FORMA Hyper Riding Shoes Review

We first heard about the Forma Hyper riding shoe about six month ago and already being fans of the Forma Cooper shoes, we were thrilled to see the new and improved design. The Hypers finally made their debut a few weeks ago and once again Forma did not disappoint.

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There is an abundance of riding shoes on the market but very few of them are more than sneakers with a fancy moto logo. The Hyper riding shoes offer legit and evident protection – internal ankle protection, external and internal heal protection as well as toe protection. The shoe feels extremely supportive and sturdy around the foot and ankle. Despite all the protective features, the Hyper boots are surprisingly comfortable and easy to walk in. Another feature that sets these shoes apart from most other riding shoes is the hidden zipper.  We absolutely love this feature and it makes putting the shoes on and taking them off extremely easy.

As most of the other Forma boots, the Hyper riding shoes are 100% waterproof which could be a good thing or a bad thing depending on your riding conditions. For us here in hot California, it’s a bit of a downside but we have not found these boots to be overly hot yet. This is where moisture wicking riding socks come in very handy.

These boots run pretty true to size and start at the low size of 36 making it possible for female riders to wear the Hyper shoes as well. We found that even though black is generally considered to be a slimming color, in this case the grey color Hyper shoes look better and slimmer in the smaller sizes. Overall we are super pleased with this shoes and did we mention the hidden zipper??

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Summer Open House

On July 23, 2016, Beach Moto will be hosting a Summer Open House. Storewide sale, raffles, vendors, food and drinks. Come hang out for a while or just stop by and say hello, everyone is welcome.

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July 19, 2016 Update:

Thanks to our amazing partners, we’ve been able to lock in the following prizes for our raffle:

Airwave 2 jacket from Rev’it! (men’s or women’s)

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Adventure Low boots from Forma

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RP-60 Checkered Flag helmet from AGV

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Vintage Motorcycle T-Shirts from Califanatic

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R20 Backpack from Kriega

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Helmet Bluetooth from Sena

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July 18, 2016 Update:

Pagnol Moto Wear will be joining us to display their line of riding gear. Pagnol pride themselves in creating gear that looks exceptionally good on and off the bike. 

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July 13, 2016 Update:

The list of vendors attending our Open House keeps growing. Forma Boots and our friends from Califanatic have confirmed they will be joining us for the festivities on July 23rd. More vendors means even more raffle prizes and who doesn’t love freebies? 

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June 29, 2016 Update: 

Kriega USA has been added to the lineup of vendors joining us at our open house. Kriega makes some of the best motorcycle backpacks and luggage systems. Come check out their full line and see what all the fuss is about. You will also have a chance to win a Kriega product in our Open House raffle. 

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Dave Moss Suspension Tuning

If you’ve never had your motorcycle suspension properly adjusted, you definitely don’t want to miss this event. Having a properly tuned suspension is critical to maximized bike performance and Dave Moss is the master when it comes to suspension tune ups.

It’ll be the best $45 you’ll ever spend. Spots are filling up quick, secure your spot with Dave here.

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Schuberth Helmet Demos 

Schuberth makes some of the best helmets in the world and if you’ve been curious what all the fuss is about, here is your chance to find out. Schuberth will be joining us to showcase their helmet collection and offer test rides for those interested in demoing the helmets.

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Pando Moto Product Unveiling

Pando Moto is a high-end European clothing brand that has branched out into riding apparel. They have perfectly combined fashion and safety and we’re excited to introduce their line of motorcycle gear.

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Rev’It! Fall / Winter Collection Sneak Peek 

Be one of the first few to check out what Rev’It! has in stored for their 2016 Fall / Winter collection. They never disappoint!

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Storewide Sale 

This is your opportunity to finally get that item you’ve been saving up for. Sales and specials on most items in store – treat yourself!

Please check back for additional information. New details will be added weekly.

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Shut up and ride!

Dear Motorcyclists,

If your bike could talk, chances are it would say “It’s not me, it’s you”. As I’m sure many of you are, I am fascinated with watching crash videos. Having seen my fair share, it always amuses me to see the rider’s reaction after he or she has gone down. How many times have you seen the rider get up and say, “ I messed up, that was totally my fault”. It rarely happens but the truth is, most of the time it is you who f’d up.

The machines you are riding have been designed by people whose minds work in ways most cannot imagine. I’d like to think I’m mechanically inclined but even if given limitless resources and time, I could never build a modern day motorcycle. The mechanics, the electronics, the aesthetics behind these bikes go beyond my imagination. So when I see riders on shiny new motorcycles with thousands of dollars in upgrades and racing equipment getting lapped at the track by riders on bone stock, often times smaller engine displacement motorcycle, I can’t help but laugh. Although still unnecessary, you get a pass if you bought that type of bike as-is or if you can easily afford those types of luxuries. But for those of you spending every last dime you have on aftermarket clutch levers, exhaust systems, Chicken Hawk tire warmers for your stock tires because you believe these things are somehow holding you back from being a better rider, just stop.

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Every stock motorcycle has limitations and things that can be improved. But in order to get to a level where you have outgrown those limitations as a rider, you have to be a lot better than you think you are. So instead of spending your hard earned money on excessive motorcycle upgrades, invest in yourself. Nothing is going to make you as good of a rider as seat time and getting expert advice. Yes there will be time when your motorcycle fails you, nothing is 100%, but as a trained rider your chances of surviving that fail are much higher. In December of last year, I did my first track day at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway. My confidence started kicking in on the third session of the day and as I picked up the pace, I came in way too hot into a turn on cold, stock tires and ended up riding wide into the dirt. I messed up, that was totally my fault. Speed, dirt and street tires are not a great combination but the SoCal Supermoto training I got a few months prior kicked in and I was able to save the bike from going down. I distinctly remember Brian’s voice in my head saying “When your tires hit the dirt, forget about the front brake. Only use the rear brake and ride out the sliding rear tire if you have to.” I completely attribute my ability to save my bike that day to my training. I’m not saying don’t ever get upgrades, I’m saying don’t blame your lack thereof for your inability to ride well. It’s not your bike, it’s you.

The same goes for progressing as a rider. Your motorcycle is so much more capable than you think. If you can’t keep up with your buddy who has a similar bike, chances are it’s not because he has a $2000 exhaust but because he is a better rider than you. One-upping him on upgrades will not automatically make you faster. Besides wouldn’t it be so much more satisfying being that rider killing it on a fully stock bike? I always find it so much more impressive. Pay your do’s, put in seat time and get expert advice. Even if you are a great rider, there is always something to improve on and learn. Learn to take accountability and learn from your mistakes instead of masking them under a sea of excuses. Trust yourself, trust your bike – you are the only two things that matter.

Sincerely,

Beach Moto

 

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Rev’It! Tracer Armored Shirt Review

Just when we start to think we’ve seen the best of Rev’It, they come out swinging with yet another one-of-a-kind piece. As part of their 2016 Spring lineup, Rev’It released the Tracer Riding Shirt.Rev'It Tracer Riding Shirt

From first glance, there is no way anyone would be able to tell this shirt has actual protection. It simply resembles a stylish denim button down shirt but the protective aspects of this jacket are oh so real. The Cordura denim has excellent abrasion resistance and the soft to the touch and nearly invisible armor offers sufficient impact protection. We absolutely love the casual, stylish look of the Tracer and found it extremely comfortable. It breaks in rather quickly, the initial snug fit became very comfortable within wearing it for just under two hours. The hidden zipper behind the shirt’s buttons is a safety reassurance and gives it a true “riding jacket” feel. The outer shell completely blocks wind, which is bitter/sweet depending on your riding conditions.

The Tracer does have a few downsides. First of all, the buttons are a bit hard to button while the shirt is new. It becomes easier as the shirt breaks in and the button holes stretch out but the initial few times buttoning the shirt are a bit tough. Another con is that the shirt is very easily wrinkled. It will most likely be pretty wrinkled out of the package and will require some steaming to get into shape. As long as you hang it up after rides and don’t stuff it into the corner of your closet, it’s an issue that’s easily resolved. Another complaint voiced by almost every person who’s purchased the Tracer from our store is the upper arm Rev’It! patch – why, oh why would Rev’It add Velcro and make the patch seem removable yet stitch the patch to the Velcro? It’s a bit confusing.

Although the Tracer may be equipped with the RV Type back protector, we are hoping Rev’It will eventually release an optional “urban” style back protectors for pieces such as Tracer that is as discrete as the shoulder and elbow armor. A small trick we use to make the back protector less evident is going down a size from the recommended back protector size. In other words, if the recommended back protector size is RV-5, go with RV-4 and it will look a bit more discreet. Overall the Tracer is a great and truly unique piece. It is perfect for short-distance city trips, especially for those looking to look as casual as possible.

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Why you should not buy helmets online

How many horror stories have you heard about online dating? A person can be anyone they want online but once you meet them in person, the reality often does not meet expectation and you realize you just wasted time communicating with a person who is completely wrong for you. Shopping for helmets online is kind of like online dating – the helmet is that guy or that chick that puts up a photoshopped photo of themselves on their dating profile along with meaningless stats about themselves and you have no idea if there is a true connection.

Sure, you can read a million articles about how a certain helmet fits, how to measure your head, how to tell what shape your head is , blah blah blah but without physically trying a helmet on, I promise you’ll never get the right fit. Here are just a few things that make it impossible to buy the right helmet online:

  1. Expert Advice: Not all helmets are created equal. Assuming you walk into a store with descent customer service, the reps will be able to make a helmet recommendation based on your specific needs. What kind of bike you ride, what kind of riding you do, what features you’re looking for – these are just some of the variables that should be taken into consideration when picking a helmet.
  2. Point of reference: The grass isn’t always greener on the other side, but what if it is? When you buy a helmet online and finally try it on and it seems to fit ok – how do you know there isn’t a helmet out there that fits much better? Once you walk into a store and try on a helmet, you now have a point of reference for every other helmet you try on. You are making a long term investment and spending a good amount of money so wouldn’t you want to try several options before making your decision?
  3. Custom fit: Let’s face it, none of us are perfect and some of our heads are shaped in a very unique way. We can’t all conform to the oval or round shapes offered by helmet manufacturers so what now? Well what you won’t find out online is that there are ways to customize off the rack helmets to work for your head. Whether it’s thicker cheek pads, or thinner crown liner – a helmet can be made to work for you.
  4. Overall fit: This is not based on statistical information but it is based on our personal experience – 90% of people who buy a helmet without professional help, buy the wrong size. A size chart is merely a reference but it does not guarantee proper fit. How a helmet fits is crucial to maximizing comfort and safety so don’t guestimate based on a generic reference chart. HJC RPHA 10 Pro
  5. Looks can be deceiving: This point isn’t as critical but helmets always look very different in person. Photographs don’t always properly translate the color and especially if you are paying extra for a detailed graphic, wouldn’t you want to see what that graphic looks like in person?

So if you own a helmet you love and it was lost or stolen, by all means feel free to buy a replacement online. But if you are buying your first helmet or a new model, do yourself a favor and buy one at your local shop. Everyone sells helmets for the same price, you are not getting any benefit from buying it online.

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CRASH, CRASH, BOOM – All girls ride motorcycle accident

This weekend I had a front row seat to a terrifying incident. If you live in SoCal, chances are you’ve already heard about the multi bike accident that occurred on Sunday, 02/21/16 on the 91 Freeway.

I usually stay away from big group rides but this was a simple street ride from Anaheim to Long Beach so I figured, what the hell, I’ll go.  Plus, this was an all-girls ride and I love meeting new female riders. The day started off great, everyone was in a positive mood and excited to ride. The group consisted of 30+ girls of different riding levels as well as a few guys who were helping organize the ride. My group of friends and I felt uncomfortable riding next to girls we don’t know since we were unsure of what their riding style is like so we chose to keep to ourselves toward the back of the group along with a few other more experienced riders. About 10-15 minutes into the ride, we got on the 91 West Freeway in a double-line formation. Everyone made their way to the carpool lane because as most riders would agree, that is the safest place to ride. Shorty after, things went horribly wrong.

Everything happened really fast but in slow motion at the same time. From the corner of my eye I saw a silver car aggressively swerve from the right lane all the way to the carpool lane. It violently hit the center divider and bounced back blocking the left lane. Sometime between that, all I kept seeing is flashes of bike parts and bodies flying in the air. Two female riders slammed into the out of control car and one male rider hit a bike that was on the ground in his lane. I’m a very safety conscious rider so I always ride with my hand on the front brake. This allowed me to get on my brakes immediately at the sight of trouble. As horrified as I was at what just happened, I couldn’t help but breathe a sigh of relief when I came to a complete stop and realized I was okay. The next few minutes are a bit of a blur. Everyone was frantically running around trying to help the injured riders and get 911 on the phone. There were three riders who appeared to be injured as well as the driver of the silver car. We were lucky enough to have a few nurses at the site of the accident who were able to assist the injured riders until the paramedics arrived. There were a few other damaged cars parked on the shoulder and after CHP arrived we started to get a bit more information about what cause the silver car to swerve to the left. We were told the silver car was rear ended by another driver and lost control. The driver of the other car was saying that the silver car got on the brakes for no reason causing him to slam into him. We stuck around until all injured riders were taken away by the ambulance and then carefully made our way home. I can’t say enough about how lucky I feel that I wasn’t involved in the crash.

Many of the riders, including two of the girls from my group, were equipped with cameras so we had a lot of footage from the crash. I’ve reviewed the footage over and over and over to analyze the situation and here are my conclusions:

No more big group rides for me! As good as it feels to turn heads while riding in a big group of bikers, it is also a huge distraction to other drivers. The video footage of the silver car getting rear ended clearly shows the car that hit him was not paying attention. We’ll never know for sure what distracted him but there is a very good possibility that a group of 30 girls on bikes might be the cause of his distraction.

When on the bike, paying attention must never stop. Even though I was a few girls behind the incident, you can tell from this video screen shot that I was one of the first to hit my brakes.

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When on my bike, I’m constantly scanning the road for any signs of danger. I don’t know if there is anything I could’ve done differently in the case of the two girls that slammed into the silver Civic. There wasn’t much time for them to react but when it comes to the guy in the left lane that ran into a bike on the ground – I do think that was avoidable. I’ve replayed his hit a dozen times and even though he was further back than most of us, it doesn’t seem like he slowed down at all even though the rest of us had time to come to an almost complete stop. He was one of the “photographers” and was filming the event which might have caused him to be a bit distracted. I honestly believe that if he was paying attention and got on his brakes when we all did, he would’ve been able to stop before hitting that bike.

Go back to basics. Knowing how to ride a bike is one thing but knowing how to safely ride a bike is completely different. I was lucky enough to be surrounded by experienced riders who didn’t panic in an emergency situation and were all able to safely stop. I could’ve easily been hit from the back by an inexperienced rider. My rear tire was sliding all over the place but because I’ve practiced an emergency braking scenario in the safety of a closed course, I knew that it’s not a big deal. I also knew how to properly apply my front brakes without locking the front wheel. You don’t just learn “how to” during an emergency situation, learn it in advance and practice so you’re prepared in a real emergency. Emergency braking, swerving, and even preparing to take an impact – these are all skills every rider must master.

All gear all the time! Knowing that most of the other girls on this ride would be wearing little to no gear, I contemplated wearing regular jeans. After all, we’re not ripping up canyons, it’s just a street ride. But I decided to play it safe and fully gear up and never will I ever question that decision again. It doesn’t matter who you are or how well you ride, what happened this weekend can happen to anyone. Whether you’re a hotheaded squid swerving in-and-out of lanes on your GSXR or a senior citizen cruising on your BMW scooter – it could happen to you! So in a situation where there is nothing you can do to avoid an impact, the only thing you can rely on is your gear. No, gear won’t save your life or prevent injuries in every situation but let’s analyze – Out of the three riders taken to the hospital, two were not wearing gear. One wasn’t wearing any gear at all except for a helmet and has a broken hip which requires surgery. The other was wearing a riding jacket but not pants, she has a fractured knee and a broken nose. Her helmet flew off on impact which shows how important it is to have a proper fitting helmet and to properly strap it in place. The third rider was wearing a jacket, boots and knee/shin guards – she has no serious injuries even though I watched her somersault over a car. Just a bruised hip and even that could’ve probably been avoided with proper hip pads. It’s pretty evident – gear works!

I was blown away by the way all of the riders quickly formed together to stabilize the situation. There were people assisting the injured riders, regulating traffic, moving bikes out of the way, collecting loose parts and personal belongings- it was the quickest formed alliance I have ever seen. Aside from our group, every single motorcyclist that passed by stopped to ask if we needed any help. After the fact, every single rider I know who’s heard about the incident checked in with me to make sure I was ok. It is an honer to be a part of such a strong community.

In conclusion, I’m beyond relieved there were no fatalities. Bones will heal and bikes can be replaced, the situation could’ve been much, much worse. There is no way to completely eliminate risk on a bike but there are definitely ways to decrease your chances of getting seriously hurt. Wear your gear, pay attention, learn to ride safely, – it may save your life!

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Motorcycle chain maintenance – Yes, you can do it yourself!

We often see motorcycle shops offering $10 “Chain Maintenance Specials”. If shops are only charging you $10, how much do you think is involved in the process? Cleaning and lubing your chain is easy and there is no need for you to pay someone to do it or to go out of your way to take it to a shop. Proper chain maintenance is critical to not only the health of your bike but to your safety as well. We break it down for you in our  latest “how to” video:

 

 

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