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post #11 of 47 Old 12-20-2016, 01:31 PM
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I got the quietest helmet on the market at the time, Schuberth C3 Pro - which were on sale at Revzilla last week, maybe they still are. I also got Sena 20S communication system. It works fine while wearing ear plugs, although I rarely wear them unless I'm doing a longer ride at freeway speed because the helmet is pretty quiet. The reason I got the Sena 20S is that in addition to the helmet speakers they have an ear bud jack and I wanted the option of using active sound cancelling ear buds to neutralize the wind noise. Haven't felt the need for the ear buds yet.

I have an R12R with no wind screen, so the air is non-turbulent at the helmet. I test rode an RT and found there was less wind noise on my R12R up to about 50mph and the RT wasn't much better beyond that, although it was better - just not as much as I expected. Test a bike with fairing before you decide. The other thing was that the RT weighs more, about 100 lbs, but it doesn't really fell that much different than the R12R, even at slow speeds, and the extra weight goes away above 15 or 20 mph. Maybe the RT would feel heavier all the time to some, but I don't scrape the pegs anyway.

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This is quite common - see my post on here!

I have also tried 3 variations - Givi/none/Sport screen and Sport the best option for me anyway.

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Wind noise and buffeting can be a nuisance.
Even my different jackets can cause more or less noise, I try to make sure the collar strap is done up, keep everything smooth.
Can leather jackets be more potentially quiet than textile versions?
Noise can also be created at the bottom of your helmet, a neck guard can sometimes quieten any buffeting around this area.

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BTW give earplugs a try. I really like these and they work great to still listen to music, intercom, gps, etc. Essentially, they seem to cut more of the decibals related to droning wind noise and less of what's actually in your helmet.
What earplugs do you guys wear? The industrial foam kind anyone has at work? Or do you use custom fitted ones?

If custom, where do you purchase, how does it work and what is the cost?

I have a Sena unit in my helmet and never thought about earplugs as I am worried about not being able to hear the headphones properly. Guess I should try it? What are your thoughts?

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I wear custom moulded silicon plugs (Earmold brand in Australia). They remain flexible and are Class 5, blocking out sound in accordance with that spec.

They're comfortable to wear all day, although I still notice the effect of noise on my ears after a 12 hour day in the saddle.

I've used foam plugs for decades but they have a tendency to move/loosen after some time (or when donning your helmet) and the pressure they maintain against your skin can become uncomfortable after some hours.

I'd be interested to see how ISOLATE plugs work for motorcycle applications, noting their attenuation characteristics are different to many other ear plugs, simply quietening all frequencies, whereas Earmold and the like tend to dampen higher frequencies (like wind whistle) more.

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Not sure how much you need a windscreen. I gave up on windscreens and I am using a carbon fiber version of the "Pure" Screen, which offers virtually no protection and is mostly only for looks. It is much quieter than the other windscreens I tried.

I use earplugs and I can hear my GPS, phone and music fine. I can hear people talking to me much better than my standard earplugs. These are the ones I have. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

With a screen, the wind hit me in the face shield and these earplugs amplified the wind noise turbulence to the point where it was painful. Without a windscreen, the helmet is in clean air and these are great. Still can hear what is going on around you and the wind noise is kept at a tolerable level.

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I started wearing earplugs several years ago. I have moulded silicon items made by Ultimate in South London. I can still hear my satnav through my Sena bluetooth unit at all speeds. I too did away with a large screen and much prefer the very small sport screen on my 2009.

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I like Howard Leight Low Pressure. I can hear COM/Music/GPS better WITH them. They're cheap, always carry extra on the bike in case I drop one in a parking lot, etc.

https://www.amazon.com/Howard-Leight...t+low+pressure

It's night and day truly. You're less tired at the end of a ride to boot.
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Thanks for all the suggestions.
I am well aware of ear plugs, as I have worn them for years. The aim was not to wear them, as I talk on the phone at times, as I use the bike for business trips as well.
Therefore I tried different helmets (Shoei head) and different screens.

Today I test rode a Ducati Multistrada 1200S and the wind buffeting is only marginally reduced with the screen in low setting (no wind pressure on chest, but same buffeting around head), but it is beautiful with the screen in high setting.
I have never been a fan of Ducati's and find their prices obscene ($32,500 RRP incl. Touring pack), but this bike is just so much fun. It is really fast, handles just perfect and is comfortable. Unfortunately my legs are a little short for this bike and the price is just the turn off. It is also not available with a quick shifter, something I really like on the R12R. The TFT screen is fantastic and I wish BMW would do something similar.

I have booked a test ride on a R1200GS with low seat for Friday and just found out that my dealer has a R1200GS Adventure Triple Black with low suspension. I hope I can take that for a spin.

I might wear ear plugs again and take the screen off, but I'm still surprised how noise the R1200R is compared to any other naked bike I have owned before I got the BMW.

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There is a ~$8 USD part that is available to cover the triangle behind the instrument gauges on the r12r LC. It takes 10 minutes to swap it out with the sport screen.
Thanks for mentioning this, any more information on this part?
Happy to give it a crack.

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