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Well, I did it, I just put another hundred bucks into the economy on a domestically produced semi-durable good. The Westone UM1 in-ear speakers.
http://www.earphonesolutions.com/westoneum1.html?gclid=COO7wriHxJICFQEQlwoduljzbw

And a motorcycle rider's testimony:
http://www.earphonesolutions.com/beeaformori.html

The literature claims up to a 25db noise reduction rating from outside sound. Typical in-the-ear noise levels at highway speed wearing a helmet can be 100db or greater (Rider magazine article, spring 2006), so the earphones alone should drop the noise entering my ear to a safe level. And I never use earphones at high levels of volume, so I should be able to keep myself in the safety zone.

Nice thing about these phones is they wrap over the top of the ear, and have a very low profile so they don't stick out past your ear where your helmet can pull them out when putting on the helmet.

From their FAQ-
"Q. What are the best earphones for riding a motorcycle?

A. I'm assuming you use a full-face helmet. Believe it or not 90% of the staff here rides and the only earphones we use are these:
http://www.earphonesolutions.com/weinea.html as these are the only earphones that are flush with your outer-ear (aside from the Shure SE Series which also provide a flush fit). All other earphones stick out of the ear and will probably jam in all the way into your brain when you put the helmet on. :) Seriously though, the only earphones to use on a bike are the Westone hands down followed by the Shure. ** Please check with local authorities as the use of earphones while riding a motorcycle maybe against the law in your state or country and they may impair the rider's ability to avoid hazardous situations."

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I'll report back after a few uses.
 

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I'll be interested in seeing how this works out. I've got a pair of the Shures and even after trying all the different earpieces they provide, they always work loose and end up barely sitting in my ear canal inside the helmet. Very irritating.

I may just have to suck it up and dump the money into some custom molded 'phones.
 

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Stay tuned, Larry. I'll give an update after a few rides. The website claims this one is good even for activities such as running, etc., supposed to stay in place.
 

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got a set of these last summer, use in full face helmet - probably logged 3K miles: love "em! comfortable, non-protruding, function as standars earplugs with music off, and they sound great with tunes on..
 

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Well, I did it, I just put another hundred bucks into the economy on a domestically produced semi-durable good. The Westone UM1 in-ear speakers.
http://www.earphonesolutions.com/westoneum1.html?gclid=COO7wriHxJICFQEQlwoduljzbw

And a motorcycle rider's testimony:
http://www.earphonesolutions.com/beeaformori.html

The literature claims up to a 25db noise reduction rating from outside sound. Typical in-the-ear noise levels at highway speed wearing a helmet can be 100db or greater (Rider magazine article, spring 2006), so the earphones alone should drop the noise entering my ear to a safe level. And I never use earphones at high levels of volume, so I should be able to keep myself in the safety zone.

Nice thing about these phones is they wrap over the top of the ear, and have a very low profile so they don't stick out past your ear where your helmet can pull them out when putting on the helmet.

From their FAQ-
"Q. What are the best earphones for riding a motorcycle?

A. I'm assuming you use a full-face helmet. Believe it or not 90% of the staff here rides and the only earphones we use are these:
http://www.earphonesolutions.com/weinea.html as these are the only earphones that are flush with your outer-ear (aside from the Shure SE Series which also provide a flush fit). All other earphones stick out of the ear and will probably jam in all the way into your brain when you put the helmet on. :) Seriously though, the only earphones to use on a bike are the Westone hands down followed by the Shure. ** Please check with local authorities as the use of earphones while riding a motorcycle maybe against the law in your state or country and they may impair the rider's ability to avoid hazardous situations."

Image courtesy of Ear Phone Solutions-


I'll report back after a few uses.



I had a pair of these and really liked them. On a trip to New Mexico, I broke them and replaced them withe these:

http://www.v-moda.com/collection/modaphones/vibe duo.aspx


IMHO, the V-Moda sound much better and are more comfortable.
 

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I tried the Shures and had the same experiance as LarryB. They wouldn't stay in and they hurt after about an hour, nothing worked. I finally got a set of in ear monitors from Ears Inc. A little more expensive than it sounds like stevet spent, I think I paid 160 at the time but they are custom molded for my ear. They are pretty soft and do not fall out. I am not sure how much they reduce the noise but I can set the volume before I take off (engine running) and I don't have to adjust it again, even when running down the highway.
Just got my wife and son fitted for our Goldwing w/sidecar. He's only 4 so now he can tell us when he has to go. The price went up since I had mine done 3 years ago. It now costs 175. I highly recommend these compaired to the Shures or just plain ear buds. They are way more comfortable for hours of use and they do not slip out at all. Plus, they block out noise well, almost to well. BE WARNED : I try to only use them when long legs of road are expected because in town you don't hear much. In town I ride with one side in and let the other hang.
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Not to piss on anyones parade but noise cancellation is one thing but being able to hear things that you should hear is another (Gee honey...I didn't hear you scream when you fell off the back of the bike 'cause my earbuds canceled out ALL external noise....sorry):). Seriously tho....some sounds need to be heard.[/QUO

Some would say that's a benefit?
 

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Not to piss on anyones parade but noise cancellation is one thing but being able to hear things that you should hear is another (Gee honey...I didn't hear you scream when you fell off the back of the bike 'cause my earbuds canceled out ALL external noise....sorry):). Seriously tho....some sounds need to be heard.
They reduce about 25db. The ear plugs I wear reduce about 30db, and that's the most noise reduction I have been able to find with my full face helmet on. I wear earplugs all the time. Loud noises like sirens are over 110db. Traffic next to you is probably over 80 db. Now, what were we worried about?
 

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Review time-

I've ridden with the UM1's a few times now, just on my commute to work. (No countryside travels yet this spring.) The first ride I had the short foam sleeves installed, well, they are on from the factory. For *my ears*, the shorties wouldn't stay put. So I installed one of the included sets of long foamies and that did the trick.

They don't penetrate the ear canal like a regular foam earplug does, but that's to be expected. I wear a Silks helmet liner, too, and the liner covers my ears which assists in putting on the helmet. Carefully pulling on the helmet, the plugs stay in place. They do conform to the shape of the opening of my ear canal, and once set, they do a good job blocking out ambient noise. Not quite like an earplug, but WAY better than nothing.

The proof in the pudding- I'm using these to listen to music on my Ipod. I'm not using any kind of external volume booster at all, and I'm able to keep the volume set at about the 25% volume setting up from mute. That's where I listen to it if I'm sitting in a chair! Music sounds great. Yeah, the noise of the road is in the background, but it's not bothersome at all. Maybe a bit noisier than listening to the car radio at a normal level with the windows up, but nothing like doing the same with windows down.

They are comfortable for me, no irritation or discomfort at all. And I can go for an entire day with a pair of the soft, green Max Lite earplugs in my ears without issue.

I can't speak to other higher-end earbud speakers (such as these, buds that are say $100 and up), but these ones, I think, are going to serve me quite well. Thumbs up from me for the Westone UM1.
 
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