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

Fieldsheer Gear and Apparel

Fieldsheer gear and apparel now avaiable at Helmet City. We are now happy to introduce their entire line of Apparel including Jackets, Pants, Gloves, Vests, Raingear and Women’s Apparel. Fieldsheer apparel is available in Leather, Textile and Water Proof/Resitant material. With their wide selection of apparel we’re sure you’ll find something the fits your style and provides protection during all your riding adventures.

Fieldsheer Razor 2.0 Jacket - Black/Silver/Black

Fieldsheer Razor 2.0 Jacket - Black/Silver/Black

The Fieldsheer Razor 2.0 Jacket is available in Black, Red and Blue. The Razor 2.0 jacket displays Fieldsheers trademark logo and includes the following features:

  • Premium quality 1.2-1.4mm cowhide leather
  • YKK front zipper closure
  • CE approved armor in shoulders and elbows with an SP Memory
  • Foam back protector
  • Rear armor pocket accommodates optional CE back armor
  • Zippered cuff closures
  • Phoslite reflective piping for increased nighttime visibility
  • Ram Air front shoulder intake and back vents for optimum airflow
  • Stretch Cordura in underarm,sleeves, sides and back provide additional comfort
  • Elasticized leather stretch panels along sides for added mobility
  • Snap adjustable sleeve volume control
  • Zip-out full sleeve quilted liner with 100g polyfill insulation
  • Mandarin collar with neoprene padding
  • Two hand warmer pockets, one zippered map pocket, two waterproof cargo lining pockets
  • plus phone and cargo pockets on quilted liner
  • Adjustable waist belts
  • 8″ and 360 degree zipper connections

Check out our great selection of Fieldsheer jackets available in Men’s and Women’s styles. Fieldsheer also has an extensive line of matching apparel - get the entire look in one stop!

Fieldsheer Sport 2.0 Pants - Flat Black

Fieldsheer Sport 2.0 Pants - Flat Black

Fieldsheer Sport 2.0 Pants are available in Perforated and Non-perforated materials. Fieldsheer pants are the perfect match to any Fieldsheer jacket.

Fieldsheer Sport 2.0 Pants include the following features:

  • Premium quality 1.2-1.4mm cowhide leather.
  • Available in perforated or Non-perforated styles.
  • CE approved armor in knees with SP Memory Foam hip pads.
  • Phoslite reflective piping for increased nighttime visibility.
  • 1000D Carboflex stretch panels behind knees and calves.
  • Elasticized leather stretch panels at knees and back waist for added mobility.
  • Hypo-allergenic mesh lining.
  • Zippered hand pockets.
  • 8″ and 360 zipper connections.

Check out the Fieldsheer Pants section or go straight to the whole selection of Fieldsheer apparel.

Fieldsheer also makes a great selection of Women’s apparel.

Women's Fieldsheer Breeze 3.0 Jacket - Black/Pink/White

Women's Fieldsheer Breeze 3.0 Jacket

The Fieldsheer Breeze 3.0 Jacket is custom made for women available in Black, Pink and Silver. The Fieldsheer Breeze 3.0 Jacket includes the following features:

  • Ultra-Breathable Polytitanium Mesh Outer Shell
  • Removable Comfort Armor Equipped In The Shoulders, Elbows And Comfort Pad In Back
  • Anatomically Fitted For The Riding Position
  • 600 Denier Carbolex And SP Memory Foam In High Impact Areas For Addition Protection
  • Unique 3-Step Adjustable Upper And Lower Sleeve Volume Control To Secure Armor In Place
  • Reflective Phoslite For High Visibility
  • Velcro Adjustable Waist Strap
  • Gusseted Adjustable Velcro Wrist Cuff
  • Pockets Included: 2 Zipped Front Hand Warmer, 1 Inside Velcro, 1 Cell phone
  • 8″ Zipper For Connection To FS Pants Plus Universal Belt Snap
  • Rain Blocker Water Resistant Zip Out Liner Included

Fieldsheer has a wide selection of apparel to fit every motorcyclists needs. Check out Fieldsheer Pants, Jackets, Women’s Apparel, Gloves, Raingear and Vests now available at Helmet City!

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.