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post #1 of 31 Old 03-29-2007, 06:39 AM Thread Starter
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Question Adding music

Howdy: I have never looked into listening to tunes while riding but that is changing. I have no clue where to even start. Should I just go with ear buds and an iPod (legality & safety??)??.

Can I add in-helmet speakers that are wireless or tether to an iPod?

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I'm not sure of the legal aspects. I sometimes listens to tunes when I'm out on a leisurely cruise using Sony earbuds and my iPod. I figure that I usually wear ear plugs anyways...so why is a little music any worse?

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I'm not sure of the legal aspects. I sometimes listens to tunes when I'm out on a leisurely cruise using Sony earbuds and my iPod. I figure that I usually wear ear plugs anyways...so why is a little music any worse?
I've never worn ear plugs, but I feel the same way. Now it has been a while since drivers ed (26 yrs) but I seem to remember it being illegal to wear headphones in autos while driving. Not sure how that works on a bike.

I have seen several internet sites hawking slim speakers that fit into the ear pockets of helmets. Any idea on sound quality?

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I have HUGE experience with this. I've tried just about every type of headphone amplifier and helmet speakers and ear buds.

Here's the short version. Forget Helmet speakers. You need to crank them up so loud to overcome wind noise that you are damaging your hearing with over 120db sound levels of wind noise, engine noise and music combined. Not good!

The best by a long margin amplifier for earbud use is the Amplirider. This unit is hand built by an engineer up in Canada and he sells them for $65. Just can't be beat for motorcycle use. And it has a built in mixer for GPS and radar detection if you want to add that later. The volume control is water resistant and remote mountable. No one else offers this option. Simply amazing for $65!

This unit, hooked up with a set of $20 Koss ear buds and your choice of source (I-Pod, discman, sat radio, etc) and maybe the addition of an inline noise filter, and your good to go. I've installed nearly a dozen of these sytems and they all work perfectly. I had one on my bike for my epic journey to Alaska last summer, and it worked perfectly.

Amplirider http://www.electric-avenues.com/amplirider.html

Koss http://www.koss.com/koss/kossweb.nsf/p?openform&pc^eb^PLUG

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Hey, thanks. But does the device add a lot of clutter? One idea I had was an ipod with sound isolating ear buds.

I'm glad to hear from someone with experience with the in-helmet speakers. I will stay away. I found it odd that none of the web sites for these would list freq. response. Guess we know why now.

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I have a Garmin 2730 GPS. It has XM radio, and holds about 900 MB of MP3 files. I wanted and AIO unit instead of having individual GPS, MP3 and XM units. Currently using the FM transmitter to a radio, but it is really bad. Going to hardwire to an amplirider and get the Koss plugs too. Another good earphone is supposedly the Etymotic ER6i. They get great reviews over at advrider, but the are $$$. Buy.com has them for $70.

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Like Roy B says, helmet speakers won't be sufficient on a relatively unfaired bike like the Strom - too much wind noise. Earbud speakers are the way to go.

If you're not expecting to integrate your music source with other electronics like comm, phone, GPS or radar, a less expensive option of boosting the sound is the battery-powered Boostaroo: http://www.boostaroo.com/ ; available from a variety of sources for around $20-$25.

Radio Shack also sells a one-off of the Boostaroo:

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As for the legal aspects of riding while having your ears plugged in, chances are very good that most states have laws on the books against it. My experiences have been that few cops will pull a rider over solely for doing that; but depending on the attitudes & demeanor of the involved parties it might very well get tacked it on as an "extra" if you're popped for some other violation.

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I belive all states allow one ear speaker (hands free cellular phones and such)

But we wear ear plugs anyways and OSHA requires all operators of vehicles with an SPL of over 87db to wear ear protection. I've never heard or read of a motorcycle operator being popped fpor wear in ear plugs or for having ear speakers.

The Boosteroo is a pretty poor amplifier when used with anything approaching good ear speakers. I've got a couple of them hanging around as I used them in the very early phase of motorcycle music. And they take batteries which is a PITA...........

Trust me, for $65 you just can't beat the Amplirider......And wait till you talk to Gary (Electric Ave owner)....that's worth $20 right there!

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I have a Garmin 2730 GPS. It has XM radio, and holds about 900 MB of MP3 files. I wanted and AIO unit instead of having individual GPS, MP3 and XM units. Currently using the FM transmitter to a radio, but it is really bad. Going to hardwire to an amplirider and get the Koss plugs too. Another good earphone is supposedly the Etymotic ER6i. They get great reviews over at advrider, but the are $$$. Buy.com has them for $70.
After all the farkles I have purchased in my one week of ownership, $70 is cheap.

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