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09-15-2012 04:00 PM
KokomoKid I have a Cee Bailey "commuter" windshield on my KLR. It works well, if you want a really big windshield.

I know what you are saying about the wind noise of the KLR. A "naked" bike is much better, than the KLR, and most other bikes with fairings and non-functional stock windshields. I had a V-Strom 650, and it was also that way.

Yes, I use ear plugs, but I still like to minimize wind noise.
07-04-2012 02:32 PM
KokomoKid
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Originally Posted by larry31 View Post
Looking for idea’s to help with the wind / noise I’m getting from my stock 2011 KLR windshield.

If I stand up, the noise is much less.
I encounter the same thing. If I stand up, the noise is much less. If only bike companies still made "naked" bikes without these little cosmetic fairings and worse-than-nonfunctional windshields. A "naked" bike seems to be the best there is regarding wind noise, if you use a full face helmet with the shield closed, as I do. Yes, I use ear plugs.

Anyway, I've starting doing a little experimenting. Since standing up enough to raise my head 3-4 inches decreases wind noise substantially, it seemed reasonable that just removing the stock windshield would help. It does, but looks kind of funny, and exposes stuff to the elements more that would be good for the instruments, etc. I'm going to try a "laminar lip" type arrangement, using stuff I have laying around, and see what that does. From my experience, that works great for real windshields that you look an inch or two over the top, but I have my doubts if it will reduce with noise with the KLR. I'm going to try it, though, and will report back.
06-14-2012 10:42 PM
cyoung Look at klrdash.com. Kicks the windshiled up and out. I like mine - with a taller (4") shield that klrdash.com sells.
06-14-2012 01:14 PM
larry31
Noise

I just tried my buddy's new G-Max ( GM67S) helmet.
With it, I can hear every noise coming from the bike, not to mention wind etc.

My HJC IS33 is much quieter. Both helmets quiet the wind “roar” a little if I put my arm under the bottom of face shield. The noise must be from wind coming up from under the helmets shield.
That’s where the KLR stock shield channels the wind.

Does any one have a…..

Dakar windshield from Bajaworx?
http://bajaworx.com/klr-650-windshield.html

or

A Cee Bailey’s KLR650 Adjustable Touring windshield?
http://www.ceebaileys.com/kawasaki/klr650_08_ws.html

The Dakar looks better to me, not as big and bulky, but the Cee Bailey’s looks like it would provide more protection.
06-14-2012 12:21 AM
planalp
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Thanks every one. I do agree with what you all are saying, and do use my ear plugs.

I would really like to know about your results using different windshields.
How much improvement each brand makes etc.
It's really hard to quantify. Based on a scale of 0 to 10 with 0 being the stock windshield and 10 being what I would consider perfect, I'd rate the Madstad Adventure windshield at about a 6 as far as reducing noise and wind blast.



06-13-2012 08:50 PM
steferf
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I read an article awhile back that said it isn't always just "loud noise" that can contribute to tinnitus. I always wear ear plugs when I ride, but this article (I really wish I would have saved it) claimed that even wind noise/buffeting against a motorcycle helmet can be transmitted through the helmet, through your skull and on to your ears as a vibration where it damages the little hair things in your ear: result, tinnitus.
I've heard this too...

If you ever have a safe place to do so, go for a ride with ear plugs and no helmet. Just from the wind hitting the ear plugs and transmitting the energy through the plugs, it is quite loud.

Or whenever you touch an earplug that is in your ear, you get a big thump, the perceived intensity of which is much greater than if you touched the ear plug out side of your ear.

For this reason, I am considering putting a sound absorbing lining of some sort on the inside of my helmet. Something really fluffy...I fear a harder foam will transmit too much.

I too have tinnitus. My brother thought it would be funny to explode a fire cracker about 4 inches from my right ear. I still hear a pretty good frequency range, but I am an armature audio engineer, so sooner or later that'll be a bad combo because hearing deteriorates with age.
06-13-2012 07:22 PM
larry31 Thanks every one. I do agree with what you all are saying, and do use my ear plugs.

I would really like to know about your results using different windshields.
How much improvement each brand makes etc.
06-13-2012 05:44 AM
Bucket69 You are correct about the tinnitus and loud niose. It's a combination of how loud and the duration. A moderately loud noise for a long time is just as damaging as a loud noise for a shorter time.

As for the windshield, I just cut the lip off my 07 to get my head in clean air. I played with a taller shield but still had more turbulance than I wanted.
06-13-2012 03:12 AM
ArcticKLR Try these noise canceling headphones if you don't mind spending the cash. I use them for listening to music but occasionally will use the with my music off. They are bluetooth and work really great when I work out too, but I like them the best for the fact that they fit my ears great and remove almost all of the high pitched wind noise while still allowing me to hear emergency vehicles and other cars. They are made by LG and are a couple years old but the best I have found.


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06-13-2012 12:10 AM
planalp I already have tinnitus from 13 years of flying in helicopters, so this is something I've tried to correct. I use a Madstad Adventure windshield but I'm tall, plus my seat cover boosts me up another inch. I read somewhere that for a windshield like mine to be most effective, you should be looking about an inch and a half over the top of it when you ride. I'm still looking about four inches above mine. I think I might try to make some aluminum extensions to move the windshield farther up on the brackets.

I read an article awhile back that said it isn't always just "loud noise" that can contribute to tinnitus. I always wear ear plugs when I ride, but this article (I really wish I would have saved it) claimed that even wind noise/buffeting against a motorcycle helmet can be transmitted through the helmet, through your skull and on to your ears as a vibration where it damages the little hair things in your ear: result, tinnitus.

Good luck in your efforts to cut down on the wind and buffeting.



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