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I'm trying to wrap my brain around why some feel the need to upgrade their stereos with aftermarket speakers and giant amps? Don't get me wrong I like crisp tunes too but my XCT playing my Ipod with the bass and treble adjusted to my liking sounds just fine for me?

Sometimes when I park in a shady spot I boot up the Ipod and listen for a half hour on my Vic and just relax. Or cruise down the highway with the music just loud enough for me. Not for every car within 100 yards of me. When I read about all this major stereo mods going on with speaker in the saddlebags and this and that I just don't get it. Blasting speakers isn't the reason I ride. I'm not interested in waking the dead or proving I have the loudest clearest system on my motorcycle. I ride to get away from all the ghetto blasting music I hear in the city.

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I'm trying to wrap my brain around why some feel the need to upgrade their stereos with aftermarket speakers and giant amps? Don't get me wrong I like crisp tunes too but my XCT playing my Ipod with the bass and treble adjusted to my liking sounds just fine for me?

Sometimes when I park in a shady spot I boot up the Ipod and listen for a half hour on my Vic and just relax. Or cruise down the highway with the music just loud enough for me. Not for every car within 100 yards of me. When I read about all this major stereo mods going on with speaker in the saddlebags and this and that I just don't get it. Blasting speakers isn't the reason I ride. I'm not interested in waking the dead or proving I have the loudest clearest system on my motorcycle. I ride to get away from all the ghetto blasting music I hear in the city.
Get yerself a pair of earbuds and a little digital storage/fm receiver that you can mount to a handlebar. You can then ride a bike without all the weight of a fairing and speakers strapped to the handlebars & you won't disturb a soul & you'll have much better fidelity.

The bike is a lot easier to work on sans fairing too.




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Actually my usual tunes is bluetoothed from my Android phone into my helmet with my Sena. It disturbes no one.

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Get yerself a pair of earbuds and a little digital storage/fm receiver that you can mount to a handlebar. You can then ride a bike without all the weight of a fairing and speakers strapped to the handlebars & you won't disturb a soul & you'll have much better fidelity.

The bike is a lot easier to work on sans fairing too.
honestly, i think earbuds should be illegal while driving any motor vehicle.

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honestly, i think earbuds should be illegal while driving any motor vehicle.

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I completely agree. I know MN law states that it is illegal to have headphones in both ears, but not just one. I do see it all the time though and it drives me nuts. It makes them that much less aware of the happenings around them.

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The only way they get to be noticed is to disturb every one around them. ( vroom vroom )
I like music as do most but when you have to yell over it to talk to some one thats not right.
Kind a like small bars that let bands crank it up I'm there to visit with friends and talk to girls.
Music should be there to take up no talking. People should be the center of a tension not the music.

The smarter bike riders listen to the road and whats going on around them.

We could get a government grant to see how music sidetracks riders.
Then we could ride and get paid for it.

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That's why there's 31 flavors, one for everyone. Don't want a loud stereo don't get one but at the same time don't beat your chest and tell everyone that loud stereos are unsafe or make you less of a rider, that's BS. I like my tunes hard and loud one day and not at all the next. I don't run through town with the volume turned way up either. A well installed aftermarket system will sound clearer and sharper at lower volumes than most OEM systems and when you want to hear it at 70 mph it still sounds good and clear.

I can't wait for Ma Vic to give us the ability to sync our mobile phones and talk while riding and have a sip of coffee from my mug sitting in my Kruzer Cady and flipping my GoPros's Wi-Fi remote on and off to catch some cool videos or photos. Some people can safely multitask all day long and they know when to pay full attention to the road as well.

As for the ear buds, in my opinion much more unsafe than a loud free air sound system, but that's "my" opinion so I don't wear them. For those of you that do use them, rock on!

By the way I'm starting my sound system upgrade this weekend, bigger speakers, big amps, big wires and hopefully when I'm done big clean sound! I plan on doing a full step by step for those interested. Ride safe....

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Most of my riding is on the highway...back and forth to work 40+ miles daily. My co worker i ride daily with has pipes that are so loud it drowns out my tunes. So hence my upgrades. ( Amp will be done this winter) Also, the better speakers and amp make the music that much clearer.

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I completely agree. I know MN law states that it is illegal to have headphones in both ears, but not just one. I do see it all the time though and it drives me nuts. It makes them that much less aware of the happenings around them.
Nonsense. I can still hear my surroundings at least as well as I could with earplugs. Just cuts down on some of the high frequency wind noise.

And how is that any different than a bike with loud pipes and a stereo blaring over them?

Frankly, I don't think the latter would affect my riding any either, just disturb the hell out of everyone around me.

Anyway, to take your logic to its ultimate conclusion, you would have to deny deaf people driving rights.

I will concede that diddling with a radio is a distraction and using special made buttons on the handlebars is probably less distractive than poking at a touch screen.




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some good answers. You all know I'm not against nice sounding stereos just the clowns that have gigantic speakers, amps and then park outside a biker bar or whatever and blast away. When I check out someone's nice ride the last thing I'm looking for is a monster stereo system. Again not dogging it, just trying to understand it.

Like VJ stated if you need volumn so loud that people can't talk to one another your just beating your chest.

BTW my Sena bluetoothing my mp3's from my droid into my helmet can be way too loud for me if I want that and it's only me listening. If clear music is what your after, helmet mounted quality speakers would do fine and disturb nobody.

"it's not that I'm too old. It's just that your music sucks"

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