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Motorcycle Earplugs for Touring

Shifting Gears Episode 4 Earplugs


It’s been a great ride. Looking forward to this afternoon. Be sure to tune in next week to continue to follow along on this, our fourteenth Ultimate Ride. Meanwhile, Honda Canada is celebrating the fortieth anniversary of their Goldwing and as a tribute to the art of touring, we’ve created a segment called winging it. This week we’re looking at your ear plugs.


So Ken, we were just hanging around between takes, I put my hand in my pocket and lo and behold I pulled out my ear plugs and I have a box of ear plugs now in every jacket so I know we’ll always have them with me and thought, what a game changer, we should talk about ear plugs when we talk about winging it.



You know, because it doesn’t matter what kind of bike you’re riding or how long you ride, the ambient noise can really wear on you and over the years you can pay the penalty of suffering tinnitus.



SO not only do earplugs provide protection from tinnitus but I also find that when I’m touring, or even on short rides, especially when I’m touring, if I’m wearing earplugs I don’t get as fatigued.



Yeah, it’s much more peaceful in there, I can hear everything I need to hear for awareness out on the road, I can hear everything I need to hear for awareness out on the road, I can hear the car, I can hear somebody honking, I can hear proximity of other vehicles around me I can actually hear some people stop once you’re at a stop type thing so you’re not completely removed from your hearing element. But it is, it’s much more peaceful, I’m in my own little world in there but everybody knows my name.



Now I’ve had much success with these, these are those silicon plugs. I actually take one rip it in half and works for me. What are you using?



So this is what I’ve moved up to and these are just another variation. These are custom made plugs. They’re available at a lot of hearing professional specialty shops but you’ll see them more and more now at motorcycle shops and motorcycle venues and they’ll be somebody there and you sit in the chair and they pour this nice warm liquid in your ear and it will conform to your specific ear cavity. And you just sit there for a few minutes, there’s no pain, it’s actually quite soothing, you can fit your variety of colours and that way you know you are getting the best fit possible. You can even take it up a notch and have them in bed. Miniature speakers for your ipod, whatever it is you want and now they’re part and parcel of your custom made earplugs. But that’s probably top of the line at this point.



Have you ever used the foam ones, because I haven’t had much luck with the foam ones?



Yeah well I always have them as a back up because, like I say, I’m trying to do an awareness thing with some people that haven’t moved to it yet and I had them myself for awhile. You can get them at any number of gardening shops, hardware stores, whatever. I think I got about a hundred of these things for five bucks. And they’re used once or twice and they’re very disposable, you squish them up really small in your fingers, you squish them in and they’re self expanding until they close off. You might get away with using them a second time and hen after that it’s a toss away, but it offers a lot better protection than what the alternative is which is nothing.



No matter what I guess the whole point here is you should be using ear protection and it will make a huge difference to your riding.



Because you’ll get sick and tired of people going, what? What? It’s going to catch you, they’re the best thing going and they’re really small.

Great, wonderful tip.


Gaspe is one place, as a motorcyclist you want to see, it’s a motorcycle mecca, it’s all about the ride. There’s a lot of history here as well but this one is all about the ride. You’re on the coast of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, you’re on the coast of Baie des Chaleur. You can go in and out of the Gaspe peninsula on these various roads and you’re going to get changing scenery continuously so it’s a real cool place to go as a Motorcyclist.


Over the twelve part article Dave Hatch talks to Harley-Davidson about how to shop and fit a bike, get the right gear, suit up for the season and pick the right accessories for your ride. These riding tips will keep you safe and prepared but more than anything get the most out of your ride.


Season 26’s “Winging It” was all about the art of touring and celebration of Honda’s iconic touring machine the Gold Wing’s 40th anniversiry. Ken Edick a veteran touring biker and owner of a Honda Gold Wing shares his best tips on touring. The tips include everything from the proper riding gear to take along on a long tour, the equipment, the additional tools and things to take along just to make sure that you keep moving and enjoying your experience.

Test Your Motorcycle Riding Skills

Recently we’ve been working on improving the riding skills of Anthony Mann by putting him through a series of motorcycle riding skills exercises designed by Matt Fletcher at Yamaha Motor Canada. Matt had hoped this friendly little challenge would show us all how we can become better riders when we practice our sport.  All you need is some open pavement like an empty parking lot and a couple of make shift cones or pylons.


The mission of the TELUS Ride For Dad is to raise funds to save men’s lives by supporting prostate cancer research and raising public awareness of the disease. Our goal is for men to continue to be there for their families and friends for years to come. The parade of vehicles grabs the attention of the masses and the media on ride day, the research helps find hope for the future and the awareness has the potential of saving men’s lives today.

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