Best of … summer motorcycle riding accessories
Written by: Catalogs.com Editorial Staff
Contributed by Tim Brugger, Catalogs.com Top 10 Guru
Summer’s here and if you haven’t already, it’s about time to dust off the bike and hit the road. Or, leave the dust on and hit the off-road.
In addition to nice weather and better riding conditions, this time of year also means a wide array of the summer riding accessories.
While you may be under the misguided impression you have everything you need, a quick look at our “Best of” may just change your mind!
Comfortable because it breathes
When its hot the wrong helmet can leave you breathless, literally. There’s no better time to consider a new, well-ventilated headpiece than when the temperatures are hovering around 100 degrees. If you’re in the market, or should be, you’ll find a lot to like about the XSpeed Helmet from Bob’s Cycle Street Gear. If this isn’t the helmet of your dreams, you’ll still want to head over to Bob’s website. With almost 800 helmets to choose from, there’s bound to be a perfect cycle helmet for you.
Dirt bike action
For riders towing their dirt bikes out to the dunes or off-road trails, these summer riding accessories are for you. Off-roading can take its toll, as any dirt bike rider will tell you. While a full day of riding the trails can make the whole body feel like you just got side-swiped by a semi, the hands can really take a beating. No need to pry your them off the grips with a crowbar anymore; the Ariete Carbon Grips are as comfortable as any biker would want. By cushioning shock and reducing vibrations, these Bob’s Cycle Off-Road won’t leave you feeling like you road ON your hands at the end of the day.
Comfort for two
Out for the long haul, and want to bring a friend along? You can both ride in comfort with this Travelcade Road Sofa Seat w/Backrest. This is just one of many touring seats offered at Dennis Kirk, so make sure to check out some of the others as well. And if you’re like me (heaven help you) you’ll want to take a peak at the clearance section first. You’ll find a host of goodies at discounted prices. Next to free, discounted prices are my favorite kind of prices.
Keep your hands safe from road debris
Most people associate gloves with wintertime, but when you ride a motorcycle, it’s glove season year round. Your gloves are your first defense against flying road debris and insects: those tiny things can do big damage your hands when they’re flying towards you at 60 mph! And if you take a tumble, your gloves can keep your hands safe from rocks, road burn and other hot motorcycle parts, too.
These motorcycle gloves from Leather Coats, Etc. will do the job perfectly, from the padded palms to the wrist gauntlets.
Live to Ride
Okay, maybe just one more for the Harley riders out there. Keeping your ride looking good is an unwritten, but nevertheless enforceable law of the road. It’s sort of like coming to the aid of a capsizing boat, there may or may not be anything down on paper but everyone knows it’s mandatory. This is certainly true of Harley owners, and this Live to Ride Timer Cover from Dennis Kirk should round out your look nicely this summer.
Anti-scratch, anti-fog, glare-beating and shatter-proof
The dust, the pounding, the sun, and in summer, the glare, can really knock the wind out of a biker. Forget shopping at the mall or your local discount store when you’re looking for your summmer biking sunglasses. You need shades made to stand up to abuse — but the best place to get them might be a surprise. You need to shop where people who work outdoors all summer long shop: ConstructionGear.com.
Buying your sunglasses from a construction supply means you’ll get the best protection against glare, dust and debris, all without paying a fortune to some speciality shop in town.