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10 Things You Need For Hassle-Free Motorcycle Travel

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Aug 7, 2014 8:05:00 AM

Road_tripAs a rider, you have to be prepared for road emergencies, and pack SMART.

Especially for touring and longer distance rides ...

But you can't pack EVERYTHING ... so you have to boil it down to the essentials and then pack them nice and tight.

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!

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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

dealershipEvery 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

Women

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, Women Motorcycle Riders

Hot Weather Motorcycle Gear: Surprising Idea for a Cooler Ride

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Jul 24, 2014 5:06:00 PM

summer

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.

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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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Topics: Contests and Giveaways

Vegan Leather Gloves: 3 Summer Options for Motorcyclists

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Jul 21, 2014 1:55:00 PM

summer ridingWhen 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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Topics: Motorcycle camping

Motorcycle Riding In The Rain With Confidence: Summer Edition

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Jul 7, 2014 11:29:00 AM

Rain

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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Topics: Summer Motorcycle Gloves

5 Reasons to Love Deerskin Motorcycle Gloves

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Jun 24, 2014 1:40:00 PM

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Deerskin has long been prized by riders, and deerskin gloves can make a great addition to your motorcycle gear collection.

When designed and constructed well, no motorcycle glove will feel softer, or fit better.

Here are 5 surprising facts about deerskin ... and 5 tips on how to choose and care for the deerskin motorcycle glove that is right for you.

Trust us ... you'll never look at Bambi the same way again.

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Topics: All Season Motorcycle Gloves, Deerskin motorcycle gloves

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