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i use either an mp 3 player or disc player with earbuds. if not i use earplugs. i personally judge it to be less dangerous than riding too fast.

i think such a device may be illegal in california. until this year we always laughed because california had a law that made earplugs illegal too unless they were custom made. huge lines of people at laguna seca lined up for custom plugs and an annual ear wax inspection. it was fun.
 

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Well, the frugal solution would be, drill some small holes in your helmet, (max 1/4 in.) by the ears, and duct-tape a small AM transistor radio (speaker facing in) to the helmet. Presto, motorcycle audio! Don't use an expensive helmet, though. I've found discarded Bell Moto 3's work best. You really should have known...
 

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The Aerostich catalog has an economical yet effective solution. It involves Koss "Plugs" and a set of earplugs (Eymotic?) that they sell. I have been using this combination for over a year now, and it is very effective. Most external noise is gone, and you don't have to boost the personal stereo to ear-splitting levels. And, because the stereo is not maxed out, you can easily hear surrounding road noises.



Yeah, it's illegal. Write me a ticket.

 

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Buy and hitch up a motorcycle trailer. Install a 200 watt per channel stereo system with 18" woofers. Bolt a thump-thump speaker to the bottom of the trailer. Use deep cell batteries and an inverter for power - this should last several hours between charges.



Turn it way up.



Play only "Ted Nugent - Double Live Gonzo" and "Talking Heads - Life During Wartime".
 

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I have been using a walkman(tm) or similar knockoff for years on longer trips. The standard earbud speakers work well. I usually used only one earbud, since the paranoid child inside of me insist that I need to hear some of the road noise (sirens, horns, gunshots etc). The high end comunications system work well, but the cost is up there, and I'm a cheep skate at heart.
 

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The Koss Ear Buds sound pretty ok, but the Koss Porta Pro's are much, much, much better sounding.

If I ever do this again, will use the Porta Pro's..disassemble and stuff into helment spkr pockets.

Remember...when you put spkrs in your helment or ears..you are putting a NON-COMPRESSABLE strut between your head and the helment liner. Food for thought.
 

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Aerostitch Stereo Helmet Speakers, and Aerostitch Boostaroo (or the Radio Shack equivalent) with your walkman and earplugs. A buddy & I both used the same setup on a 3800+ mile trip to the Pikes Peak races. Worked great, and it's a fairly economical option. I can also recommend the Sangean brand radios that Aerostitch sells (get them from Amazon to save about $10). Their tuning buttons have a seek feature and they automatically lock in the strongest signal.



 

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Buy a D&D or Akrapovic can and run up and down through the gears everytime you're between buildings. That's the best music I've heard on a bike.

Seriously if all the free space on your dash is taken up with CD players and what not where are you going to the cupholder for you latte`?
 

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Mine skips all the time when the road gets washboardy. Nothing has solved it - rubber bands, torsion bars, fat bottomed girls, enchiladas wrapped in pickle sauce - nothing.



You're on your own.
 

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Worse than that. You can't even wear a personal stereo in LA even if you are merely a pedeatrian. One person got hit by a car while listening to a stereo so in typical fashion the city council banned the things. Sieg Heil!
 

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Tape a quarter to the stylus. And if the road is really rough, or if you're driving on any street in Los Angeles, use two quarters, and a dime. Fishing weights work too.



Watch out, this setup ruined my Iron Butterfly LP. Now "Inna Godda da Vita" sounds like "it's a small world". I'm currently testing a new stylus weighting system on old Peter Frampton records. Can't wear those out quick enough...
 

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Have you priced a stylus lately? Murder! I hope my old stylus lasts long enough to finish my LP to MP3 project. Only 200 more vinyls to go!



Old Peter Frampton albums make great skeet!



You should see what a .223 does to a Gordon Lightfoot 8 track tape too.
 

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Re: Frampton comes apart

Do, you YOU!, feel like we...

PULL!

Yes, I have a few old 8 track tapes and recorders. I want to have one playing "the wreck of the Edmond Fitzgearld", and right when Lightfoot hits that high note, nail it with my Mod. 29, using silouette rounds, from about 2 feet away. Or an 8mm AP round out of my FN49. Better yet, a 105mm howitzer...
 

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Re: You can't wear earplugs while riding in California...

Captain,

That law was changed:

Ear Plugs

[Note: At the close of 2003, the California legislature passed a bill which allows non-custom (i.e., foam) earplugs to be worn by motorcyclists. The updated version of the relevant code is posted here.]

For those concerned about hearing damage, and who therefore wear earplugs when riding, here is the law as it pertains to you.

27400. A person operating a motor vehicle or bicycle may not wear a headset covering, or earplugs in, both ears. This prohibition does not apply to any of the following:

(a) A person operating authorized emergency vehicles, as defined in Section 165.

(b) A person engaged in the operation of either special construction equipment or equipment for use in the maintenance of any highway.

(c) A person engaged in the operation of refuse collection equipment who is wearing a safety headset or safety earplugs.

(d) A person wearing personal hearing protectors in the form of earplugs or molds that are specifically designed to attenuate injurious noise levels. The plugs or molds shall be designed in a manner so as to not inhibit the wearer's ability to hear a siren or horn from an emergency vehicle or a horn from another motor vehicle.

(e) A person using a prosthetic device that aids the hard of hearing.
 
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