Every motorcycle rider deserves comforts while riding. Wind noise is not only a disturbance and distraction to the rider – it’s also not good for the ears. Because of the threat to health and annoying noise, many bike riders seek for an alternative. There are several products on the market meant to minimize this wind noise, with varying levels of success with each.
Wind noises occur when the airflow emanating from the noise flows around the ears of the bike rider. It creates audible and annoying turbulence in the process. Most types of novelty helmets available on the market are not designed in such a way to keep away such audible turbulences and noises that come with it.
The ear covers for half helmets are designed so that wind noise and other loud sounds can be dampened and not distract you from the ride.
These covers can minimize the noise level that gets to the ears, but can not stop such noise completely because they are not meant to cover all the ears. It’s not ideal that the rider’s hearing be compromised while using the specially designed helmet. Many of them are designed in such a way that sixty percent of the noise coming to the ears are dampened or deflected away from the position of the ears. There are different devices on the market with different features; you have to select the product that suits your purpose most.
Human ears are much different from cat ears. Human ears can work only in a low wind density and environment. This is not compatible with a cycling speed, which has an average speed. This is too much for the ears as it sends turbulent waves to the ears. As the cycle increases its speed so does the turbulence that comes with it increases, and so does the disturbance to the ears increase. It will increase to a point it could cause damages to the ears. It could even be difficult under such condition for the rider to hear a noise or horn of an approaching vehicle.
It is because of the deficiencies of human ears that some helmet designers decide to take a cue from nature. Human kinds are known to love pets. Pets like cats have been living with humankind since ages, studies about their behaviors and hearing abilities were done over the years. Cats have leading edge. It has hairs in its ears. This protects cat’s ears. It has the ability to dampen or deflect wind turbulence. This is also the reason the pet is endowed with exceptional hearing ability. Taking a cue from cat’s ear shape, recent helmet manufacturers introduced the cat ears technology.
Man has a special passion for cat. This is why manufacturers decided to design helmet patterned to that of the cat. Apart from the special bond between man and cat, cats have a unique hearing ability, which is superior to that of the man. They can hear flying frequency sounds that are not detectable to the human ears. Cats could hear sounds flying at fifty to sixty kilocycles, which is better than the 16 to 20 kilocycles of man.
Cat ears for motorcycle helmets come in different sizes; there are small ears, large ears, straight ears, as well as folded ears, and there are helmets are designed exactly like the shape and sizes of cat ears.
The helmet performs two most important functions for motorcycle rider. First, it helps protect the head in the event of a crash (pretty obvious right?).
Second, it provides an extension of your style and personality that loves more than the motorcycle you ride on.
Changing out your entire helmet for a new one just because it has a few cat ears on it can be a little intimidating. I mean, you love that helmet you have now right? (If you don’t it may be time to upgrade) You may have even paid upwards of $500-900+ for it. Why not add on the accessory you want to it, and have the best of both?
That’s what we think too.
Currently in design, we’re working on an adding on those ears you want to the helmet that you love. And there have been some challenges, but we are getting close.
Sign up to be notified of the release of this awesome helmet accessory and you’ll be the first to know when they are available. We are going to need some demo’s across the country in different riding conditions too. So if you are interested in that, just reply to the confirmation email when you sign up and you’ll be added to the list.
*Update: The contest is over, but we are going to be throwing more soon.
“Check out the current motorcycle gear giveaway “Cat outta Hell” and win yourself a full set of gear.
Included is the new Cat Ear Motorycle Helmet Add-on Accessory that is not even available to the public yet!