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post #16 of 30 Old 04-03-2017, 08:36 AM
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Or how about not putting a loud ass obnoxious pipe on your bike? I never had an issue with noise on my stock bike. My cousins gixxer has a loud pipe which i cant stand to ride for more than a half hour before i start becoming annoyed.
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Or how about not putting a loud ass obnoxious pipe on your bike? I never had an issue with noise on my stock bike. My cousins gixxer has a loud pipe which i cant stand to ride for more than a half hour before i start becoming annoyed.
The M4 GP slip on that was on my bike when I bought it was a seriously loud, obnoxious can. As it removed the resonator box, and plugged directly onto the header, there was a very moderate noise reduction from an open header at idle, and pretty much nothing above ~ 5K.

I couldn't ride the bike with that thing installed, without plugs. And it annoyed the sh*t out of my neighbors, to the point where they were calling the LEOs complaining about my bike.

I couldn't romp on the bike, ever. Too much attention, to sneak about and play

Now that I have the OEM setup on the bike, I am completely ignored by the LEOs, my neighbors, and I can actually ride the bike on base without putting the plugs in if I need to run an errand.

I still wear the plugs to knock down the wind noise....
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There are loud exhausts then there are LOUD exhausts but I always wear earplugs.

I run baffles out and it isn't too loud (louder than stock) car driver definitely seem to pay more attention when they can hear you coming. probably fail the 98DB(A) limits on most UK tracks. I also carry a baffle with me just in case I get pulled over for being loud

My GS500 had a LOUD pipe even with baffles in (as in it would rattle stuff off a shelf in my living room though a brick wall) but it was a nice LOUD. Baffles out and it became the most obnoxious noise I've heard on a 500cc bike
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I've never worn ear plugs on the bike but I'll probably be giving it a try this year to see how it goes. The zx6r has a yosh slip on that the PO said was loud... but I haven't noticed it being any louder than the stock exhaust on my gsxr
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Or get an exhaust that's not an eadrum murderer.
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Or how about not putting a loud ass obnoxious pipe on your bike? I never had an issue with noise on my stock bike. My cousins gixxer has a loud pipe which i cant stand to ride for more than a half hour before i start becoming annoyed.
Loud exhaust noise isn't the only reason to wear earplugs (it's not even the main reason). The constant wind noise at speed is just as damaging or more.

I have been using custom molded earplugs from 64Audio for a long time now (their old silicon version). Here is their current solid acrylic version (basically the same specs as the old silicon version): https://www.64audio.com/product/EP-C...Solid-EarPlugs
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The newer energy efficient clothes washing machines are great for cleaning earplugs (don't ask). I keep a glass jar on top of the dryer and after running a load of clothes - accompanied by the earplugs - I simply toss the clean earplugs in the jar and allow to air dry.

Also, if you ride long rides, and wear earplugs, you'll be vastly less tired/fatigued at the end of the day. I consider it second, only to staying hydrated, to enable me to ride < 2K-mi. trip over 10-14days. The white noise of wind/tire hum/exhaust and whatever else is existing in the transient environment just wears the human body down in innumerable ways. I keep earplugs in every riding jacket, riding pants, soft luggage, and even in the little cubby underneath the pillion seat. I deem them to be that critical!
Same for me - bought a 200 pack of Howard Leight plugs a few years ago and keep them everywhere. In my jacket pockets, tail bag, truck console, tool box, everywhere.

I can't stand track riding without them either. My bike shakes and rattles so much that the few laps I've ridden without the ear plugs in I'm totally distracted and can't concentrate.

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Same for me - bought a 200 pack of Howard Leight plugs a few years ago and keep them everywhere. In my jacket pockets, tail bag, truck console, tool box, everywhere.

I can't stand track riding without them either. My bike shakes and rattles so much that the few laps I've ridden without the ear plugs in I'm totally distracted and can't concentrate.
I'll tell you what got me so religious about wearing earplugs... It happened in 2000 A.D. Prior to that date I was on/off about it, I'd wear them on long rides, but maybe if I thought for town riding, but than again maybe not.

So what happened 17-yrs ago? I got me a Ducati 996. Those big twin jugs just thump & pound. With a full Termignoni/ carbon exhaust, it was just plain loud! It was self preservation.

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Exhaust noise (within reason) has little to do with my ear plug usage. The wind noise even in a top of the line, wind tunnel tested helmet is still terrible for me. This is probably subjective depending on the riders hearing ability. Case in point, my wife doesn't wear ear plugs, and she is ok with it. Perhaps i have very sensitive hearing, who knows.

I will say that even when watching tv, i like the volume a lot lower than my wife. So perhaps you non-earplug dudes are just half deaf already.
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Exhaust noise (within reason) has little to do with my ear plug usage. The wind noise even in a top of the line, wind tunnel tested helmet is still terrible for me. This is probably subjective depending on the riders hearing ability. Case in point, my wife doesn't wear ear plugs, and she is ok with it. Perhaps i have very sensitive hearing, who knows.

I will say that even when watching tv, i like the volume a lot lower than my wife. So perhaps you non-earplug dudes are just half deaf already.
There is no doubt you're right, at least in my case! I'm just trying to preserve what I've got left.....
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Before the ZX6R I had a CBR500r with a Hotbodies MotoGP exhaust and i noticed after riding I would get a constant shrill ringing in my ears which I found out is known as tinnitus. On my ZX6R I have a M4 exhaust with the baffle removed which is much louder than the CBR so I bought some ear plugs from Amazon and now after riding no more annoying ringing.

Ear plugs are definitely part of my "gear" now.

Get a good pair of ear plugs guys, don't damage your hearing and ride safe!

I bought these: https://www.amazon.com/LiveMus-HearS...ar+plugs&psc=1

They are multi-purpose and washable. Much better option than those disposable foam ear plugs.
Decent ear defence isn't only useful for cutting out the loud pipes and stopping the wind noise from giving you headaches and tinnitus. You'll also find it increases your concentration (on both road and track) and you can actually hear the things you WANT to hear more clearly.
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Decent ear defence isn't only useful for cutting out the loud pipes and stopping the wind noise from giving you headaches and tinnitus. You'll also find it increases your concentration (on both road and track) and you can actually hear the things you WANT to hear more clearly.
Also don't hear things that i don't want to hear more clearly...that being people lol..I can't hear anything people say with the ear plugs in unless they talk really loud...but then again i hate people so that's a another perk of the ear plugs haha
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Yeah people suck. Block them out. I reckon earplugs for sex would be good too. Then I wouldn't hear myself cry...
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Exhaust noise (within reason) has little to do with my ear plug usage. The wind noise even in a top of the line, wind tunnel tested helmet is still terrible for me. This is probably subjective depending on the riders hearing ability. Case in point, my wife doesn't wear ear plugs, and she is ok with it. Perhaps i have very sensitive hearing, who knows.

I will say that even when watching tv, i like the volume a lot lower than my wife. So perhaps you non-earplug dudes are just half deaf already.
Probably true. Being on the highway without earplugs is physically painful for me. If she can't sense that much wind noise anymore, the damage is already done...
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Probably true. Being on the highway without earplugs is physically painful for me. If she can't sense that much wind noise anymore, the damage is already done...
Sometimes, I wish my girlfriends weren't able to hear things quite so well, but their deafness is purely selective.

My hearing goes well above the average of 20KHz, but once your ability to hear goes, it doesn't return. Ear plugs, even if I were riding a Goldwing with a barn door fairing, would still be fitted comfortably in my ears.
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