Some gloves that I have used on and off the bike! When I’m out riding the streets of Kansas. I have found that the Buell Bolt Summer Textile gloves and pretty decent. They are a good summer glove with pretty good fit and feel for pretection. I also use another pair of these gloves for wrenching and hand protection in the garage area. They come in blue with white accents and full black. As well as a grey with white accents in full black. These gloves are getting hard to find these days as Buell items in whole are getting are to find as well.
Another glove I really like is the Buell Turbulent Leather Full Finger Glove. This also is a short style hand glove. Though made of leather it works well on cooler days. Provides great protection all the way around. I have had the privledge of crashing at 70mph with these gloves on. They protected my hands really well! All my fingers and skin where fine.. Yes alittle sore but the padding did its job well. Like all other Buell items, these gloves as well are getting hard to find mainly because the are all branded with cool Buell lettering and logos. If i could find another pair of these I would buy them right away!The Bolt glove sells from any where between $10.00 – $60.00. While the Turbulent glove gos for around $40.00- $85.00. Both well worth the price to me, to saving the skin on my hands!
For the race track you would need to look into a gaunlet style glove. Which is a longer glove that covers past your wrist. These offer maxium protection on the race track for high speed. While nothing will ever save you from getting hurt or killed. Wearing the right protection is way better than having nothing on at all!
There are many types and styles of helmets you can use on your sportbike. Helmets do more than just save your life during a crash. A good full face helmet offers the best protection possible. If you think your too cool for a helmet and set out on that nice day with no helmet and just a pair of sunglasses on. That’s fine go right ahead.. If your passionate about Buells like I am. Then you have a copy or two or three of “The Book of Buell”. In there Erik states that at 19 Mph. Winds starts to whip around your glasses, which cause your eyes to water.
Sportbikes are meant to be for great speeds and handling. How are you gonna do that without a good helmet to protect you. Various companies today such as KBC, Fulmer, Icon, Aria, Scorpion, Bell, AGV, HJC and others offer great helmets at decent prices. Strap on a helmet and go out and enjoy your motorcycle. Helmets today offer get cooling vents, spoilers, chin curtains and other features that make them no only look cool, but will save your skull in the event of a crash.
I know.. Thanks to my Icon Domain helmet! I hit the ground doing 70 mph. I landing in tall soft dry grass off a freeway exit. It was hardly soft at all at 70mph. In fact the back of my helmet had about a 2 inch scrape/ cut groove in it. Along with a few other scratches and scuffs. With out the helmet i might not even able to sit here and write this.
Helmet plays a big part as well. Measure around your head 1 inch above your eye brows. This number will tell you the size helmet you will need to fit your right. On the street i wear a size large helmet. Its fairly snug and doesn’t wobble all over my head. Keep in mind I’m only going the posted speed limit on roads and highways. On the race track i used a small to test out thanks to my friend AMA Pro Road Racer Walt Sipp. Walt gave me a small size KBC Vr-2 helmet to try out. I also got a Fulmer helmet in small as well. Your thinking.. small?? If your wearing a large on the street how is that big head of your gonna fit in a small? The helmet was a bit more snug and tight… But at high speeds I didn’t want any movement or wobble with the helmet slipping around on my head. It worked great..
I would recommend if your in the market for a new Helmet. Check out Fulmer helmets or KBC helmets if possible. Those are two brands I have been using at this current time. I like them alot and each company has great styles to choose from! You shouldn’t wear a helmet for more than 4-5 years anyways and be sure to take care of it. Inspect it for any dings or damage…When it doubt.. toss it out and get a new one!