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I have read in several posts on here, about people using ear plugs. I had never used them before, nor even heard of using them. 99% of my riding previous to my Versys had been riding and racing dirt bikes. This past weekend I bought a box of foam ear plugs, WOW, is all I can say. Absolutely loved riding with them.

I just wanted to "Thank You" to the forum and everyone who suggested them. The dollar per smile ratio is off the charts. :thanx:
 

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I did my 200 mile ride to the Grand Canyon and back with foam earplugs, and I agree, they made a big difference. I hadn't realized how bothersome the wind noise was, even with my Shoei which is known for pretty good protection. I could still hear larger vehicles, and the sound of the engine to a certain degree, which is always a welcome sound!
 

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I wear a half helmet and discovered ear plugs after I got an ear infection years ago. Now I never ride more than 25 miles without them. It used to take me several minutes to regain decent hearing after riding all day with the wind in my ears. Not so when I use ear plugs. Haven't had another ear infection either. Makes sense. I have always used the foam plugs; I think they are more comfortable.
 

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I bought some at Gander Mountain. You mix two parts together and push it in your ear as a putty. After 5-10 minutes, you pull out a "cured" ear plug. Then you have a set that fits your ear perfectly. More comfortable than the foam IMO.

I ride on longer rides with them. If just hopping across town, I don't bother.
 

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I went the pricier route and had custom ear plugs made by a hearing aid shop. Night and day when compared to the throw aways I used to use.
 

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Never use them. They would interfere with my music or phone calls.:D
 

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I can't believe I rode for so many years without them! Not surprised that I now have tinitus (ringing ears). Most of the time I wear the foam plugs but when I was at Sturgis this year...and yes, I took my V instead of my Harley....I bought a set of custom made silicone plugs from "Big Ear". Not cheap, but they work great after you get used to them. Big difference between these and the foam ones, but I still use the foamies for running around town.
 

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Ear plug is a must for motorcycle riders, but the choice is yours.

http://www.msgroup.org/forums/mtt/topic.asp?topic_id=90

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Good article. I agree with the author, I can actually hear better when I'm wearing the ear plugs. Also, I had no idea wind noise was that loud and damaging. Thanks for posting. :clap:

With the earplugs in, I now notice how much the wind is pushing me around on the motorcycle. My new windscreen will be here today, hopefully that will help calm the wind down some.:cheers:
 

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I went the pricier route and had custom ear plugs made by a hearing aid shop. Night and day when compared to the throw aways I used to use.
Interesting. What did that cost you?
 

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I always wear ear plugs if I plan on going over ~50 mph. Wind noise is distracting and damaging over the long haul. Plus it helps muffle the fairing buzz on the 500 :) Check with your local laws though. I believe it's illegal in some states to ride with ear plugs. Here in California, it's illegal to drive with both ears plugged, unless it's to provide protection against hearing damage. I got pulled over the other day, and the cop looked at me funny when I took my helmet off and pulled out ear plugs, but didn't say anything about them...
 

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Never use them. They would interfere with my music or phone calls.:D
What? WHAT? WHAT DO YOU SAY? I CANT HEAR YOU. CAN YOU SPEAK LOADER?

That is what you pay for listening to your music and answering phone calls when you ride without earplugs.

FYI The phone calls and the music sounds better when you can muffle some of the wind noise.
 

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What? WHAT? WHAT DO YOU SAY? I CANT HEAR YOU. CAN YOU SPEAK LOADER?

That is what you pay for listening to your music and answering phone calls when you ride without earplugs.

FYI The phone calls and the music sounds better when you can muffle some of the wind noise.
Don't have any wind noise.....
 

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Am using foam plugs. Muffled the noise considerably and a very good insulator if it sealed properly (which requires alot of tries to get it right). Nonetheless i choose foam because it's cheap and easily replaceable.

Plus i dont listen to music or take calls on rides. To each his own.
 

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Not all foam plugs are equal. I've tried many, ranging from crappy (cheap hard ones that look like they'd hurt from Ace Hardware and crappy free ones from various airlines' first/business class), to middle of the road ones from the local pharmacy rated to protect 10-15dB, to nicer ones I picked up at the gun range that protect 20-30dB. When buying earplugs, I recommend reading the back to see if they've been rated.

The ones I have now I got at Cabela's and are rated for 30dB and I use them for the gun range (in addition to over the ear protection). I also use them for long road trips in my weekend car (aftermarket muffler is louder than inside an airplane... ~90dB on the highway, 100+dB at full throttle). I plan to use them for long trips on the V as well.
 

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I tried the ear plugs before and I wasn't happy..

the solution that I have now and I'm very happy with it:
Givi windshield that I raised it another 20 cm from the standard position with the OEM windshield on the bottom in upside down position.
I have no wind noise and up to about 75km/h I can listen to my music with my visor up.
I have re-purposed some headphones that I removed the plastic and put the speakers inside the helmet.

I have nothing in my ears and it's BEAUTIFUL!! and of course, I love my music :)

ps. I don't do much highway.
 
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