I received a sobering reminder of the dangers we face every time we ride last week. One of my good friends and riding buddies left work around the same time as me on Friday afternoon, both on our motorcycles. I got the call around 10pm that he never made it home, and was currently in surgery at the main trauma center for Charlotte. That’s all anyone knew, and let me tell you, your heart just sinks when you hear that about your friend. Granted, if you’ve been around the motorcycle community for any length of time, you’ve likely heard this same scenario played out many times. A car pulled out, they didn’t see the bike, and lives are changed. I’m not saying that I’m not sympathetic to everyone who goes through this, but it certainly hits especially close to home when it’s a good friend.
What type of jacket should I buy: leather or textile? That’s a question we get asked a lot here at Competition Accessories, so we decided to make a little video to help explain the differences, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of leather motorcycle jackets and textile motorcycle jackets. We even through in a perforated leather jacket and a mesh motorcycle jacket for good measure, so we have all the seasons covered. The easy answer, if you have plenty of money to spend, is buy a different jacket for each mood, bike, road (or track), and weather condition that you plan on riding. While that may sound crazy to some people, many motorcyclists who have a long history of riding have built up exactly that type of gear collection (you know who you are). I’m right there with you, guilty as charged. And that is because all motorcycle gear is a compromise of one type or another. Where you might be giving up some protection in extreme situations you might be gaining all day comfort, so no one piece of gear is perfect for all roads and all riders–at least that gear hasn’t been invented yet. Continue reading Leather vs Textile Motorcycle Jackets
Motorcycle Gear 101 is a starting point for you riders that just entered the motorcycle world, which will consume you until it becomes an addiction. Maybe you haven’t been on a bike in years and are ready to throw the leg over the saddle again, but don’t really know where to start. If you want to avoid my ramble, scroll on down and check out our break down of motorcycle gear basics. Continue reading Motorcycle Gear 101
A Motorcycle Rain Suit is one of those things you know you should probably have, but kick yourself for not buying when you are caught out on the road when the rain starts to come down. Not all rain suits are created equal, either. In this guide, we take a look at the differences between the different types of materials used, different price points, and what each feature can mean for you when you are stuck in the rain.
With motorcycle rain suits, you essentially have 3 types of construction:
PVC Rain Suits are the least expensive types you can buy. They are very basic, pack down small, and get the job done when you need to stay dry. There are some downsides to this material, however. PVC melts extremely easily, and most inexpensive PVC Rain Suits do not have any type of heat shielding – so you will probably want avoid this style if your bike has exposed pipes. PVC is also the least durable – once it has a hole or a tear, the wind tends to make quick work of destroying the rain suit. Since they aren’t too expensive to buy, this may not be a total deal breaker. PVC Rain Suits are a great option if you need that “just in case” rain suit that probably won’t see too much ride time. They also block wind more than any other type in this comparison – making them one of the warmest options, good for winter time, not so great for summer thunderstorms.