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Finding the Best Motorcycle Footwear for You!

AMERiders is committed to helping our customers find the best affordable motorcycle gear to keep you protected while riding! Which is why we want to give you information and tips on finding the Best Motorcycle Footwear for You!  Choosing the right pair of motorcycle boots is never easy, it is one of the hardest accessories to fit into your wardrobe, as they help to keep our feet warm/cool, dry as well as protected from injury while riding. Finding a boot that fits comfortably and has other needs that you may want is not as easy as it may sound. We have gathered a few tips to help you find the Best Motorcycle Footwear for you.

Best Motorcycle Footwear
Women’s Biker Boot Black

The first step in finding the Best Motorcycle Footwear is to decide on what you want from your boots. There are many requirements a rider can want from his/her boots below we have listed a few. In listing these we thought of our issues when riding and gathered these for you, of course, may have different issues and requirements this is just a helpful starting guideline. Finding that perfect pair of boots is difficult and when you do find them make sure you grab an extra pair. You never know when that manufacturer won’t make them anymore and when yours wear out you will have to start looking for another pair of perfect boots again.

  • Comfort
  • Correct Fit- no pinching or pressure points
  • Lightweight (you don’t want to feel like you have encased concrete on your feet when you pick up your foot)
  • Rubber Soles
  • Adjustable (Ties, Velcro, etc)
  • Waterproof (this is an important one)
  • Ventilation
  • Stylish (this is more for women than it is for men
  • Leather not Pleather .
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Men’s 13″ Harness Boot Black

Whether you’re a man or a woman choosing a pair of motorcycle boots is not easy, however, men may have it a bit easier since most are not as style conscious as some women are. Besides the requirements above it is also important to think about the rider’s height , and the type of motorcycle, he/she rides as well as they type of riding they do as well. All of this will help factor into a perfect pair of boots that will make you comfortable for many rides to come.

Best Motorcycle Footwear
Women’s 11″ Comfort Biker Boot Black

For those of us, that ride cruiser bikes, it may be practical to wear a more classic style boot, (ie a harness boot or other classic style) , however, if the rider frequently rides for long distances they may want to think about a waterproof boot, not just rain boot covers.  It is also a good idea to think about choosing a boot that has a steel toe as that can give extra protection to your feet, during a fall or accident.

Best Motorcycle Footwear
Women’s 11″ Fashion Harness Boot Black

Always make sure that your boots have soles that give the proper amount of grip for the riding that you are doing. Oil Resistant soles are important to have especially when riding on the street, as oil is a riders downfall (literally) when riding in wet conditions if their boots don’t have oil resistant soles.

You also want to make sure that your footwear not only fits you but fits your bike. You want to make sure that the toe is not too thick where you can’t put your foot in between the foot control and gear shifter, or that your heel is too thick or big as it may make it harder for you to move your foot where it needs to be quickly.

Best Motorcycle Footwear
Men’s 13″ Engineer Boot Black

Finding the Best Motorcycle Footwear may seem like it could be a simple thing to do, however, it isn’t and a lot of effort and time goes into finding that perfect pair of boots. The biggest thing is to choose a boot that will allow you to control your motorcycle well and without much of a hassle. You can never own too many pairs of boots so when you find a pair that fits you well and works for what you need, buy a second pair as a backup. You never know when your favorite pair of boots may not be made anymore and you will at least have a backup pair on hand.

Although we may be giving you information all about boots be sure to check out our other apparel and gear for you and your bike. Anything over $50 we ship for free. 

And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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

Women Riders & Ye Old Footwear Mystery How Does It Mesh?

Everyone knows the old footwear mystery that deals with women and their shoes, we like to own too many and some of us way….too many, but how does it work with motorcycles? AMERiders knows, women love their footwear, and why wouldn’t they some men do too and we don’t judge. However, there are some of us that will hop on a bike in any type of shoe no matter what it is just because we can’t bear to part with the sweet outfit look we have made for that day. Whether it very dangerous to do so or not.

Old Footwear MysteryIt is a mystery that has surrounded men and women for many years about women’s obsession with shoes. Men and some women who don’t share in this mystery don’t get it, why we have to have more shoes than guys may have underwear. Old Footwear MysteryMen can have a pair of sneakers, a pair of work boots, a pair of motorcycle boots, however, these can be the same , and a good pair of dress shoes and that is all they need. Not so with women, they need shoes to match everything, and still say they have nothing to wear.

Old Footwear MysteryWalking around in stiletto’s is one thing but trying to balance a 500lb or more bike on them is another. They biggest mystery is a woman getting on that motorcycle in these heels but you see it every day whether they are riding with their man or riding their own motorcycle these are not adequate for riding! For someone that loves their shoes aren’t they worried about scuff marks, breaking their heels, orOld Footwear Mystery what is more , dropping their bike because they lose their balance?

How many of you ladies have broken how many pairs of heels from just a normal day? It sucks, then why, do it while riding it can cause an accident and possibly cause a fatality with you or the person that was in the collision with you, plus you could lose a great pair of heels!

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WOMENS BIKER BOOTS WITH EAGLE AT ANKLE

Wearing proper riding attire is important, and can be much more of a fashion statement than wearing a pair of heels on a boot, leave that to the models for Harley, Indian or other motorcycle manufacturers. A great boot not only makes a statement it protects your ankles and feet from burns from the exhaust pipe, it protects your ankle from sprains and possible breaks if the bike is dropped while standing still and serious injuries in light collisions. The level of protection compared to heels or other shoes that women may want to wear besides boots is far superior as ankle and leg support are designed for impact as well as withstanding abrasions that can occur while riding.

At AMERiders, we want to ensure that our Lady Riders are safe while riding which is why we provide this information. We have a limited selection of boots at this time and will have new stock in shortly.

Old Footwear Mystery

Keep Checking back for our announcement of new products as we will have something coming very soon that you Ladies will love to get your hands on to complete your stylized looks. Gents you will love these items too, as they will make you look even cooler than you do now!

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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Ladies let AMERiders be your stop to put that Old Footwear Mystery to rest.

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.

Which Gear Colors Work Best for Visibility to Other Drivers

Ensuring safety each and every time you ride is important especially at this time during the year when motorcyclists are just starting to get back out on the road and ride. It is a question that many riders ask “Which Gear Colors Work Best for Visibility to Other Drivers” well, we are here to help answer that question. The obvious Best Gear Colors answer is bright colors which is true, however, there is more to it than that.

Best Gear Colors
Men’s Green And Black Mesh And Nylon Motorcycle Jacket

Each and every day many motorcyclists are injured on the road because drivers say “I didn’t see them” is it their fault or is it the riders fault? How could it have been prevented? In many ways, the driver could have looked and paid more attention to his/her surroundings and the rider could wear some of the Best Gear Colors that would make them more visible to other drivers during all times of the day.

Best Gear Colors
HJC SY-MAX III MODULAR HI-VIZ TOURING HELMET

Wearing Reflective or fluorescent clothing will lower your risk for crashes as you are more visible than you would be wearing darker colors. A study shows however that most riders wear either black, blue, or brown clothing on the upper body and black or blue clothing on their lower body. Even if you wear darker colors adding a reflective stripe or piping to them can raise your possibility of being seen.

Main reported helmet colors that are mostly used are black, white, and red. In comparison, there is a lower risk of a crash happening when wearing a white helmet versus a black helmet. Similar associations have been found with orange and yellow versus red. If you really want to be noticed don an HI-VIZ helmet like the one shown here. Plus adding reflective tape to your current favorite helmet will also help.

Using reflective piping on various pieces of gear will help as well like these cool looking Motorcycle Sissy Bar Bag Trunk With Skull the reflective skull will definitely get you noticed by other drivers, and it is made from PVC material which means it is waterproof helping you to be seen in the rain as well.

Best Gear Colors
MOTORCYCLE SISSY BAR BAG TRUNK WITH SKULL

Something else that can also help is if you use headlight every time you get on your bike not just at dark or. at twilight, it will help you be seen more often. Research has shown that consistently using your headlights during the day can decrease the risk of an accident by making you more visible to passing drivers. Headlights increase the odds of a driver not only noticing a motorcycle but seeing them as well. To a motorcycle rider seeing and noticing are two different things. When both happen then the risk of collision is lowered.

“A 2004 study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that use of headlights led to a 23 percent reduction in opposite direction crashes involving motorcyclists, as opposed to a 5 percent drop for those in passenger vehicles. Experts say that oncoming motorists are able to detect a headlight long before they can make out the motorcycle or its rider. The headlight provides an extra bit of warning, something that might be the difference between a dangerous accident and a safe journey home.”

So to sum up some of the Best Gear Colors to wear are White, HI-Viz yellow, orange, any fluorescent colors, and reflective striping and piping on your gear, and yes ladies even pink will work! There is more of a risk for a crash when not wearing fluorescent or reflective clothing,a non-white helmet, or even not using headlights during the day. So wear what will get you seen and use your headlights. You don’t have to look like a crossing guard or a safety worker to get noticed while riding but being safe is important.

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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Let AMERiders be your stop for the Best Gear Colors to keep you safe all year round.

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.

Motorcycle Safety Tips for your Next Motorcycle Ride!

At AMERiders, we know it’s important to know various different Motorcycle Safety Tips so when you gear up for your next ride you are well-protected &safe. Here in our Second Segment of Gearing up for Spring Motorcycle Riding, we give you some other important tips for your next motorcycle ride, as well as a video from some friends in Northwest Florida.

Motorcycle Safety TipsWith Spring upon us and Summer fast approaching riding season is getting into full swing, and there will be a lot of motorcyclists on the road riding. It is important to keep your understanding and knowledge of Motorcycle Safety up to date at all times to help keep you and your passengers safe and healthy, and better yet even alive. There are many different things that can help keep you, your bike and your passengers safe. We have already given you many of them in our segment on gearing up for Spring Riding, we wanted to add to that knowledge a bit more.

“Respect your Ride” and it will help protect you! This is done by staying on top of maintenance such as ensuring that any Worn Brake Pads or Drive belts are replaced and checking for leaks or potential issues that could cause safety problems. These could be loose wires and other problems as well, always ensure that your tires are properly aired up and your brakes and clutch are working before leaving out on your motorcycle. More importantly, if your ride is not ridden consistently or more than 25 miles a week use a fuel stabilizer.

Motorcycle Safety Tips
Men’s Leather Jacket With Zippered Cuffs

Wearing bright colors helps other drivers and even other motorcycle drivers see and notice you, yes these are two different things because a driver may see you but not notice you. Those are deadly words a motorist can utter to a Police officer ” I just didn’t see them” We are much smaller than a car, truck or SUV so it takes effort on our part to ensure we are not only seen but noticed. So bright colors like this Men’s Leather Jacket With Zippered Cuffs can help other drivers see you.

Motorcycle Safety TipsIf you Look, React and Stay in control then you will always be able to Expect the unexpected. Including and we shouldn’t have to mention this don’t drink and ride. Ensure that you are endorsed in your state for riding a motorcycle. Also, staying up to date on any motorcycle training given near you will also help you with other Motorcycle Safety Tips that may be new or helpful.

Always wearing a motorcycle Helmet that is either DOT approved is important even if your state doesn’t have a motorcycle helmet law, and knowing your state laws for motorcycles is very important. Helmets can prevent approximately 37 % of fatal injuries in drivers and 41% of fatalities in passengers. So be smart and wear your helmet!

Motorcycle Safety Tips
Men’s Hard Knuckle Leather Suede & Textile Gloves

Your hands are important as you need them for just about everything you do in life, and if they are injured they take a long time to heal and your bike will be sitting while they do. So ensure you wear protective gloves while riding as they will help to protect from abrasions and even injuries. Gloves that have knuckle protection like these Men’s Hard Knuckle Leather Suede & Textile Gloves will help to protect your knuckles from serious injury.

So, there you go a bit of extra information to go with your last weeks Motorcycle Safety Tips, and Gearing up for riding, and if you don’t believe what we are telling you is true check, out this video from our friends over at Adventure MotorSports NWF in Pensacola, Florida!

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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Let AMERiders be your stop for various Motorcycle Safety Tips and 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.

Gearing up for Spring Motorcycle Riding Is Important!

For those of us who live, breath, and sleep motorcycles there is not a “gearing up for spring”, as we usually have our bike geared up all year long. However, for those of us that don’t brave the cold and run down the highway on 2 wheels all bundled up under layers of clothing, there are things that need to be done to get geared up for spring. Gearing up for Spring Motorcycle Riding is important, and at AMERiders, we know this, which is why we want to help you gear up the right way! Now when we say gear up we don’t just mean being decked out head to toe in protective wear, but we mean the bike as well.

T-CLOCSWhen a motorcycle has been in winter storage it needs to be inspected before riding season starts, this is a big importance, for most of us winter has gone and spring is in full tilt and we are ready to hit the road! So extending the life of our dear friend (your motorcycle), and making our ride more enjoyable and not to mention safe should be the first thing on our minds.

How do we do this and what do we look for? We are glad you asked! The Motorcycle Safety Foundation(MSF) has come up with a great little inspection too to help you go through your bikes “Spring gearing up”. The T-CLOCS inspection checklist (download here) is an awesome tool to help check and make sure that your bike is ready to ride. What does T-CLOCS mean, again, we are glad you asked. It is an acronym for a simple pre-ride inspection plan created by MSF, it is the same steps that your service tech takes when you take your motorcycle to the shop for a check-up.

  • T for tires and wheels
  • C for controls
  • L for lights
  • O for oil
  • C for chassis
  • S for stands

It is not only important to have your bike geared up for Spring Motorcycle Riding, but ensuring that you are geared up properly as well. When properly geared up a rider is protected from road rash and all types of other injuries that can be caused when just wearing jeans and a t-shirt. What is the proper gear to wear?

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  1. Helmet– A sturdy well-made DOT or Snell Certified helmet that is properly and comfortably fitted will help to protect your noggin from injury.
  2. Jacket – Leather or textile material will keep you warm/cool as well as protect your skin from abrasions and also works as a cushion if a crash happens.
  3. Long Pants – Shorts (skirts) are unacceptable wear when on a bike and will not protect you from road rash or even a burn from the exhaust from the bike. Long pants such as jeans and moreover even chaps or leather or textile pants are the best to wear.
  4. Gloves – Your hands are delicate, whether you think so or not they are so a great pair of gloves will help protect them from scrapes.
  5. Footwear– No flip flops or tennis shoes these will not provide you with traction or support when riding. A good pair of leather riding boots is what you need. Make sure they are above your ankle and that if they have boot-laces that those laces are not too long or are tucked inside the boot well.

And last but not least in our information on gearing up for Spring Motorcycle Riding! Is Ride as if you’re invisible! Doing this all year round is a good idea anyway as automobile drivers more often than not suffer from “inattentional blindness.” This means that they may see you and your motorcycle but the image doesn’t register in their brains because you aren’t the normal car or truck they are used to seeing so hence, they don’t see you.

Think about it this way there are some areas of the US right not that some auto drivers haven’t seen one of us on a motorcycle for months so their brains have essentially been trained off watching for not only cars and trucks but motorcycles as well, and since some people operate in a semi-aware state while driving it is more dangerous for us.

So gear-up not only your motorcycle but yourselves, the proper gear will make you more comfortable on your ride and safer as well. Plus, if your motorcycle is well tuned and geared up there is less likely to be a breakdown or problem that could cause an accident as well. Have fun on your adventures and as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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Let AMERiders be your stop to gear up for Spring Motorcycle Riding.

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.

Why so Serious? Motorcycle Helmets Are Important!

Our last blog post we gave you a chuckle but today we are going to take it to the serious side. Why are we at AMERiders being so Serious? Because Motorcycle Helmets Are Important to a rider and their passengers. Not only can keep you alive they can also help to prevent serious injury as well. We love our customers, which is why we want them to ride safely each and every time they ride, even if it is just up the street to the store. Plus, in honor of “check your helmet month,” we thought we would explain things a bit.

Which of these two helmets would you say needs to be replaced?

scractched up helmetCheck Your Helmet Month

If you said both of them then you would be correct as you cannot tell if the top helmets protective elements are still intact or damaged enough that when it is used next that it might shatter like a porcelain cup, which would not be good.

DMotorcycle Helmets Are Importantid you know that just knocking your helmet off your seat to the concrete can possibly cause it not to work effectively? A helmet is designed for just a one impact use, and while just dropping your lid on the kitchen floor or even outside to the ground may not have the same impact force as when you are thrown from a motorcycle in a crash; if you do drop it or knock it off your bike have a professional check it out to make sure that it is still safe to use, just in case.

What causes a helmet too loose its effectiveness in a crash? We are glad you asked, we did some checking around for a good explanation for you and found this bit of information from a well-known insurance company.

“When your head hits the ground (or another obstacle) during a crash, the impact is absorbed by the helmet’s hard thermoplastic outer shell and dispersed across the entire helmet. Once the outer shell has been used up, the force of the impact is transferred to the soft polystyrene inner liner.

However, because the layers of your helmet undergo such stress protecting your (grateful) noggin in a crash, there are often no protective elements left over. That’s why repeated use is usually a no-no. Some helmets may actually crack or delaminate in severe accidents — an even clearer sign the motorcycle helmet lifespan has run its course.” 

We did cross-reference this with other places and they all basically say the same thing if you are in a crash replace your helmet if your helmet is dropped get it checked out by a professional unless you can visibly tell that it is compromised.

We know our customers know Motorcycle Helmets Are Important, it is those that don’t understand why they are we want to inform, which is why if your and your helmet looked like this in your crash…..

Motorcycle Helmets Are Important

Then you should definitely replace your helmet! Even if you haven’t been in a crash then you should replace your helmet every 2-4 years as some helmet Helmet manufacturers believe others say 1-3 years. Why replace it if it has not been damage? Another good question, the answer is simple that the protective qualities of the helmet will over time begin to deteriorate, from your sweat and your hair’s natural oils. So while it may feel like your same comfortable old helmet, you could be wearing a glass helmet just waiting to crack under the first crash. Take the picture below the first glass is your brand new helmet no crash and no impacts and as the picture progresses to the end either from wear and tear or a couple of impacts and not being checked you have a crash and the last glass is exactly what happens with your helmet.

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Ladies Blossom Helmet MC5

So always make sure that you replace your helmet every so often as not only does it degrade with time but also technology in protection is always advancing and you want to make sure you have the most cutting edge helmet materials to protect you.

We at AMERiders understand helmet importance and carry a number of DOT/Snell approved half, beanies, three-quarters, modular and full face, and other styles of helmets from name brands like HJC, Rhodia, Caliber and more; as well as a number of novelty helmets as well. Ladies we also have a number of styles for you to choose from to keep your pretty little noggin safe from harm.

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MOTORCYCLE HELMET PIGTAILS – NATURAL RED

If you need to replace your visor or want to spruce up your helmet so that you don’t feel so uncomfortable wearing it we have a number of accessories for you to add to it, such as Pony, pigtails , or bows for the ladies, as well as a number of styles of horns and mohawks also.

 

Your Motorcycle is supposed to cost an arm and a leg, not your Protective Gear let AMERiders get you geared up at a reasonable price. Don’t forget Motorcycle Helmets Are Important too.

April Is Check your Helmet Month! Get Your Lid Checked!

Most Motorcyclists start riding again in April it begins their “riding season”, cool but not cold air and the sun on your face. It is a great time to ride. So why not go ahead and check your lid to ensure it is properly protecting you, which is why April Is Check your Helmet Month! A good helmet is a vital piece of protective wear and, we at AMERiders support wearing a helmet for safety.Check Your Helmet Month

Since riding season is ramping up for all us bikers, it is a good idea during this April’s Check your Helmet Month, to remember these basic tips to ensure your helmet is doing or going to do its job:

  1. FIT IS VITAL
    A well-fitting helmet should rest one inch above your eyebrows and shouldn’t roll forward or sideways on your head. To ensure a comfortable fit that doesn’t squeeze too tightly, wear a helmet for 15 minutes before making a final buying decision.Check Your Helmet Month

  2. HELMETS DON’T LAST FOREVER
    Over time, exposure to UV rays and the aging of adhesives and components will damage a helmet’s protective qualities. That’s why manufacturers and the SNELL Foundation recommend that helmets be replaced every three to five years, depending on use. Every new Harley-Davidson helmet comes with a “purchased on date” sticker that can be placed under the comfort liner for a quick reference.

  3. KEEP IT CLEAN
    A clean and well-cared-for helmet will protect better and longer. Use a mild soap to wash the outer shell and internal liners. Never use solvents or chemicals for cleaning as they can destroy protective coatings.http://www.harley-davidson.com/content/h-d/en_US/dealer-locator.html?hideHDNav=yes

  4. ONE DROP AND IT’S DONE
    A helmet is designed for only one impact. Even a small impact may fracture the outer shell or compress the impact-absorbing liner despite no visible damage. If a helmet has been dropped or suffers an impact, it should be immediately replaced.

So get out there and get your lid checked during this April’s Check Your Helmet Month, whether it be yours, or the families make sure they are checked, and if you need a new one AMERiders.com has large selection of DOT and Snell helmets to help keep your lid intact.

Let AMERiders replace your lid if needed during. Check your Helmet Month

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

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

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

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

Take only what you really need such as:

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Instructional video
https://youtu.be/k4MPyX0QCYw

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Biker Safety Tip 5: Protecting Your Feet

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

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

WOMENS BIKER BOOTS WITH EAGLE AT ANKLE
WOMENS BIKER BOOTS WITH EAGLE AT ANKLE

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

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

iron man boot

 

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