Gearing up for the motorcycle season is one of the most exciting parts of motorcycling –almost as much fun as getting out on the open road. So what’s hot on the scene this year? We’ve gone looking for the latest and greatest in trick new gear for you, your bike – and even for your passengers!
Want to look racing hot on your street bike this year? The range of helmets from Shark are some of the sharpest-looking lids on the market today. The Hologram RSI features multidirectional composite fiber outer shell, patented airflow technology and a look that just screams “Mean!” Grab one now from for around $390 – or check out www.sharkhelmetstore.com for more styles.
This year’s hottest street gear wouldn’t be complete without a jacket – and the Teknic Lightning looks to be the jacket to own. Designed with serious riders in mind, it has all the features you need – tough 1.4mm cowhide, pre-curved arms for comfort and a design that’s as eye-catching as it is cool. Check it out at www.extremesupply.com, for $269.95.
Looking good on a bike is an important part of riding for many women – and making a spectacular entrance is always a bonus. For the lady who loves to ride and has just about everything, check this out – from Crystal Icing comes this stunning Swarovski Iced Helmet. Set with hundreds of sparkling Swarovski crystals – the same kind used to bling out Paris Hilton’s custom chopper – these helmets are sure to make a statement. Priced from around $700, you can grab one from www.crystalicing.com.
If that’s a bit too flashy, take a look at the latest in ladies jackets from Eagle Leather. The Allure Jacket is made from Soft-Touch Hypertex, and comes in a pink / grey color combo. Very comfy, and very feminine – and only $149.95 from www.eagleleather.com.
For the Kids
Whether your little ones are already on two wheels or enjoy racing around on ATVs, the right gear is just as important for them as it is for you. Skimping on safety gear for your kids is a mistake you can’t afford to make.
Bell has been making helmets for decades – and the 2008 Bell range for kids not only looks great, but will keep their little heads in one piece too! The SCX Jr. Dirt bike helmet is ideal for your budding motocross stars or ATV racers, and it’s on sale right now at www.motoxoutlet.com, for just $39.95.
We all know the trials of riding in cold weather – it can be bitterly cold. Warm gear is extremely important if you’ve got riding to do that you just can’t avoid – which should be pretty much every day!
Warm gear comes in many forms – from the latest from Alpine Stars, such as the One-O-One leather jacket. Ideal for the cooler days, it’s breathable, lightweight and has a zip-out quilted vest liner to keep your body warm. Expect to pay around $340, from www.alpinestars.com.
For the more extreme cold weather, you can’t beat a heated suit. Yes, they can be a bit bulky –and some require plugging in to your ride’s electrical power, but believe us – on really cold days, you’ll feel like you’re sitting by a roaring fire.
Gerbing is a major west-coast supplier of heated gear, offering ready-to-wear heated clothing for just about every part of your body. Best of all, the Gerbing system runs on lightweight, 7-Volt lithium batteries, so you won’t need to plug into your bike before you ride off – and won’t have to remember to unplug when you dismount. Gerbing socks start at a very reasonable $59 – Jacket liners from $199. Check out the website at www.gerbing.com.
For Your Bike
Long haul touring can be a tough grind – and with minimal storage areas on many bikes, even a clean change of clothes when you get to your destination is a luxury. So the latest range of luggage systems are always worth a look.
For the light traveler, have a look at the Cortech range of saddle bags at www.tourmaster.com. They feature heavy nylon construction for a longer-lasting product, as well as heat-shielding along the bottom to help avoid pipe-burn. Each side holds up to 17 liters (1037 cubic inches) of gear – and you can even grab a matching tail bag for more storage as you go.
For those with much heavier tastes, the latest in luggage trailers from Trekker Trailer is worth a look. It’s pretty sleek, can be color-matched to your bike and holds loads of gear. For summer months, you can add a cooler to keep your end-of-the-day beers cold too. It rides on 12-inch chrome wheels (and has a spare); with well-designed suspension to make sure that everything’s where you left it in the trailer when you arrive. Check it out at www.trekkertrailer.com.
It looks to be a hot year for hot gear. And it’s never too early to start shopping around for deals on the newest trends for you and your bike. And when it comes to transporting your motorcycle, HaulBikes is always the front runner. Daily Direct/Haul Bikes is a licensed and fully insured motorcycle shipping company based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin serving residential and business shipments. Providing nationwide transportation since 1988, we specialize in national and dealership events, custom trips and tours, corporate and auction house transportation, and personalized pick-up and delivery services of your motorcycle, ATV or Jet Ski. For more information about Haul Bikes, call 1-888-HAULBIKES.