How to listen to an iPod on a motorcycle

Written by kaye wagner
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How to listen to an iPod on a motorcycle
Listening to music or books on tape can entertain you on a long ride. (motorcycle image by Piotr Lenar from

Motorcyclists are exposed to a lot more noise than the average car or truck driver. As such, they often employ methods to drown out excessive noise such as wearing earplugs or listening to music. This can be dangerous if you are an inexperienced driver or listen to music that is too loud. Take proper precautions and contact local law enforcement to determine if there are laws that prohibit wearing headphones or ear buds while driving your motorcycle.

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Things you need

  • iPod bike mount
  • Sports ear buds
  • iPod

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  1. 1

    Open the clamp on the iPod bike mount. Some mounts have a knob that you twist to open while others have a latch that you lift.

  2. 2

    Put the mount on your motorcycle's handlebars. Sit on the motorcycle to determine if the mount is reachable from a driving position.

  3. 3

    Close the clamp by tightening the knob or closing the latch.

  4. 4

    Slip your iPod in the mount.

  5. 5

    Put your ear buds into the iPod headphone jack. Choose sports ear buds that have a slight suction to your ear. This will prevent them from flying out when you drive.

  6. 6

    Put one ear bud into your ear. This will block out some of the sound but will still allow you to recognise important road noise. Alternatively, put both ear buds into your ear and account for the difference by lowering the volume.

  7. 7

    Tuck the excess wire into your jacket or shirt. This will prevent your hands from getting tangled in the wire.

  8. 8

    Adjust your iPod's volume so that you can hear the music or taped book and still hear the noises of the road. Never completely block out road noise, which could result in an accident.

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