Senin, 28 Februari 2011

Fox Racing Hats

Fox Racing hats are produced by the popular racing brand of the same name. Fox built its business by developing clothing for motocross. There are many different Fox Racing hat designs available: best new era caps, new era hats, delicate monster energy hats, magical nfl hats, one industries hats, rockstar energy hats, Red Bull Caps, The Hundreds Hats, Supreme Hats, DC Comics Hats are in stock now.

The most common Fox Racing hats are designed pretty clean with one solid color and then the logo.

Minggu, 27 Februari 2011

Treatments And Colors of Motorcycle Goggles

Motorcycle goggles are one type of riding glasses which are needed while riding a motorcycle. This article states some aspects of riding glasses, especially motorcycle goggles. Scratch resistant coating can protect your goggles from most scratch. Polarizing lens is also applied to riding glasses. Anti-fog coating on motorcycle goggles is a good idea and works well in fogging condition. Transitional lenses on motorcycle goggles work by reading the UV light and adjusting the lens color in order to provide more shading in bright conditions. Real transitional lenses only available on high end priced riding glasses.

Cruiser Motorcycle Goggles

Cruiser motorcycles goggles are an often overlooked piece of safety kit, preventing loss of vision at high speed due to airborne debris impact. Protecting many lives by avoiding what might be incapacitating catastrophes; proper cruiser motorcycles goggles can make the difference.

The lenses for cruiser motorcycles goggles are no longer constructed from glass but shatterproof materials making them much more strong. Many cruiser motorcycles goggles are treated with a substance that cuts out the danger of fogging issues. Numerous riders find cruiser motorcycles goggles for their particular safety requirements and their aesthetic preferences.

Come Up With A Picture Using Tailor Made Dirt Motorbike Design

Executive summary about motocross stickers by John Keene

One of the fastest growing sports found across the globe relates to Motocross. You can look at the unique opportunity found with motocross stickers, if you enjoy the leisure aspect of motocross. Rather than being another pleasure seeker with a generic dirt bike, look like a pro with the use of your own custom dirt bike graphics.

When you ride for recreational reasons, the opportunity surrounding the custom motorcycle stickers could be unique; however when you ride professionally the need for custom dirt bike graphics becomes a need. Instead of being another pleasure seeker with a generic dirt bike, look like a professional with the use of your own custom dirt bike graphics.

When you invest in custom dirt bike graphics you could create an eye catching theme which is carried over into motocross stickers.

The eye-popping Black Heart MX Yamaha YZ250.

Executive summary about motocross stickers by Eric Sebastian

There’s nothing wrong with a little extra horsepower, right? The motor has extensive modifications from KB5 Industries out of Lebanon, PA and boasts a throaty 2-stroke powerband like no other It’s internal markings, are teamed up with full Pro Circuit Exhaust system, Vortex Ignition, Boyesen Rad Valve intake, and Twin Air filter.

After applying the Black Heart MX Graphics, the RAD Mfg. wheelset arrived. These include Black Excel rims, anodized-blue RAD Hubs, teamed up with billet Nipples and stainless spokes.

A host of other bolt-on goodies from Gap Racing were ordered and installed shortly after RG3 Triple-clamps grace the front end, along with Renthal Fat-bars, Renthal Kevlar Tapered Grips and un-altered levers and some tall seat foam, with black gripper cover. The drivetrain features anodized-blue Renthal rear sprocket driving a DID 520MX chain, with Michelin Tires front+rear.

Jumat, 25 Februari 2011

Oxford Sport Tail Bag

The Oxford Sport Tail Bag, provides an additional 42 liters of carrying capacity and can be fitted to a variety of motorcycle seats, is rectangular in shape, at 350mm wide and about 400mm long.

The Tail Bag is installed by locating it on the back of the seat and placing the strap underneath the seat. Oxford recommends at least 150mm of overlap on the Velcro. Subtracting this from the total strap length leaves a total of about 400mm, so the seat has to be thin and narrow for the Tail Bag to fit on top of the seat while the strap is wrapped around underneath. We couldn't quite get the Tail Bag to fit the stock seat on a Triumph Thunderbird Sport, which is 12" wide at the rear 5.5" thick.

The bungee cords are designed to be threaded through the large external D-rings on each of the two flaps on the Tail Bag and secured to the bike's luggage hooks, foot rest, frame other appropriate area. This provides an extra margin of safety to keep the Tail Bag in place.

Oxford also includes four extra 325mm bungee cords with the Tail Bag, and these are meant to be used as an additional attachment to hold the bag to the motorcycle. One more tip: we also found that it was much easier to mount the Tail Bag before mounting the saddlebags.

The Sport Tail Bag's 42 liter capacity is greater than the largest size tank bags. The cover of the Tail Bag has two zippers, one on each side, and a length of Velcro at the rear. Two extra D-rings are sewn on to both sides of the bag above the pockets, so there are many different ways to mount the Tail Bag securely to the bike.

The Sport Tail Bag has four external pockets. There are two tapered side pockets, each about 230mm long by 125mm high by about 40mm deep. These have top opening zippers using the metal ring pull, and they have a fabric pattern that matches the Oxford Compact Tank Bag.

The rear pocket is about 230mm wide by 140mm high by 60mm deep, can be zipped off and used as a "bum bag". Inside the Tail Bag are a cell phone pocket, a small 100mm x 130mm pocket with a flap and a small mesh pocket for incidentals.

How to choose between the Tail Bag and the Tank Bag? One of the advantages of the Tail Bag is that it doesn't interfere with refueling the bike.

Rapid Transit Recon 23 Motorcycle Tail Bag

Executive summary about motorcycle tail bags by Kevin G

The Recon 23 Tail Bag holds 23 liters of gear, has two extra pockets on the front end. Sneakily located under the front pouch is another zippered pocket; the zipper is actually on the underside of the bag, and this under-pocket is between the main pouch and the front pocket. Two bungee cords run the length of the bag, with 3/4" hooks at either end. Throw the bag on the pillion seat, attach the front hooks to your passenger pegs, then hook the rear cords to the spools on your tail end.

After taking the Recon off the bike, just stuff the hooks and cords into the pocket that covers the entire underside of the bag, and trust the hook and loop closures at either end to keep everything in place. To carry the bag around, you can either use the big handle on top or attach the shoulder strap.

Since the hooks on the bungee cords are wider than the flange on my spools, I often loop the bungee through my grab rail, around the spools, then hooked the cord onto itself. The bag is built well enough to handle some light rain, but for anything heavier it's time to dig out the included rain cover.

The Recon 23 is a really great bag that does everything asked with no muss, no fuss. It really does go on and off the bag in moments, and the hidden rain cover pocket is one of those well-executed ideas that makes the bag a treat to use.

Rabu, 23 Februari 2011

Full Face Helmets

Full Face motorcycle helmets are the absolute, king of rider head protection. If you ride fast and furious, then don't try to fight the odds and buy a full face motorcycle helmet. Most full face motorcycle helmets are ventilated and manufacturers are constantly coming up with new, cooler materials for the inside of the helmet for maximum comfort.

Simple Motorcycle Adventure Checklist

Executive summary about Motorcycle Adventure Checklist by Jolie Plagens

1. Inspect your ride:

a. Tires: Check your tire pressure and make sure they are inflated to the manufacturers specifications. If you think the tire may need to be replaced then replace it before starting your trip.

b. Fluids and Lubricants: Change all your fluids if you are leaving on a long road trip. If your ride calls for engine coolant replace that as well. Check your brake fluid level as well.

c. Lights: Check out and make sure all your lights are in working order. Headlamp both high and low beams, turn signals both front and rear, brake lights, and rear running light. If they are not working replace them. Safety first.

2. Clothing:

a. No matter if you use saddle bags, sissy bar bags, make sure you secure them tightly to your ride.

b. Pack a small universal tool kit: a tire pressure gauge, quart of oil, a tire patch kit, and a small tool set.

3. Set your route:

Make sure to fill your ride frequently especially if you are on the scenic route.

Enjoy your ride.

Caring For Your Motorcycle Saddlebags

Executive summary about saddle bags by Sam Gentry

If you have leather saddle bags, apply a good leather cleaner and conditioner once every week to help keep the leather soft and pliable. If you ride in the sun, a cleaner with UV protection is a must. Some leather experts say to stay away from products containing petroleum products. I try to look for leather products that penetrate deeply and offer good moisture protection. One great old standby is saddle soap.

Water Protection is another extremely important product to use on your leather saddlebags. If you ride, you will eventually ride in rain. It's times like these that you will be thankful that your leather saddlebags will be protected against water.

Motorcycle Luggage Saddle Bags

Executive summary about saddle bags by Karen Quilliams

Riding Motorcycles is a huge pastime for many people. Motorcycle luggage encompasses many different designs, ranging from small leather tool bags to hulking rigid metal panniers. Larger motorcycles, such as cruisers, sport bikes and off-road bikes are designed for longer rides, and can accommodate more luggage. Riders owning sport or street motorcycles typically use their bikes for commutes and shorter trips, so luggage designed for these models strikes a balance between smaller size and overall carrying capacity.

Bags designed for off-road motorcycles often feature more rugged construction and slightly smaller carrying capacities than those found on street motorcycles.

Functional Sportbike Motorcycle Jackets For Your Safety And Comfort

Executive summary about sportbike jackets by Cedric Welsch

Functional Joe Rocket sportbike motorcycle jackets can provide the finishing touch to your stash of riding gear. Helmets, gloves, boots, and other safety gear make for a more confident and controlled rider. This includes the use of a proper riding jacket made of sturdy material and containing the proper padding. Leather jackets provide the ultimate protection in any climate. Mesh jackets offer good protection in warmer climates. Lots of riders have taken to hemp jackets which can be a great way to make a statement while providing both comfort and safety. Most offer zipper vents and removable lining that give the rider both warm and cold weather options.

Prices can vary widely on motorcycle jackets allowing for the perfect fit to anyone's budget. Of course mesh and textile jackets are typically less expensive than leather jackets. Along with the rest of a rider's gear, Joe Rocket sportbike motorcycle jackets offer the right fit, price, and safety.

Leather Biker Jackets Say Style

Executive summary about leather jackets by Joe Bella

Motorcycle shielding clothing takes in primarily the helmet, the motorcycle jacket, leather trousers and boots. The mid 40s was the era when the jacket got the popularity and it attained its zenith by Marlon Brando in The Wild One. The jacket is quite unlike from the typical leather jacket, for the reason that it is used more as armor than a fashion statement.

The motorcycle leather jacket looks after the driver from frost, breeze and abrasions. Anyone seeking to get the jackets will hit upon two main types of leather motorcycle defensive outfits, the multi-colored single-piece ones principally seen on the race track, and the customary jacket and trouser type. Zippered is a common leather jacket is zippered which is multi-pocketed and comprises a belted waist. A number of leather jackets are made of cowhide. In case, a good number motorcycle jackets contain padding just on the shoulders and elbows. A number of other features of a motorcycle leather jacket makes its valuable as well as worthy beyond its price.

Selasa, 22 Februari 2011

Alpinestars Winter Clothing

Executive summary about alpinestars clothing by Mischa Weston-Green

Luckily, Alpinestars Clothing have a huge range of clothing specially made for the Winter months to provide you with comfortable and warm clothing and help make your ride as enjoyable as possible.

Firstly, and most importantly, you should look into investing in a proper Winter waterproof Jacket. During the Winter, it is far more appropriate to have a fabric Waterproof jacket; not only will this keep you dry but it will dry off much faster than any leather will.

Changing the gloves you wear during the winter is also a very good idea. If you are wearing leather gloves during the winter months, these will hold the water well and it will be very difficult to dry them off with any speed. Similarly to the jackets discussed above, there are also Alpinestars gloves, which are made of a special kind of fabric, which will keep your hands extra warm and dry during the Winter.


Alpinestars is a technical safety gear manufacturer for motorcycle and auto racing, as well as extreme sports; today headed by Sante's son, Gabriele Mazzarolo; now a global brand, developing technical racing products for MotoGP and World Superbike with leather suits, boots, gloves and protection worn by MotoGP World Champions Nicky Hayden and Casey Stoner; has established a fashion division with design centers in California and Italy.

The current Stig on Top Gear wears a white Alpinestars race suit.

Alpinestars Gloves

First of all, you are probably wondering what some of the decent glove manufacturers are. The answer is that the best glove manufacturer that you can find for a cheap price is Alpinestars. Whether you’re a professional motocross rider or an everyday enthusiast, the best motorcycle gloves you can buy are Alpinestars gloves. Much like their line of motorcycle boots, Alpinestars motorcycle gloves are considered essential gear by most riders.

From the most seasoned rider to the weekend warrior to the beginning rider, Alpinestars offers gloves for all levels.

1. Alpinestars S-MX6

These entry-level gloves are perfect for the beginner rider.

2. Alpinestars GP Plus

These mid-range gloves offer the best Alpinestars safety and performance features on an affordable budget. Redesigned in 2009, the GP Plus’ features include full grain kangaroo palm, PU injected wrist guards and knuckle protection and accordion leather fingers.

3. Alpinestars GP Pro

These high-performance gloves were designed with world-class riders Nicky Hayden and Carlos Checa.

4. Alpinestars GP Tech

These professional-level gloves were designed in conjunction with Alpinestars MotoGP racers such as Casey Stoner and AMA SuperBike legend Mat Mladin.

5. Alpinestars SP-X Gloves

I really like the orange color on these gloves, and there are several really nifty features that come with these gloves. Alpinestars says that these gloves come with three-quarter length, full-grain leather and air mesh construction with synthetic suede palm with leather reinforcements for improved grip, comfort, protection and reduced weight.

6. Alpinestars Glove for Women SP-2

Don't think that I have forgotten the ladies when it comes to motorcycle gloves! Of course, Alpinestars has not forgotten about the need that women have for motorcycle gloves either. This glove is made of genuine leather, and it will 100% protect your hands as you drive.

Senin, 21 Februari 2011

Building Motocross Tracks

Building a motocross track is no simple feat. There's a few things to keep in mind when building motocross tracks of any sort. My goal for this page is to get you to think carefully about the location you intend to design a motocross track on, before you jump in the bobcat and waste your precious time. A motocross track can be built using the lay of the land. First of all, when I talk about building motocross tracks I'm not talking about designing and constructing the latest circuit for the AMA series... Build a track that is suitable for your skill level. Good luck to you if you're seeking permission from your folks to rearrange their backyard. Think about 'the dust factor'. Once the track is completed, you can hone your motocross skills.

How to Build a Motocross Track

Executive summary about motocross tracks by Vincent Labbate

Things You'll Need:

1. Paper

2. Pencil

3. Small flags

4. Bulldozer

5. Tractor

6. Wooden ramps

7. Sturdy plastic rods

8. Rubber mallet

9. Flexible plastic barrier

10. Screwdriver

11. Plastic safety ties

12. White spray paint


1. Determining the Layout

a. Build a track away from public areas and private residences. Check the building codes at your town hall to ensure that the track is legally allowed to be built.

b. Inspect the land in which the motocross track will be built on. Two acres of land will result in a small track, while three acres will ensure a larger track.

c. Draw a rough draft of the track layout on paper, using a pencil, in correlation to the land. Design the track based on the skill level of the rider and budget. For example, a beginner may have a few small jumps, wider turns and longer straightaways as opposed to an experienced rider who may have several large jumps and tighter turns.

d. Mark the land with small flags spaced about 10 feet apart from each other in accordance to the drawing. Ride the track a few times before actually building the track. Determine if the layout needs to be changed if the rider is not comfortable with it. Keep the flags in the ground until the track is built.

2. Building the Track

a. Keep the motocross track as is for a natural track design.

b. Use heavy machinery to build the obstacles for a man-made motocross track. Run the tractor over the dirt pile to compress the dirt. These mounds of dirt will provide small jumps for riders. Place wooden ramps, which are normally used for bigger jumps, on the track in accordance to the track layout. Heavy machinery can be purchased for building a motocross track.

c. Create heightened dirt barriers for tight turns using the bulldozer. Create a dirt barrier around the turn about 2 feet high.

d. Create the track barriers.

e. Spray paint the starting line of the track using white spray paint.

f. Secure the track from trespassers by building a fence around the track with a locked gate. Create a track only suitable for your skill level.

Minggu, 20 Februari 2011

The 2011 Range of Motocross Helmets

Executive summary about motocross Helmets by G. Alexander

Monster energy designs seem to be everywhere still and people still like it. The MX7 Evo Carbon helmet is one of the most sort after helmets in the UK. It is roughly 350 and for design, price and function is one of the best available motocross helmets on motocross shops. However know one has done the monster energy brand better in 2011 helmets that the Oneal Monster Energy Ricky Dietrich Replica 811!

KTM 144SX Motocross Bike Review

Executive summary about ktm motocross by Tom Stark

If you think 2-stroke motocross bikes are dead, you better wake up and ride this bike. It's not a Japanese bike, which has thrown people off because they have a "distinct" feel and layout to their bikes, while KTM motocross bike has a different set up.

While riding this bike it reminded me of the CR125 I had because it handled so well. KTM knew what they were doing when they built this bike.

It's no secret that KTM wins engine category on almost every bike they make, and being a big bore from the factory, the KTM 144SX/150SX on the top of many two-stroke lovers lists. If you think you need a faster bike then you're either a pro rider, or..... well..... I knew going in that buying an Austrian bike would cost a little more. There are other things about the KTM 144/150SX that make it unique; it's really easy to work on some parts of the bike, but others you just ask yourself, "Why in the world did KTM do that?!?!"

All in all this is an excellent race bike, and can be used by a young rider coming up from 85's that still wants a 2-stroke, an A class rider that likes a 2-stroke motocross bike to whip around.

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A Pair of ATV Boots

Executive summary about ATV Boots by Matt Finley

When riding an ATV, a good pair of ATV boots are a key to protecting your feet, ankles, and lower legs. The biggest different between ATV boots and motocross boots is the height of the boot. ATV boots are lower cut than motocross boots.

ATV boots are especially good at protecting your ankles from twisting and bending.

The Protector ATV Throttle Guard Safety Accessory Re-Review

Executive summary about ATV Accessory by Matt Finley

A while back we reviewed The Protector ATV thumb throttle safety device.


1. Provides some protection from accidentally bumping the throttle on a running ATV

2. Easier to install than previous versions

3. Sharp edges on earlier model now covered

Cons: Not effective on quads that don't have automatic transmissions

Improved design makes it easier to install than previous version. Easy to modify to fit non-standard quads.

The newer version of The Protector was installed on a smaller quad this time: A 2005 Suzuki LT80. The youth ATV is much more suited for this type of safety device than the bigger quad we installed the first one on because the youth ATV has an automatic transmission. That means if the throttle is bumped the quad will lunge forward.


As with any modification, be sure the rider is skilled and strong enough for the changes before altering the quad’s performance. Many youth quads have integrated safety features that are used to control their speeds and keep young riders safe. KYMCO two-stroke has three stages to boost its speed.

1. The first stage is to turn the throttle stop screw all the way out. The result is a top speed of around 10 mph.

2. Stage two, is to modify the clutch bushing on the Lil’ ’Goose’s primary fixed sheave.

3. The third and final stage on this ring-dinger is to clip the looped green wire on the CDI box.

With these three changes, the Mongoose 50 two-stroke should be able to achieve a max speed of around 30 mph!

1. Remove the entire left side floorboard.

2. Loosen all the bolts and remove the CVT housing.

3. With clutch cover removed, you should see the exposed primary and secondary sheaves. The front one is the primary fixed sheave and the rear is the secondary unit. This is a good time to inspect the cover for excess belt dust and excessive wear. Set it aside for now. It’s also smart to make sure the starter gear below the primary sheave is fully seated and in place. It can come loose while removing the cover.

4. Use an impact wrench to remove the nut securing the front pulley or primary sheave. Hold the sheave with your hand and pull the trigger.

5. Remove the the primary fixed sheave.

6. Remove the drive belt and clutch boss from the front crankshaft while holding the primary fixed sheave in place.

7. Since you’re inside the clutch, you should inspect the sliding sheave, its weight rollers, the belt and cam plate. Use caution when removing the sheave, because the roller weights will roll and could fall out. Inspect the roller weights for any flat spots.

8. With the bushing removed, you’ll be able to see the lip more clearly. You now can do three things: order a new bushing from the aftermarket, insert one from a KYMCO Super 9 scooter or machine the lip off the stocker.

9. Once you’ve decided which way to go, reinsert the new bushing. However, if you machined off the lip yourself, insert the machined side onto the crank first to ensure any imperfections are hidden within the assembly and don’t make contact with the belt. There should be no reason to force the bushing back on the crank and it should “seat” like the stock piece.

10. Reattach the belt to the crank.

11. Put on, the primary fixed sheave being careful to align it properly. Next, put on the washer and nut. Tighten the nut by hand until you seat both clutch halves. Then tighten the nut with the impact wrench. Return the cover — being careful to align the rubber gasket and tighten it to KYMCO specifications. Then, reattach the floorboard.

12. We think 20 mph is good for most youth riders. However, if your kid is extra special, go ahead and clip the greenish wire on the CDI box, located under the seat. It’s a small wire all by itself coming out of the CDI and quickly “looping” back into the box.

Are We Running Out of Trails to Ride our Atvs?

Executive summary about a running ATV by Ray Martin

It is rather frustrating for ATV riders to look for "adventurous" trails to ride on, especially when great ATV trails are so scarce now. The question now is, how are you to find an ATV trail out there?

Joining an ATV club is great way for you to get information on where to ride a running ATV. Some ATV clubs arrange ATV riding trips for their members and they usually go to really cool places to ride!

The Secrets of ATV Mudding

When it comes to ATV mudding, do you find yourself being the entertainment for your riding buddies?

ATV Mudding Tips and Tricks:

1. Before You Hit the Mud:

a. Make sure your airbox is sealed - Check all the joints from the intake on the engine to the top of the airbox to make sure nothing can get in. The airbox should have a lid on top and no holes in it.

b. Run an aftermarket air filter or cover - If you do a lot of wet riding, one of these products that are designed specifically for it, can be a good option.

c. Run an O-ring chain - They quickly pay for themselves by outlasting stock chains by a bunch. If you do much ATV mudding, you'll need it.

d. Use marine grade grease - Bearings and pivot points will last a lot longer with this water resistant grease.

e. Spray all the ATV surfaces with a lubricant like WD-40 - Well, not the seat!

f. Use electrolyte grease and silicone - Put the grease on all electrical connections. Pay attention to handlebar switches.

g. Install one way check valves in vent tubes - Crankcase and differential vent hoses can suck water in.

h. Keep the radiator clean - Use tape to help keep mud out of the radiator.

i. Run snorkels - You can install intake and exhaust snorkels when you get really serious.

2. When You're in the Mud:

a. Scope out the area - Watch other riders to see what line they take.

b. Stay loose - You're riding on an unstable surface, so you have to be ready for the quad to move around.

c. Enter the mud hole at a "just right" speed - Easier said than done. Not so slow that you lose momentum and bog down.

d. Try to maintain a steady speed - Slow and steady gets it done in most mud. If you're erratic with the throttle, it can cause the tires to lose traction and spin.

e. Don't over control the ATV - If it falls in ruts or slips in a different direction, keep the steering loose and don't fight it.

f. When you lose traction - Try to stand up and shift your weight back and forth and left and right. Wiggle the bars back and forth.

g. When you're stuck - If you lose momentum and stall, stop. Don't make it worse by jerking the throttle wide open. You'll just bury it that much deeper. If it's not too deep, get some buddies to help you lift the rear out and try it again. If it is deep, then it's time to get out the tow strap or fire up that new winch you just bolted on.

h. Go where they're not - If you come across a bog that has already trapped several riders, look for another way around. Laugh deliriously as you ride by those stuck suckers!

ATV Engine

Executive summary about an ATV by Christina Gruble

An ATV is a four-wheeled automobile that has an ATV engine big enough to ride it like a normal motorcycle. Today, ATVs are ridden by adventurous individuals who are looking for action, come in different shades of colors, kinds and styles. Atv engine can range anywhere from 250cc to 450 cc. Mini ATVs is also another type of ATV but this one is a smaller version and is specifically designed for children. There are different sizes of Mini Quad ATVs for children, these are:

§ 90cc- This type of Quad ATV Mini is recommended for children and teens whose age range from 12 to 16 years old.

§ Above 90cc- This type of Mini Quad ATV is recommended for teens whose more than 16 years of age. This has the largest engine out of all the Mini Quad ATVs and can accelerate at a much higher speed.

4 Wheelers Buying Guide

If you are 12 years old or 55 years old you might love riding motorcyles and going off road on an ATV is an amazing adventure. Nowadays ATV dealers make off road vehicles for kids, adults, and even girls that want to get into the sport. An ATV is similar to a dirt bike, but it has 4 wheels and is a little easier to ride for children. If you want to buy a new ATV be prepared to spend between $1800 and $5000.

Jumat, 18 Februari 2011

Akuma V-1 Motorcycle Helmet

Executive summary about motorbike helmets for sale by Burn

Surely both the whimsical GPA "Aircraft" helmet and the built-like-a-tank Draxtar P-104Akuma continues the military theme with the V-1 "Ghost Rider", was designed by Kerry Harris, the President of Integrated Helmet Technology, a manufacturer of interesting helmet accessories like the rechargeable LED lights built into the Shoei Syncrotec Police helmet and the AFX FX-11 Lightforce.

The heck with solid colors and the 1970's-style graphics commonly found on off-the-shelf helmets. The V-1 is a production version of a custom painted helmet with some great detailing and that detailing includes -- get this -- red LED lights in the exhaust vents!

That's right folks: flip a switch under the chin bar and the exhaust vents glow, just like the afterburners have kicked in! Integrated Helmet Technology used their experience from the powered fan in the AFX FX-11 Lightforce and the LED light in the Shoei Syncrotec Police helmet, but this time it's used for whimsy rather than function...although there is actually a practical side to the red LEDs in the helmet's exhaust, as they really do make it more visible at night.

The V-1 in large seems to run true to size; that is, it fits just about how I would expect a size large to fit. The Coolmax fabric liner is also designed to wick away moisture, although I always wear a helmet liner anyway.

Our size large V-1 weighs in at 1591 grams (3 lbs., 8-1/8 oz.), which compares very favorably with, for example, the size large KBC VR-1 at 1616 grams and the old OGK FF-3 at 1623 grams.

Our V-1 came with the Akuma "Super Smoke" dark smoke visor. The visor includes a Shoei-like removal system; raise the visor all the way up, pull down on a loop and the visor pops off.

The V-1 flows a lot of air; in fact, it probably has some of the best ventilation of any helmet I've tried. The top vent is a slider that moves forward or back, but there's no scoop to catch the air coming from the front of the helmet. There are two intake vents on either side of the top of the helmet, and I can't see underneath, but I think the air moving over some holes in the helmet pull the air through and out the exhaust vents in the back. The graphics for the exhaust vents even include airbrushed dark exhaust streaks, which gives the helmet just one more cool detail and also gives the entire artwork a three-dimensional look.

Flowing air from the front of the helmet directly through the back of the chin bar and on to the rider's face sounds logical, but for some reason, it's not common practice in motorcycle helmets. Most helmets take the air in through the chin vent and duct it up on to the back of the visor, which is fine for defogging. The air that comes in through these vents apparently flows back and out two corresponding exhaust vents on the lower rear section of the helmet. A small chin curtain underneath the chin bar probably helps by either keeping the outside air from flowing up under the chin bar or possibly by helping to seal the helmet, which sometimes makes the vents more efficient.

The red LED lights are hidden up under the exhaust. The helmet comes with an electric recharger and power cord. This is the same power and recharging system found in the Shoei Syncrotec Police helmet and the AFX FX-11 Lightforce helmets. Both of those systems were also designed by Integrated Helmet Technology.

A tight-fitting helmet should, all things considered, keep out the wind-induced noise from underneath better than a loose helmet, and the V-1 is a good example. Remember that we always wear correctly fitted, high quality earplugs and an extra helmet liner when riding, and we strongly recommend that you always wear hearing protection also.

The Akuma Ghost Rider now includes a front-mounted white LED light. This type of LED light is also used in the Shoei Syncrotech Police Helmet. Akuma told us that "All Ghost Riders, Werewolves, etc. come with the map light. We added a 40,000 mcd LED in the front and the helmet weight has not changed."

Motorcycle Protective Clothing

There are many types and styles of motorcycle protective clothing. The type of protective clothing a motorcyclist selects depends on his style of riding. There is protective clothing for casual riders, dirt bike riders and motorcycle racers. Each type of protective clothing is designed and geared to protect the rider from the elements.

Today there are many different types of motorcycle protective clothing. We now have street motorcycles, asphalt racing motorcycles and dirt racing motorcycles. Leather jackets, chaps and gloves is the standard protective clothing for casual street driving motorcycles.

Hard-shelled protective clothing is geared toward racing motorcyclists. Standard for all types of riding are tough leather boots, gloves and helmets.

Shin guards protect in hard cornering. Racing are far more dangerous, so the rider should wear heavier protective gear such as the body armor types.

Protective clothing can protect the rider from injuries, and in many cases lessen the degree of injury. Racers and dirt bike riders are protecting themselves from potential injuries while enjoying their sport.

In Australia, riders and pillions must wear an approved helmet. When choosing a helmet, try several on and spend as much as you can afford.

It's up to you whether you choose an open face style helmet which leaves your face exposed, or a full face style which has a chin bar to cover the lower face and jaw. Most open face helmets generally offer no eye defence which is an important consideration to a rider.

The following advice may be helpful when fitting a helmet: with the helmet on, place your hands on the sides of the helmet and move it around - you should feel your skin move with the helmet; then move your head from side to side, the helmet should move with you, without feeling loose on your head; and finally wear the helmet for a few minutes to make sure it's comfortable.

Motorcycle boots provide important protection for the feet, ankles and the lower legs, and are heavily reinforced in the areas which sustain most stress and injury.

3 Reasons Why Wearing a Motorcycle Helmet is a Good Idea

Executive summary about helmets by Cody

Here are three reasons why anyone on a motorcycle should never even think about not wearing a helmet.

1. A helmet can save your life – During a crash, the difference between death or crippling brain damage is this: was the rider wearing a helmet?

2. It probably is required by law – About half of all states require anyone riding on a motorcycle to always have a helmet on. If protecting your noggin isn’t enough to convince you to wear a helmet, maybe the legality issue will convince you to wear a helmet!

3. Helmets help prevent distractions – If it’s raining, snowing, super windy, motor cycle helmets can help prevent the elements from making your ride dangerous.

So please motorbike riders… wear a helmet!

Scorpion EXO-900 Transformer Modular Helmet review STG

1. Quickly convert your EXO-900 to an open face 3/4 helmet, visor included.

2. KwikWick moisture-wicking breathable helmet liner and cheek pads.

3. AirFit helmet pump air inflation system for a custom fit.

4. EverClear No-Fog Faceshield and Retractable SpeedView Sun Visor. Anti-scratch hardened coating.

Price: $ 279.95