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The 10 Best Motorcycle Jackets For Hot Weather (reviews)

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Riding is meant to be enjoyable but it’s very difficult to enjoy yourself when your gear is making you miserable. In the summer months, having the right jacket is an absolute must if you want to stay safe and comfortable throughout the heat of the day. We’re often asked about the best jackets for summer riding. Naturally, you’ll want a mesh jacket for maximum airflow in hot weather. Beyond that,… Read More

Staff Favorite: Shoei VFX-W Helmet – K-Dub 3

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This week, our Staff Favorite Pick features Jace and his dream helmet, the Shoei VFX-W Helmet – K-Dub 3.  Jace works at our retail store in Smithville, MO.  He has been racing hare scrambles since 2006, and has several championships under his belt.  He recently made the decision to step up to a Shoei helmet.

Shoei RF-1100 Review: Put a Price on Your Head

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My head isn’t an easy fit.  I’ve tried out a lot of helmets over the years.  Some fit better than others.  All were either “low budget” or mid-level helmets.  Many saw thousands of miles of use.  Only two were crash tested.  Most recently,  I was hit by a car a couple of weeks before Christmas.  I was wearing a Shoei RF-1100. It was about 10,000 miles earlier that I had… Read More

Dangers of Spring Riding – Things to Remember

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Maybe you’re fortunate enough to have ideal riding weather all year, but a vast majority of this country doesn’t share that luxury.  Many riders know the painful withdrawal of winter storage.  This winter has been especially brutal, which is going to make the arrival of spring that much sweeter.  I do ride all year, but it is out of necessity.  Winter riding is not fun to me, and I rarely… Read More

Beyond Your Gear: How to Be Prepared for Your First Track Day

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Besides proper riding gear, there are other requirements and tips that will help ensure you and your bike are both ready and prepared to make the most of your first track day.  Every track will have its own requirements and conditions, so be sure to confirm with your local track before heading out.

GoPro HERO3 Plus vs Garmin VIRB

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Brand Name, Amazing Quality, Similar Price… So What Is The Difference?  If you have also been asking yourself these same questions, I have broken them both down for you to help make up your mind!             For starters the HERO3 Plus Black Edition is slightly smaller than the Garmin VIRB Elite, but not by much. One great feature the VIRB Elite offers is a more… Read More

Fly DOT WWII German Goodness

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I think most of us will agree the aggressively sleek styling of the WWII German helmets is just down right cool! People ask for this style helmet ALL the time!! Many helmet brands have tried to copy this German design, but ultimately they have failed in making anything near as cool in a DOT approved helmet. Or, if you do find a nearly perfect rendition of this German helmet, “This… Read More

Shoei VFX-W Dissent – YES PLEASE!

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Some days it’s harder than others to resist spending my paycheck at work.  The day we got in our large shipment of Shoei VFX-W Dissent helmets was one of the hardest. I haven’t owned a working car since I started riding in early 2009, so I demand a lot from my helmets.  Not only do I have a head that’s hard to fit well, I spend a lot of time… Read More

Motorcycle Closeouts Retail Store

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Having great products, an awesome staff and a place to call home for local riders is what our local retail store is all about. We can’t have everything from our website on hand in-shop, but we try our best to have a good verity for all kinds of riders. Our staff is not only trained on our products, but they live it. Each member of our retail staff has a… Read More

Pins of the Week!

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        BONUS! We’d like to wish all of our customers a happy and safe Thanksgiving. Please eat, drink and be merry while celebrating this holiday of giving thanks. Unless you have a severe bird phobia, we urge you to check out the wild turkey in the following clip that refuses to be a Thanksgiving meal for a couple of bikers on their motorcycle… http://www.youtube.com/watch/?v=cIuFsUj4Tew HAPPY THANKSGIVING!  

Nutrition is the Key to any Adventure, trust me!

We have all heard the adage: Nutrition is the key to a successful diet.  Well, it is true; but, it is also true for a cycling adventure, like the Dirty Kanza 200 (DK200).  When riding your bicycle expending up to 1100 calories an hour for over 15 hours, proper nutrition is required.  Think of it like this; a cold cut combo footlong is 450 calories.  I would have to eat… Read More

It was supposed to be 50 miles

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When I last wrote, I had completed a 65 mile mountain bike ride and was feeling pretty good about my training thus far for the Dirty Kanza 200.  The next big hurdle would be Syllamo’s Revenge on May 19th, 2012.  Here is the race description from the Syllamo’s Revenge website: “Don’t miss this opportunity to test your skills and endurance on the Syllamo Mountain Bike Trail in the beautiful Ozark… Read More

4 Essential Tips to Winterize Your Motorcycle

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Unless you live far enough south, you’re probably not crazy enough to try to ride all year.  I am one of those crazy few who rides through winter, but I only ride one of my motorcycles; I store the other one, as it isn’t suited for riding in the snow.  Storing your motorcycle for winter is easier than you might think.  Here are the basics to ensure your ride is… Read More

Gift Ideas for the Motorcycle Lover

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Motorcycle enthusiasts tend to be passionate about riding.  If they love motorcycles so passionately, you would think they’d be easier to shop for.  But, if you have someone on your holiday list that loves to ride, you probably know how hard it is to find that perfect, relevant, motorcycle-related gift.  Even if you’re a fellow rider yourself, there is no accounting for taste when it comes to riding gear and… Read More

Training for 200 Miles in the Saddle is a Pain in the Butt

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In January 2012 I signed up for the Dirty Kanza 200 (DK200).  I had decided to commit a portion of the next 6 months to training my body and mind to bicycle 200 miles of Kansas gravel.  Now, how do I train for this event? OK, 200 miles will take me how long to finish?  Well riding at 10 – 13 mph it will take about 15 to 20 hours. … Read More

Zombies vs. Biker

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This is why I should have had a kickstart.  Sweat was pouring down my back and face.  With a white knuckled grip on my bent handlebars, I stood next to my battered motorcycle and threw another hasty, wild-eyed glance over my shoulder.  I didn’t need to look.  I knew they were getting closer.  I could hear them– their eerie moaning, their shuffling feet dragging broken glass and blood stained debris… Read More