10 Fun Snowmobiling Events Coming Up!

this woman on her snowmobile, looking out at the mountains and trails, is ready for an excellent snowmobiling events season

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.

 

when the snow covers the evergreens like it is here, you know lots of awesome snowmobile events are happening

 

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?

 

guy snowmobiling at one of the many winter snowmobiling events across the country

 

Iron Dog

December-February, Big Lakes, Alaska

While the registration period for “The World’s longest, toughest snowmobile race” is over, that doesn’t mean you can’t catch some of the excitement.

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.

 

amazing scenery with snow covered tress and evergreens is what you might see at many snowmobiling events

 

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.

 

man snowmobiling down a mountain

 

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?

Visit the Snowmobile Expo and Powersports show to see all of the newest innovations in snowmobiles and motorsports from the biggest names in the industry.

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.

 

beautiful snowmobile trail in the winter

 

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.

 

snowmobile rider speeding down hill

 

Can’t make these awesome snowmobiling events? Check out the 25 Best Snowmobile Trails in the USA for Every Level of Rider.

10 Important Motorcycle Tips for Winter Riders

winter riders like this gentleman need to understand the safest ways to enjoy their bike

Top 10 Safety Tips for Winter Riders

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.

 

a snowy road like this one might be great for a snowmobile, but not a winter rider on a bike

 

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.

 

winter riders bikes can become covered in snow during a pit stop like these bikes are

 

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.

And we have a helpful blog you should read that talks about when to replace your motorcycle tires.

 

6 – Keep Your Eyes on the Road

 

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.

 

winter riders enjoy scenery that you won't find in the summer months, but riding in the snow is something you shouldn't do

 

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.

 

a motorcycle outside in the snow, like this one, can strand a winter rider

 

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.

Just be safe, be smart, and go for it!

 

Amazing Motorcycle Gifts for the Rider in Your Life

riders don't have to be challenging when you are shopping for motorcycle gifts like these ones

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.

 

Motorcycle Gifts: Adventure Medical Kits Survive Outdoors Longer Origin Survival Kit

 

Features include:

  • Compact waterproof case
  • Flip-up signal mirror
  • Liquid compass
  • 10-lumen LED lights
  • 100-decibel rescue whistle
  • Fire striker and four pieces of Tinder-Quik fire starter
  • Folding knife
  • 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.

 

Motorcycle Gifts: SENA Attachable Boom Microphone for 20S Communication System

Features include:

  • Bluetooth capability
  • 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?

 

Motorcycle Gifts: Raptor ll Interchangeable Goggles

 

Features include:

  • Sculpted frames made of grilamid TR90
  • Clear anti-fog lenses that provide 100% UVA/UVB protection
  • Comes with carrying pouch and microfiber cleaning cloth
  • A removable/adjustable strap included
  • Accepts prescription lenses (not included)

 

MSR Malcolm Autobiography

 

For any true motorcyclist and off-road enthusiast, the autobiography of Malcolm Smith is a gift like no other.

Malcolm Smith is the famous American off-road racer. He gained fame for his accomplishments in the Baja 1000 and won gold medals in the International Six day Euro competition.

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. 

 

Motorcycle Gifts: MSR Malcolm Autobiography

 

Features include:

  • 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.

 

Motorcycle Gifts: Fly Racing Elite Insulated Water Bottle 23oz.

 

Features include:

  • 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.

 

Motorcycle Gifts: Cortech Blitz Off-road Helmet Bag

 

Features include:

  • Heavy duty 600 Denier Carbolex
  • Full-length zipper for easy entry
  • Comfortable carrying handles
  • Fits most off-road and street helmets
  • 22 liters

 

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.

 

Motorcycle Gifts: Cortech GPS Bag with Mounting Bracket

 

Features include:

  • 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”.

 

Motorcycle Gifts: Bobster Eyewear Bugeye Goggles

 

Features include:  

  • 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.

 

Motorcycle Gifts: Bikemaster Brake Bleeder Vacuum Test Kit

 

Features include:

  • 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. 

 

 

Features include:

  • 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
  • 1-year warranty

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!

 

Motorcycle gifts wrapped for the holidays

Awesome Motorcycle Bluetooth Communication Systems to Try Right Now

two guys poppin' wheelies on their bikes can talk to each other with motorcycle Bluetooth communication systemsHands-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.

a parked motorcycle on the grass without a rider

SENA Motorcycle Bluetooth Communication Systems

SENA 10S Bluetooth Communication System

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 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 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 a 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.

For tips on how to install your SENA systems, check out this Youtube video and their channel.

guy on a bike uses a motorcycle Bluetooth communication system to speak to other riders

UClear AMP Intercoms

UClear AMP Dual Helmet Audio System

UClear AMP Dual Helmet Audio System

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

UClear AMP Plus Dual Helmet Audio System

Another great system from UClear is 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.

rider with a passenger who could take advantage of motorcycle Bluetooth communication systems

Nolan Bluetooth Headsets

Nolan N-COM B1 Communication System

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

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.

parked motorcycles without riders on a gorgeous day

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?

motorcycle riders taking a selfie with their helmets on

Heated Motorcycle Gear Every Winter Rider Should Own

When you're riding in the mountains like these folks, you want the proper heated motorcycle gear.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?

Do you have the proper heated motorcycle gear like this guy does?

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

Firstgear Heated Socks are known for being awesome heated motorcycle gear for winter riders

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

Firstgear Heated Windblock Pants are known to keep winter riders comfortable throughout the season

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

Firstgear makes some amazing heated motorcycle gear like these 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

Firstgear Heated Glove Liners are the heated motorcycle gear you want this winter.

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 heat roller, which is a remote that you use to adjust heat levels in all of your devices. The heat roller 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 heat roller to use, and I would suggest either a single control heat roller or a double control heat roller from Firstgear. As you already know, both come with limited lifetime warranties. Also, there’s no need to have someone else install your heat rollers 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 25 Best Snowmobile Trails in the USA for Every Level of Rider

snowmobile trails like this one are perfect for scenic riding

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. 

 

Jackson Hole has amazing snowmobile trails
Image Courtesy of Jackson Hole Traveler Guide

 

Togwotee, Wyoming

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!

 

Alpine, Wyoming

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?

 

the Upper Peninsula in Michigan has excellent snowmobile trails
Image of the Upper Peninsula, Michigan – Courtesy of The Consumer Energy Alliance

 

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!

 

two snowmobile riders hitting the trails in Maine
Image Courtesy of The County, Maine

 

Maine

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.

 

snowmobile trails are awesome throughout the USA

 

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.

 

there are lots of snowmobile trails in the Berkshires
Image of Berkshire, Massachusetts – Courtesy of MassVacation

 

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.

 

there are excellent snowmobile trails in Old Forge, NY for riders like these two guys
Image of Old Forge, NY – Courtesy of Old Forge Camping Resort

 

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?  

 

beautiful image of a winter paradise for snowmobile riders

 

Vail, Colorado

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.

 

snowmobile trails in grand mesa colorado

 

West Yellowstone, Montana

Wanna venture into a land known for their Tree Goblins? Unfortunately, these aren’t real mythical creatures… the “goblins” 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?

 

snowmobile rider on trails in Montana

 

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!

 

happy snowmobile riders on trails in the USA

 

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!

 

snowmobile rider having a blast on trails in the USA

 

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.

 

scenic evening with stars on a snowmobile trail

 

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.

 

aurora borealis over the mountains

 

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.

 

snowmobile rider heading off into the sunset on a snowmobile trail in the USA

 

And don’t forget to tune up your snowmobile before heading out. Stay safe on your adventures with an ounce of prevention. Ride on!

Part Finder Series: Dirt Bike Tires for Every Riding Style

Dirt bike tires need to be the best for the bike and the rider

Find the Dirt Bike Tires Meant for You

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.

Choosing the right dirt bike tires depends on a variety of factors

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.

The right dirt bike tires will launch you in the right direction

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

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.

Size: 2.50-10

Michelin Starcross MS3 Front Dirt Bike Tires

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

Michelin Cross AC10 Rear Dirt Bike Tire

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.

Size(s): 100/90-19 ; 110/100-18 ; 100/100-18 ; 110/90-19 ; 120/90-18

Michelin Cross AC10 Rear Dirt Bike Tires

Notable features include:

    • 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

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

Pirelli MT 60-R Front Dirt Bike Tire

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

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

Pirelli Scorpion Trail Rear Dirt Bike Tire

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

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

Sedona MX880ST Front Dirt Bike Tire

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

This massive beast of a tire is made for hard earth packed terrain.

Looking for a tough tire for that tough terrain? This is your guy.

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 mean beast.

Size(s): 100/90-19 110/100-18 ; 110/90-19 120/80-19 120/90-18

Sedona MX907HP Rear Dirt Bike Tire

Notable features include:

    • 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?

Dirt bike tires need to keep up with your riding style

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.

TMS Parts’ Buyer Guide Series: What to Ask When Buying a Used Bike

What do you look for in used bikes? Perhaps something like this red and black beauty.

What to Look For Before You Buy a Used Bike

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. 

Man in all black riding a used bike that he fixed up.

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.

glove on top of a motorcycle from someone who was working on their used bike

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.

guy sitting on a Honda that was a pre-owned bike

The Checklist Broken Down

    1. Look at the bike
    1. Touch and listen
    1. Sit on the bike
  1. The road test

More Questions…

    1. How many miles are on the bike?
    1. What’s been serviced before?
    1. Has it been inspected, and if not, does your seller know if it will pass inspection?
  1. Ask the seller not to start the bike before you look at it.

man replacing a tire on a used bike

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.

man handing over the keys to a pre-owned vehicle

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.

pre-owned bikes can be an excellent investment if you know what to look for, like this beauty here

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?

black used bike at night with the headlight on

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.

Happy riding!

Snowmobile Gloves That Keep You Warm and in Control

snowmobile gloves and gear should keep you comfortable and warm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Snowmobile Gloves for Comfort and Control

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

Fly Racing Media Snowmobile Gloves

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

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

Fly Racing Media Snowmobile Gloves

Features also include:

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

Fly Racing Title Long Cold Weather Snowmobile Gloves

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

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

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

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

Fly Racing Title Long Cold Weather Snowmobile Gloves

Features also include:

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

Venture 12V Heated Grand Touring Gloves

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

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

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

Features also include:

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

Fly Racing 907 MX Snowmobile Gloves

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

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

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

Fly Racing 907 MX Snowmobile Gloves

Features also include:

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

Firstgear TPG Cold Riding Gloves

TMS Pricing: $119.95

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

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

Features also include:

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

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

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

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

beautiful forest and trails for snowmobile riders

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

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

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

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

Form + Function: Motorcycle Jackets for Everyone

riders need motorcycle jackets that are both form and function

Motorcycle Jackets Should Protect You & Look Great

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our Top Picks for Stylish and Protective Motorcycle Jackets

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

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

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

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

Benefits include:

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

Fly Racing Butane 3 Motorcycle Jacket

Fly Racing Butane 3 Motorcycle Jacket

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

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

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

Benefits include:

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

Spidi Sports S.R.L Ace Leather Motorcycle Jacket

Spidi Sports S.R.L Ace Leather Motorcycle Jacket

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

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

Benefits include:

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

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

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

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

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

Benefits include:

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

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

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

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

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

rider wearing a black leather motorcycle jacket in San Francisco

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