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Old 07-07-2005, 06:59 AM   #21
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Here's another option. There are several companies that make custom-fit reusable earplugs. The cost varies, but I had a pair made for me years ago for shooting and it only cost about $20.
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Old 07-07-2005, 07:55 AM   #22
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Default Nope.

As the other folks posted, no a helmet is not enough. I read some testing awhile back showing how long you can ride at a given speed with just a helmet on and no ear plugs before hearing damage starts to occur. Surprisingly, it was only something like a couple of hours. So if you do any touring, they are a must have. And as also already mentioned, eliminating wind noise by using ear plugs greatly reduces fatigue during those all day rides.
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Old 07-07-2005, 08:01 AM   #23
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I prefer the custom molded units that are sonically transparent and comfy as all get out. They cost more (around $100) but the performance is amazing. Except for the very edges of the spectrum the performance is completely parallel to the Fletcher-Munchen cruve for the human ear. Mine have replaceable inserts good for a 10 dB cut (great for most applications) or 30 dB (great for monitor world or Sturgis). Available at your local audiologist.



OTOH - all of my full face helmets are very quite.



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Old 07-07-2005, 08:03 AM   #24
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Just out of curiosity, what's the wind noise like at 185 mph anyway? Van
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Old 07-07-2005, 08:06 AM   #25
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Default You can hear better with them in.

The broadband noise caused by machinery and wind can overwhelm any actual informative noises (speech, sirens, etc) and saturate your ears. Wearing the earplugs reduces the sound levels across most of the frequency band. The overall reduction in sound level allows your ears to function with more dynamic range increasing their ability to pull signal out of noise.



This alone is a good reason for riding with plugs in, you are much more likely to hear something important while at speed.



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Old 07-07-2005, 08:26 AM   #26
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How far do you have to put earplugs in to make them hard to get out?



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Old 07-07-2005, 08:31 AM   #27
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I get 'em free at work. Between the military, 30 years working in high pressure steam plants, listening to loud music and riding bikes I'm surprised I can hear anything at all.



I wear them all the time at work and if I'm weed whacking or lawn mowing. If I'm just riding around slow I don't bother but for a longer ride or if I know I'll be going fast I wear them. The wind breaks over the windshield at more or less ear level on my bike making it incredible loud, whoever said fully faired bikes are quiet didn't ride mine.
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Old 07-07-2005, 08:35 AM   #28
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Nice links (with bonus info even)!
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Old 07-07-2005, 08:39 AM   #29
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From what people have told me, it gets real loud at around 150 and gets worse from there. Not that I have ever done such a thing.
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Old 07-07-2005, 08:40 AM   #30
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I said it, and you need to buy a REAL DAMN MOTORCYCLE already! LOL
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