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post #1 of 21 Old 12-26-2007, 12:03 PM Thread Starter
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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.

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post #2 of 21 Old 12-26-2007, 12:15 PM
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In Maryland its only safe if you're listening in mono, stereo is unsafe. This is according to your state legislature:

http://home.ama-cycle.org/amaccess/l...t.asp?state=md


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.
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post #3 of 21 Old 12-26-2007, 12:19 PM
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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.

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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.

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post #5 of 21 Old 12-26-2007, 07:28 PM
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I listen to music on long interstate trips only, not around town or on fun roads.

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post #6 of 21 Old 12-26-2007, 07:59 PM
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Its all about paying attention.
If it was just about listening the Deaf would note be able to drive.
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post #7 of 21 Old 12-26-2007, 08:36 PM
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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.
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post #8 of 21 Old 12-26-2007, 09:00 PM
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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.
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post #9 of 21 Old 12-27-2007, 12:43 AM
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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.

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post #10 of 21 Old 12-27-2007, 12:59 AM
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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.
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