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Oct 15th 2018, 04:03 PM   #1
 MMcN49's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Small Island Surrounded by Puget Sound

  07 Buell XB12STT, (Two) 12 Suzuki DR650 SE 72BMWR75/5 KIA @ 243K
Motorcycle Riding Earplugs

Time is long past when I should have bought a pair of dedicated riding earplugs. Tell me what brand did you purchase and why do you like them? Looking for recommendations.
Oct 15th 2018, 04:35 PM   #2
 Chrishil54's Avatar
  Jan 2016

  2009 V-Star 1100 Custom
I'm cheap and ride with the 3M disposable foam ear plugs. They are cheap and give a good 29dB reduction.
Oct 15th 2018, 04:56 PM   #3
 ChopperDr's Avatar
  Jan 2016

  '98 HD FXD, '19 636 track
I made my own custom plugs out of vinyl polysiloxane after watching them being made at the International Motorcyle Show. Uncomfortable in my ears. My helmet or glasses might play a role. Didn't seem to attenuate the noise that well.

I like the Howard Leight Max disposables. Maximum noise reduction with light weight and no weird pressure on or in my ear.

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Oct 15th 2018, 05:25 PM   #4
 Pavement Tested's Avatar
  Jan 2016

  '08 GSX1300R, '06 GSX-R 750, '16 KTM 690 Duke
How ironic that this is posted today! I went to the gun show in Puyallup on Sat and there was a custom earplug booth like the ones at m/c shows. I've been wanting a pair for a long time so I ponied up the cash for a set. Since I was on my way out of the show I didn't want to wait the hour and a half for them to cure and get shaped so I'll probably get them in a week. Looking forward to trying them.

While I sat there for 15 min letting the injected goo cure enough to hold the shape, they felt good and had excellent sound reduction.

EDIT: I couldn't remember the name of the company but got them in the mail yesterday. They're from Ear Champ NOTE: They're a Pro 2A and NRA company and seem to cater to shooting sports so if you're easily triggered by this, don't visit their site and keep scrolling. I'm not advocating anything here but ear plugs and hearing conservation. Initial impression, they fit well, are comfortable and work well sitting on the couch. I'll be trying them out on the bike today.

Edited by Pavement Tested on Oct 17th 2018 at 10:12 AM
Oct 15th 2018, 05:39 PM   #5
 coastrider's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Oregon Coast

  2017 BMW R1200RT
I use the Howard Leight foam disposable earplugs.

Specifically these:

If you contact the company they will sent you a sample of a million different kinds that they make.

Box of 200 for $16.38 so 8 cents a pair. The important thing is to insert them correctly:

Rolling them and then inserting properly makes them comfortable and work as designed. I have Sena bluetooth speakers in my helmet. The earplugs let me hear music and needed road sounds but filter out the wind noise. Makes riding much nicer than without them.
Oct 15th 2018, 05:41 PM   #6
  Apr 2016

I am digging the Moldex Meteors Small.

Bought a sample pack of various ear plugs from and found those to be the best fit for me.
Oct 15th 2018, 06:32 PM   #7
 WarpShatner7's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  NW Oregon

Ditto the 200 box of Howard Leight MAX. One box has lasted me almost 10 years and I still have about 40 pairs left.

I don't bother in town as it's not the noise, it's the wind pressure and turbulence on the highway, which can be like a sticking a power tool in the ears and can't be good for them. Though the right helmet and windscreen helps quite a bit with that. I go through a pair every 3-6 rides and always have a fresh unwrapped pair or two in my jacket pocket and top case in case I forget or drop them on the ground.

Throw a pair in your regular travel luggage too, because you never know what that hotel or campsite is going to be like.
Oct 15th 2018, 07:43 PM   #8
 Parilla125's Avatar
  Jan 2016

I have two different moulded sets from two different manufacturers and don’t use either set for riding as my helmet puts enough pressure on my ear/jawline that they both allow too much sound in.
I use the foam ones rolled and inserted properly. Some foam ones expand more and ‘harder’ than others so try a few different sets if they don’t work to your liking.
Oct 15th 2018, 08:01 PM   #9
 alienbogey's Avatar
  Feb 2016
  Gig Harbor

Not ear plugs, I guess, but I've been riding for a while now with Bose QC20 active noise cancelling ear phones. Marvelous with one flaw.

Long thread on them at advrider if interested.
Oct 16th 2018, 05:45 AM   #10
  Apr 2017

I've been using 3M E-A-R plugs for years. The Classic, the TaperFit2, and now the Yellow Neon Blast. Noise reduction up to 32 db. The soft foam-style ear plugs generally give the best noise reduction, but don't have the selective noise reduction of some of the custom-made plugs. Shooters like the selective noise reduction because they allow conversation in between the loud reports of gunfire. However, the foam ones are cheap cheap cheap, and when they get dirty you just pitch 'em.

Because I have short ear canals I can't put the taper-fit plugs in narrow end first. I have have to put the fat ends in first and they kind of poke out of my ears, but the noise reduction is still very good.

For me, the TaperFit2 are the most comfortable. The foam of the Neon Blast plugs seems to be either a different material, or is puffed-up a bit more, because they aren't as dense as the Classic or TaperFit, but they still work well, and the lighting bolts on them make my bike go faster.
Oct 16th 2018, 07:47 AM   #11
 Mudslinger's Avatar
  Sep 2016

  Kawasaki Z900RS
I went thru a lot of different ones including different military issue (too much atten.) and custom jobbies (uncomfortable). My findings were that the "Howard Leight Max lite" attenuated at the correct frequencies and were comfortable for all day wear. But... everyone's circumstances are different. For instance my helmet is LOUD and my bikes aerodynamics suck where as yours may not.
Oct 16th 2018, 08:56 AM   #12
 VeritasImageryNW's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Allyn, WA

  '06 HD Street Bob, '85 Yamaha FJ600, '99 Honda CBR600f4
I've been using these for a couple years now. Dubs Acoustic Filters.
Oct 16th 2018, 11:38 AM   #13
 mars's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Scholls, OR

  CB160RR, CB550, SportClassic, R1, CBR250R
I've been using these - and have been really happy with them, considering the price. They also have "motorsports" ear plugs that are exactly the same product but with different marketing.

They're not as comfortable as foam or custom-fit earplugs but are perfectly tolerable, and the frequency response does seem pretty flat. Plus you can choose between different filters to block more or less sound.

FWIW, I went with the lowest filter reduction level of 19dB and find that I could sometimes use a little more for loud music and riding; my ears really start to fatigue after a couple hours.

Edited by mars on Oct 16th 2018 at 11:46 AM
Oct 16th 2018, 11:48 AM   #14
  Jan 2016

  2018 Kaw Ninja H2 SX SE
Have used these for a long time. Reusable, washable. I keep 'em in a little prescription pill bottle in my pocket. Always seem to lose 'em before I have to throw 'em out... And I ain't deef yet!
Oct 16th 2018, 12:24 PM   #15
  Jul 2016

  2013 Ninja 1000
I used disposable earplugs for years and they worked OK, but usually they wouldn't seal up the same in each ear or the helmet would push on them. I always thought custom earplugs were super expensive but I finally went to an audiologist and had some custom ones made. I think the brand is Westone. ~$100 and they fit perfect every time.

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