Windnoise - ZX6R Forum
 16Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 18 Old 08-24-2016, 12:34 PM Thread Starter
Squid
 
Nekowrites's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Tulsa, OK
Posts: 19

I Ride: 2004 Ninja ZX-6R
Windnoise

Does anyone have a suggestion for reducing windnoise. With my first helmet I got terrible noise. I bought a different smaller helmet and that helped some but I am still getting terrible wind noise and was hoping to cash in on some community knowledge. I have a KBC helmet right now.
Nekowrites is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 18 Old 08-24-2016, 12:39 PM
Track Star
 
zaksears08's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Columbia, MO
Posts: 534

I Ride: 2007 zx6r - track, 2013 zx6r - street, 2001 kx250 - dirt, 2006 v-star - street
Ear plugs. I keep a pair attached to my key chain. Never ride without them.

"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." - T.S. Eliot
zaksears08 is offline  
post #3 of 18 Old 08-24-2016, 12:59 PM Thread Starter
Squid
 
Nekowrites's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Tulsa, OK
Posts: 19

I Ride: 2004 Ninja ZX-6R
Do they also block out traffic noise? That is my only concern. I want to be able to hear what is going on around me.
Nekowrites is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 18 Old 08-24-2016, 01:09 PM
Track Star
 
zaksears08's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Columbia, MO
Posts: 534

I Ride: 2007 zx6r - track, 2013 zx6r - street, 2001 kx250 - dirt, 2006 v-star - street
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nekowrites View Post
Do they also block out traffic noise? That is my only concern. I want to be able to hear what is going on around me.
Nope. I actually hear better with them at speed because it blocks out the wind. There's been times I've heard emergency vehicle sirens before people in cars. And that's with an M4Gp slip-on and my Sena playing some tunes.
Scorpi0 and ZedExMuse like this.

"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." - T.S. Eliot
zaksears08 is offline  
post #5 of 18 Old 08-24-2016, 01:11 PM
World Superbike Champion
 
d1andonlyant's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Nr Cambridge, England
Posts: 2,278

I Ride: 04' ZX636
A neck warmer tucked up into your helmet helps. Not sure if it's too hot where you are but even on our rare sunny days here I still use one and it's fine. Ear plugs are your best bet really though, I just don't like them

04' ZX636
Ram Air Mod - Kleen Air Mod
Short Stacks Mod - MWR Filter
MHP Full Exhaust - PCIII W/Custom Map
SP Quickshifter - 2012 Shock
SS braided Lines - GPR V4 Damper
__________________
I ride my bike like I ride my girlfriend - hard and fast until the rubber blisters or she runs out of juice....
d1andonlyant is offline  
post #6 of 18 Old 08-24-2016, 01:26 PM
MotoGP Champion
 
NitrusReigns's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Beer City USA
Posts: 4,941

I Ride: '05 ZX6R, '99 R6 & '81 CB750
I'll throw another vote out there for ear plugs and second the things zaksears08 said about being able to hear stuff. Also, I'd go for Radians ear plugs, if I were you...they ROCK!
Duc995, cabiker91 and Nekowrites like this.

Guide Me Waking, oh Lord, and Guard Me Sleeping that awake I may walk with Christ and asleep I may rest in peace

See for customization: Eva Thread
Also, check out my first successful rescue project: Lola Before and After Thread

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. -Arthur C Clark
NitrusReigns is offline  
post #7 of 18 Old 08-24-2016, 02:02 PM
World Superbike Racer
 
commiehunter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Portland
Posts: 1,472

I Ride: ZX6R 636
A) Make sure you get a helmet designed for your riding position. A full tuck or 3/4 tuck design will be noisier when riding upright like on a Triumph, while a full upright helmet will have odd airflow at 3/4 tuck.

B) Fitment. Thicker neck roll and/or chin curtain to keep wind out. This is part of the helmet's design often

C) More air flow will usually be noisier. This is a tradeoff on helmet design.

D) I'd also recommend earplugs, even for street riding. You can easily hear traffic and other stuff, it blocks out most of the wind tear/whistle and does enhance what you can actually hear of the outside world.
ZedExMuse likes this.

Never ride faster than you can stop
commiehunter is online now  
post #8 of 18 Old 08-24-2016, 02:37 PM
MotoGP Champion
 
PainfullySlo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 4,003

I Ride: 64 Ducati Monza, 99 Sprint ST, 04 TTR125, 04 Sportster, 09 GSXR600, 12 Street Triple, 13 ZX6R
Garage
With everyone else in that you should wear earplugs
I don't want to bash on your lid but part of the expense of higher end brands (shoei, asv, Arai, bell, etc) are the costs associated with testing and refining the shell shape to reduce noise.

If your budget allows you may want to look into a different lid.
commiehunter likes this.
PainfullySlo is offline  
post #9 of 18 Old 08-24-2016, 06:27 PM
Post Master General
 
Scorpi0's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: LA, Cali
Posts: 9,133

I Ride: 06 636
I ride inside a giant hamster ball.
Scorpi0 is offline  
post #10 of 18 Old 08-24-2016, 08:04 PM
Track Star
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Arizona
Posts: 360

I Ride: '12 zx6r track bike
Quote:
Originally Posted by PainfullySlo View Post
With everyone else in that you should wear earplugs
I don't want to bash on your lid but part of the expense of higher end brands (shoei, asv, Arai, bell, etc) are the costs associated with testing and refining the shell shape to reduce noise.

If your budget allows you may want to look into a different lid.
I don't know ... My favorite helmet is the top of the line Arai ...but it is also the loudest helmet I've ever had too. Must be that better airflow thing with a dedicated race helmet. Earplugs ... preferably custom made ... are the best solution. My custom ear plugs are so insulating that they are designed for swimmers who can't get water in their inner ears, and I still would like them quieter!
Duc995 is offline  
post #11 of 18 Old 08-25-2016, 06:03 AM
ZX6r.com Supporting Member
Supporting Member
 
Ey3l45h's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Usa
Posts: 7,303
Ear plugs designed for musicians usually attenuate fairly evenly across most frequencies. So you will still hear everything, just 15-20 db less. Oh and 15-20 db makes a HUGE difference.

Wind noise alone can cause hearing damage.

Ey3
Duc995, zaksears08 and cabiker91 like this.

The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'

The only time a leader should use the word "I" is in the sentence "I have to shit"

'In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.' ~Some dude named Friedrich

'Never trust authority implicitly. People are fucking scumbags.' AvE
Ey3l45h is online now  
post #12 of 18 Old 08-25-2016, 10:18 AM
Squid
 
Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: California
Posts: 22

I Ride: 2016 zx6r
Ear plugs, like most here said, are actually really helpful. I got a pair of NoNoise reusable ones and I don't ride without them. They were around $40, but I've had them for so long that it was worth it. Just keep them clean.

They can be a bit uncomfortable because my ear holes are small, but I got used to it rather quickly.

They really help with reducing fatigue too. Wind noise gets very irritating fast.
cabiker91 is offline  
post #13 of 18 Old 08-25-2016, 10:55 AM Thread Starter
Squid
 
Nekowrites's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Tulsa, OK
Posts: 19

I Ride: 2004 Ninja ZX-6R
Thanks everybody. I am going to give the earplugs a try.
Nekowrites is offline  
post #14 of 18 Old 08-25-2016, 12:30 PM
Track Star
 
markgbe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Buffalo, NY
Posts: 409

I Ride: 2013 zx-6r
Be sure you have a properly fitting helmet, also be sure to buy a quality helmet.

Ear plugs are wonderful, i would highly recommend buying some foam ones in bulk.

Finally, an aftermarket windscreen may help this cause out a bit.

2013 ZX-6R - Pearl Flat Stardust White
Puig windscreen
markgbe is offline  
post #15 of 18 Old 08-25-2016, 01:10 PM
MotoGP Champion
 
NitrusReigns's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Beer City USA
Posts: 4,941

I Ride: '05 ZX6R, '99 R6 & '81 CB750
Quote:
Originally Posted by cabiker91 View Post
They can be a bit uncomfortable because my ear holes are small, but I got used to it rather quickly.
Another huge advantage of Radians. They are cheap and they are custom molded - in my opinion, the most comfortable ear plugs ever! (keep in mind, however, that I've never spent more than what I spent on the Radians, tho)

I often go to all day (and multi-all-day) race events and wear them from breakfast until dinner - never get uncomfortable

Guide Me Waking, oh Lord, and Guard Me Sleeping that awake I may walk with Christ and asleep I may rest in peace

See for customization: Eva Thread
Also, check out my first successful rescue project: Lola Before and After Thread

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. -Arthur C Clark
NitrusReigns 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



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