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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 07-15-2019, 02:00 PM Thread Starter
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Crash helmet to reduce noise

I've had enough of fitting earplugs before extended rides. Six hours on my Meriden Tiger 650 today (even with plugs) was enough to convince me that I need a crash helmet with good sound insulation.

Currently using an HJC, Bell previously (which was noisy) and AGV (which wasn't too bad, but still needed plugs). That internet suggests that Schuberth are probably the quietest, but at a price. Suggestions please!

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Lots of people rave about the Shoei Neotech II, but it is pricey.

I bought a Kabuto FF5V, and it is good. Aerodynamic, well-made, and relatively quiet.

I don't think anything is good enough to go without earplugs though. Not on long highway rides anyway.
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Also pricey - but I've been in Arais for the past few years and love how quiet they are.

Corsair V and RX-Q (both discontinued).

Something with a good (close fitting) neck roll seems to be key. I recently heard/saw something about a helmet with an inflatable neck roll (to help seal the helmet) but can't for the life of me remember where.
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I mostly use Arai and Scorpion. I had a Schuberth. Part of the head liner had tabs to close over the vent holes to make the helmet supposedly quieter and for cold weather use. The helmet was no quieter than the Arai or Scorpion. I wouldn't call the Arai quiet either. I guess it depends upon your definition of quiet. The neck roll or neck wind blocker seems to be a good addition to keep the noise down. But, I would never call any helmet that I've owned over the decades quiet. For me, if I don't have discomfit with my ears, I'm okay with the wind rush. I never wore earplugs until purchasing my Ninja1000 with a taller windscreen. The noise coming from the screen was too much over 80mph. Trying many different screens hasn't helped either. But, screen height and other ergo factors is a different story than that of a helmet. Better ventilation, more noise even with the vents closed.

Another consideration is picking a helmet whose aero design is suited for the sitting position on the bike. Race helmets that assume a tuck position won't work too well for a sport touring upright position and vice versa.
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I'm currently using a Aria Quantum - X. By far the quietest helmet I've had recently, but I still have to wear ear plugs. Trying to save what little hearing I have left.
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I have both a Shoei Neotec and an Arai Signet. Her is my honest opinion.

The Neotec is quieter than any sub-$300 lid that I ever used.

The Arai Signet lid, WITH a Windjammer II neck surround is loads quieter.

That said, I usually use my Neotec because of the convenience of having a modular helmet.

If you get a non-modular helmet, shell out the extra money for a Windjammer II. They only cost $20 on Amazon.

Hope that helps. I still always use earplugs.

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When I first upgraded after YEARS, it was to a Shoei RF 1200, quietest helmet I've ever had. But..., the next poster will likely come on and say his RF 1200 is the loudest helmet...

Try some out. I never wear ear plugs myself (already have an 80% hi-freq loss), but do want something that is quieter than the Bell Star's back in the days.
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This may be common knowledge to everybody but making sure a helmet fits properly is a very important consideration. I owned a medium Shoei RF1200 for about 4 years that I thought was the quietest helmet I ever wore. Then I bought a medium Shoei GT Air thinking it would fit the same. However, it was substantially tighter. I mean, it was uncomfortable to me initially when I started wearing it. However, after a few rides, I realized that it wasn't discomfort per say that I was experiencing, it was just a really snug fit which I was just unaccustomed to. Well yeah, it was still a bit tight but it broke in nicely after a few rides. It's just uncanny how quiet that helmet is too and I always wear earplugs. But instead of the low frequency wind noise I always heard, I can now hear the faint sounds of traffic while I'm riding on the highway. I just got lucky in finding a helmet that fits like a helmet is supposed to fit.

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I've had a couple of Neotecs and they are quiet (for me) for a flip-up lid, but I still need to wear earplugs. I don't think you'll get a lid that's so quiet that you don't need earplugs if you've been wearing them for a while, but earplugs under a Neotec is so quiet, I've had to fit larger speakers to my intercom
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Originally Posted by ranger995 View Post
I don't think anything is good enough to go without earplugs though. Not on long highway rides anyway.

My Shoei GT Air is quieter than my previous HJC, but if I take a long ride on the highway without earplugs, my ears are ringing when I get home.
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