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Biker Safety Tip 7: How to Fight Fatigue

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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~AMERiders

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

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

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

How to Get the Most Money out of Your Fuel While Riding.

How to get the most bang for your buck!

Ever wondered how you could Get the Most Money out of Your Fuel While Riding. We at AMERiders are giving you a few tips on how to do just that. We know that fuel prices are sky high and the oil industry basically scoffs at us while prices soar away. We as motorcyclists fair better at the pump than our 4-wheeled counterparts do, however, this doesn’t mean that we have money to burn. So here is our list of ways to help get the most out of your fuel while riding.

Size does matter when it comes to bikes
Honda VTX 1300 can save you Fuel while riding
Honda VTX 1300

We have all heard the saying, “Size doesn’t matter”, however, in motorcycles, as a rule, a small bike will burn less fuel that a larger bike. For instance, a moped uses way less fuel than a gorgeous Harley would. Now, we are not saying to go out and buy a moped, as that would be ludicrous. What we are saying is that size really does matter when talking fuel and motorcycles. Let’s compare two bikes of similar design but different sizes to see how they match up with fuel consumption.

Fuel while riding
Honda VTX 1800

The Honda VTX1800 and its lesser companion, at least as far as displacement goes, the VTX1300. When tested the smaller 1300 (33 mpg) faired better than the larger 1800 (45mpg) by a difference of 12mpg. While that seems like a large difference how does your wallet fair with that 12mpg margin? Let’s take a look and find out.

Let’s say both bikes travel around 10k in miles each year, all things being equal, and let’s also assume that the price at the pump is $3 a gallon. (Remember this is an assumption at best) It will cost the 1800 rider around $243 more to tag along next to his buddy riding the VTX1300. Now that cost won’t put anyone in the poor house but it could buy you any number of things, a weekend getaway, or even cool new things for your bike.

The Trick is in the Stock
Fuel while riding
Keep your Engine stock

I know we Americans don’t like to think small, however, we do like to think efficiently. So what are some ways that we can help our bike to sip fuel better? First off, ensure to keep the engine stock most of us are not willing to make this sacrifice, however, in some cases, it will save fuel. The angle to this is that most mods are made to the pipes, air filter, and the jetting change, the biggest complaint afterward is reduced fuel mileage. So, it stands to reason that if you increase the amount of air flowing through the engine during throttling then your will lose mileage. If you’re really intent on running a huge open exhaust, removing the airbox and installing a main jet four sizes larger than stock, we can assure you that mileage will suffer.

Maintaining your ride will help with mileage
Fuel while riding
Neglected maintenance chores say it all. Dirty filters can lower fuel performance.

It is definitely true that the overall mechanical condition of your bike has a profound effect on its fuel consumption. New bikes don’t have the reliability issues that would have stopped an old bike dead in its tracks. It is because of this that routine maintenance sometimes falls by the wayside. Each issue that gets overlooked will account for a small drop in mileage, riders may not realize anything is wrong until a real problem arises.

Maintaining your Mileage

Let’s take a look at what needs to be maintained to help with fuel mileage. Obviously, carburetor/EFI maintenance, or rather the lack of it, is going to have a major effect on mileage. As far as maintenance for this goes, it’s system is pretty straightforward. Water and Dirt can create mischief so if your bike has a carburetor make sure to drain the float bowl on a regular basis. Carburetor or throttle-body synchronization is a big ticket item, manufacturers recommend checking sync on these at every major service or X amount of miles. The air filter has a direct effect on your mileage when dirt starts to accumulate it will restrict airflow. Ensure following the manufacturer’s recommended intervals for changing out the air filter.

Fuel while riding
Switching from conventional oil to a full synthetic can help fuel performance.

Not all bikes have fuel filters, but they will be found on all EFI-equipped models and on some carbureted bikes as well. It has to be in pretty tough shape before it’ll reduce power enough to compromise fuel economy. There’s no sense waiting for it to plug up completely and leave you stranded either. Replace it on a yearly basis and you can put it out of your mind. Spark plugs normally affect mileage if they are bad, replace the plugs at a recommended interval.

Oil- Synthetic or energy saving?

Improving your fuel mileage by switching from conventional oil to a full synthetic or “energy saving” oil is a yes and no answer. Synthetics do reduce parasitic internal engine friction, but the effects are minimal. As for “energy saving oils” this, not a good idea. In an effort to increase fuel economy many car manufacturers are now specifying very light viscosity oils. These oils work well in low-stress automotive applications but are not suitable for use in motorcycle engines, at least not yet. We should also warn you that many of these oils contain Teflon; using them in most motorcycles, even if the viscosity is suitable, can likely to lead to clutch slippage.

Tires and Tire Pressure
Fuel while riding
Tire pressure

Tires, yes Tires can cause low mileage as well. A low-pressure tire can cause poor mileage, not only that it can also invite handling problems, increase wear and also increase the bike’s rolling resistance. For every pound of air below the recommended pressure accounts for a 0.4 percent drop in mileage, so a tire 5 pounds low can reduce your fuel mileage by 2 percent, and yes, double that for both tires. Simply check your tires on a weekly basis and make certain they’re always inflated to the correct pressure. Another important note is to resist the temptation to overinflate the tires. Overinflated tires may increase the fuel mileage, but they also create handling problems.

Will all this bring the oil barons to their knees? No, it won’t but you can thumb your nose at them while saving a few bucks at the pump every time you fill up. Increasing your fuel mileage comes in small gains, plus a well-maintained bike is also a safer more reliable bike as well.

And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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~AMERiders

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 AMERiders is all for Getting the Most Money out of Your Fuel While Riding, so ensure your bike is maintained.

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 Most Crucial Pieces of Motorcycle Armor

How safe are you on your motorcycle?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

 

 

 

 

~AMERiders

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

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

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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.

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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Share the Road and Be Aware of Everyone and Everything!

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

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

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Can you see the rider

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

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Watch your mirrors

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

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Remember to Share the road

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

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Share the road with everyone

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

And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

share the road

 

 

 

 

~AMERiders

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

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

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!

Old Footwear Mystery
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~

Best Gear Colors

 

 

 

 

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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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~AMERiders

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.

Protect Yourself! Dress for the Slide Not the Ride!

It is important to Protect Yourself when riding on a motorcycle, most of us have heard the saying “Dress for the Slide Not the Ride“, and this saying holds true. When you dress for what is going to happen not for what you are doing, you are more prepared for the eventuality of what might happen even if it never comes. Protect YourselfLike the person that always uses an umbrella even though it is not raining, they are protected from the sun, but if that eventual rain pour comes they are ready for it.  Preparation, as well as Protection, is important and we at AMERiders thought about that when we set up our website as we wanted our customers not only to be happy and satisfied but well protected as well.

Protect Yourself
Protective Gear Info Diagram

Even though the warm weather is coming up or for some of you, it may already be here it is still important to Protect Yourself from head to toe when riding. With protective gear worn brain injury, major infections, loss of limbs or even death can be prevented. (See the diagram on the left for more info).

There are many different types and styles of protective gear that can be worn to help prevent possible injuries during a fall. Even just dropping your bike while stopped without sturdy boots on can have consequences. We have a large selection of protective gear to help you keep your dome, arms, legs, and other major and even minor parts safe.

Remember, April is Check your Helmet Month,  and since it is if you need to replace your helmet we have a nice selection 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.

Protect Yourself
HJC FG-17 Force MC1F Full Face Helmet

Wearing a full face helmet such as our HJC FG-17 Force MC1F Full Face Helmet that  is a mid-level sports bike focused helmet, that lets itself be influenced by its big brother, the uber race ready RPHA-10. This gorgeous red and black helmet is packaged to be heavy on performance and value, and it features adjustable flow through vent ports help to keep searing heat in check while the SilverCool™ liner adds comfort and proper comfort. Using a helmet can help protect from serious brain injury .

We also have a Large Selection of Men’s, Ladies’ and children’s’ leather jackets, chaps, leather and denim vests as well as textile apparel. Wearing this type of protection can help prevent bruising, severe infections that can lead to death, skin loss, and much more. We have jackets with and without armor, as well as with and without reflective piping.

Protect Yourself
Men’s Jacket With Reflective Strip On Front Back in Blue

Textile apparel is great for protection like our Our Men’s Jacket With Reflective Strip On Front and Back is made from lightweight nylon and mesh material and features a lining that zips out, a reflective strip on the front and back for safer rides at night, removable foam based Certified Armor on the elbows, back, and shoulders, strap on the sides and zippered cuffs for better fitting.

Protect Yourself
MESH TEXTILE MECHANICS MOTORCYCLE GLOVES

Protecting your hands is important as well. We also have a nice selection of apparel to protect those digits of yours from harm, because if you can’t use your hands you can’t ride your bike. Gloves ranging from fingerless to gauntlet and much more. Like our Mesh Textile Mechanics, Motorcycle Gloves will help reduce bloodshed while on the job because let’s face it your hands are more fragile than you think they are. and this mesh textile glove comes with the chopper cross logo!

If those items aren’t your style we have tons of other apparel items that may be your style that could help to protect you and your loved ones in a fall.

Let AMERiders help you Protect Yourself from serious injury with our premium leather and textile apparel.

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.

 Motorcycle Helmets Are Important

Motorcycle Helmets are important
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.

Motorcycle Helmets are Important
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.