Classic Solo & Pillion Saddles for 2014 Indian Chief Models

imageHollister, CA – The unique styling of Corbin’s Classic Solo will look excellent on your Indian while providing an extraordinary amount of rider comfort. Corbin’s seating platform conforms to the shape of your body for maximum support and more square inches of body contact. This is one of the secrets of long range comfort and is a staple of Corbin design. For added back support, our Classic Solo saddle accepts an optional rider’s backrest that provides an additional nine inches of vertical support. Also available in a CLOSE model that provides seating closer to the bars and slightly lower for easier reach.

Corbin backrests install easily into hardware concealed inside the saddle for a very clean look. In order to fit a wide range of riders, it is fully angle adjustable. Just install the backrest into the saddle, lock it in place with a single setscrew and adjust the backrest angle to suit. A variety of backrest styles are available to suit your taste and the amount of support desired. Shown with our most popular #02-SB Ovalbac backrest.

For maximum versatility we’ve designed the Corbin solo saddle to work with two different passenger pillion seats. Corbin’s 50′s pillion is built with our exclusive high-density Comfort Cell foam, just like our saddle, to provide firm support with a low profile, fender hugging profile. It comes decorated in your choice of leather styles to coordinate with your Corbin solo. Our Touring pillion provides your passenger with maximized seating area and touring class comfort. Sculpted ergonomically to eliminate hot spots and improve weight distribution. And Corbin engineers designed a third touring pillion modified to work with the Indian Sissy Bar. All three pillions install easily with all required hardware included.

For an added bit of luxury, the Classic Solo saddle has the option of electric heated seating. You’ll be amazed how a heated seat can raise your core body temperature during one of those chilly morning rides. This system easily wires directly to the bike’s accessory jack and provides heat with the flip of a switch. Heater unit is built into the saddle and comes preinstalled. Switch is conveniently located on the left side of the seat.

Corbin’s backrests come covered to match your saddle and also offer the option of custom finishing plates on the rear. Backrests come standard with an ABS leather look backing plate but you can choose a carbon-fiber look or a paintable model at no added charge. For a little extra we offer pre-painted gloss black that coordinates perfectly with the look of the bike.

Saddles and backrests include genuine leather seating panels in your choice of colors and styles and a tasteful diamond stitch pattern in the solo seat and embroidered warrior feather in the pillion. Leather provides a luxurious perch that breathes with your body enhancing comfort value. Leather will also break in along with the foam shape in support of the personalized fit. In the side panels we use a coordinating vinyl material to keep the saddle looking sharp longer and support the foam shape. We also include genuine leather fringe and the option of chrome or black studs at no additional charge (be sure to specify when ordering).

Looking to add a bit of storage to your bike? We now offer a slick “Glovebox” that bolts up to the Corbin backrests in place of a finishing plate (#297-B & #02-SB only). This little beauty provides four liters of locking storage with is plenty for all your small essentials like cell phones, maps, water bottles and even a spare pair of gloves. Fully lined on the inside to protect your cargo and the locking door keeps it all secure.

For those interested in obtaining more information on Corbin, you can reach them at 800-538-7035 or online at www.corbin.com. Visit Corbin Headquarters at 2360 Technology Parkway, Hollister, CA. 95023 or Corbin Florida at 1433 US Highway 1, Ormond Beach, FL 32174.

Don’t forget about Corbin’s 5th Annual Rider Appreciation Day and Hollister Rally on July 4-6, 2014! Corbin’s event to run all week in 2014 and their traditional Rally Discount will be offered from July 1-6, 2014. Corbin will also be offering custom saddle building appointments and free installation. Call or write for an appointment.image

Ridewright Wheels Introduces 3-Piece Modular Billet Hub

Anaheim, CA – Anaheim, CA – Ridewright Wheels, the leading premium spoke wheel builder in the U.S. and now manufacturer of forged billet wheels, introduces their new 3-Piece Modular Billet Hub. Manufactured from 6061-T6 aircraft aluminum, Ridewright engineers developed the next generation in hubs. Ridewright is the first to offer these innovative state-of-the-art-designed hubs and will be found on all Ridewright Wheels including their new forged line.

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Bell Introduces Radical New Helmet Design

Bell Rogue Helmet

 

Scotts Valley, CA, Jan. 8, 2013 –  Bell Helmets, the company that pioneered the first racing helmets in 1954, are blazing yet another new trail for the industry with the company’s latest category-defying product introduction. Today, Bell unveiled “Rogue,” a totally unique open-face helmet, designed to provide facial coverage from the elements that previously had not been provided by any other open-face helmet on the market.

Designed with the cruiser market in mind, but appropriate for a wide variety of motorcycling applications, Rogue addresses a long-standing gap in the market for an open-face helmet that provides increased coverage against the elements. Particularly useful in cold-weather conditions and for long-distance touring, Rogue is equipped with a first-of-its-kind, adjustable and detachable “muzzle” system, allowing riders increased comfort and protection against the elements.  The muzzle benefits are also aesthetic, creating an ominous-look to the Rogue, ideal for the attitude and lifestyle synonymous with the cruiser category.

“For years, our sales reps and dealers have had cruiser riders lamenting about the need to lose their bandannas for an open face helmet that’s got the attitude and style that they seek, but also provides some facial coverage for wet, cold or other harsh riding conditions,”  said Chris Sackett, General Manager, Bell Powersports. “Rogue fulfills this need from both a standpoint of function and form, with an edgy design that makes it hands down the meanest-looking helmet we’ve ever made. So far, pre-orders from our dealers have been extremely strong, and we’re excited to see the consumer reception for this unique new design.”

Rogue is based on a lightweight composite shell that looks like a half helmet, but is actually a three-quarter design, thanks to an EPS that extends from the rear portion of the shell into a comfortable neck roll pad. The innovative muzzle is constructed from molded thermoplastic polyurethane, featuring air vents and a removable fleece liner for added comfort and protection. The muzzle fastens to the helmet through a FidLock magnetic connection system, easily fastened directly into the system’s magnetic receptors and removed by simply sliding the muzzle piece in an upward direction.  Length is also adjustable through straps on either side of the muzzle that ratchet into the helmet shell.

The helmet’s shell and EPS are available in three sizes for more expansive size range and maximum comfort, with the liner being removable and washable. Rogue is DOT certified, and available in Solid Black, Solid Matte Black, Army Green and Solid Gunny finishes. Rogue is priced for retail at $249.95 and will be available at Bell dealers in March.

Top 5 Best Selling Motorcycle Gifts

Home5.  Sons of Anarchy T-Shirt.   Chances are you, or someone you know is a fan of the FX drama, Sons of Anarchy.  OK.. we hear you..we  don’t watch “those” fake biker shows either.  But, the truth is, somebody out there is watching…and a whole lot of somebody.  According to Entertainment Weekly, in the second month of last season,  4.6 million viewers tuned in and the showw was up 14 percent from last week and ranking as the fifth season’s best rating since last month’s premiere.  So click the link, buy the shirt and gift it to that hard to buy for biker in your family.

4.  St. Christopher Ride With Me Pendant. $29.00 (on sale was $50)  We’re not superstitious, but we also believe that having a good luck talisman never hurt anyone, wether it’s ride bells or an image of St. Christopher, the patron saint of travelers.  It’s one of the best “neutral” gifts you can give the motorcycle rider in your family.  It’s the right size and color, and you don’t have to remember which brand they ride.

3. Home DIY Neon Lights:  While we believe the best looking neon lights are the ones installed by the professionals, this do-it-yourself kit for $60 is a great way for the gear head on a budget to light up his or her ride.  Again, this gift is “brand neutral” and will work equally well on Harley-Davidsons Road Kings or Yamaha sport bikes.  Comes with two 5 Inch, Two 6 Inch, and Two 12 Inch Flexible, Waterproof Strips, 1 Year Limited Warranty and Free Lifetime Technical Support

2. Battery Tender I know we’re harping on this “brand” neutral theme, but frankly, it seems the best selling Christmas gifts for bikers are the ones that can be used by all riders.  The Battery Tender is a gift that will be appreciated by gear heads of all types.  Whether he or she owns a motorcycle, boat, RV or ATV, anything that tends to sit idle for long periods of time will fall victim to a dead battery if it isn’t “tended.”   At $34.00, this gift will be appreciated for years to come.

1. HomeGo Pro Hero Camera  The best selling, best loved gift of any motorcyclist is the Go Pro Hero camera.  Pair this with the optional wi-fi backpack / remote  combo and you will never miss another “gotcha moment.”  We know riders who mount this camera on their handlebars and shoot video as they ride for use in the unfortunate event some idiot pulls out in front of them and they need evidence to show the road conditions, their speed and the fact that the driver should have easily seen them coming.  Other carry it to Sturgis, and Daytona for “video” reference of their adventures.

 


Company Develops Bluetooth Enabled Motorcycle Gloves

Beartek Bluetooth gloves for skiing or motorcycle use

We wear gloves to protect us.  We listen to music on long rides to entertain us.  If we want to do both, then we have a problem.  Your phone is tucked neatly away, and the gloves make it difficult to quickly retrieve it.  Now, you don’t have to.

Using Bluetooth and a new patent-pending glove technology, you can easily control your music and phone calls by simply touching your fingers together.  Answer that call, or change the song, and leave the phone in your pocket!

BEARTek has innovated protective gloves that allow remote access and control of target devices. These feature-rich gloves allow users to conveniently and safely control their Bluetooth enabled smart phone functions such as music and phone calls. Simple touches of the thumb to the appropriate finger will activate the desired function on the target device. The removable module on the back of the glove can be used with any of the future series of BEARTek gloves. You can also control music and calls without taking your hands away from key safety controls. An interchangeable module allows you to own as many different kinds of BEARTek glove as you want, and still only have purchased one electronic device. New features means only 1 new module, not replacing all of your gloves.

To get in on the ground floor, the Columbia Missouri company has launched a Kickstarter campaign where you can help bring these gloves to the public and get your own pair before anyone else!

REFUELING BIB PROTECTS BIKES, CARS AND ENVIRONMENT

absorbent pad protects paint during fuel ups

Annoying fuel burps or spills can harm paint, as well as cause pollution and dangerous situations, such as fires if gas drips on a hot engine.  Cleaning it up is another problem, since the insufficient, scratchy paper towels at the station hardly get the job done.  The patented Chadd Padd® provides the perfect solution by catching and containing any spills or overages that may occur at the pump.  The industry’s premier, disposable refueling bib protects motorcycle and car surfaces from hose and nozzle damage.

Originally designed for use on corporate jets, the waterproof Chadd Padd delivers 10″ x 10″ of fuel absorbing power.  Made from clean, soft and absorbent polymers, it is anti-static treated and can hold up to 4.5 oz. of petroleum products.

The Chadd Padd can be used multiple times for a variety of applications.  With a perforated, partial hole design, it accommodates most filler ports for refueling or adding oil.  The pad can also be employed as a drip mat and is even disposable, in accordance with applicable regulations.

The economical Chadd Padd retails for just $9.95 for a convenient 6-pack, while a roll of 36 10″ x 10″ pads is $34.95.  Enter promo code EZFUEL8 at www.chaddpadd.com to save 10%.

Contact Chadd Padd, PO Box 11875, Daytona Beach, FL  32120. Toll free: 888-EZ-FUEL-8 (888-393-8358).


Leakdown Tester from JIMS

JIMS®,  has just released the new JIMS® Dual Gauge Leakdown Tester, No.782, for use on all models including Twin Cam, aftermarket, and Metric motors. The hose assembly features both 14mm and 18mm spark plug threads. This easy to use and understand gauge also includes a 10mm and 12mm adapter for Metric motors. JIMS Dual Gauge Leakdown Tester will troubleshoot cylinder leakdown issues such as; valve seat issues, bad rings, bad head gaskets, etc. For more information find JIMS® on the web at www.jimsusa.com, become a JIMS facebook fan, or call 805-482-6913.

Airbag In a Jacket

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(Baltimore, Maryland)  – A recent report revealed that nearly 4,800 motorcyclists died in crashes last year in the United States alone. Further,  the number of fatalities involving motorcycles has increased annually for  the past 11 years in a row. But now a uniquely designed safety product  called the Armored Air Jacket is aimed at decreasing those numbers dramatically.

The Armored Air Jacket is an effective airbag system integrated into specially designed jackets. The Armored Air Jackets come equipped with a small Co2 air cartridge attached to a ripcord that is tethered to the motorcycle. Riders simply connect the ripcord lanyard to the anchoring cable as they mount the motorcycle, much like a throttle kill ripcord on snowmobiles and jet skis. When the ripcord is activated during an accident,  the integrated airbag system automatically inflates within the jacket,  filling the internal airbag bladder in just one-half second. The inflated airbag provides an armor-like layer of extra protection to the most vulnerable areas of the body, including the neck, chest, back, ribs and  spine, thereby reducing injury as the cyclist impacts with another object or the roadway.

Tested and certified by a leading automotive airbag deployment system testing firm, the Armored Air Jacket has already been credited with saving the lives of cyclists around the nation.

In one accident in Baltimore, a  cyclist was cut off by a motorist and ejected 100 feet, hitting the ground  at 70 mph.  The rider was wearing an Armored Air Jacket and suffered only an injured hand, soreness, scrapes and bruises – but it could have been much worse.

The jacket and vest, available in a fashionable collection, can be used  repeatedly and are even washable. The Armored Air Jacket and Vest retail for approximately $595 and $250 respectively and can be ordered online:  www.armoredairjackets.com


Tips For Staying Cool On Blistering Hot Motorcycle Rides

It’s a feeling that very few non-motorcycle owners can understand.  When the mercury reaches the century mark, the heat comes in waves.  It’s been described in various ways.

“It’s like riding through hell wearing thermal underwear,” or as one woman recently said of her ride,  “It felt like  I was riding with a massive hair dryer blowing in my face.”

Riding in temperatures reaching triple digits can be as dangerous as riding in freezing temperatures.  The beginnings of a heat stroke, as with hypothermia, can affect your judgement and impair your ability to operate a motorcycle safely.

The Warning Signs:

Individuals with high blood pressure, those who are overweight are at a higher risk to suffer heat exhaustion and/or a heat stroke.  High temperatures with high humidity combined with these risk factors and alcohol use or certain medications and the ingredients are all present for a tragic end to the ride.

Symptoms include pale clammy skin, headaches, dizzy, nausea, loss of memory and fainting,  muscle tremors, cramping and being tired and weak.  Red skin with little or no sweating indicates a dangerous level of heat exhaustion.  At this point immediate action must be taken to prevent a heat stroke.

The treatments are mostly common sense, but remember the victim may not be mentally capable of making the right decision.  Move them into the shade or preferably air conditioned space.  Spray water on the person, and get some air circulating around the victim with a fan and have them drink non-caffeinated fluids, cool but not ice cold.

Rinsing with cool water is fine, but do not apply ice to the victim as it will fool the body into closing skin pores to retain heat, making the situation worse.

Stay Cool on the Bike:

It’s not always possible to avoid riding when the temperatures reach triple digits, and even with temperatures hovering between 90-98 Fahrenheit the combination of high humidity exposes the rider to dangerous heat stress.

The best course of action may be to wear long sleeves and or a good mesh leather riding suit, especially on rides where the temperatures reach north of 98 degrees.

Our body is wonderfully adapted when it comes to keeping us cool.   We can cool off a lot easier than we can warm up.

Motorcyclsits however, are at a disadvantage when it comes to cooling because in extreme heat, the wind is not our friend.  Temperatures over 100 degrees turn the environment  around our motorcycle into a convection oven.  Strong winds, even as low as 35 mph, snatches away our perspiration before it has had time to cool our skin, leaving us dehydrated and hot.

Add to that the radiant effect of sunlight on uncovered skin (such as wearing thin t-shirt, tank top or no shirt) and serious sun burn isn’t far behind.  Sylvia Cochran, of USRiderNews says her trips to  South Dakota for the Sturgis rally has given her a much better appreciation for the damaging effects of extended sunlight and 80 mph winds on the face and arms.

“In only a few hours of interstate riding you get a nice ‘farmer’s tan’ and your skin starts to feel really ‘cooked.’”  Says Cochran.  “I started wearing long sleeve technical style shirts that runners wear.  They’re made with a cotten/synthetic blend that keeps sunlight off your skin, but the fabric is breathable so you can feel the sweat cooling your skin as it evaporates.

Cochran adds that she also wears a full face hybrid flip style helmet and evaporative vest on long hot rides.

“The vest helps lower your core temperature. But to maximize it’s benefit it must be worn next to the skin preferably under a lightweight vented or perforated jacket. ”  She said.   “At every gas stop I usually buy two bottles of water and drink one, and use the other to soak my vest before getting back on the bike.”

The stares of disbelief as she slips on a jacket in 100+ temperatures are priceless but there’s almost always another motorcyclist who tells her that they do the same thing.  “I’m more surprised at those riders who don’t understand this will keep you cooler than just a thin t-shirt.”

The bottom line is when the temperature reaches triple digits, try to keep as much of your skin covered as possible and to drink fluids at every gas stop while cooling in the shade or inside the store.  Riding through Hell is never fun, but at least it gives you something to talk about at your next bike night!


Phase Change Cooling Vest

cooling vest for motorcycle rides

e COOL-U” Phase Change garment is designed to be worn beneath clothing without the physiological problems that would result from ice packs being placed in close proximity to the skin. COOLING ENERGY is created from a unique PHASE CHANGE MATERIAL (PCM) mechanically sealed in durable inserts. After freezing in ice water or a refrigerator (it freezes at 58 degrees so a refrigerator will freeze the chemical pack) for approximately twenty-five (25) minutes, COOL-U” PCM Cooling Vests deliver a constant temperature of 58F/14C for 2-3 hours. Our vests are ideal for wearing under a leather riding suit or perforated leather jacket.  The vest includes 1 set of 4 cooling inserts. Each vest has side and shoulder Velcro” adjustments to accommodate for various shapes and sizes. M-L is for anyone 100-175 lbs, L-XL for anyone 175-250 lbs.