a long tour or traveling a on a long road, music is cool and it relaxes me.



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Posted on Tue, Feb 07, 2006 10:36

havfun write:
stillme67 write:
for me the sound of the bike is the music. i want hear the motor and my shifts. i want hear as much as i can of everything that is going on around me. if a car rolls up beside me, i want to hear it. i can always listen to music in my office or at home.

maybe im just weird, but when I ride I hear music in my head, and I sing the vocals, have to be careful not to get carried away and start swaying the bike to my memory tunes. My voice is crappy, but I am happy and it shows, and it gives the cagers something to look at during rush hour!!!!!and its just one more difference between me and them! hahaRIDE FREE!


As a passenger/back warmer I love to listen to tunes and only bike dance in the straightaways, promise, LOL. But now that I'm riding my own again, I just decided not to hook my ipod up yet. Figure I better be paying a whole lot of attention since there's tons of idiots out there on the road. Plus, if I get lost in some Aeorsmith tune rocking down the road and forget to slow down before one of them sharp curves... eek.

I love the natural sounds when I'm riding... wind, bike purring, and nature when I'm stopped haha And, dude, be assured that you're not the only one that sings, I sing sometimes but mostly I'm a hummer LOL.



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Posted on Thu, Feb 02, 2006 22:14

stillme67 write:
for me the sound of the bike is the music. i want hear the motor and my shifts. i want hear as much as i can of everything that is going on around me. if a car rolls up beside me, i want to hear it. i can always listen to music in my office or at home.

maybe im just weird, but when I ride I hear music in my head, and I sing the vocals, have to be careful not to get carried away and start swaying the bike to my memory tunes. My voice is crappy, but I am happy and it shows, and it gives the cagers something to look at during rush hour!!!!!and its just one more difference between me and them! hahaRIDE FREE!



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Posted on Fri, Jan 27, 2006 10:17

Stillme,

I have to say I agree. It feels a little like violating the sacred with the profane. Yet, at the same time it adds an enjoyable dimension. Hence, the reason for the post being curious what others thought or felt about the subject.

I guess the best part is just being able to have music when you reach camp being one who enjoys life off the motel path.



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Posted on Mon, Jan 16, 2006 12:05

stillme67 write:
for me the sound of the bike is the music. i want hear the motor and my shifts. i want hear as much as i can of everything that is going on around me. if a car rolls up beside me, i want to hear it. i can always listen to music in my office or at home.


Exactly!!!!

  


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