wear em or no?
YES, custom molded ones
YES, foam ones
NO, can't be bothered
NO, but will start soon
pardon? speak up
A few years back, I spent a day riding across Montana without ear plugs. Can you say "ringing in my ears? Sorry, what did you say? Speak up, please..."
I have some molded plugs, but they don't sit in my ears properly when I'm wearing a helmet. I use foam plugs now--it took some searching to find some that are comfortable on multi-day rides. Now I wear them when I sleep...add them to cereal...I just can't get enough of 'em...
Is this just for people with loud pipes?
I've never felt the need to wear plugs , 'cept for that time i had to ride behind that goddamned harley with the V&H straights when we nearly smoked the deer.
Nor have i ever felt my ears ring.
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I use the little orange guys, they work pretty good. They were an absolute must with my HJC helmet but now that I've got the RX7 RR4 there's nothing but silence....
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A lot does depend on the design of your helmet.
I found that I had MORE wind noise at highway speeds on the left side of my KBC Galaxy than the right, no matter how much I tried to adjust the visor, chin strap, mirror etc......no I dont ride crooked ......
I use the orange foam ones. I trim off about 1/3 of the end so they don't stick out as much.
For those who ride the highways with tunes I'm using a set of in-ear fom plugs from Radioshack/Koss that have a bit of a tube thru the center which transmits my personal soundtrack.
They are good enough that if you don't want the tunes they work just fine as plugs. Near essential with this damn Schuberth helemt I bough - loudest helmet I ever had. Any recomendations on the quietest would be appreciated... once I finish reeling from the financial magnitude of my helmet choice mistake.
Around town, no. With friends, no. With music, no. Open highway/long trips, hell yes. There wasn't "sometimes" on the poll, so I put "pardon? speak up!".
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I use Aearo Express pod plugs on my 95 VFR with a SuperTrapp slipon.
Around town no but on any trip that has highway speeds for more than 20 minutes HELL YEAH.
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Custom molded ones, had them for a couple of years now, they fit great...Usually only wear them on longer road trips or at the track...
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On the highway i wear them all the time,We get our hearing checked at work once a year and the tech that does the hearing test says at over the speed limit without plugs you will gradually lose your hearing over time.
Well after riding for 14 years (about 245'000km) without earplugs
I can say that I don't need them. My hearing is still perfect. Is it because I allways had good helmets, or because I never had an aftermarket pipe fit on one of my bikes?? I don't know. But I wear earplugs playing drums...that's loud
Good helmets and quiet pipes cannot reduce the wind noise enought to prevent damage. No helmet can stop sound comming through your visor and the wind noise of air moving around your bike is more than enough. Unless you are willing to keep it under 80 you WILL be exposed to damaging levels of noise.
Anyone (yes I am speaking to you kuno) that believes that thier hearing is unaffected is kidding themselves. Go and have your hearing checked out and you will find many dips in the mid range. Your mind compensates for these dips in exacty the same way as it does for the 'blind spot' in your eyes. Until you check it out scientificly you CANNOT tell how it has been damaged.
Where the plugs!
You have a choice to make: Reduced hearing deu to the plugs or reduced hearing deu to hearing damage.
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