Motorcycle Riding Apparel: A Safer, Better-Looking You

motorcycle riding apparel for a safer, better-looking you

Protective Riding Gear For Ultimate Road Safety

It’s finally Spring, and if you’re in a state that gets a lot of snow, you’re anxious to get out there on that bike. You’ve been looking at your motorcycle sitting in the garage all winter, all covered up and sad looking. But now it’s hot, the sun is shining, and it’s time to get out on the road. But if you don’t have the proper riding apparel, you’re going to be signing up for a stay in the hospital if you get into a wreck.

So what kind of protective riding gear should you have before you get out on the highway and live your Easy Rider dreams? Luckily for you, that’s somethin’ we happen to know a lot about.

it's very important to have proper and protective riding apparel when riding a motorcycle

Why is it Important to Have Proper Protective Safety Gear?

Riding a motorcycle is freeing, it’s fun, and it fills that need for speed we all have. But riding a motorcycle is also potentially dangerous. More than 5,000 riders died in motorcycle crashes in 2017. That’s more than 13 deaths every day. On average, more than 4,000 people are killed every year in motorcycle accidents.

And it’s not like the rest of us haven’t had a spill or been close to it. If you can look someone straight in the eye and tell them “I’ve never been close to being in a motorcycle wreck”, well good for you, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to ride safely.

You might be the best rider in the world, but one thing you can never account for is other drivers. There’s a reason why people have those “Check twice, save a life” bumper stickers. Motorcycle riding is fun, it’s a great way to get on the highway and feel alive, but if you don’t do it safely, you’ll wind up feeling another way.

So let’s take a look at the gear that every rider should own and use on every ride.

Must-Have Motorcycle Riding Apparel

If you’re going to ride and you want to do it safely, consider these pieces of gear that offer protection when you’re headed out on the highway.

motorcycle helmets are the most important piece of riding apparel

Motorcycle Helmet

This is a no-brainer (and you will be too if you don’t use a helmet). Currently, 28 states require motorcycle riders to wear helmets. But even if you live in the other 22, there’s no good reason you should ever ride without one.

According to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, “Helmets work. Helmet effectiveness has been confirmed by scientific studies, while helmet myths – ‘helmets break necks, block vision and impair hearing’ – have been consistently disproved”.

They also recommend that you buy at least a ¾ cover helmet, although a full face helmet is going to offer the most protection. Another thing to look out for is Snell certified helmets. Snell testing is heavily involved and will provide more protection. Similar to Snell, the DOT (aka Department of Transportation) also has a list of certifiably safe helmets. Take a look at this video that shows the difference between DOT-certified helmets and ones that are not DOT-certified. And if you’re in Europe, the ECE (aka the UN’s Economic Commission for Europe) is the European equivalent to America’s DOT.

a good motorcycle jacket will protect you in case of an accident

Motorcycle Jacket

While many people might think the leather jacket is just for looks, riders know; it can save your life. But it’s not just any leather jacket you’re looking for. The best motorcycle jackets are just like an armored vest. They’re going to have protective armor or places to put your padded armor, like in the shoulder and elbow section of your jacket. You can even get back armor pads!

The more armor in your jacket, the less likely you are to have skin to pavement contact during a wreck. But padded armor isn’t the only safety feature that jackets have to offer you. This is also your chance to be more easily seen by motor vehicles. Consider getting a jacket that couldn’t be missed from a mile away and you’ll automatically increase your chances of cars seeing you on the highway.

Riding Gloves

Not only are you going to get a better grip on your handles, but it is also going to protect your hands. If you get in a wreck and fall off your bike, what will you do? The most likely thing that’s going to happen is that you’ll put your hands down to break your fall. It’s instinctual.

But what’s going to happen if your bare skin hits the hot asphalt at thirty miles per hour? You’re going to come up with hands that look like Freddy Kreuger’s face. That’s why leather riding gloves are so important when it comes to safe riding apparel.

the best riding apparel will always include a great pair of riding gloves

Riding Pants

Just like your jacket, your pants are part of your motorcycle riding apparel. If you try riding in jeans, you won’t be a happy camper if you hit the ground. Denim and cotton jeans are going to shred like wet tissue paper if you get scraped across the asphalt. However, there are special riding jeans, and they’re quite common in riding apparel.

Many of the best kinds of riding pants or riding jeans are made with protective armor material like Kevlar, and you always want to make sure they either have knee guards or slots to put them in yourself.

Motorcycle Boots

Not shoes… boots. What you really want for motorcycle protection when it comes to footwear riding apparel is something that is going to protect your ankles. However, there are riding shoes available that look like street shoes but still cover the ankles. Although boots are preferred, they aren’t the only way to protect your feet.

If you drop your bike on your leg or you get side-swiped by a car you’re going to wish you had something to protect your ankles. They’re also going to protect your skin from the hot exhaust pipes and road-debris that’s been kicked up by drivers in front of you.

Another thing you need to think about when you ride is just the act of stopping. If you’re stopped at a red light, you’re supporting not only your own weight but the weight of your bike as well. Now, what do you think would make it easier to support all that weight? A pair of sturdy boots or riding shoes that support you above your ankles… or a pair of flip flops?

The Essential Riding Apparel

keep yourself and everyone else safe by investing in safe riding apparel

Keeping Yourself and Everyone Else Safe

So there’s our list of all of the gear you really need to have if you want to ride your bike safely. And truth be told, this should factor into your motorcycle expenses or budget. If you have enough money to buy and maintain your bike, but not enough money to invest in good, protective riding apparel, you don’t have enough money to ride a motorcycle. It’s as simple as that.

Riding safely is going to keep you upright and out of the hospital, and it’s not just for your benefit that you ride and dress safely. It’s for your family, for your kids, and for all of the other motor vehicle riders out there on the road.

By practicing safe riding habits and investing in essential, protective riding apparel, your experience on the road will be wonderful. On behalf of the TMS team, we hope you have a great motorcycle season as a better, safer-looking biker!

Heated Motorcycle Gear Every Winter Rider Should Own

When you're riding in the mountains like these folks, you want the proper heated motorcycle gear.Stay Warm with Heated Motorcycle Gear When You’re Riding in the Cold

One of the most important parts of riding your motorcycle is practicing safety, and this is especially true in the colder months of the year. The road conditions are getting worse, and the sun setting earlier means you have less visibility when you’re out on the road. Something else you might not have considered is keeping your body warm while you’re riding. This is why we love heated motorcycle gear. 

Take a look at this wind chill chart from the National Weather Service. There you’ll see just how frigid those temperatures can get when you’re out for a ride. If its forty degrees outside, and you’re only riding fifteen miles per hour, you’re feeling a thirty-two-degree wind chill! Brrrrrr!

Higher speeds and lower temperatures can put you at risk for frostbite. This can really put an end to your season. So, why not check out some heated motorcycle gear and stretch your riding as far as you can?

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

State of the Art Heated Motorcycle Apparel From the Ground Up

ThermaCELL Heated Insoles

When it starts to get cold outside, it’s important to cover up to avoid losing body heat. We lose most of our body heat through our hands and feet, so keeping those covered are your safest bet for staying warm. These heated insoles from ThermaCELL are just what you need to retain that body heat and ride comfortably.

The insoles are rechargeable, and the battery can last up to five hours of continuous use on the medium setting.  The total battery life is about 2,500 hours, which is enough to get you through four long winters of some serious riding. The ThermaCELL heated insoles are powered by lithium-ion polymer batteries that are embedded in the soles and can be fully recharged in just four hours.

ThermaCELL heated insoles are wirelessly controlled by remote, water resistant, and can be trimmed to fit almost any shoe size! What’s not to love about heated motorcycle gear that will flex to your needs? Also, if you purchase these insoles you’ll receive a remote control with batteries, a lanyard, drawstring travel bag, a global charger, and an instructional booklet if you need some help getting it set up. 

Firstgear Heated Socks

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

Now that we’ve got our heated insoles, it’s time to think about layers, so why not take a look at some great heated socks to double down on that foot warmth? We like these ones from Firstgear.

Firstgear knows motorcycles and riders, and they bring the quality you can expect from them when you need heated motorcycle gear for your feet. They’re made from a micro-fleece material that lays flat over your foot and doesn’t bunch up like other heated socks you may have tried. These socks from Firstgear come with a fitted heel so your feet will rest comfortably. They fit inside your boots easily, without bunching up, and with wires that lay flat. You’re not going to feel anything other than the heat encompassing your toes and keeping them warm.

These socks are also wireless and come in five different sizes so you can find the pair that fits you the best. They have a two-year limited warranty so you can buy these knowing you’re going to receive a quality product.

Additional Heated Winter Riding Gear To Keep You Stylish

Firstgear Heated Windblock Pants

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

When you wear heated motorcycle gear in the winter you don’t have to compromise your unique style. With products like these excellent heated windblock pants from Firstgear, you might not even realize you have them on. They fit comfortably and they are formfitting so you can wear your favorite riding pants or chaps right over them. There is no need to choose between style and warmth when you can have both!

The windblock pants are designed with special wind-blocking front panels that protect your legs from the elements. Wear these while you’re cruising and keep in mind that they can be used in conjunction with Firstgear’s heatrollers. This allows for full temperature control in the frozen winter weather.

Heated Gloves To Fit Any Riding Style

Firstgear Heated Carbon Gloves

Firstgear makes some amazing heated motorcycle gear like these gloves.

Here’s more Firstgear heated motorcycle gear to keep you toasty this season. This time we’re talking about heated gloves! Firstgear’s 12v heated gloves are made with Grade-A, top-grain, drum-dyed cowhide construction that has a waterproof membrane. This ensures your hands will stay warm and dry while that cool winter wind is whipping by.

These high-quality gloves are made with carbon fiber protection on molded knuckles. They come with pre-curved fingers to help you grip your handlebars and a rubber face shield wiper mounted on the finger. This is so you can keep your vision at 100% at all times. Once again this product comes with a two-year warranty to give you peace of mind when you’re making that purchase for yourself or someone else this holiday season.

Firstgear Heated Glove Liners

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

Now maybe you already own a pair of motorcycle gloves that you love, but they don’t keep you as warm as you would like to be. Well, there’s no reason you have to spring for new heated gloves when you can buy these great glove liners. The Firstgear Heated Glove Liners are made from a composite of poly for strength and spandex to fit your hands perfectly. Their thin material will easily slip into most non-heated winter riding gloves you already have, but will still keep your fingers warm, even as they’re being beaten with that wind chill.

These glove liners can plug into your jacket liner if you’re using one. If you would like to wear them independently, they will require a DC Coax Y-Harness Plug that is sold separately.  Also, and I’m sure you’ve come to expect by now, they come with a two-year warranty. 

Keeping Your Core Warm with a Battery Heated Vest

Now that we’ve got our extremities covered with a variety of different liners, and heated pieces of motorcycle riding gear, it’s time to take care of your core.  Let’s talk about a heated vest to stave off that frosty weather and keep on riding.

Venture’s 12V Hybrid Soft Shell Heated Vest

Something really great about Venture’s Heated Vest is that it is designed to keep you warm even when you’re riding a small to medium sized bike, sled, ATV, or any other older vehicle with limited power. While it only draws 1.5 amps of power, it is enough to heat all four panels inside the vest. These panels are on the collar, on both sides of your chest, and on your back. It is made from wind and water resistant material that assures you will be warm and dry while you’re getting in those winter-time expeditions. The vest comes in seven different sizes so you can find one to fit anyone on your gift list!

Using your Electrical System for Heated Clothing

Now, most of these products are designed to be used with a heat roller, which is a remote that you use to adjust heat levels in all of your devices. The heat roller conveniently connects to your bike or sled’s battery. There is no need to lug around an external power source with you because you already have everything you need to get up and running.

While you already have your power supply, you will still need to find a reliable heat roller to use, and I would suggest either a single control heat roller or a double control heat roller from Firstgear. As you already know, both come with limited lifetime warranties. Also, there’s no need to have someone else install your heat rollers for you. Just watch this step-by-step installation guide from the masters at Firstgear.

Wrapping Things Up and Keeping Warm With Heated Motorcycle Gear

Talking a lot about great heated motorcycle gear today makes us want to suit up and hit the open, wintery roads. Of course, we need to check that we’re all charged up and ready to go. Tell us – are you ready to get your winter ride on? 

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!