Me and my babe did two classes with California Superbike School this year. They were incredibly effective for me overall. I learned SO MUCH in two days; far more than the two other track days I did before. Read my review of their school here.
These questions aren't just limited to a jacket, but any of your gear. Ask; what/when/where/why to help you decide what you need / want.
It can be overwhelming so I hope these questions give you a sense of which direction you should go when it comes to how you want to gear up.
Worse for Wear Announces West Coast “Cover Your Assets” Tour
Richmond, Virginia-based motorcycle clothing brand Worse for Wear teams up with Stellar Moto Brand for a two week pop-up tour through California, Oregon, and Washington.
November 16, 2017 | Richmond, Virginia - Laura Smith and Jenna Stellar, founders of Worse for Wear and Stellar Moto Brand, have announced West Coast tour dates to showcase their popular collections of motorcycle riding gear for women in time for the holidays. From Worse for Wear’s custom-sized and fitted protective riding jeans to Stellar’s Los Angeles-inspired fashion-forward protective apparel, these collections are specifically designed for and by women riders. Both founders will be on-hand at each event to help attendees get geared up and “cover your assets”.
Starting December 1st, Laura and Jenna will host a series of “One Night Stands” starting in San Diego, California. This unique two-week event will give women riders an opportunity to try on some of the best women’s motorcycle gear on the market. Best of all—both independent brands are proudly made in the U.S.A. Event dates are below.
December 1: San Diego, CA at Cerberus Moto
December 2: Newport Beach, CA at Ducati Newport Beach
December 4: Castro Valley, CA at Cornerstone Coffee & Brewing
December 5: San Francisco, CA at Thee Parkside
December 6: Sacramento, CA at Vintage Monkey
December 8: Portland, OR at 2 Stroke Coffee Company
December 9: Seattle, WA at The Wick Motorcycles & Coffee
December 13: Los Angeles, CA at Goldmine
“Stellar Moto Brand was born from a desire for real protective moto wear that looks good on and off the bike and actually provides protection for the rider. Our apparel is a blend of space-age tech and old-school cool that meets the needs of the modern motorcyclist,” -Jenna Stellar, founder of Stellar Moto Brand.
With this pop-up tour, Laura and Jenna are hoping to reach a wide variety of women riders up and down the West Coast who are looking for fashionable, yet protective women’s motorcycle gear that they just can’t find anywhere else.
“One of the biggest challenges women riders face is finding real riding gear to try in person and getting properly fitted. Laura and Jenna are not only providing options to them, but showing them what’s happening in the world of motorcycle gear for women. Made for women riders, by women riders.” - Joanne Donn, founder of GearChic.com
“I started this brand in 2015 with the idea that every woman of every shape and size deserves protective riding gear that fits and looks good, every time I see the smile that lights up a woman’s face when she tries on a pair of our jeans, I know I’ve done the right thing.” - Laura Smith, coFounder of Worse for Wear
About Worse for Wear
Worse for Wear is a women-owned, locally-made motorcycle brand based in Richmond, Virginia. Their flagship Crosstown riding jeans are fully customizable and specifically designed for women riders. Worse for Wear strives to offer protective jeans with the perfect fit for every woman’s body, making them the ultimate choice in both protection, fit, and fashion. View the entire collection at worsewear.com or visit them on Facebook.
About Stellar Moto Brand
Style meets protection at Stellar Moto Brand. As a brand that’s hell-bent on getting motorcycle culture to gear up with technical apparel that won’t assault the eyes, Stellar focuses on style-conscious individuals who seek both protection and fashion. View the entire collection for men and women at stellarmotobrand.com or visit them on Facebook.
For more information about the Cover Your Assets tour, contact Laura Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (804) 433-3855.
Co-Founder, Worse for Wear
Motorcycle Apparel for Women
Suffragettes Centennial Motorcycle Ride Announced for August 2020
Looks like my girl Alisa Clickenger is at it again. I can't wait to join their team to help make this happen in 2020.
A ride celebrating the power, freedom and unity of American women on the centennial of the right to vote.
Progress is measured in big and small ways every day. A formative step towards the equality of Women in America was the passage of the 19th amendment of the US constitution allowing American women equal vote in fair and free elections. Progress continues on to this day and will be celebrated in August of 2020 with the Suffragettes Centennial Motorcycle Ride. This cross-country ride is dedicated to all women who have fought for equality in the voting booth, in business and in life.
The Suffragettes Centennial Motorcycle Ride 2020 (SCMR2020) is a female-centric multi-route cross-country motorcycle ride. The primary routes depart from the West Coast and arrive in Washington, D.C. approximately three weeks later. Major cities across the country will be announced as starting points for rides that will join into a single large group as they roll towards Washington, D.C. The ride will benefit several charities that service female interests across the US, and will be broadly shared via social media and editorial coverage.
Riders will have the option of registering for a nearly all-inclusive three-week tour, with other options for shorter rides. Each ride will feature unique points of interest, historic locations and will wrap itself in the majestic scenery of the United States. SCMR2020 is being announced early to inspire women to brush up on riding skills, learn how to ride and to set a goal to join what will surely be a legendary group making a powerful statement.
The event is being managed by Alisa Clickenger of Women's Motorcycle Tours in partnership with Robert Pandya of SpokesPeople LLC. “I have been hosting rides and events for women for many years after discovering the freedom and sisterhood of riding, and I am humbled and inspired by the Suffragettes,” says Clickenger. “Two summers ago I produced the Sisters’ Centennial Motorcycle Ride to celebrate the bold American attitude and confidence of the legendary Van Buren Sisters ride in 1916. The Suffragettes Centennial Motorcycle Ride is intended to honor and increase the appreciation for how far women have come, and how far we will go.”
“I have been involved in women’s riding initiatives for my entire professional career,” says Pandya. “SCMR2020 is going to be a great and meaningful event, and will arrive in Washington, D.C. with the strength and power that only a women’s ride can deliver. I know that this ride will be transformational for every participant and I know it will inspire women for generations to come.”
Those wanting the latest information on SCMR2020 can sign up for a mailing list at http://eepurl.com/c-_Viz . Updates will be sent regularly in the coming months. There will be limited entries into the three-week Full Ride Tour program, with other shorter ride options as well. Registration will start in 2018.
SCMR2020 is open to sponsorships and activation opportunities, and we’ll be tailoring each ride to create the most compelling experience possible for the participants. Interested organizations and companies can connect with the SCMR2020 team at Info@CentennialRide.com.
A complete website inclusive of the general route, inspiring stories of female riders, resource listings such as riding schools, female-friendly motorcycle media, apparel guides and more is being developed and will launch in the coming months.
“This is an exciting and epic idea! It’s going to have a lot of moving pieces,” says Clickenger. “I know that our team will deliver a unique and historical ride that will ignite women across the country. I am so excited to once again ride with mothers, daughters and sisters who share the vision and who choose to live an inspired life!”
The Suffragettes Centennial Motorcycle Ride is presented by Women's Motorcycle Tours, a Limited Liability Company. We recommend that all riders join the American Motorcyclist Association and enjoy the benefits of membership. SCMR 2020 media and sponsorship inquiries can be directed to Info@CentennialRide.com.
In case you haven't listened, a gentle reminder of the biweekly podcast that my friend Cristi and I like to record about motorcycles.
Episode 99.5 is coming this week, where we talk about the latest motorcycle launches from EICMA, Milan Motorcycle Show. Stay tuned! In the meantime, you can find Episodes 1-99 here:
In case you missed it, a new Goldwing was recently announced. Along with this awesome video this week that highlights the diversity in motorcycling many of us have been waiting to see all along.
Thank you Honda!
I'm super excited to update my old Legacy with a warmer, newer version. The new Neptune Jacket has a heavier outer shell, and some really nice updates that make wearing it more comfortable.
I'm just happy that its keeping me warm without my heated jacket liner when it's 55F out. This time around, the Neptune unlike it's predecessory (Legacy) has two removable liners. One is Gore-Tex and one is a thermal, insulated liner. What this does is give the jacket a little more flexibility for summer riding. If it starts raining and it's hot and humid, the Gore-Tex jacket is wearable on the outside :)
What I want to mention is the fitment. They've loosened up the chest, hips and arms on this model compared to previous versions. I have a 36" bust and a 37" hips. So I have absolutely no hips or butt. I need a really straight cut. When I have the hip gussets closed, there is still a good ~1-1.5 inches (with all the liners in) of room left that could fill it out. Not a dealbreaker for me, but I knew that going in. I'm wearing a Euro 36. I can't size down because of my shoulders. With the liners in, my shoulders are too tight in a 34 while in riding position so I need the 36. I really think a Euro 36 could fit someone with up to a 39" chest and up to a 40" hip for a snug fit with all the liners. I would say this is a curvier cut than Dainese or Alpinestars. The hips flare out even when they're zipped shut on me. Although I admit, I have NO hips/butt.
The impact that this has on me is warmth. Because it's not fitting tight in the chest when I learn forward, I get a chilly draft. If I wore my windstopper North Face vest I could eliminate that. But then wearing that with the thermal liner is too much.
What I need is a bigger chest! :P This is where layering is crucial. If I wear a thick baselayer (smartwool or Polartec fleece shirt or something along those lines) then I think it would minimize the draft on my chest.
I'm going to take this jacket on a chilly weekend ride in a couple weeks and then I'll do a full review. Stay tuned!
For more details on the Neptune, find all the detailed specs on Revit's website.
I was never a huge Ducati person, although I really love the classic 900:
It's the 25th Anniversary of the 900 so Ducati decided it was time to pay homage to this beauty with the new 821. I never liked the newer generation of 600s-700s-1000s that have come out in recent years, but mostly because of superficial reasons. I didn't like they way they looked! :P
But what I do love about the classic 900 is the Ergonomics. Sitting on one of those fits my body so much better than a newer generation Monster. Since it was so skinny, I almost flat foot the old 900. Twins are certainly easier to flat foot (if you want to).
If the 821 fits anything like that, it might jump back in my top 10 bike list (sorry, currently living in my brain). Certainly the technical upgrades like ABS, Traction Control and a full Electronics Package makes it a nice update. Also the 100+hp makes it even better. Looks like we won't see it until 2018, and I'm guessing that cost won't be released until EICMA in a couple weeks on November 5th.
Full Press Release:
Ducati unveils its updated Monster 821: the most balanced version of the iconic Monster range.
October 17, 2017
- The 821 is inspired by the famous Monster 900, whose 25th anniversary is celebrated this year
- Slim design and performance always under control thanks to the Ducati Safety Pack
- The Monster 821 is the first of five new models in the 2018 Model Year
Borgo Panigale, Bologna (Italy), October 17, 2017 - Providing a sneak peek at 2018, Ducati presents the first of 5 new models for the coming season: the Monster 821. The iconic naked motorcycle from Borgo Panigale is offered in an updated version to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the original model - launched at the Cologne Show back in October 1992. The 821 inherits all the character and charm of the first Monster 900, the model that injected new life in the naked racers' segment - by successfully combining high performance, agility, and rider-friendliness.
The Monster 821 changes its shape by adopting the design and functional features introduced in the Monster 1200: a sleek, streamlined design with completely redesigned tank and tail end, inspired by the 1992 version. A new racing silencer and headlight - both classic and contemporary, are also part of the new design. For a clear, immediately readable view of all necessary information, on the mid-size Monster, a color TFT display is also making its debut - provided with selected gear and fuel indicators. The Ducati Quick Shift up/down and the Ducati Multimedia Systems are now available as accessories, to further enhance the already excellent riding experience offered by the 821.
The Monster comes back in the historic Ducati Yellow color that charmed so many Monster fans in the past. This color, available for the 821 only, completes the Red and dynamic Matte Black color range.
The 109 HP and 9250 rpm of the liquid-cooled twin cylinder Testastretta offer rider-friendly thrills; thanks to its 8.8 kgm (86 Nm) torque at 7750 rpm, the 821 guarantees exciting performance, comfortable riding and unmatched fun.
The Monster 821 also features the Ducati Safety Pack, which comprises Bosch ABS and Ducati Traction Control, both of which have adjustable intervention levels. The Riding Modes ensures easy adjustment of ABS, DTC and Power Modes (controlling peak power and type of delivery), transforming the 821 into three different motorcycles, each with a distinct personality.
Completing the impressive equipment on the Monster 821 are the Brembo brakes, with dual 320 mm discs and M4-32 monobloc radial calipers at the front. The suspension system includes 43 mm forks at the front and an adjustable shock absorber at the rear.
The impressive standard equipment, extended maintenance intervals, and a rich catalog of accessories make the 821 a perfect riding partner.
The new Monster 821 is just the first of the Ducati 2018 new range. The Ducati World Premiere, to be streamed live on Sunday, 5 November at 9 p.m., will unveil four more new models designed by the Italian manufacturers, which will later be presented to the general public at EICMA - scheduled from 9 to 12 November at the Rho fair.
The complete press kit of the new Ducati Monster 821 is available for downloads at Ducatipress.com
For those of you who have been lusting after Rizoma farkles (okay I've been lusting after Rizoma farkles) an exciting announcement from our friends at Rev'it. whoop!
Rizoma USA and REV'IT! USA form exclusive North American partnership
Ferno, Italy and Oss, Netherlands, October 3, 2017. Rizoma USA and REV’IT! USA have formed a partnership that gives REV’IT! USA exclusive distribution rights for the premium Italian parts and accessories brand in the United States and Canada, effective October 1, 2017. The alliance will create a position for Rizoma to more deeply penetrate the US and Canadian markets, and to deliver the highest level of service and support to its dealers.
REV'IT!, a global leader in protective motorcycle apparel, will migrate all operations for Rizoma US to its East Coast headquarters in Brooklyn, as of October 1. Strategic sales and marketing synergies are expected to help broaden both brands’ growing dealer networks across the North American motorcycle parts and accessories markets.
Of the deal, Managing Director at REV'IT! Sport International Ivan Vos says, "This partnership highlights a shared passion for design, performance and innovation, and pushes forward our mission of delivering premium products to our retail partners in North America. We feel that there is excellent potential for both brands via this partnership.”
Fabrizio Rigolio, CEO of Rizoma, says “For some time we have wanted stronger market penetration in the US and Canada, with the aim of optimizing both our presence and service for our dealers. As with all our projects, we want to achieve the best possible result without compromising on our core values, and to do so, we must align with the best partners. This partnership was born through the sharing of this vision, with the aim of bringing Rizoma USA a new step towards the future.”
Paolo Bacchiarello, REV’IT! Sport USA VP of Operations adds, “We are happy that Rizoma has trusted us to develop both markets further. Our organization continues to grow strongly in the USA and Canada and Rizoma’s excellent brand recognition and quality focus are assets to the current portfolio."
Dealers looking for more information on Rizoma retail opportunities may contact the new Rizoma US office at 718.624.2162.
Download the press release in a Word file.
The Americas: Tracy Motz / E: email@example.com / T: +1 718 624 2162, ext 3
Europe: Thomas Bagnaschi / E: Thomas.firstname.lastname@example.org / T: +39 0331 242020
Driven by the visionary enthusiasm of its founders, in just over 15 years Rizoma has come a long way. Founded in 2001 as a small workshop near Milan, it is now recognized globally as a leading brand producing cutting-edge technological solutions in the bike and motorcycle industries, with products that stand out for their unique style. Rizoma is distributed worldwide. www.rizoma.com
Since 1995, REV'IT! has redefined industry standards, with a mission to create the most innovative, functional and stylish motorcycle apparel on the market. Countless hours of research and development have resulted in gear perfect for riders’ diverse needs, from finding the perfect line on the track, to tackling the city streets, to braving the paths less traveled. REV’IT! is headquartered in Oss, The Netherlands, with its North American operations in Brooklyn, New York. www.revitsport.com
I've updated my Resources page for you to include recommended intermediate/advanced training courses for street and offroad riding.
These include schools that offer highly attentive, full on training (not just open track days) on and off the racetrack, on the dirt or in the woods.
I'm trying to make this list valuable for anyone riding on the street or the dirt. So you get the idea.
So after you've taken your Basic Motorcycle Safety Class which teaches you the *very* basic skills to get started, these classes are for after you've maybe ridden 2-3,000 miles on your own and now it's time for more training.
Or, you've ridden for 5-10-15-20 years and you're looking to refresh your riding skills. Because you know that we tend to get a little complacent with our riding as we get older ;) If you don't retrain every so often (~3-5 years) you may find yourself falling into bad habits or losing some of your mojo. I recently did a track day and it was absolutely amazing for my street riding skills.
Track days mean a lot of things to a lot of people, so I hope you will read my blog post about the class I took, and how it affected me on the street. As well as my list which includes really great classes to help you with street riding, NOT necessarily competition level racing.