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Why Wear Motorcycle Gloves?

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Aug 12, 2014 8:42:00 AM

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Hey, we don't usually bring this up ...

We'd much rather talk about the fun of riding .. but every once in a while the "why wear motorcycle gloves"  question comes up.

You may be tempted to think -- " ... it's summer, it's hot, no gear today".
 
Well, we could tell you all the benefits of protective gloves ... how they're made with "abrasion proof" this and "padded" that ...

Instead, we'll just let a rider friend who was in a wreck last month answer this most basic question for you.

Junie Rose is an experienced year-round rider who has completed the 8000+ mile Hoka Hey Challenge ride every year -- but she was in a wreck last month on her way to this year's Hoka Hey Challenge.  

 As she tells it:

" ... The speed limit is 70. Four lanes of traffic, all stopped. The tail lights came so fast there was no time to think. I have always told myself get away from the bike. I don't remember doing that but that's what I did.

More important than what I did for the next few seconds is what I did that morning. I put on my gear. My helmet, my long pants, my jacket, my boots and my gloves. I did not hit the cars stopped in front of me but I did hit the ground. Thank You Olympia for the gloves you gave me they saved my hands..."

As for this most basic question, it goes without saying: All the Gear, All the Time.

Every rider is going to have an unplanned get-off. Your gear will save your hands, and your hide.

Enough said.

PS - We are so thankful that, despite her injuries, Junie is on the mend. 

We look forward to seeing her back in the saddle on "Hunydu", good as new, continuing to raise money for the Nation of Patriots and others in need -- she is one tough lady with a heart as big as they come.

As for the rest of us ... stay alert, and stay safe.

Rider Suggestions for Safer Riding

The riders who stop by our Facebook page are not shy about saying what they think.  So on the topic of safety, here are a few basic reminders we wanted to share:
  • Wear polarized sunglasses so you are not 'blinded by the light'.
  • Zen Time: You know that time of day where you start drifting off into the clouds and start daydreaming. This is a clear hint that it is time to pull over for a short rest. Clear your mind.
  • When you are riding, pay attention to what is ahead of you. Watch out for people crossing the street, people walking their dogs and traffic lights about to change from yellow to red. Looking out into a beautiful open field, body of water or other view can be distracting. Even the automobile next to you while at a red light, or rubbernecking when passing an accident is tempting. Be mindful of the 'big picture' and stay focused on your ride. Stay on track and keep driving ahead.
  • When it is time to rest, rest. Your body may be uncomfortable. Listen to your body and take a restful stop.
If you are reading this, you may have gone without gear before, and ... though we hope not ... perhaps you still think that "feeling the wind" beats suiting up.

Have we changed your mind? Let us know what you think.

    
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Topics: Motorcycle Safety, All Season Motorcycle Gloves

10 Things You Need For Hassle-Free Motorcycle Travel

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Aug 7, 2014 8:05:00 AM

Ever have one of those rides where something goes wrong and you aren't prepared for it?

You can't pack EVERYTHING ... so you have to boil it down to the essentials and then pack them nice and tight. Especially for touring and longer distance rides ... you have to be prepared for road emergencies, and choose SMART.

What's on your motorcycle travel packing list?  Here's what's on ours.

... Let us know what we forgot in the comments!

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Topics: Motorcycle Safety, Motorcycle Travel Tips

Motorcycle Dealerships: Customer Service is Everything

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Aug 2, 2014 2:45:00 PM

Fill in the blank: I'm taking a trip to my motorcycle dealer this weekend, to get a ___________________.

Every once in a while, a topic comes up on our Facebook page that strikes a nerve.

Last week, we tossed out a softball question about motorcycle dealerships, expecting to hear a wish list of bikes, fantasy farkles, and gear.

Instead, we heard some pretty bitter answers, veiled in humor.

While some of the comments are funny, we wondered about the reason for the negativity.

Do you rave about your dealership experience? And if not, why not?

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Topics: Customer Service, Motorcycle Dealerships

Glove Buying Guide for Women Motorcycle Riders

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Jul 30, 2014 11:48:00 PM

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Women motorcycle riders need gear and apparel made specifically for them. Motorcycle gloves are no exception.

Women riders experience the same temperature extremes, numbness and fatigue from vibration, and need for hand protection as male riders.

But, women often have smaller hands and longer fingers than men and need a women’s motorcycle glove, not just a small men’s glove.

Here are the inside tips on how to find the perfect motorcycle glove to fit your hands, and your riding needs.

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Topics: Womens motorcycle gloves

Hot Weather Motorcycle Gear: Surprising Idea for a Cooler Ride

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Jul 24, 2014 5:06:00 PM

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Topics: Summer motorcycle riding, Tips for Summer Riding, Vented/Mesh Motorcycle Gloves, Summer Motorcycle Gloves

Win A New Pair of Summer Motorcycle Gloves!

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Jul 22, 2014 5:34:00 PM

"Name that Bike" Summer Riding Gloves Contest

Show us you know your engine sounds!

Can you correctly identify the matching roar from this motorycle engine to the motorcycle pictured below? For a chance to win a new pair of summer Olympia Motorcycle Gloves, name that sound now!

Simply listen to the audiofile. Guess which bike this engine sound belongs to for your chance to win a new pair of summer riding gloves. 

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Vegan Leather Gloves: 3 Summer Options for Motorcyclists

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Jul 21, 2014 1:55:00 PM

dog_days_are Great days for summer vegan motorcycle glovesWhen summer temperatures climb into double and triple digits, the vegan rider has the same concerns as any other:  It's a challenge to dress for safety, comfort and protection, and keep cool.

But if you know what to look for, there ARE great vegan motorcycle glove choices with cooling and sweat-wicking properties, in addition to not using animal products.

Below, we explain which vegan gloves are particularly good for summer rides  -- with features like venting, mesh, fingerless construction and more -- and what to avoid as the mercury climbs.

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Topics: Vegan Motorcycle Gloves

7 Ultralight Gadgets for Your Next Motorcycle Camping Trip

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Jul 16, 2014 10:52:00 AM

motorcycle camping sceneOpen air, open road, open sky -- it’s the best of all worlds.

But after a long day on the road, you want as many creature comforts as you can get your hands on; the challenge is being comfortable without packing everything and the kitchen sink.

Here are 7 motorcycle gadgets for your next camping adventure, that pack light and add comfort, to get you started.

P.S. We’d like to dedicate this post to our Hoka Hey long distance rider friends, who head out from Key West, Florida to Homer, Alaska in a few days. We're sure they are packing light and doing plenty of camping on the side of the road.

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Motorcycle Riding In The Rain With Confidence: Summer Edition

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Jul 7, 2014 11:29:00 AM

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This past weekend, Hurricane Arthur hit the east coast, bringing torrential rains from North Carolina to Maine.

This got us thinking about the special challenges of riding on rainy days in summer.

Most riders avoid the rain, others learn how to deal with it.  But sometimes you can't avoid it, whether commuting or taking in a scenic cruise. 

If you ride long and often enough, sooner or later, you'll be caught in a sun shower or full-out downpour.

You can try to wait it out. However, with the right gear, special attention to road conditions and your surroundings, and a relaxed attitude, you can be more confident while riding in the rain.

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Topics: Waterproof Motorcycle Gloves, Motorcycle Safety, Tips for Riding in Rain, Summer motorcycle riding, Summer Motorcycle Gloves

5 Unexpected "Go-To" Features For Summer Motorcycle Gloves

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Jul 1, 2014 5:06:00 AM

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Are your summer motorcycle gloves looking a little frayed around the edges?

You may be looking for a new pair that will keep hands protected, well-ventilated, and comfortable on long rides.

But with so many glove choices, how do you know what to look for?

Here are 5 unexpected "must-have" features.

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