6 Tips to Choose the Right Riding Boots

Here are the 6 Tips to Choose the Right Riding Boots by a professional expert at 6kiom. Read along to know more and find out the right ways to choose your riding boots for a safe and comfortable ride.

If riding is a part of your life and you respect the various dangers on the roads, then you must have your mind set on picking up some motorcycle riding gear like a high quality helmet or some CE Certified gloves. Sadly, the more often overlooked part of the basic riding gear setup is the Boot. Being a primary contact point with your motorcycle, it is essential for you to not compromise on the comfort and safety of your feet. 

With the growing variety in type and quality of Riding Boots nowadays, it’s getting harder and harder to make a decision while buying a riding boot. On this edition of 6 Things with 6kiom, we are going to help you decide which motorcycle riding boot suits you the best.

Falco boots on bike

Falco Boots on bike

Tip 1:  Purpose

The first thing that would come to mind while even considering a riding boot is what kind of boot to get. Boots offer various levels of protection and comfort based on the use it is expected to get. 

The 5 major types of Motorcycle Riding Boots available are:

  • Race Boots
  • Adventure Boots
  • MX Boots
  • Urban Boots
  • Touring Boots

 

All of these boots have various features and distinctions that make them better for their respective usage. MX Boots like the Falco Level shown below are useful mostly for Motocross or Enduro application, due to their high impact resistance and low ankle mobility.

Falco level motorcross boots

Falco Level (Motocross Boot)

Adventure Boots have better grip in mud for off road applications as compared to Race Boots, which are made for use on tarmac only. Touring Boots and Urban Boots suit a more casual rider who would wear the boots on a more regular basis, with differences mainly in grip and mobility. 

Avoid choosing any riding gear based on its looks, and first decide what terrain and application the boots will see before heading to the riding gear store.

 

Tip 2: Certification

While buying any product nowadays, we often look for some certification or homologation from a reputed source, such as ISI standard. Shouldn’t the same apply for motorcycles? Who tests the expensive motorcycle riding gear to see whether it will protect us as advertised? This is where CE or European Certified comes into action. CE is relied upon worldwide as a standard of quality for a large variety of products, including motorcycle riding gear, toys, clothes, machinery and many more categories.

 

CE certification tagCE Certification tag found on the inside of the Falco Mixto 4 ADV boot

The CE Mark shown above is displayed on product tags, indicating that it has satisfied the legal requirements set by the European Union to be sold in any European Union member country. Hence, for the rest of the world, CE acts as a guarantee for a good quality and reliable product.

For riding gears, CE Certification requires rigorously testing the product in a variety of real life conditions, such as testing for Skin Irritation, Abrasion Resistance, Tear Strength, Seam Strength, and many more criteria.

Back to Earth now- what you need to be looking at while buying riding boots are:

The CE Mark

The testing criteria EN 13634: 2017 (The standard for motorcycle riding boots specifically)

The numbers mentioned below the testing mark, which indicate the quality of the basic features of the boot. 

CE MarkCE Mark and a breakdown of the tag found inside the boot

Tip 3: Protection

The key selling point of a motorcycle riding boot is that it will protect you in case of an accident or fall. In most accidents ranging from small drops at a traffic signal to side swipes on a high speed road, the common places of injury are the arms and legs as they stick further out of the body when compared to the rest of your body. So it’s always a good investment to pick up at least basic protection early. 

Arch protection on Falco bootsArch protection on the Falco Maxx Tech 2 WTR (Urban Boot)

The commonly protected areas on most of the types of boots available are the toes, arch and heel. Touring Boots offer an additional few inches of height to additionally cover the ankle. Race Boots, Race-Touring boots, Motocross/Enduro Boots and Adventure segment boots feature protection up to the shin level, protecting all the above areas and the shin.

Boots made for specific purposes have features to specifically help riders in such accidents. For example, Motocross riders have a tendency to have high impact collisions from a variety of angles, so boots like the Falco Level Boots, Alpinestars Tech 3 Boots and Fly Racing Dirt Maverick Boots feature very rigid builds and low mobility to protect against direct impacts as well as rotational impacts.

Race Boots feature TPU Sliders placed strategically to help the rider slide on tarmac to help track riders more.

 

Tip 4: Materials

One aspect that will significantly influence your riding boot purchase is the materials used in the boot. While boots are available from a variety of brands, the more successful brands will usually offer the nicest and most lightweight materials as they have the highest impact on consumers.


Falco adventure bootsFalco Avantour 2(Adventure Boot)

The first thing you would notice is the outer material. Generally, boots come made out of leather to help in abrasion resistance and also last a long time. Some premium brands use Oil Treated leather to allow for use on even waterproof models.

The inner padding is equally important, being the core of your protective aspects. Falco boots take advantage of D3O Protection inside the boots liner for better impact absorption and a lighter overall boot. D3O also gets used in other premium riding gears like Furygan and Bikeratti for their pants and jackets.

D30 Protection in Falco bootsD3O Protection in Falco Boots

A good boot would also use a quality insole and outsole. Commonly we see Memory Foam and Orthopedic insoles available from the leading brands, and for outsoles the industry leader is Vibram. This material can be found on the Falco Mixto 4 ADV Boot and provides the best possible grip and durability. 

Lastly, take a good look at the inner material of the boot. The best products tend to use branded inner membranes like High-Tex Advanced Membrane, Gore-Tex and Sympatex to provide the best waterproofing solutions for riders. The top of the boot must be comfortable enough to not irritate the skin or ruin your gear. Some shin level boots like the Falco Avantour 2 Adventure Boot shown above feature leather top seams.


Vibram outsole and high Tex advanced membraneVibram Outsole (Left) and High-Tex Advanced Membrane 

Tip 5: Comfort

Ideally, you would want to use your riding boots every time you get on your motorcycle. For some people this is just on the weekends or long rides, and for some it means wearing them daily. So make sure you choose a boot that you feel comfortable in and specific for your use. The best boots in terms of comfort for regular use would be boots from the Touring and Urban boots categories. They offer a lower protection level than some of the shin level boots, but trade in really good mobility and comfort when on or off the bike. 

Some boots feature mobility features such as accordion panels or plastic moving parts to help the foot move, but still be protective. 


Falco flexible riding bootsAccordion Panels on the Falco Oxegen 3 WTR Race-Touring Boot. 

Tip 6: Sizing

A commonly neglected factor while choosing any riding gear is the sizing. Always try on the boot you intend to buy and move around in them. A small riding boot can cause pain and discomfort and a boot too big might not protect you properly. So check if you feel discomfort or pressure in excess on your toes, heel and arch of the foot. Don’t hesitate to ask the salesperson to help you know if the sizing is correct, and only then buy the pair of boots. 

Conclusion

Hopefully this helps you to understand riding boots better before going to buy a pair. Always remember to wear your gear and helmet whenever you are on your bike. Ride safe!

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Hard Case vs Soft Case Luggage blog

Hardcase Luggage vs Softcase Luggage

Hardcase Luggage vs Softcase Luggage – 6 Tips to choose the right Luggage system for your Motorcycle by 6kiom.

 

Searching for the right accessories in a riding gear store, whether online or in person, can be very fun but also leaves you in a lot of thought regarding the options available. Today, in our latest segment of 6 Things by 6KIOM, we’re going to go over how to choose between Hard Luggage Systems and Soft Luggage Systems.

To start off, let’s understand what we’re dealing with today. A “hard” luggage system is typically a box made out of plastic or aluminum, while “soft case” Motorcycle luggage are usually made from rexine and rubber.

Examples for Hard Case Motorcycle Luggage made with Aluminum and Plastic.

Coocase Aluminum Luggage for Motorcycle         SHAD SH33 Top Case for Motorcycles Box

Examples for Soft Case Motorcycle Luggage made with Rexine.

Soft Luggage Tail Bags from Rynox & Viaterra.

Rynox Navigator Tail Bag 50L

Viaterra Claw Mini(48L) 100% Waterproof Tailbag

Let’s find out how to choose between Hard Case vs Soft Case Luggage System for your Motorcycle with 6 key tips from 6kiom team.

1. Weight

Soft Case Luggage are light weighted as compared to Hard Case Luggage due to the materials used in their construction. If you’re someone who has less power (cc) motorcycle and prefer to travel light, then Soft Case Luggages can be best for you.

Softcase Luggage comes in different size and Liters options from 10ltr to 50+lts such as Tank Bags, Tail Bags, Hybrid Bags and so on. To check the available options in Soft Luggage click here.

So if you’re riding a lower cc  Engine bikes and prefer to carry light luggage with you, soft luggage systems is the way to go.

2. Security

Soft Luggage usually use zipper mechanisms and plastic clasps, which is not recommend if you’re carrying valuable items with you.

Rynox Aquapouch Waistpack- Stormproof YKK Zipper

Hard Luggage have Lock and Key mechanisms built into them by design, making them the safer option of the two. With Hard Case Luggage you can have a piece of mind if you have to leave your Helmet or belongings at the motorcycle for a quick coffee or lunch between your rides.

Shad SH23 Side Case Black

3. Cost

Hard case luggage

Due to the Build Quality and Materials used Hard Case Luggage are more expensive than Soft Case Luggage. If you want a Simple Luggage system at less cost then Soft Case Luggages are good to go. Hard Case Luggages are primary for regular Daily use for a long term usage with the motorcycle.

4- Maintenance

Hard Luggage are fairly easy to clean since they are made of smooth plastic and/or metal. They can even be left on the bike while it gets washed to make it simpler.

soft luggage wash care for motorcycle

Soft Luggage on the other hand are made of fabric, rexine, rubber, etc. which all have specific wash and care instructions to follow.

5- Installation and Comfort

Soft Luggage straps

Soft case luggage are a more universal fit due to them using straps and buckles, but these straps are tedious to mount every single time and have a tendency to flail around in the wind if the ends are not tucked away.

Hard Case luggage clamp mechanism

Hard luggage have clamping mechanisms which helps them easily mount on your bike’s Top Rack or Saddle stays.

6- Purpose

Soft Case luggage for off roading

When it really comes down to it, the most important factor to choosing your luggage system is what kind of use you intent to put it to. If you’re more into off-road trails and adventure riding, soft case luggage is probably the way to  go.

SHAD Luggage System

If you see yourself spending most of the time riding in urban road conditions, then don’t think twice about hard case luggage!

To Summarize in quick Table:

6 Points to Choose the Luggage Preferred Luggage System
Weight Soft Case Luggage
Security Hard Case Luggage
Cost Soft Case Luggage
Maintenance Hard Case Luggage
Installation & Comfort Hard Case Luggage
Purpose You got to choose!

 

Additionally, you can find a video resource for this over on the 6KIOM YouTube channel:

We hope this article makes your next accessories purchase a little less confusing, feel free to use this as a reference while making your way through our catalogue at our store or on our website.

Ride safe!

6 tips to Choose the Right Helmet

Here are 6 tips to choose the right helmet shared by Professional Bikers that helps you to buy the right helmet online or at the store

Helmet is a vital part of riding gear, and choosing the right helmet is even more important!

Tip 1: The Right Size:

This is where people often make mistakes especially while buying helmets online. Helmets comes under different size options starting from XXS to XXL, in some brands up to 4XL too. Below is a size chart to help you understand the right size to choose in helmets. However, the fit and comfort may vary depends on the shape of your head too. So, it’s recommended you buy the helmets at your local store.

 

Tip 2: Purpose:

Helmets are created for different purposes depending on where they will be used. It can be for Race Tracks, Motocross, Off-Roading, Adventure ride or just urban riding. Each of these scenarios require helmets to be customized for them. For example, the helmet used for regular urban riding Can’t be used at race tracks!. So, it’s important to know what is the purpose or use for the helmet before you buy one.

Below picture is an example of helmets used for different scenarios:

  • Open Face Helmets

 

Open Face Helmets are most widely used for your Urban Rides as they are very comfortable, easy to strap and remove. These helmets offer the best Ventilation but will not protect from dust on roads. If you are looking for a short ride with comfort and basic protection, Open Face helmets are the one to go for.

  • Modular Helmets

Modular helmets come with a retractable chin cover within the helmet. They are Perfect for riders who often need to communicate face-to-face with someone else while stopped. This is common for couriers and delivery people, as well as motorcycle riding instructors. Also Riders who wear eyeglasses sometimes find modular helmets easier to wear with their glasses. Modular helmets are noisy as compared to full-face helmets, but if you compare its noise reduction efficiency with the noise reduction efficiency of open face helmets, then they are not. They definitely limit the air from entering as the rider’s face, and chin will be covered, which results in less noise. However, it is considered to be unsafe riding with an open modular helmet.

  • Full Face Helmets

Full Face Helmets offers complete protection from dust on roads as they completely cover your face and chin. Full face helmets are also called as racing helmets or urban helmets, however the racing helmets have D-ring or Double-D.

What is D-ring or Double-D?

 

D-ring fasteners are one of the main – and best – types of helmet fasteners you’ll find on modern motorcycle helmets. They’re pretty low-tech but by using solid components that won’t break and masses of friction between them, they make for great helmet fasteners.

  • Off-road / Motocross Helmets

These are light weight helmets designed for performance in off road and motocross sports. Mostly the helmets are designed without an inbuilt visor. However, you can buy googles separately as they are sold in different color options and features such as UV Protection & Anti-scratch visors.

 

Motocross helmets are not recommended for racing as the beak in front of the helmet may rise the helmet up at high speeds.

  • Dual sport Helmets

Dual Face Helmets are a mix of Full-Face helmets & Motocross helmets. They can be used on streets as well off-road as they have inbuilt visors fitted to them. However, these helmets can’t be used at Race due to the beak on the top of helmets which may make the helmet rise up at higher speeds.

  1. Ventilation:

Ventilation is another important factor to be considered while buying a helmet. Without doubt we all can agree that Open Face helmets offer best ventilation and air flow. However, Full face helmets with air intake near the chin and upper head with Exhaust at the rear offers good ventilation while ensuring the aerodynamic airflow too. Below picture is a reference of how air flow in full face helmets work.

  1. Visor :

Most of the branded helmets offers Anti-Scratch & dustproof visors. Some helmet brands also offer inbuilt Sun visor which can be enabled and disabled through a button or clamp mechanism. Also, look for Pinlock system while buying your helmet as this can help you do further customizations such as adding an anti-fog film visor in addition to the inbuilt visor. Below picture is an example of antifog & Sun visor.

 

 

 

  1. Safety Certifications:

Helmets comes with different Safety standards & Certifications such as ECE – Economic Commission of Europe, DOT – Department of Transportation & most important of all in India ISI – Indian Standards Institution. It’s very important to look for brands that offer helmets with ISI Certification as certified helmets are proven to reduce the risk of injury by 69% and risk of death by 42% in severe accidents.

  1. Compatibility for Extra Accessories:

Branded helmets offers more customization options for the helmets such as option to add a different visor colors, Bluetooth and Intercom from brands like SENA , Chatterbox, PARANI etc. If you are someone who will certainly add any customizations from below images, then choose your helmet wisely as not all brands offer complete customizations options.

For more information check out our video on 6 tips to choose the right helmet for you at our YouTube channel.

The Isle of Man Tourist Trophy

The The Isle of Man Tourist Trophy races are an annual motorcycle racing event that run on the Isle of Man in May/June of most years since its inaugural race in 1907. The event is often called one of the most dangerous racing events in the world.

With the New York Times stating that the number of deaths has risen “to 146 since it was first run in 1907; if one includes fatal accidents occurring during the Manx Grand Prix, the amateur races held later in the summer on the same Snaefell Mountain Course, the figure rises above 250”. An on-site account of the 2003 race by Sports Illustrated writer Franz Lidz called the spectacle “38 Miles of Terror… A test of nerves and speed that may be sport’s most dangerous event.

Format of the races:

The TT Races since the first race in 1907 have been in the format of time-trial. The races held on the Clypse Course during the period 1954–1959 were the more traditional full grid starts along with the 1924 Lightweight TT Race and Clubmen TT Races from 1948, which were also “mass-start” races. The current format is a “clutch start” and race competitors will be “started singly at 10-second intervals

Race procedure

Start Preliminaries:

  • First Signal – 45 minutes before the start with a warm-up of engines in the Race Paddock and assembly area.
  • Second Signal – 30 minutes before start.
  • Third Signal – 15 minutes before start, race competitors move to the start-line and form-up in qualification order.
  • Fourth Signal – 5 minutes before start, signal to clear the grid and race competitors move towards the exit-gate.

Eligibility?

  • Many would be interested to know they do have an amateur section in which anyone who has made qualifying times for the Manx GP, an amateur Road Race Event seen as a practice run for TT. You will also need a racing license (British) for a minimum of 1 year prior to signing up for the TT
  • Entrants must also cite pre-filled documentation of completion of a UK drivers license or motorcycle certification or a drivers license from a comparable country that is recognized by UK comparable department of transportation standards and may withhold due to any pre-race or post-race suspensions

Are you a Video Game Lover? There’s something for you too…

  • There have been numerous videogames based on the Isle of Man TT, the first being the 1995 Sega arcade game Manx TT Super Bike, which was later ported to the Sega Saturn in 1997.
  • Several other games have followed since, including Suzuki TT Superbikes, TT Superbikes: Real Road Racing Championship and TT Superbikes Legends, all of which were released exclusively for the PlayStation 2, and developed by Jester Interactive.
  • Bigben Interactive has since revived the TT game license, releasing TT Isle Of Man: Ride on the Edge in 2018 and TT Isle Of Man: Ride on the Edge 2 in 2020

How do you get to Isle of Man?

Travel to the Isle of Man is extremely simple with Direct Ferries. The island is perfectly placed for ferry travel with connections offered from England, Ireland and Northern Ireland. Douglas Harbour is the entrance point for all passenger ferries travelling to the island.

Google map location

For more details visit – https://www.instagram.com/visitisleofman/

Most Common Biking Injuries and How to Avoid Them

Most Common Biking Injuries and How to Avoid Them by 6kiom. The motorcycle is a gateway for many enthusiasts to a world that turns not on an axis but on a bearing. Biking is a serious hobby and lifestyle for lakhs of people and, for better or for worse, isn’t the same as being a cinephile or a swimmer — it involves a varying degree of danger.

But the purpose of this blog isn’t to lament the interlaced accidents with the euphoria of biking; rather it is an attempt to keep your wheels upright by exploring some common biking errors, the danger they pose and how to avoid them altogether.

  1. Ankle bruising: In case of a fall, the first contact with the ground is likely to be the lower leg. The ankle has the smallest radius to turn before scraping against the ground and that is why the responsible rider must always be geared with quality boots that have ample padding for the ankle. These reinforced essentials are sturdy and flexible with brands such as Falco, Stylmartin and Axo using advanced technology and adaptable shoe bodies.
  2. Knee scrape: The knee acts as a protractor that gauges how close to the edge a rider is. Those thrilling bends and apexes are an integral part of the riding experience. But a little debris on the track or a second’s distraction can turn a ride into a rumble. And the knee used to gauge angle can undergo serious injury. A trusted knee guard can not only save skin, and deeper tissue from damage but also complete your riding look! Knee guards like those available from Rynox are lightweight and crafted to cover the shins, too.
  3. Road rash: Our reflexes are lightning-fast, especially when moving at high speeds. The adrenaline makes sure our body makes the right moves when riding and even in case of a mishap. Bikers who undergo an accident often don’t remember how they saved themselves. The hands, legs or posture take a position to save the face, head or back. In this process, the skin can rub against the road and suffer severe abrasions and lead to something called road rash. The tar is painful to remove from the already damaged skin and makes for nasty scars. Simple prevention is a biking jacket that is stylish and durable. Match your motorcycle or your moods and stay safe from road rash.
  4. Head trauma: India has the highest volume of road accidents and deaths. But so many of these are easily preventable through good quality helmets and gear. Whether it is a motocross helmet or an urban design, protection is paramount and every rider must own a helmet the minute they own a motorcycle. International brands such as HJC, Arai, AGV and more are here to stay, so explore and take your
    pick.
  5. A Mind block – Any damage to the body is unacceptable. And just as unwelcome is damage to the mind. An unprepared ride can be far from pleasant under the wrong conditions and leave hesitation and fear in the rider. Injuries are preventable with the right gear and riding training, both of which await at a single hotspot in Bangalore. Before the sins of recklessness slow down the next ride, gear up for life.