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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-02-2019, 08:08 PM Thread Starter
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Quitest full face helmet?

Currently have an HJC Modular as well as a 1/2 shell. I already have hearing loss and wear foamy ear-pro with either helmet on long duration rides.

After a few hours it doesn't matter what I'm wearing as the wind noise causes ringing and hearing loss so bad that I can't hear for a hours afterwards.

Which helmet is the top of the line for reducing wind noise?

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-02-2019, 09:10 PM
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Having gone down this road before, I have a lot of experience in chasing a quiet pocket of air on my bike. Despite the big, shark-nosed fairing, there can be a lot of turbulent air and buffeting from a Road Glide (especially if you are taller than the demographic MOCO designs these bike for). You can change one thing to solve one problem and it can cause two new problems. It gets expensive... fast. Here are a few tips that helped me...

• Get a good windshield that is sized PROPERLY for you. It may not be the coolest looking, but having the right height shield will greatly improve noise as well as ride quality. My favorite brand is Freedom Shields (and trust me, I've tried a BUNCH)
• Make sure you're happy with your seat/seating position BEFORE you start chasing wind/noise issues.
• I HIGHLY suggest putting lowers on your bike. This was probably the biggest improvement I could make in wind noise and buffeting. Night and day.
• A full face helmet (not modular) is usually your best bet for quiet. But as with most things, everyone is different and YMMV. I've tried 2 different HJCs, a Shark and finally settled on an Arai full face (Quantum X). It is truly leaps and bounds above any other helmet I've tried. My head is more round and finding something that fit comfortable and was quiet proved very challenging. I have two friends that wear Shoei RF1200 and they are very happy as well, but I couldn't wear one. My wife has a Schuberth C3Pro and it is a masterpiece... it just would not properly fit me. So the Arai is my unicorn.

I wish there was a single answer that I could give folks when this question comes up, but there just isn't. Unless you have friends that have helmets you can try, you are sort of stuck dropping cash on what you read reviews on.
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Shoei and Arai .. worn Shoei for many miles in the past. Great helmet. Tried Arai in short duration.. great bucket as well. If I remember right they fit differently, as always, where them around the dealer for a bit before walking out.
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I have a Biltwell Lane Splitter that is pretty quite for a full face helmet. For the most part FF helmets are gonna be loud.

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I have a Biltwell Lane Splitter that is pretty quite for a full face helmet. For the most part FF helmets are gonna be loud.
Interesting, I've always heard otherwise. Is there something more to this?


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Interesting, I've always heard otherwise. Is there something more to this?
A full face helmet has a big spot right in front of your face for air to circulate...and make noise. Vents and such will also add to it. If you've ever ridden with one you know what I mean. Some are much worse then others.

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I am riding with an Aria FF (only shape that fits my goofy head shape), but used to ride with an Aria 3/4. I thought the FF was quieter than the 3/4. Maybe the different brands are what makes the difference?


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Klim TK 1200. Plenty quiet, light and Cheap!
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