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Old 09-29-2009, 12:54 PM   #41
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Every time I want to be able to hear when im super old like Racer X


on a side note I use silicone ear plugs that are basically just like play-dough and you just mush into your ear and they stay there and never fall out.. THEY ARE AWESOME if you've only used the foam ones try the silicone ones and not only will you never go back but you'll have a smile all ride knowing that just maybe they were part of a hot chicks boobie implant once and got recycled.


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Old 09-29-2009, 12:56 PM   #42
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my hearing is effected and i wear them always, so i can't imagine what it'd be like w/o them.......

where do you get the silicon one's? do they have a db reduction rating?
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Earplugs don't totally eliminate the noise. You get used to hearing things in a different way with them. I can still hear my engine and know when I need to shift up and down. I can hear the cars around me also. It also makes me more prone to do a good lane check instead of just a quick glance.
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I wear mine ALL the time, unless it is a quick trip around the block after washing or maintenance on the bike.
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I dont like the feel of ear plugs. they Make everything echoe. All i hear is my heartbeating Guess that means im alive. but with that being said I prefer my ipod. TO be honest ive heard alot of bike and with the exhaust the way they are you are not loosing much anyways. Loud Exhaust = not hearing the engine that well. IMHO.
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I dont like the feel of ear plugs. they Make everything echoe. All i hear is my heartbeating Guess that means im alive. but with that being said I prefer my ipod. TO be honest ive heard alot of bike and with the exhaust the way they are you are not loosing much anyways. Loud Exhaust = not hearing the engine that well. IMHO.
its windnoise thats the primary noise maker at speed not engine noise.
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maybe my ear are on backwards you ever think of that


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What I cannot ever consider is playing music through a set of earphones. I do not see any benefit whatsoever in doing so; and in fact I absolutely believe it's a compromise to your own safety. I think that's just a bad a habit to start off with, than me not wearing plugs. Actually, I think it's not good at all, and especially if you're a new rider. Even my buddies, who only recently started riding (less than 1 year) are all into their i-pods and playing tunes (through earphones) while riding. I want to rely on all my senses, and hearing is extremely important to have no distractions, or distortions. Earphones completely mask, or significantly mitigate external noises, imho. I'd rather have external speakers, but then that would look kinda funny on a sportbike.

Besides, it's annoying when we're at a stop light, and I start saying something to them, then they go "hold on... need to turn down my volume." Then I'm like... Nevermind.
Do you drive your car with the radio on and the windows up?

I'm a big fan of ear plugs as they significantly reduce rider fatigue and actually improve hearing at (speed) by eliminated wind noise. I bit the bullit last X-Mas and purchased a set of Big-Ear custom earphones as I kept destroying ear-buds wearing them inside a helmet. Best audio accessory I've ever pruchased. The sound quality of the drivers is excellent and I can wear them for hours at a time with no problems froma comfort persepctive. I've even started wearing them without being hooked up to a music source if I'm riding at a spirited pace on the street to block out all the unwated noise.
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Do you drive your car with the radio on and the windows up?

Earphones vs. Ear Plugs:

Yes, I do. But at least in my car, I have a cage surrounding me. I'm all for plugs, though. And if there's a decent way for me to attach external speakers to my bike, then I'd be all for that as well.

Riding around town, through streets like Westheimer, Kirby, Hwy. 6, etc, I don't think it's a good idea to wear earphones with music drowning out all external noises.
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I will wear ear plugs when I go on long rides but I will only use a set of noise canceling ones like Shure. On those, you can put them on and not even have music on and they act as ear plugs.
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Old 10-05-2009, 05:13 PM   #51
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I rode home with ear plugs for the first time in probably 15 years.

about a year ago, i noticed my arai was getting conciderably louder, but it wasnt bothersome. then the exhaust on my bike finally just rotted off (it was almost a 20 year old system, that i kept transfering from bike to bike to bike :P.. after a 5 minute ride, my ears would painfully ring, and cause me a headache. i have earplugs at work, but it never crossed my mind. no idea why....

today, with a new quiet muffler on, i went home with earplugs.. i could hear the motor, and i realised that (like a video game) how much periferal vision is blocked off with a helmet (not saying i am against it)..and as such, i was checking 6 a LOT more often.

downside....maybe its me, but i was going a BIT faster than i normally do and it turned a little more "zippy" between cars...reminded me of when i used to stay awake over 72 hours then go ride. couldnt feel acceleration, or braking. it was like i had a helmet on, but watching a T.V. sitting on a simulated motorcycle. movie like.

i felt like top gun..
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What I cannot ever consider is playing music through a set of earphones. I do not see any benefit whatsoever in doing so; and in fact I absolutely believe it's a compromise to your own safety. I think that's just a bad a habit to start off with, than me not wearing plugs. Actually, I think it's not good at all, and especially if you're a new rider. Even my buddies, who only recently started riding (less than 1 year) are all into their i-pods and playing tunes (through earphones) while riding.

Besides, it's annoying when we're at a stop light, and I start saying something to them, then they go "hold on... need to turn down my volume." Then I'm like... Nevermind.
Dont hate on me Rob. Besides, you rarely have anything important to say.
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If you use the cheap earbuds the volume must be turned up loud to be able to hear it. If you use noise cancelling earbuds like Shure, they are essentially an earplug with speakers inside. You mash the end and put in the ear just like an earplug. When you are riding you can leave volume at a low level and hear music as well as motor, traffic etc. Best of both worlds. You can even turn music off and use as earplugs. The higher end Shures come with a volume controll you keep outside your jacket so you can adjust volume while riding. I have shure se-420 and highly recommend. They are a bit pricy but well worth it for long road trips IMO.
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If you use the cheap earbuds the volume must be turned up loud to be able to hear it. If you use noise cancelling earbuds like Shure, they are essentially an earplug with speakers inside. You mash the end and put in the ear just like an earplug. When you are riding you can leave volume at a low level and hear music as well as motor, traffic etc. Best of both worlds. You can even turn music off and use as earplugs. The higher end Shures come with a volume controll you keep outside your jacket so you can adjust volume while riding. I have shure se-420 and highly recommend. They are a bit pricy but well worth it for long road trips IMO.
Well then, if I were to consider using earphones and music, then this would be the only system I'd consider, and I would not hesitate to spend the extra money.
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I keep my ear plugs next to my keys so I don't forget them. Part of my gear prep habit now. I had been using the soft foam ear plugs and they would dislodge mid ride. Very annoying. I went to CVS this weekend and got some silicone ear plugs to try out. Took a quick lap around the block and suckers didn't budge and helped with noise.

Hehe, he said, "boobie"
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Been doing it for over 30 years; it kills the wind noise and allows you to hear the engine and other noises around you better.
+1 - no more fatigue from wind noise. I had a set custom made by an audiologist and can wear them all day long and not even notice I have them in.

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i'm telling you man i love ear plugs at the track. i'm no bad thats for sure but i can really tell a difference when i wear them. i get in some sort of zone and really focus

i haven't tried wearing them on the street. kinda scared to
You should try it, its fun


I'm trying to convince my brother to try it, but you know how it is....

I get the "There is no way the younger brother can teach the older brother something" attitude from him.

Oh well, his loss
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