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NEW RIDERS DO ‘NOT’ NEED HELMET SPEAKERS

Motorcycle helmet speakers make a bad gift for new riders.

WHY?

Well, a little background first: I’m a long-time, old-fashioned, long-distance motorcycle rider. I’ve lived through two serious motorcycle crashes and I’ve grown to respect the rudiments of safe riding.

And as obvious and rudimentary as this next statement may be, it can be missed by someone who is NOT a rider, who may be buying speakers as a gift for someone who is a biker: Motorcycle riding is very different from driving a car, van, SUV or truck. Per force, it require a much greater degree of defensive motorist attention than in any other vehicle.

NEW RIDERS DO ‘NOT’ NEED DISTRACTIONS

And a motorcyclist, particularly a NEW or inexperienced rider, does not need anything to distract him or her while learning the ropes of handling a motorcycle, keeping safe, and having lots of fun at the same time.

Now, I’m of the opinion that even an experienced rider does not need helmet speakers, which I’m guessing would put me in a minority.

Sure, helmet speakers are an integral part of rider communication systems (rider-to-passenger and rider-to-rider) and for this application, they can be quite useful – for an EXPERIENCED rider. Regardless, even for an experienced rider, they could still prove distracting.

EXPERIENCED RIDERS UNDERSTAND THE RISKS

However, typically, an experienced rider knows what he/she is getting into and is willing to assume a slightly higher risk potential, for the advantage of better communications with a passenger, or other riders, which can prove to be quite beneficial. But it’s worth emphasizing that an experienced rider is in a better position to successfully take on that risk, and who would probably minimize chat and use the equipment only for more vital points of information exchange.

Put the same equipment on a new rider, who may already be over-intoxicated with throttle power, who has never had to radically swerve to avoid a driver cutting him/her off, who doesn’t know the limits of the machine’s braking potential, and who hasn’t tested his/her motorbike control under stress, and ANYTHING that can distract the rider can mean bad news. ESPECIALLY, if the speakers happen to be jamming some invigorating tunes with the volume maxed so loud that the rider is out of touch with the immediate environment.

HELMET SPEAKERS MAY REDUCE RIDER SAFETY

So, in simple terms, WHY do helmet speakers make a bad gift for new riders? Because they have the potential to reduce ANY rider’s safety.

But wrapped around the ears of an INEXPERIENCED rider, they have a much greater potential to reduce his/her safety.

I’ll get off my soap box now, knowing full well that the sales of such helmet speakers will probably continue to enjoy greater and greater success….

Safe Riding!

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Do NOT Click for HELMET SPEAKERS

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