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After reading about the Autocom system, I have a question:

QUESTION: Why is listening to music, even in stereo, on the Autocom System legal but listening to music with a "headphone" or "earphone" system in your helmet NOT legal? :?

On longer rides, some music would be nice from a portable MP3 or XM radio. How can you listen to music without installing a stereo system?

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simple.

once you have the autocom installed, simply plug in your portable mp3 player. you can connect any audio sorce that has a 3.5mm headphone socket.

as for the legality of such matters, many laws don't make much sense.
even while listening to music through my autocom, i always have the volume set low enough that i can still hear the traffic around me.

safety must always come first.

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I listen to the radio via small speakers in my helmet, but keep it low enough so it is more like backround noise. I can really only understand what they are saying when I am stopped.. When riding the wind noise pretty much drowns it out..
 

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You might want to check out the American Motorcyclists Association's database on state motorcycle laws. Things like helmet speakers varies state to state. For example, in my home state of Minnesota only one helmet speaker is allowed, while Texas has no restriction on their use, yet Massachusetts prohibits them entirely.
 

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Well, the general government hasn't a clue as to what it takes to ride a bike.

I would not personally choose to listen to music, but would fight for it's being illegal.

I wear earplugs, which are illegal. My hearing is more important than someone telling me what is legal, especially since I can hear everything around me anyway...

...go figure...
 

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Larry Newman said:
I wear earplugs, which are illegal.
In our Riding Course, the instructor specifically stated that you SHOULD were some sort of earplugs to dampen the noise as it will cause hearing damage. I also went out and bought the lowest db drop "in ear" plugs and use them 90% time. I can hear most things around me still just at a lower volume; even the guy next to me with his window down asking me about my scooter.

So this last week I went out and got this very nice earphones that are also earplugs http://www.etymotic.com/ephp/er4.aspx. Which are fully legal in our state.

I drove with them in without music playing and the db drop was far more than what my current earplugs do. I can still hear around me but I am not so sure I could hear someone speak at me.
 

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calldon said:
After reading about the Autocom system, I have a question:

QUESTION: Why is listening to music, even in stereo, on the Autocom System legal but listening to music with a "headphone" or "earphone" system in your helmet NOT legal? :?

On longer rides, some music would be nice from a portable MP3 or XM radio. How can you listen to music without installing a stereo system?

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never heard of helmet speakers being illegal.most all the people i ride with including me have helmet speakers for intercom and satilite radio including me.i have satilite radio on my royalstar and use a preamp to the helmet speakers.it is not distracting and works great.
 

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In Ohio headphones are legal on bikes but not in cages. Strange, huh.
Paul :lol:
 
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