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Ok, wimp here..... has anyone found a tire that does not echo road noise straight up to your ears from the front wheel? I have the orig ‘18 GSA tire on and not sure if it’s the shape of bike or actual tire that makes all the tunnel noise.


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I have the same bike, I believe it's the tunnel around the front forks that funnels the road/tire noise directly to your head. Earplugs are my answer, you soon learn to ignore the noise
 

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as mentioned the anakee 3 is very noisy, imo.
Been happy with the road noise, or lack of it, from Pirelli scorpion Trail II and the Metzeler Tourance Next for the riding I do--mostly asphalt. Very happy with their lifespan and their grip also.
 

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My experience is very similar. Even the most street oriented tires (Michelin 4 GT) are very noisy between 50 and 70 kph. Its the bike not the tires.
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My experience is very similar. Even the most street oriented tires (Michelin 4 GT) are very noisy between 50 and 70 kph. Its the bike not the tires.
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In my experience it's a bit of both. This bikes certainly tunnels the front tire noise upwards to its driver. Clearly, loud tires, such as the Michelin A3, just worsen the effect. I found the scorpion trail 2 much quieter.

On very smooth roads I can hear the front tire work, and can tell when I shift on the side of the tire, the pitch changes. Quite cool actually. A lot less so on noisy bad roads on long trips. Ear plugs all the way.
 

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2 things tunnel up these bikes. Tire/road noise and engine generated heat. I have a small thermometer mounted on the left fender fairing and it indicates a temperature about 20 degrees higher than ambient temperature. The nature of the beast. My new Shinko E 705 is much quieter than The Michelin Anakee III.
 

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I had Tourance Next on my 05 R1200Gs, and they were great road tyres, very grippy, and lasted well. Hopeless on mud or slippery stuff. New bike (2017 GS) has the very noisy Anake III. I’ll be looking around when it comes time to replace them.
 

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Wow! Same problem here. Just traded my old 2004 1200GS for my dream bike 1250hp and my ears are ringing after only an hour on the bike. Awesome bike but the noise funneling up from the front tire is horrendous. It will be my daily commute so not thrilled about having to worry about whether I have packed my ear plugs or not. The bike came stock with Bridgestone Battlax Adventure tires. If it is only the tire, I’ll change it in a flash, but it sounds (pun intended) as though it is also a problem with the design of the front-end. I wonder if all the cheap plastic fairing bits and pieces actually amplifies the sound. Be interesting to know the decibels echoing around the cockpit. For a bike that has supposedly gone through a number of evelotions since the first 1200, this sure seems like a giant leap backwards. Is this a problem on all the LC GS’s? Is there really no better fix than having to ride with ear plugs? Suggestions welcome.
 

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If you guys aren't wearing ear protection every time you throw your leg over your bike, you are definitely damaging your ears and no, it doesn't matter how quiet you think your helmet is. Search around on here for hearing protection threads and you'll find some very solid and informative threads on this subject.

I'd sooner ride without my helmet than my hearing protection. Tinnitus, hearing aids, and not being able to understand anything in a crowded room - all that stinks and wouldn't wish it anyone. If you're riding without hearing protection, all of that is in your future.
 

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I agree with GrayBeard. The best thing I ever did was get rid of the foam plugs and have custom plugs made. Easy in and out and very comfortable.
 

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Advice heeded, thanks guys. Will look thru the threads, and for custom ear plugs. Nonetheless still curious to know if the GS has gotten noisier over the years. My old 2004 had none of the tire echoing the 1250 HP has.
 

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Thanks again guys for the advise. Bought three sets of ear plugs, the Cescendo Moto, the NoNoise, which appears to be the most recommended, and the regular squiggle foam type. The NN was better than the Crescendo but neither blocked out the scream from the front tire. The foam plug does a better job dulling the sound along with almost every sound but it still very audible and by far the most uncomfortable. I’ve only put 100kms on the clock since picking up the 1250 on Monday, commuting the 10ks each way to work, so I understand my concerns are premature (wimp comments anticipated), however the noise is so annoyingly loud that even after a short trip with the foamies my ears ring.

When I called the dealer, he said that the Bridgestone Battlax Adverture’s were a new design which could be the problem, and suggested I wait to the 1000k service mark. Hmm. Suffering through 900ks of ear throbbing noise is not my idea of fun so I’ll see if he’ll flip a tire to test.
Has anyone have any similar experiences with the Bridgestones?

Using an iPhone decibel app with iPhone attached to the handlebars gave a max reading of 96 dB at around 60kph which surprised me as it seemed way noiser. I suspect the wine from the tires is a different frequency that the iPhone cannot capture. The audio recording didn’t capture it either
I use an open face helmet and visor. With the visor down the sound is louder. My theory is the sound is amplified up the forks much like a megaphone and captured by my helmet. Maybe a dull faced helmet is quieter. Will try.

I am interested to know if anyway has measured the dB of the noise from the front tire.

Apologies for the long-winded post.
 

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At the recommendation of some on this forum, I bought a Michelin Pilot RT4 for the front of my 17' 1200GSA back in November and, not being able to ride for a time, just put it on a week ago. I now have about 200 miles on since the installation, over all types of paved surfaces, and at speeds up to 85 MPH. The road noise is all but gone. The Anakee III's would put up a horrible static-like noise, most especially on asphalt/slag surfaces, very common where I live, but this is missing on the new tire. These tires are not knobbies, but judging from the tread, the off-road ability should be as good as the A-III's.
 

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So I changed back to the original Anakee 3 after my Shinkos wore out! They were lying around and had some life left.
But noisyyyyy as hell and bugs me to no end.
So besides Shinko 705 any good 80/20 tires?
Hows Karoo Street?
 

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I've had good luck with the PinLock ear plugs - they block the majority of noise but have a filter that lets in enough that you don't feel like you've got "dead ear syndrome". I wore them 7,700 miles last fall, for 18 days straight.
 

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I've had good luck with the PinLock ear plugs - they block the majority of noise but have a filter that lets in enough that you don't feel like you've got "dead ear syndrome". I wore them 7,700 miles last fall, for 18 days straight.
The NoNoise uses the same filter approach and while it blocks a lot of the engine and ambient noise, unfortunately not the front end noise. But will definitely try the pin locks. Thanks for the suggest.
 

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My experience is very similar. Even the most street oriented tires (Michelin 4 GT) are very noisy between 50 and 70 kph. Its the bike not the tires.
Bruce
I’m starting to agree. Wading through online discussions, it seems the problem exists with a number of tire brands and types. Makes me question how much noise testing with tires BMW does before shodding a bike for sale. None I suspect. The 1250’s appear to be delivered with random tire selections. Mine the Battlax A41’s. A great tire no doubt but deafening on the GS.
 

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I've found the Anakees truly horrible from day one on my bike, it's not just the front, I can hear the howl from the rear as well, between that and the extra engine noise the bike is much louder than my older oil head BMW. I always wear ear protection if I'm going any distance and don't hear the nose then, but if I just nip through the neighborhoods to a store or something the noise really detracts from the riding experience to the point I'd rather take one of my other bikes.

I'm certainly interested to hear any brands and types of tires that can reduce or eliminate that sound. When i got the bike new, I was excited to see I had the Michelins fitted of the options available that BMW fit, that changed swiftly after riding it. One thing I've often wondered is if the horrible "wroop, wroop" sound is audible to everyone you pass in the same way you hear those big mudder tires on pickups.
 
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