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The 2016 Annual Sturgis Rally Is Under Way and It Is a Blast!

With the 2016 Annual Sturgis Rally, underway everyone that is attending is having a blast. AMERiders is bringing a bit of the fun right to you so you can see what you’re missing. From The Mayor’s Ride  to Rockin’ at the Full Throttle Saloon  to one of the many bands they will have there, there is always something to see and do.

2016 Annual Sturgis Rally
Main Street sure is busy!

Seems like everyone and their mother, sister, brother, father etc. has shown up for this year’s rally. If you take a look at the Sturgis website you can even feel like your there as they have some webcam footage up at several of the high points of the rally. Sturgis even has a Facebook Page  with up to date information going on to keep you informed as well.

So what are some things that have happened since the rally started 2 days ago? Well, that is a lot to tell, People fell in love and got married, Famous people showed up and got their pictures taken, and much more did we mention that someone got married?

Wedding bells are ringing!
2016 Annual Sturgis Rally
Congrats to Reggie and Dawn

That is just what happened Reggie and Dawn got married by Mayor Mark Carstensen at Harley-Davidson Rally Point on Yesterday. If you are in the area during the rally and want to get married If you’re interested in getting married by Mark at the head to Rally Point and talk to the Harley representatives.

Wait, was that who I thought it was?
2016 Annual Sturgis Rally
Actor and producer Jun Hu and a crowd

Oh yeah, we also mentioned someone famous showed up! Actor and producer Jun Hu who is known for Red Cliff (2008), Bodyguards and Assassins (2009) and Red Cliff II (2009). Got his picture taken with some happy rally people and representatives. He is also referred to as Hu Jun in Mandarin and Wu Kwan in Cantonese.

Jesse Rooke & Rooke Customs Presents Breakfast With A Builder
2016 Annual Sturgis Rally
Jesse Rooke and Breakfast with a Builder

In July of 2002, Jesse Rookee burst onto the custom bike scene with a vengeance. With his first bike, Dinah, Jesse established himself as a creative thinker who didn’t feel constrained by “the way it’s always been done”. Dinah would go on to an undefeated show record and would be featured in countless magazines and numerous television shows. This year at the 2016 Annual Sturgis Rally ,at 1544 Lazelle street where starting Monday Jesse will host “Breakfast With a Builder”. A laid back session two-hour session from 8-10 with several world renown builders. That isn’t all either, there will be something all week with Jesse. Here is the schedule.

Monday – 8-10 a.m. Sturgis Welcome Breakfast with Jesse Rooke and Friends

Tuesday – 8-10 a.m. Custom Bikes on display during the day.
“If You Got It Show It Parade” – Registration 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. VIP Village 1544 Lazelle Street. Parade Starts at 8:00 p.m. and will travel down and back up Legendary Main Street in Sturgis. This will be a great chance for custom builders and bikers to strut their stuff and media as well as visitors to see some of some of the world’s best-looking bikes.

Wednesday – Aaron Guardado – Suicide Machine along with Rock Star Energy Drink

Thursday – Zack Ness representing Arlen Ness Motorcycles

Friday – Dixxon Flannel Co. Blowout Party 8 a.m.-till closing.

We always warn to be careful when riding!
2016 Annual Sturgis Rally
watch for wildlife

AMERiders always warns to be careful when you are riding, and at the 2016 Annual Sturgis Rally, it proves to be more so.  According to a news site, “This year’s Sturgis Rally recorded its first death Tuesday afternoon. At this time last year, nine motorcyclists had died in crashes. Bike versus wildlife crashes is a dangerous trend this year, causing injuries from minor to serious but not life-threatening.Tuesday alone, three bikers hit deer in different incidents. A deer was also the cause of bike crash Monday. It isn’t just deer bikers have to avoid. A biker from New Mexico hit a sheep Tuesday when a flock wandered onto U.S. Highway 212 near Nisland,SD.”

So please pay more careful attention while riding if you are at Sturgis, and at any other bike rallies like this that you may attend.

Last but certainly not least if you would like to possibly win some collectibles from this year’s rally or even a trip to next year’s rally Sturgis has a link here for you to click and enter. We wish you luck.

And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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Let AMERiders be your source of information on the 2016 Annual Sturgis Rally.

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

5 – Extra tarp

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9 – REI/Helinox camp chairs
Moto-Camping Trip
Helinox Chair One Camp Chair packs down small

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

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

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

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

And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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

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Biker Safety Tip 7: How to Fight Fatigue

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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~AMERiders

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

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

The Most Crucial Pieces of Motorcycle Armor

How safe are you on your motorcycle?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

 

 

 

 

~AMERiders

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

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

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The Great Debate Leather vs Textile! Which is better?

There has been a great debate going around for 30 plus years now on the topic of Leather vs Textile and which is better to wear while riding your motorcycle. AMERiders takes an in-depth look at the two materials to help you make your decision. Used to be, leather outperformed textile by a very wide margin in most all categories tested. Today, however, that isn’t the case. With all the new advances in the quality and construction of various textile fabrics, textile gear now has many qualities not only as good as, but in some cases far superior to, leather gear.

Leather vs Textile which are you?
Leather Gear

A well-manufactured textile jacket will often be superior to a low-end leather one, on the other hand, a high-end leather jacket will more often than not be superior to a low-end textile jacket. Whether you decide on leather or textiles isn’t really the question anymore. Instead, you need to know the difference between various grades of leather jackets, and between various grades of textile jackets. This is important to know when choosing your side of the fence with the Leather vs Textile debate.

Starting off with leather gear.
Leather vs Textile what is your choice?
Men’s Scooter Jacket With Zip-out Lining

Quality leather products begin with the leather itself. High-quality products are made from large pieces of leather that are graded for blemishes, thickness and uniformity of grain. Virtually all leather has blemishes. To what degree and quantity of blemishes help to determine what type of product it will be used for and for how much.

Most deer and elk hides are called “naked leather”  and are not treated with any sealant product which smooths and hides blemishes. Hence, products made with naked leather are much more supple and expensive as well.  “Protected hides” are leathers that have combined the best facets of natural leather, yet utilizing tannery technology to create a product that is more consistent in appearance. They are also sealed to prevent staining from water and other liquids, so products made with protected hides have easier maintenance than others.

It is also important when buying leather to know what quality you are buying. However, the grading system used for this purpose is very misleading, such as… 

“Top Grain Leather”

The most confusing term used in the industry is “top grain.” It is a total contradiction in terms, because it implies exactly what it is not. “Top grain” is the term that is used when the grain is not genuine! This is when the real grain was sanded away to remove or hide imperfections, and an imitation grain was stamped into the leather.

“Full Grain Leather”

Just as the grain, texture and markings of wood should reveal the nature of the tree from which it came, leather should display the natural markings and grain characteristics of the animal from which it was taken. The best leathers are clear, clean, and supple.

Leather vs Textile which will you choose
It is important to know the difference between good and bad leather gear

So when buying leather ensure that you check the type of grain if it  is called “full grain” or “full top grain,” then it is true leather. However, if it says simply “top grain,” this is actually an inferior product don’t be fooled by inferior products.  It is difficult to judge leather by a photo, as it really helps if you can feel it. However, just looking at a jacket you can tell that superior jackets grain and coloring are uniform throughout, and that the material is supple, as it easily folds and drapes. It would probably feel soft, and almost sensual to the touch. In which, an inferior jacket has varying grains and colors from section to section, possible lousy and mismatched dye job and will feel stiff as a board.

Looking at and going over each of these points can help you choose your side of the fence with the Leather vs Textile debate, or maybe you want to have one of both types of gear.

Now we will move on to textile gear.
Leather vs Textile which will you choose?
Textile Gear

Nowadays, there are multiple synthetic materials used in constructing motorcycle gear. Here is a short list of some common materials and some of the terminology associated with them, with definitions of each this is not a complete list there is lots more.

Breathability: Humans control their body warmth by perspiring and thus preventing their bodies from overheating. When you’re riding, it is necessary to transport at least two pints of perspiration (water vapor) through your clothes every hour.

CE Armor: “CE” is a European system of grading motorcycle protective armor that encompasses both energy absorption capability as well as pad shape and size. The armor or pads are designed to offer added protection to a rider going down with a motorcycle, particularly when sliding or facing lesser impacts. CE armor is made of hard foam pieces encapsulated in softer foam that compresses on impact. If your jacket has body armor in it (and it really should), insist on CE-approved armor.

Gore-Tex: Is a thin, lightweight membrane mounted between the face fabric and the lining that is waterproof, windproof and breathable. Gore-Tex was the original membrane of this type, and it totally revolutionized the motorcycle gear market with its use in jackets, suits, pants, gloves, boots, etc.

PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride): Nylon alone is not waterproof. In rain suit and waterproof garment descriptions, you will notice the acronym PVC. This is a rubberized coating that is laminated to the nylon to make it waterproof.

In conclusion
Leather vs Textile what is your choice?
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We probably have you pretty well confused by now and wondering, “How in the H. E. double hockey sticks do I choose good textile riding gear or leather riding gear?” The best we can tell you is to look for a reputable manufacturer that uses a practical combination of the above items. Still, there are other manufacturers that make very good textile and leather jackets or suits that don’t cost an arm and a leg to purchase. Just look for the materials suggested in this article, and pay attention to how it is constructed as well.

Think you’ve made your choice on the debate of Leather vs Textile? You can find the reasonable prices and great styled jackets with us. Going with textile? Check out our great selection of textile motorcycle jackets for men or women. Or have you Decided on classic leather? Shop the highest quality leather motorcycle jackets for men or women at the best prices on the web with AMERiders.

In the end, what matters is your comfort and protection, ensuring that you have both is important when you ride. We hope we have helped you to make your decision on the Leather vs Textile debate.

And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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~AMERiders

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When you are trying to decide between Leather vs Textile, let AMERiders help you out.

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Riding in Gravel How to Safely Do It on Your Street Motorcycle

Tips for riding when your traction is reduced!

We all face riding in gravel on our street motorcycle at one point or another in the history of riding our bikes, AMERiders offers our brothers and sisters these tips to ride safely in reduced traction areas. Roads that are not paved, and under construction are some of the most likely places you will find loose rocks, dirt as well as sand. Gravel happens, and although we street bike riders often choose to not ride in gravel there are times when it is unavoidable.

Seasoned riders understant that riding in gravel can be unavoidable at times. Learning to ride on reduced traction surfaces is important.
Riding in gravel can be unavoidable at times

Riding in gravel and making it safely to your destination is important. (Rider tip: when making reservations, it is important to always ask if there is any gravel on which you must travel to get there.) Regardless of whether it is gravel, dirt, sand, grass, or any slick surface, the same rules apply. Minimizing the motorcycle’s lean and abstaining from any sudden input such as braking, accelerating, or swerving is crucial.

Tip: Minimize the motorcycle’s lean and abstain from any sudden input such as braking, accelerating, or swerving when riding in gravel or reduced traction areas.
There are many types of conditions you will come across when Riding gravel, hard Packed gravel is best and loose sand is the worst.
There are many types of riding conditions you may face.

When traction is lost the tire loses its grip on the road, it is easy to lose control of the bike. However, it is important to remember to keep a cool head and not freak out as you might want to do. When the bike is already in motion and a patch of gravel appears, there’s no need to panic. Gradually slow down, while keeping up momentum, as well as keeping slight pressure applied to both brakes. Motorcycle tires can slide easily on light gravel, so breaking too hard or too fast you will more than likely skid, lose control and possibly drop the bike.

Riding in Gravel like this can be deceiving. It’s mostly packed dirt and sand.
Terrain like this can be deceiving. It’s mostly packed dirt and sand.

If the road ahead promises miles of gravel, you can either turn around and take another route or utilize these techniques to continue your ride. Doing so can help you get to the other side without incident and injury.

Physically:
  • Keep your body relaxed, and steer the bike without fighting against it.
  • Use a gradual throttle roll-on to accelerate and maintain a slow constant speed. Try not to stop. But if you have to, start by using very light, gradual acceleration, so your tires don’t spin out.
  • Keep the motorcycle as straight up as possible, this minimizes lean, which may mean turning wide and using more of the road than usual.
  • Keep plenty of distance between you and other vehicles to allow yourself a lot of extra room to gradually slow down to a stop.
  • Remember the rule that you go where you’re looking, so avoid looking down.
  • Stay focused whole riding on gravel, but continually scanning, checking the road surface conditions so you’re aware of any big rocks or potholes to avoid.
  • Breathe slowly with controlled breaths to keep your body calm so you don’t tense up.
When Riding in Gravel Be confident in yourself and your motorcycle and you'll be fine.
Be confident in yourself and your motorcycle and you’ll be fine.
Mentally:
  • Tell yourself you can and will get through this.
  • Listen to your inner voice. If you’re feeling confident then go for it, if not then don’t.
  • Don’t think negative thoughts like how bad it is to ride through gravel or that you will fall.

Using these tips can help you get through the most daunting gravel, dirt, sand, grass, or other slick surfaces while you ride. But above all when riding in gravel be confident in yourself and your bike and you’ll be fine. Also always remember when riding in gravel or any other reduced traction surface to wear a great pair of gloves, as well as boots with great traction.

And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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~AMERiders

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AMERiders offers our brothers and sisters these tips to ride on gravel safely as well as any other road surface.

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Keep Cool While You Ride in Hot Weather with These Tips!

Most motorcycle enthusiasts will ride year round especially the ones that consider themselves hardcore biker and even some of the ones that just love to ride no matter what the weather is. Keeping cool while you ride in hot weather is extremely important to your health and wellbeing, which is why we at AMERiders want to give you these tips for staying cool while riding in hot weather. Following these simple tips will help you not to feel like you and your bike are going to burst into flames like the Ghost Rider on a hot summers day.

Feeling like the Ghost Rider in Hot Weather
Nickolas Cage as Ghost Rider

We all know that riding in the blazing heat can be excruciating at times and if you don’t stay properly hydrated then heatstroke and dehydration can occur. But why do we feel so much hotter when riding, of course, we have a big engine propped right underneath us with little to no buffer between us and it. Couple that with the burning sun and you have a big heat bubble going on. However, there is more science going on than just that big heat bubble going on. Thus, you may feel as I said before like you and your bike are going to burst into flames like the Ghost Rider.

Sweating cools you off in Hot Weather
Sweating cools the body

Sweat, what is that all about? Your body has to find a way to regulate the heat and it does so by sweating. As it is released from the body landing on your skin it evaporates thus cooling your body. Evaporation is the main method that sweat uses to cool the body. It works on the principle of “latent heat of vaporization.” Latent heat is the amount of heat absorbed or released when a substance, like water, changes state, such as from liquid to vapor. Thus, as it vaporizes, it pulls heat out of the body, cooling you down.

Light Textile Jacket for Hot weather
Men’s Green And Black Mesh And Nylon Motorcycle Jacket

Warm weather riding gear is important especially if you ride with full protective gear, or ATGATT (all the gear all the time), which is always the best option for safety. Warm weather riding gear is made specifically for riding in warmer weather as it has vents to help you stay cooler. However, no matter how much venting it has when you stop at a red light and are idling in traffic you will begin to sweat no matter what, but once you are moving again that sweat will turn cool and you will be thankful for it. A Light Jacket made from a textile material with venting is great for riding just like the one to the left that we sell at AMERiders.

Balancing Body Heat in Hot Weather
Balancing Body Heat

The reason behind this is simple it is a process called convection. Convection is the transfer of energy by means of moving air that surrounds the body. When the air and the skin are at different temperatures, heat transfer occurs from the place of higher temperature toward the place of lower temperature. This means that when heat is removed from the body during sweating it warms the around it, the wind pulls this air away replacing it with cooler air. this is commonly known as wind chill. When the air temperature is higher than the skin temperature, you will see the opposite effect a sort of reverse wind chill. Traveling at high speeds in high heat, the amount of heat entering the body through convection drastically increases. You might think that wearing more clothes in such heat would be a bad idea, however, the opposite is true. The amount of heat that has to be lost through evaporation, or sweat, also must increase.

Wetting down can help in Hot Weather
wetting down can help

When wearing any type of wind breaking material the amount of heat inflicted on the body through convection is dramatically reduced. Thus reducing the amount of heat that your body must lose through evaporation (sweating). See The image above of Balancing body heat to see three scenarios of sweating at high temperatures (103°F).

So for your Tips to keeping cool wear a long-sleeved, and if possible an item that is made from a moisture-wicking material. The moisture-wicking material draws sweat away from the body to be evaporated through the shirt, aiding the cooling process. Conventional materials can simply trap sweat next to the skin, will limit evaporation. The key is airflow. If there is no air movement over the material, then the shirt will become over-saturated, and sweat will not evaporate.

Drink Plenty of water in Hot Weather
Drink Plenty of water

Wetting down can drastically help when the reverse wind chill has kicked in, Some techniques for wetting down include neck bandannas (particularly those with water-absorbing crystals), wetting down a regular cotton t-shirt, or even pouring water directly into your helmet, or over your head.

Ensure that you are always drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated when riding in hot weather. As covered in the above graphic (balancing body heat), the difference between covering up or not is about 20 oz./hour and 40 oz./hour, respectively. Ensure you either wear a camel-back-type water bag or carry extra cooled water bottles in your pack. Caffeine and alcohol are diuretics, which cause you to urinate and lose more water. When it’s hot, steer clear of sugary drinks, caffeine, and alcohol. Also, never drink alcohol directly before or during your ride.

Watch out for tar snakes in hot weather
Watch out for tar snakes

One last tip: Tar snakes are a hazard for both motorized and pedaled two-wheeled vehicles and their riders. Many states use a tar-like material to fill in cracks on the roads; these can become quite slippery when it’s hot. Avoid them if possible. Treat them the same as railroad tracks by crossing them at 90 degrees and in an upright position.

Keep calm in hot weather
Keep calm in hot weather

Riding in really hot weather is not bad when you’re prepared for it, ensuring you are hydrated, your skin is covered and you avoid hazards are key and you will have a great ride. Hot weather usually means lots of sun exposure, so investing in some good sunglasses or a darkened visor can help to prevent headaches caused by sun glare. Most importantly and we can’t stress this enough don’t forget to put sunblock on the back of your neck where your riding gear leaves the skin exposed.

Remember above all else to reduce the effects of convection, through covering up and wetting down, and this will reduce the amount of heat that your body must deal with through evaporation. Covering up in the heat will keep you cool although it may not seem like it to your brain, your body will thank you later.

Don’t forget that June 20, 2016, is National Ride to Work Day hop on your bike and rid into work proudly. 

And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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~AMERiders

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Let AMERiders be your stop for tips and information on riding in hot weather.

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Haven’t Learned How to Ride Yet? 2016 Is Your Year to Learn!

AMERiders understands if you Haven’t Learned to Ride a Motorcycle Yet? So why not make 2016 the Year You Do and find out what true freedom feels like! If you have never ridden on a motorcycle, even as a passenger then the comprehension of someone telling you it feels like true freedom can’t be fully understood. It’s time to stop the talking about it, you have said for years you were going to learn and this year it is time to do it.

Learned to Ride a MotorcycleGo get your permit from the DMV and go to your local recognized training provider, Harley-Davidson has courses for new riders to help get them certified. Taking a safety course is important because it will help you get cheaper rates on your insurance, and give you well-rounded knowledge on how to handle yourself on the roads. Another reason is that these classes will help you to meet other riders in your area so you don’t have to ride alone. Often these classes can help you obtain the license if it is held by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation itself.

Learned to Ride a MotorcycleWhat are some other reasons to learn how to ride? A motorcycle makes you look cool to the ladies and sexy to the guys. While riding a motorcycle the stress just melts away and your worries and cares do too. When you commute it makes it more fun and they are even greener than cars are.

Motorcycles can even help to improve your health believe it or not, as a man that weighs 180 lbs will burn 40 more calories and hour riding a motorcycle than driving a car.  Still giving excuses as to why you Haven’t Learned to Ride a Motorcycle Yet? Well chew on this, you will meet the nicest people on motorcycles, riding down the interstate and highways on a motorcycle and passing other riders you will see waves or nods or extended feet when you pass them almost consistently. You may not know them from Adam’s housecat but they are going to extend a greeting of some sort, and if you are broke down on your motorcycle, you may have one of them stop to help you.

Learned to Ride a MotorcycleThe connection to the world around you is what is amazing and nothing can beat it, there is not a way to describe it. I once heard someone say once that you’re no longer looking at shadows, but seeing the true objects of the world, experiencing them with all your senses. This is so true, so if you Haven’t Learned to Ride a Motorcycle Yet, make 2016 the Year You Do and find out what true freedom feels like!

 

And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

Learned to Ride a Motorcycle

 

 

 

 

~AMERiders

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AMERiders wants you to get out there and learn to ride if you Haven’t Learned to Ride a Motorcycle Yet.

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Share the Road and Be Aware of Everyone and Everything!

Since May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month there is an appeal by several organizations including the AMA, to share the road with each other and to be extra aware of everyone and everything around them, and we at AMERiders want to encourage this as well. Making yourself more visible to other drivers is important so that they not only see you but notice you as well (and yes, these are two different things).

AMERiders wanted to put this blog post out not only to our brothers and sisters but to our friendly drivers that follow us as well. It is important for EVERYONE to look out for each other as what some drivers may not realize is what can be a small crash to them can be life threatening to a motorcyclist. It is very dangerous for a motorcyclist to not pay attention to their surroundings as oil, pedestrians, and even a stray animal can be fatal to them. So please pay careful attention when riding and driving and share the road.

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Can you see the rider

During the winter months, drivers don’t see motorcycles as much as they do during spring and summer months, and without seeing us on a daily basis, it is easy for drivers to forget about those of us on two wheels motorized or not.

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Watch your mirrors

It is important to check mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes and, especially, to watch for motorcyclists, bike riders, and even pedestrians. As they are not as easy to see as other larger vehicles are. As AMA president and CEO Rob Dingman, states “The warmer weather in May brings out the riders who have been unable to ride all winter, so it presents an excellent opportunity for us to educate the non-riding public about the safety issues that affect motorcyclists every time we roll out of our driveways or onto a trail.”   

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Remember to Share the road

Drivers can avoid a crash with a motorcycle by and looking twice to spot motorcycles in traffic, and even more carefully at intersections, respecting a motorcyclists’ riding space by not following too closely, Which should not be done with any vehicle anyway. Not all bikers are bad drivers which some drivers have a preconceived notion about, we don’t all race and go in between traffic and weave around, in reality, a lot of us are safe motorcycle riders.

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Share the road with everyone

Even though May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month it is important to share the road with everyone, and everything that does not have 4 or more wheels to it. It is crucial to pay attention to everything and everyone around us so as to ensure that there are no accidents or fatalities. So remember to share the road with everyone and everything that has less than 4 wheels, 2 or even 4 legs. We want everyone and everything to be safe.

And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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~AMERiders

AMERiders encourages all riders and drivers to share the road and be aware!

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.

Riding in the Rain? We have Tips on Staying Dry with Biker Rain Gear!

If you are Riding in the Rain, it sucks to be wet and uncomfortable. Stay Dry and comfortable with AMERiders Biker Rain Gearplus we have a few extra tips to help as well. Let’s face it if you are not riding in the rain you are not really riding, as most bikers will ride in any type of weather. Rain or Shine they love to ride and so do we.

Biker Rain Gear
Women’s 11″ Comfort Biker Boot Black

So let’s start off by saying that wet and cold weather are always going to be a part of motorcycle riding and it is up to us to stay dry and warm in inclement weather. Luckily with the great technology that comes with clothing and footwear manufacturing, there are plenty of waterproof options to help keep you dry during those cloudy or chilly days in the saddle. For those of us that have ever ridden in the rain with chaps, we all know where that rain goes and that is no fun.

Biker Rain Gear
Motorcycle Rain Boot Covers With Rubber Outer Sole RainGuard Legs

Boots come in all shapes, sizes and styles but we like to give boots that are waterproof top billing as they come in handy when riding. You never know when you will need a boot to keep your feet dry, and warm as well. Even if the rain has stopped the road is still wet and there are puddles and water standing everywhere. Even if you have found that perfect set of boots and they are not waterproof find a great pair of waterproof rain covers for your boots like these Motorcycle Rain Boot Covers With Rubber Outer Sole RainGuard Legs   they not only will help to keep your feet dry and warm but they have soles for good traction as well.

Biker Rain Gear
2 Piece Rain Suit Gear

Riding Pants and Jackets can either be waterproof or water resistant, and can be bought separately or together. Our 2 Piece Rain Suit Gear not only is waterproof and windproof, it is made from a breathable fabric and has pockets as well. Two-piece rain suits give the advantage to let you be prepared for many situations. If the roads are wet and it is not raining any longer, then just pants may be the only part of your suit needed. Ensure when looking for a 2-piece suit that they can attach or seal off to prevent water, moisture or air seeping in between the jacket and the pants.

Biker Rain Gear
1 Piece Rain Suit

However, some riders prefer a 1 Piece Rain Suit when riding for maximum all over protection from the elements. These suits usually have Strategically placed venting and other rider-friendly features. A one-piece rain suit also offers the advantage of preventing the chance of air seeping into the jacket as well as full weather coverage.

Biker Rain Gear
Long Raincover Gauntlet Gloves

Another great addition to our Biker Rain Gear our hands are always in motion, braking, shifting, twisting the throttle, etc. They are always exposed, out in the open, getting pounded on by the rain. Ensuring that your hands stay dry and warm, is not an easy task, however, there are many choices of waterproof riding gloves available, so choose wisely. Our Long Raincover Gauntlet Gloves are a great example of a rain glove that you can use when riding.

Other tips are to ensure you have great tires for riding in the rain, watch for rainbows on the ground that is usually a clear sign of oil, give yourself more space than usual to stop, and for emergency maneuvers if necessary. There are many more great tips these are just our top few that we use when riding. We at AMERiders hope that this information on wearing Biker Rain Gear helps to keep you safe, warm and dry while riding.

And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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~AMERiders

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Let AMERiders help you stay comfortable and dry with Biker Rain Gear.

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