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The Best Motorcycle Glove: Rain or Shine

Posted by Tom Schwab

RainOne of the most important articles of clothing for any rider is a decent glove. No one should really go riding without one on each hand. Not only will they give you protection from the elements, but if you go down soft or hard, they'll also offer you protection from asphalt, cement and gravel road rash.


Topics: motorcycle gear

10 Slideshares about Motorcycles you must see

Posted by Tom Schwab

open_road_is_photoRiding a motorcycle can be a lot of fun, but it’s also a large responsibility. It is easy to gather information on motorcycle gear, insurance, trips and other items. You could probably sit and read and watch slide shares all day for weeks. But if you do nothing else, here are ten that you need to see for sure.



Topics: motorcycle gear, Motorcycle camping, Laws

3 Quick Apparel Tips to Get Ready for the Spring Motorcycle Season

Posted by Dan Moyle


Spring means one thing for bikers: time to hit the road! But first ... make sure your gear is set. Getting your apparel ready for spring takes just a little planning, so don't worry. You'll be carving asphalt soon. Here are a few quick tips to get you started on your spring readiness duties.


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3 Ways to Save Money on Motorcycle Gear

Posted by Tom Schwab

Save_Money_Motorcylce_GearWhether you just bought a motorcycle or are thinking about buying one, the next thing you will need to think about is motorcycle gear. You will need helmets, bags, jackets, more bags, gloves, boots, even more bags, (you can’t have too many bags!) and things you haven’t thought of yet. The gear you need to ride safe and look stylish while doing it can get expensive, and that is why you need to know three ways to save money on motorcycle gear.


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Top Quality Motorcycle Gloves for Under $50 Dollars

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz


When riders ask us why motorcycle gloves cost so much, sometimes we just want to say "what are your hands worth"?

Instead, last week we explained what goes into the making of a glove. To get the best value for your money, it helps to know what you're buying.

But you don't have to spend your whole paycheck to get a good pair of gloves.

Today, we highlight 5 classic motorcycle glove styles, that offer great value.

So protect your hands ... and save some bucks, the next time you need gloves.


Topics: motorcycle gear

Top Quality Gloves: What Should Motorcycle Gloves Cost?

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz


Experienced riders know that you "dress for the ride, not for the slide"

But staying protected is definitely a challenge for riders on a budget. You can find gloves at all price ranges --

-- but do you know what to look for when buying a glove? What features are worth the money?  How to tell quality?

Here's how to save a little green, and get the best value for your money, next time you go glove shopping!


Topics: motorcycle gear

Keep Cool: Tips for Motorcycle Riders, Summer Motorcycle Gloves & More

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

blue_skyWe love the cool breezes and lazy days of summer, but sometime riding on 90 degree days can feel like  you're being blasted by a hair dryer!

Here's a round-up of rider suggestions for keeping cool when riding in extreme heat.

Why Motorcycle Gear in the Summer?

When riding this summer, don't be tempted to go without protective gear.

it sounds counter-intuitive, but in the summer, riders really need to cover up.

Why? Besides exposure to road rash, riders who ride uncovered dehydrate MORE quickly as sweat evaporates.  That can cause heat exhaustion -- and it's totally unnecessary.


Topics: motorcycle gear, Summer motorcycle riding, Tips for Summer Riding, Summer Motorcycle Gloves

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

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz


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.


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

Waterproof Motorcycle Gear To Keep Riders Safe and Dry

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz


THE RAIN is inevitable -- If you ride, be prepared for the unexpected downpour. 

Whether the forecast gets it right, or not --

To stay comfortable and dry, the right motorcycle gear makes a big difference.

Here's how to make a solid choice.


Topics: Waterproof Motorcycle Gloves, motorcycle gear

Motorcycle Riders: Protect Hands From Wind (Beyond Windproof Gloves!)

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Riding a motorcycle in WindOptions To Protect Hands From Wind

Since hands are one of the most exposed body parts for a motorcycle rider, we make many styles of windproof gloves. But there are several non-glove options to block wind, such as hand covers and wind muffs, that are also worth considering.

While they DO NOT provide the warming layering effect of air trapped within textiles on your hands, these additions to your bike DO block wind and rain:

  • Wind Deflectors/Wind Guards: usually heavy duty plastic, mount on the bars to shield from wind

  • Hand Muffs: sewn covers that go over grips, with or without a hand guard, to add another layer of protection from wind

Some riders say that the combination of muffs plus electric bars is a nice recipe for warm hands … others say that it is a sure recipe for warm palms and freezing hands.  With or without electric grip warmers or hand covers, protect hands from exposure to wind using a competent glove.

Motorcycle Glove Features For WInd Protection

What about the gloves you already have in your gearbox?  While not technically windproof, some gloves naturally have features that add wind protection, and should not be discounted -- such as:

  • Leather Gloves:  Leather is highly wind resistant.  Though we stop short of calling it windproof without the lamination, it’s the best wind protection youll find in a glove that is not labeled "windproof".

  • Gauntlet Gloves:  Let's not forget the usefulness of a gauntlet glove style, designed to keep cold air from going up your sleeve!  Whether the extended cuff goes over or under your jacket, it's another way to stay comfortable while riding in wind.

WindProof Gloves: "The Basics" For Motorcycle Riders 

What does it mean for a glove to be windproof

A special film is laminated to either the exterior shell of the glove, or the interior lining, that adds wind blocking qualities and stops your body from feeling the chilling effects of wind.

This type of membrane goes by several namessuch as WindTex and Windstopper.  

Of note, Windstopper is known for total windproofness and optimized breathability, which maximizes comfort as it lets moisture vapor to easily escape and prevents overheating and perspiration build-up.

For a short guide to some of our Windproof glove styles, scroll down below!

BUYERS GUIDE: 12 Windproof Gloves from Olympia:

Here are 12 of Olympia's best Windproof Gloves and Waterproof Gloves:


Topics: Windproof Motorcycle Gloves, motorcycle gear

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