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Mar 24th 2019, 10:14 AM   #31
 Dash Riprock's Avatar
 
  Apr 2018
  Tri-cities

  Yamaha 650
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Originally Posted by Parilla125
WEAR EAR PLUGS!
Having worked in aviation, raced cars and motorcycles, played music plus other noisy things nearly all my life I can attest to how hearing loss sucks.
If you are wearing headphones/speakers and have them WAY up you are doing damage. If you are in the wind at speed you are doing damage even if you can not Ďhearí the wind. The frequency may be at the high or low end of your perception, but permanent damage is being done regardless.
Find what you will use and use it!
Need to find the keys to the DeLorean so I can go back and tell me 16 year old idiot self!
Mar 24th 2019, 11:27 AM   #32
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  Jan 2016
  NW Oregon

  R1200ST, CB350
I've never had a helmet/windshield combination that had such smooth air at 50+ MPH that I didn't get pulsating air pressure stabbing at my eardrums. I'll never ride at highway speeds without earplugs. Noise isn't so much the problem; the wind can be loud but it ain't that loud. It's the pressure and pounding that makes me pull over and stick the earplugs in if I don't have them in already.

I don't bother if I'm staying in town, noise/wind isn't a problem when you never get above 2nd gear and it's safer if you can hear better.
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Dec 18th 2019, 08:47 AM   #33
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  Jun 2018
  LaCenter Washington

  83 Suzuki GS 1100E
Although the last post was a few months ago I thought I read somewhere about a neck collar that seals helmet to shoulder. Wonder if anyone has any experience with this product?
Dec 18th 2019, 09:07 AM   #34
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  Jan 2016
  SeaTac

Neck collars are fairly common in racing circles, but it is more for protecting the neck than cutting out noise. In Kart racing your head becomes the roll bar.

On the guy talking about hearing more important than wind noise you "can't hear", even if you 'can't hear' the wind, the damage is being done. Proper ear plugs that will allow you to hear 'some' is the best way to go.
Don't know how old you are, but hearing damage sucks, and is PERMANENT. The steady tone I hear, the asking "What?" often (I am borderline for hearing aids) makes me wish I had been more careful with mine.

Edited by Parilla125 on Dec 18th 2019 at 09:18 AM
Dec 19th 2019, 06:35 PM   #35
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  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2019 Nada
i cant ride WITHOUT earplugs now. i hear what i need to hear with them in. the noise is distracting and tiring. i have learned to pay attention to the way the bike vibrates and moves more than the way it sounds to know where the engine is and whatever the hell else it is we pay attention to without realizing.
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Dec 19th 2019, 11:39 PM   #36
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  Jan 2016
  Rome

  SV650S, CRF450R, and others
Howard Leight Max. I buy them in larger quantities at the local safety supply store.
Been wearing them for 11 years.

My exhaust is music but the wind noise is maddening...
It's almost worse than tinnitus.

Edited by Thumperpilot on Dec 20th 2019 at 12:16 AM
Dec 20th 2019, 08:37 AM   #37
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  Jan 2016
  Seattle ,Wa

  Burgman 400, TW200, Boulevard M50, 2018 Indian Scout 1131, 2018 Indian Chieftain Classic
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Howard Leight Max. I buy them in larger quantities at the local safety supply store.
Been wearing them for 11 years.

My exhaust is music but the wind noise is maddening...
It's almost worse than tinnitus.
Ditto, I get mine from Amazon
Dec 22nd 2019, 12:19 PM   #38
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  Jun 2018
  LaCenter Washington

  83 Suzuki GS 1100E
Ear plugs

I went with the 3-M plugs which I had used for 20 years as a truck driver. Didnít pay too much attention in recent years cause they were provided by the company and Iím retired now. Realized Iíd run out of them and would have to start buying them. Just got them from Amazon. So for riding I went with what had worked for me then. Interesting issue is I told the company(PNB telephone) in the late 70s the truck I was driving was too loud so they had it tested by Federal DOT. The test was in a big open parking lot in Salem. Test was done at rest in neutral and floor the throttle.88db. I was told that 89 sustained was legal and I had no claim. I told the inspector that had no relevance to running down the road at speed with 80k on, he said thatís how we test.Too bad.We couldnít wear earplugs until the late 80s and by then I got tinnitus. I transferred out to network technician to get away from trucks.So now I have a constant low volume 5500 hz tone that I measured myself on my telco issued 965TD test set and confirmed by my ear doctor. Not enough to cause problems but not curable either. You have the right to ask for a dB test at your workplace with no repercussions. Wear your earplugs.
Jan 1st 2020, 07:46 PM   #39
 
  Jan 2017
  Anchorage

  XR650L CRF450R
Butt plugs are also a good idea so you don't shit your pants when you open the throttle.
Jan 2nd 2020, 04:39 AM   #40
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  Jun 2018
  LaCenter Washington

  83 Suzuki GS 1100E
Classy
Jan 2nd 2020, 07:25 PM   #41
 
  Jan 2017
  Anchorage

  XR650L CRF450R
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Classy
This site needs more spice than class. I remember 15 years ago when this was pnwriders and things were hopping. This is depressing.
Jan 2nd 2020, 08:40 PM   #42
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  Jan 2016
  Hazel Dell, Wa

  Honda VFR800, Husqvarna TE 610, Ducati Hypermotard 1100S, Suzuki VStrom 650, Yamaha Radian, MZ 125SM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Speed Demon
This site needs more spice than class. I remember 15 years ago when this was pnwriders and things were hopping. This is depressing.
It's depressing for a different reason. PNWriders was depressing because of the shit show and childish behavior of some of it's members. However, it had lots of good, knowledgeable folks contributing mechanical topics/threads, racing topics/threads, and my favorite- road reports. While the juvenile behavior got fixed and people got booted, unfortunately it got sold as well. Initially this was a happening place, but many folks just don't post anymore and take it to FB.
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