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 they’re 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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

Hot HJC Helmets to Keep You Cool

Things can feel a bit hot-headed when shopping for the motorcycle helmet to best suit your needs. It can be a complicated and intense affair sifting through your options, especially with so many awesome HJC helmets to choose from!

Here we aim to give you a better idea of what HJC helmet will be the best one for you — without trying on fifteen of them one after the other!

(And, bonus, we also ship free to the lower 48 states with any order over $89!)

Trying to determine why you need a helmet in the first place? Well, that’s, pretty easy: without a helmet, you might lose your head! While years of experience and understanding of the road can create a very skilled rider, it’s not always what we are doing out there that we have to worry about. While you are a confident, safe, and aware rider, it’s often the other people that you have to keep an eye on. And, of course, you also want to keep your passengers safe and comfortable, too.

HJC Helmet on a Female Passenger

Your helmet is your lifeline if you are ever involved in an accident or are knocked off your bike for any reason. We hope this doesn’t happen, but if something does, it’s crucial you have a helmet to protect that beautiful noggin of yours! So why not pick out one of the awesome HJC helmets that are on the market now?

At TMS Parts, we are dedicated to providing you both quality and safety driven equipment. All of our HJC helmets follow the required safety standards and systems.

These Smokin’ Hot HJC Helmets Will Keep You Cool

During the summer months, the weather can be brutal for you as a rider, and also for your passengers. It’s the time of year where all of the safety gear that one might use ( i.e., jackets and other layers of riding gear) can be extremely uncomfortable and possibly deter you from riding.

Helmets are no exception. But thankfully, they don’t have to be!

HJC helmets will keep you cool on a hot open road like this one in Moapa Valley

A ventilated helmet can help with that uncomfortable summer heat. There are a few different vents available in helmets, the most common being ventilation for the back and/or top of the head and/or chin (you have customizable options!).

Bear in mind that proper positioning of the helmet is also key to optimal ventilation; these vents will help provide airflow for a more comfortable (and cool) riding experience.

So we’ve shared the importance of starting your helmet search by choosing the safest, most ventilated options. Now here is a selection of HJC helmets that will be sure to keep you, and your passengers, cool throughout the dog days of summer.

4 HJC Helmets to Keep You Cool and Safe

HJC Helmets: RPHA 11 Pro Boba Fett 

HJC Helmets - Boba Fett Helmet

Who isn’t fascinated by what’s out in space, or the stories inspired by the vast unknown? Of those, one of the most popular, elaborate tales that has spanned generations is none other than Star Wars!

The battle between the Resistance and the Empire is a classic tale that keeps us heading to the movie theaters and buying merch to show our love for one side or the other. And now you can cruise up and down the streets with one of the super cool HJC helmets, your very own Boba Fett helmet.

The Boba Fett helmet is fine-tuned helmet with a streamlined design. It’s one of the HJC helmets that is guaranteed to not only keep you safe but also keep you cool. It has a shell design for great airflow ventilation and an ACS advanced channeling ventilation system to keep your head nice and cool when the heat is on.

Just like the bounty hunter, this helmet is ready for anything thrown its way. It is made with premium integrated matrix plus (a combination of carbon fiber, aramid, fiberglass, organic non-woven fabric) to protect your head from a potentially harmful fall off your ride, or from the blaster hiding around the corner waiting for you.

The Boba Fett HJC Helmet Features:

  • Aerodynamic shell structure for extreme performance at maximum speeds
  • Max Air-flow Top Vent – new rubber trim on each vent control gives a good feel for easy and precise adjustments
  • Brand new forehead vent – air intake at the forehead gives a cooling down for the entire head
  • RapidFire II Shield Replacement System – simple and secure shield ratchet system gives a quick and easy way for installing and replacement
  • Enlarged eye port gives a much bigger range of visuals for the rider
  • Automatic shield locking system with spring controlled lever
  • Optically-superior Anti-fog Lens prepared 2D Flat-Racing Shield
  • Eyewear friendly EPS shape with special channels built into the helmet interior
  • Multicool interior – advanced anti-bacterial fabric provides enhanced moisture wicking and quick drying function (fully removable and washable interior)
  • Emergency kit (cheek pads) has an easy removal feature as part of the helmet interior and reflective patches are attached near the rear for safety enhancement
  • Recessed area for speakers molded into the EPS to allow flexibility in speaker placement for a custom fit
  • DOT & ECE approved

HJC Helmets: IS-17 Deadpool 

HJC Helmets - Deadpool Helmet

Unfortunately, we don’t have the healing powers of Deadpool. We can’t grow back that huge chunk taken out of the side of our head if we didn’t have a helmet on. We can, though, embrace the wild, free, and slightly insane attitude and spirit that is the Marvel anti-hero Deadpool with one of these awesome HJC helmets.

This crazy character is all about comfort, and daredevil antics, and that is exactly what this helmet is all about. It has an advanced polycarbonate composite shell for added protection and a lightweight feel that won’t leave you with a super hot, sweaty head. It also boasts a streamlined design that lets you push on that need for speed when you’re reeving that engine on your bike.

The Deadpool HJC Helmet Features:

    • Optically-superior Pinlock 100% Max Vision-prepared Face Shield – 3D design provides 95% UV protection, anti-scratch coating, and is prepared for the ultimate anti-fog system
    • One-Touch Integrated SunShield – 3-stage adjustable, smoke-tinted, and anti-scratch SunShield deploys quickly and easily
    • RapidFire II shield replacement system – simple and secure shield ratchet system provides quick, tool-free removal and installation
    • SuperCool Interior – moisture-wicking and antibacterial fabric (crown and cheek pads are fully removable and washable)
  • Glasses groove can accommodate riders who wear glasses
  • DOT approved

HJC Helmets: CL-Max 2 Friction 

HJC Helmets - Max Friction 

Now, this is definitely one of the slick and easy to handle HJC helmets; so much so that all of your straps and snaps lock with the capability of just one hand. Like the other HJC helmets we offer, this one is designed with ACS ventilation to keep you cool even during the hottest and most humid days of summer. The Max Friction keeps the heat and humidity out and lets in the breeze.

And just like our other high-quality helmets, this one is coated with an advanced polycarbonate shell to give you that extra protection without the added insulation. It comes with all of the bells and whistles of our higher-priced products, but it won’t break the bank. If you’re looking for an understated, sleek design that comes in a variety of style options, this is just what you are looking for.

The CL-Max 2 Friction HJC Helmet Features:

    • Ready for Bluetooth communication
    • Adjustable Polycarbonate Chinbar – lightweight, superior fit and comfort using advanced CAD technology.
    • Single-button Chinbar/Face Shield Release
    • Optically Superior Face Shield 95% UV protection.
    • QuickSlide Shield Replacement System (HJ-17 Shield)
    • Bioceramic Nylex Moisture-wicking Interior – anti-bacterial, removable, and washable.
  • Standard Certification: DOT approved

HJC Helmets: IS-17 Ironman 

HJC Hemlets - IS-17 Ironman

Not all of us can be genius, billionaire, playboy philanthropists, but wearing this helmet might help you indulge your inner child and become Ironman. Like the armor of Tony Stark, this helmet is guaranteed to keep you safe and protected, which the HJC brand promises.

You don’t have to fear your face shield losing visibility; it’s anti-scratch, anti-fog, and offers 95% UV protection. In the Marvel Universe, Stark Industry is known for providing top of the line and state of the art technology. You have that same guarantee with this HJC helmet with its advanced CAD technology. It provides you with the ultimate comfort and fit. Put on the suit! Or at least put on the helmet, and let’s hit the road! 

The IS-17 Ironman HJC Helmet Features:

    • Advanced Polycarbonate Composite Shell – advanced CAD technology
    • One-Touch Integrated SunShield – 3-stage adjustable, smoke-tinted and anti-scratch SunShield
    • RapidFire II shield replacement system provides ultra-quick, tool-less removal and installation
    • SuperCool Interior – moisture-wicking and antibacterial fabric (crown and cheek pads are fully removable and washable)
  • Glasses groove can accommodate riders who wear glasses
  • Standard Certification: DOT approved

Before We Wrapup These Sweet HJC Helmets, Let’s Talk Helmet Safety

Understanding Helmet Safety Systems

Helmet safety follows one of three different safety standard systems. Those safety standard systems are DOT, SNELL, and ECE.

The DOT (Department of Transportation) standards are the American federally mandated standard requirements. Your state’s DOT set the minimum public standard criteria of riding motorcycles on public streets.

The SNELL (Snell Memorial Foundation) is an American non-profit organization that focuses on both helmet and head-related safety gear for motorcycles, bicycle racing helmets, auto racing helmets and more. As a private voluntary standard guide, it allegedly has higher standards than the DOT.

The ECE (Economic Commission for Europe) is a European set of standards created in the late 50s via an agreement with the United Nations. These sets of rules are accepted in 47 countries and are quite similar to the DOT standards.

These three systems of standards assist in determining helmet safety and are vital towards making the right decision for quality riding gear. They are determined because of their impact capabilities. All of the HJC helmets here fall under one, or more, helmet safety certifications.

Toss Your HJC Helmet on and Hit the Road

The open road is calling out for you to jump on that beast and go! You don’t want to be spending your time trying to look for the right helmet for you, helmet after helmet, and fit after fit.

Where is that guarantee for something reliable, tough, stylish, and that will keep your head safe, comfortable, and cool?

Why not embrace the kid that got into a bit of trouble or mischief, and be that Superhero for a moment. Become that bounty hunter or the man that breaks the fourth wall all the time.

Become Ironman with the HJC helmet

And while you’re out on the open road, there’s that guarantee that you will be safe and protected. Oh, and you will keep nice and cool thanks to the ACS ventilation on your HJC helmet. Lose the heat and hit the gas!

Other pieces of armor or tech needed before you adventure off?

TMS Parts has all the gear and accessories you’ll need!

Top 5 Best Lakes for Jet Skiing in the US

best lakes for jet skiing

5 Best Lakes for Jet Skiing in the United States

Summertime is the season for beating the heat, and what’s the best way to do that? Endless amounts of watersport activities and especially lots of jet skiing! And, of course, you want to make sure you’re hitting the best lakes for jet skiing if you’re road tripping across the United States. 

Jet skiing can be the ultimate adrenaline rush. This is one watersport that whips the hair back from your face as you rip across the water’s surface. There is nothing better than jumping on one of those beasts and going for a ride. But where are you going to go? What lakes can offer the optimal joy ride? Are you hitting the best lakes for jet skiing? 

Don’t worry. TMS parts has got you back and we love to share summer fun tips with our readers. Here are our top 5 lakes for jet skiing in the U.S. and they are sure to get your motor running!

Best Lakes for Jet Skiing Adventures

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is one of the best lakes for jet skiing and sunbathing

Lake Tahoe is the largest lake in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, and definitely one of the best lakes for jet skiing in the US.

Bordering on California and Nevada, it is one of the biggest and most famous lakes in all of the United States, and it is known for providing some of the most breathtaking views. Lake Tahoe is also connected to Nevada State Park, so when you’re not jetskiing on one of the best lakes out there, you can hit some trails and explore what the park has to offer. 

And the best part? No matter where you are on this magnificent lake there is always an adventure awaiting you. It was built to keep you and yours always on the next exciting thing. Lake Tahoe is known for its visitors and has resorts, campsites, hiking trails, and quaint towns to discover.

With plenty of places to rent jet skis, if you don’t have your own, Lake Tahoe has you covered.  Don’t forget your awesome watersports gear, though, and especially your life vest.  

Lake Cumberland

Lake Cumberland is one of the best lakes for jet skiing in the USA

A large reservoir in Kentucky and a booming tourism industry you are guaranteed to have fun this summer on Lake Cumberland. And if you only tow our your jet ski, know that there are plenty of places to rent additional watersport equipment and rides. All along the miles of shoreline, there are plenty of camping grounds so you can stay right on the water, soaking in the gorgeous views.

Lake Cumberland will definitely make you want to ensure your vacation stay lasts for days (or even a couple weeks), but for those local to the area (or road tripping through it) you should absolutely spend at least one full day exploring. This is one of the best lakes for jet skiing, and it is also a lake that will keep you entertained and excited when you decide to park your watercraft for the night. 

Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan is one of the best lakes for jet skiing and watersports

It’s one of the five of the Great Lakes in North America and the only one completely in the United States. This lake is truly amazing, and definitely one of the best lakes for jet skiing in the northern part of the country.

This body of water is unique compared to the other lakes in the US because it has access to both wide open fresh water and the ocean (no, really it does, through the St. Lawrence Seaway). This gives you the best of both water worlds if you’re up for the adventure.

Take your jet ski and sneak off to one of the islands scattered around its boundaries like Beaver Island; filled with its own festivals, events, and hiking trails that will keep the fun going when you’re out of the water. 

With plenty of places to rent personal watercraft and equipment, don’t worry if you are the only one with the jet ski. They have your buddies covered. Just make sure your friends have the gear they need to make their rides safe and fun. We have watersports gear for men, women, and kids, too! 

Lake Winnipesaukee

Lake Winnipesaukee is one of the best lakes for jet skiing and swimming
Lake Winnipesaukee© photograph by Owen Jones

Located in New Hampshire, Lake Winnipesaukee is the third largest lake in New England and one of the best lakes for jet skiing in the Northeast part of the US. The Lakes Region of New Hampshire is where New England adventures happen, and you can’t forget that Laconia Motorcycle Week happens here every year. It’s one of the summertime bike rallies that you cannot miss, and the countdown is already on for 2019! 

Around the lake are plenty of beaches ranging from small and quiet all the way up to loud and filled with fun beach festivities! Head off to places like Weirs Beach where the smell of pizza and fried dough fills the air, and the sounds of the arcade games add their own soundtrack. When you’re ready to make your way back to land after enjoying one of the best lakes for jet skiing, hit up Ellacoya State Park. There you can book a campsite (we recommend in advance during peak season) to keep the fun times rollin’. 

Lake Travis

Lake Travis is one of the best lakes for jet skiing
Sunset on Lake Travis© photograph by Trey Perry

Last, but certainly not least on our list of the best lakes for jet skiing, is the “Crown Jewel of Texas” aka Lake Travis! Because of how large this reservoir is, it’s truly a great place for all types of water sports like boating, scuba diving, and, of course, jet skiing.  This makes it a popular destination for watersport fans, especially those who want to hit up the best lakes for jet skiing in the US!

Lake Travis is also a hub for events and activities in the area. Check out the On the Water Lakeside Pub Crawl! Many restaurants and pubs have placed themselves right alongside the water’s edge, and it’s easy to park your jet ski dockside. Grab a cold beer, a bite, and strike up a conversation. 

Time to Make Plans to Visit the Best Lakes for Jet Skiing in the US

Take a ride on the best lakes for jet skiing

Each lake here has its own unique adventures. They’re just waiting for you!

Hop on your jet ski, get that adrenaline pumping, and head out to explore. What have you got to lose besides feeling the sun on your shoulders and the water on your legs? Take some time off and leave your responsibilities behind you as fast as your jet ski can take you.

Just don’t forget to wear that life vest! And for any of your other H20 water needs, like gear and accessories, TMS parts has you covered. Happy riding!

Sunglasses: Throwin’ Shade, but the Good Kind

You just want to go. You’ve got things to do, priorities that need to be taken care. You can’t be slowed down. We get it, you’ve got plans happening outside. You’ve got that lawn that needs mowing, and next week you’re getting together with friends by the lake for beers and grilling.

None of these plans include squinting your way through the day because of the high sun or fidgeting with your sunglasses that will not stay put when the Jetski is cruising.

sunglasses on a man cruising on a Jetski

You need sunglasses that are not just going to stay on your face, but that are also going to keep the sun’s harmful rays away from your eyes.  

At TMS Parts we have the shades you need so you aren’t peeking through your eyes, but actually enjoying the outdoors in comfort in style. Today we’ve got 5 awesome pairs of sunglasses that we want to share with you.

What Sunglasses Should You Choose?

Bobster Charger Sunglasses

Sunglasses - Bobster Charger

Now, these are a pair of shades that you let you work hard and play hard. These have both their lenses and frames tested out and are  Ansi Z87 (American National standards institute) certified; they have passed all tests for strength and durability. They are safety rated eyewear.

The frames wrap around your face for great coverage, so giving a side eye at someone won’t leave you blind. On the off chance that these specs slip through your fingers, they have a strong, nylon frame so if they drop, they’ll survive the fall. Not feeling that pink tint of those lenses? There are different lens options for you to choose from and a pouch for storage. We want to make sure these sunglasses don’t join the gas station ones that are lost in the void of your car.

Scott USA Leader Sunglasses

Sunglasses - Scott USA Leader Sunglasses

These sunglasses are a bit more expensive, but as the saying goes, you get what you pay for. These sweet shades are no exception. They are built for those of us with a competitive streak and include impact protection for whatever is thrown your way – literally.

Lightweight and comfortable, they are made to fit your face with a no-slip soft nose pad and no slip/flexible ends. These are going to stay on your face no matter what strenuous activities you tackle. Keep sun exposure from damaging your eyes with light-sensitive lenses and 100% UV protection. Go ahead and start practicing for that Spartan race coming up. These eye shields will certainly keep up with your warrior ways!

Zan Headgear New York Sunglasses

Sunglasses - Zan Headgear New York

These sunglasses are designed specifically with riders in mind. To protect your eyes when you’re out on the open road, these lenses offer 100% UV coverage. While they are a smaller frame they do come with the option of having your frames with or without close foam for security.

This pair of sun specs is perfect for those of us who spend lots of time outdoors, especially on our bikes. They are shatter resistant with 100% polycarbonate frames and lenses. Jump on that motorcycle, pack a summer bag, and hit the open road on an adventure! These glasses are made to stick with you while you enjoy your concrete cruise.

Bobster GXR Sunglasses

Sunglasses - Bobster GXR Sunglasses

So, you’re an active person. Moving from one thing to another, you are always on the go. You want sunglasses that will keep up with you. The Bobster GXR is exactly what you are looking for. These lenses are made for all sorts of conditions. Seeing is key and they come with anti-fog lenses. These will keep you from walking around like one of the three blind mice during humid conditions. They have a molded foam that keeps air out and adjusts to your facial contours.

These glasses are secure and include a detachable strap as well as strong, polycarbonate frames. This keeps them floating on the water if you fall off your Jetski. These glasses are going to fit well and stay with you no matter what task (or adventure) you decide to tackle.

Scott Leap Sunglasses

Sunglasses - Scott Leap

These are the king of sunglasses! They come with a multifunctional sports shield that fits your face and keeps it well protected from any potential eye damage. They are guaranteed to ensure an unobstructed field of vision and they are made from some of the highest quality materials.

Only the best for the best. These have impact protection, 100% UV protection, and are ACS lenses (Air Control System). ACS lenses allow air to flow through your sunglasses without causing them to shift or adding too much wind pressure which will hurt your eyes. With interchangeable lenses, you can make them fit you and your style.

Sunglasses that Keep Up with You

You’ve got adventures planned, memories to make, and crazy antics to carry out. You certainly don’t want to be blinded by the sun while you’re out having fun with your friends. We’re thinking something on our list has caught your eye. Now it’s decision time!

sunglasses are needed for this stretch of road

Are you going to need a pair that can hang out tight while you’re cruising on your motorboat or water tubing behind it? Or are you going to need something that can handle the bumpy terrain and not fall off when you’re running that Tough Mudder?

Whatever adventure is calling you, rest assured you’re going to have the right pair of shades.

Top Picks for the Best Water Safety Gear: Life Vests

water safety gear includes wearing a life vest

Water Safety Gear – Fly Racing Life Vests

Summertime is in full swing! Know what that means? Time to enjoy the sun’s rays and all the outdoor activities! And nothing says it’s summertime more than enjoying your time on the water with the right water safety gear.

How else can you beat that summer heat other than by splashing around in your favorite lake, river, or ocean? With all the options you have for fun water activities, the possibilities seem endless.

Making sure you have the right water safety gear is part of your family’s summer water fun times. 

One day you could be on a boat letting the water lap against the hull while you anticipate the taut line from your fishing reel, and the next day you could be getting ready to jump on that jet ski you’ve been thinking about all winter long. Just don’t forget, whatever you do on the water… 

Don’t forget your life vest!

water skiiing child with water safety gear life vest

At TMS Parts, we want you to have a great and memorable summer. We also want to make sure you’re having a safe summer, too! To ensure that your summer adventures are as memorable as can be (without having you worry about what gear you need) we’ve got your water safety gear covered. This includes our Fly Racing Life Vests! 

Life Vests are an Important Part of Water Safety Gear

water safety gear men not wearing life vests on a boat

Life Vests Keep Your Head Above the Water

When you are out on the water things can happen; some things you can’t always foresee. You want reassurance that should things tip in the wrong direction, you’re going to be just fine. Our Fly Racing adult life vests give you that guarantee and let you keep on running — or swimming — forward!

An article from the US Coast Guard (USCG) highlights valuable water safety gear key points, and why it’s important to wear a life vest out on the water. This is especially true for open waters. Life vests give you a safety net. They have an extra layer which gives you buoyancy so your head can stay above the water should you take a spill. It even gives you a little extra cushion if you end up hitting that water just a little harder on impact than you thought. 

Just make sure the life vest you’re looking at is US Coast Guard approved. To be US Coast Guard approved, it means the manufacturer has met all the USCG safety requirements for water safety gear. Otherwise, that vest might not be as reliable as you were hoping it would be. But we’ve got you covered on that front as well! Our life vests are US coast Coast Guard approved Type iii, meaning they are perfect for all those water sports activities.

Fly Racing Life Vests – Excellent Water Safety Gear

The Fly Racing Neoprene Life Vest for Men

water safety gear - Fly Racing Neoprene Life Vest

We have our men’s size life vest and currently available to you. Yes, it also has a few more bells and whistles. This is a little bit different than our other product. Instead of Nylon, we have neoprene life vests; neoprene is a stretchy, comfortable material that gives you a little more cushion. It’s stronger too. It’s been strength tested at 50 mph, so feel free to make those daredevil stunts on that jet ski.  

The Fly Racing Neoprene Life Vest for Ladies

Water Safety Gear - Ladies Fly Racing Neoprene Life Vest

Remember that extra secure fitting we were talking about? This neoprene women’s life vest includes a zipper closure with 2 belt straps for that extra bit of security and tight snug. Not to worry, this extra bit of protection won’t restrict you at all. It’s fitted with extra large armholes for freedom of movement. Feel free to do the funky chicken while in your vest. We guarantee you can still have at those killer dance moves.

Just like our other vest this one also comes in a variety of colors and patterns from blue to yellow, or red and black, or pink and green to set you apart from the rest!

Tips and Tricks for Your Life Vest!

water safety gear - man kayaking in a life vest

It’s Time for Your Water Safety Gear Fitting

Remember, the fit is snug, but not tight. You should still be able to move and breath in it, and it should have a little give. Don’t forget, materials like Neoprene stretch when they get wet, so if it feels slightly tight when you first put it on, that’s exactly what you want.

Gear up and Go’s blog on all things sports and apparel were able to put out fun and easy tips for you and your friends. This helps you to find out if your life vest is not too big, not too small, but just the right size.

Touchdown: Once your vest is on and in place, all straps and zippers are right where they should be, lift your arms above your head like you’ve just scored the final point at the big game. Your vest should move a little with your arms (but not much). You should be able to move your head from side to side without having anything blocking your vision. If it’s touching your chin you may need to adjust the straps or find a size that is smaller than the one you have on.

Turtle check: Have yourself (or a friend) pull up on your vest. It shouldn’t move up more than a few inches on you. If it’s hitting your chin it’s too lose you might have to adjust a few straps to properly ensure the fit.

Wading out: The final ol’reliable trick. When it comes down to it nothing beats wading out into the shallow water and submerging yourself up to your chest or shoulders. Does it go up a couple of inches up or are you suddenly seeing the inside of your supposedly very secured vest?

The fit is everything for water safety gear!

Let’s hit the water!

Boat at a dock during sunset

Picking out the right life vest is important to have peace of mind when you’re out there on the water. Between the security, durability and fit, the proper life vest will give you the best chance at having the most fun out of your summer. And that’s all we want, for your summer to be the best that it can absolutely be.

Check out TMS parts for more information on all our available water terrain gear, accessories, and apparel for all your H20 needs!

Towable Water Tubes Your Kids Want

towable water tubes are an awesome way to enjoy the lakes

Towable Airhead Water Tubes from TMS Parts

This summer is already in full swing! There is plenty to do outside nowadays, am I right? There’s backyard barbecues, music in the park and of course, the perfect way to beat the heat, by being out there on the water! And the activities are endless – swimming, fishing, and floating down the rivers.

But, sometimes you want something that gets the adrenaline going. There are times when you want something that gives you speed and gets your heart pumping. What says that better than towable water tubes? Something that you and the family can all enjoy because they’re great for youngsters and adults alike!

And the best part? TMS Parts has some of the greatest water tubes available. 

Which Towable Water Tube is the right Fit for You and Yours

What type of towable water tube are you looking for? How many people are gonna want to ride this tube? Is it just for one person or is this going to be a family activity? These are things you need to consider when you’re trying to find the right towable water tube for your family. West Marine has a great blog for helping you narrow down your search on what is ideal for you.

Are you looking for something that is for a single person? They are smaller than your average size tube allowing for speed.

How about a 2-3 person rider? Do you have more than one person looking for a ride or maybe needs that partner for some extra encouragement? These water towables are still great and fun, they are a little slower than your one person water tube but still allow for good movement.

How are you going to choose? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with four great Airhead blast water towable tubes to pick from!

Check Out Our Awesome Towable Water Tubes

Airhead Blast Tube

towable water tubes - Airhead Blast

The Airhead blast Tube is a single person rider currently priced at $70.54. This is quite a durable water tube. Rated number 5 on the 21 Best Towable Tubes for Kids from Better Boat this might be just what you are looking for!

It comes in at 54” diameter and features 4 nylon-wrapped handles with a neoprene knuckle guard to keep your hands safe when you’re cruising on that water top. This beast is made to last with its heavy-duty PVC bladder with electronically welded seams; it has a double stitch cover and reinforced internal tow harness so you can be sure this isn’t going anywhere when that boat starts moving. 

towable water tube action shot airhead blast
Blast action shot courtesy of Airhead

Don’t think your gonna having this tube sinking on you either! It has a self-draining floor vent, so that huge water spray you’re planning on making with that sharp turn is just fine. It isn’t going to cause you to capsize and sink under the water. We’ve got you all taken care of with this single rider. 

Airhead Slice Tube

towable water tubes - Airhead Slice

Now here is another favorite of the towable water tubes for you. The Airhead Slice Tube has a bit more room at 58” in diameter, perfect for having a partner in crime while sailing over the water.

towable water tubes - Airhead Slice
Slice action shot courtesy of Airhead

It has all the great security and durability of the blast tube; with 4 nylon-wrapped handles with neoprene knuckle guards and 30 gauge PVC bladder in a double stitched nylon cover. This tow tube also has a wonderful added extra of a Kwik-connect attachment, giving you an easy time hooking up that ski rope to your tube.

Airhead G-Force 3

towable water tubes - Airhead G Force 3

Three isn’t a crowd when you have one of these awesome towable water tubes on hand! This 2-3 person rider is definitely something you want to have when you and your buddies are looking for some fun! A blog from Cruising Seas raves about this water tube calling it The Super Cool Tube! Who could blame them?

towable water tubes - Airhead G Force 3
G Force 3 action shot courtesy of Airhead

It comes with all the bells and whistles like our other towable water tubes, but also has a couple added bonuses such as stabilizer fins on the top of your tube and Kwik connect for an easy and secure hook-up!

Airhead Mach 2

towable water tubes - Airhead Mach 2

If you’ve got little ones or someone who isn’t used to jumping on towable water tubes and cruising on out, this might just be the perfect fit for you.

towable water tubes - Airhead Mach 2
Mach 2 action shot courtesy of Airhead

Offering the same strength and durability as our other towable water tubes, The Mach 2 is a 2-person water tube that offers a little more cushion and security than our other towable water tubes. A blog post from family leisure offers this as ones of the best tubes to use for your little ones as they are placed in “pods” guaranteed to keep them safe and secure!

Now…. What is a Kwik-Connect?

The Fast and Easy Hook-up!

Kwik-Connect is a handy dandy tool that makes your job of securing your towable tube to the rope and the boat very easy. And lucky for you three of our towable water tubes already have the Kwik-Connect and are ready to go. Attaching the rope to your tube is as easy as 1..2…3!

Kwik-Connect easily hooks towable water tubes to your boat

Simply slip your tow rope through the small hole at the base, loop it around the prongs of the piece and your good to go! If you need a little extra help or more information on these Airhead has an amazing video showing just how easy it is to get you ready and off into the water.

Don’t Forget your Tips & Tricks

Making Sure You’re Safe While Having Fun

Having fun is the ultimate goal of your tubing adventure, but having fun means that you are also safe on the water. BoatUs wrote up a great check to list to make sure that when you are speeding through the water you are at our best!

Is the Towable Tube Water Worthy: Before you even think about getting on that water you have to make sure your towable water tubes are inflated! When you blow that tube up make sure there are no wrinkles, no folds, and it doesn’t give under your weight.  

Keep your Distance: You want to make sure that you have a safe enough distance from the water tube and your boat. You definitely don’t want to drive that boat too close to any docks or channel markers. Watch out for shallow waters, you don’t want to get stuck!

Remember the tuber has no control over the steering. It’s all up to the driver on the boat, so steer well for folks riding those towable water tubes!

towable water tubes make boating fun for everyone

Speed: If you’re the driver you might have that twitch in your hand to see what your boat really can do on the waters. Just be careful! When you’re making that turn, that rope holding on to that towable tube is creating a much a longer arch and force. So while you’re going 20 mph towable water tubes are hitting those curves at 40 mph!

Hand Signals: Good communication is key! Try and pick simple hand signals for the driver and tuber. It’s ideal when you want your driver to hit the gas on that boat! Try thumbs up/down for speed; thumbs up for fast, thumbs down to slow down!

And don’t forget when you’re out on that water – wear your life vest!

Get that Boat Engine Started

You’ve got a selection to choose from now. Whether it’s with a few friends or the whole family, everyone can get in on the fun! Get that need for speed fix and enjoying hitting that water on your Airhead Towable water tube. You’ve got a whole summer ahead of you, enjoy it!

water tubing on a lake

And while you’re enjoying spending time floating on the water, nothing can truly say summer more than enjoying the scorching heat with something nice, cool, and refreshing. Maybe a big bottle of water? Or an ice cold beer? This Airhead floating Oasis cooler is exactly what you are looking for when you’re out on the water.

Airhead Aqua Oasis Floating Cooler

If you’re still looking for more gear, tools, and water accessories check out what TMS Parts has to offer for your H20 needs!

ATV Parts Buyer’s Guide: ATV Wheels

quality ATV wheels make summertime riding fun

Tips for Buying the Best ATV Wheels

It’s officially summertime, which means it’s time to get your ATV ready for a fantastic few months of warm-weather riding if you’re up North, but for you Southerners, what are you waiting for? It’s time. To do this, you’re gonna have to make sure you have all your ATV parts up to date. Now’s the time to start looking for the best ATV wheels.

You already know there are a ton of options when it comes to choosing the right tires and wheels for your four-wheeler. Changing your ATV wheels isn’t that difficult — but choosing the right wheels can take some time.

man on motocross track using the best ATV wheels

Luckily for you, we’ve got some advice for upgrading to the best ATV wheels for your four-wheeler this summer. The following article will help make your parts shopping a little easier since we’ll explain a little bit about how to tell when you need new ATV wheels and the signs to look out for when replacing the wheels. We’ll also cover the different types of wheels for the terrain you’re riding on, some tips for keeping up with ATV wheel maintenance, and we’ll share a handful of recommendations for the best ATV wheels TMS Parts offers!

How to Tell You Need New ATV Wheels

Right off the bat, the easiest way to tell if you need new wheels for your ATV is by making sure you’re regularly keeping up with the maintenance and work your vehicle requires. It’s the safest thing to do, but it’s also going to save you a lot of work down the line (and also money) by stickin’ with those routine checks.

However, you might just feel it – something’s off. Or maybe you can see it. Often times, well-used wheels will have unsecured axle nuts. Or maybe the handle of your ATV feels off. As a rider, you know that broken wheels are only going to cause trouble and could possibly damage the tire. Keep in mind, the ATV tire/wheel life lasts about four, maybe five years, following the manufacture date.

Of course, you want the look of your wheels to catch people’s eye, but you want to make sure that the appearance of your rims isn’t the only factor to consider when looking to upgrade your wheels. UTV Action Magazine states that the sizing, offset and even the beadlocks, “…allow for lower operating pressures and a smoother, more reliable ride.”

Keep Up with Proper Maintenance for Your ATV Wheels 

Here’s the thing – it doesn’t matter what type of wheel, or tires, you end up choosing for your ATV if you aren’t keeping up with the proper amount of maintenance it needs. Pay attention to how your ATV handles and check to make sure there are no cracks, rust, or damages to the rims.

The last thing you want is to end up stranded somewhere just because you didn’t take a quick look at the condition of your tires and wheels before heading out for the day. That being said, consider investing in a two-way radio just in case this does happen. Whether you ride alone or with friends, as a rider, you can’t always count on your cell phone to have service when you’re off-roading on the ol’ ATV!

mechanic handing the keys to the ATV rider

Inspecting Your ATV Wheels

Provided below are a few brief “how-to’s” when it comes to inspecting and taking notice of your wheel offset, wheel bolt patterns, understand how to read wheel sizing.

Wheel Offset

ATV Wheel Offset Diagram

The wheel offset allows you to change the width of the rear or the front, which alters the handling of your ATV if you’re noticing it’s too stiff or too loose. The offset of the wheel means the number of inches off centers the offset to the number of inches on the outside of the wheel. Changing the wheel offset will indeed have a slight effect on the suspension, allowing for you to find the right balance between stiffness or looseness that best works for your riding style. However, TMS experts will tell you the major change a rider will notice in regards to the cornering stability and handling of the vehicle has to do with a wider or narrower riding stance: a narrow vehicle will tend to tip over before a wider vehicle would. 

Wheel Bolt Patterns

ATV Wheel Bolt Pattern Diagram

Usually measured in millimeters, the space between the bolt holes and the number of bolt holes in the wheel determines the bolt pattern. There are three lug patterns for your ATV: 3-Lug, 4-Lug, and 5-Lug. You may not realize this when you’re shopping for new wheels that your choice is going to have to depend on the make and model of your ATV. Knowing what lug pattern fits your ATV, and understanding how to measure the bolt pattern on your wheels, will, at the very least, save you time by knowing exactly what you’re looking for.

Wheel Sizing

ATV Wheel Sizing Diagram

Just like tires for almost all vehicles, your ATV wheels have numbers on them to inform you of their size. The diameter of the wheel should match up with the inside diameter of the tire. As mentioned before, you may be limited on what size of wheels your ATV can handle based on the specific make and model, but so long as the tire is the same size of your wheel, you have a little flexibility when it comes to choosing to go smaller or bigger.

The Relationship Between ATV Wheels and ATV Tires

Here’s the thing: your fancy ATV tires won’t be of any help if the wheels don’t match up; you should think of your wheels and tires as one entity. Without a good set of wheels and a good set of tires, swapping a good set for a cheaper set will ruin both the tires and the wheels. 

Primarily, the All-Purpose, or All-Terrain wheels, provide an all-around, general riding grip for average, non-extreme riding conditions. ATV itself stands for “All Terrain Vehicle,” so owning an ATV with all-purpose wheels isn’t unheard of — and it’s perfectly safe for riding aside from the more extreme conditions.  

These wheels are best for the rider who wants to do a little bit of everything without having to switch up their wheels for every occasion or terrain, and without having to spend too much money to have multiple types of tires for their ATV.

However, while the quality of All-Terrain wheels can still be fantastic, there’s a reason there are wheels explicitly made for the types of terrain you ride on. Because of this, you’ll likely find when buying these wheels that most of them will still be made to favor one type of terrain over the other, so be sure to purchase the wheels best-suited for where you’re going to be riding most.

group of ATV riders using the best ATV wheels

Riding Style and ATV Wheel Selection

Depending on the terrain you’re riding on and your particular riding style, some ATV wheels work better for some terrains. Whether or not you like to ride your ATV a little rough, or even if you race, your riding style makes a difference in what rims will best suit your ATV and the terrain you take your ATV on.

How you ride most-definitely affects the tires and wheels. Monitor how heavily you’re braking and accelerating, as heavy-footing will cause more wear and tear. I know. I know. Sometimes it’s fun to go a little crazy. But if you’re looking to keep those ATV wheels for an extended amount of time, try and go easy on your riding style for the most part. It’s safer, too. 

Types of Terrain and ATV Rims

Below are a small handful of types of terrains and a few types of the rims ATVs will use and also a helpful terrain-safety article found in the Off-Road Education website:

Off-Road Terrain

It’s in the name. Off-roading is literally driving off the road. Sometimes there are trails, but most often, you’re riding through the woods or whatever area outside of an official track or park that is open to your riding. 

Mud Terrain

You’re going to want to have the rims that provide the right amount of power to pull your ATV (tires) through thick, soupy mud — often times, if you ride in the mud, the tires, wheels or rims you choose will help in the snow, too.

Sand Terrain

Sand is very difficult to ride in/through/on, so you’re going to want wheels that are both light-weight and will have the right strength to pull you through the dunes without constantly spinning your tires.

Motocross Terrain

This type of terrain features big jumps and other man-made obstacles. The grip is key (for any terrain, really) and the motocross wheel designs are great for loose track conditions commonly found in MX racing. The wheel you choose must be able to endure those hard landings and big jumps on the motocross track.

For information about the construction of the best rims for your ATV, take a look at this website, which features information about Aluminum alloy, magnesium alloy, and steel wheels.

You will find that Aluminum is the most commonly purchased rim, mostly because they are strong and reliable. Steel is heavy but normally less expensive as steel material costs less to manufacture than aluminum would. The magnesium is the lightest of all.

man on ATV

TMS Parts Top Picks for Your ATV Wheels

Generally, the price for ATV wheels ranges from an average $40 all the way up to a fancy $400… most rims, however, will stay between $80 and $150. Considering how long you can make these last by keeping up with the best maintenance practices and riding habits, those prices are fantastic.

If you’re looking to personalize your ride, a new set of rims is a great way to do it. TMS Parts wants you to have awesome wheels for your awesome tires on your awesome ATV. Below, you’ll find some of the best ATV wheels fit best for your pocket, your material goals, and of course, for your ATV.

The ITP SS212 ATV Wheel – Platinum

ATV Wheels ITP SS212 Platinum

Features: The ITP SS212 ATV Wheel is both incredibly affordable and described as the strongest, lightest and best-looking wheels out there today. With the custom wheel cap included, these diamond-cut wheels are offered to you with your choice of a machined with black accents, sleek satin black or a brilliant show-chrome lustrous platinum finish. The split-spoke design adds both style and strong load ratings up to 1000 pounds.

Sizes: Available in 12×7, 14×6, 14×8 and 15×7 (the SS212 is 14×8,4/137,5+3)

The ITP SD-Series Dual Beadlock ATV Wheel

ATV Wheels ITP SD Series Dual Beadlock Wheel

Features: The ITP SD-Series Dual Beadlock ATV Wheel is the first beadlock wheel made from a single piece of aluminum and TMS ensures riders that no matter what happens to your tire, ITP guarantees the rims will stay attached at both the inner and outer beads. The innovative manufacturing process provides an incredibly lightweight, strong wheel. Included with this product are matching wheel caps and are topped with a tough, protective clear coat finish.

Sizes: Available in 12×7, 14×6, 14×8 and 15×7

The Sedona Storm ATVWheel

ATV Wheels Sedona Storm Wheel

Features: The Sedona Storm ATV Wheel is constructed of high-grade polished-black aluminum, making this wheel ultra-strong and lightweight. For further protection, while riding, this wheel located the valve stem in between the wheel spokes. Ultimately built and made for larger ATVs, this wheel is no joke! And it’s incredibly affordable… so that’s cool.

Sizes: Available in 12×7 and 14×7

The Sedona Riot ATV Wheel

ATV Wheels Sedona Riot Wheel

Features: The Sedona Riot ATV Wheel is exactly what the name infers… it’s a riot, that’s for sure. With the badass, sleek design these wheels not only look hot, but the high-grade aluminum construction makes for that lightweight, super-strong power you need out there.

Sizes: Available in 12, 14 and 15 inch sizes.

The DWT Ultimate Sport ATV Wheel

ATV Wheels DWT Ultimate Sport Wheel

Features: The Douglas Wheel Tire (DWT) Ultimate Sport ATV Wheel is a solid, heavy-duty choice. Constructed of .190 heat-treated aluminum with rolled lips and a reinforced center for that extra durable toughness for a super-strong, lightweight utility wheel. Available in both polished and black finishes, this wheel is worth the extra cash… cause it can handle the extra weight and the extra tough-riding!

Sizes: Available 14×8, 14×10, and 14×11

The Hiper Wheel Fusion ATV Wheel

ATV Wheels Hiper Wheel Fusion Wheel

Features: This Hiper Fusion ATV Wheel is the lightest and strongest wheel available for elite side by sides and ATVs. Constructed of a carbon fiber technology used in the wheel area with 6061 billet centers, this 3-piece wheel is available in single or double beadlock configurations. While most places sell this wheel for well over five-hundred bucks… you won’t beat our prices.

Sizes: Available in 14×6, 14×7, 14×8 and 14×10

Time to Hit the Dirt!

Keep in mind, even if you aren’t a motocross rider, choosing the right ATV wheels for the terrain you most often ride on is the best bet for saving money, saving maintenance, staying safe… and, of course, having fun!

motocross track for ATV riding with the best ATV wheels

Check out TMS Parts for more information about the different brands, parts, accessories, riding gear, and prices for all your awesome ATV needs!