Do you use earplugs? - Page 3 - ZX6R Forum
View Poll Results: Do you use earplugs?
Yes, all the time 95 39.92%
Sometimes, depending on how long I'm riding and what speed I'll be going 61 25.63%
No, I'm against them (please explain why) 11 4.62%
No, I probably should though 51 21.43%
Other (please explain) 20 8.40%
Voters: 238. You may not vote on this poll

 85Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #31 of 122 Old 08-26-2015, 10:36 PM
Team Green
 
zerolution's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: Lower Austria
Posts: 218

I Ride: white zx636c 2006
No, i never use earplugs.
I bought some for my first track day but did not use them.
My bike or the wind noise from the helmet are not that loud.
zerolution is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #32 of 122 Old 08-26-2015, 10:40 PM
Post Master General
 
givuhcky22's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: VA
Posts: 12,013

I Ride: 2015 636 Carbon Grey
my bike is super loud and my helmet has 12 or 13 vents so it gets loud on the highway. i should wear plugs all the time, but occasionally forget to grab 'em..

http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w310/givuhcky22/IMG_3027-2.jpg
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>6OTM September 2011<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
givuhcky22 is offline  
post #33 of 122 Old 08-27-2015, 05:32 AM
Superbike Champion
 
2y4life's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: WI
Posts: 986

I Ride: 2013 ZX-6R
If I take the highway, yes I do use ear plugs. If it is commuting around town, no.

2013 ZX-6R Stardust White/Ebony:
-2 Brothers Exhaust M-2 Carbon Fiber
-Servo Buddy, Fender Eliminator
-Smoked LED Integrated Tail Lights w/Sequential Turn Signals
- Tank Pad
- Shogun Frame Sliders
- P1x Power Tip
- Block Off Plates
- TechSpec C3 5pc
2y4life is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #34 of 122 Old 08-27-2015, 07:05 AM
Track Star
 
DayTripper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Pleasantville
Posts: 350
I wear ear plugs all the time. Not only do they protect my hearing, but they also make my ride more comfortable.

I'm not sure if someone suggested this to the "I don't need ear plugs because my exhaust isn't load" guys but try this;

Go on a decent ride with only one ear plug in. Report back what you notice after you take the one ear plug out. <<< This comparison will shed some light for the skeptics.

Ride safe everyone. I SAID, "RIDE SAFE"! Lol j/k
2y4life likes this.
DayTripper is offline  
post #35 of 122 Old 08-27-2015, 07:22 AM
Superbike Champion
 
2y4life's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: WI
Posts: 986

I Ride: 2013 ZX-6R
Quote:
Originally Posted by DayTripper View Post
I wear ear plugs all the time. Not only do they protect my hearing, but they also make my ride more comfortable.

I'm not sure if someone suggested this to the "I don't need ear plugs because my exhaust isn't load" guys but try this;

Go on a decent ride with only one ear plug in. Report back what you notice after you take the one ear plug out. <<< This comparison will shed some light for the skeptics.

Ride safe everyone. I SAID, "RIDE SAFE"! Lol j/k
There is a difference and anyone who says they've ridden for years (as in more than a decade on a motorcycle) without ear plugs and hasn't lost an ounce of hearing are either lying or really don't know what they've lost.

People think, well my bike isn't loud and I wear a helmet so I'm okay. Fact is, even on stock exhaust, the dB levels reach at least 100dBs or more at highway speeds. The bigger culprit is actually wind noise and numerous studies have shown, and proven, this. The only exception to this is the Schuberth C3, which Schuberth claims to be only 84dBs (82dBs for the Pro) at 60mph, but it has been tested in wind tunnels and it has varied between 85dBs-91dBs depending on the position. It is a sport touring helmet and in the upright position, at 60mph, it varied between 85-88dBs. Excellent all things considering.

That aside, it would be in everyone's best interest to wear ear plugs but it comes down to personal choice; I, myself, would like to be able hear as well as I do now in 20 years.

2013 ZX-6R Stardust White/Ebony:
-2 Brothers Exhaust M-2 Carbon Fiber
-Servo Buddy, Fender Eliminator
-Smoked LED Integrated Tail Lights w/Sequential Turn Signals
- Tank Pad
- Shogun Frame Sliders
- P1x Power Tip
- Block Off Plates
- TechSpec C3 5pc
2y4life is offline  
post #36 of 122 Old 08-27-2015, 08:13 AM
Pro Racer
 
MFChop's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Tuxedo NY & Wolcott CT
Posts: 712

I Ride: 2015 ZX6-R & 2012 GSX1300R
Street - I use NoNoise ear plug filters, they're designed to filter out unwanted frequencies / decibels..... NoNoise Motorsport Noise Filter Hearing Protection - TwistedThrottle.com


Racing - I finally smartened up recently and use full custom molded ear plugs
MFChop is offline  
post #37 of 122 Old 08-27-2015, 10:14 AM
MotoGP Champion
 
badgerninja's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Madtown, WI
Posts: 4,544

I Ride: 1986 Nishiki, 2015 Yamaha R3
I honestly feel that I have lost a good bit of hearing since I started riding nearly three years ago. Should have worn ear plugs all along. They took a while getting used to (a hindrance with the lid) during track days when I first used them, but they were so worth it.

Yep, it is the wind more than the exhaust that hurts (physically) the ears. Unless you're like me and had to deal with an impossibly loud Two Brothers can... then its bad news everywhere!
Bm96 likes this.

You do what you can for as long as you can, and when you finally can't, you do the next best thing. You back up but you don't give up.- Chuck Yeager

Quote:
Originally Posted by Fishbowl
Go ride Badger for it's the only thing that'll make sense at times.
badgerninja is offline  
post #38 of 122 Old 08-27-2015, 10:56 AM
Track Star
 
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Stanton, CA
Posts: 464
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by 2y4life View Post
There is a difference and anyone who says they've ridden for years (as in more than a decade on a motorcycle) without ear plugs and hasn't lost an ounce of hearing are either lying or really don't know what they've lost.
People also don't always understand hearing loss as well. Its not necessarily that you become deaf. I know I've lost some hearing over the years. I was a big fan of loud music (still am) but found myself on many occasions at a club or concert standing right in front of a speaker blasting way too much wattage. I can hear volume just fine. What I've lost is the ability to make out some detail, particularly where there is some background noise. I end up having to make people repeat themselves a lot in certain situations.

Quote:
Originally Posted by 2y4life View Post
People think, well my bike isn't loud and I wear a helmet so I'm okay. Fact is, even on stock exhaust, the dB levels reach at least 100dBs or more at highway speeds. The bigger culprit is actually wind noise and numerous studies have shown, and proven, this. The only exception to this is the Schuberth C3, which Schuberth claims to be only 84dBs (82dBs for the Pro) at 60mph, but it has been tested in wind tunnels and it has varied between 85dBs-91dBs depending on the position. It is a sport touring helmet and in the upright position, at 60mph, it varied between 85-88dBs. Excellent all things considering.
It should be noted that how sound is measured is important. 100 dB measured 12 inches (which is probably like 3 feet from the rider's head) from the exhaust opening is vastly different than 100 dB measured right at the ear canal.

Some helmets certainly can be better than others. Mine is fairly loud, but if I shrug my shoulders up, I can seal the bottom of my helmet and the wind noise becomes very small. But its really impractical to ride like that. I have the Nexx XR1R and it supposedly tested well for noise in reviews, but I get a ton of wind noise. I suppose it just seals poorly against my neck in my case.

I will add that I rode with the new triple flange sleeves on the SE215's this morning and they worked great. Not as good as the ear plugs I used, but more than adequately. Didn't have any issues keeping them in my ears while putting my helmet on. Streamed a little NPR during the ride as well to see if I can hear voices clearly and it was totally clear.
CKwik240 is offline  
post #39 of 122 Old 08-27-2015, 10:57 AM
Squid
 
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Bay Area, California
Posts: 87

I Ride: 2014 ZX6R ABS
I already ordered some Hearos Extreme but looks like I'm getting the Nonoise ones as well. Should prove interesting since I've been riding for a while without them.
Bm96 likes this.
Shagmar is offline  
post #40 of 122 Old 08-27-2015, 03:57 PM
Squid
 
Cvnapps's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 22
Earplugs...

Never understood why people are like " I want the loudest exhaust I can find" and then put ear plugs in?? 😒
Cvnapps is offline  
post #41 of 122 Old 08-27-2015, 04:04 PM Thread Starter
Banned Camp
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: ZX6R.COM IS A JOKE
Posts: 705

I Ride: ZX6R.COM IS A JOKE
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cvnapps View Post
Never understood why people are like " I want the loudest exhaust I can find" and then put ear plugs in?? 😒
I'm assuming for safety, not just to sound good. I like people to be able to hear me when they can't see me and know there's a motorcycle around them.
Bm96 is offline  
post #42 of 122 Old 08-28-2015, 03:36 PM
Squid
 
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Bay Area, California
Posts: 87

I Ride: 2014 ZX6R ABS
I love the "loud pipe is safer" argument. It's really not due to basic physics and how sound travels. I'll leave it to this article for the explanation Stop saying "loud pipes save lives" - Common Tread - RevZilla
2y4life likes this.
Shagmar is offline  
post #43 of 122 Old 08-28-2015, 03:50 PM Thread Starter
Banned Camp
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: ZX6R.COM IS A JOKE
Posts: 705

I Ride: ZX6R.COM IS A JOKE
Quote:
Originally Posted by Shagmar View Post
I love the "loud pipe is safer" argument. It's really not due to basic physics and how sound travels. I'll leave it to this article for the explanation Stop saying "loud pipes save lives" - Common Tread - RevZilla
That crappy article hilariously contradicts itself.

While most of the sound may travel backwards, I hear plenty of motorcycles coming down the road behind me when I'm in my cage. And that's before I even get to see them in the mirror.

Please don't turn this thread into an argument on that...
Un3dukatd likes this.
Bm96 is offline  
post #44 of 122 Old 08-28-2015, 05:12 PM
MotoGP Champion
 
NatBrown's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Palm Harbor, Fl.
Posts: 3,451
God, please don't start this topic again here.

If your really dying to discuss loud pipes do it in this thread.

Loud pipes saves lives?

It was painful while it was going on so maybe you can be content with just reading it.
NatBrown is offline  
post #45 of 122 Old 08-28-2015, 10:59 PM
Team Green
 
itsmy04wrx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Lakeland Hills, WA
Posts: 234
I picked other and I only use them when I'm at the track.
itsmy04wrx is offline  
Reply

  ZX6R Forum > ZX6R Forum > Gear

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Earplugs or Headphones or None huygiang Motorcycle Talk 60 02-20-2015 04:41 AM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome