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On long trips like my hour ride on the interstate to work I pull out the trusty MP3 player and ear buds and rock out to some tunes on the way to work pluse it breaks up the menotiny of the wind noise but I have been catching some attitude from some people about it but I realy dont see the problem with it due to the Gold wings and harleys with there intercoms and CB's and Sterio systems and talking gps systems what's the proablem with a little MP3 player and head phones its not like i cant hear the super swamper cager runing up beside me or the fire truck police etc..?
 

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When I take a long trip, I like using the Zumo as an MP3 player.
 

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I have just gotten an MP3 player and am still looking for a good set of ear plugs. The ones that came with them are worthless pass 20 miles an hour.
The next ones had the ear hook to hold them in position so the helmet doesn't wipe them off, also worthless due to wind noise at speed. I am looking for the ones that plug into the ear with a rubber noise barrier next, altough I don't expect them to do much better. I will probably work my way up to the $35. or $40. range before I give it up. Music would be nice but it just isnt that important to me. If you find something that works, post it. There's bound to be a few more that are tight wads and are having this problem too.
 

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The main reason that it's considered so dangerous is that they can act like ear plugs for the things around you and then pump sound into your ears after that. So you silence the things you're supposed to be paying attention to, and then crank the stuff you're not.


That said, I am a die hard musician ( my old band: http://www.myspace.com/themusicofessex ) and if I don't have music playing to me at all times I am dead inside. So I came up with an answer to my delima.

I bought some sony Sport Over the Ear headphones that had a speaker that was small but designed for playing out instead of playing straight into your ear. I disassembled them and took only the speaker and the wire with me to my helmet.

I then took an Xacto knife and carefully hollowed out some of the styrofoam near where the straps connected to the helmet (Shoei). I made sure not to damage the construction of the helmet. I hollowed out maybe less than 1 sq inch, maybe 1/4 inch deep.. The speaker did not want to fit in this area (which is a good thing) because I want the speaker to stay in place. So I pushed pretty hard to get it lodged in there. I covered it back up with the side padding and voila, I have sound!

There are three great things about my set up.

1. They don't move around when you slide the helmet on, or rip your ears off when you pull the helmet off.

2. It is not loud enough to inhibit my ability to hear everything I need to hear. But it is plenty loud to keep my going strong.

3. No more fiddling around with whatever just to hear music when I'm going. I put the helmet on, plug in to my Zune and I've got tunes.

If anybody wants to do this too I can make a thread of my exact steps with pics.




Total cost: $20 and time. Scissors can be substituted for the Xacto knife.

P.S. I've found a program called MP3Gain to up the dB on the music in my library so that where my Zune fails in volume, my actual MP3's will make up. Just to get a little louder for the freeway.
 

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I've got some Phillips in-the-ear buds for my iPod that do a decent job of reducing wind noise and sound good, and the rubber part actually keeps them in my ear while I pull my helmet on. Having music keeps me a little more sane both around town and on long trips. I don't think its completely safe to ride with them in (and its illegal in some (most?) places) but I try to constantly scan around myself anyway, and I can still hear sirens with them in.
 

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this the pare I have and there sound quality is the best iv ever herd out of some ear buds but this is my first set with the soft cushon in the ear but there pritty good going in i have a full face scorpion exo-400 octain helmet but comming off is a nother story there is some discomfort to pulling the helmet off the bud will come out of my ear but going on the buds dont come out but not that bad if I say so my self and I use a SONY WALKMAN NWZ-A818 very nice like it better than the IPOD my brother in law has
 

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Got to have the iPod with me on long trips. Just haven't found a set of ear buds that don't get really uncomfortable with the helmet on yet.
 

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Strangely I use the stock Ipod earbuds.

I know everyone says they are crap (which they are to some extent).

I like them because they put the music directly into my ear so I can hear it, but they don't block out any other sounds like the noise attenuation earbuds (the foam ones).

I keep the volume even lower when I ride then when I am listening at home or whatever. Just loud enough that I can hear it, but it doesn't mask anything.

Plus, they are pretty comfy because they are not wedged in there.

I have the madstad and CalSci Tall, so it is pretty quite back there.
 

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I use a chatterbox which gives me speakers in the helmet instead of earbuds or the like. Earbuds for me block too much of the exterior sounds I feel I need to hear.
The Cahtterbox also has the volume control on the box on the side of the helmet for quick access with gloves (heavy or light) so I can turn down the volume when the sh*t gets deep. I keep it as light background and then turn it up when the traffic gets light.
Works for me.
You mileage may vary.
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i bought some cheap over the ear headphones at wallyworld, took the clips off so it was just the speakers, and used that heavy duty plastic velcro to attach them in the gaps that were already in the ear area of my fulmer modus helmet, then just run the wire down to near the seat where i have an extension wire that runs up to my mio gps to listen to mp3's

the speakers not beign right on my ears lets me still hear everything around me, and at full volume on the gps, i can just barely hear the music and navigation cues
 

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imo any kind of extra noise should be avoided on longer rides.
i personally find it very tiring.
i actually use ear plugs to minimise noise and reduce stimulus fatigue.
 
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When I take a long trip, I like using the Zumo as an MP3 player.

+1 on this!!!

Note:
I only listen to music if I'm cruising down the Interstate...or a straight road.
If I'm in "twisties" or city traffic, never.
I find the music DOES "lessen" my senses to what's going on around me.

BTD.
 

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+1 Shure Earphones!!! I always wear them on the road.

When off road I do not wear anything as I like to hear the engine and how the bike is responding to my commands.
 

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+1 on the Etymotics. Love 'em. They do shut out a lot of the sound from outside (a good thing for me). I just make sure I pay good attention visually to what is going on around me.
 

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When I take a long trip, I like using the Zumo as an MP3 player.
What do you use for a headset? I'd like a bluetooth setup that sits in the helmet so I can still wear earplugs.

I just want it for the directions: I've got free "white noise" to listen to courtesy of tank cannons and M2's otherwise.
 

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What do you use for a headset? I'd like a bluetooth setup that sits in the helmet so I can still wear earplugs.
If you only want to hear your directions and you are looking for a Helmet specific solution, then you don't necessarily need Stereo sound so you could go with a ScalaRider Q2. It has 2 speakers but the sound is mono.

However, if you want to listen to MP3 from the Zumo then you'll need something with stereo bluetooth like the Camos BTS200, Chatterbox XBI, or the BlueVirtu BTS-01. Also, you'd need an additional Bluetooth 2.0 3.5MM plug accessory like the WiRevo into the line-out of the Zumo to stream stereo to the bluetooth headsets.
 
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