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Safety Trumps Style when referring to Protective Motorcycle Gear

Tips for Buying Good Protective Motorcycle Gear

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

Protection Starts at the Top so use Use Your Head

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

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

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

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

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

 

Getting Off On the Right Foot : Choosing the right footwear

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

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

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

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

Material

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

Comfort

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

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

Get a Grip Choose Smart Protection for Your Hands

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

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

Tough as Leather Is Not Just a Saying

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

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

What is this about armor?

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

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

Types of armor- Armor comes in many types and styles

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

Dress for the Slide not the Ride

Protective Motorcycle Gear
Dress for the Slide not the Ride

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

And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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

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Motorcycle Retro-Vintage New Trend or New Motorcycle Design Idea?

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

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

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

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

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

Vintage Yamaha Cafe Racer
Yamaha Cafe Racer

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

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

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

And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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

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

How Dark Is Your Darkest Side? Is It Blackout Dark?

AmeRiders wants to see your Darkest Side! Check out the Dark Horse Blackout Event and check out the all-new Indian® Chieftain Dark Horse® on 5/28/16 at your local dealer! Indian®, America’s first motorcycle company, is presenting its most exciting member of the Indian® Chief® line-up and its first 2016 model — the Indian® Chieftain Dark Horse®.

Darkest Side
Indian® Chieftain Dark Horse®

This gorgeous dark beauty is your basic Chief Classic which has been blacked-out from warbonnet to the rear fender. Even its Thunder Stroke 111 air/oil-cooled 49-degree V-twin & its sweet six-speed transmission have had their chrome acreage drastically reduced. Indian states that “it gives an unpolished and raw approach while maintaining the legendary Indian Cheif style.”

Darkest Side
Indian® Chieftain Dark Horse®

There there are around 40 accessories designed with the bike. Most obvious in the photos are the black ape-hanger bars air filter. There is also a blacked-out exhaust/heat shield available as well.

Darkest Side
Indian® Chieftain Dark Horse®

The Dark Horse is now the lightest Chief by virtue of elimination of parts and by use of cast wheels weighing in at 751 pounds. as the standard 2015 Chief is 778 pounds dry. Still it is a gorgeous bike by any standards and for those of us, that like to show off our Darkest Side this is one way to do so.

Here are just a few of the 2016 Indian Chief Dark Horse Specs more can be found here.

ENGINE – Thunder Stroke 111
Engine Type – 49° V-Twin
Transmission – 6-speed/constant mesh/foot shift
Bore x Stroke – 3.976 in. x 4.449 in. (101 mm x 113 mm)
Clutch – Wet, multi-plate
Compression Ratio – 9.5 : 1
Cooling – Air / Oil
Displacement – 111 cu in / 1811 cc
Exhaust – Split dual exhaust with crossover
Final Drive – Belt drive, 152 tooth
Fuel Capacity – 5.5 gal / 20.8 ltr
Fuel System – Electronic fuel injection, closed loop/54 mm bore, w/ cruise control
Oil Capacity – 5.5 qts / 5.20 ltr
Primary Drive – Gear drive wet clutch
Torque – 119.2 ft-lbs at 3000 rpm / 138.9 N m at 2600 rpm

SUSPENSION
Front Suspension – Telescopic fork, 46 mm diameter, 4.7 in / 119 mm travel
Rear Suspension – Single shock 3.7 in / 94 mm travel, adjustable

CHASSIS
Dry Weight (claimed) – 751 lbs / 341 kg
Ground Clearance – 5.5 in / 140 mm
GVWR – 1,260 lbs / 573 kg
Length – 103.5 in / 2630 mm
Rake/Trail – 29° / 6.1 in / 155 mm
Seat Height – 26 in / 660 mm
Wheelbase – 68.1 in / 1730 mm

BRAKES
Brake System Type – Individual front and rear control with ABS
Front – Dual 300 mm floating rotor with 4-piston calipers
Rear – Single 300 mm floating rotor with 2-piston caliper

WHEELS & TIRES
Front Tire – Dunlop American Elite 130/90B16 73H
Front Wheel – Cast 16 in. x 3.5 in.
Rear Tire – Dunlop American Elite 180/65B16 81H
Rear Wheel Cast 16 in. x 5.0 in.

Darkest Side
Chieftain Dark Horse low-ball glass

Visit your local Indian Motorcycle dealership on Saturday, May 28th for the Dark Horse Blackout Event and check out the all-new Indian® Chieftain Dark Horse®. Test ride any bike and get a free limited edition Chieftain Dark Horse low ball glass while supplies last. Show everyone your Darkest Side with this gorgeous blacked-out bike from Indian®.

We would also like to remind our brothers and sisters that it is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and as such here is a reminder of how important wearing protective gear is.

Darkest Side
Helmet after crash

One of our brothers went down this week and was lucky to be wearing his protective gear. He was going around 45 mph with a group of brothers and sisters when the front brakes on the bike he was riding locked up causing him to be ejected from the motorcycle, land in the roadway and roll about 30 times.

Darkest Side
Jacket after crash

We are so glad he is okay and came out of it with only abrasions and bruising. We are including a picture of his helmet and his jacket to show you how much protective gear helps.

And as always….

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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Show AMERiders your Darkest Side during the Dark Horse Blackout Event.

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

Which Gear Colors Work Best for Visibility to Other Drivers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best Gear Colors
MOTORCYCLE SISSY BAR BAG TRUNK WITH SKULL

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

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

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

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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

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

Motorcycle Safety Tips for your Next Motorcycle Ride!

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

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

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

Motorcycle Safety Tips
Men’s Leather Jacket With Zippered Cuffs

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

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

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

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

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

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

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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

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

Selecting the Proper Women’s Motorcycle Riding Gear

Some women riders of the world in correlation to men worry more about how riding gear may look on them, although they all look for function some look not only for function but style as well. Ladies can feel overwhelmed with the amount of Women’s Motorcycle Riding Gear choices that are available to them nowadays, and selecting the proper riding gear for either men or women can be difficult. There are many companies that produce gear just for women as the fit for a woman is critical, not just for style but for performance as well.

Motorcycle Helmets are important
Ladies Blossom Helmet MC5

With ladies, the main thing to do when Selecting the Proper Women’s Motorcycle Riding Gear is to ensure that it is made by a well-known company. They gear may look cute but if the material is of sub-quality then it will not offer the protection required while riding.

You want to be covered from head-to-toe if at all possible because any skin exposed can be removed in a crash which can lead to infection. Make sure your helmet fits snuggly but not that it hurts your head, search for the best one and not for the graphic that looks good to you. Even if it is your dream helmet if it doesn’t fit properly it is not a good helmet and will not give you protection.

SOUTH_DAKOTA_47188When trying on a helmet shake your head from side to side, if the helmet slides around it is too big. Always wear your hair the way you’re going to wear it when wearing your helmet during helmet fittings. An article from Motosport.com tells how to properly measure your head for buying a helmet. Here is a snippet from it.

“Measuring for which motorcycle helmet size will fit is actually as simple as looking for a good hat. The difference is in how the helmet will fit over the rider’s head. The best tool for this is the soft vinyl or fiberglass seamstress or tailor’s tape measure. It is flexible enough to wrap around the rider’s skull and is marked in useful increments for determining an accurate size. Use it to find which size of helmet will suit you:

  • Wrap the measuring tape around the fullest part of the head – this will be just above the ears and about a half-inch above the eyebrows for most – and take the measurement at the forehead. To get the most accurate measure, have a friend help with this step.
  • Take the number found above and go to the size chart for the motorcycle helmet being viewed and find the helmet size which includes this dimension in its sizing information. Each manufacturer has sizing which is specific to its own models, so only rely on the size chart produced for the motorcycle helmet being considered.

LJ238-11Once measuring has been accomplished, and the size charts scanned for the appropriate motorcycle helmet size to be purchased, the next part is ensuring that the helmet lives up to its shape and size designations. There is always some variance, even between different models from the same manufacturer, in how a motorcycle helmet actually fits on the rider’s head. Thus, a fitting is often necessary.”

Also, remember that if you are wearing an open face or half helmet, etc. then you should wear protective eyewear such goggles or sunglasses to protect your eyes not only from the sun but from dust, the wind and other particles.

On to Jackets and pants/chaps the decision between leather or textile is up to the wearer ,however,  leather weighs more and isn’t waterproof, whereas textile is (made from a variety of durable and abrasion resistant materials) is lighter (sometimes bulkier) and water-resistant or even waterproof.

Women's Motorcycle Riding Gear
Women’s Leather Chaps With Pink Stripes

Quality Women’s Motorcycle Riding Gear is designed to fit comfortably while your riding on a bike. CE-Approved armor is a great thing to look for as it helps to absorb energy in a crash as well as protect impact points such as the elbows, shoulders, back, knees and hips. During warm weather/climates, venting should be important, but on the other side with cold weather/climates, the ability to layer is important as well.

The preference of textile over pants or chaps is what works for the wearer. When ordering online such as from us at AMERiders check sizing charts and get a tape measure to help you out.

Women's Motorcycle Riding Gear
Stitched Eagle On Women’s Motorcycle Gloves

Your hands are very important to protect (see our previous article here on hand protection) so protecting them with gloves is very important, because if your hands are injured you can’t ride your bike, write, type, or do other things with your hands that you love to do. You must depend on others to do it for you. Think of having to get help to unbutton your jeans to go to the little biker gals room… Wear your glove ladies… keep them protected.

Women's Motorcycle Riding Gear
WOMENS BIKER BOOTS WITH EAGLE AT ANKLE

Boots, like gloves and your helmet, are 1 of the other important parts of your gear. Even if you just drop your bike standing still you can injure an ankle if not wearing boots that will help protect you from injury. Boots can help to protect from burns, sprains, and other ankle injuries when a bike is dropped or in a crash, as well as provide traction for taking off and stops. (our boot selection is in limited stock so get yours here now before they are all gone.)

Let us leave you with this last parting thought choosing gear that fits correctly is important , you want it to fit so as it is not distracting while you ride, plus seeing a lady fidgeting with her gear while she rides is not lady-like and is also distracting to other riders… Plus it means your not paying attention to the road but to your clothing more.

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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Let AMERiders be your stop for all your Women’s Motorcycle Riding 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.

And speaking of for all you CVMA brothers and sisters here is an event for you…

2nd Annual Friar Tuck Memorial Dice Run-

The ride starts at American Legion 402, 17680 Ashley Drive in Panama City Beach. Registration with breakfast is from 9:00 am to 11:00 am and the last motorcycles go out at 11:00 am. The ride fee is $15.00 for the rider and $5.00 for a passenger. Cash awards will be given for the high and low score. The event also includes a 50/50 drawing, raffles, music, bike games, food and more. For more information call (850) 381-4372

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.

List of Unique Uses for Motorcycle Helmets

There are many reasons to reasons that call for wearing a helmet, jobs, some recreational activities and yes even some hobbies require them as well but did you know there are some other Unique Uses for Motorcycle Helmets we at AMERiders are going to give you a list of a few of them. There are obvious benefits to wearing a motorcycle helmet and the main one is to protect the wearer from serious injury, however, there are some people that still choose to ignore the safety benefits and go without their helmet. There are many reasons people do this such as wanting to keep their image up, they feel uncomfortable in one, and many others. If you have a custom made helmet you don’t have to feel uncomfortable or feel like you look uncool or awkward either. Plus if your helmet becomes damaged in a fall there are things you can do instead of just throwing it in the garbage.

What possible Unique Uses for Motorcycle Helmets or just helmets, in general, could there be? Well how about :

Not seeing those flashing lights in your mirror or rather a smokey off your back? What are we talking about? Staying on the right side of the law is what we mean,  as certain activities are governed by the law in some states that you must wear a helmet when doing those activities. So use your noggin, stay in the within the law and wear a helmet if you want to stay clear from unwanted fines or jail time.

DOT Rodia Full Face Pearl White Modular Helmet
DOT Rodia Full Face Pearl White Modular Helmet

If you need a helmet try one of our Modular helmets that are chatterbox ready such as our DOT Rodia Full Face Pearl White Modular Helmet is the new addition to the Rodia line of products and it is a stylish convenience at its best. This Rodia RF-4 Modular incorporates the benefits of a full-face helmet with the advantages of an open-face helmet.  It features a Flip-up the shield or, with the touch of a button opens the entire front and is made with a  Lightweight Shell Design, which has an aerodynamic fiberglass shell and an ABS/Polycarbonate Alloy chin bar.  Not to mention the Large eye port opening for much greater visibility, and much, much more.

There are still many more Unique Uses for Motorcycle Helmets to be listed such as:

Keeping bugs out- helmets add more than personality they keep, the wind, dust, rain, and even yes bugs out of your eyes and mouth.

Unique Uses for Motorcycle Helmets
Storm Trooper Helmet

If you have a custom built helmet you can Rock your geeky side by having it reflect a person’s personality, such as a Storm Trooper, Ironman or any number of other geeked-out looks.

Other unique uses also include (we suggest some of these if the helmet has been damaged and no longer usable):

  • Unique paper-weight
  • Pet/Baby Carrier
  • Flower Pot/Planter
  • Unique Mail Box
Unique Uses for Motorcycle Helmets
DOT Vented Ladies Silver Lady Rider Shorty

But it also goes without saying that they some like full-face helmets will help you to use less sunscreen. Ladies, there are helmets for you too like our DOT Vented Ladies Silver Lady Rider Shorty this gorgeous helmet, is one of the lightest and smallest in the market.  Sports beautiful graphics of skulls, roses, and the lady rider ribbon on a glossy black vented helmet.

We have a large selection of Men’s, Ladies, and youth DOT/Snell approved half, beanies, three-quarters, modular, and full face helmets in many of the popular brands such as HJC, Rodia, MotoX and many more including a few novelty as well.

Ledt us finish this post off by saying that, if your are an Motorcycle Rider and lover like we are then wearing a motorcycle helmet is like eating to live, your gonna have to do it so do it already!

Let AMERiders be your choice for a Helmet when you have an idea for Unique Uses for Motorcycle Helmets.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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