Archive for the ‘Motorcycle’ Category

Say Again?

2006/03/27

I wear earplugs every time I ride my motorcycle. I do this because wind noise at freeway speeds is plenty loud enough to damage hearing. A helmet by itself does not block enough of this noise so earplugs are a must.

A few years ago I bought a sampler pack of earplugs in order to find out which brand worked best for me. I ended up going with the Howard Leight MAX brand myself. Twenty-one dollars for 200 pairs of earplugs is cheap hearing protection.

Yes, it is technically against the law to wear earplugs. On the few (*cough*) occasions that I have been pulled over on my motorcycle the fact that I was wearing earplugs never came up. I just don't see ticketing motorcyclists for wearing earplugs as an enforcement priority of the police department at this time.

At first I was worried about not being able to hear horns or sirens while riding. That turned out to not be a problem at all. Earplugs block much of the wind noise but you can still hear horns and sirens just fine.

A pleasant side effect of wearing earplugs is that I end a long ride feeling much more rested. I think this is because my brain isn't trying to process all that loud background noise for hours at a time.

If you do decide to try wearing earplugs give it at least a week or two before giving up. It took that long for my ears to get used to the feeling of wearing earplugs. Now I can't imagine riding without them.

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Happy Birthday, FZ-1!

2006/02/18

A little over four years ago (on Jan 19th, 2002) I bought my Yamaha FZ-1 Motorcycle. 45,000+ miles later I still love it. It has taken me to Montana twice (Lolo Pass), Windy Ridge more times than I can count, and almost every twisty road in Washington state reachable during a day trip. Happy Birthday.