Music and Riding - Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums
Techy World! GPS, Electronics, etc Electronics forum

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 21 Old 12-26-2007, 12:03 PM Thread Starter
Junior Trooper
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Bethesda, MD USA
Posts: 9
Music and Riding

I've been listening to music while riding since 1982. Recently I've begun to wonder if I'm significantly compromising my safety. Not hearing a police siren recently caused a near crash that only my ABS prevented.

Any thoughts pro or con out there. Please provide your opinion/experience.

I love to listen to my ipod when riding but am weighing its safety reduction quotient.

Jim Jones

K7 Wee
Fafnir is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 21 Old 12-26-2007, 12:15 PM
Living the Stereotype
Stromin'Nroman's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Henderson County, NC
Posts: 11,543
Not Safe in Maryland

In Maryland its only safe if you're listening in mono, stereo is unsafe. This is according to your state legislature:

Seriously, it's probably less safe listening to music than not.
Are you using earplugs or in-helmet speakers?
I listen to music with crappy-sounding headphone speakers mounted in my noisy modular helmet about half the time and I don't feel any less safe.

I'm glad the ABS worked for you and helped to avoid a collision.
ABS was one of the deciding factors in my Wee purchase.

Sent from my Hewlett-Packard 75C, using the Flying Merkel motorcycle app.

Stromin'Nroman NC28729, USA

DL650A K7 (Greywolf Moto Lab's R&D test mule) June 1, 2012 - present
DL650A K7 April 23, 2007 - January 6, 2012, RIP

"Look here brother, who you jivin' with that cosmik debris?" Frank Zappa, 1975
Stromin'Nroman is offline  
post #3 of 21 Old 12-26-2007, 12:19 PM
Uneasy Rider's Avatar
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 418
I only listen when I'm not in a town or busy area. I find it's either too distracting or, as you pointed out, masks things I should be listening for.

Blue '07 DL650 with OEM centerstand, OEM 'large' windshield, SW-Motech crash bars, Grip Puppies, JC Whitney top case, OEM handguards, Symtec heated grips, Throttle Rocker, SV Racing Frame Sliders, MadStad and frickin' laser beams
Black '80 Yamaha Maxim XJ650G
Uneasy Rider is offline  
post #4 of 21 Old 12-26-2007, 06:18 PM
SCraig's Avatar
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Nashville, TN
Posts: 3,722
Here's A Link to a long discussion on the VFR forum about that same topic. As would be expected from a topic like this it contains a mix of opinions.

Scott Craig - Nashville, TN
Red '06 Suzuki DL650 - Red '07 Honda VFR800 - My Bike Page
SCraig is offline  
post #5 of 21 Old 12-26-2007, 07:28 PM
greywolf's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Evanston IL USA
Posts: 38,049
I listen to music on long interstate trips only, not around town or on fun roads.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s

Please vote in the poll on what Strom(s) you have at
greywolf is offline  
post #6 of 21 Old 12-26-2007, 07:59 PM
vegashotwheeler's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Las Vegas Nevada
Posts: 1,762
Send a message via AIM to vegashotwheeler
Its all about paying attention.
If it was just about listening the Deaf would note be able to drive.

2007 Blue DL650 V-Strom - running out of farkle's to do so bought the VEE
2006 SILVER DL1000 - Running out of Farkles also!!!
2017 EX300 Kawasaki Ninja
Las Vegas, NV
vegashotwheeler is offline  
post #7 of 21 Old 12-26-2007, 08:36 PM
Super Dave's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Southern Ontario
Posts: 213
I use my Ipod when riding. I have a set of ear buds that have a slide volume control on the ear bud wire so I can more easly lower the volume without fumbling with the Ipod in my pocket.
If I don't have the ipod going I put ear plugs in to reduce the wind noise so I don't see a real problem with safety.
Super Dave is offline  
post #8 of 21 Old 12-26-2007, 09:00 PM
Bonnie & Clyde's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Lower mainland British Columbia
Posts: 148
these are the types of replies that I would expect from this site. I think we make up a more mature segment of the riding world, and no offence to anyone out there that likes to ride "Hair straight back, no regrets" but I do think that the strom rider is the person that typically has been riding for some time.
Having said that, I do listen as I ride, but I employ many of the same measures mentioned, modest volume, and only on the less busy biways and highways.
Its not like we are yapping on the phone while taking a van full of kids to soccer. The mature rider tends to check the mirrors and get the big picture.
Bonnie & Clyde is offline  
post #9 of 21 Old 12-27-2007, 12:43 AM
zed88's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Chicago Suburbs IL
Posts: 1,135
Send a message via AIM to zed88
Not around town/urban areas and not too loud. Only had one bad experience with a firetruck, but it was enough to convince me that music doesn't belong in sub 50mph traffic.

dl650k5 -fully farkled- 65k miles. Sold but not forgotten
2006 fjr -roadrunner
zed88 is offline  
post #10 of 21 Old 12-27-2007, 12:59 AM
K1W1's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Australia
Posts: 15,739
So let me get this right.
In my car I am capable of holding a conversation with three other occupants, having the radio on and speaking on my hands free phone all at the same time but when I jump on my bike having music at low volume seriously affects my safety.
K1W1 is offline  
Sponsored Links

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome