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Old 07-26-2004, 06:35 PM
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Don't have anything to compare against my current Shoei TZ-1, but on long trips I ALWAYS wear earplugs, including on my daily 40 mile (round trip) commute.
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Old 07-27-2004, 06:55 AM
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Re: Quiet Helmets ?

MCN (Motorcycle Consumer News) did a review on a lot of lids (cheap to expensive). One of their test criteria was "wind noise". The generally concluded that the higher priced helmets had the better sound protection, with a few exceptions. You can contact them for a copy of the backissue or try to search their site for the article.

http://www.mcnews.com/mcn/
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I have an arai rx7 and is not a quiet one. However, I NEVER go for any ride, unless it is less than 2 miles or so, without putting on ear plugs. So, the noise has never been a problem for me. In return, I get better ventilation and cooler head, quicker changing shileds, etc.

Low noise should be the least important feature of a helmet, in my opinion.
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Re: Quiet Helmets ?

I have an HJC and it roars like hell. Thought I was cause I went cheap :P

I'm actually very surprised that alot of you guys wear ear plugs. What about sirens, talking to your buddies at the light, etc?
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Old 02-25-2005, 11:46 AM
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With ear plugs, I can still hear ambient noise - it's just muted. Like when you get out of a swimming pool or the shower, and there's water in your ears. When talking to my friends, I shout and sometimes they understand. Mostly just a lot of gesturing.
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Re: Quiet Helmets ?

if you want quiet, let me tell you.......my beanie cap STINKS at quiet-hehehehehe...just kidding....i have a cheaper hjc that fits very well and dont really have to much complaint about wind noise, and i ride 30 miles one way to work on the highway.
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I have a aria astrol and never really had any problems with excessive noise. I never wear earplugs when riding on the street. The noise never really seemed to bother me. However the guys that ride behind me all the time wear plugs and they say that it helps them because my bike is so loud (hehe!!!)
You should look for a helmet that fits your head correctly first & foremost! Expense should be second. Working at a bike shop, its amazing to see how many people actually wear helmets that dont fit their heads. Alot of good that will do you when the time comes that you need the helmet to actually work. Please dont buy your new helmet over the internet without first going and trying on as many as you can until you find one that fits your head correctly. Ask your local shops if thay can properly fit a helmet for you if you are unsure of how it should fit. Most dealerships with half decent guys that have lots of experience riding will be able to help you out.
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Re: Quiet Helmets ?

The following helmet is arguably about the quietest and most rider-friendly helmet going; it also happens to be about the costliest helmet going:

[web:876a6cd220]http://www.shoei-helmets.com/x-eleven.html[/web:876a6cd220]



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Re: Quiet Helmets ?

Originally Posted by HotStreetVTR";p=&quot View Post
The following helmet is arguably about the quietest and most rider-friendly helmet going; it also happens to be about the costliest helmet going:

[web:2e9f819372]http://www.shoei-helmets.com/x-eleven.html[/web:2e9f819372]



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Well, I've got an X-11 and it's a really nice helmet, but I don't consider it particularly quiet, about the same as my old RF-700. I wear plugs too.

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Re: Quiet Helmets ?

3 things

1. i got an extra helmet , a Zeus 508 model modular helmet, and the thing is better than my agv helmet i swore by. when im at the pump, i can breathe and dont look like darth vader, also i wear glasses for riding (light perscription of -.75 ) and its easy to get em on or off. it has interchangeable lens capability and i got a mirrored finish one, looks nice. should check em out for an extra or whatever. only 80$

check out the reviews on it

http://www.webbikeworld.com/r2/zeus-...eus-helmet.htm


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this will solve all arguements... well, to some degree :

http://www.motorcyclegearreview.com


3. the best investment in the WORLD is a set of good in-ear earbuds... i hook em to my mp3 player, put on some Slayer and im ready to relax. cant hear a damn thing on the bike or at the gym. check em out.
theyre sonys and 30$ also come with 3 sizes of rubber thingeys for your ears. remember!!!! these are not the ones that HANG in your ear.. rather these are more like the earplugs used for swimming.

http://www.pricegrabber.com/search_g...asterid=893309
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Hi!

Maybe not well known in the U.S; but in Europe, Schuberth helmets are known for being quiet.
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Re: Quiet Helmets ?

If you want Quiet stay away from KBC unless it is 2005 model. I own vr-7 Wolf type model and it is LOUD!!!!! Light but loud I spoke to another guy who had racer1 and he said same thing. I also own BIEFFE br 16 which is the lightest helmet I've ever owned but it's loud as well. I read that article in motorcyclist and they actually said the cheap helmet from parts unlimited out performed the expensive ones!!!!!!! In both energy absorbtion and noise levels it was like $75 bucks or something stupid like that.

They said most of the expensive snell approved helmets are constructed of materials that are to ridgid and don't disperse the energy well. The plastic gave better without breaking and the foam the use is better as well. That said I hate heavy plastic helmets.
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I have 3 really quiet helmets: an Arai RX-7, a Shoei RF-900, and a KBC TK-8. Ironically, the KBC is just as quiet as the Arai. It may have something to do with the $5 rubber ear plugs I wear with all my helmets. They magically transform every lid I don into a wonderful place to live.
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Re: Quiet Helmets ?

It's gotta be the PLUGS!!!! My KBC is EXTREMLY LOUD it's got a huge gap between the shield and the rubber seal. And before you tell me, I have adjusted the plates on the side as far back as they can go.
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Re: Quiet Helmets ?

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I have an HJC and it roars like hell. Thought I was cause I went cheap :P

I'm actually very surprised that alot of you guys wear ear plugs. What about sirens, talking to your buddies at the light, etc?

as far as ear plugs go.. they just bring down the volume.. you can still hear everything fine.. better in most cases. when i played in bands back in the day i wore ear plugs and it helped tremendously, i also never go on a long trip without them... so much more enjoyable.



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Re: Quiet Helmets ?

Regarding noise...
I ALWAYS wear ear plugs - always.
I can't remember where but I read some where a few years back about the wind noise, etc. actually diminishing your brain's ability to react quickly. Something about the loud noise being a big sensory input that, almost subconsciously, your brain is having to process.
This left "less brain power" for visual input process, reaction times, etc.

For me personally, the wind noise IS distracting. Distracting and frustrating. Those two things can not be good on a motorcycle.

I can still hear everything pretty well with ear plugs in. Car horns, sirens, people talking, etc., all are still easily "hearable" with ear plugs.

One side benefit, by eliminating the wind noise I can sometimes actually hear my engine better. This makes noticing an unusual tick, etc. easier.

I once rode from Birmingham to just south of Roanoke, Va. all interstate, on an in-inline four with headers. My ears roared and rang for days. That is the last time I have ridden any distance at all sans ear plugs.

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I think a lot of it has to do with the seal of the shield against the helmet. I have two HJC's and one is quieter than the other because on one the shield seals against the helmet better (I probably just need to go get a new shield for it because I don't remember it being like that when new). Also look for helmets where the shield is on the outside of the attachment mechanism which also makes a helmet quieter.

Shoei's are generally pretty good. Just imagine how loud it is for those that don't wear a helmet. I don't know how they can stand the wind noise.
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Re: Quiet Helmets ?

My X Eleven is not quite but it IS well ventilated ! (and a damn nice helmet)

Ear plugs are your answer bro...
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Re: Quiet Helmets ?

I used a Bieffe helmet for a number of years and didn't wear earplugs because it was very quiet. I purchased a Shark S500 Air. It is very well ventilated but very LOUD. Wind noise is very noticable. I've tried disposible foam earplugs and find them a bit too quiet. I'll get used to them I guess.
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My Icon Alliance is the quietest helmet I have worn yet. I've had HJC CL-12, AC-11, Shoei RF 900 and the Icon.
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Re: Quiet Helmets ?

Currently have an Arai Quantum f and it's pretty quiet with all of the vents closed, but wind noise has never been a problem with me. My next helmet is going to be a Shoei RF-1000. Tried it on and it was a very good fit.
I've never ridden with ear plugs, but after viewing this thread..... I think I'll pick up a set tomorrow and give them a try.
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Old 10-19-2005, 04:59 PM
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Besides the number of vents in a helmet, your head shape ( I've read ) and it's fit to your helmet, can affect noise. Makes sense to me. Also, ear plugs filter higher frequency noise, wind whistle, you can still hear traffic and the wonderful sound of your engine.
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