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.
Thanks to the ever increasing demands of our electronics lifestyle, battery technology has grown leaps and bounds in recent years. Whether you are talking cell phones, lap tops, or power tools, the demand for more power and longer life is certainly there. So how does that affect us moto aficionados who would rather sit in a saddle than an office chair? Thankfully, it affects us a lot: Allow me to introduce you to Shorai Batteries.
While this may look like your standard motorcycle battery from the outside, it’s what is on the inside that counts. When you pick up your new Shorai battery, the first thing you’ll notice is how incredibly light it is. This is thanks to the Lithium Iron design – no lead – no acid. Besides being lightweight, this also means you don’t have to worry about acid spilling out, off-gassing while charging, or nasty things like sulfation. These batteries will also hold a charge for MUCH longer than their lead acid counterparts, virtually negating the need for a trickle charger. If you are expecting to need a trickle charger, which you should only need if you are going to leave the bike for a very long time, any trickle charger will work, so long as it does not have an automatic desulfation mode. If a charger tried to desulfate a Shorai battery, well, that would be bad. Shorai also makes their own Shorai Battery charger, which plugs into the port under the grey panel between the terminals. Their charger takes it a step further by balancing the cells and has two modes, one for a full charge and one for long term storage.
Probably the biggest advantage to a Shorai Battery though is the weight savings. On my street bike, a Kawasaki ZRX1100, installing a Shorai battery shaved a whopping 6 pounds of weight off my bike, vs the stock lead-acid battery. When you consider how difficult and expensive it can be to save some weight, the cost of the Shorai Battery suddenly doesn’t seem so bad (price a pair of lightweight wheels, if you don’t believe me).
Click on any of the links above to see the different Shorai batteries that we have on our website – and if you have any questions or don’t see your application, just let us know! Be sure to watch the video below for more info as well as a demo of a cold start on a chilly morning in the mountains.
We all want to be safe while riding, but bulky protective gear can sometimes be uncomfortable. Well the Bohn Body Armor is streamlined and will keep you safe if you happen to have a date with the ground. Available in shirts, pants, back pads, neck braces and kidney belts, for men, women & kids, you can choose what suits your needs. Let’s take a look at a few.
If you’re interested in a shirt, the most popular is the Bohn Armor B205 Cool Air Bodyguard Adventure Shirt. Constructed of a thin, fully vented, non-shrink material that is washable, this shirt will keep your elbows, shoulders and back safe with the removable armor. To keep your lower half safe while riding, the Bohn Bodyguard Armored Pants are worth taking a look at. Made of a breathable lycra, the long john styled pants have strategically placed armor in the knee-shin area and in the hips to protect you from impacts with the road. Check out all the Body Body Armor to see what you like and check out the video below for a closer look at the pants. Or take a look at the variety of Protective Body Armor we have to offer on our website, including shirts, pants, shorts, vests and jackets, along with back, knee and elbow protectors.
Riding in the rain is not fun, but it’s even worse if you don’t have your rain gear with you, so make sure you have a Joe Rocket RS-2 Two Piece Rainsuit tucked away on your bike all the times.
Constructed of a soft polyester outer shell with a PVC backing, this 100% waterproof set will keep you dry in all kinds of wet weather. A soft corduroy lined collar, comfortable nylon interior and adjustments make it easy to wear over your clothes while riding. Plus the Joe Rocket RS-2 Two Piece Rainsuit for Women has been specifically cut to fit a womens body, which makes it extra comfy for us girls. With a rear exhaust vent in the jacket to keep you cool, reflective piping for visibility, large zippered gussets at the legs to make it easy to get in/out of and heat resistant material on the inner lower legs, this motorcycle rain gear has all you need to outsmart Mother Nature. Take a closer look at this rainsuit by watching the below video and let us know what you think.
If you own a Schuberth Helmet you know how great their equipment is. Well when it’s time to upgrade by adding a communication system, they’ve made it easy to pick out the one that is right for your motorcycle helmet.