Sidi ADV Boots Showdown: Sidi Adventure vs. Canyon vs. Deep Rain

BY Road Rider MCA - June 23rd, 2016

Sidi has an impressive catalogue of motorcycle boots suited for any feat performed on two-wheels, from the Crossfire, tested at the highest levels of motocross competition, to the Mag-1, worn by some of the fastest MotoGP riders on the planet. But Sidi puts the same level of craftsmanship and attention to detail into boots designed for those of us with different goals in mind.

One of Sidi’s most successful categories is their line of adventure boots. As our taste for boots that can smoothly transition from asphalt to offroad grows, so does the selection of Sidi ADV boots. The Sidi Canyon Gore-Tex, the Deep Rain, and the Adventure Rain are three top Sidi adventure riding boots, and they are all fantastic multiple-personality Sidi ADV boots that you’ll find it hard to choose between.

But that’s what we’re going to try to help you do with this Sidi ADV Boots Showdown. Read on to find out which of Sidi’s top adventure/dual sport boots is the right choice for your needs and your riding style.


Sidi ADV Boots Product Comparison:

The Canyon is priced smack-dab in the middle of two other very popular adventure-touring oriented boots from Sidi–the Adventure and the Deep Rain. It’s a relatively small jump up or down in price from the Canyon to one of the other two, so you might be wondering, which of Sidi’s three leading lugged-sole boots is right for you?


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Sidi Adventure Rain

Sidi Adventure Rain Boot RRPP

Price: $395

The Adventure comes in two different versions, the Adventure Rain and the Adventure Gore-Tex. While the Canyon comes standard with a premium Gore-Tex waterproof membrane, the Adventure Rain and Deep Rain boots feature a proprietary ‘Rain’ membrane. Priced at $395, the Adventure Rain is just $45 more than the Canyon, so that’s the one we’ll be talking about.

The Adventure was built for riders who don’t stop at pavement’s end, and it packs an incredible amount of offroad-derived protection into a boot you could still rock on the daily commute.

The Adventure shares the same lugged sole as the other two, but it’s significantly beefier in all other aspects. It’s the tallest of the group, with hard plastic protection on the shin and heel, and hinged TPU ankle bracing. The big, durable Cam-Lock buckles, also on the Deep Rain, lend themselves better than the Canyon’s mini buckle to use in rugged, muddy conditions, and provide much-needed stability and support for offroad riding.

Traversing trails and city streets on foot comes easy in the Adventures, but the extra protection, added height, and subsequent heftier weight undoubtedly bring with them some sacrifices in the comfort department.

Road Rider currently stocks Sidi Adventure Rain and Adventure Gore-Tex boots. Check out a full description of the Sidi Adventure Rain Boots here.


Sidi Deep Rain

Sidi Deep Rain Boots RRPP

Price: $295

Sidi’s Deep Rain is the only boot of our three that features a Technomicro upper rather than a genuine leather construction. Technomicro is Sidi’s synthetic leather of choice, and is used in Sidi track boots because of its resistance to fatigue, wear, and abrasion, and for its light weight and durability. It’s also featured in many Sidi touring boot models, and is naturally water-resistant and breathable. While the synthetic Deep Rains won’t break in quite like the genuine leather Canyons or Adventures would, they are strong, lightweight, and priced at just $295.

Like the Adventures, the Deep Rains tower almost three inches over the Canyons, providing critical upper shin coverage for adventures off the asphalt. The Deep Rains also have a TPU hard heel protector. In all other areas of protection, the Canyons and Deep Rains are comparable.

Road Rider currently stocks the Sidi Deep Rain boots. Check out a full description of here.


Sidi Canyon Gore-Tex Boots

Sidi Canyon GTX Boot Detail RRPP


The Sidi Canyon Gore-Tex boots are the most road-oriented of these three Sidi ADV boots.

With a shorter height and no external TPU hard parts, they are more in line with a traditional touring boot style. They are lightweight, super comfortable, and look great around town. Still, the Gore-Tex membrane, grippy lugged sole, and secure fit make them versatile and rugged if things get a little dirty.

The Canyons feature a small micro buckle to keep your foot securely strapped down. Reinforced heel and toe boxes, internal ankle sliders, and a rigid shin protector round out a comfortable, reliable all-weather option for ADV riders.



Protection: No question here, the Sidi Adventures take the cake when it comes to protection. With hinged ankle bracing and TPU hard parts, they skirt the line between street and offroad categories, and are ideal for 50/50 street and offroad use.

Waterproofing: Unsurprisingly, the Canyons run away with this category thanks to the Gore-Tex membrane. However, the Deep Rains deserve an honorable mention because they have Technomicro on their side. Synthetic leather is naturally water-resistant and won’t break down or deteriorate in water like leather will. If you do opt for the genuine leather Adventure or Canyon, we recommend using a waterproofing agent like NikWax to help prevent saturation and protect the life of the leather.

Comfort: If comfort is your goal, go the way of the Canyon. Its shorter height, full leather upper, and highly breathable Gore-Tex membrane make it the most well-rounded of the three for standard touring and commuting use, and the most comfortable on the bike, and off.





Klim K Fifty 1 Jeans

BY Road Rider MCA - June 20th, 2016

With the Klim K Fifty 1 Jeans, you’ll be rolling in casual denim comfort all day, and with the backing of impact and abrasion protection to get you there and back safely on your motorcycle. The K Fifty 1 jeans are regular fit, straight leg riding jeans that work as well on casual Fridays as they do on your daily commute and weekend rides.

Though the K Fifty 1s look like a normal pair of everyday jeans, Klim loaded them up with protection features, including removable D3o armor at the hips and knees, and a Poron XRD tailbone protector. The main construction is woven from an extra heavy-duty Cordura denim throughout and reinforced with Kevlar in key slide zones. All that impact protection, Kevlar, and the Cordura exterior provide a formidable level of crash protection. Paired up with Klim’s legendary, rugged build quality, and that makes for a bomb-proof pair of jeans you can rock any time.

Klim jeans are available in tall lengths in select sizes, and waist sizes from 30 through 42. Sizes do run large, so expect to fit at least one size smaller than normal.

Klim K Fifty 1 Jeans Features

  • Constructed from heavy-duty, abrasion- and tear-resistant Cordura denim
  • Lined with Kevlar aramid in slide zones
  • D3O integrated and removable hip and knee armor
  • Knee armor is adjustable
  • Poron XRD impact foam tailbone protection
  • Full mesh comfort, wicking liner
  • Waist belt loops
  • Flat-felled seams for maximum comfort and anti-chaffing
  • 5 exterior pockets
  • Stone washed finished with whisker treatment
  • YKK fly zipper
  • Available in sizes 30-42 and tall sizes 32-38
  • MSRP: $289.99 (tall sizes $299.99)





Sidi Deep Rain Boots

BY Road Rider MCA - June 17th, 2016

The Sidi Deep Rain Boots are a whole lot of adventure boot for a great price, offering an incredible value for a quality Sidi boot you can trust to last for years of hard riding. 

You might be looking at the Deep Rains and thinking they look a bit like the Sidi Adventure Rain boots, and you might be right. With the same height, same sole and tread, and same buckles, there are certainly many similarities between the two. The Deep Rains, however, will run you $100 less, and beyond that, some key differences between the Adventures and the Deep Rains, primarily the level of protection, will make one model ultimately a better fit for your riding style. 

Technomicro Upper

To keep costs down during the build, Sidi used their Technomicro synthetic leather in place of genuine leather. Though some riders will prefer the worn-in feel of real leather, there are a few advantages to owning a synthetic boot. Sidi’s Technomicro is lightweight, durable, and highly abrasion resistant. It doesn’t degrade in wet conditions and with wear like natural leather does. This makes it a great material for use in motorcycle boots, and it’s why Sidi only uses Technomicro in their racing boots. 

Waterproof ‘Rain’ Membrane

Sidi utilized their proprietary ‘Rain’ membrane instead of the more premium Gore-Tex option in the Deep Rains. That said, the $395 Adventure ‘Rain’ model features the same membrane; you’ll have to jump up the Adventure Gore-Tex ($550) if you want that Gore lifetime guarantee. For most riders who don’t ride through typhoons or wade streams on the regular, the proprietary membrane will fit the bill and provide reliable waterproofing for years to come.

Where Gore-Tex does win points with the average rider in California is in breathability. Gore-Tex is extremely breathable, which makes it a bit more pleasant to wear than other membranes when you’re hot and sweaty. If you’ve got to have Gore-Tex, be sure to check out the Sidi Canyon Gore-Tex boots, as well as the Adventure Gore-Tex.


Sidi Deep Rain Comparison RRPP


Buckles And Hard Parts

The Deep Rains come equipped with two of Sidi’s motocross-derived Cam-Lock buckles. They are tough, easy to use, and hold the foot and ankle firmly in place. The Deep Rains opt for a Velcro-only closure around the calf. They feature reinforced toe and heel boxes, ankle sliders, and a heavy shin protector.

In contrast to the Deep Rain’s fairly basic exterior, the Adventure boots have a lot of TPU reinforcement, along with a hinged brace that helps to prevent side to side ankle movement. All that hard plastic protection is great for offroading with a heavy bike, where tip-overs are par for the course. That said, where the Adventures are very offroad oriented, the Deep Rains are well-rounded, offering a nice balance of protection and comfort for commuting, touring, and light adventure riding.


Sidi Deep Rain Boots Features

  • Technomicro synthetic leather upper
  • Built-in waterproof and breathable membrane
  • Trockenfuss quality sweat-wicking liner
  • Bonded, non-slip lug sole
  • Nylon insole and removable arch support
  • Replaceable Cam Lock buckles with memory retention straps and Velcro upper closure
  • Rigid, shock resistant, anatomically shaped heel for maximum protection
  • Split-grain leather inner anti-wear/ heat panel
  • Larger reflective panel above the riders heel
  • MSRP: $295.00




Road Rider Is Your South Bay Source For VP Fuel

BY Road Rider MCA - June 16th, 2016

Road Rider is the South Bay’s #1 source for VP fuel. You’ll always find a selection of the top VP Racing Fuels at Road Rider, so you can grab your fuel and get to down to the business of going fast.

We stock the most popular fuels for motocross, road racing, flat track, drag racing, and other high-performance applications, and are committed to offering competitive prices on our race fuel. If you have a question about stock on hand, availability, or pricing, give us a call at (408) 227-6936!

We are located just one mile away from 408MX motocross track and 20 minutes away from Metcalf Motorcycle Park. Whether you’re riding local or heading out for the weekend, stop by Road Rider to conveniently pick up the fuel, gear, and accessories you need to hit the track or trail. We also carry riding gear, fuel jugs, hoses, ramps, chocks, podium stands, grips, protective gear, handlebars, maintenance supplies, and much more.

We currently maintain a regular stock of the following VP Racing Fuels:

M5 Methanol


Not sure how to select the right fuel for your application? is a great resource, but you can also check out this helpful article from Motocross Action Magazine: Guide To VP’s Motocross Racing Fuels.

Not sure where to ride?

For dirt riding venues and parks, click over to our article Offroad Riding And OHV Parks Of Northern California.

For road racing tracks and track day providers, click on Race Tracks And Track Days Of Northern California.





Video Of The Week: Ride With Norman Reedus (in Santa Cruz!)

BY Road Rider MCA - June 15th, 2016

Welcome to Road Rider’s Video Of The Week!

This week’s video is very special one, and for so many reasons. Not only does Ride With Norman Reedus feature some of California’s most scenic and iconic riding roads, some absolutely drool-worthy bikes and gear, and Norman Reedus, the actor who plays everybody’s favorite rebel hero from The Walking Dead, but it even features some familiar local voices.

Be sure to click on the link below to stream this week’s video free on!

As part of the inaugural episode of his new AMC tv show Ride With Norman Reedus, real-life moto enthusiast Reedus and his friend Imogen head north from LA on the Pacific Coast Highway, capturing some highlights along the way, including a chat with Roland Sands, a visit to Nitt Witt Ridge, and an appearance on the Motorcycles and Misfits podcast.

Motorcycles And Misfits

Motorcycles and Misfits is a weekly motorcycle podcast recorded at the Re-Cycle Garage in Santa Cruz. We’ve posted how much we love what’s going on over at Re-Cycle before, but for those who aren’t familiar with the group, Re-Cycle’s mission is a simple and honorable one: “To  get old motorcycles back on the road and teach people how to fix them.”

Motorcycles and Misfits is produced by Re-Cycle founder Liza Miller and supporting members of the Re-Cycle Garage crew. Riders from all over the world have discovered that following the Misfits is #1, a ton of fun, and #2, a great way to pass time when not motorcycling. You might learn a thing or two about wrenching on your own ride, be inspired by stories of two-wheeled adventure, and hear from minor and major celebrities alike speaking about their passion for bikes and bike culture.

Interested in learning more about the Re-Cycle Garage? Follow them on Facebook here (@recyclesantacruz).

Click here to go to the Motorcycles and Misfits podcast webpage, which also contains, links to the podcast’s Soundcloud and YouTube channels.

Watch the video!

We can’t embed this episode of Ride With Norman Reedus, but click on the image below to stream it and future episodes on Enjoy!

Ride With Norman Reedus airs Sunday nights on AMC.

Watch it here:

Ride With Norman Reedus Episode 1






Arai Helmets: Committed To Crafting A Better Helmet

BY Road Rider MCA - June 13th, 2016

Here at Road Rider, we are asked time and time again, “What’s so special about an Arai helmet?” If you ask us, we’ll tell you what’s different about Arai helmets has as much to do with things you can see and feel as with things you can’t. We’ll tell you about Arai’s one-of-a-kind experience, that you’ll know the comfort difference when you try one on yourself. We’ll tell you Arai helmets are chosen by professional riders because they believe they offer the best protection for their heads, and that the Arai family continues to be completely uncompromising in their mission to provide “protection above all.”

Arai’s commitment to developing the best helmet possible is at the very core of the family business, and Arai has never relied on marketing to sell the world on the Arai difference. Each Arai helmet is handmade in Arai’s factory near Tokyo by a team of experienced craftsmen. Each helmet shell is tested twice, and every part of each helmet is inspected at every stage of manufacture by the craftsmen, most of whom have been with Arai for over ten years.

“If your family’s name – and your family’s honor – are on the front of your helmet, how many corners would you cut? How many shortcuts would you take?” -Arai 

In an interview with Transworld Motocross a few years back, the author, Don Maeda, asked Michio Arai about the competition between helmet manufacturers when it comes to sponsoring big-name racers. Mr. Arai, son of Arai founder Hirotake Arai, told the author, “Arai takes a stand. We will not pay big money for someone to wear our helmets. All of our racers wear our helmets because they like them, and they want to be protected… We concentrate more on research and development than paying people to wear our product…”


Arai Helmet Safety

The truth is, there are many helmets on the market that share Arai’s third-party safety credentials and some of them are even fairly inexpensive. But Arai goes much further in the development stage of their helmets than the point required to pass laboratory tests. Arai has always designed their helmets to best deal with impacts in the real world, with the knowledge that every accident is unique, uncontrolled, and unpredictable. To this end and as a result of decades of research and experience, all Arai helmets retain these three primary characteristics: roundness, smoothness, and strength.


R75 – Roundness And Smoothness

Roundness and smoothness are indeed integral to diverting and reducing impact energy in real accident scenarios in the most efficient way. These realities are the reasons for what Arai calls its R75 standard. R75 stands for “radius with a minimum of 75º”, and that strict adherence to maintaining 75º of roundness enables Arai’s helmets to glance off objects that we encounter in the real world better than the oftentimes angular and pointy shapes of other helmets.

Arai is the only company that holds up the idea of minimizing impacts through glancing as integral to the design of every Arai helmet. They don’t have to, because it isn’t something that is addressed in Snell safety tests, but there is real data to back up the safety advantage roundness provides. In fact, Arai could make a visually impressive helmet with sweeping lines and a teardrop shape, but that’s not what’s going to keep us safer on the track and on the road. That’s how Arai operates–with an absolute and total commitment to craft the finest helmet possible, with no compromises, and to serve the purposes it was intended in the best possible way.


Shells – Strength

Every Arai helmet has a fiberglass shell, handmade with special resins and Arai’s exclusive Super Glass Fiber. Born from technology originally developed for aerospace and defense applications, Arai’s Super Glass Fiber is extremely strong and light, and used in all three types of Arai shell constructions.

Peripheral Belting-Structural Net Composite Shell (PB-SNC²)

Helmets: Corsair X

Arai’s most advanced process, PB-SNC² shells are extremely light and strong, and were originally designed for Formula-1 racers. “Peripheral belting” refers to a reinforced belt above the shield that provides enhanced structural integrity while maintaining light weight and compact shell size. The Structural Net Composite is made from a net of fiberglass strands that bond shell layers together more evenly, further reducing shell weight and providing a lower, more comfortable, center of gravity.

Super Complex Laminate Construction (ScLc)

Helmets: RX-Q, Signet-Q, Defiant

The fiberglass used in ScLc shells is 40% stronger than standard fiberglass in extension and bending resistance. A layer of an extremely strong and very light chemical fiber material is sandwiched between two layers of this fiberglass laminate.

Complex Laminate Construction (cLc)

Helmets: Vector 2, XD-4, VX-Pro 4

The two Super Fiber Laminate layers of the cLc shell have a middle layer made of a strong composite material that is not quite as light as the ScLc chemical fiber.


EPS Liner

Arai’s one-of-a-kind EPS (expanded polystyrene) shell liner is comprised of multiple densities of material, molded into a single piece. Because their liner is fused, rather than made up of multiple pieces of EPS that are glued or fitted together, the individuals cells of foam are better supported by neighboring cells for the best possible energy absorption.


Arai Helmet Comfort

In our experience, the vast majority of Arai riders become lifetime converts the very first time they ride with their very first Arai. For Arai, delivering premier comfort is an important part of delivering the very best helmet to those riders who put their trust in the brand.

While being incredibly strong, Arai’s helmet shells are very small and typically weigh less than a comparable helmet. As a result, they are minimally burdensome and feel very well balanced – less like a bobble-head and more like your own head. They feature a reinforced lower perimeter that not only further strengthens the shell, but provides a lower center of gravity that reduces rider neck fatigue.

In addition, all Arai full-face helmets feature unique brow vents in the visor that channel air directly to the forehead. The brow vents on the Corsair X, RX-Q, Signet-Q, and Defiant helmets also channel air back to the temples and around the ears. Brow vents provide airflow, ventilation, and fog reduction through the front of the helmet and do not require cutting vents through the forehead of the shell. Such vent cutting weakens a key impact area of the shell and is something Arai will never do. Chemical anti-fog agents used by on the visors of other manufactures wear off over time and can be damaged by cleaning agents.



Achieving the best possible fit is key to maximizing both safety and comfort. To provide the best and safest fit possible, Arai’s cheek pads and temple pads now feature peel away layers. When the correct shell size around the head is selected, the peel away pads provide additional space when needed for comfort in key areas around the face.


Internal Shell Shapes

In years past, Arai became known for offering different helmet models with distinctively different shell shapes. Today, all Arai helmets sold in the North American market, except for the Signet-Q, have what Arai calls an ‘intermediate oval’ shape, though the shell shapes vary slightly within that general intermediate shape. This means most Arai helmets today have a more neutral shape and fit most heads comfortably. The exception is the Signet-Q, the ‘long oval’ helmet in the modern Arai lineup. The Signet-Q is slightly narrower on the sides and longer from front to back than the now discontinued long oval Arai Profile.


Arai encourages you to visit your local shop and try on different Arai models to find the one that fits you best. Road Rider has the selection, knowledge, and commitment to help you choose the helmet that’s just right for you.


Learn more:

Miles, Matthew. On The Record: Michio Arai, President And CEO, Arai Helmet Ltd.,,






The Latest Motorcycle Bluetooth From Sena and Scala

BY Road Rider MCA - June 6th, 2016

From Sena and Scala Rider

The name of the game in Bluetooth headset technology these days is more, more, more. More intercom range, more features, more audio clarity and sound, and more reasons to upgrade or dive into riding with Bluetooth for the first time.

Take a look below to see some of the impressive systems Sena and Cardo Scala Rider have been serving up this year.

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Sena 20S

Sena 20S Latest Motorcycle Bluetooth
As the first and only intercom to contain two Bluetooth modules for seamless and simultaneous overlapping of functions–along with a host of other firsts and mosts–the 20S is Sena’s top intercom system.

Single: $299.99, Dual Set: $549.99


Scala Rider PackTalk

Scala Rider Packtalk Latest Motorcycle Bluetooth
Scala’s big dog is a groundbreaking system for group communication. Say goodbye to daisy-chained intercom systems–the PackTalk runs on a self-healing, mesh-like network.

Single: $329.95, Dual Set: $579.95


Sena 10S

Sena 10S Latest Bluetooth
Offering a widely appealing balance of value, features, and performance, the 10S leads a new generation of Sena systems running on Bluetooth version 4.1. Take a look at the 10R if you like a more low-profile option.

Single: $239.99, Dual Set: $439.99


Scala Rider SmartPack

Scala Rider SmartPack Latest Motorcycle Bluetooth
The SmartPack offers the same cutting-edge technology as the PackTalk, but is ideal for smaller groups of riders. It’s the smart choice for riders intercoming with just a few buddies.

Single: $289.99, Dual Set: $499.99


Sena 3S

Sena 3S Latest Motorcycle Bluetooth
This junior Sena still enables you to stream music or directions, talk on the phone, or intercom with another rider, and it’s just $99. Bonus: Installed, the 3S system is contained almost entirely within your helmet.

Single only: $98.99


Scala Rider QZ

Scala Rider QZ Latest Bluetooth
The QZ thinks you shouldn’t pay for features you won’t use. It’s the perfect unit for solo riders who like to pump up the jams and talk on the phone, but who don’t need an intercom function.

Single only: $139.99


Stealth System: Sena 10U

Sena 10U Latest Motorcycle Bluetooth
The Sena 10U is a heavy-hitting system with spec on par with the 10S, but all its parts fit within your helmet. The 10U’s control buttons are easily accessible just inside the shield (with the exception of the Arai 10U). The 10U is currently available for the Shoei GT-Air, J-Cruise, and Neotec, the Schuberth C3 and C3 Pro, and Arai full-face helmets.

Single only: $299.00



All prices listed are Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP).



Video Of The Week: Long Live The Kings

BY Road Rider MCA - June 6th, 2016

Welcome to Road Rider’s Video Of The Week!

This week’s vid is a short film made by the gents of Blitz Motorcycles in Paris. Founded by Léonard Janson, Hugo Jezegabel, and former Lycos marketing director and vintage motophile Fred Jourden, Blitz blends the modern with the old, beauty with power.

Every Blitz bike is a totally unique creation–in many cases, tank, frame, motor, and handlebars are harvested from different bikes–and each celebrates, rather than erases, the rust and dents of past lives on the road. Blitz builds about fifteen bikes a year, and they can’t keep up with demand.

Lifestyle is undoubtedly a major part of what attracts so many to Blitz’s bikes and films. Our modern lives are mired in disposability, obsolescence, and complexity; these machines represent value, experience, and simplicity.

Say what you will about the men of Blitz, with their vintage denim, hand-loomed flannels, and disgustingly cool motorbikes, but these dudes are the real deal. Not only do they own and operate a celebrated custom bike building shop, but my research indicates that those beards have been around since at least 2011, pre-dating the mass adoption of the hipster beard and the obsession with filming barn-find bike journeys on Super8. Anyway, this film was shot on Super16, and that’s just way too practical for true ‘hipsters’.

If you enjoy Long Live The Kings, check out the full-length documentary film The Greasy Hands Preachers featuring Blitz, Shinya Kimura, Roland Sands, and others. You can watch it on Vimeo for a small fee, and on other major streaming services.






Frame Sliders: Yes Or No? + Shogun Slider Special

BY Road Rider MCA - June 2nd, 2016

Special: Purchase a black, white, or complete frame slider kit by Shogun and receive a free replacement puck within one year of purchase! 

When you buy a set of frame sliders from Shogun, they’ll throw down a replacement puck if you end up sideways on the asphalt within a year of the original purchase. Shogun is a respected brand offering a good value product, and now having the convenience and backing of crash replacement is a pretty cool bonus. Here are a few other reasons to consider Shogun sliders:

#1 Shogun frame sliders are made of ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethelene. That term might not mean much to you, but this might: UHMWs are used in military personnel armor, vehicle armor, climbing equipment, and a variety of other applications that require a space-aged strength-to-weight ratio. UHMWs have a strength comparable to steel, but aren’t vulnerable to cold temperatures like polyoxymethylenes (POMs) are. Delrin is a POM used in many other sliders on the market.

#2 No-cut versions are available for tons of different bike models. With no-cut sliders, you don’t have to cut any fairings or make any modifications, they just bolt right on in a flash.

#3 Shogun offers a tried-and-true slider design that is simple and effective. The long pucks provide a good amount of protection from damage in a slide.

Get Your Replacement Puck

The replacement process is simple, just go here:, fill out the form, and mail it in with your damaged puck and bolt. If you have any trouble completing the process, let us know and we would be happy to help!


Frame Sliders: Yes or No

For many riders, frame sliders are a must-have bolt-on addition to any new bike. Slapping on a set of sliders can prove to be a valuable but modestly-priced investment if you’re looking to provide some protection for your motorcycle against crash damage.

That said, not everyone is on Team Frame Slider. Here are the key points you’ll hear made by pro-slider and anti-slider folks:


A frame slider can catch on a pothole, grass, or other road feature and transform a standard low side into a YouTube hit, cue: your bike cart-wheeling down the road. Critics say this is one reason why frame sliders can cause more damage than they prevent.


The slider-committed will say that if you’re going to crash big at a high speed, like during a track day, your bike is going to be seriously damaged whether you have sliders or not. You might as well have the benefit of the sliders during a crash at street speeds or when you drop your bike in the parking lot.



Frame sliders have been known to cause damage to the area of the bike they are mounted to. This can occur because the slider directs most of the force of the accident’s initial impact into one part of the frame. Damage can also result from the slider bolt bending into adjacent parts.


This is why choosing a well-designed, high-quality slider from a reputable brand is a must. That said, some bikes just don’t lend themselves to ideal slider mounting. Creative solutions to problem bikes, like sliders that are offset from their mounting location, are more inclined to bend in high-speed accident scenarios.


Pro-Slider, Anti-Slider Conclusion:

There is no right or wrong answer to the eternal frame slider question. You’ll find tons of riders who swear by frame sliders, and who have had good experiences with them minimizing bike damage when tested at typical twisty speeds (count the author among them). You’ll also find riders strongly opposed to sliders, feeling they can make a bad situation worse with the right ingredients and a dash of bad luck. Both groups are right on some level, of course. It’s up to you to evaluate whether or not you’re style of riding and goals align with what frame sliders have to offer.


Shogun Frame Sliders

  • Made in the USA
  • Shogun frame sliders are made of shatter-proof UHMW thermoplastic that won’t fade in the sun or crack in cold temperatures like some kinds of sliders made from Delrin
  • Offsets made of military-grade, machined aluminum
  • Offsets are anodized to match OEM components
  • Comes with all high-grade, corrosion-resistant hardware
  • Replacements parts and sliders always easily available
  • Available for Yamaha, BMW, Honda, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Ducati

Visit Road Rider or give us a call at (408) 227-6936 to check our current inventory of Shogun products!





The Givi Luggage Guide: Buyer Basics

BY Road Rider MCA - June 2nd, 2016

Are you over struggling to find ways of transporting daily essentials and road trip gear on your motorcycle? Whatever kind of roads you ride and wherever you’re headed next, Givi knows how to get your luggage there in a better way.

Givi’s world-renowned and well-traveled motorcycle luggage systems are carefully engineered and beautifully crafted with Italian authority to withstand the rigors of the road, while adding style and ease to your life on the bike.

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Givi products have been designed and manufactured in Italy since the company was founded in the 1960s by Italian racer Giuseppe Visenzi. Road Rider is proud to be Givi’s oldest North American dealer, and we continue to offer expert advise and an in-person shopping experience for Bay Area riders.

Check out our Givi luggage display to see the latest and most popular cases live and up close. We have a variety of boxes, mounts, and brackets on hand every day, so you can get rolling with Givi storage right away. Give us a call at (408) 227-6936 or stop by to find out more about our Givi selection!


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Givi Monolock and Monokey Hard Cases

Givi offers a incredible selection of hard luggage top cases, side cases, and mounting systems. Leave the backpack and bungee cords at home–a Givi hard case is a convenient, easy way to tote around your stuff, safely and securely.

Most top cases are roomy enough to fit at least one helmet, and all are lockable and dustproof. For the times when you don’t need storage on your bike, all Givi cases can be quickly and easily removed from the mounting plate. Various accessories are available, too, including brake light kits, inner bags, remote entry keys, and attachable luggage racks.

In the sections below, we’ll break down the basics of what you can expect when you’re shopping for Givi hard luggage, but we strongly recommend speaking to a dealer when you’re ready to buy. The parts associates at Road Rider or the folks at your own local Givi dealer can help ensure you end up with all the parts you need, and those that make sense for your current and future needs.

In the meantime, you’ll need to think about what kind of riding you expect to do with your luggage, and how much storage you require. Keep in mind, if you decide you want to add side cases in the future, it might affect what kind of mounting bracket you should buy now.

Givi hard cases comes in two major categories: Monokey and Monolock.



Monolock cases are lightweight, easy to mount, and inexpensive. It you ride a small bike or scooter and need hassle-free storage for short trips and errands around town, Monolock is a great way to go. The Monolock option is only available in top cases, ranging in size from 26 liters to 47 liters.

Mounting: Monolock cases have a two-point mounting system, and come with a universal mount that can be attached to any flat surface on your bike.

What You Need To Buy: The universal mounting bracket is included, but you will need a basic flat or tube rack to start with. Bike-specific mounts are also available for purchase separately if you prefer a more custom solution. A small Monolock case will cost you about $100, with larger sizes priced up to $270.

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Monokey cases use sturdy, bike-specific mounting brackets, and are designed to carry heavier weights than the junior Monolock cases.

On touring expeditions and adventure rides, your Givi Monokey case will hang in there with you. Monokey systems are ready to rock the daily commute, too, and offer an ideal storage solution for your laptop, shoes, and other necessities (and are a great place to securely stash your helmet when you arrive).

Both Monolock and Monokey cases are water resistant, but Monokey cases feature a thick rubber gasket that provides a significantly better seal against water penetration.

Mounting: Monokey cases work in conjunction with a Givi bike-specific mounting system that attaches to the frame or sub-frame of your bike. The mounting equipment and a three- or four-point mounting system on the cases provides a sturdier connection and better weight displacement than the much more basic and lightweight Monolock cases. 

What You Need To Buy: Monokey cases and mounting systems are sold separately. You will need to purchase the case, and also a mounting system that is specifically designed for your bike model. Cases start around $300, and mounting equipment could cost you around $150 or more. Give us a call to identify the parts you will need for your bike, and to get a more accurate cost estimate for the system of your choice.

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Monokey Side Cases and Panniers

Side cases/panniers are available only in the Monokey line, and most styles can be used interchangeabley as either top or side boxes. Keep in mind that if you think you might want to run side boxes in the future, it could be more cost-efficient to buy the complete top and side mount now rather than trying to add the side mounts later on.

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Monokey Trekker Series

Trekker Monokey Cases are designed to withstand the brutal abuse of globe-trotting adventure riders. Trekker cases utilize a four-point Cam-Side attachment system that is extra sturdy and secure. They are constructed with a lightweight aluminum finish and durable, heavy-duty plastic.

Trekker cases can be attached to either the top or side of your bike (if you’ve got the mounts), can be opened fully or partially at the top, and unhook easily for quick removal.

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Monokey Outback Series

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The Outback series is the newest collection in the Monokey category, and is made entirely of aluminum for weight savings and durability. The Outback cases are designed to provide the most hardy, lightweight, and convenient experience possible for hardcore adventure tourers. Outback cases feature the same tough-hold Cam-Side attachment system introduced with the Trekker series.

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Givi Accessories

In addition to their ubiquitous hard luggage panniers and top boxes, Givi offers a variety of other motorcycle accessories, including windscreens, hand guards, and skid plates. You can head over to to see the full selection of available Givi accessories by bike model.


Visit Road Rider or give us a call at (408) 227-6936 with fitment or compatibility questions and to availability on any Givi products.