The Best Dirt Bike Handguards Featuring Acerbis Handguards

The Best Dirt Bike Handguards Featuring Acerbis Handguards

By Wesley Pestana | Updated Nov 05, 2018

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Any enduro or motocross riders out there? Give us a shout in the comments section below and let us know where your favorite trail is at. Offroad and motocross riding necessitates a lot of gear: gloves, sturdy riding boots, elbow pads, kidney belts, roost deflectors, helmets… the list is exhaustive. Some of the gear you don’t need, some of it you simply can’t do without and some of it you think you don’t need, but actually you do. Most of the gear is for the rider, while other gear can be fitted to your bike.

Like handguards, for example. Many riders mistakenly think that a pair of motocross gloves provides enough protection for an offroad or motocross ride but we’re here to inform you otherwise. Acerbis handguards come in all styles for different riding (motocross, offroad and even for cold weather) and boast several important features.

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Whether it's motocross riding, off-roading, enduro racing or just casual touring, Acerbis is a brand that delivers quality gear and equipment for every occasion. Established in 1973 in Italy, this leading brand produces high-level products to provide riders of all levels with the best two-wheeled riding adventure they could imagine. Today, Acerbis caters for the international market and continually innovates new products for a quality and modern riding experience. That being said we've tested a range of their handguards and decided to fill you in on our top choice of mx handgaurds as well as the best enduro handguards

We wouldn't want to be biased as there are definitely good equivalents from the Cycra and TMS brands, so of course we've put them to the test and gathered some common questions that riders have about handguards to help you better understand which is the best handguard for your riding.

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Product Best For Our Rating
1. Acerbis Rally Pro Handguards Best Enduro Handguard
2. Acerbis Uniko Vented Handguard Best Motocross Handguard
3. Cycra Probend Crm Handguards Maximum Protection
4. Powermadd Star Series Handguard Bargain MX Handguards
5. Tms Aluminum Hand Guards Budget Buy
6. Cycra Stealth Dx Handguard All-inclusive

Top Choice: Acerbis Rally Pro Handguards

A great choice for intermediate to expert riders that enjoy the occasional run, this enduro handguard comes at a very decent price.

1. Acerbis Rally Pro Handguards
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Best Enduro Handguard

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2. Acerbis Uniko Vented Handguard
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Best Motocross Handguard

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3. Cycra Probend Crm Handguards
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Maximum Protection

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4. Powermadd Star Series Handguard
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Bargain MX Handguards

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5. Tms Aluminum Hand Guards
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Budget Buy

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6. Cycra Stealth Dx Handguard
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All-inclusive

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What Are Handguards?

Putting it simply, handguards are a piece of equipment that attach to the handlebars of your bike. Depending on your bike model and handguard selection, the handguards can be mounted to the inside of the handlebar either on top or underneath.

What is the Purpose of Handguards?

Despite their seemingly specific name, handguards actually have more than one purpose. The first (and most obvious) benefit of motorcycle handguards is the level of protection they offer for the more adventurous rider. Whether you love dirt bike racing, motocross, enduro or just hitting some rough and tough trails, you can bet on colliding with flying roost, tree branches, sharp rocks, uneven terrain and even other riders. Any object that hits you from the front will hit the handguard and avoid damage to your fingers, hands and palms.

Speaking of things deflecting off the handguard, that brings us to the second benefit of bike handle guards. The handguards provide adequate protection for your levers and you know how important those are. I don’t know if it’s ever happened to you but I hit a wicked branch once while riding and it knocked my right-side handlebar into the galaxy, severely damaging my levers. The repair cost an arm and a leg, about four times as much as it would have cost to just install an Acerbis handguard.

The third benefit is that handguards help you keep a good grip on the handlebar while riding. Did I mention that the wicked branch knocked me on the hand, too? So hard that I actually lost grip on that side and swerved off-track, straight into the wicked, wicked tree that was home to the wicked branch. Let’s just say it was NOT a pretty site (but the tree was fine, of course).

And one last benefit, for the dirt bikers out there. How many times do you try to wipe the mud off your levers, grips and gloves while riding? A lot, I’m willing to bet. Handguards seem to take a lot of the mud hit, keeping your levers and grips mud free and non-slip for those tough turns.

Will Handguards Distract Me Or Limit My Riding Ability?

Probably not, but this one is up to you. Enduro handguards are often reinforced with metal, which makes them heavier but also sturdier than their motocross counterparts. Steel bar-end inserts are often included to stop the guard from rotating in a crash. Enduro racing demands a more heavy duty handle guard that can withstand almost any situation, while motocross handguards perform fine without the added protection. Many riders go without handguards, claiming that they are too heavy, distracting or simply not necessary. I like my fingers whole and my bike pretty but this one is up to you to figure out. Run with both and see how you feel afterwards before setting out to buy a pair.

The Different Types of Dirtbike Handguards

Motocross Handguards

Also known as open or standard handguards, these are a powerful choice preferred by professional riders. These are mounted to the inside of the handlebar either on top or underneath, depending on the model.

Motocross handguards are built with a rough terrain in mind and provide great protection from roost, debris and strong wind. They are also built with ventilation to provide maximum airflow. The clasp and mounts for motocross handguards can be made from several materials, with plastic and aluminium being the most popular choices for strength and flexibility.

An optional spoiler can be attached if you want to block off airflow, which is really convenient. Some MX handguards are able to pivot, which means they will hold up better against impact if you should fall.

Heavy Duty Handguards

These are handguards that wrap around the handlebar completely. I would say these are the optimal choice for enduro riding. They are mounted to the inside of the handlebar and also mount to the end of the handlebar – essentially, they cut off the end of your grips and throttle tube so if that’s something you can’t deal with, these are probably not for you. I’ve done a few rounds with full wrap-around handguards and surprisingly, they were less limiting than I thought they would be.

Since these are full and secure in two places, these are considered to offer a bit more strength and durability than mx handguards. If you tip over or crash in a way that might damage your handlebars, these handguards are more likely to protect levers from serious damage. Acerbis usually makes these from a strong injection-molded plastic, with an aluminium clamp.

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Acerbis Rally Pro Handguards

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A great choice for intermediate to expert riders that enjoy the occasional run, this enduro handguard comes at a very decent price.

If you’re worried about not having enough clearance between your hands, the handlebar and the enduro handguards, this model from Acerbis will serve you well. There’s plenty of room for cables and brake lines, with a strong curve outwards to give you some extra room for easy grip and manoeuvring.

The inner bar is aluminium for better protection and the shield part is made of a durable injection-molded nylon composite. The price range is nicely in the middle between the cheap stuff and the high-end, professional level handguards – a nice balance, and perfect for the intermediate to expert rider that goes out for the occasional trials or enduro runs.

  • Durable
  • Spacious
  • Aluminium inner bar
  • Great mid-range option
  • Not a universal fit

Tms Aluminum Hand Guards

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I don’t mind doing a bit of extra effort when it means the gear comes at a great price. A bit of extra effort has never tasted so sweet.

I’m not a fan of modifying gear to fit with my bike but sometimes it’s necessary. Although this pair might need some slight modifications, TMS has designed these to be sturdy yet affordable. At this crazy low price, it is well worth the extra effort that installation may require. Like the Acerbis model, these have more than enough room for brake lines, cables and hand grip, with a reinforced interior bar for extra durability.

Beginner or moderate rider that hasn’t ran with handguards before? This is a great starting point since you won’t have to dedicate a huge chunk of your savings or riding gear budget for gear.

  • Best bargain
  • Reinforced interior bar
  • Great for beginners
  • Difficult installation

Cycra Probend Crm Handguards

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I've grown up with riding with Cycra handguards, Im a big fan.. and it feels good to support the economy by purchasing quality enduro handguards that are made locally.

Cycra is another great brand that produces top quality gear and equipment for bikes. This model comes with a probend shape and a center reach mount, and the best part: proudly made in the USA! It’s great being able to support local products, and easy to do when products are made to last and great to use.

The plastic abrasion guard is easily replaceable and the set comes with powergrip alloy bar ends and 1” spacers. Like the TMS model, this handguard might need some modification to fit on certain bike types but the set comes with everything you need to install the handguards easily, and installation is much easier than other models.

  • Easy install
  • Sturdy
  • Replaceable plastic abrasion guard
  • Local product
  • Price

Powermadd Star Series Handguard

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Are looks important? There’s a PowerMadd motocross handguard available in pretty much any color, so you’re in luck.

These handguards from PowerMadd are vented and come with vent covers, a nifty feature that lets you improve airflow on hot days or prevent it in cooler weather. These are multi-purpose and can be used on ATV’s and snowmobiles as well.

They also come in a wide selection of colors so if you’re picky about the look of your bike, these would be a great choice. In fact, you could probably buy a few colors to match your bike because the price is such a bargain. My bike is all black so I can choose pretty much any color and it still looks cool. I may or may not have purchased a bunch of these already… man, I hope my wife doesn’t read this. I also may or may not have hid them around the house so she doesn’t notice how many I bought.

  • Huge color selection
  • Multi-purpose
  • Removable vent cover
  • Price
  • Needs an installation kit

Acerbis Uniko Vented Handguard

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Optimally vented handguards make it easy for you to enjoy motocross riding even on the hottest summer day.

Another vented option, this motocross handguard from Acerbis has a great design that allows for optimal airflow. Living in a hot, dry area? This is an ideal mx handguard for you. The set comes with a mounting kit, although it doesn’t include a bar to attach to the handlebars.

These are lightweight and won’t distract you while riding. Motocross riding is demanding and could be stressful, so lightweight mx handguards are a must for competitive runs. Acerbis always creates their handguards with potential scenarios in mind so you don’t need to worry about dealing with roost, dirt, tree branches or anything else that might come your way.

  • Great ventilation
  • Lightweight
  • Mounting kit included
  • Bar not included

Cycra Stealth Dx Handguard

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Everything you need in a motocross handguard and more. An easy install, aluminium brackets, rubber edges for better flexibility and a great design… ticks all the boxes.

Aluminium brackets, in-molded rubber edges, easy to install… what more do you need in a motocross handguard? Well, Cycra offers more. The set comes with a rotating bolt plate, meaning your brackets can be mounted below or above levers. That also helps ensure that the bracket fits pretty much any bike. The design is stylish, sleek and quality. If you’re looking for a good mid-range option, this motocross handguard is the one.

  • Great mid-range option
  • Aluminium bars
  • Rotating bolt plate
  • No color selection

The Best Motorcycle Hand Guard

Whether you’re looking to buy motocross or enduro/off-roading handguards, there are a lot of great models out there. As far as enduro handguards go, the Acerbis rally is our vote for the best motorcycle handguard. It’s great for everything from intermediate to expert riders, and the price sits nicely in the middle range. The handguards are sturdy, flexible and well-made.

Our choice of best motocross handguard goes to the Acerbis Uniko model. The vents are well-designed to support the best airflow possible, and they’re lightweight without compromising on the flexibility and structure of the product. Perfect.

The question isn’t what handguard you’re going to get. The question is: why don’t you have one yet?

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The Ultimate Guide to Motorcycle Camping 17 Top Tips

The Ultimate Guide to Motorcycle Camping 17 Top Tips

By Wesley Pestana | Updated Oct 24, 2018

Motorcycle Camping

I’ve loved camping ever since I was a kid but heading for the great outdoors on a bike takes the experience to another level. As I’ve grown older two things have changed.

The first, is the annoying fact that earning a crust impinges greatly on any leisure time. Secondly, I love a good gadget. Combining these two facts means that when it comes time to hit the great outdoors, I like compact motorcycle camping gear that works well.

So with this in mind, let's take a look at what you need to get the best out of your motorcycle camping trip.

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Essential Motorcycle Camping Gear

Tent

Every item on your trip has to earn its keep, why? Because weight and size are the enemies and there’s only so much crap you can get on a bike. So, if you’re looking at a motorcycle tent that’s up to the job, ask yourself a few questions first.

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What Time of Year am I Going ?

Most tents are three season, this relates to spring summer and fall. If you’re taking your motorbike camping in the mountains during winter, then you’ll obviously need a specialist tent, and of course a snowmobile!

How Many Bodies Will I Try and Cram Into My Tent?

If you’re flying solo, then a two-man camping tent will give plenty of room for you and your motorcycle camping equipment. If you’re packing a ‘significant other’ who likes a bit of elbow room, you may want to consider a three-man. This type of tent will give you a slightly larger footprint, just be aware though that along with the extra size, comes extra bulk and weight. A lot of two-man tents on the market are ‘backpacking tents.' There's nothing wrong with them, it's just that all the emphasis is on how little they weigh and for me, they always feel a bit flimsy. I prefer to go for something a little more robust

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How Robust is My Motorbike Tent?

By robust, I mean how heavy, and this is why you should always check out the ‘packed weight.' Here’s an example, the Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2 comes in at 2lb 5oz, whereas the Nemo Galaxi 2, weighs 5lb 5oz.

Now there’s nothing wrong with the Big Agnes but I’m not lugging it up a mountain on my back. The extra 3lb of the Nemo isn't an issue, so in this instance, go with personal preference.

Now if you're feeling uptight about your your bike having to spend the night outside you could consider an actual motorcycle tent like the Bike Shield so not only will you be protected, but you can tuck your baby safely into a bike tent. Weight does however, remain the enemy for anyone planning a motorcycle camping trip, so whatever motorcycle camping gear you choose, the overall weight of all your gear is an essential consideration and here's why.

Whatever bike you ride, the owner’s manual will give you the GVWR (gross vehicle weight rating).

Here’s an example of GVWR, a BMW 1200GS can safely carry almost 1000lbs before it handles like a pig on a skateboard. The standard bike juiced up, and ready to rock weighs in at around 525lbs, which leaves you well over 450lbs to play with.

That may sound like an awful lot but it includes rider, and or pillion, plus riding gear and that’s before you even begin packing it with your kit in your motorcycle backpack.

How Much Does it Cost?

How deep are your pockets? You can buy a decent 3 sleeper tent for around a $100 which will give you plenty of reliable service over many trips. Fancy something a little more chic? How about a Snow Peak Taputorturite!!

What is It's Hydrostatic Head Like?

So what’s the deal with the Hydrostatic Head? In a nutshell, it is a standardized measurement that manufacturers of waterproof material use and it tells you your tent’s level of waterproofness. For example, if you see a tent with an HH of 5000, this translates to a fabric that can withstand a column of water 5000mm high, before it you get water ingress.

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My last point to mention on the whole which is the best tent for motorcycle camping aspect is that while I do thoroughly enjoy motorcycle camping, I'm a fairly lazy camper so I'd prefer to opt for a quick motorcycle pop up camper, while they generally have a much lower maximum head height, the ease of use is just amazing, and not to mention the reduced weight from not having to lug around a bunch of heavy poles - but that's just my preference.

Sleeping Bag

The next most important thing on the list of gear is a sleeping bag. A good night's sleep is crucial especially when touring. Shivering your nuts off all night in a bad bag is not recommended. When it comes to sleeping bags, there are three things to look out for, shape, filling and temperature range.

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Shape

Shape breaks down into three basics styles; mummy, rectangular and tapered rectangular. The two rectangular variants are self-explanatory, with the tapered version narrowing down towards the feet. The mummy is very close fitting and comes with a hood. If you're someone who sleeps perfectly still and isn't claustrophobic, then the latter sleeping bag will do, otherwise consider one of the other two options.

Filling

All sleeping bags have one of two fillings, down or synthetic and each have pluses and minuses. The down bag is warmer and packs smaller. Get it wet though, and you may as well check into the nearest motel because your camping trip is over. Synthetic filled bags are cheaper, more rugged but bulkier to pack.

Temperature Range

Like tents, sleeping bags are season rated, which in turn translates to safe temperature ranges. You will find most general-purpose bags are three season, and like a tent, if you intend it for serious cold weather, get specialist kit. You don't mess around with sub-zero temperatures.

Mattress

A vital part of getting a good nights sleep when camping is keeping off the floor. Insulation from the ground will keep you warm and isolate you from the lumps and bumps. And answers to this problem range from thin foam mats to multi-cell inflatable beds.

As with everything you pack for a trip of this kind, it’s all down to trade-offs. A foam mat weighs next to nothing but is bulky, whereas an airbed packs a lot smaller but weighs considerably more.

Having gone down the foam mat route I can safely say that as a camping mattress foam mats are low on laughs.

Just bear in mind that an airbed needs inflating, so either pack a small hand pump or a 12v mini-inflator. If your battery is in good working order, it will handle an airbed without any problem.

Cooking Gear

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Every aspect of camping equipment has improved dramatically over the years but cooking gear has lagged behind a little. Thankfully, technology has caught up and today’s options are a vast improvement.

The question you need to ask yourself before laying down the greenbacks is, what am I going to use it for? I know, it sounds like one of those ‘duh’ questions, but if your stove is going to be the sole source of hot food for a week, you need something up to the task while maintaining the requirement of compact camping gear for motorcycle camping.

You might consider a propane-powered unit with a decent size burner and pot stand like the Coleman Classic.

If however, you fancy something with greener credentials and an endless supply of free fuel, then a wood burning, Solo Stove Lite may be the answer.

For a weekend of coffee and ‘just add hot water’ meals the Jetboil Flash ticked all my boxes. It comes as a complete kit and the high output burner packs into its own cooking cup. It offer very efficient gear and a cool gadget all-in-one.

Packing Safely

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It doesn't matter what bike you ride, there is a right and a wrong way to pack it. Do it correctly, and you'll enjoy a trouble-free trip, do a shoddy job, by loading it poorly, and you’re an accident waiting to happen.

First of all, let’s look at stability. Motorcycle manufacturers go to all kinds of extreme lengths to get as much weight as low down as possible. Why? Because the higher the weight, the more it affects the bike's center of gravity.

On the road, this translates to the bike feeling top heavy and flopping into bends or the front end feeling vague and steering light. Pack too high and heavy, which is a common newbie mistake and you can even lose balance paddling through a car park.

The best way to avoid this is to spread all your kit out on the floor. This way you can see what you're taking and double check if you need it in the first place. At this point you should realize the importance of compact camping gear for motorcycle camping. If you have hard/fixed panniers, pack the heavy stuff low down.

This rule applies if you have throw-over panniers too, just make sure they can be secured to the bike in some way to stop them moving around too much. If you’re riding solo, use the entire passenger seat as this means the weight is inboard of the rear shock.

A wet bag will obviously keep all your kit dry, but it also keeps all your gear together in a neat oblong shape, making it ideal to lash across the top of your panniers.

Something to keep in mind here, if it's directly against your back, pack the lumpy things at the rear of the bag, so they don't jab you with every bump in the road.

Gadgets to Make Life Easier

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Ok, so a sleeping bag isn’t strictly a gadget but the Three-Season Big Agnes Encampment, sure makes life easier. If you aren’t a fan of mummy bags and find trad rectangles bulky, then you will like the BA as it’s a combination of both.

It offers the warmth and compressibility of a mummy, but with extra leg room and if your back can stand a sleep pad, there’s a pocket underneath for it to sit inside. The bag comes in three sizes and can unzip flat, now that’s clever.

You may think you’re getting away from it all, but you’ve probably got a cell phone, GPS, GoPro or some other electronic device tucked away. If so, you need an FKANT Solar Charger. The positive is that all these items are ideal compact motorcycle camping gear. Built for outdoors it’s water and shock resistant, can boot up your smartphone in 60 minutes and the LED charge indicators are bright enough to use as emergency lighting.

We’ve all been there; you've just sat down to eat when 500lbs of grizzly comes calling with its eye on your curry-in-a-bag. Well, not today Bruin, that's not some ordinary old cutlery your packing, that's a Ka-Bar Tactical Spork.

Weighing in at just 2.4ozs, the serrated knife lives inside the body of the spoon for transit and then fits together to produce a serious piece of combat cutlery. If that’s a bit too cutting edge, check out the Eat N Tool, it’s a spork, bottle/tin opener, and wrench in one.

A definite must have on your list of motorcycle camping essentials is a good quality torch.

Anything can happen in the pitch black, just ask Vin Diesel. The Victagen Tactical 1230 is a small pocket LED torch that kicks out an incredible 1230 lumens on full blast.

Its got five lighting modes and a zoom facility which means you can go from illuminating your entire campsite to hanging it in your tent to read. It also has a strobe mode for emergencies, and its Li-ion battery is rechargeable via micro USB cable.

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Top Tips

  • Lay everything out on the floor you intend to pack and make doubly sure it’s essential?
  • Take a minimum of two torches
  • If you buy a new motorbike tent, erect it before you go. You can make sure no parts are missing and that you can erect it on your own
  • When you buy a sleeping bag make sure it comes with a compression bag, (not all do) and check out its size when compressed
  • Secure your gear in layers, don’t put it all in a big pile and strap it on securely
  • Hard luggage or throw-overs, make sure your gear is in waterproof inner bags
  • Before you leave, go for a ride with your bike fully loaded. You can make sure everything is stable; see if the tires need more air, or the suspension pumping up
  • Keep your luggage away from lights and indicators
  • Check for anything that could potentially drop into the wheel or drive chain
  • Make sure you take enough food for the duration of your trip and can easily access water
  • Don’t leave food or food waste in, or around camp. Put it in a bag and throw it away or if you are going completely rural, hang the bag from a high branch away from your campsite
  • If you haven't got a kickstand pad, use a beer/soda can to stop it sinking into the ground
  • Never park your bike too close to your tent in case it falls on you!
  • If you light a campfire, make sure it’s out when you leave and take all your rubbish with you
  • Take a spare ignition key and put it in the zip-up inner pocket of your jacket
  • If you carry a cell phone or GPS, take some form of emergency charger
  • Tell someone reliable where you’re going (even if its just a rough direction) and when you are likely to be back

Ready to Camp

All of the above may sound like a big deal, and even seem to suck some of the fun out of motorbike camping but consider these points. Firstly, once you've assembled all of your motorcycle camping gear if you look after it, it’s going to last for many trips.

Secondly, although it sounds like I'm battering the point about packing safely, it is imperative. Your bike is tough enough to take all kinds of abuse, but don't take it for granted. Overload your bike or lash your gear on poorly, and things unravel very quickly on the road, and it’s seldom pretty.

Lastly, all of our top tips are just common sense. It’s just unfortunate that they generally occur to you when it’s too late, so take them on board and Experience ‘In-tents Motorcycle Camping at its Very Best’ will make your camping trip safer, and more enjoyable.

If I’ve missed any or you have some to add, be our guest and hit the comment box. Motorcycling is fun and camping takes it to the next level, so enjoy.

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How to Start a Motorcycle – Everything You Need to Know

How to Start a Motorcycle - Everything You Need to Know

By Wesley Pestana | Updated Nov 08, 2018

How to Start A Motorcycle

Unlock the mystery of coaxing the internal combustion engine into life; read on and discover everything you need to know about how to start a motorcycle.


When I began writing this article, I attempted to make a rough calculation as to how many times I’ve started a bike over the years. As an absolute minimum, and not counting my misspent youth as a despatch rider, I would say at least 9000 times.

You would think that’s a sufficient number to get it right, but as every biker knows, motorcycles are not just a collection of metal parts. They’re alive, and if they don’t want to start, that’s it, you’re going nowhere.

For those of you who’ve been around the block a few times, we’ll be looking at more complex subjects. We’ll explore hot and cold starts, and engine cut-outs to name but a few.

Keep Calm and Twist the Throttle

- First Checkpoint

What Happens When Starting An Engine?

The internal combustion engine is simple in theory, but complex in its execution. To cut a long story short, this is what is happening internally, every time you start your motorcycle.

Fuel mixes with air and is compressed inside a chamber then ignited. The resulting explosion forces a piston via a conrod to rotate around a crankshaft with an external sprocket. The sprocket links to the back wheel via a final drive and achieves forward motion with every revolution of the crank.

How to Start a Motorbike With An Electric Starter

For a standard bike with an electric starter the steps on how to start a motorcycle are fairly straightforward

In order to set the whole thing in motion, firstly sit on your bike, turn on the gas at the tap, insert the key (for road bikes, see below for dirt bikes) into the ignition and turn it on. Your motorcycle should have a neutral indicator located either in your dash panel or inside a clock. This indicator light should be illuminated green, which means it’s out of gear. Make sure the handlebar kill-switch is set to run and if the engine is cold and fitted with a carburetor, pull on the choke and hit the starter button.

How to start a bike with an electric starter

The last letter (C) refers to pulling on the choke, but the MSF also say it stands for clutch. They advise this relates to pulling in the clutch lever before you hit the starter button. That’s a bit too much like belt and braces for me, but it doesn’t hurt.

How to Start a Bike With a Kick-Starter

New to Kick-Starting?

If you’re new to kick-starting, try a few slow practice swings with the petrol and ignition off and the bike in neutral.

The 1969 Honda CB750 was the first production bike with an electric starter, and before that, you either developed a strong right leg or jumped a bus. Today, retro is in, and some manufacturers claim massive street cred for kick only bikes like the Yamaha SR400.

Don’t forget, a lot of dirt bikes are kickstart motorcycles, but whatever the reason, here’s how to kickstart a motorcycle.

The first five steps follow the electric start sequence (FINE-C) but then the road forks

  • Straddle your bike, swing out the kick-starter and push down with your foot till you feel resistance. By doing this, you’re bringing the piston up to TDC (top dead center). Your bike may feature a compression release mechanism, or as in the SR400, a kick indicator sight glass.
  • Either way, both will allow you to ease the piston over the compression stroke so that when you swing down on the kick-starter you're getting the most bang for your buck. Your leg action must be smooth, and the kick in one fluid motion, using the full length of the kick-starter’s swing.
  • Try to keep your resting leg and kicking leg slightly bent at the knee and after every kick, let the return spring ease the kick-starter back up at its own pace. Once the engine starts, fold the kick-starter back into place.

Starting a Hot Or Cold Engine

Obviously, the starting procedure is precisely the same as in our first section (in other words, follow the whole FINE-C routine).

The reason you're using the choke lever for a cold engine here is because it enriches the mixture. This procedure allows the air in the mixture to be restricted, so there’s more fuel in the combustion chamber, which in turn, makes it easier to ignite. This more volatile mixture is needed because cold engine oil is more viscous and requires more effort to move.

As you would expect, re-starting a hot engine requires the exact opposite. Your starting procedure, therefore, doesn't need any choke or twisting of the throttle, before you hit the starter button.

Don’t forget, if you’ve stalled the engine, the sudden lack of spark allows fuel to temporarily flood the combustion chamber. If you have a fuel-injected engine, hot and cold starts are automatically taken care of.

Dirt bike riders may also have something called a hot start lever on their bike, which acts in exactly the opposite way of a choke lever. Operating this device, manually withholds fuel in the combustion chamber, allowing in more air.

The Difference Between Starting a Two-Stroke Vs. Four-Stroke

Regarding starting the engine, two and four- stroke procedure is the same, the difference comes with the total number of power strokes per revolution of the crankshaft.

If engine sizes are similar, a two-stroke engine requires far less effort to start as it has no valve gear and fires on every revolution. Alternatively, four-stroke engines fire on every second revolution and generally have a higher compression ratio. For this reason, two-stroke engines require far less effort to kick-start. There are also a number of differences when it comes to size, ease of manufacturer and noise which you can read here.

Starting a Motorcycle With Engine Cut-Outs

Did you know that the collective governments of Europe, the US, and Australia, decided to save motorcyclists from themselves? Which is why you will find a series of ingenious devices around your bike designed to kill the engine.

I do get the safety concerns relating to newbies leaving their kickstand down or trying to start a bike in gear. Not one motorcycle safety organization or manufacturer, however, can provide sufficient evidence to suggest that these measures are needed.

Anyway, cutout devices are here to stay so let’s look at where they are and what they do.

Hinckley Triumph was one of the first manufacturers to have a side stand kill switch almost 30 years ago, and boy did it cause some problems! New owners would either not read the owner’s manual so were unaware of it, or the British weather would clog up the mechanism underneath the bike.

So in relation to you and your ride, it always pays to read the owner’s manual. This step is not nerdy, it’s common sense and will go through in detail, the correct starting procedure for your bike and the various kill switch traps, aka safety devices, employed.

The side stand or kickstand as it is known prevents the engine from starting if it is in the down position. It does this by having a small switching device attached to the stand and wired into the starter circuit. If your bike does not start even with the kickstand retracted, check that the switch is working correctly.

The other most popular kill switch is on the clutch, which means you need to pull in the clutch before the engine starts. It is possible to bypass both of these cutouts, but this is not advisable as it may void your warranty.

There can also be kill switches wired into the neutral or gear indicator. The best way to start your bike is to get into the habit of automatically going through your checklist. Look for a neutral light when you turn the ignition on, or a zero on your gear indicator, hold the clutch in and making sure the kickstand is up. If your bike is not start starting at this point you may try jumpstart motorbike.

Bump-Starting Your Bike

Bump or jump-starting is a method of starting your bike, usually when the battery has died. You can generally tell if this has happened by the dimness of the idiot lights and headlight, or if the starter motor is making a clicking sound.

Don’t despair though, a bump-start is the answer to your problem and although the thought of it may be daunting, it’s easier than it looks. All you have to do is observe some basic safety rules.

Before we get to the nitty-gritty, you need to make sure that it is a dead battery and not just an engine cut out that hasn’t disengaged. If all your lights are dim and the starter clicks, then it’s the battery. Hit the starter and hear nothing, and it’s more likely to be an engine kill switch.

Ok, its time to walk the walk and learn to jump start motorcycle. Firstly, go through your regular checklist, which should include, making sure you have gas, the tap is on, and the choke too if needed. The neutral light may be too dim to illuminate, so do a manual check by moving your motorcycle back and forth with the clutch out.

For an assisted bump, get one or preferably two people to help while you sit on the bike. Put the bike into second gear, turn the ignition on, pull in the clutch and yell "push".

When your volunteers have shoved you past the 5mph barrier, let the clutch out quickly and see if the engine starts. If it does, immediately pull in the clutch while revving the engine. Throttling the engine will help the alternator feed the battery, but MAKE SURE THE CLUTCH IS IN FIRST.

Don't let the bike tick over on its own until the engine has been thoroughly warmed up. Otherwise, it will stall, and you're back to square one. The best thing is to go for a ride as soon as it fires up.

If you’re on your own when your battery buys the farm, the checklist is the same only you will be supplying the forward motion. A word to the wise, pushing a bike to 5mph on your own is not easy, and trying to maintain momentum while jumping on and dropping the clutch is a skill.

If at all possible find a quiet hill to roll down, just make sure the road is free of traffic and get ready to yank that clutch in!

The Difference Between Starting a Road Bike Vs. An Off-Road Bike

To be honest, there's not a lot of difference between how to start a motorcycle whether it be a road or dirt bike. Checklist procedures are the same and when ready and depending on your make of bike either push that button or swing the kick-start.

A lot of dirt bikes are two-stroke, and kick-start only, which means they prefer a full swing of the kicker. Due to the lack of compression though, this can be performed reasonably rapidly and without much effort.

Kick-starting a four-stroke dirt bike follows the same procedure as our previous section. More care is needed though, to get the piston in the right position before adding your weight to the pedal.

The most significant difference between starting a road versus a dirt bike comes to light when the engine is hot. Some dirt bikes have a hot start lever, which allows more air than fuel into the combustion chamber. Road bikes do not have this facility.

Starting a Rebuilt Engine

For whatever reason work has been carried out on your engine, starting it for the first time after a rebuild is tense. The last thing you need is for the whole thing to come grinding to a halt, so before you even get to your starting checklist, look at the oil.

Whether you have a dipstick or a sight window, make sure the level is correct. Now you need to ensure the oil is circulating. This step is easier if you have a separate oil tank or know where the return oil line is. If you don't possess either, get the back wheel off the ground and remove the spark plug(s). Put the bike in gear, and manually rotate the back wheel; do this procedure with the ignition, OFF.

Alternatively, with the spark plug(s) removed, the gas off, and the bike in neutral hit the starter button and let the engine cycle a few times. Do this procedure with the ignition, ON.

The End

So there you have it, how to start your motorcycle is no longer a mystery, and some of the more complex subjects relating to it are now clear.

We hope you enjoyed this article buy maybe we've missed something or failed to address an issue specifically related to your bike. Perhaps you have a top tip you want to share! Whatever the case, we’d love to hear from you in the comment section.

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Cover Your Core With the Best Chest Protector

Cover Your Core With the Best Chest Protector

By Wesley Pestana | Updated Oct 29, 2018

Chest Protector

One of the most exciting activities out there is motocross, trails and off-road riding. There’s the thrill of speed and adventure but there’s also the chance that you might get hurt – in fact, as many as 95% of motocross riders suffer from a riding-related injury at some point. Common motocross injuries include broken collarbones, shoulder dislocation and bruised internal organs. Ouch, ouch and ouch. Luckily, a lot of these injuries can be mitigated by putting on the right protective gear. Chest protectors and roost deflectors are the best type of gear available to help protect against crashes and falls – read on to find out more about the best motorcycle chest protector we could find.

Best Chest Protector Quick Review

Product Best For Our Rating
1. Leatt 4. 5 Chest Protector Overall Protection
2. Alpinestars A1 Roost Guard Lightweight Protection
3. Fox Racing Proframe Lc Roost Deflector Versatility
4. Evs Sports Vex Chest Protector Affordability
5. Fox R3 Roost Deflector Novice Riders

Top Choice: Leatt 4. 5 Chest Protector

I like buying gear that’s safety certified. There are a lot of companies out there that try to trick you with false features so a universal safety stamp gives me that peace of mind.

1. Leatt 4. 5 Chest Protector
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2. Alpinestars A1 Roost Guard
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Lightweight Protection

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3. Fox Racing Proframe Lc Roost Deflector
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Versatility

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4. Evs Sports Vex Chest Protector
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5. Fox R3 Roost Deflector
Best For

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What to Look for in a Motorcycle Chest Protector

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What is a motorcycle chest protector? It’s all in the name: it protects your chest while you are riding! But there is a bit more to the subject, which is what we’re here to share with you. We’ve given you an idea of how important kidney belts are while riding, and this is a similar piece of gear but extends farther upwards and across the torso to provide safety for the upper body.

Like most pieces of gear, there are different styles available across all price ranges but the basic concept is the same. A motorcycle chest protector is sturdy, strong and designed specifically to provide support and protection for the upper body and vital organs such as the heart and lungs while riding and/or racing.

Although chest protectors can be worn for casual riding and touring, this piece of gear is probably better suited for motocross racing and dirt bike riding. Chest protectors and roost deflectors are most commonly worn by off-road and MX racers for extra protection against the elements, crashes and flying rocks, dirt, sticks and everything else that attacks you while riding off-road. Riding out on trails without a chest protector or roost guard could mean a stick in the chest or a hard rock to the collarbone, while motocross could even mean a handlebar or foot peg bruising your organs if you should fall.

Many professional riders wear this gear underneath their jersey or racing jackets so if you don’t see anyone else wearing a chest protector, don’t be fooled – it’s there, it’s just hidden out of sight. Even if you’re just out there riding trails, a dirt bike chest protector could mean the difference between a plain old bruise and a nasty fall that could leave you with permanent organ damage or broken bones.

Motocross falls and crashes are inevitable. You need every piece of safety gear you can get. Not convinced yet? Check out this motocross fails video compilation and think again.

Chest Protector vs Roost Guard

There’s a bit of a difference between an mx body armor chest protector that covers the full upper body and a roost deflector, which is more lightweight and allows a wider range of motion while riding. Some riders find a full chest protector to be a bit uncomfortable and opt for the latter, which serves to deflect rocks, dirt and debris. Keep in mind though that a roost protector does not offer the same level of protection and probably won’t hold up as well as a full chest protector in a crash. Most modern chest protectors have been designed with comfort in mind and have contoured fits for a less intrusive effect.

Chest Protector vs Full Body Armor

Impact armor differs quite a bit from a chest protector and is primarily used by pro road racers and motocross/enduro riders. Impact absorbing pads are held in place by a tight race suit to provide maximum protection and safety. In terms of safety it’s much more encompassing than a chest protector and fully covers parts like collarbones that are most likely to be injured with mx riding. However, in terms of comfort, it’s far from ideal. Full body armor is prone to heating up way too fast, like a hot summer day but inside your suit. It may also impede your flexibility a bit.

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Considerations When Choosing the Best Motocross Chest Protector

Body Type

People are like potatoes, no two are the same. Make sure to find a motocross chest protector that suits your body type – and we don’t mean in terms of fashion sense. Your chest protector doesn’t have to flatter your body type. It does have to fit properly in order to provide that maximum protection and the best level of comfort possible.

Add-Ons

Some chest protectors come with additional features, such as removable upper arm guards. It might seem like a minor addition but don’t underestimate the power of arm guards. As soon as you head into overgrown terrain and those tree branches give you a good whooping, you’ll realize that the arm guards make it much easier to prevent these stinging injuries and enjoy your ride at peace with Mother Nature.

Ventilation

Like with helmets, chest protectors and roost guards need to be ventilated. Well-placed vents allow air to flow naturally through the gear, thereby lowering the rider’s body temperature. If it’s not well ventilated, you’ll be ripping that chest protector off within minutes so go the extra mile and find one that gives you the breathing room you need.

Coverage

Not surprisingly, different brands and models of chest protectors and roost guards will offer coverage in various areas. Roost deflectors can often be worn as a chest (front) plate only, with adjustable and removable back plates. Some heavy duty motocross chest protectors will have extra removable coverage for the arms and shoulders, and some include full chest and spine coverage. What you end up getting will depend largely on your personal preference and the type of riding that you will be doing, so think wisely about what you’ll need.

Ce Certification

CE certifications indicate that the minimum safety standards for the gear in question have been met. It’s actually a European safety standard and mostly comes on products intended for the European market. However, it’s widely accepted as an international safety standard since there isn’t really anything else to go by. The DOT safety standard for helmets is specifically for the American market but there’s no equivalent measure for other protective gear.

For protective motorcycle gear including shoulder pads, kneepads and back protectors, CE certifications should be EN 1621-1/2/3 and preferably level 2 or 3 for maximum safety. Chest protectors with CE certification are recommended as they will provide the best protection for activities like off-road riding and motocross racing. Roost deflectors may have CE certification for certain parts of the gear, such as the front plate but often come without the CE label. If you’re getting a piece of gear that’s not CE certified, make sure that the materials used are good quality and that the gear will hold up well in case of accident.

Best Chest Protector Review

Leatt 4. 5 Chest Protector

Best Motocross Chest Protector

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I like buying gear that’s safety certified. There are a lot of companies out there that try to trick you with false features so a universal safety stamp gives me that peace of mind.

This is a full chest protector with the CE certification that we mentioned above. The back is CE EN16210-2 level 2 certified, while the front plate is CE EN 1621-3 level 2 certified for impact protection. Safety: check!

The Leatt chest protector has everything you need: a strong outer shell, an interior with ventilated soft impact foam and even a compatible fitting system for a neck brace. The protector covers the chest, back, shoulder and flanks well for ultimate protection. It fits securely and complements a rider’s motions so if you hate bulky gear that feels heavy and limiting, the Leatt model is a good choice for a dirt bike chest protector.

  • Full protection
  • CE certified
  • Lightweight
  • 3DF AirFit ventilation
  • Price

Alpinestars A1 Roost Guard

Best Mx Chest Protector

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Light as a feather, ventilated and easy to use, this is a great roost guard for off-roading and motocross racing alike.

This one is a roost guard and not a full chest protector but the front shell is CE certified and sturdy. If you’re looking for a very lightweight option with great protection at the front, the Alpinestars roost guard might just be the one for you. The strap closure system is easy to operate and the materials used are ventilating and breathable.

If you plan on being out on those dirt roads regularly, you definitely want a roost guard with cooling ventilation and good materials that still provide flexibility. Loving it!

  • Removable and adjustable back protector
  • Breathable and ventilated
  • Bio-foam padding
  • Back plate is not CE certified

Evs Sports Vex Chest Protector

Best Mx Body Armour

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This is the chest protector of the future. Buy it now and you will literally be 10 years ahead of the times and ready to stay on Mars.

This one just looks so. Damn. Cool. Look at it. Like some futuristic gear for when we end up on Mars one day. It’s light in weight, it’s ventilated, it provides full coverage and both the front and back panels are adjustable. Not only stylish, but practical too.

Don’t play around with safety. There’s really no excuse to slack off with good gear – as you can see, there are a lot of affordable options that still look amazing and won’t be dragging down your style (like this one).

  • Full chest and spine coverage
  • Adjustable
  • Really affordable
  • Flimsy Shoulder Straps

Fox Racing Proframe Lc Roost Deflector

Best Roost Deflector

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A 2-position back plate with lots of adjustable parts makes this a great choice for any body type. This roost deflector doesn’t discriminate.

Fox is a brand reputable for good gear that holds up well for racing and adventure. It’s important to get a secure fitting chest protector and Fox hit the mark with this one: in addition to having a removable back plate, the back plate can be adjusted in two different positions for a more precise fit.

The shoulder straps are also adjustable and the buckle system is easy to use. If you’re intent on getting a chest protector that sits perfectly, the Fox racing roost deflector is a great choice that fits almost any body type. It also fits really well under a jersey.

  • 2-position back plate
  • Good price
  • Adjustable shoulder straps
  • Sizing runs small

Fox R3 Roost Deflector

Best Motocross Chest Protector

motocross chest protector roost guard

Initially I only purchased starter gear and it worked really well for me as a novice rider. It gives you the opportunity to test out what’s important for you specifically before diving in and spending a lot of money.

I like reviewing a budget option because as we all know, motorcycle gear can really drain your budget. This roost deflector from Fox is a good example of a sturdy piece of gear that despite an affordable price, doesn’t compromise on features like being adjustable and comfortable to wear.

If you like gear that can be changed for customization, this is a really good choice. The deflector includes padded arm guards that are both adjustable and removable, as well as shoulder connections that are adjustable. The fit is designed for racing and is well ventilated, although the sizing seems best suited to young adults and children.

  • Polycarbonate construction
  • Really great price
  • Not CE certified

Conclusionary Title

In keeping with the idea of putting safety first, our vote for the best motocross chest protector is the Leatt 4.5 chest protector. The CE-certification for the plates are on point and if I’m buying a chest protector that’s meant to withstand the hardest blow from a tree or rock or whatever else, I’m not taking chances. The interior material is breathable and the ventilation seems more than sufficient for off-roading purposes.

If you have to go with a lighter option and are willing to risk the odds with a roost deflector, the Alpinestars A1 is a great mid-range option. The front plate is CE-certified and the interior padding is bio-foam – Alpinestars didn’t skimp on the material and although the roost guard doesn’t provide the ultimate safety for motocross or off-road racing, this option will surely protect the front areas that are covered. Safe riding, folks!

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Discover the Top 10 Motorcycle Safety Tips for Responsible Bikers

Discover the Top 10 Motorcycle Safety Tips for Responsible Bikers

By Wesley Pestana | Updated Nov 04, 2018

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Whether you’re a newbie or a returner coming back to the fold after an absence, almost 600,000 new bikes are sold in the US every year, and certain laws of the road apply to everyone.

So let's visit ten motorcycle safety tips, some of which will relate to buying your motorcycle along with the necessary gear while others will eventually become part of your daily routine


Get Ahead Get a Hat

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The phrase may relate to a cheesy 1940’s ad campaign for bowler hats, but when it comes to motorcycles, it’s very relevant. Regardless of whether you live in Illinois, Iowa or New Hampshire (no helmet states) it’s nuts not to wear a helmet.

Before you go throwing all that ‘let the rider decide’ stuff in the air, hear me out. The majority of bikers who choose not to wear a helmet have been around the block enough times and consider themselves able to make an informed decision, based on their riding style and skills. Personally, it's still a big no-no for me.

According to the National Centre for Statistics and Analysis almost 2000 riders a year are saved from a dirt overcoat by wearing a helmet. You can read our full article on safety satistics here.

So, what kind of helmet will you need? The answer to this question entirely depends on what type of riding you do, just ensure that it's a good fit, and has a DOT sticker as a minimum.

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Make Sure it Fits

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Not everyone has legs like a stilt walker. Thankfully though, motorcycle manufacturers produce models with low seat height or at the very least, offer lower seats as an optional extra.

Being able to put both feet on terra firma is a necessary safety requirement to keeping your bike vertical whenever you stop.

Doing research online or scouring bike magazine adverts for your perfect ride is all well and good, but at some stage, you need to get yourself down to your local bike dealer and throw a leg over.

Specified seat height is a good starting point, but until you get behind the bars, you don't know the actual width of the gas tank or how much of a stretch it is to the bars.

These are both factors that play a part in whether you can control your motorcycle at a standstill. Be aware of the bikes weight too, enthusiasm for a specific make and model can blind us all to our limitations.

Protecting Your Assets

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I'm sorry to tell you this, but it's a matter of when, not if, you go for a slide down the road during your motorcycling career. So the choice of what we wear is essential.

To put things in perspective, a typical pair of jeans in12oz denim will last less than half a second under these circumstances, while leather toughs it out for just over 4 seconds.

The same rules apply to jackets, and if we take contact points such as elbows, knees, and hips into consideration, the picture becomes even clearer.

No-one is saying that you have to wear a full race suit, and thanks to advances in fiber technology you may never have to invest in one. However, if you want to stick with denim or even cargo pants, just make sure they have a Kevlar or Aramid liner, many of which come with unobtrusive and removable body armor making them a win-win.

I’ve always been an advocate of the heavy leather jacket, but off the bike, a hot spell can make you feel like you're carrying the weight of a whole cow on your shoulders. Thankfully, street-styling has caught up with the textile armored jacket.

Locking it Down

Harley-Davidson was the first to tap into the whole aftermarket accessory/optional extra game, and now the likes of Ducati and Triumph are cashing in as well.

Triumph currently has a staggering 685 official items in their catalog, but regardless of make or model, the one that’s worth its weight in gold is ABS. BMW has the credit of introducing the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) to motorcycles in 1988, but Royal Enfield tried them out as far back as 1958.

What is it that makes them such a big deal, especially in the hands of a novice or returner? Until you've learned to control your reactions, which only come with time, grabbing a handful or foot-full of the brake is a pure reaction. It's also highly dangerous and can easily cause either or both wheels to lock-up.

When the brake is applied regardless of how heavily, the ABS releases pressure on the caliper many times per second. This action prevents the wheel locking and reduces braking time in slippery conditions by up to 30%.

Although at present it's an optional extra, in all probability as safety regulations become increasingly stringent, ABS will (in the very near future) become compulsory.

Pre-Flight Checks

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In the deep endless vacuum of space, motorcycle tires never lose air. Engines don’t leak oil and brake lines certainly don’t get air in them.

Any one of these three occurrences is inconvenient and messy, but the remaining two are potentially dangerous, hence why we should always give our bikes a quick once over, before riding.

For newer riders, the lessons learned at this stage will remain forever, and for returners, it's a good time to shake off that old bad habit of ‘start-and-go.' Performing a safety check on a bike can take less than three minutes, and it can save lives and dollars.

Get caught in Birmingham AL with ‘improper brakes’ or ‘improper lights,' and that's a wallet-kicking $190 per offense! Here’s what you do, stand next to your bike and fire it up. Squeeze the front brake, checking for pressure on the lever and brake light, and do the same with the rear brake.

Flick the lights on and ensure they are lit up front and back, and while you are there give the horn a push. Finally, check out the tires. A visual inspection around the sidewalls will make sure there are no dinks or gouges. A quick kick will tell you if there’s enough air. If you’re not confident about the tire inflation, use a pressure gauge.

Knowledge is Power

To legally ride a motorcycle you need the correct license endorsement, and this will involve some form of aptitude test. Just because someone hands over a piece of paper saying you’ve passed, it doesn’t make you a motorcycle rider.

Becoming a bike rider takes experience and miles but what you can do is fast track this process. Taking a rider training course will add to your skill base, and supply the type of real-world road craft that you will need.

If you are a returner then a refresher course is a sound idea, you may have ridden coast to coast back in the day, but times along with highways have changed, and you may need to sharpen up those riding skills.

Organizations like the Motorcycle Safety Foundation run a number of different courses with varying skill levels throughout the country. Alternatively, some bike manufacturers run courses including Harley-Davidson’s New Rider Course, available at select H-D dealers.

One way to boost road riding skills off the chart is to take to the dirt. Off-road training schools have been around for years, but the increasing popularity of dual-sport bikes means there are lots of adventure bike courses running coast to coast.

It may seem odd that dirt riding can improve road skills, but believe me, it will. Learning how to spin the back wheel, lock the front and steer into a slide, will give any rider serious control skills and confidence.

Group Dynamics

Riding in groups is an often-overlooked skill and knowing how to do it right is a major deal. Take a look at bike-cops on escort duty who ride together like a well-oiled machine.

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So what’s the big deal with riding in a line anyway? Well, it’s like this, get it wrong, and the potential for calamity is vast. There’s nowhere to go, no time to react and a domino effect is inevitable. It might be worth finding quality motorcycle accident attorneys.

Furthermore, it’s all too easy to get caught up in the excitement of being in a group and ride beyond your comfort zone. Luckily it’s not all doom and gloom, riding with a group of friends whether for a daylong ride-out or better still on tour, is hugely satisfying.

By observing a few simple rules, you'll get to enjoy the experience and live to tell the tale. Rule one, arrive fully gassed up and ready to rock. Two, find out where you are going and the approximate route. Three, ride in a staggered formation so that if someone slows down too quickly, you have a space to move into safely.

Four, take a cell phone and swap numbers with others in the group, that way if you break down or fall behind you're not on your own. Finally, rule number five, watch your mirrors; keep an eye on the bike in front, and look further up the line to give you the heads-up on a hazard or sudden braking.

watch your mirrors; keep an eye on the bike in front, and look further up the line to give you the heads-up on a hazard or sudden braking.

Windows to the Soul

Getting a face full of mega-bug like the Carrion Beatle or American Cockroach is no laughing matter. Multiply the weight of the bug by the speed of your bike and the velocity is enough to make a hot mess of an unprotected eye.

Regardless of what kind of helmet you wear, eye protection must always be a priority. Most full face helmets except Motocross styles have a pull-down shield and even an inner sun shade.

Open face or jet style helmets either come with some form of flip-up visor already installed or can take an aftermarket version. Goggles are a popular alternative; make sure to invest in a good quality pair with vented frames. You should also make sure your helmet has a loop and stud at the back to secure them.

Go down the half helmet route and eye protection is even more essential, just don’t be a cheapskate and think those cool imitation mirrored aviators are up to the job.

For motorcycle riding, lenses need to be high quality optically correct polycarbonate. Buy glasses with a range of replaceable lenses for varying conditions, or better still cover all your bases with photochromic lenses that change with the light.

Look On the Bright Side

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Check the weather! Once again, we’ve ventured into the land of the glaringly obvious, but when you’re new to the saddle or a returner, it’s all too easy to get carried away in the excitement.

Take time out before you hit the road to see what Mother Nature’s got up her sleeve. It takes mere moments, especially if you’ve got a ‘smart’ cell phone with a weather app.

Regardless of where you live you’re going to get unpredictable or extremes of weather. In Texas, you can go from 80 degrees on the coast to blizzards in the north on the same day.

Oklahoma likes to surprise its bike riders with hailstones as big as tennis balls, and Arkansas's freak rainstorms are the stuff of legend. There is no need to be a fair weather rider, but not checking out the weather pre-ride, can turn a pleasure into a severe pain in the ass.

Natural Highs

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If the Hollister Riot of 1947 went a long way towards demonizing the biker as a boozed-up rebel, then the pot smoking chopper pilots of Easy Rider pretty much confirmed the perception.

Here’s the thing, bikers don’t need expensive artificial stimulants to get high, Mother Nature has provided them to us free of charge. Open the throttle on a winding stretch of road, and the rush of adrenaline will leave you buzzing.

The feeling of excitement or satisfaction from endorphins released from a good ride is also proof that you don't need to fill yourself full of chemicals.

It's a stone cold fact; motorcycle riding demands 100 percent concentration. That’s what makes it such a good stress reliever; there simply isn’t time to worry about anything else.

Don't ride, drunk or high, leave that for the B-movie actors. Instead, discover the Top 10 Motorcycle Safety Tips for Responsible Bikers.

That Covers it

If I’ve missed any or you have some to add, be our guest and hit the comment box. Remember, learning how to ride safely doesn’t detract from the fun, it makes the fun last longer

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The Best Motorcycle Sunglasses – Guaranteed to Change Your View

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The Best Motorcycle Sunglasses - Guaranteed to Change Your View

By Wesley Pestana | Updated Dec 02, 2018

best sunglasses for motorcycle riding

Another eyewear article because let’s be real, sunglasses are like shoes – you can never have enough pairs. There are so many styles available, and a lot of different features with everything from mirrored lenses to tints and colored lenses – not to mention the varying price ranges! There are few things as bad as that road glare that hits your eyes and leaves a scorching trail of pain as you struggle to regain composure. Finding the best motorcycle sunglasses is a must for any rider so without further ado, here’s our review of the best sunglasses for motorcycle riding.

Motorcycle Sunglasses Quick Review

Product Best For Our Rating
1. Oakley Fives Squared Rectangular Sunglasses Overall
2. Wynd Blocker Vert Polarized Motorcycle Sunglasses Durability
3. Bobster Yanzhen Cruiser 2 Goggles Versatility
4. Wiley X Twisted Ops Sunglasses Safety
5. Wiley X Men's Valor Sunglasses Lens options

Top Choice: Oakley Fives Squared Rectangular Sunglasses

We’re throwing around fancy words like cranial geometry and tapered frames but don’t get confused. Basically, Oakleys are built to fit well and you can’t go wrong with a good pair.

1. Oakley Fives Squared Rectangular Sunglasses
Best For

Overall

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2. Wynd Blocker Vert Polarized Motorcycle Sunglasses
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Durability

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3. Bobster Yanzhen Cruiser 2 Goggles
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Versatility

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4. Wiley X Twisted Ops Sunglasses
Best For

Safety

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5. Wiley X Men's Valor Sunglasses
Best For

Lens options

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For the Love of Sunglasses

Sunglasses are obviously vital for protecting the eyes from sunshine and can also be used to correct vision in prescription sunglasses. In cases of impact, sunglasses can help correct the eyes. If you’re driving with a half-helmet, a pair of sunglasses can even protect you from things like bugs, rocks and dust that could make it difficult to focus on riding. It might feel unnecessary to wear sunglasses under a full-face helmet but it’s a nice feature to have if you prefer clear shields.

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The real challenge is finding a pair with a style that you love, a pair that’s comfortable to wear and fits within your budget… a challenge, but certainly not impossible. Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing the best motorcycle sunglasses:

Size and Fit

This is a no-brainer. If the glasses don’t fit properly, those babies ain’t gonna stay on your face. The glasses need to sit firmly on the face and fix behind the ears so they don’t move around while you ride. If you’re scared of the glasses sliding off, get a wrap-around pair with straps for a more secure fit. It might be helpful to take your helmet with to make sure that the sunglasses fit comfortably underneath.

Style

This will depend mostly on your preference and is undoubtedly a fun part of the journey to finding your ultimate motorcycle sunglasses. Shop around and don’t settle for a pair you don’t like. If you are deadest on a steampunk pair, chase that dream. After all, you’re going to wear these on a daily basis. Here’s a fun quiz to help you find the right pair of sunglasses for your face shape and style.

Price

Naturally, you can only shop as far as your budget allows. It might be less expensive to shop online. If you’re scared that the glasses won’t fit and you don’t want to go through the inconvenience of returning a pair, go fit them on in-store to make sure you like how they sit.

Lenses

Lenses are one of the most important parts of sunglasses. UVA and UVB protection are important to have for protection from the sun, while impact and wind resistance are also great features to have. Other options include scratch resistance and wide frames with peripheral vision.

Look out for anti-fog coating if you’re going to be wearing the glasses under a full-faced helmet, can’t have any of that fogging business all up in your ride. Some lenses can even be switched out in favour of clear or tinted ones

Frames

Frames can be made from aluminium, plastic, carbon fibre (if you’re really fancy) and a lot of other things, with some manufacturers really getting creative. Plastic frames are a good idea as they are more flexible. Pay attention to the nose bridge of the frame and make sure that it sits correctly on your face. Try to choose a sturdy frame that won’t break or get damaged under the helmet. Some frames have a bit of flexibility and many are lightweight – choose one that will be comfortable for those long hours of open-road riding.

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Motorcycle Sunglasses Review

Bobster Yanzhen Cruiser 2 Goggles

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Padding and ventilation are really important in sunglasses – I’m giving you the Pestana promise on this one.

Here’s a perfect example of a wrap-around pair of sunglasses that can be adjusted for a secure fit. These are especially well-suited to motorcycle riding as they have great ventilation openings at the sides and really comfortable padding. Wrap-around sunglasses are perfect for all types of riding from off-roading and motocross to casual riding and touring.

I’ve had a pair that didn’t have good padding OR ventilation and for lack of a better word – it absolutely sucks. Take my word for it and splurge on the extras that will really make a difference, you won’t regret it. The Pestana promise.

  • Great for all types of riding
  • Sweat-absorbing frame
  • Ventilation slits
  • Interchangeable lenses
  • No anti-fog coating

Wynd Blocker Vert Polarized Motorcycle Sunglasses

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I love it when I find a piece of gear that seems unbreakable, like the Nokia 3310 that will never die. Find a pair that will last through your toughest times.

It’s all in the name. A wind blocker is exactly what you need if you’re the half-face helmet type. The glasses have foam-lined eye inserts that seal well against the wind, with UV protective lenses to deal with the sunshine. A back strap can be attached for a more secure fit or can be left off for more casual wear.

A plastic frame and lenses make it difficult for these glasses to break easily – they’re anti-scratch and impact resistant. The price is also great so if you’re the clumsy type and do manage to break them, no worries!

  • Different color frames
  • Removable padding
  • Wind blocking
  • Great price
  • Not ideal for nighttime riding

Wiley X Twisted Ops Sunglasses

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I like looking cool. Get a pair that makes you feel good about your reflection and that fits well, too.

Can you say polarized? These glasses are amazingly stylish and without compromising on important features like polarization. There are safety standards for sunglasses – bet you didn’t know that. And these are actually certified as exceeding OSHA occupational safety standards so you can be sure these are pretty good quality. The glasses can also be used in occupational environments like sporting, tactical and even industrial safety (but we recommend sticking to your sweet ride!)

  • They just look damn cool
  • Polarized lenses
  • Multi-purpose
  • Replaceable lenses
  • No cushioned liners
  • Price

Oakley Fives Squared Rectangular Sunglasses

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We’re throwing around fancy words like cranial geometry and tapered frames but don’t get confused. Basically, Oakleys are built to fit well and you can’t go wrong with a good pair.

Ahh, Oakleys… one of my favorite brands. All bias aside, Oakleys are quality and make a real effort to include features beyond just the normal features of UV protection. Oakleys has used cranial geometry (yeah, I also didn’t know it’s a thing) to make frames that taper in close to the head. If you’ve ever tried to fit a helmet over sunglasses that are too wide or big, you can appreciate what Oakley has done here: they’ve made a pair of sunglasses tailored for motorcycle riding! And with a great sense of style, too.

  • Fit well under helmets
  • Lightweight
  • Durable
  • Sizing runs small

Wiley X Men's Valor Sunglasses

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Switching out lenses is a fun way to customize your sunglasses – and your motorcycle riding experience.

I love being able to change my lenses. Clear for nighttime, tinted for those long sunshine days in the summer… it might seem like a lot of effort to change out lenses but once you get into the swing of it, it becomes second nature. And even though they’re so easy to switch out, they don’t really pop out easily. These are great for changing lenses easily and I love the level of customization I get with these.

The glasses are anti-fog and UV protected, and come with a rubber insert for extra wind protection. Smoke lenses are great for bright sunny days, while the amber lenses are well suited for other weather conditions.

  • Different lenses included
  • Matte finish
  • Sturdy frame and lenses
  • Good protection
  • Higher price range

The Final Say

Honestly, just buy all 5 pairs. I love collecting gear. I probably shouldn’t have as many pairs as I do, but a man needs to enjoy his hobby. There are good features to all of these pairs and you can’t go wrong with any of them. In terms of superior features, we vote for the Oakleys. Yeah, they’re gonna take a massive cut out of your budget but these are a pair that will stay for life.

The Oakleys are geometrically tailored to fit perfectly under a motorcycle helmet… how can these not be the best motorcycle sunglasses around? If you don’t have the money for that right now, get the great WYND Blockers in the meantime (still great quality at a good price) and save up for the pair you want for the long run. Stay cool!

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How to Choose the Best Sidi Boots for Sale Today

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How to Choose the Best Sidi Boots for Sale Today

By Wesley Pestana | Updated Nov 05, 2018

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While motocross riding is all about strength, concentration and finesse, the most important thing is your protective gear. The helmet is the most crucial piece of protective gear, but this is followed by the boots. Motocross boots are absolutely necessary to keep you safe on the track, and Sidi boots are some of the best boots out there.

The ankles, calves and feet endure the brunt that comes with the sport more than the rest of the body. Sharp boulders, hot engines, other dirt bikes - all can lead to serious injury to your lower extremities, which is why the use and importance of boots shouldn’t be undermined.

Sidi, the Italian brand known for its contribution to sports gear has a range of excellent motocross boots that we have reviewed below.

Sidi Motorbike Boots Quick Review

Product Best For Our Rating
1. Sidi Crossfire 3 Srs Offroad Boots All Round
2. Sidi Crossfire 2 Srs Offroad Boots Versatility
3. Sidi Adventure Gore Motorcycle Boots Waterproof
4. Sidi Crossfire 2 Ta Offroad Boots Value for Money
5. Sidi Canyon Gore-Tex Motorcycle Boots Casual Dual Purpose

Top Choice: Sidi Crossfire 3 Srs Offroad Boots

These boots are the flagship Sidi boots. Offering the highest quality of construction and best protection and adjustability, a must for anyone who cares about the safety of their ankles.

1. Sidi Crossfire 3 Srs Offroad Boots
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2. Sidi Crossfire 2 Srs Offroad Boots
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3. Sidi Adventure Gore Motorcycle Boots
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4. Sidi Crossfire 2 Ta Offroad Boots
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5. Sidi Canyon Gore-Tex Motorcycle Boots
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The Ultimate Sidi Boots Guide

Part of the game when dirt biking is the sand, mud, rocks, water and brush. These can vary in size and shape and can be difficult and dangerous to navigate through (which is half the fun if I'm being honest).

The main benefit of Sidi boots (much like Alpinestars) is the protection they offer. They protect the feet, calf, and shin area from injuries by protecting the lower legs from trees, rocks, and even other riders. Many motocross boots extend to under the knees and are typically either water resistant or waterproof. For this reason, motocross boots are an absolute must for anyone riding dirt bikes or motocross.

Sidi Motocross Boots

Tradition and values coupled with commitment and an international network, make Sidi a reputable company present all across the globe. Due to their guaranteed superior quality, they are the primary choice of some of the biggest names in the off-road motorcycle racing world.

What to Look for in Sidi Motorcycle Boots

Despite what you might think, your ankles and feet are very fragile. It is crucial to support them as well as protect them from the potential harm that can come while riding your dirt bike, so here are a few factors that you should consider when you purchase dirt bike boots:

Protection

The most important factor of any boot is the protection it offers you. Motocross and off-roading are much more aggressive than other riding disciplines and thus the boots require the maximum protection. Boots particularly designed for motocross or enduro riding feature built-in components which offer protection in all the areas it is needed most (which is basically everything from the knee down, your knee braces will look after the knees).

Take care not to buy motorcycle shoes that claim to be motorcycle boots, but don’t even cover the ankles. Also, remember that your chosen boots should not only cover the shin, ankle, and foot - they should also provide sufficient support such that the boots can help the ankles and feet withstand a serious force without twisting. However, if you are not looking for a pair of boots for gnarly riding terrain, you might be interested to read more of our post on why you should consider a decent pair of motorcycle shoes

Construction

Another vital factor to take into consideration is the way the boots are constructed. Everything ranging from the materials, to the way the boots are held together make a crucial difference in your safety. Since all boots are created differently, it is important you educate yourself on the materials as well as the methods of construction to find the best pair.

The key difference between motocross boots and boots of other riding styles are the heavy duty protection the dirt bike boots provide due to the tough outer shell which is built for the purpose of withstanding impact from all angles. Tough leather parts of the boots are usually protected by a strong plastic shield, it is the hard outer plastic shell that differentiates motocross boots from the likes of Harley-Davidson boots.

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Comfort

When it comes to motorcycle boots, it's very likely that when you buy a new pair they will feel very uncomfortable at first. The materials will be hard and stiff and your foot won't be used the shape of the new boot (although my foot felt great when I first slipped into my Sidis). The uncomfortable sensation is normal and it will take time to wear in your new MX boots, watch the video below on how to do this.

How comfortable the boots are becomes the determining factor of how long you can wear the boots, so it is important to find a pair that feels good. Before you commit to a pair for long rides, be sure to wear them for some time to see if you feel any uncomfortable spots or pressure points that will bother you when you hit the track.

Price

When it comes to motocross boots the saying: "< >," generally stands correct. But this doesn’t mean that you need to spend too hefty an amount on these boots. If you won’t be spending a lot of time on fast paced motocross tracks or high gnarly enduro loops tracks with your feet constantly in the dirt, there are many options that are more affordable.

Importantly, despite their low prices, these boots still offer decent protection. Although the goal of this article is to provide you with information and recommendations on Sidi's top off-road performance boots, we have actually reviewed one of their best non-performance Sidi motorbike boots as well.

How to Break in Sidi Motocross Boots

After using the same boots for some time, you will find that they get softer and more malleable, and hence comfortable and provide less hindrance to your ride. When you trade these soft boots in and first put your new boots on, they will most likely feel like they are made of stone. They will be constraining and uncomfortable - but this is normal. You do not necessarily have the wrong sized boot, more likely you just need to break them in.

There are some initial things you can do (see below) to prepare your boots for the first ride. We won't go through these as the video above outlines the basics. However, once done with that, the best way to break in boots is to just go riding. Put on the pair of boots you have purchased, flex it a bit to prepare it, but ultimately deal with the initial discomfort that you feel, and spend a day out riding. In short time, they will break in and you can enjoy riding comfortably.

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Sidi Crossfire 3 Srs Offroad Boots

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These boots are the flagship Sidi boots. Offering the highest quality of construction and best protection and adjustability, a must for anyone who cares about the safety of their ankles.

The top-the-range pair of offroad Sidi enduro boots, the Crossfire 3 SRS are the revamped version of the 2 SRS boots. If your only consideration is quality and the protection of the boots, this is the pair for you - it is however the most expensive pair, but what price can you really put on your feet and ankles?

Available in multiple colors to match your bike, kit or personality.

These boots feature an innovative addition to the 2 SRS. The 3 SRS comes with an ankle pivot system to stop the ankle from hyper-extending and tearing the joint. The soles are also thicker and deeper to allow the foot to sit more comfortably in the boot.

The construction is of the highest quality. The Air Teflon Mesh and Cambrelle lining allow for comfort and breathablilty, while the upper of the boot is made with sturdy Lorica and full grain leather. They also come with a replaceable shin plate to protect the vulnerable shins from absent minded tree branches.

These boots are easy to customize and modify. The adjustable buckles are easy to operate and come with memory-regulation system to stay in place once they have been adjusted. The diameter of the calf area can also easily be adjusted to provide a great fit over ankle and knee braces.

  • Highest Quality
  • Adjustability
  • Ankle Pivot Guard to prevent Hyperextension
  • Deeper soles than the 2 SRS
  • Most expensive pair of boots reviewed
  • Not designed to be waterproof (but not half bad)

Sidi Crossfire 2 Srs Offroad Boots

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The classic Sidi boot. These boots are well known for their quality. Not as modern as the Crossfire 3 SRS, but with a more manageable price tag.

The precursor to the Crossfire 3 SRS boots, this pair is a classic. Cheaper than the Crossfire 3, but not with a huge compromise on quality - you can feel comfortable pushing your limits while riding in these.

Not only are the boots sleek and stylish, they also feature an innovative design. The SRS stands for "Sole Replacement System" which is the defining feature of the series. With SRS, the sole can be removed, and replaced allowing the boots to be used for different riding disciplines.

They come with a number of adjustable settings which include a memory retention system as well as the Dual Flex feature, allowing riders to adjust the shin size according to their preference.

The quality of the boots is unquestionable. The leather, as well as the microfiber material, are sturdy and not stiff at all. Lined with Air Teflon Mesh and Cambrelle for comfort, they come standard with removable toe defenders and shin plates that protect the two highly vulnerable areas of the legs and feet. Additionally they come with a shock absorbing heel, to prevent the joints and heels from sprain and injuries.

If you have any doubts about the strength of these boots, check out the video below

  • Sturdy and strong Sidi boot
  • Great adjustability with removable sole
  • Great shock absorption
  • Available in many colors.
  • Airflow isn't great
  • Not as comfortable as other Sidi boots
  • Not fully waterproof

Sidi Adventure Gore Motorcycle Boots

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These Sidi boots are known to be highly waterproof, the Gore-Tex lining makes them perfect for riding in wet conditions while you remain protected from the roughest of terrain.

Another great pair of Sidi MX Boots are the Adventure Gore boots. These boots are ideal for the rider who is riding in wet terrain, and needs to protect their ankles while maintaining affordability and style.

The boots are lined with the Gore-Tex waterproof and breathable membrane and also feature a polyurethane shin plate, two buckles as well as a Velcro strap closure. The upper part of the boots is made from split grain and top grain leather.

These boots features include a flex system and adjustable straps. The Gore-Tex lining not only keeps water out, but also allows moisture to escape - however this can make the boots hot under normal conditions. While I would not put these boots in the same high end off-road performance boots as the one's listed above, I would mark these as great value for adventure riding.

  • Waterproof Gore-Tex lining
  • Stylish Black Look
  • Not as sturdy as the other boots
  • The toe box is a little rigid
  • Gore-Tex not ideal in hot conditions

Sidi Crossfire 2 Ta Offroad Boots

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A cheaper pair of Sidi motocross boots, while still not compromising on the quality of protection to keep you safe while riding.

Sidi has manufactured many great motocross boots, another one of them being the Sidi Crossfire 2 TA boots. The construction of these boots is very similar to the 2 SRS, but the sole is not replaceable but they are, however, a bit more affordable, offering a good compromise.

The quality and protection of these boots is as good as the SRS models, so you can take these on the rockiest climbs without fear.

The outer material is made using microfiber and leather while the inner liner is made using with the same Cambrelle and Teflon air mesh as the SRS. There is also a thermoplastic defender on the toe area which provides great protection against damage to the toe.

The boots come with adjustable buckles that are replaceable as well as easy to use. The adjustable buckles are fitted with the same memory regulation system and dual flex systems as the SRS series, so the boots enjoy flexibility and ensure the natural position of the foot bed.

The boots feature three extended ribs at the back to help the rider in making upshifts with the heel. Additionally, the heel is shock resistant, anatomically shaped, and rigid, providing maximum protection.

  • Easy to adjust
  • Cheaper than the SRS
  • Ribs on the rear help the rider upshift
  • The sole is not replaceable and can be slippery in ice, snow, and mud
  • Not completely waterproof

Sidi Canyon Gore-Tex Motorcycle Boots

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These boots are not recommended for extreme off-roading, but are more suitable for the casual cruiser. You might even get away with them at work if they weren't covered in mud.

The ultimate dual purpose motorcycle boot. These boots are the best compromise of practicality, price and fashion. Not truly sidi enduro boots, they are more suited to casual use.

The boots come up lower than the other boots, but still protect the ankle. and also come with a waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex membrane to keep the rider dry. The top grain leather construction and double stitching makes sure that the boots stay stable for years, while the ratcheting instep buckle makes sure that the heel stays firmly planted. Moreover, the thick soles dampen the engine and road vibrations that are sent via the pegs.

These boots are equipped with a Velcro band closure system on top of the ankle and a micro adjustable strap system below the ankle.

They come with a rigid nylon innersole and a full-length inner gaiter. The removable arch support coupled with internal heel, ankle, and toe protection provides comfort and protection. The boots feature nylon plating, leather toe shift-brake pad, and internally padded shin plate.

The boots are highly comfortable without any areas that pinch the foot. The sole has a lug-type grip non-slip sole that offers good grip and is very easy to clean; the dirt can just be gently brushed off, and boot cream can be used on the shiny parts. A good choice for the more casual rider.

  • Stylish dual-purpose boot
  • Very comfortable
  • Easy to clean
  • Cheapest pair of boots reviewed
  • Not as sturdy the stronger boots
  • Ankle isn't as high as some of the other boots

The Best Sidi Boots

Considering all the five boots, it is safe to say that my favorite boots are the Sidi Crossfire 3 SRS Offroad boots. They are highly innovative and incorporate the latest technology to offer the best in protection and comfort, and despite being the most highly priced among the five, these are our primary choice.

These boots offer

  • The ultimate protection for feet and ankles
  • High quality construction
  • High comfort for extended rides
  • The trusted reputation of the Sidi brand

For dirt biking, you need boots that are not only comfortable but also super flexible and the Crossfire SRS 3's sole replacement system coupled with the memory regulation system make sure that you enjoy a good riding experience. They also provide the best protection, so you can worry less about being (seriously) injured while enjoying the world's best sport. Get yourself a pair of Sidi boots!

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HJC FG-17 Helmet Review

HJC FG-17 Helmet Review

By Wesley Pestana | Updated Oct 30, 2018

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If you’re a long-time reader of our content, you certainly know by now that we take safety very seriously. Motorcycle riding is an awesome activity and yeah, it’s a lot of fun – but not if you’re wearing a crappy helmet that could make a minor accident result in a fatal injury. We’ve reviewed the HJC CL-17 helmet in a previous article and today, we’re here to tell you all about its good friend, the HJC FG-17. This is another great helmet and true to HJC’s quality promise, the helmet has everything you need for safe touring, street rides and maybe even a bit of speeding – all within the speed limit, of course.


What to Consider Before Buying a Helmet

We don’t want to bore you. Heck, we don’t want to bore ourselves and re-writing all the information that we’ve already mentioned is a bit tedious. Head over to our HJC CL-17 helmet review to read the in-depth description of things to consider before buying a helmet. Here’s a quick recap of the information:

  • The helmet’s purpose: Buy the appropriate helmet for your intended activity. The HJC FG-17 is a great option for daily commutes and street touring.
  • Safety: Never buy a helmet that’s not safety approved! Read more about helmet safety standards < >.
  • Helmet composition: Choose a helmet that is lightweight and made from strong materials. Don’t forget about the importance of ventilation and inner padding!
  • Head size and helmet fit: A helmet needs to fit securely in order to provide maximum safety. Pressure points are not supposed to be there so if the helmet is too tight, try a bigger size.
  • Price: One day, in the perfect world, we won’t have to worry about budget but for now it’s a good thing to keep in mind. After all, you need to have some money left to spend on extra gear (and something small for your wife, always a good idea!)

All About the Hjc Fg-17

The features available in this model are impressive. HJC is a Korean company that has been manufacturing helmets since 1971. The company prides itself for producing helmets following a careful manufacturing process that includes 3D-modelling and auto-CAD technology to ensure a contoured fit.

HJC helmets are made with specifications including aerodynamic ability, ventilation and noise isolation. The helmets are Snell- and DOT-approved, with each undergoing a rigorous testing product to ensure that the helmets are made according to strict quality standards.

The FG-17 is another great example of a HJC helmet that is made according to strict quality and safety standards. There are sizes available from X-Small to 5X-Large and if you’re looking for gear to match your motorcycle riding gear and accessories, the black, white and silver options (in matte or gloss) are perfect. The helmet is inspected by hand prior to being shipped off so you can rest easy knowing that the FG-17 is ready for the open road!

HJC FG-17 Review

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Exterior

The FG-17 gives us a good hint about its exterior in the name – FG stands for fiberglass, emphasising the high quality of the helmet shell that is composed of Kevlar and fiberglass matrix. That’s right, Kevlar. Like the stuff they use in bulletproof vests – so badass. Fiberglass also offers several benefits over regular molded shells, the primary advantages being that it lasts longer and holds up better under high impact. This helmet will absorb shock better by distributing the force across the helmet’s surface.

The anti-scratch visor is strong and provides 95% UV protection. HJC has really taken this helmet to the next level by including a strong fog-resistant shield and a locking mechanism to keep the shield sealed and secure when riding at fast speeds. The helmet is equipped with the HJC RapidFire II shield replacement system that allows for tool-free installation and easy removal. The face shield has a center locking lift tab that’s easy to operate even while riding. It also has five detents which makes defogging much easier.

The helmet is equipped with a great ventilation system too: the ACS Advanced Channelling Ventilation System. A top intake vent and rear vents allow air to flow through. In terms of riding irritations, few things are as bothersome as moisture that builds up inside so ventilation is essential to help pull the heat from the interior. A chin bar vent also helps provide horizontal aiflow to prevent fogging.

Interior

HJC has several interior cooling systems to keep the inner padding moisture-free. The FG-17 comes with a ‘SilverCool’ interior that’s not only moisture-wicking but also lined with advanced anti-bacterial material. The name comes from the fact that the liner is actually weaved with silver thread, a material that is popular for its antimicrobial properties. Functional AND fancy. The liners are odor free and can be removed for easy washing. In fact, the whole interior lining can be removed and washed in the washing machine.

Like most HJC helmets, this model comes with only a clear shield but a tinted shield can be bought separately and easily inserted with the helmet’s Pinlock insert. In fact, HJC offers extra Pinlock ready shields in smoke, dark smoke and amber, as well as mirrored shields in silver, blue and gold shades.

The helmet also comes with a larger than normal eyeport that provides excellent visibility. Any seasoned rider will tell you in a heartbeat that a wider field of vision is a luxury you deserve to have and with this helmet, you’re not paying hundreds of bucks extra for it.

The helmet suits the majority of head shapes but offers a slightly tighter fit than other helmets suited for a round head shape. It also provides a fit better suited to racing, which makes it an attractive choice for motorcycle riders who want to ride at high speeds and maybe veer off road now and then. If the fit feels too tight, the cheek pads can be switched out for ones with thinner material.

There is certainly no need to compromise on quality - The ideal choice of helmet for a safety concerned tight budget

  • Kevlar and fiberglass composite shell
  • Easy shield replacement system
  • Great ventilation
  • Anti-microbial interior lining
  • Extended field of vision
  • Very affordable
  • Blocks out road noise
  • No ear inserts for Bluetooth headset

HJC FG-17 Alternatives

Ls2 Citation Helmet

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LS2 is another popular helmet manufacturer and this model bears some resemblance to HJC’s FG-17 model. The shell is also made from fiberglass composite and is extremely light, although it does not contain Kevlar like the FG-17. The helmet fits a long oval head shape so if you find that the neutral to round shape of the FG-17 feels a bit too tight against your cheeks, this would be a very suitable alternative. The LS2 has a great quick-releases strap and includes a twin shield system with both a clear and sunshield.

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  • Great price
  • Double-D ring strap
  • Snell- and DOT-approved
Ls2 Citation
  • Slightly more expensive
  • Only DOT-approved
  • Quick release chin strap

The LS2 is a promising choice for riders who find that the FG-17 doesn’t fit perfectly. It offers great features including an inside shaded visor and still comes in at a really great price.


Bell Revolver Evo Helmet

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I love Bell helmets and find them to be of good quality. I’ve been riding for years and have tried pretty much every helmet brand out there and Bell is definitely on the list of good buys. As an alternative to the FG-17, this Bell model has some unique features like a magnetic strap secure system and a sunshield that drops down from the inside. It shares anti-fog and anti-scratch visor features, as well as a fully removable and washable interior, with the HJC FG-17.

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  • Anti-fog and anti-scratch visor
  • Kevlar and fiberglass composite shell
  • Double-D ring strap
  • Tool-free shield replacement
Bell Revolver Evo
  • Anti-fog and anti-scratch visor
  • Polycarbonate/ABS shell
  • Double D-ring strap with Magnefusion magnetic strap keeper
  • Tool-free shield replacement

The HJC FG-17 comes with a lower price while offering stronger composite materials. However, the Bell Revolver Evo offers many of the same great features and is still an affordable quality buy – if the FG-17’s not to your liking, this is nice alternative.


Hjc Cl-17

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There’s something of a competition going on between the HJC’s FG-17 and CL-17 models. The two are from different ranges and each has unique features. The helmets also share some similarities but we’ll keep that for another discussion – check out our full post on the CL-17 or the ultimate showdown between the CL-17 vs FG-17!


The Final Say

The HJC FG-17 helmet is a must-have for your helmet collection. If you don’t have a helmet collection (the ultimate dream!) the FG-17 is a great place to start. The manufacturing process is detailed and thorough, ensuring that each helmet has a rigid outer shell and great interior features. There’s not much to fault in this model and its only shortfall is lacking an ear insert for Bluetooth headsets – at the great mid-range price that it’s going for, we can forgive HJC this one time. We vote yes!

Thank you for reading our HJC FG-17 review. Do you own this helmet? Do you want to? Leave any comments in the comments section below!

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Hjc Cl-17 Review

Hjc Cl-17 Review

By Wesley Pestana | Updated Oct 30, 2018

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We’ve done a few articles about helmets like this one about Bluetooth motorcycle. However, when it comes this piece of gear that’s essential to safe driving, you can never say too much about motorcycle helmets. It can be exhausting to try and find the right helmet for you, which is why we’re providing you with articles that take a closer look at certain brands of helmets. One brand that consistently produces high-quality helmets is HJC and whether you are a novice or expert rider, it’s time you learned more about their popular CL-17 full-face motorcycle helmet.


What to Consider Before Buying a Helmet

Motorcycle gear is a bit more difficult to buy than regular shoes or a new pair of pants. There are many aspects to be considered when purchasing a new motorcycle helmet. Here are some things to keep in mind:

The Helmet’S Purpose

The helmet’s purpose: Helmets often have varying features so deciding what you need is the first step in choosing a helmet. High-end helmets that are strong and durable would be a better choice for helmets worn daily, while a mid-range helmet would be fine for the occasional trip. Bluetooth helmets would be more suitable for group rides or working on the go, but if you’re just wearing the helmets for short distance rides you won’t need to splurge on unnecessary – and often expensive – added features.

Safety

Helmets always need to be safety approved. Take a look at our in-depth helmet safety guide to better understand the differences between Snell, DOT and ECE-approved safety standards for motorcycle helmets.

Helmet Composition

Things such as helmet shell material, weight and internal features should all be considered when purchasing a new helmet. Helmets need to be light enough so as not to strain your neck, while internal features need to be comfortable and practical: ventilation is a must, as are integrated features such as visors and inner foam padding.

Head Size and Helmet Fit

A helmet’s safety depends largely on the fact that it fits properly around the head. Too loose and it could fall off in an accident. Too tight and it could harm you rather than offer protection under high impact. A motorcycle helmet should sit squarely on the head and no more than a finger’s width should be able to fit between the helmet and your head. There should be no pressure points and the helmet should not slide back when looking down.

There are three head sizes: long oval, intermediate oval and round oval. Measure your head with a soft measuring tape from above the eyebrows and ears all the way around your head at the largest point. Make sure that your head size and shape correspond to the measurements of the helmet that you would like to buy.

Price

Naturally, price is an aspect that needs to be considered with any purchase. There are great options available across all price classes but with something as important as head gear, safety should always come first! Try to purchase the best helmet possible within your budget.

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All About the Hjc Cl-17

One of the mid-range options from HJC that we’ve got our eyes on is the CL-17 full-face motorcycle helmet. HJC has been producing helmets since 1971 and tests helmets both in the laboratory and in their own wind tunnel testing facilities to ensure that they are aerodynamic, ventilated and insulated from noise. Most HJC helmets have several unique features such as replaceable shields, pinlocks to secure face shields and helmets that are contoured using special CAD technology.

The CL-17 helmet meets all of the requirements listed above: it’s suitable for long-distance touring and a great choice for daily commutes – it performs exceptionally well for its intended purpose of being a street and touring motorcycle helmet. In terms of safety, it meets safety standards and is both DOT- and Snell-approved. The helmet is lightweight and comprises sturdy materials such as polycarbonate. The CL-17 is available in all sizes from X-Small to 5X-Large so no matter your head size, there’s sure to be one that fits you perfectly.

The helmet is available in a range of colors including red, white, silver and black in gloss and matte. HJC takes special care to prime and paint helmets to perfection by hand so the quality is top-notch. Clear coats are applied to keep the colors looking fresh for longer and detailed inspection ensures that the CL-17, as with other helmets, is well-produced and ready to be worn out on the road. The CL-17 has some great features – read on to find out more.

HJC CL-17 Review

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Exterior

This helmet is full-faced and offers maximum protection for the head while riding. It has a sleek new look that makes it remarkably different in style to previous versions of HJC helmets like the CL-16. Let’s start with the outside of the helmet. As mentioned, the HJC CL-17 is constructed in line with the HJC standard of using advanced auto-CAD technology to ensure a great fit across the size range. The material used is advanced polycarbonate composite shell which ensures that it is lightweight without compromising the sturdiness of the helmet.

The helmet has an anti-scratch face shield that offers UV protection. The shield requires no tools to replace and can be installed easily without needing to take in your helmet for repairs. The face shield offers a wide field of vision both horizontally and vertically, which is a must for any motorcycle helmet.

This model has a double-D ring strap to fasten securely and has great top air vents that can be operated easily even when wearing gloves. There is also an integrated rear spoiler and rear hot air exhausts. You won’t be experiencing any leaks when it rains – budget helmet problems, anyone? – and you can be assured that dust, dirt and everything else that you don’t want is kept where it belongs: outside!

The noise isolation holds up well although it can get a bit noisy on the freeway, as is expected with most helmets. Isolating ear inserts or headphones can help minimize the noise, although it’s good to have some road noise to increase awareness on the road.

A note on head sizes and the HJC Cl-17 helmet: This helmet is best suited for neutral (intermediate oval) and round heads so it might be worth heading to a nearby store to try it on before purchasing it online.

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Interior

The helmet’s interior is by no means inferior to the strong outer shell. Equipped with the HJC trademark ‘SuperCool interior’, the CL-17 has an advanced channelling ventilation system that ensures a good flow of air from the front to the back. It also allows heat and humidity to flow out of the helmet, while a moisture-wicking interior helps keep the face dry and sweat-free. The inner material is thick and comfortable, as well as anti-bacterial – no motorcycle pimples here!

The cheek pads are interchangeable and can also be removed – take them out every now and then and hand them to your wife so they can be washed. The helmet comes with a clear shield only but a tinted shield can be bought separately. Chin padding is included and provides good comfort for long rides.

The helmet doesn’t have the most advanced anti-fog properties but it comes Pinlock ready: a Pinlock insert can be purchased separately and added on to improve interior ventilation and keep fog out of the way.

Price

The HJC Cl-17 is certainly not the most expensive helmet on the market. In fact, it comes in at a very decent price considering the helmet is well-constructed and boasts the same features as helmets that cost much more. This is a great choice for any rider, from those who are first-time riders to well-seasoned bikers. The comfort and protection offered by this helmet are well above what you would expect when looking at the price tag.

Extra Features

One cool feature of the CL-17 is that the cheek pads are compatible with all size helmets. In fact, you could probably use them in any other helmet as well. The shield is also roomy enough to fit over standard-sized prescription eyewear and sunglasses.

The helmet interior has room for speakers so you can easily buy Bluetooth headsets separately and install them. This is a great feature if you plan to communicate with other riders regularly or need to communicate while riding.

There are three slots included in the bottom of the chin bar for an optional chin curtain, although a chin curtain is not included with the purchase of the CL-17 helmet.

What I love the most about the HJC CL-17 is the amount of helmet you get for your cash! You simply won't get better. I'll take two!

  • Strong shell
  • Anti-scratch shield
  • Double-D ring strap
  • Shaded visor not included
  • Noisy on freeway
  • Best suited to round heads

HJC CL-17 Alternatives

Nolan N86

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The Nolan N86 is a popular choice if you’re looking for a mid-range helmet for touring and casual riding. The helmet differs from the HJC model in that it has a mounted dark shield on the inside of the shell in addition to the external clear shield. Aside from this difference, the two helmets are quite similar. Both have inner padding that is removable and washable, and both claim to offer room for eyewear. The two helmets also have similar pinlock inserts. One feature of this helmet that really stands out is a reflective insert in the removable neck roll that improves rider visibility for night-time riding.

Hjc Cl-17
  • Only clear shield included
  • Great price
  • Interchangeable cheek pads
Nolan N86
  • Clear and dark shield included
  • Slightly more expensive
  • Reflective material

Ls2 Stream Omega

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The LS2 comes in at slightly below the price of the HJC CL-17, although it presents a more budget option with fewer features than both the CL-17 and the Nolan N86. However, it has the widest range of designs and colors available with everything from yellow and orange to hot pink – finally, something for the ladies. The inner fabric liner is removable and like the CL-17, the helmet is DOT- and ECE-approved. The two helmets are also similar in their properties of being lightweight and pinlock ready.

Hjc Cl-17
  • Standard neutral range of colors and designs
  • Removable and washable cheek pads
  • Lightweight shell with ACS polycarbonate composite shell
Ls2 Stream Omega
  • Lots of designs to choose from
  • Inner lining is removable
  • Lightweight shell with HTPP polycarbonate alloy

The LS2 is a competitive alternative to the HJC CL-17. The cheek pads are laser contoured for a better fit and the helmet offers some great features.


Hjc Fg-17

HJC FG-17 HJC FG-17 vs HJC CL-17

Ah, the CL-17’s close relative. It would be a shame to leave out this baby when comparing affordable alternatives to the CL-17. As this is another HJC helmet, it boasts many of the same features such as extended sizing, moisture-wicking inner liners and anti-scratch visor coating. Head over to our article on the HJC FG-17 to find out more about its unique features.

There is certainly no need to compromise on quality - The ideal choice of helmet for a safety concerned tight budget


To Sum It Up

The HJC-17 is a well-priced helmet that offers everything you would expect of a good quality piece of motorcycle headgear. It’s strong and sturdy yet lightweight, has the standard features, is safe and offers extra unique options (Bluetooth, anyone?). The only area where the helmet falls short is the lack of a shaded visor and some slight noise while riding on the freeway, but these are minor issues that can easily be solved by purchasing an additional visor and getting some good quality headphones – and with the affordable price that you’ve paid for the HJC CL-17, there’s sure to be something left in your budget to splurge a little. A man deserves to be treated every now and then, am I right?

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Heated Motorcycle Gloves – Your New Best Friend

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Heated Motorcycle Gloves - Your New Best Friend

By Wesley Pestana | Updated Dec 02, 2018

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Isn’t technology great? It’s brought us Bluetooth helmets, better mileage on our bikes and now, finally – heated motorcycle gloves. There are a lot of fancy types of gloves out there. There are cheapie gloves that won’t help you at all, medium range ones with some better than others, and then the elite pairs with awesome features that regrettably will cost you a pretty penny.

Best Heated Motorcycle Gloves Quick Review

Product Best For Our Rating
1. Gerbing T5 Heated Hybrid Gloves Overall
2. Volt Heated Motorcycle Gloves Maximum Heat
3. Savior Heated Motorcycle Gloves Versatility
4. Firstgear Warm and Safe Heated Motorbike Gloves Value For Money
5. Greensha Rechargeable Heated Motorbike Gloves Wet Conditions

Top Choice: Gerbing T5 Heated Hybrid Gloves

The T5's are a true multi-season touring glove, there's not much mother nature can throw at these that they won't be able to protect you against.

1. Gerbing T5 Heated Hybrid Gloves
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3. Savior Heated Motorcycle Gloves
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4. Firstgear Warm and Safe Heated Motorbike Gloves
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5. Greensha Rechargeable Heated Motorbike Gloves
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Some of us live in an area that feels like 10 months of winter and two months of spring – anyone from Montana, Vermont or Maine reading this? You know what a pain it can be to get around in winter on a motorcycle. Read on to find out about the best winter motorcycle gloves you can get.

How Do Heated Motorcycle Gloves Work

Life is always going to be a battle against time, getting older leads to less effective circulation, which in turn leads to colder hands. And, that is just in summer! Now couple that with colder weather and we have a serious riding problem!

On initial inspection, heated gloves seem to be a dangerous device. How does it even work? Do they light on fire? Are they battery operated? Wired? Don't worry, It’s not too complicated. Heated gloves usually have a battery in each glove that fits into a pocket fitted onto the glove. The battery is turned on to pass electrical currents through wires in the gloves and emit heat. Micro-alloy fiber heating elements are woven into the fabric of each glove to ensure that heat is spread evenly across the whole hand.

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Generally, the battery can be adjusted to change the temperature of the gloves and keep your hands nice and toasty. Glove types can vary in voltage and draw to provide different temperatures. Some gloves have wires that can be connected to the motorcycle’s battery to be powered as you ride. This is very convenient for riders who have a motorcycle with an accessible plug-in spot. Wired heated gloves will allow you to ride far without having to stop and recharge the battery packs. There are also heated motorcycle gloves that are compatible with other heated riding gear such as heated motorcycle vests. When choosing a pair of wired gloves, be sure to check that your motorcycle can handle the electricity load required for proper functioning.

The wiring setup can seem complex although it's actually quite simple, check out the installation video below.

Benefits of Heated Motorcycle Gloves

If you're not busy trying too hard to impress anyone with your fingerless leather gloves you will realize that heated motorcycle gloves are usually well-designed and still boast the same protection and safety features as non-heated gloves for riding. Many models are available in durable leather and have reinforced knuckle areas and gel padding in the palm area.

Hands are one of the most important body parts that must be kept comfortable while riding. Your hands are used to manage controls and steer direction. There’s no need to compromise on the quality of your ride when the weather turns nasty and with heated gear like heated motorcycle gloves, you can triumph the cold and still enjoy your ride.

The most obvious benefit is of course the heat that the glove provides to the entire hand. Heated gloves are the best option to warm the entire hand – including the backside and fingers – in even the lowest temperatures. A good pair of gloves protects the most vulnerable areas of the hand that are exposed to wind and cold and some even extend to heat the palm and wrist area.

Modern technology has allowed for motorcycle gear manufacturers to produce gloves in a variety of styles with tons of features. Heated motorcycle gloves are often waterproof to keep functioning properly in wet weather. They also have moisture-wicking material on the inside to evaporate moisture that forms easily inside heated gloves.

I can testify that riding in winter without a pair of heated motorcycle gloves is like challenging the elements – can you walk through a hurricane? It’s just a bad idea. I’ve done some experimentation with other types of winter gloves like fleece-lined and insulated pairs but it’s just not the same – especially if you have poor circulation that makes your hands even colder than usual.

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Safety Concerns

There is a safety concern associated with the use of heated gloves, although these can easily be mitigated through careful use and following safety precautions. Wired heated motorcycle gloves need to be plugged into the motorcycle’s battery. The wires can easily get caught in various places such as your clothing or handlebars while you ride. To avoid this, take the time to figure out a good setup that causes minimal distraction and inconvenience while riding.

One disadvantage of gloves that are battery operated is that they can only provide heat until the batteries need to be recharged again. This can be really frustrating if you were hoping to head out for a long ride in the cold. It might be worth it to consider buying a portable charging device so you can recharge your heated gloves at a gas station or coffee shop along your route while you take a break from the freezing cold!

Heated gloves also burn your skin if the heat setting isn’t regulated well and the gloves heat up too much. A special controller can be purchased to control heat levels and keep the gloves at a comfortable level throughout your ride. However, there is no danger of short-circuiting or electrical shock as most models have safety features to shut batteries down in case of malfunction.

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Alternatives

If heated motorcycle gloves don’t seem to be for you, there are some great alternative heating gear options that you could try. Heated motorcycle glove liners can be placed inside your regular gloves, but be sure that your gloves are roomy and can fit a thicker pair of liners. Insulated gloves and thermal material gloves can also provide the heat that you’re looking for to protect your digits in frozen weather. Wool and cotton blend gloves might help in moderately cooler weather for those who don’t live in arctic-temperature areas.

Other heated clothing such as heated motorcycle vests and jackets, thermal socks and insoles, heated grips and heavy duty winter riding boots can also provide good protection against cold weather. Pocket warmers and heating pads are also a great choice for quick heating solutions if you find yourself in a pinch. Check out the video below which gives a nice introduction to heated gear options for winter riding.

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Best Heated Motorcycle Glove Review

Gerbing T5 Heated Hybrid Gloves

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The T5's are a true multi-season touring glove, there's not much mother nature can throw at these that they won't be able to protect you against.

These babies come at a very affordable price for a pair that can be both battery operated or connected to your bike. I remember starting off as a rider and struggling to keep up with the high price of getting into the fun – helmets, protective gear, cool boots, fuel… it never ends. It’s nice to have a lower priced product that still offers great quality and features without breaking the bank.

The Gerbing heated motorcycle gloves have a double heating layer on the backside of your hand and come with a single heating layer to warm your palms making for a fully heated glove that connects to your motorcycle capable of heating up in 4 seconds.

Thanks to the interior lining, these Gerbing heated motorcycle gloves will keep you warm even when switched off. The gloves fit snugly and heat is evenly dispersed across the back of the hand and fingers to ensure no place is left in the cold.

The beauty behind the Gerbing range of products is that they all work together in harmony, your gloves can connect to your Gerbing Jacket and to your 12V bike battery. If this sounds like to much of an ordeal for you, don't worry, the Gerbing T5 heated motorcycle gloves are also fully operational with rechargeable batteries which I highly recommend, although these are sold separately, it's totally worth transforming them into a pair of battery operated heated motorcycle gloves.

  • Waterproof
  • Warm lining
  • Durable leather
  • Even heat distribution
  • Adjustable wrist strap
  • Great price
  • Batteries and charger not included
  • Not touch-screen compatible
  • Need to buy separate heat controller

Volt Heated Motorcycle Gloves

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There are 4 heat settings on the controller: Blinking green - 25% - Lets a little chill in Green - 50% - Perfect. The only setting I use Yellow - 75% - A little too hot for me Red - 100% - Check your pulse

It’s nice to have a heated palm while riding. Many battery operated heated motorcycle gloves fall short of palm length and lead to extra spending on things like heated palm grips and it can be quite a pain to keep up with all the different heated gear you’ve purchased. These gloves are long enough to cover the palm and even wrists so no worries here. These are great for keeping the cold from sneaking in and leave no man exposed.

Pre-curved fingers make for a comfortable fit and means you don’t have to wait weeks for the leather to be worn in. Wired gloves like these are the perfect companion for the long road, no charging required and they definitely won’t die on you as you head into the coldest part of your ride.

Seeing as the gloves are powered by your motorcycle's electrical system, the Volt gloves can produce an impressive amount of heat. They come with a temperature controller and wiring harness and also feature a digital leather palm which helps to increase your grip and feel as you motor on.

  • Full grain cowhide leather
  • Lightweight and flexible
  • Great cold protection
  • Perfect for long runs
  • Covers wrists
  • Waterproof
  • Hottest setting is too hot
  • Price

Savior Heated Motorcycle Gloves

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A perfect pair of gloves for riding, hiking, hunting, cycling, fishing, driving, skiing, snow shovelling… and pretty much everything else.

This is an example of the battery-operated heated motorcycle gloves mentioned above. These would be a great choice for short-distance rides for regular commutes to work or school. They can also double-up as a good pair of heated gloves for other outdoor activities such as skiing, hiking, cycling and even fishing so you’re not shaking your wallet for nothing – it’s a great all-around investment!

These Savior gloves are already a warm pair of gloves even without the heating turned on, I'd suggest using the maximum temperature setting in seriously cold conditions, low or medium should be good for most riders, this is a good way to save battery life as well. These gloves are also really great at spreading the heat evenly across the top of your hand and down your fingers.

The gloves have a perfect not-too-bulky build which means you can easily switch gears and handle controls. A mixed material composition of leather and polyester makes these gloves durable and functional, weather-resistant and breathable. Perfect!

  • Heats up in 30 seconds
  • Three temperature settings
  • Velvet interior lining
  • Batteries included
  • Lasts up to 6 hours
  • Glove sizing runs small
  • Price
  • Expensive

Firstgear Warm and Safe Heated Motorbike Gloves

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The Firstgear gloves are as thin as summer gloves but excellently designed to ensure optimal performance and heating throughout.

Bulky gloves can make it really difficult to control buttons and gears but technology has brought us the wonder of slim gloves that are equally functional. This is a good non-bulky pair if you like to feel every control while riding.

The gloves work in conjunction with the rest of the Firstgear heated riding gear so you can plug the gloves directly into a jacket liner or an optional wire harness which allows you to adjust the temperature of the gloves independently of the jacket using a dual heat troller that connects to your bike battery.

A Thinsulate layer makes these gloves waterproof and weather-resistant to last in those blizzards and snow storms that just can’t be avoided in the dead of winter. The gloves are versatile enough to be used in moderate weather as well since the heat setting can be turned off and the gloves will still be relatively warm. Keep an eye on the heat to keep from burning as the highest settings can get hot, hot, hot.

  • Breathable and waterproof
  • Compatible with Gerbing jacket/controller
  • Heating elements for fingers
  • Wide temperature range
  • Good price
  • Heat controller sold separately
  • Palm side isn’t heated

Greensha Rechargeable Heated Motorbike Gloves

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Perfect for a long day outside – enjoy winter activities without having to worry about losing a finger to frostbite. You need your digits to ride!

This is another pair of battery heated motorcycle gloves that’s perfect for multiple winter activities. It’s great for riding and lasts long hours so you can do something wild like ride up a mountain in the dead of winter, hike around for a few hours and go home without sacrificing your poor hands! It’s pretty much the dream winter riding accessory.

A single on/off push button makes it easy to manage settings while on the go. The gloves have three temperature settings to accomodate everything from arctic-like conditions to moderately breezy days. Impressively, the battery will last up to 3.5 hours on the maximum heat setting making these one of the best battery heated motorcycle gloves.

  • Three temperature settings
  • Breathable non-slip material
  • Adjustable wrist settings
  • Soft cotton inner lining
  • Price
  • Bright Illuminated LED is on while heating
  • Do not feel as heated as other gloves

The Best Heated Motorcycle Gloves

Heated motorcycle gloves are a must-have accessory for riders who want to take on the elements in winter without having to compromise on enjoyable drives, whether short-distance or out on the open road. Our top choice is the Gerbing T5 Heated Hybrid Gloves. The gloves are versatile and can be either plugged into your bike for long rides or run on rechargeable batteries for shorter rides when batteries are purchased separately.

The gloves are waterproof with durable leather and have a lining warm enough to provide heat even when switched off. The price is the most affordable we’ve seen but that doesn’t mean the gloves fall short in terms of safety or providing warmth. Gerbring gloves disperse heat evenly across the whole hand and fingers and you’ll feel like you’re riding on a summer day in no time.

These gloves offer:

  • Versatility
  • Affordability
  • Durability
  • Waterproof

Look past the price and think of the advantages that heated motorcycle gloves provide – it’s an investment that will take your riding from tolerable in cold weather to absolutely enjoyable in even the coldest conditions. Tell us in the comments section below about the coldest ride you’ve ever experienced and which you think are the best winter motorcycle gloves!

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