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  • What earplugs for riding my motorcycle?
  • Premier Icon breninbeener
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    Having just mot and insured my motorcycle i discovered i have lost my earplugs.

    They were a set of what looked like small rubber Christmas trees that you could put a different insert in to change the attenuation. Does anyone know what they might have been?

    Failing that, what would you recommend? The bike is a Versys 650 which is quite the loudest bike i have ever had for wind noise.

    Thanks

    Ian

    Premier Icon karlp
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    Basically any work.
    Experiment and see what’s comfortable.
    Boots disposables work well for me and i reuse them alot.
    Ryan F9 of Fort Nine on YouTube has a video on the subject.

    Premier Icon TheFlyingOx
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    I tried a couple of the silicon/rubber types you see advertised on Facebook but have gone back to standard disposable ones: they’re the comfiest, they block out most noise and they stay put. Probably not that great for the environment though.

    Premier Icon footflaps
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    Depends on the shape of your ear canal, I use Howard Leight Laser Lite, but they don’t work at all for the wife and she uses a different brand.

    The Laser Lites were Ride Magazines #1 ear plug back in 2000-ish when I first tried them.

    Premier Icon sharkey
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    Sound like earpeace?
    The best I’ve found for me

    Premier Icon weeksy
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    Earpeace are good, but they’re also a little easier to get wrong than the foam ones and you don’t realise it until you’ve set off.

    Premier Icon YoKaiser
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    I’ve a pair of molded jobs and to be honest prefer the foam disposable one. I find I get sore ears with the pressure from the helmet pushing on the semi rigid siliconish ones. The foam ones are quieter too ime.

    Premier Icon failedengineer
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    Bog standard 3M foam ones for me. Cheap and effective. Anything tapered won’t stay put in my lugs.

    Premier Icon GlennQuagmire
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    3M foam ones here also – I bought a big box from Screwfix.

    https://www.screwfix.com/p/3m-1100-37db-foam-ear-plugs-200-pairs/50346

    Premier Icon Rockhopper
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    I’ve always used custom made ones. I’ve got very narrow ear canals apparently so I struggle to get foam ones in.
    Any earplug though is only as good as it fits and foam ones can, in theory, give better attenuation than custom made as they expand to fit. But it’s critical that you insert them correctly. With custom ones it’s almost impossible to get it wrong.

    Premier Icon breninbeener
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    Ooh thanks all, it was an older pair of Alpines that i had and liked

    I shall also heck out the other suggestions. Much obliged.

    Ian

    Premier Icon scotroutes
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    I use a set of Pinlock earplugs. There are two sizes in the pack so a good chance of fitting well.

    Premier Icon hot_fiat
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    I’ve used flare audio isolates, Howard Leights, some silicone tree style ones and my bose active noise cancelling ear buds. I’ve always gone back to bog standard 3m foam plugs in the end. They just work best.

    Premier Icon bazzer
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    Howard Leight Laser Lite’s for disposable. However most of the time I use Bose Quiet comfort in ear noise cancellers with my Senna headset. They are amazing.

    I have tried moulded (snugs) earplugs at great expense and they are good but hurt my ears after a few hours. To the point I wonder if the initial mould was wrong.

    Premier Icon 5plusn8
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    I commuted every day for a couple of years and the only issue with alpines and the like is the expense. I found I lost one every few months…
    So after I ordered a replacement set of Alpines, I bought cheapo ones that looked similar and came in a pack of 24.
    Back to back testing and the cheap ones are just as good.

    Premier Icon Daffy
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    Do all motorcyclists ride with earplugs?

    Premier Icon weeksy
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    Do all motorcyclists ride with earplugs?

    No, but i’d say a fair percentage of them do based upon what i’ve seen.

    Premier Icon scotroutes
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    @Daffy – I didn’t when I was very much into motorcycling, more than 25 years ago. Getting back into it, I was amazed at just how much wind noise there is. Much more than I recalled. My hearing as been a wee bit dicky for years, I struggle to hear conversation if there’s a background noise like a pub. I put that down to 10+ years of motorbiking.

    Premier Icon brads
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    I never used to but my tinnitus scares the shit out of me now so I use them every ride (last ten yrs)

    Any will do. I have moulded, but one pair was left long to block more noise so are unwearable under a helmet as they kill your jaw.

    Soft Howard Sleight type are as good as anything, if not the best.

    Rode in a pack of 50 bikes for 200 miles recently and could hear the ringing in my heed over the noise. Not good.

    Premier Icon hot_fiat
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    I have tried moulded (snugs) earplugs at great expense and they are good but hurt my ears after a few hours. To the point I wonder if the initial mould was wrong.

    I know a few people who’ve had similar experience with moulded plugs. I wonder if they need to take the impression with your head in a helmet? Anyway the moulded plugs are nowhere as good at noise blocking as bog standard industrial ones.

    There’s nobody in my riding circle who doesn’t wear plugs of some sort. I reckon it’s at least 10mph difference in comfortable cruising speed. Even a brief spell on a motorway (at legal speeds) will leave my ears ringing. I’d like to think it’d be the next thing lid manufacturers address – some are definitely worse than others. Likewise bikes – my KTM adventure bike is far worse for wind noise than my unfaired supermoto was. It’s probably because I’m in the turbulent wash of the screen, while on the SM I’m riding in clean air. So my neck is no longer being forced back, but the sides and top of my head are battered by what feels like a jet blast.

    Premier Icon bigyan
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    Do all motorcyclists ride with earplugs?

    No, but my instructor advised it was a good idea if I did not want to get tinnitus like he had. Its the wind noise that is damaging I believe

    Premier Icon bazzer
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    Anyway the moulded plugs are nowhere as good at noise blocking as bog standard industrial ones.

    Yep I would agree with that too. I find the foam ones the best for blocking noise and most comfy.

    Premier Icon PhilO
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    …standard disposable ones: they’re the comfiest, they block out most noise and they stay put. Probably not that great for the environment though.

    Back when I used to be able to just grab a handful out the dispenser at work, I discovered* that the yellow foam ones wash quite well and can be used dozens of times before disposal.

    *after accidentally leaving some in a pocket.

    Premier Icon sailor74
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    tried loads, including custom ones but these have been the best if you can find them

    Premier Icon CountZero
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    The ones that sailor74 posted, or basically what you’re looking for are attenuated hearing protection for musicians, designed to cut out the damaging high frequencies. I’ve got several sets made by Rooth, that I bought through Drop, formerly Massdrop. I wear them at gigs, for the same reasons, the higher frequencies are the ones that cause the ringing and tinnitus, which I already suffer from, those plugs let me hear more of what’s going on. There’s loads online.

    Premier Icon mrjmt
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    As with the common theme above, I’ve got some custom moulded ones that are uncomfortable after a while so use Howard leight laser or max lites.
    But since I fitted the decat and staintune can to my r1150r I embrace the noise 🤣

    Premier Icon burko73
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    This thread explains all the “look at me” loud bike exhausts that I assumed were there to satisfy attention craving bikers who didn’t get any attention as kids. In reality it’s because their exhaust silencers must be broken and because of their earplugs they can’t hear the noise so they haven’t found out yet.

    If only the bikey enthusiast MOT guy’s hearing wasn’t goosed from yrs of biking without earplugs we wouldn’t have to suffer the noise of middle managers blipping the throttles on their Harleys all weekend.

    Premier Icon Cougar
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    Do all motorcyclists ride with earplugs?

    Dunno about anyone else but I always did, riding without was just horrendous.

    I’m a fan of Mack’s. You can get jars of them for not much money.

    This thread explains all the “look at me” loud bike exhausts

    The primary problem is wind noise rather than engine noise.

    Premier Icon mrjmt
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    This thread explains all the “look at me” loud bike exhausts that I assumed were there to satisfy attention craving bikers who didn’t get any attention as kids. In reality it’s because their exhaust silencers must be broken and because of their earplugs they can’t hear the noise so they haven’t found out yet.

    Nah, it’s because as everyone knows loud exhausts are the coolest thing ever.

    If only the bikey enthusiast MOT guy’s hearing wasn’t goosed from yrs of biking without earplugs we wouldn’t have to suffer the noise of middle managers blipping the throttles on their Harleys all weekend.

    No MOT here in Australia hun.

    Premier Icon tjagain
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    Do all motorcyclists ride with earplugs?

    most do nowadays. I have hearing damage from the wind noise – constant tinnitus and noise damage deafness. Noise levels inside helmets can be 110 db + even 120 db+

    I bitterly regret not wearing them for the one trip that started this

    As for which ones – I used lazer lite

    Premier Icon kilo
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    You should use earplugs on any motorcycle or scooter, iirc once you get above as little as 30mph you’re facing +100 db wind noise. I’ve been using them since I started 30+ years ago and won’t ride without them. I just keep a bag of foam ones in my bike jacket pocket

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