Diamond Gusset Jeans Review

diamond-gusset-overviewI’m cheap.  I’ll admit it.  I’ve been known to ask the waitress for extra lemon and use the sugar at the table to make my own lemonade at restaurants.

Sometimes that pisses off the wait staff too.

So, you can imagine my reaction when I first saw the price tag on a pair of Diamond Gusset jeans at a motorcycle show in Nashville Tennessee.

What the hell?  $125 for a pair of blue jeans!  The price was so totally shocking, I had to ask.  “What makes these jeans so special?”

Turns out the guy I was asking was David Hall, the President and co-founder of Diamond Gusset Jeans, located in Bon Aqua Tennessee.

Over the next 5 minutes, David explained how the jeans were manufactured and the material they used.    I’ll get to all that later.  What was more impressive to me was the people who walked by the booth during that conversation and spontaneously  said to me, “best jeans I ever bought.”  “you’ll love those jeans, man.”  “I bought a pair 10 years ago and they’re still going strong!”

Recommended for both winter and summer riding, these jeans are made with Kevlar (the same stuff used in bullet proof vests) sewn in the knees, hips and butt area. Add to that the double stitching, the Velcro strap at the bottom of each leg to keep out the cold drafts, the  key hook over the right pocket and the convenient cell phone pocket on the right thigh and these jeans quickly became my go-to choice for motorcycle travel.

But the best part of the Defenders is what’s in the crotch. Uh..wait, I don’t mean…well….ok.. Let’s start over.

Diamond Gusset gets it’s name from the extra “diamond” shaped gusset that’s sewn into the crotch area of each pair. This little bit of material prevents that “something just grabbed me in the nads and is slowing squeezing me until my voice changes” feeling we have all gotten on long rides.

As I was leaving on a 10 day motorcycle ride from Tennessee to California, I left the show with a brand new black pair.  I would put these jeans through a few thousand miles of real world testing.  If there were any flaws, the miles would expose them.

The next morning with the temperature hovering in the upper 40’s I stuck out on the ride with just these jeans and a pair of textile over-pants covering my legs and I promptly forgot I had them on.  Over the course of the 12 hour day in the saddle, I spent some time wondering what it was that t I liked about these jeans versus my normal Wrangler or Levi jeans that I normally wear while riding.

The biggest benefit, besides the Kevlar stitching in the hips and knee area is the extra material sewn into the crotch area. On my normal jeans, I’m always “adjusting” that area, without gaining any relief.

I enjoyed the steel ring on the right side, that came in handy for hanging my motorcycle key.  Without that loop, I almost always put the key in my pocket…forget it’s there and get on the bike, only to have to stand up and dig out my keys.

Then there’s the telephone pocket on the right thigh.  Perfect spot for to keep my iPhone  without having it in a front or rear pocket.

Over the course of the trip we wore these jeans a total of 8 days, 12-14 hours per day.

I’m sold on these and will be buying a pair in blue, only because the black has faded some after about a dozen washes, but that’s happened with every black pair of jeans I’ve ever owned.

Available in blue or black for $124.95 these jeans are not cheap, but they’ll outlast any jeans in your closet four to one.  Consider the Kevlar protection, added features, and the fact that these are 100% made in America and the price becomes a non issue. www.americangusset.com

 

 

Motorcycle Fatalities Declined in 2013

wreckDespite an increase in the number of states that give motorcyclists the option to ride without a helmet, fatalities resulting from motorcycle accidents declined in 2013.

The report by the Governors Highway Safety Association, due to be released later today,  projected a 7 percent decrease in the number of motorcyclists killed last year. The final fatality total is expected to be 4,610, fewer than the 4,957 in 2012 and nearly identical to the 4,612 in 2011.

“It’s heartening that motorcyclist fatalities didn’t increase over the past couple of years, but they’re not decreasing either,” Kendell Poole, GHSA chairman, said in a statement. “Long-term gains in motorcyclist safety won’t occur because riders are deterred by bad weather, but from consistent use of proven countermeasures.”

Statistically, motorcyclists account for a disproportionate number of highway deaths as a percentage of overall vehicle registrations.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said motorcycle deaths accounted for 15 percent of highway fatalities in 2011 , though motorcycles amount to just 3 percent of vehicle registrations. 

Both the GHSA and NHTSA argue that safer crashing, (i.e. forcing motorcyclists to wear more safety gear such as helmets) is the best way to lower the numbers of fatalities, despite not having the statistics to back up that claim.

NHTSA Acting Administrator said that while helmets are important, other road users must drive safe.  “Wearing a helmet on every ride is an important way for a motorcyclist to stay safe, but we all play a part. It’s up to all motorists and motorcyclists to make our roads safer..All road users need to share the responsibility of keeping the roadways safe.”

Victory Recalls 872 2014 models for crankcase Issue

Polaris Industries, Inc. (Polaris) is recalling certain model year 2014 Victory Cross Country, Cross Country Eight Ball, Hammer Eight Ball, High Ball, Jackpot, Judge, Ness Cross Country, Vegas Eight Ball, Vision, Boardwalk, and 2015 Victory Gunner motorcycles manufactured January 22, 2014, through April 25, 2014. The crankcase may have been machined incorrectly causing insufficient clearance between the crankshaft and crankcase, causing the engine to unexpectedly seize.

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The Highball is one model recalled.

Engine seizure may cause the operator to lose control of the motorcycle, increasing the risk of a crash.

Polaris will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and correct the crankcase clearance, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on May 1, 2014. Owners may contact Polaris customer service at 1-888-704-5290.

Dealers will stop sales and Owners are advised not to ride their motorcycle until the recall remedy has been performed.

Spring 2014 Lawbike.com Best of the Beach Bike Show Results

lawbike florida logoThis show is presented by USRiderNews.  This spring we awarded over $10,000 in cash and prizes from these sponsors.

Renegade Wheels, HHI, RC Components, Performance Machine, Kuryakyn, Custom Dynamics, Wimmer Machine, Pit Bull Motorcycle Lifts, David Uhl Studios, Wizards Products, Amsoil, Best Western Hotels and Lawbike.Com provides $1,000 for the Best of Show.

Photos will be posted soon.

Class Place Bike # Name City State
Best of Show n/a 15 Joe Pemberton Woodbridge VA
Wimmer Machine Open Class 1st 9 Jerry Fleenor Cabot AR
Best Western 2nd 14 David Poster Alexandra
Best Western 3rd 3 John Bellows Panama City FL
American Mild 1st 28 Kimberly Mossner Acworth GA
2nd 38 Teresa Tripp Gaskins Panama City Bch FL
3rd 41 Lavern Lewis Gaskins Valdosta GA
Renegade Wheels American Wild 1st 20 James McCallister Hosford FL
 Best Western 2nd 23 Robert Warren Adamsville TN
 Best Western 3rd 25 Brad Murphy Sealy TX
Bagger Mild 1st 6 Fitz Disch Lacoste TX
2nd 21 Mike Harvey Summerfield FL
Kuryakyn Bagger Wild 1st 15 Joe Pemberton Woodbridge VA
 Best Western 2nd 40 Wenton Walker Ridgeland MS
 Best Western 3rd 8 Edwin Butler Sardis MS
HHI Bobber 1st 12 John Moravek Panama City FL
Metric Mild 1st. 19 Walter Branson Jay FL
RC Components Metric Wild 1st 16 Alan Cox Bonita Springs FL
 Best Western 2nd 1 David Jackson Norman Park GA
 Best Western
RC Components Sportbike 1st 34 Jose Diaz Navarra FL
 Best Western 2nd 43 Kris Olivera North Port FL
 Best Western 3rd 35 Kenneth Twitty Enterprise AL
David UHL Studios Antique/Classic 1st 26 Joseph McCollum Albany GA
2nd 19 Walter Branson Jay FL
3rd 30 Richard Shaughnessy Troy AL
Antique Classic Modified 1st 16 Alan Cox Bonita Springs FL
 Best Western 2nd 39 Dennis Theut Marietta GA
 Best Western 3rd 30 Richard Shaughnessy Troy AL
Trike Mild 1st 33 Beth Castner Pensacola FL
2nd 27 Kimberly Mossner Acworth GA
Custom Dynamics Trike Wild 1st 11 Bud Strine Lady Lake FL
 Best Western 2nd 10 Jim Harvey Summerfield FL
 Best Western 3rd 18 Ronald Castner Pensacola FL
Rat Bike 1st 13 Alan Cox Bonita Springs FL
Wizards Products Best Paint n/a 6 Fritz Disch Lacoste TX
Angels 4 Education Charity’s Choice $519 raised 8 Edwin Butler Sardis MS
Pit Bull Motorcycle Lifts Editor’s Choice n/a  36  Joey Beam  Rutherford  N
People’s Choice n/a 18 Ronald Castner Pensacola FL

Suzuki Releases New Retro Style TU250X

imageBREA, Calif. – With appealing style that recalls yesterday’s treasured motorcycles, the Suzuki TU250X combines classic two-wheel design with performance features today’s riders demand. Suzuki Motor of America, Inc., (SMAI) announces the release of the 2015 TU250X, arriving in Suzuki dealers this month*.

The 2015 Suzuki TU250X is a modern motorcycle wrapped in retro bike style. The TU250X runs on chrome-plated spoke wheels, and the front wheel is stopped by a hydraulic disc brake using a dual-piston caliper for consistent brake activation.

The single-cylinder, 250cc air-cooled engine exposes its cooling fins for old-school style, while modern performance is enhanced by the Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve fuel-injection system and digital ignition. The engine is tuned to deliver strong low-end torque and quick throttle response, while it lets riders enjoy gas-sipping fuel economy. And the 3.2-gallon fuel tank means riders will enjoy long road sessions with few stops for fuel. The bike’s exhaust system is complete with a catalytic convertor to help keep emissions low.

The TU250X is a good fit for many entry-level riders, with the long and comfortable padded seat positioned low for a seat height of just 30.3 inches. Veteran motorcyclists will enjoy the bike’s modern ride, along with timeless features like the round headlight, sweptback and low-slung chrome exhaust, polished crank side case and more.

A classic steel-tube frame and naked styling helps keep the TU’s curb weight down to just 326 pounds. The 2015 Suzuki TU250X is available in a Metallic Silver-and-Glass Black style, at a suggested retail price of $4,399.image

Harley-Davidson Recalls 9,100 Breakout Models

1Breakout2013_FXSB_RHarley-Davidson Motor Company, Inc. (Harley-Davidson) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 FXSB and FXSBSE motorcycles manufactured March 20, 2012, through March 10, 2014. Suspension variances may affect the gas tank mounting angle causing the fuel level sensor to read inaccurately.  The gauge inaccuracy may cause the motorcycle to run out of fuel unexpectedly, possibly even before the Low Fuel Warning lamp illuminates. The lack of fuel would cause the motorcycle to stall, increasing the risk of a crash.  Harley-Davidson will notify owners, and dealers will update the software to recalibrate the fuel level sensor signal, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in late April 2014. Owners may contact Harley-Davidson at 1-800-258-2464.  14V185000

ThunderBeach Extends Then Reverses Decision. Some Venues Delayed One Day

1thunderbeach Thunder_Beach_Motorcycle_Rally_logo***  NOTE *** We have received word from Thunderbeach Productions that officials have REVERSED their decision to extend the rally.

 VENDORS who have power can open on Thursday, but all vending in FRANK BROWN PARK will be delayed opening until FRIDAY due to the relocation from the grass field to the paved parking lot.

Earlier today (Wednesday April 30) USRiderNews received notice that the rally was going to be extended, however, a few hours later, that decision was reversed.

The weather has not affected the the Best of the Beach Bike Show.  The semi-annual show, scheduled for Saturday May 3rd, will still be held as planned.  Dates and times for other official Thunderbeach Events may have changed, and you are encouraged to check the event website for updated information.  www.thunderbeachproductions.com

 

 

HARLEY-DAVIDSON AMPS UP RIDER TRAINING WITH LAUNCH OF HARLEY-DAVIDSON RIDING ACADEMY

After Successfully Training More Than 350,000 New Riders Over 14 Years, Program Expands Globally with New Experiences, New Motorcycle and New Name

HD screen shotMILWAUKEE (April 24, 2014) – Pumping the adrenaline – by learning to ride a motorcycle – just got a lot cooler, not to mention more fun. For the first time ever, those dreaming of riding can now learn on a genuine Harley-Davidson® motorcycle.

Today, the company unveiled the new Harley-Davidson™ Riding Academy –the only national rider training program hosted by Harley-Davidson® dealerships and conducted on an all-new Harley-Davidson® motorcycle.

“For years we’ve been delivering a life-changing, freedom-inspiring training experience,” said Angela Thundercloud, Harley-Davidson Rider Training Manager. “Now, we’re taking rider training to a new level by incorporating a Harley-Davidson motorcycle that students will want to keep riding long after class is over.”

Designed to Instill Confidence

There is nothing like the independence of the open road. Since its inception in 2000, Harley-Davidson’s rider training program has successfully trained more than 350,000 new riders with a premium Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF)-approved rider training experience that guides students on their journey from the classroom to the street with an emphasis on building student confidence on their road to independence.

The Harley-Davidson Riding Academy’s New Rider Course provides nearly everything students need to take the first step on their motorcycle riding journey, including MSF-certified instructors, use of a motorcycle to learn on, and a minimum of 20 hours of combined classroom and range training with a guaranteed 6:1 student/instructor ratio. All students need to bring to class is appropriate riding gear.

Harley-Davidson Riding Academy students will learn to ride on the new Harley-Davidson Street™ 500 motorcycle. Its confidence-inspiring handling and agility, smooth powertrain and authentic Harley-Davidson Dark Custom styling not only appeal to young, urban riders around the world, but also make it an ideal vehicle for learning to ride.

Additional features developed specifically for use in the Harley-Davidson Riding Academy include an industry-first Power Limit Calibration that puts a ceiling on the vehicle’s low-gear speeds, allowing only the maximum rate a student needs in the course, and a unique Vehicle Protection Kit that allays student fears of damaging the vehicle in a tip-over.

“Instilling confidence is vital to preparing new riders to move from the classroom to the open road,” Thundercloud said. “We designed everything – the experience, the curriculum and the equipment – to inspire that needed confidence and empower new students to have a ton of fun learning to ride on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.”

In many states, completion of a Harley-Davidson Riding Academy course can exempt riders from needing to take an additional road test before becoming licensed, and many insurance providers offer discounts to graduates.

Global Expansion

In addition to changes in the United States, where more than 180 Harley-Davidson dealers offer training courses, Harley-Davidson Riding Academy is expanding globally into Mexico, China and South Africa.

To learn more about Harley-Davidson Riding Academy, or to find a participating dealer, visit www.h-d.com/ridingacademy.

About Harley-Davidson Motor Company

Harley-Davidson Motor Company produces custom, cruiser and touring motorcycles and offers a complete line of Harley-Davidson® motorcycle parts, accessories, riding gear and apparel, and general merchandise. For more information, visit Harley-Davidson’s website at www.h-d.com.

Polaris cancels National Victory Rally – Other Victory Rallies Unaffected

reunion run baloonsPolaris Industries on Wednesday announced that it has called off the 2014 American Victory Rally due to an extensive expansion at the Spirit Lake Iowa location.

The company announced its $22.5 million expansion at the 565,000-square-foot Polaris manufacturing facility in 2012. Manufacturing lines will be transformed over the upcoming summer, according to American Victory Rally committee chair Marcy Bosch.

“All of us at Victory are disappointed that we are unable to host the rally this year as we know our riders are passionate about their bikes and the opportunity to connect with each other, the Spirit Lake community and Victory employees at the annual rally,” she said, in a company statement.

“We won’t be able to free up the facilities and dedicate the resources necessary to support a quality rally,” Bosch continued. “We are grateful to our riders and the Spirit Lake community for their continued support and passion for the Victory brand.”

Riders are encouraged to take part in other events across the country which celebrate the Victory brand.  In Helen Georgia, the Southeast Victory Rally, (May 29-June 1st)  is the largest gathering of Victory motorcycle enthusiasts in the USA and is held in conjunction with the USRiderNews Reunion Run.    The Reunion Run is non-brand specific.

Click here for more information on the Victory Rally or click here for information on the Reunion Run.  For registration and discounted hotel reservations, call Sylvia Cochran at 478-237-3761