The Need for Speed Doesn’t End in Winter – Enter Motorcycle Ice Racing
When we think about motorcycles, we tend to think about cruising down the highway in the summertime. The weather is hot, the sunlight hours are long, and the wind whipping by doesn’t hurt your face yet.
But any real gearhead knows that the need for speed doesn’t end when the snow starts falling and the wind is more punishing than forgiving. Wintertime is great for motorcycle ice racing and it’s not just a fad.
The cold weather is almost egging you on, don’t you want to take a ride? Better yet, don’t you want to race? Every rider knows that feeling of the itch you can’t scratch, and this is nothing new.
That’s why when Jack Frost comes to visit you can still see those dedicated racers hitting the frozen tracks with studded tires, kicking up the ice and having a great time. Motorcycle ice racing is one of the most exhilarating ways to feed the speed demon that lives inside of all of us.
So you know a little about motorcycle ice racing, but you’re curious and want to know more. Great! We’re here to share more about the sport’s long history in Europe, the racers in America, and why it’s definitely NOT a passing fad.
Motorcycle Ice Racing in Europe and the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme
The FIM is the global sanctioning body for motorcycle racing, governing races and organizations in six continents and over 100 countries. They were founded in Paris, France all the way back on December 21st, 1904 (happy belated 114th birthday!). The headquarters have moved several times and currently reside in Mies, Switzerland.
The first records of putting bikes on the ice happened in 1924 in Switzerland. Racetracks were made on frozen lakes with many of the same rules and regulations as Speedway racing. The bikes used studded tires to grip into the ice just like they would on a dirt track.
The first official motorcycle ice racing competition put on by the FIM was held in 1939 in Moscow. After the second world war, ice racing started to gain traction all across Eastern Europe. The first international competitions began to be held in the late 1950s.
The races used 500cc Speedway bikes, but eventually, new classes were added to the competition: 125cc, 350cc, and sidecar (because everybody has that friend who needs to be close to the action). The first FIM Ice Racing Cup was held in 1963. A Russian rider took the championship, and the Soviets dominated the sport for many years.
While the Europeans may have led the way in sanctioning these events, the North Americans weren’t far behind. And of course, they had to put their own spin on it.
Motorcycle Ice Racing in America
The American Motorcyclist Association is the governing body for American races, and it’s very similar to its European counterpart. The real difference in AMA racing is the type of bikes.
FIM races use Speedway bikes, which tend to have two-speed gearboxes and do not have front brakes. AMA races, on the other hand, feature motocross, or dirt bikes, but use the same studded tires to grip into the ice.
AMA races run on counter-clockwise oval tracks, as well as GP-style road courses that have both left and right turns. Turning can be pretty difficult in these environments, which is why spikes in the tires fan all the way out to the side. Riders can lean into turns, nearly scraping the surface of the ice. Check out this YouTube video to see just how incredibly low these racers can go.
The AMA holds yearly events called the Ice Race National Championship. There is a huge variety of events and races that happen. The motorcycle ice racing competitions are for riders as young as four years old and up. Vehicles in the competition range from lightly modified bikes and ATV’s to fully custom-built ice racers.
In 2019, the Championship Race will be held in Wisconson on January, 20th. There will be a 3-hour endurance race, as well as shorter 30-minute circuits for younger competitors.
Also, motorcycle ice racing has even become part of the yearly X-Games competition. Check out these Harley riders talking about riding and competing!
Motorcycle Ice Racing is Not Just a Passing Craze
It seems like almost as quickly as humans invented the motorcycle, we started racing them. We look for the thrills of death-defying speeds and being crowned the fastest seems as natural as the sky being blue and the grass being green.
As motorcycle riders, we’re always going to be a little on the fringe of the mainstream. We might not have the numbers that NASCAR does, but don’t let anyone tell you that all of this is going to just blow over. Racing bikes, on land or on the ice, is here to stay!
Finally, it’s important to realize that motorcycle ice racing is just about as safe as riding in the summer on the road, and twice as fun! So look out for those kooky riders hauling their bikes to the lake this winter, because there’s no reason the fun has to stop when the roads aren’t safe.
Mark Your Calendars for an Amazing Snowmobiling Events Season
There is no shortage in America of people who love speed, sleds, and winter sports. At TMS Parts we want you to enjoy the best winter riding experience by attending awesome snowmobile events across the country. Having an excellent riding season isn’t only about what you’re riding. It’s also about where you’re riding.
But maybe you don’t have time to research and plan which snowmobile events you want to attend. Check out this list of 10 snowmobile events that are on our calendars this year!
Where Do You Want to Start Your Snowmobiling Adventures?
Riders put their skills and endurance to the test on over 2,000 miles of rugged Alaskan terrain during these events. Snowmobilers face the elements as well as each other for a shot at the glory of beating the world’s toughest snowmobile race.
Come see riders who live and breathe snowmobiles, and enter their raffle for a chance to win a new sled or even a tiny house!
East Coast Snocross
January-March, All along the East Coast
East Coast Snocross puts on some of the most exciting snowmobiling events and races all over the East Coast. Each race takes advantage of its state’s own geography and beautiful sights.
This year ECS will host their first event in Southern New Hampshire. If you’ve never visited this beautiful state, this might be the perfect opportunity to see some majestic mountains and get your adrenaline pumping!
Take a look at their event schedule to see where and when you can join the fun.
USSA Prostar Cup
January-March, Midwest, and Canada
The United States Snowmobile Association is the longest running sanctioning body since organized snowmobile racing began. They have a long-standing history of excellent and exciting snowmobiling events. They have sanctioned races in over 25 states across the country and even Canada.
Think you have what it takes to win? Sign up today to test your skills against some great riders in a competition that has stood the test of time.
Take a Friend Snowmobiling!
January 19th, Hudson Crossing, NY
Are you a newcomer to the sled scene? The snowmobile clubs from Saratoga and Washington County are hosting a Take a Friend snowmobiling event. Beginners can get tips from more experienced riders and test them out on the trails.
If this isn’t your first rodeo, it’s a great chance to give advice to new riders who are just starting to explore snowmobiling events. Just think of all the things you wish you knew when you started sledding.
Bring a friend along and spread your love for this great sport.
Best of all, it’s FREE! There are no entry or admission fees, just show up and get ready to have fun!
Annual Moose Jaw Safari
January 19th, Harbor Springs, Michigan
On the third Saturday of January, the Harbor Springs club hosts their annual Moose Jaw Safari. No registration or trail permit is required for vintage sleds at this event. You just need to show up at the right time and get ready for an expedition!
The ride is about 30 miles through wintery terrain to beautiful Lars Lake (about a 2-hour ride out). Witness some of the finest trials you’ll ever come across in Michigan and make sure to try the famous Bean soup waiting for you at the finish line.
What more could you ask for from a snowmobiling event?
Lake George Winter Carnival
February, Lake George, New York
Every weekend in February, come to Lake George for fun with the whole family at their annual Winter Carnival! There are ATV races and a polar plunge for the daredevils in your family. Kids can enjoy pony rides and marshmallow toasting on the beach, and plenty of great food and fireworks for everyone to enjoy.
There’s no reason you need to choose between having fun in the snow and having fun with your family. Check their event calendar to see everything there is to enjoy.
A Snowmobile Parade For the History Books
February 1st, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan
Have you ever wanted to be part of snowmobiling history? Join this once in a lifetime experience at Sault Ste. Marie as the city attempts to break the world record for the longest snowmobile parade in history! They need at least 1,048 snowmobiles (you read that right) to partake in this event and get their name in the Guinness Book of World Records.
It’s a snowmobiling event for the ages!
If you’re interested in going down in the history books check out their facebook page. Make sure you give them a like and stay updated on their progress.
51st Annual International 500 Snowmobile Race
February 2nd Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan
So what do you do the day after you get in the Book of World Records? Well, how about going to see “Nascar on Ice”? February 2nd is the 51st Annual International 500 Snowmobile race, and it is one of the biggest snowmobile events for racers in the world!
Watch some of the fastest sleds in the world break speeds up to 100 mph and prepare to be awed when you learn that they put this together every year with 100% volunteer effort. These volunteers do it all with their passion for sleds and speed, and it’s sure to be a great time. But don’t just take our word for it, go see why Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan says, “if you enjoy NASCAR you will love the I-500 Snowmobile race!”
Snowmobile Expo and Powersports Show
March 15-17, West Yellowstone, Montanna
Santa comes in December, but there’s no reason you can’t start next year’s wishlist early, right?
If you’re not interested in the new stuff, it’s also a great chance to come and show off your vintage sled! Enjoy the vintage snowmobile races at one of the classic snowmobiling events, and see how fast those beasts can still fly through the snow.
10th Annual NYSSA Vintage Sled Show
April 27th, Niagra Falls Convention Center, NY
Got love for the old school? Head to the Niagra Falls Convention Center to check out some incredible vintage snowmobiles! Held in conjunction with the SLEDNY education forum this event is the place to be for any and all lovers of snowmobiles.
This is a great opportunity to meet like-minded riders who have a passion for the sleds of yesteryear.
Which Snowmobiling Events are You Heading to This Year?
No matter what kind of rider or spectator you are, there are all sorts of great snowmobiling events taking place this year. Get prepared, get your family and friends, and get planning now to make the most out of your winter season.
Sometimes, your motorcycle is too much to ignore. We’re looking at you winter riders!
For some people, no matter the season, sunny or not, you just have to jump on that bike and ride! But riding in the winter is a bit trickier from the other seasons.
Suddenly, winter hits. Slow speeds, heavy set mud, and deep snow can make the motor work much harder than it might during the summer. There is also the threat of cold, slushy water crashing around your bike components and corrosive salts that can spread rust quicker than you can blink.
This winter, let us supply you with the tools and helpful tips to keep you, winter rider, and your bike in top shape.
10 Ways to Keep Winter Riders Safe on the Roads
1 – Make Sure You Can Ride this Winter
Before you even begin to start swinging on your winter gear, ask yourself one question. Is riding during the winter even legal where you live or where you want to ride?
Check with local authorities about any and all laws that could keep you off the road this winter. Some states require winter traction tires that are installed within a specific set of dates. Some won’t allow you on the road at all during winter, and some won’t have any specified winter riding regulations at all. It’s best to check before you make travel plans.
2 – Wear the Right Motorcycle Gear for Winter
Riding comfortably is a smart move for any winter rider. However, wearing layers (i.e. full leg and full sleeve) is key. While riding, we sweat, even in the winter time, and having base layers can help save you from having an uncomfortable ride.
Base layers allow the skin to breathe, even with other layers over them. These pieces of gear allow the sweat to evaporate instead of turning to cold perspiration on the body. When it comes to outerwear, you’re going to want something that’s breathable and waterproof. Pair it with gloves that give you the proper grip, strong control, and safer mobility for steering.
And along with layering, it’s incredibly important that you add heated motorcycle gear and grips to your riding wardrobe to avoid frostbite when the temperature drops. There are warmer winter days, depending on where you live, but if you are in a classic winter climate – snow or no snow – you really need to invest in heated gear. Frostbite is not worth the risk.
3 – The Winter Rider’s Right Type of Helmet
We all know the drill. To ride safely, you need a helmet.
For the winter season, you want to consider helmets specifically made to combat colder elements. You want to look for a tightly-sealed helmet with a fog-free face shield to keep your vision clear from the outside temperatures. A bright reflector is another smart investment in your winter gear. This prevents any mist or condensation from collecting under your visor. Anything blocking your vision needs to be changed to be able to see clearly on some icy roads.
4 – Your Motorcycle is Properly Prepped and Prepared
Here’s the thing: motorcycles aren’t necessarily made for the winter months. This means you need to continuously make sure it’s running in tip-top shape.
Start by checking on the coolant that’s running in your radiator. Is there a proper amount of coolant? Is there enough Antifreeze to keep the bike going? What the lowest temperature the engine on your bike can stand? Can the electrical system of your bike handle the cold?
These are all things you need to ask yourself before you adventure out into the chill.
5 – Keep an Eye on Your Tires
Remember, cold weather = cold tires. Now that should be obvious. In the winter, it’s vital to keep this in mind. When your tires get cold, it gives the bike limited traction. Riding does help increase heat in the tires, but every stop you make can quickly have them cooling down as well. When they start to cool down, remember to take it slow. Make sure you have adequate tread on your tires for winter riding, that way when are forced to slow down on the bike you still have all the control.
Another helpful tip; check your tire pressure before every ride. Extreme drops in temperature affect the tire pressure.
Snow means salt, plow trucks, and black ice on the roads, so keep your eyes peeled! Salt that’s laid down for the ice can destroy the metal on your bike and ruin the traction. Avoid any crystalized appearances on the road. Motorcycles aren’t designed for winter riding, so they can quickly succumb to rust if you don’t keep your bike clean. Plow trucks can destroy roads, creating new cracks and potholes. And as for black ice? Always avoid it at all cost.
7 – Know when it’s Time to Go Home
The worst thing you can possibly do is to drive your bike through a snowstorm.
A few flurries are one thing, but being caught in a snowstorm is another. When the snow starts coming down harder, visibility reduces drastically to almost nothing. It will be harder to see the road in front of you and even harder for others to see you down the lane.
When you see that the snow has started coming down, it’s time to turn your bike around and head back home and save your ride for another day.
8 – Winter Riders Need to See and be Seen
Speaking of visibility, whether the weather gets a little rougher or the sun starts to set, make sure you’re still seen. Having on a reflector vest can help make sure that cars see you coming. Sometimes it’s not the road you have to watch out for, it’s the people around you driving that you need to keep an eye on.
9 – Slow it Down
Part of the fun of a motorcycle is the speed; we get that. But when you’re handling ice, it’s a bit of a different story and not a combo worth trying.
Take it easy on the road.
Speed and black ice don’t mix; regardless of the road conditions, it’s crucial that you drive safely to avoid getting hurt or hurting someone else. That is something we want to avoid at all costs.
10 – Check the Weather Before you Travel
The easiest, safest thing you can do for yourself is to check that weather before you head out the door. Keep an eye on the weather patterns before you even step outside. It will save yourself a headache and also the chance of ruining your plans.
By keeping ahead of the weather and being smart about it, that guarantees a great ride.
Bring on Winter Riders!
Sometimes you can’t avoid the call of your machine, and we get you, winter rider.
Winter doesn’t stop that drive and why should it? We want you to enjoy that beast whenever and wherever you want to travel. Snow won’t stop you and neither will we.
Finding the Perfect Motorcycle Gifts this Holiday Season
We get it. Finding the perfect motorcycle gifts for the rider in your life can be a very stressful endeavor. You have to find the right gift, not just any old stocking stuffer, like socks or soap. And finding one for the extreme motorcycle enthusiast in your life can present even more of a challenge.
What do you get them?!
So… that leaves you considering where to get it, how to get it, and how much it’ll cost! Ack! The dreaded price tags on the things you want!
Well, we are here to help take the guesswork out of motorcycle gifts. We can make things a bit easier for you when shopping for that perfect gift for that certain someone. Here we will share some of our favorite gift ideas for the rider in your life.
Motorcycle Gifts Can Vary Greatly
Motorcycle gifts aren’t just gear or tech. Of course, those are two very popular categories, but keep in mind that there are other things that the rider in your life needs, even if they don’t realize it. So, let’s get started with some gifts we think will be a big hit no matter the occasion.
Adventure Medical Kits Survive Outdoors Longer Origin Survival Kit
It’s never a bad thing to be prepared in case an emergency strikes. Give an awesome medical kit for outdoor survival to the adventuring motorcyclist in your life. Make sure that they have everything they could possibly need (or want) from a survival kit at their disposal. You know, just in case.
Compact waterproof case
Flip-up signal mirror
10-lumen LED lights
100-decibel rescue whistle
Fire striker and four pieces of Tinder-Quik fire starter
3sq.Ft. aluminum foil
6ft. Stainless steel wire
10ft. Nylon braided cord
One sewing needle and three safety pins
Fishing line and four fishing hooks
Two snap swivels
Two split shot lead pellets
And instructions with over 62 survival techniques and strategies from Buck Tilton
SENA Attachable Boom Microphone for 20S Communication System
Wouldn’t it be great to communicate hands-free during your ride? With an attachable boom microphone from SENA, you can do just this… safely!
This is one of those tech motorcycle gifts that is no hassle at all! The microphone easily attaches to the rider’s helmet and keeps communication clear.
SENA even offers a great video that shows you little tips and tricks to make sure that it stays secure inside the helmet at all times.
Best audio quality with foam protection
A leading brand that offers and guarantees quality products
Raptor ll Interchangeable Goggles
The frames in the Raptor II interchangeable goggles are shatter resistant and offer a bold design that complements the wearer. The goggles have two removable foam pieces to guarantee a secure and comfortable fit.
While on the road your eyes still need protection from the elements. Why not do it in style?
To many fans, he made his name as the star of the 1970’s movie On Any Sunday, a movie that sparked a love for motorcycles and off-road adventures in America.
Add this to the growing collection of motorcycle memorabilia, and excellent autobiographical reads.
An oversized, hardcover, coffee table book
Written with personal storytelling, rich details and many never before seen photos from Malcolm’s personal archive
Details over his early years, first bikes, and races in the US, Baja, Europe, and Asia. Including excerpts from his family life. All told by the world’s most legendary motorcycle and off-road racers.
Fly Racing Elite Insulated Water Bottle 23oz.
This is the next generation of a water bottle. It’s the most flexible one you can find out on the market and the only one that can guarantee a clear pure taste like no other.
The bottle is made with Purist tech that purifies the water before you have a sip offering you a healthier option.
Cortech Blitz Off-road Helmet Bag
Does the rider in your life have a place to stash their helmet? Is it secure? Can it offer protection? Protect the thing that protects the noggin!
This plush, synthetic fleece lined bag is the perfect gift to give on any occasion, or even just because. Gift them a carrying case for their vital piece of equipment in style.
Heavy duty 600 Denier Carbolex
Full-length zipper for easy entry
Comfortable carrying handles
Fits most off-road and street helmets
Cortech GPS Bag with Mounting Bracket
Make things easier for your traveling motorcyclist with this GPS bag. Not only will it protect the device you’ve invested money in, but it offers a design that guarantees a snug fit no matter the GPS you have.
It has foam inserts that ensure the best fit possible for your device. And thanks to the sturdy adjustable mounting bracket that’s attached there’s no need to fear that it will get lost on the road.
Dryer Tank bag
Map pocket in the design
Waterproof molded 195-gram jersey knit material for the outer shell
Easy access waterproof zippered main compartment with clear window for easy visibility
Water resistant audio ports allow the GPS to be hardwired to the motorcycle
Direct mount bracket will mount to most motorcycles
Bobster Eyewear Bugeye Goggles
Here are some sleek, stylish goggles that won’t break the bank. Try out these shatter resistant polycarbonate lenses that block out harmful UVA and UVB rays. These babies have adjustable straps to offer a comfortable fitted feel and look that rival other goggles. This eyewear is a “classic touring shapes that envokes a bygone era of motoring on the open highway”.
Glare-free lenses for enhanced visibility
Vented black frames and adjustable straps
Ultra comfortable foam cushion strap
Open cell foam surrounding eye cups offering comfort, durability, and assists in thorough airflow
Bikemaster Brake Bleeder Vacuum Test Kit
A true motorcycle enthusiast will always want the best for their bike. They take pride in their machine and, for many, want to be a part of the whole process, start to finish. They aren’t just in it for the ride. Why not help them be a part of that?
This is the ideal kit for any person that wants to take a hands-on experience with their machine. This kit makes bleeding your brakes a snap and finding vacuum leaks easy as pie. It’s the perfect piece of equipment to add to any motorcyclist’s garage.
All metal construction body, heavy duty pump
High-quality gauge with reading to -1.o bar (-30in/hG)
Extra long (23.75 in.) hoses and a myriad of adapters
Protective rubber gauge cover for durability and impact absorption
Multiple use tool for motorcycles, automotive, and marine applications
Nelson-Rigg Compact Rain Jacket
Help your rider prepare for unfortunate weather conditions. Rain can strike anywhere and anytime. Expect the unexpected!
Why not gift them with a compact rain jacket to keep them dry? It comes in two colors, a nice neutral dark color or a vibrant fluorescent yellow. The latter is to make sure other drivers know you’re sharing the road.
Packs into an integrated zippered pouch for convenient storage
100% waterproof Tri-Max Nylon with heat taped seams
Waterproof zippers and material to keep water out
Lightweight and relaxed fit
2 side zippered pockets and 2 inside stow away open pouches
Concealed hood with drawstrings
Adjustable drawcord waist for improved fit
Now You’ve Seen the Variety of Motorcycle Gifts for the Rider in Your Life
We know something caught your eye on that list; admit it. Hopefully, you’ve found just the gift you were looking for an upcoming celebration. Save yourself the headache of running out to the stores and fighting over the leftover scraps on the shelves.
And maybe, just maybe, you found something that might be perfect just for you. Might be time to treat yourself a little as well!
Hands-Free Motorcycle Bluetooth Communication Systems for the Lone Wolf
Part of what we love about our bikes is the freedom they give. Just you and the open road, nothing to distract you from the simple joys in life, like fresh air, the beauty of nature, and the feeling of your blood rushing as you’re tearing down the highway. But just because you’re a lone wolf on the road doesn’t mean you can’t share the experience by using motorcycle Bluetooth communication systems.
Bluetooth communication allows you to stay in touch with your passenger while the wind is whipping. With so many different motorcycle Bluetooth headsets on the market, it can be difficult to know what the best ones are.
Moreover, you want to make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck. Don’t worry, your friends at TMS Parts have you covered with this great overview of our favorite headset and intercom systems.
SENA Motorcycle Bluetooth Communication Systems
SENA 10S Bluetooth Communication System
The folks at SENA love to outdo themselves, and they clearly have with their upgraded SENA 10S system. The 10S system uses Bluetooth 4.1, enhanced speakers, an increased intercom distance of 1 mile in open terrain, built-in FM radio, and a smartphone app!
Now, for those of you asking what Bluetooth 4.1 is, basically, it is a smarter way to connect your devices, increasing efficiency and reducing the strain on your devices’ battery lives. For a more in-depth look at Bluetooth 4.1, take a look at this article by Trusted Reviews
The 10S motorcycle Bluetooth communication system has a talk time of 12 hours, a standby time of 10 days, and a radio duration of 8-10 hours. All of this life, and it only takes your lithium polymer battery 3 hours to charge before you’re ready to get back on the road.
SENA 20S Bluetooth Communication System
SENA’s 20S is an incredible product, featuring several industry firsts for in-helmet Bluetooth communication systems. This includes a dual Bluetooth module communication system so you can connect two units together to share conversation and music. Another innovation for the 20S is that it also allows for full duplex communication with other riders or passengers. This means that two units can communicate simultaneously. No more call and response walkie-talkie conversations! With the 20S, your communications are uninterrupted so you never miss a word.
The 20S has HD quality sound and advanced noise cancellation technology to make sure that audio is crystal clear. The unit is water-resistant for use in inclement weather, and you can rest easy knowing that it comes with a 2-year warranty.
SENA 10C Motorcycle Bluetooth Camera and Communication System
SENA continues to make leaps and bounds in the industry by presenting the 10C camera and communication system. This is the very first combined Bluetooth communication and video system on the market. The camera can catch video in 1080p:30fps, or 720p:30/60fps, as well as being able to capture still images in shot, burst, and time-lapse functions. The lens rotates up to 30 degrees so you can keep your eyes on the road while capturing the beautiful world around you.
The Uclear AMP Dual Helmet system can be found on sale from it’s listed price of $349.99, but they haven’t skimped out on the quality! The new AMP model uses 4.2 Bluetooth technology. It also has full duplex communication so you can keep up the conversation with your passenger or rider.
The AMP system is easy to install and can fit in so many places on any motorcycle helmet. Check out this video tutorial to see how to set up and connect your AMP Bluetooth devices. The video will also show you how to navigate the smartphone app!
UClear AMP Plus Dual Helmet Audio System
Another great system from UClear is the AMP Plus. The Plus system also uses Bluetooth 4.2 technology, and it’s full duplex communication. This allows you to connect with up to 6(!) other AMP Plus users with a Boost Pro Microphone Speaker System. This will ensure you catch all the words and none of the wind.
The AMP Plus Dual system comes with an AMP Plus controller unit, the Boost Pro Speaker and microphone array, both a permanent and temporary mount, an AC charger, USB charging cable, velcro mount set, and a quick-start guide. Also, the mobile app works with both Android and iPhones.
Nolan Bluetooth Headsets
Nolan N-COM B1 Communication System
Another excellent helmet Bluetooth system is the N-COM B1 from Nolan. One thing I really like about this system is that it was designed specifically for use with the Nolan N104/44 and N90/91/103 helmets. This allows you to leave out the guesswork, and get your Bluetooth system up and running quickly.
Now, this system is designed for riders on the same bike, as the max distance helmet to helmet is only about 150 feet. This product is better for the lovebird riders and not the caravan. It can also connect to your phone, mp3 player or GPS, and it’s compatible with all N-Com Bluetooth sets.
Check out this walkthrough from the folks at Nolan to see exactly how to install your B1 System.
Nolan B5 Bluetooth Communication System
Another impressive system from Nolan, the B5 Bluetooth system was made to be compatible with their N104EVO, N104, N44, N40 full and N40 helmets. The B5, like the B1, can connect with up to 6 other Nolan Bluetooth systems, but can also connect to up to two phones, all simultaneously! There is an available cable for connecting with mp3 devices and has an FM radio available. Now you can listen to your favorite tunes or catch the game while you’re out for a ride.
The N-COM app, available for both Apple and Android users, allows you to use your smartphone as a remote control for the B5 system. Additionally, you can also manage the whole system on your PC. Also, with the holidays coming up, it’s worth mentioning that this unit can be found on sale right now. It just goes to show that you can save money and buy a quality Bluetooth headset without having to fork over an arm and a leg.
Share the Road with Bluetooth Communication Systems
So that’s it! These are some of our favorites at TMS Parts.
We all like to think of ourselves as a bit of an outlaw, but you have to admit the best things in life are worth sharing, and that includes hitting the open road on your motorcycle. With the quality of in-helmet Bluetooth systems and the savings you can find out there, there’s no reason your rides need to be a solitary experience. So get a Bluetooth system for yourself and your friends or loved ones, because what’s an outlaw without a partner in crime?
Stay Warm with Heated Motorcycle Gear When You’re Riding in the Cold
One of the most important parts of riding your motorcycle is practicing safety, and this is especially true in the colder months of the year. The road conditions are getting worse, and the sun setting earlier means you have less visibility when you’re out on the road. Something else you might not have considered is keeping your body warm while you’re riding. This is why we love heated motorcycle gear.
Take a look at this wind chill chart from the National Weather Service. There you’ll see just how frigid those temperatures can get when you’re out for a ride. If its forty degrees outside, and you’re only riding fifteen miles per hour, you’re feeling a thirty-two-degree wind chill! Brrrrrr!
Higher speeds and lower temperatures can put you at risk for frostbite. This can really put an end to your season. So, why not check out some heated motorcycle gear and stretch your riding as far as you can?
State of the Art Heated Motorcycle Apparel From the Ground Up
ThermaCELL Heated Insoles
When it starts to get cold outside, it’s important to cover up to avoid losing body heat. We lose most of our body heat through our hands and feet, so keeping those covered are your safest bet for staying warm. These heated insoles from ThermaCELL are just what you need to retain that body heat and ride comfortably.
The insoles are rechargeable, and the battery can last up to five hours of continuous use on the medium setting. The total battery life is about 2,500 hours, which is enough to get you through four long winters of some serious riding. The ThermaCELL heated insoles are powered by lithium-ion polymer batteries that are embedded in the soles and can be fully recharged in just four hours.
ThermaCELL heated insoles are wirelessly controlled by remote, water resistant, and can be trimmed to fit almost any shoe size! What’s not to love about heated motorcycle gear that will flex to your needs? Also, if you purchase these insoles you’ll receive a remote control with batteries, a lanyard, drawstring travel bag, a global charger, and an instructional booklet if you need some help getting it set up.
Firstgear Heated Socks
Now that we’ve got our heated insoles, it’s time to think about layers, so why not take a look at some great heated socks to double down on that foot warmth? We like these ones from Firstgear.
Firstgear knows motorcycles and riders, and they bring the quality you can expect from them when you need heated motorcycle gear for your feet. They’re made from a micro-fleece material that lays flat over your foot and doesn’t bunch up like other heated socks you may have tried. These socks from Firstgear come with a fitted heel so your feet will rest comfortably. They fit inside your boots easily, without bunching up, and with wires that lay flat. You’re not going to feel anything other than the heat encompassing your toes and keeping them warm.
These socks are also wireless and come in five different sizes so you can find the pair that fits you the best. They have a two-year limited warranty so you can buy these knowing you’re going to receive a quality product.
Additional Heated Winter Riding Gear To Keep You Stylish
Firstgear Heated Windblock Pants
When you wear heated motorcycle gear in the winter you don’t have to compromise your unique style. With products like these excellent heated windblock pants from Firstgear, you might not even realize you have them on. They fit comfortably and they are formfitting so you can wear your favorite riding pants or chaps right over them. There is no need to choose between style and warmth when you can have both!
The windblock pants are designed with special wind-blocking front panels that protect your legs from the elements. Wear these while you’re cruising and keep in mind that they can be used in conjunction with Firstgear’s heatrollers. This allows for full temperature control in the frozen winter weather.
Heated Gloves To Fit Any Riding Style
Firstgear Heated Carbon Gloves
Here’s more Firstgear heated motorcycle gear to keep you toasty this season. This time we’re talking about heated gloves! Firstgear’s 12v heated gloves are made with Grade-A, top-grain, drum-dyed cowhide construction that has a waterproof membrane. This ensures your hands will stay warm and dry while that cool winter wind is whipping by.
These high-quality gloves are made with carbon fiber protection on molded knuckles. They come with pre-curved fingers to help you grip your handlebars and a rubber face shield wiper mounted on the finger. This is so you can keep your vision at 100% at all times. Once again this product comes with a two-year warranty to give you peace of mind when you’re making that purchase for yourself or someone else this holiday season.
Firstgear Heated Glove Liners
Now maybe you already own a pair of motorcycle gloves that you love, but they don’t keep you as warm as you would like to be. Well, there’s no reason you have to spring for new heated gloves when you can buy these great glove liners. The Firstgear Heated Glove Liners are made from a composite of poly for strength and spandex to fit your hands perfectly. Their thin material will easily slip into most non-heated winter riding gloves you already have, but will still keep your fingers warm, even as they’re being beaten with that wind chill.
These glove liners can plug into your jacket liner if you’re using one. If you would like to wear them independently, they will require a DC Coax Y-Harness Plug that is sold separately. Also, and I’m sure you’ve come to expect by now, they come with a two-year warranty.
Keeping Your Core Warm with a Battery Heated Vest
Now that we’ve got our extremities covered with a variety of different liners, and heated pieces of motorcycle riding gear, it’s time to take care of your core. Let’s talk about a heated vest to stave off that frosty weather and keep on riding.
Venture’s 12V Hybrid Soft Shell Heated Vest
Something really great about Venture’s Heated Vest is that it is designed to keep you warm even when you’re riding a small to medium sized bike, sled, ATV, or any other older vehicle with limited power. While it only draws 1.5 amps of power, it is enough to heat all four panels inside the vest. These panels are on the collar, on both sides of your chest, and on your back. It is made from wind and water resistant material that assures you will be warm and dry while you’re getting in those winter-time expeditions. The vest comes in seven different sizes so you can find one to fit anyone on your gift list!
Using your Electrical System for Heated Clothing
Now, most of these products are designed to be used with a heatroller, which is a remote that you use to adjust heat levels in all of your devices. The heatroller conveniently connects to your bike or sled’s battery. There is no need to lug around an external power source with you because you already have everything you need to get up and running.
While you already have your power supply, you will still need to find a reliable heatroller to use, and I would suggest either a single control heatroller or a double control heatroller from Firstgear. As you already know, both come with limited lifetime warranties. Also, there’s no need to have someone else install your heatrollers for you. Just watch this step-by-step installation guide from the masters at Firstgear.
Wrapping Things Up and Keeping Warm With Heated Motorcycle Gear
Talking a lot about great heated motorcycle gear today makes us want to suit up and hit the open, wintery roads. Of course, we need to check that we’re all charged up and ready to go. Tell us – are you ready to get your winter ride on?
The Top Snowmobile Trails to Plan Your Adventures Around
Winter is about to come in full swing. Fresh powder is about to fall to the ground and change the world into a winter wonderland. Don’t you want to explore this new world? Join in on the fun riding your snowmobile on the best trails in the US!
Maybe you’re looking for something different. Do you want a new adventure? How about new terrain and breathtaking scenery? Well look no further, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve got the top snowmobile trails that are going to make the adventurer in you go crazy.
So… Where Do You Want to Go?
We want to go one step further and offer you more than just a handful of names and maps. We want to give you 25 of the top snowmobile spots to visit and explore this winter all over the United States.
Want to adventure in a land with a “never-ending supply of snow”? Then try out the snowy wild-west terrain of Wyoming. Located just 50 miles northwest of the famous Jackson Hole, the beautiful backcountry scenery will leave you in awe. Navigate these trails over large expanses that throw you in the heart of nature. Don’t take our word for it, see it with your own two eyes!
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Speaking of Wyoming… adventure a little further North West and take a peek into the National treasures of Yellowstone International Park. Take a guided tour through this park. Experience and witness everything in this park while being lead through by an expert!
You have the land of never-ending snow and the land of nature’s national treasures. Why not explore it’s Winter Wonderland while you at it? It has a breathtaking view of majestic mountains that reach high into the sky. Explore this lunar-like landscape during the day and at night take a break with food, drink, and amazing lodging. What are you waiting for?
Upper Peninsula, Michigan
The average snowfall in this state reaches up to 200 inches annually. There are over 2,500 miles of untouched trails through forests, fields, and over frozen lakes. Come and take a gander at the scenic views and nature’s wildlife down in the midwest!
No typo here, we mean it. The whole state of Maine is a paradise for snowmobilers. Why? Maine has an interconnected trail system (ITS) over 3,500 miles long and takes you all over the state. Many of these marked snowmobile trails connect to another additional 10,000 miles of snowmobile trails. Enjoy the wildlife, the friendly towns, and scenic routes. Never have the same adventure twice!
The County, Maine
When we said Maine, we meant the whole state. But that doesn’t mean we can’t drop hints at some more favorable snowmobile trails. Aroostook County is a mammoth region (the size of CT and RI combined) with over 6,829 square miles of wilderness and 4,000 miles of wide trails. Come adventure from mid-November to early April. Enjoy the County’s heavily Acadian influence and what it has to offer in terms of daring feats, hospitality, and amazing food.
Bartlett, New Hampshire
The months of December through April is prime time for snowmobilers. The White Mountain trail club diligently keeps the trail system “safe, enjoyable, and scenic”. There is nothing as majestic as the mountains up in New Hampshire. Keep an eye out for the wildlife and enjoy a guided tour through the scenic terrain. But don’t just take our word for it. Seeing is believing right?
Great North Woods Region, New Hampshire
It’s time to take an expedition to the top of Mt. Forest and take in the stunning views. New Hampshire loves snowmobilers and happily caters to all their wishes. Including keeping it’s 7,000 plus miles of snowmobile trails maintained and in pristine condition. This state has so many great accommodating activities perfect for individuals, groups, families, and couples.
Berkshire Mountain, Massachusetts
This mountain range offers an abundance of snow and scenic vistas. Adventure into the unique trail network.How about signing up and joining the Snow Seekers snowmobile club? They offer both new and experienced riders once in a lifetime experiences. Take the chance and explore.
The Northeast Kingdom, Vermont
Adventure through this magical kingdom and see the wonder! Adventure through the majesty of this countryside. This kingdom encompasses one-fifth of the state and borders Canada. Enjoy everything this land has to offer with its exquisite tasting center, mouth-watering food, and adventures through the wintery terrain.
Old Forge, New York
Located right smack dab in the middle of the Adirondacks, Old Forge has become such a popular snowmobile destination. This area boasts about having over 177in of snow per year. Now that’s a lot of powder! It has great trails, a mass selection of lodging, and a unique fun-filled experience you won’t get anywhere else.
Tug Hill, New York
Right on the western border of Lewis County, this is a place you’ll want to make note of on your GPS. It has an annual snowfall of 200-300in and over 780 miles of snowmobile trails across an amazing expanse of land. Because it’s right near Lake Ontario and north of Oneida Lake, Tug Hill gets a unique lake-snow effect. This means Tug Hill gets more snow than any other region east of the Rockies and heavier snow as well. This County offers streams, cliffs, and forests to challenge you mile after mile. Are you ready to take on the challenge?
Try out a guided tour on trails that run alongside the continental divide. Explore the living museum of the American West which runs alongside the beautiful 14,000 ft peaks in the distance. No words can describe the beauty that Colorado offers, it’s something you need to experience. Don’t wait too long. So get out and go see it! Get the engine roaring and start your western expedition on these awesome snowmobile trails!
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
The locals of this area refer to the snow as “Champagne Powder”. Most snow is made up of about 15% water while Steamboat Springs snow has only 6%. This difference gives snow a light, fluffy, and dry texture. It’s ideal for skiing, snowboarding, and, of course, snowmobile riding. Take a break and stay up at the resort for a little R&R after the expedition of a lifetime!
Grand Mesa, Colorado
This is home to one of the world’s biggest flat-top mountains. Witness several mountain ranges over hundreds of miles such as the San Juan, the Sawatch Range, and the Park Range. Along with this breathtaking view, enjoy all the fresh powder. These areas get an average snowfall of 35 ft. Not much can beat the beauty of Mother Nature… these mountain ranges are no exception.
West Yellowstone, Montana
Wanna venture into a land known for their Tree Goblins? Unfortunately, these aren’t real mythical creatures… the “goblins” are really just trees completely buried in the snow. The snow gives them strange and bizarre shapes that could be mistaken for ghoulish goblins. Take a guided tour through the endless trails to visit KOA Mountain, Old Faithful, and those goblins. Do you dare?
Priest Lake, Idaho
Sun Valley may be the “place to be” but Priest Lake is its hidden gem. And what a gem it is! This 2,400 ft lake sits right at the base of a 7,00 ft. mountain integrated with dozens of trail systems. It had over 520,000 acres of public land ready for the aspiring adventurer. Make it a camping trip or merely a day trip to explore all these epic trails. Whichever you decide, this is truly a place you need to mark on your map!
Island Park, Idaho
With over 500 miles of endless, unique snowmobile trails, this is the perfect place to explore the unknown. It has over 18ft of snow annually that continues well into the month of April. Wintertime may last longer here than most other places, but don’t wait too long to start exploring! Check out one of the world’s best-groomed snowmobile trials in the world quickly before the snow starts melting!
St. Germain, Wisconsin
Here is a remote area that’s famous for the Bo-Boen trail. Navigate your way through a network of beautiful and rugged terrain, through a well-marked snowmobile trail system courtesy of the Bo-Boen snowmobile club. Check out this club to get a one of a kind access to this incredible snowy terrain.
Marinette County, Wisconsin
This is 400 miles of funded snowmobile trails in the heart of northeastern Wisconsin. These trails can bring hours upon hours of exploring the terrain, making memories, and taking in the sights of winter’s paradise. Hop on Dun-Good trail, The Iron Snowshoe, or any of the other numerous trails this county has to offer. Marinette county takes pride in their trails and it’s riders. That’s why they offer continuous updates on outdoor conditions. Not even the weather can stand in the way of your fun!
Black Hills, South Dakota
These snowmobile trails are as astounding as they are impressive. These are well groomed, well maintained, and marked. This is a snowmobiler’s dream. Enjoy a landscape with a clear valley and 6,000ft peaks as far as the eye can see. It’s a winter wonderland home to Mount Rushmore. Time to take in the sights.
Gunflint Trail, Minnesota
Gunflint trail is a great vacation spot all year round. Yet there is something especially spectacular about the wintertime here. Most of the trails overlap with the wilderness trails or adjacent to them. If you come through at the right time, you might be able to spot a moose along the way!
Brainerd Lakes Area, Minnesota
It’s the upper Midwest’s premier vacation destination and long revered as such. There’s an elaborate trail system that gives 1.200 miles to explore, weaving in and around the state’s forests and parks. Come hit up the Paul Bunyan Trail! It’s 112 miles of Brainerd’s byway lakes area.
Park City, Utah
“Park City is a no-brainer when it comes to balancing wild adventure with luxurious accommodations.” Explore the land that offers A Thousand Peaks with over 60,00 acres to explore. There is more private terrain available to you here than all snowmobile companies and ski resorts combined! Hey, when you go…can you take us with you?
Denali National Park, Alaska
Travel farther up and into the north than you’ve ever dared to try before! Adventure into the tundra of Alaska. Explore the boundless snow, the stunning views of Mount Denali, and it’s rich history, all while witnessing the breathtaking sight of the northern lights. There never has been and never will be another expedition quite like it.
Start that Snowmobile Fund NOW!
We’ve given you 25 of some of the best and most amazing destinations you could possibly visit on a snowmobile. It’s going to be hard narrowing down which places to head to first. Tack up the map of the US and start marking off all the places you’ll go.
And don’t forget to tune up your snowmobile before heading out. Stay safe on your adventures with an ounce of prevention. Ride on!
Just like with any other vehicle, dirt bike tires are parts need to be replaced (or repaired) over time due to the inevitable wear and tear. We are not yet at a point of having completely indestructible vehicles! And tires are definitely one of the biggest things that need to be checked, rotated and/or replaced on your dirt bike.
Finding the right tire for your bike isn’t just about the price or even the durability, it’s about the tire itself. There are questions you should ask when looking for the right tires for your ride:
What type of tire do you need for your bike? What terrain are you on? Before you even think about the tire, you have to ask yourself – where are you going to take it?
In fact, to help you find the right set of tires for your dirt bike, we’ve selected a handful of options from the variety of brands we carry here at TMS Parts.
Where are You Riding Your Dirt Bike?
The key to finding a good set of tires is addressing the type of riding and the ground conditions you plan to adventure on. In other words, it’s all about where you’re heading on your bike.
Dirt Bike Riding Styles:
Dual sport: This style refers to riding off-road and (legal) street riding. Find out what type of bike model you have as some models are more geared toward off-road than others, which are more tailored for street riding.
Motocross: These usually take place on a closed course dirt race track featuring jumps and other man-made dexterity testing obstacles. While it is on a dirt track, the trail does not involve other natural elements, such as rocks, tree roots, or water crossings.
Off-road: These types of trails vary from tight single tracks in the mountains all the way down to high speed wide open terrain, desert riding, and everything in between. This is the most diverse type of riding; displaying many terrain types and natural occurring obstacles.
For more information, check out this piece by Twisted Throttle that breaks down the riding styles of different dirt bike tires and treads in more detail.
Dirt Bike Tires for Every Terrain
Once you know what type of bike you have and where you plan on taking it, it’s time to shop. Take a look at our vast selection of both front and rear dirt bike tires, some of which come in a variety of sizes.
Michelin Starcross MS3 Front Dirt Bike Tire
TMS Pricing: $45.95
Ready to Race? The scoop-like knob design is made for loose dirt terrain. Widely spaced knobs make for an efficient mud evacuation that is reinforced to resist wear on harder track.
It’s made with motocross racers in mind; featuring outstanding durability, this might be just the tire for you if you’re looking for an adrenaline-induced driving experience.
Notable features include:
Gifted with reversible, equal traction in both directions.
Proven in competition
Made for soft to intermediate terrain
Built with super stiff sidewalls for high-impact shock absorption
Has a flexible tread pattern that minimizes rebound on rough tracks and helps keep the tire in contact with the ground
If you want to have the matching rear tire, check out here!
Michelin Cross AC10 Rear Dirt Bike Tire
TMS Pricing: $123.95
This dirt bike tire is made for tough terrain impact and long-lasting life. Its specially-crafted rubber mix for durability resists the tearing and chunking even under hard use and duress.
Have a need for speed? Want to see just how high you can crank that speedometer? (All within the speed limits of course…) This tire is DOT approved and R-rated for speeds up to 106 mph! Mmmmmhmmm.
Reversible tread pattern with a tread wear indicator (an engraved M) that shows when to reverse the tire on the rim.
Mirror image knobs that provide equal traction in both directions on a wide range of terrains.
Pirelli MT 60-R Front Dirt Bike Tire
TMS Pricing: $174.41
This tire will give your bike the capability to provide superb cornering and straight-line stability like no other dirt bike you will ever see. It can even tackle the extreme wet weather conditions thrown its way and maintain exceptional performance.
Designed for a heavy duty machine like the Honda Africa Twin, this might be the tire that it’s perfect for your on and off-road needs. Don’t you want to take it for a spin?
Size: 110/80-18 R
Notable features include:
Cosa radial with maximum grip
Excellent traction for on and off-roading
Has a light and responsive touch for better handling
Pirelli Scorpion Trail Rear Dirt Bike Tire
TMS Pricing: $194.09
Not all tires can keep up with every dirt bike monster machine out there. But this is not one of those tires. This one is specifically designed for the latest generation of high-performance dual-sport machines, like the Triumph Tiger 800.
This dirt bike tire is made of the latest materials and compounds for improved grip in all weather conditions. Likewise, this tire is designed to promote road holding at high speed and maximum comfort in varied terrain. Test out these tires for yourself. You won’t be disappointed.
Size: 170/60-17 R
Notable features include:
Replacement tires for various Buell models
Revolutionary tread pattern combines high performance with a very innovative look
Patented O steel belt technology on the front and rear offers maximum stability and handling in every kind of terrain
S-rated for speeds up to 113 mph, H-rated for speeds up to 130 mph, V-rated for 149 mph, and W-rated for speeds up to 168 mph.
Sedona MX880ST Front Dirt Bike Tire
TMS Pricing: $51.84
This is a tire that tackles intermediate to soft terrain with ease. It’s tread lines have side knobs with 8 biting edges that offer excellent cornering performance. It works with an open cross block supported tread pattern that keeps you riding smoothly through your entire adventure.
If it can guarantee the integrity of the tire, and it’s affordable, what’s not to love about it? Maybe this dirt bike tire is exactly what you are looking for.
Size(s): 70/100-17 ; 80/100-21
Notable features include:
Rigid four-ply carcass design
Open tread pattern that cleans out quickly in sand and mud, perfect for easy cleanup.
Sedona MX907HP Rear Dirt Bike Tire
TMS Pricing: $75.65
This massive beast of a tire is made for hard earth packed terrain.
It’s designed for blue groove traction; a hard packed clay that eats away at your tires and can even cause the color of the ground to turn blue, all while giving your bike poor traction. But with this tire, it’s no problem at all!
The crosspatch design provides a larger contact patch that maximizes both in-line and cornering traction, making this one hell of a heavy-duty meaaan beast.
Multi-knob tread pattern tech which assures a large footprint.
Siped and dimpled knobs add more bite-edges for the ultimate traction in a place with minimal traction
Rigid 4 ply carcass enhances stability and absorbs impacts
Finding the Right Dirt Bike Tires for Your Bike Doesn’t Have to Be Hard
In general, you want a tire that not only stands the test of time and inevitable wear, but that will also help improve your ride. Moreover, you want tires that will keep up with your dirt bike riding style.
Otherwise, what’s the point? What else would you want?
With this in mind, choose from our list of dirt bike tires here or check out even more of our tire selection on our site! Every tire, for every need and every rider, with a wide range of pricing, style, size, and brand.
In a perfect world, motorcycle enthusiasts everywhere could have all the brand new or vintage bikes they dream of. However, many of us aren’t financially able to buy a brand new motorcycle; so instead, we often shop around for a quality used bike that we can work on and fix up.
As you begin your search for a used bike, make sure to do your homework before you purchase any second-hand motorcycle. In order to make a well-rounded, informed choice, you definitely need to have an idea of what kind of bike you’re looking for and where you’re planning to buy your pre-owned bike.
First, Know What You Want in a Used Bike
Before you even begin your search, take a step back and figure out what type of used motorcycle you want to buy. Is there a specific bike make and model you want? Are you looking for something you can ride for long extended periods or one that’s more for show? Is there a specific brand you gravitate towards? What about the mileage? Are you looking for something that is under or over a specific mileage? Are you looking for a project with a donor used bike?
It’s easy as a shopper to focus on just the price when you first start looking, but a cheap bike may not give you what you want or need. When you have a better idea of what you’re looking for in a used bike, and what your goals as a rider are, you’ll know where to do the looking.
Do Your Research Before Investing in a Used Bike
Know your budget and do your research! Research the kind of used bike that will best meet your needs, and understand the likely price-range you’ll be facing for it. This way, you’ll have a rough estimate of what you’ll be paying when you find your ideal pre-owned bike. “Only go above [your budget] if the bike is truly exceptional or comes with a massive list of useful aftermarket accessories or spares”, notes this site.
Have a Used Bike Inspection Checklist
If you’re buying secondhand, the bike is probably not going to be without flaws. But it’s still important to have an idea of what potential problems may come up and how you’re willing to deal with them. Bikeexif has a great checklist for you to use while shopping for a used bike.
Has it been inspected, and if not, does your seller know if it will pass an inspection?
Ask the seller not to start the bike before you look at it.
Second, Know Who You Want to Buy a Pre-Owned Bike From
The next decision you make will be where you want to purchase the used bike from. Buying from a motorcycle dealership is probably your safest option, but there are perks to buying from a private seller, like someone from Craigslist, as well. Decide what’s best for you.
Buying a Used Bike from a Dealership
Going with a dealer is a safer bet; “one of the main advantages is that if there are things wrong with the bike, you can get them to agree to sort them out [or alter the price to compensate for the fixes] if you intend to buy”, according to this site. They also point out that you have, “…theoretical legal protection if the bike you have bought turns out to be a complete lemon.” Buying from a dealer will give you consumer protection, as well as, “…access to dealer financing and maybe even a warranty.”
The downside, they note, is that you’re more likely to pay more for the bike than you would through a private sale. “Motorcycle dealerships make far more money on trade-in bikes than they ever do on selling new machines, as they buy cheap and sell expensive…”, so if the price tag seems a bit too inexpensive in the shop, definitely make sure to ask a lot of questions about the secondhand bike.
Buying a Used Bike in a Private Sale
Private sales pose a much larger risk for buying a bad used bike and/or getting ripped off. As you would at a motorcycle dealership, it’s still very important to have that checklist ready. Paying attention to the seller themselves is also key; if you can’t trust the seller, or you get a bad vibe, forget it.
Consider asking yourself these questions:Does the seller look like a motorcyclist? Can they answer all your questions about the bike? Do they know the history of the bike? For an initial understanding of the seller, ask the seller why they are selling and if they have a history of making successful purchases or sales before this. This gives you an idea behind their motivation to sell, as well as a peek at any issues the bike may have.
Third, Make a Well-Rounded Decision
Just because the nearly-new bike looks nice, doesn’t mean that it’s roadworthy. You need to look at the engine, the machine, and the parts before you make your purchase. Otherwise, you might spend just as much to fix the bike as it cost to buy it! If you’re paying an exorbitant amount for the used motorcycle, knowing you’ll have to fix it, it’s just counterproductive. (Unless it’s that rare bike that you’ve been hunting for years and years, but that’s another story.) Be sure you’re considering the price vs the condition of the bike. Does the pricing justify the potential for more fixing?
Know the risks, do your research, and buy from somewhere (or someone) you trust. If you keep these three things in mind, you’ll be ready to find, and buy, yourself an awesome used bike. Once you find the bike that best fits your needs, you’re good to go.
And, as always, if you need OEM parts, we have you covered.
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?
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
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.
Features also include:
Terry cloth whip on the thumb
Single layer fully perforated synthetic leather palm with minimal padding for improved airflow
Fly Racing Title Long Cold Weather Snowmobile Gloves
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.
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
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.
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:
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?
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.
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!