Sharon says there is conflicting evidence about the distraction of familiar and unfamiliar music.
She says familiar music can distract your concentration because it encourages you to sing along, but it can also just wash over you and not distract your attention.
Meanwhile, unfamiliar music can fade into the background or force you to listen for the first time.
She says syncopated music makes you want to dance which keeps your blood flowing around your body.
“Instrumental music can be effective for concentration as human speech often attracts your attention and distracts you,” she says.
“That’s why its used so extensively in video games.”
The best type of music is difficult to pin down, she says.
“Once again, you need to find that sweet spot in music that is rhythmic, likeable, well-known so you don’t have to concentrate, but new enough to keep you interested with an elevated mood, predictable and melodious. Rock and pop music fits this pattern,” she says.
Perhaps music that actually includes a motorbike as the instrument could be effective like this Indian YouTube video which uses a couple of old Royal Enfields to reproduce a cover of Ed Sheeran’s hit single, Shape of You.
It uses the kick start, seat, wheels, exhaust, even the keys, to make the instrumental backing track for singer Gaurang Soni.
“It’s down to personal preference and taste and experience,” Sharon says.
“Find out what music works best for you: fast, slow, medium, loud, soft, rock, jazz, instrumental, opera or whatever.
“Anything that lifts your mood and doesn’t put you in a trance or make you feel sad, is ok.
“As far as I’m concerned having some music is better than having no music at all when I’m riding. And I love listening to Thunderstruck.”
To those who say they love riding without music, that’s fine, too. But don’t put others down because they like it.
After all, if you like music and you like riding, putting the two together can heighten your enjoyment.
For example, do you like making love with music in the background or can you only concentrate on one thing at a time?