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post #1 of 48 (permalink) Old 05-12-2017, 04:51 AM Thread Starter
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Ear protection

I don't know how many of you guys use ear protection while riding, but I find the wind noise quite tiring while riding the Bobber. And after a long ride without buds I definitely hear the ringing in my ears. Damaging to say the least!
I have been testing quite a few different types of ear buds and i have come to the conclusion that two types are the best:

1) Wax earplugs that form a good seal around the ear. BUT I hate the residue they leave both on the ears and hands. They also have to be rolled and warmed up before placed in each ear.

2) Isolate earplugs made from titanium
The ISOLATE Noise Blockers By Flare Audio ? Headfonics

I have also had special buds custom made to fit my ears, but for all the length and trouble that takes (and cost), I highly recommend the Isolates instead. They do a fantastic job reducing noise and are so comfy/small that you don't even notice they are in - even with a helmet on.

Just thought I'd share my findings with the forum.

** testing done with various 3/4 helmets

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These are also available on Amazon UK for those of us living in Europe...
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I agree and always try to wear some ear protection on long'ish rides. I have a set of Sennheiser noise blocking earphones I connect onto my Sena before Pulling away.


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I agree and always try to wear some ear protection on long'ish rides. I have a set of Sennheiser noise blocking earphones I connect onto my Sena before Pulling away.


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Sennheiser are excellent.
I use them when travelling.

What i like about the Isolate is the fact they are so small and don't protrude from the ear canal. So even if the helmet has a tight fit around the ears, they don't disturb, move around or become unlodged.

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I feel a lot more comfortable without all the wind noise, and riding is a lot more enjoyable with ear plugs.
I have been using Hearos disposable ear plugs. They are pretty comfortable. I am also looking into getting following:

LiveMusic: https://www.amazon.com/LiveMus-HearS...r%2Bplugs&th=1

They have good reviews and good warranty. Have any of you used them?

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I feel a lot more comfortable without all the wind noise, and riding is a lot more enjoyable with ear plugs.
I have been using Hearos disposable ear plugs. They are pretty comfortable. I am also looking into getting following:

LiveMusic: https://www.amazon.com/LiveMus-HearS...r%2Bplugs&th=1

They have good reviews and good warranty. Have any of you used them?
I have not tried them, but they have good reviews online.
For motorbike, it seems they allow enough noise through without cutting out too much in the process.
Let us know how you get on with them if you go ahead with the purchase.

I am super happy with the titanium body ear buds due to the fact that they block out all the annoying noise and yet i don't feel cut off or isolated like with standard/wax buds. All of the stimulation comes in via bone conduction. Feels great when riding! Hard to explain, but really does feel different in a good way.
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Always use earplugs when riding. If you don't you are damaging your hearing and will pay for it later!!

Been using these for years

http://www.ultimateear.com/motorcyclist.php

I think they're great!


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Always use earplugs when riding. If you don't you are damaging your hearing and will pay for it later!!

Been using these for years

http://www.ultimateear.com/motorcyclist.php

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Which model specific?


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I use the standard squidgy ones. They're normally at bike shows for doing the ear moulds but you can get your own done and post in too.

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Well after 40 miles of motorway to bed in 5th and 6th gears, I have to say, compare to the winsblast channeled off the tiger screen (Tried 4 screens on the tiger and an additional blade on the top of the last one that made it flex a little scarily in 3 digits) the bobber is very silent, pure windplast over an Arai is no problem at all compared to the tubetrain racket i'm used to (earplugs were 100% absolute necessity on the tiger) and no earplugs needed at all.

However I must admit my hearing is shot and I do have 2 hearingaids for general use so maybe 30 years of bikes have buggered me up along the way - that and shooting 1000 - 1500 rounds a week (mix of .44 +P+. 9mm and .45 in pistols for 3 years probably didnt help.
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