TMS Parts’ Top 7 Street Legal Dirt Bikes

find out what TMS's favorite street legal dirt bikes are and why!

Our Picks for the Best Dual-Sport Street Legal Dirt Bikes

There’s no question about it: dirt biking is a lot of fun. Do you know what’s not fun? Loading up your dirt bike onto the trailer, hauling it across town in your truck, and then doing it all again just to get home. For the lucky ones with riding trails in their backyard, congratulations. But if you have to go on a trek just to go riding, or if all of the best trails are far away from you, maybe you should consider what more and more people are doing: buy a street legal dirt bike. 

With a street legal dirt bike, you can do anything a road motorcycle can do and more. No more bothering with the trailer, just ride your bike straight to your favorite trail and start flinging some mud. But of course, not all dirt bikes are made equal, so here’s the list of our favorite street legal bikes.

What Makes a Dirt Bike Street Legal?

There are a number of factors that make a dirt bike legal for riding on the street. While there are federally mandated laws, make sure you check your own state laws, too, as they can vary. 

As far as essentials go, these are some of the things that are required to make your dirt bike legal for use on road:

  • DOT approved headlights with high and low beam functions
  • An indicator for the driver to know whether or not the high beam light is on.
  • DOT approved tail lights and brake lights
  • DOT approved turning signals (not required by every state)
  • Rearview mirror
  • Horn
  • DOT-approved tires
  • DOT approved fuel tank
  • License plate

Our Favorite Street Legal Dirt Bikes

1. Yamaha WR250R

Starting at: $6,699

Yamaha WR250R is one of the best street legal dirt bikes

Kicking off our list is the Yamaha WR250R. It’s got a 250cc liquid-cooled DOHC 4-stroke engine, and while it is ready for the road straight from the factory, this bike was made for the dirt. It’s got a fully adjustable suspension system to handle any terrain, and it’s equipped with everything you need to face any terrain.

Factory-installed lights and mirrors make it completely street-legal, and it has an ergonomic design that makes you feel like this bike was designed for your body. If you want to be able to drive out, hit the trails, and get home without getting off your seat, this is a great pick.

2. Kawasaki KLR 650

Starting at: $6,699

Kawasaki KLR 650

The Kawasaki KLR 650 was designed for riders who are in for the long haul and want to do it in comfort. It’s got a powerful 651cc 4-stroke engine and a massive 6-gallon fuel tank, a large windscreen, and a rear cargo rack for anything you need to bring with you.

While it is fully equipped for the dirt, it has the sleek look of a street bike, with a stylish round body, and it comes in really nice color schemes. If you want to feel a little fancy on the road or the trails, the KLR 650 is a good option.

3. Suzuki DR650S

Starting at: $6,699

the Suzuki DR650S is a fantastic street legal dirt bike

If you ask Suzuki what they think about their new 2020 DR650S, they’d tell you that it’s “…quite possibly the best all-around, dual-purpose motorcycle available today”. They’re not just blowing smoke up your tailpipe, either. It has a 644 cc, oil and air-cooled engine mounted on a steel frame with telescopic front and rear suspension that can handle any terrain.

The suspension system provides high ground clearance to tackle anything you might encounter on the dirt or street. It features a stainless steel tailpipe resistant to corrosion. Most importantly, it is designed specifically with strong low- and mid-range power in mind.

4. Honda XR650L

Starting at: $6,999 

Honda XR650L is also a street legal dirt bike

The XR650L has a long tradition of being one of the best bikes for the dirt or the pavement. It has an air-cooled engine and the gear-driven counterbalancer reduces vibration allowing you to ride farther and longer. It’s fully equipped to ride the streets right from the manufacturer with turn signal, license plate lights, and everything else you need to hit the highway.

For instance, with a 21” front wheel and 18” rear wheel, the XR650L gives you higher ground clearance without the great handling you associate with Honda. For instance, they drill the front and rear disc brakes for lightweight and superior stopping power in wet weather. 

5. Honda CRF250L

Honda CRF250L

Starting at: $5,199

The Honda CRF250L is continually one of the best selling and best reviewed street-legal dirtbikes in its class. The CRF250L has a liquid-cooled, fuel-injected single-cylinder engine with an electric start, and it comes ready for the pavement and the dirt.

The CRF250L comes in a few different models. If you want the most barebones dirtbike that also happens to be street-legal, the CRF250L will be perfect for you. Perhaps you want something with a little more luxury, on the other hand. So check out the CRF250L Rally ABS with anti-lock brakes, a bigger windscreen, and lots of other awesome safety features.

6. Suzuki DRZ400S

Starting at: $6,749

Suzuki DRZ400S

The doctor is in! The elegant Suzuki DRZ400S has a 398cc liquid-cooled engine, an electric start, and an easy-to-read display. It only comes in a single color scheme, white with blue and black trimming. However, it was designed especially to make the bike noticeable on the highway, the parking lot, or on the trails.

In other words, the lightweight design makes for easy handling, and the body has quick and easy fasteners to make access to the air filter a breeze. If you want a bike that’s easy to ride and even easier to take care of, the DRZ400S is the bike for you.

7. Yamaha XT250

Starting at: $5,199

Yamaha XT250

The Yamaha XT250 is an easy ride and an incredibly efficient machine. It has a 249cc air-cooled SOHC 4-stroke single-engine and gets a staggering 78 miles per gallon. This street legal dirt bike has a huge front light for illuminating the road. Additionally, it prominently displays turning signals for maximum visibility. In addition, the XT250 also has an electric start. It also has a fully digital display on the handlebars all powered by a dependable and low-maintenance battery.

While it might seem like a smaller bike, don’t worry. Above all, it has frame-mounted footpegs for passengers to safely ride along with you whether you’re on the pavement or the berm.

be sure to have safe and have lots of fun

Be Safe and Have Fun!

To sum it up, we bet you’re pretty excited with the idea of all these amazing dual-sport machines. Meanwhile, check with local dealers and distributors to see what prices look like in your area, but remember to check your local laws! 

In short, every state is able to enforce its own rules over the federal street-legal laws. So, get ahold of your specialty plates, safety gear, and whatever else you need to ride safely. It’s time to have some fun! Check out the top 50 Dirt Bike Tracks by State to find a great spot near you.

6 Reasons Why You Should Buy A Personal Watercraft

TMS Parts has 6 great reasons for buying a PWC (personal watercraft)

Why Should I Buy a Jet Ski?

If you’re reading our blog, you’re more than likely a gear-head. No matter your vice; ATV’s, motorcycles, or anything else… you know how much fun it can be to relieve that need for speed. But, have you ever experienced the fun of speeding on the water on a PWC (AKA personal watercraft)?

We know, we know, you need to think about the cost and get the okay from your spouse. However! If you’ve been thinking about it, or just want to know more, we got you. Here are all of the reasons we think you should consider buying a personal watercraft. 

Reasons to Buy a PWC (Personal Watercraft)

There are an endless amount of reasons you should buy a Personal Watercraft! PWC’s are one of the best things you can keep in your garage. However, we can’t write you an article that never ends! So, consider the 6 awesome reasons why we think you (yes, you!) should buy a PWC.

buying a PWC means catching the wonderful taste of freedom!

1. PWC = Freedom 

It’s why we love motorcycles, and it’s the same reason we love a Personal Watercraft. Whether you’re riding a Jet Ski, Sea-Doo, or a Yamaha Waverunner, being out on the open ocean comes with freedom. Of course, the ocean isn’t a lawless wasteland. There are regulations on how old you have to be to ride, and necessary education.

What it does give you, though, is the freedom of a truly open road. Any direction, any speed, you can set your own course and begin your journey. Or you can just take laps on the shore. It doesn’t matter how you want to ride, you’re going to have a fun time doing it no matter what!

a PWC is way cheaper to buy than a boat is!

2. Cheaper Alternative To a Boat 

There’s a reason you grew up being jealous of the family that had their own boat; boats are expensive. The average price for a new, 22-foot pontoon boat is about $35,000. That’s pretty much the price of an additional car, and that’s not even for anything fancy. If you want a nice fishing boat, it can run you a lot more.

The beauty of a PWC is that you get the same kind of joy from being on the water… but at a fraction of the price. The average PWC price can range from about $6,000 – $18,000 for new models. With how wonderfully fuel-efficient these machines are, the cost of operation is a lot lower too. So it’s a win-win as far as your wallet is concerned!

PWCs can be used for tow sports too!

3. Awesome for Wakeboarding and Waterskiing

Using a PWC for tow sports isn’t something you might generally think of, but PWCs these days are often made with a tow attachment. Or at least with the option to add one. PWCs are just as good for wakeboarding, waterskiing, etc. as a boat is! The possibilities are endless! That being said, towing someone isn’t legal in every state of the U.S. But it is in most, so be sure to check with your state government laws.

Some regulations in place to keep in mind if you do want to use your PWC for tow sports are:

  • Personal Flotation Device – A PFD is required by most states for tow sports, which makes a lot of sense. If you’re out in the middle of a lake or ocean, having safety precautions accounted for is important.
  • Mirrors – While this isn’t a requirement in every state, it’s a great boon for your safety. Being able to see the rider behind you, as well as anything else behind you, is extremely invaluable. 
  • Age – Check your local laws on how old a PWC rider needs to be before you start pulling your friends out on the lake. Better safe than sorry!
buying a PWC is good for your health!

4. PWC’s Are Good for Your Health 

Because your muscles are constantly in action when you’re riding, a PWC can be great for your health. Keeping steady is a constant workout of your core muscles, and staying stable keeps your arms and legs engaged. In fact, riding a personal watercraft can vastly improve your cardiovascular health, improving your heart health! Plus, you burn over 200 calories from just a half-hour of riding. 

Beyond your physical health, it’s also incredibly mentally stimulating. Keeping your concentration focused on the water in front of you, you’re improving your attention span and your problem-solving and quick-thinking abilities.

playing on a PWC can relieve stress

5. Stress Relief 

This one goes right along with improving your health. Owning a personal watercraft can help you relieve some of that unwanted stress in your life. We all have it. Whether it comes from your job, your family, or somewhere else, we all carry around a little stress in our lives.

We already talked about what a great workout riding a PWC can be, and because of that, it’s also a great stress reducer. Exercising naturally releases endorphins in your body, the feel-good chemical. So every time you get on your PWC, you’re not just having a good time because you’re ripping through the water at top speed, it’s medically helping you!

you don't even need a truck to tow a PWC, your sedan will work just fine!

6. You Don’t Need a Truck to Tow a PWC

Like we said before, owning a PWC is the cheaper alternative to owning a boat, and towing is a big part of that. You might think that you just sign a check for your boat and you’re ready to go… until you realize you need to get the boat to the water. Towing a boat requires a truck with the right amount of power to be able to get your 22-footer moving on the highway. And if you don’t have the right truck for the job, it’ll make getting the boat in the water much, much harder. To say the least.

You can tow a jetski with just about any sedan. Of course, you are going to need a hitch on your car, and you need to check the manufacturer specifications. But thanks to the PWC, no truck with four-wheel drive will be necessary! Most mid-sized sedans have the capabilities to tow up to a three-seat PWC. It might sound unbelievable, but check out this video of a BMW towing a PWC on the highway

get on the water with your PWC! you won't regret it!

Are You On the Water Yet?

A personal watercraft is more than just another gas-powered vehicle you have in the garage. It’s a penny-pincher’s boat, it’s a waterski tower, it’s a portable gym and it’s a personal therapist. What else could you possibly ask for? A PWC only wants a little gasoline and a new battery every now and then. I mean, compared to a 22-foot boat, a PWC is a walk in the park. Or… a cruise through the water. You get what we mean. I think we’re all on the same page now.

Be sure to share this with your friend who was thinking about getting one, or your husband that told you no more gasoline-powered toys. If this can’t convince them, nothing will! If you do end up with a PWC, (and you’re in Cali!) be sure to check out our list of the best lakes for jet skiing in the state.

The Best ATV Buying Guide for 2019

the best ATV buying guide for 2019

ATV Brands and Models for All Riding Levels

Get your boots on because mud season is here! It’s been a long, tough winter, but now it’s finally time to enjoy some ATV weather. This is cause for celebration! And what better way to celebrate than to create this ATV buying guide for you.

This ATV buying guide covers all level of experience; whether you’re looking for the right ride for your kid, we have ATVs perfect for all levels of riders! So, let’s take a look at some of our favorite makes and models of ATVs for the 2019 season.

ATV Buying Guide: Honda

take a look at some of our favorite brands and models in our ATV buying guide

2019 TRX250X – Starting at $4,849

If you’re looking for a great sport model ATV, you’d love the new TRX250X from Honda. With its powerful engine and sleek design, the TRX250X has something to offer everyone. The light handling is easy for beginners, and seasoned riders will appreciate its athletic performance on the trail.

It’s also fitted with the Honda SportsClutch, which allows for manual shifting but takes away the chance for stalling caused by shifting. It’s light enough for smaller adults and big enough for full-sized riders with a powerband you can rely on.


FourTrax Rancher – Starting at $5,349

If you need a real workhorse of an ATV, look no further than the Honda FourTrax Rancher. The Rancher has a 420cc liquid-cooled, single-cylinder design with fuel injection. It also offers models with both independent rear suspension as well as swingarm suspension systems for those really tough jobs.

The Rancher also offers electric power steering to assist with those tough jobs, and automatic dual-clutch transmission to help with the shifting so you can focus your attention on riding.

ATV Buying Guide: Kawasaki

get an ATV that can handle the toughest terrain

Brute Force 750 4x4i EPS – Starting at $9,999

The Brute Force does just what the name implies- it gives you all the power you need to handle the toughest jobs on your ATV. With a towing capacity of over 1,200 pounds and cargo racks that carry up to 264 lbs of extra weight, there’s nothing the Brute Force can’t handle.

The Brute Force is equipped with a digital fuel injector to give you top performance under any circumstance. It also gives you the ability to toggle between two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive with just the push of a button. All of this on an ATV with an impressive liquid-cooled 4-stroke 749cc 90-degree V-twin engine.


KFX 90 – Starting at $2,599

If you’re looking for a great sports model ATV, the KFX 90 is worth considering. Outfitted with 89cc four-stroke engine, and push-button start, this is a great ATV for your kids. It offers parental controls like an adjustable throttle limiter and Continuously Variable Transmission collar that allow you to customize speed and performance for any experience level.

ATV Buying Guide: Suzuki

no matter your level of experience, our ATV buying guide has something for you!

QuadSport Z90 – Starting at $2,999

Another great option for teaching the younger generation how to get dirty is the new QuadSport Z90 from Suzuki. The Z90 has a 90cc four-stroke engine with a smooth automatic transmission so your kids can get the hang of riding, and also offers an adjustable throttle limit so parents can limit the available power to suit their young rider’s needs.

It was specifically designed for riders 12 and older with a sturdy steel frame for a great ride, and semi-sealed front drum brakes and fully-sealed rear drum brakes for perfect handling.

KingQuad 750 AXi – Starting at $8,799

Suzuki took one of the best utility ATV’s and made it even better with their 2019 model of the KingQuad. With an increased towing capacity of up to 1,322 lbs and a 722cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, four-stroke engine, you know they’re not messing around.

This newest model also features an increased oil pump size and capacity to increase the flow and supply of fuel that will increase your engine durability. There is also a model with power-steering for even better control in the saddle.

ATV Buying Guide: Yamaha

the best engines on the best ATVs can be found in our buying guide!

Grizzly EPS SE – Starting at $10,499

Yamaha has been making great ATVs for years, and it’s no surprise that they’ve outdone themselves with their latest Grizzly model. It features a 686cc liquid-cooled four-stroke engine and an on-command 3-way locking differential between 2WD, 4WD and locked 4WD. This was specifically designed for the trails. Power steering and all-wheel engine braking means this beast handles like a stallion!

Kodiak 450 – Starting at $5,999

Just like the bear it was named after, the Kodiak 450 is one tough S.O.B. With nearly 10 inches of ground clearance and adjustable shocks, you can get your Kodiak ATV out on just about any terrain.

It uses a 421cc engine and on-command selectable 2WD or 4WD to give you the power and handling you need to go up against any trail.

ATV Buying Guide: Polaris

finding the right ATV for you is easy with a atv buying guide

Sportsman 850 SP Premium – Starting at $11,199

The premium model of the Sportsman 850 offers a 3,500 lb winch. With 26” tires and 14” wheels, this thing was built tough for a tough world. With an engine braking system coming standard as well as active descent control, you always feel safe riding this behemoth.

It has an 850cc engine, and this newest model features a battery that’s a whopping 67% larger than others, so you’re always going to have the power to go up against any trail and complete any job.


Sportsman XP1000 – Starting at $12,199

Ever felt the power of 90 horses under your ATV? The XP1000 can give you that in this 952cc engine on a model with the industry’s only rolled independent rear suspension system. With A-arms that give 10.25” of wheel travel and up to 12” of ground clearance, you’ll feel like you’re riding an actual horse.

It has a towing capacity of 1,500 lbs and 575 lbs of payload so you’ll never be stuck in a situation you can’t get out of.

The Best of the Best

tear it up anywhere when you find the right ATV for you

As much as we’d like to, we can’t take the time to talk to you about all of our favorite 2019 models because we’d be here until 2020! But this ATV buying guide still features some of our very favorite models from some of our very favorite brands.

So whether you’re looking for a utility ATV to help out around the farm, a sports model ATV to hit the trails with, or something smaller to teach the youngin’s in your life, this is a great jumping off point. Be sure to check out the manufacturer’s website for great deals and financing options, and get ready for a great mud season!

Also, be sure to check out our list of 15 of the best ATV trails in the USA!

Purchasing a Used Snowmobile: A Buyer’s Guide

The best used snowmobile is out there for you. You just need to find it!

Looking to Invest in the Best Used Snowmobile?

 

There are so many reasons to buy a used sled over a new one. Maybe you’re getting your kids their first ride. Maybe you’re looking for a beater when you want to go on those rough rides, or maybe you’re just on a budget.

No matter what the reason is for buying your snowmobile used, there are some important things to keep in mind before you write that check. Just like buying a pre-owned car, buying a pre-owned sled isn’t something you do without a little know how. And of course, you want to land the best used snowmobile possible.

 

Know Your Used Snowmobile Budget Ahead of Time

 

Obviously, you want to know how much money you have to throw around for this investment. Sleds aren’t cheap, especially if they’re some of the best used snowmobiles on the market. The most important thing to keep in mind is that the price of the sled isn’t the only thing to consider. Beyond what you’re shelling out for the snowmobile, you also need to think about what other costs might come up.

Think oil changes, spare parts, tune-ups. There are lots of little factors like this that can really add up if you’re not careful, even when it comes to landing the best used snowmobile for the price. Maybe you’re buying your used snowmobile as a project. In that case, you’re probably already thinking about these factors. But if you’re buying it to start riding this season, make sure you take some time to mull over those extra expenses. When you go to see your potential new, pre-owned snowmobile, try to get an idea of what those additional expenses are going to be and factor that into your budget.

 

The best used snowmobile depends on a lot of factors. Make sure you understand them all.

 

Unfortunately, there’s no real rule of thumb with these additional figures, but use your common sense with what you already know about snowmobiles and what it costs to repair them. If this is your first snowmobile, take a buddy with you who has an idea of what it might cost to get your sled in riding condition.

Consider becoming part of a snowmobile club to gain some additional knowledge (or even a buddy) on these costs. Not every snowmobile is the same, and widening your pool of knowledge will only be a good thing.

Explore Your Options When Searching for the Best Used Snowmobile for Your Style

 

How can you ensure you're buying the best used snowmobile for your needs?

 

Whether you want a Ski-Doo, Polaris, Arctic Cat, or any other kind of sled, just make sure you truly know what you want. Ask your friends what brands they like best, and more importantly, what brands they like least. Also, what do you want to use it for? Is this a mountain sled or a trail sled? Again, know what you want!

When you figure out what brand and/or what model you’re looking for, do some research on which one is considered the best used snowmobile and why. Read up on the brand’s website. Perhaps more importantly, check out a forum.

Online forums for snowmobiles are full of unsolicited opinions from people who just want to talk about what they like and what they don’t like. You should also consider making your own post, listing your budget and what you’re looking for in an ideal, used snowmobile.

Snowmobilers are a great group of people (and their snowmobiling memes prove it) who want to make sure you’re out there having fun. They don’t want you getting hosed by a snake oil salesman.

 

Take a Look at the Exterior of the Used Snowmobile

 

The best used snowmobile will make you feel like you received a huge value for your hard earned dollars.

 

What’s on the outside is usually pretty indicative of what’s on the inside. Take a look at the tunnel and the body for any bending or warping. Check out the skis. Are they worn or missing any carbides? Inspect the spindles for any looseness. Also, test that suspension. Don’t be afraid to get on top and shake it around a little bit. If it’s supposed to be the best used snowmobile out there, it can take it.

Lift the skid and rotate the track. Look out for worn lugs or clips and make sure the sliders are in good shape. Any of this can be fixed, but it’s all going to add to your budget, so the fewer problems the better.

If you don’t feel particularly confident in your ability to know where to look and what to look for, watch this quick video to get some ideas of where to start and what to do.

What’s Under That Hood?

 

The two people riding this used snowmobile made sure to do their due diligence before purchasing it.

 

Now comes the moment of truth. The way the engine and mechanics work should be your telltale sign of whether or not this sled is worth investing your time and money into. Give the engine and clutches a look for leaks. Also, check to see if they’re clean. If the engine looks dirty and not very well taken care of, this is a clue as to how well it was taken care of.

A great test is to just start her up. Let the engine run for 10 minutes or so and listen to how it sounds. It should rev evenly while it’s on. Peaks and valleys in the sounds are an indicator that the engine is going to need some work.

Look at the oil and keep your eye out for sludge. This is a sign that it’s been sitting a while, and again, a sign that it needs work. Also, inspect the rest of what you can see easily on the outside for mechanics and electric. Check that the gauges work and that the brakes are responsive and function properly. This is how you’re going to get a good idea of how much extra money you need in your budget, especially if you love the brand but the one you’re considering isn’t the best used snowmobile you’ve ever come across. Sometimes inventory can be tight when it comes to preowned sleds.

Most importantly, run a compression test and see for yourself how healthy that engine is.

Ask Questions!

 

You can bet this guy didn't buy his pre-owned snowmobile without asking a bunch of questions first.

 

This is the most crucial part of the process! You’re going to get vital information by asking questions from your seller.

 

Keep these questions in mind:

  • How many owners has this sled had?
  • Has it ever been in a wreck?
  • Where do you ride?
  • How many miles are on it?
  • When was the last oil change?
  • Was it transported on an open or closed trailer?
  • How has it been stored?
  • Are there any current problems with it?

 

While they don’t have carfax for snowmobiles, one thing you can do is to google the VIN number. It might not be able to tell you every detail, but you should be able to find out where it came from. If sleds are ever totaled, a lot of times they end up in an auction house, and a little bit of research should be able to tell you that much.

 

Shop Smarter When on the Hunt for the Best Used Snowmobile

 

No matter what your riding destinations or track lengths, the best used snowmobile is out there for you!

But don’t pay out every dime you own just to save yourself on the sticker price. There are used sleds out there that are more trouble than they’re worth. So keep these tips in mind when you’re out there looking for a new ride.

Prescription Snowmobile Goggles: the Pros and Cons

Should you invest in prescription snowmobile goggles or not?

Should You Invest in a New Pair of Prescription Snowmobile Goggles, or Stick with Your Traditional Pair?

When you’re out riding your snowmobile, or even skiing or snowboarding this season, part of doing it safely is making sure your vision correction game is still on point.

If you don’t already know, prescription snowmobile goggles are available to help the vision impaired riders out there who want an all in one solution on the trails. Now if you haven’t used prescription goggles in the past, you’ve probably got some questions and concerns. So before you go out to buy a set of prescription goggles, let’s talk about some of the benefits and also the drawbacks.

 

snowboarder using prescription goggles while shredding powder

 

Reasons to Stick to Your Non-Prescription Snowmobile Goggles

We won’t pretend that prescription snowmobile goggle lenses or goggle inserts are for everybody. First off, let’s talk about some of the reasons people don’t like prescription goggles.

 

snowmobile rider wearing a pair of prescription snowmobile goggles on a trail

 

Prescription Snowmobile Goggles Can Be Costly

 

Cost is by far the most obvious barrier to buying a set of prescription snowmobile goggles. There’s already such a high cost associated with riding –  from maintaining your snowmobile to getting the right gear to travel expenses to snowmobiling events – that you might not want to deal with something that could be considered superfluous.

Not everybody has the extra cash to buy a new pair of prescription snowmobile goggles in addition to all of the other expenses that come with the sport. In fact, this especially rings true when you’ve already got a pair of glasses or contact lenses that you use every day to correct your vision.

It might not be something you can fit into your budget. It also might not be something you want to fit into your budget. That is totally legitimate!

 

Prescription Snowmobile Goggles Don’t Fit Your Style

 

This might sound like a silly reason to some people, but at the end of the day, we get it. Some people just don’t like how prescription goggles look. Or maybe you just like the look of the goggles you already have. Perhaps you have some sentimental attachment to them. All of these are valid reasons to stick with the ones you have that work for your needs.

When it’s you and your wits out there in the elements, battling the cold and the tough terrain, you might end up feeling like you’ve got a lucky pair of goggles.

Whatever the reason may be, it’s yours. Check out one man’s solution to not wanting to buy a set of prescription goggles.

 

Prescription Snowmobile Goggles Create More Headaches Than They’re Worth

 

Sometimes the simplest solution is the best solution. Just wear your contacts and don’t worry about investing in prescription snowmobile goggles. When you’re wearing your contacts you don’t need to worry about being uncomfortable. You’re used to them and happy with how your current goggles fit and protect your eyes.

When people ask the question, “Should I get prescription glasses?”, more often than not you’re going to see a lot of people advocating for just wearing a pair of contacts.

 

Two snowmobile riders using regular goggles as opposed to prescription snowmobile goggles

 

Reasons to Make the Switch to Prescription Snowmobile Goggles

For as many people as there are out there who think contacts are the best solution, there are just as many people who find using contact lenses irritating. Some people have naturally dry eyes, and some people just don’t like touching their eyes! These are also valid reasons to want to try out prescription snowmobile lenses, so let’s see what people have to say in favor of making the switch.

 

Prescription Snowmobile Goggles Offer Comfort

 

One of the biggest reasons people invest in prescription snowmobile goggles is that regular goggles simply are not designed to have your glasses fit under them comfortably.

If you saw the youtube video we linked above, you know that you can customize your goggles. That being said, if you have a really nice pair of goggles, you probably don’t want to go cutting into them.

You might not do it right, and in the end, your glasses are still prone to moving and slipping around inside your goggles. This can just be more trouble than it’s worth.

 

snowmobile rider who isn't using prescription snowmobile goggles

 

Prescription Snowmobile Goggles are Designed for Riders

 

In addition to being made to fit perfectly, prescription snowmobile goggles are also designed specifically for the conditions you’re going to be riding in. We all know that going from our cozy spot by the fire out into the elements is going to make your glasses fog up.

This happens because of the difference in temperature from your warm skin and the cold lenses. The closer your glasses are to your face, the more they’re going to fog up. And if your glasses are pressed tightly to your face by your goggles, it’s going to happen more frequently. And we don’t need to tell you why riding blind, or impaired, is a bad idea!

 

snowboarded kneeling at the top of a lift

 

Save the Wear and Tear on your Every Day Goggles

 

We all know that spills and accidents happen to even the most experienced rider. But if you’re twenty miles from home and you break your glasses, you’re going to be up a creek with a paddle. You wouldn’t wear your good glasses to play basketball, so why risk them when you’re out riding the trails?

Prescription snowmobile lenses are made to withstand the rough and tough winter rides. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has broken a pair of glasses doing far less than going out for an all-day run with friends and family. Don’t be that person with the duct tape on your glasses bc you took a spill and they broke under your goggles.

 

guy riding a snowmobile wearing prescription snowmobile goggles

So What’s The Verdict on Prescription Snowmobile Goggles?

 

Well, there are plenty of reasons to sway you one way or the other on this debate. Cost, comfort, and style are just the tip of the iceberg. But if you have the means, it’s probably worth checking out if prescription snowmobile goggles are right for you. For plenty of people who have made the switch, it’s been a revolution in the way they ride!

Everything You Need to Know About General Motorcycle Insurance

general motorcycle insurance is important for all riders like this person cruising at sunset

Keys, Wallet, Helmet, and General Motorcycle Insurance

So you’ve got your new bike and you’re itching to get it out on the open road. You’ve got your gloves, your helmet, a nice pair of boots, and chaps to match. You’ve got everything you need to keep your ride safe, or so you think. But do you have general motorcycle insurance?

 

rider in flip flops who clearly needs general motorcycle insurance at minimum because this is not at all safe

 

Why Do I Need General Motorcycle Insurance?

Well, the first reason is that 47 states require you to have motorcycle insurance. Having insurance for your motorcycle means not only protecting your bike, but protecting yourself, and everyone else you share the road with.

Even if you live in a state that doesn’t require general motorcycle insurance, it’s better to have it than to be wishing you did!

Insurance is also going to protect your home and your assets if you’re at fault in an accident. Insurance can help pay for bodily injuries and any associated medical bills. Insurance is also going to cover any property damages you might be at fault for.

Whether you’ve damaged someone’s car, their house, or property in some way – or even a telephone pole – having insurance will keep you protected and out of the poor house.

 

without general motorcycle insurance you could be liable for huge medical bills if you break your leg like the person here did

 

How Much is General Motorcycle Insurance Going to Cost Me?

Costs for general motorcycle insurance vary by state and the type of motorcycle you own, but it’s probably less expensive than you think.

According to an article on Value Penguin, the average cost of motorcycle insurance in the US is only $519 annually. Now, of course, there are a lot of factors that can make this average fluctuate, for instance:

  • Value: The higher the value of your bike, the higher it’s going to cost to insure. This includes factors like custom parts that can be difficult or costly to replace.
  • Safety: The more safety features your bike has, the lower your rate is going to be.
  • Crash Rate: Some styles of bikes are just statistically involved in more crashes (yep, we’re looking at you sport bikes), and are going to cost you more to insure.
  • Theft Rate: We all love our flashy bikes, but they’re also more likely to be stolen. If an insurance company is more likely to pay out for a comprehensive claim, you can bet it’s going to cost a few more dollars.

 

if you have a flashy bike that is known for high theft, like this Suzuki, you may have to pay more for general motorcycle insurance

 

Some Other Factors To Consider Regarding General Motorcycle Insurance

Other than the type of bike you’re riding, another factor to consider is motorcycle riders themselves.

The age of a rider is something a motorcycle insurance company will consider when offering you a quote. The older a rider is and the more experience they have will certainly yield a lower price. Not to mention having a clean riding (and driving) record. So if you want to see those motorcycle insurance rates go down, make sure you’re always riding safely.

Another way to make your general motorcycle insurance rates lower is by insuring more than just your bike. Include a second bike on your insurance policy, or maybe a car, or your house. There are even some companies that will cover your life insurance policy as well as your general motorcycle insurance. A multi-policy insurance package will always save you money and will most likely include bundle discounts.

 

stuffed doll of kermit the frog wishing he had general motorcycle insurance before his accident

 

What is Your Motorcycle Insurance Going to Cover?

So we’ve already discussed that your motorcycle insurance is going to cover medical bills and property damage, but what else can you get coverage for?

  • Accessory coverage is going to cover the cost of damages to accessories on your bike. That includes modifications, custom paint jobs, safety equipment (like your chaps or helmet) wheels, and lots of other things.
  • Roadside Assistance will keep you from paying an arm and a leg for towing, minor repairs, or even gas delivery if you break down while you’re out riding.
  • Rental Coverage is going to pay for your motorcycle rental should yours need to be taken in for repairs.
  • Trailer Coverage will protect the trailer that you use to transport your bike.
  • Trip Interruption will cover the cost of food and lodging if you break down away from home. “Away from home” can vary in distance depending on which insurance company you use, so make sure you talk to your agent to find out the details.

 

this city rider knows that general motorcycle insurance is a must have even though her state doesn't require it

 

Where Do I Sign Up for General Motorcycle Insurance?

So we covered all of the reasons why you need general motorcycle insurance. Now the next step is finding the best policy for you.

The best policy is going to mean different things for different riders. That having been said, it doesn’t mean you need to talk to every Tom, Dick, and Harry to find out which policy is right for you.

 

female motorcycle rider who made sure to find the best general motorcycle insurance policy for her needs

 

Check out this list from The Balance on the best motorcycle insurance to choose from in 2019. There is a category for almost every type of rider!

Also, check out this article from Value Penguin with quick links to get motorcycle insurance quotes from some of the top insurance companies.

So shop around, get the best policy, and remember, when you need tips, be sure to check out  TMS Parts’ awesome blog for additional tips, tricks, and inspiration.

Amazing Motorcycle Gifts for the Rider in Your Life

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

Finding the Perfect Motorcycle Gifts this Holiday Season

We get it. Finding the perfect motorcycle gifts for the rider in your life can be a very stressful endeavor. You have to find the right gift, not just any old stocking stuffer, like socks or soap. And finding one for the extreme motorcycle enthusiast in your life can present even more of a challenge.

What do you get them?!

So… that leaves you considering where to get it, how to get it, and how much it’ll cost! Ack! The dreaded price tags on the things you want!

Well, we are here to help take the guesswork out of motorcycle gifts. We can make things a bit easier for you when shopping for that perfect gift for that certain someone. Here we will share some of our favorite gift ideas for the rider in your life.

 

Motorcycle Gifts Can Vary Greatly

 

Motorcycle gifts aren’t just gear or tech. Of course, those are two very popular categories, but keep in mind that there are other things that the rider in your life needs, even if they don’t realize it. So, let’s get started with some gifts we think will be a big hit no matter the occasion.

 

Adventure Medical Kits Survive Outdoors Longer Origin Survival Kit

 

It’s never a bad thing to be prepared in case an emergency strikes. Give an awesome medical kit for outdoor survival to the adventuring motorcyclist in your life. Make sure that they have everything they could possibly need (or want) from a survival kit at their disposal. You know, just in case.

 

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

 

Features include:

  • Compact waterproof case
  • Flip-up signal mirror
  • Liquid compass
  • 10-lumen LED lights
  • 100-decibel rescue whistle
  • Fire striker and four pieces of Tinder-Quik fire starter
  • Folding knife
  • 3sq.Ft. aluminum foil
  • 6ft. Stainless steel wire
  • 10ft. Nylon braided cord
  • One sewing needle and three safety pins
  • Fishing line and four fishing hooks
  • Two snap swivels
  • Two split shot lead pellets
  • And instructions with over 62 survival techniques and strategies from Buck Tilton

 

SENA Attachable Boom Microphone for 20S Communication System

 

Wouldn’t it be great to communicate hands-free during your ride? With an attachable boom microphone from SENA, you can do just this… safely!

This is one of those tech motorcycle gifts that is no hassle at all! The microphone easily attaches to the rider’s helmet and keeps communication clear.

SENA even offers a great video that shows you little tips and tricks to make sure that it stays secure inside the helmet at all times.

 

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

Features include:

  • Bluetooth capability
  • Best audio quality with foam protection
  • A leading brand that offers and guarantees quality products

 

Raptor ll Interchangeable Goggles

 

The frames in the Raptor II interchangeable goggles are shatter resistant and offer a bold design that complements the wearer. The goggles have two removable foam pieces to guarantee a secure and comfortable fit.

While on the road your eyes still need protection from the elements. Why not do it in style?

 

Motorcycle Gifts: Raptor ll Interchangeable Goggles

 

Features include:

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

 

MSR Malcolm Autobiography

 

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

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

To many fans, he made his name as the star of the 1970’s movie On Any Sunday, a movie that sparked a love for motorcycles and off-road adventures in America.  

Add this to the growing collection of motorcycle memorabilia, and excellent autobiographical reads. 

 

Motorcycle Gifts: MSR Malcolm Autobiography

 

Features include:

  • An oversized, hardcover, coffee table book
  • Written with personal storytelling, rich details and many never before seen photos from Malcolm’s personal archive
  • Details over his early years, first bikes, and races in the US, Baja, Europe, and Asia. Including excerpts from his family life. All told by the world’s most legendary motorcycle and off-road racers.

 

Fly Racing Elite Insulated Water Bottle 23oz.

 

This is the next generation of a water bottle. It’s the most flexible one you can find out on the market and the only one that can guarantee a clear pure taste like no other.

 

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

 

Features include:

  • The bottle is made with Purist tech that purifies the water before you have a sip offering you a healthier option.

 

Cortech Blitz Off-road Helmet Bag

 

Does the rider in your life have a place to stash their helmet? Is it secure? Can it offer protection? Protect the thing that protects the noggin!

This plush, synthetic fleece lined bag is the perfect gift to give on any occasion, or even just because. Gift them a carrying case for their vital piece of equipment in style.

 

Motorcycle Gifts: Cortech Blitz Off-road Helmet Bag

 

Features include:

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

 

Cortech GPS Bag with Mounting Bracket

 

Make things easier for your traveling motorcyclist with this GPS bag. Not only will it protect the device you’ve invested money in, but it offers a design that guarantees a snug fit no matter the GPS you have.

It has foam inserts that ensure the best fit possible for your device. And thanks to the sturdy adjustable mounting bracket that’s attached there’s no need to fear that it will get lost on the road.

 

Motorcycle Gifts: Cortech GPS Bag with Mounting Bracket

 

Features include:

  • Dryer Tank bag
  • Map pocket in the design
  • Waterproof molded 195-gram jersey knit material for the outer shell
  • Easy access waterproof zippered main compartment with clear window for easy visibility
  • Water resistant audio ports allow the GPS to be hardwired to the motorcycle
  • Direct mount bracket will mount to most motorcycles

 

Bobster Eyewear Bugeye Goggles

 

Here are some sleek, stylish goggles that won’t break the bank. Try out these shatter resistant polycarbonate lenses that block out harmful UVA and UVB rays. These babies have adjustable straps to offer a comfortable fitted feel and look that rival other goggles. This eyewear is a “classic touring shapes that envokes a bygone era of motoring on the open highway”.

 

Motorcycle Gifts: Bobster Eyewear Bugeye Goggles

 

Features include:  

  • Glare-free lenses for enhanced visibility
  • Vented black frames and adjustable straps
  • Ultra comfortable foam cushion strap
  • Open cell foam surrounding eye cups offering comfort, durability, and assists in thorough airflow

 

Bikemaster Brake Bleeder Vacuum Test Kit

 

A true motorcycle enthusiast will always want the best for their bike. They take pride in their machine and, for many, want to be a part of the whole process, start to finish. They aren’t just in it for the ride. Why not help them be a part of that?

This is the ideal kit for any person that wants to take a hands-on experience with their machine. This kit makes bleeding your brakes a snap and finding vacuum leaks easy as pie. It’s the perfect piece of equipment to add to any motorcyclist’s garage.

 

Motorcycle Gifts: Bikemaster Brake Bleeder Vacuum Test Kit

 

Features include:

  • All metal construction body, heavy duty pump
  • High-quality  gauge with reading to -1.o bar  (-30in/hG)
  • Extra long (23.75 in.) hoses and a myriad of adapters
  • Protective rubber gauge cover for durability and impact absorption
  • Multiple use tool for motorcycles, automotive, and marine applications

 

Nelson-Rigg Compact Rain Jacket

 

Help your rider prepare for unfortunate weather conditions. Rain can strike anywhere and anytime. Expect the unexpected!

Why not gift them with a compact rain jacket to keep them dry? It comes in two colors, a nice neutral dark color or a vibrant fluorescent yellow. The latter is to make sure other drivers know you’re sharing the road. 

 

 

Features include:

  • Packs into an integrated zippered pouch for convenient storage
  • 100% waterproof Tri-Max Nylon with heat taped seams
  • Waterproof zippers and material to keep water out
  • Lightweight and relaxed fit
  • 2 side zippered pockets and 2 inside stow away open pouches
  • Concealed hood with drawstrings
  • Adjustable drawcord waist for improved fit
  • 1-year warranty

Now You’ve Seen the Variety of Motorcycle Gifts for the Rider in Your Life

 

We know something caught your eye on that list; admit it. Hopefully, you’ve found just the gift you were looking for an upcoming celebration.  Save yourself the headache of running out to the stores and fighting over the leftover scraps on the shelves.

And maybe, just maybe, you found something that might be perfect just for you. Might be time to treat yourself a little as well!

 

Motorcycle gifts wrapped for the holidays

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

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

What to Look For Before You Buy a Used Bike

In a perfect world, motorcycle enthusiasts everywhere could have all the brand new or vintage bikes they dream of. However, many of us aren’t financially able to buy a brand new motorcycle; so instead, we often shop around for a quality used bike that we can work on and fix up. 

As you begin your search for a used bike, make sure to do your homework before you purchase any second-hand motorcycle. In order to make a well-rounded, informed choice, you definitely need to have an idea of what kind of bike you’re looking for and where you’re planning to buy your pre-owned bike. 

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

First, Know What You Want in a Used Bike

Before you even begin your search, take a step back and figure out what type of used motorcycle you want to buy. Is there a specific bike make and model you want? Are you looking for something you can ride for long extended periods or one that’s more for show? Is there a specific brand you gravitate towards? What about the mileage? Are you looking for something that is under or over a specific mileage? Are you looking for a project with a donor used bike?

It’s easy as a shopper to focus on just the price when you first start looking, but a cheap bike may not give you what you want or need. When you have a better idea of what you’re looking for in a used bike, and what your goals as a rider are, you’ll know where to do the looking. 

Do Your Research Before Investing in a Used Bike

Know your budget and do your research! Research the kind of used bike that will best meet your needs, and understand the likely price-range you’ll be facing for it. This way, you’ll have a rough estimate of what you’ll be paying when you find your ideal pre-owned bike. “Only go above [your budget] if the bike is truly exceptional or comes with a massive list of useful aftermarket accessories or spares”, notes this site.

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

Have a Used Bike Inspection Checklist

If you’re buying secondhand, the bike is probably not going to be without flaws. But it’s still important to have an idea of what potential problems may come up and how you’re willing to deal with them. Bikeexif has a great checklist for you to use while shopping for a used bike.

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

The Checklist Broken Down

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

More Questions…

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

man replacing a tire on a used bike

Second, Know Who You Want to Buy a Pre-Owned Bike From

The next decision you make will be where you want to purchase the used bike from. Buying from a motorcycle dealership is probably your safest option, but there are perks to buying from a private seller, like someone from Craigslist, as well. Decide what’s best for you.

man handing over the keys to a pre-owned vehicle

Buying a Used Bike from a Dealership

Going with a dealer is a safer bet; “one of the main advantages is that if there are things wrong with the bike, you can get them to agree to sort them out [or alter the price to compensate for the fixes] if you intend to buy”, according to this site. They also point out that you have, “…theoretical legal protection if the bike you have bought turns out to be a complete lemon.” Buying from a dealer will give you consumer protection, as well as, “…access to dealer financing and maybe even a warranty.” 

The downside, they note, is that you’re more likely to pay more for the bike than you would through a private sale. “Motorcycle dealerships make far more money on trade-in bikes than they ever do on selling new machines, as they buy cheap and sell expensive…”, so if the price tag seems a bit too inexpensive in the shop, definitely make sure to ask a lot of questions about the secondhand bike. 

Buying a Used Bike in a Private Sale

Private sales pose a much larger risk for buying a bad used bike and/or getting ripped off. As you would at a motorcycle dealership, it’s still very important to have that checklist ready. Paying attention to the seller themselves is also key; if you can’t trust the seller, or you get a bad vibe, forget it.

Consider asking yourself these questions: Does the seller look like a motorcyclist? Can they answer all your questions about the bike? Do they know the history of the bike? For an initial understanding of the seller, ask the seller why they are selling and if they have a history of making successful purchases or sales before this. This gives you an idea behind their motivation to sell, as well as a peek at any issues the bike may have.

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

Third, Make a Well-Rounded Decision

Just because the nearly-new bike looks nice, doesn’t mean that it’s roadworthy. You need to look at the engine, the machine, and the parts before you make your purchase. Otherwise, you might spend just as much to fix the bike as it cost to buy it! If you’re paying an exorbitant amount for the used motorcycle, knowing you’ll have to fix it, it’s just counterproductive. (Unless it’s that rare bike that you’ve been hunting for years and years, but that’s another story.) Be sure you’re considering the price vs the condition of the bike. Does the pricing justify the potential for more fixing?

black used bike at night with the headlight on

Know the risks, do your research, and buy from somewhere (or someone) you trust. If you keep these three things in mind, you’ll be ready to find, and buy, yourself an awesome used bike. Once you find the bike that best fits your needs, you’re good to go.

And, as always, if you need OEM parts, we have you covered.

Happy riding!

Form + Function: Motorcycle Jackets for Everyone

riders need motorcycle jackets that are both form and function

Motorcycle Jackets Should Protect You & Look Great

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our Top Picks for Stylish and Protective Motorcycle Jackets

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

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

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

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

Benefits include:

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

Fly Racing Butane 3 Motorcycle Jacket

Fly Racing Butane 3 Motorcycle Jacket

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

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

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

Benefits include:

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

Spidi Sports S.R.L Ace Leather Motorcycle Jacket

Spidi Sports S.R.L Ace Leather Motorcycle Jacket

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

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

Benefits include:

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

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

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

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

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

Benefits include:

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

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

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

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

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

rider wearing a black leather motorcycle jacket in San Francisco

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

UTV Parts Buyer’s Guide: 5 Top UTV Wheels for Off-Road Adventures

UTV wheels can make your off-roading experience even better

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: there is nothing quite like a beast of a machine racing down a dirt path terrain, UTV speakers blasting while you torpedo through the mud.

The perfect balance of nature and machine comes out when you’re rearing up that engine to go adventuring your UTV, and of course, UTV wheels play a major role in that experience. Since this season has been prime for days out playing in the woods, we know you’ve ridden that monster as much as possible.

Now let’s talk about some UTV wheels you might want to start thinking about as we get into some cooler days ahead on your SxS.

5 Types of UTV Wheels to Rock Your World

UTV wheels can really have an effect on the way your vehicle handles dirt roads like these

But that also means that you’ll probably need to replace some of your UTV parts after running that machine so much. Especially those tires and wheels, since they end up taking a rather hard beating. They will always need to be replaced because of wear and tear and luckily (as always) TMS Parts has exactly what you need.

We’ve gathered our favorite top 5 UTV wheels that deliver true strength and durability for your machine.   

UTV wheels should be sturdy and dependable

DWT A5 UTV Wheels

DWT A5 UTV Wheels

Douglas Wheel is a company that truly puts their products to the test and takes special pride in the equipment they manufacture. These UTV wheels are part of that refined process.

The DWT A5 wheel uses a high-performance alumilite design; a revolution of 16-years-worth of design innovation, metallurgy, and proprietary forming processes. It’s durable yet forgiving. It’s lighter and stronger than its competitors. Its rolled inner outer lips reinforced center and 6061 t6 heat treated construction make the DWT design truly unlike any other.

This wheel is engineered to have a better offset and width than the stock rolling gear allowing you to free up horsepower and really see what your beast can do!

The Ultimate Sports UTV Wheels

Douglas Wheel Ultimate Sports UTV Wheels

These UTV wheels truly take after their namesake. The Ultimate Sports utility wheel is one of the toughest UTV wheels on the market and rightfully so. It’s another Douglas Wheel product that drives as hard as it’s made.

Just like the A5, this has a 190 rolled inner and outer lip with a reinforced center and 6061 T6 heat treated construction. All of which ensures durability and strength when put to the test on any terrain it’s up against.  This style of wheel also comes in an array of sizes in order to achieve a perfect, streamlined fit to your UTV.

ITP SS312 UTV Wheels

ITP SS312 UTV Wheels

From a company that specializes in ATV and UTV parts and wheels, this is truly a product that is built to handle anything that nature might throw at it. These are the strongest and lightest UTV wheels on the market that will not encumber the integrity of speed that you crave.

Made of high-grade aluminum, they are ideal for their speed and design. They come in a variety of sizes to perfectly match. Diamond cut with a matte finish provides a sleek design that will cause many onlookers envy.

ITP System Six UTV Wheels

ITP System Six UTV Wheels

Ultimate customization” doesn’t do these UTV wheels any justice. When we say customization, we truly mean an ingenious piece of machinery that is tailored exactly to the specifications that you need. Everything from coloring, to the sizing, and even the wheel inserts (such as decal, design, coloring, etc.) will be what you want. The customization feature is what makes this your UTV.

What’s more, its ITPs exclusive Advancecast process to exacting QS9000 quality specifications that make this the pinnacle of UTV wheels.

Sedona Raceline Scorpion UTV Wheels

Sedona Raceline Scorpion UTV Wheels

This eight-spoke design wheel is a strong, sturdy, and reliable piece of equipment that won’t break the bank or destroy your wallet. These are a set of UTV wheels and come in a variety of sizes that are tailored to fit the needs of your utility terrain vehicle while keeping your rides smooth and fast. It’s constructed of high-grade aluminum and ready to take on and handle anything nature dares to throw at it.

You Just Need to Fill Out those Finer UTV Details

UTV wheels come in many shapes, sizes, and costs

All you need to do is apply is the year, make, and model for your beast and you’re ready to fit yourself with an all-powerful, durable, customizable set of UTV wheels. Choose your favorite wheels and they will get you prepped and ready to add another unforgettable adventure to the books. What more could you ask for? 

We strive to offer the best gear and parts available to our customers. The finite details, such as the quality of UTV wheels, does not go unchecked.

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certain types of UTV wheels make desert adventures incredibly fun