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View Poll Results: Do you ride with earplugs, music, rider communication, or naked!
My ears are naked!!! 91 34.47%
Give me some tunes (dah dah dah) 122 46.21%
Finger in the ear (earplugs) 38 14.39%
Wassssssup?! (Rider communication system) 13 4.92%
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post #1 of 66 (permalink) Old 02-14-2009, 09:15 AM Thread Starter
 
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Do you ride with music, earplugs, rider communication, or nothing?

I have been hearing various discussions on what riders keep (or don't keep) in their ears when riding. I understand the benefits of wearing special earplugs to lower the dp to help protect your ears. I understand the desire to be able to communicate with other riders/passenger via communication systems on group rides. I understand how people want to incorporate their love of music with riding as well. I can also understand a rider wanting none of the above for reasons of hating things in their ears or for the simple matter of wanting to hear as much as they can. This poll is to identify how people prefer to ride most often. I understand there are occasions for everything (i.e. group rides they wear communication systems), but select which one best describes your most common rides. A reason behind your choice would be nice too (like I like my ears and want to be able to hear when I am 60 that's why I wear earplugs).
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Give me some tunes and mota
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I wear earplugs. Hearing is cool, I want to be able to do it in the future. I can't listen to music while I ride. If I do, the bike starts making wierd high rev sounds and the speedo goes past 120. Odd...



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I wear earplugs. Hearing is cool, I want to be able to do it in the future. I can't listen to music while I ride. If I do, the bike starts making wierd high rev sounds and the speedo goes past 120. Odd...
LOL...yes, this is true and then it makes it that much harder to hear the sirens blaring behind you!
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Ipod if the ride is going to be longer than an hour other than that naked ears it is
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After riding for almost 20 years and suffering hearing issues due to it...I always use ear plugs now.
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ear plugs on a ride longer than an hour-they help with concentration levels also..
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It depends, if its a long ride then tunes, but if its just to work then plugs

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I wear nothing, but I am investigating a communications system - maybe the new chatterbox bluetooth system...
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After riding for almost 20 years and suffering hearing issues due to it...I always use ear plugs now.
My ears are naked, but after reading that post, I plan on wearing some ear plugs now.

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it depends what kind of riding i'm doing.. longer rides, give me the tunes, one ear plug only most of the time.

if i'm just out finding some new roads, i like to hear my exhaust

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many years riding, never rode with music, earplugs and up until a year or so ago... never a helmet!
ive read posts about hearing damage in a few threads with a helmet, i never used plugs without a helmet for an obscene amount of time/miles and my hearing is still just as tuned!


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I ride with nothing right now. However, I plan on using ear plugs in the future.
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I ride w/earplugs. The one time that I rode w/music, I totalled my bike.
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I never tried using my ipod. I like to be aware of what is going on.
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i ride with my iPod on every ride, just have the volume turned down to a level where i can still here my bike and whats going on around me. makes sitting in traffic a lot better!


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the motor makes sweet music to me.

you can hear better with the ear plugs in and your ears don't ring all night. Anytime you hear ringing in your ears you are doing damage.

You can use a communication system with earplugs. The Scala rider is very loud.

When I started wearing ear plugs the very first thing I noticed is that I could actually hear my bike and the surroundings a lot better with that wind noise filtered out.

The second thing I noticed was that I was a lot less distracted mentally and could focus a lot better.

The third thing I noticed was that the next time I tried riding without ear plugs, the wind noise was so loud it actually hurt.

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If its a long ride on the highway I'll throw on some tunes because at those speeds you can't hear much anyway. Around town I gotta keep my ears naked to listen for any hazards.
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I currently ride naked. i have listened to music once in a blue moon. To be honest im a little fearful of listening to music, its not about not hearing the danger its about the distraction of the music. I guess i just get into my music too much lol.

Though after reading this i am gonna try some ear plugs...
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i love riden with music. well that was until my stupid good for nothing ex room mate stole both my ipods. now i ride naked but will be riden soon with a new ipod for sure. i like the ride more with tunes
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always got tunes from earplug headphones to block out the wind

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usually listen to music but only in one ear, it makes the ride to work less boring because theres always traffic and almost impossible to over take so im stuck at slow speeds
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I never used to use anything, recently I just bought the Scala Rider in order to communicate on group rides, it has a built in FM radio, I am enjoying that on the longer rides now. (still nothing in my ear... but some tunes none-the-less)
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If I am riding alone alot of times I like to bring music, but if Im riding with a group I usually dont unless its a really long ride like 100+miles of straight road
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I wear nothing on the RR. I find earphones uncomfortable with a full faced helmet. I don't rev it high so noise isn't too big a deal, unless I'm at the track.

On my Vulcan I wear earplugs. With a half helmet the wind noise and exhaust are hella loud and I don't want to be deaf when I'm 40.
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If I'm going on the freeway for a bit I'll usually ride with earplugs. I listen to music a fair amount also.

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Does anyone have or has anyone heard about just having the headphones attached in your helmet and not having it actually in your ears. I had seen that they sell little speaker kits for helmets, and was wondering how that would be. Personally I am weary of having anything in my ears while riding.
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I listen to music because at a decent volume it sounds the same as having ear plugs in but more enjoyable. I have an in line volume control so it helps when riding with friends. I don't listen to music every time but I find myself doing it more with the 600 than the 250. For some reason I always ride faster with music but it just feels so much more smooth (I have ADD so music isn't really a distraction, it actually slows my overthinking to a reasonable level)
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Two years ago naked ears or I listened to ipod. Now, I ride w/earplugs always.....to save the hearing.
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