New Gear Learning Curve

By Gerde Applethwaite

honda_classic2_CB125A neighbor on my block just bought a bike. Its his first bike and he chose well. The vintage Honda 125 will be perfect to allow him to build riding skills without worrying about the weight of a full-sized machine.  He goes to college and his rides will be a combination of commutes to school, trips to the store, to see friends and also rides in the hills. Rides to the gas station will be few and far between which is smart considering his student budget.

Here in California you have to wear a helmet so he popped for a flat black open face unit because he likes the retro look of the open face. He is talking about cafeing out the bike and the helmet will be part of the look. At some point down the road he wants to swap in a bolt-on cafe racer seat kit. Its going to cost him a bit over $200.

He rides in a denim jacket, jeans and street shoes. I have forgotten what he is using for gloves but if I recall when I last saw him ride off he wasn’t wearing any.  He was stoked about getting some retro goggles to help complete the whole cafe look.

He is a new rider and he is young. He doesn’t want to think about riding gear, he wants to think about the paint scheme for his cafe racer seat.  He is going to have to make a choice. Does he go for the cafe seat kit or does he delay that and go for a jacket and some riding boots? You know where I stand. One crash and he could be out not only the bike but the balance of a semester. The gear makes all the difference.

We have jackets, gloves and boots that will not break the bank and they will go a long way toward helping to keep you out of a cast. As you get more experience (and a bit more cash) you will want to upgrade your gear — get some armored riding pants that zip to your jacket or step up to a different jacket with, say, molecular armor. If you are a new rider you owe it yourself when you are out zipping around to talk to the other riders that you meet about the gear they ride with and why they chose it.

Gerde Applethwaite

Road Pizza: A Most Unwelcome Roadside Treat

 By Gerde Applethwaite

“Once again I race toward Dr. Flash Gordon’s brilliant motorcycle
first aid book entitled Blood, Sweat and 2nd Gear: More Medicine for
Motorcyclists.  I suspect it is no coincidence that his first chapter
starts with road rash, pavement dermatitis.”

The Weather on the Left Coast at the time of writing is still mostly dry and mostly warm. In other parts of the country the cold havoc reigns supreme. The scooter evolution is in full swing here and for reasons somewhat beyond my understanding scooter riders seem to have a penchant for Teva’s and cargo shorts. The vast majority of motorcycle/scooter accidents occur at under 30 miles per hour. The bi-product of the under dressed and the over-accelerated is road rash or as we affectionately call it – road pizza (you will know why if you have ever seen it.)

Once again I race toward Dr. Flash Gordon’s brilliant motorcycle first aid book entitled Blood, Sweat and 2nd Gear: More Medicine for Motorcyclists.  I suspect it is no coincidence that his first chapter starts with road rash, pavement dermatitis. This is a really common condition for the under dressed who ride – whether it be on bicycles, skateboards, scooters or motorcycles. What I wasn’t aware of were the complications that can ensue from an improperly treated road rash. Yeah, you should wear the right clothing and we sell the right clothing but for right now let’s just focus on a few select notions from Blood, Sweat and 2nd Gear.

(Picture Taken from Wiki How)

You need to get as much of the dirt out of the wound as you can. Any leftover dirt can produce scarring at best and complications from a serious infection at worst. I knew a guy in high school who did a face plant while on his bicycle; he hit a poorly designed road grate. They didn’t get all of the gravel out of his road rash wound and years later you could still see the occasional dark bits of gravel on the side of his face. Sometimes a little chunk of gravel would work its way to the surface causing intense itching until it finally broke loose of the skin – some bits stayed where they were. The broken skin is incredibly sensitive to stuff like Betadine or even tap water. It alone will send your nerve endings howling. Saline solution is better.  Contact lens solution is actually good. I now carry a bottle of it under the seats of both bikes, along side the small first aid kit.  Again, this is thanks to having read the Flash Gordon MD. book/s. Read them – no foolin’. The idea in this first phase is to get as much of the dirt and germs out of the wound as possible. The longer the microbes party in your road pizza wound the more you will pay for it later. If all you have is tap water then use that – get the wound clean.

Yes, the next phase is to protect the wound. Dr. Gordon no longer recommends antibiotic ointments like Neosporin for this. I didn’t know this. I knew enough to try clean the wound but then my first reaction would have been to slather it all up with something Like Neosporin then put down gauze 4×4′s and finally pave it all over with tape. Wrong. The wound needs to be cleaned but not dried out. The ointment will actually dry out the wound. You have a couple of ways to go here.

One is something called a semi-occlusive dressing like Tegaderm or Opsite for example. You apply the film onto and around the wound. It adheres to healthy skin around the wound both protecting the area and allowing the wound to breathe. This can be packed into your first aid kit as well as the saline solution and your other stuff. It really doesn’t take up that much room and if you don’t need it for yourself you may one day need it for someone else.

An alternative means to protect the cleaned wound site is to spray on some stuff out of a can that films over and will rapidly give you some protection. The products noted in Blood, Sweat and 2nd Gear are 3m’s Nexcare or something called Medi-Stat. I have the Nexcare in my kit. I haven’t seen the Medi-Stat in my local pharmacy. Gordon mentions that the added advantage of using the spray is that if you are the wounded one and you find yourself without help you will have an easier time of it by spraying something onto the wound site than you will applying a sheet film because you can one-hand it. Good tip.

You’re not out of the woods yet. You still risk serious infection and the potential consequences of infection turn out to be more than a little startling. I’m not going to go into it here because I want to keep this piece brief. Read the book (have I said that already?) or at least go online and do some research. At some point, either at the time of the initial accident or later when you suspect infection you may need to seek medical help. Do not hesitate to get it.

Finally a word, directly from my experience, about hospitals. Not all hospitals are created equally. I am given to understand that ambulance crews are not obligated to take you to your hospital of choice – they are obligated to take you to the nearest hospital. Now its roulette. If you are unfortunate to be taken to a crappy hospital or to one that has an overburdened emergency room (often one and the same) then you are really at the mercy of the fates. I happen to live in an area where the local hospital — the one that I would be taken to in the event of a neighborhood accident — has a stupefyingly poor reputation for everything except gun shot wounds – they appear to be good at that and they get a lot practice. If you show up with a road pizza shoulder and/or face you could realistically wait for 12 hours before you are seen depending upon who got shot before you showed up – or while you waiting. Do you want to risk that just so that you can feel the warm breeze blowing up your cargo shorts? Buy some riding gear, fool!

Gerde Applethwaite

AXO Waterproof Boots

We think you’ll love our newest line- AXO motorcycle boots! Amazing quality and versatile application. Check out our full selection of boots for all the styles. Here is a highlight of some waterproof motorcycle boots to get you through the season.

The AXO Freedom Adventure Waterproof Boots are great for all terrain riding. You’ll want these boots with you on your next adventure. At $300.00, they are a great addition to your boot collection.

 

 

We also have the AXO Q GT Waterproof Boots – Black which are offered for $178.99. A more affordable option, these boots are great for all weather riding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With many more styles available for all types of riding, we’re sure we’ll have an AXO boot that will suit your needs. Check them out on our site today!

Sidi Vortice Hi-Viz Yellow/Black Boot Hits the US

After Sidi released a photo of Andrea Dovizioso holding the Sidi Vortice hi-viz yellow/black boots they received so much positive feedback that they decided to release them in the US.  There is no doubt that hi-viz motorcycle gear is growing in popularity, so it only makes sense to make the Sidi Vortice boots in the hi-viz yellow/black color combination available to everyone.

Who’s Andrea Dovizioso? Let me give you a brief history of his career.  Dovizioso debuted in the 125 class race in 2001, then went on to seize the 125cc World Championship Title in 2004. Ever since Dovizioso has proved himself as a top racer. After a long career with Honda he is now teaming up with Yamaha in hopes of a new adventure, all while wearing Sidi boots.

Here is what Andrea Dovizioso had to say about the new Sidi Vortice boots, “I know about the quality and technical value of Sidi boots, and now I’m happy to get the chance to wear them in competition. My first impression is really good, because right away Vortice comes off as a high performance boot that nonetheless doesn’t sacrifice solutions studied to insure safety to the rider’s feet. The first tests of the season in Sepang will be important to fine tune the bike, but also to put some touches on my new Vortice boots. Boots are fundamental to a rider because they are a unifying fulcrum between man and motorcycle.”

Sidi Vortice Boots give riders the best protection money can buy and offers the patented Tecno VR adjustable calf system that can only be found in one other boot, the Sidi Vertigo.  An adjustable Tecno Knob allows riders to evenly close and wrap the internal mono-filament line around the calf for a perfect fit.  The shifter pad ensures that the plastic qualities will not change in high/low temperatures and provides a consistent feel due to the molded DuPont Techno-polymers.

Sidi Vortice Boots - Hi-Viz Black/Yellow

Although the Vortice hi-viz yellow/black boots will not be available in the perforated air model, they do feature a closeable vent system on the toe and vents on the side of the foot.  If you prefer the perforated air model then check out the Vortice Air boots available in black and white.

We believe the Sidi Vortice in hi-viz yellow/black will be the new ultimate sport-on road boots and will go fast.  Make sure to check out the Vortice boots before they are gone and order yours today!

Alpinestars Apparel now available at Helmet City!

Helmet City is glad to welcome the extensive line of Alpinestars gear and apparel to the team. Alpinestars products now available in Street, Dirt Bike, Cruiser and Scooter gear. Whatever type of riding you do, you’ll be sure to find a product you’ll love from Alpinestars.

Alpinestars Street selection now includes: Men’s Street Jackets, Women’s Street Jackets, Men’s Street Boots, Women’s Street Boots, Men’s Street Pants, Women’s Street Pants, Riding Suits, Protective Gear and Gloves.

Alpinestars MX-1 Black Leather Jacket

Alpinestars MX-1 Black Leather Jacket

The Alpinestars MX-1 Jacket is available in Black, Blue and Red. The Alpinestars MX-1 Leather Jacket includes the following features:

Alpinestars’ MX-1 jacket redefines the modern leather sport riding jacket with progressive styling and new ideas in protection technology.

  • 1.2-1.4mm full-grain leather for excellent abrasion resistance.
  • Multiple-stitched main seam construction for maximum tear resistance.
  • Alpinstars exclusive, patented, external high-modulus thermoplastic protection on the shoulders.
  • Removable CE certified GP Protectors with injection-molded shell and dual density foam padding.
  • Ergonomically placed stretch Kevlar panels for optimal flexibility.
  • MotoGP profile, ventilated, back hump for improved aerodynamic and ventilation performance.
  • Soft neoprene, comfort cuff and collar construction.
  • Chest pad compartments with PE protection (Alpinestars Bionic chest guards available as accessory upgrade).
  • Removable thermal vest liner.
  • YKK Semi Auto Lock zippers.
  • Perforated leather panels for increased cooling.
  • 3 internal and 2 external pockets.
  • Connection zippers allows attachment to selected Alpinestars leather and textile pants.
  • Velcro waist adjusters.
  • Back protector compartment with PE padding (CE certified RC back protector available as accessory).
  • Micro injected logos.

Alpinestars also features several other great Street jackets available for both Men and Women.

Alpinestars Dirt Bike selection now includes: Protective Gear, Men’s Boots and Women’s Boots! More great Dirt Bike apparel to come!

Alpinestars Tech 3 Black Boot

Alpinestars Tech 3 Black Boot

Alpinestars Tech 3 Boots are available in Black, Black/Red, and Grey. The Tech 3 boots include the following features:

Technical, high-performance motocross / off-road boot for entry-level racers. Brand new design for impressive performance, comfort and safety at an astonishing price.

  • Contoured shin plate protector is injected with high-modulus PU for a high level of impact and abrasion resistance.
  • Reinforced leather plate runs along rear of the boot.
  • Extended inside and outside plate guards the side and toe-box area of the boot.
  • Calf plate designed for maximum grip, support and side contact.
  • Patented “ankle-brace” system with shock absorbing ankle padding.
  • Internal plastic reinforcement on the inner side of the boot is covered by thick stamped suede for increased grip and heat resistance.
  • Instep flex-zone stitched for maximum support.
  • Action leather upper.
  • Alpinestars’ exclusive high grip rubber double density compound outsole with a contoured tempered steel shank over injected inside the assembly insole.
  • Four buckles with memory featuring a quick release/locking system.
  • High impact resistant buckles made from injected techno-polymer.
  • Top of the boot is sealed with a Velcro strap connected to elastic stretch PVC.
  • Poly-fabric lining coupled with multi-density EVA.
  • Removable anatomic foot bed.
  • Extended gaiter helps prevent water entry.

Alpinestars Cruiser selection now includes: Men’s Cruiser Jackets, Women’s Cruiser Jackets, Men’s Cruiser Pants, Women’s Cruiser Pants, Men’s Cruiser Boots, Women’s Cruiser Boots.

Alpinestars Stella TX-1 Red Leather Jacket

Alpinestars Stella TX-1 Red Leather Jacket

The Alpinestars Stella TX-1 Leather Jacket is available in Black, Red and Blue. The Stella TX-1 include the following features:

Clean styling, quality protection and a comfortable fit make Alpinestars’ Stella TX-1 a great leather jacket for Sport riding women.

  • 1.2-1.4mm full-grain leather for excellent abrasion resistance.
  • Multiple stitched main seam construction for maximum tear resistance.
  • Removable CE certified shoulder and elbow protectors.
  • Women specific fit.
  • Ergonomically placed Schoeller stretch Kevlar? panels and leather flex zones for optimal comfort and fit.
  • Pre-Curved sleeves for riding comfort.
  • YKK Semi Auto Lock zippered wrist closures.
  • Removable thermal vest.
  • Adjustable waist.
  • Connection zipper allows attachment to selected Alpinestars leather pants.
  • Back protector compartment with a foam back pad (CE certified RC back protector available as accessory).

Alpinestars Scooter selection now includes: Men’s Scooter Jackets and Women’s Scooter Jackets.

Alpinestars Stella Sniper Air-Flo Black Camo Jacket

Alpinestars Stella Sniper Air-Flo Black Camo Jacket

The Alpinestars Stella Sniper Air-Flo Jacket is available in Black Camo and White Camo. The Stella Sniper Air-Flo Jacket includes the following features:

Specifically tailored for women riders, this military styled, urban/sport riding jacket is designed for summer and warm weather riding. Featuring Alpinestars Air-Flo mesh for ventilation, light weight and the distinctive Astar camo design, the Sniper Air-Flo is modern, stylish and ultra-practical.

  • Women specific, military styled, urban/sport riding jacket, ultra lightweight with Astar camo design.
  • 600Denier Polyester with non water absorbing and abrasion resistant mesh panels for maximum ventilation.
  • Raglan cut shoulder construction.
  • Aggressively styled printed logos and sublimated graphics.
  • Chest pad compartments with PE protection (Alpinestars Bionic chest guards available as accessory upgrade).
  • Velcro and textile waist adjustment.
  • Arm adjustment snap tabs for customizing fit.
  • Removable CE certified soft protectors in elbows and shoulders.
  • Back protector compartment with PE padding (CE certified RC back protector available as accessory).
  • Built-in, lightweight, mesh lining.
  • Ergonomically shaped collar construction.
  • 2 large external waist pockets with YKK zip closure.
  • Internal soft, neoprene collar and cuff facings for added comfort.

Helmet City has seen great exceptance of the Alpinestars line of apparel. Come to Helmet City and see why Alpinestars is so well recieved and why it’s what everyone seems to be wearing lately.

O’Neal Helmets, Pants, Boots… oh my!

Join Helmet City in welcoming the wonderful line of Helmets and Apparel to our collection. We offer all the great new helmets, pants and boots exclusively from O’Neal. O’Neal is our second brand that carries bluetooth equipped helmets and we’re so pleased to welcome them to the team!

O’Neal is also responsible for the ever so popular line of Rock Hard Full Face and Motorcross helmets.

ONeal Rockhard Helmet - Slipknot "Nine"

O'Neal Rockhard Helmet - Slipknot "Nine"

The Rockhard line is available in several of your favorite Rockstars from Elvis Presley to AC/DC!

The Rockhard Full Face helmet features include:

Rockhard Helmets is the ultimate expression in the purest form. Each helmet is produced with exclusive graphics personally approved by the world’s greatest music artists and pop culture icons. Each helmet is produced in limited quantity and is certified and numbered with its own Certificate of Authenticity. Once they are gone, they are GONE!

Each Helmet passes the highest safety standards from around the world are certified with such standards in each country in which they are sold. These standards include DOT, SNELL, Australia, EU, Japan and ECE. Each helmet is produced with the finest in materials and is made with the most comfortable liners for a perfect fit every ride. These graphics are exclusively licensed worldwide and are only available from ROCKHARD HELMETS

  • Advanced composite fiberglass/Kevlar /carbon/Spectra core
  • Blend of materials creates a strong, light, energy-absorbent, and impact-resistant design
  • Multiple adjustable vents for customizable airflow
  • Shell’s design creates a vacuum effect, drawing hot air away from the head
  • Clear 2mm molded Polycarbonate Uni-Curve flat race face shield for outstanding optical clarity
  • Tinted and colored face shields available (sold separately)
  • Removable, washable liner for ease of cleaning and care
  • Safety standards meet and exceed – SNELL M2005, DOT, AS Australian Standard, JS (Japan) standard OR ECE 2205 throughout Europe
  • Sizes – XS – XXL Adult

Check out our selection of Rockhard Full Face and Off Road Motorcross motorcycle helmets. We’ve recently reduced our prices on some great Rockhard models… So what are you waiting for? These helmets won’t last long! Why not rockhard to your new helmet and its price!

O'Neal Element Pants - Legacy

O'Neal Element Pants - Legacy

O’Neal offers a variety of motorcycle pants. The Element pant line from O’Neal features include:

This is where it all begins! While some entry level pants skimp out on materials and features, the 2009 O’Neal Element Pant simply does not sacrifice. For unbeatable protection and value, this pant just can’t be beat!

  • Heavy duty denier fabrics
  • Durable spandex allows for stretching and increase movement in critical areas
  • Adjustable ratchet closure system
  • Protective rubber patches

O’Neal also carries a variety of boots that match their pants as well as their helmets. Why not cordinate your whole outfit with O’Neal?!

ONeal Element Boots - Black/Black

O'Neal Element Boots - Black/Black

O’Neal Element Boots were designed to be paired with the Element line of pants and helmets. Check out the Element Helmets here! or check out the Element Pants here!

The O’Neal Element motorcycle boots features include:

Nothing beats the Element Boot for value and protection for an entry level boot. Take it one step further with the new Piston Boot, a true original in design that is sure to get you noticed.

  • Unbeatable value and protection
  • Durable leather construction
  • Fully adjustable four buckle closure system
  • Tough sole with metal shank
  • Injection molded plastic shin plate and protection
  • Generous heel support and padding for added comfort
  • Leather heat shield

The O’Neal line of Helmets and Gear is receiving lots of attention at Helmet City. And with the quality, style and price why wouldn’t they be turning heads? So check out our great selection of O’Neal Motorcycle Helmets, Pants and Boots!

Women’s Gear

Looking for the perfect gear just for you? Just because you’re a motorcycle rider doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in your feminine side. Helmet City has created a section just for women. Motorcycle Helmets, Motorcycle Jackets and more! No more ordering X-small jackets in Men sizes — Helmet City has jackets, helmets, boots, and gloves made just for you!

Shoei RF-1000 Flutter TC-2

Shoei RF-1000 Flutter TC-2

The Shoei RF-1000 Flutter motorcycle helmet is on the of the featured RF-1000 graphics designed specifically for women. The Flutter is also available in pink and brown. Interested in learning more about the Shoei RF-1000 helmets, read our blog below. Check out some of the other great motorcycle helmet designed just for women in Helmet City’s women’s apparel section.

Firstgear Vixen Jacket - Grey/Black

Firstgear Vixen Jacket - Grey/Black

The Firstgear Vixen motorcycle jacket is the female version of the Hammer. Made for ladies with a need for speed, the Vixen’s combination of premium-grade leather, perforated air vents in the front and exhaust vents in the rear and a perforated back pad for added airflow is perfect for women riding in the fast lane.

Tour Master HDX Ladies Gloves - Light Blue

Tour Master HDX Ladies Gloves - Light Blue

Tour Master’s HDX Motorcycle Gloves are available in Black, Light Blue, Pink, Silver and White. Tour Master’s HDX motorcycle gloves feature:

  • Molded, Pittards Digital Goatskin Leather knuckles provide increased protection.
  • Spandex 2-way stretch material in the thumb, fingers and top of hand.
  • Spandex thumb features a Pittards Digital Goatskin panel to minimize wear from grip flanges.
  • Goatskin leather palm with ergonomically designed palm patch is configured to increase grip comfort.
  • Airprene knuckle and wrist panels provide flexibility and increased comfort.
  • Stretch Cordura finger side panels increase finger dexterity.
  • Goatskin leather pull tab allows the glove to be easily placed onto the hand.
  • TPR molded finger panels provide additional protection.
  • TPR molded wrist cuff closure features a reliable, Velcro brand hook and loop closure.
Scorpion Haley Pants - Black

Scorpion Haley Pants - Black

The Scorpion Haley Motorcycle Pants designed specifically for women are also available in white and include the following features:

  • Designed and manufactured to literally save your butt.
  • Heavy duty perforated drum-dyed leather to provide maximum cooling in hot weather.
  • Outer thigh adjuster and bootstraps provide a snug, aerodynamic fit.
  • Double leather in high impact areas for extra protection.
  • These fashion-forward low-rise pants will never be mistaken for men’s pants.
Oxtar TCX Women's Sunray Boots

Oxtar TCX Women's Boots

Oxtar TCX Women’s Motorcycle Boots are available in women’s sizes 4.5-9 with these features:

  • The female foot is very different in shape to the male foot, especially around the instep, heel and metatarsal zones. For a woman, simply picking any boot in a small size is not enough. The model must be properly designed around a last that reproduces the female anatomy. The women’s fitting concept is rounded off by a fashion sole combining attractive looks with technical attributes and comfort.
  • The uppers of the TCX Touring range are made using full grain leather. This is the most valuable part of the leather, which is specially treated and rendered waterproof. The result is an upper in a natural material that gives exceptional performance in terms of protection from atmospheric agents, breathability and fit.
  • The protective parts of the boots have been designed and positioned to shield the most delicate points of the foot and shin-bone. Different materials are used and selected especially according to the type of protection required: preformed rigid shell plus shock-absorbent material for the ankle protector, anti wear rubber for the brake lever guard, semi rigid plastic for the shin plate.