Hey, we don't usually bring this up ...
You may be tempted to think -- " ... it's summer, it's hot, no gear today".
Aug 12, 2014 8:42:00 AM
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 pack SMART.
What's on your packing list? What essential item do you keep tucked away, "just in case"?
Here are out top 10 items ... tell us what's on your list, in the comments!
Aug 2, 2014 2:45:00 PM
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?
Jul 30, 2014 11:48:00 PM
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.
Jul 24, 2014 5:06:00 PM
When we stumbled across a surprising tip to keep cooler when riding under the blazing summer sun, we knew we had to share it.
According to one rider in the in the Motorcycle Enthusiasts group on Linkedin , wearing long sleeves in hot, steamy weather keeps you cooler than bare arms (as if you'd ride bare-armed anyway!) and prevents rapid dehydration as well.
Do you agree with this tip? Learn why it works, and test it out. Then let us know your findings.
Jul 22, 2014 5:34:00 PM
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.
Topics: Contests and Giveaways
Jul 21, 2014 1:55:00 PM
When 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.
Topics: Vegan Motorcycle Gloves
Jul 16, 2014 10:52:00 AM
Open 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.
Topics: Motorcycle camping
Jul 7, 2014 11:29:00 AM
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.
Jul 1, 2014 5:06:00 AM
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.
Topics: Summer Motorcycle Gloves