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Old 11-19-2008, 07:09 AM   #1
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Helmet Noise

I own a Shoei RF-1000. When I am on the highway going at speeds of 60-80 MPH, the noise inside the helmet almost sounds as if I am sticking my head out of a car window. There is a LOT of wind noise inside my helmet. To give an idea, I could not hear any music from my headphones when the volume was at its highest. I don't usually ride around listening to music, but the wind nose was was really getting to me. Its starting to get to the point of where I can feel my ear drums vibrate when the wind noise inside the helmet gets loud enough from the wind. I can't hear the tone of the exhaust (Bruse Fabrications) at all at highway speeds due to the wind noise.

My question is, is this wind noise something common with full face helmets?
Is this AMOUNT of wind noise common with full face helmets?

I watch Youtube videos of people riding around with cameras mounted on the bike. They'd have a microphone in the helmet and the sound quality of their voice is perfect. It sounds as if very minimal wind is getting inside the helmet. I wanted to know why it is so loud for my case, and if it is normal.
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Old 11-19-2008, 07:17 AM   #2
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yes its common and rf1000 is very noisey, just cause you pay alot dont mean its quiet, hows the cheek pads? fits snug?
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yes its common and rf1000 is very noisey, just cause you pay alot dont mean its quiet, hows the cheek pads? fits snug?
Hmmm... I beg to differ. My RF1000 was very quiet compared to my X-11, Scorpion EXO1000, and KBC junk.

Actually, I thought the RF was one of the best helmets out there for quiet. Maybe (just maybe) I'm dumb.
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Old 11-19-2008, 07:36 AM   #4
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no need to beg man, lol compared to the rf1 that i had ridden with it was noisy for a 500 dollar helmet, and compared to the hjc i have suprisingly the hjc was quieter, i also have a exo1000 which to me the noise level is comparable to the rf1k
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Old 11-19-2008, 07:37 AM   #5
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diff heads w/ similar helmets get diff. results.

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Old 11-19-2008, 07:42 AM   #6
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diff heads w/ similar helmets get diff. results.

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I agree 178%. Find the helmet that fits your head the best, and it will have the least wind noise.

My HJC is horrible, but some of that is attributed to the wind that comes around the shield. That helmet is a POS IMO.
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diff heads w/ similar helmets get diff. results.
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Suomy is one of the quietest helmet around and its relatively lighter than most.
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Easy fix and works for all helmets. Go to CVS or Walgreens and get a box of ear plugs.
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Old 11-19-2008, 10:31 AM   #11
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My RF1000 is very quiet on my head. I can listen to my headphones at half-volume and still hear fine. Of course, the helmet/cheek pads fit my head well so that's part of it. A lot of people don't wear the correct helmet and/or don't use the correct cheek pads so the helmet fits correctly.

My KBC VR1 was much much much noiser than my Shoei is and the wind-buffeting on the Shoei is lightyears better than the KBC.

If you want to get rid of your "noisy" RF1000 for cheap, let me know!
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ear plugs ... I can't ride without them now.
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My Shoei helmets were always the loudest, the Arai has always been the quietest. My Suomy's have been good, but not as good as the Arai.


Ear plugs + infinity! Once you ride with them, you won't want to ride without them any more.

I've heard a bunch of folks like the form-fit earbuds for MP3 players too, but I've not tried them yet.
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You can find em on amazon for about 1/2 price. They come with a foamy cover as well as the flared rubber ones in the picture. It's like earplug foam with a headphone inside. Also the headphones are real small and fit well in a helmet. Best of both worlds.
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Old 11-19-2008, 11:54 AM   #15
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put grey around the lense and over all the vent holes.




or get sound dampening earplugs/headphones.
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Old 11-19-2008, 02:09 PM   #17
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Usually noise = Ventilation.
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The bike you are on can make a difference also. How the fairing (if any) directs the wind around you and where it hits you, i.e. chest, mid visor or over your head.
I would agree tho' that the helmet fit is critical. Different heads will fit different helmets... different.
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i'd be willing to bet you 20 bucks your helmet is two big.
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The bike you are on can make a difference also. How the fairing (if any) directs the wind around you and where it hits you, i.e. chest, mid visor or over your head.
I would agree tho' that the helmet fit is critical. Different heads will fit different helmets... different.

This is sooo true. When riding a suzuki you can't go fast enough to generate enough wind resistance to matter.
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