Soundproof foam to a helmet?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by mikem9, Apr 6, 2014.

  1. mikem9

    mikem9 Wanderer

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    Has anyone tried to add some soundproof foam to a helmet for noise reduction?
    Ear plugs are annoying and I forget to put them in sometimes. After shooting guns one day and wearing the ear muffs made for that, I wondered why you couldn't do something similar (maybe not as sound dampening as those for situational awareness safety).

    Any experiences?
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  2. txwanderer

    txwanderer Been here awhile

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    Haven't tried that, but wear 30db reduction foam plugs. Listen to music. Talk to wife. Have no problems except I lose the little buggars from time to time.
    I can still hear things around me, even tires on the road coming up.
    Good luck with your experiment.
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  3. randyo

    randyo Long timer

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    I find that 90% of helmet noise comes from the opening below your chin, the addition of a stretchy terrycloth chin curtain virtually eliminates helmet noise for me
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  4. tlempke

    tlempke Adventurer

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    I'll second that on a well built helmet. My Bell Vortex, even with the chin curtain was very noisy. My new Shoei RF1200 with the chin curtain on is amazingly quiet. On my Bell, there were rear vents that created a whistle. A little duct tape on the inside under the padding to cover the vents solved that.
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  5. ScEd

    ScEd Been here awhile

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    On extremely long rides I use a inflatable neck pillow that's horse-shoe shaped. Slid under the helmet from the front it does dampen noise very well. A at <$10.00 may be worth a try if ear plugs aren't your thing.
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