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Racer Gloves and the IMS Long Beach, December 2013


Yay! Another opportunity to see you and talk about gear. I'll be at the Long Beach IMS during the first weekend in December. I'm looking forward to helping you find a killer pair of motorcycle gloves. So come by and say HI!

To grab a discount, follow this link to Sportbikes Inc Magazine. Hi Allan!

San Mateo Motorcycle Show, November 2012

November 17, 2012. Once again I'll be back in San Mateo, doing a few gear seminars for everyone to enjoy .

Unfortunately I won't be on the show circuit except for this one show since it's practically in my backyard. 

I'll be giving my seminar on the main stage on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 2:00pm and 4:30pm. So mark your calendars and come by and say hi. I don't have a booth specifically, but I'll be wandering around, catching up with friends and checking out the show. Message me on twitter or text me at 415-857-GEAR if you want to connect!

If you haven't been to one of my seminars, I go over my shopping tips in detail and give you all the information you need on buying motorcycle gear (for men and women!). 

It's also going to be my birthday weekend, so it would be awesome to see as many of you there as possible!

IMS San Mateo 2011

This is going to be an amazing show! Finally being in / near my hometown is awesome. I live in San Francisco but I was born just 2.5 miles north of San Mateo. And of course, we all know how kickass it is to live and ride in the Bay Area. Also, the women's center last year was referred to as well, the women's center. But this year, it's called "WE RIDE". Trust me, you don't want to know what the alternatives were.

Here are a couple of updates about the show:

Elena Meyers

On May 15, 2010 at age 16, Elena Myers became the FIRST woman to win an AMA Pro Racing professional motorcycle road race, at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California.

She's an inspiration to women riders everywhere. She's going to be at the show THIS SATURDAY NOVEMBER 20 AT 2:30PM at the We Ride (women's center) area answering all of our geeky motorcycle questions, signing autographs and taking pictures. You KNOW you want to meet her!


Second, I'm going to be talking my ass off this weekend. I'll be giving my 'Gear For Your Ride' seminar (covering all my shopping tips) for everyone who needs a little help when it comes to shopping for technical gear including how to tell if it fits, body armor placement and more. So come see me.

Here's my schedule:

Friday Nov 19: 6pm The Hub

Saturday 20: 12:30 We Ride 1:00 The Hub 4:00 The Hub

Sunday Nov 21 11:00 The Hub 12:30 We Ride

Progressive Motorcycle Shows 2010-2011

"Women Ride"
It's that time of year again. Starting November 12th, I'll be back on the road part time (while somehow managing to keep working full time. Yikes!) with the Progressive Motorcycle Shows with Advanstar.

With my good friends Sue Slate and Gin Shear of the Women's Motorcyclist Foundation,, we're going to be running the Women's Center, which is going to be bigger and better than last year. As you can see from the picture above, we're going to have a dedicated area that's going to be fully outfitted with a seminar area, display racks and more. As you can see from the rendering above, the Center is going to be a huge improvement from last year's. Because of that, we need your help.

My hope is that the gear focus will also be better than last year. We're working really hard to provide a broad, diverse representation of the various types of women's gear that's currently available to every woman who rides. I'm also hoping we'll have boots and gloves this year, something that we were lacking last year.

The focus of the booth will be on "HER RIDE, HER GEAR, HER ROAD" and will provide opportunities for clubs and individuals to network with each other, plus learn and share through wide variety of seminars.

If you're interested in volunteering at the Center, we'd love to have you. Here's what you need to know:

1. Go to: to find the schedule for all shows. 2. Click on the show in the schedule for which you would like to volunteer. This will let you know the days, dates, hours and location for each show. 3. Most shows offer free parking if you arrive on a motorcycle. 4. Volunteers contribute three hours of their time to get into the show for free. 5. ALL volunteers sign up for a shift through the Women's Motorcyclist Foundation. Download a copy of the sign up sheet here, then email a copy to Sue Slate/WMF (wmfginsue at aol dot com) and cc me (joanne at gearchic dot com). 6. Unfortunately, we cannot get your guest in for free. But he/she can use my promo code GEARCHIC when buying tickets online for $4 off each ticket. :) 7. We have room for six volunteers per shift. Clubs need to spread their volunteers out across shifts in order to have as much diversity among clubs and individuals per shift.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, post a comment below or feel free to drop me an email. (joanne at gearchic dot com).

Hope to see you there!

Can't ride, Can't write.

Why yes, that is a Designer Series Snuggie in Leopard Print. You know you want one.  I wish I were wearing mine right now.

This not riding thing is killing my motivation to write. It'll probably be another couple months (not sure, my hand surgeon won't give me a definitive answer, which I guess is his job) before I'm back on my beloved bike. Until then, I guess I'll know what it's like to live somewhere that you have to 'store' your bike for winter. How do you people do it? I also hate NOT having my own method of transportation, not having to ask anyone for a ride to get somewhere.  Losing that kind of independence, especially if you're a motorcyclist can be tougher than it sounds. I deeply value my ability to ride wherever I want, whenever I want.  Just having to think about it makes me want to scream.  As a result, I feel totally disconnected from the riding community. I know for many of you it isn't a big deal. But for me, it is. Riding every day is pure joy to me. It makes me so happy and motivates me to express my thoughts, feelings and emotions about riding through my blog. And finally having a bike that I absolutely LOVE to ride makes it that much harder. I feel like I've finally figured out what riding is all about, in terms of why I want to do it. It's not just a hobby, or a recreational activity. It's a real part of me and having to give it up even if only for a short time has been far more depressing than I thought it would be.

This month is going to be a tough one. So I'm going to ask some friends to help out. First, my wonderful friend Linda is going to submit a ride report from her trip to Alaska on her DRZ! She's sexy, smart and fun to be around. I think her ride report will inspire many of us out there to just get out there and RIDE.

Check out this recommendation of Icebreaker Wool products that my friend Rain Hayes submitted to me recently. If you're looking for a good option for winter baselayers, they're worth checking out. The features seem particularly useful for riding as well.  Thanks Rain!

**** Just wanted to let you know about some IceBreaker merino wool products, if you don't know that brand. They make several 1/2 zip shirts in various weights- 190 is thin, 240 medium, 360 heavy,etc. I love this brand of clothing like no other. In fact, I express the weather in terms of what I'm wearing from them. "Cold out. 190 AND 360."

I like their shirts because the neck comes up high enough to keep me warm, but not so high it bunches under the chin. They have thumb loops, and are cut longer in the back, perfect for leaning over on the bike. Some also have great in-seam pockets that point toward the back so you're not scrunching over your wallet.

They also make a pullover neck scarf called a chute. I never leave home without it during the winter. It's double layered, awesomely warm, and not too bulky. (Their scarves are of the same double-layered fabric; I buy one, cut it into 4 chutes, serge the raw edges and give away to friends.)

The best thing about IceBreaker is that it's Merino wool, which in my opinion is the best garment fiber on earth. Warm in winter, cool in summer, breathes, doesn't get smelly like synthetics, and lasts forever.

Lombardi's carries a large selection and has frequent sales. Twice a year or so, they have a party with the IB reps. If you get on the mail list (they send coupons via text message), you get a special invite, free socks, and 30% off all IB products. And some good Australian wine.

No, I don't work for them. But it's a great brand. (local SF shop) ******

IMS San Mateo and Long Beach

Well I've been trying to get back on the IMS show circuit this year, but was only partially successful. I am thrilled to announce that I'll be working 2 booths at the San Mateo show this year, the 'Women and Motorcycling' and 'Club Connection booths. As in previous years, Friday is half off for ladies only! A coupon will be made available on the link below, so keep checking the IMS site. I've also been asked to go Long Beach to work the 'Women and Motorcycling' booth there as well. I'm so excited to go to the largest IMS on the West Coast!! So if you're going to be in either city, come see me at this booth where I'll be giving Gear talks and chatting about motorcycling to everyone who stops by. I'll also be available to answer all your gear related questions!

The Hub will also be presented again as last year, but this time the IMS decided to give us ladies a much larger booth and the ability to give our own seminars just for US!  Sometimes, women like hearing these things from fellow women riders. Otherwise, it can feel like just another man telling you what do. ;)

SAN MATEO: Fri 11/20 6pm-9pm: Women and Motorcycling

Sat 11/21 1pm-4pm: Women and Motorcycling 4pm-8pm: Club Connection

Sun 11/22 12pm-3pm: Women and Motorcycling, giving gear talks

Info about San Mateo:

LONG BEACH Women and Motorcycling booth: Fri 12/4 6pm-9pm Sat 12/5 1pm-4pm Sun 12/6 12pm-3pm

Info about Long Beach:

And, if you're looking for a coupon that's good for $3 off ANY Cycle World International Motorcycle Show this season, then you've come to the right place! I'm giving out coupons left and right. If you're lucky enough to see me in person, just ask me and I'll whip em' out. But if you don't live nearby and would still like coupons, simply sign up for my newsletter, and then email me with an address to send them to and how many coupons you need (limit 10 per person). Each coupon is also good for one (1) free gift when you present it at the show. And the coupons have a discount code that can be used for online ticket purchases too!   Each coupon is only valid with the purchase of one (1) day adult ticket.

I only have a limited number of coupons, so the sooner you sign up, the better. See you there!!

Dress for the Ride

I meant to post this in December. I still need to write a couple more paragraphs but I wanted to get this up here!

Happy New Year Everyone! It's taken me awhile to finally post an update on how the IMS show in San Mateo went. It was AMAZING! Simply amazing. I met the coolest people who also happen to ride motorcycles (although, riding a motorcycle does automatically give you cool points) and get to do it for a living. I think that's my dream. To work in the world of motorcycling full time and get paid for it.

I want to introduce you to a friend named Melody Kho. She's one of the founders of Plush Racing. Not only is she hot, but she also races! I think that's the trifecta, sexy woman+motorcycles+racing! Any woman who has all that has me saying I'm not worthy. She's a member of the NHRA (Nat'l Hot Rod Association) and drag races her custom Gsxr. (I was never a Gixxer fan but look at those custom rotors and exhaust!) And she wears gear. Real gear, a full one piece suit, and Alpinestars race boots. Doesn't she look amazing?

The pic on the left is from the motorcycle show. The blurry person in the background on the right side of the manequin is Melody. Silly me, I forgot to take any pics of us together. I hope to be seeing more of her in the summer so stay tuned for more updates on Melody!

Onto the motorcycle show. Hopefully you can read the little description I posted above. I'm going to post what I talked about at the show, so if you weren't able to make it to San Mateo, it'll give you an idea of what I talked about. Oh, I almost forgot. I'm going to Chicago!! The IMS people asked me to go to the Chicago show (Feb 6-8, 2009) and give my talk again in the Hub. My other job is going to be at the Scooter Pavilion, telling people all about Scooters and why riding one is fun! And of course, that being properly protected, trained and licensed is key as well. If you're going to be in Chicago, come see me. I'd love to meet you and say hello.

So here's my talk, more or less on how to 'Dress for the Ride'. Enjoy!

First off, I'd like to introduce myself and tell you everything I think you should be wearing before you go for a ride on your motorcycle. For those of you who are going shopping or have gone shopping for gear, the first priority is probably budget. I guess that tends to be the norm for anything you shop for. How much do I have to spend? And especially right now, money's tight. So it's hard to ignore the lack of cash in your wallet. But I want you to step back from that while shopping for gear and try to put Fit at the top of your list. That's right, fit. As you shop for gear, I want you to make your #1 goal finding something that fits you like a glove. Remember that we're shopping for Protective motorcycle gear with a capital P. Real gear as I like to call it has a very specific purpose. Riding a Motorcycle and being that essential barrier between you and whatever you *might* hit. When gear fits you properly, you learn very quickly how useful it can be to you. When you wear gear that doesn't fit you, then it's not really doing its job. It's not close to the body, keeping the air from going down your chest, keeping you warm and dry, ensuring that the armor is protecting your vital impact points (shoulders/back/elbows). You get the idea. Once you find a piece of gear that fits you, you'll never go back!

Here are a couple things I'd like you to keep in mind when shopping for gear.

- try on everything while seated on a motorcycle. I mean everything, gloves, jacket, pants, even a helmet! What's the point of gear again? Oh yeah, protecting you while on a Motorcycle. Remember that gear is designed, fitted and created for riding position. How can you truly judge fit if you don't sit on a bike? Trying on gear is different than trying on tshirts or jeans. Most likely you'll be at a dealership where brand new, shiny motorcycles await. So sit on one every time you try on a different piece of gear. It's amazing how a change in size can make a huge difference in riding position. You also need to check your armor, and make sure that everything is sitting in the right place when you're on that bike. That's the fit you want and need!

So try on everything you can get your hands on. Try to find the gear that fits you perfectly. Then if you still can't justify the cost of that amazing jacket or pants, shop in the lower price ranges and try to find something that fits you almost as well as the $400-$600 piece of gear. If you don't know what fits you, how can you truly find something that works?

- look for protective qualities: armor, cordura, abrasion resistance, double stitching, reinforced impact points, back protectors! In 2008, armor has come a long way. So have materials like Leather, Cordura, SuperFabric (by Rev'it). You'll be surprised how technology has played a part in the way gear manufacturers have incorporated armor into the garments. Being lighter and stronger and protective is a prominent feature that you'll see when it comes to armor. There are so many different types, brands and styles of removable armor. Just because your jacket comes with crappy (non CE rated) armor, doesn't mean that you have to use it. TPro is a favorite of mine because it's strong and light and comfortable to wear. It also comes in a few different forms: limb tubes, removable inserts, shirts/shorts/pants, etc.

-Breaking it in. This applies helmets and leather jackets/pants. Keep in mind that everything you buy will be brand new, unworn and will need time to break in. Helmets are going to be very snug around the cheeks, but in a week or two should noticeably loosen up. Leather will take longer to break in. This can depend on the kind of leather the garment is made of (1.3mm+ cowhide leather or kangaroo leather, etc.) and how the leather has been treated. Vanson is one of the stiffest leathers I've ever encountered (with a couple of their series, not all of them though). I always tell people that they'll have to commit to breaking in this jacket, otherwise it'll never get to the gorgeous, soft, vintage look that is signature Vanson.

So let's start from the head and work our way down, in terms of what exactly should you be wearing before you get seated and comfortable on that motorcycle.

1. Full face helmet.
It doesn't matter what you're riding, whether it's a 50cc scooter, a 49cc moped, or a 1,000cc sportbike. You need full coverage to protect your head! You need that helmet to protect your beautiful chin and mouth too. I always hear people tell me that they're 'just' riding a scooter, therefore they only need a half or full face helmet. So not true! I know it doesn't seem true, but when you ride a scooter you are taking the same risks that someone on a motorcycle is taking. 20mph is still 20mph, no matter how many wheels you have.

There are hundreds of full face helmets out there. You might hear a couple of names like Arai, Shoei and HJC more often than others, but keep in mind that there are many many to choose from. And trying on only one helmet and deciding that you don't want one can really limit you in terms of protecting yourself. Again, beyond budget you really need to be shopping for fit. The differences between $100 helmets and $600 helmets can be fit and/or protection. Helmets brands have different interior shapes, not just 'round'. There's oval, intermediate oval and several oval too. So you have totry on as many different helmets as you can to find that shape that matches the shape of your head. Again, it really comes down to fit.

And if you need a little more flexibility, there's the option of a Modular or Flip Up helmet that goes from 3/4 to full face by flipping up the front of the helmet. It's just as safe as a standard full face helmet. But for those of you who may need some more time to get used to going from an open face, this may be a nice option for you.

2. A protective jacket.

Snowboard gear just won't cut it for riding your motorcycle. I know it's warm and comfortable, but let's try something a little more protective. The one thing it can't do for you in a crash is protect you. It won't hold up to any road abrasion, resist or absorb impact. Again, there are hundreds of options out there when it comes to gear. And it all comes down to fit. I know I keep saying that, but it's true!

Real protective gear is designed and engineered to protect you comfortably while seated on your motorcycle. The arms are already bent, the space across your chest from shoulder to shoulder is going to be shorter. It won't be as comfortable when you're standing up straight, with your arms at your sides. Of course, with textile gear it's going to fit similarly to your regular clothes when you're walking around, simply because it's textile. But the fit that you really care about is while comfortably seated. That is what the garment has been designed to do for you. To seal off the air pockets at your neck, back and wrists. To fit as closely to the body as possible so there's no extra gathering of material.

Some other features to look for are velcro or snap closures at the wrists/neck, vents on the front and/or back, up the arms and on the shoulders (for a 4 season jacket), tapered shape to the waist (especially for women's jackets), easy access pockets (so you don't have to take your gloves off), and sealed zippers (especially for a winter waterproof jacket).

3. Overpants / Leathers
To Be Continued