Free Mount and Balance On Metzeler ME888, ME880

Posted on: July 1st, 2015 by Road Rider MCA No Comments

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Now Through August 2nd

Make sure your tires are in good shape for your road trips! With free mount and balance on Metzeler’s premier high-mileage cruiser tires, now might be a great time to replace yours. Check for tread wear, cupping, cracks, or other damage, and always inflate your new tires fully so they wear evenly and have a long life.

ME888 & ME880


Metzeler ME880 Marathon and ME888 Ultra Marathon tires deliver high mileage, even wear, and confidence-inspiring grip for most H-D and metric touring and sport-touring models. White walls are available in select sizes.



Consider adding some Ride-On Tire Sealant to your next set of tires. Ride-On is a fibrous liquid layer that installs inside tubeless tires and tubes and instantly plugs punctures as they occur. Centrifugal force also makes Ride-On a perfect wheel balancer, providing a more precise, dynamic balance than wheel weights. Ride-On installation is $10 per tire at our tire shop, or you can pick up a bottle for home installation in our Parts Department.



This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, July 3rd-5th, is the Hollister Freedom Rally in Downtown Hollister! This year’s events will include live music by The Guess Who and The Fabulous Thunderbirds, special appearances by the actors who played “Chibs” and “Bobby” on Sons Of Anarchy, and an exhibit of the touring Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall. You can also join in the annual charity all-you-can-eat breakfast and bike blessing, and much more.

Visit for a complete schedule of events.

Hundreds of thousands of bikers will converge on the Black Hills this August 3rd through 9th to celebrate three-quarters of a century of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. If you’re heading to Sturgis this August, take a look at our Sturgis Checklist for ideas on getting prepped for whatever you might encounter on the road.

You don’t need to go to Sturgis to celebrate its 75th anniversary–pick up an officially licensed Sturgis anniversary t-shirt at Road Rider.

Sturgis T-Shirts 2015


Road Rider Closed On July 4th

Posted on: June 30th, 2015 by Road Rider MCA No Comments

We’ll be closed for the Fourth of July this Saturday.

Wherever the day takes you , Happy Independence Day!

New! Sena 10U Bluetooth Headset For Shoei GT-Air, Neotec Helmets

Posted on: June 25th, 2015 by Road Rider MCA No Comments

10Us for Shoei GT-Air and Neotec are in stock now!

(10Us for Arai full-face helmets and Schuberth C3/C3 Pro expected mid-August)

We’ve all been wanting something like this for years, and what Sena has finally delivered to the world was worth the wait. The new Sena 10U is a Bluetooth Headset that is entirely contained within your helmet and completely invisible from the outside. There are four helmet-specific models of the 10U so far, to fit the Shoei Neotec, the Shoei GT-Air, the Schuberth C3 and C3 Pro, and Arai full-face helmets (multiple helmet models), with the expectation that more models will be available in the future.

Designed specifically to fit your particular helmet’s internals, the 10U’s speakers fit right into its speaker cutouts. Button controls are located just inside the face shield, on the left cheek pad, and an attached microphone extends towards the chin. The new Sena Handlebar Remote (see below) is also included in the 10U package for convenient control when you don’t want to open your face shield. An antenna is part of the unit, and slides between the helmets EPA foam and padding to invisibly boost your signal.

Beyond the completely new built-in design of the 10U, it’s the excellent-quality Bluetooth headset we’d expect from Sena. Utilizing the latest Bluetooth version (v. 4.1), it transmits reliable, crystal-clear audio whether you’re streaming GPS directions or music, or talking on the phone. It’s fully stacked with features, including four-way intercom capability, music sharing, an FM radio, and Advanced Noise Control to suppress wind and other background noise.

Sena Handlebar Remote

Sena Handlebar Remote installed

The Sena Handlebar Remote is another brand new item from Sena, and is compatible with the new 10U units, the 10C Bluetooth Intercom and Camera, and the 20S. Sold separately for the 10C and 20S, it retails at $99.00, but is included with the 10U system.

The Handlebar Remote’s slim design clamps on easily around your grip or handlebar. The controls are intuitive and easy to use without taking your eyes off the road; it has two buttons and a ‘joystick’ which resembles a mini Sena Jog-Dial so you can control your 10U, 20S, or 10C completely at the handlebars. It charges via USB but it’s so energy efficient it will last about three months without a charge.

It’s an awesome little gadget to add to your 20S or 10C, and better yet is comes included with your 10U.

Sena 10U Bluetooth Headset Systems

  • Available to fit Shoei GT-Air, Shoei Neotec, Schuberth C3/C3 Pro, and Arai full-face helmets
  • Operates on Bluetooth version 4.1 with Headset Profile, Hands-Free Profile (HFP), Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP), Audio Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP)
  • Includes Bluetooth low energy Sena Handlebar Remote
  • 10 hours of talk time
  • Voice prompts help you easily navigate controls
  • Four-way intercom and music sharing using intercom function
  • Universal Intercom™ allows for pairing with other non-Sena headsets
  • Intercom working distance of up to 1.6 kilometers or 1.0 mile (in open terrain)
  • Built-in FM radio with 10 preset stations and automatic scan function
  • Radio on time: 8 ~ 10 hours
  • Advanced Noise Control™ and wide volume control
  • Wide volume control
  • Built-in SBC Codec (sample rate: 48kHz (DAC)) and wide band Codec (HFP) (sample rate: max 16 kHz)
  • Lithium polymer battery; charge time 3 hours
  • Firmware upgradeable
  • Smartphone app for iPhone and Android
  • Price: $298.95



Featured Local Events

Posted on: June 23rd, 2015 by Road Rider MCA No Comments

Here are a few of our favorite local events coming up, but you can see many other events listed on the Road Rider events calendar.

Promote Your Events!

We always love to hear about YOUR events, rides, and runs, so please email us or send us a message through Facebook with the details so we can include it on the calendar. We might even put it on this page or plug it on our social media pages (follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+!). Our calendar is for the community, so even if your run or fundraiser takes place at or is sponsored by other stores and dealerships, we still want to know about it! Sponsorship or prize donations may be available for your event upon request, too. Email us at or find us on Facebook at



Hollister Freedom Rally


Hollister Freedom Rally

July 3rd, 4th, & 5th

Head to San Benito Street for the 2015 Hollister Freedom Rally, and food, drinks, fun, and lots and lots of bike. Events include a bike show, appearances by the actors who played “Chibs” and “Bobby” on Sons Of Anarchy, tattoo and Miss Hollister Freedom contests, a poker walk, charity breakfast and bike blessing, a visit by the touring Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and much more. Live music this year will include The Guess Who and The Fabulous Thunderbirds. Visit for a complete schedule of events.


Top Hatters Poker Run


Top Hatters Hollister Independence Poker Run

Saturday, July 4th

All bikes are welcome for the 68th Anniversary Top Hatters Hollister Independence Poker Run. The run includes high and low hands, live music, a barbecue, and run pins. Check in from 9:00 AM to noon at 843 San Benito Street, Suite E. The cost is $20 per person.


Doc Wong Logo


Doc Wong Clinics: NEW CLINIC! Insights For Newbies

Thursday, July 16th

This is a new clinic offered by Doc Wong, and especially for brand new riders looking for additional tips and information geared just for them. This talk will cover the different types of motorcycles and what kinds are good for beginners, motorcycle equipment and gear, preparing for different riding conditions, riding attitudes and skills, and common hazards and mistakes to look out for.

Email the Doc if you plan to attend a session at We recommend checking his website as well for additional information on his other clinics.  You can also find his other classes listed on the Road Rider events calendar.




World Superbike Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Round

July 17th, 18th, & 19th

World Superbike only makes one stop in the Americas and it’s at the legendary track that guarantees a spectacular weekend of racing every time. This year at World Superbike Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca round, the new MotoAmerica AMA road racing series will be presenting supporting Superbike and Superstock 1000 races to add to the WSBK excitement. This is the premier racing event on the West Coast so make it count and grab your tickets today. Let’s fill Mazda Raceway for these international racers and our own MotoAmerica riders, and show the world the Bay Area still loves racing.



Thunderhill Raceway

Zoom Zoom Track Day–Thunderhill

July 17th & 18th

Spend the weekend at Thunderhill with Z2 Track Days! You’ll be riding T-Hill East on Friday and the full 5-mile track on Saturday. Get a sweet deal when you sign up for both days. A, B, and C (novice) groups will be riding.

RoadRider 2.0 Schedule: The next Z2 Track Days RoadRider 2.0–Beyond The Basics class will be on September 21st at Sonoma Raceway.


Keigwins Track Day

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

Keigwins Track Day

August 3rd & 4th

In August, Keigwins will be at Mazda Raceway for the last time this year until their season closing weekend on November 24 and 25th comes around. If those dates don’t work for you, Pacific Track Time will be hosting a Monterey track day that week also, on August 5th (Wednesday). Heads up: Laguna has a strict 90 decibel limit, and all stock pipes and aftermarket pipes (with baffles) will be tested on each lap to make sure they are staying within the limit. Free camping is available at every Keigwins Mazda Raceway track day!

Check the Road Rider events calendar for other PTT, Keigwins, and Z2 Track Days throughout the year.


Click here to visit the events calendar.



Sena 10C Bluetooth Intercom and Camera

Posted on: June 23rd, 2015 by Road Rider MCA No Comments

The Sena 10C is the newest action camera on the scene, but it’s also a fully-functional Sena intercom unit. That makes it the first of its kind–intercom AND camera in one, so you can record audio while filming, record mixed audio with your friends while using the intercom function, even narrate your film over streaming music. But the biggest surprise is that it isn’t even as expensive as you would think. At $350, the 10C, with all the capability it offers, is a bargain.

The Camera

The 10C camera delivers 1080p at 30 frames-per-second (fps) or 720p at 30 and 60 fps. That’s not quite as good as the comparable GoPro’s 1080p@60fps, but still enough to deliver great videos of your trail runs, scenic rides, and “Whoa!”-moments on the highway. 3.5 megapixel images can be captured manually or using the timelapse or burst modes. A useful feature on the 10C is Video Tagging mode, which records and deletes continuously unless prompted by you to preserve a segment. You can ‘tag’ and store exciting moments on your ride, instead of searching through hours of recorded material later on for a few minutes you want to save.

A note on the battery: Yes, the 10C’s battery has enough juice for 17 hours of talk time! That big battery facilitates the energy-sucking camera mode, of course, which can record for two hours. The nice thing about the 10C is that it let’s you know when you’re at 20% battery life and actually shuts off the camera, so you can stop recording with enough power left to use the intercom on your way home.

The Intercom

Looking at the 10C as a Bluetooth headset, it lies somewhere between the Sena SMH10 and the top-of-the-line Sena, the 20S. Like the 20S, the 10C runs on the latest, most efficient version of Bluetooth, Bluetooth Version 4.0 (the 10C operates on v. 4.1), so transmissions are clearer, faster, and more reliable. It’s missing just a few of the new features introduced with the 20S, but its one-mile intercom range, FM-radio mode, and 17-hour talk time take it a few steps ahead of Sena’s former top dog, the SMH10. Of course, the 10C allows you to stream music or GPS directions, talk on the phone, and intercom with other riders as you would with any headset system of this caliber.

The Bottom Line

As I mentioned in the beginning, the 10C is the first unit to offer both camera and intercom functions in one. Though Sena’s action cameras aren’t up to the level of GoPro quite yet, the 10C still does video really, really well, and it goes without saying that the intercom portion of the unit is top notch.

To get the audio-recording functionality of the 10C from a GoPro, you would need to have a Sena intercom and the Sena Bluetooth Audio Pack accessory ($129.00), which links your camera to the headset. Alternatively, the Sena Prism camera ($399.00) has Bluetooth audio recording built in, and can pair with most Bluetooth intercoms on the market. Or just choose the Sena 10C; at $350, it’s an easy-to-use, inexpensive all-in-one solution for capturing all those stunning and hair-raising moments on the road.

Gizmag called the 10C “the best gadget in the Sena range”; click here to read their complete 10C review.

Sena 10C Bluetooth Intercom and Camera


  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • Unibody design for Bluetooth headset and video camera
  • 1080p Full HD video with 3.5MP still shot image capture
  • Video mode: 1080p:30fps, 720p:30/60fps
  • Versatile photo mode: shot, burst and timelapse shot functions
  • Video Tagging
  • Pitch angle adjustment
  • Lens rotation up to 30 degrees
  • Bluetooth intercom up to 1.6 kilometers/1.0 mile (in open terrain)
  • Four-way intercom
  • Voice prompts
  • Smart Audio Mix™ to mix your voice and music into your video
  • Smartphone App for iPhone and Android
  • Advanced Noise Control™
  • Universal Intercom™
  • Music sharing
  • Built-in FM radio tuner with a station scan and save function
  • Easy operation by versatile Jog Dial
  • Water resistant for use in inclement weather
  • Can be used while charging on road trips
  • Support microSD 32GB memory card (not included)
  • Firmware upgradeable
  • Price: $349.95
  • Optional Sena Handlebar Remote for Sena 20S, 10C (and included with 10U): $99.00 (available in July at Road Rider)



No Tax Sale! This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

Posted on: June 22nd, 2015 by Road Rider MCA No Comments

We Pay the Tax This Weekend

June 26th, 27th, and 28th

It’s rally and run season, so stop by Road Rider this weekend and pick up the ride essentials and the ride enhancers that can help ensure your next trip is an epic one.

The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is coming up soon, so if you’re planning on heading to the Black Hills, take a look at our Sturgis Checklist for packing ideas!




Sturgis Checklist

Posted on: June 22nd, 2015 by Road Rider MCA No Comments

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally



This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in the scenic Black Hills of South Dakota, and it’s going to be HUGE!

If you’re planning on heading to Sturgis this August, it’s not too early to think about getting your bike and your gear ready for the ride. Though the riding in the Black Hills is legendary, for many the journey to Sturgis truly is the destination, as riders come from all corners of the U.S. and Canada, experiencing spectacular and diverse natural beauty along the way, to celebrate the biker life at the biggest rally in the world.

On your roughly 1500-mile ride from the Bay Area to Sturgis, South Dakota, you’ll ride through the spectacular scenery of our Sierra Nevadas, over the Rocky Mountains, and down into the grasslands of the Great Plains to a town overflowing with bikes; encountering scorching heat, strong winds, and likely plenty of rain on the way.

Whether you’re a Sturgis first-timer or a rally veteran, being prepared for changing conditions is essential to enjoying every minute of the challenge and staying safe on the road. We’ve put together this Sturgis Checklist to help you prep for your epic journey. What you choose to bring and how you fit it all on your motorcycle, well, we’ll leave that up to you!

Ride Essentials


Don’t risk it! If your tires are in poor shape or nearly worn out, don’t even think about it–just get a new set! Malformations like cupping or scalloping can severely shorten a tire’s life and cause a tire to blow out, but they are easily preventable. Always properly inflate your tires and routinely check your tire pressure.



If you’re headed to Sturgis, you’re going to encounter rain, and probably plenty of it. Thunderstorms are common around the Black Hills in the summer months. Grab some boot and glove covers and a packable rain suit and stash them somewhere easily accessible.



Keep the cold at bay by adding some warm accessories to your regular riding gear, like a neck warmer, balaklava, or a face mask if you ride with an open-face helmet.



Even if you’re on a Goldwing or a big ol’ Bagger, you’re going to have to pack light. Travelling two-up? Make it half that. Fortunately, we have a wide selection of sissy bags, side cases, tank bags, backpacks, and all the straps, bungees, and nets you’ll need to carry home that Mount Rushmore commemorative shot glass collection you had to have.

Luggage, Straps Sturgis Checklist

Ride Enhancers


Once you ride with a quality intercom headset system made by Sena or Scala, your tunes and talk will jump up to the ‘Ride Essentials’ category. You don’t have to spend a ton to get a fantastic Bluetooth headset with loud and clear audio, either, for streaming music or GPS directions, chatting via passenger-to-rider or rider-to-rider intercom, or taking phone calls. Want the best of the best? Check out brand new Scala Pack Talk, just released and set to revolutionize group ride intercom communication.

Mount your cell phone or GPS unit onto your handlebar with a RAM Mount ball and socket system. RAM Mounts are the finest mounts available–high quality and totally indestructible. There’s even a RAM Mount cup holder accessory.



Some of your gear getting a bit grungey? Ready to take the leap from open face to full face or modular helmet? Looking for a more protective jacket or some fresh leather? Whatever it is that could make your ride and your Sturgis experience even better, we’ve got it. And even if you don’t normally wear anything on your lower half, consider giving your legs a break from the wind chill on the long ride with a pair of chaps or waterproof Tourmaster Overpants.



Heated gear is the ultimate touring luxury. Leave the bulk at home and be as warm as you want to be with a pair of heated gloves, a jacket liner, or a vest liner. Read our Heated Gear Guide for an introduction to your options.

Sturgis Checklist Heated Gear


Chances are pretty slim you’ll find a face shield for your helmet or a pair of KDs to replace the pair you lost on the road anywhere between here and South Dakota, so start your journey with a scratch-free shield and a backup pair of your favorite sunglasses. For open-face helmet wearers, we have a variety of goggles and gasketed sunglasses to keep your eyes fresh and tear-free for Main Street.

Eyewear Sturgis Checklist


Miscellaneous Sturgis Checklist



We sell ramps, chocks, and fully assembled Kendon trailers. Give us a call at (408) 227-6936 for info or to place an order! We can help you select the right product for your needs.



River Road Scout Leather Jacket

Posted on: June 18th, 2015 by Road Rider MCA No Comments

The River Road Scout Jacket is a cruiser-style leather jacket with classic styling and a ton of functionality to keep you comfortable through multiple seasons.

With plenty of airflow features, the Scout is about as cool as you get with the protective benefits of leather. Two-way zippers on the sleeves and large zippers on the front of the jacket that open to perforated leather panels bring in plenty of cool air, while exhaust vents along the back pull hot air out. For winter riding, a removable thermal liner provides additional warmth, and a removable soft neck wrap (not shown in the picture) will give you that extra protection from the chill on really cold starts.

A generous cut and plenty of sizes means there’s a Scout to fit all riders. A two-way main zip allows the bottom of the jacket to be flared open to improve comfort in the seated position, especially after a long lunch stop at Flapjacks.

River Road Scout Leather Jacket

  • Constructed with premium, heavy-weight cowhide leather
  • Front torso zippered panel hides pockets and perforated leather inserts for direct airflow when unzipped
  • Two-way zippers on the forearms and wrists are backed with mesh and provide abundant airflow when opened
  • Full-sleeve, removable thermal liner for warmth
  • Power stretch panels at sides and underarms provide freedom of movement and a flexible fit
  • CE-rated armor in shoulders and elbows, panel for optional CE-rated back protector (sold separately)
  • Includes lanyard with metal clip for keys
  • Reflectivity on the front and back of shoulder for increased nighttime visibility
  • Includes removable thermal neck and chin wrap that stows conveniently inside the jacket
  • Lots of pockets and storage, including: inside map and phone pockets on both the jacket and liner; external storage compartments beneath the two large, zippered torso panels
  • Neoprene-type collar prevents rubbing and chaffing
  • Covered by River Road two-year warranty
  • Available in US jacket sizes 40-58
  • Price: $349.95-$409.95 (dependent on size)



Roland Sands Bristol Leather Jacket

Posted on: June 15th, 2015 by Road Rider MCA No Comments

Roland Sands is synonymous with style and performance, and Roland Sands riding gear is no different. The Roland Sands Bristol Leather Jacket has that classic cafe style with performance features that keep it true at its core to the street racing heritage.

The Bristol is a performance-oriented, relaxed fit leather jacket ideally suited for spring and fall riding in the Northern California climate. Like any leather jacket, the Bristol will be a bit warm on summer days, but light perforation and stretch fabric on the arms will keep some air flowing through the protective cowhide exterior. A soft mesh lining is comfortable against the skin, while pre-curved arms, stretch fabric on the sleeves, and elasticated accordion panels behind the shoulders keep you comfortable and flexible leaned over on the bike.

The Brisol has armor pockets prepared for CE-rated armor (armor is sold separately). Try on the Roland Sands Bristol Leather Jacket at Road Rider today!

Roland Sands Bristol Leather Jacket

  • .8mm-.9mm top-grain cowhide construction
  • Sporty fit with pre-curved arms and drop-tail back
  • Quilted accents for a classic look on shoulders, elbow, and lower back
  • Accordion stretch panels behind the shoulders and stretch panels on inner arms
  • Zip close pockets, cuffs, and interior chest pocket
  • Adjustable waist tabs
  • Stretch mesh body lining and satin-poly sleeve lining
  • Pockets for optional CE-rated armor at the elbows, shoulders, and back (armor sold separately; see our Guide to Back Protectors and Replacement Armor for more information)
  • Available in black or tobacco brown leather, in sizes S-3XL
  • Price: $580.00



Highway 21 Primary Engineer Boots

Posted on: June 15th, 2015 by Road Rider MCA No Comments

If it’s time for some new riding boots, check out the Highway 21 Primary Engineer boots, available now at Road Rider in low and high boot styles.

Constructed with high-quality, oiled leather and containing a waterproof membrane to keep your feet dry all year, they are perfect for on the bike and off. Welt soles mean these boots are going to go the distance with you and then some, because reliable welt soles won’t fail before they wear out, and then they can easily be replaced at your local shoe shop. Shoes made with a ‘Goodyear’ welt, named after the inventor of the technique, are also known for their ability to block water entering around the area where the sole meets the boot.

Highway 21 Primary Engineer Boots

  • Constructed with water-resistant, oiled, full-grain cowhide leather
  • HiPora® waterproof lining throughout
  • Goodyear welt sole construction for long-lasting durability (welt soles can be replaced)
  • Anti-slip, oil-resistant sole
  • Removable insole
  • Full-length cushioned sock lining
  • Pull loop for easy-on wearability
  • Available at Road Rider in low and high boot styles
  • Price: $149.95(low)-$169.95