Month: January 2016

Get Quality Motorcycle Riding Boots

TCX-AirtechSince getting my first pair of plastic boots for my plastic balance bicycle, when I was 7, I’ve been obsessed with finding and testing the latest riding boots. When it comes to biker gear one of the most important accessories would definitely be motorcycle riding boots. Built for endurance, safety and performance your boots are just as important as your leather jackets. Getting lost in the information overload available on the net is easy, so make sure to invest in quality motorcycle riding boots by taking the time to carefully asses what types of boots you need for your ideal suited purpose. Lucky for you there are many different types of boots suited for all purposes and types of weather, and if you’re concerned about the price tag, don’t worry. Present day manufacturers have seen the demand and adjusted their product line to suit your style and budget when purchasing your motorcycle riding boots.

The Different Boots Available

As with any type of motorcycle riding gear there are many types and styles, so let’s first establish what kinds of motorcycle riding boots are available.

  • ¾ Length Boots or Short biker Boots – These don’t offer as much protection due to the fact that they’re usually only 6 to 7 inches in height and generally only cover up to your ankles. They do however offer more movement like a sneaker which can be quite comfortable and are quite popular amongst hobbyist motorcyclists.
  • Full Length Boots or Tall Biker Boots – This is the most popular boot for bikers because they offer the most protection. Usually available in 7 to 9 inches plus the added bonus that manufacturers have designed the biggest variety for these types of boots to offer comfort and protection whether you’re a racer or a hobbyist.

When it comes to price you can easily find a desirable pair of used boots in mint condition. This is because many spontaneous would-be motorcyclists have lost the urge and excitement or lifestyle to continue. By doing a simple search on live auction sites like eBay you’ll be sure to find many auctions for used, good quality motorcycle riding boots. Always look at the seller’s “customer feedback” to ensure an ethical purchase. Many men and woman motorcyclists use sites like eBay or Amazon to make their purchases of motorcycle riding gear.

Breathable Boots

One important feature to look for is breath-ability in your boot as warm weather causes sweating and this results in unhygienic conditions which are frowned upon and also causes really bad odour.

Textile Motorcycle Gear

Many bikers have shown to prefer textile motorcycle gear over leather as it offers somewhat better weather protection from the heat and warm weather and not to mention improved functionality in the form of extra pockets and vents and sometimes the ability to remove inner linings in warm weather.

Popular brands include Xelement, ICON and Yamaha biker boots that specialize in different designs and requirements. Xelement has a range that’s mostly made from high grade cowhide leather that offers great support and safety. ICON mostly bases their design around athletic textile type shoes but is still great quality. Yamaha features fantastic Off-Road style Motorcycle riding boots, ideal for any enthusiast. Ultimately it’s up to you but be sure to keep the above points in mind when making your decision.

Choosing The Right Motorcycle Riding Gear

Motorcycle-riding-gearYou’ve finally made the decision and purchased your ultimate dream bike but just like any other hobbies that anyone takes seriously you soon find out that there are add on accessories like motorcycle riding gear that are a compulsory necessity. These items involve your safety and efficiency on the road and include items like helmets, boots, pants, gloves and ultimately a cool jacket like the Yamaha Kiron leather jacket manufactured by Dianese. Alternatively if you don’t like leather you can opt for the Olympia Viper Mesh Tech Jacket which offers maximum airflow with superior abrasion resistance. Choosing the right motorcycle riding gear is often just as important as choosing your motorbike.

Looking At The Gear

Motorcycle Helmets

When choosing your helmet make sure it meets the standards of your local authority like the D.O.T (U.S. Department of Transportation). They have set standards that need to be met by all companies manufacturing bike helmets. It’s essential that your helmet can absorb as much impact force and prevent any form of penetration when the day comes that you might have an accident. Among other things it has to sit comfortably without being able to be ripped or pulled from the back, so its retention is important. Visibility is key so make sure yours has maximum face coverage as well as crystal clear visibility.

Motorcycle Jackets

There are literally thousands of different makes and companies offering good quality and stylish jackets that are mostly made from leather and denier DuPont Cordura. Keep in mind that your jackets need to meet safety standards and offer flexibility in movement, ventilation and keep you warm in winter months as well as keep you cool in those hot seasons of the year. Olympia jackets with mesh offer great airflow with insulation linear jackets that can be removed when it’s too hot. Leather jackets are mostly popular because of their unique look and ability to protect your body and elbows when you fall.

Motorcycle Pants

Very important especially if you take your riding seriously. Make sure these have a snug fit with sufficient knee protection and offer easy flexibility. If you prefer multifunctional pants try Olympia’s Recon 2 Pants that allow you to zip off the lower half which transforms itself into cargo like pants or try Yamaha’s Iwata leather pants which offers great style with protection, very good for those winter months.

Motorcycle Gloves

Very important to keep your hands safe and warm while cruising at high speeds or joining the regular breakfast runs. Focus on good ventilation, Kevlar designed for protection while having a good grip at all times.

Motorcycle Boots

Required for any serious rider who doesn’t think lightly of safety and comfort. Buy yours with attention to breath-ability, protection, style, and great grip on your pedals as well as on the ground.

Finally try not to get lost in information overload when buying your motorcycle riding gear. As long as you focus on safety first and afterwards design then you will find that many manufacturers have successfully blended these features nicely into their product line which in turn offers you maximum choice.