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!

The Best Dirt Bikes for Kids

dirt bikes for kids honda image
Image courtesy of Honda

Dirt Bikes for Kids that are Parent Approved

So your kid(s) want a dirt bike, huh? As a parent, preparing to purchase dirt bikes for kids is understandably a little bit nerve-wracking. But this could be as exciting as it is scary, so don’t worry. We’re here to help you through it, we promise!

This guide covers dirt bikes for kids and will help you in making sure any worries you may have about buying the right dirt bike will be minimal moving forward. This way you can focus the inevitable fingernail-chewing worry for when your kid is revving up for the first time, ready to hit that dirt!

Here is a simple rundown containing the best combination of advice, steps to take, and some specific dirt bike models that may just work best for your child, ages six and up.

Time to Talk Dirt Bikes with Your Kid

Consider chatting with your little one about why they want a dirt bike in the first place. You know your kid best, (and ultimately, you know BEST best), but it’s important to think about what your child’s interests are so you can find the best bike for them.

Ask these questions if considering a dirt bike purchase for your kid:

  • Does your family already play around with dirt bikes?
  • If so, where and how were they introduced to dirt biking?
  • Who or what influenced them?
  • Should you consider enrolling your child in a beginner-riding course?
  • Is your child ready and fully prepared to tackle the mechanics and safety tools while riding solo? (The answer is yes – so long as you’re in on it too!)

Once you know what your child is looking for from this activity, you can integrate your own inquiries to make sure before anything else that the dirt bike you choose for your little one is safe for them to ride.

kawasaki kx 65 - dirt bikes for kids
Image Courtesy of Kawasaki

Choosing the Right Dirt Bike for Your Kid

As with any beginner activity that calls for a sizeable investment to start out, we advise you to try not to go too crazy with your dirt bike and gear shopping spree. The motocross track is still a while away! Our advice is that it is especially important to introduce children to new things at the most basic level and to also consider enrolling your child in a dirt bike riding course. 

As it comes time to start shopping for dirt bikes for kids, take it easy at first: look for used bikes, just to start, just to save money. That way, if they decide they aren’t as into it as they thought, you aren’t out of a ton of money and that brand new youth dirt bike (or two) won’t be gathering dust in the garage. However, once it is established that this hobby seems promising, it’s time to start looking for the more expensive, real-deal models.

For your reference, here are some great examples of the top brands of dirt bikes for kids:

  • Suzuki
  • Yamaha
  •  Honda
  •  Beta
  •  Maico
  •  KTM
  • Kawasaki

Now according to this article, there are a few really great dirt bikes for kids that are known to work best for children/beginner riders. BUT! Keep in mind that despite your best efforts as a parent to keep your kidlings sweet and little forever, they do grow fast. Just like they outgrow clothes, they will also outgrow their youth-sized dirt bike. One quick piece of advice would be to compare brand-name prices across the web to find the best deals, and also the best service out there. Of course, we’re partial to Temecula Motorsports for all of your dirt bike shopping and service needs.

Starting with the babies of your fam first (ranging between 6 to 11 years old) and ending with the oldest kiddos (ranging between 12 to 16  years old), below are a few examples of the models TMS Parts wants you to happily consider when shopping for the best dirt bikes for your kiddos.

Top Recommendations for Dirt Bikes for Kids

honda dirt bikes for kids
Image courtesy of Honda

The 2019 Honda CRF50F is one of the speediest, coolest dirt bikes and perfect for kids on the market today! Featuring a reliable four-stroke engine best for easy, smooth power, a rugged suspension, and an automated clutch three-speed transmission (which is especially great for beginners so they can worry less about stalling).  And for the parents, this dirt bike has an adjustable throttle limiter, allowing you to limit just how fast your child can go as they learn how to safely ride. The bike itself has the classic Motocross style – so your kid will love riding around on this one. Brand-new and priced directly from Honda, this (2019 model) dirt bike is currently $1,499.00.

The Suzuki DR-Z70 is basically in the running for a ‘Children’s Choice Dirt Bike Awards’ nomination – it’s a very cool bike for any trail. Better for children who are a little bit older, this bike features a smart 49cc single-cylinder engine designed for easy-to-control RPM power.

dirt bikes for kids - Suzuki DR-Z70
Image Courtesy of Suzuki

This bike can reach speeds of up to 30 mph, has that popular authentic dirt bike frame, and additionally features a throttle-limiter for parents to set in order to make it easier for limiting your speed demons. This particular bike is easy to find for an early model, which means it will be so much cheaper when you go hunting one down to purchase. 

The 2018 Kawasaki KX 65 is a fantastic choice for slightly more advanced dirt bike riders, especially those who are getting a taste of competitive riding, as it features a workable 64cc engine. These dirt bikes are praised for their safety features, and parents seem to love them.

dirt bikes for kids - kawasaki kx 65 dirt bike
Image Courtesy of Kawasaki

This bike is great for staggered progression and will probably last for a long while — long enough for you to hand down. This bike is typically best for children between the ages of eight to twelve years old. Additionally, the 2018 Kawasaki KX 65 can be found new on Temecula Motorsports for $3,699 MSP.

The Yamaha TTR50 has a sweet, heavy-duty design, electric start, front, and rear drum brakes, and features a 49cc four-stroke engine to make for a wicked smooth, safe ride for your little dirt biking beginner – AND it has parental speed-control capabilities, too. Featuring advanced suspension and a robust large drive chain for low maintenance, this bike is great for the kid who is committed to biking, and its features allow for a progressive learning curve.

dirt bikes for kids - Yamaha TTR50
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This bike does not have a kick starter, however, but that’s okay. Most kids won’t have the proper leg strength (yet) to kick-start without at least a few tries, per the helpful advice from this article from Dirt Bike Planet. Prices for this model typically range between $1,500.00 and $1,900.00 for the newest models after registration and fees.

Without Risk, What is there to Learn?

We get it, even dirt biking as an adult is risky, so riding as a child probably increases the risk of injury. It’s totally understandable that as a parent, above anything else, the most important thing to you is making sure your child is safe. If you keep them inside and away from all potential dangers, sure, they’ll be safer, but what happens when they grow up? How do they confront their fears or any new challenge?

Try to think of it this way: introducing and teaching your children how to safely handle a dirt bike from a young age teaches them to develop courage, knowledge, and confidence when operating machinery. You probably don’t want to read this next bit, but a twisted ankle as a result of making the wrong call will serve as a lesson, and it’s one your child will learn from. Dirt bikes for kids can really empower confidence in little ones. 

And let’s be real – your kid is susceptible to a twisted ankle in your own home, on the playground, or pretty much anywhere; why not teach them how to be safe and responsible with their physical activities from the start?

kids riding Yamaha dirt bikes
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Looking for more help? Contact us here to speak with folks who can tell you all there is to know about the safety features, safety gear, and all of the dirt bike parts your kid needs for their bike!

Sweet Racing and Touring Motorcycle Gloves

motorcycle gloves should always be comfortable, grip well, and be right for the riding conditions

Motorcycle Gloves Should Be Fashionable, Comfortable, and Grip Well

Spring is in the air and motorcycle enthusiasts all across the country can’t wait to get their hands on their trusty two-wheeled steeds. Fashionable and functional riders will want to get their hands into motorcycle gloves that rock the pavement or the dirt like a boss. We’ve totally got pros like you covered over at TMS Parts.

Expert riders like you may want to vary your motorcycle gloves based on specific needs. This can be something as simple as fingerless motorcycle gloves or gloves with a certain function for the pro track rider, or the seasoned terrain and road warrior adventurer.

Racing Style Motorcycle Gloves

Riders that are setting their sites on infinite loops or track performance will love our racing style motorcycle glove options.  As you know, racer style gloves serve multifunctional needs with additional protection in ways that normal cycling gloves would just hit a block pass. Racing motorcycle gloves are rad for the standard track or motocross. This is something beyond the standard, everyday riding needs.

Racers need racing style motorcycle gloves

Racer pros will evade casing the jump with our Cortech Accelerator Series 3 gloves. You can rock these bad boys in three different sets of black options. We’ve got black and black, black and silver, and black and white. You’ll totally want to get fingers deep into these sweet racer-friendly gloves.

Another racer pro friendly option is the aptly named Fly Racing FL2-S motorcycle gloves which happen to also currently be on sale. Say what? Yep street racer, we got you covered with even more colors to choose from than the Cortechs. You can rock these heavy edged kevlar stitched and touchscreen fingertip friendly motorcycle gloves in five different colors. Check them out and scoop ‘em up while you still have a chance because this sale is set to have you and these motorcycle gloves flying.

Motorcycle Gloves Fly Racing FL2-S

Still not happy with the two previous street glove options and feeling brake checked? Hopefully, this third-time option’s a charm. If you were holding out, EVS might be what you’re prowling. Take the east coast love to your fingers with the EVS NYC Sport motorcycle gloves. They’re going to be a solid choice for the warmer weather.

Motorcycle Gloves EVS NYC Sport

Touring Motorcycle Gloves

Now if you’re up for the ever-changing climates and long hauls of an extended ride, you’ll want to consider something completely different. Those fortunate enough to live in California know that the journey across the great state is an adventure that only those willing and bold enough to take the ticket will make the most of the ride.

Adventure touring gloves made by a long time motorcycle team like Tourmaster should be your best friend for your next trip. They’ve been making gloves aimed specifically for the tour pros since the 70s.

As the season heats up, you’ll want some motorcycle gloves with breathability.  For that our pick is the Tourmaster Intake Air gloves. They’re packing some got great style too. Seasoned vets and retro styling cruisers will feel like they’re riding a Tron light cycle with five different colors to reach through the digital domain and into the real world.

Motorcycle Gloves Tourmaster Intake Air

Trips to areas with moisture like the bay are going to need motorcycle gloves that can handle climate changes and rainy horizons.  At TMS Parts we know just how valuable it is to diversify your motorcycle glove game regardless of the season and wherever the winds will carry your adventure.

Before heading on your long trek, consider the Fieldsheer Wind Tour motorcycle gloves. They’re heavy duty, waterproof (bayside Karl ain’t got nothing on these bad boys) and made for all seasons including but especially windy and turbulent twisty roads. Get a pair and get on the road towards that Golden Gate in black or Hi-Viz yellow glove color options.

Motorcycle Gloves Fieldsheer Wind Tour

If the Wind Tours aren’t your bag and want more color options and maybe a bit more name drop appeal, you can switch it up with a pair of Spidi Sport S.R.L STS-R motorcycle gloves.

These weather refuting motorcycle gloves are on sale and available in even more colors and styles than the Wind Tours with five different colors to choose from. Get them in classic options like solid black, black and white or black and green, black and red, or white and blue.

Motorcycle Gloves Spidi Sport SRL

Summer and spring riding adventures on the track and on the long road are bound to be stylish and functional with just these motorcycle gloves but that’s nothing compared to the gauntlet of others within reach available on TMS Parts.

When you have comfortable motorcycle gloves, you can really enjoy the ride

Check us out and happy riding!

Scooter Parts Buyers Guide: Scooter Wheels

make sure to understand how to care for your scooter wheels

Tips for Buying Some Sweet Scooter Wheels

So you got yourself a scooter, eh? Awesome!

Scooters are quickly becoming an attractive and especially amazing economical alternative to the cars, trucks and heavy-duty motorcycles on the road today, and most states don’t require a special riding/driving license if the engine is less than 50 ccs. Score!

Recently, scooters have become particularly alluring for college students, generally because they are fairly inexpensive to purchase (including the registration and maintenance costs of upkeep), especially when compared to motorcycles and four-wheeled vehicles, etc. Not to mention that riding a scooter for your quick, local errands (or just for fun!) is so much cheaper when it comes to filling up that tank every 100 or so miles. Yeah. Scoot scoot!

Scooter Wheels on a 2014 Honda Ruckus

Scooters are a category of their own – and so are all their parts. Scooter wheels are not motorcycle tires or bicycle tires. In this buyers guide, we’ll let you in on the essentials you need to know when it comes to buying wheels for your special member of the two-wheel family. TMS Parts provides all the best types of scooter wheels and serves as a valuable resource when looking for the right scooter parts for your needs, budget, and style.

Know Your Scooter Wheels

Before you go on a buying spree, you’re going to need to know what kind of scooter wheels you’re looking for. Start by finding out what kind of front and rear wheels are currently on your bike. Generally, scooter wheels range from ten to sixteen inches in height and come in varying lengths, widths and other assembly types.

Where can you find out what kind of wheels you need for your scooter? Other than the manual or handbook that presumably came with your scooter, everything else you’ll need to know about your wheels can almost always be found printed on the physical tires themselves.

get to know your scooter wheels

Not sure what the numbers mean? Check out the Type Size Calculator to help you understand tires and codes better. Once you know all the info about your wheels, you’re ready for the next step!

Finding the Right Scooter Wheels

Okay, so now that you’ve determined what size wheels you need for both the front and rear on your scooter, and it’s time to think about the style you want for your ride. But first, it’s important to explain the distinction between the two different types of scooter wheels; radials (more modern, for faster scooters) and bias-ply (most popular and old-school but still effective!) tires.

Radial wheels tend to provide better a lighter, more high-speed performance – so if you have a more modern, high-powered scooter, pay attention, these might be best for you. However, it’s good to know beforehand that radial tires are better equipped for motorcycles. They are typically more firm, which helps in allowing that high-speed, as well as a longer tread life. Scooters, however, aren’t exactly known for being speed machines, so be sure to know what your scooter can handle before purchasing radials.

scooter wheels on a Honda Ruckus

Bias-ply wheels are most likely what you want for your scooter because they’re built for that easy-ridin’ feel. These tires have a better ability to absorb the shock from bumps, potholes, etc. because most scooters ride on local roads. These scooter wheels are made of layers of rubber weaved together in a criss-cross pattern, making them both comfortable to ride on and excellent when handling heavier loads.

Maintaining Your Scooter Wheels

Just like you would for any other vehicle – keeping up with the maintenance is crucial for both riding safely and for protecting all parts of your scooter. In fact, if you’re riding any kind of two-wheeler (you better have a helmet, first of all!) on the road, keep in mind you are at that much more of a risk.

scooter wheels require maintenance to keep them running smoothly and safely

That being said – following Motorcycle Safety Foundation official advice is a smart call – and for a complete checklist of the expectations when inspecting your scooter or moped, read here. Essentially, try and do a quick inspection whenever you get ready to ride, but especially if you haven’t used your scooter for a while.

Periodical, Do-It-Yourself Scooter Wheel Check-Ups

  • Always check the general tire pressure and condition of your wheels before each ride
  • Check the tread wear on your wheels (FYI: most newer scooter and moped wheels will have a tread indicator telling you when the tread is too low (that’s your cue for new tires for your bike), but if your scooter doesn’t have tread wear indicators, just use a proper tread gauge.)
  • Keep your tires properly inflated
  • Check the brakes

Time to Hit the Road! Scoot! Scoot!

Keep in mind, even if you aren’t riding your scooter all that often, these checks and maintenance inspections are just as important as would be for any other vehicle on the road.

keep your scooter wheels maintained so you can hit the road and have a blast

Remember – ride safely and always wear a helmet and any other necessary protective gear. And don’t forget the best part – have a blast!

5 Summertime Bike Rallies You Cannot Miss

It's time to hit the road for summertime bike rallies

Rev up, bikers! Summer 2018 is just around the bend, and you know what that means. Yep, it’s time to RIDE!

Motorcycle season is finally upon us and so are your favorite motorcycle rallies. And with that in mind, what better time to map out your summer excursions than right now? Make sure to add these five hot bike events to your list of destinations.

Those long, winding American roads are anxiously awaiting the rumbling sound of your arrival. Here we have 5 awesome bike rally destinations that you should stop and gather with your brothers and sisters on the open road.

Here you’ll discover motorcycle events complete with live bands, wet t-shirt contests, boozey games, field events, bike shows, and much more. These bike rallies have the perfect mix of live-hard, die-free parties you just cannot miss this summer.

5 Awesome Bike Rallies in the USA

Myrtle Beach’s 79th Annual Bike Week

Friday, May 11th to Sunday, May 20th – Murrells Inlet, South Carolina

This spring motorcycle rally (also known as Harley Bike Week) has been held in Myrtle Beach on the second week of May every year since 1939. It draws an estimated 275,000-plus people ready to roll in and ride along the beautiful Grand Strand and to kick back and stay awhile. With proceedings benefitting the “Homes for our Troops” charity; as well as the popular “Thunder Drag Race” on the beach, and a gorgeous (escorted) 180-mile ride along South Carolina’s picturesque coast, passing through the Isle of Palms, Sherm Creek and riding back up to the main event area.

Join your friends for a week-long string of live-music and other on-beach entertainment including swimsuit-contests, raffles, motorcycle vendors, drinking games, and so much more. Make sure to mark your calendar and get your bike tuned up for an amazing rally!

Americade’s 35th Annual Motorcycle Rally

Monday, June 4th to Saturday, June 9th – Lake George, New York

For a lot of folks, Americade is one of those true-rider rallies that East Coast bikers love to kick-start their riding season off with. Nestled in the heart of the East Coast, the area ride is in itself a must. You and tens of thousands of other bikers, parade along the Adirondacks and through Vermont’s numerous streams, rivers, mountains, and lakes.

You can camp at certain bike rallies

At the main event, join thousands of friends cheering alongside one of America’s largest expos of motorcycle vendors, enjoy tons of stunt shows, comedy events, music, fireworks, raffles, and guided tours to name a few of this kick-ass bike rally’s activities.

Laconia’s 95th Annual Bike Week

Saturday, June 9th to Sunday, June 17th – Laconia, New Hampshire

New Hampshire may be a small state, but this bike week is known as America’s longest-standing O.G.l Motorcycle Rally, attracting all the best bikes, bikers, sponsors, and events every single year.

Despite being the oldest (and, arguably, the best) rally in the country, much of what brings folks back is how beautiful New England is every year. This part of the country is known for its outstanding scenery, welcoming attitude from residents and businesses alike, and fantastic stunt and bike shows.

Enjoy awesome New England bike rallies

Laconia hosts incredible parties, BBQs, raffle drawings, multiple contests, people’s choice contests, and winners take home prizes for best paint, chrome, and license plate. You also can count on awesome merch from endless vendors and tons of live music every day.

Laconia Bike Week is definitely one of the bike rallies you just cannot miss out on. Scout’s honor.

Abate’s 38th Annual Boogie Bike Rally

Thursday, July 19th to Sunday, July 22nd – Springville, Indiana

If you’ve been biking long enough, then you probably know that any rally hosted by ABATE will be a throwback to the good ol’ times of rock and roll, and the biker culture and lifestyle. (For the newbies, ABATE stands for American Bikers Aimed Toward Education).

Promoting education and motorcycle safety, ABATE brings the tradition and culture back to riders in a way that benefits everyone during their bike rally. And we have to say that his organization knows how to throw a killer party. This summer, boogie with an estimated 14,000 brothers and sisters at what’s known as the biker-version of Woodstock. Check out their website for all the juicy (and mostly adult-only) details.

Travel with a loved one to bike rallies across the USA

Sturgis’s 78th Annual Motorcycle Rally

Friday, August 3rd to Sunday, August 12th – Sturgis, South Dakota

As one of THE most popular, highly attended bike rallies in the country, this motorcycle event brings in a whopping estimated 500,000 bikers every year. Known most for the high-profile musical guests, amazing food, and jaw-dropping scenic rides, this is an event almost any person could tell you about.

Sturgis features a string of incredibly fun daily events during their bike rally including pub crawls, tattoo contests, beard and mustache contests, races, guided tours, the Street Food Throw Down, AND a 5K. This is a seriously amazing event to add to your summer road tour.

Now You Know 5 of the Hottest Bike Rallies in the USA

Alright, so now that you’ve read about some of America’s best motorcycle rallies coming up this summer, what’re you waiting for?

Now is the perfect time to uncover your hog from the belly of your garage and get her ready for the best summer ride yet.

Which bike rallies will you ride to?

Still not sure about where to go? Don’t worry, we’ve included the ultimate list of 2018 bike rallies in the United States. So, even if these top five won’t work for you, you’ll definitely find one that will.

C’mon, do yourself and your bike some good. You know what to do, biker friends and those roads are waiting.

WEAR THE RIGHT GEAR ON YOUR DIRT BIKE

If you own a dirt bike you will want to wear the proper gear each time you ride. You should never go out for a ride on your bike without the proper gear on your person. Dirt bike riding gear will help to keep you safe from not only the elements but also the hazards of the road should you get into an accident and fall off your bike.

First and foremost, you should never ride the dirt bike without a helmet. Even if you ride in a state where helmets are not required, a helmet can save your life. You will want to purchase a helmet that covers your entire head and has a shield that protects your eyes from the elements. Continue reading “WEAR THE RIGHT GEAR ON YOUR DIRT BIKE”

HEED THESE RIDING TIPS AND MOTORCYCLE MAINTENANCE TRICKS TO ENSURE SAFE TRIP EVERY TIME

Everything mechanical requires periodic maintenance and that’s a fact no motorcycle owner should forget. From the oil change at regular intervals to once-a-year inspections and other aspects you should take a look at every time you ride, this is simply called “being responsible.” However, we recognize that this is often a learning process and it’s unfair to assume that every motorcycle owner was born with the ability and know-how allowing them to tackle all but the toughest jobs at home. However, the basic motorcycle maintenance can and should be knocked out at home. You’ll get a better idea of how your bike works, know what parts to look at as well as order replacements for. Thus, you’ll be able to better troubleshoot future mechanicals failures if and when they occur. Regular service is as important as wearing the right street riding apparel; you’re opening yourself up to insult and injury otherwise.  In this article, we’ll take a look at basic maintenance you can accomplish with basic tools and a little bit of know-how.    Continue reading “HEED THESE RIDING TIPS AND MOTORCYCLE MAINTENANCE TRICKS TO ENSURE SAFE TRIP EVERY TIME”