I used to be a purist...I enjoyed listening to the mechanical sounds of the motor and the open road. It was many years ago before I rode a pure touring bike, that I drove a Yamaha Venture and while out on the open road and having some attitude of high speed cruising, I turned the radio on to some real rock and roll. It may have been the timing, but a curve and the exact right song came on with some Led Zeppelin - been a long time since I rocked and rolled...oh, it cured me of being a purist.
Fast forward to my Harley Street Glide. Busy as get out working 7 days a week, I left the office late on a Friday and while everyone else was at their destination, I was finally done and wanting to ride. Decided not to go home, the evening was a nice warm summer sunset, so I headed down the interstate with the album by Rush called Signals. Oh baby, hadn't felt that good in months!
I know what you mean about the "boom box" as it irritates me too...but there are times you just have to crank up life with some attitude and volume!