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Music for the scoot?

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Well itís a crappy day here in Central Indiana, but a good day to go out to the poll barn and get the scoot detailed for the new riding season. Iíve been kicking around the idea of getting something to listen to music, radio ect while riding. I know they have Bluetooth helmets that will bring in sirus radio from my iPhone, and I think they have blue tooth power amps and speakers that will pick up the sirus signal from my iPhone too. But Iíll tell ya the truth, when it comes to this new fangled technology, Iím a dinasour, I understand Einstienís Theory of relativity better. So if any of you guys and gals can give me some good options as to the best way to bring a little musical entertainment to my riding Iíd appriciate it. The biggest prob I might have is I have about 35% hearing loss in both ears, partly because of my service in Vietnam, pleanty of loud bangs, and booms, but I think mostly because I spent 35 yrs running heavy equip without useing ear protection, bummer, but mostly my fault,
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lots of I'm still in the dark ages using an mp3 w/ear pads...too lazy & cheap to go the radio/outside speaker route, thou I do miss using my Sirius while riding the mc.
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I use a Scala Rider G9. It's got FM radio and connects to my phone for streaming or playing MP3s. It takes some work to get the speakers just right in the helmet, but once you do the sound is pretty good. Not really any bass to it, but I don't think you're really going to get that out of an in-helmet system. The Bluetooth headsets from Sena are also pretty good.

Don't worry about the Bluetooth, you just have to get it to connect one time and it'll handle it all by itself after that. Turn on the headset and it connects to the phone. Hit play on the phone and you get music out of the headset. Easy peasy.

I can't attest to how well it will work with your hearing loss, but I'd guess that having speakers in your helmet will be better than speakers on the bike itself.

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I run the UClear HBC100 plus in my helmets. The sound quality is decent and it bluetooths to my phone, so I can stream audio or more importantly, hear turn by turn directions from my GPS.

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I mounted a Boss MC520BK unit under the batwing and the speakers on the bars. It plays micro SD card, memory stik, has a 3.5 mm plug for an mp3, and is Bluetooth. It's more than loud enough if you have a windshield and stock pipes at 70mph. I've never had it turned up all the way. Not much bass but still sounds good to me.
It also has FM radio built in w/ antenna.
It under $100 on Amazon.

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I just use my phone and a pair of bluetooth headphones if I am wearing my half helmet. In my 3/4 helmet i bought a set of $20 bluetooth helmet speakers and mic and it works amazingly well for $20! Here is the link to the speakers for the set that I bought..

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If you just want music, you can buy a set of headphones, remove the speakers and run them into your helmet, positioning them by your ears. Then, route your wires so you can get the plug to the music player of your choice. Many helmets come with ear holes ready for speakers or ear holes clear so you can hear. I got a bluetooth system to answer calls, listen to/respond to texts, listen to music and communicate with other riders. If you are tearing apart headphones (it will sound better than any bluetooth system), I suggest something like:

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Being a total cheapskate, I have come up with a combination navigation/entertainment "system" that I can swap in seconds from one of my bikes to the other. It consists of a Magellan GPS unit, a Sony Walkman AM-FM radio, an Ipod holding 4,000 of my favorite songs, and a pair of earbuds -- can't remember a brand name on those, but they fit easily under my helmet and securely in my ears and give good sound quality. The "housing" for all of these is a 1-gallon Ziploc bag secured to the gas tank with 4 small, powerful disc magnets. The GPS and the Ipod are usually powered via a short mini-USB cable that plugs in to the single power point I have installed on each bike to save /recharge the batteries. Yeah, this set-up is lame, looks a bit dorky -- and works like a charm. When I make a rest stop, I'll slip the electronics into a pocket so no one is tempted to walk off with them. Takes about 2 seconds to remove or replace them, and meantime no one seems interested in stealing a Ziploc bag. Everything is held securely in place on the road, and the bag keeps everything dry in a rain shower.
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I turn the radio on in my fairing and flip the switch to power the speakers in the backrest as well.

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I want to get one of these, and put my smaller P.A. system in it.
I want EVERYONE to hear what I'm listening to!
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