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Old August 6th, 2014   #11
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I've always said that on a scale of 0 to 100, with 0 being no helmet and 100 being the best helmet money can buy (in a protective sense), the cheapest DOT compliant helmet probably scores a 90. Everything else falls in between.
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Old August 10th, 2014   #12
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New question, but leaving it on my original thread since it still relates to my particular helmet model as a starting point...

During an 80 mile joyride yesterday (without earplugs) I found my ears ringing (more than they ALWAYS do- I have pretty noticeable tinnitus at the best of times). It was, not surprisingly, more obvious the faster I went, and less worse with the helmet shield down than up.

On a scale of 0 - 100, 0 being library reading room quiet and 100 being AC/DC or George Thorogood concert loud, how loud is your helmet? Do you wear earplugs?

There's lots of discussion already on the windshield threads about different shields, noise, buffeting, etc. but, all of those things aside, I'm talking specifically about the contribution the helmet makes to the overall effect.
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So I got a new Speed & Strength SS1700 helmet about a month ago, and apart from the first time I tried to open it it's been firmly stuck in the fully-latched position. Can't budge the thing and it feels like the release slider isn't fully / properly attached to the rest of the mechanism. I tried removing all the padding sections to see whether I could see the latch itself- no joy.

It's going back to the online seller (I hope- dangerously near to the point-of-no-return because I dwadled and delayed in calling to check what the deal is) but I'm curious whether anyone else has this model and whether you've had a problem with it.

Follow-up out of a sense of fair play and full disclosure: the manufacturer shipped me a warranty replacement, no hassle and no questions asked (other than asking for a copy of the sales receipt and a couple of photos of the lid, presumably to ensure it hadn't been patently abused or crashed, a reasonable request IMO...). Replacement is due to arrive tomorrow, and then the pre-paid return label they also provided will get stuck on the box to return the original.
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Old August 10th, 2014   #14
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So...earplugs...

Yes, on every ride. Well, almost. I've ridden "to the corner store" and back, or some such quick rides without them, but anytime I hit the road for any distance, yes I wear them.

My helmet is a Shoei Neotec. I just have a Shoei head, that's the main reason. Second was I wanted a flip-up. The Multi-tec wasn't available anymore, so I went with the Neotec. As for noise levels, I think they're all pretty loud, relatively speaking. Anytime the air racing by your head hits 70MPH or better, it's loud.

There was another thread on here specifically about hearing protection, too. http://www.st1300.us.com/showthread.php?t=3623. Not the longest of threads, but it's a start.
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Confining this to helmets I have worn on my ST1300:

HJC Modular (Don't remember model)
So loud I would rather push the bike into a ditch and walk home.
My cousin was wearing this cheap POS helmet when he totaled his HD CVO Ultra Classic and spent 6 days in ICU. The helmet saved his life and STILL FUNCTIONED! If 100 is the loudest I give this one a 99.5

HJC Full Face = 90
Nolan N-102 = 90
Nolan N-103 = 92
Shoei Neotec= 82

Note that on the N-103 and the Neotec the chin vents make a huge difference in noise.
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My Schuberth Concept was an extremely loud helmet, worse than my Seven 0 Seven and HJC.
Most of the noise seems to come from around the face shield.

I wear ear plugs, except for in town and then, I wear them if I'm riding on the freeway.

Wind noise will aggravate tinnitus.
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Ear plugs, unless I'm just going for gas locally.
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I always wear earplugs and urge my MSF students to do the same. If you do not, you risk permanent hearing loss from the wind noise.

I have custom earplugs now but, I started out with the small, squishy kind.

A few years ago when it first came out, the Schuberth C3 is reported to be the quietest helmet on the planet. No, really. I got this one correct.
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Ear plugs are part of my ATGATT kit.
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I never leave home without them for any reason for any mileage.

I have been wearing them for years and years.
When not on the bike I am now sporting twin hearing aids.
Maybe it should have been years and years and years.
Trust me ear plugs are cheap in comparison and a bunch easier to mess with.

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