Snowmobile Gloves That Keep You Warm and in Control

snowmobile gloves and gear should keep you comfortable and warm

Are You Geared Up with Snowmobile Gloves that Will Actually Keep You Warm?

 

Fresh snow on the ground means there’s a blizzard of fun winter activities ahead. You’ve been dreaming of pulling that snowmobile out of storage, giving her a much-needed bath, a quick tune-up, and starting up that engine for an adventure.

First, after you give your snowmobile a tune-up, consider doing the same for your winter attire. Clothing gets worn, but snowmobile gloves definitely take a beating.  And if you get cold while you’re riding, well, you aren’t going to enjoy yourself.

What condition are your snowmobile gloves in? Are they worn and torn?

 

snowmobile gloves need to keep your hands warm, and grip well through the season

 

If they are looking a bit beat it’s time to get yourself a new pair of snowmobiling gloves for the season. You want a pair that will keep your hands warm in the cold. Also, you want a pair that will give you the best grip on your to control and steer your machine. 

Thankfully, TMS Parts has a great selection of gloves that will take care of your winter sports needs. Keep your hands warm this winter and ride in comfort all day long.

Here are a handful of awesome snowmobile gloves we know you’ll like. 

Snowmobile Gloves for Comfort and Control

 

snowmobile gloves and gear need to keep you warm and in control

 

Fly Racing Media Snowmobile Gloves

 

TMS Pricing: $24.95

These comfortable, ultra-lightweight, minimalist gloves are perfect for control and stability when riding your snowmobile. They are designed with a spandex mesh finger sidewall and gusset for improved airflow, giving it you a lightweight feel and texture. They’re made by using conductive silicone contact points for touchscreen use and silicone print for an added-level grip.

These snowmobiling gloves give you a steady grip when you’re steering your beast on the trails. They come in a variety of colors to create a unique and personalized feel just for you.

 

Fly Racing Media Snowmobile Gloves

 

Features also include:

  • Slip-on glove
  • Terry cloth whip on the thumb
  • Minimal padding
  • Single layer fully perforated synthetic leather palm with minimal padding for improved airflow
  • Sublimated graphics

 

Fly Racing Title Long Cold Weather Snowmobile Gloves

 

TMS Pricing: $49.95

Own the power and durability of a motocross glove that includes the insulation and control you need for riding in cold weather. These are gloves that can battle terribly frigid winds if given the opportunity.

Made with HIPORA technology, they are waterproof and also windproof. Wrap your hands with a breathable membrane glove; don’t make your hands get trapped in a pool of sweat.

A Thinsulate insulated top and non-insulated palm give your hands the warmth they need to function. These snowmobile gloves won’t leave your fingers encased in stiff materials. You need flexibility in order to control your steering.

These gloves are made for warmth, speed, and control, which is what all riders want.

 

Fly Racing Title Long Cold Weather Snowmobile Gloves

 

Features also include:

  • Unique silicone gripper print on palm and fingers
  • A pre-curved design and 4-way stretch material
  • A thumb stretch panel that improves mobility and durability
  • Wrap-around fingertip construction that provides added comfort and durability
  • Pull Loop cuff for a secure and comfortable classic fit

 

Venture 12V Heated Grand Touring Gloves

 

TMS Pricing: $189.95

Looking for winter sports gloves that will stand the test of time? How about gloves that can warm up your hands just by pushing a button? Well, here we go, folks. It’s about to get hot in here!

Turn on the heat and enjoy comforting warmth throughout your hands to combat cold temperatures and harsh winds. The 12V Heated Grand Touring Gloves are made with premium leather and a waterproof membrane,  sure to keep your hands protected while you are out on your ride.

In addition, these heated motorcycle gloves also have touchscreen fingertips so that you can pull over and use your cell phone without even taking your gloves off. Want to take a photo of the beautiful snowy landscape? Now you don’t even need to take your gloves off!

 

 

Features also include:

  • Premium Leather and waterproof membrane
  • Digital Temperature Controller
  • Touch-Screen Compatible

 

Fly Racing 907 MX Snowmobile Gloves

 

TMS Pricing: $29.95

With an unbeatable price, you have to check out these excellent cold weather snowmobiling gloves. They are made for ultra-cold weather, built with embossed neoprene construction for protection and warmth against the harshest wind.

For example, the single layer palm gives a rider optimal control and functionality. These gloves are made with top-hand material and come with fleece-lining in the fingers for added warmth and comfort.

Unsure about such great quality for the price? Check out this quick video from the makers themselves about the excellent characteristics of these winter gloves.

 

Fly Racing 907 MX Snowmobile Gloves

 

Features also include:

  • Insulated thin top-hand material to protect against the elements
  • Silicone print on the palm and fingers for increased grip in wet conditions
  • Adjustable synthetic leather wrist closure for a secure fit
  • Comes in a variety of multiple sizes and colors for a customized glove

 

Firstgear TPG Cold Riding Gloves

 

TMS Pricing: $119.95

These aren’t just snowmobile gloves, these are gauntlets made for tackling all the extreme weather thrown at you. These are the gloves you want to wear if you’re battling freezing temps. Also, they have some super unique features.

These gloves are integrated with Aramid covered, D30 padding on knuckles and palm heel to keep your hands safe. The 200g Thinsulate throughout the glove makes for superior warmth. They include a Hipora waterproof-breathable lining, as well. For better control, they have specially articulated finger hinges for increased dexterity.

Features also include:

  • Zipper-closure gauntlet
  • Left thumb visor squeegee
  • Made specifically for COLD riding
  • A 2-year limited warranty

 

The stainless core-heating technology provides longevity, warmth, and extreme durability for any sort of snow Jack Frost might throw your way. Besides, just like other Fly Racing gloves, they’re designed with a HIPORA liner for that guaranteed waterproof and windproof protection.

This glove is higher in price, but when you’re looking to tackle extreme weather, well, you don’t need a glove for battle. You need a gauntlet.  

Now that you have your snowmobile gloves, where will your winter adventures take you?

 

beautiful forest and trails for snowmobile riders

 

Start gathering your gear; your experience is about to start. Pick the gloves that will make the journey easier. Find the ones that give you warmth and comfort, and control and functionality. Above all, you deserve warm gloves that allow you to properly guide your snowmobile through the wintery terrain.

 

hitting the trails with all the right gear from a helmet to snowmobile gloves

 

Whatever the adventure, we want to make sure you’ve got the right gear.

Looking for more gear, accessories, or tools to help you prepare for the ultimate experience? Look no further than TMS Parts!

Form + Function: Motorcycle Jackets for Everyone

riders need motorcycle jackets that are both form and function

Motorcycle Jackets Should Protect You & Look Great

 

No matter the time of year, if you have a motorcycle, you should have a motorcycle jacket.  It’s literally a layer of extra protection; it’s the only thing between you and the road if an accident were to occur. Motorcycle jackets are made for riders if they end up taking on the rough tumble of the terrain.  Your jacket is your road armor. 

You want to feel secure in your jacket and you need to know that it’s going to take the beating if the chips fall.

Now security and safety are the most important, but hey, there’s nothing wrong with feeling confident by rockin’ some hot motorcycle jackets. You want to exude total confidence (as well as style) in your abilities as a rider on the winding road ahead.

 

motorcycle jackets are your armor on your bike so you can pop wheelies like this dude

 

So, all you need is the right jacket to protect you and keep you looking fly.

At TMS Parts, we have motorcycle jackets for the guys and the gals, and styles for every personality. We’ve even got a great selection of some of our favorite unisex jackets that flex as the seasons get hotter or colder. Everyone can look equally as sleek and fashionable in these protective, durable, and stylish motorcycle jackets.

Our Top Picks for Stylish and Protective Motorcycle Jackets

Spidi Sport S.R.L Net Force H2Out Motorcycle Jacket

 

Spidi Sport S.R.L Net Force H2Out Motorcycle Jacket

 

TMS Pricing: $499.95

This jacket is made for the hardcore touring riders out there. It should be worn by the kind of person who has two places to call home: the one with a roof and an address, and the other behind the handlebars of a sweet bike.

It’s made for comfort and protection in both warm kinds of weather and in chilling temperatures. This is because this piece of beautifully constructed wear has the versatility of a step-in-clothing system. With this jacket, you can replace the liners, giving you the ability to have just one motorcycle jacket that’s perfect for any time of year.

 

Benefits include:

  • A Dinatech Schoeller high resistant mesh fabric external shell
  • Two inner liners (one waterproof and breathable, one aluminized 200g insulating layer)
    • 3 layers that can be interchangeable or worn on their own
  • CE Force tech protectors
    • It’s among one of the first jackets compatible with CE level 2 inner back protector
  • EST collar adjusts; stretch panels in the shoulder and chest; groin straps; wide volume sleeve adjustments; and the vent and reflective areas all contribute to make this a high end touring jacket

 

Fly Racing Butane 3 Motorcycle Jacket

 

Fly Racing Butane 3 Motorcycle Jacket

 

TMS Pricing: $169.95

Now this is a motorcycle jacket that is tailored for safety, durability, and weather resistance – and it’s super affordable! It’s made up of HYDRAGuard, which is a durable, waterproof, and breathable membrane that can handle the test of time in the rain, sleet, or shine.

It has removable CE approved armor in shoulders and elbows with comfort pads in the back. Better yet, a fully removable liner and a poly fiber textile main shell for added protection are built into this design. Safety is a crucial part of riding a bike, but how good is safety if you can’t comfortably ride your bike and enjoy the adventure?

This is one of those motorcycle jackets that are able to give you an ideal balance of safety, comfort, and style.

 

Benefits include:

  • New zipper tabs make adjusting vents easy to handle even with gloves on
  • High visibility reflective piping and logos for added safety
  • Full length, adjustable, zippered side gussets allowing for a truly custom fit
  • 2 large shoulder intake vents and 2 large back exhaust vents help you keep cool
  • A removable full-sleeved, quilted liner with internal cargo pockets
  • 3 step adjustable upper and lower, sleeve, volume control, helps keep your armor in the right place
  • Zippered wrist cuff enclosure with security snap
  • Dual Velcro adjustable waist straps provide a custom fit
  • 2 zippered handwarmer pockets
  • 1 internal map pocket
  • 8 in. zipper connects to pants

 

Spidi Sports S.R.L Ace Leather Motorcycle Jacket

 

Spidi Sports S.R.L Ace Leather Motorcycle Jacket

 

TMS Parts: $599.95

This is a classic tailoring of a leather motorcycle jacket with a retro design and strong references to the cafe racer look. Take on the T-Birds and channel that inner motorhead in this beautifully crafted jacket.

It’s made up of 0.8mm Italian-made sheep leather, giving you a motorcycle jacket with superior comfort and style like no other. Wearing this jacket will say two things to your onlookers: your bike is one hell of a beast, and its rider conquers all rides.

 

Benefits include:

  • EN 1621-1 Certified multi-tech protection of the shoulders
  • En 1621-1 certified force tech on elbows
  • Pocket for warrior back protector EN 1621-1 certified
  • Removable 80g hollow fiber quilted lining
  • Stop clip for attaching to pants
  • 3 external pockets
  • Velcro adjusting

 

Spidi Sport S.R.L Netwin All Season Motorcycle Jacket

 

Spidi Sport S.R.L Netwin All Season Motorcycle Jacket

 

TMS Pricing: $499.95

The Netwin motorcycle jacket provides multiple solutions for all of the weather conditions that Mother Nature sends your way. This jacket has a Step-in-Clothing System which is a multi-layered system providing the right liner for the right weather.

This is the first touring jacket complete with a detachable, CE certified, chest protector. It is styled with an Ergofit system that features a waistline adjustment, crotch strap, belt, and sleeve adjustment so this beauty will fit you like a glove.

 

Benefits include:

  • H2Out 100% waterproof, breathable garment
  • Internal mesh liner
  • Ce Biomechanic protectors
  • CHest protector and warrior protector included
  • Wide reflex areas
  • Adjustable neck fastening
  • Removable, stand-alone, inner jacket

 

Which One of These Motorcycle Jackets Do You Want to Rock?

 

Now comes the hard part – choosing from all of the awesome motorcycle jackets here.

Which one do you think is going to be the ideal piece of outerwear for you? What’s going to keep you safe, warm, and highlight the confidence you feel when sitting behind those handlebars and taking your bike out on another adventure?

Just because these months are starting to cool down doesn’t mean your bike has to. Find the motorcycle jacket that matches you and get those adventures started!

 

rider wearing a black leather motorcycle jacket in San Francisco

 

Looking to check out our whole selection? Head on over to TMS Parts to peruse our large collection of motorcycle jackets.

Snowmobile Tune-Up Time: Let’s Get Ready to Rock the Season

snowmobile with rider with a tuned up snowmobile
Are you ready for snowmobile season? Is your machine all tuned up?

Have You Done a Snowmobile Tune-Up Yet?

I bet you’re marking the calendar, peering eagerly through the window every morning to see if there is finally some snow on the ground. Because when there’s finally enough snow to sled, you’ll be more than ready to pull that snowmobile out of storage, clean her off, brighten her up, and take her out on the trails.

But wait! Make sure you complete a snowmobile tune-up first.  

Before the snow arrives in full force, now is a great time to get your snowmobile tuned up and ready for the long season ahead! Tempting as it is to pull that cover off, start the engine, and go (we get that urge) you’ve got to take a minute, take stock, and get that machine ready to rock for the entire season. Treat your snowmachine well, and it’ll give you years of wintertime adventures.

 

make sure to tune-up your snowmobile ahead of the season like these smart folks have done
Before the snow hits, and you’re bundled up like these folks, get your snowmobile tuned up!

 

We’ve got a great breakdown of what you need to do to get that snowmobile ready for a tune-up and winterized for the whole season. After all, the folks at the TMS Parts Blog always have your back!

Let’s Go Down the Snowmobile Tune-Up Checklist

At TMS Parts, we supply the tools, gear, and equipment you need. We also take things a step further and help you get your snowmobile ready to run the right way. We do this by guiding you on improving the integrity and quality of your machine.

The most important way to keep your snowmobile in good condition is by properly maintaining and storing it. This is why a snowmobile tune-up is never a bad idea. 

 

a snowmobile tune-up will guarantee smooth riding all winter
Keep your snowmobile rocking with an annual tune-up.

 

Step One: Clean Up to Tune-Up

 

Your snowmobile has been under the covers for a few months now, and while you have properly stored your machine, it’s still going to need a bit of a cleanup. Taking the time to clean up your snowmobile is the first step of any snowmobile tune-up. 

Wash off any salt, dirt, leaves, or other bits of debris that may have developed over time or that were left there from last season. This is something you should be doing regularly throughout the season. If you aren’t cleaning up your snowmobile erosion will start to set in, and it can become quite expensive in terms of replacing parts and working on your machine.

While cleaning your snowmobile make sure to also check for any pieces of cloth or plugs that were used to block off air intake.

 

part of a snowmobile tune-up includes a thorough cleaning
Check out this clean snowmobile that’s ready to rock!

 

Step Two: Take a Look Under the Hood

 

Complete a visual inspection in a well-lit area to get a good look at what’s happening under the hood. Check to make sure nothing is loose and that everything is secure. Take a look at your snowmobile’s spark plugs, clutches, suspension, and steering.

If you have an older model on your hands, looks for areas of stress, buckling, or cracking. These need to be tended to immediately if that is the case.

 

Don’t forget to check these sections of the snowmobile as well:

 

Rear Suspension

 

  • Cracks in the skid frame
  • Cracked suspension arms and springs
  • Loose nuts and/or broken bolts
  • Wheels that are stuck or have excessive wobble
  • Make sure the drive axle and sprocket assembly is secure
  • Excessively worn sliders
  • Heavy rust
  • Failed shocks

 

(The rear suspension takes most of the abuse from continuous use.)

 

Front Suspension

 

  • Wobbly joints
  • Excessively worn or broken carbides
  • Cracked suspension
  • Worn spindle bushings

 

a snowmobile tune-up will help you ride all season
Ahhhh…isn’t that an awesome sight?

 

Step Three: Check Your Snowmobile Fluids

 

By fluids, we mean gas, brake fluid, and coolant. If there is gas remaining in your snowmobile’s tank from last season (and we recommend draining the gas before putting your machine to bed in the spring), drain it before adding anything fresh to it. This is because the remaining gas could have deteriorated and become broken down over time. All this can factor into the performance of your snowmobile.

If the brake fluid is low, top it off using specified grade. Here is a great article on how to change the brake fluid on your snowmobile.

While you’re at it, why not check out the integrity of your fuel system during a snowmobile tune-up? 

  • Check the fuel tank along with the fuel and oil lines for any cracks or leaks.
  • Perform a chain case oil change; over time this can become worn by both water and metal slivers from chains and sprockets.

 

we're ready to go snowmobiling in this winter wonderland
If we weren’t excited about a snowmobile tune-up before, we are now!

 

Step Four: Snowmobile Engine Tune-Up Time

 

This part of the snowmobile tune-up depends on what type of engine you have in your machine.

Is it a four-stroke machine (which would require you to change both the oil and filter)? Or is it a two-stroke machine? This needs a little more attention, such as the power valves checked and cleaned for oil deposits, and its overall condition.

Last, but not least, put a fresh set of properly gapped spark plugs in and verify that your throttle cable is properly working without binding up.

 

make sure to perform a snowmobile tune-up for hours of wintertime fun
Taking the time for a snowmobile tune-up will ensure tons of hours of wintertime rides.

 

Step Five: Dive Train/Traction Product Checks

 

Replace your carbide runners if need be. Based on the riding conditions, and how much use you put on your runners, they may need to be sharpened every two or three hundred miles.

If you use studs in your track, inspect them and replace any broken or bent studs you come across. Keep an eye out for missing clips, tears, or excessive wear as well. Set the track tension and alignment per your snowmobile’s personal manufacturer’s recommendations.  

 

happy snowmobile rider at sunset
Are you excited yet? We’re ready for wintertime sunsets.

Is the Snowmobile Tune-Up Checklist Complete?

 

It’s time to ask yourself if everything on your snowmobile is looking good and if your machine is in tip-top shape?

If the answer is a resounding YES, and if the snow has finally fallen,  rev up that engine and get moving! It’s time to shred that snow in your wake and see what that beast of a machine can do!

Have fun, go wild, and should you ever be in need of any snowmobile gear, equipment, or accessories, TMS Parts has you covered! So be sure to check back in with us.

Most of all, have fun!

 

snowmobile riders head off into the sunset
Off into the sunset they ride…

Motocross Suspension Tips and Tricks

motocross suspension is a blend of rider and machine

All You Need to Know in Order to Maintain An Ideal Suspension For Your Motocross Dirt Bike

Motocross is a bike that performs for speed and for air. It’s a racer, it’s a dirt devil, it’s the ride you want to show off, and it’s a ride that encourages you to hone in on your skills. These skills are for you to pull off some amazing feats of talent, bravery, and sick tricks!

What many don’t realize is that a lot of the control over the bike relies upon the suspension of a bike. The wrong suspension on your bike could make or break your motocross experience. The goal is to create that perfect balance of suspension that combines the rider and the individual bike itself. 

We’ve put together a quick and easy guide filled all sorts of life hacks for motocross riders and racers to make your suspension setup far more easy to understand and ultimately give you that perfect ride you’ve been itching to have.

motocross rider flying through the air

So What Makes up a Motocross Suspension?

While there are many different factors involved, the essential parts of a suspension are the spring and the damper. Each of these is vastly different in function but useless without one another.

The springs hold the weight of the machine and absorb impacts from the ground while riding. The damping is used to slow down the compression of the spring. There’s one more critical piece…

Of course, the start of any good suspension lies not only in the springs and damper but in the sag as well.

 

Setting Your Sag

 

Suzuki motocross bike

 

This is perhaps the simplest and most often overlooked adjustment you can make to improve the overall handling of your bike. Sag, in a general sense, is the distance between the rear end of the motocross bike and the ground. There are two types that you should take into account when setting up your sag for an upcoming ride.

However, before setting the sag, make sure that the chain is adjusted properly. Check to see if the linkage and swingarm bearings are in good condition. Even if you find the ideal setting of sag, if they aren’t in good working order, even a top shape suspension won’t do you much good.

 

proper motocross suspension helps this racer fly

 

Rider Sag

 

This is the distance that the rear end of the bike settles in when on the ground and under the load of the rider’s weight.

 

Quick Tip for Easy Rider Sag Setup:

 

  1. Measure with the rider sitting.
  2. Bounce a few times on the suspension before measuring
  3. Sit where you actually sit on the bike, not where you think the rider should be.
  4. Measure from the same spot on the bike every time after that. This guarantees consistency.

 

motocross racer in the woods

 

Static Sag

 

Also known as “free sag”; this is the distance that the rear end settles when on the ground under only its own weight

 

Quick Tip for Static Sag:

 

  1. The static sag on an average large bike should be about 30mm to 40mm.

You need to find the right balance of sag that works for you and your motocross bike. No two bikes will always have the exact same sag, and this is because it factors into the weight of the bike (whether it has heavier tires, added features, etc.) and the weight of the rider. Doing it correctly will position the bike so that the front and the rear of the bike will be loaded successfully.

 

Quick Tip for Setting Up Your Static Sag:

 

  1. Before you start your measurements, top off the bike fuel and have the rider in full gear. This creates the maximum weight your bike could potentially carry.
  2. Check out this blog by Rider expeditions, which will break down the finer details of how to accurately measure out the static and rider sag.

Measurement is Key in Motocross – it all Connects to the Springs

motocross suspension is important especially in certain off-road conditions like rocks and boulders

 

If you aren’t careful in these measurements, you could create a sag that is either too soft or too stiff. Neither of these is what you’re looking for when trying to achieve the optimal motocross ride. This ends up tying into the springs of the bike. Another factor in the proper set-up for suspension.

Too Soft: This is when the measurement is 20mm or less. If it’s too soft, it forces you excess preload to get the desired sag; a chain reaction of unloading too much in the air and top out. This creates a harsh feel when riding. If this happens, you want to create a stiff spring rate.

Too Stiff: Usually 35mm or more. If the spring is too stiff, you won’t be able to gather maximum traction when accelerating the bike. This will cause you to feel every bump and divet in the road. Not a pleasant ride.

The Second Motocross Suspension Factor is the Damper

motocross rider traveling up dirt steps

 

As we said earlier, damping is used to slow down the compression of the spring in order to bring it back to the original dimensions. It refers to the controlling of the spring action; the oil flow through various orifices and valve plates from one side of a moving piston to the other. This means that it splits into low speed and high speeding damping.

 

There are Two Types of Damping in Motocross – Rebound and Compression

 

  • Compression is when the damping squeezes down on the springs. Low-Speed Compression means damping adjustment usually occurs by turning the adjuster at the top of the shock absorber reservoir.
  • High Speed is adjusted using a spanner on the outer nut at the top of the shock reservoir.  

 

motocross rider speeding downhill

 

Quick Tip for Compression Damping:

 

  • Too much: Far too much resistance to movement and you can’t use the full suspension on your motocross bike.
  • Too little: The bike becomes unstable and you have an uncontrollable suspension. This ends up causing the back to lose traction continuously.

 

Quick Tip for Rebound Damping:

 

  • Too much: The bike ends up sitting low and take a long to correct its height. This creates poor traction and drive. All are equaling an unenjoyable ride.
  • Too little: The bike is unsettled as the suspension jumps over every hill, uneven road, and bump.

 

motocross rider launching himself and his bike in the air

 

For a more in-depth breakdown of the damping please check out this blog here, a great source of information if you need just a bit more detail in setting up the damper just right.

A motocross bike is a fine-tuned machine, and while these are key factors, there are many other components you should consider. For starters, this includes elements such as the tires’ air pressure to the oil height. This blog has a helpful checklist you should review to ensure you keep your bike running as smoothly as possible.

 

motocross rider at sunset on top of a hill

 

A Proper Motocross Suspension is More than Two Parts

Taking care of the suspension of your motocross bike is more than taking care of two parts. It requires an attention to all parts. This includes changing the oil in the forks when needed. Just like engine oil, the oil in the suspension (the fork oil) degrades over time. You want to monitor how much you use your bike.

The hours you spend riding can dictate when you have to change the oil next. Ideally, you want to change the fork and shock oil every 20 hrs of use and replace the seals and brushing every 40 hrs of use. If you don’t monitor the hours you put into your machine, it’ll be harder to realize when the oil needs to be changed.

 

motocross bike expert looking at a rider on his bike

 

If you need to adjust your clickers to compensate for the change in compression, that’s a sure sign the oil should be changed. If you wait too long the seal starts to leak. Sometimes the seal can be saved by a simple cleaning, but often times that isn’t always the case; it really should just be replaced.

If you notice a seal leak before changing the oil in the forks? Check out this guided DIY video on cleaning and properly reinstalling that seal back onto your fork. If the seal on your bike is still in good condition, you can save it.

 

motocross rider on a Yamaha bike

 

There are two parts that need to be separated: the upper and lower forks. As far as taking the two pieces apart and actually replacing the oil, it’s a rather straightforward procedure.

 

  1. Remove the bleeder screws; this is to bleed off any pressure 
    Tip:All forks build up air pressure when you ride them. To do the best by your machine, bleed your forks after every ride. When bleeding out make sure they are completely cooled down. This way the air expansion from heated forks can return to normal levels before you bleed.
  2. Loosen the fork cap. Don’t remove it though 
    Tip:The wheel should be removed and, depending on the bike, the handlebars. The type of bike will also determine if you need to remove the fork guard clamps. Then loosen the pinch bolts on the triple clamps.
  3. Remove the fork; once the fork cap is loose you can easily slide id down the lower fork.
  4. Tip the upper fork upside down to drain the oil into the pan. Usually, this takes about 5-10 minutes. It drains very slowly so you might want to find a place to lean the fork against.
  5. Now that it’s drained use the correct fork oil weight using a fork oil level gauge. 
    Tip:The weight and the volume affect how the forks work. Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines to get the right amount.
  6. Reattach the fork leg

 

motocross rider practicing jumps

Maintaining Your Motocross Bike is the Priority

Learning how to set up and install the different components of your bike is one thing because it does give you a clean slate on the upkeep of the vehicle. However, it is the maintenance of the machine that allows it to have the longevity and ability to stand the test of time. This saves you money in the long run and gives the ideal control for an amazing ride.

 

Keep your bike running at its best by consistently observing and maintaining the following:

 

  1. Grease: Sticky linkage will ruin a suspension. Grease the steering head, the shock linkage, and the swingarm pivot periodically to keep everything running smoothly.
  2. Tire Pressure: Tire pressure, if it isn’t monitored or checked, can cause severe damage and suspension problems. Too much air makes the suspension stiff as too much air will cause the bike to wallow and push. Check out this blog from Motocross Action, explaining the proper way to inflate your tires.
  3. Oil Height: Adjusting the height of the oil determines the amount of airspace there will be in the forks and changes the damping when in the second suspension travel. Adding oil to the forks stiffens them. Increasing the bottoming resistance of the bike while removing oil softens them. 
    Tip: To add oil to the forks, use a good syringe to squirt oil through the fork bleeders. When adding the oil, do so in small 10cc gradients so as to have better and more concise control.
  4. Chain Tension and Length: Running a longer wheelbase will offer a more straight line stability. A shorter wheelbase creates instability on the improved turning capability of the bike. However, this particular type of maintenance more or less depends on the type of riding you do.
  5. Troubleshooting: Learning this can help you better maintain and get the most out of your suspension. This is a practice that takes time to learn because you need to have an individual, unique understanding of how your bike works from other bikes. 

Tip:

Learn how your bike sounds in all of its conditions, learn the ideal sag that works in tandem with yourself. Find out the particular ticks of your bike. The sooner that you are able to understand how your bike works, the easier it will be to foresee when it’s under duress. Going forward, you’ll be able to have an easier time finding the problem and resolving it.

This blog has a handy-dandy checklist you should check out to ensure you keep your bike running as smoothly as possible!

 

motocross rider looking out from the top of a hill

Now You’re On Your Way to an Amazing Motocross Ride

We want you to have the best ride you can possibly have, and that means keeping your motocross bike in excellent running order. Doing so will determine your ability to have a great riding experience and also to have a machine that stands the test of time.

Well, you know what to do now. Get your behind in your garage, make the tweaks and adjustments necessary, and get ready to rev that engine and rip out of your garage with a motocross suspension you can rely on!

If you’re looking for tools, equipment, or gear check out TMS Parts to help give you the ideal adrenaline coursing riding experience.  

 

Motorcycle Events You Gotta Hit Before the New Year

motorcycle events to end the year

The Best Motorcycle Events to Wrap up 2018

Can you believe how fast this year has gone by?! So much has happened in these last few months, and like us, we’re sure you set out on so many adventures! 

This summer was packed with motorcycle events for everyone. Your summer calendar was filled with awesome summertime bike rallies, and we hope you made it to your favorite ones. 

And now the seasons are turning over, things are starting to quiet down, and the chill is coming on – but that doesn’t mean any of the fun has to stop! In fact, there are so many more motorcycle events packed into these last few months of the year. 

Don’t throw away that calendar just yet! I bet you still have enough room to squeeze in a few more trips on that bike of yours! S

So, before 2018 comes to a close, check out all the upcoming motorcycle shows and events we’ve curated just for you.

Wherever You Live, There are Motorcycle Events for You

where ever you live, there are motorcycle events for you

 

Motorcycle Events in October

 

The Tennessee Motorcycles and Music Revival: Oct. 4-7th in Hurricane Mills, TN

 

motorcycle events - Tenessee Motorcycle and Music Revival

This four-day motorcycle event is held at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch.

Yes, that Loretta Lynn, the one and only legendary country artist to play the World Stage.

Held every year, their goal is, “motorcycles, music, comradery and the outdoors.” And this is exactly what they do. Gather around live music, vendors, meet and greets, and so much more! Park your RV or pitch your tent where all the action is right at the ranch. Give in to the genuine southern hospitality and make new and lasting friends.

How about joining in Loretta’s Ride, a gathering in tribute to honoring our military veterans? Help us benefit the USO who help the US service members and families across the world. Take part in this spectacular event and many more! All you have to do is sign up!

 

Las Vegas BikeFest: Oct. 11-14th in Las Vegas, NV

 

motorcycle events - Las Vegas Bike Fest

Nothing says the party life quite like Las Vegas! This is a bike festival where the purchase of wheels and ink is not only acceptable but highly encouraged.

This year, Ink Mayhem Convention is happening right in the heart of this motorcycle event. Show your pride for your motorized beast with some fresh ink.

If a new tattoo isn’t for you, not to worry, there are plenty of other activities happening during BikeFest.

How about taking part in Biker Bingo or the poker walk? Enter contests for the best facial hair, greatest tattoo, or a wet t-shirt contest! Take in the sights and sounds of the live entertainment from bands such as Puddle of Mudd and Carol-Lyn’s History of Rock!

many motorcycle events take place in Las Vegas

Come share in the adventures in the historic part of Downtown Las Vegas. We’ll be waiting for you!

 

AIMExpo 2018: Oct. 13-14th in Las Vegas, NV

 

AIMexpo is one of the top motorcycle events of the year

Don’t plan on leaving Las Vegas just yet. There’s more to come!

Why not hit up the American International Motorcycle Expo? The AIMExpo motorcycle event is a, “…catalyst to bring together industry, press, dealers, and consumer all to one place.”

They truly succeed at doing just that with over 500 exhibitors; 300 media outlets; multiple vendors; and free (yes, free!) parking for all motorcycle riders.

This is North America’s largest Powersports Expo where fans, professional racers, and bike enthusiasts all come together around their passion for all things MC.

so many motorcycle events in Las Vegas, make sure to find time to ride when you're there

If that isn’t enough to tempt you, this year’s event will feature next year’s 2019 cycle models, gear, parts, and accessories. Start tossing your spare change into that savings jar for all this expo will offer.

 

Daytona Beach’s 26th Biketoberfest: Oct. 18-21st in Daytona, FL

 

Biketoberfest is the event of motorcycle events

Biketoberfest is the event of motorcycle events. What do we mean by that? Well, over 100,000 people from all over the country make their way to enjoy the beautiful fall weather and friendships forged over the love of the ride.

Biketoberfest is here for you to, “Celebrate the adventure and the spirit of today’s motorcycle enthusiasts.”

Come to join us at the festival’s Kick-off Party, Rocktoberfest, where spirits and live music flow freely. Watch as professional cyclists compete in the Daytona International Speedway motorcycle races and cheer your favorite racer on!

Each day is jam-packed, bursting with entertainment for everyone. With all of these awesome events piled on top of one another, it’s going to be a hard time picking the one you really want to attend. Good luck!

 

Babes Ride Out: Oct. 18-21st in Joshua Tree, CA

 

motorcycle events for women - Babes Ride Out

“Giving Ladies the confidence they need to get out there!”

Motorcycles aren’t just for men. Ladies, Babes Ride Out is a motorcycle event just for you!

This event is taking place on 40 acres of land and will be their largest event yet. And they are going to need all that space for what they have planned! It’s four days and three nights at the world’s Largest Ladies-Only riding and campout event. It’s a 21+ age event, ladies so you can leave the kids at home and get that bike rumblin’ and rev on over here!

Most of the daytime will be spent on the road touring the Bitwell route, but at night it’s FREE 805 beer and Sailor Jerry Mix drinks until they are gone.

It’s nights planned with events like Karaoke and dance parties. Ladies night, oh, what a night! 

 

18th Annual Thunder Beach Autumn Rally: Oct. 24-28th in Panama City Beach, FL

 

motorcycle events on the beach include Thunder Beach Autumn Rally

This autumn bike rally causes some serious thunder with all of the riders hitting this seaside town. And guess what? This is a biker friendly FREE rally and all bike lovers are welcome!

Come on out for this 5-day event and enjoy all the sites and activities you know you’re going to want to jump in on. Hundreds of vendors await, each with big names in the MC industry that assure quality product and information. After all, you want what’s best for you and your ride, right? There is no excuse not to take part in this action-packed rally!

Don’t forget to check out the factory demo rides and stunt shows that are peppered throughout these five fun-filled days. Take a whirl at the Baddest Bagger show or test your skill at the annual Poker Run! Oh, and the event has its own smartphone app

(Also, make sure to download our list of motorcycle apps you need before hitting the road on your way to any of these motorcycle events.)

Thunder Beach is an awesome bike rally. Trust me, you don’t want to miss this one.

 

Motorcycle Events in November

 

there are many motorcycle events in November

 

Lone Star Rally: Nov. 1-4th in Galveston, TX

 

motorcycle events in November include the Lone Star Rally in Texas

Lone Star Rally is one of the only Motorcycle Rallies where you can also test out your Rodeo skills in their Rodeo Games! From the Whiskey Barrel Roll to the Plank Walk, do you think you have what it takes to join in with these cowboys?

If that’s not your scene, then take part in the Ride in Custom Bike Show. Know what’s special about this show? “Best in Show” gets a full feature in Cycle Source Magazine and $500 cash prize! Yee-haw!

Enjoy the hundreds of vendors, live music, and the biggest biker party that Texas has to offer!

 

Progressive International Motorcycle Show: Nov. 16-18th in Long Beach, CA;  Nov. 30- Dec. 2nd in New York, NY

 

believe it or not, even NYC hosts motorcycle events

This is, by far, a GO BIG or go home event, or as we should really call it, events.

The Progressive International Motorcycle Shows travel throughout the country to multiple cities and venues. No one needs to miss out on this action-packed motorcycle dream-come-true event!

This tour connects Powersports-leading brands packed with both enthusiasts and buyers alike. This is the largest touring consumer motorcycle event in the US and it has fine-tuned its shows to hold on to that title with pride.

This show offers you unique hands-on events that no other festival, rally, convention, or show can provide. Sign up to join in on the DIY programs for customization and maintenance of your machine. Check out the new 2019 models before they hit the market and see what’s so special about the new and improved designs.

NYC riders make sure you hit up local motorcycle events like the Progressive International Motorcycle Shows

The Progressive International Motorcycle Shows are motorcycle events that have been traveling around for over 37 years, learning from the best and brightest in the industry of MC, to give the greatest in all the leading motorcycle machines, gear, accessories, and more! If worse comes to worse and you miss these two dates, these shows continue their journies all the way into February! There is no reason you should have to miss out.

Motorcycle Events aren’t Done for the Year

This year isn’t over yet, not by a long shot! There is plenty to do before you have to retire your bike for the season (depending on where you live, that is) and there are still plenty of rides to take, friends to make, and parties to hit up.

there are so many motorcycle events to attend before the year is done

Start marking up that calendar again and make some moves, folks! Where are you going to go first? Which one caught your eye and made you the most excited? The adventures are just getting started, and it’s up to you to start up that engine and get rolling!

 

UTV Parts Buyer’s Guide: 5 Top UTV Wheels for Off-Road Adventures

UTV wheels can make your off-roading experience even better

 

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: there is nothing quite like a beast of a machine racing down a dirt path terrain, UTV speakers blasting while you torpedo through the mud.

The perfect balance of nature and machine comes out when you’re rearing up that engine to go adventuring your UTV, and of course, UTV wheels play a major role in that experience. Since this season has been prime for days out playing in the woods, we know you’ve ridden that monster as much as possible.

Now let’s talk about some UTV wheels you might want to start thinking about as we get into some cooler days ahead on your SxS.

5 Types of UTV Wheels to Rock Your World

 

UTV wheels can really have an effect on the way your vehicle handles dirt roads like these

 

But that also means that you’ll probably need to replace some of your UTV parts after running that machine so much. Especially those tires and wheels, since they end up taking a rather hard beating. They will always need to be replaced because of wear and tear and luckily (as always) TMS Parts has exactly what you need.

We’ve gathered our favorite top 5 UTV wheels that deliver true strength and durability for your machine.   

 

UTV wheels should be sturdy and dependable

 

DWT A5 UTV Wheels

 

DWT A5 UTV Wheels

 

TMS Parts Pricing:  $63.95

 

Douglas Wheel is a company that truly puts their products to the test and takes special pride in their equipment they manufacture. These UTV wheels are part of that refined process.

The DWT A5 wheel uses a high-performance alumilite design; a revolution of 16-years-worth of design innovation, metallurgy, and proprietary forming processes. It’s durable yet forgiving. It’s lighter and stronger than its competitors. Its rolled inner outer lips reinforced center and 6061 t6 heat treated construction make the DWT design truly unlike any other.

This wheel is engineered to have a better offset and width than the stock rolling gear allowing you to free up horsepower and really see what your beast can do!

The Ultimate Sports UTV Wheels

 

Douglas Wheel Ultimate Sports UTV Wheels

 

TMS Parts Pricing: $245.95

 

These UTV wheels truly take after their namesake. The Ultimate Sports utility wheel is one of the toughest UTV wheels on the market and rightfully so. It’s another Douglas Wheel product that drives as hard as it’s made.

Just like the A5, this has a 190 rolled inner and outer lip with a reinforced center and 6061 T6 heat treated construction. All of which ensures durability and strength when put to the test on any terrain it’s up against.  This style of wheel also comes in an array of sizes in order to achieve a perfect, streamlined fit to your UTV.

ITP SS312 UTV Wheels

 

ITP SS312 UTV Wheels

 

TMS Parts Pricing: $80.96

 

From a company that specializes in ATV and UTV parts and wheels, this is truly a product that is built to handle anything that nature might throw at it. These are the strongest and lightest UTV wheels on the market that will not encumber the integrity of speed that you crave.

Made of a high-grade aluminum, they are ideal for their speed and design. They come in a variety of sizes to perfectly match. Diamond cut with a matte finish provides a sleek design that will cause many onlookers envy.

ITP System Six UTV Wheels

 

ITP System Six UTV Wheels

 

TMS Parts Pricing: $104.36

 

Ultimate customization” doesn’t do these UTV wheels any justice. When we say customization, we truly mean an ingenious piece of machinery that is tailored exactly to the specifications that you need. Everything from coloring, to the sizing, and even the wheel inserts (such as decal, design, coloring, etc.) will be what you want. The customization feature is what makes this your UTV.

What’s more, its ITPs exclusive Advancecast process to exacting QS9000 quality specifications that make this the pinnacle of UTV wheels.

Sedona Raceline Scorpion UTV Wheels

 

Sedona Raceline Scorpion UTV Wheels

 

TMS Parts Pricing: $64.57

 

This eight-spoke design wheel is a strong, sturdy, and reliable piece of equipment that won’t break the bank or destroy your wallet. These are a set of UTV wheels and come in a variety of sizes that are tailored to fit the needs of your utility terrain vehicle while keeping your rides smooth and fast. It’s constructed of high-grade aluminum and ready to take on and handle anything nature dares to throw at it.

You Just Need to Fill Out those Finer UTV Details

 

UTV wheels come in many shapes, sizes, and costs

 

All you need to do is apply is the year, make, and model for your beast and you’re ready to fit yourself with an all-powerful, durable, customizable set of UTV wheels. Choose your favorite wheels and they will get you prepped and ready to add another unforgettable adventure to the books. What more could you ask for? 

We strive to offer the best gear and parts available to our customers. The finite details, such as the quality of UTV wheels, does not go unchecked.

For any and all of your motorsports needs such as gear, accessories, and equipment check out TMS Parts and see all we have to offer!

 

certain types of UTV wheels make desert adventures incredibly fun

UTV Speakers that are Great for Muddin’

UTV speakers are made for mudding

There aren’t many things as an adult that give you the same joy you had as a child. Life can get in the way. However, there’s definitely one staple childhood activity that you can still have fun with today, and that’s playing in the mud!

But instead of making mud pies and chucking them at your friends (as a lot of our kids and grandkids do), you’re more inclined to hop on your UTV, rev that engine, and send it! This is playing in the mud 2.0; all the dirty fun with an added thrill!

Excellent UTV Speakers for Jammin’ While Muddin’

UTV speakers are made for muddin' and set the tone for your off road adventures

How about blasting some of your favorite music on your made-for-muddin’ UTV speakers while sloshing around?

You gotta create the perfect atmosphere for tearing it up through that muddy terrain!

make sure the UTV speakers you have are made for muddin'

We’ve got a great list of some of our favorite UTV speakers that are perfect for your off-road adventures. 

Our Top 5 UTV Speakers for Off-Roading

 

Boss Audio 5.25 inch 2-way 150 Watt Marine Full-Range Speakers

Boss Audio 5.25 inch 2-way 150 Watt Marine Full-Range Speakers are great for your UTV

TMS Pricing: $26.99

For the price, this is a powerful UTV speaker system with a poly injection woofer cone. There is a 1” coil that belts out the low tones while the 1” mylar come tweeters pull out a higher end trill. These UTV speakers are ideal for mudding because the weatherproof polymer basket creates a durable and water resistant coating. All combined with a UV coating for protection from UV rays.

This speaker system is built with corrosion resistant hardware, guaranteed for a longer running system.

 

Features of these UTV speakers include:

 

  • 120 Hz to 18kHz frequency response
  • 90dB Sensitivity
  • 150-watt max, 75 Watts RMS Power Handling per pair

 

SSV Works WP Series Speaker Kit

 

UTV speakers include the SSV Works WP Series Speaker Kit

TMS Pricing: Varies Based on UTV Vehicle

Maybe you are looking for a speaker system with more power to match your machine. These might just be the UTV speakers for you! 

It’s important to note that with these particular UTV speakers, there are slight variations in pricing. The factors that determine pricing are based on the year, make, and model of the vehicle.

The particular speaker model referred to with this WP series is the Arctic Wildcat Trail and Sport Bluetooth 4 speaker overhead Stereo System. This is, by far, the most popular audio device and solution for side by side vehicles worldwide. You’ll never have the need for an old school radio again.

Best of all, like all SSV work systems, the enclosure is constructed of fiberglass for maximum durability.

 

Features of these UTV speakers include:

 

  • Bluetooth Connectivity for wireless integration with over a 30 ft. range.
  • Class D amplifier
  • Kit includes: Wiring, mounting hardware, and step-by-step instructions

 

Boss Audio 3in. 1000 Watt Speaker Kit with Bluetooth Audio

 

Boss Audio 3in. 1000 Watt Speaker Kit with Bluetooth Audio are solid UTV speakers for muddin'

 

TMS Pricing: $116.99

These are the perfect, easy-to-install UTV speakers that deliver music with the greatest sound quality. Its Bluetooth audio streaming is second to none!

Stream and control your favorite music apps such as Spotify, Pandora, or any other music app. This is all at the touch of a finger.

Also, their easy adjustable mounting brackets allow for a custom fit which customizes your sound system to meet your needs.

 

Features of these UTV speakers include:

 

  • In-line Volume Control
  • 2 pair of 3” speakers
  • 4 ch compact amplifier
  • 3.5mm aux input

 

SSv 4 Speaker Kit RZRFIK-4

 

SSv 4 Speaker Kit RZRFIK-4 are UTV speakers you will love

 

TMS Pricing: Varies Based on UTV Vehicle

This is a complete, ready-to-install kit that only needs your vehicle year, make, and model to match you up with the ultimate musical experience. As with some of our other SSv UTV speaker models, the pricing does vary.

This particular system is the RZRFIK-4, which includes a Marine Grade, 6.5-inch front and rear speaker. A Marine Grade speaker means serious business. These are rugged speakers for marine extremes. They can do battle with water, corrosion, and long extended times basking in UV rays without receiving damage from the elements.

Sounds like a solid investment when you’re talking about UTV speakers, if you ask us.

 

Features of these UTV speakers include:

 

  • Class D 4ch amplifier
  • Wiring kit included
  • 2.1a USB charge
  • iPod/MP3 input with volume control

 

Boss Audio 450 Watt Bluetooth All-Terrain Sound System

 

 

Excellent UTV speakers include the Boss Audio 450 Watt Bluetooth All-Terrain Sound System

 

TMS Pricing: $224.99

Now, this is the ultimate in UTV speakers, and you will not want to part with once you have it. You have all of the power at your fingertips with the Bluetooth-equipped streaming and complete control over your favorite music and apps.

Its in-line multi-function control delivers natural pairing with auto-reconnect. You no longer need to struggle, spending time trying to get your Bluetooth connection to work. It’s as easy as 1-2-3, and you are off racing through the mud!

 

Features of these UTV speakers include:

 

  • LED model –multiple illumination options and remote control
  • 450 max power
  • Soft dome diaphragm high-performance tweeter
  • Internal class A/B Amplifier
  • 3.5mm aux-in compatible with audio output

 

Mudding to the Beat of the Music

 

muddin' needs awesome UTV speakers to rise above the noise and safety gear

Whichever UTV speaker calls out to you, and provides you with superior sound, is what TMS Parts aims to offer at every price point.

Mudding in your UTV is an adrenaline-inducing pleasure that can only be enhanced by your favorite music. 

These are audio systems that we are proud to carry as they render fantastic sound and superior quality. What more could you ask for when rockin’ out to your favorite jams?

UTV speakers are made to handle rain and shine

To meet any and all our your UTV/ATV needs, check out TMS Parts for the gear, accessories, and equipment you need for your next adventure!

When to Replace Your Motorcycle Tires

Three Signs it’s Time to Change the Tires on Your Motorcycle

Thinking it might be time to change the tires on your bike? Well, if you think it should be done, that’s probably the first sign it’s time to replace your motorcycle tires.

First and foremost, checking your motorcycle tires on a regular basis is the best practice for avoiding real (and quite possibly life-threatening) issues with your tires. Look, you only have two of them, so if one goes out, well, you’re in trouble. Let’s make sure that doesn’t happen. We want you to have fun, but you know you gotta do your own inspections from time to time to ride safely. 

 

motorcycle tires are an important part of motorcycle safety

 

There are many parts to having a sweet ride and one of the most important parts? Solid, well-maintained, reliable motorcycle tires. 

The performance and longevity of your tires are dependent on your riding style, of course, but also the tire technology; tire sizes, motorcycle type, and functionality all factor into how well they’ll hold up over time.

There are some red flags you should watch out for when you’re looking at the tires on your bike before hitting the road. Thankfully, we gotchu! 

Here are a few signs and helpful information directly from your handy dandy helpers at TMS Parts.

3 Signs You Need to Replace Your Motorcycle Tires

 

First Sign: Age

 

There are plenty of ways you can keep your tires in good condition over the years. Regular maintenance and checks, maintaining the correct tire pressure, staying mindful of your braking habits are all fundamental and safe habits. But you just can’t argue with age. The older your motorcycle tires get, the less reliable they are to ride on. Thankfully, there’s a rule for you to keep in mind regarding when you should invest in a new pair of tires for your ride.

It’s the 5-year rule! 

Many people may think that if their tires look like they’re in top condition, they don’t need to be replaced. But if your tires are older than five years, they need to be replaced. Any mechanic would say so.

 

age is a sign you should replace your motorcycle tires

 

Unsure of the age of your tires? No worries. There should be a four-digit code imprinted on the sidewall. 

For instance, if you bought a used bike and didn’t know how old the tires were, to begin with, go ahead and take a look at the registered trademark. For example, say the numbers are 5216. This means that tire was manufactured the 52nd week of 2016. If it’s 2018, you’ve still got time. So long as there aren’t any other signs of wear, cracking, or defects, of course. If you’re reading this in 2021, it’s time to think about replacing those motorcycle tires!

 

Second Sign: Tread and Wear

 

The first thing to look for: tread. Do you have any?

Tread depth is incredibly important, so much so, that, according to federal and state regulations, your tires are actually required to have 1/32” to 2/32” of tread depth, according to an Acme Motorcycle article.

A majority of motorcycles have TWI bars. TWI stands for tread wear indicator and refers to small rubber bars which reside within the physical tire. 

The Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) has a fantastic guide specifically focused on tires. Here’s some of what they have to say about those little TWIs: “When the tread is worn down to the level of the wear bars (indicating 1/32 inches of tread remaining), the wear bars become exposed, and the tire should be replaced. Some manufacturers recommend replacing the tire when there are 2/32 or 3/32 inches of tread remaining.”

 

Make sure your motorcycle tires don't have worn tread

 

Another thing they, along with many others, recommend is to use “the penny trick” when or if you’re unsure or unable to tell what the depth of your tread is. Thanks to the MIC, here’s how to use this trick: “insert a penny into a groove in the center of your tire, 2/32 of an inch is right at the top of Lincoln’s head.” Got a penny? Check the couch cushions.

 

Third Sign: Defects, Punctures, and Uneven Wear

 

Keep an eye on the wear of the tire. If it’s got a weird shape…mmm… might be time for that change!

Many factors could play a role in why your tires wear out the way they do. Uneven wear, which is most commonly located directly in the center of the tire is also something to pay attention to. Usually, it starts to make the shape of the tire look kind of like a square. Acme jumps in again to say, “…that tire is not going to feel good when you lean to the bike into a turn, and the contact patch on the “corner” of that tire will be very small.” Square shape? No good.

 

always check your motorcycle tires for defects, punctures, and uneven wear

 

Look out for scalping and cupping on the surface of the tire as well. In cases of scalping or cupping, this article explains what that looks like. Your tire, “…gets worn out along the length of the tread. This can be dangerous as it may lead to handling and stability issues. Scalping also depends a lot on a poor suspension set up. Next time you see your motorcycle tire getting scalped from the sides, invest in a new tire besides getting your suspension properly checked and serviced.”

Other times, bad shocks will over time cause a specific side or place in the tire to become wavy and worn out. Uneven tread can also appear like a bulge. Look at it this way; if your tires aren’t shaped like tires, it’s time for a change!

 

Dry Rot: Nothing about these two words sound right for your tires

 

Sidewall cracking, referred to as dry rot, is a defect that happens quite often. If you notice there are cracks located on the sidewalls of your tires, it’s time to replace them. 

Wanna know how this happens? 

Well, MIC says…science! 

Well, okay, not really. Here’s what they actually have to say: “…every time you ride, the tires go through a ‘heat cycle’ as they go from ambient to operating temperature and back down again. Each successive heat cycle slowly hardens the tire. Similarly, as tires age, chemical reactions cause the rubber to harden, even during nonuse.”

MIC also encourages you to be careful about how you’re cleaning your tires. Age and temperature play a factor, but so do some chemicals commonly used in cleaning products. So, to help keep your tires in good shape, “…use a mild soap solution and rinse off with plain water. Do not use chemical cleaners or protectants, as they may degrade the rubber and cause cracks in the sidewalls.”

 

Embedded Objects

 

Come on, folks! If there’s a screw in your tire (or anything else that isn’t an actual part of your tire stuck in there) change it! Do not risk blowing out your tire and getting hurt. 

If you see something, do something. Something like getting your bike to a mechanic or replacing your motorcycle tires yourself. (Who doesn’t love working on their bike?!)

 

Get yourself some new motorcycle tires!

 

To close, here are some tips from our MIC pals on how to maintain excellent tire conditions:

 

  1. Maintain proper air pressure
  2. Regularly inspect your tires
  3. Buy the right tires for your bike
  4. Have your tires professionally installed
  5. Avoid sharp objects and slick surfaces

 

So, wondering where you’ll find some spankin’ new motorcycle tires

TMS Parts has some really awesome ones for you, go ahead and browse through your options. If you have any questions, lucky for you, we also have great customer service representatives who are more than happy to help answer any questions you may have.

The Most Beautiful Autumn Rides in the USA

scenic autumn rides are just around the corner - is your motorcycle ready?

Scenic Autumn Rides are Just Around the Corner

Summertime is starting to wind down and before you can blink gorgeous autumn rides will be arriving with the weather.

Those cooler days are starting. You know the ones where the breeze is a little stronger and the sun doesn’t feel as strong? Fall is coming, but that doesn’t mean your adventures have to stop anytime soon. 

The leaves are starting to change colors in the more northern part of the country, from vibrant greens to hues to gold, red, purple, and orange. Why not get out there on the road and enjoy them for yourself? Experience the grand change of the seasons with the best view – when the stunning colors zip by you on a motorcycle ride.

Get ready to set the fall dates on your calendars, pack your bags, check your motorcycle apps, and get that tank filled up. It’s time for some awesome autumn rides!

 

autumn rides on your motorcycle are amazing when the foliage is turning

Oh, the Places You Could Go – On Your Autumn Rides

Tunnel of Trees – Northern Michigan M-119

 

Why not experience something that seems to have a touch of magic to it?

Located in Northern Michigan, take stock of the awe-inspiring fall foliage that surrounds you on your ride. The Tunnel of Trees spans from Harbor Springs to Cross Village and truly is an amazing feat of nature. This is 20 miles of beautiful scenery that will absolutely take your breath away.

This is one of those autumn rides you have to savor. The kind of ride where you take some time to stop and smell the roses. You’ll definitely feel as though you might be heading into another realm…

Why is it called the Tunnel of Trees?

Well, it’s because the forest of evergreens and hardwood trees that surround the zig-zagging road tower overhead and narrow down toward the pavement as if you’re traveling through a tunnel. Maybe it’s leading you to Narnia? Who knows! Why not take an autumn ride and find out for yourself?

There are plenty of colorful places to stop along the way, local business ranging from shops and dives. Come to see all there is to offer for yourself!

 

there are scenic autumn rides on your bike and then there are adventure rides, too

 

The Tail of the Dragon – Bordering the States of Tennessee and North Carolina

 

Can you handle the dragon? Can you survive the 318 curves in 11 miles on the tail of this beast? Come to test it out yourself. This is not a scenic adventure; instead, it’s a test of skill and the road itself! This is the challenge heard around the states as many make their way to out their skills to the test. It’s just you and the road. Who will conquer who? There are no houses, no side roads, and no intersections.

All year, it hosts plenty of events, perfect for friends and family looking for a different style of road tripping. This Fall is no exception to the rule. In October, check out the annual, Attack of the Dragon, which is 11 years old and still going strong. That and many other events are coming up to celebrate the beautiful fall season. Ride that noble steed and come to slay the beast!

 

autumn rides on your motorcycle can be so comfortable as the weather cools

 

Twisted Sisters – Three Hill Country Ranch Roads 335, 336, & 337 San Antonio Texas

 

These sisters are truly twisted here and they are wicked! This is 100 miles of loops along three stretches of road that keep you holding onto your bike and hugging those turns even tighter. Beware one particular stretch of 15 miles, it has 65 curves alone! Only a truly skilled motorcyclist can handle these three siblings and known for the challenge they present. Do you think you can tango with these girls? Prove your worth and take on this challenge!

This stretch is a motorcyclist’s dream, as it has plenty of sites and sounds to experience along the journey. Take a break at one of the many local diners and restaurants, or maybe the Lone Star Motorcycle Museum! It has become such a popular spot that locals and tourists alike flock here and gather at multiple events throughout the year. You may even find yourself at one of them! Wind your way through the scenic and historic byway that Texas has to offer.

 

autumn rides can be very different depending on whether you want foliage or adventure

 

San Juan Mountain Skyway – Starting in Ridgway, Colorado and ending in Telluride, Colorado

 

Nestled in the mountains of Colorado why not take a trip and explore the San Juan National Forest?  This 12-mile route circles around a good amount of land from the park. It’s also known as the “Million Dollar Highway” and it sticks true to the word! Just pay for the gas and you’re off!

Take in the beautiful sights of the Rocky Mountains not far off in the distance, and get a taste of that rich, fresh air. This will not be a one day trip either; the amount of fun and entertainment on every corner is truly a sight to behold.

Enjoy a quick side trip into the heart of Ridgway where many a famous Wild Western Movies have been made, or head to Mesa Verde National Park to see its unique landscape.

This is absolutely one of those awesome autumn rides for any skill level. Start marking your calendar…

 

autumn rides across the USA are made for a variety of skill levels and interests

 

The Kancamagus Highway – North Conway, New Hampshire

 

The Kancamagus Highway has no clever marketing name, nor does it need one. This highway speaks for itself as it guides you directly through the magnificence that is the White Mountains. This is one of those autumn rides that bring you closer to the heart of nature, true quiet, and beauty.

In the fall, the colors here explode, and folks head here for the picturesque views. (They don’t call them “leaf peepers” for nothing!) These New England mountains will be washed in hues of gold, orange, and reds for 34.5 miles, the foliage isn’t limited to just the highway. What more could you possibly ask for? Let these mountains inspire you!

When you need to refuel your bike and your body, explore the local towns around these giants. Enjoy the hospitality of the kind locals and their sleepy, yet lively, little towns.

Perhaps they will tell you a secret about a hiking trail not far off or maybe a small pub that has the best sandwiches and beer. You may even find yourself where the Old Man of the Mountain used to be. “The Old Man” is a historic sight, where nature’s marvel surveyed the scene of New Hampshire’s mountains for years. Sadly, the Old Man returned to the earth in May 2003, but there is a memorial for him. 

Why not hop on that bike and find your way up here again? (We’re assuming you crossed Laconia Motorcycle Week of your bucket list already as one of the motorcycle rallies you HAD to go to.)

Reconnect with nature and enjoy autumn in New England at its finest. 

 

autumn rides in New England are amazing on a motorcycle as you take in the beauty of the mountains

Before you go out and hit those awesome autumn rides, keep these safety tips in mind…

 

autumn rides on your bike are a visual feast when the foliage is changing colors

 

We Have a Few Quick Tips to Keep You Safe During Your Autumn Rides

 

Fall is a different season and has a different set of things and places, and riders should heed a little caution.

While there may not be snow or an avalanche, (depending, of course, where you are…) accidents can still happen during autumn rides.

Here are a few quick tips of things to be aware of when you’re out riding:

  • Keep an eye out for dry or wet leaves: Dry leaves could potentially cover hazards such as potholes or branches on the road that you don’t want to drive your bike over and damage your wheels or worse, injure yourself. Wet leaves are also a hazard and slick up the road which may cause you to slip. Basically be aware of all the leaves on the road. 
  • Deer season is here: Deer are far more active this time of year. More collisions with deer are likely to happen, so be alert! They are fast and sometimes they will freeze in the middle of the road. Pay attention to signs alerting drivers and riders to deer crossings. 
  • Leather is your best friend: Weather during this time of year is notorious for being finicky. It may go from warm bursts to chilling winds. Leather will not only keep you warm but offers you adequate protection as well. Check out TMS’s Motorcycle Apparel for some stylish, yet warm and protective, riding gear.
  • Cold nights: We’ve gotten so used to the summer heat that sometimes we forget that night temperatures can drop rapidly. Plan accordingly, especially if you are camping. 
  • Frost and icy surfaces: When the weather drops at night things can still be frosted over in the morning. Keep an eye out for slick roads!

Are You Looking to Test Your Skills or Stop and Smell the Roses?

 

Now comes the time where you have to sit down and make a decision. Are you looking for a way to test nature or to be a part of it? Once you have an answer, it might make it a much easier time of deciding where you want to go. Do you want to head out toward Colorado? Or the opposite direction and up into northern New Hampshire? The choice is up to you!

Before you head on out though, be sure to stock up on all your gear, equipment, tools and accessories. You might need to gather a few more supplies before that autumn rides begin, so check out TMS Parts before you set off and get the parts and gear you need.

And remember, have FUN out there!

7 ATV & UTV Fall Events You Gotta Check Out

ATV and UTV fall events are coming up

Mark Your Calendars: Here are Some of the Best  ATV & UTV Fall Events for 2018

Get those engines roaring! Summer is almost over and fall is just around the corner.

You’ve already hit up the summertime bike rallies and now it’s time for side-by-side season! 

If there wasn’t enough time to fit in all of your off-roading summer plans don’t worry. The upcoming season is still filled with fun and amazing ATV and UTV fall events that will satisfy any four wheeler or SXS enthusiast out there!

Start packing your bags and marking the calendar for all the adventures coming up. TMS Parts is talking about seven events you’re not going to want to miss.

Get ready to explore new, exciting trails all over the beautiful United States. After riding, take a break from the scenic trails and enjoy live music, games, and food and merchandise vendors.

Best of all, you’ll have the opportunity to meet like-minded people who share the same love and passion you have for nature and machine!

ATV & UTV fall events have scenic riding and walking trails for when you want a little of both like this scenic view

7 ATV & UTV Fall Events for 2018

 

take a break from the ATV & UTV fall events and enjoy the views

 

White Mountain UTV Jamboree 2018

 

White Mountain UTV Jamboree is a UTV fall event you don't want to miss

WHERE: Springerville, Arizona
When: September 6th-10th, 2018

 

It’s the 14th annual event for the White Mountain UTV Jamboree and they are pulling out all of the stops this year!

Their motto is, “Bigger and Better than ever!” and it sure seems to be the case at this year’s jamboree.

Come out and explore over 24 different guided trails, all yours to choose from. And you don’t have to worry about missing out on any events – access most trails day or night. Also, two of the trails are even available overnight for riding any time. So from sundown til sunup, keep on riding for as long as you can. Between the trails and the entertainment, there will never be a dull moment. 

But where are you going to stay? Not to worry, they’ve thought of everything, riders! Campgrounds, in and surrounding the area, keep you right where the action is. Don’t worry about packing food for breakfast or dinner either, the Jamboree has you covered with meals ready and waiting for you! If camping isn’t your shtick, the Eager recreational center is located near plenty of local restaurants and businesses. 

riders enjoying ATV & UTV fall events

Are you ready to join in on all the fun at the Jamboree?

 

San Juan ATV Safari 2018

 

San Juan ATV Jamboree is another awesome ATV & UTV fall event

 

WHERE: Blanding, Utah
When: September 12th-15th, 2018

 

Come and join your fellow riders for three days of non-stop adventuring through Utah’s beautiful Canyonlands.

Explore the Canyonlands from the Blue Mountains all the way through rough terrain and into San Juan County. What more could you possibly ask for?

San Juan Safari hosts events year-round, but this is the one ATV/UTV riders are buzzing about.

San Juan Safari offers 18 different trails to choose from. These trails range from easy to expert level, catering to all riding styles. No need to worry about waiting, or keeping up with the others on the trail. Focus on having fun! And just when you think it can’t get any better, it does. 

At the end of the event, before you pack your bags and load up for the treck home, stop by their Closing Banquet. Have one last hurrah with the new friends and family you made. The real world of Mondays and work deadlines can wait just a little longer… 

But you need to act fast! Only the first 350 people will be lucky enough to earn a spot at the San Juan ATV Jamboree! 

 

Brimstone Paragon 2018

 

ATV & UTV fall events - Brimstone Paragon 2018

Where: Huntsville, Tennessee
When: September 28th-30th, 2018

 

Fire and Brimstone have nothing on the action packed adventures you’ll have at this event! Brimstone Paragon’s motto is, camp, ride, cut loose, and kickback”.  And they take their motto seriously. 

Spend the weekend taking in the breathtaking sites while zoomin’ around their numerous trails. Enjoy family-friendly outings, games, and live music every night.

Watch the live ATV demos being performed and learn new tips and tricks to get the ultimate care and experience for your ride. All in just two days!

Lots of ATV and UTV fall events have live music

Not enough to entice you? Well how about this, you could have your chance of winning something extra special.

This year, you have a shot at winning at New Yamaha 2019! 

But wait, there’s more!

And we wish we could share all of the awesomeness with you, but you’re just going to have wait to find out. They’re keeping the rest of their grand prize goodies hidden away till you show up.

 

Pumpkin Run Rally 2018

 

Atv & UTV fall events include the Pumpkin Run in Mercer, Wisconsin

 

Where: Mercer, Wisconsin
When: October 4th-6th, 2018

 

Come out and join the upcoming Pumpkin Run Rally! At this point in the season, the leaves have started to change to wonderful colors of orange, red, and yellow in Wisconsin. It’ll be beautiful to ride the guided trails and adventure all through Iron County.

This autumn, come help support a wonderful cause and ride for a cure during Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

This weekend is filled with games, prizes, food, and much, much more. Heck, join the weekend-long Poker Run; race against other riders to get the best hand!  

We know you’re guaranteed to have a great time here!

Wrap up the end of the weekend at the Closing Parade, where you participate in the fall magic as you ride your all terrain vehicle through the trails as well as through this picturesque, Midwestern town.

ATV and UTV fall events celebrate picturesque foliage

This is one autumn event you can’t miss.

 

UTV Takeover 2018

 

 

UTV Takeover is one of the awesome UTV fall events in October

Where: Waynoka, Oklahoma
When: October 3rd-7th, 2018

 

Five fun-filled, family-friendly days of SXS activities await you! The entertainment seem to never end.

This event is packed with UTV-specific events such as racing, drag racing, and the good ol’ huckfest.

Got specific plans but afraid to miss out? Not to worry here. There are day and nighttime shows of ‘show n shine’ to show off amazing SXS vehicles. 

Hop on daily group rides, sit down at one of the many potluck dinners, and watch live music playing every day. And when we say family-friendly UTV fall events, we truly mean it; take the little ones out to the kid zone and let all that energy out.  

there are UTV fall events that are family friendly like the UTV Takeover in Waynoka, Oaklahoma

Vendors, UTV enthusiasts, and new friends await at this super festival. What are you waiting for?

 

National Trailfest 2018

 

UTV fall events also can include ATVs and dirtbikes like TrailFest in Gilbert, West Virginia

 

Where: Gilbert, West Virginia
When: October 4th-8th, 2018

 

A national vent that offers the, “Best trail riding in the world!” Besides being one of the premier UTV, ATV, and Dirt Bike fall riding events in the country, National TrailFest has direct access to some of the United State’s best trails. These include the Rockhouse Trail and the Devil Anse Trail, so yeah, it really IS the best.

National TrailFest is chalk-full of daytime and nighttime events. Join in the poker and dice run, or the mud pit mud runs for cash prizes. Young folks can take a turn at the wheel in the youth mini motocross track. If that doesn’t catch your eye,  make your way over to the ATV/UTV & Dirt Bike Costume Parade.

This is one of those ATV and UTV fall events that is filled to the brim with entertaining games and activities the whole family will enjoy!

All you have to do is head on over to registration. Hurry now before you miss it!

 

SxS Adventure Rally 2018

 

UTV fall events not to miss include the SxS Adventure Rally

 

Where: Hurricane, Utah
When: November 8th-10th and 20th-26th, 2018

 

Sand Hollow State Park hosts a gathering of over 500+ SXS and UTV’s all in one place. With attendance this large, at one of the impressive UTV fall events, it can only mean that a havoc of adventures is about to take place! Grab a spot before it’s too late because you don’t want to miss these events.

Join in the adventure at Sand Hollow, choose between the auctions and raffles, or jump on one of the many guided trail rides. Keep up with all the action by throwing your tent in the trunk and picking out a spot at one of the many camping sites located all around the event.

Take your pick of family-friendly events at the campsite, live-wired with friends and camaraderie you’ll never want to leave. The schedule of events at this fall festival is so insanely packed, Sand Hollow runs it for TWO sessions!

SxS Adventure Rally has family friendly UTV fall events and campsites

Not to worry about missing one when another one is bigger, badder and longer than the first just around the corner. Why not do both? It’s up to you!

Alright, Mark Your Calendar for ATV & UTV Fall Events Now!

 

ATV and UTV Fall Events Get Everyone Excited

Pick and choose which events you’re going to and don’t wait! Get your hand reaching for that set of keys, load up, and ship on out! It’s time to head off to another excellent adventure with friends and family. 

Just because summer is ending doesn’t mean that the fun has to (FYI – fun is all year-round, as far as TMS Parts is concerned). With all these awesome ATV and UTV fall events coming up, no one would blame you if you secretly wished summer would end a little early so fall could arrive just a little bit sooner. 

Who would blame you? We get it, we’re excited too.

So, you know what you have to do. Your next set of adventures are just around the bend, waiting for you!

 

Need some ATV wheels or UTV parts before you ride off into the sunset? We got you covered.