Wind noise and bikes. On the verge of giving up riding.

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Alexander B, Apr 1, 2017.

  1. Dav101

    Dav101 Been here awhile

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    Go to a hearing specialist and have them make you a custom set of molded ear plugs, they're not that expensive. You could have a set made so you can still hear horns and emergency sirens or on the other end of the spectrum you can get a custom set that literally makes you equivalent to a deaf person, then it wouldn't matter if you ride with out even a helmet or a screen at 100 mph. :D

    If you want to try it cheap, get yourself a kit and make them yourself:

    http://www.esafetysupplies.com/Radians-Custom-Molded-Earplugs.html?gclid=CN2isISih9MCFdcegQod-WcDDQ

    If you already tried custom molded ear plugs made for you from an actual ear Dr and you're still having the problems you describe, you're doing something wrong.

    If you're one of those people that has more hair growing out of their ears then on their head, custom molded ear plugs may not work for you unless you get that cleaned up. :rofl

    Good luck!
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  2. Alexander B

    Alexander B Long timer

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    I have a chin curtain on my Schuberth.
    No screen on bike = no Laminar Lip.
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  3. Alexander B

    Alexander B Long timer

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    Why do you reply without reading the original post?
    I already use ear plugs.
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  4. Alexander B

    Alexander B Long timer

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    Like I said, I already have moulded ear plugs. (On my second pair now.)
    They work as intended, but it is not enough to prevent tinnitus at highway speed.
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  5. Alexander B

    Alexander B Long timer

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    Thanks, but not an "apples to apples" comparison. You refer to bikes that are very different from each other (Tuono, K1600, S1000XR), while I am on naked bike number three, four and five in a row. They give quite similar results with different helmets, as I have used them with four different full face hemets.
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  6. larryboy

    larryboy Stable genius.

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    Quit riding already.
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  7. Eddieb

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    I've played around with reducing wind noise a bit. I fitted a windjammer to my helmet and that made a noticeable improvement as it stops wind coming up the sides of the helmet and around your ears. Ride along and place your hand against your neck and the underside of your helmet under your ears and you can hear the difference blocking that airflow makes. As a bonus it also helps keep your head warm in winter.

    http://www.adventureridingnz.co.nz/forums/topic/review-pro-line-wind-jammer-ii/

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    I've also discovered on quite a few of my bikes that the disruptive airflow that causes the wind noise and buffeting was actually coming off the mirrors, not off the screen. On my DR650 there is strong air coming off the inside edge of the mirrors that hits my helmet right on my cheeks. Fitting mirror arm extenders also reduced the noise a bit. While riding move your left hand around the mirrors and screen and you will feel where the disruptive airflow is coming from.
    On any bike, especially a naked stand up and once you are out of the mirror airflows you'll have clean quiet air, sit down again and the buffeting is back.
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  8. Fanta

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    Get rubber ear plugs. Forget the foam ones. I teach drums for a living and have ear plugs in my ears for most of my day. The rubber ones seem to seal more consistently, and you can fine tune the amount of sound they cut out (by shoving them way in there, or not so far). Also, you don't have that annoying waiting period that the foam ear plugs have while you wait for them to expand, and hopefully seal.

    Last, to make sure they're always on me, I like to keep them in a pill tube (available in the geriatric section of any pharmacy) on my keychain. I would write off ear plugs if it weren't for the rubber ones.

    Walgreen's carries a brand called "Hear-O's" (something like that). They are excellent, and cheap (maybe $4).

    P.S. FORGET THE FOAM.
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  9. wavygravy87

    wavygravy87 Been here awhile

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    A Madstad windscreen will make about any bike quiet if you get it adjusted right.

    My '08 FZ6 was extremely loud and buffeted horrible with a couple different bolt on windscreens. Bolted on an ugly ass 20" Madstad and you could strike a damn match behind it on the highway. Dead silent.

    So i bought a 2013 Super Tenere and promptly put one on it. Same result, but less goofy looking.

    IMO, never sell a bike with a fairing you like due to wind noise without trying a Madstad. Spacing the windshield out from the fairing/body/whatever really does wonders. The adjustability is just an included perk. So is the buttfugliness.
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  10. chazbird

    chazbird Long timer

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    Not too conveienant but WindShear, Inc. Concord, N.C. has a wind tunnel capable up to 180 mph. Arrange for a rental and you can try to sort most of your wind noise issues out - but: $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
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  11. Sir Not Appearing

    Sir Not Appearing That's no ordinary rabbit

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    Good advice. I would guess the op has some underlying issue if earplugs under the helmet don't help with the tinnitus. Maybe it's time for a Miata.

    Sent from my Motorola DynaTAC
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  12. Newbusa

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    You realize once you get Tinnitus ,it's there for life right? I have tinnitus, it's a constant in my life day and night it's there like an old friend ringing in my ears. So protect your ears it's not fun never having silence.
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  13. Gone Troppo

    Gone Troppo Somewhat bemused observer

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    +1 on Madstad screens.
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  14. slipknot

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    The last time I drove a Miata I regretted not bring ear plugs. Damn that car is noisy but I only drove it with the rag top up. And a car is no replacement for a bike.

    Do what the Harley riders do, wear a half helmet. Full coverage helmets produce their own noises. Blowing across the opening of an empty soda bottle produces the same effect as wind passing under a full coverage helmet. Only the helmet is much worse. The effective pressure differential is so bad I'm often doing a yawn to release the pressure on my ears as if I were doing altitude changes in an airplane. Behind the barn door screen I use in winter on my ST1100 the only quiet air is when I stand up in the wind.

    And you can shop for a bike that has a windshield that is close enough to you that the turbulence is just beyond your head. The second quietest ride I've had has been a Harley Ultra with a half helmet, no ear plugs necessary. I don't own one but there it is. The quietest ride was a GL1800 with a screen that came far back, had to look through the screen but it was like riding in a car. My GL1800 with the stock screen was that quiet if I leaned forward enough to get past the spill over air. So you have three choices. R1200RT, one of the newer Harley Ultras that have had a lot of wind tunnel testing, GL1800 with a different screen depending on your height. And those bike are comfortable enough to ride very long distance day after day.
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  15. Nine90

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    I have a R1200RT which is very quiet ... except when I have the baffles out on the akra exhaust ... which is always.
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  16. bv11

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    +2. Madstad is the ONLY thing that stopped the noise and buffetting on my Vstrom and Tiger 1050. If they can fix those bikes, they can fix anything. If Madstad doesn't make a windshield and brackets for your current bike, buy one for which they do before you call it quits.
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  17. Lee Dodge

    Lee Dodge Been here awhile Supporter

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    +1 on the Givi Airflow. If they make one for your bike its worth a try. I have been experimenting trying to reduce the wind noise on my NC700x. I have tried multiple windshields but the best results so far have been from the Airflow. They don't make one for my bike so I bought the blade and adjusters separately and drilled some holes in a screen to attach it.
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  18. 10/10ths

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    Three step process:

    Step 1: http://www.nojgear.com/Quiet_Rider_Deluxe_Helmet_Skirt_p/qr03-1.htm

    Step 2: The ones on the left end of the middle row--http://www.aerostich.com/clothing/visibility-protection/earplugs/aerostich-reusable-earplug-sample-kit.html

    Step 3: http://www.madstad.com/s.nl/sc.7/.f


    The quietest Motorcycle wind situation for me was a first generation V-Strom 650 with this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Suzuki-2004...rom-Windshield-DL-650-Windscreen/111085820541

    I now ride a 2011 Suzuki GSX1250FA with a huge Madstad shield and it is equally quiet.

    Good luck.
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  19. Scourge

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    Go buy a 50 piece jar of 32 decibel disposable foam ear plugs for shooting. Roll them up super tight and shove them into your ear canal. Wait until they expand. If you try to pull them out and it feels like it's sucking your ear drum out of your skull you have it right. (wiggle them to let air past and they will come right out)

    If the wind still bothers you, you are one sensitive fellow - pack it in. No solution will satisfy you if a 32 decibel reduction in all sound isn't enough. If it works - have a set of custom ear plugs molded for your ears by a professional. They are more comfortable for longer rides than the foam ones.

    Also... stop the air going under the helmet - it's mostly the bottom hole you stick your head in that creates all the noise. Google "wind stopper chin curtain".

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  20. ObiJohn

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    I have an '09 FJR with a CalSci tall windscreen. It's about 2" higher in the low position over the stock windshield. On the highway, I raise it to just below the max and it's so quiet I can hear the gears whine in the transmission below me.
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