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6 Cool Motorcycle Gadgets Under $50 for a Hassle Free Trip

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Jun 16, 2014 5:36:00 AM


We're always interested in the newest and coolest motorcycle gadgets.  It'a funny how something as simple a new handle grips or a cupholder can make a huge difference in your comfort on the road. 

Some gadgets aren't worth the money, but several are well worth their price for the comfort, safety or convenience they add..

Here are a few inexpensive gadgets that will help make your trip a little more enjoyable.

1. Tank Bags


Topics: Motorcycle Gadgets

26 Tips to Reduce Hand Numbness For Motorcycle Riders

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Jun 10, 2014 7:23:00 AM


Motorcycle riders sometimes experience hand numbness, forearm fatigue, and other hand/wrist/arm discomfort -- especially early in the riding season.

This occurence is surprisingly prevalent among riders.

Recently in the Motorcycle Enthusiasts group forum on Linkedin, there were over 100 comments regarding this problem -- which shows how very common it is.

Often, the best suggestions come from other riders.

Here are 26 tips from riders who have dealt with hand discomfort.


Topics: Gel Palm Gloves, Hand Numbness/Vibration

Gift Guide for Motorcycle Riders -- Celebrating Dads on Father's Day

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Jun 5, 2014 10:00:00 AM

fathers_dayLet's start with a true story:

One June, my brother and I wanted to get our dad fresh bagels, for a special Father's Day breakfast.

Without asking, we took the keys to his new red Firebird, and drove to the bagel store.  Unfortunately, we totaled it on the way home.

We hope our gift guide helps you celebrate the dads in your life in an equally memorable (but less dramatic) way!


Topics: Motorcycle rider gift guide

Long Distance Motorcycle Riding: Resources To Plan Your Trip

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

May 29, 2014 4:40:00 PM


For lots of riders, summer weekends mean long rides on the bike.

For some riders, that's a nice weekend cruise  ... for others, it's a road trip with a specific destination and length in mind.

Whether you belong to a long distance club with its own challenge like the Hoka Hey Challenge, prefer twisting the throttle on your own, or set your sights on achieving one of the milestone Iron Butt Association challenges, careful planning will improve your ride.

Here are some resources that long distance riders may find helpful.


Topics: Long Distance Riding, Summer motorcycle riding

Crowdsourced Tips (and Myths) for Breaking-In New Leather Motorcycle Gloves

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

May 29, 2014 9:20:00 AM

Leather motorcycle gloveThere's nothing quite like a brand spanking new pair of leather motorcycle gloves.

While leather gloves should be comfortable from day one, they may still need some breaking in.

And while everyone seems to have their own favorite method to do this, there is no one "tried and true" method.

Many people will break a glove in the old fashioned way just by using them and roughing them up a bit.

 Looking for a shortcut? 

Here's a crowdsourced list of ways to give new leather motorcycle gloves more flexibility:


Topics: leather motorcycle gloves

Summer Riding Survival Guide: Hot Weather Motorcycle Gear

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

May 23, 2014 8:43:00 AM


It’s a common summer riding concern, and we hear it a lot: riders hate to wear lot of gear when it’s hot, humid, and sticky ...

Riders need cooler options, that still protect.

Unlike Beckham pictured above, look for gear with strategically placed abrasion resistant materials for the protection you need and the hot weather comfort you want.

Here's the lowdown on warm weather gear to keep you safe and comfortable on the road as temps climb -- and summer riding tips to help you beat the heat.

Topics: Summer motorcycle riding

How To Choose Summer Motorcycle Gloves: Sunny Days Ahead!

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

May 23, 2014 8:38:00 AM


When it comes to summer riding, we're constantly exposed to nature's elements.

Riding can be a challenge in blistering heat, under the hot melting sun.

Why wear gloves for warm weather riding?  For hand protection, which is essential year-round.

And to keep cool and cmfortable, choose the right gloves for the season. 

Here's a simple guide explaining the best options.


Topics: Summer Motorcycle Gloves

Black Fingerless Leather Gloves: A Classic Choice for Riders

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

May 20, 2014 5:55:00 AM

Long gone are the days when 'old school' bikers would ride with their palms wrapped in red bandannas during a long ride.

In Part I of our series on choosing fingerless gloves,  we highlighted some key features to look for when it comes to fingerless motorcycle gloves.

But the most popular fingerless gloves for many riders are black leather fingerless gloves -- a timeless classic.

 Like any motorcycle glove, there are important differences that you may not notice, as well as different qualities of leather.

Here's what to look for when choosing a black leather fingerless glove:


Topics: Private Label: Glove Fit & Feel, Gel Palm Gloves, fingerless motorcycle gloves, leather motorcycle gloves

Which Fingerless Motorcycle Gloves for Summer Riding?

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

May 15, 2014 9:16:00 AM

womens fingerless motorcycle gloves Lots of riders find fingerless motorcycle gloves a comfortable summer alternative, instead of heavily-gloved fingers in summer's heat.

FIngerless gloves are great for:  Comfort, shock absorption, better grip, padding and sweat control. They're a lot cooler in the summer.

In this 2-part series, we explain what to look for when choosing fingerless gloves. 

- Mesh styles are light and cool, and good for wiping the sweat off your face on a hard ride/hot day ...

Black fingerless all leather styles are a classic ...

- and, there are many comfort and safety features to choose from. 


Topics: Gel Palm Gloves, fingerless motorcycle gloves, leather motorcycle gloves

Each Glove Tells A Story: Long Distance Motorcycle Riding ~Voni Glaves

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

May 13, 2014 3:06:00 PM

Voni Graves' Red Gloves

Last week, as the conversation on Facebook page turned to waterproof gloves, we were excited to see a familiar name --  accomplished long distance rider Voni Glaves.

Voni is one of a handful of motorcyclists who has ridden a documented million miles without an accident, and is working on her second million. A million miles is like circling the circumference of the earth 40 times.

Voni agreed to chat with us and share some of her experiences in the saddle.  We were really curious about her experiences both as a long distance motorcycle rider, and a something of a trailblazer for women in the sport.  

And since there's always a history behind a person's pair of motorcycle gloves, we got to hear some pretty cool stories ... and learn a thing or two.

Voni, thanks for sharing your stories, and continue to ride safe!


Topics: Motorcycle rider

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