Are you finding a set of motorcycle leathers yet not really sure how to have the best deal as well as the most protection in the market?
First off you should go to a good shop that will help you pick some that fit you properly. If the leathers are baggy they will not do their job correctly. Buying custom leathers is a costly option but they will be made to fit, failing that try on plenty of “off the hook” leathers to find the best fitting.
The textiles vs leathers debate is all about tradeoffs. Choosing which material to use to cover your hide with and spend your pennies on depends on how much you value individual tradeoffs and ultimately, your intended use and riding conditions. Sounds easy enough, but deciding between textiles vs leathers has had great rider minds in a muddle and increasingly so over the last couple of years as the quality and versatility of both materials has improved so much! Just type in âtextiles vs leathers â into google and you will find that 90% of the results are from forums with the answer ultimately resulting in the fact that it depends on your personal preferences. The problem is that this does not help those new to the biking world who have not had the time or experience to develop their own, well-guided prefencesâ¦ and so the argument goes on.
A woman is standing outside the men’s bathroom, a man walks out with his fly open.
Woman says, ‘excuse me, your garage door is open’.
Man, ‘Oh sorry, did you see my Harley in there?’
Woman, ‘No, but I did see a mini bike with 2 flat tires’
(Contributed by a avid visitor)
By: Martin Jack
If you love motorcycles, then chances are that you would want to cruise along the several roads and take in a different view. However, motorcycle riding can be quite dangerous, given the speed and nature of the vehicle and this is why you should invest in good quality motorcycle apparel, to help avoid accidents of any kind. Given the popularity of motorcycle riding today, there are different kinds of such apparel available in the market. However, before investing in appropriate apparel for safe motorcycle riding, it is important to understand the types, the materials used and places to buy it from, so that you only get the best for yourself and yet are not paying through your nose.
Motorcycle apparel in its broad context denotes and includes apparel like jackets, pants, chaps, boots, vests and helmets. Helmets are an integral part of safe motorcycle riding and there are several types that you can choose from, like the Shoei helmets or Bell helmets, use of which makes riding safer and more secure. However, this does not mean that the other aspects of such apparel are not important, for every piece of clothing has its uses and it is important to understand this before you invest in it.
Federal lawmakers have sent a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood asking him to suspend a grant program that provides money for law enforcement agencies to set up motorcycle-only traffic checkpoints, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) reports.
In a letter dated Sept. 30, House members told LaHood that safety-related funds would be better spent in other areas to improve motorcycling safety. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) drafted the letter and then circulated it to his congressional colleagues for signatures before sending it to LaHood.
Besides Sensenbrenner, those who signed the letter are Reps. Thomas Petri (R-Wis.), Walter Jones (R-N.C.), Aaron Schock (R-Ill.), Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.), Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.), Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.), Lee Terry (R-Neb.), Ron Paul (R-Texas) and Joe Wilson (R-S.C.).
Everything that goes in the name of protective gear may not necessarily be as safe as the claims may be. In Europe, for example, apparel has to undergo a series of lengthy tests to qualify as safety clothing. These include abrasion, tearing and impact tests. If they are passed they are CR certified. In the US, where there are no such tests all riders should acquire a set of motorcycle protective clothing by keeping the following points in mind:
1. Wear a sturdy pair of high boots and protective pants. Your pants should be reinforced at the knees and hips and the boots should be made of thick leather with flexible sole.
How do you vote? Styling or protection? What do you need to consider about the type of clothing to wear when riding your motorcycle? First and foremost, repeat, you need protection from injury. However, you can still be styling while riding your bike!
There nothing like laying your bike down on asphalt, rapidly skidding down the black hell with visions of I am going to die in your head, plus leaving lots of your skin on the street to get you to think about wearing protective clothing while riding your motorcycle. If you are like most people, you think about injuries from falling (impact) or abrasions from skidding. Both of these types of injuries can be very painful especially if you survive them. Good news, clothing can play an important part in reducing the injury level in both types of these injuries.
Did you know that 30% (50% at night) of drivers involved in accidents with motorcycles claim they didn’t see the bike? I can’t count the times I have had to dodge cars who I know just didn’t see me. If they had been watching for cars, it would not have been an issue. How many times have you not seen a motorcyclist and you are even more aware of them than the average driver? Driving in your neighborhood on your bike could be highly dangerous. Approximately 90% of urban motorcycle accidents are caused the other driver not by the motorcyclist. Riding with your headlights on is very important to being seen. Bright colors or reflective stripes can help a lot.