Originally Posted by richie farmer
A few years ago I bought an 1100RT which happened to have a radio and cassette player. I only turned it on once and I hated it. It was awful. It ruined the pleasure of riding the bike. It was like trying to read when someone else in the room is watching TV or trying to talk to you. I took it out and used the space in the fairing for a pump and spare cables and tools.
Riding your bike is not like driving a car. I do all my travelling with a passenger and we don't have an intercom either. Probably for the same reason. You already have an intercom so you might like a radio too. It just didn't work for me.
Well, my experience is different.
I ride a H-D Electra Glide, year 1998, so it has a cassette player with music coming out from 4 speakers.
Some years before buying the bike I said to myself "a radio while riding? What a bul--hit!", but after one hour of riding with radio on I realized that road trips can be experienced with another kind of pleasure.
I appreciate my radio especially when riding on a highway, because I can make you sure that listening to music when you are on a road stretch which is hundreds of miles long with nothing to see for hours is helpful in order to relieve the boredom.
Last year I downloaded from Youtube some tunes of Anatolian instrumental music and recorded them on a tape just for when I would have crossed Turkey: I make sure that I really enjoyed riding south-east Turkey with that music on, it matched perfectly the wonderful landscape I was crossing.
And it's very simple: you wanna listen to music? You turn the radio on.
You have enough of it? You turn it off.
And all of this comes to a person that never listens to music while driving his car: when I'm on 4 wheels, I like to relax and concentrate on my thoughts (of course I do it when I'm alone, cuz my girlfriend would never live without music while driving).
The only problem comes from different tastes between me and her: she likes love songs (either Italian or International), whereas I love rock music (Metallica, AC-DC, Nirvana, Rammstein, Bruce Springsteen...) so in the moments where se has her part, I would like to be somewhere else, believe me.
Just imagine to arrive to a biker party with Beyonce or Mariah Carey singing from the speakers of your motorcycle...