motorcycle with headphones

The thrill of zipping through the countryside on a motorcycle is a feeling that can’t be compared to anything else, especially if you’re passionate about biking.

If you love music, and the countryside gets lonely sometimes, then there’s something you can give serious thought to motorcycle headphones. There are headphones/earphones which come specially designed for motorcycle riders.

They fit snugly into the helmet, have noise-canceling features, and make for a better riding experience. Some of the high-end models can even endure extreme weather conditions.


What Should You Know When Using Headphones While Riding

Something as simple as a pair of earphones now come with numerous features because of the wondrous thing that is technology, and it’s up to us to make good use of it. Noise-canceling features, Bluetooth-enabled features, voice-activation, and the ability to receive calls from the press of a button are just some of the cool features you find in the top models.

However, tempting as it may be to take your motorcycle out for a spin with your headphones blasting your favorite songs at top volume, there are a few things that you need to keep in mind.

The Law

In most states, it is legal to plug in your headphones while riding a motorcycle, but only in one ear. It is believed that headphones in both ears while on the road impairs judgment, and it is true. You never know when you’ll need to use your ears and be alert on the way, so in the interest of your safety, limit the music to only one ear.

In some states, it is even legal to plug earphones to both your ears, but I would recommend against doing such a thing because also if the roads you travel are lonely, you never know when 400 Rearsomething may come up, and it’s your responsibility to avoid an accident.


The Traffic

On a highway or the countryside, where there are virtually no vehicles, it is perfectly alright to listen to music as you like it, as long as you’re obeying the law in the area. However, when you are in the city, where there are several other vehicles on the road, you must be very careful.

If music in one ear (or both) doesn’t distract you from the road and you are confident that your safety will not be compromised because of the music, then you can go ahead. But if your confidence in this regard is even a little less than 100%, safety should get priority over entertainment.


The Volume

Listening to anything at loud volumes could prove distracting and may even harm the ears, mainly if the loud noises are blasting inside your ears.

The maximum amount for headphones is usually somewhere around 105 decibels, which is slightly above the threshold which causes pain and deafening.

The recommended noise level is often 60 to 70 decibels, which is about 60% of the maximum volume for headphones. The best way to check your music is too loud is to ask someone close by if they can hear it. If they can, it’s time to turn it down.


What Kind of Headphones to Buy

You need to consider quite a few things while looking at the headphones. Standard headphones are most likely not your best bet if you want to use them while riding. They must, most importantly, fit inside your helmet.

Also, you’ll be going at high speed, and the wind makes noise, so they should have features to block out the noise, or you won’t be able to hear the music and your headphones will serve virtually no purpose. Other things like whether you want to be able to take and receive calls, and whether you want a wire or not, are a bit secondary, but still points you need to consider.


Are you Alone?

This is more a question of courtesy and politeness than practicality or comfort. However, make sure to use the headphones only if you’re alone, or if everyone you’re with is doing the same. Listening to music or even just keeping your headphones on when you’re on a social ride is rude and frankly, a bit antisocial. So the best thing to do would be to avoid such a practice.


Is it a Competition?

A lot of organized rides and competitions have rules against using headphones during a trip. It is highly inadvisable to be the ignorant fool going around disobeying the rules, because in such a case, being disqualified is something that is likely to happen to you. Make sure you know the rules correctly before trying to listen to music on such occasions, because not all competitions are against music.

Headphones to Your Motorcycle Helmet

Do You Need the Features?

Here is a look at some of the things you would need from your headphone.

  • Call making, call answering, call rejecting, and call hangs up. You can receive a cell phone call automatically.
  • Support audio transfer and support the last number redialing.
  • Enjoy the cell phone music through A2DP or connect GPS
  • Control cell phone music through AVRCP: Forward, backward, play, pause.
  • Automatic switching among Bluetooth cell phone, intercom, stereo music
  • Button panel is water-proof and sun-proof, and a durable design
  • Audio cable to connect MP3, GPS, walkie-talkie and so on
  • Good talk time and standby
  • Right working temperature, like minus 30 to 70 degree Celsius, so that you can ride across all weather without any worries.


You would also want to go in for a Bluetooth headset designed to give you and the person riding with you excellent and reliable wireless communications while riding, making your trips more than a beautiful experience.

If you have considered all the points mentioned above, you’re all set! You can go ahead and have a ball of a time listening to your favorite tunes while riding through the countryside.

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