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Ok I was on the strats ride when tony brought out the big boy :D but I was really digging the fact that he could listen to music while he was riding now I am thinking how can I have this option when it hit me MP3 player they are all digital and no skipping. so what is your opinion of listening to music while riding I am thinking of only one small ear bud speaker so I could still hear what is going on around me. do you think this would be a safe option or should I just strap a boombox to the back of the kat:laughing
Just looking for the pros and cons on a setup like this
 

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The sound of an in-line four is music to my ears.;)
 

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I had a MP3 player for a while but couldn't justify the expense and returned it. The problem is that I want music when I'm crusing on the freeway, but it's hard ot hear it over the wind noise, even wiht my relatively quiet AGV helmet.

They need headphones that are built into earplugs so they could block all the other noise out and also stay in your ear when you stuck put the helmet on. Those little plastic things won;t stay in my ears when I put the helmet on and they dig in and start hurting after a short time. I think they make something like this for racecar drivers and now soem of the AMA team are using radioes too.
 

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cherry...dont they sell them things at like radio shack or something? ive seen a few ear peices..that loop over the ear..or its a simple ear plug that goes into the ear lob.

but back to the subject, me personally i SHOULDNT do it..sure i can go get it and listen to music..but i know for a fact...when i get some of my jamming music on..then next thing ya know..i am busting triple digits racing around town, and basicly...instead of bobbing my head and shaking my legs...i am twisting the throttle.

to me it = a problem.

(then again i always have a self control problem)
 

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I almost always have music on. I still haven't popped for an MP3 player so I use a normal cassette.

What I want to do, but still haven't, is to go to a hearing aid store and get molds made for my ears. This is so cool, but it will limit what you can hear outside and around you so isn't a good option for in the city.

I've had limited success with ear bud speakers. They always seem to fall out, get pulled out, or don't stay in to provide good listening.

The best setup I've found so far is the Chatterbox. Chatterbox has an input for audio, among other things. So, the speakers are in your helmet, which works the best. What I do is wear ear plugs to reduce the level of wind noise. The Chatterbox is still amplified enough that I can turn it up and then enjoy my music. I still can hear outside things well enough, but might not be great for in the city. Chatterbox provides a nice volume control. However, the Chatterbox units are somewhat unreliable, the volume knobs tend to brake, and they short out in the rain. But the new models may be better.

I also have a Y cable so that I can input both my audio and my radar detector. I had to modify my radar detector and add an audio plug. A few models do have them.

If you don't want to opt for a Chatterbox, I've also heard some people using a batter powered amplifier called a Boosteroo.

BTW, I've listened to the same cassette for the past two years. :) Dave Mathews Live at Luther College.
 

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Cherry's right. I tried several headphones. Nothing worked for more than 20 minutes. Would need integrated speakers in the helmets or those fance earplug speakers Cherry mentioned.
 

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Let me add that the Chatterbox is a good CHEAP solution, if you call $200 or so cheap. There are excellent audio systems out there, but we're talking around $500 or more. Too much for me.
 

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Champ91 said:
Cherry's right. I tried several headphones. Nothing worked for more than 20 minutes. Would need integrated speakers in the helmets or those fance earplug speakers Cherry mentioned.
I integrated some speakers into my helmet, but I still had to turn it up so loud on the freeway, that I would be deaf before I turned 30. I actually tore apart a descent set of full size headphones, so I even had soem pretty good base and overall musical clarity.

I'll show you my helmet someitme. I actually installed a headhone connector into the back of the shell then wired the speakers insode the helmet. I made a male/male headphone cable so I just had to plug not the bakc of my helmet and into the audio player.
 

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I just use a discman. It fits perfectly in my inside jacket pocket. I just haven't spent the money on an MP3 player yet.
 

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i have an mp3 player, but its hard to find headphones/ear buds that not only are comfortable under the helmet but dont move around. even then i would only use it on the highway and stuff. when hitting twisties I need all my concentration on the road.
 

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i've never tried listening to music while riding....but these seem like some good ideas and i'm gonna have to try it. the only thing is that my pipes are sort of loud, so i'm thinking i'm gonna have to turn the volume up really high.
usually, i just hum or sing to myself. i think i get loud too....i've seen heads turn...either that or its because of my sexy body:twofinger
 

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I just use a discman. It fits perfectly in my inside jacket pocket. I just haven't spent the money on an MP3 player yet.
Tell me about it. :rolleyes

My cd player skips so I opted to just use the walkman. It's a tiny little thing and fits in my jacket and for the headphones....well I guess I'm lucky the ones I used work unless I'm apt to be above 70 mph for a extended periods. but riding around town for all day is GREAT!!!!
 

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Chatterbox and a MP3 player is the way to go.:cheers :cheers I have my Chatterbox on all the time. I can hook my cell phone to it as well as my MP3 player. When my wife was pregnant I need to be reached by her at any time.:thumbsup Next time we meet I wil show you my helmet or I will post pics.
 

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I just saw a MP3 player in the products section of a motocross magazine that sticks right to the back of your helmet so there are no wires to mess with. There is also a set of speakers called Helmet Blasters (I think) made just for this purpose. I would check out the law first, though. Even earplugs may be illegal but I don't know what they can say about speakers in your helmet.
 

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When commuting I use the input side of my chatterbox and plug in into a shockproof CD player I keep in a cargo pocket of my pants. It really has pretty good sound, especially if I crank it up over the road noise. I can never fully drown out the bike! The speakers and mic are permanent in my lid and the chatterbox just slides into mount. Very quick and easy.

Funny, I bought the chatter box last year for group rides and to date have never used the CB function. On the other hand, I've been riding since I was a teenager with no tunes. Having music on the bike is great!:thumbsup
 

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Well I am asking this because music calms me down also it helps time pass I do alot of solo riding I would just like maybe one ear bud to hear like the background music in a mall not trying to blast 200w or anything just something for my regular solo country rides. think I may look into a chatterbox and an mp3 player I am looking into mp3 only bacause it won't skip on me or fade like a reg radio . thanks for the opinions guys.
 

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chatterbox + muvo mp3 player is the best combo.

always use the chatterbox for mulipurposes.

the muvo is a 128mb usb storage drive you just plug into your pc and copy what ever you want on it and listen to it on the way.

the batters are honestly good for at least 10 hours.
it has the basic functions tis super small and it comes w/ a neck lanyard so you can wear it like a large necklace under your jacket.

that and you can also put porn on it or other files you want ot bring to another computer. it cost i think 100+ but hey if your gunna look smooth do it with style.

http://www.nomadworld.com/products/muvo/
 

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Check with Dano. He was selling a MP3 setup at the bike show. I think it was only $179 but that might not be right or it might have been a show special.
 
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