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

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

  1. karlb

    karlb My life is a blur

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    Have you gone to see a Doctor, as this sounds like you have something going on with your ear canals and or ear drum.
  2. chazbird

    chazbird Long timer

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    There's wind noise, there's buffeting, loud noises (music) that can be annoying, and fatiguing, and lead to long term hearing loss and tinnitus but if you are feeling physical pain while experiencing whatever activity you have to stop whatever activity you are doing. You've gone over some line and really need to figure it out. Maybe this calls for a medical intervention.
  3. MHaz01

    MHaz01 I Used To Be Faster

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  4. ph0rk

    ph0rk Doesn't Care

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    Plugs are a must, as is a good helmet and, often, a high-collar jacket, depending on the bike. Changing airflow patterns in the neck area can really make a difference.

    Riding a motorcycle will still be louder than sitting in a quiet room. Most cars, are, too, for that matter. Avoid interstate speeds on naked bikes, or even most sporty bikes, as a quiet bubble of air isn't really a design feature.

    If your ears are ringing after a 4 hour ride with earplugs you either (1) aren't using the plugs properly, or (2) are using plugs but still persisting with speeds and/or body positions that make massive noise. Use your head. I ride plenty, and my hearing is still excellent.

    (Plus, if your ears are still ringing a day later, the damage is already done.)
  5. Big Bo

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    I would not ride, and WILL not ride without ear protection. I use foam ear plugs. I started using them from work, liked them and now order from Amazon. The wind noise is a deal breaker for me. And yes, emergency vehicles and horns are heard with ear protection. No ear protection no riding for me.
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  6. sushi7474

    sushi7474 Starting up

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    Dear Alexander, it was mentioned before - please let a doctor check on you, whether the issues with wind noise are subjective to you or objective (=any kind of illness/ health issues that exegerate the actual noise level). I would suggest trying several bikes (ideally proper touring bikes, if this does not against your preferences = VFR 1200, FJR 1300...) with a proper full-face helmet (since these are typically quieter than the front-flips). Always wear ear protection. It would be a shame to let go a great hobby (=motorbikes) only due to some technical issues.. Wish all the best!
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  7. genespleen

    genespleen Been here awhile

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    I never found foam-based earplugs to be satisfactory, and didn't care to spend the dosh on custom-molded ones. I tried the beeswax/cotton-based "World's Finest Earplugs" and have never looked back for years now. Supercheap and perhaps worth a try: http://earplugsonline.com
  8. Alexander B

    Alexander B Long timer

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    Thanks. I am already using/have used multiple full face helmets, never a flip up one. When the wheather (eventually?) gets better, I will try some sport tourers and even super bikes.
  9. Michaelrm69

    Michaelrm69 Been here awhile

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    If you get a sport tourer/super bike, send your XJR over here! Unfortunately Yamaha doesn't think we like that bike here, so we never had the option to buy :becca
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  10. SEkoster

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    I ride a naked bike and wear a modular helmet and after about one ride, earplugs were the only way to go. I use those blue Hero's and they work great as long as you get them in properly.

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    I just read through this thread and what stood out to me is that the OP seems to ignore every comment regarding getting his hearing checked out by a doctor to understand the scope of the problem... As has been said, given all you have done i dont think you can expect to make any further massive strides in reduction of noise. Good luck to you, but you seem to be putting your head in the sand for obvious next step.
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  12. Gone Troppo

    Gone Troppo Somewhat bemused observer

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    +1 See a doctor.
  13. Gillus

    Gillus High Desert Rat Super Supporter

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    See a doctor to find out if there is a problem.
    Get a windscreen that either gets your helmet in clean air or no screen and wear earplugs. Let the helmet do its job with the clean airflow. Make sure the air flow doesn't come up under the helmet. Or a sport screen that just keeps the air flow of your chest but not in your face.
    Get a barn door windscreen or a screen that gets the air flow over the top of the helmet. No airflow to the helmet. And watch/feel for air flow coming from around the mirrors or up beside the gas tank, that's why a GSA will have winglets. My Gen II Wee has this issue with air from up beside the tank.
    As SEkostler said different helmets have different components/joints/seams of parts to catch the wind. My Arai XD3 has a visor I can't live without but causes noise if it is in the air flow so I keep the screen above that at higher speeds.
  14. Alexander B

    Alexander B Long timer

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    Of course I have seen the doctor recommendation. And of course you are not familiar with the socialist Sweden health care system...
    I may have an opportunity to do a hearing test through my employer, though. The test itself will only show that I HAVE tinnitus, so I will still need to be "forwarded" (to tired to look up the proper word) to a specialist.
  15. Barnwell

    Barnwell Been here awhile

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    Well, as ole F.K. says, Gibs Auf!
  16. rosmoe

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    ENT is the guy they send you to here in the USA. Had problems with my left ear for the last 4 years, done all the tests, have seen many different ENT's, no help. Some things they can't fix. Do keep us posted if they can help you. Just have to live with my problem. As for wind noise, after going through several modular helmets, Nolan, AGV with ear plugs, found that my cheap Index full face helmet (Thailand) with ear plugs works the best. The foam plugs hurt my ears after being in for long rides, so I cut the ends to shorten them a little. Now all is good. Just have to keep trying different things, sooner or later you will find the right combination. They use the word referred to move you on to a specialist here in the US.
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  17. Volfy

    Volfy Fava beans & a nice Chianti

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    I've ridden a bunch of different bikes, from nakeds to sportbikes, to sport touring bikes. Worst is riding a litre sport that happened to redirect the turbulent blast right at my Shoei X-11 (very well vented and noisy). Still, properly fitted foam earplugs (I prefer Howard Leight Max Lite's) make even the worst wind noise pretty much a non-issue for me. Wearing plugs inside Neotec behind my Trophy SE's raised windscreen is practically serene at highway speeds.

    I would say the noise is mostly in OP's head, unfortunately. I understand tinnitus can be very delibitating, and even the best bike and earplug probably won't help if you have a bad case of it. I agree seeing med pro is likely your best bet.
  18. matbaugh

    matbaugh Been here awhile

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    I agree with this--I always use ear plugs and on my Tenere I have winglets in front of the tank and a V-Stream windshield--Sport Touring model--these two things combined make my riding very quiet.
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  19. push2open

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    Same here, op. Different helmets, bikes, windshields, etc. Then experimented with various ways of closing off and streamlining the base of the helmet - that was the real problem area for me, and i have been able to greatly reduce the noise by closing the neck area with a homemade cuff that velcro's to the base of the helmet. Crude but effective.
  20. Snapper

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    It's been said many times early, but Madstad screens are bliss. That said, his designs are much more function over form, so they may not be the prettiest thing out there.