Motorcycle Gear Tips

Worry Free Parking

This item is not typically thought of as motorcycle gear but we feel it’s worth a mention. Did you ever park your bike and run into the store for just a minute and come back to find your kickstand dug completely into the street tar or worse find your bike laying on its side because the stand sunk in too far? What about pulling over for a photo op and there is only grass to put your stand on? For those of you that know us you know we love to make numerous stops while we ride for any kind of photo op.

That means putting the kickstand down on all sorts of surfaces. From hot street tar to dirt we need a solid surface that the stand will not sink into. We have used all sorts of things like pieces of wood, crushed soda cans, and thin metal sheets but the item that we feel works best is a kickstand pad.

They are lightweight making them easy to bring along on any ride. They make it much easier for you to park almost worry free on any surface. So this weeks tip is to get yourself a kickstand pad and get your photo ops worry free.

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When Choosing Pants Consider Kevlar

Just about everyone I know (myself included) wears jeans while they ride. Although it’s much better than wearing…ummm…shorts, jeans are not as much protection as you think. If you were ever to go down for whatever reason jeans will tear like paper and you will wind up with severe road rash.

Although pricey, riding pants with kevlar will be your best defense against road rash/injury to your lower body. An example of this is pictured above. Depending on how stylish you want to be will determine your costs but whatever you decide make sure they are made from a breathable material or you will be drenched in sweat upon your arrival to a destination.

I Can’t Feel My Fingers

One of the most important pieces of gear you can get (well, they are all important) is your gloves. There’s nothing worse than riding in cooler weather and your fingers start to get numb from the cold. On the flip side, you also want to protect them in the warm weather and be waterproof.

When you are buying gloves for warm weather, you want something that fits well, is lightweight, waterproof, and lets you feel through to the handlebars. In colder weather, you will want something with Gortex to keep your hands dry, ones that have an inner lining for warmth, but also let you feel through to the handlebars. You also want something that comes up over your wrists and goes over your jacket sleeve.

Hope this helps

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Oh My Aching Head

A properly fitting helmet is extremely important. The last thing you want is to be going down the road and have your helmet slip down over your eyes or slip backward and have the strap start choking you out.

When you put on your helmet it should be snug fitting. Not so tight that when you take it off you can read the manufacturer on your forehead though. It should be snug enough that if you move your head around quickly it’s not sliding around on your head.

Keep in mind that you are buying one brand new you might want to purchase it slightly tighter because after you wear it a few times the padding will sink in a little as it conforms to the shape of your head. An improperly fitted helmet can be not only uncomfortable but dangerous as well.

We hope this helps. Have a great week.

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Can You See Me Now?

Although leather gear has been worn for years, it’s dark and can make it hard for other motorists to see you because it makes you blend in. There are more and more cagers hitting the road every day and our roads are becoming crowded.

Give yourself an edge. Wear something hi-viz. If you still like leather, wear a hi-viz vest over it while you are riding. It’s a cheap way to be safe. We like to wear hi-viz mesh jackets. They’re bright, comfortable, and come with waterproof liners.

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Hey, I Can’t See A Thing!!!

Always make sure your eyes are covered. Whether you ride with a helmet or without, at the very least make sure your eyes are covered. If you have a full or three quarter faced helmet, your eyes are fairly well protected and you could get away with a good pair of sunglasses to block the sun.

If you wear a half helmet or …gulp…no helmet at all, you will need a good pair of riding glasses or goggles. Make sure they are shatter resistant. The types of debris that can come flying at your eyes while riding is almost unlimited. You only get one set of eyes. Make sure you protect them.

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