Never tried it, but have been considering it. My biggest concern is that they will be too much of a distraction and driving in NJ/NY the last thing you need is a distraction! So, I think I just convinced myself that I won't.
You can't legally use earbud styles while riding in NYS, so if you ever try it, stick with in-helmet designs. At anything less than ear-splitting volume, I'd bet you would find it a lot less distracting than you think.
I don't listen to music riding my S1000RR, but often do while on the cruiser..
Most of my riding is to and from work, about 50 miles round trip. To help pass the time I like to listen to music (mainly Punk) I used to wear earbuds, but I felt to insulated from the world around me, also dealing with the cord is a pain in the ass. As well, my wife is pregnant so I wanted to be able to receive phone calls while I am riding. I switched to using the UClear bluetooth communicator with the boomless microphones... They are really impressive. The music is clear and when I am on the phone, which I try to keep to a minimum, the people I'm talking to have no idea that I am riding.
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+1 on UCLEAR HBC100 - Bluetooth to phone for all media and calls, can converse with my 11yr old daughter when taking her for a ride, not overly loud so doesn't drown out the surrounding noises... usually listen to music when on longer open stretches we have here in SETX - everyone tells me the phone sounds clearer through helmet than the phone itself; plus no boom to boot.
Never. If I use anything, its earplugs to cut down on noise fatigue and thats it. I want to hear exactly what my bike is doing if possible, and listen for traffic when in town. Cant tell ya how many times Ive heard screeching tires only to notice that its coming from behind me!
Cant tell ya how many times Ive heard screeching tires only to notice that its coming from behind me!
Like has been said, I've just never found that hearing it and identifying it is enough time to do anything about it. Proper lane placement at stops is the only way to prevent/lessen the impact in my opinion.
But I do respect your choice to not ride with music. To each their own.
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the music is so much quieter than the screaming bike you're riding, listening to music doesn't cut down on your situation awareness at all imo you can stear hear everything going on. I always use the style of ear bud that doesn't plug the ear canal that way ambient noise can still get through easily.
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