Join Date: Feb 2019
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It is not about the noise from the bike,...... it is wind noise. The human head was not designed to cut through the wind at these speeds, and the ear simply has no defense against it without hearing protection. It does not hurt. No warning. By the time one realizes it, it is too late and hearing loss is irreversible, and the most common excuse is '...it does not bother me', according with Motorcycle magazines.
At 40 mph (64 kmh) wind noise is passing 90db which is beyond what the OSHA allows in the US at the workplace without hearing protection, for prolonged period of time.
….I discovered had acquired tinnitus after just a 15 miles (24 km) motorcycle ride without hearing protection. Now I insert ear plugs even to ride around the block. It may be an inconvenient to put them on, but a whole lot better than going deaf.
…..the plus side is; with ear plugs, everything gets quiet and relax, you can actually hear the engine,....and the best analogy is; like the difference between going in the highway with windows rolled down in a car, and windows up and A/C on. The ear plugs are actually noise filters, not plugs. Riding is not longer that pleasant, unless I have them on.
Last edited by hugojose; 08-02-2019 at 07:38 PM.