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post #1 of 68 Old 08-19-2014, 05:21 PM Thread Starter
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Distraction? Or a good idea?

For years, my life revolved around music. It still does, though to a lesser degree. I'm not sure I could do any long car ride without music.

I've never done a trip over 45min - 1hr. I'm planning a longer haul in a few weeks.

Does anyone ride with an ipod and earbuds? I realize several of my threads I've poo-pooed technology. I'm not talking about constantly searching for songs. I'm talking about creating a playlist, plugging in, and riding.

Or is it a bad idea?

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it tends to make me "ride to the music", which depending on the soundtrack, can be a bad thing.

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It depends on the person. If the rider's mind keeps music in the background on a long trip, it can be safe enough. It may be the default for cars. Music tempo affecting speed can happen if the rider tends to focus on the music. If the music becomes the main focus in city traffic, it can be very bad. I use the MP3 player function of my GPS on the Interstate with the electronic cruise control usually keeping my speed where it belongs.

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I'm taking one highway which is two lanes, not very busy at all, and rather scenic and laid back. I'm also taking a single lane state road which is about as straight as you can get and also sparsely populated. Once I get into the busy rush hour around the city, I think I would turn down/off the music. I tend to in the car anyway so I can concentrate.

I don't know if my dad was pulling my chain, but he used to tell me, driving with headphones in was illegal. it seems now with iPhones, I see people on calls all the time, which, I suppose is better than one hand holding it. Still, I didn't know if there were any legal restrictions to using headphones while riding.

Greywolf, what kind of GPS do you have? Do most come with a music mode? I haven't bought a GPS in ages since the droids started coming with Google Map Navigation.

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I use ear plugs and my Sena bluetooth headset helmet with speakers and listen to music almost everytime I ride.
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I do both , depending on the circumstances. I have a Scala Q3 , so it's always available.

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I see it as a distraction. I have ridden with riders who plug in first thing before they take off and get the music set just right. I'd fall asleep pretty quickly with music in my ears. I think riders also use their ears to help be aware of other traffic, especially trucks, and for sirens. Personally, I like to hear the engine, too. Lets me know if it's happy or not. Bobby
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A genius here or other took the make your own silicone ear plugs AND ear buds actually noise canceling ear buds at that and made custom ear buds

Said they worked great

Note the silicone ones work to get a good wad deep into the ear canal then push into lobe for security
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Lot's of people do it, but I'm in the "bad idea" camp. Sure, on long rides I would appreciate the distraction, but that would be what it was - a distraction.

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I have a Garmin Zumo 550. Check the specs on any GPS to see if it has an MP3 function. Some do and some don't. Different states have different laws. Check at State-by-state motorcycle laws

As you can see, I'm breaking the law.

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