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.

Motorcycle Apps You Want to Download

motorcycle apps can be simple navigation but there is so much more you can do with our picks

Apps we download to our smartphones have enriched our day to day lives by offering us almost anything we could possibly need at the touch of our finger.

Yes, even riders now have a motorcycle app for anything we could ever want (or need) to make our next big road trip the smoothest ride ever. From traffic and navigation apps to connect with other riders around you, there seems to be an app for anything and everything motorcycle riders require. 

At TMS Parts we are going to share with you our tops picks for motorcycle apps that you are going to want to download. Let’s do this. 

Man and Woman on motorcycle using a motorcycle app on her phone

Downloadable Motorcycle Apps You Want

Waze App

Motorcycle apps - Waze App

This app is an all-inclusive, free, community-based traffic and navigation app which is why it’s one of the motorcycle apps you want as a rider. Waze is well known for being an excellent tool for any and all traveling needs. It offers actual reports from real users who are updating traffic and road conditions daily. This covers all types of incidents you might come across before you hit the road.

Much different from other GPS and navigation apps, such as google maps, Waze is one of the motorcycle apps riders have got to check before heading out. Riders should also check the app during pit stops, especially if you’re traveling long distances on your bike.

Waze is continuously updated by its users so you are never between traffic jams, construction roadblocks, accidents, and even local hot spots for cops without knowing where they are on the road. This super helpful app is the ideal traveling companion you want in your pocket when you’re on your bike.

It offers real-time navigation so after you chow down during a dinner stop, you can make sure that traffic a few miles up ahead won’t slow you down. Waze gives you alternative routes and gets you to your destination without losing time staring at the unmoving car’s bumper stickers in front of you.

Waze utilizes its user base to find you the fastest routes, accurate directions, and maps, as well as shares some possible side adventures to explore along the way! We also love that it lets you know if potholes (or other items) are in the road, which while not a big deal to cars, can be life or death for riders. 

Gas Buddy App

Motorcycle apps - Gas Buddy Mobile App

Gas prices can sometimes kill the trip you had in mind, and they can also vary big time based on where you are on the road. 

When your tank starts to get low and that gas light comes on, depending on where you are, you might feel a bit worried. Any price can seem reasonable to pay as long as you won’t be stuck along the side of the road. Your wallet (or passenger) may be unhappy, but hey, at least you’ll still be moving.

With GasBuddy, another one of these excellent motorcycle apps, you don’t have to worry about finding the best price and closest pump to you.

GasBuddy will even keep you in the loop on all things fuel – from branches of gas companies to the rise and decline of gas prices – you’ll be the first to know.

Reviews of GasBuddy have stated this is the item you need in your utility belt before you rev your engine. This app enables riders to find inexpensive gas stations around them with ease, even going as far as to rate and list all the services available at each particular gas station. No more praying that the gas station off that last exit has the restroom you desperately need. You’ll know before you even get there.

First Aid Red Cross App

Motorcycle Apps - The First Aid Red Cross Mobile App

Have a how-to guide for first aid right at your fingertips with another one of our favorite motorcycle apps you should definitely download.

The First Aid Red Cross App offers step by step advice for every day, and emergency, first aid. This app gives instant access to preloaded content for those times when connecting to the internet is nearly impossible.

It also includes videos as well as animated how to’s and step by step instructions that are easy to follow so you aren’t left trying to interpret text when an emergency situation arises.

This app translates into both English and Spanish so you can help in an emergency situation in both languages. It’s an overall wonderful tool to have on your phone for everyday bumps and bruises up to serious emergency situations. It even provides a 911 call button option in case of life-threatening emergencies.

This is one of those motorcycle apps you don’t want to be without and it is recommended by a few different on road sites and blogs. imedicalapps rates it as a must-have for travelers that would rather be on the road with their bike than anywhere else.

NOAA App

Motorcycle Apps - NOAA Weather app for mobile

Nothing ruins a day on the road quicker than the weather!

A sprinkling can rapidly turn into a devastating thunderstorm, having even the bravest of braves seeking shelter.

Rated #4 in weather services by the Apple store, NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) is the best source for keeping you up to date on real-time weather, anywhere at any time.

This international organization has a multitude of scientists, experts, and partners on all weather in areas of climate, oceans and coasts, fishnets and satellites. This is one of the motorcycle apps we love for long rides across the country because it includes visual of radar and satellite imagery in high resolution and vivid color.  The NOAA app delivers real-time movements of any climate changes happening near you 24/7 and with interactive maps.

So you can rest assured and with a guarantee that the information is actually accurate and not weatherman accurate.

AUTOsist App

Motorcycle Apps - AUTOsist App for keeping track of your bike maintenance

AUTOsist is the motorcycle app that keeps track of your bike maintenance and helps you manage it with an easy-to-use home page interface. The AUTOsist motorcycle app is a cross-platform application that gives you the organizational tools you didn’t think you’d ever want, but that you need.

This motorcycle app keeps records organized and easily accessible, creating a checklist of what has been done, what still needs to be done, and all the receipts and paperwork that comes with it. AUTOsist eliminates the clutter that you’ve accumulated over the years, making bike maintenance something you want to do. 

While it is an app for purchase, it does come with a free trial run to show you that the app puts its money where its mouth is and delivers what you are looking for. Reviews of AUTOsist rave that this is the tool bikers didn’t know they need!

This web-based bike maintenance app comes with 24/7 live support for those time when you need a little bit of extra help. Tailor your AUTOsist by adding your records, insurance information, and registration and then including your own notes and images. It makes it so easy to have everything about your bike, or bikes, all in one accessible place. Ride lighter knowing that you still have everything you need at the touch of your fingertips.

Eat Sleep Ride App

Motorcycle Apps - EatSleepRide Motorcycle Social App

Now, this isn’t only one of those motorcycle apps to help you along your way.

Eat Sleep Ride is an app that lets you connect with other motorcycle enthusiasts all around you. Ride, record, and share the journey you take on your bike with others who are like minded.

Want to check out your riding skills? This app can do that for you. It enables you to track the mileage you put on your bike, and your speed and lean angle.  It can even track the elevation on your map!  

Discover the best routes for any road trip by checking previous routes that other bikers have taken along the way. Find out which ones were quick, fun rides and which ones to take to enjoy a more scenic route. You can also create stories to share your adventures by making a Ride Report that contains videos, photos, and an outlined map of where you went on your ride.

And while the Eat Sleep Ride app offers some great ways to get the most out of your rider life, it also keeps you safe with CRASHLIGHT, which is a sophisticated piece of tech. CRASHLIGHT knows when a crash has occurred and immediately notifies your selected emergency contacts with GEO location via voice, SMS, text, and email.

Make this one of your go-to motorcycle apps and you won’t regret it!

Couple riding on motorcycle

 

Download these Motorcycle Apps and Go!

Take a chance and create a custom set of tools with motorcycle apps that will give you navigation, safety, fun routes, and other resources we need as riders.

What more could you ask for?

The Best Mobile Apps for Motorcycle Riders

And you are in need of motorcycle gear, accessories, apparel, or parts, look no further than TMS Parts to help to make your up and coming adventures even better!

Sexy, Stylish, and Safe Women’s Motorcycle Apparel – Featuring Jackets

sexy women's motorcyle apparel

Alright, so burly biker men may have their vests, and their bandanas, and their own style in motorcycle gear and apparel that gives off that beast-mode vibe. But for the ladies, it’s no different. Sure, we all know the guys that can hop on a bike and cruise down that road into the sunset.

Hell, women don’t want that Cool Rider anymore, we want to be that rider. And we already are, so let’s talk women’s motorcycle apparel – what do women riders need for that look to kill?

Sexy Is Just Another Word for Bad*ss When It Comes to Women’s Motorcycle Apparel

Ladies, you want the kind of look that caters to your riding style: the strong, sexy, bad*ss one. Get yourself your own leather jacket with your own T-Bird signal written across. Classic women’s motorcycle apparel, like a jacket, can deliver a sleek, stylish look. Keep in mind that you need a jacket that’s bona fide, durable, and made for hard winds when you hit the road.

Can’t seem to find women’s motorcycle apparel, like the classic jacket, that meets your needs? Well, no need to search high and low. We got you. 

TMS Parts has exactly what you’re looking for; motorcycle apparel for women that is safe, yet stylishly sexy, to match the machine you’re on and your powerful riding form. 

women's motorcycle apparel can be sexy and powerful like this leather jacket

Women’s Motorcycle Apparel Should Cater to Your Style

Especially True When Choosing Your Riding Jacket

 

Below, you’ll discover some of TMS Parts‘ top riding jacket picks that are specifically made to empower the strong, cool, and sexy woman you are as a rider.

leather jackets are classic women's motorcycle apparel

 

Spidi Sport S.R.L Ladies Netix H2Out Rain Jacket

 

women's motorcycle apparel - Spidi Sport S.R.L Ladies Netix H2Out Rain Jacket

 

Current TMS price: $59.95

 

This jacket is great for both functionality, durability and it’s super affordable too. So as far as women’s motorcycle apparel goes, this jacket won’t break the bank.

Its slick design includes lightweight material perfect for those days when you want to take a ride to beat that summer heat. While it may appear rather thin, this jacket is made to create a layering effect, which is perfect for any future trips, in any weather (yes, this jacket is also totally waterproof, too). 

Rain or shine, sweltering heat or chilly autumn day, the Spidi design guarantees its riders with high-end clothing material that is not only comfortable but durable and safe. It was made by riders for riders, fully deserving of the price you pay when you purchase this slick jacket for yourself.

 

Cortech Bella Jacket

 

women's motorcycle apparel - Cortech Bella Jacket

 

Current TMS price: $274.99

 

Sometimes we can’t help it. Our eyes are drawn to the leather because leather is just so enticing! And that’s certainly the case with this cafe style: the vintage jacket you’ve been secretly drooling over when nobody’s looking.

The Cortech Bella Jacket makes the good girl look like the bad girl. You don’t just want to be on the cycle for the ride, you want to be the rider. You want to feel a little bad*ass, too.  This classic aged leather jacket is not only beautiful in design but it is functional as well as it is secure. 

Cortech prides itself on performance apparel for women and men. That’s why they’ve created apparel made of a high-end material to provide you with a style that is pragmatic and safe, but also extremely fashionable.

Fully equipped with CE-approved armor which is also removable, it’s also got great YKK zippers, so beautiful Bella will stay tight and won’t slip. In addition, she comes with an internal pouch pocket for keeping all your personal items safe and snug. 

Guess what else? She’s got the fit that tailors to every curve with accordion stretched panels and three positioned adjustable belts. Admit it, this jacket is calling your name. What else do you need to know? 

 

Wait a minute…What is CE approved?

 

Why does it matter for women’s motorcycle apparel?

Also, how does the armor work?

CE approved is European conformity/ European motorcycle safety standards. America has adopted these standards but does not require them. They must complete a certain level for protection for the body such as impact and friction (from wind, road, etc.) According to the Motorcyclists website, CE Armor “functions like a helmet for your body.” 

this bike calls for some hot women's motorcycle apparel for the rider

So what makes the CE armor different from just a regular riding jacket? Well, at a basic level, the armor is literally a strong shell usually made of a hard plastic that curves around areas in the shoulders, elbows and sometimes the back of the jacket, snuggled between the fabric of your jacket.

Okay, so how does it work? Upon initial impact, if you were to fall, the energy of the fall is absorbed in the armor, as opposed to your body. Thick leather is helpful, but motorcycle apparel engineered with CE armor will always be the safest option for riders.

 

Now Back to Our Sexy, Stylish, and Bad*ss Women’s Motorcycle Apparel

 

Wondering what other motorcycle jackets TMS Parts has for you? Don’t worry, the Cortech Bella is not the only jacket that is CE approved and super stylish. 

 

Fly Racing Flux Air Women’s Jacket

 

women's motorcycle apparel - Fly Racing Flux Air Women’s Jacket

 

Current TMS price: $99.95

 

Here’s another high performing, highly functional motorcycle jacket made for the rider who really knows exactly what she’s doin’.

Not only is this awesome piece of women’s motorcycle apparel in terms of style, but it is also a jacket that is wind resistant and water resistant. It has an incredibly protective abrasion resistant mesh, keeping you safe while looking cool. Its formed polyethylene armor allows a proper fit especially in the shoulders, elbows, and back, where it matters most in case of a crash as your riding.

This high-quality, women’s motorcycle jacket will perfectly fit its rider and comes complete with adjustable sleeves, zipper wrist cuffs, and adjustable waist strap. The amazing fit of the jacket to your body is a pretty awesome perk.

Available in multiple colors, and with high visibility piping around the trim, you are sure to catch anyone’s eye in this piece of riding gear. 

 

Spidi Sport S.R.L Ladies Voyage Jacket

 

women's motorcycle gear - Spidi Sport S.R.L Ladies Voyage Jacket

 

Current TMS price: $399.95

 

Waterproof internal membrane, windproof internal membrane, 100gr thermal liner – this is definitely the jacket of jackets. It is a wonderful, fashionable piece when it comes to women’s motorcycle apparel.

This jacket is also CE certified and comes with fore-tech protectors on the shoulder/elbows as well as a high-tenacity polyester outer fabric to keep you warm as you ride in the colder months. It also gives a firm snug fit with a micro-metric collar adjuster and volume adjustment velcro on the sides and arms.

The Voyager jacket even has a  groin strap so your jacket won’t ride up your back. This comes in handy if/when you decide to give some lucky person the ride of their life on your bike!

This piece comes in two colors, leaving you the option of finding the right jacket. Not sure about the yellow? No worries. TMS Parts offers it in black so that you can choose a color to fit your style. 

 

Fly Racing CoolPro Jacket

 

women's motorcycle apparel - Fly Racing CoolPro Jacket

 

Current TMS price: 169.95

 

The CoolPro jacket has all the bells and whistles of our other jackets, but it’s much friendlier when it comes to your wallet. Seriously, we’re not kidding.

It is CE approved with a protective PE back foam and spine protector, as well as 1680D ballistic nylon.  On the off chance, you take too sharp of a turn, you’ll be safe and secure in this jacket.

This women’s jacket is also breathable, keeping you nice and cool in fluctuating temperatures. It has a removable HYDRAguard liner that is waterproof and windproof.

Just like the other motorcycle jackets for women we are highlighting here, this too is made to create a custom fit that makes you feel like it was tailored just for you. That’s right, no need to roll up your sleeves or continuously pull them down because it also includes arm volume and velcro waist adjusters. Secure with Spidi YKK zippers and a belt loop snap made for quick attachment, you can hit the road and start riding in no time.

Planning for a long ride? Don’t worry, this jacket will keep you comfortable every step of the way.

 

Cortech LNX 2.0 Jacket

 

women's motorcycle apparel - Cortech LNX 2.0 Jacket

 

Current TMS Price: $269.99

 

This is really a piece of motorcycle apparel that is made for women riders. And no, we’re not just talking about the top Grade A Aniline Drum-dyed leather on it.

This Cortech jacket has stitched-in hip zippers for a complete customized fit and rotated sleeves for comfort and performance.

Wait, there’s more!

The accordion-style expansion panels at the shoulders and waist are not only fitted and tailored to your body, but also to how your body is positioned in the seat while you are riding. Focused around safety, like all Cortech gear is, this jacket seals the deal with CE approved shoulder and elbow armor.

Additionally, it has an insulated removable liner with 100 gm polyfill insulation to keep you safe, comfortable, and warm when the chilling wind is rushing by you. Whether you’re just enjoying the ride solo, or you have a passenger with you, this is a jacket that will definitely meet both of those scenarios. What more could you ask for?

 

What style of women's motorcycle apparel would you ride on this bike?

Now You’ve Got the Jacket so it’s Time to Rule the Road

Who rules the road? That’s right, ladies,  you do!

So what are you waiting for?! Pick out whichever one of these sexy, stylish, and safe motorcycle jackets first caught your eye! Go out there and enjoy the open road knowing that not only are you rockin’ some of the most affordable, yet stylish, women’s motorcycle apparel but also that your jacket provides you safety and security when there’s nothing between you and that pavement. 

So, let’s do this. Grab your sexy new jacket and hit the open road, or take a spin downtown to your favorite biker joint. After all, sexy isn’t about being arm candy, it’s about owning what makes you feel good about you.

Ride your bike into the sunset, ladies. Show ’em what you got!

woman wearing a sexy, leather motorcycle jacket

At TMS Parts we offer the best gear, accessories, and parts for everyone!