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Best Advice for Motorcycle Riders: Listen to MOM!

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

May 9, 2014 2:27:00 PM

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Mother's Day is quickly approaching!

Besides taking the time to make your mom feel special this Sunday, reflect on the wisdom your mom passed on to you.

In our Facebook contest this month, we asked riders to share the best piece of advice they got from mom.  The responses we're getting are great ... some make us laugh, some surprise us.

Check out what they said.

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Vented and Mesh Summer Motorcycle Gloves That'll Keep You Cool

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

May 9, 2014 9:29:00 AM

OMS_mesh_glove_niceWe all love leather cloves, but as any biker knows, leather heats up. Fatigue sets in, and all of a sudden that cool ride has become a sweat slick, and blisters can form.

That's why glove manufacturers make summer weight mesh gloves with vents and other features that keep your hands cool.

Which glove features are best for wicking away sweat? 

Which are best at keeping your hands comfortable yet safe when the sun is out to bake you?

When the sun's out to bake you, here's how to keep hands protected, AND chill out this summer in style.

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Choosing Summer Motorcycle Gloves for Comfort in the Heat

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

May 7, 2014 1:17:00 PM

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Days are getting warmer ... so this is a good time to check your summer gear and see if it's road worthy.

Summer motorcycle riding gloves can:

  • Protect your hands from sunburn, pebbles, rocks and bugs, and the unlikely unplanned get off.

  • Make your hands feel more comfortable while you ride.

  • Give you better grip of your controls.
Here's how to choose summer motorcycle gloves that make hot weather rides safer and more comfortable.
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Topics: Touch Screen Gloves, Summer motorcycle riding, Gel Palm Gloves, fingerless motorcycle gloves, Vented/Mesh Motorcycle Gloves, Summer Motorcycle Gloves

Gift Guide for Women Motorcycle Riders -- Mother's Day

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

May 3, 2014 1:40:00 PM

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With more women riding motorcycles, your favorite rider can be your sister, aunt, grandmother or friend.

Liven up Mother's Day with ideas from this gift guide that would warm any motorcycle mama's heart.

Chocolate, flowers or cards are lovely, but choosing something specifically related to motorcycles –  from great new riding gear to cool biker jewelry – would be a fun and unique way to honor her on this special day.

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Topics: Womens motorcycle gloves, Motorcycle rider gift guide, Women Motorcycle Riders

Leather Motorcycle Gloves: A Good Warm-Weather Option?

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Apr 30, 2014 11:56:00 AM

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When the air temperature is like an oven, the temptation to ride without gear is always there, but hands NEED protection.

One question we're frequently asked as summer approaches is which gloves are best at keeping hands cool during hot summer rides?

Leather is a classic material, and many riders like it in the summer, even if it's not the coolest fabric for gloves.

The two main benefits of leather is the capability to breathe and it's more protective than fiber alternatives, due to better abrasion resistance.

If you’re wondering what kind of glove -- leather or otherwise -- is best for summer months, read on.

Here is a lowdown of the latest advances in materials and styles, for maximum summertime protection and comfort. 

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Topics: Private Label Leather Sourcing, Summer motorcycle riding, Tips for Summer Riding

Motorcycle Riders: Get Custom Gloves with Your Riding Club Logo

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Apr 28, 2014 4:59:00 PM

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Topics: Customized motorcycle gloves

Should Black Leather Motorcycle Gloves Turn Hands Black?

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Apr 25, 2014 2:48:00 AM

 

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On Facebook, a rider recently commented that after riding in the rain, the black leather from his gloves leeched its dye into his skin.

This shouldn't happen, but sometimes does ...

... so we thought we'd explain why it happens and how it can be prevented.

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Topics: leather motorcycle gloves

Plan The Perfect Summer Motorcycle Camping Trip

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Apr 23, 2014 10:20:00 AM

campfire-1So you are planning a long distance motorcycle camping trip. This is most definitely an experience every adventure rider wants to cross off of their bucket list.

With nothing but the wind at your back as you explore a new stretch of road, it can be a truly unforgettable experience.  The scenery, the peacefulness of camping out under the stars, the sounds of nature ... yet, to be successful, such a trip involves a fair amount of preparation and knowledge.  

Starting with the most important thing, your bike. 

Which Bike for a Comfortable Ride?

It's a personal decision, but cruiser type styles of bikes are usually equipped with larger engines to handle the long stretches of road. Advantage:  not only larger engines, but typically lower seats and a laid back swagger, promising a more comfortable ride.

To ensure comfortable cruising wherever the front wheel takes you, typically the minimum recommended long distance cruiser engine size is 750cc.

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Favorite Local Motorcycle Routes: New York (Bear Mountain)

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Apr 22, 2014 12:32:00 PM

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This time of year, NYC-area riders need no excuse to escape from the routine and head for the hills.  There's nothing better after a brutal winter than getting out and stretching the legs on a long spring ride.

And there is no better route than the rolling hills and scenic overlooks up and around Bear Mountain, NY.

Located on the west side of the Hudson River in Rockland and Orange counties, the roads around Bear Mountain State Park become a mecca for cyclists once the weather warms.

If you are planning a ride, check out long distance rider and New York native Dan Zinn's favorite local route

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Topics: Motorcycle Routes

Riding a Motorcycle in the Rain: 5 Safety Factors for Stormy Weather

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Apr 17, 2014 11:41:00 AM

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If you ride, sooner or later you'll get caught in the rain.

To avoid getting soaked, and feel more confident while riding in the rain -- it's a good idea to prepare for wet weather well ahead of time.

There are two aspects to this: 

  • how to ride safely on wet surfaces
  • what motorcycle gear to have on hand when rain is in the forecast. 

We wrote about rain gear last week ... so today is all about wet weather riding preparedness, and riding skills.

Here are steps you can take to ride safe and stay dry.

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Topics: Waterproof Motorcycle Gloves, Tips for Night Riding/Visiblity, Tips for Riding in Rain, motorcycle gear

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