The Best Motorcycle Headphones

Updated February 21, 2017

Riding a motorcycle is a loud, exhilarating experience. It's also an activity that requires the rider to wear a helmet. Because of these features, not just any old pair of headphones will do when riding a motorcycle. Motorcycle headphones need to take into account things such as comfort, secure fit and noise reduction. There is a high demand for headphones with these features--which are also useful to musicians and other people often in loud, active environments--as well as a number of options.

Westone 3 True 3-Way Triple Driver Earphones

If you have the money to spend, Westone 3 headphones are a magnificent feat of modern technology--and their list price is £369, although they can be purchased online for around £260. As of late 2009, Westone 3 headphone were the only three-way triple driver earphones on the market. This means that inside each Westone 3 earpiece are three drivers: one for highs, one for mids and one for lows. Because of this Westone 3 headphones have great frequency distribution and resemble a home stereo system--in your ear.

Westone 3 earphones are also compact and fit snugly into the ear, making them a great choice for motorcycle riders.

Etymotic Research ER4B MicroPro Binaural In-Ear Earphones

Etymotic Research ER4B MicroPro Binaural earphones is quite a mouthful to say, and they're also an earful to listen to. These headphones retail for the more reasonable price of £118 and come equipped with all the features good motorcycle headphones require. Instead of three drivers in each earpiece, these headphones have two. However, what they are really known for are their comfortable fit and great noise reduction. You can get up to 33 decibels of noise reduction using the supplied eartips, which comfortably seal your ear canals without any added weight or extra power supply.

Westone UM1 Single Driver True Fit In-Ear Earphones

These headphones, also made by Westone, are far more affordable than the top-of-the-line Westone 3 headphones. The Westone UM1 headphones, which have a list price of £110, but can be purchased for around £65 online, have a single driver in each ear. Designed to fit securely in a persons ear, these headphones use compressible Comply Canal foam tips. They also provide up to 25 decibels of noise reduction.

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Ariel Phillips is an editor and writer living in Portland, Ore. He has written for "n+1 Journal" and "The Rumpus Magazine," among others. He maintains an interest in a variety of subjects, including art, culture, the environment, media, the sciences and sports. He earned bachelor's degrees in art and philosophy from the University of California, Santa Barbara.