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View Poll Results: Do You Wear Earplugs While Riding?
Yes - All The Time 17 32.69%
Just On Longer Rides 9 17.31%
Rarely 5 9.62%
Never 21 40.38%
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Do You Wear Earplugs While Riding? - May 18, 2006, 08:36 AM

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May 18, 2006, 08:39 AM

never on the street and rarely on the track (mostly because I forget)
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May 18, 2006, 08:40 AM

I dont!


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May 18, 2006, 08:43 AM

I wear them all the time now when riding my SV or FZ; not on my Gold Wing though - it's a pretty quiet bike. I'm trying to preserve what hearing I have left...
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May 18, 2006, 08:44 AM

I wear them. My bike is too loud but that's not why. I outrun the sound of my bike, however the oncoming wind noise in my helmet is brutal.
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May 18, 2006, 08:44 AM

on the street = no
on the track= yes
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May 18, 2006, 08:55 AM

I did until I lost them. Doesn't help that I put them in my helmet and placed my helmet right side up somewhere, forgetting the plugs were in there.

They did a great job of canceling out the higher frequency wind/road noise. I could still hear the engine/exhaust as it was at a lower frequency, and those tend to travel better through mediums.

I rather enjoyed it. Now, if I could find something to help block out noise and carry a tune as well, I'd be golden.


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May 18, 2006, 09:11 AM

ALL the time. Street and Track. Gets rid of all the white noise and you can still hear horns and other things. I guess that Im getting old and if Im on long rides, my ears start to ring. WHen I first started riding, I didnt. A couple friends of mine (thanks Ed Williams and Mike Kraft) told me about them. It makes me concentrate morre on the road and everything around me.


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May 18, 2006, 09:14 AM

INteresting. I thought you meant the kind for my Ipod.

yup.
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May 18, 2006, 09:27 AM

I've never really had much of a reason to wear them. I usually hear other bikes over my own, keep the revs out of the stratsophere when crusing, and haven't noticed much wind noise (there is a lot of wind in my helmet, but it doesn't whistle).

However, I have been told that I'm deaf.
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May 18, 2006, 09:27 AM

Havent before, but great idea. I'm starting the very next time on go on a significant ride.


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May 18, 2006, 09:31 AM

Never, not even on the track

Need hear my engine, so I don't have to look down at the gages.


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May 18, 2006, 09:35 AM

Always.
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May 18, 2006, 09:58 AM

I always wear them
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May 18, 2006, 10:02 AM

Always, the wind noise in my HJC is terrible. Also helps me focus on what I'm doing.

T - You should give them a try sometime. They don't block out sound, just reduce the dB level going into your ear to protect your ear drum. You can still hear your bike easily. Just my $.02
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