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post #1 of 8 Old 08-06-2016, 09:00 PM Thread Starter
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Quiet Helmet

Looking for some input or info on a quieter helmet. I have been using a full coverage HJC something? helmet my son loaned me and have an open face with snap on face shield that I used for drag racing cars years ago. I just installed a new shield thinking I would have a back up or extra helmet. So the other day instead of the full coverage I grabbed the open face to run to town and was shocked at how much quieter it was than the full coverage with it being an open face style. That got me to thinking what has everyone else experienced with different types and brands of helmets? I am looking at getting maybe a 3/4 helmet thinking it may help my peripheral vision as I am very limited with the full coverage helmet and something I can add speakers and blue tooth or something for communications and on a budget, That being the kicker.
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post #2 of 8 Old 08-06-2016, 11:27 PM
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If you want a budget, quiet helmet stop looking cuz they don't exist. "Quiet" helmets need specialized materials and construction to be "quiet" Personally I find that a good wind screen and ear plugs go a long way to make for a quiet ride. I have a HJC full face something as well. I think I bought it on clearance for $60. I added some extra padding behind the cheek pad to quiet it down even more. I also have a Scala G9 and listen to the radio almost all the time while riding. On the KLR hearing is a bit tougher as I have a gen 1 stock shield that basically gives little protection. My Bandit I have a madstad shield which give me a really good, quiet riding experience. MY Africa Twin has a great stock shield and I can hear good with no ear plugs.

So that may not help much but there you are. I would honestly start with a good set of ear plugs. I use these. A bit expensive maybe but I use them for a month or so.

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Using a new full-face Aria XD-4, but it is not quiet. I need to use earplugs or thw wind noise is unbearable (for me).
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post #4 of 8 Old 08-13-2016, 01:19 PM
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Ear Plugs are the first step in quiet, we always have custom ones made, have never gotten along with the foam ones and do the "sleep" style, find them much more comfortable under the lids ... Recently we swallowed hard and pulled the trigger on some Schurberth's. quietest helmets we have ever owned. They are as quiet without the ear plugs as the Nolan's were with plugs ... To each their own but personally I haven't worn a 3/4 helmet in years. When the wife hit the deer a few years back she would have ground her chin down if she was wearing one ...

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post #5 of 8 Old 08-13-2016, 04:27 PM
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I was really hoping to find a suggestion for a quiet helmet on this thread. In my many years of riding I've had some helmets much less noisy than others, but I've never had what I would call a "quiet" helmet. It is funny, too, some helmets seem quieter out in the airflow, and some seem quieter behind a windscreen. I've just gotten used to carrying earplugs, always with a few extra sets on me. They are great for camping next to heavy snorers, too !

And for any younger riders out there, start using earplugs NOW ... ever notice how most of the older riders that you know are always saying "What?" or "Eh?" ...
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post #6 of 8 Old 08-15-2016, 06:27 PM Thread Starter
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Hey guys thanks for the response and yes Popete I was hoping to get a conversation on what others have experienced with different types styles etc. I do agree ear plugs a big plus. there are so many types and more so brands to choose from but not so many places you can go to and actually put your hands on or head in or take a helmet for a test drive and with me another issue is which offers the best for peripheral vision is why I was leaning toward an open face but after what wrong turn said about his wife and deer accident has me rethinking about an open face
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post #7 of 8 Old 08-15-2016, 11:12 PM
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Sadly, most of the noise you hear inside a helmet is air/wind moving around inside the helmet itself. Sure, there's some noise of the wind rushing over the exterior of the shell, but most of what you hear is internal.

If you can get your cheek pads/chin area sealed up tight you can prevent this noisy air from entering, but ( and this is why I say "sadly") this will also greatly reduce the helmets ventilation, or most likely render it completely useless.

Air can't flow through the vents if it has nowhere to flow to/from.

You can test this by packing something around your neck to seal the hole. It'll really quieten things down! The dickie I wear for winter riding does this and spoils me when it warms up and my helmet "gets loud again".

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post #8 of 8 Old 08-16-2016, 01:56 AM
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Agreed on both the internal noise and PLEASE wear earplugs, you young bucks.

One of my first jobs after high school required them which saved excellent hearing
to this day at 50 years old. Been plugging while riding, mowing, concerts, etc forever now.
Graybeard riders told me the same thing I am passing on. They regret not doing it and hearing
never gets better over time. I can hear a mouse fart at 1,000 ft.

I always left the things in for the ride home after first noticing how much less fatigued I was after
the 20 mile commute, and no ears ringing.

On the internal noise try a simple test: Take a ride with a hoodie lining the helmet. Air block= quietness.
I've found some full facers to be louder with the shield up. It sends the wind right inside past the temples to the ears.
Try different approaches as well as using a friend or two's helmets and see what works best for each head shape,
windshield setup, and keep mental notes on wind volume.


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