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What do you guys use for a sound system?

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Other than the sweet sound of a scooter engine, is anyone supplementing their ride with tunes?
I use a JBL speaker for slow rides around Little Muskego Lake.
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Are those just velcro straps you are using around the speaker? i have a little bluetooth polk swimmer speaker but on my buddy you can barley hear it. I can hear it pretty well though on my kymco super 8.
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I took two 8 inch strip of double sided Velcro (prickly on one side, fuzzy on the other, and wrapped each strip around one side of the cylindrical JBL Flip 4 speaker, soft fuzzy side up. I then took about a foot and a half of that same double sided Velcro and made a strap that went through both looped Velcro rings I made. This length created a strap that hung off the little grocery hook on the Buddy Kick. A pretty strong strap, BTW.
I took two strips of prickly Velcro with adhesive backing and put them on the panel the speaker would rest against, just to secure it so it wouldn't swing about.
The speaker's position and placement makes it fit snugly in the Buddy's tray compartment and also allows a good deal of the output to go in my direction when moving.
Sound quality is good up to 35 mph and then gradually decreases to indiscriminate noise by 45/50 mph.
I'm sure if I had the JBL extreme, it would blast louder, but for casual scooting, this works pretty good for me.
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My GF has an Altec Lansing lifejacket, which fits perfectly in her 125's legshield storage. Perfect for doing the "cupid shuffle" at red lights :D

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I use a Bluetooth headset in my helmet and it works much better than the portable (or built-in) speakers solution. That way I get great fidelity with my music with no significant distortion from wind or engine noise. Also, I don't have to take anything with me when I switch bikes since I always wear the same helmet. I can share my music with my wife's helmet visit the intercom system when we ride together and, lastly, I'm not inflicting my music on anyone else while sitting at stop lights/stop signs.
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I hope you have good taste in music. :lol:
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cummingsjc wrote:.... and, lastly, I'm not inflicting my music on anyone else while sitting at stop lights/stop signs.
WINNER.

Around here, it's Harley's blasting the butt rock at the red light then blasting engine noise - because they think I need to hear them a mile away.

:roll:

I always wear a FF helmet w/ ear plugs, so a speaker would have to be blasting for me to enjoy it.
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I have the same Polk bluetooth speaker. I use it at the beach attached to my umbrella. It's terrific! How do you attach it to your bike(s)? I have both Buddies and Kymcos.

Remous wrote:Are those just velcro straps you are using around the speaker? i have a little bluetooth polk swimmer speaker but on my buddy you can barley hear it. I can hear it pretty well though on my kymco super 8.
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I have a Nolan 44 with an integrated bluetooth stereo system that I typically wear when riding on my Harley, but I guess I like to "dress down" when riding on my Buddy Kick around the neighborhood but I'd still like the option for music.
I agree that the helmet is the least publicly obnoxious (and safest) option, but then again, if I know I'm not dealing with anybody else on a slow country road, I like the JBL at 20-30 mph.
I'm not debating the safety cons of this option, just saying what I LIKE to do, and the configuration that I came up with.
The speaker doesn't attach to the scooter, but is suspended by a strap from the hook and then secured with heavy duty velcro tabs designed to keep the speaker from swinging around.
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Daves Kick wrote:Other than the sweet sound of a scooter engine, is anyone supplementing their ride with tunes?
I use a JBL speaker for slow rides around Little Muskego Lake.
This is a personal choice thing. I don't wish to be distracted by loud music overpowering road and exhaust noise so I leave the "tunes" at home. Thanks for your understanding.

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I hear you, Bill!
I should clarify that I am generally on private property or isolated country if I play tunes as I don't want to be obnoxious.
Of course, wearing my Nolan helmet with my Bluetooth intercom playing music prevents hearing engine noise too.
So many ways to approach a ride. Personal choice is a good thing.
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I keep my Powerbeats in under my helmet. Works for me.
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Daves Kick wrote:Other than the sweet sound of a scooter engine, is anyone supplementing their ride with tunes?
I use a JBL speaker for slow rides around Little Muskego Lake.
Can you provide the link for the cell phone holder?
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dckick wrote:
Daves Kick wrote:Other than the sweet sound of a scooter engine, is anyone supplementing their ride with tunes?
I use a JBL speaker for slow rides around Little Muskego Lake.
Can you provide the link for the cell phone holder?
It is a Ram Mount X-Grip with mounting hardware. Google it or go to Amazon to find the best combination of mounts and hardware that will work for your particular needs.
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i like your setup...i'm working on mine at the moment...trying to get the speaker angled up towards my face...the sound quality is surprisingly good when loud and near a busy road but i need to test on the scooter at speed......i'm not a fan of earbuds or in helmet tunes

speaker...+ either ipod or bluetooth to iphone radio...

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B073B ... UTF8&psc=1
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Shoei Neotec with built in com system. I'm ready to buy the Neotec 2
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I like to "tune out" when I ride. It's one of the few times when I can really just disconnect from everything and everyone and get into my little "zone". I don't think I'd like to listen to music while riding for that reason alone.
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I use one of these connected to a first generation iPod in my pocket.. mostly I listen to FM radio so I can listen to Rush while I scoot around.

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The best part is that I have radio and music no matter which of my scooters I am riding.. I don't have to fool around with moving the sound system.
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if anyone ever wants to go to bluetooth for an ipod that isn't bluetooth...

3.5mm bluetooth transmitter/receiver
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01EH ... UTF8&psc=1

bluetooth ipod transmitter
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004S ... UTF8&psc=1

i have both of the above...the top one i actually used a splitter on my 3.5mm wire from my soundbar on my tv so i can transmit the audio to a pair of noise cancelling bluetooth headphones below and just turn the volume down on the tv for when the baby is sleeping...i use the same bluetooth headphones with the 2nd transmitter on my 5th gen ipod video...next i need to get a bluetooth pair of 3m worktunes for grass cutting...the ones i have now are either radio or wired aux input

the only thing about wireless stuff is you're introducing more batteries or battery drain...top transmitter/receiver has a battery...bottom transmitter feeds off the ipod battery...plus the bluetooth headphones have a battery...so you almost need to bring a battery pack and chargers for prolonged use...sometimes wired stuff is just easier

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B075C ... UTF8&psc=1
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Nintari wrote:I like to "tune out" when I ride. It's one of the few times when I can really just disconnect from everything and everyone and get into my little "zone". I don't think I'd like to listen to music while riding for that reason alone.
I totally agree. When I was riding, I was also in my own little "zone". Music, or any sounds in my ears other than the natural flow of traffic around me would have been very distracting.

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I wear earplugs when I ride. So I can't hear very much.
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k1dude wrote:I wear earplugs when I ride. So I can't hear very much.
Me too ;)
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Like many of us, I listen to the voices in my head. :D
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k1dude wrote:I wear earplugs when I ride. So I can't hear very much.
THIS. Protect your hearing, people - when it's gone, it's gone.


Side note: The only thing worse than Harvey Danielson's with straight pipes are one with loud, treble-heavy sound systems blaring butt rock.
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JettaKnight wrote:
k1dude wrote:I wear earplugs when I ride. So I can't hear very much.
THIS. Protect your hearing, people - when it's gone, it's gone.


Side note: The only thing worse than Harvey Danielson's with straight pipes are one with loud, treble-heavy sound systems blaring butt rock.
i never used to wear hearing protection when i was running a chainsaw or lawnmower and now i do all the time now that i got a pair of 3m worktunes...i never rode my motorcycle or skiied with ear plugs though cause they wouldn't stay in my ear but i always had a helmet that covered my ears 3/4 or full face which took care of a lot of the wind noise (which is the major issue at higher speeds or in windy weather, not so much a loud exhaust where the sound is coming out behind you)...then i picked up some custom molded radians to double up with my hearing protection for shooting...i haven't tried using them with the scooter yet though for the wind cause i'm not typically going to far plus the over ear helmet and stock exhaust which is as loud as a sewing machine which makes it pretty much the same as driving your car with your windows down...and i don't think i've ever seen anyone driving their car with ear plugs in worried about wind damage...for longer rides at speed i would probably throw them in my pocket though depending on the weather and speeds i plan to ride at...some protection is better than none

https://www.amazon.com/Radians-CEP001-R ... +ear+plugs
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Do you have a windscreen? My Buddy windscreen really throws a lot of turbulent air right at my head which makes it much louder.

Of course, I'm the guy wearing big ear muffs when mowing my lawn.

As an amateur audio engineer, hearing is very important to me.
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JettaKnight wrote:Do you have a windscreen? My Buddy windscreen really throws a lot of turbulent air right at my head which makes it much louder.

Of course, I'm the guy wearing big ear muffs when mowing my lawn.

As an amateur audio engineer, hearing is very important to me.
i don't have a windscreen on mine cause i probably won't be riding it too far and if i was worried about the wind i'll wear my full face arai helmet...plus the bigger the windshield on a windy day it will act like a sail...i live near the water so this is a typical condition around here
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