So, when most people think of scooter riding, they don’t usually think “wow, having some music would make this ride even better!” Most people don’t generally think of convoluted ways to add speakers to their scooter, either. (I mean, come on, motorcycles have radios, how come Scooterlou didn’t come with one standard? Heheh.) Well, I guess you could say I’m not most people, heheh.
I will preface this with a little bit of explanation – I absolutely LOVE music. Almost as much as I love reading books. I try and find some way to work music into whatever I’m doing – I listen while I’m at work, while Bryan’s driving somewhere, while I’m cleaning the house, while I’m typing blog entries… In fact, I think I just managed to crash my PS3 by trying to see if the Google Play Music site would work on it. (Apparently not.) Music is just a part of who I am. And once I finally got over my general nervousness about riding Scooterlou, I thought, “There’s gotta be some way I can listen to music on this thing.”
My first attempt at making Scooterlou musical was a weatherproof speaker that ran on batteries, and connected to my phone through Bluetooth. There wasn’t really a good place to actually put the speaker, so I ended up resting it on the floor and bungee-cording it to my basket. I’d tested the speaker out in the house, and it got pretty loud, so I figured it’d work fine!
Boy, was I wrong. When Scooterlou’s engine gets going, she’s pretty darn loud – so loud that even when I had the speaker cranked up as loud as reasonably possible, I could barely hear it when idling, forget about while I was actually riding. It was a bummer – I spent a chunk of change on that speaker, and while it does come in handy in other situations (like when we’re giving the scooters baths, or when I’m in the shower, or if we ever go camping again), it’s not the best idea for scootering. I resigned myself to someday spending a ridiculous amount of money on a sound system for my little Honda Metropolitan… and then I came across this.
One of my new friends runs a scooter shop (it’s Wick’s Wheels, for any locals who are interested), and one day I was poking through the helmet selection when I stumbled upon this wonderful thing. It’s a helmet – with Bluetooth speakers and a mic. While I’d never ever be brave enough to answer the phone while riding my scooter, the fact that it can connect to my phone (which has a lovely unlimited data connection and can hook right up to my Google Play All-Access Music collection) was what sold me. MUSIC ON MY SCOOTER. It was finally going to happen in a safe way! YES. So, I bought it. And after having to return the first one because the port for the plug to charge said helmet was a little messed up in the first helmet, I found out this is exactly what I need. It doesn’t need to be loud enough for everyone on the road to hear it. I’m the only one who needs to listen to Daft Punk’s Get Lucky on repeat ninety million times. 😀
So yes, scooters and music can, and do, mix. Carefully. 🙂