Road Rider Blood Drive – June 4

BY Road Rider MCA - May 3rd, 2016

Road Rider Blood Drive

Saturday, June 4
9:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Blood banks like Blood Centers of the Pacific play a vital role in saving the lives of our friends, family, and neighbors when illness or disaster strikes. Blood banks are always in need, and it’s the community–blood donors like you and I–who enable them to continue their life-saving work.

That’s why we’re hosting Blood Centers of the Pacific on June 4th. Donors will be set up in the BCP donation coach in our front parking lot. Sign up now to make a huge difference in someone’s life!

Visit to schedule an appointment window. When you get to the site, you can find our event easily by entering the location and/or date of our blood drive, or simply use the sponsor code “roadridermca”. From there you will be able to select a time slot that is convenient for you.

Blood Donation Questions

If you have questions about eligibility and what to expect when you donate, please visit Blood Centers of the Pacific FAQ page.


Road Rider 38th Anniversary Sale & Celebration

Friday, June 3 – Sunday, June 5

Road Rider turns the big THREE-EIGHT this year, so we have a fun celebration and a great sale planned to mark this middle-age milestone. Details will be revealed soon!


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Alpinestars GP Pro Airflow Leather Jacket

BY Road Rider MCA - April 26th, 2016

The Alpinestars GP Pro Airflow is totally redesigned for 2016, and offers a fantastic level of flexibility, breathability, and premium protection for the track or the street.

We’ve seen Alpinestars get better and better every year, and second-skin protection is molded into the very core of the GP Pro, leaving unnecessary weight by the side of the road. Huge stretchy and breathable panels replace leather where you need the most flex, like around the collar, at the under and inner arms, and at the sides of the waist.

Leather accordion panels are key to blending flex with high-level protection, and the GP Pro features large accordion leather areas behind the elbows, shoulders, and newly added under the arms and at the base of the back. The neoprene-edged cuffs are a nice detail, and there is lots to love about Alpinestars’ redesigned Airprene collar, which is lower, softer, and integrates smoothly with the back of the neck and helmet.

The GP Pro Airflow is built to rock the summertime without sacrificing protection. The tiny zippered vents on the shoulders won’t flow much air, but a fully perforated main torso and ventilation of the stretch panels will take care of keeping you cool when you’re pushing it on hot days.


Alpinestars GP Pro Airflow Jacket Features

  • Constructed with premium 1.3-millimeter, full-grain cowhide
  • Perforated leather on the torso and back
  • Comfortable, ventilating Moto-GP profile race hump


  • Race-derived, injection-molded Dynamic Friction Shield (DFS) external shoulder and elbow protectors lined with dual-density foam padding
  • CE-certified protectors at the shoulders and elbows/forearms
  • Removable snap connection for integration with Nucleon KR-R hanging back protector
  • Mesh pockets for optional CE-rated Nucleon back protector insert and Nucleon chest protectors


  • Stretch fabric at chest, side waist, under arms, and inner arms for articulation and breathability
  • Leather accordion panels behind shoulders, elbows, at lower back, and under arms
  • PE comfort padding on the chest, torso, coccyx and back
  • Airprene collar and sleeve cuff


  • Premium YKK zippers and semi-auto-locking zippers at sleeves
  • Full circumference waist connection zipper allows attachment to Alpinestars riding pants
  • D-ring Velcro waist adjustments
  • Extended lower back profile for improved lumbar coverage
  • Reflective detailing on arms and lower back for improved nighttime visibility
  • Available in men’s EURO sizes: 46-60 / 46-64 (black only).
  • Available in European sizes 46-60 (US jacket sizes 46-60), sizes 60, 62, and 64 available in black only


  • MSRP: $599.99





Nolan N104 Evo Modular Helmet

BY Road Rider MCA - April 25th, 2016

Nolan brings decades of modular expertise to the newest rendition of their flagship, the N104, in the Nolan N104 Evo.

Like all Nolan helmets, the N104 is proudly made in Italy and boasts silky-smooth operation and quality proven to last the miles. Nolan’s ‘N’ line of modulars have kept loyal devotees coming back time and time again.

The N104 EVO is Nolan’s lightest, best ventilating version in the lineage yet, and features a cozy, uber-plush neck roll that helps reduce noise levels. For riders who want to add a headset system, it’s designed to partner with Nolan’s N-Com B4, which is a well-liked product in its own right.

Chin Bar

The N104’s unique elliptical chin bar hinge means that as the chin bar is raised or lowered it doesn’t take the shortest path from point A to point B, but in fact swings out slightly as it passes over the face shield. Nolan says this enables the chin bar to be seated on the forehead in a less obtrusive way, resulting in significantly improved aerodynamics when riding with the chin bar raised. The unusual chin bar design is one of the N104 EVO’s most impressive features.


It’s prepped with a side port for the Nolan N-Com B4+ Bluetooth Headset (sold separately for $314.95). Once installed, the control unit is nearly flush on the side of your helmet and looks very sleek. The only downside of this is that the helmet really isn’t compatible with any other brand of Bluetooth headset.

For an extra hundred dollars ($569.95), the N104 Evo MCS II edition comes with a pre-installed N-Com headset and the necessary cord to plug into Gold Wing and Harley-Davidson factory radio/intercom system.

Bottom Line

At $450, the N104 is one of the most affordable modulars that could be considered part of the ‘premium modular’ category. That’s due in large part to the polycarbonate shell, compared to the more advance composite shells of the Shoei Neotec or Schuberth C3 Pro. Overall, however, the N104 is a pretty great value for a very smoothly operating, Italian-made modular, and it’s a favorite among many experienced riders.

Compare the Nolan N104 Evo side-by-side with the Shoei Neotec and Schuberth C3 Pro at Road Rider, as well as a number of budget modulars.


Nolan N104 Evo Modular Helmet Features

  • Injected polycarbonate GE Lexan shell
  • VPS – Vision Protection System drop-down internal sun shield: slider actuated, push-button retracted
  • Quick-change, ultra-wide eye port for superior visibility
  • Pinlock shield included with each helmet
  • Easy, one-handed chin bar opening
  • AIRBOOSTER ventilation system for optimal ventilation where it is required most
  • 3-position top vent (closed, crown vent, crown/brow vent)
  • 2 venturi exhaust ports at rear of helmet
  • EPS vent tube channelsdisperse cool air throughout the helmet interior
  • Features antibacterial, removable cheek pads, inner liner, neck roll and wind protector
  • Inner comfort padding facilitates eyeglass wearing
  • Reflective insert at the center of the roll neck for improved nighttime visibility
  • Two shell sizes
  • DOT approved
  • Available in sizes 2XS-3XL
  • MSRP: $449.99 solids, $499.99 graphics, $529.99 hi-vis





AGV Sport Willow Leather Pants

BY Road Rider MCA - April 21st, 2016

The AGV Sport Willow Leather Pants are flexible, comfortable pants that represent a fantastic value for riders looking for serious protection on the street or track.

At just over 200 bucks, the Willow pants offer a great deal of bang-for-the-buck protection that make these suitable for zipping to a jacket like the AGV Sport Misano and hitting the track, or rocking them in the twisties on the weekends. The Willows feature a thick premium cowhide construction and CE-approved knee/shin protectors, and key impact areas around the seat and thighs are layered with highly abrasion- and tear-resistant Schoeller Keprotec.

Bigger guys or folks who have trouble fitting into other track pants should find some relief trying on the Willows. With a generous cut, abundance of heavy-duty accordion paneling, a wide elastic waistband, and stretch fabric along the back of the calves and around the crotch, these pants are made to give average Joes all-day comfort.

Zip the Willow pants to an AGV Sport Misano Leather Jacket and you’ll be track or road ready for right around 600 bucks.


AGV Sport Willow Leather Pants

  • Constructed with 1.2 to 1.4-millimeter premium cowhide leather
  • Reinforced with Schoeller Keprotec material on the inner thighs and back of legs
  • Accordion paneling along thighs, at knees, at lower back, and back of calves for excellent flex, comfort, and range of motion
  • CE-approved armor in knees/shins
  • Wide elastic waistband with front Velcro waist adjustment tab
  • Rubber coated zippers will not scratch bodywork
  • 8″ connection zipper for attachment to jacket
  • Reflective AGV Sport logos on thighs and knees for nighttime visibility
  • Available in waist sizes 30-40
  • MSRP: $219.00




AGV Sport Misano Leather Jacket

BY Road Rider MCA - April 21st, 2016

The AGV Sport Misano Leather Jacket is a three-season, sport-fit leather jacket that riders looking for high-level protection on a budget can love. Cut in distinctively ‘American’ sizing, trying on the Misano and the matching AGV Sport Willow Pants will be a welcome experience for bigger guys who have struggled to squeeze into European-oriented gear.

The Misano features premium perforated cowhide leather, CE-approved shoulder and elbow/forearm armor, and external aluminum shoulder sliders for additional abrasion protection. You can replace the memory foam back pad with a CE-rated back protector to kick up the impact coverage to the next level.

Multi-season versatility is made possible by perforated leather on the torso for airflow, exhaust zips at the back, and a zip-out, quilted vest liner. The stretch fabric along the arms is windproof, so the vest liner is all you need to keep the cold air off your body when you want to.

Leather accordion panels at the shoulders, elbows, and waist provide a good degree of flex and range of motion. A subtle race hump and the low, neoprene-lined comfort collar will interface well with the back of your helmet leaned over on a sportbike.

Priced at just $349.99, the AGV Sport Misano is all about giving you reliable leather protection at a great price. Pair it with the AGV Sport Willow Leather Pants, and you’ve got yourself a full suit for about 600 bucks.


AGV Sport Misano Leather Jacket Features

  • Constructed with premium cowhide leather, perforated on front torso and lined with breathable mesh throughout
  • Zip-out, quilted thermal vest liner included
  • Subtle race hump


  • CE-approved shoulder and elbow/forearm protectors
  • 10-millimeter memory foam back pad can be replaced with a CE-approved back protector (sold separately)
  • Advance Safety Seam Construction (ASSC) throughout

Fit & Comfort

  • Dynamind windproof stretch fabric along the inner arms for flexibility
  • Accordion paneling behind shoulders, at waist and elbows
  • Pre-curved arm construction
  • Soft neoprene collar


  • YKK zippers
  • Connection zipper for attachment to AGV Sport Willow pants
  • Two front zippered hand-warmer pockets
  • Advance Safety Seam Construction (ASSC) throughout
  • Available in European sizes 40-52 (American jacket sizes 30-42) (runs large)
  • MSRP: $349.00





Beat The Heat In Alpinestars

BY Road Rider MCA - April 20th, 2016

Visit us this spring and ride out with gear from Alpinestars that will keep you cool and protected on the bike this summer.

Alpinestars is one of the top names in the business, and it’s a brand synonymous with delivering high-level protection for motorcyclists, and leading the way when it comes to style.

One of the big reasons we dig A-stars gear is that Alpinestars literally never stops innovating. It seems like nearly every style and model goes through an evolution every few years, integrating new stitching techniques, materials, and designs in an updated version to improve the safety, comfort, and value of the gear we rely on.

The Alpinestars of 2015/2016 has been offering up awesome examples of that trifecta of safety, comfort, and value coming together beautifully, and that’s exciting to see. And it’s good for our wallets and our bodies, because we’ll know that when we choose an Alpinestars jacket or pair of gloves, they are going be protective, high-quality, and a pretty great value for what you get, too.

You can preview some highlights from our A-stars hot-weather gear selection, below, but be sure to stop by the shop to check out way more gear options for the summer from Alpinestars, Dainese, Rev’it, Joe Rocket, and more.




A better fit for more bodies, advanced protection, and perforated leather makes the GP Plus R a fantastic choice for hot weather and riders who like to lean in. Also arriving next week: the GP Pro Airflow.

Learn more…

Alpinestars GP Plus R Jacket Perforated Black RRPP


Textile Mesh


The T-GP R Air is a textile jacket that doesn’t leave protection at the side of the road. Ventilated mesh panels meet external shoulder armor and 450-D polyester. For the ultimate protection package, upgrade to CE-rated back and chest protectors.

Learn more…

Alpinestars T-GP R Air Jacket Black Black RRPP



The ladies T-GP Plus R Air doesn’t compromise safety for breathability, either, and marries ventilating mesh with 450- and 600-D abrasion protection. Nucleon chest and back protector upgrades are also available (sold separately).

Learn more…

Alpinestars Stella T-GP Plus R Air Jacket Black White RRPP




Crashes don’t take the summer off, and neither should your protection. When it’s too hot to rock leather, turn to the Oxygen Air over pants.

Learn more…

Alpinestars Oxygen Air Pants RRPP




Available in both men’s and women’s versions, the SMX-1 Airs offer a pretty darn good level of protection for a $60 pair of gloves.

Learn more…

Alpinestars SMX-1 Air Gloves Black RRPP



Another winning value item from A-stars, the SP-2 gloves can get you through spring to fall with light perforation and the protection of a hard knuckle, palm sliders, gauntlet cuff, and double-layered reinforcement.

Learn more…

Alpinestars SP-2 Gloves Black RRPP




Upgrade any of our Alpinestars jackets with a Nucleon CE-Level 2 back protector or Nucleon chest armor. Armor has come a long way, and Alpinestars Nucleon line is soft, lightweight, and flexible, but made to excel in the moment you need it most.

Learn more…

Alpinestars-Nucleon-KR-2i-Back-Protector RRPP Alpinestars Nucleon Chest Protector KR-Ci RRPP




Alpinestars Oxygen Air Pants

BY Road Rider MCA - April 20th, 2016

Alpinestars Oxygen Air Pants are back from the A-stars lab, and new and improved to keep you cooler and more comfortable this summer. With larger areas of mesh and a better fit, these over pants are ready for action on the hottest days.

Designed and sized to fit over your everyday pants or jeans, the Oxygen Airs give the added protection of 600-denier, abrasion-resistant polyester and CE-rated knee armor. With foam padding and armor pockets at the hips, you also have the option to upgrade to CE-rated hip armor.

Large mesh panels on the thighs will keep the air flowing and the heat under control, while the non-mesh 600-D polyester is left intact in the key impact areas on the back side and around the knees.

Large accordion panels on the knees and at the waist allow for easy articulation and movement on the bike, and wrapping, knee-high zippers make it incredibly easy to zip in and out with boots on.

These pants can be worn without pants underneath, but you may want to size down to get the right fit. Try them on at Road Rider to make sure you’re happy with the sizing before you commit.


Alpinestars Oxygen Air Pants

  • Constructed from PU-coated, 600-denier polyester fabric
  • Polyester mesh thigh panels for ventilation
  • Accordion stretch panels on the waist/back and top of the knees
  • CE-certified knee protectors
  • Padding at hips (optional CE-rated hip armor sold separately)
  • Inside calf zippered gusset entry enables pullings pants on and off without removal of boots
  • Adjustable waist hook closure
  • Two external pockets
  • YKK® zippers
  • Waist connection zipper allows attachment to Alpinestars leather and textile jackets (compatibility varies between models, so bring your jacket in to be sure)
  • Reflective piping on back of thighs and front of knees for enhanced nighttime visibility
  • Available in sizes S-3XL
  • MSRP: $199.99




Alpinestars SP-2 Gloves

BY Road Rider MCA - April 20th, 2016

Alpinestars SP-2 Gloves cover the basics of protection at a budget-to-mid-level price point with trusty A-star authority and style. With improved protection features meeting the classic SP glove matrix, Alpinestars has turned up the performance and value of their ever-popular SP-2s in this newest version.

Well suited for use across multiple seasons, the SP-2 gloves feature ventilating perforations around the lower portion of the wrist, and on the cuff and integrated EVA pads. These provide a small amount of airflow and good breathability throughout, though not enough to make you uncomfortable on colder summer mornings and during spring and fall temperatures.

With palm sliders and a race-inspired carbon knuckle, there’s a lot of bang-for-the-buck in the area of protection, here. Impact-absorbing foam inserts on the top of the hand, fingers, and gauntlet cuff, as well as reinforcement layers in key slide areas show the SP-2s mean business.

The new addition of touchscreen-compatible fingertips is a nice addition to the SP-2 package, as well.


Alpinestars SP-2 Gloves Features

  • Constructed from full-grain cowhide with a goatskin leather palm and finger sidewalls
  • Double-layered with leather and synthetic suede in key slide areas at the palm and side of hand
  • EVA foam pads at the fingers, top of hand, and cuff for impact absorption
  • MotoGP-inspired carbon compound hard knuckle protection
  • TPU palm slider backed with EVA foam
  • Patented pinky-finger-bridge prevents excessive finger roll and separation in the event of an accident
  • Accordion panel on side of wrist for range of motion and comfort
  • Pre-curved finger construction
  • Velcro wrist closure
  • Touchscreen-compatible fingertips
  • Available in sizes S-3XL
  • MSRP: $129.99




Alpinestars GP Plus R Jacket – Perforated

BY Road Rider MCA - April 19th, 2016

The Alpinestars GP Plus R Jacket offers first-rate Alpinestars quality, a fantastic fit, and the incomparable protection of leather. This perforated edition of the GP Plus R features ventilated leather throughout, so when things heat up, you won’t have to compromise, either.

When it comes to mixing leather gear and motorbikes in the Nor Cal summer, perforated leather is a must. To give you maximum cooling without compromising the hardcore protection of the leather exoskeleton, the GP Plus R is perforated on the front and back of the torso and along the arms, leaving the major impact zones intact. Long panels of stretch fabric under the arms provide flex and range of motion for active riding, but also flow a ton of air.

Alpinestars did a grade-A job with the new fit of the GP Plus R, now with a slightly more roomy American cut in key areas, but more conforming and contouring across the board. Longer accordion panels behind the shoulders, microfiber stretch under the arms and inner arms, and a stretchy, soft collar contribute to giving the GP Plus R the best fit we’ve seen from Alpinestars so far.


Alpinestars GP Plus R Jacket – Perforated Features


  • Constructed from premium 1.3 millimeter leather with a multi-panel construction and reinforced stitching
  • Perforated leather panels on front and back torso and sleeves


  • Dual-density, advanced-polymer shoulder sliders
  • Alpinestars race‐derived, CE‐approved Bio-Armor shoulder and elbow protectors
  • Pockets for  optional CE-Level 2 Nucleon back protector and chest protectors (sold separately)

Fit & Comfort

  • Accordion stretch inserts behind shoulders and elbows
  • Padded, perforated panels integrated into main shell and sleeves
  • Microfiber stretch panels under the arms for improved fit and breathability
  • Soft 3D mesh collar and soft mesh cuff edging at wrists
  • Mesh liner for breathability, comfort, and ventilation
  • Pre-curved construction


  • Premium YKK® zippers used throughout
  • Velcro and zipper wrist closures
  • Velcro and D-ring waist adjustment
  • Zippered hand pockets, Velcro-closure internal storage pockets, interior waterproof wallet pocket
  • Reflective detailing at front and back shoulders
  • Waist connection zipper for attachment to Alpinestars riding pants
  • Available in European sizes 48-60 (American jacket sizes 38-50)
  • MSRP: $439.99




Alpinestars SMX-1 Air Gloves

BY Road Rider MCA - April 18th, 2016

Offering great protection and fit at a very appealing price point, the new Alpinestars SMX-1 Air Gloves have already climbed the ranks to be among our top-selling gloves of the year. The SMX-1 Airs are available in both men’s and women’s versions at Road Rider for just $59.99. Read on to learn a bit more about how much glove you can get from Alpinestars for just 60 bucks.

When things heat up and your hands are melting under heavy-weight gloves, cool things down with a blend of leather and airflow mesh. The SMX-1 Airs hit all the right points with protection, featuring a goatskin leather palm with Clarino reinforcements in wear and impact areas, and a leather-seated hard knuckle. Enjoy massive airflow courtesy of 3D mesh on the tops of the fingers, hand, and thumb.

Lightweight, breathable stretch fabric at the base of the thumbs and between the fingers provides a great deal of flex and comfort. The icing on the gloves? Touchscreen compatible fingertips.

Also available at Road Rider: women’s Stella SMX-1 Air Gloves.


Alpinestars SMX-1 Air Gloves Features

  • Constructed with goatskin leather and 3D mesh
  • Synthetic suede reinforcement at side of hand and fingertips
  • Touchscreen-compatible fingertips
  • Gripper pad in palm at base of fingers for wear resistance and grip on the controls
  • Breathable stretch fabric inserts at base of thumb and between fingers
  • Molded hard knuckle protection
  • Energy-absorbing EVA foam pads at palm, outer thumb, and backhand
  • Sonic-welded TPR finger sliders
  • Velcro cuff closure and TRP puller tab
  • Pre-curved finger construction
  • Available in sizes S-3XL
  • MSRP: $59.99