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.

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Safety Trumps Style when referring to Protective Motorcycle Gear

Tips for Buying Good Protective Motorcycle Gear

AMERiders knows that Safety Trumps Style when referring to Protective Motorcycle Gear. When choosing between stylish riding gear or walking away from a crash the choice should be obvious. You can’t prevent an accident by wearing Protective Motorcycle Gear, but making smart choices about your gear can make a big difference if something does ever happen.

Protection Starts at the Top so use Use Your Head

Protective Motorcycle Gear
HJC SY-MAX III MODULAR HI-VIZ TOURING HELMET

Most riders would say that a helmet is the most important piece of Protective Motorcycle Gear. A great helmet helps by ensuring significant impact and accident protection as well as helping you hear and see better while riding. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration says a rider without a helmet is 40% more likely to suffer a fatal head injury, and they also say that helmets have saved over 19,000 lives between 1984 to 2006.

Dueling Helmet Standards: Snell vs. DOT
Protective Motorcycle Gear isn't easy to choose
Choosing the right helmet isn’t easy as there are so many out there, choose wisely

While shopping for a helmet, you may notice decals from either the Department of Transportation (DOT) or Snell Memorial Foundation (Snell). Both address rider safety, however, there are important differences between the two certifications. All helmets sold in the U.S. are required to meet the DOT’s FMVSS 218 standard. However, Snell helmet standards have to go through rigorous tests that the foundation has developed.  Helmets and other headgear are voluntarily submitted to snell for testing by their manufacturers. Each helmet goes through at least 7 test types from impact to shell penetration tests to flame resistance testing. Only helmets that pass the technicians testing get certified.

Selecting the Right Helmet a simple guideline:
  • Get the proper fit. Your helmet should grip your cheeks, your jaw, the top and sides of your head.
  • Avoid used helmets. Helmets are made for one impact use, so there is no guarantee a used helmet hasn’t been compromised.
  • Remember that wear and tear may significantly reduce protection over time.
    Full-face helmets offer greater protection than three-quarter or half-shell styles.

 

Getting Off On the Right Foot : Choosing the right footwear

Boots are important to Protective Motorcycle Gear as well.
Women’s 6″ Lace Zipper Boot Black

When riding, your feet keep you balanced when stopping the bike. They also take a beating from the elements while moving. That’s why tennis shoes or plain old cowboy boots are not smart choices. To stay comfortable—and safe—while riding, purchase a pair of high-quality motorcycle boots, as a great addition to your Protective Motorcycle Gear.

Soles
A great sole on your feet is important to Protective Motorcycle Gear as well.
A great sole will help with traction and protection

A stiff rubber sole will help provide protection when you’re moving. As well as provide traction when you stop. Good soles can actually prevent you from tipping over if you plant your foot in gravel, oil or sand. And boots with a heel they may offer a better “hold” on your bike’s pegs.

Material

Boots protect both your feet and your legs. While the most motorcycle boots are made of leather, some of the best boots are also reinforced in major areas. Such as shin, ankle, and calf with a strong material like Kevlar.

Comfort

Choosing a comfortable protective pair of boots is vital. Your Boots should fit snug enough to stay on if you wreck, but loose enough to allow proper circulation. Quality motorcycle boots will help your feet stay dry and cool. Waterproof or water-resistant materials, as well as a ventilation system that lets your feet breathe, are important to look for.

The sole shown here is a great example it belongs to the boot above our Women’s 6″ Lace Zipper Boot Black it is a great example of a boot to buy. It has comfort, durability, and traction control. As well as an extra heavy duty traction sole for added protection and style. This boot also has Goodyear welt construction with top quality full grain oiled leather.

Get a Grip Choose Smart Protection for Your Hands

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

Like boots, gloves offer both comfort and protection. Gloves protect your hands from the weather. They may also save your hands in a crash since it’s second nature to extend your hands during a fall. Gloves that protect your whole hand, including palms, fingers, and wrists.  Ensure that your gloves are comfortable in any weather. Great comfort can lead to better control, especially if you’re riding for long periods of time. Lastly, Also make sure you actually wear your gloves, they can’t be considered part of your Protective Motorcycle Gear if you don’t wear them.

Tough as Leather Is Not Just a Saying

Leather is great for Protective Motorcycle Gear.
Leather Gear doesn’t grab and keeps a rider from tumbling in a crash

Leather may seem like a fashion statement, however, quality leathers are an important first layer of defense between you and the road. Some materials may “grab”, leather doesn’t. A rider wearing leather in an accident may be more likely to slide, instead of doing a tumbling act, an advantage which can greatly reduce some serious injuries.

What is this about armor?

Choose Protective Motorcycle Gear that has armor attached.
Armor adds and extra layer of protection

There’s is no such thing as too much protection. Which is why so many riders use body armor in their riding attire. Built directly into jackets and pants or worn under gear you’re already wearing, armor adds an additional layer of protection

Types of armor- Armor comes in many types and styles

  • Memory foam armor is similar to the material inside motorcycle helmets and offers the highest impact absorption.
  • Hard armor is generally impact-resistant plastic with a foam interior. Hard armor tends to have less give in a fall.
  • Foam armor, usually made with inexpensive foam, offers the least amount of protection.

Dress for the Slide not the Ride

Protective Motorcycle Gear
Dress for the Slide not the Ride

Even if it is just a quick run to the store, don’t ever take a shortcut with your protective gear. Jeans and a sweatshirt won’t be enough if you’re sliding across the pavement. Riding gear may seem like overkill—and sure, it’s miserable on the hottest days—but it can help prevent road rash, broken bones, or far worse. We even wrote an article titled Dress for the ride, not the slide to explain the importance of riding gear.

And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

Protective Motorcycle Gear

 

 

 

 

~AMERiders

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AMERiders knows the importance of Protective Motorcycle Gear, let us be your stop when looking for your next set.

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Looking for a Quality Motorcycle Jackets

Basics to Know When Searching for Perfect Motorcycle Jackets

AMERiders understands that our customers want to purchase Quality Motorcycle Jackets, which is why we are giving basic tips when looking for one. This goes along with our last blog post of Leather vs Textile. When looking for quality motorcycle jackets you will find that they come in a wide array of styles and fabrics. This blog post is geared towards the basics of what you need to look for in a quality motorcycle jacket. We will go over the important aspects that apply to both leather and textile jacket such as sizing, pockets, basic construction, collars, cuffs, and closures. We will handle liners as a separate subject for another post.

Gussets at the rear allow the back of Quality Motorcycle Jackets to stretch without binding when reaching for the handlebars.
Gussets at the rear allow the back of Quality Motorcycle Jackets to stretch without binding when reaching for the handlebars.

Sizing:

Quality Motorcycle Jackets should  fit a bit loose, as there are times you’ll want to put on thicker or heavier clothes under them. The amount of protection a jacket will give you is also relevant to how well it stays put when coming in contact with a road surface. The best solution to this problem is to purchase a jacket with any type of adjustability in the waist area, like a belt or zippers, and if possible, “gaiters” on the sleeves — that allow you to tighten them against your arms.

If you intend to use body armor – which we recommend. Quality Motorcycle Jackets needs to have some kind of adjusters for keeping the jacket sleeves in place in the event of an accident.
If you intend to use body armor – which we recommend. Quality Motorcycle Jackets needs to have some kind of adjusters for keeping the jacket sleeves in place in the event of an accident.

Regarding Jackets with body armor:

Adjustability is even more important, as the belts and gaiters will ensure that your armor is still covering your vital parts even after the shock of any initial impact.

The waistband of Quality Motorcycle Jackets should be adjustable, and not just by elastic, but many different types of adjusters.
The waistband of Quality Motorcycle Jackets should be adjustable, and not just by elastic, but many different types of adjusters.

For example, when you are trying on the jacket in a store, the sleeves should come down to about the second set of knuckles on your hand. if not a bit farther when your arms are at your sides. This is because when you’re riding, your hands and arms are out in front of you. You’ll want the sleeves to end at your wrists so they can either cover the ends of your gloves or vice-versa. Also, the back of the jacket should extend about three or four inches below your belt line as to not expose your lower back. It should also be loose-fitting between your shoulder blades so that the material across your upper back won’t be stretched tight, making it difficult for you to move your arms.

It is best to remember:

A jacket that looks like a perfect fit when you are standing in front of a mirror is probably a very poor choice as a riding jacket. Ensure you try it on standing, as well as sitting on the bike as you would riding and moving around. If you’re not restricted by the jacket in any way then it is a good fitting jacket.

Quality Motorcycle Jackets should have many pockets but they must be useful.
Quality Motorcycle Jackets should have many pockets but they must be useful.

Pockets:

AMERiders believes that you can never have too many pockets when riding on a motorcycle. However, these pockets should have certain standards that they must meet to be useful. This is the difference between fashion and riding gear. First, each exterior pockets need to have a closure of some kind. Snaps and Velcro fasteners are okay, but you’ll fair better with heavy-duty zippers. And if possible, try to make sure that the zipper pulls are large enough that you can grip and operate them with your gloves on.

Secondly, make sure at least one of the pocket is weatherproof/ waterproof, whether on the exterior or interior of the jacket. This is for keeping things dry that could be ruined if they got wet. We believe that two side pockets, one breast pocket, and one interior pocket should be a minimum requirement. A good riding jacket will even add pockets on the sleeves for easy access to things like change for toll booths.

Basic construction:

By this, we mean how the jacket is put together. Though it is sometimes difficult to determine how well-constructed a jacket is by just its appearance. We have gathered some easy identifiers to help you. What type of thread is used? Quality Motorcycle Jackets use nylon or Kevlar thread, double-stitched, with a single or double overlap on the material, and a seam-sealing strip of material on the inner side

Collars come in a variety of sizes, styles and shapes, and you will have to decide for yourself which is best for Quality Motorcycle Jackets that you purchase.
Collars come in a variety of sizes, styles and shapes, and you will have to decide for yourself which is best for Quality Motorcycle Jackets that you purchase.

Collars:

Some people hardly think to look at the collar when searching for a new riding jacket, but trust us, this is very important. Regardless of the style or shape, the collar takes, ensure the part that actually makes contacts with your neck is lined with a soft material. Most Quality Motorcycle Jackets will have a special lining around this area, made from suede or microfiber. Remember, when we ride we tend to move our heads a lot, and the last thing we need is to rub the skin raw on your neck .Collars come in a variety of sizes, styles and shapes, and you will have to decide for yourself which is best for you.

Cuffs of Quality Motorcycle Jackets should be adjustable
A cuff should have a zippered adjuster, with an internal gusset, but notice that the edging is not lined. Unless your gloves fit under it, this cuff will rub your wrist raw when riding for a long period of time.

Cuffs:

Cuffs, like collars, should have a soft lining in the wrist area. If you are riding in a short-sleeved shirt, the cuffs will rub your wrists every time you clutch, brake or use the throttle, which will irritate your skin quickly. It’s of paramount importance that the cuffs of your jacket be adjustable, whether with Velcro, zippers, or snaps. As at times, you may want them to be snug down under your gloves. In other situations, you may want them to secure over the top of them. Regardless, you certainly don’t want them acting like miniature air scoops unless it is a very hot day.

Quality Motorcycle Jackets should have multiple closures
Quality Motorcycle Jackets should have multiple closures

Closures:

As with many of the other features, we’ve discussed, the closures on a riding jacket are both different and much more important than those found on normal, everyday jackets. A simple, exposed zipper down the front is quite common and efficient on an everyday jacket, but a disaster on riding gear.

The difference with good riding gear is that the primary closure (the zipper) will be covered by a secondary closure. This is usually a single or double overlap, secured by snaps or Velcro. This helps to keep the wind and rain out of the zipper – but really aren’t much good over the long haul, or in severe weather.

We hope that this information will help you to find Quality Motorcycle Jackets that fit you perfectly for summer and winter as there are jackets made for both types of wear.

We at AMERiders want to wish you and your family a safe and Happy 4th of July!

 Quality Motorcycle Jackets

And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

Quality Motorcycle Jackets

 

 

 

 

~AMERiders

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AMERiders can help you find Quality Motorcycle Jackets at reasonable prices.

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~

Leather vs Textile

 

 

 

 

~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~

Riding in Gravel

 

 

 

 

~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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Dark Movement and Heritage Revival Movement Add Depth to Bikes!

The Dark Movement & The Heritage Revival Movement both add depth to bikes as they revolve in and around each other. We at AMERiders love Dark Bikes with a rich heritage, as they have more char than normal. The “Dark Movement” (black minimalist machines) has been embraced and delved into by almost all motorcycle manufacturers from Harley-Davidson to Indian and beyond you will see these dark machines all over the place. But is the Dark Custom Movement Evolving further Into The Heritage Revival Movement? It could very well be.

The HD Iron 883 is a Dark Movement Motorcycle
HD Iron 883

The Dark Movement is a new way for bikers to profess their rebel soul and motorcycling roots. However, the “Heritage Revival Movement” adds to this by taking modern custom motorcycles and modeling them after legendary racing motorcycles or bikes their grandparent’s road in the “good old days”.  This also leads into new modern but vintage inspired motorcycles that help to tell a story about the fast pace of our times.

The Black Baron is another Dark Movement Machine
The “Black Baron” BMW R100RS

These custom bikes need retro style parts to ensure their heritage/vintage looks which lead to a new market of classically designed parts that meet up to performance standards. New retro bolt-on parts that only need simple garage tools and bare minimum knowledge to install. These new vintage parts will have any rider customizing their ride in a couple of weekends. This can help fulfill the desire for self-expression we all have inside.

Dark Horse is another Dark Movement machine
Indian Chief Dark Horse

This trend is growing, and will benefit the whole motorcycle industry including the custom motorcycle industry as well. This will also influence designs in new factory models that will be released in the future. However, on the pro custom building side, a new wave  of young American builders cab be expected to be working on street motorcycles of all brands as well as creating affordable retro-styled bikes from bobbers to trackers to desert sleds to resto-mods, and more.

And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

Dark Movement

 

 

 

 

~AMERiders

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AMERiders sees the Dark Movement and Heritage Revival Movement Adding Depth to our Bikes!

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It’s Not About How Tall You Are, but HOW You Ride.

Being tall and having a long inseam makes it easier to ride a motorcycle, however, anyone under 5’8 can have issues when riding. It is important to remember that it’s not about how tall you are, but HOW you ride. At AMERiders, we understand how important riding is to our readers and want them to remember not to limit themselves to a motorcycle that matches their inseam. We ladies are often shorter than men and this can make it more difficult for us.

How to rideYou may never flat foot both feet on a motorcycle except maybe a dirtbike or some other short bike. But don’t let that stop you from riding what you want to ride! Keep riding, learning and growing from your motorcycle(s). We have compiled a list of tips to help our shorter brothers and sisters ride bigger and better bikes. This will take some time to learn and master, so please don’t hurry this process.

So, on to our tips for riding those awesome bigger and better bikes when you’re not on the tall side.

Tips for short riders:
  1. Start out Small (displacement) – practice on a smaller, lighter bike until you gain enough riding experience to manage these weights, heights and dimensions.
  2. Tall and Light beats Low and Heavy. IF your aspirations are to ride taller, heavier bikes. We recommend starting with something lighter and taller because it will force you to get used to something that you can’t flat foot.
  3. Braking. Perfect your braking skills! The better you brake the easier it’ll be to handle the 400lbs+beneath you. Also, get used to just using your left foot and keep that right foot on the rear brake.
  4. Boots. An investment in an excellent pair of riding boots will give you an edge. Having that Extra Traction is critically important.
  5. Don’t Lower Your Bike, Increase Your Height. With lift insoles like these from Kalevel, You can add 1-2 inches in the heel. So, when you put your foot down, most of it will be touching the ground. These inserts are made in both ladies and gents styles.
These lifts can help when you learn HOW to Ride when short
Kalevel Adjustable Breathable Lifts Shoe Pads

short riders 2As far as lowering a motorcycle, why keep limiting yourself to a low bike, how will you ever move up to something larger or different? Learn to ride a motorcycle that you think will fit you and your style, and always from a professional instructor for motorcycle riding. But also remember to make the commitment to learn, figure things out that work for you at your own pace, not someone else’s.

We also have a small list of bikes that will work for short riders, this list varies for different types of riders and their riding styles. Of course, this list can change and there are probably more out there but this is a great starting list. Remember how you ride is what is important not how short the bike is.

10 Bikes for short riders.
  1. Honda CTX700-  seat height only 28.3 inches from the ground
  2. Kawasaki Ninja 300- seat height only 30.9 inches from the ground
  3. Suzuki SFV650 – seat height only 30.9 inches from the ground
  4. Zero XU – seat height only 29.1 inches from the ground
  5. Star V Star 1300 Deluxe – seat height only 27.2 inches from the ground
  6. Triumph America – seat height only 29.1 inches from the ground
  7. Harley-Davidson Fat Boy Lo – seat height only 26.5 inches from the ground
  8. BMW G650 – seat height only 30.3 inches from the ground
  9. Honda Fury – seat height only 26.9 inches from the ground
  10. Ducati Monster 696 – seat height only 30.3 inches from the ground

Something you might want to also consider is that your controls and maybe other items can be adjusted to your height at your local dealership. So, whether you are looking for that sweet Harley-Davidson or something sportier there is a bike out there for you. You just need to look and try them on for size, but above all make sure you learn to ride what is comfortable for you.

Don’t forget as well that  June 20, 2016, National Ride to Work Day so hop on those motorcycles and ride.

And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

How to ride

 

 

 

 

~AMERiders

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AMERiders It’s Not About How Tall You Are, but HOW You Ride!

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.

Silent Motorcycles for Our Silent Professionals

America’s Special Operations Forces or the “Silent Professionals” as they have been nicknamed prepare battles behind and around the frontlines. They are known for executing complex, lightning-fast raids and silently penetrating remote areas which means they need to move extremely silently without loud noises giving them away, such as loud engines or machines. So when AMERiders found out about the Silent Motorcycles that are being built for our amazing Silent Professionals we were tickled pink as we support our troops and veterans in all they do.

The Silent Hawk is one of the Silent Motorcycles DARPA is looking at for our SpecOps Division
Logos Silent Hawk Hybrid Motorcycle

So what are our Special Forces looking for in a new cutting edge motorcycle?  One that is fast, stealthy and silent that will help to give our men and women in uniform an advantage behind the lines. In 2014 Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Pentagon’s futuristic research wing launched a competition to design a special forces motorcycle. This year at the National Defense Industrial Association’s Special Operations Forces Industry Conference in Tampa, FL it came down to two bikes the Logos Silent Hawk [left] and the LSA Autonomy Nightmare [below].

This project will equip our US special forces with a hybrid, all-terrain bikes that don’t sound like a train bearing down on you at 100 miles an hour. The US pours a lot of money into military research, and DARPA uses those funds to provide superior technology like drones, advanced software, and these bikes to the military. These bikes feature cutting-edge hybrid multi-fuel engines that can burn a variety of combustibles fuels like JP-8, Jet A-1, gasoline, propane, etc.. “If it’s gasoline, tell it it’s gasoline, tell it it’s something else. It will figure it out,” said Alex Dzwill, and engineer with Logos. Could you run it on lipids, olive oil? “Theoretically, yeah,” said Dzwill.

The Autonomy Nightmare is one of the Silent Motorcycles DARPA is looking at for our SpecOps Division
LSA Autonomy Nightmare

The bikes don’t have to be quiet all the time so when they are running on fuel they will reach 80 decibels somewhere around the loudness of a vacuum cleaner and a garbage disposal, but when they run on the electric power they will run low as an office which is around 55 decibels. When they are silent they are stealthy allowing our Special Forces to travel virtually unheard provided there is any other ambient sound at all. While they won’t be riding into battle or doing spec ops missions on these silent motorcycles tomorrow, we here at AMERiders are sure that it will be sooner rather than later, and we are all for that.

We would also like to remind you that June 20, 2016 is National Ride to Work Day so hop on your bike and ride.

And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

Silent Motorcycles

 

 

 

 

~AMERiders

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 AMERiders supports our troops as well as the idea of them having silent motorcycles.

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.

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~

Motorcycle Accessory

 

 

 

 

~AMERiders

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

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 Retro-Vintage New Trend or New Motorcycle Design Idea?

Little did we know when we wrote the post about Indian’s Limited Edition Jack Daniels Motorcycles did we know that we were writing about a growing trend that is starting in the motorcycle world. From cafe racer builds on 1970s Japanese bikes to brand new factory bikes with throwback styling, vintage bike style is everywhere you look. AMERiders takes a look at this growing trend and wonders is Retro-Vintage a new trend or a new motorcycle design idea?

Vintage is born on this Indian Chief Motorcycle
Limited Edition Jack Daniel’s Indian Chief Vintage motorcycle – Photo courtesy of St. Paul Business Journal
Vintage looking 3/4 Black Helmet From AMERiders.com
Black Race 3/4 Shell Motorcycle Helmet

From L.A. to London and everywhere in between you can see the subculture of motorcycle enthusiasts around you, emerging from that is another subculture a retro-vintage type of look that is not only seen in the bike but on the rider themselves. This subculture has an affinity for odd styles however, one thing this trendy bunch has gravitated towards that can be appreciated by any motorcyclist is a fascination with old motorcycles or old looking motorcycles. It is not just the motorcycles themselves but they are also dressing the part looking like they stepped through time almost with 3/4 helmets and vintage motorcycle apparel that can be found everywhere, we at AMERiders even sell some like the helmet shown here.

Brooklyn Vintage Motorcycles Photo by Josh Kurpius
Brooklyn Vintage Motorcycles Photo by Josh Kurpius

To truly have that retro-vintage look the rider has to have two things besides the bike, the 3/4 helmet and their ray-bans to complete the look. Many have joined the retro scene just to look cool or because they have seen the look in a catalogue, or on Pinterest or Instagram. Once they have they are hooked and learn the nuances of motorcycling as they get into it and end up becoming serious riders, tinkerers, and builders.

Vintage Yamaha Cafe Racer
Yamaha Cafe Racer

However, there are more and more custom bikes being built that are using these beautiful vintage machines as a foundation for their builds. While the big custom chopper builds are fading a bit the custom bike build era is still growing strong, just in a different direction. The new style is minimalist, compact and vintage looking, and with as little bling and shine as possible.

We all know that styles change and what is old becomes new again eventually and then becomes old what a vicious cycle. What was it my mother always said? “Don’t throw it out it will come back in style eventually.” She was right on a couple of occasions about a few articles of clothing that are in my closet, too bad my figure won’t allow me to wear them anymore. The passion for motorcycles and the lifestyle that surrounds is vast and more people are choosing to indulge in it, whether it is as the hardcore biker we are used to seeing or the hipster vintage bikers that are trending today. So think about it what is your style?

We at AMERiders would like to remind our brothers and sisters that it is National Ride to Work Day on June 20, 2016, so grab your helmet and hop on your motorcycle and ride.

And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

vintage

 

 

 

 

~AMERiders

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AMERiders Loves Vintage Motorcycles and Apparel Just as Much as Our Readers Do.

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.