is it safe to listen to music on your bike
Earplugs or ipod?
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I have done so in the past
and probably will again in the future.
However unless it is long motorway driving, I am usually to involved in what I am doing to enjoy the music anyway.
i'd say no
if you need to ...sing. i would rather be focussed on what i was doing but as kwak says motorways, even though you need to be focused cos your going faster can be boring and i tend to daydream so to stop that i sing. lol badly" />
I am sure you have a lovely singing voice " />
i also have in the past
but that was back in the day when i had a honda 250N (yes alright i hear you sniggering) I got 85mph out of it once on the A5 and overtook a 600 bandit who thought they were dreaming when i went past lying on the tank and feet on the pillion pegs. i think those two nobs who were on the tv last night should be made to ride a 250N for a year as punishment
music on the road......
Safe? Well.... Red and I on our behometh Goldwing will often listen to our Ipod... and, so far, knockin' on wood, it has been safe..... In fact, I can't imagine crossing Nevada's Highway 50 -- The Loneliest Road in America -- without Billy Bragg, Rod Stewart, Emmylou Harris, Gram Parsons, and the Chieftains. But, I'm a Yank, and we still have empty highways here and there..... may not be appropriate at all in Blighty.... don't know yet.
Also, I don't listen to music on my lighter, quicker, dash-around 750... and I don't miss it. Maybe whether music on a bike is safe or not depends on the bike and the road..... maybe?
**music choice **
i have to say when on my own bike - no music. need to concentrate fully on road. otherwise my MP3 goes everywhere with me - most especially when pillion so i don't have to listen to fella singing. well its not even singing, its more like mad nutter noises as he thrills in the ride and tries to express it with noise which he tries to liven up into tune so not to get bored whizzing past cars
Many riders excuse loud exhausts because it makes other road users aware of their presence.
If you plug yourself into musak you will be less aware of what's happening around you.
iPod or ITU - it's your call
"iPod or ITU"
I'll choose iPod everytime thanks " />
Im with para on this one
Have a mate with a full race exhaust on so all the numpty drivers can hear him coming he says but at the same time hes listening to nine inch nails blah blah blah and cant hear a thing around him.
Kid ye not, I seen him once at the lights with an ambulance up his back side with the sirens on and hes there bobbbing his head to his tunes like a prat.
Music, nah. You cant winge at car drivers if your being as pig ignorant yourself.
The only thing which is music to my ear when im riding is my exhaust!
On a serious note, id rather not be listening to music when riding, as their are far to many distraction on the road. But also i find it will encourge me to ride/drive fast than i should!!
"I'll choose iPod everytime thanks " />"
Oh yeah! Me too now I come to think of it
What I thought I said is not what you thought I meant
Depends on the volume. If its not too loud (ie you can still hear background noise relatively easy) then IPod is ok. If its louder than that then music will be distracting
Im with Sky
on this one.....totally " />
the facility to plug my ipod into the autocom system but only used it once, find I just don't need/enjoy music on the bike.
Whats an IPOD????
Ear plugs only.
I use every sense I have (including smell) while riding, to dangerous to blank one of those senses out.
Music sould be left at home.
I saw a rider..
..go down my road as I was just finishing crossing it (walking), when we had the nice spell of weather. He was on a scooter thing with an open-faced helmet and ear-buds, singing away to himself and paying scant attention to what was going on around him.
IMO an accident waiting to happen.
I agree with fastasfuck, you need all of your senses plus when riding, including smell for detecting fuel spill hazards.
Sky you need no encouragement!
So whats the differance between plugging yourself into an Ipod while on your bike and listening to the radio in your car?
tends to block out background noise. little earplugs combined with the music means you aint gonna hear much of what is going on around you even at low volumes.
Music in the car unless played very loud still allows you to hear background noise.
So in my humble opinion its a bad idea.
cos you need all your senses on a bike as your more vulnerable and you tend to use your whole body on the bike, whereas in car you pretty much just sit and steer which us why there's so many f*ckwits with car licenses.