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I wear an open face helmet with a shield. The wind buffeting I experienced was secondary to the wind noise, which started at 40mph, and just got worse with speed. The wind noise issues I'm describing have never been fully solved, as I recently determined that my next step was to go to full custom earmolds and see what that will do before going back to increasing the wind screening. The molds are on order, and should be in soon.

The following is one rider's journey...

First, I tried earplugs...lots of them. The absolute best have been the 'world's finest earplugs' [ www.earplugsonline.com ]. The evidence for the wearing of earplugs on motorbikes is overwhelming. A great place to start is the earplugs page and helmet noise page at www.webbikeworld.com. My problem with regular earplugs is that, even if they fit great to start with, after a few miles, they may loosen, and I've got to pull over and readjust them.

My next step was to study Saeng's offerings [ www.saeng.com ] and to try the microswirl edging on my stock windscreen. The push-on edging was most unsatisfactory in terms of fitting properly to the screen, esp. on the curves. Saeng was very accomodating, and sent me a free batch of stick-on edging, which worked. They are most anxious for feedback on what works for the Majesty.

The edging itself will lift the wind another 2 inches or so. This was not enough by any means for me...[6'-2"]. So the next "lift" was to either try Saeng's Wing/Winglet setup, or go to a taller windscreen. the $$ were about the same, either way.

I chose the Givi [ www.twistedthrottle.com ] touring screen, which installed easily, and gave good protection to my hands, in addition to another 4" or so of wind lift. I installed the stick-on microswirl edging for another boost.

Did this solve my problem? No, as in the first paragraph. Now I was left with the trying the Saeng Wings, or to tackle the wind noise another way. I looked at the Laminar Lip, but did not like the construction/design/aesthetics compared to the Saeng products.

Next, I switched from my Bell Mag-8 helmet, which was an XXL, to a HJC CL-33 in XL. This helped some, as my head size [ 7-3/4"] was at the borderline between sizes, and there is evidence that a closer fitting helmet is less prone to noise problems. Then I added a Rumble Strip
[ www.rumble-strips.com ] to the helmet, which lessened the noise a bit more.

My next move in this series is the custom maximum earmolds
[ www.earplugstore.com ]. I should have them in time for a 2k mi. tour over Easter. They have a method whereby you can take your own ear impressions with a kit they send you for $15....applicable to the order for earmolds.

After this, if necessary, I'll try the Saeng Winglet, which is a very high quality [$$] piece of gear, and one that will also mount their "quick check" mirrors at the top of the screen, plus try a Nolan N42 or Shoei J-wing helmet...but I'm hoping that I went the right way this time...with the earmolds.

The variables that each rider has to deal with, even on the same bike... [ height, type of helmet, fit of regular earplugs, tolerance for noise, etc. ] mean that what I've gone through may not be the best way for another rider.

This wind noise problem is a distraction for me that is worth time and money to try and lessen. By the time I'm through, I may have learned a little bit !!
 

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Tell me more about your experience with the Rumble Strip. I was interested in them, but wasn't sure if it was right for me. I tried the Saeng stripping, returned it, and bought a Givi screen. I would just like a little more clearance.
 

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For $12 or so, the rumble strip may reduce wind noise, depending on helmet shape, strip placement, windscreen, etc.

Compared to the $100 items I seem to be cycling through, it is a pretty cheap possibility.

Some new helmets, esp. the Shoei [$$$], have a similar ridge built in.
 

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Hearing protection is a lot like riding gear-- everyone has their favourites and the amount of protection (and prices) ranges from minimal to extreme.
I would proffer two options for protection:
In the affordable to moderately expensive category is Howard Leight hearing protection. These range from the inexpensive, disposable plugs to the washable, "multi-use" plugs with varying db protection levels.

In the expensive, but very comfortable category are the Etymotic "Musician's Plugs". These are custom molded earplugs that have interchangeable disks to allow varying levels of noise attenuation. They also have specific spectrum attenuation that blocks high levels of sound within specific frequencies within the normal hearing range.

I have a pair of the latter because they allow me to hear oncoming traffic whilst attenuating the majority of the road and wind noise. I like the fact they "breathe" well and do not leave me with wet, itchy ears. :D

Just another option. . . .
 

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I know I'm a newbie here, but I had a startling realization on the drive from Ft Wayne to Lafayette, IN today. I'm still waiting for my taller/wider CeeBaileys windshield to come in this Wednesday, but today the following happened. I had earplugs in. It helps a bit but because buffeting = bass, it is felt at least as much as it is heard. As we all know, treble is directional and bass is nondirectional. It just goes through anything. Anyway, I was experiencing typical buffeting doing 70 mph and decided to flip my visor up. Almost No Buffeting!!!

I tried it again 3 times on three different roads and similar speed and each time the Bassy-Buffeting was 80% gone. What was left was higher piched. I've come to realize that it's the helmet that we should all be seaking solutions to and now radically modified windshields. I'm buying a pair of goggles as soon as I can. Only $30 for top of the line stuff online!

Fellas, try this out and tell me if it was just an anomaly that I experienced or is it truly a new discovery.
 

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indiana99 said:
I know I'm a newbie here, but I had a startling realization on the drive from Ft Wayne to Lafayette, IN today. I'm still waiting for my taller/wider CeeBaileys windshield to come in this Wednesday, but today the following happened. I had earplugs in. It helps a bit but because buffeting = bass, it is felt at least as much as it is heard. As we all know, treble is directional and bass is nondirectional. It just goes through anything. Anyway, I was experiencing typical buffeting doing 70 mph and decided to flip my visor up. Almost No Buffeting!!!

I tried it again 3 times on three different roads and similar speed and each time the Bassy-Buffeting was 80% gone. What was left was higher piched. I've come to realize that it's the helmet that we should all be seaking solutions to and now radically modified windshields. I'm buying a pair of goggles as soon as I can. Only $30 for top of the line stuff online!

Fellas, try this out and tell me if it was just an anomaly that I experienced or is it truly a new discovery.
The Schuberth C2 full face helmet that I wear has the ability to vent every so slightly and it substantially helps with the wind noise. The clear screen has a 'ratcheting' opening that allows it to open just slightly and stop there. This ability to vent also prevents it from fogging and allows a little more air in the dreadful heat we have in the summertime. It also has a built-in rumble strip on the top of the helmet. It is the quietest helmet I've ever had. Whilst it is an expensive helmet ($500), considering all the features it has, for me it was worth every penny.
 
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