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Oct 16th 2018, 12:53 PM   #16
 
  Jul 2016
  tigard

  2013 Ninja 1000
On a separate note, I use a Sena to listen to music/radar detector. With the earplugs in, I have to turn up the Sena volume to max to hear it. The speakers aren't that good, either. So I got mold compound to make some custom fitted earbud headphones/earplugs and tap them into the Sena speaker output wires.

Radians CEP001 Custom Molded Earplugs - Industrial Safety Products

Here's a video that shows how to make them.
Oct 16th 2018, 02:21 PM   #17
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  Feb 2016
  Poulsbo, WA

  Aprilia RSV Mille, CB77 (AMA Nat'l landspeed record holder), CB750K, CB750F
I wrote a long diatribe in a similar thread a while back, based upon my paranoia as an audio engineer. I've been using Surefire Sonic Defenders Ultra EP7-L with replaceable foam tips the past year. I have really big ear holes and the retention rings that fit into the bowl of my ear really help to keep the plugs in place, comfortably. Ironically they cut too much sound to wear at the start line at Bonneville, as I couldn't hear the starter talking to me. So I rode ear naked with open pipes. But I use them whenever I ride on the street.

If you don't have a problem with plugs working their way out just get a big box of the disposable foamies. They block as much sound as anything and you can just chuck them when they get dirty.
Oct 16th 2018, 02:38 PM   #18
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  Jan 2016
  Muklilteo, WA

  Suzuki DL1000, Honda XR650R, KTM 250 XC-W
These are the best disposables I've found, very soft and comfy and cut 33Db.

Oct 16th 2018, 06:42 PM   #19
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  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 - The Origame Sea-Dragon
I know two other factors in rider perceived noise that must be considered

First is air-flow around the bike (i.e., fairing or not, and size/positioning of the bubble.)

If I put my windshield up all the way i can actually get my head into the quiet bubble. It's a whole 'nother world in there, as they say. With no wind protection. Yeeks it's loud. Most of us are somewhere in betwen. Also you want to watch for an oscillating windstream off the fairing. If its buffeting your helmet rather than hitting it with a nice laminar fow, noisy.

Speaking of helmets, I had a Suomi Vandal helmet for a BRIEF time. It was an actual noise amplifier. Also, it always tried to rip my head off my neck. HORRIBLE design.

My current helmet is a Scorpion T1200. It is pretty darn quiet AND it's super light weight and the air flow around it is nice and smooth on my bike.

I use green, squishy "MPOW" ((Amazon.com)) earplugs i got in a plastic jug of like 40 pair. I have used two pair in like 4 months because they wash up nicely in your jeans pockets in the washer and are just like new when they dry.

The shipyard earplugs, those green and orange ones - those are SHITE.
Oct 16th 2018, 07:01 PM   #20
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  Apr 2016
  PDX

  2014 675R, 2015 Versys LT
I've been using the HEAROS "extreme protection" / NRR33 for over a year.

Very Comfortable, but installation is key . I'm 6'3" so even with taller windscreens I get a lot of wind noise. Can't ride without
Oct 20th 2018, 04:49 PM   #21
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  Jan 2016
  Bremerton

  BMW F800R, Honda CBR250R
I have really small ear canals, with a tight 90 degree turn, so the foamies would never stay in for me. I went to an audiologist for custom earplugs. Because I was riding on the back of Mike's bike, which was unbelievably loud, I selected the most noise-dampening design, which fills in all of the open space to the back of my earlobe. (I'm sure I'm not explaining that correctly.) Now that I'm on my own quiet bikes, I would choose a design with less noise reduction, as it's very difficult to hear voices with them in.

On the positive side, they are very comfortable and never work themselves out of my ears. They are only uncomfortable when I try to use them for sleeping (side sleeper). But for moto riding, they are one of my best purchases and favorite pieces of gear.
Oct 21st 2018, 07:05 AM   #22
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  Jan 2016
  Small Island Surrounded by Puget Sound

  07 Buell XB12STT, (Two) 12 Suzuki DR650 SE 72BMWR75/5 KIA @ 243K
Thanks for all the responses and information, here's why I asked For me, helmet choices are limited due to head size. The two I own that actually fit comfortably are noisy, (especially the Dual Sport helmet). Own three bikes with varying noise levels but the Dual Sport with just a small rally shield and free flowing exhaust is kind of loud. I've found that foam plugs are adequate for short runs on the street bikes but not for long rides or on the Dual Sport. I've been using these with the cords pulled but they are not the most comfortable and have started irritating the ear canals.

From the thread there are a couple options I hadn't thought of and will try.

Candiya Was your Audiologist in Kitsap?
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Oct 21st 2018, 08:22 AM   #23
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  Jan 2016
  Lebanon, OR

  2014 Interceptor, 2012 ZX6R
I've used disposable for years. Finally bought some Pinlock earplugs at CG. They're pretty darn good once I figured out how to get them in properly.
Oct 21st 2018, 08:17 PM   #24
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  Feb 2016
  Poulsbo, WA

  Aprilia RSV Mille, CB77 (AMA Nat'l landspeed record holder), CB750K, CB750F
By the way, folks, don't take the noise reduction figures as gospel. There isn't really a set standard for measuring that stuff. How well the plugs seal is the most important part. In other words, consider fit over NR rating. They will all do the job if they are sealing well. And as Candiya points out, some can block so much noise that it can be difficult to hear stuff you might need to hear.

There are some plugs that have "filters" with caps that cover a thin cylinder of foam. The idea is you can leave them uncapped for situations where you need to be able to hear people talking or hear traffic, or cap them for a little more noise reduction when you plan to be on the slab with a lot of continuous wind noise.
Oct 22nd 2018, 03:17 PM   #25
 
  Nov 2017
  Vancouver, WA

  2006 GSXR-1000
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Originally Posted by mxmike
On a separate note, I use a Sena to listen to music/radar detector. With the earplugs in, I have to turn up the Sena volume to max to hear it. The speakers aren't that good, either. So I got mold compound to make some custom fitted earbud headphones/earplugs and tap them into the Sena speaker output wires.

Radians CEP001 Custom Molded Earplugs - Industrial Safety Products

Here's a video that shows how to make them.

your mileage may vary but I made a pair of radians custom molded ear plugs and they only lasted a couple rides before they ripped apart.

I made two pairs, one with ear buds built in and one for just my ears. the ear buds ripped apart after taking my helmet on and off about a dozen times.

the plain molded ones would wiggle loose over time and actually amplified the wind noise.

I switched to the classic 3m yellow foam. When inserted properly, they work extremely well and are super cheap.
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