What You Need to Know About Riding a Motorcycle with Earbuds
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Can You Wear Earbuds While Riding a Motorcycle?

We live in a world dominated by digital devices and gadgets. From using your GPS to rocking out to music on Bluetooth speakers and making calls, there are lots of reasons why you may want to wear earbuds while riding a motorcycle. But is it safe to wear earbuds while riding? Let’s find out.

Why Wear Earbuds?

Riding with certain types of earbuds may benefit you behind the wheel. It may be safer to have your GPS issue instructions directly into your ear so you can hear what it’s saying over the sound of your engine. This is usually safer and more convenient than having to pull over and check the map every time you need to make a turn. 

In some cases, you may want to place a call while riding your motorcycle. Chatting for hours on end usually isn’t a great idea when you should be focusing on the road, but chances are you will need to check in with your loved ones or work during your regular commute. If you are involved in an accident, you should be able to call for help without moving your body or reaching for your phone. 

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That’s why it’s important to use a motorcycle Bluetooth headset that supports hands-free calling. All you have to do is speak into your helmet and the system will connect you to your phone. You can use your voice to issue commands, send messages and make calls.

Can You Listen to Music While Riding a Motorcycle?

Some riders also enjoy listening to music while riding a motorcycle. The music shouldn’t be so distracting that you can’t hear what’s going on around you. It’s always important to keep your focus on what’s happening on the road, not which song you’re listening to. However, music can also improve mood and concentration while driving. It can relieve the stress of riding a motorcycle, helping you get in sync with your bike as you feel the vibrations running through your body. 

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Find motorcycle helmet speakers that support voice-activation so you can turn down the volume or change songs without looking down at your phone. Be sure to include soothing tracks that will help you stay concentrated on the road. 

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Safety Tips for Riding with Earbuds

While many riders enjoy listening to audio on the road, some methods are safer than others.

  • – You should never wear headphones or regular earbuds while riding. This may even violate local and state riding laws. Never use noise-canceling technology while riding. You should still be able to hear other drivers in case they need to get your attention. 
  • – Go wireless so you don’t have to worry about getting tangled on your bike. The audio system shouldn’t inhibit your range of motion or field of view. Bluetooth technology is the best choice for listening to music or making calls when riding a motorcycle. It doesn’t need wires while providing a strong, reliable signal. 
  • – Make sure the system supports activation so you don’t have to take your eyes off the road. The helmet should recognize your voice in every situation. You shouldn’t feel tempted to look down at your phone while riding. 
  • – Use a system with a long battery life for more peace of mind on the road. You don’t want your emergency communication system to lose power when you need it most. 
  • – You shouldn’t sacrifice your safety when listening to music on the road. Use a full-face helmet with an attached bluetooth motorcycle communication system that will protect you in every situation.
  • – Cardo Systems specializes in helping riders stay connected on the road. Our Dynamic Mesh Bluetooth Communication systems use special voice-activation technology to keep you in control of your bike at all times. You can place a call, choose a song or respond to your last text message using the sound of your voice. 

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Our technology is also completely waterproof, so you don’t have to worry about damaging your equipment when it rains. It’s designed to go with you wherever you go.

Your listening experience should keep you safe on the road, not put you or your passengers in danger. Avoid engaging in risky activity or wearing the wrong equipment. Things happen fast on the road. Stay in control with Bluetooth riding gear.

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