It’s Music to Your Ears

While there are few things I love hearing more than the sound of my hog in my ears, I do from time to time enjoy listening to some good music while riding. I find that, especially on long road trips that music helps make the ride interesting. I select playlist based on my mood, the type of riding I’ll be doing or the particular event that may have given rise to the actual trip. Whatever be the case, there are some amazing Bluetooth wireless helmets available on the market nowadays. Here are 3 models that I think is well worth looking into if you’re planning on buying a helmet with integrated speakers.

HJC IS-MAX Bluetooth-Ready Modular Helmet

HJC IS Max

This is an incredibly popular helmet designed for everyday use as well as those longer weekend or vacation trips. The HJC Bluetooth helmet sports a modern design with a single button flip-up system, one touch sun shield and integrated Bluetooth capability. The lightweight Polycarbonate Composite construction has an impact absorbing liner and an nice big screen for top-notch vision and peripheral views. it is wireless intercom compatible and you can basically pair it with any Bluetooth device. A favorite with many riders it retails somewhere around $200

O’Neal Racing Commander Bluetooth Helmet

Oneal Racing Commander

The O’Neal company needs no introduction when it comes to helmets and this is a great addition to their line. A helmet with solid features at an affordable price. The claim the Bluetooth capability of the helmet has a 100 foot rider to rider range and allows you 10 hours of talk time. The integrated GPS voice command system obviously makes thus helmet a favorite among tour-bike riders and commuters. The drop-down sun visor is built in and a solid chins-trap design hints at the years of helmet design experience that this company has. This helmet retails at around $300 in most shops.

Schuberth C3 Pro Helmet

Schuberth C3 Pro

The modular C3 Pro helmet is engineered to the extreme, it’s what Schuberth does, it’s in there genes. You only need to pick this helmet up, hold it in your hands and turn it over a couple of times to realize it scrams quality from every corner and event feature. It is simply one of the best touring and street riding helmets on the market. Fiberglass and Dyneema reinforced is sandwiched together for the perfect combination of rigidity, lightness and impact resistance. The integrated radio and Bluetooth antennas ensures you have a good wireless connection at a whopping 700-1000 meters. The screen educes wind noise to about 82 db when riding at 60mph making it extremely easy to clearly hear your music or intercom. As an be expected from a product of this quality you also pay more. These helmets retail at around $800 in most bike shops.

Bluetooth integrated helmets are certainly the way to go when planning to listed to music on the road. If you prefer to ride in silence or just enjoy the hum of your engine but would still like to enjoy some beats when you do a stop-over or park for a break the there is a huge amount of great wireless outdoor speakers, like the Turtle Shell and Boombotix Rex that’s small enough to fit into your luggage or favorite motorcycle backpack without taking up much space. As always, when driving with music remember to be extra careful. Do not allow music, or an intercom for that matter, to distract you from focusing on the road and on getting safely to your destination.

Why We Ride?

The need for speed caught us early. In fact it was the need to explore the world on wheels that caught us at an early age. We traveled all over the country to find some enriching experiences and some ravishing sights. The boys have become men and we have savored every single moment of our lives on the road.There is not a single regret we have and the sound of the engine rumbling is still the most beautiful sound we ever hear. An era of burning tires, finding new getaways to hidden patches and the kick of being on the road for hours has gone by and a new era is set to begin. At this point, people often ask us what is it that keeps us moving and just to address this question, we recommend you to read between the lines.

Abandoned Mine

  1. Detours: Adventure awaits you every single moment. You only need to make a different choice. The small little detours we took on our rides are still the most beautiful findings in the years we’ve spent on the road so far. Right from finding abandoned mines (Earthworks provide a large list of US abandoned mines) to stumbling upon a pristine lake, everything resides in those little detours.
  1. Music: Music in our ears, we rode on for a long while and never did we stop the music. Just the way music moves you when camping in the middle of night to share just the stars and sky with your beloved is a different experience altogether. Listening to Blues in a pub live in front of us and simply shutting up to the sounds of nature, we have learnt that music rejoices the soul and when you are on the road staring into the wonderful sights and views nature has to offer.
  1. People: You can never fully explore the many cultures that surround us. Meeting new people from various walks of life and getting to know their past has often left us in awe of humanity. We’ve heard stories of failure, love, achievements, tragedy and every other emotion that you would find in a dictionary. From encouraging kids to practice hard on their balance bikes (BabbleBikes.com offers a wide range of balance bike reviews) to become bikers later to asking old men for directions, people we met made us understand the world better.
  2. The rush: Eventually as every biker would agree – we do it all for the rush. The rush of riding into something unknown, the rush of finding new paths to newer places, the rush of feeling the droplets of the drizzle talk to you, the rush of the wind in your hair, the rush of warming up worn out muscles by a fire and the rush of exploring the world as we know it to find that we barely know anything.

A bikers life is sometimes about the journey and sometimes about the destination but it is the ride that makes for a lovely affair – an affair between you and the planet.