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Motorcycle Road-Trip Planning What to Pack for Your Active Trip!

Traveling season is coming up and whether it is hopping in the car and heading out or hopping on the bike and letting the wind blow through your hair there is always one thing on everyone’s mind What to pack when planning a road trip. A Motorcycle Road-trip is so much different that traveling in a car because there is not as much room to pack you not only have to pack light and versatile as well. We want to give you the basics in packing for your trip so you can have fun and not worry about whether you left anything behind that you may need or not.

Motorcycle Road-tripFirst of all, Whether you’re going to Daytona for Bike week or just heading across the USA for a site seeing tour it’s still going to be the same except probably for the amount of clothes you take with you, and where you plan on sleeping (camping or hotel). You don’t want to take the couch, that would just look silly and might get you pulled over!

A Motorcycle Road-trip can be difficult to pack for so, what do you take when you are on a road-trip for a bike? Most everything can be taken that can be packed. Electronics, clothes, toiletries, books, however, you want to be practical. What how long do you want to be packing and unpacking during the day, and how much do you really want to carry? The other thing is that the more you carry the more gas the bike is going to use as well so, less is actually more in this case.

Take only what you really need such as:

  1. This is the main givens ID, cash, insurance & roadside assistance info, motorcycle key, maps / directions
  2. electronics phone /camera/ charger,
  3. riding protective gear such as helmet, gloves, jacket, riding boots, goggles, rain gear, rain /night goggles, sunglasses and any other protective gear you feel you need including earplugs.
  4. Your clothing pack light ensure that it is the most compressible clothing you have. remember that socks can be work more than one day. But don’t pack heavy clothing other than your protective gear unless you absolutely have too.Polyester is your friend on the road!
  5. Headwear ie ponytail holders, doo-rags or skull caps if needed. these keep your head warm.Motorcycle Road-trip
  6. Tools in the tool bag (adjustable wrench, alan wrenches, screwdriver (to remove the seat), air pump, and other motorcycle tools that are needed for the road)
  7. Toiletries (hotels have shampoo & soap unless you need special shampoo) – toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, comb/brush, lotion for dry skin, chapstick for dry lips, kleenex travel pack (or just tuck a couple of them somewhere on the bike)
  8. Ladies you don’t really need make-up if so pack very lightly remember things can break and make a mess. Mascara and eyeliner work great on a trip and can be smudged just right for a great look for pictures.
  9. Prescription meds – anything you regularly take, as well as a couple of ibuprofen and cold tablets just in case
  10. Extra bags – Ziploc bags, plastic shopping bags & 1 larger garbage bag you never know what you will need them for.

Motorcycle-RoadtripThing like this can be packed in Saddlebags, Tool bags, and other luggage that fits and is made For the bike.  At AMERiders we have plenty of luggage items that you can use to pack your items in safe and sound for your Motorcycle Road-trip such as our PVC Motorcycle Saddlebag it is UV Protected and features a zip-off bag with Heavy Duty Velcro Cover and Lock ,is universally fitting to most bikes, Includes a hard sheet inside the box with 4 pockets, a Heavy Duty Quick Release , is 100% Waterproof , is UV protected and it will not turn white in extreme heat, and will Hold its Shape, 4 Tie down ribbons on each side for extra security.


Or if you have a Harley Davidson Dyna we have just the thing for you, our Motorcycle Saddlebag For Harley Davidson Dynas are made specifically to fit your Harley Davidson Dyna, it includes a hard sheet inside the box with 4 pockets, features a heavy duty quick release is 100% Water-proof has 4 Tie down ribbons on each side for extra secure fit, and will hold its shape. Please note, however, this is NOT a cooler bag and is not intended to be used with water & ice.

Of course, you can always buy a Motorcycle trailer to match your bike so it is even much easier to pack for a Motorcycle Road-trip but then you have to slow down, and who wants to do that?


Let help you pack for your Motorcycle Road-trip and not forget a thing.

Don’t forget to send us your pictures, stories and events to gallery.ameriders at Gmail dot com  so we can post them and give you free, advertising for your motorcycle related events.

Biker Safety Tip 6: How to Pick Up a Fallen Bike

AmeRiders is back with our 6th installment of our Biker Safety tips we have gathered tips and advice on various aspects of motorcycle riding: about riding corners, braking, looking, safety, etc. This week’s tip is How to Pick Up a Fallen Bike when you are by yourself. Everyone knows that dropping a bike sucks no matter what because they are heavy and not easy to pick up by yourself. When you’re in a pack it is a bit easier because your friends and ride mates will help you pick your bike back up but when it’s just you and the gentle breeze your SOL on help. We have come to your rescue with tips on How to Pick Up your Fallen Bike when you’re all alone!

Here are 10 steps for you and then a video helping to explain it as well.

These steps are for a bike that has fallen on its left side.

  1. Hit the kill switch and make sure the motor is off.

  2. Turn the gas off using the petcock on a carbureted bike if fuel is leaking.

  3. Make sure the bike is in gear if you can get to it. If it is not in gear and you can’t access the shifter to put it in gear, the technique becomes more difficult because the bike could roll, but it can still be done. You’ll have to find the balance point of the motorcycle between the two tires and leverage it as you lift.

  4. Standing with your butt toward the seat, stoop down, and with your right hand grab the left grip.

  5. When you grab the grip, pull it until it is as close to the tank as possible. With your left hand find something sturdy to grab hold of under the seat. Don’t grab the seat. It’s too flimsy to support the weight of your lift. Grabbing the bike by the frame is the best bet. The closer your left hand is to your body, the better.

  6. Place your butt midway on the edge of the seat. This is crucial. The placement of your butt too high or too low on the seat will not give you the leverage angle. You are pushing the bike with your butt and upper legs. You will have to pull up with your arms a bit, but mostly you will be pushing the bike up with your legs.

  7. You must have good traction under your feet or they will slip. If there is gravel under your feet, sweep it away with your boots. Same for grass.

  8. Start pushing your butt against the seat using baby steps to force it upright. The hardest part will be the beginning. Once the bike starts to lift off the ground, you’ll gain momentum to help you execute the rest of the lift.

  9. Once you have the bike up, carefully put the kickstand down and lower the bike to it. If you can’t get the kickstand with the heel of your boot, turn your body carefully toward the front of the bike and grab both grips, then put the bike on the kickstand or center stand.

  10. The process is the same if the bike is on its right side. Your hands are reversed of course. It is easier to get it into gear. Remember to put the kickstand out first so that you can ease the bike onto it once it is upright.

If you feel like there is no way this bike is going up like this, then move the position of your butt. If that doesn’t work, try changing the flex of your knees. Tries not to flex your knees too much to begin with, often when you get the angle just right the bike goes up like it’s made of paper. Adrenaline tends to push the bike over the other side if you’re not careful.

These tips  come from Carol Youorski, a BMW rider from Atlanta who traveled to rallies around the country showing people how to do it for many years. However, these tips are the same ones that are used by Harley Davidson and many others in bike rallies, bike nights and other bike shows to show how to pick up a fallen bike regardless of height and weight.

As seen below a Harley Davidson employee is showing a female bike rider how to pick up a Sportster bike.

Instructional video

Let help you be safe when picking up a fallen bike with great traction from our leather boots for men and women.

New Events Calendar! Up to date information at a click!

We at AMERiders know how important that word of mouth and advertisement can be which is why we have set up a New Events Calendar and are offering to promote and advertise your motorcycle related rides and events for free! Yes, we said free!  Promoting a ride or an event can make the difference between 10’s to 100’s of bikers showing up, we have seen it first hand. Why have your event or ride look like this…

Events Calendar

When it can look like this and larger…

Events Calendar

Which is why we have, spent the time to set up a special Event Calendar Page that you can have your events and rides posted too, whether it is for a special need, funding ride, poker run or other events we will advertise and post it on the event calendar for free. Just send us the information to gallery.ameriders at Gmail dot com and we post it to the calendar for you. Please give us at least 48 hours notice if it is on the weekend as we do not work weekends.

Don’t forget we also have our Gallery page that you can send your Pictures to so we can see what you ride and where you have ridden too we would love to hear all about your rides. We’ll post those stories as well!

75th Annual Daytona Bike Week is coming up March 4th-14th, 2016 and is posted on our Event Calendar already!  You don’t want to miss a great party so pack up and ride on down!

If you need replacement items or new items for your ride to Daytona, Florida, check out our apparel, gear and more at

Let AMERiders be your place for biker event related information, apparel, and more! Our Events Calendar will have up to date information at a click!

Rides, Pictures and Upcoming Events! Send them to us!

Rides, pictures, and upcoming events are what we at AMERiders love to see and hear about. Besides new and interesting bikes we love to hear the stories that go along with them as well, we have seen some cool and interesting bikes in our rides over the years and we will see some more we are sure. We would love to see and hear about your bikes, the rides you have taken and the bikes you have seen while riding.  So send us your bikes along with the stories behind them and/or a story of your ride to the email below. Please respect the rules that we have posted below for all pictures, events and stories that you send to us. Some of the cool bikes we have in the gallery now are a Limited Edition Harley Davidson that is shown below or our own personal 2001 Dyna Glide of AMERiders.

Rides, Pictures and Upcoming Events
Marilyn Monroe Custom Paint Job Soft tail rear view

We also want to post your events to help get exposure for your bike rides or poker runs and more in your area. For instance: Daytona Bike week is coming up and for those of you that are going to attend or want to attend, get your information here so that you can stay up to date on what is going on. The dates for attendance this year are going to be March 4th-14th of 2016.

Rides, Pictures and Upcoming Events
Limited Edition Harley Davidson

Send us your rides and pictures to gallery.ameriders at Gmail dot com!

We want to see know where you’re going and what you are doing so we are setting up a Gallery and Events Page so we can do just that! We will post your Rides, Pictures, and Upcoming Events that you send. Let us know when your event will be and we will advertise it for you as well, make sure to give us plenty of information and we will try to get it out there as best as possible for you.

By giving you a Gallery and Events page, we hope you will visit us more and give us more information on what you like and what we can offer you.


  1. No profanity or images of it, no cussing if the story has it in it, Our manager will edit it for a more family friendly version such as ***&^*^, or a more appropriate word that could have been used.
  2. Do not send distasteful photos of your old ladies or your men it’s just not wanted.
  3. No Politics, No religion
  4. No Solicitations ADs-Sales
  5. No funding unless pre-authorized by AMERiders
  6. Please limit to 5 .jpgs pictures per e-mail
  7. If you are in a club or association please make sure that any and all people in the picture are ok with us posting it/them

Let AMERiders show you where the action is with our Gallery and Events Page that has many Rides, Pictures, and Upcoming Events!

Who Really Uses Matching Motorcycle Gear

Matching Motorcycle GearMatching Motorcycle Gear is not uncommon in the motorcycle community Men and Women both do it, it is not just done by motorcycle racers but every rider who wants to look sleek and cool. Gear is matched from the helmet right down to the boots, and it may or may not be matched to the bike as well. At, we have many different items for both men and women from apparel items down to items for your bike that will match to a tee.

Matching Motorcycle GearWhen you’re looking for things to match and you are a card player why not look up our Dead Man’s Hand Logo items such as our Dead Man’s Zipper Puller, Dead Man’s Hand Boot Chain, or our Dead Man’s Hand Logo Pin set for your saddlebags, tool bags, windshield bags, jackets, or vests. Ladies, we didn’t forget you we also have Women’s Bag With Dead Man’s Hand Studs for you to keep your items in while riding.

Guardian BellsWe have not forgotten our military service personnel missing and unaccounted for in overseas wars and have many POW/MIA items that you can mix and match as well, such as our DOT POW/MIA BEANIE HELMET, our Men’s Plain Vest With POW which is made from top grade leather, and displays the red POW logo on the front and back, if you need to extend that vest size at any time try our POW/MIA Design Vest Extender, as well as our POW Logos pin set, but that isn’t all we have much more including ladies ride bags, bells and patches.

Matching Motorcycle Gear even extends to apparel and we have Men’s and Ladies Apparel that you can match as well such as our father and son matching leather club vests. Cause we all know that kids matching their parents in gear is just super adorable.

Let help you find your Matching Motorcycle Gear

Biker Safety Tip 5: Protecting Your Feet

AmeRiders is back with our 5th installment of our Biker Safety tips we have gathered tips and advice on various aspects of motorcycle riding: about riding corners, braking, looking, safety, etc. This week’s tip is how important it in protecting your feet while riding a motorcycle and the best protective gear to wear for your feet.

Protecting your feetSome people think that just hopping on a motorcycle and riding is fun, however, motorcycles can be dangerous if you are not wearing protective gear. Wearing flip flops is a very bad thing to do, even if you are not in a moving state you can still have damage done to your foot and ankle. You may slip and your bike can fall on your foot and ankle thereby spraining it or even breaking it, and depending on how big your bike is burns can happen to your feet and legs as well. When the bike is moving it can be even worse as the skin can be torn from the foot showing the bone. We don’t like to be this graphic but it can happen and we have seen it happen.


It is important to protect your feet when riding a motorcycle and by wearing leather boots, it will help you to do this. Leather Motorcycle Boots can help prevent slippage in rain, sleet, snow and oil as well. Boots can help prevent breaks and burns while riding if a bike is dropped. Protecting Your Feet with Motorcycle boots is very important as you need your feet to ride as much as you need your hands to ride.

So when you ride, don’t forget to don your riding boots, boots don’t always look like motorcycle boots anymore they have been made to look like cowboy boots, tennis shoes and more so find the boots to fit your style. The main thing is to be comfortable and to protect your feet while riding. You don’t have to wear metal Iron Man boots when you ride but make sure they are protective.

iron man boot


Let be your choice in finding gear for protecting your feet as we have many men’s and women’s, stylish motorcycle boots available to choose from.

Happy Valentines Day from AMERiders

The AMERiders family wants to wish everyone a Happy Valentines Day, and hope that you and yours have a wonderful one!

Valentines Day is a special time of the year for couples even biker couples get in on it with special long rides with each other to out of the way places. But how did Valentines and Chocolate get started? There are many different stories associated without the holiday of love got started, some say it was the greeting card business that started it all and others say it is something else. We searched and found two places that give a breakdown of Valentines Day.

choc and valentines dayThis one particular site gives you the many different backgrounds of Valentines day from the Christianity and Renaissance views to breaking down the explanation of cards, cupids and how chocolate came to be associated. On the other side, we found an article from The Smithsonian about how Chocolate and Valentines day came to be mated.

Both sites have some interesting information like did you know that Chocolate has been used as a gift since the days of the Aztecs, who believed it to be a source of spiritual wisdom, energy, and higher sexual prowess. It was used as a nuptial aid and served at wedding ceremonies. Cool right?

Valentine Day has also been a way for some couples to rekindle their love each year when it has started to get a bit stale, and what better way than a long snuggly ride on a motorcycle! Regardless of why couples ride with each other, it is a great activity to start out your Valentines Day with, with her arms wrapped around you all snuggly tight and nothing but you two and the wind around you and your motorcycle underneath you. Now that is love!Biker Love

Some ladies don’t like chocolate for Valentines Day, that is ok can help you all year long with our selection of Ladies Wear, and Jewelry , and much more.


Have a Happy Valentines Day and be safe while riding with your sweetheart!Rekindling

Valentines Motorcycle Gift Ideas for Your Biker Mama!

Guys, are you looking for Valentines Motorcycle Gift Ideas for your Biker Mama to show her how much you care?

Ladies that ride motorcycles love all kinds of presents and this year instead of going to Jared, why not come to and get her everything she needs for a ride! Motorcycle Mamas love leather and we have a large stock of ladies leather apparel available to choose from that we are sure she will love.

Valentines Motorcycle Gift Ideas
Women’s Motorcycle Jacket

If it’s leather she loves then take a look at our variety of leather jackets made to fit the female form, such as this Women’s Motorcycle Jacket it features Z/o lining, braids on the front and back, classic snap down collar, multi pockets inside and outside, and zippered cuffs. The jacket is gathered at the waist for better fit.

Valentines Motorcycle Gift Ideas
Women Leather Chaps

If she has a great jacket she loves then why not get her a great pair of chaps to go with it. We have many different styles that will look great on her. Our Women Leather Chaps, are made from cowhide leather chaps that are heavy duty but soft to the touch. There is a zipper that goes down until it reaches the snaps at the bottom with a flap that hides the zipper mesh lining.

We have more Valentines Motorcycle Gift Ideas other than just great clothing we also have other great items too! Such as helmets, jewelry and more.

DOT Vented Ladies Silver Lady Rider Shorty
DOT Vented Ladies Silver Lady Rider Shorty

However, what is leather without a helmet to go with it and we have many gorgeous ladies helmets to choose from like our DOT Vented Ladies Silver Lady Rider Shorty  is one of the lightest and smallest in the market.  Sports beautiful graphics of skulls, roses, and the lady rider ribbon on a glossy black vented helmet, and she is sure to love it.

Red White Stainless Steel Motorcycle Chain Bracelet
Red White Stainless Steel Motorcycle Chain Bracelet

If your lady loves bling we have that too, try our Red White Stainless Steel Motorcycle Chain Bracelet is not only an accessory for daily rides but an awesome accessory for going out for a night on the town. It is a Heavy Duty Red and white stainless steel bracelet and is Approximately 3/4 inches wide.

From Ladies Apparel to Chaps and Pants and jewelry and much more we have something that your special lady will love to get for Valentines Day.

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Make sure your lady has something nice for Valentines day! Ordering Deadline is Monday, February 8th, 2016 to have it in time for that special day!

Check out for all of your Valentines Motorcycle Gift Ideas for your lady!

Motorcycle Jewelry Is Hot for Valentines Day This Year, and Your Lady Is Sure to Love It!

Guys Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and you know that means your need to be looking for something to show your lady how much she means to you! Why not choose one of our pieces of Motorcycle Jewelry that will fit her style and shows how much you care in the process. We have a wonderful selection of Necklaces, Bracelets and more that is sure to fit her style.

Motorcycle Jewelry

If she loves her watches she is sure to love this Brown Watchband with Lock and Key it is the perfect gift for any lady in your life, and she will love the leather and chain wristband with locks as well as the added touch of a heart shaped watch in the middle. Plus it has and easy on and off with the snap closures, and if Brown is not her style we have a brown version that is very similar with our Black Wristband Watchband With Hanging Skulls.


Motorcycle Jewelry

However, if she is not that cutesy and she is more into the heavy duty biker themes then we have our Heavy Duty Black Red Stainless Steel Motorcycle Chain Bracelet, that also comes in at least 6 other colors as well as other widths. It is a heavy duty black & red stainless steel motorcycle chain and is approximately 3/4 inches wide.

We also have many necklace options to for that special lady in your life from our Leather Necklace With Crosses Studs which is a stylish leather necklace featuring many metal crosses and studs. To our Braided Necklace  which is made from genuine leather and features a stylish braided design, it connects with snaps and has a smooth leather finish to the outer set of rings.

Don’t worry we have many items for you gents as well to suggest to your ladies for gifts as well such as our Gun Lighter And Holster Wristband is just the thing for smokers and gun lovers. It is a leather wristband with a gun holster attached. The gun is a lighter that comes with the wristband. The wristband is adorned with a skull and studs as well as mach bullets. Don’t fret we have more that is just the top of the gas tank so to speak.

Everyone loves a little bling including bikers, whether you’re a biker dude or chic, Motorcycle Jewelry is one thing that is a part of your wardrobe. At AMERiders, we have a large selection of quality Motorcycle Jewelry for Men and Women in various styles and colors. Regardless of whether you’re looking for Bracelets or Necklaces, and More to fit your style.


Guardian Bells Can Protect You from the Road Gremlins

Guardian Bells are a time-honored tradition for bikers everywhere. In a nutshell, A motorcycle bell is supposed to ward off bad luck and evil spirits and are often called “Road Gremlins,” by many bikers. According to the legend, biker bells are most effective when received from a friend or a loved one and hung at the lowest spot on your motorcycle. The sound of the Motorcycle bells are supposed to deter bad luck and misfortune from sabotaging your trip and keep you safe from road hazards, mechanical failure, and spills. But how did this story get started or what is the actual story? We did some digging and found this story in several places across the net:

The Story of the Guardian Bell

“The old legend goes that one night a single old biker was headed home from a road trip to Mexico where he filled his saddlebags with gifts and trinkets for the kids that lived at a group home where he worked.

He drove along feeling blessed for his own life, the people in it and most importantly his bike, that had never let him down. He and his bike spent many years roaming the roads together and had a close relationship.

The biker was about 40 miles north of the Mexican border unaware that in the high desert ahead of him waited, a small group of road gremlins.

Road gremlins are the evil little creatures that leave obstacles in your path- old mufflers, pieces of rubber, boxes, that one shoe you always see and things like that.

Road gremlins hope to make a biker crash so they can rejoice over their little acts of evil.

As the biker rounded the curve, the road gremlins ambushed him, causing him to crash and skid before coming to a stop near one of his saddlebags that had ripped off his bike.

The biker lay there, helpless and unable to move as the road gremlins made their move towards him. The biker- being typical of many bikers – wasn’t going to give up easily and started throwing things from the saddlebag at them. Finally, he had nothing left to throw but a tiny bell and he started ringing it in hopes of scaring them off.

Guardian Bells
USAFlag_Guardian Bell

Not far away, two other bikers had made camp for the night and were talking around the fire when they heard the sound of the bell. Their first thought was that it was church bells so they went to go find out for themselves.

They came across the old biker lying in the road with the gremlins about to finish him off. Bikers are part of a brotherhood and because of that, the two other bikers chased off the gremlins, saving the old biker from their attack.

The old biker offered to pay for their help but in an unwritten code of true bikers, they refused payment. The old biker wanted to show his gratitude and wouldn’t let the two bikers leave without showing a sign of appreciation for their good deed. The old biker cut off two pieces of leather from his saddlebags tassels and tied a bell to each piece. He then attached the bells to the two bikers bikes as close to the ground as possible.

The old biker then told his new friends that with those bells attached to their bikes, they would be protected from the road gremlins and if they were ever in trouble, to ring the bell and a fellow biker would come to their aid.”

Now whenever you see a biker with a bell you’ll know that he has been blessed with the most important thing in life love or friendship from a fellow biker or a loved one.

Road Gremlins can’t live near these Guardian Bells because they get trapped in the hollow of the bell. Their hearing is hypersensitive so the constant ringing in a confined space drives them insane. They lose their grip and eventually fall onto the roadway this forming those irritating potholes.Guardian Bells

The magic of the bell will still work if you buy the bell yourself, however, if the bell is received as a gift from a friend or a loved one the magic is doubled because out there somewhere you have a friend looking out for you.

NEVER! Steal a Bell from a biker, If you do, you steal all the gremlins and the evil that comes with them. It is ill-advised that you steal a bell, the consequences could be dire.

Guardian Bells are more of a tradition than a superstition amongst many bikers… which means they make a great gift for the rider in your life! Check out our Biker bells that are Hand-sculpted from 100% lead-free pewter. At AMERiders’  we have a large selection of bells that come in a variety of designs ranging from patriotic symbols of the armed forces to animals such as dragons, butterflies, and much more.

Keep Good Fortune on Your Side With Guardian Bells From