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post #1 of 56 (permalink) Old 03-22-2003, 11:00 AM Thread Starter
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headphones in a helmet

has anybody ever installed headphones in their helmet? i heard this is an aftermarket thing but i have never seen anything on the net. do people wear ear buds? that would seem pretty uncomfortable. just curious
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post #2 of 56 (permalink) Old 03-22-2003, 11:39 AM
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Re: headphones in a helmet

I've tried ear buds( many moons ago) They always fell out.I think that is illegal in some states?? Now that I'm a "veteran" rider I'd rather listen to the engine purring or the pipes growling. They tend to drown out traffic noise, which can be a bad thing. I think it's safer if you can hear your bike and whats going on with the traffic arond you.

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I'm with DUCnHAR, Desmodromic V2 and CF high pipes is the music I like to hear

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Re: headphones in a helmet

HJC has the helmet intercom that attaches to the helmet....

the earphone pieces can be shoved in the space in the helmet where your ears go. you can plug in a cellphone, cd player, mp3 player, etc into the intercom as well.

if you have an HJC helmet, the space for the ears are large enough to accomodate the HJC earpieces without squishing your ears. I had the HJC intercom (aka Chatterbox) in my Arai and my ears were always sore after riding. I got an HJC helmet and switched the intercom unit - no problems with sore ears using that configuration

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Re: headphones in a helmet

After some around the table conversion with some other motorcyclists, those that have headsets and 2 way communicators really like them for long group rides. Makes things a little easier for stops, notifying the other riders about cows in the road in the twisties (open range!), etc.

A company called Motocomm makes a headset that works with an FRS radio. If you already have a FRS radio this is a fairly cheap route. The few reviews that I have seen on the headsets were positive. I just ordered a set yesterday. I will post my impressions in a few weeks.

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which set did you order?

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post #7 of 56 (permalink) Old 03-23-2003, 09:11 AM
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Re: headphones in a helmet

I've used earbuds....they are ok for awhile, but then start to hurt.
i have also used the input on the HJC-90 chatterboxes.
those never turned up loud enough to hear.

Im going to be getting some of the new chatterboxes, X1 or X2...i'll report back how it works when i try them.
I also got one of these that should be great for tunes on the bike (i dont know if i'll use it on the street, prob just on trail riding)
http://www.nomadworld.com/products/muvo/
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Re: headphones in a helmet

If I were riding a Goldwing across the country, I might want to listen to music, but most of the time when I'm riding the Monster, it would just be a distraction.

Here are the first three items on my list of things you won't find on a serious motorcycle:
1. A sound system.
2. A backrest
3. A cruise control

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post #9 of 56 (permalink) Old 03-24-2003, 02:44 AM
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I had the top of the line Chatter Box (I forget the model but it was the ones with a 5 mile range) and was less than pleased with the performance. They were good below 45mph but above that they were worthless. I never hooked up a cell phone or MP3/CD player to it for fear of distraction but i'm sure if you were riding below 45 it would work well.
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Re: headphones in a helmet

I used a chatterbox X2 on part of my Laguna trip last year. Listened to some MP3's when i rode back solo to meet my wife in SLO. Sounded fine. The headphones went inside my arai liner and I were perfectly comfortable.
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