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Great Things Happening at the 76th Annual Sturgis Rally

We all know that the 76th Annual Sturgis Rally (August 8th through the 14th of 2016.)is just around the corner and at AMERiders, we want to give you the skinny on some of the great events, people and other news that will be happening there this year!

First of all, for those of you that don’t know, and who doesn’t know about Sturgis we are going to give you a run down real quick. The Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™ has attracted motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world for 75 years. It’s grown to include bike shows, world-class entertainment, industry showcases, a wide variety of motorcycle related shopping opportunities. And most of all, miles and miles of incredible riding experiences. Most of all it also offers great food, entertainment, and motorcycling fun for all ages. While that may seem like a fun stop overload and you won’t be able to do it all, never fear. It’s an annual rally and you can always go back and start again where you left off.

So, let’s get started on what is going on this year.

Ben Bostrom Named Grand Marshal For 14th Annual Sturgis Mayor’s Ride
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Ben Bostrom Named Grand Marshal For 14th Annual Sturgis Mayor’s Ride

Ben Bostrom, a renowned U.S. motorcycle racer, has been named the Grand Marshal for the 14th Annual Sturgis Mayor’s Ride on August 8, 2016, during the Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™.  Here is what Sturgis Mayor Mark Carstensen had to say about it,”The City of Sturgis is very excited to team up with Ben Bostrom as the Grand Marshal of the 14th Annual Mayor’s Ride.”

Bostrom started his career out strong by winning the AMA National 600 Dirt Track Championship in 1993. He quickly turned to road racing in 1995. Furthermore, he’s won numerous races atop a variety of bikes, including Ducati, Honda, and Harley-Davidson. He returns to Sturgis with his brother Eric, to continue their tradition of riding with people from around the world in the annual Sturgis Mayor’s Ride.

Register today for the Mayor’s Ride

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Rockford Fosgate Returning as Official Motorcycle Audio Sponsor for the 76th Annual Sturgis Rally
Sturgis Rally’s Official Motorcycle Audio Sponsor Will Be Rockford Fosgate for the 3rd Consecutive Year.

Rockford Fosgate the industry leader in high-performance audio systems is returning for its 3rd consecutive year as the 76th Annual Sturgis Rally’s official motorcycle audio sponsor. Bill Jackson, Rockford CEO and president stated, “The past two years as the official motorcycle audio sponsor of the famed Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™ have been terrific, and we are looking forward to another great rally. As a result, we are counting down the days until it begins.”

The Rockford Fosgate booth will once again be located at the corner of Harley-Davidson Way and Lazelle Street. Furthermore, Rockford will showcase Harley-Davidson and Victory motorcycles featuring audio system upgrades, active stereo displays, cool gear with partner Bagger Nation, as well as offering numerous promotions and giveaways.

Furthermore, Rockford Fosgate will also sponsor the “14th Annual Mayor’s Ride,” held during the rally.

Sarah Schilke Joins Panel Supporting Women Riders at Sturgis
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Sarah Schilke Joins Panel Supporting Women Riders at Sturgis

Sarah Schilke, National Marketing Manager, BMW Motorrad USA, will be among a panel of leaders representing a broad cross-section of women in the motorcycle industry at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s 2016 Biker Belles symposium. Ms. Schilke said, “I look forward to participating in this unique event alongside such notable industry veterans. It’s an honor to represent BMW for its ongoing commitment to women and motorcycling.”  She will be among many other well-known industry trailblazers on the panel like land-speed record-holder Karlee Cobb and many more.

Following the Buffalo Chip’s ride, the panel will discuss the theme “Two-Wheeled Transformation” while guests enjoy a catered lunch at The Lodge at Deadwood. The event was created to raise awareness of the passion, diversity, and spirit of women in motorcycling and to raise funds for local worthy charities.

Check out the event news on the Biker Belles website for all information on the Buffalo Chip’s 2016 ride and more.

Extra Sturgis Information

76th Annual Sturgis RallyIn addition to those great events, here are a few more links, for even more things to do from the events page for you.

Current upcoming Rides
Rally Venues (Entertainment in and around the city)
Concerts (Who doesn’t love good music am I right?)
Check out the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Events section for more information.

And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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Let AMERiders be your source of information about the 76th Annual Sturgis Rally.

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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Shade Away When Riding! Your Eyes Are Important So Protect Them!

Tips to help choose the best sunglasses for your ride.

Your Eyes Are Important So Protect Them! So why not Shade Away When Riding, most assume that there isn’t much to think about when they pick out a new pair of sunglasses, that is is just not true. There are many things that should be considered when picking out a new pair of sunglasses for yourself. We at AMERiders have come up with a few tips to help choose the best sunglasses for your ride.

Not just a Fashion accessory
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Protect those precious peepers while riding

It should not be forgotten that glasses are more than just a fashion accessory they are a pair of protection gear for your eyes. Not many people know that your eyes can also be burned by the sun’s rays just like your skin can. Your corneas, lenses, and retinas are all vulnerable to overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) light. These invisible rays can harm your eyes if they are unprotected and with long-term exposure can lead to cataracts,skin cancer around the eyelids,macular degeneration, and other debilitating conditions.UV-blocking sunglasses are a must when you’re riding in the daylight to protect your precious peepers.

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Goggles Set With Carrying Case Changeable Lens
Some things to consider

When looking to purchase a new pair of protective eyewear ensure you search for a label that lets you know that they have UV block as well as how much they will reflect. Only consider glasses that block out 99 to 100 percent of harmful rays. This includes UV-A and the more harmful UV-B as well, believe it or not, tinted glasses with no UV protection can cause more harm than good. This is simply because the eye is attempting to compensate for the less light coming into the eye by opening the pupil a bit wider. It is important to make sure to cover your entire eye area including your eyelids as well. It is important to remember that tinted contact lenses do nothing in protecting your eyes from the sun.

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Bobster Sunglasses, Black Frame, Anti-fog Amber, ANSI Z87

Another thing to consider is the tint of your lenses, or that you may need. The answer is simple, it just depends. There are different tints to filter different wavelengths of light away from your eyes. Some enhance or distort, and other affect the contrast.

What tints do what.

Below is a basic list that highlights how the different tints work:

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ARIZONA BIKER SUNGLASSES YELLOW LENSES

Green — Allows true color perception and good contrast in bright light; reduces eyestrain in bright light.
Gray — Allows true color perception; does not enhance contrast; good for cycling or running.
Brown — Good in the hazy sun; enhances contrast; good for high glare environments.
Amber — Brightens cloudy, hazy, or foggy skies; excellent for contrast; minimizes eyestrain; distorts color (images look yellow-orange).
Yellow — Improves contrast and depth perception in low light; good for overcast days.
Red — Excellent depth perception in low light; contrast objects against blue or green backgrounds.

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Safety Glasses won’t shatter into your eye as conventional eyewear might
Safety vs Conventional glass

When riding safety glasses really are the best to purchase. Conventional glasses may protect your eyes from glare but they do a poor job of protecting your eyes from objects that are flying from dust, rocks, and insects. It is highly unlikely that an object will crack or dislodge a lens, however, conventional lenses may crack or dislodge. This can be harmful to the eyes especially if shards of glass and plastic shatter back into the eyes, safety glass may shatter but it won’t shatter back into the eyes.

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This is what the UV and other safety stickers will look like

Some safety glasses can also have shields to help reduce the risk of objects reaching your eye from the top, bottom or even sides. Conventional sunglasses do not have this Remember not all tinted lenses provide the UV protection always look for the UV label.

Last but not least

In conclusion here are some of our final tips for choosing some great sunglasses.

  • Check for the Z87.1 (safety glass) designation. We have some sunglasses in our eyewear section such as our AMBER BIKER SUNGLASSES
  • The label should indicate 99 or 100 percent UV protection . You will find that almost all of our glasses have this protection.
  • Make sure the glasses are lightweight and adjustable. We have many pairs of glasses that are very lightweight and many goggles that are adjustable
  • Look for sunglasses that are close-fitting to prevent UV rays from filtering in. Check our features for which ones are and aren’t UV labeled.
  • Look for larger lenses or wraparound styles to prevent light and other harmful substances from entering the eye (we have all types of styles to fit your lifestyle)
  • Don’t be misguided by price — higher-priced safety sunglasses usually reflect fashion, not level of protection (our prices are very affordable)
  • Understand that dark-colored sunglasses don’t necessarily provide better protection because the UV protection coating applied to the lens is clear.
Polarized are not good for motorcyclists!

A final note of caution involves polarized lenses. We know polarized lenses are supposed to reduce glare and be good for riding, but we found a potentially dangerous situation that can arise when using them. A lot of bikes have windshields, instrument panels and helmet face shields made from Lexan plastic. When certain conditions, such as when the sun is at the right angle and if you’re wearing polarized sunglasses your windshield, instrument panel or face shield may suddenly and without warning can turn totally black, or explode in a rainbow spectrum of bright colors — either of which most certain cause a blinding effect. This usually happens at the worst possible time, and can carry a potentially deadly consequence. With that in mind, We do not recommend polarized lenses for motorcycle use.

Shade AwayOne thing we would like to remind you about is that Sturgis is right around the corner, please be safe when taking your trip. We would love to see all of our brothers and sisters make it back home in one piece. If you need any extra protection or gear don’t hesitate to check out our affordable prices.

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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AMERiders help Shade Away your lovely eyes with our large selection of affordable eyewear.

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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You Paid How Much? The Scoop on the Most Expensive Bikes!

Ever been asked You Paid How Much, in a conversation? AMERiders gives you the Scoop on the Most Expensive Motorcycles on the road today! When compiling a list like this it needs to be defined, because there are so many types of motorcycles out there from one-offs to custom bikes and race development bikes which can be priced up into the millions, with actual retail pricing not applying. Our list is going to solely concentrate on the motorcycles that can be bought at a retailer or factory today in the USA.

This will still leave a large number of bikes from a big range of manufacturers. There are bikes on this Expensive Motorcycles list that exist because of a racing connection, and some are halo bikes meaning they are fully dressed and accessorized versions of production bikes that are built to show off a manufacturer’s capabilities.  Each of these bikes could be purchased or ordered at a dealer or factory provided that the allotment to be made hasn’t been spoken for already.  So, here is our list, and we want to make this clear this is not in any order and we are sure there are bikes that have been left out these are just a few that we know of, most of all these are some really pretty yet expensive bikes.

Ecosse Moto Works Founder’s Edition Titanium XX (FE Ti XX)
Expensive Motorcycles
Ecosse Moto Works FE Ti XX

Ecosse Moto Works Founder’s Edition Titanium XX (FE Ti XX) – $300,000;
Founder’s Edition Titanium (FE Ti) – $200,000
Founder’s Edition (FE Race) – $107,000

The Ecosse FE Ti XX has a titanium chassis and exhaust, and a supercharged V-Twin engine that produces 200 hp and 210 lb-ft of torque. Ecosse Moto Works sells bikes directly from their facility in Denver, Colorado.

Honda RC213V-S

Honda RC213V-S – $184,000.

Expensive Motorcycles
Honda RC213V-S

By every measure, the Honda RC213V-S is an awe-inspiring motorcycle. Here’s the concept: Take our world-championship-winning RC213V MotoGP racer and add just enough equipment to make it street legal. Built to the same standards as the race bike, with changes to make it practical to ride on public roads, including a starter motor, a parking stand, and a key.

Confederate G2 P51 Combat Fighter

Confederate G2 P51 Combat Fighter – $113,900 in blonde; $119,500 in black.

Expensive Motorcycles
Confederate G2 P51 Combat Fighter

Built entirely out of 6061 aerospace billet aluminum, the Fighter is the latest in a line of extreme motorcycles from Birmingham, Alabama-based Confederate. Now powered by a proprietary S&S engine, the Fighter promises to be the most ride-worthy bike in the company’s history.

Energica Ego45

Energica Ego45 – $68,000.

Expensive Motorcycles
Energica Ego45

A limited edition of the Italian Energica Ego electric motorcycle — only 45 examples of the Ego45 will be built. Special features include carbon fiber and 3D-printed fairing elements. Like the Ego, the Ego45 is a race-ready sportbike capable of going from 0-60 mph in under 3 seconds.

Kawasaki Ninja H2R
Expensive Motorcycles
Kawasaki Ninja H2R

Kawasaki Ninja H2R – $50,000

A supercharged 998cc engine producing 300 hp is at the heart of Kawasaki’s dream bike, the Ninja H2R. Dressed with carbon fiber over a trellis frame, the superbike is capable of speeds over 200 mph.

While the bikes that follow are not typically thought of as very expensive but still can cost as much or even more than a very nice car but still have made it to our  Expensive Motorcycles list.

Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide Ultra
Expensive Motorcycles
Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide Ultra

Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide Ultra – $40,299

Harley’s best touring motorcycle gets the benefit of Project Rushmore upgrades this year, and the Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) version emerges with a plethora of custom finishes and options. The CVO Road Glide Ultra is the first production H-D to crack the $40,000 barrier.

MV Augusta F4 RC
Expensive Motorcycles
MV Augusta F4 RC

MV Augusta F4 RC – $40,000.

A race version of MV Agusta’s already potent F4 RR, this beauty features carbon fiber body parts and a 4-cylinder engine capable of producing 212 hp. Painted in racer Leon Camier’s livery, F4 RC production is limited to 250 units.

And finally we leave you with the last motorcycle in our  Expensive Motorcycles list:

Ducati Panigale R
Expensive Motorcycles
Ducati Panigale R

Ducati Panigale R – $33,995.

For 2016, Ducati’s Panigale R superbike features a 205 hp engine, a lithium-ion battery, and a titanium exhaust. Ready for the street or the track on a moment’s notice.

Well, there you have a long list of  Expensive Motorcycles for you to set on your to buy list if you have some “Throwing away money”. Consequently, unless your fabulously wealthy most people don’t and can only dream of having a few of these motorcycles.

And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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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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Don’t Forget These 10 Things on Your Next Moto-Camping Trip!

Camping by Motorcycle can be a fun experience which is why AMERiders offers up these 10 Things not to forget on Your Next Moto-Camping Trip! Let’s face it there are usually only two ways people think of camping and that is loading up a backpack and hike/scramble/stumble to a backcountry campsite, or where you load up your car, truck, SUV or RV and drive to a campsite, usually in a designated campground. Although most of us don’t really think that an RV= Camping.

Motorcycle camping can be an awesome and fun experience, as a person can cross country camp on a motorcycle easily especially if they are geared up right. If it’s true solitude and the stars over your head then, load up, grab a map from the local National Forest or BLM station, and ride out. With this list we have of course left out the obvious items such as “appropriate tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, etc and instead we are focusing on tips and tricks that we’ve discovered (learn from our mistakes, trust us, it’s easier) and items we’ve found to be especially helpful while on your Moto-Camping Trip.

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Carry various sizes of Ziplock bags to hold your phone,any other small items you don’t want to get wet.
1- Ziplock Bags

Carry various sizes of Ziplock bags to hold your phone, fire starter (see #3), matches, snacks, and any other small items you don’t want to get wet. Gallon-sized bags work great to stow trash, marinate meat for dinner, and even carry extra water (don’t skimp, buy the good freezer storage kind).

 

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A decent multi-tool is a must for any motorcycle road trip.
2- Multi-tool (with corkscrew!)

This one is pretty self-explanatory: knife, screwdriver, can opener, pliers…a decent multi-tool is a must for any motorcycle road trip. One with a corkscrew for the inevitable bottle you may pick up while cruising through wine country. After all, who doesn’t love a good bottle of wine with dinner?

 

3 – Firestarter
Moto-Camping Trip
Buy fire starter that’s small and easy to carry, it also works way better than paper.

Yes, the newspaper is a cheap firestarter, but it’s also bulky. For a few dollars, you can buy a fire starter that’s small and easy to carry, and it works way better. Such as Zippo’s Fire Starter Puck ($1.95/one puck, enough for 4 fires) or Lightnin’ Bug ($2.95/pack of 8). Zippo’s scored Campfire Starter Cedar Puck easily breaks into four pieces to start 4 fires. Blended of compressed cedar sawdust, the wax lights quickly even when it is wet. Made of 100% all-natural recycled materials. Lightnin’ Bug Nontoxic, compact fire starter nuggets are made from natural wood by-products and contain no chemical additives

Moto-Camping Trip
A Nalgene bottle is lighter than glass and non-breakable.
4 – Nalgene bottle

Perfect for that post-ride campfire beverage.The plastic Nalgene is lighter than glass and non-breakable, plus it’s safe for short-term alcohol storage. Nalgene makes a wide range of BPA free reusable water bottles and containers to suit your personal preferences, needs and lifestyle. So whether you’re looking for a virtually indestructible water bottle for a back country adventure, or you want a clean, green way of storing something, you’ll find a Nalgene product that gets the job done.

5 – Extra tarp

Using a ground cloth under your tent, to protect the floor from sharp rocks and other hazards is a given. We also like to bring another small tarp, especially on trips to wet or muddy areas. Doing so gives you a clean, dry place to sit, put down your gear, etc. It also prevents the clothes changing dance–you know what we mean, when you’re pulling off your gear, and trying not to put a stocking foot down in the mud or dirt.

6 – Disinfecting wipes
Moto-Camping Trip
Reduce the amount of water you need to carry or use, clean your hands and wipe down dishes with disinfecting wipes.

To reduce the amount of water you need to carry or use, clean your hands and wipe down dishes with disinfecting wipes. Some people like to use Clorox wipes, but for those of us that are allergic to Clorox, there are other options.  A quick splash of water afterwards is enough to rinse off any leftover residue. Stash dirty wipes in one of your Ziplock bags to transport to the next trash bin you come across.

7 – LED headlamp
Moto-Camping Trip
We prefer headlamps to flashlights; they free up your hands for those middle-of-the-night bathroom runs.

We prefer headlamps to flashlights; they free up your hands for those middle-of-the-night bathroom runs. Petzl and Black Diamond Spot are two of the most popular and high-quality brands. Most also feature dimmers and red LEDs as well. The Spot ($39.95) is a Powerful, precise, fully-featured and waterproof, the redesigned 200-lumen Spot offers Black Diamond’s convenient PowerTap Technology for on-the-fly brightness adjustments in all weather.

8 – JetBoil Flash
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The JetBoil Flash is the only camp stove you’ll need during your Moto-Camping Trip

Back-country cooking is typically pretty simple, and modern freeze-dried meals have come a long way towards being not only edible but quite delicious. Plus prep and clean-up are easy as well. Being a minimalist on a Moto-Camping Trip is essential. Which is why the JetBoil Flash ($99.95) is the only camp stove you’ll need. It does one thing, but it does it very, very well: boil water. Two cups in just under two minutes, in fact. Perfect for meals, coffee, and hot cocoa. Best of all, it packs down into a very compact self-contained package.

9 – REI/Helinox camp chairs
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Helinox Chair One Camp Chair packs down small

One thing you don’t want to lug around on a bike is a big, heavy chair. A company called Helinox happens to make some of the best camp chairs out there, and they pack down small enough to easily fit into a pannier or duffel. For a similar chair at roughly half the price, take a look at REI’s Flex Lite Chair ($79.50). Both the Helinox and REI models are small, lightweight and hold at least 250 lbs.

10 – AMERiders luggage and gear
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8 PC GENUINE LEATHER MOTORCYCLE LUGGAGE SET

Ok, we may be tooting our own horn here but we know that our luggage and gear are great for packing all this great stuff up in for your Moto-Camping Trip. We have a large selection of luggage items for your bike. Not only that we have a ton of leather and textile riding gear, helmets, and other protective wear that is useful for camping as well.

So, when your heading out to Sturgis which is coming up in a couple weeks or out for vacation/sight seeing trip ensure that you have these items or at least some of them with you as they can come in very handy.

And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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Let AMERiders help you gear up for your next Moto-camping Trip.

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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Harley-Davidson Is Taking Sturgis Over!

Harley-Davidson Is Taking Sturgis Over! Find out what is going down before and during the long time annual rally! AMERiders gives you the scoop on what the motorcycle manufacturer is planning. Although Sturgis officially starts on August 8 and runs through August 14, 2016, Harley-Davidson will be in town August 6 through August 13. There is a whole list of activities and events that they have planned for that week preceding the Rally and we are bringing it to you. Below are a few highlighted activities and where they will be located at in Sturgis.

All week there will be tons of activities. rides and music and events to attend. So pack up and ride on out to Sturgis and have a great time.

HARLEY-DAVIDSON’S® RALLY POINT ACTIVITIES

Taking SturgisMain Street and Harley-Davidson Way (formerly 2nd Street)
Check out live music daily, the art of pinstriping, and the custom bike show.
View full Rally Point activities list here

4TH AND LAZELLE STREET ACTIVITIES

-2016 Harley-Davidson® Motorcycle Lineup
-Free 2016 Harley-Davidson® Motorcycle test rides
-H-D1™ Fit Shop
-Weber® Grill display and activities
-MDA raffle
-Parts & Accessories and Event Merchandise for sale

HOG-LogoH.O.G.® HOSPITALITY AREA ACTIVITIES

4th and Lazelle Street in the community center August 6-13, 9AM-5PM daily.
Denotes H.O.G.® members-only activity.
-Pick up your exclusive H.O.G.® Sturgis event pin

-Enjoy daily refreshments and snacks (1-3PM)*
-Shop Willie G.® and H.O.G.® Commemorative Merchandise
Learn More about H.O.G.® here

While these are just a few of the activities that Harley-Davidson has planned when taking Sturgis the week before. During Sturgis itself, there will be plenty of other activities planned like the ones below.

Arlen Ness Recognized For Lifetime Achievement Honors

Taking SturgisAccording to Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of fame Arlen Ness is being recognized for a Lifetime achievement here is what they had to say. “In keeping with the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum’s mission to honor those who have made a positive and significant impact on the sport and lifestyle, a special “Lifetime Achievement” award has been added to the Class of 2016 induction ceremonies. Already a Sturgis Museum Hall of Fame member circa 1992, Arlen Ness was a unanimous choice to receive the first Lifetime Achievement honors.”

That is not all either there is also an annual charity ride happening as well.

Second Annual Aidan’s Ride scheduled during this year’s rally

Taking SturgisPer Sturgis site information ” The second annual Aidan’s Ride Sturgis, a charity motorcycle ride organized to fight ALD, will take place August 8, 2016, during the 76th anniversary of the iconic Sturgis Motorcycle Rally®. Last year, 75 riders participated, raising over $13,500 for the Aidan Jack Seeger Foundation, and organizers expect an even bigger turnout this time around.”

In Addition to all of what is happening at the rally this year also:

Carey Hart is Leading the Good Ride for the 76th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

logo-goodrideSturgis has announced ” Carey Hart is returning to the Sturgis Rally this year after attending the 75th Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™ as the Grand Marshall of the Mayor’s Ride. This year, you are invited to join Carey and company to be a part of a new charity event called the ‘Good Ride’.” Registration for the Good Ride is $176 per person. Proceeds from this ride will benefit the Sturgis Brown High School Welding class. Space is limited to 125 so pre-registration is recommended.

Time is running out it is only 18 days as of this post till Sturgis! Let us know if you’re going and if you do don’t forget to send us your pics and stories.

Taking SturgisIf you do plan on going to Sturgis and need some extra gear to hold all the stuff you’re planning to bring back then check out all of our accessories and gear in our For the Bike section. Not to mention all the protective gear that we sell to keep you safe while traveling. Let us help get you geared up and ready for Taking Sturgis.

And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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~AMERiders

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Let AMERiders know if you plan on helping Harley-Davidson in Taking Sturgis or if you plan on going to Sturgis itself.

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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Biker Safety Tip 7: How to Fight Fatigue

It is said that fatigue causes between a fifth and sixth of car accidents. This may not be true for motorcycle riders, but it definitely plays a role for those taking long riding trips.  AMERiders offers these tips to Fight Fatigue, as we know that fatigue can be dangerous when not taken seriously. When riding with other people everyone should discuss and have a road plan for resting, as not everyone will have the same rest requirements as everyone else. Each and every member of the group should be willing and able to accommodate the others rest needs.

Rest:
Fight Fatigue
Fight fatigue! For the safety of everyone around you, don’t ride if you are feeling just a tiny bit tired.

Before a multi-day ride, it is not always easy to get enough sleep, as you may be thinking of what to pack, or things that need to be done before the trip. Some people also have trouble sleeping while traveling as well which doesn’t help matters much. Early departures can also compound on the sleep problem, so ensuring to sleep a bit later every few days is a good idea. Alcohol as a sleep-aid is not a good idea as it can also reduce your quality and quantity of sleep.

You can fall asleep while riding I have seen riders do it.  This is not good as you will wake up bouncing down the road , through a ditch, or in the hospital. You may not even realize you are tired. There are “tired times” during every 12-hour cycle these times are usually between 3 and 5 both a.m. and p.m. local time. Planning to arrive before or by that time to stop before and early dinner is a good, just to relax or take the day off to catch up on sleep.

Physical Preparation:
A Gel/Memory Foam Motorcycle Seat Cushion will make your more comfortable so you can ride longer and enjoy the open road thus helping to Fight Fatigue.
A Gel/Memory Foam Motorcycle Seat Cushion will make your more comfortable so you can ride longer and enjoy the open road.

Unless a rider rides every single day or takes a long ride each weekend, they may not be completely adapted to their bike. During a full day or two of riding, you’ll become aware of all the muscles that you use to ride with. Overcoming this discomfort is easy by setting up your bike properly. Adjusting your motorcycle to fit you is easy by finding a good saddle that is comfortable for long rides. However, taking breaks in intervals of an hour or two will help you to adjust and fight fatigue as well.

Calm:
White DOT Motorcycle Helmet with face shield can help fight fatigue
White DOT Motorcycle Helmet with face shield can help fight fatigue

With extended exposure to the wind and sun dehydration, fatigue will take much more out of you than your usual 2-hour a weekend ride. Riding in as little clothing as possible and an open face helmet may seem like a good idea. When in fact, you will get tired and feel more worn out. If you wear a mesh jacket and a helmet that protects your face from the wind, perspiration will get a chance to help you cool off. Not only that but you will help to reduce sunburn, as well as wind burn and the effects that come with them. Ensuring that your bike has a windshield will also help. As it will reduce the amount of wind tearing into you, but will still leave enough to help cool you off.

Clear:
These Renegade Convertible, Black Frame, Photochromic Lens Sunglasses can help fight fatigue
These Renegade Convertible, Black Frame, Photochromic Lens Sunglasses can help fight fatigue

For a motorcyclist clear vision is a must! On a ride vision-clarity can become an issue. Distortion in the top of the windshield or imperfect glasses can cause you to strain your eyes. This will help increase fatigue. If a windshield, face shield or sunglasses create a problem such as eye-strain, headaches or disorientation then ensure the problem is fixed before your trip.

Caffeine and Alcohol:
Discourage your riding companions from having one also does both of you a favor and can help fight fatigue
Discourage your riding companions from having one also does both of you a favor and can help fight fatigue

Caffeine and Alcohol can briefly boost your alertness but isn’t a substitute for a good nap. Having a drink of alcohol before or during a ride is a bad idea for many reasons. Especially if you are slightly tired or fatigued. Discourage your riding companions from having one also does both of you a favor when trying to fight fatigue.

Good Habits:
a good diet and exercise also help fight fatigue
a good diet and exercise also help fight fatigue

Diet and exercise also help to fight fatigue, as they increase your energy level. This makes you stronger and more alert. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water while you ride as well, because keeping hydrated is important when being exposed to the elements.

Fighting Fatigue helps to provide benefits that go way beyond safety. When you are alert and refreshed your ride is more enjoyable. Also, you’ll get more out of the sights and experiences that you expect to see and enjoy.

And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

fight fatigue

 

 

 

 

~AMERiders

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 AMERiders knows how important it is to fight fatigue, please get plenty of rest on long rides.

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We apologize that we posted on Thursday this week, however, there were unforeseen circumstances (net was out) that prevented us from posting on Wed., although we had it ready to post for you.

How to Get the Most Money out of Your Fuel While Riding.

How to get the most bang for your buck!

Ever wondered how you could Get the Most Money out of Your Fuel While Riding. We at AMERiders are giving you a few tips on how to do just that. We know that fuel prices are sky high and the oil industry basically scoffs at us while prices soar away. We as motorcyclists fair better at the pump than our 4-wheeled counterparts do, however, this doesn’t mean that we have money to burn. So here is our list of ways to help get the most out of your fuel while riding.

Size does matter when it comes to bikes
Honda VTX 1300 can save you Fuel while riding
Honda VTX 1300

We have all heard the saying, “Size doesn’t matter”, however, in motorcycles, as a rule, a small bike will burn less fuel that a larger bike. For instance, a moped uses way less fuel than a gorgeous Harley would. Now, we are not saying to go out and buy a moped, as that would be ludicrous. What we are saying is that size really does matter when talking fuel and motorcycles. Let’s compare two bikes of similar design but different sizes to see how they match up with fuel consumption.

Fuel while riding
Honda VTX 1800

The Honda VTX1800 and its lesser companion, at least as far as displacement goes, the VTX1300. When tested the smaller 1300 (33 mpg) faired better than the larger 1800 (45mpg) by a difference of 12mpg. While that seems like a large difference how does your wallet fair with that 12mpg margin? Let’s take a look and find out.

Let’s say both bikes travel around 10k in miles each year, all things being equal, and let’s also assume that the price at the pump is $3 a gallon. (Remember this is an assumption at best) It will cost the 1800 rider around $243 more to tag along next to his buddy riding the VTX1300. Now that cost won’t put anyone in the poor house but it could buy you any number of things, a weekend getaway, or even cool new things for your bike.

The Trick is in the Stock
Fuel while riding
Keep your Engine stock

I know we Americans don’t like to think small, however, we do like to think efficiently. So what are some ways that we can help our bike to sip fuel better? First off, ensure to keep the engine stock most of us are not willing to make this sacrifice, however, in some cases, it will save fuel. The angle to this is that most mods are made to the pipes, air filter, and the jetting change, the biggest complaint afterward is reduced fuel mileage. So, it stands to reason that if you increase the amount of air flowing through the engine during throttling then your will lose mileage. If you’re really intent on running a huge open exhaust, removing the airbox and installing a main jet four sizes larger than stock, we can assure you that mileage will suffer.

Maintaining your ride will help with mileage
Fuel while riding
Neglected maintenance chores say it all. Dirty filters can lower fuel performance.

It is definitely true that the overall mechanical condition of your bike has a profound effect on its fuel consumption. New bikes don’t have the reliability issues that would have stopped an old bike dead in its tracks. It is because of this that routine maintenance sometimes falls by the wayside. Each issue that gets overlooked will account for a small drop in mileage, riders may not realize anything is wrong until a real problem arises.

Maintaining your Mileage

Let’s take a look at what needs to be maintained to help with fuel mileage. Obviously, carburetor/EFI maintenance, or rather the lack of it, is going to have a major effect on mileage. As far as maintenance for this goes, it’s system is pretty straightforward. Water and Dirt can create mischief so if your bike has a carburetor make sure to drain the float bowl on a regular basis. Carburetor or throttle-body synchronization is a big ticket item, manufacturers recommend checking sync on these at every major service or X amount of miles. The air filter has a direct effect on your mileage when dirt starts to accumulate it will restrict airflow. Ensure following the manufacturer’s recommended intervals for changing out the air filter.

Fuel while riding
Switching from conventional oil to a full synthetic can help fuel performance.

Not all bikes have fuel filters, but they will be found on all EFI-equipped models and on some carbureted bikes as well. It has to be in pretty tough shape before it’ll reduce power enough to compromise fuel economy. There’s no sense waiting for it to plug up completely and leave you stranded either. Replace it on a yearly basis and you can put it out of your mind. Spark plugs normally affect mileage if they are bad, replace the plugs at a recommended interval.

Oil- Synthetic or energy saving?

Improving your fuel mileage by switching from conventional oil to a full synthetic or “energy saving” oil is a yes and no answer. Synthetics do reduce parasitic internal engine friction, but the effects are minimal. As for “energy saving oils” this, not a good idea. In an effort to increase fuel economy many car manufacturers are now specifying very light viscosity oils. These oils work well in low-stress automotive applications but are not suitable for use in motorcycle engines, at least not yet. We should also warn you that many of these oils contain Teflon; using them in most motorcycles, even if the viscosity is suitable, can likely to lead to clutch slippage.

Tires and Tire Pressure
Fuel while riding
Tire pressure

Tires, yes Tires can cause low mileage as well. A low-pressure tire can cause poor mileage, not only that it can also invite handling problems, increase wear and also increase the bike’s rolling resistance. For every pound of air below the recommended pressure accounts for a 0.4 percent drop in mileage, so a tire 5 pounds low can reduce your fuel mileage by 2 percent, and yes, double that for both tires. Simply check your tires on a weekly basis and make certain they’re always inflated to the correct pressure. Another important note is to resist the temptation to overinflate the tires. Overinflated tires may increase the fuel mileage, but they also create handling problems.

Will all this bring the oil barons to their knees? No, it won’t but you can thumb your nose at them while saving a few bucks at the pump every time you fill up. Increasing your fuel mileage comes in small gains, plus a well-maintained bike is also a safer more reliable bike as well.

And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

Fuel while riding

 

 

 

 

~AMERiders

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 AMERiders is all for Getting the Most Money out of Your Fuel While Riding, so ensure your bike is maintained.

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The Most Crucial Pieces of Motorcycle Armor

How safe are you on your motorcycle?

AMERiders knows that safety is very important when riding a motorcycle. Which is why we have put together this list of 10 motorcycle armor pieces for you. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statics from 2006 show that about 72 of every 100,000 motorcycles were involved in fatal crashes that year. For cars, the number was more than 13 per 100,000. The fact that driving a motorcycle is more dangerous than driving a car is nothing new.

What is noteworthy, however, is that because of increasing strides in technology, motorcycle riders can do something about the dangers they face on the road each and every day. High-tech Motorcycle armor, when worn, can drastically lower the risk of injury and death from a motorcycle crash. Below is our list of 10 armor pieces to wear that can help keep you safe.

Elbows and Knees
Elbow and Knee Motorcycle Armor helps keep the point parts safe.
Elbow and Knee Armor helps keep the point parts safe when skidding across a surface

These pointy bits tend to poke into the pavement when a biker comes off their bike. If you want to keep them, place some armor on them. Or at the very least, ensure your outerwear has reinforced elbow and knee zones. If your leather jacket isn’t at least 1.2 millimeters thick, consider wearing armor over or under it to increase the distance you can skid before whatever surface you are skidding along wears through to your skin.

Look for “CE-certified” elbow and knee (and everything else) protectors, which means that when the testing body smacked the front of the armor, the force measured at the back of the armor averaged less than 35 kilonewtons (the standard measure of force).

Chest Protector
Motorcycle Armor that protects your chest is important.
Wearing a chest protector may have you looking like a character from “Star Wars,” but it is helping to keep your vital organs safe.

Rather than protecting your chest from bending (like a back or neck protector does), chest armor is built to absorb the force of a blunt impact. While armor that’s molded into the appearance of chiseled abs might be awesome, what you want is a solid shell that distributes the force of impact across ample underlying padding.

Chest protector tech has a wide range of effectiveness from essentially what is a  couch cushion on one end of the spectrum to aluminum composite on the other. Regardless of your budget, ensure your chest protector has 2 things: a hard shell to distribute force and padding to absorb it.

Neck Collar
Motorcycle Armor that protects your neck can help pad impact and reduce the neck's range of motion in a crash.
A neck collar can help pad impact and reduce the neck’s range of motion in a crash

Your neck is an important part of the body to protect. most motorcycle armor for the neck not only protects your collarbone they protect your neck as well. In fact, a collarbone is the most commonly broken bone in motorcycle crashes — when extending your arm to break a fall, the impact force is channeled directly into your clavicle. Turning a shoulder into an onrushing car, tree or street sign can also break the clavicle from direct impact.

A neck collar can help you avoid the second — a clavicle break due to direct impact. And this neck/clavicle system is the focus of all sorts of emerging high-tech protection. On the low-tech side of neck/clavicle support is the traditional, neck-roll style collars. These are similar to an ox yoke, and can help pad impact and reduce the neck’s range of motion in a crash.

Gloves
Gloves are an Important pieces of Protective Motorcycle Amor as well.
Gloves can protect your hands in a fall

Let’s move on to the exoskeleton, even the simplest crash can break your hand or fingers like they were matchsticks. Finding a pair of gloves to protect your fingers and hands is not difficult, especially if they provide reinforcement to your fragile finger bones. The glove doesn’t have to be bulky as that can keep you from moving your hands and can also cause a crash.

Most of today’s high-tech motorcycle armor gloves combine Kevlar and leather, sometimes with carbon-fiber reinforcements in important areas that tend to be slide points. Tipping even from a full stop — you’re going to want something on your hands.

Legs
Motorcycle Armor that protects your legs can help with road rash.
Leg armor can protect from road rash, and other serious injuries as well.

We have all seen those videos a high-speed crash followed by starfishing arms and legs, and limbs snapping on impact. In the early days of leg protection, motorcycle safety equipment designers looked to encase the lower body in what was basically an exoskeleton. This allowed the body to bend only how it was supposed to bend. But they found something interesting. Reinforced legs could lead to worse overall rider injuries due to rider ejection as well as torso pitch

A couple must-haves in your lower-body motorcycle armor. First, ensure it is  made of a material that protects against road rash (duh). Thick leather and Kevlar are veery good. And, like the chest protector your lower-body armor should be made of a shell to distribute force and the padding to absorb it.

Boots
While high-tech plastic boots provide the best protection in Motorcycle Armor for footwear leather boots still provide good protection.
While high-tech plastic boots provide the best protection in Motorcycle Armor for footwear leather boots still provide good protection.

In jackets and pants, the debate rages as to whether Kevlar trumps leather. This is also true of whether you should reinforce bones with steel alloy inserts, or whether you should just pad them and allow your flapping limbs to absorb the shock.Big, bad plastic trumps leather where boots are concerned.

Racing boots vs street boots — high-speed racing boots almost always include plastic or composite shells for sliding across a surface and a more comfortable liner for your feet.Your boots do not have to be supple and flexible all the way around. They just need to take a licking and keep your feet and ankles protected. Look to high-tech composites and plastic. However, while high-tech plastic boots may come out on top, it stands to reason that classic leather boots can still provide good protection.

Hip Armor
It is important to protect your hips with Motorcycle Armor if you want to keep them.
Hips are second only to collarbone fractures and broken pelvises in injury statistics.

This question has been posed by some in the motorcycle community “Do I really need hip protection?” which is answered with the response, “You only need to protect the pieces you want to keep.” That is especially true with your hips. They are second only to collarbone fractures and broken pelvises in injury statistics. This is partly because of hard hits to anywhere in your lower body channel themselves into your pelvis, and partly because a rider tends to bounce and slide on the parts that usually sit in the saddle.

Any online video you watch of a sliding motorcyclist and you’ll see that in far more than half, the rider ends up skidding on his or her rump. Something else to note is that road rash that eats through jeans as if they were paper.
So armor up your hips! Either make sure your riding pants that include hip padding or layer up your own padding with hip-specific inserts.

Jacket
Every motorcyclist is going to own a jacket, and it will have varying degrees of Motorcycle armor in it.
Every motorcyclist is going to own a jacket, and it will have varying degrees of Motorcycle armor in it.

This is a no-brainer! Every motorcyclist has their very own jacket whether it be made of leather or another material they have one. They will also come in varying degrees armored, simple denim, leather (thick or thin) and with or without carbon-fibre supports or molecular armor.

What’s Molecular armor? A mix of hard armor (like a plastic shell) and soft armor (like memory foam) that is flexible and soft like a liquid until smacked with pressure as in a crash, at which point they turn rigid. It’s like that cool trick with cornstarch and water: Push it gently and it’s a goopy liquid; smack it and it’s suddenly so solid that it rebounds your hand. If you don’t believe us try it yourself. It makes for great armor in a jacket.

Back Protector
Motorcycle back armor can be a strap-on backpack, or it can be built directly into a jacket.
Back armor can help to prevent serious injury to your spinal cord.

Arms, legs, hips, collarbones, wrists, fingers and the myriad other bones that make up your skeleton will heal. But your spinal cord is not as resilient as they are. And until technology advances to repair a ripped spinal cord, you want to protect your spinal cord.

Start with a neck protector, then consider additional armor to beef up the rigidity of your back. The key word here is rigid. Don’t mess around with soft armor — go for the hard stuff. Back armor can be a strap-on backpack, or it can be built directly into a jacket.

Helmet
Your helmet is your most important piece of motorcycle armor.
Your helmet is your most important piece of motorcycle armor.

When a helmet is worn it reduces the risk of death in a crash by 37 percent.
Riders with serious head injuries paid an average of $43,214 for hospital care, compared to $15,528 for riders with minor head injuries. As helmet laws were repealed, motorcycle deaths jumped from 2,897 in 2000 to 5,154 in 2007, a 78 percent increase.

Your helmet is your most important piece of motorcycle armor by far as it will protect your head from serious injury. Check out our article on why helmets are important here.

And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

 

 

 

 

~AMERiders

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We at AMERiders are serious about safety so ensure your gear includes Motorcycle armor.

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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Safety Trumps Style when referring to Protective Motorcycle Gear

Tips for Buying Good Protective Motorcycle Gear

AMERiders knows that Safety Trumps Style when referring to Protective Motorcycle Gear. When choosing between stylish riding gear or walking away from a crash the choice should be obvious. You can’t prevent an accident by wearing Protective Motorcycle Gear, but making smart choices about your gear can make a big difference if something does ever happen.

Protection Starts at the Top so use Use Your Head

Protective Motorcycle Gear
HJC SY-MAX III MODULAR HI-VIZ TOURING HELMET

Most riders would say that a helmet is the most important piece of Protective Motorcycle Gear. A great helmet helps by ensuring significant impact and accident protection as well as helping you hear and see better while riding. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration says a rider without a helmet is 40% more likely to suffer a fatal head injury, and they also say that helmets have saved over 19,000 lives between 1984 to 2006.

Dueling Helmet Standards: Snell vs. DOT
Protective Motorcycle Gear isn't easy to choose
Choosing the right helmet isn’t easy as there are so many out there, choose wisely

While shopping for a helmet, you may notice decals from either the Department of Transportation (DOT) or Snell Memorial Foundation (Snell). Both address rider safety, however, there are important differences between the two certifications. All helmets sold in the U.S. are required to meet the DOT’s FMVSS 218 standard. However, Snell helmet standards have to go through rigorous tests that the foundation has developed.  Helmets and other headgear are voluntarily submitted to snell for testing by their manufacturers. Each helmet goes through at least 7 test types from impact to shell penetration tests to flame resistance testing. Only helmets that pass the technicians testing get certified.

Selecting the Right Helmet a simple guideline:
  • Get the proper fit. Your helmet should grip your cheeks, your jaw, the top and sides of your head.
  • Avoid used helmets. Helmets are made for one impact use, so there is no guarantee a used helmet hasn’t been compromised.
  • Remember that wear and tear may significantly reduce protection over time.
    Full-face helmets offer greater protection than three-quarter or half-shell styles.

 

Getting Off On the Right Foot : Choosing the right footwear

Boots are important to Protective Motorcycle Gear as well.
Women’s 6″ Lace Zipper Boot Black

When riding, your feet keep you balanced when stopping the bike. They also take a beating from the elements while moving. That’s why tennis shoes or plain old cowboy boots are not smart choices. To stay comfortable—and safe—while riding, purchase a pair of high-quality motorcycle boots, as a great addition to your Protective Motorcycle Gear.

Soles
A great sole on your feet is important to Protective Motorcycle Gear as well.
A great sole will help with traction and protection

A stiff rubber sole will help provide protection when you’re moving. As well as provide traction when you stop. Good soles can actually prevent you from tipping over if you plant your foot in gravel, oil or sand. And boots with a heel they may offer a better “hold” on your bike’s pegs.

Material

Boots protect both your feet and your legs. While the most motorcycle boots are made of leather, some of the best boots are also reinforced in major areas. Such as shin, ankle, and calf with a strong material like Kevlar.

Comfort

Choosing a comfortable protective pair of boots is vital. Your Boots should fit snug enough to stay on if you wreck, but loose enough to allow proper circulation. Quality motorcycle boots will help your feet stay dry and cool. Waterproof or water-resistant materials, as well as a ventilation system that lets your feet breathe, are important to look for.

The sole shown here is a great example it belongs to the boot above our Women’s 6″ Lace Zipper Boot Black it is a great example of a boot to buy. It has comfort, durability, and traction control. As well as an extra heavy duty traction sole for added protection and style. This boot also has Goodyear welt construction with top quality full grain oiled leather.

Get a Grip Choose Smart Protection for Your Hands

Gloves are an Important pieces of Protective Motorcycle Gear as well.
Gloves can protect your hands in a fall

Like boots, gloves offer both comfort and protection. Gloves protect your hands from the weather. They may also save your hands in a crash since it’s second nature to extend your hands during a fall. Gloves that protect your whole hand, including palms, fingers, and wrists.  Ensure that your gloves are comfortable in any weather. Great comfort can lead to better control, especially if you’re riding for long periods of time. Lastly, Also make sure you actually wear your gloves, they can’t be considered part of your Protective Motorcycle Gear if you don’t wear them.

Tough as Leather Is Not Just a Saying

Leather is great for Protective Motorcycle Gear.
Leather Gear doesn’t grab and keeps a rider from tumbling in a crash

Leather may seem like a fashion statement, however, quality leathers are an important first layer of defense between you and the road. Some materials may “grab”, leather doesn’t. A rider wearing leather in an accident may be more likely to slide, instead of doing a tumbling act, an advantage which can greatly reduce some serious injuries.

What is this about armor?

Choose Protective Motorcycle Gear that has armor attached.
Armor adds and extra layer of protection

There’s is no such thing as too much protection. Which is why so many riders use body armor in their riding attire. Built directly into jackets and pants or worn under gear you’re already wearing, armor adds an additional layer of protection

Types of armor- Armor comes in many types and styles

  • Memory foam armor is similar to the material inside motorcycle helmets and offers the highest impact absorption.
  • Hard armor is generally impact-resistant plastic with a foam interior. Hard armor tends to have less give in a fall.
  • Foam armor, usually made with inexpensive foam, offers the least amount of protection.

Dress for the Slide not the Ride

Protective Motorcycle Gear
Dress for the Slide not the Ride

Even if it is just a quick run to the store, don’t ever take a shortcut with your protective gear. Jeans and a sweatshirt won’t be enough if you’re sliding across the pavement. Riding gear may seem like overkill—and sure, it’s miserable on the hottest days—but it can help prevent road rash, broken bones, or far worse. We even wrote an article titled Dress for the ride, not the slide to explain the importance of riding gear.

And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

Protective Motorcycle Gear

 

 

 

 

~AMERiders

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AMERiders knows the importance of Protective Motorcycle Gear, let us be your stop when looking for your next set.

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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Looking for a Quality Motorcycle Jackets

Basics to Know When Searching for Perfect Motorcycle Jackets

AMERiders understands that our customers want to purchase Quality Motorcycle Jackets, which is why we are giving basic tips when looking for one. This goes along with our last blog post of Leather vs Textile. When looking for quality motorcycle jackets you will find that they come in a wide array of styles and fabrics. This blog post is geared towards the basics of what you need to look for in a quality motorcycle jacket. We will go over the important aspects that apply to both leather and textile jacket such as sizing, pockets, basic construction, collars, cuffs, and closures. We will handle liners as a separate subject for another post.

Gussets at the rear allow the back of Quality Motorcycle Jackets to stretch without binding when reaching for the handlebars.
Gussets at the rear allow the back of Quality Motorcycle Jackets to stretch without binding when reaching for the handlebars.

Sizing:

Quality Motorcycle Jackets should  fit a bit loose, as there are times you’ll want to put on thicker or heavier clothes under them. The amount of protection a jacket will give you is also relevant to how well it stays put when coming in contact with a road surface. The best solution to this problem is to purchase a jacket with any type of adjustability in the waist area, like a belt or zippers, and if possible, “gaiters” on the sleeves — that allow you to tighten them against your arms.

If you intend to use body armor – which we recommend. Quality Motorcycle Jackets needs to have some kind of adjusters for keeping the jacket sleeves in place in the event of an accident.
If you intend to use body armor – which we recommend. Quality Motorcycle Jackets needs to have some kind of adjusters for keeping the jacket sleeves in place in the event of an accident.

Regarding Jackets with body armor:

Adjustability is even more important, as the belts and gaiters will ensure that your armor is still covering your vital parts even after the shock of any initial impact.

The waistband of Quality Motorcycle Jackets should be adjustable, and not just by elastic, but many different types of adjusters.
The waistband of Quality Motorcycle Jackets should be adjustable, and not just by elastic, but many different types of adjusters.

For example, when you are trying on the jacket in a store, the sleeves should come down to about the second set of knuckles on your hand. if not a bit farther when your arms are at your sides. This is because when you’re riding, your hands and arms are out in front of you. You’ll want the sleeves to end at your wrists so they can either cover the ends of your gloves or vice-versa. Also, the back of the jacket should extend about three or four inches below your belt line as to not expose your lower back. It should also be loose-fitting between your shoulder blades so that the material across your upper back won’t be stretched tight, making it difficult for you to move your arms.

It is best to remember:

A jacket that looks like a perfect fit when you are standing in front of a mirror is probably a very poor choice as a riding jacket. Ensure you try it on standing, as well as sitting on the bike as you would riding and moving around. If you’re not restricted by the jacket in any way then it is a good fitting jacket.

Quality Motorcycle Jackets should have many pockets but they must be useful.
Quality Motorcycle Jackets should have many pockets but they must be useful.

Pockets:

AMERiders believes that you can never have too many pockets when riding on a motorcycle. However, these pockets should have certain standards that they must meet to be useful. This is the difference between fashion and riding gear. First, each exterior pockets need to have a closure of some kind. Snaps and Velcro fasteners are okay, but you’ll fair better with heavy-duty zippers. And if possible, try to make sure that the zipper pulls are large enough that you can grip and operate them with your gloves on.

Secondly, make sure at least one of the pocket is weatherproof/ waterproof, whether on the exterior or interior of the jacket. This is for keeping things dry that could be ruined if they got wet. We believe that two side pockets, one breast pocket, and one interior pocket should be a minimum requirement. A good riding jacket will even add pockets on the sleeves for easy access to things like change for toll booths.

Basic construction:

By this, we mean how the jacket is put together. Though it is sometimes difficult to determine how well-constructed a jacket is by just its appearance. We have gathered some easy identifiers to help you. What type of thread is used? Quality Motorcycle Jackets use nylon or Kevlar thread, double-stitched, with a single or double overlap on the material, and a seam-sealing strip of material on the inner side

Collars come in a variety of sizes, styles and shapes, and you will have to decide for yourself which is best for Quality Motorcycle Jackets that you purchase.
Collars come in a variety of sizes, styles and shapes, and you will have to decide for yourself which is best for Quality Motorcycle Jackets that you purchase.

Collars:

Some people hardly think to look at the collar when searching for a new riding jacket, but trust us, this is very important. Regardless of the style or shape, the collar takes, ensure the part that actually makes contacts with your neck is lined with a soft material. Most Quality Motorcycle Jackets will have a special lining around this area, made from suede or microfiber. Remember, when we ride we tend to move our heads a lot, and the last thing we need is to rub the skin raw on your neck .Collars come in a variety of sizes, styles and shapes, and you will have to decide for yourself which is best for you.

Cuffs of Quality Motorcycle Jackets should be adjustable
A cuff should have a zippered adjuster, with an internal gusset, but notice that the edging is not lined. Unless your gloves fit under it, this cuff will rub your wrist raw when riding for a long period of time.

Cuffs:

Cuffs, like collars, should have a soft lining in the wrist area. If you are riding in a short-sleeved shirt, the cuffs will rub your wrists every time you clutch, brake or use the throttle, which will irritate your skin quickly. It’s of paramount importance that the cuffs of your jacket be adjustable, whether with Velcro, zippers, or snaps. As at times, you may want them to be snug down under your gloves. In other situations, you may want them to secure over the top of them. Regardless, you certainly don’t want them acting like miniature air scoops unless it is a very hot day.

Quality Motorcycle Jackets should have multiple closures
Quality Motorcycle Jackets should have multiple closures

Closures:

As with many of the other features, we’ve discussed, the closures on a riding jacket are both different and much more important than those found on normal, everyday jackets. A simple, exposed zipper down the front is quite common and efficient on an everyday jacket, but a disaster on riding gear.

The difference with good riding gear is that the primary closure (the zipper) will be covered by a secondary closure. This is usually a single or double overlap, secured by snaps or Velcro. This helps to keep the wind and rain out of the zipper – but really aren’t much good over the long haul, or in severe weather.

We hope that this information will help you to find Quality Motorcycle Jackets that fit you perfectly for summer and winter as there are jackets made for both types of wear.

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