Alpine MotoSafe earplugs make riders safer

Alpine MotoSafe earplugs make riders safer sound

Alpine Hearing Protection has improved their universal-fit MotoSafe earplugs to not only protect riders’ hearing, but also make them more relaxed and safer.

If you have ringing in your ears after a log ride, you are damaging your hearing. It’s even worse if you have Bluetooth helmet speakers belting music into your ears above the roar of the road and wind!

Many riders wear earplugs that block out almost all sound.

However, these Dutch-made universal-fit soft earplugs feature filters that mainly cut damaging wind noise, rather than cutting all noise.

Alpine MotoSafe earplugs still allow you to hear important sounds such as emergency vehicles and the screeching of brakes!

They also allow you clearly listen to music, GPS navigation instructions or phone calls on a Bluetooth headset.

The secret is the unique Alpine Acoustic Filters which mainly cut the damaging frequencies.

Buy Alpine MotoSafe earplugs here

MotorbikeWriter shop now sells Alpine MotoSafe earplugs.

They come in three different packs. The Tour MotoSafe earplugs with black filters offer moderate noise reduction for $24.95 and the Race plugs with red filters at $27.95 have high noise reduction.

The Pro pack at $39.95 is good value as it features two of each type ofMotoSafe plug. They come with a handy soft pouch which you can attach to your keyring without scratching your bike’s paintwork or triple clamp.

You can buy them by clicking here.

Road tested

We’ve tried and tested a lot of earplugs and recommend that any plugs are better than nothing at all.

The MotoSafe plugs are very comfortable because they are made of a very soft material.

You have to push them all the way in to get a good fit but the warmth of your ear gradually makes the soft material form to the shape of your inner ear.

They also don’t get uncomfortable under even the tightest helmet that presses hard against your ears.

Since there is no silicone in the material, they don’t get sweaty or itchy.

The MotoSafe earplugs also don’t fall out even when you pull your helmet on and off. However, you need skinny fingers to grab the filters to pull them out.

Since the filter allows air to pass in and out, there is no feeling of total isolation from the rest of the world, just a reduction in abrasive sounds.

While cutting damaging noises, they still allow you to hear most frequencies of your Bluetooth speaker music at a reduced volume.

The lack of harsh white noise from the road and wind makes you feel relaxed.

And being relaxed means you can concentrate on your riding which makes you safer which could be why they’ve called them MotoSafe.

Technical detailsAlpine MotoSafe earplugs make riders safer

Alpine MotoSafe earplug filters reduce noise at different levels for different frequencies.

For the technically minded, the Tour plugs reduce bass sounds around 63Hz by 6.6dB and 8000Hz treble sounds by 16.12dB which is wind noise at 50km/h.

The maximum amount of protection is in the harsh and harmful midrange of 2000-4000Hz where the noise suppression is 23.8-18.5dB.

The Race plugs drop bass frequencies 15.7dB, midrange by 26.1 and treble by 19.7dB.

Reduction in noise may vary from ear to ear, depending on fit, with a variation of 2.8 to 4.4dB.

This data was tested according to European standard EN 352-2: 2002.

Hearing lossAlpine MotoSafe earplugs make riders safer

One in six people is affected by hearing loss from exposure to prolonged loud noises and it is higher among motorcycle riders.

While a vacuum cleaner emits about 65 decibels and causes no hearing loss, listening to headphone music is about 94dB and after one hour can cause hearing loss.

However, riders can experience prolonged noise levels of more than 100dB which is about the same as being in a nightclub.

It’s not actually exhaust or engine noise that causes the biggest problem, but wind noise, according to the American Industrial Paramedic Services. The turbulence generated at high speeds can reach 103dB which is why all racers wear some form of hearing protection.

In Australia, about four million people have hearing loss, in the UK it’s 10 million and in the US, some 48 million have some form of hearing loss.

While hearing loss is a part of the natural ageing process, it is increased by prolonged exposure to excessive noise and riders are more than likely to experience greater hearing losses in their senior years.

That’s why riders should have some form of hearing protection whenever they ride, especially on long trips. Any earplug is better than no earplugs.


  1. Other then perhaps “Earmold” (too expensive) I have not come across a helmet speaker that that belts out music above that of the wind noise, not even close.

  2. I’ve been using Alpine earplugs in Australia ordering them from Nederlands before they were freely available here. So this my independent review;
    Alpine MotoSafe* earplugs are a comfortable, long lasting, easy to use & maintain the product that will make your motorbike riding safer by filtering out damaging wind & distracting noises, allowing you to focus in a safer more focused motorbike riding environment. * N.B. I don’t sell this product 🙂

  3. I will stay out of the debate re the review / retailer of these plugs.

    But.. I have a set of these and they are the most comfortable ear plugs I have ever used. Normally after 1 – 3 hours my right ear gives me intense pain with every set of ear plugs, even custom fitted ones, that I have ever tried.

    And, despite several quacks having a perve into my ear.. they can see nothing wrong in there.

    But these plugs… magic.

    I rode from Goulburn to Brisbane non stop (apart from fuel) on my Super Tenere last March at somewhat naughty speeds. I had no ear pain issues with these plugs at all; and wearing plugs certainly keeps the stress levels down and the enjoyment levels up.

    Mark, happy to order a new set from you before Christmas as these are starting to show signs of wear after a few years and many thousands of kilometres.

  4. Just got my pair. Perfect. Thank you for putting me onto these, I love that I can still hear other road users and my engine. I’d also add that I find nothing untoward in running this article and stocking them in your store. If a product is tested and subsequently recommended, why not make it available for sale?

    Great work again Mark thank you.

  5. Mark the difference is that we have valued and followed your writing as an independent reviewer and whilst I do not suggest for one moment that you are compromised or doing anything unethical you need to be careful re perceptions. As I noted if i read a review from someone that sells a product that has a good reputation like Revzilla I find that info useful but I am always aware that they are there to sell unlike an independent reviewer. I am just suggesting right up front and even perhaps in the title that you make it clear you sell the product.

    1. Fair point but you need to be clearer that you are advertising/promoting once you start selling. I am never under any doubt that a Revzilla review is promotion even if the info is usual.

      1. Hi Steve,

        Not sure how we could be clearer. We mention that we are selling them before we get to the road test section. It’s not like we mentioned it at the end or tried to hide it.

  6. Independent Review??? Alpine earplugs are good but surely there is a conflict of interest if you both sell and appear to be a independent reviewer if if you note you sell them.

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