Shoei Qwest Helmet – Goddess TC-6
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HJC RPS-10 Helmet – Ben Spies Monster
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River Road Race Leather Jacket – Black
Your Price: $135.99
Your Price: $414.27
River Road Race Leather Jacket – Black
Your Price: $135.99
It’s the perfect time to try out some new Motorcycle Rain Gear! It’s the time of year when the weather is slowly warming up but the rain has us dreaming of better days. We have a great new addition to our rain gear line up that might help!
Alpinestars rain gear gives you some new options to get out in the elements. The new Alpinestars Mud Jacket is an interesting addition. WIth clear, see through material. It is a great cover up for your regular riding gear.
The Quick Seal Out Rainsuit from Alpinestars is another option for dry riding! With elasticized cuffs and reflective details. It has all the features of great rain protection!
Don’t let winter’s last wet onslaught keep you off your bike! Stay dry when you try Alpinestars new rain gear!
There is a scene in Steve Martin’s L.A.Story wherein his character, Harris K. Telemacher, a weather guy at an L.A. TV station, talks about last night’s temperature drop. He says in part “… and when the weather dropped down to 58 degrees last night how did you cope?…” I live in California and the vast bulk of my riding these days is in-state. Which is to say that I haven’t had a chance to test my new gloves in any sort of rigorously cold weather so I have never been inordinately cold with my First Gear Navigator gloves.
I don’t have too many sets of riding gloves: well, in fact I have two pair. I have a pair of older black leather gloves that come right to the end of my wrist and I have another pair which are gauntlet style gloves that go up and around the jacket cuff – the First Gear Navigator gloves.
There are myriad choices when it comes to riding gloves. The prices run wildly from a bit under fifty dollars to somewhere in the near four hundred dollar zone. I opted this season for a pair in the just under one hundred dollar range with the First Gear Navigator’s. I do not regularly need a cold weather glove. For the cold weather First Gear makes a couple of nice gloves in their TPG range called, not coincidentally, the “TPG Cold Weather” glove and also their aptly named “Tundra.” Then there is the toasty category of heated gloves which I have yet to experience but about which many on the interwebz have sung their praises. ‘Mmmm, heated gloves’ (insert your best Homer Simpson donut voice here.) My old wrist high gloves were just not cutting it anymore. They let rain and wind in under the cuff of the jacket and in a get-off they have the potential to leave a part of your forearm exposed to the menace of road pizza upon the eventual and dreaded landing.
The First Gear Navigator gloves, the gauntlet style gloves, are goat skin for the most part and they are soft and pliable. The fit seems to run just a bit small but after you break them in, wrapped around your hand grips for a few hundred miles, they fit like they were made for you.
As mentioned in a previous post I like the quality of construction of the First Gear equipment. These gloves are well stitched and have some nifty features bolted up to them. There is a small strip of rubber sewn in on one glove that acts as a sort of windshield wiper. The times when I have found that little device most useful were on those rainy days on the freeway. I am reticent to wipe the rain off of my helmet because it just smears everything and makes the vision a bit worse but with the little windshield wiper doodad on the First Gear Navigator gloves I can, especially when the freeway throws up oil and crud into the mix, wipe a clean spot onto the face shield and keep riding.
These gloves do not have the big carbon or plastic knuckle protectors and that makes them easy to store into the backside kangaroo pocket in my jacket – no more lost gloves. They Have a siliconized grip pad in the palm that makes holding onto to the hand grips that much easier. The First Gear Navigators are also flexible enough to allow me to readily work the vent latches on my helmet as well.
All in all I am content with the First Gear Navigator gloves but if I did much riding in really cold weather I would look into either their Cold Weather glove or the Tundra. I am quite comfortable in my Cali. quasi-Mediterranean climate and I suspect I won’t be glove shopping again for a while but then again…heated gloves, mmmmmm.
Here at Helmet City we are already thinking about the upcoming rainy season. The riding weather is superb right now but we are always getting new gear in and that makes us take another look at the options. I have a history of ignoring the ATGATT dictum and as a consequence I have a small compendium of soaked-and-cold-to-the-bone stories to tell around the campfire.
One of the more miserable events was the time i was riding through France (North to South) during the Bol D’Or Weekend. It was late summer and I thought I would be fine with just a leather jacket, boots and jeans: oh, I was so wrong. Not long into the journey the sky grayed up and the temp. started to drop. I could see it coming and about the time that you could smell the rain in the air a mist started to fog up my face shield. I figured the road would start to get slick as the water brought up the oil on the expressway so I slowed down.
I looked for a place to pull over in order to snug up my jacket but figured it could wait until I got gas. By the time I pulled into the massive super station I was drenched. There were bikes everywhere as it was one of France’s biggest Moto weekends. I looked around at the assembled crowd clustered around the filling pumps and I was the only fool in a leather jacket and jeans. Rain Water sloshed in my boots and now that I had something else to focus upon other than keeping the bike upright I started to shake from the cold. I still had many more wet miserable miles to go before I made it to my campsite.
Everyone else at the petrol emporium was either wearing some sort of multi-season gear and just going on about their business or they were tearing into their bags for rain-specific outer coverings. I ached with envy and swore I would never do another ride without thinking through the whole rainy weather scenario.
I am slightly embarrassed, after laying out the story above, to say that I have yet to get it sussed. I do have the boot thing sorted with my new Sidi On-Road boots. Nice. Here’s what I figure: I can either get a nice multi-season jacket and wear it along with the reasonably water resistant textile overpants I am fond of riding in these days or I can go for the small folded-up rain suit rig that scrunches down under the seat or into a panier or tank bag. They both have their advantages. There are also the full suit options. I had one once back in the mid-eighties and it was extraordinarily comfy in all but the hottest weather.
This season I am trying to plan ahead and find myself touring through our wet weather options. We have a section of the website dedicated to a collection of our rain gear offerings. If I shift some tools around under the seat I think I may have room for a small scrunchable rain suit. So, the master plan at the moment is to get something that lives under the seat all the time and then look more closely at my rain jacket/pant or rain suit options. This setup will have me covered in all possible scenarios and avoids the potential for future sad sack gas station shivering.
I currently have a couple of Tourmaster jackets and I am happy with their fit, workmanship and price. So, I think my choice for rainsuit (oversuit) type rain gear is going to be either their full suit, the Elite II or their Sentinel Jacket and pants set. Both of these Tourmaster rain suit options are designed to be worn over your riding jackets and pants. None of the Toumaster rain gear clothing comes in hi-viz but amongst their many color offerings there is a bright yellow. Again, I wonder why these gear manufacturers are not putting out more hi-viz riding wear.
The other possibility I am considering is a jacket and pants combo that is designed as rain gear but is not an over-suit. Although it is a bit costy I really like the looks of the Icon Patrol in their Hi-viz, mil. Spec. yellow. The Icon Patrol duo is loaded with features not the least of which are their magnetic storm flap closures, full CE armor and even a water bladder option.
On trips when I know I am going to be heading out into inclement weather the hi-viz Icon Patrol would seem to be the way to go for me. The thought that they put into this set up really shows and if I am riding in nasty weather I want to be seen on the road. Then again there will be plenty of times down the road when I get caught out in the rain as I did in France. The Toumaster Sentinel or elite setups would be easy to pack and to don when the sprinkles start. I will let you know what I decide and I’ll do a wetness test at the advent of this year’s rainy season.
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.
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!
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 Sport 2.0 Pants include the following features:
Icon is quickly becoming on of our best selling brands. Icon has a special style about their helmets that you won’t find anywhere else – that’s why we love them and it’s no wonder our customers love them as well. Icon also has a great selection of apparel made to compliment whatever helmet you choose. Not only is Icon’s style completely individualistic, but they have a great prices on all their motorcycle helmets and Apparel!
Icon’s newest helmet onto the scene: The Alliance SSR line of Represent helmets.
Whether you’re from the Big Apple, the Dirty South or you just plain want to represent your love for Icon they have the helmet just for you!
The Alliance SSR Represent Helmets include the following features:
The Alliance SSR Represent is a serious bit of kit. Firstly, it features a snarling possessed crop eared mauler of a canine. Not many people are stepping up to the dog plate given the current social climate. But if Icon is gonna come, than we’re gonna come correct. If the graphics weren’t enough, the supervents on the Represent can be adorned with an optional adhesive backed metal stud kit. On the chain or off, a spiked up collar goes a long way projecting that certain image. Finally, and perhaps our greatest genius, is the choice of seven unique chinbar graphics (NorCal, SoCal, Detroit, Philly, New York, Dirty South, or Icon) to rep your favorite hood. Truly a lid thats down for the set. And to all the haters and nay-sayers – Icon does not support or condone any type of dog fighting. Never have, never will. Don’t get it twisted.
Another brand new graphic from Icon is the Claymore Chrome graphic available in several great colors including: Black, Green, Blue, Pink, Orange, and Red.
The electroplating process leaves behind an energy that never truly dissipates. An energy best described as a soulless mercurial void. Both engaging and rebuking the envious stares of caged drivers, the Claymore Chrome glides through the jagged chasms of modern urbania. It passes no judgement, resigned to merely observe and note. It is the mirrored enabler – acknowledge and move on.
Already a satisfied Icon customer but looking for that extra touch to really represent your commitment to their brand? Check out their great line of apparel including Jackets, Boots, Pants, Gloves, Vests and Raingear! All of Icon’s apparel is custom made with their helmets in mind – so make sure your complete your look with Icon’s vast line of apparel. Why only show love to your head? Make sure you have the ultimate protection when riding your bike!
The Motorhead Leather Jacket includes the following features:
Classic styling with technical details make the Motorhead jacket a versatile performer. Exclusive Icon “straight-cut” fit with broad shoulders, generous body, and ample sleeve length, make the Motorhead comfortable in any riding position. Constructed of premium quality 1.2-1.4mm cowhide leather with a fully insulated, removable liner, this jacket quickly adjusts to any riding conditions. Internal CE armor and six adjustable vents complete the package.
Icon also has a great selection of pants for both Men and Women.
The Icon Arc Textile pants include the following features:
Designed to be functional and versatile, the ARC textile pant can be worn as an overpant or worn alone. It’s fully loaded with adjustable and removable CE approved knee armor, as well as reinforced Aramid and cordura panels. The chassis material is durable nylon and built on Icon’s Loose Fit pattern, giving you plenty of room to comfortably layer up underneath.
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 jacket redefines the modern leather sport riding jacket with progressive styling and new ideas in protection technology.
Alpinestars also features several other great Street jackets available for both Men and Women.
Technical, high-performance motocross / off-road boot for entry-level racers. Brand new design for impressive performance, comfort and safety at an astonishing price.
Clean styling, quality protection and a comfortable fit make Alpinestars’ Stella TX-1 a great leather jacket for Sport riding women.
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.
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!
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
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!
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!
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?!
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.
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!
Helmet City offers many of the great brands you know and love in the motorcycle jacket industry — Tour Master, First Gear, Cortech, Joe Rocket, Scorpion and many more! We have recently expanded our inventory to include OSI Jackets as well Joe Rocket’s Goldwing, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha brands. If you already love Joe Rockets line of motorcycle jackets or anything else they make; you’ll love these new brands of motorcycle jackets. If you’re not too familiar with Joe Rockets impressive inventory, you’ve come to the right place. So, welcome!
Presenting Joe Rocket’s ingenious collaboration with Honda: (and might we add one of the most successful duos we’ve seen here at Helmet City!)
Whether you’re looking for a leather, mesh or textile motorcycle jacket, Honda and Joe Rocket have it all! Honda has one of the most adventurous lines of leather jackets, including Blue, GunMetal, White, Black, and Red! If you love you’re leather but you’re looking for some more variety than your standard leather jacket has to offer, you can stop looking.
Honda has a great line of textile motorcycle jackets as well, including colorful lines of mesh, textile and mesh/textile jackets. Honda textile jackets offer several different styles — CBR, Endurance, Inteceptor, Red Rider, and their Performance line. Each line unique in it’s own way with many great features to adapt to each motorcycle rider. If you want the thin comfort of a windbreaker with great protection, check our the Honda Performance Mesh/Textile Jackets or the Honda Red Rider Textile Jacket. If you’re looking for a similar style to the Honda leather motorcycle jacket but you’re holding on to your love of textile jackets, try our the Honda CBR Mesh/Textile Jacket available in Blue, Red, and White!
Honda Leather Motorcycle Jackets features include:
Honda Textile Motorcycle Jackets features include:
Suzuki motorcycle jackets show a different side to Joe Rocket’s line of motorcycle jackets. Suzuki jackets are available in a variety of colors in both leather and textile fabrics, with designs that display a sporty edge to your typical motorcycle jacket. If you like representing labels and brand names, Joe Rockets Suzuki line was made for you!
Suzuki Leather motorcycle jackets features include:
Suzuki Textile motorcycle jackets features include:
There is still so much to learn about Joe Rockets line of motorcycle jackets. We hope that you’ll stop by and check out Joe Rocket Goldwing, Yamaha, and Kawasaki jackets as well as well as the Honda and Suzuki lines. Why let us tell you how great Joe Rockets expansive line of motorcycle jackets are, come see for yourself! Don’t forget… Helmet City also offers several other top brands of motorcycle jackets that are just waiting for you to explore.