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Preparing for That Awesome Spring Motorcycle Ride That Is Rounding the Corner

AMERiders are here to help you in Preparing for That Awesome Spring Motorcycle Ride that Is quickly Rounding the Corner and gaining on us. For some of you that may have already happened, as you may live in a warmer climate such as Florida like our Website manager does. As Spring rounds the corner it means one thing for bikers: time to hit the road with wheels burning! First things first before you take that first Spring Motorcycle Ride make sure your gear is ready. Don’t worry getting your gear ready for spring is not as difficult as you may think, however, it does take a bit of checking and searching.  Then you will be out in the wind having fun. Here are a few tips that AMERiders thinks will help get you ready.

Check your helmet!
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DOT Full Face Skull Pile Motorcycle Helmet

If your (lid, brain bucket, or whatever you call your helmet) is older than 5 years, replacing it is something you might want to consider doing. The Snell Foundation and most of the helmet manufacturers will tell you that glues, resins and other materials that are used in manufacturing a helmet can break down over time. Things like hair oils, body fluids, and cosmetics, as well as normal “wear and tear” can all be contributors to this breakdown. Plus, every five years there are great advances in materials, designs, production methods and the standards that go into making and manufacturing helmets.

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Polo Helmet Lady Rider Silver

You may have heard some of your brothers and sisters say….”I heard that if a helmet hits the ground, it should be replaced.” This old biker’s tale isn’t necessarily true, but it isn’t really false either and it can get expensive. If you dropped your helmet on the garage floor don’t break out your wallet yet. You don’t necessarily need to replace it. Look at the manufacturer’s specs. If it says to replace it, follow instructions.

However, a common practice with today’s helmet technology is that if it’s not visibly cracked after it’s been dropped, then you don’t need to replace it. The problem with that is that is that you can’t see what is on the inside. The best thing to do is to go to your nearest dealership that you trust and have them inspect it. What we mean by you trust, is that you trust to check it and not say oh you need a new one just cause they want the money to sell you a new one.

Gloves – the unsung hero of apparel.
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Long Leather Summer Motorcycle Glove

Your hands are just as important as you are, you know this as of you don’t have your hands you can’t ride the bike. Gloves are so much more than “something bikers wear to look the part.” In spring, finding the right motorcycle gloves to start your season are important. The type of glove is important whether Summer or winter gloves will depend on how chilly your Spring actually is in your area of the world.

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Stitched Eagle On Women’s Motorcycle Gloves

When Spring rolls around and the temp goes up, it may be time to consider summer gloves. And therein lies a different choice. Do you go fingerless gloves or Kevlar-filled safety gloves? Riding can be a challenge in blistering heat, under the hot melting sun. Wearing gloves during warm-weather riding is important for hand protection, and to keep cool and comfortable, choose the right gloves for the season.

Riding Pants or Chaps
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Women’s Leather Chaps With Pink Stripes

The battle lines are drawn. More often than not Americans will don chaps, however,  European and Japanese motorcycle fans seem to wear full riding pants. Is that the only difference? If you throw your leg over a Triumph cafe bike, do you have to only wear leather riding pants? Or if you’re on a Road King, is your only option chaps?

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Textile Motorcycle Pants

No, course it isn’t it’s your bike it is your choice in what you wear on your legs. When Spring hits, it may be a bit chilly so you’ll naturally have gear. But as the weather warms, you might be inclined to shed the layers. There’s no law against not wearing chaps or pants, but keeping safety and of course comfort in mind. Chaps and riding pants are definitely a safety choice when it comes to riding.

What about the Bike
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PVC Throw-over Motorcycle Saddlebag

You can’t forget your bike either is it geared up and ready to go for short or long rides? Some of us like to take those short rides but still, they may be longer than our usual run around town so we need to make sure that our Bike is geared up as well. Things like sissy bar bags, windshield bags, toolbar bags, and saddlebags are important things to help us get ready to ride.

Don’t forget though those long hauls we like to make which call for motorcycle luggage or if your just riding around town don’t forget you can use a backpack as well.

Last but certainly not least
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Women’s Biker Boot Black

Boots! Your feet are what help you hold the bike up. They need to have good soles and great tread and needs to at least be waterproof as well as come up over your ankles in case the bike does go over they help to keep your ankles from being totally crushed.

The Bottom Line

As spring blossoms, your gear will help keep you warm and safe. Be sure to prepare for changing climates as well as finding your personal style. AMERiders has plenty of all of the above available for you here. Questions that you do need to ask yourself before you set out on your ride. Do your gloves need to be replaced? How is the tread on your boots? How old is your helmet and how many times has it been dropped? Think about these things and more before you set out on your ride.

~And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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Let AMERiders help you get ready for your Spring Motorcycle Ride with our large selection of Motorcycle gear.

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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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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Selecting the Proper Women’s Motorcycle Riding Gear

Some women riders of the world in correlation to men worry more about how riding gear may look on them, although they all look for function some look not only for function but style as well. Ladies can feel overwhelmed with the amount of Women’s Motorcycle Riding Gear choices that are available to them nowadays, and selecting the proper riding gear for either men or women can be difficult. There are many companies that produce gear just for women as the fit for a woman is critical, not just for style but for performance as well.

Motorcycle Helmets are important
Ladies Blossom Helmet MC5

With ladies, the main thing to do when Selecting the Proper Women’s Motorcycle Riding Gear is to ensure that it is made by a well-known company. They gear may look cute but if the material is of sub-quality then it will not offer the protection required while riding.

You want to be covered from head-to-toe if at all possible because any skin exposed can be removed in a crash which can lead to infection. Make sure your helmet fits snuggly but not that it hurts your head, search for the best one and not for the graphic that looks good to you. Even if it is your dream helmet if it doesn’t fit properly it is not a good helmet and will not give you protection.

SOUTH_DAKOTA_47188When trying on a helmet shake your head from side to side, if the helmet slides around it is too big. Always wear your hair the way you’re going to wear it when wearing your helmet during helmet fittings. An article from tells how to properly measure your head for buying a helmet. Here is a snippet from it.

“Measuring for which motorcycle helmet size will fit is actually as simple as looking for a good hat. The difference is in how the helmet will fit over the rider’s head. The best tool for this is the soft vinyl or fiberglass seamstress or tailor’s tape measure. It is flexible enough to wrap around the rider’s skull and is marked in useful increments for determining an accurate size. Use it to find which size of helmet will suit you:

  • Wrap the measuring tape around the fullest part of the head – this will be just above the ears and about a half-inch above the eyebrows for most – and take the measurement at the forehead. To get the most accurate measure, have a friend help with this step.
  • Take the number found above and go to the size chart for the motorcycle helmet being viewed and find the helmet size which includes this dimension in its sizing information. Each manufacturer has sizing which is specific to its own models, so only rely on the size chart produced for the motorcycle helmet being considered.

LJ238-11Once measuring has been accomplished, and the size charts scanned for the appropriate motorcycle helmet size to be purchased, the next part is ensuring that the helmet lives up to its shape and size designations. There is always some variance, even between different models from the same manufacturer, in how a motorcycle helmet actually fits on the rider’s head. Thus, a fitting is often necessary.”

Also, remember that if you are wearing an open face or half helmet, etc. then you should wear protective eyewear such goggles or sunglasses to protect your eyes not only from the sun but from dust, the wind and other particles.

On to Jackets and pants/chaps the decision between leather or textile is up to the wearer ,however,  leather weighs more and isn’t waterproof, whereas textile is (made from a variety of durable and abrasion resistant materials) is lighter (sometimes bulkier) and water-resistant or even waterproof.

Women's Motorcycle Riding Gear
Women’s Leather Chaps With Pink Stripes

Quality Women’s Motorcycle Riding Gear is designed to fit comfortably while your riding on a bike. CE-Approved armor is a great thing to look for as it helps to absorb energy in a crash as well as protect impact points such as the elbows, shoulders, back, knees and hips. During warm weather/climates, venting should be important, but on the other side with cold weather/climates, the ability to layer is important as well.

The preference of textile over pants or chaps is what works for the wearer. When ordering online such as from us at AMERiders check sizing charts and get a tape measure to help you out.

Women's Motorcycle Riding Gear
Stitched Eagle On Women’s Motorcycle Gloves

Your hands are very important to protect (see our previous article here on hand protection) so protecting them with gloves is very important, because if your hands are injured you can’t ride your bike, write, type, or do other things with your hands that you love to do. You must depend on others to do it for you. Think of having to get help to unbutton your jeans to go to the little biker gals room… Wear your glove ladies… keep them protected.

Women's Motorcycle Riding Gear

Boots, like gloves and your helmet, are 1 of the other important parts of your gear. Even if you just drop your bike standing still you can injure an ankle if not wearing boots that will help protect you from injury. Boots can help to protect from burns, sprains, and other ankle injuries when a bike is dropped or in a crash, as well as provide traction for taking off and stops. (our boot selection is in limited stock so get yours here now before they are all gone.)

Let us leave you with this last parting thought choosing gear that fits correctly is important , you want it to fit so as it is not distracting while you ride, plus seeing a lady fidgeting with her gear while she rides is not lady-like and is also distracting to other riders… Plus it means your not paying attention to the road but to your clothing more.

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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Let AMERiders be your stop for all your Women’s Motorcycle Riding Gear

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.

And speaking of for all you CVMA brothers and sisters here is an event for you…

2nd Annual Friar Tuck Memorial Dice Run-

The ride starts at American Legion 402, 17680 Ashley Drive in Panama City Beach. Registration with breakfast is from 9:00 am to 11:00 am and the last motorcycles go out at 11:00 am. The ride fee is $15.00 for the rider and $5.00 for a passenger. Cash awards will be given for the high and low score. The event also includes a 50/50 drawing, raffles, music, bike games, food and more. For more information call (850) 381-4372