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    Join Me: Instagram Live, Sat. 7/25, 6PM EST

    Me and my friend,  Tamela Rich  in WVA, 2016

    Me and my friend, Tamela Rich in WVA, 2016

    Hop online this Saturday night at 6PM EST with me and my good friend Tamela Rich. Just go to my instagram page and you should see me go live right at 6PM.

    We’re going to chat about among other things, our short experiences as women riders on two wheels. I can’t wait for her to share how she developed the courage and determination to go on a cross country, solo trip just 3 months after getting her motorcycle license when she was just starting out! WHAT?

    I call her my Moto Wife, because she’s the only other person I’ve traveled with on two wheels more than once other than my husband. We’ve met up in VA or WVA several times in the last 5 years and it’s always, always the best trips I’ve ever taken. Last year (pics below), we met up in Roanoke VA and eventually made our way up towards the Blue Ridge Parkway. Without her support and encouragement I would’ve quit while trying to make my way up a ~2 mile stretch of uphill, gravel and dirt. Eek.

    Still Here!

    The past few months have been crazy to say the least. Between quarantine for Philadelphia, closing the RevZilla Philly Showroom temporarily and trying not to get sick or injured, I’ve been at home chugging along. I’ve also been a little quiet, because I just haven’t been motivated to say much these days. I’m not riding either (tomorrow will be my first quick ride assuming it’s not raining) so that keeps me less motivated.

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    If I’m not riding, then I don’t feel much like writing.

    Also given the state of things, what my black brothers and sisters are going through, I also felt like motorcycling isn’t the most important thing to me right now (although I understand it might be for you). It just feels like the most important thing these days is for me to keep working hard (you can find me on the phones for ZLA M-F, 9-6) and paying attention to what’s going on around me.

    In general just feeling somewhat meh these past few weeks. Of course, I’m here if you need help with gear or riding questions or anything along those lines. I’m still monitoring my inbox and my Facebook / Instagram and Twitter boxes. So feel free to drop me a line if you need anything. I’ll be posting / podcasting / sharing more regularly soon, promise.

    But stay tuned for a small announcement, because I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth completely!

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    How to Transition to a Full Face Motorcycle Helmet

    2003. My first experience as an adult on a two wheel motorized vehicle. Eeek.

    2003. My first experience as an adult on a two wheel motorized vehicle. Eeek.

    MSRP $559.95 Arai Regent-X (Intermediate Oval). One of the most comfortable helmets you’ll ever. An excellent brand when you have very full, round cheeks.

    MSRP $559.95 Arai Regent-X (Intermediate Oval). One of the most comfortable helmets you’ll ever. An excellent brand when you have very full, round cheeks.

    This is the only photographic evidence of myself riding a motorized scooter or motorcycle wearing a half helmet. It was the first and last time I wore one.

    I do remember how windy it was, my eyes watering and how exhilarating it felt. But this was on our honeymoon, so at that time, I saw this as a one time event.

    After we invested in our first scooter, wearing full face helmets was not up for negotiation.

    The transition for me was easy, no issues and no real discomfort. I found an affordable, easy to wear HJC CL-14 for less than ~$140 (the predecessor to the current CL-17). It was an easy decision at the time. Something that I do clearly remember is after trying on the CL-17 I mistakenly tried on an Arai RX-Q that I knew I couldn’t afford or justify. But I knew that I loved it and I wanted it. So 3 years later I invested in one.

    I also understand that this decision isn’t as easy for others. After working with countless riders who struggle to make the transition from half helmet / no helmet to a full face helmet, I’ve learned a few things that make the great impact for long term comfort and commitment. Hopefully one of these tips will help you find the perfect helmet for you!

    The visual of a head looking down as someone takes a photo of your head while standing on a ladder looking down.

    The visual of a head looking down as someone takes a photo of your head while standing on a ladder looking down.

    FIT AND SHAPE

    Your very first step is to understand what your head needs, physically speaking. If you aren’t sure, have someone take a photo of the top of your head like in the graphic above. Make sure that you aren’t wearing a hat and your hair is totally flat, maybe wet so that you can clearly identify your skull shape from round oval to long oval. Keep in mind that headshape isn’t the same as face shape.

    Bell SRT Helmet  MSRP $209: Long Oval: Fiberglass Shell: Soft Smushy Cheekpads

    Bell SRT Helmet MSRP $209: Long Oval: Fiberglass Shell: Soft Smushy Cheekpads

    With this information, it’s much easier for you to shop for helmets that are going to fit you correctly.

    PREMIUM COMFORT

    If you can spend $1000 on an exhaust system, or upgraded suspension I can practically guarantee you can easily spend $200, $400 or $600 on a really comfortable helmet! Investing in your body is one of the best ways to give yourself what you need to make this transition.

    However, it’s very lightweight (fiberglass shell), vents excessively and will make you feel less stifled. It’s a great, easy helmet to wear if you’re also a Long Oval headshape. I like the padding in this model because it’s really soft and cushy. The face shield it uses is not like the less expensive Qualifier, because it’s using the same one as their Race Star track helmet. So what that gives you is a nice high, wide field of vision. It’ll give you a little more comfort in terms of your visual field and how well you feel you can see or not.

    I can almost guarantee that an extremely inexpensive helmet is one that you’ll probably never end up wearing. But if you are trying to keep your budget down especially in these times, I recommend any sub $250 helmet with a fiberglass shell like the Bell SRT:

    These options will feel a little lighter than other styles, and will just give you a little more comfort overall than their non fiberglass counterparts.

    On the other end of the spectrum is a higher pricepoint like Arai or Shoei. When I’m trying to help fit someone in person and they’re trying to transition, my first step is to get them fitted first.

    The most difficult aspect of getting your helmet right is figuring the fit. And if I can show you what a perfect, 10 out of 10 feels like then you will have a solid foundation as to what it could and should feel like. Rather than choosing something strictly based on color and size without any thought to fitment and true comfort.

    This is especially helpful if you can’t spend $500 but need to figure out what option in your budget comes closest to fitting like the more expensive option that you can’t quite justify. Sometimes, because you’ve experienced something GREAT, it can be hard to say no when it feels that good!

    Center pad for Shoei RF-SR

    Center pad for Shoei RF-SR

    Something that brands like Shoei and Arai offer are multiple sizes not only for cheekpads (to soften the clench on your jaws) but for the center pad as well. So the interior main liner on the top of your head will be thinner by 3-4 millimeters if you need to adjust fitment. Just remember to give yourself a few weeks of riding time before you purchase liners because often times the initial break in period is all you need to feel better.

    Unique channel events that push air physically through the helmet.    ShoeiHelmetsUsa.com   .

    Unique channel events that push air physically through the helmet. ShoeiHelmetsUsa.com.

    VENTILATION

    Something all of the helmets above have in common is the Ventilation. The Defiant-X above has an arrow for each intake and exhaust vent on one side of the helmet. Now double that number of arrows to get a total number that includes the vents on the other side!

    This doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be feeling a big fan on your face. In some parts, sure, like your mouth / chin and eyebrows. But the rest of the ventilation points allow for all the hot air being generated from your body to leave so that you will feel more comfortable inside the helmet.

    MSRP $659.95 Arai Defiant-X with half of the ventilation points illustrated. Add up the arrows and double that number. Now you have more ventilation than ever before.

    MSRP $659.95 Arai Defiant-X with half of the ventilation points illustrated. Add up the arrows and double that number. Now you have more ventilation than ever before.

    Of course, that means you may have a louder experience overall, so wear earplugs. Remember, wearing earplugs doesn’t make everything silent. It saves your ears from the high pitched wind noise which is adding to your fatigue. It’s like being on the freeway in your car. What’s more comfortable for a long car ride? Windows up or down?

    Also keep in mind that ventilation is designed to work at Speed (like the channel vents above). So helmets with less ventilation tend to feel stifling when you’re just sitting in your living room. Keep your faceshield open as you wear the helmet and give yourself some time.

    This also makes a HUGE difference if you generally run warm. When you’re the type of person that can wear a tshirt when it’s 50F out, then you want a helmet with lots of ventilation.

    The comfort you feel on the outside will directly affect the comfort you’re feeling on the inside.

    MSRP $734  Bell Race Star  (Long Oval, Race Fit). Me breaking in my Bell last year in my living room.

    MSRP $734 Bell Race Star (Long Oval, Race Fit). Me breaking in my Bell last year in my living room.

    TIME

    The main thing to know is that you might need some time with the helmet. I can typically grab a helmet right out of the box and put it on for no more than 5 minutes before going riding.

    But for someone like yourself who is trying to get used to the idea of this new “helmet”, you need a little more time to get used to this new experience.

    3-5 days of wearing it at home for ~20-30 minutes each session should start the break in process not only physically, but mentally as well.

    I recommend opening the faceshield, leaving the d-ring undone and letting it just sit on your head for a bit.

    Your helmet should be so comfortable that you could fall asleep in it. It should never hurt you, cause headaches, pressure points or jaw pain. This is after a minimum of 3-5 minutes. Any initial shock or discomfort should start to subside and feel better the longer you wear it. So that’s also why it’s crucial for you to complete the first step of getting that fit shape figured out so you don’t set yourself up for a really uncomfortable experience.

    You should know that one bad experience with a helmet doesn’t mean every helmet will feel that way. Promise! It just means that you likely: didn’t understand your head shape or chose a helmet for the wrong reasons. It may also mean that you only gave yourself 10 seconds to give it a try, you may have left the faceshield closed and you may have gone riding in it too quickly.

    TRY MODULAR

    My brief experience wearing a Schuberth C3ProW.

    My brief experience wearing a Schuberth C3ProW.

    And if all else fails, try a modular (flip up).

    There are lots of modular choices available and it’ll give you a great stepping stone towards a full face helmet. Of course you’ll never have as many choices for modulars as you do fulls, but if you need something in the middle to get yourself acclimated I highly recommend a modular to start.

    You’ll gain a great level of protection that you haven’t had before.

    Raising the chinbar will give you the ability to quickly raise it up at stop lights (and then close quickly when the light turns green), gas stations and other pitstops.

    They’re not designed to wear while completely open but they are incredibly versatile and can offer you lots of protection and flexibility.

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    HEADWEAR

    If you have long or thick hair that’s difficult to manage underneath a helmet, I highly recommend a Diva Do by Raci Babi.

    This will also increase your comfort dramatically so that you don’t feel like your hair is being completely ravaged underneath.

    If you have short hair like I do I still recommend wearing a light tube like a HooRag.

    I wear one underneath my helmet when it starts to get really hot and really cool. It gives me an extra layer of insulation from the heat / cold.

    It sounds crazy but wearing more is how you stay cool and comfortable. Reverse wind chill is real and it can cause you to go into heat stroke. This article outlines exactly what happens when you let too much heat in. Wearing a full face or modular helmet is how you can easily keep yourself from excessive exposure and potential risk for heat stroke and as well as skin cancer.

    https://www.fix.com/blog/motorcycle-riding-in-hot-weather/

    I hope this information truly helps you find a comfortable, awesome helmet that you want to wear every time you ride.

    It doesn’t matter how much or what type of bike you ride when it comes to the risk factor of not wearing a helmet.

    Simply choosing to ride a motorcycle does.

    Women Are Safer On 2 and 4 Wheels, Who Knew?

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    Yep. We Did.

    According to this article in the New York Times, we are far less likely to be at fault on two wheels and four!

    But compared with women, male drivers of cars and vans had twice the rate of fatal accidents per mile driven.

    Male truck drivers had about four times the rate of women truckers, and men driving motorcycles almost 12 times the rate of women motorcyclists.

    I’m not terribly surprised given the statistics I’ve read over the years from the NHTSA. I’m sure there are lots of exceptions to this rule where you may know a female rider that’s far more reckless than another male rider. But the overall trend seems to show that overall women are less likely to be as reckless.

    I would say that far more women are safety conscious given the added responsibilities that many of us bear in our family lives. We know that as caregivers, wives, mothers, many people rely on us and we have to take extra precautions to be more safety-conscious overall. Whether it’s driving in a car, or riding on 2-3-4 wheels.

    What I find fascinating is this part:

    For bus drivers and bicycle riders, there was little difference between the sexes.

    Wonder why the rates are so different between bus drivers and bicyclists?

    To read the entire study, click here.

    New Podcast Episode and Facebook Live Events

    I’ve decided to record new Facebook Live Event episodes for my podcast, so you can either join me online or listen afterward!

    Season 2, Episode 10 is here: Common Gear Mistakes and How to Avoid Them. I recorded it live on Facebook two days ago.

    You can also rewatch this event on my facebook page here. Although looking at me on video probably doesn’t help.

    If you haven’t listened to Season 1 of my podcast, you can download and listen on iTunes or on my website here.

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    Artwork by: Boggytown

    Join me for my next two Events on Facebook:

    Saturday, April 25th at 7pm EAST How to Evaluate a Piece of Riding Gear

    Wednesday, April 29th at 7pm EAST Motorcycle Gear Hacks

    Common Gear Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

    WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 2020

    7PM East / 4PM West

    Where: Facebook.com/GearChic

    RSVP HERE

    Join me Wednesday night, I’m going to share some common gear mistakes you might be making. This idea has been swirling in my head for months, I finally decided to just schedule a 45 minute-1 hour talk about this.

    And then we’ll have 15 minutes or so for QnA at the end.

    Doesn’t matter if you’re experienced at riding, or new at riding.

    Gear is fluid and so much of how it works and what it does for us depends on how you may use it or want it to work.

    I’ll cover how wearing a helmet that isn’t designed for your riding position can be a negative or positive thing

    I’ll cover how wearing a helmet that isn’t designed for your riding position can be a negative or positive thing

    The human aspect of wearing gear adds another layer of difficulty sometimes because when our gear doesnt do what we want it to do, it can be frustrating or a let down.

    I’m going to give you the most common mistakes that I run into when I talk to customers about riding gear. Sometimes I’m right, and sometimes I’m wrong.

    Feel free to post any questions here as well, but you can rsvp and post in the Facebook Event too.

    Womens Motorcycle Conference Online

    Mark Your Calendars!

    Women's Motorcycle Tours Announces Women’s Motorcycle Conference Online

    Inaugural Virtual Conference Scheduled for April 17 - 18, 2020

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    I’m so excited to be a part of this very special online event in two weeks. And guess what you can attend from anywhere! I’ll be doing a workshop or two with topics to be determined. See the links below on how to register and more details on how to join. “See You” in two weeks!

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    NORTH CAROLINA, April 3, 2020 — Alisa Clickenger and Women’s Motorcycle Tours (WMT) announce the Women’s Motorcycle Conference Online. The team behind WMT has an everlasting desire to bring women riders together. As a result, WMT has created a virtual conference geared toward all those who currently ride or are interested in the motorcycle riding lifestyle. The inaugural event, Women’s Motorcycle Conference Online: Reinvention, is scheduled for April 17 - 18, 2020.
     
    The global motorcyclist community finds itself in unprecedented times. COVID-19 threatens to disrupt plans for future motorcycle gatherings all over the world. Amidst the uncertainty surrounding the fate of all mass gatherings for the foreseeable future, WMT’s mission remains the same: to bring women riders together under the founding principles of unity, community and the freedom of the road. With the creation of the Women's Motorcycle Conference Online, WMT continues to build a strong and thriving community of women motorcyclists from every corner of the globe, representing all disciplines of riding.

    WMT Founder, Alisa Clickenger

    WMT Founder, Alisa Clickenger

    WMT’s goal in establishing the Women's Motorcycle Conference Online is to adapt to the current stay-at-home environment as well as test the efficacy of virtual conferences as a supplement to their already rich tour offerings.  This virtual conference will produce resources such as riding school directories, a list of mentorship opportunities, DIY projects, female-friendly motorcycle media, apparel guides and more.

    Beyond simply distributing information, WMT’s Women's Motorcycle Conference Online will offer up inspiring stories, valuable insights and the opportunity for female riders to communicate in real time, which is essential for success and growth in any community. The Women's Motorcycle Conference Online will feature an all-female panel of motorcycle industry leaders delivering powerful messages and essential lessons directly to women riders in the comfort of their own home.
     
    WMT’s Women's Motorcycle Conference Online is being produced by Alisa Clickenger. “I am humbled that so many female leaders in the powersports industry stepped up right away to join our unprecedented online event,” said Clickenger. “That these busy women are so generous with their time and willing to join with me to inspire and uplift other lady motorcycle riders is exactly why I love what I do and why I keep on doing it. This is what true community is all about.”
     
    Confirmed presenters for WMT’s first event, Women’s Motorcycle Conference Online: Reinvention, include Wendy Crockett, 2019 Iron Butt Rally champion, Tricia Szulewski, editor of WomenRidersNow.com,  Dee Jones (Momma D), author of  50 States of Consciousness, Joanne Donn of GearChic.com, Jan Plessner of Action Recruiting, Brittany Morrow of RocktheGear.org, Porsche Taylor of Black Girls Ride and Shana Slettedahl, Product Specialist at Polaris.

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    Joanne Donn (left, GearChic.com) and Brittany Morrow (Rockthegear.org, Brittanymorrow.com)

    On April 17-18, 2020, these industry powerhouses as well as others will be covering a range of topics focused on reinvention, stretching boundaries and creating a new normal as women, community members, and motorcyclists. WMT’s Women's Motorcycle Conference Online: Reinvention will include round table discussions, focused workshops, an author's corner, a meet & greet on Friday night, and online networking time for all registered lady riders to get to know each other.
     
    Registrants of  the Women's Motorcycle Conference Online will be able to interact with their fellow riders as well as the presenters over a two day period in a way that is comfortable, convenient and community-minded. The schedule is structured, but workshop attendance is flexible, and registrants can choose to join one, several, or all of the workshops offered throughout the weekend for one low price. The concept of Women's Motorcycle Conference Online is to allow women to take control of their own learning based on their current interests, and interact in a way that is tailored to each individual’s desired level of participation.
     
    Those interested in the latest information on Women's Motorcycle Conference Online can sign up for WMT’s mailing list at https://tinyurl.com/wmtnewsletter. Registration for Women's Motorcycle Conference Online: Reinvention will be available on Monday, April 6, 2020 athttps://womensmotorcycletours.com/conference/.
     
    Women's Motorcycle Conference Online is open to sponsorships and activation opportunities. Interested organizations and companies can connect with the WMT team at Office@WomensMotorcycleTours.com.
     
    “As part of the new normal in the powersports industry, I can definitely see this type of gathering becoming a regular event. Apropos, then, that our first conference's theme is reinvention,” said Clickenger.
     
    About Women's Motorcycle Tours:
    Women’s Motorcycle Tours (WMT) offers fabulous motorcycle experiences, support, coaching, weekend riding retreats and premium tours throughout the USA and abroad. WMT’s mission is to uplift other riders and show them the magic of the road. Presented by Alisa Clickenger, WMT is a female-owned motorcycle experience company exclusively focused on women. With years of event planning experience and hundreds of thousands of miles behind them, the team at Women’s Motorcycle Tours understands the power and excitement that an epic journey can offer. The camaraderie and friendships that form over the course of their tours have proven to change lives, establish life-long friendships, and bring families together in a way that only riding motorcycles can. #ByWomenForWomen

    Some Tips for New Motorcycle Riders

    Me in 2005? on our (me+husband) first long ride outside of San Francisco to Half Moon Bay when we still lived in San Francisco. Up until that point, I had only ridden inside the city limits.

    Me in 2005? on our (me+husband) first long ride outside of San Francisco to Half Moon Bay when we still lived in San Francisco. Up until that point, I had only ridden inside the city limits.

    Since Corona Virus has forced me to work online for RevZilla Chat Customer Service, I’ve been chatting and emailing with a lot of newer riders. And everytime I chat with someone, I am reminded of how exciting and scary learning to ride was.

    When I was riding this 2003 Ninja 250 there were virtually no other small displacement motorcycles available compared to the choices that exist today.

    The women’s gear market was really just starting to change and grow, and events like the Womens Sportbike Rally didn’t really exist.

    So much has changed in the last 15 years for new riders, especially motorcycles!

    With that, a lot has changed, especially options in everything from gear to motorcycles to accessories.

    Here are a few things that I hope will help you or some other new motorcyclist that’s just being born in this decade. These are very broad, because you can deep dive into all of these areas, like gear :). But this is just to give you some high level things to think about and prioritize as it works for you.

    These are in no particular order:

    CURZTOOLS RTM3 METRIC TOOL KIT

    CURZTOOLS RTM3 METRIC TOOL KIT

    TOOLS

    If you're really into tools and want a great comprehensive kit, I recommend putting together a kit based on this company's motorcycle toolkit. Very simple tools to get started without feeling terribly overwhelmed.

    But if you’re really into tools, this is the one that my husband and I use for our two bikes. But we got really lucky because we preordered them for half the price when they launched a year ago. It features an incredible selection of wrenches, screwdrivers, sockets and more. Every tool is cut out and fit to it’s specific spot. It comes with the entire toolbox with every tool inside.

    The elbows on my Revit leathers after crashing 5 years ago on a low side. This is one of the many reasons I love them so much!

    The elbows on my Revit leathers after crashing 5 years ago on a low side. This is one of the many reasons I love them so much!

    GEAR

    Make it a point to google every piece of gear you intend to purchase along with the word "crashing" because you want to know exactly what that piece of gear might do for you. This is especially important if you want to see the tangible benefits of choosing shoes v. boots or non motorcycle clothing v. real motorcycle clothing or half helmets v. full face helmets. 

    I’m not going to go on and on about this topic because well, you’re on my website, right?!

    YOUR FIRST MOTORCYCLE

    I’m not going to tell you that you have to buy a used bike, or that you should. Just that your first motorcycle should have a few qualities:

    • Encourage and inspire you to learn and grow as a rider at an exponential level. Anything that is making it 10x’s harder for you to figure out things, learn to ride proficiently and increase confidence is never good for your success and confidence. (example: Your S/O give you their 1,000cc motorcycle which was perfect for them but not for you other than that it was free)

    • Be so affordable that you can easily spend what you need to on proper riding gear because gear is never optional

    • Make you look forward to ride, not dread it. Whatever the reason, whether it’s mental or physical, if a motorcycle doesn’t make you happy then it’s time to move ON. Acknowledge the mistakes you may have made in choosing it or buying it, but learning to ride is one of those things that truly depends on a proper match of bike and owner to really progress, figure things out and ride well enough so you don’t panic going into a corner.

    Generally, you can't go wrong with Japanese Brands because they offer lots of accessories and affordable pricing like insurance, parts and more. Think of them as the Hondas and Toyotas of the motorcycle world, very reliable and affordable. They're excellent options for learning and figuring things out.

    Also, think about the fact that you're learning in the beginning, so it's normal to upgrade your bike later when you're ready to move on. You always want to think about what your current riding needs, in order to build the experience because it’s all about making that learning curve as fun as possible. 

    Mine came with 3 booklets: an Owners Handbook, Service Records Book and Riding Tips

    Mine came with 3 booklets: an Owners Handbook, Service Records Book and Riding Tips

    OWNERS MANUALS

    Read your owners manual from cover to cover. If one isn't included when you buy the bike, you can typically download it from the manufacturer. The basic owners manual is typically shorter, not super detailed (like torque value for a particular bolt or nut).

    So many little problems come up that can be easily resolved by just following your manual. It has little details like proper tire pressure, correct oil weight, warning light definitions, and what every basic part exists on your motorcycle.

    I also recommend searching for a full Service Manual that has very, very detailed schematics and diagrams about every component on the motorcycle like Electrical diagrams, removing your engine, etc. Even though you may not reference it as much as your standard owners manual, it will still be an incredibly useful reference tool especially if you’re shopping for bike parts and to know how about certain pieces on your motorcycle!  

    This simple list of frequent safety checks works for any motorcycle! I wouldn’t say that you need to do it everyday unless you ride everyday. But it’s also reasonable to do it every other day if you ride that much :)

    This simple list of frequent safety checks works for any motorcycle! I wouldn’t say that you need to do it everyday unless you ride everyday. But it’s also reasonable to do it every other day if you ride that much :)

    Think of it like any friendship or person you trust being close to you. Isn’t it important to get to know them a little bit better so you can learn to trust them? It’s very much a relationship, and one that you will be working on and learning about every time you ride.

    Getting to know your bike like it’s your best friend is So Important!

    FORUMS

    For pretty much every motorcycle in the world, there is an online forum that exists where thousands of riders like yourself are talking about everything there is to know about that motorcycle. As an example, here’s a forum dedicated to Triumphs: TriumphRat.net. There are subforums dedicated to all the various styles of Triumphs that exist. You can dive into topics like what tires are best, what oil you should use and more. They are the best interactive manual for your motorcycle and I guarantee you’ll find one for whatever you are riding. Google is your friend! When in doubt Google It.

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    BOOKS

    You can’t read your way through motorcycling, but it certainly helps to have some resources available for some general, no nonsense feedback and advice. These two are a couple of my favorites right now that I really appreciate and enjoy:

    • Woman's Guide to Confidence and Motorcycling By Alisa Clickenger. Building confidence is the #1 struggle most riders experience in the beginning of their riding careers. It doesn't matter that you're a male. The concepts all apply to you as well. It's just that the majority of men won't admit that this is a problem in their riding. You will absolutely benefit from the tips and advice that she shares. She's a very good friend and colleague of mine, so that's why I recommend it.

    • Riding in the Zone by Ken Condon. This book is a top level view of everyone should approach motorcycling in order to become the most competent, proficient, safe and confident rider. He covers a little of everything but mindset in motorcycle is far more important than physical ability. Anyone can squeeze a lever or press a pedal. But not everyone can make the right decisions that will literally save your life.  Ken’s tone is like a motorcycle guardian angel, someone giving you solid advice that will stay with you and make you feel cared for without being talked down to.

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    That’s all for now. I’m sure more things will pop into my head but these are just a few things that stood out to me recently.

    Feel free to add any tips or advice that you’d like to share in a comment below.

    Wherever you are, Ride Safe and Be Well.

    New Women's Gear from Rev'it Spring 2020

    Revit is pulling out all the heavy hitters for Spring this season. I’ve always appreciated the completely different fit style and shape that Revit offers women and that’s why they maintain such a high favorites status in my book.

    Aside from a few revisions and improvements on what I call staples in the collection (3rd versions of their popular outfits) as well as a few entirely new options, like a 1 PIECE TRACK SUIT!

    Since these are brand new I haven’t seen any of these in person, so I’m giving my opinions and observations simply based on what I see in the photos. As well as what I do know about the men’s versions and/or the previous models. 

    For those of you that do love pink, you’re going to love the options this season because almost every new piece is offered with a pink colorway for you! 

    There’s a little something for everyone this time around, so keep scrolling if sportbike gear isn’t your thing.

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    Revit Xena 3 1 Piece Race Suit

    One Piece Race Suit, WHAT?!  Up until now, the brands making women’s 1 Piece Track Suits were Alpinestars, Dainese, Spidi. Done. Now we have (4)!

    Women who ride track days are few and far between, and the fact that Revit continues to make us incredible gear, no matter how many of us ride is truly wonderful.

    If this suit follows the fit profile of the popular Xena 3 separates option, it’s going to be a great addition to its competitors.  

    Let’s look at some of these features: 

    • Dual knee sliders

    • Shoulder sliders

    • Elbow sliders

    • Stretch panels along the underbust (YES!)

    • Stretch panels along the inner thighs, up to the hips

    Underbust stretch is so important! Women have busts. We need stretch. It’s awesome to see the brands understand this and incorporate it into their designs. Only 2 other suits have an accordion style stretch panel along the outside of the bust: 

    Any features that a brand can build into its gear to accommodate multiple body types are gold. Because then you can sell that jacket or pant or suit to more than just 1 kind of woman. MSRP $999.99

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    Revit Xena 3 Jacket and Pants 

    I loooooove white leather. Especially perforated white leather in the summer. I don’t wear mesh, even in 90F weather so relying on my white mesh leather has been my goto for the past 6 years or so.

    Aside from the color change, the main feature update that I like is the localized perforation on the front and back of the jacket and front of the pants. For the pants, they took away the flashy white stripe and made them completely black. If you’re all about the black/black/black then you’ll love the two pieces together. I think I’m going to have to clean out my gear closet for Spring to justify buying another jacket. (sorry honey). 

    With the Xena suit, they’ve always been a little bustier in the chest than the Italian options so I hope they kept that fit profile with the updated styling. MSRP $439.99-$479.99

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    Revit Xena 3 Gloves?

    These are a tremendous improvement from the 2s, with improved wrist protection (more track level), and a double closure around the wrist.

    The 2s were definitely more street-oriented with lighter protection than comparable track gloves. I’m excited to see these improvements. 

    With the extra stretch along each finger, you can also count on a slightly longer finger length as with all track level gloves. Because the fingers are precurved out as much as possible.

    If you struggle with finding gloves that are long enough, always look for Euro brands like Rev’it, as well as many stretch points along the fingers. This will give you a little bit more room as you squeeze your hands around your handgrips. MSRP $159.99

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    REVIT FLY 3 GLOVES

    Don’t worry, there’s a black version too.

    But having non black versions for those of you who do want lighter colors and more casual colors is awesome, right?

    The Flys have been a great summer glove for awhile now and adding a light brown/tan colorway is fantastic. Boatloads of perforation and wrist protection (which most casual style gloves seem to forget).

    These are great no matter what you ride, although they certainly have touring / cruising / cafe bobber lifestyles in mind.

    All the perforation you could want/need and of course a smart finger to navigate on your smartphone on the fly.  The only thing I’d like to see in the future (even for $5more) is a hard palm slider. #glovegoals #LoveIt. 

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    REVIT MERIDIAN JACKET

    I’m conflicted about this colorway. (There’s a black/white version too). But given how funky it is, I thought it was worth sharing.

    Being that it’s buffalo leather I think it would make a decent highway jacket, it also features a 6 inch connection zipper so it would work really with the Luna leather pants. MSRP $449.99

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    REVIT VICTORIA JEANS

    Riding jeans are SO hard. For so many reasons. Because we’re all particular about how we like them to fit, because they never feel like our normal jeans. You must accept that going in.

    But, as far as riding jeans go, Rev’it delivers a straight fit that usually has a little more room in the waist than other brands. So if you typically buy a 29 at Lucky Brands Jeans, you can probably size down to a 28. Unless you’re a powerlifting queen and need more room in the thighs. But as far as waist sizes go, Revit seems to run a size roomy. 

    I am definitely adding some Revit jeans to my closet this Spring because I like the fit for my weird small body type (larger calves and thighs for someone 5’2”). These are constructed of Cordura Denim (https://www.cordura.com/Fabrics/denim-fabric) backed up by Revit’s own PWRShield fabric as an alternative to Kevlar or Aramid fabrics. MSRP $249.99

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    REVIT TORQUE JACKET

    The Torque is a sporty mesh jacket with a removable waterproof jacket liner. What I think is pretty awesome is this camo colorway. I’m not a huge camo person but I’m drawn to the subtle camo design. I think some women riders who are also in the military will appreciate this design as well. (Women in the Military, please chime in below!)

    If it follows the men’s version as far as fitment, I imagine this will be a slightly looser version of the sporty Arc Air which I bought last Summer. I had to size up in that one because it ran so tight. Generally, if something has a removable long sleeve liner it’ll have a slightly looser fit to fit the liner. 

    The mesh differences between this and the Arc Air is none along the side of the torso from the armpit down to the waist. Given that this is probably supposed to work between Spring and Summer it makes sense.  Unfortunately, the only lighter colorway is white and light pink camo. 

    Fortunately, the lighter colorway is white and light pink camo.

    Just depends on how you look at it :-) 

    If you’re a fan of pink, then you’ll love the camo. If not, then you’ll want to stick with black, the Arc Air or Airwave. I’d still categorize this jacket as more of a sport / sport touring fit since the mesh moves all the way to the neckline. When you ride an aggressive sportbike, mesh that reaches the neckline means you’ll feel more of it while hunched forward.  MSRP $239.99

    Revit Airwave 3 Jacket and Pants

    The popular Airwave summer suit is getting another facelift. For those of you who want the lightest colors you can get during the summer (knowing how dirty they will also get) then here you go. But don’t worry, there is almost always a black version hiding behind the corner! 

    Silver jacket and pants, for toasty hot weather riding. Keep in mind the Airwave does have more of a touring / sport touring fitment. So bootcut pant legs, and tighter shoulders when leaning forward on your super sporty bike. Not impossible, just something to think about when you’re trying things on. That’s why it’s vital to follow my Shopping Rules! MSRP $199.99-$229.99

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    Revit Tornado 3 Jacket and Pants

    The popular Tornado suit also gets some badly needed improvements as well. My main gripe about the 1st 2 versions of the jacket were the lack of adjustment around the forearms.

    Don’t worry, there’s always black in the Tornado 3 suit.

    Don’t worry, there’s always black in the Tornado 3 suit.

    It was so loose there without the liner that it wouldn’t fit right after taking the liner out. Now you can tighten that part down! I think almost every jacket should have adjustments in these two spots to increase the range of fitment for every size. 

    The pants also got a nice little update with the calf adjustment to tighten things down again, after taking the liner out.

    The one feature I miss from the first Tornados is the inner leg zipper! That made it an incredibly versatile pant as both pant and overpant. I wonder if it would’ve been a significant cost increase because these pants are already over $300.

    The liner in both pieces are still the same, 2-in-1; waterproof and warm at the same time.

    This means for those of us in the NorthEast/ East/ South, it won’t work to wear the liner in the summer time.

    So if you like to ride in the summer when it’s raining you’ll need to buy a light rainjacket that you can throw on top in a pinch. 

    But for those of you in the West/Northwest, it’s the perfect outfit. It’s never humid and wet, so you’ll need a warm liner when it’s raining anyhow. 

    With a mesh outer though, keep in mind that it still won’t serve your 40-50F (before windchill) riding conditions in winter temps that low. 

    MSRP $319.99-$349.99

    That’s all the new stuff from Rev’it this season, happy shopping!

    Post your comments/questions/feedback below and let me know what you think.

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