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The quietest helmet

I'm sick of my noisy Fulmer helmet. I'm wondering what the quietest helmet in the 300$ and under range would be. Thanks for your time.
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Impossible to answer.

It is not only the design & construction of the helmet that determines how loud it is.

Your height & sitting position, the bike you ride & the shape & design of any screens and/or fairings fitted play a major role. What works for you may not work for someone else who is a few inches shorter or taller wearing the same helmet on the same bike.

Fairings do not always result in a lack of noise. My fully faired K100LT & Shoei was noisier with the visor down than up? The windnoise on my GSX-R was quieter at 110mph than my K100 was at 85mph.

If you can reduce any buffeting present, then you may well also reduce wind noise at the same time.

What bike are you riding?

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I'm sick of my noisy Fulmer helmet. I'm wondering what the quietest helmet in the 300$ and under range would be. Thanks for your time.
Wade
My x-lite is really quiet on everybodies bike but my own.... my XTZ is just SO noisy no matter what helmet I use...

Solution - ear plugs...loads posted on the site about it - I use Elecin - moulded to my ears...reduces it to a bearable level....

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I see your point. I was just thinking that there might be a helmet that stands above other helmets in that price rance as far as padding and aerodynamics. I ride a klr with a higher than stock windshield. Ofcourse my whole head still sits above that shield, and the fulmer vibrates from side to sife with a good cross wind.
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I wear the cheap foam earplugs, but my ears still buzz after a long ride. The molded plugs are a good idea I'm sure, and I'll probobly look into that soon. A quiet helmet with those plugs would be better still.
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I wear the cheap foam earplugs, but my ears still buzz after a long ride. The molded plugs are a good idea I'm sure, and I'll probobly look into that soon. A quiet helmet with those plugs would be better still.
The Elacin should be available over where you are, they are a swedish (?) company and people make them under licence...

These are mine - the Elacin ER15



The Elacin ER15 and ER25 Earplugs

I have the The Elacin ER15 Earplugs - but on reflection would probably have got the 25 for that bit more quiet....

The UK company is http://www.hearingprotection.co.uk/index.php

I found a local hearing aid specialist who dealt with them. As I say there should be something near you - check out the website as the facts are scarey om the damage we do....
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I ride a klr with a higher than stock windshield. Ofcourse my whole head still sits above that shield, and the fulmer vibrates from side to sife with a good cross wind.
Aha! Your problem is with the windshield. I have the same problems with my wife's BMW R1100RS and my own K100RT. Try making it higher or lower to get out of the forced air stream.



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[B] <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" Aha! Your problem is with the windshield. I have the same problems with my wife's BMW R1100RS and my own K100RT. Try making it higher or lower to get out of the forced air stream.[/B
Good point! It's not alway s the height of the screen that it is the problem, it's the shape also.

A lot of people recommend having screen s with a pronounced lip on the top that deflects a little higher. You can buy cheap adjustable air deflectors that clip or screw on to your existing screen. I'ce wnkown people make them out of old screens or even a helmet visor.

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i have used the Davida jet (open faced )for a few months now and its by far the quitest helmet i have ever used, it is leather lined and i guess the leather takes on the shape of my noggin to act as a gasket to keep the wind noise down.
on the downside... when leather gets wet it takes forever to dry out
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And you know how to figure out how much lower (or higher) the shield should be to avoid disgusting, evil wind buffeting?
Ride yer bike to the average speed you like, stay in yer normal riding position, bring yerself up or down a few inches without moving neither forward not backward; I guarantee you'll find a spot of relative calm. Guesstimate how many inches higher or lower you are from normal riding. That's the ammount you got to cut down or add to yer existing windshield. Tailored I say, no?
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