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Apr 2nd 2016, 03:16 PM   #1
  Mar 2016
  Spokane, WA

  2009 Yamaha R1
exhaust is super loud....

So I bought my bike a few weeks back now. Rode it back home to spokane from portland and my ears were ringing after that ride. I figure maybe on shorter rides it will be fine. Shorter trips around town it doesn't bother me. Just did about 100 miles today and my ears are ringing along with my wife's who was passenger. It has the hotbodies mgp exhaust on it. I like the deep tone of it especially at idle, and I have the stock exhaust he gave to me with the bike. I dont want to put the stock back on because I dont like the look or sound. Im thinking about wearing earplugs while riding any significant amount from now on? Is wearing earplugs a common thing people do? Also if you have heard and good sounding exhausts and know how loud the mgp is, any suggestions on one that sounds good and isn't as loud? Thank you all.
Apr 2nd 2016, 03:20 PM   #2
 VeritasImageryNW's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Allyn, WA

  '06 HD Street Bob, '85 Yamaha FJ600, '99 Honda CBR600f4
You should be wearing earplugs or filters every time you ride.

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Apr 2nd 2016, 03:23 PM   #3
 Pigs's Avatar
  Jan 2016

Could be the wind noise that is too loud. At least for me it is. Got a decent exhaust on my bike, and I can barely hear it at highway speeds at cruising rpms.
Apr 2nd 2016, 03:39 PM   #4
 Pavement Tested's Avatar
  Jan 2016

  '08 GSX1300R, '06 GSX-R 750, '16 KTM 690 Duke, '07 XR650L
Originally Posted by VeritasImageryNW
You should be wearing earplugs or filters every time you ride.
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Apr 2nd 2016, 04:00 PM   #5
  Mar 2016
  Spokane, WA

  2009 Yamaha R1
I havent ridden in 3 years but never had this problem on my last bike. Same helmet. Is why I figure it is the exhaust and never have thought to wear them. Any recommendations on decent inexpensive plugs that are comfortable?
Apr 2nd 2016, 04:04 PM   #6
  Jan 2016
  Newcastle, WA

  1995 Suzuki Katana
Discover something new, learn how to search for something on here.

Do a search on here for earplugs, just had a great thread on them. You will soon find your answer.

OK, I was bored and did the search for you: ear plugs or no ear plugs?
Apr 2nd 2016, 04:05 PM   #7
 Burphel's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Travelling around the NW

  Triumph Bonnezilla
Earplugs are your friend. Even with quieter exhausts, it'll cut down on wind and road noise and high pitch engine clatter. You'll still be able to hear traffic fine. The down side is if you get pulled over. Earplugs are legal, but cops' patience level goes down if you ask them to yell.

Any exhaust with the letters GP attached is going to be loud as hell. Like probably it's straight pipe that looks pretty but is really costing you performance on a stock motor (especially if it hasn't been tuned). Personally, I love good ol' Yoshis. Surprisingly quiet, but a nice low pitch to them.

As for brands, I actually tend to prefer the 3M ones you can buy in bulk at most hardware stores. Nice, soft and squishy. Also cheap. Not the highest NRR, but only 1-2db less than fancier ones.

Edited by Burphel on Apr 2nd 2016 at 04:08 PM
Apr 2nd 2016, 08:26 PM   #8
 VeritasImageryNW's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Allyn, WA

  '06 HD Street Bob, '85 Yamaha FJ600, '99 Honda CBR600f4
I just got a set of DUBs Acoustic Filters and love them. I can still hear everything I need to, but it's all just quieter.

I never cared for ear plugs because they not only muffle all the sounds (including the important ones) but also make me feel like my head is plugged up. The filters still allow air to flow, reducing that "plugged up" feeling, and at the same time reduce the db levels without impairing the sound quality. Same kind of things musicians wear to eliminate hearing damage but still allow them to actually hear the proper sound quality.
Apr 2nd 2016, 09:03 PM   #9
 Parilla125's Avatar
  Jan 2016

I have two sets of the molded ones and neither work good for me with a helmet as I get noise leakage. That said, I have small ear passages so they don't fit deep. I use the foam ones and they work fine.
If you want to quiet down the pipes there are 'quiet inserts' you can put in. They are fairly easy to install.
Apr 2nd 2016, 09:42 PM   #10
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  Jan 2016
  Seattle ,Wa

  Burgman 400, TW200, Boulevard M50, 2018 Indian Scout 1131, 2018 Indian Chieftain Classic
Stevo Sez>>I wear ear plugs even when I ride a 50cc scooter....

Recent Thread>>ear plugs or no ear plugs?

Buy>>Howard Leight @Amazon Howard Leight MAX1 Earplugs Uncorded NRR33 Box/200 Count
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Apr 3rd 2016, 06:26 AM   #11
  Apr 2016

LeviD, did you consider of trying the stock muffler or exhaust setup?
Apr 3rd 2016, 06:52 AM   #12
 cool1442's Avatar
  Mar 2016
  North of CDA

  KTM 950 Super Enduro, Honda XR 650R
Loud exhausts still pissed off the public and cops. My bike came with FMF cans and seemed loud to me riding it. I called FMF and got spark arrestors. That took the edge off the bark. Still sounds good, no different in temp or mileage or performance. There are lots of inserts available.
Apr 3rd 2016, 08:21 AM   #13
 Arnbo's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Ferndale Washington

  ZX10-R GSXR 600 Track Bike
De Catted with a M4 only time I have been harassed by the man was 0n Whidbey Island
So I tend to do a little upshifting through sensitive parts.

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