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Old 12th August 2017, 12:03 PM
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So as I am a new rider, I've yet to use them. I've noticed that the wind noise on my commute is really loud, to the point I cant even hear the engine, surrounding traffic etc. I'm mainly on the nifty fifty doing 100-110kph .

From reading about, people say they are a must. So are there any types you'd recommend. Id like to hear the bike obviously, just drown out wind noise frequencies etc......assuming certain ear plugs can do this.

I also get alot of buffeting while riding (sv650s curvey) so not sure if this is a characteristic of the machines fairing/screen or if I'm sitting in a bad spot etc.

Any help and advice would be much appreciated.
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Old 12th August 2017, 12:17 PM
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They are a must, I wasn't wearing them before and I get a full medical with work every year and they had asked if I rode a motorbike as my hearing was diminishing.
Have them on ever since and last medical the hearing was the same as before plus it makes the journeys more comfortable.
It can be over 100dB when your on the road and you should be wearing ear protection over 85dB.
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Old 12th August 2017, 12:42 PM
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Originally Posted by hornethead View Post
It can be over 100dB when your on the road and you should be wearing ear protection over 85dB.
I never considered that before.
Good shout.
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Old 12th August 2017, 12:51 PM
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I wear them on longer journeys. Foam ear plugs are best, they are disposable and cheap.

I had dearer ones with a filter to block out certain noise frequencies. Not that much better IMHO
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Old 12th August 2017, 12:54 PM
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I bought a pack of a 100 of these many years ago and have been using them ever since. Very good.

Howard Leight ear plugs
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Old 12th August 2017, 01:49 PM
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A box of these as said. I have tried every breed of plugs over the years from working in tunneling and construction along with welding and fab settings and motorcycle use.

The best by far and a box has lasted me a few years and still a shot of the left.
Look at this on eBay http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/390202445676
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Old 12th August 2017, 01:52 PM
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Started using the foam plugs the past year, only sorry I didn't use them years ago!
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Old 12th August 2017, 01:53 PM
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Their very good for keeping wind noise out on motorways, more relaxed at the end of a spin when i use em
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Old 12th August 2017, 02:03 PM
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Have used the foam earplugs for years on all journeys, long or short. Just find the wind noise too loud without them. Normally get them in boots chemist, think they are a couple of euros.
For the buffetting I would consider changing the screen. Had an Mra on my old vfr and thought it did an excellent job of smoothing out the airflow.
Have a look at sv650 forums and see what they would reccommend. Compare this one to the stock screen..

https://www.bikehps.com/acatalog/Suz...g_Screens.html
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Old 12th August 2017, 02:10 PM
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I use the Alpine pro noise cancelling ear plugs and find them great. I can still hear music/intercom on my Sena at motorway speeds. I also put on a screen deflector (ER6f) and bought a chin curtain for the helmet. Now long rides are much quieter as a result.
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Old 12th August 2017, 02:11 PM
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Originally Posted by positron View Post
I bought a pack of a 100 of these many years ago and have been using them ever since. Very good.

Howard Leight ear plugs
Same as this. I cut the cord off them and they are more comfy but I never go more than half a mile without them. Its like brushing your teeth or wearing a seatbelt - you get used to it and after a while feels weird if you dont.

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Old 12th August 2017, 04:22 PM
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Second 'cptr it'll become second nature, start use 'em asap
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Old 12th August 2017, 05:31 PM
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You can get a bag in deals diy section for 1.50 best bet if your liable to loose them and every bit as good. And you can fling them as soon as they start getting a bit scummy..
I use them, maybe a but late as she is always moaning about how high I have the telly.
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Old 12th August 2017, 06:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Hondapanfan View Post
You can get a bag in deals diy section for 1.50 best bet if your liable to loose them and every bit as good. And you can fling them as soon as they start getting a bit scummy..
I use them, maybe a but late as she is always moaning about how high I have the telly.
Yep, bag of em in Dealz for 1.50 yo yos, been using em a while now and even tho their cheap their good quality
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Old 12th August 2017, 08:47 PM
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I use the Howard light ones too think it was 1.50 for 10 pairs on amazon
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Old 12th August 2017, 09:00 PM
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Originally Posted by GONKO View Post
So as I am a new rider, I've yet to use them. I've noticed that the wind noise on my commute is really loud, to the point I cant even hear the engine, surrounding traffic etc. I'm mainly on the nifty fifty doing 100-110kph .

From reading about, people say they are a must. So are there any types you'd recommend. Id like to hear the bike obviously, just drown out wind noise frequencies etc......assuming certain ear plugs can do this.

I also get alot of buffeting while riding (sv650s curvey) so not sure if this is a characteristic of the machines fairing/screen or if I'm sitting in a bad spot etc.

Any help and advice would be much appreciated.

Only using them last few months should been all the time my hearing is fucked if person not looking at me when speak it all garbled and I only 37. I use pinlock earbuds now to save what I left
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Old 12th August 2017, 10:08 PM
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I use the 3m yellow ones, I've tried a few different types and find them the best. Once your used to riding with them ya won't ride without them.
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Old 12th August 2017, 11:57 PM
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Originally Posted by hooch View Post
I use the 3m yellow ones, I've tried a few different types and find them the best. Once your used to riding with them ya won't ride without them.
Fact. I was banging the back of this one a few years ago and sorry wrong forum. .Thought I was on the other one I frequent
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Old 13th August 2017, 01:30 PM
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If you're a Sunday rider, you might be able to get away without them but if you commute or use the bike often, they're almost mandatory unless you want to be deaf in a few years time.

Mind you, you will be able to hear everything, it just muffles "the bad things" like wind noise and extremely loud noises, etc...

I was getting headaches and my ears would be buzzing when I came into work, now I can't go anywhere without them.

I tried to get the custom ones but nobody seems to make them in Ireland anymore, so thanks to the lads recommendation I ended up buying a big box of Howard Leight.

I use them for about a week and throw them away.


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Old 13th August 2017, 02:15 PM
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The 3M foam ones you find in any bike shop are grand.
Apart from protecting your ears, blocking out all that unnecessary wind noise etc. reduces fatigue and lets you stay sharper on the bike.
I just cant enjoy being on the bike without them anymore. All the extra noise is just distracting.
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