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Why Wear Motorcycle Gloves?

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Aug 12, 2014 8:42:00 AM

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Hey, we don't usually bring this up ...

We'd much rather talk about the fun of riding .. but every once in a while the "why wear motorcycle gloves"  question comes up.

You may be tempted to think -- " ... it's summer, it's hot, no gear today".
 
Well, we could tell you all the benefits of protective gloves ... how they're made with "abrasion proof" this and "padded" that ...

Instead, we'll just let a rider friend who was in a wreck last month answer this most basic question for you.

Junie Rose is an experienced year-round rider who has completed the 8000+ mile Hoka Hey Challenge ride every year -- but she was in a wreck last month on her way to the 2014 Hoka Hey Challenge.  

 As she tells it:

" ... The speed limit is 70. Four lanes of traffic, all stopped. The tail lights came so fast there was no time to think. I have always told myself get away from the bike. I don't remember doing that but that's what I did.

More important than what I did for the next few seconds is what I did that morning. I put on my gear. My helmet, my long pants, my jacket, my boots and my gloves. I did not hit the cars stopped in front of me but I did hit the ground. Thank You Olympia for the gloves you gave me they saved my hands..."

As for this most basic question, it goes without saying: All the Gear, All the Time.

Every rider is going to have an unplanned get-off. Your gear will save your hands, and your hide.

Enough said.

PS - We are so thankful that, despite her injuries, Junie is on the mend. 

We look forward to seeing her back in the saddle on "Hunydu", good as new, continuing to raise money for the Nation of Patriots and others in need -- she is one tough lady with a heart as big as they come.

As for the rest of us ... stay alert, and stay safe.

Rider Suggestions for Safer Riding

The riders who stop by our Facebook page are not shy about saying what they think.  So on the topic of safety, here are a few basic reminders we wanted to share:
  • Wear polarized sunglasses so you are not 'blinded by the light'.
  • Zen Time: You know that time of day where you start drifting off into the clouds and start daydreaming. This is a clear hint that it is time to pull over for a short rest. Clear your mind.
  • When you are riding, pay attention to what is ahead of you. Watch out for people crossing the street, people walking their dogs and traffic lights about to change from yellow to red. Looking out into a beautiful open field, body of water or other view can be distracting. Even the automobile next to you while at a red light, or rubbernecking when passing an accident is tempting. Be mindful of the 'big picture' and stay focused on your ride. Stay on track and keep driving ahead.
  • When it is time to rest, rest. Your body may be uncomfortable. Listen to your body and take a restful stop.
  • Why wear motorcycle gloves? Safer riding ...
             High protection from crash and elements
             Abrasion impact (key areas like palm, knuckles, and little finger )
             Weather protection (warm, waterproof, airflow for summer, etc.)
              Protection from vibration (gel)
              Convenience features (touchscreen, zipper pocket, etc)
If you are reading this, you may have gone without gear before, and ... though we hope not ... perhaps you still think that "feeling the wind" beats suiting up.

Have we changed your mind? Let us know what you think.

    
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Topics: Motorcycle Safety, All Season Motorcycle Gloves

10 Things You Need For Hassle-Free Motorcycle Travel

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

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 choose SMART.

What's on your motorcycle travel packing list?  Here's what's on ours.

... Let us know what we forgot in the comments!

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Topics: Motorcycle Safety, Motorcycle Travel Tips

Motorcycle Riding In The Rain With Confidence: Summer Edition

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Jul 7, 2014 11:29:00 AM

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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

Hard Knuckle Gloves and More: Protect Your Hands

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Feb 4, 2014 12:48:00 AM

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As the saying goes, "Dress for the slide, not for the ride."

Sometimes your gear is the only thing between you and the road, so it only makes sense to be sure your gear is the safest it can be, without sacrificing comfort.

Today, we're taking a look at a rider's best options for hand protection.  

Historically that meant leather, until other advanced materials appeared on the scene. Now, riders have a full range of options:  leather, metal, Kevlar and other advanced "body armor" aramid fibers, rubberized composite materials, high density foam, and more.

Let's look at each, to help you determine which type of protective glove is best for you.

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Topics: Motorcycle Safety

Riding "the Dragon": A Lesson in Motorcycle Safety

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Jan 9, 2014 8:20:00 PM

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How did you learn to ride? 

Did you take an MSF class? 

Did a veteran rider teach you the do’s and the dont's?

Whether you’re new to the sport or more skilled, if you slip into poor riding habits, you could easily find yourself in a position that will turn you into a Mack truck grill ornament.

Today, writer and motorcyclist Marilyn Elmore gives some share-worthy advice to help you avoid a potential accident: 

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Topics: Motorcycle Safety

13 Snowmobile Riding Tips to Keep You Safe and Warm this Winter

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Dec 31, 2013 1:54:00 PM

snowmobileWhat keeps some motorcyclists riding even as the snow starts falling?

Riding a snowmobile!

Once you put your 2-wheeled baby away for the winter, a snowmobile can deliver some of the same thrills in a beautiful new landscape. 

But along with the joys of snowmobiling, comes the age-old question:

How do you stay warm and dry?

Here are some tips for safer and warmer snowmobile riding this winter:

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Topics: Motorcycle Safety, Winter Motorcycle Gloves

High Visibility Motorcycle Gloves: TIps for Safety

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Oct 25, 2013 3:01:00 PM

Riding At Night: "High Visibility" Tips for Safety

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Most new motorcycle’s lighting systems don’t come with an on/off switch.  

The lights are always on when the motorcycle is running, and that’s no accident.

Here’s why: Lights increase the chances of keeping the rider and bike visible to other people on the road.

While lighting is a proven way to increase visibility, there are some other ways as well.

High Visibility Gear for Maximum Visibility

It’s also no secret that most motorcycle riders prefer black gear, but there are ways to continue wearing dark riding colors while maintaining high-visibility.

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Topics: Motorcycle Safety

Waterproof Motorcycle Gloves: Be Prepared for Rain!

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Oct 9, 2013 5:19:00 PM

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Motorcycle Riding In The Rain

Riding a motorcycle in the rain can be tricky. Almost a quarter of all crashes happen in bad weather, especially on wet pavements. Luckily, there are many steps a rider can take to make a wet ride a safe and enjoyable one.

Tips for Riding in the Rain

From a slight drizzle to a torrential downpour to freezing rain, here are some safety tactics that a rider should know:

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Topics: Waterproof Motorcycle Gloves, Motorcycle Safety

Waterproof Motorcycle Gloves: 6 Tips for Riding in the Rain

Posted by admin

Mar 26, 2013 2:31:00 PM

 

180_MonsoonWith Spring here, riding season has begun. With Spring comes wet weather.

Most riders don’t want to get caught in the rain, but some riders enjoy the rush. Whatever your level of expertise is while riding in the rain, use general precautions and ride safe.

Here are 6 tips for riding a motorcycle in the rain:

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Topics: Waterproof Motorcycle Gloves, Motorcycle Safety

Tips for a Safe Motorcycle Riding Season

Posted by admin

Mar 12, 2013 1:35:00 PM

407The days are longer and the sun is starting to shine again. Spring is in the air and your bicycle should be hitting the sidewalks, trails, or wherever else you enjoy riding.

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Topics: Motorcycle Safety

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