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Part Two of A Guide To Motorcycle Riding Gear for Beginners

On Wednesday we gave you the first part of a guide to motorcycle gear for beginners below is part two of that article. As we stated then… we’re refreshing some older (but still helpful and informative) articles to help you all get ready to ride. Bits and parts of this article have been published throughout the time we’ve been online. This is the advice we dished out on some Motorcycle Riding gear for riders no matter if they are veterans, intermediate or beginners. Here we will also lay out some advice on gear and explain why you should never wear regular jeans on a bike. We have split this article into two parts making it easier to read.

Gloves

Motorcycle Riding Gear
Men’s Hard Knuckle Leather Suede & Textile Gloves

Your hands are an awesome combination of extreme fragility combined with utter necessity. You need them to do stuff and they’re also the first thing to touch down in any crash. So you need to protect them. Motorcycle gloves should fully cover your fingers, palm, the back of your hands and your wrists. There should be significant overlap between glove and jacket so that you never see any skin exposed between the two, and is a significant part of your Motorcycle Riding Gear.

In order for a glove to remain on your hand in a crash, it needs a retention strap around the wrist. Consider this feature a minimum entry point for any riding glove. After that, you want to look for strong, abrasion-resistant materials and strong, protected stitching. Materials like Kevlar are often spec’d for the stitching for their ability to resist abrasion and bursting.

Last, but not least is armor. While most motorcycle gloves spec armor for the knuckles, it’s actually the base of your palm that will impact in nearly any crash and which needs protection the most. Look for materials here that will slide rather than catch on the pavement and that can provide some impact protection. Armor anywhere else is welcome but can cause the glove to bind or pinch your hand as you grip the controls. Make sure any glove you choose allows you to operate the controls on your bike unimpeded.

 

Armor

Motorcycle Riding Gear
Men’s Black And Gray Mesh And Nylon Motorcycle Jacket

As mentioned above, motorcycle body armor protects you from impacts by absorbing energy that would otherwise be transferred to your joints, limbs, and body. Whether purchased separately or included in an item of Motorcycle Riding Gear, you want it to fit snugly in a manner that won’t see it shift or move around in a crash. It should be comfortable and not restrict movement. Also, think about its area of coverage; you want it to cover as much of you as possible. Some cheaper elbow protectors, for instance, don’t extend very far down your forearm while the real quality stuff does. Back protectors should ideally cover everything from your coccyx to the base of your neck.

Those back protectors are available in two levels of safety: CE1 and CE2. CE1 is the less safe of the two, but protectors made to that lower standard are often lighter, more flexible, cheaper, and breathe better. Protection you wear more often is better protection.

You can often upgrade the armor in an item of riding gear by ordering superior, but more expensive items and retrofitting them. To do this, check to see if the item of clothing features removable armor in Velcro pockets or similar. Because not all armor is of the same shape and size, ordering it from the same manufacturer as the item of clothing is typically necessary.

The most frequent upgrade you’ll perform is to the back protector. If you feel that your jacket’s or suit’s back protector is sub-par, you can fit a better one in the pocket or simply opt for a strap-on item (Not that kind of strap-on; get your mind out of the gutter), which you wear separately under the jacket or suit. Strap-on protectors typically cover a greater portion of your body.

Everything Else

Motorcycle Riding Gear
Full Face Motorcycle Helmet Visor

Other things to consider when thinking about Motorcycle Riding Gear is eye protection or a visor/face shield that is tinted You’ll likely also want to protect your eyes from glare and the sun. Wearing sunglasses inside a helmet can be tricky, so a tinted visor is the best option. You’ll need one specifically designed to fit your helmet. Always carry a clear visor with you if there’s even a slight chance you’ll be out after dark. Wearing a tinted visor at night is extremely dangerous, reducing your vision to an extreme degree.

Motorcycle Riding Gear
BIKER SUNGLASSES- BLACK FRAME/AMBER LENSES

We carry both types of eye protection to help keep your peepers safe, like these BIKER SUNGLASSES- BLACK FRAME/AMBER LENSES they are an updated version of the extremely popular Foamerz these wraparound sunglasses are available in smoke, clear or even stunning amber anti-fog polycarbonate lenses.Closed cell foam allows for ventilation while providing a comfortably cushioned lining to protect the eyes from wind and dust while flying down the road. Which any biker will tell you the most uncomfortable is having dust in your eyes.

Conclusion

Riding a motorcycle exposes you to extreme risk, variations in weather, and requires your full concentration and physical ability. Luckily, Motorcycle Riding Gear is available that can keep you safe in a crash, comfortable in any weather condition, reduce fatigue. As such, it should be considered a necessity when riding a motorcycle. Factor its cost into the overall price of purchasing a bike. There’s no such thing as not being able to afford good gear; reduce the price of the bike you’re buying until you can afford to buy the helmet, jacket, gloves, pants, and boots necessary to ride it.4

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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Part One of A Guide To Motorcycle Gear for Beginners

Hey friends, riding season is upon us again so we’re refreshing some older (but still helpful and informative) articles to help you all get ready to ride. Bits and parts of this article have been published throughout the time we’ve been online. This is the advice we dished out on some riding gear for riders no matter if they are veterans, intermediate or beginners. Here we will also lay out some advice on gear and explain why you should never wear regular jeans on a bike. We have split this article into two parts making it easier to read. 

Just getting started riding motorcycles? Here’s everything you need to know about riding gear—helmets, jackets, gloves, boots and such—in one digestible package.

One of the most frequent inquiries we get here at AMERiders isn’t about which motorcycle to buy or how to learn to ride, but what gear to buy and wear once you’ve accomplished all that. Here’s the info you need to make smart decisions, to be more comfortable, safer and, hopefully, save some money in the process.

Why You Need Good Gear

Beginner

Last time we checked, the fastest human in the world is Usain Bolt. During the 100-meter sprint, he peaked at 27.78 mph. If he were to fall going that speed, he’d likely sustain serious injuries; the human body simply didn’t evolve to go any faster. Which is why even falling off a horse (Guinness World Record top speed: 43.97 mph) can lead to death.

Riders that are Beginners Pay attention! On a motorcycle, you’re going to be traveling much faster. Even around town, you’ll be hitting 50 mph or more and, on the highway, you may find yourself exceeding 85 mph. Your skin, bones, and organs were not designed to withstand impacts at those speeds.

Then there’s the question of abrasion. As a general rule of thumb, figuring the average road surface, you can expect to lose one millimeter of flesh for every mile per hour you’re going over 30 when you crash. So, at the top speed of that horse, you’ll have lost 1.4cm (or more than half an inch) of skin and muscle. Where on your body can you afford to lose that much? And that’s at only 44 mph. What if you crash at 70 mph and lose an inch and a half? We’re talking serious, life-threatening injuries from abrasion alone.

Then there’s the weather. What if it’s kinda cold out? Even at, say, a 50F ambient temperature, windchill at 55 mph is going to make it feel like it’s 25F. In other words: from the kind of temperature in which you might need a light sweater, to the kind of cold where you want long undies and a down jacket. Getting wet would compound that much further.

Gear can even help when it’s hot, by better allowing your body’s natural evaporative cooling effect to take place. Under constant wind blast, the sweat is blown off your skin too quickly for it to have a cooling effect. Put on a (summer) jacket, helmet, boots, gloves and pants, however, and your body is free to cool itself as designed.

Luckily, mankind has achieved through science what evolution has failed to provide: clothing that protects you from accidents and the elements, and makes riding an easier, more comfortable experience.

Helmets

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DOT Full Face Winebury Modular Motorcycle Helmet helps to stay safe

According to a study published by Dietmar Otte, 45 percent of all impacts to motorcycle helmets occur around the face, in an area not covered by open-face or three-quarter-type helmets. You really, really, really want to be wearing a full-face helmet. As an added bonus, they’ll keep the wind out of your eyes and bugs out of your teeth, too.

Helmets typically have a five-year life. After that, the glue and whatnot used to bond layers of the EPS impact absorption material (precisely tailored densities of Styrofoam) may begin to degrade, impacting safety.

Like the crumple zone in a car, helmets are also designed to destroy themselves in a crash, thereby dissipating the energy that would otherwise be transferred to your head. Sometimes a helmet can experience a crash without external signs of damage but still sustain unseen effects. To ensure that your helmet is fully capable of protecting you, always buy a new helmet and treat it like a baby. Beginners here is a break down of helmets.

Types of helmets
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HJC SY-MAXIII MATTE BLACK FULL FACE MODULAR HELMET

Street helmets look like this. Along with full-face lids—which are the safest by far—thereise also all manner of smaller, open-faced helmets. While the latter provides ample protection for the top of your head, they’re not the best at protecting your face.

Beginner
DOT Certified Red/Silver Kids MX ATV Helmet

Dirt helmets look like this. You wear them with goggles. Yes, they do protect your face, but that pronounced chin may exaggerate torsional forces in a crash. They’ll also be noisy and unstable at highway speeds. Choose the right helmet for the kind of riding you plan to do.

BeginnersTo be legally worn on the road in America, a motorcycle helmet must be marked with a DOT-approved sticker. You’ll see those affixed prominently on the back.

That’s just a minimal legal standard, though. Two other certifications compete for your dollar by promising greater safety, both voluntary in the United States. “ECE 22.05” is the European Union’s legal standard, while there’s also something called Snell, which is popular with a number of large helmet manufacturers.

 

The shape and size of every person’s head is unique. You need to find a helmet that fits you perfectly; sizes and shapes vary heavily between manufacturers and models. To determine your shape and size, visit a large brick-and-mortar retailer and try on every helmet you can. You’ll know one fits when it evenly holds your head all the way around, with no pressure points. Put it on, grasp the chin and try to rotate the helmet while resisting the movement with your head. The helmet shouldn’t be able to rotate independently of your scalp. It should fit snugly, but not be too tight. (Note that a new helmet can often feel very tight, though)

Other considerations to bear in mind are weight, noise, and aerodynamics.

Jackets

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Ladies Genuine Buffalo Leather Motorcycle Jacket

A jacket covers the other stuff on your body that’s fragile and important: arms, back, ribs, organs – all that fun stuff. You absolutely must choose a motorcycle-specific jacket for purposes of both safety and comfort. Fashion leather jackets and similar are not made to withstand either the wind-blast or crashes that real motorcycle jackets are built to deal with. Beginners here is some information on Jackets and types.

Motorcycle jackets fall into two categories: leather and textile. High-quality textile materials like 1000 denier Cordura are able to resist abrasion as strongly as leather, while typically coming equipped with Gore-Tex or other water-resistant membranes capable of keeping you dry in bad weather. Leather helps you look the way you’d expect a classic “biker” to look, though, and jackets made from it typically last (a lot) longer and fit more closely to the body. Textile jackets are often more affordable.

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WOMENS TEXTILE RACER JACKET WITH MULTI POCKETS

Both motorcycle-specific leather and textile jackets come with all sorts of features you won’t find elsewhere: seams are doubled up multiple times to protect the stitching from abrasion and increase strength against bursting; they’re designed to fit snugly in high-speed wind blast; they can seal out cold air or let in cooling air via vents. They should also have body armor — impact absorbing material that cushions your most vulnerable parts in a crash.

In order to be effective, that armor should come with a CE safety rating. You want it on the elbows, shoulders, and back. Some jackets also fit chest protectors to protect your ribs, heart, and lungs – again, look for that CE rating. Many jackets cut costs by simply including a piece of foam in place of a real back protector. Often, there’s a pocket shaped to fit a real back protector sold by the same company.

You want the jacket to fit snugly but leave your arms free to articulate fully. Consider the style of bike you ride and choose a jacket cut to work in its riding position. For example, sportbikes require you to hunch over, requiring some extra articulation for a jacket to be comfortable with them.

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Men’s Black And Green Mesh And Nylon Motorcycle Jacket

Then, think about what kind of weather you’ll most frequently be riding in. Jackets made from mesh, perforated leather, or with lots of zip-open vents are good for warm weather but not the cold or wet, and vice versa.

Some jackets feature zippers around the bottom, enabling them to connect to a pair of riding pants – forming a suit. Doing so better seals out the elements and helps the whole thing stay on in a crash, but those zippers often require matching tops and bottoms from the same company – sized correctly – to work.

Pants

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Textile Motorcycle Pants

Beginners we can’t say this enough Regular denim jeans will not protect you in a motorcycle accident.!!

Jeans that are either made from or include Kevlar panels offer slightly more abrasion resistance, but are still a compromise, offering nothing like the protection of a true pair of riding pants.

Like jackets, pants are available in leather or textile materials and should be equipped with CE-rated armor in the hips, shins, and knees. They should fit snugly, but be comfortable and allow full leg articulation. Try them on a bike, or stand in a riding position close to that of your own to determine if they’ll work.

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Cream Dream catcher Women’s Chaps

If you want to zip pants to your jacket, make sure the manufacturer advertises the compatibility of the pair. Identical names are a good hint here, but look a the circumference of the zipper (Does it wrap fully around your waist or only partially?) for a good idea of whether it will work. Again, you’ll typically need pants and jacket from the same manufacturer.

If you don’t want to wear riding pants at least use chaps!

Boots

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WOMEN’S BIKER BOOTS WITH EAGLE AT ANKLE

Most street bikes weigh more than 350 pounds. Frequently, they’re much heavier. You’ll need to support that weight and your own through your legs, ankles, and feet on slippery, uneven, unpredictable surfaces. For that reason alone, a sturdy pair of boots with oil-resistant, non-slip soles and good ankle support should be considered a minimum.

Your feet and ankles are also vulnerable in a crash, so you’ll want to protect them. To see what will happen to your feet in a crash in a given pair of footwear, grasp them by the toe and heel, then twist. If the result doesn’t look like your foot would survive intact, then it probably won’t.

begnnersBeginners in a riding boot, you want soles that prevent that twisting. Frequently, that’s accomplished with a metal plate running through the sole. Strong heel and toe boxes also help lock your feet in and reduce the force of impacts to those areas. Armor over the ankle and shin protects those areas.

Any boot considered for riding a motorcycle should lace tightly to a point above the ankle. Anything less and it will likely fly off in an accident, offering zero protection.

Conclusion

Riding a motorcycle exposes you to extreme risk, variations in weather, and requires your full concentration and physical ability. Luckily, motorcycle gear is available that can keep you safe in a crash, comfortable in any weather condition, reduce fatigue. As such, it should be considered a necessity when riding a motorcycle. Factor its cost into the overall price of purchasing a bike. There’s no such thing as not being able to afford good gear; reduce the price of the bike you’re buying until you can afford to buy the helmet, jacket, gloves, pants, and boots necessary to ride it. Our hopes is that this article and its concluding one this Friday will help our beginners with their riding gear.

Friday we will give you the conclusion to this article.

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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What National Month events do we celebrate in April, Some are outlandish!

Many countries adopt causes or special interest groups to highlight and promote during given calendar months. The U.S. is particularly prolific at creating “national month” events to promote business and other interests. April is one of the few months that doesn’t have a long list of ridiculous observations, although there are a good many national month observances in the spring. AMERiders went searching to find a list of What National Month events do we celebrate in April? What we found were that some are outlandish!

Partial National Month Calendar for April

national monthBesides your taxes being due on this month (the 17th) we found out that this partial list below is just some of the “National Month” Calendar in April. Some raise awareness of health conditions, focus on healthy activities, and spotlight specific areas of interest. Schools, healthcare organizations, and community programs may have activities planned around these observances.

The following events, industries, causes and emotions—yes, emotions—are observed month-long in April unless otherwise indicated. Even cannabis, Florida tomatoes, celery and soft pretzels are honored…all month long.

  • Alcohol Awareness Month
  • American Cancer Society Month
  • Fresh Florida Tomato Month
  • Financial Literacy Month
  • Distracted Driving Awareness Month
  • Jewish-American Heritage Month
  • National Humor Month
  • Keep America Beautiful Month
  • The month of the Military Child
  • National Autism Awareness Month
  • National Cannabis Awareness Month
  • National Car Care Awareness Month
  • National Decorating Month
  • Stress Awareness Month
  • National Month of Hope
  • National Soft Pretzel Month
  • National Safe Digging Month

Here at AMERiders although we laughed at Fresh Florida Tomato Month, and Soft Pretzel Month we celebrate American Cancer Society Month, the month of the Military Child and Stress Awareness Month. This is just a small part of what is celebrated you can search (what month you would like to know about ) is national what month? And you will find a list on many different sites.

Did you know that riding a motorcycle can relieve stress?

National MonthWhen riding a motorcycle, the brain of the rider is stimulated. Differences in brain use and level of brain stimulation can be observed in motorcyclists who ride regularly and in motorcyclists who have not ridden for extended periods (at least 10 years). Incorporating motorcycle riding into daily life improves various cognitive functions (particularly prefrontal cortex functions) and has positive effects on mental and emotional health such as stress reduction. So Bikers should always celebrate Stress Awareness Month. During the month of April, health care professionals and health promotion experts across the country will annually join forces to increase public awareness about both the causes and cures for our modern stress epidemic. 

International Guitar Month

National MonthBikers love music so why not celebrate International Guitar Month which is recognized in several countries. Every April, guitarists and music aficionados from around the world gather physically, virtually and mentally to recognize both the instruments and the talented musicians who bring them to life. International Guitar Month (IGM) was created in 1987 as an annual celebration of guitars and guitar products.

The month of the Military Child

 

National MonthApril is designated as the Month of the Military Child, underscoring the important role military children play in the armed forces community. Sponsored by the Department of Defense Military Community and Family Policy, the Month of the Military Child is a time to applaud military families and their children for the daily sacrifices they make and the challenges they overcome.

The Month of the Military Child is part of the legacy left by former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger. He established the Defense Department commemoration in 1986.

How to celebrate these holidays

Celebrating these events and holidays can be done in many ways, some have specific ways you can do so, and some provide festivals and events. Don’t forget to wear your protective gear however if you ride out to these festivals and you can grab some of that here. Some of our items can be used to actually celebrate the holiday or event as well.  Like National Humor Month, you can find something that looks funny or humorous on our site and wear it while you ride this month. Like this DOT VENTED PINK BONEYARD LADIES MOTORCYCLE HALF HELMET , Now you may not think this is humorous lol… stick it on a big strapping guy and everyone will laugh. After all, that is what you will be going for is the laughter.

Search through the site for some ideas you know you have some brewing already. Have fun each month finding something to celebrate.

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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How the Confederate Flag became the symbol of Rebellion

If you were born in the south then the Confederate battle flag is a familiar part of your world. AMERiders knows that the symbolism of the flag is simple and straightforward: It represents the Confederate side in the war that you enjoy studying. More than likely, your knowledge of the flag has expanded and become more sophisticated over the years. We want to give you the knowledge of How the Confederate Flag became the symbol of Rebellion.

History of the Confederate Flag

At some point, you learned that the Confederate battle flag was not, in fact, “the Confederate flag” and was not known as the “Stars and Bars.” That name properly belongs to the first national flag of the Confederacy. If you studied the war in the Western and Trans-Mississippi theaters, you learned that “Confederate battle flag” is a misnomer. Many Confederate units served under battle flags that looked nothing like the red flag with the star-studded blue cross. You may have grown up with more than just an idle knowledge of the flag’s association with the Confederacy and its armies, but also with a reverence for the flag because of its association with Confederate ancestors.

If you didn’t, your interest in the war likely brought you into contact with people who have a strong emotional connection with the flag. And, at some point in your life, you became aware that not everyone shared your perception of the Confederate flag. If you weren’t aware of this before, the unprecedented flurry of events and of public reaction to them that occurred in June 2015 have raised obvious questions that all students of Civil War history must confront: Why do people have such different and often conflicting perceptions of what the Confederate flag means, and how did those different meanings evolve?

Confederate FlagThe flag as we know it was born not as a symbol, but as a very practical banner. The commanders of the Confederate army in Virginia (then known at the Army of the Potomac) sought a distinctive emblem as an alternative to the Confederacy’s first national flag—the Stars and Bars—to serve as a battle flag.

The Stars and Bars

The Stars and Bars, which the Confederate Congress had adopted in March 1861 because it resembled the once-beloved Stars and Stripes, proved impractical and even dangerous on the battlefield because of that resemblance. (That problem was what compelled Confederate commanders to design and employ the vast array of other battle flags used among Confederate forces throughout the war.)Battle flags become totems for the men who serve under them, for their esprit de corps, for their sacrifices. They assume emotional significance for soldiers’ families and their descendants. Anyone today hoping to understand why so many Americans consider the flag an object of veneration must understand its status as a memorial to the Confederate soldier.

It is, however, impossible to carve out a kind of symbolic safe zone for the Confederate battle flag as the flag of the soldier because it did not remain exclusively the flag of the soldier. By the act of the Confederate government, the battle flag’s meaning is inextricably intertwined with the Confederacy itself and, thus, with the issues of slavery and states’ rights—over which readers of Civil War Times and the American public as a whole engage in spirited and endless debate.

The Flag’s Reputation Damaged

Confederate FlagWhen the civil rights movement gathered force, especially in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision, defenders of segregation increasingly employed the use of the battle flag as a symbol of their cause. Most damaging to the flag’s reputation was its use in the hands of the Ku Klux Klan. Although founded by Confederate veterans almost immediately after the Civil War, the KKK did not use the Confederate flag widely or at all in its ritual in the 1860s and 1870s or during its rebirth and nationwide popularity from 1915 to the late 1920s. Only with a second rebirth in the late 1930s and 1940s did the battle flag take hold in the Klan.

How the flag became the symbol of Rebellion

Confederate FlagWhen the dam burst on Confederate flag material culture and heritage groups lost control of the flag, it acquired a new identity as a symbol of “rebellion” divorced from the historical context of the Confederacy. Truckers, motorcycle riders and “good ol’ boys” (most famously depicted in the popular television show The Dukes of Hazzard) gave the flag a new meaning that transcends the South and even the United States. Calling themselves “REBELS”

Today

Many believe that it should be displayed within its historical context, such as at museums, reenactments, living histories, etc. and some also believe, it is appropriate to own one if you are an avid historian and lover of the time period, but people should take care to remember and be sensitive about what it can symbolize to others.

Confederate FlagBikers wear their proud rebel patches as symbols of what they are, it is just our way. We understand and know the history of the flag whether it be the true history or what others would have us believe. (Some just used the selective parts they want to use to make their own points).

At AMERiders we offer many different ways to show your Rebel side from patches, to boot gear to protective gear and more. Like this Men’s Lambskin Leather Vest with Rebel Flag that’s fitted with two large slip pockets inside and two roomy stash pockets on the waist for any personal items, you’d care to carry. With a soft black lining and button snap closure, your comforts guaranteed and it is finished with stylish pleating on the front. This incredible vest won’t last long so order now.

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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Let AMERiders tell you How the Confederate Flag became the symbol of Rebellion.

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Hoot, Holler and Yell, Let us hear your Rebel Yell!

Hoot, Holler, and Yell, Let us hear your Rebel Yell! AMERiders loves hearing our brothers and sisters hoot and holler. Since this is National Rebel Month we decided to find out the exact background and maybe what the original Rebel Yell sounded like.

The background of the Rebel Yell
Rebel Yell
REBEL FLAG PATCH

Confederate soldiers fighting Union troops during the American Civil War were often outnumbered and outgunned, but rarely without options. One unconventional weapon at their disposal was an intimidating battle cry known as the Rebel Yell. The actual sound of the cry is still a matter of dispute, but its effect on the morale of Union troops who heard it is said to be indisputable. Even the most seasoned Union officers were known to make an impromptu retreat at the sound of a Rebel Yell.

The origin of the Rebel Yell battle cry is not entirely clear, but several theories have been developed over the years. Some historians believe the cry was inspired by sympathetic Native American warriors who supported the Confederate cause. Indian warriors often let out a loud war cry as they approached an enemy, possibly to create confusion or intimidation. It is possible Confederate rebels adopted this practice in order to create the impression of a much larger invasion force.

The Rebel Yell has also been called the “pibroch of the Confederacy,” which may offer a clue to its historical origin. Pibroch is an ancient Celtic word which translates to “song” in English. At the time of the American Civil War, the South was largely populated by descendants of Scottish and Irish clans, both of which preserved their Celtic origins. Celtic warriors who confronted the Roman army were known to wear nothing but blue body paint and employ a fierce, high-pitched battle cry.

Rebel Yell
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Because very few authenticated descriptions of the real Rebel Yell exist, many legends have grown up around the facts. Some sources claim the battle cry was so incredibly intimidating that Union soldiers who heard it would immediately throw down their weapons and retreat to safety. Others suggest that certain Confederate regiments were especially good at delivering a convincing Yell, so they were often deployed as advance troops before a major engagement.

There are a few recordings of surviving Confederate soldiers delivering what they say was the authentic Rebel Yell, although many historians believe there were regional variants. These recordings reveal a battle cry very similar to the Native American war whoop, with a high-pitched three toned “hi EEE’ ya!”, not the cowboy-inspired “YEE HAW!” often heard in movies set during the Civil War.

Whatever the real Rebel Yell sounded like, it was apparently powerful enough to send chills down the spines of veteran Union commanders.

What did it sound like?

We searched the net and found a youtube video where someone explains what it sounds like here is that video.S

Show off your Rebel Yell with our great items

rebel YellDon’t forget that we have some great items that you can show your rebel pride with. Ladies our Bag With Rebel Flag is a great way to keep up with your important items while on a ride. Our leather “Ride or Biker Purse” features sturdy hooks to attach to your belt loops so that you don’t lose items like your wallet, keys and more. What’s more is that it has plenty of space to hold everything you may need when riding.

Let’s face it we all know that a regular handbag is not efficient when taking a ride with your man, straps get in the way and fannypacks are just not flattering. This is the solution!

Have a spot on your vest you need to cover try our “Rebel” patch with Confederate flag that measures 1.5″ x 4.5″ a must have for any rebel bikers vest.

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Plus don’t forget that if you need a bit extra room for your vest you can always add one of Our Rebel Flag On Leather Vest Extender is a great way to help extend the size of your vest while also showing your support for the Confederacy or general rebellion. This extender is a leather with the Rebel Flag Design on it. Attach it to your vest with snaps.~And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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Let AMERiders hear your rebel yell and see your rebel pride.

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What is the definition of Rebel or Rebels? AMERiders brings you the answer.

What is the definition of Rebel or Rebels? AMERiders is here to give you the answer Simply put a rebel is a person who rises in opposition or armed resistance against an established government or ruler. I am sure that there were a few that were upset by my post last week. However, there is one thing I found when searching for things for this weeks post that sums it up.

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So what is the actual definition of a rebel?

As we said above, simply put a rebel is a person who rises in opposition or armed resistance against an established government or ruler. Did you refuse to eat your vegetables when you were little on a consistent basis?  Did you always push the boundaries of school dress code because you felt you should be able to wear that short skirt or sleeveless t-shirt? ? Do you keep your phone on silent even though it is supposed to be shut off during work? Let’s face it all of these are examples of a rebels mindset. They may not be the typical Rebel we may think of today but they are rebels non the less.

Rebels all over.

rebelsYou find rebels children, young adults, adults, and elderly people. All have some form of rebellion in them that can define them as rebels. You see the dixie/rebel flag and think rebel, well most people do.. for those that don’t see the picture above.

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The rebel has been pictured in movies all over… Rebel without a cause and my favorite Star Wars… rebel vs empire. Just search for rebel movies and you get a slew of them. Like Footloose and Hunger games if you want two more.

Show your rebel side!

rebelsIf you and your friends want to show that you are rebels, you can do it with some of our gear. Like our Women’s Bag With Rebel Flag is a great way to keep up with your important items while on a ride. Our leather “Ride or Biker Purse” features sturdy hooks to attach to your belt loops so that you don’t lose items like your wallet, keys and more. What’s more is that it has plenty of space to hold everything you may need when riding. Let’s face it we all know that a regular handbag is not efficient when taking a ride with your man, straps get in the way and fannypacks are just not flattering. This is the solution!

rebelsIf that isn’t your style then our Rebel Flag Fingerless Motorcycle Gloves may be just what you and your friends need to say “hey we are rebels” are made from genuine leather and feature a Rebel Flag on the back of the hand.

This is just two of our items that you can use to show you and your friends are rebels. T see more of our rebel items just go to AMERiders and search rebel and all of our rebel items will come up.

~And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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Let AMERiders give you the definition of rebel or rebels and how to show your rebel side.

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April Is Rebel Month, Let Us Help You Get Your Rebel On!

Did you know April is Confederate History month? We here at AMERiders recognize this month as we and our employees are based out two of the 6 states that recognize it. However, we are calling it National Rebel Month. and we know that many bikers are rebels even if only at heart and we give our rebels a hardy Hell-yeah.

About The holiday and month.

rebelConfederate History Month is a month designated by six state governments in the Southern United States for the purpose of recognizing and honoring the history of the Confederate States of America. April has traditionally been chosen, as Confederate Memorial Day falls during that month in many of these states. Although Confederate Memorial Day is a holiday in most Southern states, the tradition of having a Confederate History Month is not uniform. State governments that have regularly declared Confederate History Month are as follows: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Virginia.

Confederate Memorial Day is a holiday observed in several Southern states since the end of the American Civil War to remember the estimated 258,000 Confederate soldiers and sailors who died fighting against the Union. The holiday is observed widely, but unofficially, in most Southern states. It is observed in late April in many states to recall the surrender of the last major Confederate field army at Bennett Place on April 26, 1865.

Political statements

Confederate History Month and related celebrations have been controversial due to the contentious place of slavery in the history of the United States. When Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell issued a proclamation resurrecting Confederate History Month in 2010, controversy arose due to the proclamation’s omission of slavery. McDonnell later announced, “The proclamation issued by this Office designating April as Confederate History Month contained a major omission. The failure to include any reference to slavery was a mistake, and for that, I apologize to any fellow Virginian who has been offended or disappointed. The abomination of slavery divided our nation, deprived people of their God-given inalienable rights, and led to the Civil War. Slavery was an evil, vicious and inhumane practice which degraded human beings to property, and it has left a stain on the soul of this state and nation.” McDonnell has indicated that he will not issue a proclamation in future years. In 2007, the Virginia General Assembly approved a formal statement of “profound regret” for the Commonwealth’s history of slavery.

On April 11, 2010, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour defended McDonnell on CNN’s State of the Union, calling the controversy raised by McDonnell’s proclamation “just a nit”. “It’s trying to make a big deal out of something that doesn’t matter for diddly,” Barbour said. Unlike the Virginia proclamation, the 2010 Alabama proclamation noted, “our recognition of Confederate history also recognizes that slavery was one of the causes of the war, an issue in the war, was ended by the war and slavery is hereby condemned.”

The Rebel flag

rebelDid you know that they are one and the same!  The battle flag, whether square or rectangular, was never an official flag of the Confederate States of America. Nevertheless, it is the one that has become known as “the Confederate flag” to most people. It is the one that most often appears on monuments, souvenirs, and at historic sites. It has also been appropriated as a symbol of the South as a distinctive region of the USA. “Dixie” is a nickname for the South; hence “Dixie flag.”

You will find that a lot of southerners, as well as bikers across the nation, will wear the flag proudly. The reason behind them or any tough guy or girl wearing it is thus, It is the Flag of the “REBELS” those who rebelled against the US government. For Bikers, this is what it stands for. It means that they are rebels. It is as simple as that.

Give us that rebel yell and show us your rebel pride!

rebelIf you’re proud show your rebel pride with one of our many rebel items! Like this Rebel Flag Logo For Saddle Bag Tool Bag Sissybar Bag is a Logo pin set that comes in a set of 4 and can be easily attached to saddlebags, tool bags, windshield bags, jackets, and vests using the 2 pin back.

rebelOr Give us your best rebel yell in our amazing Rebel Flag Jacket with Gathered Cuffs featuring the Confederate flag proudly emblazoned across the entire back panel. Made from top-grade genuine leather, other features include a zip-up front closure, a full zip-out lining that runs through the sleeves with a soft neck warmer sewn directly onto the lining, a classic style collar with hidden button-snaps, elastic gathering on the waist, and button-snap cuffs to guarantee your comfort. With two roomy button-snap pockets outside and two deep button-snap pockets inside you’ll be able to bring all the essentials for an afternoon ride or night out.

rebelShow off your Southern pride with our Shiny Black DOT Rebel Motorcycle Helmet that prominently displays a colorful rebel flag flying along each side on a shiny black finish. 1″ thick firm polystyrene foam guarantees your total comfort. Bright chrome rivets secure a black nylon Y-strap with metal slides to the fiberglass shell.

Other Things to celebrate this month

So if you are a rebel at heart let us know with a hell-yeah or your best rebel yell. If not show us your favorite April is the month of below, or in the comments on our facebook page.

Here are a few other things that we found that we are going to celebrate this month as well.

Amateur Radio Month
American Cancer Society Month
Fresh Florida Tomato Month
Keep America Beautiful Month
The month of the Military Child
National Humor Month
National Internship Awareness Month
National Pecan Month
National Siblings Day (April 10)
National Soft Pretzel Month
Pets are Wonderful Month
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month

And if that isn’t all we have a couple we thought were fun

April is International Guitar Month, recognized in several countries.
International Pillow Fight Day arrives on April 2 in 2018.

~And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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Let AMERiders keep you well dressed during National Rebel Month.

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Bike Week Is Over, Everyone Had a Blast, Many Cool Bikes Were Seen

This year’s bike week is over, everyone had a blast and many cools bikes were seen and heard. From wet t-shirt contests to vegas bikes geeky bikes and more AMERiders searched the web and found some great highlights and bikes to look at from 2018 Daytona Bike week. We hope you enjoy them.

Highlights from the 77th Annual Bike Week in Daytona Beach, Florida. Thanks to Chad Galivanter, a professional video storyteller that loves to travel around Florida and the world beyond, in search of amusement, fun & adventure. In the video, he gives us plenty of highlights and cool looking bikes that were shown during bike week. Including a wet T-shirt contest and I believe my favorite bike comes up around 6:13 you could say its a “high roller bike” as it sports a lot of Vegas.

This video Tron Bike & Most Expensive Custom Motorcycles at Daytona Beach Main Street provided by AllStuff4 that document some of the Hottest events during bike week around the nation! If you watch the video around 2:24 some of our geeky riders will have a blast seeing the Tron bike roll across the screen. We all know that all kind of people ride motorcycles.

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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Let AMERiders give you all the highlights from Bike week.

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Easter Is Around the Corner Ensure Your Lady Looks Stylish

AMERiders knows that Easter is just around the corner so make sure your lady looks stylish with some of our stylish jewelry and accessories for her. From jewelry to handbags and more.We have something to fit your ladies stylish needs. The best is what we have in our New Arrivals that just came in for her.

Slip these into her Easter Basket

Lady Looks StylishWhether you have a real Easter basket because of the kids or just wanna make a cute one and set it on the table for a surprise check out these wonderful basket stuffers. Like this beautiful Violet Motorcycle Chain Bracelet with Gemstones. Shining chrome rollers with gemstones are held together by chrome outer plates and violet inner plates with chrome metallic pins. A strong chrome jewelry clasp snaps securely to any wrist sized 7¾” – 9¾” and makes a fantastic look for anyone that rides.

Lady Looks StylishOr our beautifully decorated Pink Motorcycle Chain Bracelet with Gemstones for years to come. The stones wrap around brilliant chrome rollers held together by chrome outer plates and pink inner plates with shiny metallic pins. An equally bright chrome jewelry clasp snaps securely to wrists sized 7¾” – 9¾” and makes an incredible addition to your riding attire.

Give her a new Biker Bag for Easter

All ladies love their purses and we love being able to have certain items with us when we ride. We know our men hate having to carry some things for us and our vests and jackets get heavy if we have to have those items in there. Let’s face it the saddlebags don’t always want to fit our purses. So why not make sure your Lady Looks Stylish with one of our biker shoulder bags we have them in many stylish selections.

Our Women’s Leather Shoulder Bag with Buffalo Nickel is the perfect choice for any woman on the go. It is made from genuine black leather with delightful pleating on front and back & a zippered compartment that opens to a large, soft black textile lined compartment. The zippered pocket on the back is great for carrying your smaller items and with a third pocket on the front with a Buffalo nickel and a powerful magnetic closure on the front flap you can really load this bag up.

It can be worn either on the waist via two sturdy lobster clasps that attach to your belt loops or slung easily over your shoulder by the genuine leather strap. These wonderful leather shoulder bags are priced to move so order yours today.

If one of our biker bags isn’t her thing how about this Brown Premier Leather Thigh Bag with Gun Pocket is the extra pocket solution when you don’t want to wear chaps while riding. It features multi-compartment pockets that include a gun pocket. The thigh bag easily attaches to the belt and straps onto the thigh.

Maybe this has helped you…

Guys, we know that you want to ensure that your Lady Looks Stylish so we hope that maybe this has helped you a bit with some ideas.

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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 AMERiders knows Easter Is Around the Corner we want to help you Ensure Your Lady Looks Stylish.

And as always don’t forget to send us your stories, pictures, and events for posting to GALLERY.AMERIDERS @ GMAIL.COM  and we will post them for you. The more people that know about your event the better and we are offering free advertising. We would also love to hear about your rides and love to see those bikes so send those stories and pictures.

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Our 2018 New Arrivals Are Here Check Them Out!

AMERiders would like to let you know that our 2018 New Arrivals are here and to go check them out on our New Arrivals . We have added everything from new apparel to new Items for the bike and much more. We thought we would give you a sneak peek at a few items today.

Get Back Whips

2018 new arrivalsWe are proud to present to you our new 2″ and 3″ fat get back whips. These get back whips include all the great features you’ve come to expect from AMERider’s regular get back whips like 42″ of authentic hand-braided naked cowhide leather fastened to a stainless steel quick-release clip these are just fatter.

For instance here is our 3″ Fat Red & Black Get Back Whip Each Biker whip is braided directly to a quick release clip that can be attached to either the brake or clutch lever. With a quick downward pull, the biker whip can be released quickly in case of “emergency”, and made of authentic, hand-braided leather secured to a rugged stainless steel quick release that makes this classic style accessory a great addition to your gear.

Protect your digits

Protect your hands with our new stylish gloves for men and women from our 2018 New Arrivals. Some ladies do their own work on different mechanical items and want to keep our hands looking good now we can with these, Ladies Textile Mechanic Glovesmake doing any kind of maintenance on your bike easier. Made from black mesh textile and tightened with a Velcro strap that goes over the wrist, you’re sure to keep your hands protected.

2018 New ArrivalsGents we didn’t forget about you we know you like to look stylish as well while working on your bikes and mechanical items as well which is why we made sure we had new gloves like this pair of Black Mechanics Gloves with Lightning Bolts feature vented fingers, a Velcro strap, and arcing white lightning bolts make doing any repairs on your bike stress free and keep your hands and fingers clean and protected.

Need a New Vest or Jacket?

2018 New ArrivalsDid you go to Daytona Bike week this year? Lose your vest or jacket or did it get a rip or tear that can’t be fixed well we have you covered literally with our 2018 New Arrivals. We have a great selection of new vests and jackets as well that we got in this year, to help you replace the old one.

Like this Men’s Classic Motorcycle Jacket with Zip-Out Lining, featuring a full, zip-out lining that runs through the sleeves, epaulets on the shoulders, a full panel on the back to add your clubs’ colors and awards, a fold-down collar with button snaps, side laces, and a sturdy, front zip-up closure. Why not Relive the days of the classic biker in a classic black leather jacket? 

2018 New ArrivalsOr how about our Women’s Longer Cut Distressed Brown Cowhide Leather Motorcycle Vest is the #1 choice for ladies who value practicality and smart, stylish looks. Our classic style vest, dyed in a distressed brown color and cut from genuine Soft Touch leather, features beautiful braiding on the front and back, two large concealed gun pockets with elastic straps, one interior stash pocket on the left, and two exterior stash pockets on the waist. Your comforts guaranteed with the soft orange mesh lining, four button snaps, greater length than the previous version, and leather side laces for an adjustable fit. Be sure to place your order today as these incredible vests move fast.

Get your Bling on with our Sparking Biker Jewelry

2018 New ArrivalsWe got in some new sparkling Biker Jewelry when we say it has bling its got bling. You’re going to cherish our beautifully decorated Powder Blue Motorcycle Chain Bracelet with Gemstones for years to come. This incredible bracelet features gemstones spread around chrome rollers held together by chrome outer plates, light blue inner plates, and bright metallic pins. The chrome clasp keeps the band comfortable and secure on any wrist sized 7¾” – 9¾” and makes an incredibly unique fashion accessory.

2018 New ArrivalsOr try out our Chrome and Black Motorcycle Chain Bracelet with Black Skulls especially for you. Featuring chrome outer plates, black inner plates, chrome pins and rollers, and polished black metal skulls between the links. A chrome jewelry clasp snaps solidly around wrists sized 7¾” – 9¾” and adds a great chrome look any style of outfit.

Need Storage on the Bike?

We also received different types of luggage in for our 2018 New Arrivals, tool bags, windshield bags and much more like this Textile Sissybar Bag with Reflective Stripe.  It features a strong handle and shoulder strap and it even keeps you safe by lightening you up at night with a stylish and functional reflective stripe across the large double zippered main flap.

Measuring 13″ long, 10″ deep, and 10″ wide, all three compartments are lined with a delightfully smooth textile lining. When you’re ready to ride, fasten everything to the sissybar by two large Velcro straps and two nylon straps with quick release clips and hit the road.

That is not all we got in!

We have much, much more you just have to go and check out our new arrivals section, we think you will be very pleased.

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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Let AMERiders keep you up to date on our selection of 2018 New Arrivals.

And as always don’t forget to send us your stories, pictures, and events for posting to GALLERY.AMERIDERS @ GMAIL.COM  and we will post them for you. The more people that know about your event the better and we are offering free advertising. We would also love to hear about your rides and love to see those bikes so send those stories and pictures.

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