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Would you listen to music while riding to alleviate the boredom?

Sometimes, long distance riding can become a little mind numbing, and a little music relieves the boredom. But many claim that music removes you from your surroundings and increased danger tenfold. Would you listen to music through earphones to alleviate the boredom?  

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bryfor59

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bryfor59 says:

satnav

listening to music would distract you but having a conversation with your wife on an intercom is fine, ha ha, fucking brilliant!!!! 

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Andy_L

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Andy_L says:

Seems like an odd question to me.  Surely not being boring is the entire purpose of bikes.  I could understand it if we were all doing 55mph on 500-mile, straight, smooth roads, but we're not in Texas!  Here in the UK, even on the motorway I find I get more than enough mental stimulation just avoiding being killed by clueless idiots.

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SatNavSteve

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SatNavSteve says:

bryfor59!

Music would be playing all the time, my wife doesn't talk all the time!

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bryfor59

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bryfor59 says:

satnav

your so lucky mate, my wife never fucking shuts up!!!!! ha ha!!!!!

 

 

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bird1050

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bird1050 says:

When going away

Always when loaded up going away with the lads

Sunday blasts no way to many dickheads just come out of church or the fucking pub or both.

 

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DJSP2ROCKS

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DJSP2ROCKS says:

I use my bike virtually every day, in all weathers. My journeys vary from my short daily commute to work to regular Sunday blasts as well as regular trips from Suffolk to Manchester with my girlfriend as pillion. In the 4/5 years Ive had my bike licence Ive done near 50'000 miles, on the motorway I'll almost always have music playing although generally just loud enough to hear. Any other journey and I don't bother - I want to hear the noise my motor makes, especially on rideouts/a-road blats. Personally I believe music in the background has no bearing on my observational skills/safety.

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romford4

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romford4 says:

Nah,

never.  When some spare knocks me off my bike, I don't want to give them or the OB any excuse to apportion any liability in my direction. 

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brmoore

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brmoore says:

Hell no

If you don't like the sound of your bike you should find something else, or a new exhaust, or something!

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Darowyn

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Darowyn says:

I do use earphones on long motorway runs. It's not to hide the sound of the engine, or even to keep the wind out of my ears, it's to prevent my mind wandering. Riding takes a lot of concentration, but only uses a few parts of my brain. Music adds a predictable pattern that keeps the rest of it from becoming bored and finding something unrelated to think about. One musicless night ride up the M1-M6 motorways, I found myself calculating whether the wheel rims or the pistons travelled the greatest linear distance during the ride. That was distracting to the extent that by the time I next looked at the speedo it was showing three figures. Apart from the well known problem of riding faster if the music style veers towards the Rock/Metal style, I feel that I'm riding better and more aware of what is happening around me with music playing gently. Cheers Dave

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Feakster

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Feakster says:

Yup

Journeys over 10 mins = definitely. If anything, humming along to my engine on the M5 will only serve to send me to sleep. I really don't see the big issue here. It just comes down to personal preference, in exactly the same way as deciding whether or not to listen to the stereo in a car does.

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