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so does anyone know of a cheap and effective (and hopefully easy) way to get some tunes for the bike? i was thinking of an ipod mount on the handlebars, but i need speakers that go loud enough to hear over the wind and vance and hines pipes? anyone done anything like this that worked?
 

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yup. Shark water proof (probably really water resistant) motorcycle speakers. I have a pair with their small amp. I sync my droid phone thru bluetooth and off I go. Check out www.gooddeals18.com. They are very reasonable and ship fast. The speakers I bought - one had a slight buzz to it, emailed them and they sent a replacement real quick. Didn't even want the other speaker back. Decent guys over there. Good luck.
 

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can you post some pics on where you installed everything. I think I'm a little short on room on the handlebars so I just wanna see how its done
 

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yup. Shark water proof (probably really water resistant) motorcycle speakers. I have a pair with their small amp. I sync my droid phone thru bluetooth and off I go. Check out www.gooddeals18.com. They are very reasonable and ship fast. The speakers I bought - one had a slight buzz to it, emailed them and they sent a replacement real quick. Didn't even want the other speaker back. Decent guys over there. Good luck.

Looks good... Damn fine price, and much better then assembling the parts myself like I was looking at. Just picked one of these up and look forward to having it all mounted up for my trip end of next month.
 

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man sorry, i can't help but chime in... a radio?? man if i wanted noise, i would stay home with the phone ringing, kids yelling, tv blaring, and wife shouting. the #1 reason i ride is for the PEACE it brings me! i actually wear high end ear plugs now, can't even tell they are there and i have stock exhaust and plexi-fairing.... peace i tell ya!

sorry for butting in to your post though ; )

ride on and crank up the ozzy, bro!
 

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I have the Pyle PLMA 60 ,100 watt system on my bike,plug my phone into it and enjoy it a bunch can hear it well up to highway speeds,and it is rather inexpensive.but I will upgrade it later to a full car stereo unit and speakers and amp,When I buy a fairing .What I have now works well with the police style windshield I have on it now.

I ride a lot of rural 4lane roads and it helps to break the monotony while trying to get from point A to B quickly.Keep your eye on the speed though, it will sneak up on you with the tunes cranking and rolling down the highway.
 

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I download a playlist to my phone, throw the phone in my pocket, run ear buds under my shirt up to my ears, throw my helmet on, and ride. You don't have to do anything to your bike or buy speakers to get road tunes - unless you want to of course. Ear buds are like $4.50.

Let us know what direction you take, I'm curious. :smiley_th
 

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I download a playlist to my phone, throw the phone in my pocket, run ear buds under my shirt up to my ears, throw my helmet on, and ride. You don't have to do anything to your bike or buy speakers to get road tunes - unless you want to of course. Ear buds are like $4.50.

Let us know what direction you take, I'm curious. :smiley_th
I did that for a while but on long rides it would cause my right ear to get sore.I know ,I'm just too sensitive :)
 

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I download a playlist to my phone, throw the phone in my pocket, run ear buds under my shirt up to my ears, throw my helmet on, and ride. You don't have to do anything to your bike or buy speakers to get road tunes - unless you want to of course. Ear buds are like $4.50.

Let us know what direction you take, I'm curious. :smiley_th
I do the same with my small iPod. It is much easier and when I get to my destination I can continue to have my tunes with me if I want. I download specific playlists for specific types of riding and moods from easy smooth jazz to something that is more apt for hard riding. Also with the ear buds you can use one or both depending on your personal choice. I personally use both and have not had a problem hearing car horns, sirens or other road noises that I needed to hear. Another option may be the newer helmets with bluetooth so you can eliminate the hard wired ear buds. The price for these helmets has come way down recently.

I always hated sitting at a traffic light listening to my car radio when another car pulls up with their radio blasting over mine. Many years ago it happened when my daughter was with me and she had just started high school. I yelled out to the young driver, "Can you hear my radio?" his reply was, "No." So in return I said, "Neither can I. Now turn your sh*t stuff down!" My daughter sunk down in the seat embarassed and upset with me as it was one of the so called hot guys from her school. Months later she became friends with him because he recognized her from the incident and he even apologized to me. I wouldn't want to have my speakers turned up so loud just to hear over the helmet padding, traffic noise and my exhaust. There are enough cycle haters out there now so why add to their reasons for being so?
 

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I did that for a while but on long rides it would cause my right ear to get sore.I know ,I'm just too sensitive :)
Then you need custom moulded earphones....

http://www.earfuze.com/

I've been using some "off the shelf" Eytmotic? ER6i buds with silicon ear pieces without comfort issues.

They are noise canceling so you don't need to turn the volume up to hear your tunes. I wear them on trips even when I'm not listening to music.
 

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I do the same with my small iPod. It is much easier and when I get to my destination I can continue to have my tunes with me if I want. I download specific playlists for specific types of riding and moods from easy smooth jazz to something that is more apt for hard riding. Also with the ear buds you can use one or both depending on your personal choice. I personally use both and have not had a problem hearing car horns, sirens or other road noises that I needed to hear. Another option may be the newer helmets with bluetooth so you can eliminate the hard wired ear buds. The price for these helmets has come way down recently.

I always hated sitting at a traffic light listening to my car radio when another car pulls up with their radio blasting over mine. Many years ago it happened when my daughter was with me and she had just started high school. I yelled out to the young driver, "Can you hear my radio?" his reply was, "No." So in return I said, "Neither can I. Now turn your sh*t stuff down!" My daughter sunk down in the seat embarassed and upset with me as it was one of the so called hot guys from her school. Months later she became friends with him because he recognized her from the incident and he even apologized to me. I wouldn't want to have my speakers turned up so loud just to hear over the helmet padding, traffic noise and my exhaust. There are enough cycle haters out there now so why add to their reasons for being so?
I have a mute button for when stopped in traffic and a thumbwheel volume control for slower speeds,I don't intrude on other peoples personal space and don't like it when others do mine either so point taken,I also wear either no helmet or a shorty in warm weather so those other things are not an issue for me.Yeah,I'm one of "those guys" I also don't drink ,curse and attend church regularly.I am satisfied with the image I project and like to think it is a positive one to others.If they don't like the way I conduct myself in public ,I don't know any other way to improve it so they will have to deal with it on their end.There are some who just think motorcycles and those who ride them are a bad element no matter what we do.I don't worry about those people,they are never going to like us anyway,I do want to make a good impression on the ones sitting on the fence though.Golden rule brother, I live by it as best I can.
 

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first off, i LOVE music. so why WOULDN'T i want some tunes on the road? i live in rural iowa. its a half hour drive just to get to the store. sometimes i ride for pleasure, but sometimes its just to save gas when i have to go somewhere.

as far as the earbuds go, in iowa, it's illegal to have headphones or earplugs in while operating a motor vehicle.

as for adding to cycle haters, why would they hate you any more? cuz they can see you... and therefore not hit you. it can be construed as another way to make your presents known, though there is nothing more effective than defencive driving
 

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well said denny6006, well said
 

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Then you need custom moulded earphones....

http://www.earfuze.com/

I've been using some "off the shelf" Eytmotic? ER6i buds with silicon ear pieces without comfort issues.

They are noise canceling so you don't need to turn the volume up to hear your tunes. I wear them on trips even when I'm not listening to music.
That's really clever. I think I would do that if I didn't abandon music on the bike altogether. I like having all my senses in play these days.
 

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Let's be realistic and if ear buds are such a no no than what about all the other things that I see mentioned on line here like changing exhaust systems that would never pass state inspection for loudness and emissions if enforced, abiding by strict speed limits, kicking cager doors, etc, etc. I am not sure how many of us would be 100% legal with our rides if we got down the the real truth. I say do what you want as long as it doesn't infringe on my personal safety and pursuit of happiness. Overly loud music blasting over my chosen music is an infringement on my personal happiness whether you are in a car or on a bike near me. I do not fully accept, "If its too loud, you're too old." I want to hear my choice and not necessarily your choice.
 

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^ I hear dat. I used to blast my radio when I was a puppy. That was many many years ago.

I pulled up to a red light and another "supped up" car pulled up next to me. It was like a speaker on four wheels. His windows were all the way down. There was so much bass coming out of his trunk, I looked at my rear view mirror and it was vibrating so bad I couldn't see out of it.

So I shot him.
 

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That's really clever. I think I would do that if I didn't abandon music on the bike altogether. I like having all my senses in play these days.
Yeah, go through a 1200 mile trip and see how you feel about your senses then;)

I usually only listen to music on long trips. And you can't really understand the effect to your senses when you ride through some tiny rural town listening to Hendrix's "If 6 were 9" as all the locals stare at you unless you get to experience it for your self...:)

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^ Fair enough, I think silencing an entire bar is awkward enough. :beerchug:

I was chillin with the Jul yesterday out front her place enjoying the weather and Summer blonde brew. Two guys road by on big ol' touring bikes, one of them had music playing loud enough for us to hear it clear as day from 100 yards. That was pretty cool I thought. CCR too...
 
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