I've thought on some rides where I'm particularly enjoying myself, "wow, some pumping tunes would be great to go along with this." But, in the end, I think I'd prefer to just be one with the ride and not have one of my senses hampered.
I've never tried but I think music would be too distracting. I have some friends that love music while they ride but I don't think I could do it. Plus - check your local laws. It's illegal where I live.
Listening to music would be too distracting, and I need all the concentration I can get when I'm riding.
As a comparison, I also own an S2000 and often drive it on the same twisty roads where I ride my M900, and at similar speeds. When I'm doing something boring in the car I listen to CD's. When the road gets challenging I always turn the CD player off to eliminate one more distraction.
Like Scott the CD in my car goes to "OFF" (from 11) when the roads get fun... if at all possible, the windows come down too (boy I miss my convertible...)
the last time I had music on while on two wheels I got hit by a wood-panel station wagon... (back in high school, on a bicycle)! Nothing too serious, just flew over the car, broke the side mirror and window and mangled my bike.. oh, a tiny fracture, and some stitches too. Left a bad taste in my mouth though..(mainly blood and asphalt)!
All the music I need is masterfully composed and performed by the Italian Duo under the tank...
I listen to an Mp3 player while I ride, but only on familiar roads. I also only keep one ear piece in. I don't turn the volume up to high, only loud enough to hear the words. I actually think listening to tune in my car is more distracting than when I'm on my bike just because I can turn the volume up a lot louder in my car and can hear less things around me.
I just got a new 40gb iPod and do plan to listen to it on the bike, but not very often. I'm thinking it's good a for a cruise up the freeway to see a friend on the weekends, not in weekday traffic or the backroads. We'll see how much I end up using it...
I ride with head phones about everyday on the commute to school. Yesterday, I realized a big problem with them. As I was approaching an intersection I noticed the car in the right lane was sitting at a green light. I just assumed they were talking on the phone, picking thier nose, not paying attention. What I didn't notice, or hear was the three sets of blue lights that were approaching the intersection.
See...If i wouldn't have had on the headphones I would have heard them. Now i have learned my lesson. So i only use one ear phone.
ohh yeah, I stoped in pleny of time to ovoid the bug on windshield feeling.