We Pay The Tax This Weekend! 12/19-12/21

Posted on: December 20th, 2014 by Road Rider MCA No Comments

This weekend is our last and final sale before Christmas, so don’t miss out. We’ll pay the sales tax for you store wide starting on Friday, so get here for last-minute holiday run necessities, Christmas gift shopping, cold weather gear, and seasonal tune-up supplies.

Please note that Road Rider will be closing at 4:00 on Christmas Eve and be closed on Christmas Day.

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDES

Time is running out! Take a look at our Holiday Gift Guides for gift ideas for yourself and your moto friends.

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GIVE THE GIFT OF A SHOPPING SPREE!

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Road Rider gift cards are available in any amount.

HOLIDAY HOURS

Christmas Eve: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Christmas Day: CLOSED
New Year’s Eve: 10:00 PM-5:00 PM
New Year’s Day: CLOSED

 

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Helite Airnest Personal Airbag Vest

Posted on: December 16th, 2014 by Road Rider MCA No Comments

Road Rider is now carrying the Helite Airnest Vest. Pretty neat stuff. As one reviewer said, “These will revolutionize motorcycle safety.” For a pretty inconspicuous black vest, it packs some MAJOR crash protection. It even contains a CE-rated Knox back protector. Check it out!


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HJC CS-R2 Helmet

Posted on: December 12th, 2014 by Road Rider MCA No Comments

We want everybody who comes to Road Rider looking for a helmet to leave with a safe, high-quality helmet that they love. At around a hundred bucks, the HJC CS-R2 helps make that possible, and presents quality and safety at a price that everyone can handle.

The CS-R2 offers good ventilation and a lot of airflow for a helmet at this price. It’s comfortable, and has a fully removable and washable liner system. The CS-R2 comes with a clear visor, but it can be upgraded to any HJ-09 tinted shield, available in an array of colors and tints. HJC even made a CS-R2 graphic for everyone; you can pick from over two dozen color options.

HJC CS-R2 Helmet

  • Advanced Polycarbonate Composite Shell
  • Aerodynamic shell with large eyeport opening for greater visibility
  • Adjustable forehead and chin vents
  • Two rear exhaust vents
  • Chin bar vent helps to diminish shield fogging
  • Plush, removable and washable Nylex® interior lining
  • Rapid Fire™ Shield Replacement System for quick, secure, tool-less shield removal and installation
  • Aerodynamic, flush-mounted shield fit for reduced turbulence
  • HJ-09 anti-fog, scratch-resistant face shield blocks 95% of UV radiation
    Optically correct 3D shield design

 Options

  • Available in sizes XS-2XL
  • Available in various solid and graphic color options

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Rainy Day Reads: Great Motorcycle Books

Posted on: December 10th, 2014 by Road Rider MCA No Comments

Consider giving a book a home this winter. Besides bringing joy and inspiration into your life, moto-book ownership offers many rewards. A book can give you a glimpse into the minds of the world’s top racers, transport you to a dusty barn hiding a vintage treasure, or offer you a chair in the Chopper Shaman’s workshop. Though they can often be hard to put down, moto-books require little maintenance and are fine when left on their own for long periods of time. So visit our bookshelf and drag a knee down the reading rainbow on a rainy day with one of these exciting reads.

 


INDIAN LARRY, CHOPPER SHAMAN

By Dave Nichols, with Andrea “Bambi” Cambridge

Published by Motorbooks (2010)

‘Indian’ Larry DeSmedt was an extraordinary man and a celebrated custom bike builder made widely famous by Discovery Channel shows, most notably the Biker Build-Off series. Larry’s storied life ended suddenly when he was killed in a stunt accident in 2004, but his legend was already very much alive by the time of his death. Larry had become known as much for his heart and soul as for his incredible artistry and skill.

Indian Larry, Chopper Shaman is written by Dave Nichols with the help of Larry’s widow, “Bambi” Cambridge, and details Indian Larry’s life through accounts by his closest friends, business partners, and loved ones. It covers his story from youth through death–one of rebellion, addiction, and irrepressible creative drive. The book features dozens of color photos and showcases his world-famous bikes in jaw-dropping, multi-page spreads.

In life, Larry’s story touched thousands of fans and fellow riders who have travelled their own roads through alienation, loss and hardship to find redemption and happiness. This beautiful book is engaging from start to finish, and a fitting tribute to the wide world of Indian Larry.

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Nichols, Dave and Andrea “Bambi” Cambridge. Indian Larry, Chopper Shaman. Minneapolis, MN: Motorbooks, 2010.


MOTOGP TECHNOLOGY, 2ND EDITION

By Neil Spalding

Published by Haynes (2nd Ed. 2010)

Once you fall down this fascinating rabbit hole, you won’t be able to stop reading. MotoGP Technology is a colossal book, in size and in scope, and one you’ll treasure for years to come. It’s the most complete book on the daunting subject of premier class bike mechanics, and anyone with an interest in racing will enjoy it–regardless of your level of technical know-how. It covers everything from brakes, electronics, riders, aerodynamics, engines, to the many, many challenges teams face in their quest to shave milliseconds off the best lap times in the world. Spalding’s writing is smooth and, despite the complex topics, easily digestible.

The second edition was published in 2010 and covers the 990cc GP bikes of the 2002-2007 era as well as the current 800cc machines. Bikes detailed include Honda’s RC211V and RC212V, the Yamaha M1, Ducati Desmosedici, Suzuki GSV-R, Kawasaki ZX-RR, and also bikes from Team Roberts, WCM, Aprilia, Moriwaki and Ilmor.

With MotoGP Technology as your race-season companion, you’ll quickly gain an advanced understanding of what makes these bikes and their riders tick, and in doing so, enrich your own enjoyment of the race and admiration for the competitors.

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Spalding, Neil. MotoGP Technology, 2nd Edition. Sparkford, England: Haynes, 2010.


GRAND PRIX MOTORCYCLE RACERS: THE AMERICAN HEROES

By Norm DeWitt

Published by Motorbooks (2010)

For anyone with an interest in the motorcycle racing of today or yesterday, Norm DeWitt’s Grand Prix Motorcycle Racers: The American Heroes is a must read. The story starts appropriately when Kenny Roberts dropped a knee on the international racing scene in the late ‘70s, and ends with the most recent American World Champion, Nicky Hayden. The book primarily focuses on celebrating the achievements of the seven American World Champions: Kenny Roberts, Freddie Spencer, Eddie Lawson, Wayne Rainey, Kevin Schwantz, Kenny Roberts, Jr., and Nicky Hayden. It also includes chapters on American racers who never quite made it to the international top spot but had exceptional careers–riders like Randy Mamola, Colin Edwards, and Doug Polen.

DeWitt carries the reader rapidly along with fascinating anecdotes, and the book is filled with tales that convey the intensity of the riders and championships they battled for. If you grew up following Kenny Roberts and Eddie Lawson, DeWitt’s riveting account will bring you back to a golden era of racing in the ‘80s. If you follow current AMA or MotoGP racing, the Grand Prix story will give you a richer understanding of what racing is today. The heroes of American racing helped transform the sport during a time of incredible advancement in technology and technique, and they remain the superstars that inspired today’s champions to drag an elbow.

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DeWitt, Norm. Grand Prix Motorcycle Racers: The American Heroes. Minneapolis, MN: Motorbooks, 2010.


LEANINGS: THE BEST OF PETER EGAN FROM CYCLE WORLD MAGAZINE

By Peter Egan

Published by Motorbooks (2009)

When Peter Egan was learning how to fly airplanes, he rented a Cessna 150. A friend asked him, “Isn’t that like the Chevy Vega of airplanes?” “There is no Chevy Vega of airplanes,” Egan said, “Anything that flies is better than a Vega.” “That’s more or less how I feel about bikes,” he told the interviewer as he recounted the story. The exchange tells a lot about Egan, because as much expertise as he has on his subject, motorcycles, he has love enough for them all.

Peter Egan is one of the world’s finest moto-journalists, and Leanings: The Best of Peter Egan From Cycle World Magazine, is a collection of his columns that ran in Cycle World from 1977 to 2002. Each column is preceded by a short retrospective commentary by the author. The entries are funny, endearing, delightfully written, and cover topics that span the diverse world (literally) of motorcycling. As you read his stories of adventures in restoration, travel, challenge, and cycle-obsession, you’ll enjoy the ride and find a great friend in the process.

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Egan, Peter. Leanings: The Best Of Peter Egan From Cycle World Magazine. Minneapolis, MN: Motorbooks, 2009.


GHOST RIDER: TRAVELS ON THE HEALING ROAD

By Neil Peart

Published by ECW Press (2002)

I’ve heard it said that for many of us, our deep love of riding comes from a place inside where we find peace in the catharsis of doing nothing, forgetting everything, and focusing only on the bike, the road, the movement. Neil Peart found that literally moving through time was the only way to become whole again after being completely torn apart by tragedy.

In 1997, the Rush drummer and author of Ghost Rider: Travels On The Healing Road lost his teenage daughter in a car accident. Still reeling from the devastating loss, his heart-broken wife passed away just ten months later. Peart did the only thing could to live through his inconceivable grief–he took to the road on his BMW R1150 GS. A limitless trip without a destination turned into multi-year ramble across Canada, up to Alaska, and down through the United States and Central America.

As it turns out, Peart is a great writer, and in Ghost Rider he carries us along on his journey as he comes to terms with his incredible losses, and eventually returns to rebuild a life for himself. It’s a poignant, thoughtful book, and a quiet one, and gives the reader a small sense of the healing and peace Peart found in his journey.

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Peart, Neil. Ghost Rider: Travels On The Healing Road. Toronto: ECW Press, 2002.


THE VINCENT IN THE BARN: GREAT STORIES OF MOTORCYCLE ARCHAEOLOGY

By Tom Cotter

Published by Motorbooks (2009)

You’ll keep a keen eye on the dusty corners of garages after you read forty tales of some of the most enviable motorcycle finds in the world in this selection. Tom Cotter scoured the world’s collector circles for the forty best stories of motorcycle ‘barn’ finds and brought them together for The Vincent In The Barn: Great Stories of Motorcycle Archeology. The book features stories of uncovered treasures from premier collectors like Jay Leno and Dale Walksler, as well as tales of true chance finds discovered by unwitting motorcycle enthusiasts.

Cotter’s collection includes the bizarre story of the Bay Area’s ‘Madman of Marin County’, George Disteel. After Disteel’s son died in a motorbike accident, Disteel began hoarding Vincents, Nortons, and other bikes and storing them in the many barns and sheds on his properties. After the eccentric Disteel died and authorities discovered the surprising extent of his properties, witnesses described scenes that included finding as many as twenty Vincents in one spot. The Butterfield Auction House was hired to sell the recovered bikes and all were sold, both running and non-running. One Vincent Black Shadow was sold to Arlen Ness for just under $2000, which he restored and later sold.

Look for Cotter’s other book, The Harley In The Barn,  also available at Road Rider. Before turning his sights on motorcycles, Tom Cotter, a motorsports industry veteran, wrote The Cobra In The Barn and The Hemi In The Barn.

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Cotter, Tom. The Vincent In The Barn: Great Stories of Motorcycle Archeology. Minneapolis, MN: Motorbooks, 2009.


RING OF FIRE: THE INSIDE STORY OF VALENTINO ROSSI AND MOTOGP

By Rick Broadbent

Published by Bantam Press (2009)

Our fascination with sport goes way beyond the winning or the losing; it goes deeper than an interest in who finishes first or scores the most points. It’s about all of the human drama that goes along with the quest to be number one–about fiercely dedicated competitors pitted against one another, their struggle and triumph, and their inevitable heartbreak and pain. Ring Of Fire: The Inside Story of Valentino Rossi and MotoGP, is a book about those things, and it’s absolutely captivating.

Rick Broadbent is a man from the paddock, a journalist with years of insider’s stories to tell about the very real riders behind those triple-digit speeds. Though the name implies it’s a book about Valentino Rossi, Broadbent intertwines the exciting story of Rossi’s ascent to legendary status with the story of one of his boyhood heroes, Mike ‘Mike the Bike’ Hailwood, who followed his calling and returned to win the Isle of Man in 1978 after an eleven-year absence from motorcycle racing. But Broadbent doesn’t stop there, and Ring Of Fire is filled with many behind-the-scenes anecdotes about Rossi’s competition, the old guard–Max Biaggi, Sete Gibernau–and the up-and-coming–John Hopkins, Casey Stoner, Nicky Hayden, Jorge Lorenzo, and Dani Pedrosa.

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Broadbent, Rick. Ring of Fire. London: Bantam Press, 2009.


 

 

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Waterproof Gear Guide

Posted on: December 6th, 2014 by Road Rider MCA No Comments

If you’re in the market for some new gear, you may find all the different kinds of waterproofing materials and choices out there baffling. Who hasn’t wondered, why is this jacket $800 and that one is only $200? Are all waterproof and breathable membranes created equally? Will these pants be all steamy inside like my plastic yellow rain suit from the hardware store?

Manufactures like Alpinestars, Tour Master, Firstgear, and Rev’It! put a huge amount of time and effort into waterproofing our gear so cost and performance intersect at just the right point. The better we understand how they do it, the harder we’ll be putting our dollars to work when we finally choose our gloves, pants, boots, and jackets.

What Do You Need? What do you want?

Before you start comparing waterproof gear you need to think about what you’re looking for. Are you the kind of rider who doesn’t even blink at the thought of riding through torrents and monsoons? Or do you just want something that will keep you dry when you’re caught in the inevitable surprise rain shower? Do you have separate winter and summer jackets, or do you want something that you can wear comfortably all year long? And finally, how much do you want to spend?

Once you’ve identified what’s important to you, let’s look at the three main kinds of waterproofing systems you’ll find when you’re gear shopping.

WATERPROOF AND BREATHABLE MEMBRANES

Motorcycle gear typically uses a waterproof and breathable membrane system to keep the rain out. Aptly named ‘membranes’, these materials act like your own skin and contain microscopic holes that are large enough to allow sweat vapor out, but not large enough to let rainwater in. In many cases, the waterproof and breathable membrane is independently ‘floating’ between the durable exterior material and the soft interior lining (1). In jackets, the membrane may instead take the shape of a separate, removable liner (2), or be bonded onto a heavier material to create a single layered shell jacket (3).

1. Floating Membrane System

While waterproofing can take different forms in jackets, nearly all gloves and boots utilize the floating membrane method of waterproofing, in which the membrane ‘floats’ between the jacket’s heavy outer material and its inner lining. Jackets with a floating membrane offer a very affordable way to stay dry, but can be rather warm when worn outside of the cold season, and may not stand up to extreme weather situations. For a more complete understanding of waterproof and breathable membranes, be sure to read the section on different membrane brands at the bottom of this page.

Pros:

  • Convenience- The waterproofing is built right into the jacket, so you don’t have to deal with zipping in a removable liner.
  • Price- Jackets utilizing this method can be reliable without being very expensive.

Cons:

  • Saturation- Though your body will stay dry, the outer material of your jacket, gloves, boots, or pants may become saturated with water (see Water-Repellant Coatings and the section on how to care for your waterproof gear, below).
  • Poor Warm Weather Performance- Even though a membrane is breathable, things will get a little warm inside, especially if your jacket contains a cheaply-made membrane that doesn’t breath as well as a better quality one would.
  • Poor Ventilation- In most cases, ventilation zippers on this type of jacket do not provide direct airflow into the jacket’s interior and onto your body.* The air actually flows onto the membrane, where it carries built-up moisture and hot air out through the rear exhaust vents.
  • Reliability- Inexpensive jackets of this variety have been known to leak in extremely wet situations. If you  ride rain or shine, it’s a good idea to always pack an emergency rain suit for prolonged, heavy downpours.

Examples: Tour Master Transition 3 Jacket, Alpinestars Andes Drystar Jacket, Rev’It! Voltiac Jacket, Joe Rocket Ballistic Revolution, and most waterproof gloves and boots. *The Firstgear Kilimanjaro is an example of a jacket with a floating membrane that does provide direct airflow.

2. Removable Waterproof Liner

If you want better multi-season performance, you may want to consider a jacket with a removable waterproof liner. The liner usually zips or snaps into the interior of the jacket, so you can simply remove it when you don’t need the waterproof feature.

Pros:

  • Heat Management- When temperatures rise you can quickly ditch the waterproof membrane.
  • Ventilation- The zippered vents will provide direct airflow to the interior of the jacket when the waterproof liner is removed. Four-season jackets of this kind often provide an abundance of effective ventilation panels and zips so you can more comfortably ride in warm weather.

Cons:

  • Inconvenience- Some riders don’t like dealing with the snaps and zippers of removable liners. Since most jackets come with removable thermal liners as well, dealing with two liners can be a chore until you get the hang of it.
  • Saturation- As with floating membrane jackets, the outer material is not waterproof and can become saturated.

Examples: Rev’It! Sand 2 Jacket, Rev’It! Neptune GTX Jacket, Tour Master Sonora Air

3. Waterproof Shell

The main construction of a waterproof shell jacket is made from a durable material, such as nylon, with a waterproof membrane laminated or bonded right onto it. Shell jackets are less common in the motorcycle gear market but nevertheless have a committed fan base because of their simplicity, multi-season versatility, and lightweight design. This style of jacket will have taped, waterproof zippers that provide direct airflow through the shell to the rider’s body.

Pros

  • Simplicity and Light Weight- No waterproof liner necessary, it’s just one waterproof and breathable layer. The bonded construction of the material minimizes bulk and weight.
  • Ventilation- Taped, heat-sealed seams on all the ventilation zippers keep the rain out, but provide plenty of airflow straight through the interior of the jacket when you need it.

Cons

  • Price- Creating a truly waterproof shell isn’t easy. Zippers and seams are all potential weak points where rain could penetrate if they fail, and the multi-season advantages of this jacket style demand the use of a high-quality, highly breathable membrane.

Example: Rev’It! Poseidon GTX Jacket


Demystifying Brands: Waterproof and Breathable Membranes

A big part of what determines the price of a waterproof product is how much the manufacturer spent acquiring and preparing the membrane. Though we haven’t conducted a systematic comparison of all the different membrane materials we discuss below, it is safe to say that membranes that perform better are more costly, and we’ve found that to be true in our own experiences. Companies like Alpinestars, Dainese, and Rev’It! will use more costly materials in their high-end products and use generic or less expensive membrane materials in their value-oriented and mid-range gear.

Gore-Tex

Gore-Tex, of course, is considered by many to be the most breathable waterproof membrane material available, and for that reason Gore-Tex gear comes at a premium price. The material itself is guaranteed waterproof for life by it’s manufacturer, W.L. Gore and Associates, and W.L. Gore still refuses to commit their brand to a product that isn’t of the highest quality, so you know you’re getting a great product when the Gore-Tex name is attached.

Examples: Rev’It! Neptune GTX Jacket, Rev’It! Poseidon GTX Jacket, Sidi Adventure Gore-Tex Boots, TCX Airtech Gore-Tex BootsAlpinestars Web Gore-Tex Boots, Olympia GT Weatherking Xtra Gloves

Drystar, Hydratex, D-Dry

Drystar is Alpinestars’ premium proprietary membrane material, not to be confused with their plain ol’ non-branded membrane used in products they label with ‘WP’. You should find that an Alpinestars product with Drystar in the name performs better than one with just ‘WP’ in the name (for example, the Andes Drystar Jacket vs. the Gunner WP Jacket). Alpinestars products that are labeled with the plain ol’ WP are generally on the value-end of the gear line, and Drystar is used in their mid-range products, while Gore-Tex is used in their most technical gear.

Likewise, Hydratex is Rev’It’s premium proprietary membrane material like D-Dry is Dainese’s. Hydratex and D-Dry are found in the companies’ mid-range gear, while they reserve Gore-Tex for their top-of-the-line products.

Examples: Alpinestars Andes Drystar JacketAlpinestars Valparaiso Drystar Gloves, Rev’It! Zoom H2o Gloves, Rev’It! Tornado Jacket

HiPora

HiPora is a waterproof and breathable membrane material that is used widely in gloves and boots and occasionally in jackets, and is sourced by a variety of manufacturers.

Examples: Tour Master Solution WP Boots, Cortech Scarab Winter Gloves, Cortech Vice WP Boots


Water-Repellant Coatings

Water-repellant coatings are usually applied to the outer shell of a jacket featuring a waterproof and breathable membrane system. The coating causes water to bead up and run off, and this prevents the jacket’s outer material from soaking up water.

When a coating is used in concert with an inner membrane, the coating will prevent the jacket’s outer material from becoming saturated with water, and this helps maximize the garment’s breathability when you’re riding in the rain. However, waterproof coatings wash and wear out over time and every saturation shortens their lifespan. Fortunately, with the right product you can maximize the longevity of the coating and rejuvenate it when necessary.

How To Maintain Your Water-Repellant Coating and Protect Your Product

Jackets- Dirt buildup impairs your jacket’s ability to let air pass through the fibers, so when you wash your jacket, use a special cleanser like NikWax Tech Wash to help maintain maximum breathability and restore the water repellant coating. For older or more worn jackets, you can reapply a fresh coating yourself in your washing machine with NikWax TX Direct.

Boots- Exposure to a lot of water will damage leather, and leather boots with a waterproof membrane are no exception. Protect leather boots from the rain by applying a home waterproofing product like NikWax Fabric and Leather Proof.

Gloves- Treat your leather gloves with a waterproofing product like NikWax Glove Proof or Fabric and Leather Proof to prevent deterioration caused by exposure to water. For textile gloves with no waterproof coating, use TX Direct Wash-In to help water bead off.

The Gear

Rev'It! Poseidon

Rev'It! Poseidon

Rev'It! Neptune

Rev'It!
Neptune

Rev'It! Sand 2

Rev'It!
Sand 2

Rev'It! Tornado

Rev'It!
Tornado

Firstgear  Kilimanjaro

Firstgear
Kilimanjaro

Alpinestars Andes

Alpinestars
Andes

Rev'It! Voltiac

Rev'It!
Voltiac

Tour Master Transition 3

Tour Master
Transition 3

Tour Master Sonora Air

Tour Master
Sonora Air

Joe Rocket Ballistic Rev

Joe Rocket
Ballistic Rev

Alpinestars  Web

Alpinestars
Web

Sidi Adventure Gore-Tex

Sidi
Adventure Gore-Tex

TCX Airtech

TCX
Airtech

Cortech Vice WP

Cortech
Vice WP

Tour Master Solution

Tour Master
Solution

Alpinestars  Archer

Alpinestars
Archer

Olympia Weatherking

Olympia
Weatherking

Rev'It! Zoom

Rev'It!
Zoom

Alpinestars Valparaiso

Alpinestars
Valparaiso

Cortech Scarab

Cortech
Scarab

 

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Plug Into Heated Gear!

Posted on: December 4th, 2014 by Road Rider MCA No Comments

PLUG INTO HEATED GEAR

…And Never Stop Riding

Your motorcycle doesn’t have to take a back seat when the cold weather hits. Keep riding, and ride comfortably and safely this winter with heated gear. It’s easy to get started with gloves or a jacket, and once you’re plugged in you’ll be focused on the road and the ride, not on your freezing cold digits and core.

We are your heated gear headquarters, and we have a huge selection of gloves, jackets, pants, and accessories for you to explore. Learn more by clicking on the gear below, then visit us and start to love winter riding!

 

Guide To Getting Started

Not sure if heated gear will work for you? Not sure where to start? Not to worry! Read our Heated Gear Guide for the basics.

Heated Gear Guide


 

Firstgear Heated Jacket Liner

It might be frigid outside, but it’s cozy like a ski lodge at Christmas time inside your jacket. A jacket liner is all you need under your riding jacket to stay as warm as you want.

Men's Warm and Safe Jacket Liner


 

Gerbing G3 Gloves

Warm up your hands with Gerbing’s best-selling G3 gloves. Pair them up with a jacket liner, and you can plug right in to the sleeves in seconds.

Gerbing's G3 Heated Gloves


 

Gerbing T5 Hybrid Gloves

Plug in your Gerbing’s T5 Hybrid Gloves or cast the cables to the wind and ride free. The T5s can be powered by your bike’s battery or by small 12-volt battery packs (sold separately).

Gerbing's T5 Hybrid Glove


 

Firstgear Heated Pants Liner

Stay toasty on your toughest rides with heated pants. Firstgear’s liners are soft and stretchy, so they fit easily underneath jeans or riding pants.

Men's Warm and Safe Pants Liner


 

Firstgear Heated Glove Liners

Discard those Stay Puft winter gloves and get your dexterity back with Firstgear Glove Liners. They’re affordable, effective, and fit underneath standard riding gloves.

Firstgear Warm N Safe Glove Liners

 

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O’Neal Rider Boots

Posted on: December 2nd, 2014 by Road Rider MCA No Comments

The O’Neal Rider Boots are very affordable, entry-level motocross boots, and are a great new option for young growing riders, newbies, and weekend riders looking for a basic, sturdy boot.

For a few bucks into the hundred dollar range (MSRP: $109.99), the O’Neal Rider Boots offer great value. The quality and comfort offered are impressive, and the lugged sole design and tapered toe make these easy to wear, especially for less experienced riders trying to find their footing on the pegs and shifter. The buckles are made of a heavy-duty plastic and are protected by large plastic block guards to prevent them from damage and snagging. Overall, the Riders are solid, traditional style motocross boots that offer reliable protection at a price that’s pretty easy on your wallet.

O’Neal Rider Boots

  • Injection molded plastic plates protect against impacts
  • Metal shank insert reinforces the shape of the boot and adds support
  • Easy to operate, Snap-Lock adjustable four buckle closure system
  • Durable Goodyear welt sole is properly balanced with no unstable rocking
  • Metal toe guard to protect the sole against delaminating
  • Moderate grip sole is great for track, trail and ATV riders
  • Air mesh interior, generous heel support and cushioned insole for extra comfort
  • Synthetic leather heat shield to prevent heat damage
  • Rear pull tab for extra leverage
  • Replacement straps and buckles are available

Options

  • Available in sizes 7-15

 

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Akari AX.11 E-Tint Visor Insert

Posted on: December 1st, 2014 by Road Rider MCA No Comments

There are a lot of products available these days to help motorcyclists deal with glaring sun and changing light situations, and most of us have tried at least a few of them. Changing light is especially vexing around here because our mountain roads take us from tree-covered darkness to glaring California sun in one bend. The mechanical options available to deal with the problem–sunglasses, drop-down visors, tinted shields–work just fine for many folks, but they have their drawbacks. With sunglasses and tinted shields, you’re committed to the darker tint until you make a pit stop, and that can be, at best, annoying. At worst, it’s distracting and dangerous. Drop-down visors, while a great feature on many new model helmets, aren’t for everyone and, after all, are only available with the cost of that new helmet.

Enter the Akari AX.11 e-Tint Visor Insert. It easily changes your shield’s tint from normal to dark instantly and all you have to do is press a small button on the base of your shield. E-Tint was originally developed for aircraft pilots, and made its debut in the motorcycle market a number of years ago. Since then the technology has been greatly improved, and the Akari AX.11 is the most evolved e-Tint insert available.

The AX.11 insert works thanks to a “liquid crystal host sandwiched between two curved flexible plastic substrates coated with transparent electrodes.” When the plastic insert is energized by the battery, the liquid crystal goo inside changes color. The thin insert containing the liquid crystal adheres to the inside of your visor and uses a tiny wiring harness to connect to a rechargeable lithium battery and switch. Believe it or not, the AX.11 system is easy to install, and the battery, switch, and wiring is completely unobtrusive. The insert even has an optional automatic mode that uses a small photocell on the switch assembly to sense light changes and automatically change the tint.

The AX-11 battery offers twenty hours of run time, and it can be recharged via the micro-USB cable included. It’s also treated with a permanent anti-fog coating, so the AX-11 is the only visor system you need.

Akari AX.11 E-Tint Visor Insert

  • 20 hours of battery life in tint mode, or 3 weeks of stand-by charge
  • Lithium battery and micro-USB charging cable included
  • Includes permanent anti-fog coating
  • Liquid crystal technology enables a complete tint change in seconds
  • “Fail-safe mechanism” ensures safety by returning the insert to clear in the event of a power failure
  • Optional Automatic Mode uses a built-in photocell on the side of the button to sense light changes around you and automatically turn the tint on or off
  • Insert offers over 98% UV protection from the sun
  • Installation is easy and requires no tools
  • Vinyl installation templates are provided with the insert to assure a centered and correct position on your visor

Options

  • AX.11 Universal
  • AX.11 Arai (with cutouts for Arai Brow-Vents)

 

 

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Joe Rocket Survivor Suit

Posted on: December 1st, 2014 by Road Rider MCA No Comments

You don’t have to sell the farm to get a one-piece, four-season textile suit. For under $500, you can finally give yourself the ease and security of one-shot, all year coverage with the Joe Rocket Survivor Suit (MSRP: $399-$414).

The Survivor’s shell is waterproof, so the outer material won’t become saturated and require hours to dry out and you won’t have to mess with any zip-out waterproof liners. It does include a quilted thermal liner that can be used for extra insulation or removed, and the suit is designed to be worn over your everyday clothes. Just zip up and go. For warmer weather riding, the upper portion of the Survivor features a mesh front closure that can be used in lieu of the main waterproof entry zipper. The airflow exhausts out through the zippered waterproof vents on the lower back.

The Survivor features fourteen points of customizable adjustment, including adjustment straps on the thighs, waist, and arms, which give the suit a close, comfortable fit with minimal excess bulk. Tall riders will find the standard length Survivor is just fine, and the black version is available in short lengths for those on the other end of the spectrum.

Joe Rocket Survivor Suit

  • Waterproof-treated RockTex™ 600 outer shell
  • Double layer RockTex™ 600 on shoulders, elbows and knee
  • CE-rated armor in shoulders, elbows and knees
  • Pocket for optional CE back protector (sold separately)
  • Melt-resistant material on lower leg area
  • Removable, insulated full suit liner
  • Waterproof lined pockets
  • Triple closure outer pockets
  • YKK zippers
  • Double stitched on main seams and in key areas for strength
  • Articulated expansion waist
  • Big Air™ ventilation system
  • 14-point Sure Fit™ custom adjustment system at waist, chest, upper legs and ankles
  • Reflective stripe & logos
  • Learn more at WebBikeWorld.com

Options

  • Available in black or black/hi-viz neon
  • Available in small through 2XL
  • Short length available in black color in sizes medium through 2XL

 

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6 DVDs You Should Own

Posted on: November 29th, 2014 by Road Rider MCA No Comments

Fastest

Fastest is Mark Neale’s third film documenting the on- and off-track drama and excitement of the MotoGP race series. Fastest was filmed throughout the 2010-2011 season, as Valentino Rossi sought his tenth world championship with a recently recovered broken leg and an untamed Ducati. The Doctor faced intense competition on the grid from Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa for Respsol Honda, and from former Yamaha teammate and defending champion Jorge Lorenzo. It’s a riveting view into the intense world of the fastest motorcycle racers on the planet, all of whom share, above all else, a singular desire to be number one. The film showcases their incredible battles on the track, reveals their passion and struggle, and will make you a race fan even if you’re not.

The only thing better than owning Fastest? Owning the trilogy. Faster and The Doctor, The Tornado, and the Kentucky Kid are just as good as Fastest. Watch any one of them and you’re sure to want more MotoGP. Oh, and the bonus features are fantastic as well.

 

Dust To Glory

Though not strictly about bikes, you don’t have to go far to find a moto-head who would tell you Dust To Glory is their favorite motorcycle movie of all time. Directed by Dana Brown, Dust To Glory follows truck and motorcycle teams all the way from pre-race preparation to the finish line of one of the most grueling offroad endurance races on the planet, the Baja 1000. Brown, whose famous father changed motorcycling and documentary film making for good with On Any Sunday, is a master at constructing a film that captures the heart and soul that drives extreme competitors. His incredible aerial shots and first person sequences bring viewers along with the drivers in the dust, with all the intensity of the race and the harsh, beautiful desert landscape.

Want more from Dana Brown? Look for Brown’s newest documentary, On Any Sunday: The Next Chapter, to come out on DVD in the next few months.

 

Penton: The John Penton Story

A world without John Penton would very likely be a world without KTM offroad bikes and Alpinestars motorcycle gear today. But unless you remember the revolutionary effect the release of Penton’s lightweight, Austrian-made dirt bikes had on the offroad world, you’ve likely never even heard the name. Penton: The John Penton Story wants to change that, and tells the incredible life story of a man that went against the tide and propelled offroad racing into a new era of faster, lighter, and better bikes. Old and young alike will be touched and inspired by this film, and every knobby-tire rider should know The John Penton Story.

 

Moto 6

The Moto series films are way more than your run-of-the-mill dirt bike movies, and you don’t have to get dirty on the weekends to enjoy them. In the past, Moto films have featured top riders from motocross, endurance racing, freestyle, trials, and endurocross, and they take the viewer behind the scenes with them to see the dedication and determination it takes to get there. Released this November, Moto 6 travels to the lesser-known corners of the offroad universe to discover how far these top riders will go to push the limits of their abilities and wrestle uncharted terrain into submission.

 

Long Way Round

Long Way Round was filmed for British TV in the summer of 2004, and ten years later it still easily makes the short list of motorcycling’s most beloved film stories. The TV mini-series follows actor Ewan McGregor and longtime friend and fellow actor Charley Boorman (remember the creepy kid in the golden armor in Excalibur?) as they ride the path less traveled east from London to New York on two BMW R1150 GSs.  We join these two friends and avid motorcyclists on an epic, 19,000-mile journey across Europe, Russia, Mongolia, Siberia, Canada, and the U.S. Caution: after watching Long Way Round, you may feel compelled to trade in your sportbike or cruiser for an used BMW GS and a Rallye suit.

Long Way Round turned out to be a such a hit, the guys managed to take a second trip, this time from Scotland to Cape Town, in 2007. They named their Africa trip series Long Way Down, and it’s a necessary accompaniment to the original. Which one is your favorite?

 

Why We Ride

Why We Ride tapped into something the motorcycle community had been waiting for, for many, many years.  And when it was released last year, this cinematic love letter to the sport took our breath away. Gorgeous photography and a stirring soundtrack accompany dozens of interviews of riders, including some well-known ones, each representing a completely unique aspect of motorcycling and offering their own answer to the eternal question. Why We Ride celebrates the diversity of motorcycling and it uplifts what we share: a community built on a complete, transcendent, love of the ride. It’s a beautiful film, and something to be enjoyed best with others who ‘get it’.

 

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