Rip It Up On The Open Road: Summer Motorcycle Safety Tips

As the temperatures become more and more pleasant outside, we typically see an increase in the number of motorcycles on the road. If you’ve ever ridden a motorcycle, you know how free and exhilarating it can be to embrace the natural world around us and feel the wind truly rush past our bodies. Yet, riding a motorcycle takes specific safety precautions, as riders don’t have the luxury of a car windshield and airbags around them. With motorcycle helmet use increasing from 48% in 2005 to 67% in 2009 according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcycle enthusiasts seem to be taking more care to protect themselves from the risks of the road. To our friends on their bikes – please heed our motorcycle safety tips so you can experience many more glorious rides to come.

Summer Motorcycle Safety Hints

  • Motorcycle Helmet: We strongly advise you to not hop on a bike unless a motorcycle helmet is properly planted on your head. Motorcycle helmets saved 1,829 riders’ lives in 2008, says the NHTSA. Don’t take the chance of never riding again.
  • Motorcycle Goggles: When you’re driving a car, the windshield protects you from bugs flying right into your eyes, dirt and debris from being flung into your peepers, and the air stinging your eyes. Our Motorcycle Goggles are as rough and tough or as stylish as you want them to be, and serve as that “windshield” protecting your precious vision as you ride off into the sunset.
  • Protective Clothing: Sure, leather bike gear reflects the tenacious lifestyle that accompanies riding, but it actually serves an important purpose in motorcycle safety: it helps protect your limbs if you find yourself eating asphalt. Leather is one of the most durable clothing materials out there, helping protect you from scrapes and gashes, as well as keeping you warm when writing in cooler temperatures.
  • Motorcycle Gloves: Think those fingerless leather grip gloves that the guys on Sons of Anarchy wear are the epitome of “tough as nails”? Well, they are! They help protect your hands in a crash, and make holding those handlebars much more comfortable on your palms.
  • Water Bottle: The heat and wind can quickly deplete you of H20. Keep a water bottle with you while you ride so you can stop and enjoy some much-needed refreshment.
  • Sunscreen: No matter how impervious you feel you are to the elements, skin cancer is a very real disease that can and does result in death. Even if you’re decked out in leather riding gear, dot some sunscreen on your cheeks and nose to prevent sunburn.

Your “brain bucket” should be as second nature to you as the keys to your bike, so commit to now making Motorcycle Goggles, protective clothing, and motorcycle gloves integral to your ride. We know some riders who actually buy a few pairs of Motorcycle Sunglasses to stash in their bike and in their home, just so they always have a pair on hand. Grip that throttle, rip it up, and ride safely this summer!

Motorcycle Safety Tips Infographic
Motorcycle Safety Tips

Safety On Sale – 10% Off Wiley X Safety Glasses

You know Wiley X Safety Glasses as the brand that will not only protect your peepers, but will do it no matter what rugged conditions you put them through. We’re always on the lookout for ways to ensure you’re wearing the eye protection you need, while saving you money when you need it most. That’s why we’re so excited to announce our Wiley X Glasses sale – save 10% off all Wiley X Sunglasses!

Wiley X Safety Sunglasses

Wiley X Safety Sunglasses

So why choose Wiley X? It’s simple:

  • Adventurous Look: You don’t want to wear just any pair of sunglasses or safety glasses. You need sunglasses that feature a sleek, sporty style, and transition perfectly from the job site to your motorcycle ride – and that’s Wiley X sunglasses.
  • ANSI Z87.1-2010 Certified: Wiley X features more sunglasses with ANSI Z87.1-2010 certification than pretty much any other safety sunglasses brand! That means safety, style, and sun protection all in one pair of specks.
  • Patented Foam Gaskets: Wiley X sunglasses feature such a great design, it’s actually patented! Their foam and facial cavity seal are renowned for blocking out wind, dirt, and debris from ever reaching your eye.

So how much does 10% save you? Here’s a snapshot:

We’ve applied the discount to our Wiley X sunglasses and safety glasses already on our site, so all you need to do is add to cart and checkout. Now that’s an easy way to save money – and spending money on your safety is always a worthwhile investment!

Gearing Up For Motorcycle Season – Getting To Know Motorcycle Sunglasses and Goggles

Motorcycle Eyewear

Motorcycle Eyewear keeps you protected and looking cool.

“We rolled across the high plains
Deep into the mountains
Felt so good to me
Finally feelin’ free”– Bob Seger, “Roll Me Away

Bob Seger certainly said it right in “Roll Me Away”, his song about a day spent on his bike – there’s nothing quite like riding a motorcycle. We all know there’s that quintessential “free” feeling, coupled with feeling the wind rushing by you and the scenery a whirlwind blur as you ride by. Yet, we also know that enjoying a motorcycle means riding safely. Most states require riders to wear motorcycle helmets, but what about motorcycle goggles? The unthinkable can always happen, and you don’t want to see yourself down on the road after dust kicked up into your eye, obstructing your vision and causing a collision that otherwise could have been avoided.

Peaceful Scenery and Peace of Mind

Wiley-X Sunglasses vs Bugs

A bug hitting you in the eye at 70 MPH is no picnic! Always wear your Motorcycle Eyewear.

Riding a bike stimulates all of our senses, so you want to be able to concentrate on riding and absorbing all the natural beauty of your surroundings – not adjusting your motorcycle sunglasses! Take a few minutes before you kick that bike into gear to adjust your motorcycle eyewear. Your glasses or goggles are securely fastened and tight enough to ensure they’ll stay on throughout your ride. Of course, you don’t want motorcycle goggles to detract from a great ride, so fortunately brands like Wiley-X Motorcycle Glasses, Bobster Motorcycle Glasses, and Gatorz Motorcycle Glasses have put an emphasis on safety and design in their glasses’ craftsmanship.

Ride With Certainty

You bike with precision, making it crucial to be able to easily see your bike’s instrument panel at just a quick glance. Many of our customers with motorcycles have reported that they prefer to use bifocal motorcycle glasses, allowing them to see all the fine details of their bike’s instruments while also ensuring they’re meeting safety standards. These aren’t Grandpa’s bifocals – all of our bifocal safety glasses are state of the art and have that edgy look that is so “you” when you’re out on your bike.

Regular Care Is Key

Just as you regularly tune up your bike and keep that chrome sparkling like new, you’ll want to clean your lenses after each ride with a microfiber pouch to catch all those fine dirt particles. You can also use simple soap and water to remove any dirt, but stay away from any cleaners that aren’t specifically marked for cleaning motorcycle sunglasses or goggles.

We want to hear from you – leave us a comment and tell us why you feel motorcycle goggles are a welcome addition to motorcycle safety guidelines, your thoughts on bifocal motorcycle glasses, and any tips on caring for your bike safety glasses or advice you have for fellow riders!