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    I'm thinking about laying down the money for the Hondaline Digital Audio System but before I do I was wondering if any of you out there would be kind enough to share your opinions on the system. Is it worth the money? Is it loud enough to hear over aftermarket pipes? Do you have suggestions for a better system?

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    I carry a Sony arm jogging AM/FM Radio. The battery lasts about a month at
    2 hours a day playing on my way to and from work. I have the cheap J&M
    headset speakers and this little radio drives them just fine.
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    I use an IPOD. Got the music I want and wear a full face helmet with ear buds.
    Nothing I like better than listening to my tunes riding the roads.
    I understand the safety issues of those who say I might not hear something else more important but I just ask them do they think a deaf person should'nt ride a cycle? It just requires what you should do anyway....WATCH OTHERS!
    I also love to laugh when a biker friend of mine and I cage it to work and he gripes at the teen drivers with the radio thumping so loud we can hear with windows up.
    Just my suggestion but I say don't imitate the teens with the blasting music. Get an MP3 player and ear buds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by olyeller
    I understand the safety issues of those who say I might not hear something else more important but I just ask them do they think a deaf person should'nt ride a cycle? It just requires what you should do anyway....WATCH OTHERS!
    The difference is that a deaf person is fully concentrating on watching. They are "trained" to use all their remaining senses better than we who have all of them do.

    With ear buds in you have tunes blasting at your eardrums....it adds to the already full plate of "stuff" you have to pay attention to while riding.

    I, too, have been contemplating tunes on the bike for longer highway trips.......Around town, I think the ywould be just too much of a distraction, at least for me.

    And yes, I listen to tunes in the car......and I do find myself distracted there sometimes because of it.

    But my @ss is a lot less at risk in my truck than on my bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shadango
    Quote Originally Posted by olyeller
    I understand the safety issues of those who say I might not hear something else more important but I just ask them do they think a deaf person should'nt ride a cycle? It just requires what you should do anyway....WATCH OTHERS!
    The difference is that a deaf person is fully concentrating on watching. They are "trained" to use all their remaining senses better than we who have all of them do.

    With ear buds in you have tunes blasting at your eardrums....it adds to the already full plate of "stuff" you have to pay attention to while riding.

    I, too, have been contemplating tunes on the bike for longer highway trips.......Around town, I think the ywould be just too much of a distraction, at least for me.

    And yes, I listen to tunes in the car......and I do find myself distracted there sometimes because of it.

    But my @ss is a lot less at risk in my truck than on my bike.

    As you I wouldn't suggest anyone listen to tunes in the city either; Ear buds or speaker.
    However I have ridden for better than 38 years and can tell you stright up nothing gets by me in the attention catagory brother. I know whats around me up to the car a half mile back. If somebody in this day and age is going to throw a leg over a seat they better be "trained" to whats around them. I just intended to poke a little fun at guys who spend the money on the "systems" then blast the public with it. I use the IPOD because I have programed the songs I want to hear (6hrs total) so I dont have to tune in another station on the radio.
    BTW I also feel loud pipes don't save lives...reaction to the idiot who isnt focused on where you are but his cell phone, lunch ,or his radio is what saves lives.
    Ride a 08 M109R. Sold the 1800
    My kids call me "olyeller" after the dog from the old movie.
    Wife #1 gone after catching the Bit*h cheating. Fast forward 2 years and remarried to a true Barbie Doll...Can you say UPGRADE

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    I can't get the regular apple earbuds to stay in my ears when I put my helmet on. Has anyone used the Bose earbuds? They're pricey, but look like they stay in better...

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    I bought the Hondaline system as soon as it hit the market. I first saw it at Daytona during Bikeweek 2006. On the 20 hour trip home, I went online and ordered them up without even hearing the system. Easy install right into the wiring harness. Looks good, I think. My ipod plugs right in and I can hear it without a problem most times. I have aftermarket pipes that are pretty loud. Under 60 miles per hour I hear every sound. Over 60, I have to have my switchblade windscreen on. Some songs are too tinny for the amp, so not all songs sound great. I could not imagine riding without my tunes anymore. Good Luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Painter1
    I can't get the regular apple earbuds to stay in my ears when I put my helmet on. Has anyone used the Bose earbuds? They're pricey, but look like they stay in better...
    Got the SONY brand from Walmart. Fit and sound the same at half the price.
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    I use the zumo 550 GPS, it has a built in MP3 player. I use the Bose earbuds and they sound amazing. They come with 3 inserts for your ear; S,M & L so you can get a good fit.

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    There's a guy just added a fairing on the general message board and the radio system is on that, maybe you can get together with him and ask
    Here's the site
    viewtopic.php?f=2&t=243272
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    Quote Originally Posted by olyeller
    Quote Originally Posted by shadango
    Quote Originally Posted by olyeller
    I understand the safety issues of those who say I might not hear something else more important but I just ask them do they think a deaf person should'nt ride a cycle? It just requires what you should do anyway....WATCH OTHERS!
    The difference is that a deaf person is fully concentrating on watching. They are "trained" to use all their remaining senses better than we who have all of them do.

    With ear buds in you have tunes blasting at your eardrums....it adds to the already full plate of "stuff" you have to pay attention to while riding.

    I, too, have been contemplating tunes on the bike for longer highway trips.......Around town, I think the ywould be just too much of a distraction, at least for me.

    And yes, I listen to tunes in the car......and I do find myself distracted there sometimes because of it.

    But my @ss is a lot less at risk in my truck than on my bike.

    As you I wouldn't suggest anyone listen to tunes in the city either; Ear buds or speaker.
    However I have ridden for better than 38 years and can tell you stright up nothing gets by me in the attention catagory brother. I know whats around me up to the car a half mile back. If somebody in this day and age is going to throw a leg over a seat they better be "trained" to whats around them. I just intended to poke a little fun at guys who spend the money on the "systems" then blast the public with it. I use the IPOD because I have programed the songs I want to hear (6hrs total) so I dont have to tune in another station on the radio.
    BTW I also feel loud pipes don't save lives...reaction to the idiot who isnt focused on where you are but his cell phone, lunch ,or his radio is what saves lives.
    I agree...one should definately be "trained" to whats around them. Unfortunately, even with the best "training" there are tons of unexpected dangers out there......especially in city driving. I think having the tunes blasting right into your ear canal really does put them in the forefront of your mind and effectively masks all other sound input from everywhere else.....how can you be prepared...how can you be "trained"...for everything if you take that away?

    Like I said though, I have considered tunes via speakers for my highway riding.....like someone else said, my ZUmo plays MP3s......earbuds for music are illegal in PA (whether on a bike or in a car), so even if I felt differently about them, I couldn't use them....at least not legally. A fairing is another way to go, but thats a whole different look and a chunk of $$$$.......
    2005 1800R (Ol' Ruby)
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    shadango,
    OMG I never intended my suggestion (orginal post) to become a back and forth with you. I was giving my opinion of a lower cost option that works for me. Thats what make this board great. If something works for you take it and if not leave it. No worries and never to be the only way someone should do things.
    As for your question of "how can you be prepared...how can you be trained...for everything if you take that away?" I think you said having the tunes blasting right into your ear canal puts them (tunes) in the forfront of (your) mind.
    Friend all I can say to that is what I've been told all my life...A man has got to know his limits.
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    Wife #1 gone after catching the Bit*h cheating. Fast forward 2 years and remarried to a true Barbie Doll...Can you say UPGRADE

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    I got one a few years back. To put it in a nut shell for te money. its not worth it.
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