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Old Jun 4th 2018, 09:53 PM   #1
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V4 Noise Level

Got myself a V4S and have approx 1k miles down. Like the bike a lot and feel it runs smoother after the software updates. I don’t commute with the bike but typically ride on the weekends, approx 200miles a day on the twisties in the mountains. I ride wirh earplugs but the bike is still very loud for my ears, particularly after longer rides i have a ringing noise in my ears for days. What are your thoughts and experiences in this regard? And (and I know some of you will laugh) is there a lower volume after market exhaust available?

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Old Jun 5th 2018, 01:13 AM   #2
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I also ride with earplugs and donít have an issue. I switched to a custom earplug a few years ago, I found that the foam ones wouldnít be seated the same and sometimes the wind noise would cause ringing in my ears. The custom ones fit perfect every time.


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Old Jun 5th 2018, 02:54 AM   #3
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I don't have any experience with the V4 but have you considered trying a different helmet?

Generally there can be big differences between different helmets with regards to noise dampening.

My previous helmet was an Arai RX-7 Corsair, and that helmet was very noisy. I recently switched to a Shoei NXR which thankfully is a lot quieter.
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Old Jun 5th 2018, 04:24 AM   #4
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As Taz mentions, the issue is likely your helmet. Ringing usually is a result of wind noise so I have to imagine that either the earplugs are poor sealing or poor noise blocking, or your helmet is very noisy.
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Old Jun 5th 2018, 06:45 AM   #5
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As Taz mentions, the issue is likely your helmet. Ringing usually is a result of wind noise so I have to imagine that either the earplugs are poor sealing or poor noise blocking, or your helmet is very noisy.
I'd have to agree with this. The helmet can be a big factor in the constant noise from the wind which doesn't give your ears a break.

Also, get some good/comfortable ear plugs that seal well. Personally, I use: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1 They are much softer and more compliant and don't bother my ears when I have them in for extended periods of time.
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Old Jun 5th 2018, 08:21 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by X3posse View Post
Got myself a V4S and have approx 1k miles down. Like the bike a lot and feel it runs smoother after the software uodates. I donít commute with the bike but typically ride on the weekends, approx 200miles a day on the twisties in the mountains. I ride wirh earplugs but the bike is still very loud for my ears, particularly after longer rides i have a ringing noise in my ears for days. What are your thoughts and experiences in this regard? And (and I know some of you will laugh) is there a lower volume after market exhaust available?


Buy a Schuberth and get the highest dB ear plugs

I have a C3 and wear gel noise isolating ear buds with music and the volume is set pretty low. Itís a good set up for me. Canít ride without music unless Iím on the track, then the engine speed is more important to hear.
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Old Jun 5th 2018, 09:43 AM   #7
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Get a full exhaust and rev it without your helmet. After a couple hours you won't hear a thing!
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Old Jun 5th 2018, 11:14 AM   #8
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Thanks for your advice guys - much appreciated.

I’m riding with an Arai Corsair X. Can’t really be the wind noise as I used the same helmet with my previous bike and did not encounter this issue. Actually I did when I had the QD exhaust on - once I moved back to the stock exhaust I was fine.

I will definitely check out Schubert and Shoei. Any recommendations where to get personalized earplugs or general earplug recommendations?

As a last resort I will use Nitrouz’ tactic... ;-)

Thanks again for your help.

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Old Jun 5th 2018, 12:18 PM   #9
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CVS blues are like 33db. Those and a Schuberth will get no better.
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Old Jun 5th 2018, 04:13 PM   #10
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I find the V4 (stock exhaust) pretty quiet. My R6 was much louder.

I use a Shoei helmet and some 33db foam earplugs that I take from work
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