Over the last few years, many of you have asked us
"what do you wear when riding" your Raider? Actually, it doesn't
matter what you're riding; the proper gloves, goggles, boots, helmets and
other protective attire not only keeps you safer on the road, but can make
the ride more enjoyable and comfortable as well, and allow you to ride
longer and farther.
Of course, the proper
gear is a very personal thing, but in response to the question above, the
products below are those that we have personally owned during years
in the saddle, and have provided many, many miles of dependable and
- do not overlook your hearing! It's not your engine or
custom exhaust that's the problem, it's the constant high frequency wind
noise from mile upon mile of highway speeds that will cause irreversible
hearing loss. Unlike other protective gear, which can be expensive,
ear plugs are a downright cheap way to save your hearing.
Skull Screws Ear Plugs
I wear these plugs every time
I ride with a 1/2 helmet. Totally unique design - unlike typical plugs
that you have to roll between your finger to insert, the cone shape and
screw-like stem allows you to twist them into your ear, and provides easy
removal as well. They include a carrying case and are completely washable
They work remarkably well at
attenuating wind noise, while allowing lower frequencies like engine and exhaust
sounds through, even permitting conversations with a passenger at speed.
Gloves - don't
overlook the importance of a proper pair of gloves. They are the
primary interface between you and the controls of your bike and provide
Super Duty 2 Glove
Just the right cross between motocross glove technology and street riding materials. The Super
Duty offers supreme comfort and as much protection as many other so called armored gloves,
with the perfect combination of Battlehide goatskin and concealed padding.
Available in several colors and all sizes.
Super Duty 2 Glove
brings together quality materials and construction at a
price that doesn't break the bank. They offer excellent protection in the
crucial palm and knuckle areas, without sacrificing all-important dexterity. My
pair has survived over 10 years of hard riding, including a nasty high-side
spill that I took back in '05. Now in their second generation, I still wear my
Original Super Duty's today.
no-brainer. Especially important if you wear a helmet without a face
shield. Look for shatterproof lenses with a protective coating and a
seal to keep out wind and dust. Regular sunglasses won't cut it.
Wiley-X XL-1 Interchangeable Lens System
Wiley-X is probably the premier brand for bike-specific
XL-1 Series System offers several features desirable to the rider
including two sets of shatterproof polycarbonate lenses - smoke green tinted and
When day turns to dusk, you simply pop out the tinted lenses with your thumb and
snap in the clear. The Seal-tek gasket provides the required wind and dust
protection. The XL-1's also include a removable elastic strap.
nobody would argue the importance of proper headgear. Any DOT helmet
sold in the US today has to offer a certain level of protection by law.
Further protection is offered by helmets that meet Snell and/or ECE
Shoei RF-1200 Helmet - Solid
I know that in the Cruiser kingdom, a full-face helmet
is sometimes regarded as sacrilege, but there's no argument that they offer the
greatest amount of protection in the event that things go sideways.
Furthermore, they do a better job at protecting your hearing and sight, and if
you ride year-round in colder climates, they certainly help keep you warm.
If you're really serious about protecting your greatest asset, it's worth the
extra money to buy the best lid in the industry. This helmet is
super-light and extremely comfortable, with excellent ventilation and superior
visibility from the wide eyeport. It matte black isn't your thing, it's
also available in gloss and metallic colors as well as with some killer
graphics. Meets both DOT and Snell M2015 safety standards.
AGV RP60 Cafe Helmet
The most recent 3/4 helmet that I bought and have grown
to love is the awesome Cafe-racer inspired RP60 from AGV. While is oozes 60's
style, it's a completely modern DOT approved lid. It features a fully removable
and washable liner and advanced composite fiberglass shell. The white contrast
stitching and quilted padding add to the vintage, high-end look. Included with
the helmet are a classic 3-snap visor and cafe racer goggles. In addition to the
black one we own, the RP60 Cafe is also available in dark green and white.
ScorpionExo EXO-CT220 3/4 Helmet
The all new EXOCT220 was designed to offer a modern, protective and functional product for those riders that need more than just an old school open face helmet. The versatile EXOCT220 can be configured with a face shield for serious wind blocking or switch the shield for a sun blocking visor for more of that wind-in-your-face
feel. The face shield is specifically extended in length and reduces turbulence
inside the helmet by redirecting the air flow under the helmet instead of the
interior. Retractable internal sun visor changes positions with the simple flip of a switch. Swapping the shield or visor is quick and easy too.
Six intake ports across the front of helmet force cool air in while ten exhaust vents maximize movement of hot air out. DOT Approved