This year's Gear Guide features products from Moose Racing, Icon, Scorpion, Joe Rocket and other top manufacturers, modeled by Dealernews editors and Advanstar employees. Read on for a little more about the people who work behind the scenes, as well as information on featured products.
Carlos Anderson (left), 2Wheel Tuner art director
Job description: I do magazine layout and graphic design, help organize and direct photo shoots. I also do some photography and writing as well.
Years riding: 18+
What do you ride? A 2009 Suzuki GSX-R600.
Why do you ride? I love to make a bike lean over and scream. Plus, it’s the closest I will ever get to realizing my dream of piloting a rocket ship.
Ride-alongs? Not if I can help it.
Icon Daytona Dead Man’s Hand (DMH) Jacket: vintage leather, removeable C.E.-approved armor in shoulders and elbows and old-school graphics. Contact: Icon, 800-369-1060, www.rideicon.com
Icon Merc Short glove: carbon-fiber knuckle guards, reinforced goatskin palm and pre-curved fingers.
Icon Victory Pants: loose fit with Aramid-reinforced hips and knees, breathable ribbed expansion panels (available in black or red) and denim chassis.
Icon Airframe Search & Destroy Helmet:DOT- and Snell-approved, fiberglass, Dyneema and carbon-fiber shell and rubberized outer finish.
Sidi Vertigo Boot: C.E.-approved, Lorica outer shell, perforated Teflon liner and adjustable calf system. Contact: Motonation, 877-789-4940, www.motonation.com
Cinnamon Kernes (right), operations manager
Job description: I manage logistics and operations for the Cycle World International Motorcycle Shows.
Years riding: 10+
What do you ride? Anything I can. I like to ride all different brands and models so I can understand and appreciate all the different tastes for different bikes and styles that are out there. Right now I have a 2009 Ducati Monster 696 — his name is Max!
Why do you ride? Because I can! Even before I was old enough to drive, I remember seeing motorcycles passing our car and thinking, “I want that to be me!” The enjoyment and passion I feel for riding can’t really be put into words. When I ride to work, every day starts with a smile — yes, I really do look forward to heading into the office. On the weekends, a long ride will beat any amusement park or romantic getaway. What’s better than two people, two bikes and a long open road out of town? I honestly couldn’t imagine my life without riding — it’s just part of who I am.
Icon women’s Hella Crossbones Racer Jacket: 1.0 to 1.2 mm premium-grade leather chassis, removeable C.E.-approved elbow and shoulder protectors, removeable foam back pad and insulated liner, zippered vents, buckle adjustment and reinforced seams. Contact: Icon, 800-369-1060, www.rideicon.com
Sidi Vertigo Lei Women’s boot: patented Vertebra System for ankle and Achilles tendon protection, bolt-on nylon scuff pads, removeable arch support, shock-absorbing heel cup and composite inner sole. Contact: Motonation, 877-789-4940, www.motonation.com
Icon Airframe Crossbone Racer Helmet: DOT- and Snell-approved, distressed look.
Nick Hill, account manager, 2Wheel Tuner
Job description: If you want to advertise in 2Wheel Tuner, call me.
Years riding: 22
What do you ride? A 2008 GSX-R750.
Why do you ride? It’s slightly safer than heroin. Ride-alongs? No. Nope and never.
Why? Due to our human resource department, I refuse to answer this question.
Speed and Strength Twist of Fate Jacket: water-resistant AR-600 frame, thermoplastic external shoulder protectors, molded back protector, Speed Zip ventilation and Lockdown waist adjuster. Contact: Tucker Rocky Distributing, 800-347-1010, www.tuckerrocky.com
Speed and Strength Hang ’em High Pants: relaxed fit and boot cut, pre-distressed denim, Aramid fiber knees and seat for reinforcement and articulated knee.
Speed and Strength Twist of Fate SX Glove: race-fit leather frame, knuckle protectors, hinged knuckle, pre-curved fingers, reinforced palm, aeroprene cuff. Comes in five colors.
Kathryn Gallagher, eMedia Sales Manager
Job description: Website sales for Dealernews, Dealer Expo, 2Wheel Tuner magazine and the Cycle World International Motorcycle Shows.
Years riding: 4
What do you ride? A Kawasaki ZX-6R.
Why do you ride? I am attracted to speed. I thrive on the fact that I can go from 0 to 80 in 4 seconds. There’s something sexy about a female rider being able to control a machine. Riding also opens doors to meeting others and seeing new sites that you may never see on a motorcycle.
Ride-alongs? Yes, I love the camaraderie of riding with others. You feel powerful, full of life, and free.
Joe Rocket Heart Breaker 2.0 Jacket: Rock Tex 600 outer shell, C.E.-approved shoulder and elbow protection, removeable spine pad with pocket for spine protector, removeable insulated vest liner and reflective stripe. Comes in three colors. Contact: Joe Rocket, 800-343-5984, www.joerocket.com
Joe Rocket Heartbreaker Gloves: leather palm and Free Air poly/mesh shell. Comes in purple or white.
Icon Hella Boot: short boot made of cowhide leather, ankle and insole padding, metal heel plate and zipper closure. Contact: Icon, 800-369-1060, www.rideicon.com
Sarah Timleck, publisher, 2Wheel Tuner
Job description: I run the best aftermarket sportbike magazine in the world!
Years riding: Less than 1
What do you ride? An ’08 Ninja 250.
Why do you ride? After years of riding on the back and thinking my overall lack of coordination and general clumsiness would inevitably lead to some humiliating moment in front of my fellow enthusiasts, I discovered the Ninja 250. I quickly realized anyone can learn to ride and enjoy it, if you start out at your own speed and with the right bike. Now I can’t imagine not riding.
Scorpion Nip Tuck Jacket: combines ballistic nylon and nylon mesh panels with C.E.-approved ventilation to let air in and sweat out. A removable wind liner can be zipped in and out. Adjustable elastic cords provide a tailored fit. Available in seven colorways. Contact: Scorpion Sports, 888-672-6774, www.scorpionusa.com
Icon Bombshell Boots: a ribbed calf expansion panel, internal ankle and insole padding, a zip-on-and-off closure system, a premium-grade cowhide leather upper and a metal heel plate. Contact: Icon, 800-369-1060, www.rideicon.com
Vemar Eclipse Helmet: made in Italy and Snell-, EC-, BSI- and DOT-certified. Exterior shell is constructed of carbon fiber aramidic fiberglass blend. Has four adjustable intake vents on top and two vents in the rear. Inner liner has a full, wrap-around chin curtain. Inner liners, chin curtain and cheek pads are removable and washable. Contact: Motonation, 877-789-4940, www.motonation.com
Patti Ros, account manager
Job description: Sales, sales and more sales!
Why? I am afraid this tiny girl and big bikes just don’t work. Dirtbikes are OK, but a road bike? I would end up kissing the pavement with the bike on top of me. I love the riding experience, so I ride on the back with someone who’s capable of handling the bike.
Icon Bombshell Jacket: Leather chassis, removeable CE armor in elbows and shoulders, reinforced seams, custom buckle adjustment and removeable liner. Contact: Icon, 800-369-1060, www.rideicon.com
Icon Pursuit Gloves: integrated knuckle armor and expansion gussets. Comes in perforated or nonperforated goatskin leather chassis.
Icon Bombshell Boots: a ribbed calf expansion panel, internal ankle and insole padding, a zip-on-and-off closure system, a premium-grade cowhide leather upper and a metal heel plate.
Icon Airframe Regal Helmet: DOT- and SNELL-approved. Shell is made of fiberglass, Dyneema and carbon fiber. Helmet has been wind-tunnel-tested.
Dennis Johnson, Dealernews editor-in-chief
Job description: Handling high levels of stress, assuaging angry readers, transcribing hours of taped interviews, wriggling deep down inside the business of the motorcycle industry and occasionally putting out a magazine.
Years riding: 25 (or so)
What do you ride? Any press bike the OEMs let me borrow, but mostly my 2004 Triumph Thruxton.
Why do you ride? Because I’m never more at peace inside my head than when I’m riding on two wheels. Because riding a motorcycle is all about that magical, time-stretching period of bliss that exists between the beginning and ending of a ride. Because I love the pure sensation of motion.
Star Motorcycles Vor-Tek Jacket: short-cut jacket made of Carbolex with ballistic shoulder and elbow protection panels and microfiber collar. Logo on back is made of Phoslite, which reflects at night. Contact: Yamaha Motor Corp USA, 800-962-7926, www.yamaha-motor.com
Scorpion EXO Magnum Gloves: Race glove with billowed gauntlet, wrist strap and impact-absorbing armor. Contact: Scorpion Sports Inc., 888-672-6774, www.scorpionusa.com
Josiah Taulbee, Dealer Expo attendee acquisition manager
Job description: Attendee marketing and dealer relations.
Years riding: 17
What do you ride? A 2002 Yamaha YZF600.
Why do you ride? There is nothing like riding a motorcycle, I love it!
Scorpion All In Naked Jacket: Vintage look with drum-dyed leather, screened graphics and embroidered trim, adjustable waist gusset, belt loop, C.E.-approved ventilated armor and KwikWick thermoliner. Contact: Scorpion Sports Inc., 888-672-6774, www.scorpionusa.com
Z1R Nomad Sinister Helmet: DOT-approved ABC and polycarbonate shell, “shorty” visor, adjustable forehead vents, and removeable zippered ear and neck curtain. Contact: Z1R, 608-758-1111, www.z1rhelmets.com
Cass D’ Arlon, account manager
Job description: I do sales for Dealer Expo.
Years riding: 3
What do you ride now? Not riding now, but I had a Yamaha YZF 600R.
Why do you ride? For recreational enjoyment.
Why? I haven’t found anyone with riding skills I trust. And I’m a dude.
River Road Alloy Vented Jacket : Removeable and insulated liner with cell phone pocket, removeable EVA foam armor for shoulders, elbows and back, mandarin collar and two-way zippered cuffs. Comes with a two-year manufacturer’s warranty. Contact: River Road, 866-212-2389, www.riverroadgear.com
River Road Double Zipper Field Boots : 1-7/8-inch lugged heel, oil-resistant rubber outsole, treaded insole, double side zippers, Goodyear welt construction and fully padded insole.
Rebecca Mitchell, sales queen, Big Twin market
Years riding : 16
What do you ride? A Harley-Davidson Dyna Wide Glide.
Why do you ride? I became fascinated with motorcycles when my uncle introduced me to his Bonneville when I was 7. He and a buddy were doing a cross-country trip and I fell in love with badasses on two wheels. I decided on my 30th birthday it was time to get my own!
Why? I enjoy the view.
Z1R Burlesque Jacket : premium cowhide leather chassis, zippered hip expansion vents, removeable liner, laser-etched graphics and metal logo badge. Contact: Z1R, 608-758-1111, www.z1rhelmets.com
Z1R Nomad Burlesque Helmet: DOT-approved, “shorty” matte visor, adjustable forehead vents, Nylex comfort liner and D-ring closure.
Icon Super Duty 3 Boots : leather upper, slip-resistant sole, aluminum buckle and internal ankle protection. Contact: Icon, 800-369-1060, www.rideicon.com
Arlo Redwine, Dealernews senior editor
Years riding : 4
What do you ride? A 2003 Ninja 500.
Why do you ride? Mostly for commuting, but also to add excitement to my drab life. Ride-alongs? Only once, when a co-worker on a borrowed VMax gave me a ride to Kawasaki HQ to borrow a ZX-14.
Z1R Velocity Jacket : integrated venting, hidden pockets, a 840D nylon chassis, a waterproof removable liner, pre-bent sleeves, removable armor and an adjustable waistband and sleeves. Also comes in red and titanium. Contact: Z1R, 608-758-1111, www.z1rhelmets.com
Z1R Venom Sabre Helmet : ABS/polycarbonate shell, DOT/ECE 22.05-approved, removable liner, fog-free shield with no-tool quick release and shield lock.
Kurt Whittington, marketing coordinator
Job Description : I’m in charge of special events and grassroots marketing for the Cycle World International Motorcycle Shows.
Years riding : 19
Why do you ride? To get to and from work without having to fight traffic, and to get that rush of adrenaline on the race track.
Ride-alongs? Only when I crash on the race track and get picked up by a buddy for a ride back to the pits.
Joe Rocket UFO 2.0 Jacket : poly/mesh shell, shoulder and elbow protectors, removable spine pad with pocket for optional spine protector, removable-and-waterproof liner, adjustable waistband, sleeve adjusters, zipper for pant attachment. Contact: Joe Rocket, 800-343-5984, www.joerocket.com
Sidi Power Gloves : goat hide construction, Kevlar palm stitching, panels on knuckles, fingers, back of hand and wrist. Contact: Motonation, 877-789-4940, www.motonation.com
Corey Scribner, Sportbikeclub.com Web producer
Job description : Web design, development and general mayhem.
Years riding : 5
What do you ride? A 1985 Honda CB700SC Nighthawk.
Why do you ride? Riding is freedom, the likes of which you can’t get anywhere else. Detours become adventures and traffic is just an excuse to take the long way home.
Scorpion Sport Jacket : 1.2-1.4 mm full-grain leather, perforated leather panels, removable liner, ventilated elbow/shoulder armor, back protector compartment with P.E. foam pad, two hand warmer pockets and one internal pocket, sleeve stretch panels, leather belt loop for pant attachment. Also comes in all-black. Contact: Scorpion Sports, 888-672-6774, www.scorpionusa.com
Gaerne GRW Limited Edition Boots: proprietary “floating system” around the ankle, Lorica uppers, a double side closing system with zipper and wide fabric fastener insert. Contact: Gaerne Boot Co., 800-426-0213, www.gaerneusa.com
Scorpion XDR Awe Pants : dual-adjustment waist belts, zippered hand pockets, removable-and-waterproof liner, removable thermal liner, Cordura shell, stretch Kevlar panels, armor in hips and knees, pre-curved-and-padded knees, full-leather saddle.
Tracy Harris, vice president and general manager
Job description : Dreaming up ways to torment the team. Conversely, I’m the head bottle washer and empress of a vast (yet tiny) universe.
Ride-alongs? Of course — empresses don’t drive themselves anywhere — nor do head bottle washers (we have our hands to think of).
Why? It’s more fun to let Pat do the riding/driving — and I don’t feel the need to be in control. I’ve got that going on at work.
Star Dynasty Jacket : 100 percent nylon shell, cowhide white leather arms, foam elbows, poly/mesh lining, armor pockets (armor sold separately), pre-curved riding sleeves, Star Custom logo zipper pulls and snaps, extra pockets at chest and sleeves. Contact: Yamaha, 800-962-7926, www.yamaha-motor.com
Vemar Jiano Helmet : DOT- and E.C.-certified, Bluetooth-equipped, thermoplastic shell, quick-release shield that closes when the chin bar is opened, tinted interior shield operated by an exterior lever (can be used even with the chin bar rotated upward), removable-and-washable liner and cheek pads, adjustable ventilation. Contact: Motonation, 877-789-4940, www.motonation.com
Trevor Trumbo, group event marketing director
Years riding : 33
What do you ride? A 2007 Suzuki DL650 V-Strom.
Why do you ride? The freedom. When riding, I don’t have to think about anything but the next curve.
Firstgear Kilimanjaro Jacket : inner jacket that can be worn alone, waterproof 600-denier polyester shell, elbow and shoulder armor, foam back pad, multiple vents, two chest flap pockets (among others). Contact: Tucker Rocky, 800-347-1010, www.tuckerrocky.com
Firstgear Tundra Gloves : all-weather textile glove with Thermolite insulation, goat-leather palm, reflective piping and hardened plastic knuckle plates. Tundra comes in women’s sizes as well.
Firstgear HT Overpants : waterproof 330-denier Hypertex construction, removeable liner and Temperfoam knee and hip armor and knee-to-ankle heat-resistant material.
Sidi Slash Boots : low-cut design with redesigned nonslip sole, double stitching and Velcro and zipper closure. Contact: Motonation, 877-789-4940, www.motonation.com
Matthew Cavanaugh, account manager, Cycle World International Motorcycle Shows
Job description : To help powersports businesses both small and extremely large (and everything in between) sell and promote in the winter months through 11 unique consumer events across the country.
Years riding : dirt, 20; street, 5
What do you ride? A 2004 CRF450 and a 2008 GSX-R600.
Why do you ride? It’s one of the last legal forms of chaos still left that wakes me up in the morning with a smile and sends me home in the afternoon with a larger smile, regardless of the workday! Quite simply, I ride because gas likes to burn and tires demand to be worn out.
Ride-alongs? I don’t ride “mandem.” Sorry!
Why? It makes me feel funny, and people point and laugh with two dudes on one bike.
Thor Flux Jersey : vented mesh paneling, cuffless sleeve with stretch rib panel and stair-step collar. Contact: Thor MX (Parts Unlimited), 619-448-8467, www.thormx.com
Thor Flux Pants : Leather inner knee panels, accordion-stretch knee panels, ratchet-style waist closure, double- and triple-stitching and Kevlar stitching around knee.
Sidi Crossfire TA Boots : off-road boot with replaceable inner kickstart/footpeg guards, cam-lock buckle system and Cambrelle lining. Contact: Motonation, 877-789-4940, www.motonation.com
Thor Force Helmet :Composite helmet that meets AMA and FIM standards. With contoured eyeport, antibacterial silvercool lining and integrated roost guard.
Thor Ally Wrap Goggle : thermal-molded triple-layer foam construction, removeable nose guard and four interchangable vent inserts.
Yamaha Klim Mojave Jersey : cutaway sleeves, shoulder and elbow pads, moisture-wick fabric and silIcone back patch. Contact: Yamaha Motor Corp USA, 800-962-7926, www.yamaha-motor.com
Yamaha Klim Chinook Pants : ballistic-reinforced high-wear areas, stretch crotch, wide waistband, cargo pockets, D-ring for tether and full stretch paneled liner.
Fly Racing Maverick MX Boots : pre-shaped shin protection, elastic gaiter, quick-lock buckles, steel toe guard, leather heat shield and replaceable sole. Contact: Fly Racing Products, 877-359-2946, www.flyracing.com
Janina Quintana, marketing, promotions and public relations administrator
Job description : Exactly what my title implies. I do marketing, promos and PR for many of our powersports brands. More recently I’ve started to focus on electronic marketing media and social networking.
Ride-alongs? I’ve ridden on the back a few times now. Each time, I have a huge smile on my face and thoroughly enjoy the experience!
Fly Racing Kinetic Girls Jersey : sublimated graphics, elastic sleeve cuff, mesh panels and stretch collar. The Kinetic Girls line is for adults and youth. Contact: Fly Racing Products, 877-359-2946, Fly Racing Kinetic Electric Helmet : DOT- ECE- and AS-approved, poly/alloy shell, 10 vents and high-flow mouthpiece. Available in sizes for adults and children.Mark Thome, account manager, Cycle World International Motorcycle Shows
Job description : Selling exhibit space and marketing for consumer events.
Years riding : 43
What do you ride? A1989 Honda PC800 (Pacific Coast), a 1990 Honda NT650 (Hawk), a 1998 Honda XR400R, two 1974 Honda CR250Ms (Elsinores), two 2004 Honda XR100s and a 2005 Honda CRF150F.
Why do you ride? Because it’s fun!
Ride-alongs? I’m not a good passenger; I rarely do that. But I carry passengers occasionally on my streetbike.
Moose Racing M1 Jersey : semi-ventilated polyester, V-neck, knit mini cuffs and sublimated graphics. Contact: Moose Racing (Parts Unlimited), 608-758-1111, www.mooseracing.com
Moose Racing XCR Shield Armor : polycarbonate frame, bio-foam interior, adjustable shoulder and closure system and removeable bicep guards.
Moose Racing M1 Pants : molded graphics and leg badges, leather inner knee panels, reinforced seat.
Moose Racing M1 Boots :leather upper, polyurethane shin and ankle plates, split-grain leather calf guard, foam interior and insole. Available with ATV and MX soles.
HJC IS-2 Helmet: half-helmet for cruiser riders made of a polycarbonate shell with an integrated sun shield. DOT-approved. Comes in five colors. Contact: HJC America, 562-407-2186, www.hjchelmets.com
HJC IS-Max Modular Helmet (Silver): DOT-approved polycarbonate composite shell with adjustable polycarbonate chin bar, smoked adjustable sun shield that offers 95 percent UV protection, single-button chin bar and shield release and SilverCool moisture-wick interior. Comes in five colors.
Vega Transit Helmet: a scooter helmet with adjustable intake vents and a removable zippered wind curtain.
Vega Men’s Momentum Touring Jacket: also made of Amphitex, with ergonomic curved sleeves and removeable Comfortect armor. Comes in three color options.
TechNiche International KewlFlow Circulatory Cooling Systems: The system is comprised of a vest, cooler or backpack (shown) and pump. System is made to pump cold water throughout to help keep riders cool. Users can control water flow to regulate temperatures. The system runs on a 12-volt battery pack and lasts up to three hours. Contact: TechNiche International, 760-473-4338, www.techniche-intl.com