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do you listen to music ,silence ,earplug's what!!!?while riding ,i listen to my nano or cell phone "slacker radio" mostly heavy rock metal ,while riding almost alway's ,never leave home with out it...just curious.
 

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do you listen to music ,silence ,earplug's what!!!?while riding ,i listen to my nano or cell phone "slacker radio" mostly heavy rock metal ,while riding almost alway's ,never leave home with out it...just curious.
I put in custom molded earplugs for hearing protection. I had them made at the motorcycle show. I have been on many long rides and it works okay for me. I can "play" music in my head while riding. Sometimes I "compose" my own. Worse yet, sometimes I sing, and it is a good thing that it is contained inside the helmet, or I might get arrested for disturbing the peace.

I would like to have audio in my helmet, but haven't found anything that works. The custom-molded audiophile earphones won't fit under my tight-fitting Shoei X-11 full face helmet. I tried EarFuze and strongly recommend against them - not only does the product suck but their customer support sucks worse.

The problem is that all solutions that work, especially the older hard-wired ones, cost a lot.

I do wish I could hear the GPS audio, take phone calls, and listen to music occasionally. In the end, I would like to find a high quality in-helmet bluetooth audio/microphone solution.

The Schuberth C3 helmet with its electronics option is VERY nice, but VERY expensive. A show-stopper for me is that it turns itself completely off if you are charging the battery.
 

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i just use a set of small earphone's that came with my phone,nothing blaring or anything ,but i do need the sound especially on the long trips...a good song can also change or alter your riding :teeth
 

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never tried it

Never listened to anything much ceptin road noise. However the press is running stories here on the number of fatalities that have occurred with people doing so. Motorcyclists and pedestrians, listening to heavy metal and it really hits em. Yesterday it was a fire truck with lights and sirens going.
 

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Never listened to anything much ceptin road noise. However the press is running stories here on the number of fatalities that have occurred with people doing so. Motorcyclists and pedestrians, listening to heavy metal and it really hits em. Yesterday it was a fire truck with lights and sirens going.
well like i said never loud enough ,but up enough to enjoy!!!
 

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I ride with music all the time. I never keep it too loud, and I can hear what I need to. I can hear my bike, I can hear sirens, I can hear louder cars, I can hear horns. It is not an issue for me. The music is much more pleasant to listen to as opposed to loud wind rushing in the helmet. I use in the ear plugs that seem to cut down on my hearing stress.
 

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I used my Zumo 550 and earbuds to do music and hear the phone if it rings, no two way communication.

I just switched to the Schuberth helmet with the bluetooth audio. ( my old helmet was getting a little long in the tooth)

I use foam ear plugs to kill the air rush noise. I can listen to music from the Zumo and make or receive the very occasional telephone call. I can still hear sirens and honking, but a lot more muted. The rides have now become longer and better without the air noise fatigue setting in.


I need to find a way to keep the blue tooth and just use my custom earbud speakers instead of the foam plugs
 

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I have been using molded ear plugs with speakers for years and listen to music or XM radio on most of my rides. I have purchased 2 different sets (back up) from EAR, Inc. in Boulder, CO and they have served me well. They fit easily within my snug fitting helmet. I found that speakers installed in the helmet required me to turn the volume up way to high to override the road noise. I can adjust the volume to a reasonable level and still hear horns, sirens, etc. I have a J&M Integrator IV in my tank bag that collects my IPod, Garmin 665 (XM radio and GPS cues), radar detector, and FRS radio and steers all that audio to my helmet cable with a stereo jack in-line. The regular BMW cable brings the in-helmet microphone into the mix as well. You might want to look at J&M's web site for their offerings.

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I generally ride in silence, been wearing ear plugs (some to most of the time) for 35 years now. I have tried the bluetooth headsets and it was nice to hear the GPS and/or my wife behind me, I pulled them out and went back to earplugs. I did not listen to music, prefer to make my own in the helmet where its safer than singing in the shower because there people might hear you. I have 2 different custom molded plugs from 2 different companies and neither one of them work as well as my 33db foam ear plugs so that is what I wear. I am pretty observant and I have not had a ambulance sneak up on me yet, I know its not the safest but its the most comfortable.
 

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do you listen to music ,silence ,earplug's what!!!?while riding ,i listen to my nano or cell phone "slacker radio" mostly heavy rock metal ,while riding almost alway's ,never leave home with out it...just curious.
I just got the audio kit for my Nolan 103 and use either my FM radio or iPod during the commute as well as the longer rides. I always wear ear plugs so the volume has to be turned up but only loud enough to provide background music.

The earplugs take out the wind, road and engine noise and music, usually heavy rock, keeps me entertained.

Ride safe.
 

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From what I've seen lots of folks listen to music, I'm also one of them. The only time I don't is for short rides of say 20 minutes or less. I love music and listen to it all the time. Long rides on the bike would be torture having to listen to just wind and bugs smacking the helmet.

Used to use an MP3 player but now use my smartphone and either Pandora, Slacker or iheartradio apps. The radio stations in Austin, TX, suck. In my vehicles I've had XM for years. Pretty much stay off local radio 99% of the time. I'll pay for commercial free any day.

My preference is rock. Either classic, modern or metal. I can listen to anything from the 40's to today though. Jazz, blues, bluegrass, celtic/gaelic, surf, older country, new wave (grew up on that and listening to it now) and electronica. Just depends on my mood.

Never loud. The ear buds cut down on the wind noise too. I can still hear vehicles, sirens, etc. Of course my eyes are scanning all the time as I know I'm invisible.
 

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do you listen to music ,silence ,earplug's what!!!?while riding ,i listen to my nano or cell phone "slacker radio" mostly heavy rock metal ,while riding almost alway's ,never leave home with out it...just curious.
I listen to morning radio on my commute using a cheap FM running radio plugged into my Nolan N-Com. Works great even with ear plugs to cut out the traffic noise.

On longer trips I've plugged in my iPod Nano but it has to be turned up too high for me to hear so the battery does not last long. I may use an FM transmitter with it to use the amplifier in my cheap running radio.

I do not find it distracting and the Nolan speaker system sounds good.
 

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I wear foam earplugs every time I ride unless I'm staying in town. I have had no success whatsoever with ear buds that mute the wind noise and still be at a reasonable noise level. I would really like to listen to music or podcasts while on my motorcycle but all the earbuds I've tested I have to turn the volume up incredibly high (and potentially damage my hearing).

But foam earplugs work great against wind noise. I can't ride without them.
 

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Ivan -

Take a look at the molded ear plugs with speakers. EAR, Inc. in Boulder, CO makes them from a mold that you can have made at many rally's or by a local hearing specialist. They fit snugly in your ear and offer very little profile outside the ear itself. I use mine all the time.

Denny

QUOTE=Ivan996]I wear foam earplugs every time I ride unless I'm staying in town. I have had no success whatsoever with ear buds that mute the wind noise and still be at a reasonable noise level. I would really like to listen to music or podcasts while on my motorcycle but all the earbuds I've tested I have to turn the volume up incredibly high (and potentially damage my hearing).

But foam earplugs work great against wind noise. I can't ride without them.[/QUOTE]
 

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I use foam earplugs but put a headset in my Nolan 104. Found a stereo headset that the speakers fit in the hole in the helmet and for under $20 have a nice set up. I have the stereo on loud enough to hear and that is about it, so I still hear all the external sounds. Pis$$es me off when an HD with loud pipes goes by and drowns out my tunes :boom: Keeps me from getting bored with the engine drone, get traffic, etc.
 

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I was watching helmet reviews a while back and one of the racers casually mentioned that he wears ear plugs while riding/racing. I gave it a shot and have been hooked ever since. I had no idea how annoying white noise could be until I rode without it.
 
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