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Sportbike Audio Systems - Music On Your Motorcycle
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Sportbike Audio Systems  -  Music on Your Motorcycle

Let me preface this article by stating that I personally don't listen to music while riding as I find it distracting but there are plenty of those out there who wish they could take their music with them everywhere including their motorcycle.

When you think of driving around in your car you likely imagine listening to the radio or playing music off of your iPod or CDs right? Well that thought seems silly on a motorcycle since there really is no room or possible way to even hear the music with all of that surrounding noise. Well that doesn't stop people from trying! Most people who ride motorcycles are content with just riding. They enjoy the air around them, the scenery, and the focus of a great ride. However, many people (while they still enjoy riding regardless) would like to have the option to bring along some tunes with them for whenever they are at a standstill or cruising through the mountains.

I can't say I blame them as it very well could enhance the riding experience for those that truly want it. But how does one even go about listening to music on their motorcycle?

Well there are a couple of options ranging from a quick rigged setup to a more official, albeit expensive, approach. If you use any of the methods below I definitely recommend taking extra precautions because music as we all know can be very distracting even in a car so extra precautions should be taken while on a motorcycle. So with that in mind let's take a look at our options:

Headphones/Earbuds

I absolutely DO NOT recommend this method at all. This is, in my opinion, extremely dangerous and distracting. I would like to say that a person would maybe just leave one earbud in and not mess with the iPod during the trip but I know that is not the case. Using this method will likely result in the rider changing songs and messing with the cord resulting in less concentration on riding. Plus, all of that sound directly in your ears will impair your hearing of your surroundings which is never a good thing. Perhaps a calm drive down the back roads and away from the city would be the best time to use this option but I would still take care while doing so.

Helmets with Built-In Speakers

This to me seems almost as dangerous but it is a little more convenient for the rider to use so it is a bit safer option. There are helmets that connect through bluetooth and have built-in speakers or intercoms that allow for telephone calls, communications with other riders, and yes some even allow for music playing.

Ride a Motorcycle that Has Speakers

Well that's a given. Usually only larger cruisers have built in speakers but sportbike riders can get on this as well for a price. Many audio companies and retailers have come out with speaker systems that allow for a safer alternative to listen to music while on a motorcycle. Most of these speaker systems mount right onto the dash and have docks for iPods and whatnot. Also, if you invest in a good set of speakers they are likely to be weatherproof and vibration proof allowing for some quality sound even while riding! Such systems can set you back though, as most retail in the $300-$500 range for good ones.

Like I said, I personally can do without any music as I just like to enjoy the ride and to always have my surroundings tuned in but for those of you out there that are looking to add a little something to your motorcycle experience I recommend trying out some of the options listed above. Just remember to use common sense and stay safe!


Street Talk

BennyW  

I get my motorcycle license in a month, it will be my first license (I don't have a car drivers license) and i'm planing on putting some speakers in my helmet. i absolutely love music and i cant imagine doing all my riding without it. I think listening to music while riding a motorbike is perfectly fine as long as you can still hear your surroundings. Using earphones is a bad idea! but helmet speakers should allow you to enjoy music and still hear your engine/surroundings, go for it people! just be safe... You only live once.

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  about 9 years ago

I can't imagine a sportbike with external music speakers installed, but to each his own. sportbikes just tend to be a little louder than cruisers. I don't listen to music either. Helmet mounted bluetooth devices are quite popular especially on group rides. The lead rider can communicate with the "sweeper" at regular intervals. Communication between 2-up riders is quite popular also.

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  about 9 years ago

Who would ever thought we would progress to state of the art sound systems on bikes.

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  about 9 years ago

Yeah sounds almost silly right?

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  about 9 years ago
Barbara9  

interesting

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  about 9 years ago

Is having music not detrimental when riding a bike, I know we have it in cars but if something goes wrong one should hear it above the music. If you have earphones in the ear can you still hear the engine?

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  about 9 years ago

Exactly, some people really enjoy it but it could be quite dangerous because you can not hear what is going on around you. Mounted speakers may be the only "decent" option.

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  about 9 years ago

Think I would have to have a little music if I ever got back on a bike... Was leaning toward MP3 player but do see your point of being a distraction...one bike wreck was enough for me....:( Nice article Shannon

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  about 9 years ago

Thanks Kevin. Yeah I know, I would enjoy some music as well but I am afraid it would be too dangerous.

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  about 9 years ago
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