The Bikers' Den https://bikersden.com Motorcycle Gear and Biker Clothing Comparison Shopping Thu, 12 Sep 2019 17:38:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://bikersden.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/cropped-The-Bikers-Den-Icon-Logo-1-32x32.png The Bikers' Den https://bikersden.com 32 32 74401164 How to Beat Heavy Helmet Fatigue? Lose Weight! https://bikersden.com/how-to-beat-heavy-helmet-fatigue-lose-weight/ https://bikersden.com/how-to-beat-heavy-helmet-fatigue-lose-weight/#respond Thu, 12 Sep 2019 17:38:50 +0000 https://bikersden.com/?p=8211 First of all, this post is NOT what you think.  The simple truth is that, as bikers, we’re torn between “dressing for the ride” and “dressing for the slide.” Safety gear is critical, but all that gear leads to extra weight that gets buffeted by the wind hour after hour as you ride, no matter […]

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How to Beat Heavy Helmet Fatigue - Lose Weight

First of all, this post is NOT what you think.  The simple truth is that, as bikers, we’re torn between “dressing for the ride” and “dressing for the slide.”

Safety gear is critical, but all that gear leads to extra weight that gets buffeted by the wind hour after hour as you ride, no matter how snug the fit.

Nowhere is this more apparent (and harder to correct) than in your choice of helmet.  In fact, for most riders, the helmet is the single piece of safety gear they won’t rationalize their ways around.

Jackets become vests.

Boots become shoes.

Chaps become shorts.

Helmets become … helmets.

I never gave this much thought until this summer, when I was sitting in a diner eating breakfast on my way to a long day cruising the backroads when two old coots lurched into the restaurant, gave my bike a looooooong once over, and then tracked me down.

Turns out, they had been riding for years and had given it up about age 70 because, of all things, their helmets were too heavy.

I’d never thought about how a lightweight helmet could affect how you felt at the end of the day, but it sure makes sense.

It’s no lie that lightweight helmets have been around for years.  Crazy Al’s has been building the Worlds Smallest Beanie for years and that happened to be the helmet I had with me that day.  When I handed my lid to one of the old farts, I thought his pacemaker would explode.

“This thing doesn’t weight anything!  How the Hell is it going to protect you in an accident?”

I told him I didn’t know anything about how to design a helmet but I knew that lightweight helmets still had to be built to the same standards as any other helmet.

The old guy shook his head and laughed, “That’s a damned lightweight helmet!  I could wear that all day.”

The other guy, took a look at my lid, held it, and the look on his face told me all I needed to know – this was a lightweight DOT legal helmet that could put these two old farts back on the road and not on the sidelines.

It’s tough to let go of something you love and even tougher to acknowledge the reason you can’t do it is you no longer have the physical skills to handle it.  Let me tell you, there’s no reason, in this day in age, to let old ideas get in the way on how to ride and what to wear.  Lightweight helmets that meet all the DOT standards are out there and if you’re worn out at the end of a ride from having the wind shake you around, try a lighter helmet or a newer design … you might find it’s all you need to get back on the road.

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End of Season Helmet Sale

Down here in the deep southern United States, it’s still hot.

Like, 100 degrees in the afternoon hot.

On the other hand, Sturgis is over and football is starting, so the truth is, there’s not as much riding left as a lot of us would like.  So it was more than a little humorous when The Boss mentioned to me the other day we had a special “end of the season sale” on Crazy Al’s helmet line.

As in 10% off ALL of Crazy Al’s shorty helmets on this page and ALL you have to remember is this code when you checkout … “den”.

Now, I’ve found them to be incredibly light to wear (it’s one of the two helmets I wear regularly) and still 100% DOT compliant.  The World’s Smallest Beanie is the one that started it all and still one of the lightest helmets on the market.

The fact Bikers Den has wrangled a discount for you while there is still lots of time left in the year for riding is a nice bonus.

Even better is that it’s simple.  Click Here, find the helmet and put in the code “den” when you checkout.

Next stop, new lightweight helmet for the rest of the season, no matter how long that is in your part of the world.

Here’s the things, though:  It’s not just about having a new helmet, although everyone loves new gear.  It’s also about having a helmet that is safe and built to the protective standards we all need.

How many of you guys are riding around in novelty helmets?

How many of you guys are riding around in old helmets that have been dropped a time or two?

Now is the time and Bikers Den is the place!  Besides, if you don’t need it now, you can STILL buy it, and have your old lady wrap it up for Christmas.

If you’re one of those guys who looks at his old helmet and is positive you can get one more year out of it, let me ask you a question.  How much value do you place on being comfortable?  Forget about safety for a second, even though you shouldn’t.  Quit worrying about how cool you look for a few minutes.

Just think about how much being comfortable is worth to you?

I’ll bet it’s worth a lot, especially when you factor in how just an extra half pound on the top of your head can translate into a lot of wind resistance your neck is fighting all day on the bike.

Go ahead and check out the lightweight options for helmets we’ve got right here, choose the one you like, drop “den” in at checkout, and see how much more comfortable a lightweight DOT helmet is after a day on the bike.

I promise you’ll like it.

Crazy Al’s Helmet Reviews…

I was never a fan of a helmet.I always felt like a bobble head biker. Heavy, bulky and uncomfortable to wear. I purchased 2 of the carbon fiber SOA for me and my wife after my best friend was killed on his bike and if he had a helmet on her would be here today… I wear it every time I ride. It’s so light and fits like a glove. I don’t even realize I have it on when I walk into stores. And it feels like nothing more than a hat.

I was never a fan of a helmet

Eddie D.

I love this helmet! It fits perfectly and looks awesome. It’s so lightweight, it doesn’t feel like there’s anything on my head when I’m wearing it. I bought an Arai helmet for $600 at the same time as I got this one, and I never wear the Arai.

I love this helmet! It fits perfectly and looks awesome

Scott S.

Love the helmet, great fit, nice and light, and the ordering and delivery service was fantastic. A great choice all round. Thank you.

Love the helmet, great fit, nice and light

John W.

Absolutely the best helmet I have every owned. Light, small but DOT level protection. Will not hesitate buying another when needed.

Absolutely the best helmet I have every owned

Brett A.

Absolutely love this helmet. Finally got a chance to use it. The day happened to be really windy. The helmet was light enough to keep me from getting neck fatigue. Will order one for the wife and two friends are ordering their own. Thank you!

Absolutely love this helmet. Finally got a chance to use it.

Vernon C.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Love the new lid! This is my second from WSB. Fit is excellent on both and very good quality. Looking down the road I will definitely be back for another one.”

Maltese Helmet Review

Duane B.

Definitely the close fitting minimum liner helmet I was looking for. luv the quick disconnect, overall shape, gloss finish and slim rubber edge fit. I modified the liner by trenching out a couple grooves from front to back 2 inches apart to aid in cooling airflow without sacrificing protection. Taking advantage of the porous material which covers the liner to act as a screen. Hope the picture came thru, if not let me know. Only difference from the picture is that I’ve loaded up with stickers.

Definitely the close fitting minimum liner helmet I was looking for

David L.

Before I bought this helmet I would hate riding for longer than an hour. Once I got this (helmet) that changed, I can ride all day long, buffing is reduced to very little.

Before I bought this helmet I would hate riding for longer than an hour

Dale J.

One of the best feeling helmets and not making your head look like a mushroom but still keeps you protected and comply with DOT requirements out here in Oregon. Thanks.

One of the best feeling helmets and not making your head look like a mushroom

Gabriel L O.

Click Here for More Reviews

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What’s this New Trend in German Motorcycle Helmets? https://bikersden.com/whats-this-new-trend-in-helmets/ https://bikersden.com/whats-this-new-trend-in-helmets/#respond Mon, 12 Aug 2019 00:28:46 +0000 https://bikersden.com/?p=8178 Editor’s Note: During the writing of this article , “Wolf” – our resident blog author – didn’t realize we’ve also seen this newest trend in German style helmets, so check out the New Mayans Germanator Beanie Helmet we began promoting on our site. Keep the shiny side up! Mayans Germanator Beanie Helmet – Flat Black Two […]

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What's this New Trend in German Style Helmets

Editor’s Note: During the writing of this article , “Wolf” – our resident blog author – didn’t realize we’ve also seen this newest trend in German style helmets, so check out the New Mayans Germanator Beanie Helmet we began promoting on our site. Keep the shiny side up!

WSB Mayan Germanator Beanie - Flat Black Smallest German Style Motorcycle Helmet - DOT Certified Smallest German Style Motorcycle Helmet - DOT Certified

New WSB Motorcycle Skull Caps - Worlds Smallest Motorcycle Helmets Mayans Germanator Beanie Helmet – Flat Black

Two weeks ago, I was drinking coffee in a truck stop in Jackson, Mississippi and noticed a couple other riders coming in.  In the casual way of all bikers, we all looked at one another, nodded, and went on about our business.  I knew they’d seen my scoot when they parked and as I walked out, I had to check theirs out.

Nice looking Road King and a ‘Glide, but what caught my eye was the helmets.

I’ve been tuned into those since I had to do some studying on them for last month’s posts, so I find myself looking for novelties, SNELL stickers, and the usual DOT tag.

What's this New Trend in German Biker HelmetsThese were beanies, but they had a little extra … something.  I couldn’t place it, but it was there.  I pointed my bike towards home and didn’t think much more about it, as the clouds were starting to stack up to the west and I was 300 miles from my garage.

Three nights later, I was watching, of all things, Saving Private Ryan, and it dawned on me – the dudes I’d seen in Mississippi had helmets with the whole “German” beanie theme going on.

Now, we all know that motorcycles and the gear we wear on them goes in and out of fashion on a cycle, so to speak.  Look at the helmets we wore thirty years ago and you know exactly what I mean.  I’d say the only reason Harley riders have been wearing the same stuff for so long is because of a few movies (not Saving Private Ryan, by the way) and the fact there are so many old guys who got started riding later in life, when Harleys got popular again 35 years ago.

Still, we catch a few trends from time to time.

Over the last decade, Sons of Anarchy did push our ideas about how bikes and bikers can dress, and fabrics have made inroads into leather’s reign, but for the most part, the cruiser crowd stays pretty bland.

Black leather, beanie helmet, sunglasses, Engineer boots, wallet on a chain … you get the idea.

So I kinda liked the idea of the German motorcycle helmet and the logical side of me realized it might even be more useful.  That little rolled “lip” on the side might cut down glare.  Might act like a sort of “wing” to keep helmet lift at speed down.

What's this New Trend in German DOT HelmetsI don’t know, but I’d kinda like to see if it was the case.  Like everybody these days, I turned to Google to see if it was a trend among helmet manufacturers and, sure enough, it is.  Looks like it started with the Mayans from SOA, but it must be catching on.

Since that truck stop in Jackson, I see more and more guys wearing them – and these aren’t waxers on barhoppers, they’re guys putting in miles.

So here’s the deal:  If you’re wearing one, pop a comment in the section below and let me know what you think of them.  Any noticeable difference?  Comfort?  Lift?  Mushroom head?  My beanie is getting a little old since I replaced it and might be in the market for a new lid, so rather than get just one or two opinions on German-styled helmets, I’d like to hear your own personal thoughts on them.

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The Inside Scoop On Helmet Ratings – Part 3 https://bikersden.com/the-inside-scoop-on-helmet-ratings-part-3/ https://bikersden.com/the-inside-scoop-on-helmet-ratings-part-3/#respond Mon, 05 Aug 2019 18:13:15 +0000 https://bikersden.com/?p=8170 You’re screwed.  You just got pulled over in another state (or province) on the scoot and you know you did what the cop is writing you a ticket for.  For whatever reason, though, he’s being a hardass on you, so now, instead of just signing the ticket and going on about your business, he’s looking […]

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The Inside Scoop on Helmet Ratings - Part 3

You’re screwed.  You just got pulled over in another state (or province) on the scoot and you know you did what the cop is writing you a ticket for.  For whatever reason, though, he’s being a hardass on you, so now, instead of just signing the ticket and going on about your business, he’s looking over all your gear.

And now he’s looking at your helmet.

Is it legal?

For all you fruitcakes with swap-meet stickers on the back of novelty helmets, you start to worry about this point.  But what if you have a legal motorcycle helmet that carries a SNELL 2015 rating and NOT a DOT sticker?

How do you know the law AND educate the cop on the side of the road (or the judge a month later?)

First things first:  You need to know the law – the real law, not what your buddy “Spider” told you over beers three years ago.

Less than an hour from where I live is the southernmost state in the U. S., Florida.  Technically, if you’re over 21, you can ride with no helmet … if you can prove that you have insurance coverage of over $10,000 in case of an accident.

So who the hell knows how to do that?  Well, for starters, simply having a copy of your policy in your bags or with your other insurance and registration paperwork, should be enough.  I’ve rolled through a couple of roadblocks in Florida over the years, with and without helmet, and never been asked to provide proof of medical coverage.  Could I?

Absolutely.

I print out a copy of my medical policy and keep it with my license, bike insurance, and registration.

Since I’m pretty close to the border of a couple of different states, I’m pretty clear on the laws in them as well as my own.  For extended trips, I usually take a few minutes one night to look up all the oddball stuff I might get on a longer ride if, for example, I’m going to ride to Texas, like I did a couple years ago to get my toy hauler.

Texas views it’s helmet law as a secondary tier infraction, meaning the police can’t stop because you don’t have on a helmet (Texas is similar to Florida in it requires riders over 21 to have completed a motorcycle safety course and have health insurance in case of an accident.)

One of the three smart things I’ve done in my life is to keep the paperwork on my helmet in my bags.  Yes, I’m an ex-cop, and that cuts through a lot of crap if I’m pulled over, but I’m also not inclined to pay fines or go to court if I can avoid it.  For me, it’s easier to be able to respectfully show a cop – especially a younger guy who might not know everything he should – that yes, SNELL 2015 is also considered DOT-compliant.  You can tell somebody something 28 times, but if they can see it in print once, not from you, they are more inclined to believe it.

But let’s be real for a second, can we?

Johnny Law didn’t pull you over because of a sticker on your lid.  He pulled you over for speeding, or drag racing, or doing something dumb.  You poured fuel on the fire by parking on the edge of the road where cars are whipping right past the cop and by being a prick to him.  By the time he gets up to you, he’s already mad as a mashed cat and now, he’s smelling the beer on your breath and that’s it … he’s going to throw the book at you.

Maybe you did just have two beers.  Maybe you do have a concealed carry permit.  Maybe, maybe, maybe.

Maybe not.

No cop can know ALL the laws, and what they taught us in the Academy all those years ago was this: “You’re here to protect and serve, it’s up to the judge to figure it out.”

As in, “write the ticket, make the arrest, issue the citation, and let the truth come out in court.”

On the other hand, if you, as the rider, can be respectful and educational about the laws that govern us as riders, you’ll likely find most cops only glance at even the smallest half helmets for the “DOT” sticker and move on.  I’ve never had a problem with a cop I didn’t cause and it’s worth remembering that a little education and preparation on your part can go a long way towards peace on the side of the road or in a roadblock.

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4 Can’t Miss Motorcycle Events https://bikersden.com/4-cant-miss-motorcycle-events/ https://bikersden.com/4-cant-miss-motorcycle-events/#respond Thu, 25 Jul 2019 19:28:54 +0000 https://bikersden.com/?p=8137 One of the best parts about being any kind of enthusiast or hobbyist is the community that will quickly embrace you. And that’s something fans of the biker lifestyle can always feel when they get out and travel. To that end, we’ve put together some of our favorite motorcycle events across major regions of the […]

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4 Can't Miss Motorcycle Events

One of the best parts about being any kind of enthusiast or hobbyist is the community that will quickly embrace you. And that’s something fans of the biker lifestyle can always feel when they get out and travel. To that end, we’ve put together some of our favorite motorcycle events across major regions of the United States: South Dakota in the Midwest, New Jersey in the Northeast, Florida in the South, and Colorado in the West.

With just a little bit of advanced planning, you can enjoy any one of these events in a given year, and soak up that sense of community a great motorcycle showcase or convention provides.

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally – Sturgis, South Dakota

Although usually a small, quiet spot, the town of Sturgis comes to life once a year when it hosts one of the best and biggest rallies in the country. It is also one of the oldest, having been founded way back in the 1930s. Each year, half a million bikers head to the rally, which also doubles as a music festival, regularly featuring musical acts ranging from Keith Urban, to Cheap Trick, to Snoop Dogg. The rally has more than enough to keep you busy and entertained for days on end, but we should also note that Sturgis itself is a beautiful place to visit, with mountain scenery and hiking trails in its immediate surroundings. Not for nothing, there are also some great breweries in town!

Atlantic City International Motorcycle Show – Atlantic City, New Jersey

Although not as old as Sturgis, the show in Atlantic City still has an impressive track record, having been around since the 1970s. Beyond the show itself, one benefit of this occasion is that it strives to be family friendly, with fun activities like face painting and mini-golf surrounding the main events. And of course, there’s also plenty to do in Atlantic City if you want to extend your stay, or you need something to do at night after enjoying the show. The area is known for accessible beaches, a legendary boardwalk, and of course its casino resorts, which offer a range of activities for visitors. Clearly, for the motorcycle enthusiast, the show is the main attraction – but in this case, it’s the chance to combine the event with a more complete vacation that’s really alluring.

Daytona Bike Week – Daytona Beach, Florida

Daytona Bike Week is one of the best events in the country not only because of all the events it features, but also because of its location on the Florida coast. The beaches at Daytona are perfect for sunbathing and swimming, but some areas also allow bikes on the sand, which is less and less common these days (and may be something you don’t get to do just any old day). Another perk of riding in Daytona Beach is the famous Daytona International Speedway. While this venue is best known for its significance in NASCAR, it opens up for a motorcycle race at the end of Bike Week – a thrilling way to wrap up the convention.

Four Corners Motorcycle Rally – Durango, Colorado

Held annually over Labor Day Weekend, the Four Corners rally packs a week’s worth of exciting events into just a few days. In addition to some spectacularly scenic rides, you’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy test driving some of the nicest bikes, watching impressive stunt shows, and indulging in delicious food and drink. And of course, if you’ve never visited the famous Four Corners landmark, this is the perfect opportunity to do so!

Each rally is different, and that’s true with the four of these as well. But with fun events like these spread out around the country and offering such a great variety of different surrounding attractions, they can all make for great additions to your motorcycle travel calendar.

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The Inside Scoop On Motorcycle Helmet Ratings – Part 2 https://bikersden.com/the-inside-scoop-on-motorcycle-helmet-ratings-part-2/ https://bikersden.com/the-inside-scoop-on-motorcycle-helmet-ratings-part-2/#respond Tue, 23 Jul 2019 20:45:08 +0000 https://bikersden.com/?p=8129 Okay, so in the last post, we went over how different riding styles dictated – or might dictate – different ways of rating a helmet for the real world. Since we posted that, folks have gotten damned near violent about helmets online.  This guy wants to say this, this guy wants to say that, and […]

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The Inside Scoop on Helmet Ratings - Part 2

Okay, so in the last post, we went over how different riding styles dictated – or might dictate – different ways of rating a helmet for the real world.

Since we posted that, folks have gotten damned near violent about helmets online.  This guy wants to say this, this guy wants to say that, and damned few of them want to give their real name … but they ALL have an opinion.

I told you, I don’t care.

Helmet laws are not necessarily there for our protection, they’re on the books to hassle us, but here’s the deal – helmets can save your life.  The numbers don’t lie, so don’t wave around one lone example as proof.

Wearing a helmet makes many motorcycle crashes more survivable – somewhere between 37 and 42 percent.  Period.

That’s the point here, not whether the laws are “good” for us.

I see guys wearing flip-flops riding ‘Glides, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea.

…And it’s not against the law, either.

So let’s get back to the point of these articles:  Going over how helmets are certified and what that means for a rider.  Basically, in the U.S., you have to have a helmet built to DOT-standard, which is now defined under FMVSS No. 218 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).  Up north, you’ve got a little leeway, in that Canadian riders can choose helmets that conform to the U.S. DOT standard, the Snell M2005, M2010 or M2015, meaning the helmet is certified in accordance with the Snell Memorial Foundation 2005, 2010 or 2015 “Standard for Protective Headgear for Use with Motorcycles and Other Motorized Vehicle,” or one approved by the ECE – the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) Regulation No. 22.

What the hell does all that mean?

I knew you were going to ask.  Here’s the good and bad of each version…

DOT FMVSS 218The Inside Scoop on Helmet Ratings

Now, full disclosure, I like the DOT standard.  It’s seems to be a pretty good way to test ALL the ways you could conceivably get in trouble in a wreck, but because it’s a “one size fits all” approach, a lot of people seem to think it’s not good.  In the DOT test, the helmet is not only tested for protection, it also tests the retention system, the field of view, penetration resistance, and impact resistance.

There’s just one problem:  manufactures are basically the ones doing the testing on their own products.  (Technically, “independent contractors are doing the testing for the DOT, but it’s still largely an honor system thing.)  So, in theory, a shoddy manufacturer could create a crappy helmet that is still “DOT legal.”

SNELL M2015

Next, there’s the SNELL Memorial Foundation testing standard.  SNELL has been an independent testing and research body for decades and was really the only independent shop testing and developing technology to improve helmet safety for a long time.  If you race nearly anything, chances are, your helmet has to meet SNELL standards.

Now, since SNELL is independent, they can beat the crap out of the helmet in testing, intentionally looking for weak spots to target.  I like that – because we both know when you lay the bike down, Murphy is going to align your head with the perfect point from which to break it open.

ECE 22.05

Lastly, we’ve got the ECE 22.05 standard.  In some ways, the Europeans took the American DOT standard and simply made it more detailed.  Unlike the DOT, every ECE 22.05 certified helmet model must actually be tested against the standard by an independent lab before it is available for sale with an ECE sticker.

There’s just one problem, and I mentioned this in the first article – average motorcycle crash speeds in Europe are significantly lower than in North America and this plays a key influence in the design of ECE impact testing.  ECE testing uses a smooth anvil known as a curbstone, which delivers a much lower energy blow than the hemi anvil (used in SNELL and DOT testing). ECE impact tests only consist of a single blow, resulting in a relatively low-energy testing scheme overall. While the DOT and SNELL testing allows a technician to strike a helmet anywhere within a range, ECE tests require the strikes at fixed points.  This leaves open the possibility of helmet manufacturers “gaming the system” and beefing up protection at those points to pass an unsafe helmet.

“So What the Hell Does This All Mean?”

The bottom line is this:  I think the 2015 SNELL standard and the DOT standard are the best for the riding we most often do in North America, but no matter what the sticker on the back of your lid says, there’s really only one way to know – do you walk away from the wreck?

For me, personally, I use one standard for my helmets, and that, ironically enough, is price.  Independent testing costs money, so if you have a DOT-legal motorcycle helmet that is also SNELL and ECE rated, chances are, you’re going to pay more for it.  If you take the additional costs of the helmet into account, over the lifetime of the helmet – say 3-5 years – and break that down into days on the bike, you’re going to find out that even the best helmet costs you less than a dollar a ride.

You spent that in coffee this morning, so quit bitching.

Next time, I’m going to give you the scoop on how to best deal with Barney when he pulls you over and isn’t sure about your lid…

New WSB Motorcycle Skull Caps - Worlds Smallest Motorcycle HelmetsNew Mayans Germanator Beanie Helmet – DOT Certified
Due to the overwhelming requests they received, Crazy Al and the WSB team designed the World’s Smallest German Style Motorcycle Helmet manufactured to meet or exceed DOT requirements.
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American Legend Rider Boots Have Arrived at The Den! https://bikersden.com/american-legend-rider-boots-have-arrived-at-the-den/ https://bikersden.com/american-legend-rider-boots-have-arrived-at-the-den/#respond Thu, 18 Jul 2019 18:50:29 +0000 https://bikersden.com/?p=8120 Two things I personally cannot stand – sore feet and folks riding motorcycles with wimpy footwear. Now, the sore feet thing is real – I spent what felt like years standing in all manner of boots and dress shoes.  Around the time I escaped from the Academy, “combat” style boots had gotten a makeover and […]

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American Legend Rider Motorcycle Boots

Two things I personally cannot stand – sore feet and folks riding motorcycles with wimpy footwear.

Now, the sore feet thing is real – I spent what felt like years standing in all manner of boots and dress shoes.  Around the time I escaped from the Academy, “combat” style boots had gotten a makeover and suddenly, those uncomfortable “jungle” boots were going out of style.

I’m pretty sure I bought the first pair of Hi Tecs in my precinct, and I loved them.  They were like wearing sneakers disguised as combat boots.  My only complaint was they weren’t steel-toed, and I broke my big toe in an incident two years later.  It’s still crooked.

American Legend Rider Motorcycle Boots 2Flash forward nearly three decades, and I’m still looking for the perfect motorcycle boots.  Tough, durable, and not overly heavy.  Confession time?  I’ve got four pair of riding boots, plus two more I use for chores and clunking around the shop.  So, with all that in mind, I was tickled when The Boss called and told me The Bikers’ Den was going to begin carrying American Legend Motorcycle Boots.

They’re pretty slick.

As in, somebody is finally listening to what we need as riders and not simply passing off a work boot as a riding boot.

So here’s what I’m digging about American Legend riding boots:

  • They offer both handmade and machine made boots, depending on what you’re looking for.
  • They’re available with a variety of sole options – lugged, crepe-style, and a really aggressive “off road” style.
  • Steel toes are NOT the only way they know how to build boots.
  • American Legend is offering a variety of boot heights – from a low “work boot” style to a calf-height “combat” style, and that means you can wear what feels good, rather than what you can find.

In the end, we’ve all got our own ideas about what we want in a riding boot and I like the different options American Legend is giving us.  Personally, I’m tired of having to buy a work boot to play in or a “riding boot” that is overpriced and uncomfortable – or simply “rebranded” with this or that logo on it so the company can charge more.  I’m not seeing it with American Legend – they don’t apologize for who they are, they’re giving us quality motorcycle gear at a great price, and I’m trying to figure out how to sneak another pair into the house…

Handmade Leather Biker Boots - Upgraded Design (Black) High Quality Leather Skull Biker Boots - Brown Leather Riding Biker Boots - Black

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Why it’s a Necessity to Wear Protective Motorcycle Apparel https://bikersden.com/why-its-a-necessity-to-wear-protective-motorcycle-apparel/ https://bikersden.com/why-its-a-necessity-to-wear-protective-motorcycle-apparel/#respond Wed, 10 Jul 2019 20:37:57 +0000 https://bikersden.com/?p=8015 [The following is a paid sponsored article by PandoMoto.com] In recent decades, the number of motorcycles on the road has increased dramatically. This may be good news for motorcycle riders and manufacturers, but it presents an increasing safety issue on the roadways. More than ever, it is essential that you have the right kind of […]

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Why to Consider Wearing Protective Motorcycle Apparel

In recent decades, the number of motorcycles on the road has increased dramatically. This may be good news for motorcycle riders and manufacturers, but it presents an increasing safety issue on the roadways. More than ever, it is essential that you have the right kind of protective motorcycle clothing and motorcycle gear when riding. These include a helmet, gloves, jacket, etc. Wearing protective motorcycle clothing and apparel can play an important role in improving rider safety.

Helmet

The helmet is one of the most important aspects of protective gear for a motorcyclist. The motorcycle helmet is an essential safety device. Like a seatbelt in a car, the helmet protects the rider and must satisfy safety standards in order to meet certifications set forth by each country.

Jacket

The jacket is one of the favorite pieces of motorcycle clothing. The thicknesses of motorcycle leather jackets are usually thicker than non-riding leathers and offer the best protection in terms of abrasion and impact resistance. Good jackets contain pockets on the shoulders and elbows for CE approved armor that can survive harmful impact forces.

Back protector

Other than head injuries, spine damage is one of the most serious consequences of an accident. Most quality riding jackets will have enough space to fit a back protector on the back. Consider a separate back protector that attaches like a harness.

Gloves

Your hands are the first to hit the ground if you fall from a motorcycle. The best gloves will keep your hands safe from road rash and reduce the possibility of broken wrists and fingers by incorporating various types of palm sliders, armor and leather.

Pants

If you’re going to protect your upper body, protect your legs as well. When shopping for motorcycle pants, you’ll want to balance comfort and protection.  Look for pants made from quality material, with armor for added protection and ventilation for warm weather riding. Visit Pandomoto when considering your next pair of motorcycle pants.

Boots

A good pair of boots will protect the ankle from rotational and shearing forces. Nearly all motorcycle boots on the market offer better protection against abrasion than normal footwear and boots. Make sure to buy a good pair of boots, you’ll thank yourself after a long day of riding.

Benefits of Motorcycle Apparels

Here are some of the benefits of wearing motorcycle apparels.

Stay alive

Accidents can happen anytime. You are always at risk of accidents, no matter how much you avoid them. Some motorcycle-related injuries and deaths can be avoided if motorcyclists use protective apparel.  In the end, you have a higher chance of survival if you wear protective motorcycle clothing.

Safety against fall

Wearing protective gears provides safety against falls. Even the most experienced motorcyclist can drop a bike. A simple slip up of breaks can be one of the many reasons for falls. However, experienced riders are careful to use protective gear to avoid serious injury in case of fall.

Allows you to enjoy your ride

Wearing protective gear increases motorcyclist comfort as it provides an inner satisfaction that you are safe. Protective gears like helmet protect the face and eyes from flying objects such as twigs, gravels, and insects. It will also protect you wind sting blasting in eyes and face,

Medical Expenses and Insurance

Motorcyclists who choose not to wear motorcycle gear have higher health care costs because of their injuries. When most of these motorcyclists do not wear motorcycle apparels in accidents, the cost of their treatment will be covered by the Government.

Protection against weather conditions

You are vulnerable to harsh conditions of weather while riding a motorcyclist.  One minute, it is very hot and the next moment it rains. Motorcycle protection apparels are also designed to protect the riders from the weather. So always wear protective gear to stay safe from harsh weather conditions.

The reasons above must be sufficient to convince you that it is essential to wear gears for motorcycles. Invest in high-quality protective motorcycle clothing as soon as possible because safety comes first.

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The Inside Scoop On Motorcycle Helmet Ratings https://bikersden.com/the-inside-scoop-on-motorcycle-helmet-ratings/ https://bikersden.com/the-inside-scoop-on-motorcycle-helmet-ratings/#respond Sun, 07 Jul 2019 15:54:25 +0000 https://bikersden.com/?p=8002 About fourteen minutes after the first biker fell off the first bike and broke their head open, some enterprising individual probably decided a helmet was more than just a pretty good idea and began selling “motorcycle helmets.” The problem, though, is even though science and medicine are amazingly advanced, our governments aren’t.  As a result, […]

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About fourteen minutes after the first biker fell off the first bike and broke their head open, some enterprising individual probably decided a helmet was more than just a pretty good idea and began selling “motorcycle helmets.”

The problem, though, is even though science and medicine are amazingly advanced, our governments aren’t.  As a result, old medical advice and decades-old research is often the driving factor behind what helmets are “approved” for motorcycle use and what helmets can actually do to save your life.

The Inside Scoop on Motorcycle Helmet Ratings

First things first:

Let’s get the B.S. out of the way.  I don’t care what you think about helmet laws.  I don’t care if you bought a “D.O.T.” sticker at the last meet and now your crappy novelty helmet looks legal.

It’s your head, not mine.

Or let me put it another way … no matter how much beer you can hold and how well you do on the field sobriety test, if you blood alcohol content is over 0.08, in most states, you’re drunk.  It doesn’t matter how well you can maneuver, or drive, or count backwards, or walk the line, you’re still legally drunk.

Helmets are the same way.  Your helmet will either work or it won’t.  You’ll survive the crash or you won’t.

Stickers won’t make your helmet better.

Your ninja-like reflexes won’t keep you out of the guardrail.

Now before I come off sounding like a safety fudd, I’m not.  I wear the smallest possible legal helmet I can BUT I know it gives me the slightest advantage of survival in a minor crash.  If the big one ever comes, we all know we’re done and our names on a stone at the Wisconsin Motorcycle Memorial Park.  I like not wearing a helmet BUT I don’t trust my fellow man enough to drive without my lid, even across state lines next door where I know I could. 

Okay.  With all that out of the way, we’ve had a ton of people asking about what all the different certifications mean when it comes to helmets.  I can’t really answer that in one post, but I will try to get you to understand the challenge that helmet manufacturers have in designing a helmet for “motorcycle riders.”

So Who’s Going To Crash?

Here’s the first challenge.  Who’s crashing?  If you’ve ever been to Europe or an equally congested American or Canadian city, chances are, a surface-street crash means low speed, up-and-over, two rolls, and you’re done.  Honestly, that’s pretty survivable without a helmet (and a major reason the so-called ECE testing isn’t the best choice for North American users).  Yes, you could smack the pavement, you could hit a hood ornament, etc… but low speed generally means low(er) risk.   In Europe, you’d also be far likelier to be on a bike where the rider sits higher in the saddle than on a low-slung touring bike or a big V-twin in North America.

Now, let’s crash in North America, out on an interstate highway, doing 70 or 80 miles per hour.  Chances are, you’re going to slide, you’re going to tumble, and you’ll be a rag doll for a couple hundred feet.  High speed, impacting with heavy stuff – guardrails, trees, vehicles, etc.  You could argue that most, if not all, high speed crashes involving bikes are nearly unsurvivable and you might not be far off the mark.  If God’s got your number that day, you’re checking out, no matter how much safety gear you’ve got on.  It’s why we wear motorcycle leathers, and heavy clothing … and helmets rated differently.

For different impacts.

Got it?

Now, look, I’m not trying to make this into a “clickbait” kind of post, but the Boss here doesn’t like it when I let these posts get too long.  With that in mind, I’m going to cut this article off before I get into the different ways helmets can be certified, but I am going to tell you this:  Where you ride – as in what country – will dictate what sort of certification your helmet will have to have on it, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a helmet “dual-certified” for your style or riding and your country, state, or province.

Right now, it’s enough for you to simply consider where you normally ride – is it in the city?  Out in the country?  Are you chasing stuff out in the woods on an Enduro set up that is also street legal?

Think about that and in the next article, I’m going to cover the alphabet soup on what the back of the motorcycle helmet really means and how testing actually takes place.

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The Story of Fox Creek Leather is the Story of America Itself https://bikersden.com/the-story-of-fox-creek-leather-is-the-story-of-america-itself/ https://bikersden.com/the-story-of-fox-creek-leather-is-the-story-of-america-itself/#respond Tue, 25 Jun 2019 17:37:42 +0000 https://bikersden.com/?p=7963 The story of Fox Creek Leather is the story of America itself.  From one man, Paul Trachy, who held himself and his own handmade products to a higher standard, to his decades-old dream of uniting small teams of craftsmen from around the United States.  When you buy an item from Fox Creek Leather, you’re buying […]

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Fox Creek Leather Motorcycle Gear

Fox Creek Leather Motorcycle GearThe story of Fox Creek Leather is the story of America itself.  From one man, Paul Trachy, who held himself and his own handmade products to a higher standard, to his decades-old dream of uniting small teams of craftsmen from around the United States.  When you buy an item from Fox Creek Leather, you’re buying an authentically crafted piece of clothing made by artists.

Paul and Fox Creek Leather got their start over forty years ago, designing jackets and gear based on how it looked and how it lasted.  In those days, Paul worked alone and that meant long days on the road, working swap meets, shows, and drag races all over the country.  The guiding light for Fox Creek in those days was a lot like it is today – anything they made had to last and had to be made in the U. S. A.

Today, Paul and his team contract different products to other small craftsmen and shops all over the United States, but one thing holds true – every garment that Fox Creek manufactures has a lifetime guarantee.  In the end, Paul Trachy still believes that anything worth doing is worth doing for the long run.

Fox Creek Leather Motorcycle Gear

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