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Offline penry

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Helmet noise from buffeting
« on: Nov 20, 2019, 09:15 PM »
I was looking for a replacement helmet in White or high viz Yellow and the most comfortable non eye wateringly expensive was a Bell Qualifier dlx.

https://www.ghostbikes.com/12928-bell-qualifier-dlx-motorcycle-helmet.html

Plus side - its comfy, cheek pads don't irritate beardies, light, cutouts for speakers, washable internal padding, truly fantastic reactolite visor and you can get it for 99.00.

Down side - Its noisy, 'space shuttle launch' noisy ( on the Versys at any rate ).

I had an old one of these

https://www.xlmoto.co.uk/puig-102x325mm-replacement-visor-smoke

in the garage and stuck it on this morning.

What a difference. Soo much quieter.  If you are getting a lot of wind noise due to the small screen, these work and you can get them new for about 20.


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Re: Helmet noise from buffeting
« Reply #1 on: Nov 29, 2019, 07:40 PM »
Do you use ear plugs when riding?  If it's that loud, it will cause you hearing damage.  Also, was the previous helmet not as loud with the same screen?  Maybe it's a fit issue with the new helmet that is making it worse.  You could try different cheek-pad widths.

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Re: Helmet noise from buffeting
« Reply #2 on: Nov 30, 2019, 12:21 AM »
*Originally Posted by Gustavo [+]
Do you use ear plugs when riding?  If it's that loud, it will cause you hearing damage.  Also, was the previous helmet not as loud with the same screen?  Maybe it's a fit issue with the new helmet that is making it worse.  You could try different cheek-pad widths.

Gustavo

Only had the helmet a week and yes I wear earplugs. Previous helmet a Schuberth C3 not as noisy with just the standard screen although the Bell is a snug but not tight fit. Putting the little deflector screen on the top of the standard screen has reduced the noise level massively. It's now what I would describe as not noticeable.

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Re: Helmet noise from buffeting
« Reply #3 on: Dec 04, 2019, 09:11 PM »
*Originally Posted by penry [+]
Putting the little deflector screen on the top of the standard screen has reduced the noise level massively. It's now what I would describe as not noticeable.

Chris.

 I have used  screen spoilers for many years, and on many bikes.  Before they became so easily and cheaply found, I made my own, using aluminum brackets and lexan. They are an absolute necessity to deal with buffeting.
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Re: Helmet noise from buffeting
« Reply #4 on: Jan 10, 2020, 07:05 PM »
I have just bought one of these extension screens from xlmoto, however they only supply the screen and not the brackets to hold it on. How ridiculous is that. When I questioned this they said I should contact the manufacturer of the screen. The manufacturers site was useless so I bought one complete from another site for two thirds of the price. Unfortunately the rain won't stop long enough for me to give it a good test run. Pleasure riding in the rain is not my favourite pass time. Safe riding everyone.

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Re: Helmet noise from buffeting
« Reply #5 on: Jan 10, 2020, 08:42 PM »
You're expected to ride 1 handed and use the other to hold the screen in position. :151:

Hope the screen works for you.
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Re: Helmet noise from buffeting
« Reply #6 on: Jan 10, 2020, 10:54 PM »
i have similar to this mounted on std screen, works fine, no buffeting, pretty quiet (at my height 5ft 7ins ) no need for ear plugs

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Puig-6319W-Multi-Adjustable-Clip-Visor/dp/B00J7QX2UI/ref=lp_303867031_1_24?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1578696595&sr=1-24




« Last Edit: Jan 10, 2020, 10:59 PM by Wal »

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Re: Helmet noise from buffeting
« Reply #7 on: Jan 10, 2020, 11:32 PM »
*Originally Posted by len.grundy [+]
I have just bought one of these extension screens from xlmoto, however they only supply the screen and not the brackets to hold it on. How ridiculous is that. When I questioned this they said I should contact the manufacturer of the screen. The manufacturers site was useless so I bought one complete from another site for two thirds of the price. Unfortunately the rain won't stop long enough for me to give it a good test run. Pleasure riding in the rain is not my favourite pass time. Safe riding everyone.

    Last one I got, came with the brackets , adjusters , etc in a bag!  Had to be assembled, and no instructions. grrrrrr!!  I had to take one of my others apart to see how the pins and adjustment things went together.  The first few were always completely assembled, altho' I had to use 1/4" bolts w/washers at the 2 main pivots. They gradually would move, and one adjuster popped out and was lost. That was on one that came assembled. I've had 3 or 4 of them. I've gotta' quit selling bikes with the screens included.
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Re: Helmet noise from buffeting
« Reply #8 on: Jan 11, 2020, 05:43 AM »
*Originally Posted by Wal [+]
i have similar to this mounted on std screen, works fine, no buffeting, pretty quiet (at my height 5ft 7ins ) no need for ear plugs


That's the exact same one I have. Pretty surprised just how well it works.
I'm 5'11".
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Re: Helmet noise from buffeting
« Reply #9 on: Jan 29, 2020, 10:35 PM »
Penry, I have now got out there and tried the screen but still getting some noise. Noticed the position Wal has his screen at and will try this asap. Not sure I like the idea of holding it on by hand :124: Anyway will keep you posted.