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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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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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Quiet and flows air are inversely proportional.

Here in the south I need a helmet that flows a lot of air and the Bell Star has a noticeable flow of air. Of course, it is not quiet which is why i wear ear plugs.

What to look for in a quiet helmet.

  • No Vents
  • very good seal where the faceshield closes
  • aerodynamic shape
  • a large chin curtain
  • large neck roll
  • a lot of padding around the ear pocket
I haven't been there in a while but webbikeworld was a good source for helmet reviews. Revzilla is a good source for customer reviews.

I'm sure a large windshield with lowers and deflectors that reduce the amount of wind getting to the helmet will help as well, but is a miserable ride when it is warm out.
 

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HJC RPHA MAX-best helmet I have ever used-I also went to custom molded earplugs with removeable filters-Bill Wood is a hearing spec. from fort Collins co. he travels to bike show and rallys-custom molded earplugs-email if [email protected]--good luck
 

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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?
My current set up on my bike is great I have almost no wind noise and I forgot to put my clear glasses on one night and rode at 60 mph and my eyes didn't even tear up. Freedom Shield sport 14" and CVO seat. I'm 6'1 and the wind goes right over me.Strange thing is I have a Harley Modular helmet and it actually creates noise around the visor and is noisier than my open ear half helmet.
 
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