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Motorcycle Helmet Construction What Is the Process?

Helmets are the most important piece of gear any rider can own. Beyond a simple shell meant to protect our head, there is a lot of thought and work put in developing this piece of high-tech headgear. It has to be light, comfortable, but also sturdy and capable of withstanding high-speed impacts. How do they do it? If you’re like us, you’ve probably always wondered about motorcycle helmet construction well, AMERiders takes a look into their construction as we go behind the scenes of AGV construction in Movena.

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At Movena, Italy where the team at AGV has a factory, where the AGV Corsa R and Pista GP R models are assembled. Is where we are going to get our look at goes into motorcycle helmet construction.

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It All Starts With A Shell…

Motorcycle Helmet Construction all starts with carbon fiber shells. For AGV, the shells are outsourced, molded by a third party before being brought in the Movena plant for assembly. 

This is what a helmet looks like devoid of all its components. A literal empty shell.

The Good Old Tape Trick

Even future helmet need some taping before a paint job. The carbon fiber lids are sanded down by hand before masks and tape are applied to cover certain areas of the shell that will receive a different treatment. 

For instance, in the case of the Valentino Rossi 2019 Winter Test design, the chin of the lid needs to remain black, while the rest is painted bright yellow. 

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It’s Morphin’ Time!

The naked shells are lined up on polls mounted to a specialized conveyor belt that runs them through a chamber equipped with automated spray paint nozzles. The shells will go through this process a number of times as the same machine handles the base, the different coats of paint, as well as the top layer of varnish, applied later on in the process.

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Six Layers Later

These 2019 Winter Test shells have gone through the spray paint cycle six times and have received two layers of opaque paint, followed by one coat of white paint, two of yellow, and finally a coat of stabilizer.

The masks and tape are then removed and the seems between the painted and unpainted areas are gently sanded down to avoid an uneven transition between the two areas. 

The shells also go through the first round of quality control—any flaws are marked. The flawed lids then cycle back through the first steps.

The Purpose Of Water

After the shells are given an additional sanding, they are cleaned up and sent over to a technician in charge of applying the graphics by hand.

The process is similar to temporary tattoos: the graphics are printed on specialized paper. The sheets are dunked in water, then applied to the shell, transferring the graphic to the prepped surface.

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Sleeking Things Down

The graphics don’t come in a single piece; the designs are broken down into pieces to makes them easier to apply to the helmet’s round surface. Once a portion of the motif has been applied to the helmet, the technician places the lid on a poll.

Armed with a scraper, she then gradually smooths out the graphics on the lid, removing any air bubbles or folds and ensuring the design is aligned with the markers. 

Each section of the design takes 15 minutes to dry before another section is applied. The technician also has to make sure the designs overlap correctly and evenly. They are able to complete 25 shells per day on average using this technique.

Bake In The Oven For 40 Minutes

Once all the sections of the motif have been applied, the shells spend 40 minutes in an oven to set the graphics.

After cooling down, the protective film on top of the graphics is peeled by hand before the lids are given a thorough wash.

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The Protective Layer

The shells are gently sanded once more to prep them for their last run in the spray chamber where they receive their protective coat.

A worker then controls each shell for quality before receiving its holographic homologation tag.

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Assembly Begins.

The prepped shells are now ready to begin their trip on the assembly line. The first step is the addition of the rubber components. Ribbons of rubber are applied and glued to the seams around the visor and the neck of the helmet.

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Belts And Whistles

The shell is then sent over to a technician that adds the belts used to attach the helmet under the neck, as well as the air vents plastic inserts on the chin and on top of the head. 

Time For The Protectors To Go In

The next step involves inserting each section of the EPS foam shells into the lid and gluing them into place by hand. Each piece of high-density foam protector has its own homologation tag to ensure its quality.

Clamps are used to ensure the Styrofoam is solidly attached to the shell.

A Puzzle Made Of EPS

The high-density styrofoam protectors are assembled by hand by a technician before being handed over to the work in charge of installing them inside the helmets.

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It’s All Coming Together!

The inner fabric layer surrounding the head as well as the chin and cheek pads are snapped into place inside the helmet. The visor is then attached to the shell and secured into place.

This specific model also receives a spoiler, attached to the back of the head.

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More Quality Control

The fully assembled helmet goes through a final round of quality control. The technician tests all the mechanisms to make sure all the parts are in place and in working order.

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All The Tags!

This is also the step at which the helmet receives all its stickers and tags, once it passes QC of course.

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Ready To Hit The Shelves

Each helmet is identified with a barcode which allows workers to follow its progress through the assembly process. At this point, the quality control technician scans the helmet one last time and puts it on the scale to ensure it meets the standards for weight. 

The helmets are then placed in their pouch and packed in boxes, ready to be shipped out to future customers.

This special edition AGV Pista GP R 2019 Winter Test edition retails for about €1,500 ($1,700).

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How Safe Is Your Dot Helmet? Probably Not as Safe as You Might Think.

Some of us here at AMERiders already knew some of the information FortNine gives us in this video. Regardless it is still great information to have about DOT helmets, and FortNine strikes another one out of the park with it.

Forewarned is forearmed, as they say, so read through this and watch the video, get curious, and before the next time you go helmet shopping, you should know all about the safety certifications on helmets. It’s good to know not just what they mean but where the numbers and testing methods come from and how the regulatory agencies came to settle on those numbers and testing methods (or lack thereof).

Specifically, what do DOT ratings on our helmets mean? This video goes into all of the numbers. Just like an “LD50” rating on a potentially toxic substance, many studies found a 50 percent possibility of a skull fracture at 290G’s of peak acceleration. Trouble is, though, that the studies the DOT base their ratings on are between twenty and forty years old, and they have left a helmet’s failure criteria at 400G’s of peak acceleration.

A Snell helmet certification means the helmet fails if it allows the “head” to experience 300G’s of peak acceleration. Further, however, the Snell foundation tests a rotational load on helmets to see if, when properly secured, the helmet is able to roll off the head form. The foundation also tests the retention system (straps) for failure, and also the chin bar to be sure it does not collapse into a rider’s face. The shell of the helmet and the shield (or visor) are both tested for penetration, and the entire helmet is also exposed to a flame resistance test.

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I could tell you all about how these tests differ from DOT testing, if DOT tested helmets. That’s the rub, folks: DOT does not do any testing. The Department leaves it up to the manufacturers to do their own testing and certify to the DOT that they have tested up to certain standards and that their helmets pass.

The fox insists the hen house is secure, everyone: he’s tested it.

The real lesson here is, buyer beware. Protect your noggin with a decent helmet made by a respected manufacturer. A cheap helmet, even with a DOT rating, could have a dangerously shatter-prone visor, or weak spots, or a chin bar that will collapse on impact with anything. Yikes.

We hope this gave you a bit of insight into helmets and to look carefully into your next helmet.

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What Is More Dangerous Than Riding a Motorcycle? These Things Are.

Want a statistic to use to sound smart or for an answer in a game we got you covered here. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s 2017 statistics, “the number of motorcyclists killed in crashes dropped by 3% to 5,172. That still might sound like a lot of deaths per year, but compared to some activities that others take part in every day, riding on two suddenly seems like a better plan. So we here at AMERiders decided to dig around and find out what could possibly be more dangerous than riding a motorcycle and found a few that made our list.

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1) Tobacco Still Taking First Place

Still, think it looks cool to smoke? Think again. The number of deaths caused by smoking is still climbing – 480,000 total. Plus, of those who survive, count on having 10 fewer years to do any of the things you love, including hugging your grandkids. And yet you will find that a lot of bikers do smoke. So if you know a biker that smokes or you are a biker, know this your smoking is more dangerous than riding your motorcycle go figure.

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2) Our Daily Drink

Coming in a solid second place is alcohol. Excess drinking leads to over 88,000 deaths in the US. Might as well go for a soda.

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3) The Flu

80,000 people died of the flu in 2017. Seems even more preventable than bad driving and yet here it is. 

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4) Drug Overdose

Sad but true, but the number of Americans dying of drug overdoses has continued to climb, reaching 70,200 in 2017.

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5) Second-Hand Smoke

To date, being friends with someone who rides hasn’t proven fatal, but hanging out with a smoker could kill you. Second-hand smoke caused 41,000 deaths in the US alone. It also made our list of things that are more dangerous than riding a motorcycle.

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6) Owning A Gun

So much for safety; owning a gun is more likely to kill you than save you. In 2017 there were 39,773 gun deaths in the US, two-thirds of which were suicides.

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7) Distracted Driving

Eating a sandwich, shaving, finishing up a PowerPoint, even watching a movie-these are things people do when they drive, but texting is still the winner, claiming the lives of 9 people per day!

8) Having Sex

Not only are the rates of STIs on the rise, but there are still, on average, 23,000 people dying from sexually transmitted infections every year in the US – and we thought it was all fun and games.

9) Falling Down The Stairs

Before you go bumping up your steps count on your FitBit, you might want to reconsider. Falling down stairs results in the deaths of approximately 12,000 Americans yearly.

10) Falling Out Of Bed

Keep one eye open: Worse than taking the stairs is sleeping too soundly. Apparently, a “fall involving a bed” has killed 10,386 snoozing Americans.

11) Household Hazards

The thing with poison is that it could be just about anything. Seems a lot riskier to be in your house among all those potentially hazardous substances than out for a ride, to the tune of about 33,000 deaths yearly.

12) Driving A Car

Commuting to work isn’t just dead boring, there’s also a 1:103 chance it’ll kill you, as opposed to that motorcyclist who just passed you who has a lesser likelihood of 1:858. They’re also having more fun!

13) Going For A Walk

It’s good for your health to walk, or is it? Based on 2018 projections from all fifty states and the District of Columbia, the Governors Highway Safety Association Executive Director Jonathan Adkins stated that “While we have made progress reducing fatalities among many other road users in the past decade, pedestrian deaths have risen 35 percent.” That’s again higher than riding with a 1 in 556 chance that it won’t be the best idea you had that day.

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Need Gift Ideas for Dad for This Father’s Day? We Have You Covered!

We all know that the coolest dads ride motorcycles. Father’s Day is this weekend and if you haven’t gotten your gift AMERiders has you covered. If your dad is a motorcyclist, you might want to think about the things he could use, but might not buy for himself. Of course, these gifts we suggest here are all non-gender-specific, so if other members of your family ride, maybe keep these gift ideas in your pocket for the next gift-giving holiday!

If your dad is a gadgety guy, he’ll appreciate your thoughtfulness when it comes to useful gifts. If he’s the kind of person who doesn’t spend a lot of money on himself, you might think about getting him some accessories to make him more comfortable; you know, something that will make him think of you and smile every time he uses it.

Our Tool Bags

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10 Motorcycle Tool Bag With UV Protection

It can happen to anyone a breakdown, a loose nut or bolt or something else that calls for a needed tool. Keeping them close at hand is important, which is why AMERiders has a selection of stylish Motorcycle Tool Bags for your bike. Our tool bags are durable and come in many shapes and styles. We also have Leather Tool Bags that are Water Resistant, so that your tools stay rust free.

You might not be able to get them in time for Fathers’ Day but you could certainly stuff a picture of the gift-to-come into a nice card for Dad. I’m just a happy customer, and that isn’t just because I work here.

Sena Helmet Communicator

If Dad doesn’t have a Bluetooth helmet communicator yet, this might be a fantastic gift. They are on the pricey side, so sometimes hard to justify buying for yourself. If Dad is a motorcycle commuter, consider getting one with a camera built in, so that he can “dash-cam” the heck out of his commute, and keep track of all the shenanigans around him.

And here’s another tip: learn to use the thing before you give it to him so that you can teach him to use it and it does not sit in its box unused because he won’t read the manual. (because you know not all our Dad’s are tech savvy.) Maybe you could even surreptitiously take his helmet to your local motorcycle shop and have them install it! That Sena with a camera is available here.

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Safety Seal Tire Plug Kit

A tire plug kit is great for getting out of a scrape! Anything that saves Dad time and effort is a great gift idea. If he rides a bike with tubeless tires (ask him, or look his bike up on the internet), this tire plug kit will help get him to his next destination without having to call for a tow. Is your dad the kind of guy who hates to ask for help, but loves to be the hero? There’s nothing like plugging your riding buddy’s tire and saving the day. A superior made in USA plug kit is available here.

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Diamond Plate Adjustable Waterproof Motorcycle Smartphone Mount

Keep Dad from losing his phone or not having it close at hand and getting frustrated, trying to find this place you told him to meet you, with one of our Motorcycle Cell Phone Accessories which will help keep his cell phone within easy reach. Our Cell Phone Holders, are adjustable, or magnetically mounted depending on your preference, and for those of you that get lost or prefer NOT to get lost, we have a few GPS Phone Holders as well to help keep you from getting lost. Just choose which one you think would suit Dad better.

DB Power Jump Pack

Speaking of saving the day, if Dad rides with a bunch of friends (or with you and your not-so-new motorcycle), chances are someone is going to walk out to a bike with a dead battery. These lithium-ion jump packs are powerful enough to start a pickup truck and they’ll save you when your electrical has gone flat. If Dad rides alone you’ll worry less when he has this battery pack to jump-start his motorcycle and charge his phone. One of many options is right here.

California Air Compressor

Does Dad struggle when he’s working on his motorcycle? Maybe an air compressor would help him out in the garage. The best part about a gift like this one is, it has accessories and sets you up for http://www.ameriders.co/middle-of-the-road/motorcycle-issues/future gift ideas! Today, an air compressor and a hose and a really good air chuck for it, along with a set of connectors. At his birthday, a big, heavy, chrome pneumatic impact wrench for those stubborn fasteners. Next big holiday? A pneumatic bike lift. And after that? A pneumatic tire machine! Are we getting ahead of ourselves? Nah, Dad’s totally worth it. And he’ll be the envy of all his friends. A nice quiet compressor is available here.

These are just a few!!!

These are just a few of the ideas we have or items we have in the store. We have tons of premium, quality biker apparel, and accessories in the store. So go look and see what Dad might like and see how great the pricing is too, and if you don’t see something now check back for the next holiday or his birthday as we are adding in some brand new products at this very moment and over the next few weeks as well. In all our categories.

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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Bikers Rally in PA Capitol for Lemon Law and Procession Rights

Nearly 500 motorcycles converged on Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and the riders rallied inside the capitol building to push for motorcyclists’ rights, as they have done annually for sixteen years running. AMERiders gives you some information on the rally and the Lemon law.

Say what you will about A.B.A.T.E. (Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward Education), but getting motorcyclists together in the guise of a party (free patches to the first 800 attendees!) to show lawmakers that motorcyclists exist, we vote, and we are politically active, is an amazing accomplishment. I know that there are A.B.A.T.E. chapters in every state, but I also know that many are not nearly as active as Pennsylvania’s chapter.

It’s difficult to get people out of their house and involved in politics of any stripe, but this is how we make change happen. In this case, this year’s cause was mostly Pennsylvania’s motor vehicle lemon law, which did not cover the purchase of motorcycles. This, they argued, would drive Pennsylvania residents to purchase motorcycles out of state so that they are covered if the machine turns out to be a lemon. It can certainly damage in-state sales numbers, but at its core, it is a protection for the state’s resident motorcycle purchasers and a correction of the oversight that does not include motorcycles in the “motor vehicle” lemon law. Attendees were encouraged to bring lemons with them (no word on whether they tossed them at the legislators).

This year’s rally also showed support for a bill which would allow motorcyclists involved in a charity or honor ride, to follow the same rules as a funeral procession. This would help prevent cars and other vehicles from cutting between motorcycles and creating dangerous havoc.

The rally initially focused on Pennsylvania’s helmet law, which in 2003 changed away from mandatory helmet use and now remains optional for riders over the age of 21. It continues annually to this day, to keep motorcyclists’ rights on the minds of PA state legislators.

Some riders attend to bring attention to issues like distracted driving and police profiling. All attend for the event and the camaraderie.

Are you involved in any motorcyclist rights organizations in your state? If so, how do you encourage political action and attendance at these events? Do you think it helps to gather a convergence of motorcyclists in front of lawmakers to make sure they keep our issues and our safety in mind?

~And as always…

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The Long Hair Conundrum: How to How Do I Keep It Contained?

The wind in your hair can lead to tangles and split ends, and we ladies and gents have a really hard time keeping our long hair from becoming a rat nest while riding. So AMERiders gives some tips to the Long Hair Conundrum and How to Keep It Contained?

I had long hair for years and suffered from the same problem after a long ride. Regardless of gender, those of us who let it grow long will often find a matted mess instead of a ponytail after a day on the road. There are some ways to avoid this.

I used to tuck my ponytail inside the collar of my jacket. Sometimes this worked, but rubbing around between layers of clothing caused its own problems. Half the time my hair popped out of the jacket anyway, leaving me right back where I started. Braiding works well for some but not for others.

Headband Braid

If your hair curls up or greases during motorcycle ride, you can solve the problem through headband braid. You can braid your hair on the hairline side allowing it to form a headband. Starting from one ear, you can tuck the excess hair behind one another and secure the remaining hair to form a ponytail and you can dismantle the hairstyle after you have finished your ride. Another easy way to do this is with a wrap.

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Women’s Leather Ponytail Holder

Front Part Braids

This is another women motorcyclist’s hairstyle. This is a helmet-friendly style and many people use it. The hair is parted at the center and braided into two plaits at each side of your part. They are secured by pooling them together using a band. This method is also fun to use.

Bun

The perfect hairstyle for women bikers is the bun. There are different buns you can style your hair, they include the sock buns, ballerina buns, low buns as well as the side buns. You can enjoy this method once you learn the best way to remove your helmet. It takes time to master this style, but with practice, you can become perfect.

Head Scarves/Do rags.

This style is wonderful because apart from preventing hair loss, this style hides bad style. You can use a silk scarf or headband as it absorbs those frictions that could damage your hair. Preparing this hairstyle is not difficult, part your hair one side, and tie it with a scarf. Once you remove the scarf, you restore your hair by shaking and fingering it. Or you can use a do-rag which comes in a variety of looks.

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American Flag Do-Rag Flydanna

Messy Locks

This is a sexy hairstyle for women motorcyclists. This is a helmet friendly method because it would not be affected after the removal of helmets. To prepare the method, you have to add a root booster and spray using salt spray and pin it down. You can make it perfect.

Katniss Slanted Braid

If you want your hair to look good while you ride on your motorbike, a good hairstyle you can use today is the Katniss slanted braid. This hair fits any type of helmet you want to use for your ride. The style is not just good, for helmet use, it is fashionable as well. You would feel comfortable using the hairstyle.

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Ponytail

Perhaps the most popular hairstyle motorbike ride for women is the ponytail. This is an appealing hairstyle when you style it very well. You can combine this hairstyle with French braids on your head sides. This method does only prevent your hair from falling off when you ride but makes you attractive as well. The method is very simple to apply, you need to comb the hair and tie it using an elastic band.

Cut your long hair

Another motorcycle riding hairstyle for women is a haircut. This is the best option for those who engage in other activities such as mount biking and kayaking. The haircut is very comfortable because nothing would disturb your hair while you ride. Moreover, you would not find it difficult to use as it could match any helmet. It would be a perfect fitting when you put on your earrings, this would easily reveal your gender.

I cut mine off short what they call pixie cut short so that I didn’t have to deal with it being all tangled. I realize now I am going to have to start thinking about long hairstyles again since I am growing it out again. (I decided to give it a phoenix dye job once it is long enough). However, cutting it off short is not something everyone wants or can do so we are giving you a few extra ideas to work with.

Pile on Top

Pile on top is another perfect hairstyle idea for women motorcyclists. Using a ponytail band, you can pile your hair to a shoulder length, tie them on top of your head, and use your helmet. This is good for hair because it does not damage and cut your hair. Your hair would remain full anytime you remove your helmet. You only need to apply your fingers through the hair to restore its shape.

Several other methods are available, and you can try any of them. You should always consider such issues as comfort, hair damage, and fashion.

Below is a list of hairstyles and braids that can be helpful to use.

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~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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Bioengineering, Protecting the Head The “Natural” Way.

The human body is a marvel of bioengineering. One of the most precious organs in our body, the brain, is floating in cerebrospinal fluid. This fluid is our head’s natural “padding” against low impacts. When we speed things up, however, the fluid in our head isn’t enough to protect the brain. A higher speed impact will cause the brain to hit the cranial bone, the top part of our head which can, in turn, cause a concussion or even bruising on the brain. This is where helmets come in to help save the day, AMERiders explains how helmet tech can emulate this.

Debatably the most important piece of gear adds an extra layer of protection around the head and helps absorb the energy of an impact. Instead of your head and ultimately the brain suffering from the blow, the helmet takes the brunt of the hit. Most helmets nowadays use foam as a shock-absorbing material. Canadian company Fluid Inside decided to take a different approach and rely instead on the protection our brain already benefits from the fluid.

In fact, the company is responsible for designing Fluid Pods protectors meant to be used inside a variety of helmets, including motorcycle helmets. The liquid inside the pods has been designed to mimic cerebrospinal fluid—the same clear liquid found around our brains. The brand not only creates the pods but has also developed the ideal “mapping” for different types of sports. Impact differ from one sport to the other, which means that different sports require different pod sizes and placement. So for instance, the pods will be placed differently in a motocross helmet compared to, say, a ski helmet.

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While standard foam linings have proven their efficiency against linear impacts, companies are starting to study protection against rotational force. With the Fluid Inside products, the pods are able to absorb the energy coming from all directions, meaning that they address both linear impacts and rotational force.

Fluid Inside recently teamed up with Fox Racing to design the V3 helmet, a motocross lid with Fluid Pods technology. We can hope the pods will make their way into other helmets—in case the MIPS purchasing the company isn’t a big enough hint.

While it is a known fact that once you’ve been in a crash and hit your head with a helmet, the lid needs to be replaced because the foam absorbed the energy of the impact but also lost its shape in the process, there is no say about whether the pods are “reusable”. We reached out to Fluid Inside to learn more about its technology and have yet to hear back. Should the liquid-filled pods retain their shape and energy-absorbing properties even after an impact, this means that future motorcycle helmets could be reused instead of being discarded. This could open a door to the creation of helmets that are not only safer but also more resilient.

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Do We Need More Reasons to Ride? It’s Fun and Who Doesn’t Need Fun?

We love our motorcycles but sometimes it’s hard to describe why. Apart from “it’s fun” why do we do it? AMERiders gives you a few more reasons why riding a motorcycle is good for your constitution. It’ll make you feel alive like nothing else, that is for sure. Also, if you think you have heard us talk about riding is good for you we have done at least two posts about it.

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Cold

Unless you’re a regular Arctic explorer, or you take the T into Boston and then walk more than ten blocks from South Station in late January on the regular (kind of the same thing) you’ll never experience cold; that is, real, true, bone-chilling cold that gets right into your soul, like you will on a motorcycle. Sure, most of our rides are well-planned and on warm days. Sometimes, we’re caught unprepared or the weather takes an unexpected turn and there we are, on the road with that wind piercing us and chilling us right through to our very spine.

Ever see your turn coming up, knowing you’ve got to pull in the bike’s clutch but just not being able to move your hand off the grip, you’re so cold? That’s an adventure. When you still haven’t warmed back up two days later you’ll know you’re a real motorcyclist.

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Bugs

You’re probably getting plenty of protein in your diet. Most Americans do. But have you considered the environmental impact of meat? That’s where bugs will help you get “greener.” You can ride motorcycles and eat bugs and be only vaguely aware of exactly what kind of bug it is that you’ve just eaten. Usually, you’ll only know if it was soft or crunchy. You’ve certainly never experienced quite that flavor profile before. Sometimes the bugs are helpful enough to get into gaps in your riding gear you didn’t know you had, and sting you a few times just to make sure you don’t forget to secure that zipper next time. Fun! Again we find more reasons to ride a motorcycle.

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Smells

For sure you’ve ridden past some flowering bushes and caught a whiff of that gloriousness, but you haven’t really lived until you’re in Pennsylvania in October riding past miles and miles (and miles) of farmland that has just had pig shit, I mean biosolids, spread all over it. That’s the real motorcycling experience. Circle of life, you know? You’d swear that poop gets permanently installed deep in your sinuses because even when you’re past it, you can still smell it. Days later, you can still smell it. Years later, the memories haunt you… Again we find more reasons to ride a motorcycle.

Road Kill

Nothing gets you up close and personal with, um, the bare facts of biology like stopping at a red light and putting your foot down into an opossum that someone else has recently inverted. Truly, high school biology class has only lightly prepared you for the stark reality of a spread of day-old intestines all up close and personal. If the red light is a long one, you can also experience the joys of the carrion flies and marvel at the way nothing is wasted in nature. There’s no better way to get right up onto the realities of existence.

People

Let’s face it, motorcycles are a social lubricant. People just want to talk to you when you’re out for a ride, especially if you’re far from home. You can be at a completely deserted gas station and someone will inevitably find you to ask intelligent and poignant questions like “did you ride that thing all the way here?” and “how do you hold that thing up, isn’t it heavy?” and the classic “is that bike yours?” There’s really nothing like getting out into the non-riding public for a reminder about just how smart most of the population of the planet is. I bet you’ve already run into so many people who used to ride, or whose uncle had his leg chopped off by one o’ them things! Again we find more reasons to ride a motorcycle.

Economy

Oh, dear reader, you’re gonna save so much money. First, you’ll need to buy a motorcycle, but if you live in the snow belt, well, no, you can’t replace your car with it. But it will get better gas mileage than your car! But only if you ride a smallish, economic bike, and your car isn’t a hybrid. You’re not done yet though, because you’re going to want to buy a helmet and a riding jacket and some decent boots and probably some riding pants because you’re going to get caught in the cold or the rain some time, and after taking a good, long look at that road kill you’re having a very Zen moment of self-realization about your riding gear. And then that other jacket is on sale and it might be a little better than the one you already have, and that helmet with the new graphics you love just came out. Also, whoever only has one pair of gloves? And you’re going to need luggage, and a better windshield, and maybe some hand guards. You’ve got to get a set of frame sliders, too, because really those will save you money in the long run. That carbon fiber hugger will look really good on your bike too…

Adrenaline

When was the last time you had a proper adrenaline shot? If you like amusement park rides–not the dull ones but the ones where you’re pretty sure you’re going to die you’re going to love motorcycling. It’s like a roller coaster that you get to steer. Except, there’s no track and you’re sharing your ride with oblivious commuters every day! What could be more fun? Every once in a while, and that’s the fun part: you won’t know when; someone will completely ignore the fact of your existence and the laws of physics, all at once. Boy, that hit of adrenaline that shows up after you’ve navigated out of there (and perhaps given that driver some good life advice) sure is a rush, isn’t it? Then the shakes kick in! Woo!

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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Off-Road Motorcycle Riding Can Be Good for You as Well

We already have the scientific proof that riding is good for us. The proof is in the numbers and now more than ever, mental health is an important key to a healthy, balanced lifestyle. The Harley-Davidson-funded study didn’t break down the data into types of riding—of course, as Harley goes, the references to the riding were mainly road-oriented. In a less scientific and let’s say more holistic approach, an author discusses how to find balance in different aspects of your life. Someone took his advice and listed how off-roading checks off all the boxes. Hey, any documentation that says that riding is good for our health, we at AMERiders can get behind. So if this shows Off-Road Motorcycle Riding Can Be Good for You as Well we’ll give it a thumbs up.

Author Samir Becic is a bit of a fitness and health guru. He published a book entitled “ReSYNC Your Life” that details 28-day steps to help the reader find physical and spiritual balance. You may or may not agree/be interested with what the guy has to say; that’s not why we’re here. What’s really cool is how the people at Indochina Travel Blog have taken the principles promoted by Becic and used them to illustrate how off-roading actually meets all these “find your inner balance” criteria. Wind therapy indeed!

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Just like regular, street riding, off-roading increases the rider’s heart rate, which is comparable to a low strain workout and helps strengthen the heart and develop endurance—obviously not at the rate jogging does, but enough to have a positive impact. Depending on the type of surface you are facing, the ride also helps strengthen muscles—the more rugged the terrain, the harder the workout. Hill climb, jumps, or obstacle crawl? Even better!

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Another benefit that street riders don’t reap as much as off-road riders is a balance. As you make your way through a rough landscape, some spots require you work on your balance to overcome the obstacles, again working those muscles but also engaging the brain. Road riding has already proven to help increase cognitive functions, adrenaline levels, and overall focus. These functions and health benefits are boosted on steroids by the fact that you are riding over a much more challenging surface that requires additional analysis and concentration.

According to Indochina Travel Blog but maybe a little more debatable is the promotion of a good posture. Of course, motocross and adventure motorcycles force the rider into a straighter stance. Plus, posture does play a role in balance but whether it promotes better posture in everyday life remains to be seen. That being said, a few hours of good posture is better than none at all!

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Finally, riding off-road gets you outside. You know how people complain about being inside all the time nowadays. I mean, with all the technology we enjoy today, there’s very little that requires us to step out—we can even get groceries delivered to our door. Off-roading can’t be done inside so this is the occasion to get a bowl (or a tank) of fresh air and enjoy a moment of communion with nature, especially considering off-roading is usually done in remote places, in the woods, and on countryside dirt roads. So, have you gone for a ride yet? I don’t think you need more excuses to go now.

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~Live Free Ride Hard~

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Why Do Motorcycle Riders and Vehicle Drivers Hate Each Other so Much?

We’re all in the same boat anyway! It all started with this video. This clever and funny campaign promotes motorcycle safety and reminds drivers to be aware of motorcyclists on the road. Nothing inherently wrong with that, right? As a rider, I found the message important; as a human being, I found the Ryan Reynolds references hilarious. AMERiders goes into Motorcycle Riders Vehicle Drivers Hate Each Other.

Then, I started reading the comments users had left about the video on YouTube and Facebook and was flabbergasted. An open war of words between drivers dissing the message and blaming riders for their obnoxious behavior and motorcyclists dissing drivers in return for being killing machines. Nothing I haven’t seen before, but it prompted the question: why?

Every road user whines about the other, that’s nothing new. Drivers complain about cyclists, motorcyclists complain about drivers, everyone complains about pedestrians and pedestrians do whatever they like… We’re like a bunch of kids in kindergarten having to share toys.

However, reading drivers’ comments calling out motorcyclists and telling them that their safety is their own goddamn business and that they should be more careful makes me cringe. Dismissing the fact that drivers do represent a potential hazard for motorcyclists is like denying the Earth is spinning, and that’s an issue mainly because it removes the concept of responsibility from the equation. In a car versus motorcycle “battle”, the heavyweight wins.

Of course, I am aware that some riders act stupid, even entitled, and that some of their actions are what actually lead to their demise. There’s absolutely no denying that some riders are complete idiots and not every motorcycle crash involves a driver. Heck, I’ve had driver’s frustrations myself and have even cussed at motorcyclists I thought were making dumb decisions or taking pointless risks. There are some really bad riders out there.

Thing is, there are also really bad drivers. Just like there are really good drivers and really good riders. I can’t help but wonder how is a handful of dumb-dumbs on two wheels any worst than a handful of them on four wheels? Why are motorcyclists less deserving of acknowledgment because of a few loose cannons? Somehow, because motorcycles tend to stand out from the crowd, it seems like people associate them with bad habits and decisions. There’s no clear explanation of why, but the way I see it, it likely all stems from a lack of understanding, and that stems a bit of hate right there.

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I strongly believe that basic motorcycle training should be part of every new driver’s training program. Not because people should be forced to ride, but because from my own personal experience, I’ve learned even more about road safety from being on a bike. It might also cut down on the hate bikers have for vehicle drivers as well as vice versa.

Look where you want to go, keep your eyes up and look ahead, be aware of what the driver in front of you is doing, but also the drivers in front of him—this is precious advice that’s not only useful on two wheels but also on four. I don’t remember my driving instructor ever encouraging me to “look where I want to go”—I picked that up from my motorcycle lessons and it’s an incredibly useful habit to have.

I believe that riding has helped me fine-tune certain aspects of my driving skills and that I’ve become a better driver thanks to it. From my personal experience, I find a correlation between motorcycle riding and better awareness on the road. I’m not saying that drivers who have never been on a motorcycle are bad or that everyone who’s been on a bike is an impeccable driver—I just find that people who ride motorcycles consistently have good driving habits.

Putting new drivers in a saddle even just for an hour can help bring a new perspective and a better understanding of the reality of riding. It can also help drivers see beyond their own little bubble, get over the whole “they’re allowed to do things we’re not” discussion and understand that some of these maneuvers help increase safety. 

Ultimately, we’re all stuck in the same boat: we all have to share the road whether we like it or not. If motorcycles circulating between rows of cars are safer, what’s so wrong about it? On the other hand, riders aren’t entitled to anything—riding is a privilege, not a right. So how about we all look out for each other instead of going about this whole thing with an “every man for himself” mentality?

Drivers, we riders aren’t trying to piss you off. We are just trying to get where we need to be and do it alive. Riders, car drivers aren’t out to kill you. They’re just trying to get where they need to be alive.

See any resemblance? There really is no hate there.

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