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Brand New Shiney Motorcycles Means Brand New Motorcycle Gear

With all these Brand New Shiney Motorcycles around for 2018, shouldn’t that mean that you should get Brand New Motorcycle Gear for yourself and that brand new motorcycle too? We at AMERiders love bright shiny new things we could play with them all day long but then we would never get any work done. So, we decided to offer up a few ideas for new gear to go along with a few bikes that are coming out this year.

The 2018 HD Softail Low Rider
Brand New Motorcycle Gear
The 2018 HD Softail Low Rider

This beauty which we showcased in our last blog is built to eat up the miles. So, why not find some gear that will last and eat up the miles with it.  With its classic rake on the front end and it’s 70’s inspired graphics combined with modern cast wheels and LED forward lighting who wouldn’t decide that they didn’t need gorgeous new gear with their new bike?

Brand New Motorcycle Gear
Men’s Jacket With Eagle

Try out motorcycle apparel like this Men’s Jacket With Eagle it features the saying Live to Ride Ride to Live Highlighted in brown with the American Eagle clutching a USA shield.The brown is a classic look and would offset the classic look of the Low Rider perfectly adding to great Brand New Motorcycle Gear for this bike.

Other features of this classic jacket include a full, zip-out lining that runs through the sleeves, epaulets on the shoulders, a fold-down collar with button snaps, and a sturdy, front zip-up closure. Adjust it for comfort and fit with the leather belt, side laces, and zippered cuffs. No matter where you ride or how, you’ll be able to bring along some of your things with two waist pockets, a stash pocket, and a zippered pocket on the left front.

The 2018 HD Roadster

Brand New Motorcycle Gear
The 2018 Roadster

The 2018 Roadster combines stoplight-to-stoplight power, agility, and garage-built custom style to shatter every mold. WIth its blacked out styling from mirrors to exhaust shields and back its dark edge is sleek and mysterious.

Brand New Motorcycle Gear
Women’s Biker Boot Black

For stoplight-to-stoplight grip of the asphalt try our boots like this pair of Women’s Biker Boots in Black is a serious riding boot that looks just as great as it performs. Made for the open road featuring one piece molded outsole, side zipper for easy on and off, and oil resistant outsole. Gripping the asphalt is important so that you can keep the bike from going over or sliding out from underneath you, and our boots have great grip. Since this bike is powerful these boots are a great item to pair with it again for that Brand New Motorcycle Gear.

The 2018 HD Softail Deluxe

Brand New Motorcycle Gear
The 2018 Deluxe

The 2018 Softail Deluxe is Show-stopping, old-school glam, Deluxe is a nostalgic Boulevard custom that turns heads. It’s dripping with chrome, from stem to stern. The signature LED headlight is complemented by LED running lights featuring integrated LED turn signals. The all-LED lighting is filled out in the rear with a Tombstone taillight and turn signals. The Deluxe’s performance is updated, thanks to the Milwaukee-Eight 107 engine and the new, more capable Softail chassis. ABS is standard.

Brand New Motorcycle Gear
Diamond Plate 25mm Universal Motorcycle Replacement Handlebar Grips

So what should you pair with this bike for Brand New Motorcycle Gear, that is a good question for old school glam bike dripping with chrome? You find something that is dripping with chrome or looks old school or both. We have a list some of our chrome items available here.  From Handle bar grips to Motorcycle Mirrors and More We are sure there are plenty of Brand New Motorcycle Gear items you will find to fit any new motorcycle you find this year.

~And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

Brand New Motorcycle Gear

 

 

 

 

~AMERiders

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Let AMERiders help you find Brand New Motorcycle Gear for your Brand new 2018 Motorcycle.

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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Independence Day Is Next Week Are You Ready to Show Your Patriotism?

Independence Day isn’t just a movie, and a good sci-fi thriller it was, it’s a national holiday celebrating what? It celebrates the Declaration of Independence, adopted on July 4, 1776. The Thirteen Colonies of America declared themselves to be states and no longer part of the British Empire, though the revolutionary war continued for some time after. (We will visit the who, what, when, where, and why of The 4th of July later this week.) Many people show their Patriotism during this day and we at AMERiders are no exception. We want to help you show your patriotism with a few pieces of gear we have available.

Patriotic Vests

Next, to a helmet and boots, a bikers vest is important, it is a billboard to where he has been and who he is. At AMERiders we understand this and want to help hold to that tradition with our large collection of Motorcycle Vests. We have many styles and types of vests from leather to denim and if you need a bit of help with concealment we have some Concealed Carry vests as well. Regardless of whether you want your vest to come with patches already in place or plain to add your own, we have the vest to fit your style. We even have vests that come ready to wear with the Live To Ride® brand embroidered cloth patch already sewn in place. On Independence Day show off your patriotism with our Patriotic vests like these….

Men’s Leather Vest With USA Flag
Independence Day
Men’s Leather Vest With USA Flag

Our Men’s Leather Vest With USA Flag is made from top grade genuine leather, the way it should be. The vest includes multiple pockets, the interior is lined for the most comfort. Snap it on with the 4 snaps in the front for the easiest in opening and closing. You will be surprised to find out how many pockets there are. Leather, asphalt and the freedom on the road; the things that makeup both this vest as well as this country.Support your country. Ride with America on your back. Don’t just say you support this great country of The United States of America, show that you support it.

Rock Design Genuine Buffalo Leather Concealed Carry Vest with Patches
Independence Day
Rock Design Genuine Buffalo Leather Concealed Carry Vest with Patches

Our Rock Design Genuine Buffalo Leather Concealed Carry Vest with Patches has the features that you’re looking for in a stylish vest you will love. Do you believe in your right to carry? Most people do! There is that problem of how to carry it when you’re on your bike though unless you’re on a big touring bike. Well here is the solution.Besides having chrome plated genuine brass buffalo snaps, side laces and 2 interior gun pockets with 1 interchangeable holster. It also includes patches and who doesn’t love patches!  Show your Patriotism with the extra Large Eagle Patch on the Back of this gorgeous vest.

The patches included are Extra Large Eagle Flag; BIKERS AGAINST DUMB DRIVERS; I’M THE PERSON YOUR PARENTS WARNED YOU ABOUT!; All I want is a little more than I’ll ever get!; IT’S NOT THE SPEED, IT’S THE SUDDEN STOPS! … just to name a few and there are more. There is the ever popular Live To Ride® brand embroidered cloth patches are included and already sewn in place as are the other patches.

Patriotic Motorcycle Accessories

Customize your ride with quality motorcycle accessories that any biker would appreciate. AMERiders gives bikers a variety of motorcycle luggage, bags, and other accessories to add some style to your bike. Our sissy bar bags, windshield bags, swing arm bags, and saddlebags are excellent additions to any bike to increase carrying capacity. We also have other essential accessories for a truly customized ride such as good luck motorcycle bells, cup holders, mirrors, flags, tank covers, and much more. What is more Patriotic than riding around with a Flag on your bike?

USA flag and motorcycle flagpole mount
Independence Day
USA flag and motorcycle flagpole mount

Let your patriotism for our nation show on the road with our USA flag and motorcycle flagpole mount. It Features a 100% 2-ply polyester flag and chrome-plated steel pole. The Adjustable mounting bracket fits most motorcycles. The Flag measures 6″ x 9″ and its Pole measures 13″The  Limited lifetime warranty is on the pole only. What better way to ride and carry the flag on Independence day than this?

Stainless Steel USA Flag Motorcycle Cup Holder
Independence Day
USA Flag Motorcycle Cup Holder

On Independence, Day Riders need to stay hydrated just as much as anyone else does, and with our Stainless Steel USA Flag Motorcycle Cup Holder, they can do just that. Features adjustable clamp to easily attach to motorcycle or bike, foam cup insert and hex key wrench plus extra screw. Fits both 1″ and 1-1/4″ handlebars.

Patriotic Headwear

Make a bold statement, and keep your dome warm on the open road with AMERiders’ selection of motorcycle headwear, including stylish and functional options for every biker. Boasting designs that will show off your style and get you noticed in a crowd. Our balaclavas and motorcycle face masks for men and women are not only good for providing warmth in cold weather, they will also add a layer of unique style to your biker apparel. You can also find a selection of doo rags to keep your doo looking good and in place with a variety of colors and designs to appeal to your tastes. On Independence Day we have a few of these items that can help you show your patriotism in style.

American Flag Do-Rag Flydanna
Independence Day
American Flag Do-Rag Flydanna

Our American Flag Do-Rag Flydanna is the perfect accessory to have to show your patriotism! This bandanna, cut into 6 panels and sewn into a headwrap, with a tail and ties at the back.Regardless of what you call it: Do-rag, Doo-rag, Durag, or a Du-rag, one thing is for sure, if you are a biker, these cotton head wraps are a perfect way to protect the investment in your helmet and look stylish at the same time

It is designed to sit securely on the head using the attached ties, allowing one size to fit all. Flydannas are great under a helmet as a moisture barrier as they help to isolate grease and sweat from helmet liners. Even if you don’t ride a motorcycle, these coverings can be used to keep the sweat and hair out of your eyes. Even chefs, doctors, nurses, and athletes sporting these do-rag sweet accessories.

Why not wear this Doo-Rag on Independence Day to show your American patriotism. This Doo-Rag tells the world: You love your country!

USA Flag Cotton Bandana is a 3-IN-1 Headband
Independence Day
USA Flag Cotton Bandana is a 3-IN-1 Headband

Our USA Flag Cotton Bandana is a 3-IN-1 Headband system from  ZANheadgear®. This 3-IN-1 Headband system is a prewashed 100% cotton bandanna with an adjustable Velcro closure. Comfortable and easy to use and wear.Wear it as a headband, neckerchief or skullcap to protect against elements. Wear it however you desire. This is an ideal accessory for motocross riders, snowboarders, motorcycle enthusiasts, and construction workers alike. Plus it is the perfect accessory to wear on Independence Day.

What else?

Well there is plenty more items that we at AMERiders have for you to wear on Independance Day next week just hop on over and take a look and find the perfect item to express your patriotism.

~And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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Let AMERiders help you celebrate Independence Day and Show your Patriotism with our large selection of Motorcycle Gear and 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.

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

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

Check your helmet!
Spring Motorcycle Ride
DOT Full Face Skull Pile Motorcycle Helmet

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

Spring Motorcycle Ride
Polo Helmet Lady Rider Silver

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

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

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

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

Spring Motorcycle Ride
Stitched Eagle On Women’s Motorcycle Gloves

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

Riding Pants or Chaps
Spring Motorcycle Ride
Women’s Leather Chaps With Pink Stripes

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

Spring Motorcycle Ride
Textile Motorcycle Pants

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

What about the Bike
Spring Motorcycle Ride
PVC Throw-over Motorcycle Saddlebag

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

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

Last but certainly not least
Spring Motorcycle Ride
Women’s Biker Boot Black

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

The Bottom Line

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

~And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

Spring Motorcycle Ride

 

 

 

 

~AMERiders

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

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

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Motorcycle Helmets Designs Continued- Defining Motorcycle Helmet Standards, DOT & SNELL

AMERiders brings you the Continuation of Motorcycle Helmets Designs and the Super-Specialized Reasoning Behind Them, with Defining Motorcycle Helmet Standards and an explanation of DOT & SNELL certifications. Let’s go back over a bit of what we said in our last post and then continue on.

The Difference between the two helmets

Between the two helmets, besides the cool Motorcycle helmet designs and sweet race car helmet designs are other things as well. It’s more than just what happens when you bonk your head, it’s also about fire protection. Racing helmets have fire protection, not all full-face helmets that you see are racing helmets. Ameriders has both Racing and full-faced helmets in stock. The Auto helmets’ fire-resistant Nomex liner is not existent in motorcycle helmets because a rider leaves the bike conscious or not.

However, getting out of a racecar is totally different in a crash. The safety system is designed to protect the driver from harm. A caged race car driver takes an extra 15 seconds longer to get out of the car than it does to fly off of a motorcycle. That is 15 seconds of fire protection that could save the drivers life that a motorcycle driver doesn’t have I call that a win.

DOT
DOT approved Sticker

Department of Transportation or DOT Is a US government approved standard which is the most popular helmet type in the country for most everyone except for race car drivers. DOT helmets differ from Snell as they are more shock absorbent and designed at protecting your skull from 90% of impact types. The maximum g-force allowed by the DOT test is 250g’s, and an impact of 200-250g’s to your head would cause a survivable, yet harsh brain injury. These helmets also are favorite shock absorbency because of recent studies claiming that absorbing the force of an impact could be more important than resisting it.

Snell
Defining Motorcycle Helmet Standards
SNELL approved Sticker

The Snell Memorial Foundation is an independent organization established in 1957, named after race car driver William “Pete” Snell who tragically died in 1956 when his helmet failed to protect his head during an accident. Ed Becker is Snell’s executive director has stated, “There are many more motorcyclists than racing drivers, so manufacturers can justify the expensive tooling to produce cheaper polycarbonate shell motorcycle helmets. Race Car helmets are Kevlar or fiberglass because although they’re more labor-intensive to make, the tooling is cheaper. Carbon fiber is top-of-the-line for both Race Car and motorcycle helmets, but it’s years away from trickling down the price range.”

Let’s Continue

Defining Motorcycle Helmet Standards is difficult so DOT and SNELL have different ways of doing things, and as we said in our last post Motorcycle Helmets do trump Race Car Helmets in visibility as they have at least a 210-degree lateral vision to a race car helmet 180 degrees. As Motorcycle riders crouch, sit upright, look both ways and look back, so needing a bigger visor is important so they can see in all positions. When strapped into a Race car’s racing seat and its harness, you’ll be thrilled to have side view mirrors as you can hardly move your head. You can only turn it a few degrees in any direction, so the extra visor space would be a real waste.

“The ‘low-velocity’ tests came about because of concern at FIA and elsewhere that helmets built to withstand very severe impacts might also transmit high levels of shock in less serious impacts,” says Becker. “So we were urged to include some low-velocity impact tests.” (The FIA is an International Motorsports Governing Body).

New Testing

Snell updates its rules regularly and they are due some new ones so there is some new testing to go along with this as well. Testing diversified as we said to go along with this. They added new tests to go along with their current ones such as the “Low Velocity” impact testing, and “Low Lateral” impacts at the intersection of the head forms reference and the transverse planes.

These tests will help as head injuries can also happen at lower speeds. The new test puts helmets through multiple impacts at a lower rate of speed. Also, There was (also) concern that head strikes against lateral edges might fall below the protective zones of the helmets (ear zone). In fact, though, results to date indicate that this is not a real issue either, this is one way they help with Defining Motorcycle Helmet Standards

What are the tests?

You might wonder exactly what tests Both DOT and SNELL do well we did a bit of digging and found out for you.

DOT Helmet Certification
Defining Motorcycle Helmet Standards
DOT helmet certification

In order for a motorcycle helmet to be DOT certified, it must conform to a few minimum requirements, and be able to pass a series of impact tests.

The impact tests are administered by placing a head form (basically a dummy head equipped with measuring instruments) inside it to measure speed and g-forces as the helmet is dropped onto different surfaces from a pre-determined height. Based on the energy that gets transmitted to the head, the helmet is given a grade of pass or fail. Tests are done twice, to make sure the helmet can withstand multiple impacts in one crash.

Other tests are also done, such as a penetration test to make sure the head isn’t impacted, and the retention system is also tested to make sure the helmet doesn’t slide off in an accident.

DOT Helmet Tests

  • Helmet is dropped onto a spherical anvil from a height of 1.83m
  • Helmet is dropped onto a flat anvil from a height of 1.83m
  • Pointed striker is dropped onto helmet
  • Weight is applied to retention system (up to 300 pounds of force for 120 seconds)

The DOT standard is sometimes criticized because it works on the honor system; manufacturers declare a helmet to conform to DOT standards themselves and label it accordingly. Only when the helmet is tested might it lose its certification, and it might already be on the market when it does. However, the penalties for building a failing helmet are very high – up to $5000 per helmet – so there is a strong incentive for manufacturers to do their own testing before helmets are released, which they typically do.

SNELL Helmet Tests

Defining Motorcycle Helmet Standards
SNELL helmet certification

 

Snell issues a new certification standard every 5 years. Snell’s helmet testing is similar to DOT testing, but with additional requirements. They are (including what we have stated above):

  • Snell uses 5 different shaped anvils instead of two
  • Helmets are dropped from multiple heights (all of which are higher than DOTs)
  • Snell tests the chin bar along with the dome of the helmet
  • The visor is also tested, by shooting it with three lead pellets from an air rifle.
How Much Does Certification Matter In The Real World?

Testing in Defining Motorcycle Helmet Standards is valuable, no doubt. However, for the sake of fairness, lab tests take place in a controlled environment and are very consistent and precise as accidents in the real world are chaotic and unpredictable.

So a given helmet could perform exceptionally well in lab tests, however, but fall behind others in a real world, post-crash damage assessment. The reverse could also be true; helmets with a great reputation among riders could be outperformed by others in the testing environment, especially if helmet manufacturers make a point of building to the standard.

In Closing- Which standard should I choose.

This is actually a much debated and even a hotly debated question.

In the U.S., you should go with a helmet that is, at a minimum, DOT approved which ensures your helmet is street legal. You’ll not only have a significant level of protection, but your helmet won’t attract any unwanted attention from the law (which you probably get enough of already!)

While we at AMERiders can’t tell you definitively which one you should go with, we can tell you about what goes into each and to discuss the pros and cons of all of them, so you can make your own decision about which one is best for you.

Remember, no matter what kind of helmet you buy, wearing one is infinitely better than not, if a fall happens on a ride. We urge you to always wear a helmet every time you throw a leg over a bike!

~And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

Defining Motorcycle Helmet Standards

 

 

 

 

~AMERiders

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Let AMERiders help you find a DOT or SNELL helmet as we know that Defining Motorcycle Helmet Standards is important.

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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Motorcycle Helmets Designs and the Super-Specialized Reasoning Behind Them.

Ameriders wants to ensure your noggin is safe, which is why we are bringing you Motorcycle Helmets Designs and the Super-Specialized Reasoning Behind Them, as well as many DOT and SNELL helmets in our store.

THE HUMAN HEAD

The head has been smacked, slashed, smacked, cracked, set on fire and well whipped around like Skip-It and still survived. Our beloved motorcycles bounce our skulls off pavement without the slightest consideration for riders who think they that their heads will hold up to a fall. Racecars are unforgiving as well, as they will use your head as a pinball with the steel roll cage and harness as the paddles.

Helmets Evolution
Motorcycle Helmet Designs
Evolution of the Helmet

Both helmets have evolved over the years since they were just leather caps. There only purpose was to help keep your ears intact as the wind rushed past while riding, or racing. They have also been diverging, becoming ever dedicated, and increasingly in their tasks. Their shells and visors to both motorcycle and auto racing helmets are similarly in two very specialized ways to armor up. This would be Snell Certifications and DOT -Department of Transportation Certification.

Certifications

Snell Memorial Foundation, who is the voice of authority in all this is and is a nonprofit group of engineers, scientists, and physicians, who created a new safety standard for auto racing and motorcycle helmets every five years. Fresh rules are due out this year.

Motorcycle Helmet Designs
What some Snell/DOT approved Helmets look like

Snell handles both Motorcycle and Racecar Helmets, very few motorcycle or racecar helmets are just one or the other most are both. Snell Certifications are voluntary by the manufacturer and most North American Racing Series require Snell Rated as well as Full-faced Motorcycle helmets. Motorcycle helmets that are usually both don’t sell as well unless they are full all-over Motorcycle Helmet Designs that draw the riders attention to buy it.

Here is what Ed Becker, Snell’s executive director had to say about impact protection of the two helmets. “I doubt whether there’s any real difference in impact protection between Snell M2015 [for motorcycles] and SA2015 [for cars] helmets.” Either way, a motorcycle helmet is not safe to race and a racing helmet is not safe to ride in.

The Difference between the two helmets

Between the two helmets besides the cool Motorcycle helmet designs and sweet racecar helmet designs are other things as well. It’s more than just what happens when you bonk your head, it is also about fire protection. Racing helmets have fire protection, don’t think all full-face helmets that you see are racing helmets they aren’t Ameriders has both Racing and full-faced helmets in stock. The Auto helmets’ fire-resistant Nomex liner is not existent in motorcycle helmets because a rider leaves the bike conscious or not.

However, getting out of a racecar is totally different in a crash. The safety system is designed to protect the driver from harm and a caged race car driver takes an extra 15 seconds longer to get out of the car than it does to fly out of a motorcycle. That is 15 seconds of fire protection that could save the drivers life that a motorcycle driver doesn’t have I call that a win.

DOT

DOT or  Department of Transportation. Is a US government approved standard which is the most popular helmet type in the country for most everyone except for race car drivers. DOT helmets differ from Snell as they are more shock absorbent and designed at protecting your skull from 90% of impact types. The maximum g-force allowed by the DOT test is 250g’s, and an impact of 200-250g’s to your head would cause a survivable, yet harsh brain injury. These helmets also are favorite shock absorbency because of recent studies claiming that absorbing the force of an impact could be more important than resisting it.

Snell

The Snell Memorial Foundation is an independent organization established in 1957, named after race car driver William “Pete” Snell who tragically died in 1956 when his helmet failed to protect his head during an accident. Ed Becker is Snell’s executive director has stated, “There are many more motorcyclists than racing drivers, so manufacturers can justify the expensive tooling to produce cheaper polycarbonate shell motorcycle helmets. Race Car helmets are Kevlar or fiberglass because although they’re more labor-intensive to make, the tooling is cheaper. Carbon fiber is top-of-the-line for both Race Car and motorcycle helmets, but it’s years away from trickling down the price range.”

In Closing

Motorcycle Helmets do trump Race Car Helmets in visibility as they have at least a 210-degree lateral vision to a race car helmet 180 degrees. As Motorcycle riders crouch, sit upright, look both ways and look back, so needing a bigger visor is important so they can see in all positions. When strapped into a Race car’s racing seat and its harness, you’ll be thrilled to have side view mirrors as you can hardly move your head. You can only turn it a few degrees in any direction, so the extra visor space would be a real waste.

“The ‘low-velocity’ tests came about because of concern at FIA and elsewhere that helmets built to withstand very severe impacts might also transmit high levels of shock in less serious impacts,” says Becker. “So we were urged to include some low-velocity impact tests.” (The FIA is an International Motorsports Governing Body).

To Be Continued On wed of next week….

Next week I will continue this with more please stay tuned.

~And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

Motorcycle Helmet Designs

 

 

 

 

~AMERiders

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Let AMERiders help you keep your noggin safe with our cool yet safe Motorcycle Helmet Designs.

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12th Day of Christmas, 12 Days of Christmas Origin & Meaning Continued.

On the 10th Day of Christmas, AMERiders brings to you the 12 Days of Christmas and its Origin & Meaning Continued. We continue today with the 9th verse in the song. But before we do we want to thank everyone that shopped with us during our Winter Holiday Event.

To remind you the idea for these posts came to us because the boss loves the song and just loves to drive us nuts singing it. Yes, we’ve done the research and we know this starts on the 25th of December, but however you know that we at AMERIders are not normal so we are going to start this the 12 days before Christmas.  We apologize if what follows offends anyone it is not our intention just information that we found online.

Recap of Origin

In England, between 1558 and 1829, it was not legal for Catholics to practice their kind of Christianity in public or private. Being a Catholic was treated as a bad crime. If you even owned a Catholic Bible, you could be put in prison! Catholics were stopped from worshipping because King Henry VIII fell out with the Catholic Church and started his own ‘Protestant’ Church (what is now the Church of England). There were many people who were still Catholics and they worshiped in secret.

‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ was written in England at the beginning of this time. Some people think that it was written to help children learn about their Catholic religion. In the carol, the days are supposed to represent special symbols and have hidden meanings, because it was illegal to have anything in writing that would indicate that you were a Catholic.

But there’s NO evidence that this is true and it seems most likely just to be a folk song and that the special ‘Catholic’ meanings were added at a MUCH later date!

Variations of the lyrics

The earliest known version of the lyrics was published under the title “The Twelve Days of Christmas sung at King Pepin’s Ball”, as part of a 1780 children’s book, Mirth without Mischief. Subsequent versions have shown considerable variation:

-In the earliest versions, the word “On” is not present at the beginning of each verse—for example, the first verse begins simply “The first day of Christmas”. “On” was added in Austin’s 1909 version, and became very popular thereafter.

-In the early versions, “my true love sent” me the gifts. However, a 20th-century variant has “my true love gave to me”; this wording has become particularly common in North America.

-The 1780 version has “four colly birds”—”colly” being a regional English expression for “black”. This wording must have been opaque to many even in the 19th century: “canary birds”, “colored birds”, “curly birds”, and “Corley birds” are found in its place. Frederic Austin’s 1909 version, which introduced the now-standard melody, also altered the fourth day’s gift to four “calling” birds, and this variant has become the most popular, although “colly” is still found.

-The “five gold rings” may become “five golden rings”, especially in North America. In the standard melody, this change enables singers to fit one syllable per musical note.

-The gifts associated with the final four days are often reordered. For example, the Pipers may be on the ninth day rather than the eleventh.

Song verse explanation.

Also, all the symbols can be used by Protestants and other Christians, not just by Catholics! There was another song called ‘A New Dial’ (also called ‘In Those Twelve Days’), which goes back as far as at least 1625, which gave religious meanings to the 12 Days of Christmas, but NOT so people could practice their faith is secret. If you’d like to know more about this, please go to the 12 Days of Christmas page on snopes.com

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The 12th Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me twelve drummers drumming

On The 12th Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me ‘twelve drummers drumming’ were the twelve disciples of Jesus (They could also mean the twelve points of the Apostles’ Creed!)

This is also one of the days of verses where things can start to get mixed up depended on the year or origin that the verse is being sung from. More information on this can be found here.

Other information.

The 12 Days of Christmas are now most famous as a song about someone receiving lots of presents from their ‘true love’. However, to get to the song there had to be the days to start with!

The 12 Days of Christmas start on Christmas Day and last until the evening of the 5th January – also known as Twelfth Night. The 12 Days have been celebrated in Europe since before the middle ages and were a time of celebration.

Each of the 12 Days traditionally is celebrated with a feast day for a saint and/or have different celebrations: Day 12 (5th January also known as Epiphany Eve): St. John Neumann who was the first Bishop in American. He lived in the 19th century.

We hope you have enjoyed our 12 Days of Christmas informational, and have a great and safe holiday.

~And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

~AMERiders
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Stay Warm While You Ride with Winter Motorcycle Gear!

If any of you are by chance still riding since the cooler weather has hit, let us help you stay warm with our Winter Motorcycle Gear. AMERiders has everything to help keep you and your passenger warm from classic leather jackets to gloves and more for everyone.

Classic Jackets for Men, Women, and Children

A great way to stay warm while riding is with one of our classic leather jackets for Ladies, Gents or Children in all fashions and styles. Check out these few below or More from our Apparel Section.

Winter Motorcycle Gear
Men’s Motorcycle Jacket With Z/O Lining

Stay warm with our Men’s Motorcycle Jacket With Z/O Lining  is embossed on the back is the American Eagle clutching a USA shield with your motto on top and beneath. Other features include a full, zip-out lining that runs through the sleeves, epaulets on the shoulders, a fold-down collar with button snaps, and a sturdy, front zip-up closure.

Winter Motorcycle Gear
Ladies Solid Buffalo Leather Jacket

Ladies, can you picture yourself, in our stunning Ladies Solid Buffalo Leather Jacket ? It is solid black and made from genuine buffalo leather. It’s Durable Construction Features two zippered exterior pockets and two interior pockets. To give you a comfortably snug fit it is gathered at the sides and is fully lined as well.

Winter Motorcycle Gear
Teens Leather Motorcycle Jacket With Snap Down Collar

Keep your “mini-you” warm with our Teens Leather Motorcycle Jacket With Snap Down Collar . It is a great jacket to start off your teen biker with. This beauty is made from Top Grade Genuine Leather and will make them feel like they are one of the pack. Features of this sweet leather jacket include: Snap collar, half roller belt buckle and side laces for a better fit, multiple pockets, zippered cuffs all for a cool looking jacket.

Gloves for Men and Women.
 Winter Motorcycle Gear
All Leather Motorcycle Gauntlet Glove

It is very important not only to keep your hands protected while riding but to have your hands warm as well. A great way to do that is to have a great pair of gloves in your Winter Motorcycle Gear wardrobe. AMERiders has a large selection of Men’s and Women’s gloves that will do just that. We have chosen to show you two of our favorites below.

Winter Motorcycle Gear
Stitched Eagle On Women’s Motorcycle Gloves

Keep your hands warm with our Gents All Leather Motorcycle Gauntlet Glove is a great glove that is made from genuine leather and is fully lined. Wear them while riding or anytime that you need warmth for your hands.

Our Stitched Eagle On Women’s Motorcycle Gloves are made from genuine leather and feature an eagle stitched on the cuff, and are nice and warm as well.

We would like to note that we are not leaving out Headwear or Helmets
Winter Motorcycle Gear
DOT Full Face Winebury Modular Motorcycle Helmet

A great full face helmet can be great to keep your head and face warm during the winter and we have a large stock of them available in all styles and colors. Consequently, this gorgeous Wine colored helmet is not only full face it is also DOT approved and certified as well, but is a great choice. It is a Stylish Convenience The Rodia RF-4 Modular incorporates all the benefits of a full-face helmet with the advantages of an open-face helmet. Not only that its lightweight shell design is made from aerodynamic fiberglass and is paired with ABS polycarbonate alloy chin bar. Large eye ports will give you greater visibility.

Winter Motorcycle Gear
BALACLAVA IN SOLID BLACK

Make a bold statement, and keep your dome warm on the open road with AME Riders’ selection of motorcycle headwear, including stylish and functional options for every biker. Boasting designs that will show off your style and get you noticed in a crowd. Our balaclavas and motorcycle face masks for men and women are not only good for providing warmth in cold weather, they will also add a layer of unique style to your biker apparel.

 

And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

~But this month do it spookily~

 

 

 

 

~AMERiders

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Let AMERiders help you keep warm with our large selection of Winter Motorcycle Gear.

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Simple Motorcycle Tips to Save Your Life, and the Life of Your Passenger

Safety is important and AMERiders wants to give you these Simple Motorcycle Tips to Save Your Life, and the Life of Your Passenger. When riding either by yourself or with a passenger it is always important to always stay alert and know what is going on. However, there are other simple motorcycle tips that can help ensure yours and your passenger’s safety. We offer these to you just in case the unthinkable happens and you (in the words of so many car drivers) “just come out of nowhere”, and can help to avoid serious issues or at least save you and your passenger from a few broken bones. An experienced rider will see some of these as obvious but it’s always worth reminding yourself of the dangers out there.

Wear Your Gear

This should be a no-brainer, however, it’s not just about wearing the gear; it’s about wearing the right gear all the time. This is what you need and some reasons why you need it. We sell all types of safety gear so check the links in each section to get your new piece or set of gear.

Helmet
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DOT Full Face Skull Pile Motorcycle Helmet

helmet that conforms to safety standards (DOT/SNELL) is what you want protecting your head, not something bought second hand at all. It is important to note that, many helmets lose their protective integrity after one impact. Helmets can be expensive, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. Buy new and always wear your own, as you may not know the history of the helmet. A good helmet is a key element of yours and your passenger’s safety.

Jacket and Trouser
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Jacket and Trousers can save your skin

There are many different kinds of jacket and trouser  gear out there; some riders wear leather, but some prefer Kevlar. Regardless of what you choose always remember, your skin can only survive a slide so far before muscle tissue and bone start to show. It may sound horrible but a quick Google search can show you the damage no gear can cause unprotected skin!

Gloves
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Stitched Eagle On Women’s Motorcycle Gloves

When in a fall (crash or even just dropping your bike) your hands always instinctively reach out to break your fall. If you’re not wearing good gloves, your hands are going to suffer for it. Gloves are often forgotten; even if you’re wearing the rest of the gear – don’t forget your gloves. Skinned hands take forever to heal. Not only that they make everyday tasks a complete nightmare. Walking away from a crash may seem like a win but having to get someone else to help undo your zipper for the bathroom isn’t fun.

Boots
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Women’s 10″ Side Pocket Boot Black

Everyone has seen the images of riders riding bike scooters and small dirt bikes with flip-flops on; now search for the images of when things don’t go to plan. We have all heard the horror stories and that should be reason enough not to do it. The long and short of it is, you’re riding a large engine on two-wheels with little space between your feet and the floor. Durable, sturdy, thick boots are always recommended. You want something that can protect your ankles, and feet as well as stop a bike from squashing them and survive a slide along the floor. Most importantly stay on if you do crash.

Using Your Eyes is paramount
simple motorcycle tips
Keep your eyes open and scanning all the time

We all know that you need to look where you want to go.  Scan for potholes and other hazards and be aware of the traffic. You should also assume that every other vehicle on the road is driven by a moron and above all don’t assume they know what they are doing. How many times have you seen the unbelievable first-hand? How often have you thought ‘they’re definitely not going to attempt that…No way, they’re actually doing it’? Surprisingly it happens so often that the answer is yes.

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These Bobster Sunglasses are great for protecting your peepers

It’s important to keep your eyes open; use your mirrors, over-shoulder checks and above all keep an eye on the traffic too. Look around and analyze every potential hazard; your mind should do this automatically as you ride but it’s always good to keep your eyes out for danger.  This is especially important when a passenger is riding with you. Don’t forget to wear a great pair of glasses to help protect your peepers if you are not wearing a full face or visor on your helmet.

Avoid Debris in the road and in your path
simple motorcycle tips
If you can’t avoid debris, make sure you approach slowly, with your bike upright.

If your eyes are open, you should be able to avoid any sand, gravel or other debris that may be lying across the road. When riding with one or more other bikes, it’s just polite to point it out to whoever is behind you, So that they can make preparations to tackle it or avoid it. If you can not avoid the debris, make sure you approach it slowly, with your bike upright. Off-road tires can handle the debris but still keep the bike upright.  If you’re armed with road tires, make sure that you cross the patch slowly, don’t aggressively brake or accelerate while you’re going over it.
If you’re in a corner and don’t have time to get upright before entering then you’re more than likely going to take a tumble. You were going too fast in the first place or didn’t look far enough ahead and consider the danger. It has been known to happen.

Smart braking is important
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Braking too hard can cause accidents

One of the most important of our simple motorcycle tips is smart braking. Braking too rapidly can cause an accident, however,so can braking too slowly. To prevent slow braking, ensure that your brakes are in tip-top condition and adjusted to the way you like them. You should also be aware of the state of your tires too. Make sure they have the correct amount of tread of them, cause a tire blow our or bad tread can also cause serious accidents.

Braking rapidly can be because you’re too close to a hazard. Always leave as much room as possible between yourself and the vehicle in front of you. Consider your braking routine as weight distribution rather than slowing down; some riders say they never use the front brake first while others swear by it. Using the front brake does shift all of your weight to the front of the bike but you can counter any potential lock up by applying the back brake, smoothening out your weight distribution.

When riding with a passenger you should expect that as you slow the motorcycle to a stop, this will be the time the passenger moves around or makes adjustments. This will challenge your slow speed control, skills and help you master them! Practice your braking as often as you can with and without a passenger. Knowing how to brake appropriately in any situation could save both your lives!

Educate Yourself

When thinking of simple motorcycle tips this one stood out most. All of the skills you need to improve your riding can be learned on an advanced riding course. These courses are designed to help you re-learn the basics, lose bad habits and take your riding to the next level. It’s interesting to go and try the new testing requirements and you may be surprised to find gaps in your knowledge. By taking a course or booking time with an instructor, you can fill in all the blanks and re-acquaint yourself with the rules of the road. You might think it’s a waste of time now but you’ll feel differently afterward!

It is also very important to know how to ride with a passenger as well, we will cover more on this in our next post. We should also make note that taking an advanced rider course can lower the cost of your insurance.

Last words for thought
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Braking with a passenger is different than by yourself

Some last few quick simple motorcycle tips for thought. When riding with a passenger ensure that your gear shifts are smooth to the point of the passenger not even sensing the shift has occurred. If their helmet is knocking into the back of yours, you’re not smooth enough yet. Smoothness in your stopping and starting is important. When you move off from a stop aim for such smoothness that the passenger is not quite sure that you have started to move. This goes the same for a stop,  smoothness all around.

Also, the extra weight of your passenger will increase the stopping power of your rear brake. You’ll need greater clutch finesse and more throttle when starting from a stop. If your passenger is heavy, it will take longer to turn, slow down, or speed up on your motorcycle. Avoid traveling at extreme speeds.

We hope that these simple motorcycle tips have helped you to adapt your riding and maybe even given you something to think about that you don’t already do.

And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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Let AMERiders keep you up to date on your riding with these simple motorcycle tips.

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Biker Safety Tip 7: How to Fight Fatigue

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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~AMERiders

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

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

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

The Most Crucial Pieces of Motorcycle Armor

How safe are you on your motorcycle?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And as always….

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~AMERiders

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

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