Cool Off Your Motorcycle Riding Jacket

Cool Finds: Motorcycle riding gear, retro helmets and more

| July/August 2010

Comfort Sleeves

Air conditioning for your motorcycle riding jacket? Yes, it is possible to enjoy cool motorcycle rides in hot weather, just wear a pair of Comfort Cool Sleeves from LDComfort. Made from special moisture-retaining fabric, they fit easily under your motorcycle riding jacket and act as an evaporative cooler for your body. Staying cool is a simple matter of hydrating the sleeves and opening the cuffs on your motorcycle riding jacket, then chilling out as air flows across them. Works like a charm. $24.50. More info:

AdaptivMount motorcycle mounting kit

Adaptiv Technologies has introduced a motorcycle mounting kit for mounting electronic accessories to motorcycles. The new AdaptivMount features the company’s AdaptivSorb anti-vibration technology, which is claimed to reduce the amount of vibration transferred to the mounted device by over 50 percent compared to other mounting systems, making them particularly appealing to owners of older motorcycles. They can be mounted on the handlebar on most bikes and will bolt directly to the switch gear on others. $85 and up. More info:

Crampbuster motorcycle throttle control

Here’s a decidedly cool item for long distance cruising motorcycles. Basically an ergonomically shaped paddle, the Crampbuster locks down on your throttle handle whenever the weight of your hand falls on it, giving your palm a place to rest when you’re on the throttle, thereby reducing hand fatigue and cramping. It can be easily repositioned and it won’t lock the throttle on, yet it also acts as a sort of cruise control by enabling easier motorcycle throttle control. $10.95. More info:

Bell Retro motorcycle helmet

In 1954, Bell founder Roy Richter made his first fiberglass helmet, the 500, named in tribute to the epic Indianapolis race. The 500 marked the beginning of the modern motorsports helmet and gave rise to an entire industry. Bell’s new Custom 500 marries Richter’s original style with modern technology, resulting in a light, strong, DOT-approved retro motorcycle helmet. EPS foam keeps it comfortable, and five different graphics mean there’s probably a look for everybody. The classic motorcycle helmet. $119.50. More info:

drayko motorcycle riding jeans

To prevent confusion between itself and another, similarly named company, Draggin’ Jeans Australia has launched a new brand for its U.S. motorcycle riding apparel line, drayko Jeans. Like all its motorcycle riding jeans, drayko’s Classic for Men features a tough abrasion-, burst-, and tear-resistant blend of Kevlar and Dyneema fabrics, which drayko says is softer and more flexible than woven or knitted Kevlar. It’s also more breathable, a decided plus in the summer. Women’s styles and sizes also available. $195 and up. More info:

Waterproof Quest motorcycle riding pants

Competition Accessories is now carrying the new Sliders Quest Kevlar waterproof motorcycle riding pants. Featuring DuPont Kevlar panels in the knees and seat and a heavy-duty waterproof and breathable Duraguard outer shell with a ballistic overlay in critical contact areas, the Quest pants also feature CE-approved armor in the knees. Front thigh vents aid ventilation and a zip-out liner provides cold weather comfort. Full-length side zippers make them easy to climb in and out of. $119. More info:

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