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post #1 of 7 Old 02-21-2010, 03:54 AM Thread Starter
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V-Strom Wind Noise Question

I have been riding a 99 Bandit 1200S for several years and really love the reliability, simplicity and overall performance. I've developed a lot of respect for Suzuki's ability to engineer a good bike for a fair price. I have one problem though, I've suffered some hearing loss over the years and though I've got a large Rifle Windscreen, good Shoei helmet and always wear Hearos extreme ear plugs I'm still concerned about loosing more of my hearing due to the wind noise on the Bandit. The V-Strom appeals to me because of the same Suzuki virtues as my Bandit and I wouldn't mind being able to go on dirt roads once and awhile. I see a lot of threads on this site about the wind buffeting problems on the V-Strom. Can anybody give me a comparison specifically of wind noise on the V-Strom compared to the Bandit, or other bikes for that matter? I know the best way to find this out would be to ride one but I don't know anybody nearby who owns a Strom. Is there any chance somebody in Northern LA county would want to go for a ride and swap with me on my Bandit for a few miles so I could check it out?

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I've suffered some hearing loss over the years and though I've got a large Rifle Windscreen, good Shoei helmet and always wear Hearos extreme ear plugs I'm still concerned about loosing more of my hearing due to the wind noise on the Bandit.
I always wear earplugs. It just makes the ride much more pleasant. As long as you wear good ones, the bike doesn't matter. If your question is whether the Strom is quiet enough that you can stop wearing earplugs, no, it's certainly not.

Road, engine, and especially wind noise are a lot louder than they seem. You might get used to it, but it will damage your hearing relentlessly.
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Wind noise

To my (deteriorated) ears, wind noise is much less on the Wee than engine noise. With the visor down on my full face helmet the noise is nicely muffled and I have no concerns about (further) hearing loss. With the visor up I hear the engine more than the wind. I do have a Madstaad bracket and a Givi tall screen.

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With the visor down on my full face helmet the noise is nicely muffled and I have no concerns about (further) hearing loss.
I think that probably means you're not going fast enough. :biggrinjester:
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I use the Givi shield, full face helmet with speakers, and an IPod and I'm fine.....

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My Wee used to be the loudest bike I've ever ridden but it was also the only non-naked bike I've ever ridden. The noise was from the wind blowing vertically up into my helmet. At 80 mph it sounded like a rocket taking off. One $6 part fixed it. I got a chin skirt (that's what Scorpion calls it) that fit into the helmet to block incoming wind. I have a Scorpion EXO 400 helmet. That, with earplugs makes it a rather quiet bike for me now. A taller screen for winter & a shorter screen for summer has made it even quieter.

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I have been riding a 99 Bandit 1200S for several years and really love the reliability, simplicity and overall performance. I've developed a lot of respect for Suzuki's ability to engineer a good bike for a fair price. I have one problem though, I've suffered some hearing loss over the years and though I've got a large Rifle Windscreen, good Shoei helmet and always wear Hearos extreme ear plugs I'm still concerned about loosing more of my hearing due to the wind noise on the Bandit. The V-Strom appeals to me because of the same Suzuki virtues as my Bandit and I wouldn't mind being able to go on dirt roads once and awhile. I see a lot of threads on this site about the wind buffeting problems on the V-Strom. Can anybody give me a comparison specifically of wind noise on the V-Strom compared to the Bandit, or other bikes for that matter? I know the best way to find this out would be to ride one but I don't know anybody nearby who owns a Strom. Is there any chance somebody in Northern LA county would want to go for a ride and swap with me on my Bandit for a few miles so I could check it out?

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I put a California Scientific windscreen (mounted on a Madstad adjustable bracket) on my '09 DL-650. The screens are available in 3 or 4 different heights (don't remember). I'm 6'3", sit on a Suzuki Tall Touring seat and use the next to tallest windscreen, adjusted so my line of sight is just above the screen. It helped the wind noise and turbulence a lot, but I still had an air blast going straight up my chest into the helmet. Then I put a set of Aerostich tank pannier bags on the bike, and they broke the airflow into the helmet. I wear Hearos and have the windscreen adjusted (height and tilt) so I live in a little bubble of peace and quiet, and that goes a LONG way to reducing fatigue. :thumbsup:

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