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Old Dec 18th 2013, 03:57 PM   #1
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So, I just got back from a ride, was gone most of the day (Yes, it was like 60-68 degrees here today ). I have the Termi exhaust on my Panigale and usually wear inside the ear foamies when I ride. Today I stopped for gas a few miles away from my house and didn't put them back in on the ride home, and when I got here, realized that when I got off the bike it was weirdly over quiet, then I noticed a little bit of a ringing…I thought :
1. Why did I do that?
2. I wonder how many Decibels my Termi's put out?
3. How long can I hear that PLUS wind noise before hearing damage?
4. How many people on this board use ear pro when they ride?

I have looked on here and the net for Decibel (dB) ratings and learned that for the most part a stock Panigale is 92ish in dB and with Termi its 111ish in dB. So I took that and did some cross reference to some studies with Doctors in Audiology giving their thoughts on damage. Keep in mind those 92-111dB ratings are prob not also factoring in wind noise at 55-65 miles per hour.

The study below shows that with 111.9dB you can safely have that amount of sound entering your ear for 56 seconds. Yes, 56. I sure rode more than 56 seconds at 65mph.

http://www.audiologyworld.net/pdf/motorcyclenoise.pdf

So my ultimate question is, how many people here use ear pro when they do normal street riding ? Is it normal to wear them on Ducati's ? I don't see many other V2 style bikes with riders putting them in.
Maybe one of the Mods can make one of those little "Vote" survey links at the top for people to vote on.

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Old Dec 18th 2013, 04:14 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by NOLA View Post
So, I just got back from a ride, was gone most of the day (Yes, it was like 60-68 degrees here today ). I have the Termi exhaust on my Panigale and usually wear inside the ear foamies when I ride. Today I stopped for gas a few miles away from my house and didn't put them back in on the ride home, and when I got here, realized that when I got off the bike it was weirdly over quiet, then I noticed a little bit of a ringing…I thought :
1. Why did I do that?
2. I wonder how many Decibels my Termi's put out?
3. How long can I hear that PLUS wind noise before hearing damage?
4. How many people on this board use ear pro when they ride?

I have looked on here and the net for Decibel (dB) ratings and learned that for the most part a stock Panigale is 92ish in dB and with Termi its 111ish in dB. So I took that and did some cross reference to some studies with Doctors in Audiology giving their thoughts on damage. Keep in mind those 92-111dB ratings are prob not also factoring in wind noise at 55-65 miles per hour.

The study below shows that with 111.9dB you can safely have that amount of sound entering your ear for 56 seconds. Yes, 56. I sure rode more than 56 seconds at 65mph.

http://www.audiologyworld.net/pdf/motorcyclenoise.pdf

So my ultimate question is, how many people here use ear pro when they do normal street riding ? Is it normal to wear them on Ducati's ? I don't see many other V2 style bikes with riders putting them in.
Maybe one of the Mods can make one of those little "Vote" survey links at the top for people to vote on.

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I'm sorry, I didnt catch that, can you say it a little louder?

riding without ear protection in a shoei rf1100 with stock exhaust on the bike i never had issues.. just the temporary illusion of everything being more quiet after a long ride but this falls in the same category as your body feeling like it's still vibrating after getting off of it..
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Old Dec 18th 2013, 04:20 PM   #3
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There's no way the stock cans are only 92db. I think they're around 100-105 range. I forget the exact number but it is over 100. I don't wear ear plugs when I ride. I've been bumpin sounds in my cars for over 15 years and my last car was a Yukon Denali with 4 12" subs. Was puttin out about 154db. I can definitely feel a noticeable difference from my right to left ear since the left ear is by the window side and isn't impacted as much as the right side but to my surprise, I haven't lost any hearing yet after having hearing tests performed. I'm sure that as I age, I'll notice it more n more but time will tell.

Once I get the akra pipes down the road, I may start using plugs but dont know yet. I've been riding for 10 years and have never felt the need to use them. Then again this is my first twin bike.

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Old Dec 18th 2013, 04:29 PM   #4
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me thinks someone is forgetting ones helmet reduces decibels
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Old Dec 18th 2013, 04:43 PM   #5
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Been wearing plugs for 15+ years, I reckon they help focus as well as protect hearing ......mind you my hearing is f}#%^ked from the army so moot point although the very occasional time I go without deafens me
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Old Dec 18th 2013, 05:09 PM   #6
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The first few times I rode this bike without earplugs my ears rang like I came from a concert
Now I never ride without them
Stock exhaust
I use cheap foam earplugs btw

On my 675R i never used earplugs or even considered it
very quiet bike
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Old Dec 18th 2013, 05:31 PM   #7
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As outhouse said, there is a fairly large db drop from helmet on vs off. The other thing is in regards to that 56 sec at a time, the 111db is at high RPMs, and at least on the streets I personally don't ride around pinned at redline all the time. So I don't think it's quite that bad with a helmet on and say an avg of 6k RPM level of sound

That said, after an hr ride with a friend that also had an 1199 with termis next to me, my ears were absolutely ringing when i got home... so i can relate
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Old Dec 18th 2013, 06:47 PM   #8
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I wear a schuberth modular with the bluetooth collar connected to my garmin zumo with satellite radio. I normally have music cranked!
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Old Dec 18th 2013, 06:54 PM   #9
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Stock cans were measured @103db at Laguna. Even tried rolling off but no go got kicked off the track. The Termi full system is pretty loud with my COSAIR V. I bought a Shoei RF1200 to reduced the exhaust and wind noise. It reduced it dramatically but I am wearing ear plugs now with NPR33 ratings. Never had noise problems with my other bikes.

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Old Dec 18th 2013, 07:57 PM   #10
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Yeah, the stock exhaust on the Pani is ridiculously loud. I remember the first time I rode it without plugs; had to stop for a sec to return a phone call, but only had a couple miles to go before I was home so I left the plugs out and freaked out at how loud it was. Jeez! Heck I used to leave my plugs out sometimes on my Daytona just to listen to the triple music, but that's sure not happening on this thing! Would love some quieter cans, since I prefer to be a bit stealthier. Best sounding bike I've owned imho was my '05 RC51 with stock cans. Just loud enough, but not so much as to be annoying. Or to drown out that lovely straight-cut cam gear whine...
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