Do you listen to headphones?

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Do you listen to music while motorized bicycling? I always do, can't go without it....... drowns out the loud sounds of my China beast and the music always pumps me up, causing me to drag knees around every bend, HATE ME! :p

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I have a UE megaboom that I stick on my handlebars and blast at max volume while I ride. I don't use headphones because then I can't hear stuff going on around me, like cars. When I listen to rock and metal, everyone else does too lol.
 
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I have a UE megaboom that I stick on my handlebars and blast at max volume while I ride. I don't use headphones because then I can't hear stuff going on around me, like cars. When I listen to rock and metal, everyone else does too lol.
Yeah, that was one of the concern I had when making this thread...... if it is safe to ride with headphones on?
 

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Why drown out the melodic symphony of a 2 stroke? One of the reasons that I ride is to get away from 'civilization'..........

I can also hear if some catastrophe is in the beginning stage. Can't hear the syncopation with buds in the ears!
 

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I also vote that headphones are unsafe, because you can't hear what's going on around you.
Speakers on the handlebars is a better option if you have to have music.

Personally, I'm in the crowd that likes to hear the music of my engine.

I think hearing the engine is part of the peaceful Zen of being out on the road 'at one with your machine'. ;)
 
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I really enjoy ridding with and with out tunes. Depends on mood. It's funny but each of my MBs seem to end up with their own theme song that pounds in my head while ridding.

But I use a bluetooth speaker when I do have music playing. Watched this guy just jammin' out with head phones, on a scooter. I was literally envying him. He was just having a grand ol' time. Head bopping and singing at the top of his lungs. And I was in my car doing a rush, had to be there yesterday, delivery.

He drifted to the left lane and didn't see or hear the car racing up to both our left's. The car sounded their horn and didn't pancake the guy. But it was way to close! And ruined every one's moment. He quickly returned to the slow lane infront of me but was no longer singing and head bopping.

Tunes are some times a must but the head phones thing really are a safety/ joy of the ride issue/killer. Just my 2 cents. But that event really hammered it home for me. Killed the happy of that guys ride. And would have sucked for the other driver if he hit the scooter guy.

Ya can get the bluetooth to your cell really cheap now and they sound awesome! Can't believe the really great and quality sound those, even the cheap ones, can get you.
 
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I really enjoy ridding with and with out tunes. Depends on mood. It's funny but each of my MBs seem to end up with their own theme song that pounds in my head while ridding.

But I use a bluetooth speaker when I do have music playing. Watched this guy just jammin' out with head phones, on a scooter. I was literally envying him. He was just having a grand ol' time. Head bopping and singing at the top of his lungs. And I was in my car doing a rush, had to be there yesterday, delivery.

He drifted to the left lane and didn't see or hear the car racing up to both our left's. The car sounded their horn and didn't pancake the guy. But it was way to close! And ruined every one's moment. He quickly returned to the slow lane infront of me but was no longer singing and head bopping.

Tunes are some times a must but the head phones thing really are a safety/ joy of the ride issue/killer. Just my 2 cents. But that event really hammered it home for me. Killed the happy of that guys ride. And would have sucked for the other driver if he hit the scooter guy.

Ya can get the bluetooth to your cell really cheap now and they sound awesome! Can't believe the really great and quality sound those, even the cheap ones, can get you.
Oh, come on! You're gonna let someone's near-death experience stop you from having the time of your life....... wind blowing through your hair, nice bright sunny day without a care in the world, blasting Kelly Clarkson music on your Beats headphone?!!

You disappoint me, SON!
 

Dan

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Shana, they bought their tickets. They knew what they were getting into. I say, let 'em crash!
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5-7, I really enjoy that, too. When your just in tune (no pun intended) with the sounds and feel of your creation.

So in touch and one with the bike you can feel, hear or sence a loose nut. All the minor annoyances of life are more like a memory than any thing of importance or requiering action or thought.....

Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance sort of moment.

wut? snork
 

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I like to ride with a speaker, I've heard horror stories when people loose their situational awareness from headphones with even a motorcycle. I myself have avoided a crash that I think I would have totally broken my leg if I had earphones in
 

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5-7, I really enjoy that, too. When your just in tune (no pun intended) with the sounds and feel of your creation.

So in touch and one with the bike you can feel, hear or sence a loose nut. All the minor annoyances of life are more like a memory than any thing of importance or requiering action or thought.....

Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance sort of moment.

wut? snork
Yess!

Before riding home from work, I adjusted the front and rear brakes. Simple maneuvers that make hella difference.

My engine is begging me to go leaner.
 

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I also do not listen to headphones, I like to hear the engine in case of mechanical problems.