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Just wondering how people are using their ipods on bikes. Earbuds? Helmet mounted speakers? Ipod in ta nkbag or in riding jacket?
 

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Iv used ear buds in the past worked ok. My problem is that they fell out of my ear while putting on my helmet.
 

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Yea ear buds fall out while puttin on the helmet (if ur helmet fits properly)

We sell couple different systems at the shop for music, helmet ones are good but i feel like they take away from ur protection.

Walmart has bluetooth speakers for 30$ and they work ok up until about 60 mph, and make a clamp for it to hold it on the bar, one of the guys at the shop has one on his r1 and seems to work ok

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Left ear bud I've tried all types of them to get them to not fall out while putting my helmet on but now its Sony ones they stay in. I ride with guys who wear both but I feel like I can't hear my bike and my surroundings enough with both in. With 1 in I can listen and ride to the beat without being worried that I won't hear that car that's about to hit me.
 

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Thing with the bluetooth helmets or helmet speaker kits is that they're designed for touring, meaning voice communication and lower speeds. I tried several of the speaker kits and found them all to be junk, the audio quality was horrible and much above 55mph they're not loud enough.

I have a pair of Kicker earbuds with different tips so you can get them to slide in your ear and stay put. Only earbuds that don't instantly fall out when you put your lid on. They do a decent job muffling wind noise and are loud enough to hear at 80mph. Turning your head at speed or accidentally tugging on the wires tends to slowly dislodge them. I think they were like $50 or so.
 

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Thing with the bluetooth helmets or helmet speaker kits is that they're designed for touring, meaning voice communication and lower speeds. I tried several of the speaker kits and found them all to be junk, the audio quality was horrible and much above 55mph they're not loud enough.

I have a pair of Kicker earbuds with different tips so you can get them to slide in your ear and stay put. Only earbuds that don't instantly fall out when you put your lid on. They do a decent job muffling wind noise and are loud enough to hear at 80mph. Turning your head at speed or accidentally tugging on the wires tends to slowly dislodge them. I think they were like $50 or so.
I've done 400 miles+ in a day ranging from twisties to triple digit highway blasts and cruising down Main St, sunshine and torrential down pour with my Sena. I've used just about every different style of earbud out there and while the sound quality of a good set of sound cancelling earbuds is unmatched the quality, ease of use, and overall package with the Sena system is better x100 then riding with earbuds.
 

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i tried the earbud janks...felt vunerable... quit wanting a gold wing ( no offence fighter wingers) and went back to 5k rpms at 80 mph... its like a symphony to my ears.
 

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USUALLY, just regular ol' disposable ear plugs from Home Depot... replaced weekly. Yes, they make things quiter... but I can still hear everything. Kinda like your eyes in the dark... you adjust, but it still saves strain.

PLAYER:
On long rides, I'll use an MP3 player clipped to my jacket cuff (brother clips his to his right pocket)... difference in opinion of ease, but it's so we can change the volume or pause if need be. I don't leave it screaming while cruising in town. Even if I use my phone, I make sure i can squeeze it through my pockets to change the volume. I always run the cord up my jacket sleeve or inside my jacket/oustide of shirt.

EAR BUDS:
I had some marshmallow/expanding foam ear buds that I LOVED, but they started to fall apart. I tried several different ear buds till I finally found a set that stayed put in my ear (have to stretch helmet straps outward while putting it on... sometimes takes 2 tries to get it on with earbuds still in), and also small enough. Large ear buds didn't stay in while putting on helmet and when I did manage to get it on, they touched the inside of the helmet... basically pushing against my ear.

These are the ones I use, but your mileage may vary. Also, they are a cloth/braided cord, so they don't snag gloves and get pulled on as easily.

Philips - O'Neill Specked Earbud Headphones - Black
Model: SHO9550/28SKU: 2147931
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Philips...lack/2147931.p?id=1218312181920&skuId=2147931

Sidenote: some cheap ear buds don't have a R/L... they aren't stereo... so keep an eye out if that might bother you.
 

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I've got some speakers mounted inside my helmet that then have a wire that connects inside the helmet and runs down my neck to my ipod in my inside jacket pocket. That wire has a little volume knob on it so as I come into town I can turn it down easily. I also use a Monster iEZClick mounted on my triple so I can skip/pause music easily.



This is the speaker kit I'm using.
 

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i got a thing called an itube on ebay. Its a cool little toy.... in order for it to work it needs to be aimed at you just right to hear it at speed
 
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