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Question How do you manage helmet noise while riding?

Like the title says, how do you manage (reduce) helmet noise while riding? What helmets do you find quietest and what other device do you use to reduce wind noise? I started wearing ear plugs on the highway but I wonder what other things riders do to reduce noise and ear ringing!

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I have been looking at the Shoei GT-Air. Folks tell me it is quiet.
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Any FF (FullFace) helmet should provide you with the maximum windnoise resistance fit=best noise reduction, as well...just as WCKevin mentioned...

I've grown accustomed to highway rides with my Speed and Strength 3/4. Between the stock windshield on the bike and it...wind noise is more than tolerable for me. (That may be due to the fact that my hearing may have decreased due to playing long hours of headbangin' noise back in the day at levels beyond 11. Wore zero hearing protection back then...)

When I was sporting a half helmet on a bike with a smaller Wshield...which both were retired last year...the spongy earplugs were my noise suppressor of choice. Dampened windnoise while still allowing traffic sounds...Kept'em in a little plastic box in the bags...
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Foam earplugs with a modular RPHA by HJC helmet. The earplugs are a must. I have a short windshield on my V1700 Classic so not full wind protection, but I'm in Florida and it's hot. Also I put lowers on and they made a big difference with eliminating wind blowing up around the tank.

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post #5 of 53 (permalink) Old 05-07-2017, 09:37 AM
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Hi DG,

Like the others have mentioned foam ear plugs worked well with my old 3/4 cheapo helmet and are the most cost effective. I also use ear buds with the music on low or off to allow me to hear traffic and not deal with wind noise. I now have a HJC 3/4 with a shield and a Nolan modular helmet, both are very quiet and comfortable without ear protection.

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I had an oversized full face helmet and I had wind noise. Once I purchased one that pressed against my cheeks, it was much quieter.
And yes at my MSF course ear plugs were suggested. Not sure which would be best.

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Ear plugs ... all the time, both on the bike and when sleeping ... my other half's snoring is worst than the wind noise.
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Earplugs. I use the kind you can buy a box of 200 for something like $20 at a hardware store. My current bike is very quiet, so it's the wind noise that gets to me.
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FF helmets can be as loud or louder than half and 3/4 helmets. You have to pay big bucks to get a FF, modular or not, that has both good air flow and low noise.

With a noisy helmet, closing the vents may help. Putting something around your neck to block air flow from there might also help (some of the most quiet helmets do that), but both will make the helmet a lot hotter. I've tried both with my helmet and it only made it hot, not quiet.

This guy (Quiet Ride Ear Muffs Helmet Speaker Installation | Quiet Ride Ear Muffs made some "ear muffs" to encase helmet speakers and quiet his helmet down. You could do that without the speakers, too. Otherwise, pay $$$$ for a premier helmet, or use ear plugs are probably your best bets.

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Like the title says, how do you manage (reduce) helmet noise while riding? What helmets do you find quietest and what other device do you use to reduce wind noise? I started wearing ear plugs on the highway but I wonder what other things riders do to reduce noise and ear ringing!
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