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  1. #16
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  3. #17
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    Quote Originally Posted by JmalB View Post
    While riding with earbuds is distracting to compare it with texting while driving is ridiculous. Might as well ban electric vehicles because they don't make enough noise.
    maybe its just me or the earbuds i have but i nearly deaf with them in before i turn the music on,

  4. #18
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    I read an article about electric cars that were so quiet they had pa systems to play road noise to alert drivers of thier presence

  5. #19
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    Quote Originally Posted by jrygrn View Post
    I read an article about electric cars that were so quiet they had pa systems to play road noise to alert drivers of thier presence
    they keep bringing up the topic of a law about that in CA to alert blind pedestrians.

  6. #20
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    Quote Originally Posted by intimid8er View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by slozomby View Post
    maybe its just me or the earbuds i have but i nearly deaf with them in before i turn the music on,
    Let me ask you this... Do you think driving around in a highly insulated modern cage (say Camry) with music going is as bad as texting while driving?

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  7. #21
    Beer. Nature's Unstoppable Force.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JmalB View Post
    I'm starting a grassroots movement. You in?
    Absolutely.

  8. #22
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    In related news. I just picked up a set of Skullcandy Smokin' Buds for next to nothing ($11.00). I was in line w/Mrs. Intimid8er at Marshall's, Bell's, or something like that (they all blend together, especially when they're in the same plaza), and I spied the Skullcandy logo. This pair had an inline mic for phone use as well.

    I already have Skullcandy products so I know what to expect. I checked the hz range on the back and realized they're not going to be a loud bud. When I got home, I tried them out. At first, I was skeptical, sounded like crap. My Sc Ink'd series sounded better. Didn't see what all the fuss was about these things. They didn't fit right. They were sliding out of my ears sitting still. Then I realized I had them in my jug handles all wrong. Took 'em out switched sides of my head and.........................................freaki n' wow! An amazing difference.

    Bein' that they fit right into the ear, I'd never wear them inside a helmet. They isolate too much, but, they immerse you in the sound. However, I wouldn't dare wear them on a ride.

    All that aside, a couple of weeks ago, I did notice in my local Cycle Gear store, that they had a Blue Tooth enabled helmet for $119. I tried it on. A little snug (@ XL size), and potentially a hot spot for me at the top of my head, but it seemed to be a decently built piece for the price. No Shoei, that's for sure, but to have built in radio/bluetooth functionality for that price.....I'd considered buying it, deconstructing the guts, and rebuilding it in the Shoei.

  9. #23
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    Quote Originally Posted by fear_cartaidh View Post
    There is also the Vtune helmet and one other truely integrated audio / BT helmet. Many helmets now offer factory installed systems. These are still the add on style systems and double the price of the helmet. They are a little spendy compared to the Vtune. I use some $30 Skullcandy head phones tucked into the cheekpad voids of my full face. I removed the over head bar from the head phones and routed the wire under the pads and bottom plastic ring of the helmet that holds the pads in place. They fit against the ear (not over) with soft padding and are reasonably comfortable. It works pretty well except I have to pocket the cord EVERY time I throw it on. On the upside I never need to charge it.
    I know it seems pretty straightforward, but do you have pics and a small tutorial?

  10. #24
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    I bought a set of speakers that mount on the handlebars and I hook my mp3 player up to it. I got it on ebay last christmas 2010. Works great for riding to work but on the highway at 80 mph it's kinda hard to hear. I think it is much more enjoyable to hear the music while riding. I work with a guy that teaches the msf courses and he uses earbuds all of the time.

    Quote Originally Posted by BLACK-M50 View Post
    I'm wondering if anyone has come up with any creative ways to listen to your tunes while cruising. Let's talk about what works and what doesn't.

    Personally, I thought that in ear headphones would do the trick, but they keep falling out of my ear during the ride and now it's uncomfortable and I can't hear the music in that ear. ANNOYING! I tried several earbuds and the only one's that seam to seal well and stay in my ear seem to be from Radius. Not perfect, but best so far.

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    what innovations have you guys come up with that seem to do the trick? Or is there an earbud that maybe you found that works well?

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  11. #25
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    I bought JVC earbuds with ear hooks ($10 WM) because I couldn't keep my ipod buds in when I put on my helmet. If the JVC's come off when I put on my helmet, they are a pain to get back in. They work well without a helmet when wearing shades because no one will know that your wearing buds. I also bought some cheap helmet speakers on ebay and purchased a rechargeable plug in amp ($20) on ebay that's about the size of a Nano because the speakers weren't loud enough alone. That works ok except for low volume moments in songs. Then you have to use your imagination to play in your head until the volume picks up. Both choices still allow road noises so I'm not deaf on the road but I can't hear my wife talk to me at stops which isn't all that bad.

  12. #26
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    Quote Originally Posted by BLACK-M50 View Post
    I'm wondering if anyone has come up with any creative ways to listen to your tunes while cruising. Let's talk about what works and what doesn't.

    Personally, I thought that in ear headphones would do the trick, but they keep
    car navigation system falling out of my ear during the ride and now it's uncomfortable and I can't hear the music in that ear. ANNOYING! I tried several earbuds and the only one's that seam to seal well and stay in my ear seem to be from Radius. Not perfect, but best so far.



    what innovations have you guys come up with that seem to do the trick? Or is there an earbud that maybe you found that works well?
    I will not go this way as it distrubs me a lot while driving. I will prefer music on stereo system
    Last edited by Ardyn; 01-11-2013 at 09:25 AM.

  13. #27
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    Jaybirds are excellent. The bluebud blue tooth ear buds are great. I have small ear opening and one ear is messed up from my wrestling days. The sound is great and they stay put while resisting sweat. Charging them is a downside. They don't come out while running, cycling, lifting weights etc. I have not tried playing soccer in them like the demo shows though.

  14. #28
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    Quote Originally Posted by BLACK-M50 View Post
    I'm wondering if anyone has come up with any creative ways to listen to your tunes while cruising. Let's talk about what works and what doesn't.

    Personally, I thought that in ear headphones would do the trick, but they keep falling out of my ear during the ride and now it's uncomfortable and I can't hear the music in that ear. ANNOYING! I tried several earbuds and the only one's that seam to seal well and stay in my ear seem to be from Radius. Not perfect, but best so far.

    Best Bass Earphones, Earbuds With Bass | Best Bass Earbuds | Best Earbuds

    what innovations have you guys come up with that seem to do the trick? Or is there an earbud that maybe you found that works well?
    I use a set of in helmet speakers which fit into my full face helmet without any hassles. I use my iphone for music and it is mounted in a cradle on the steering head. I also have the tom tom app installed so that it gives voice commands for navigation. You can get the speakers off ebay for about $15-00 and they come with a volume controller that works when you are wearing your gloves.

  15. #29
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    Speaking of legality issues, I purchased a bike from a third party seller and it has the Harley Screamin' Eagle exhaust. It's pretty loud IMO, but I asked the seller and a mechanic I know and both told me it was legal. The seller said that it wouldn't have passed inspection if it was illegal. It also has an aftermarket tail light. So um...sometimes I'm a little too eager to take someone else's word for it, and now I'm back to being worried that I'll get a ticket because of false information. Anyone know about the legality of that particular exhaust in VA? Or where to find out? Thank youuu

  16. #30
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ironjoey View Post
    In washington it is illegal, however.... If you only have one ear bud in, its the same as using a cell phone headset which is OK. The purpose of the ear buds being illegal is being able to hear traffic. If you only use one, you can listen to traffic with the other ear. Its all in how you look at it


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    really? I am glad to know that.


 

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