Thursday, December 22, 2011
All new 2012 Roland Sands Jackets are now available at Motostrano.com. Classic leather motorcycle goodness. Thick, good leather. Excellent styling. Time to ride.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Motostrano received a special advanced shipment of the all new Continental ContiAttack SM tire this week. You can order this tire now at motostrano.com or call the shop, or, lay big black patch right in our lot and come get it. Be the first on your block to burn up this new motard rubber from Continental.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Motostrano sells Sargent Seats for sportbikes, adventure bikes and some supermoto bikes. We are a Corbin dealer too, however, Corbin restricts their dealers from advertising on the web. A creative way of dealing with the internet, for sure.
We like Sargent seats because we can sell them on our web site, but also because they are well made, light weight and have a perfect fit, every time.
Comfort wise, Sargent is known for improving the ergos of your bike by giving you more ways to sit on your seat. More ways to sit = more comfort for you. More comfort for you = better riding, longer riding, more riding.
Friday, December 16, 2011
Motostrano will be importer for Suter Clutch, maker of Supermoto and Sportbike slipper clutches and the Suter Swingarm.
Suter, a Swiss-German company located in Turbenthal, makes slipper clutches for a large variety of motorcycles for racing. The Suter Swingarm is used by those building supermoto racing machines, with the intent of installing the widest possible rear tire on the widest rear rim, such as a 5.40 wide rim.
Motostrano already offers slipper clutches via Hinson, STM and Adige. The addition of Suter and the Suter swingarm means racer bike builders have a US-based source to turn to for sales and support.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Like an old friend, like an old guitar, or an old girl friend, the Roland Sands Rocker Jacket rolls into town as a classic motorcycle jacket that you'll want to sleep in.
It's heavy, but not too heavy. It's not as thick as my dead weight Vanson, but it's not thin either. It's burly enough for a lot of riding conditions and it's the kind of jacket you'd want to sport at a good urban biker bar surrounded by 3 or 4 hot women. It's a motorcycle jacket, but it's also a jacket you can wear, as a jacket.
For the full specs on the Roland Sands Designs Rocker Jacket, visit Motostrano.com. To smell the leather on the jacket you'll need to buy one, or visit our store.
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Motostrano has added an all-new motard headlight to the catalog, this time from Polisport. The Polisport Halo Headlight is ideal for supermoto street riding, streetfighters and dual-sport. Very aggressive styling, it really does resemble some of the sights of the HALO game. Very sci-fi/alien looking. Should be very popular with our motard customers.
Polisport is known for its MX plastics and we've been selling their fenders and lights for many moons. Good stuff. Made in Spain.
meets CE standards
with antivibration rubber straps
headlight extensions and
rubber straps included
heat resistant plastic
12V / 35W halogen lamp
weight: 820 gr
Available at Motostrano.com for immediate procurement.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Some of our recent work along with our supplier partners GIMOTO. Custom leather suits in Kangaroo.
Call up Motostrano or email us. We can arrange to develop a fully customized leather suit made just for you. Fit to your specific body. A perfect fit every time.
Pictured here are two kinds of two piece suits, customized to the owners sizing and color wants. One for men, one form a woman.
The middle suit is the GIMOTO Supermoto suit
Sunday, November 27, 2011
It's high quality leather, light weight and ready for riding or not. The Ronin is lighter than the The Roland Sands Mission Jacket and uses distressed leather.
Tired of reading "designed in the USA, made in China". Or do you cringe when you see a brand hide their Made in China product by calling it "imported"? RSD has a motorcycle jacket for you. The Roland Sands Tracker jacket is a waxed cotton riding jacket made in the USA. Great looks. Nice price.
Monday, November 21, 2011
The uses of plastics on a motorcycle are many and diverse. It's a shame that we are infatuated with expensive material like carbon and aluminum, when some well-made plastic would make aftermarket parts and bike customization so much easier and affordable.
The Acerbis Dual Road Handguards are a good example of what you can do with plastic on a streetbike. Good design. Functional purpose. These handguards aren't for racing and they'll fit on most streetbikes. Use them on a sportbike, dual sport or supermoto.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Motostrano has always offered the best aftermarket parts for your motorcycle. Bolt-on, easy to install performance and aesthetic parts to enhance the look of your bike. Among the best brands we offer include Rizoma, the Italian maker of fine billet parts and accessories for your bike.
Bike customizers of all shades of experience come to Motostrano for these Rizoma parts because we stock them at a good price and because Rizoma parts are high quality billet.
The Rizoma mirrors are enough to make any motorcycle enthusiast drool with envy. Extremely well made, aesthetically enhancing mirrors that change the way you ride and change the way your ride looks.
Currently, no other maker of cool aftermarket sportbike parts offer a more wide catalog than Rizoma. They have multiple types and colors of handlebars to select from. Various ways of mounting these bars. 2 types of custom grips. Color-optional levers, a bunch of brake reservoirs, rearsets, clip-ons and a nearly endless list of other goodies for your bike.
Motostrano is a direct importer of Rizoma products, importing fine Italian billet multiple times per month.
We offer Rizoma for sale on our web site and in our store, at likable prices.
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Friday, November 18, 2011
Have you actually ever read a product description on sales literature for a motorcycle jacket? Sure you have. I have. We all have. But have you actually ever reflected on that? Here's one from Alpinestars:
1.3mm top grade leather with extended perforated panels on the front for ventilation. External PU shoulder protectors derived from Alpinestars Racing Development program. MotoGP profile, perforated, back hump for improved aerodynamic and ventilation performance. Multiple external perforated leather panels on chest and back with foam padding inserts. Innovative side accordion stretch panel to enhance fit and flexibility. Functional accordion stretch inserts on elbow and shoulders. Aramidic stretch panels on sleeves. Fixed liner with 3D mesh liner insert on the back for comfort. -- D-ring waist adjustment. YKK front zip closure and YKK semi auto locking wrist closure....."Blah, blah blah. It's like reading the ingredients of a bag of Cheetos. It's a JACKET, for crying-out loud. A jacket, for boys to use and ride around on little motorized bicycles so they can then pick up chicks better.
Has it become verboten to ride a motorcycle with a simple honest leather jacket? It seems so. And, to buy one of these high-tech wonders of engineering (it's a jacket), seems to also require all kinds of research and development, your's and the manufacturer's, with lots of HD videos with balding buffed guys in tight blue t-shirts doing reviews and product descriptions on YouTube like they really believed there's something special about the thing.
Does it have to be so complicated? Do we really need to be schooled in the science of buying a jacket?
Not really. Some things should sell themselves and require no introduction. These things stand alone, are timeless and need no props.
One of the primary benefits of riding a motorcycle is the increase in cool-factor obtained by the need (the genetic requirement) for a guy or gal to wear a motorcycle jacket. It would seem to be a given, but if you look around, there's really not much cool about motorcycle biker fashion these days. Highly technical, overly technical, most of the sport or standard bike riding gear available is highly over-engineered and overly purpose-built.
So, it's refreshing, to me, to see the clothing created by Roland Sands for motorcyclists who need good looking gear, made for riding on a motorcycle, but not exclusively so. This is stuff who's primary function it seems is first and foremost: attract chicks. Secondly, it's to ride motorcycles and look good doing it. Thirdly, it's to protect the rider from the elements and maybe a crash and also to keep the rider riding longer, comfortably.
I got to review the line last week here at Motostrano's headquarters and I was instantly sold on the good looks and quality of the whole catalog of jackets and gloves. Motostrano is now selling and stocking the Roland Sands Clothing for cool-factor riding protection.
This isn't stuff you're going to use for a track day. But it's also not fashion-only leather. This is purpose-built riding gear that tries not to sacrifice either style or performance. There's no body armor in the stuff, but there's pockets for it in some of the jackets and if you need armor you can always slip on a protection jacket or back protector by Forcefield or any other brand.
Motostrano's retail outlet and web site will the places where you will be able to find these great garments. We encourage you to visit our store, call our shop or order online.
Motostrano staff can walk you through any sizing questions you have, as well steer you to the right product that is right for you.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
A couple of years ago I got the idea to slowly start offering bicycles to our customers at the Motostrano retail store and on our web site. More of a test, really, to see if it would work, or whether folks would freak out.
- Urban/Hybrid Bikes
- Bike Path Bikes
- Men and Women's Bikes
- Electric Bikes
Monday, November 14, 2011
Saturday, November 12, 2011
one of the first things you'll do during your supermoto conversion, is select a universal supermoto fender.
There are 4 major brands of supermoto fenders available. there's one other maker that we don't care for, so we dont offer it, by Maier.
All of our supermoto fenders are universal: ie. they will fit any bike and each requires you to drill your own mounting holes on to the plastic, usually with the help of a supplied template for drilling.
Each type of supermoto fender varies in style. All of them are are "supermoto" in that they are shorter than the average MX fender, since the front wheel of a supermoto is smaller than on an MX bike.
Each fender retails for something in the range of $30 or so. Each comes in all the big brand of fender colors so you can match or not match to your bike's plastic.
Motostrano sells more supermoto fenders than any store on the planet. We stock all major brands and all colors and fenders are included in most of our supermoto conversion kits.
Monday, November 7, 2011
This week we are rolling out the all-new Motostrano.com. That's right, after 9 years of being on the same platform, we've moved on to more advanced pastures with more features and more flexibility, which we hope will mean better customer service, an easier to use web site and growth from us as a company. So, this is big, big, news for us and we're very happy to be moving forward with it.
Some of the features the new web site has that we think you'll enjoy are
- Easy to use navigation with pull-down menus at the top of each page
- Clean, bright design
- More robust search engine. Search by any keyword, application, color, size
- More product images
- More product descriptions
- More accurate related products
- Automatic display of products by most popular
- More sorting options in search and categories
- Wishlist feature
- User Profile feature with account history
- Compare feature
- Mobile site version for access on your phone or tablet
- Google Check-out integration
- Send to Google+
- Send to a Facebook contact
- Zoom on photos
All of our premier brands are still there. We have all of the gear from Alpinestars in our clothing section, along with GIMOTO leathers, ICON Clothing. These represent our premier brands, not to mention MVD Racewear, our preferred brand of supermoto clothing.
Motorcycle luggage now has its own section. Motorcycle tools now has its own section.
In addition to our new web site, we've made some internal changes to how we process and ship orders. We've removed some layers and steps that have been place for years, which we found only slowed down the order-to-shipment time frame.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
In the coming weeks, Motostrano will be receiving a first shipment of R Speed leathers and riding gear. At Motostrano we take pride in being able to import goods from all over the world to offer to our US customers. In our history spanning from 2002, Motostrano at one time imported Vertemati motorcycles, Sil Moto exhaust and we continue to direct import Rizoma, Gimoto and other brands. R Speed will be another offering of ours, with off-the-rack suits for supermoto and road race, as well as custom designs.
Here are some photos
Thursday, October 27, 2011
A Helpful Guide For The First Time Leather Suit BuyerRevised 2/11/2011
This essay was written for the motorcyclist in the market for a new leather suit. If you enjoy what you read here or find it useful, please consider purchasing your new suit from Motostrano.com. We appreciate the return business and we enjoy providing you with top service on this important purchase.
If this is the first time you've been in the market for a leather motorcycle riding suit, or jacket, you're likely going into the experience with little information and a lot of questions. Most motostrano customers come to us looking for a suit armed with recommendations and advice from friends, many of whom also have no idea what makes up a good fitting, quality suit. We're not asking you to ignore those recommendations or your own opinions, because they may in the end weigh the heaviest in your decision on what to buy, but take a moment to consider some new information your buddies may not be passing on to you.
Buying A Leather Suit?
A one or two piece leather suit is usually a relatively significant investment for most riders. The cost alone is the reason so many riders don't own a suit, let alone a good quality jacket. It's safe to say that a majority of street motorcycle riders ride with less than ideal riding gear. Given that fact, riding with any real protective gear other than a helmet is a step above the rest. Nevertheless, our opinion is that you should own and use the best quality riding gear that you can afford. Beyond that, your gear should fit your needs, your riding style and most of all it should fit you.
We are often asked what the difference is between the low end and high end suits. It comes down to the amount of features the suit has, the quality of the leather, the quality of the interior of the suit, the quality of the armor (if the suit features any), the type and amount of stitching in the suit. The more expensive the materials and the more time needed to make the suit, will make up the cost of the suit. Like anything, you tend to get what you pay for and poorly made suits will not only protect you less, but won't last as long just during the regular use of the suit.
Features to look for in a suit include:
- Leather type, either cowhide, kangaroo or goat
- Leather thickness and suit weight
- Type of venting and perforation features
- Type of padding and protection
- Type of spine protection, aero hump, or inserts
- Slider type and hardness
- Type and quantity of stitching
- Internal lining, removability
- Insert pockets or snap-ins for back protectors
- Stretch material used
The qualities of leather make it a very difficult material to burn or tear in a crash slide situation. This isn't to say that textile jackets and pants shouldn't be owned and used for regular street riding, but of the two, leather offers more protection. Various types of leather and a wide range of leather thickness is used across all manufacturers.
You can really look at a leather suit as a 2nd, very thick skin, that is worn over your body. Sewn into this skin, in any serious leather suit, will be protective strategically placed armor for even more protection and then stretch panels and liners for comfort and cooling. In a crash situation, the leather protects from impact force that would otherwise tear your skin and sliding abrasion that would otherwise scrape your skin off. Impact armor is there to absorb as much of any impact energy as possible.
Higher end leather tends to be thinner and soft, therefore lighter and more comfortable for the rider, than heavy-weight leather. Thin, soft leather also takes less time for the suit to break-in than heavy weight leather. Thin leather, taken to the extreme may be comfortable, but can also no longer be fully protective, or if it is, is only a 'one-crash' garment.
Leather suits are typically offered in "one piece" and "two piece" varieties. One piece suits provide the best protection of the two types, due to the fact that there are less seams that can be subject to tearing during an impact situation. A two piece suit is slightly more versatile than a one piece suit, since it can be unzipped at the waist and be ridden as a jacket alone. Some manufacturers, such as Alpinestars, offer separate jackets and track pants that can be zipped together to make a full-type suit. Usually, however a riding jacket zipped to a riding pant does not zip all the way around the waist.
Increasingly, hi-tech suit manufacturers such as Alpinestars feature injection molded hard-plastic protection on their suits, combining leather protection with impact-absorbing hard body armor. This brings us to the topic of armor. Body armor is the part of the suit designed to protect the rider's body from hard impact with the ground or other objects. Many leather riding jackets on the market today have no body armor in them at all. The other important part of a suit or jacket is the impact absorbing armor. Higher end suits today use "CE Approved" hard plastic and/or multi-layored memory foam armor inserts at these impact areas. Utilizing hard armor and various types of foam and padding, creates an energy absorbing zone through out the suit, protecting the rider during heavy direct impact crashes.
Protection zones to look at include:
Alpinestars' higher ends suits, now offer exterior hard plastic protection in certain areas. This serves to protect the rider even more by putting the protection inserts as the first point of contact with the impact object.
The bare bones distinction between a high quality suit and low quality suit can be said to be the quality of the leather and the quality of the stitching. A high quality well-made suit can withstand the most brutal of slides and still stay together, protecting the riders skin. Lessor quality leather matched with poor stitching is what causes a suit to 'blow up', or come apart on a rider during a crash. It takes a certain amount of skill, learned proprietary knowledge and craft to produce a suit will live up to the task.
Next to protection, what any suit or jacket spends most of its time doing is keeping you comfortable. Mainly, this means that the suit should fit you well, so that you will want to wear it. An overly heavy suit with no venting on a hot day, won't be your first choice when you go to suit up for a day's ride in the street. An overly uncomfortable suit will also have the affect of being a distraction to your riding when you are on the bike. You want your suit to fit as good as possible.
Sizing. Especially when ordering online, sizing questions are one of the first things on people's minds. As a retailer with both a web site and a retail showroom of our products, we don't necessarily recommend that that you go and try on a suit at your local dealer and buy the item from us. Kinda tacky and most motorcycle dealerships don't offer a wide variety of sizes in their showroom for you anyway. Motostrano offers a free exchange return policy on all of our suits, so you can be sure to get the right size. Motostrano stocks suits, unlike other stores who only special order their inventory, so we won't cringe if you have to exchange or return a suit. Our sales associates can also guide you through the fitting process either on the phone or by email and help you select the right product.
Sizing across all manufacturers varies. Some makers size their suits in US Sizes, others in European Sizes. The difference in numbers is that European sizes are 10 above US sizes. So, if you tend to wear a size 42 US jacket, you'd be a size 52 in European sizing.
When we speak to customers on the phone who don't know what size they are, the questions we ask are:
- What's your height
- What's your weight
- What size US suit jacket do you wear
- What's your waist size
Using these questions we can usually get the sizing right in a few seconds. This is, however, as long as the rider isn't exceptionally built in the shoulder, stomach or thigh areas. Some, though few, riders will simply not fit well in any off the shelf suit.
You want your suit to fit as snug as possible, even to the point of being a little constraining. At Motostrano we preach that your new leather suit should at first be border-line uncomfortable when you first try it on. A new suit will give a half a size to a size after a few times of using the suit. Leather gives to an extent to form to the rider's shape and size. First time suit buyers are typically lost when it comes to trying on suits because they want the suit to fit perfectly the moment they try it on. A good fitting suit should be very snug on the few times of use. A perfectly fitting suit has few creases, baggy points and folds, yet is just snug enough to be a little tight on the rider. You shouldn't be able to grab a hand full of leather easily and bunch it up in your hand if the suit is fitting well. The suit should fit as well as possible, like a second skin, tight to your body.
Most first time suit owners try on a suit and want the knee protection and sliders to be up on their knees. Look at this photo of Eric Bostrom with his knee down and slider in full action and you'll have an idea of where you want your sliders to be in relation to your knees. Knee armor should stop at about the middle of your knee cap. Knee, elbow and shoulder amour shouldn't be loose on you.
The other point that first-time suit owners often overlook is that your suit is designed to fit you best when riding the bike. You're not going to use your suit to go out on a date and although showing up at your favorite rider gathering area and posing in a full race suit looks cool, that's not what a well made suit is designed for and we hope that's not playing in your purchasing decision. A race suit is designed to be in the riding position, leaned over and aggressively positioned. It's designed to fit the rider comfortably while riding the bike. We speak with folks all the time who get the suit on and complain they can't raise their arms over their head. Ok- great! you're not going to want your arms flailing over you head if you get off the bike- you'll want some restriction there.
When considering the features of a suit, you'll realize quick that the higher cost suits offer the most advanced features. If you can't spring for the big buck suit, you can still get a quality protective suit that fits, without having to settle for a low end suit that will come part on you while riding, or just plain be uncomfortable while riding. The full range of Alpinestars suits is designed to fit within most riders' budgets and still offer world-class features such as CE Approved armor, soft leather, venting and interior lining.
Another important point to consider is that there are a multitude of suit manufacturers on the market today. A good amount of them utilize the racing scene as a marketing and sales tool for their products. It makes good sense to look at which riders are riding with what suit brand, because these guys have careers and lives to protect and they crash all the time. They want to be around at the finish line, but realize too, that pro racers usually have custom suits built for them by their sponsors. What your favorite pro racer is wearing may or may not be available to the average rider. Suit makers also use their sponsored riders for product testing and product development. Many of the suits worn by pro racers are not yet available to the public, because the manufacturer puts time, money and energy into getting feedback from their sponsored riders for products that are not yet released yet. This information is then taken back to the lab and used to build next generation protection products.
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Customize it, modify it, build it
Motostrano sells only the finest accessories and parts for you and your motorcycle. Started in 2002, Motostrano's goal is to offer the most unique and best quality motorcycle products available to motorcycle enthusiasts. We're not trying to be a fashion store or the next greatest online e-commerce thing. We're just trying to be a cool place to find great motorcycle stuff, stuff you can't find anywhere else and this goes for our web site as much as it does for our retail store in Redwood City. We made Motostrano to be what we would want from a motorcycle store and we've created Motostrano as a place that we'd like to shop ourselves. Our customers are folks who can't leave well enough alone, who enjoy the time and care and planning and execution involved in upgrading, customizing and enhancing their machines with all the imagination and satisfaction that it entails. We are happy to participate in your project.
Motostrano's top brands include Alpinestars, Acerbis, Akrapovic, Leo Vince, Wolfman Luggage, GIVI, STM, Speedymoto, Rizoma , AGV, Kali Helmets, ICON, Arrow Exhaust and Suomy. We also sell bicycles and electric bikes from Felt Racing and Ultra Motor.
Motostrano deals in Sportbike, Supermoto , Adventure Moto, Scooter and Harley-Davidson parts. We have expert knowledge in the protective apparel field and can help you sort through the myriad of options available to you for motorcycle wear. Motostrano is also known as "the supermoto store". That's because our supermoto kits are often a riders first point entry into the world of supermoto. Motostrano also sells supermoto wheels, supermoto brakes and everything else you need to build your supermoto.
Motostrano ships world wide and operates a vibrant retail location that you can actually come and visit and shop. NOTE: Motostrano does not guarantee all products on our web site are in stock, all the time. Some products are made to order. Some products are special ordered from distributors around the United States and also around the world. These products may cause a delay in shipment until they are constructed or received. For time-sensitive orders, we highly encourage you to call for time estimates or availability.
Monday, October 24, 2011
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Customize it, modify it, build it
Greetings folks! We want to thank our customers, as we often do, and express our gratitude and support for your patronage over the years. Motostrano wouldn't be here without you as our customers and for that we are grateful. As we near to our almost tenth year in business, we're happy to continue to offer you the best and most unique motorcycle parts and accessories - and now bicycle stuff too! Many things in the works for the months ahead- one of which is a totally redesigned and revamped web site, so stay tuned for that.
As we near the cold winter months, we're eager to move some old inventory and get in your hands for some hefty discounts. Our ongoing store sale can be found at our Twowheelsteals.com web site. Take a gander over there from time to time and you'll see Suomy helmets at half off, AFX Helmets at 40% off, AGV helmets at 30% off and all types of other gear, clothing, parts and accessories for you and your bike. Good stuff. Great prices.
If you are local, please visit our store again soon. We've redone our store and moved some displays around. We carry the full line of Felt Lifestyle and BMX bikes in our store. Come in for a test ride. These things are just plain, pure, fun. They're very cool, too.
We keep saying that Rizoma simply makes the best aftermarket accessories for your custom motorcycle. From billet functional rear sets, to handle bars, mirrors and cosmetic parts like brake reservoirs, no one is producing the type of products as a complete package as Rizoma and we are very happy to import their whole catalog direct from Italy.
Question? Call or email and you can also simply text us at (650) 918 6259 and get a quick response often 24 hours a day.
Check out our bicycle store too: suburbanbikes.com
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Fortunately, this also means that, each year, 2 or 3 times a year, many products are discontinued, go unsold or must be put on clearance to make room for new products. Alpinestars discounts and clearance deals are ongoing all year long and you can find these on our web site. The reasons a product may not just sell out entirely are numerous and varying. No one wants to buy a product that no one else wanted to buy- but we sure like good deals. Which is nice when buying Alpinestars because you know that you're going to get good stuff all the time because they invest a lot in their products and have years of experience building great stuff.
Jackets, boots, gloves, pants, suits, t-shirts. Unlike many smaller companies that update their catalog every few years, Alpinestars strives to be on the cutting edge with fresh new products for motorcyclists each year. This means, first of all, that you know you're going to get great products with the latest protection technology integrated into your gear. But secondly, it means that there's quite a lot of deals to be had on last year's or last-last year's gear.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Motostrano doesn't really stock Women's motorcycle boots. Why? because 90% of what's available for women is foofoo junk that really, in our opinion, doesn't belong on a motorcycle, let alone on a person, whether they be a boy or a girl.
Traditional women's motorcycle boots, whether they be by a top name brand or a smaller boot company are traditionally made to be decorative and girly, with only a little thought and design focused on actual protection and rider comfort.
We like our customers. We enjoy them with both feet in good working order. Therefore we like to sell them products that will serve this purpose- protection. You'll see some women's moto boots on our web site (we have to eat) and, yes, some women's boots are sized correctly for the small feet many women have, but not all women are super petite and many women do just fine in smaller men's boots.
We believe there's no reason that women should have sub-par riding boots simply because girls are girly. We believe that a women's motorcycle boot should have the same protection of a men's boot. We believe that a woman's boot should also have the same technical features of a men's boot.
So, with this in mind, we try to stock some of our boots in the smaller men's sizes, when possible. In this economy, stocking very small, or very large sizes, is challenging, but we usually have some on hand for purchase in our store, and our web site is where you can order just about anything.
We do also offer some girly boots. But if asked, we'll steer most women to small-sized men's boots.
Which is why we really like the new ICON Reign Boots for Women. As you can see, this boot differs from the men's boot only in size and foot shape. Built to be more narrow and smaller, this boot shares all the technical features as the men's boot and it doesn't even look diffent.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Motostrano has long supported exotic motorcycles and though known for their lawn mowers and so forth, Husqvarna is also world famous for making rare breed unique motorcycles with a long span of history backing up it's brand and technology.
At Motostrano, we focus on the Husqies devoted to road riding. Supermoto Husqvarnas either in OEM or converted form, we've been selling Husqvarna supermoto parts and kits for a long time.
For exhaust, we offer exhaust systems from Arrow Husqvarna, Akrapovic and Leo Vince Husqvarna. The most tuned exhausts systems come from our friends at Akrapovic, followed quick by Leo Vince and Arrow Special Parts. All 3 are made in Europe and tested on each bike.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
The popularity of adventure riding and all the accompanying specialized riding gear that goes with it has become a primary target of Alpinestars in the last year or two. Probably years in the making, Alpinestars is doing all that it can to take some steam away from Revit's adventure riding gear sales, who has raised the bar for a lot of touring gear over the past few years.
Alpinestars isn't one to be shy about it's world-wide reach and you can bet money that Alpinestars motorcycle gear has covered more ground (and more BIG air) than all other riding apparel companies combined. Want to travel around the world in some adventure gear? Why not do it with gear from a company with gear that already reaches the far corners of the globe and in no panzy way? Alpinestars boots are already on every serious adventure rider, protecting ankles and toes for millions of KMs.
For it's latest release, Alpinestars is trying to push the limits of technical adventure gear, building on it's existing heritage of technology, it's patents and it's proprietary knowledge base that you can only get from decades of protection gear making. With names like the the Alpinestars LONG RANGE JACKET, the Cape Town Air DRYSTAR Jacket and the Köln Drystar Jacket, you can tell they are making it clear, these garments are made to take you to some very far corners of the globe.
Besides their High Adventure Riding Gear, astars have updated the Alpinestars Supertech R Boots and the SMX Plus Boots. Both boots have updated with a HIVIS color option that looks killer-fast.
The Alpinestars line of products have been a staple of the Motostrano catalog since our early beginnings. Newbies usually don't know Alpinestars' dominance in the motorcycle world and often get lost in the jungle of good and bad riding gear options that are available to them. It usually take a couple of years of riding experience and a couple of rounds of bad gear buying experience to get to know what's what, what quality gear is made of and what crappy gear is made of. In other words, Alpinestars is certainly a brand for riders "in the know". The latest collection from Alpinestars is highly refined and technical and will appeal to experienced riders looking for very functional, quality gear with great european styling for the sportbike and high adventure riding category.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Motostrano will be stocking the new ICON Reign Boots starting in the fall. The new Reign boots from ICON fit the bill for a commuter touring boot for sport bike, dual sport and casual riding. One more product to walk out of our foul-weather development center. The Reign boot's easy access and low profile design make it an excellent choice for the daily commute or long distance travel. Rugged waterproof YKK zippers make entry and exit a snap (actually a zip). The waterproof and breathable interior mean your feet stay cool and dry even when it's neither cool nor dry outside. Protection comes by the way of durable leather and a ballistic nylon upper mated with injection molded shin and ankle plates. The lowers feature an axialmetric steel shank along with slip-resistant high friction outsoles. Even with all of these features, we still managed to make them so lightweight and comfortable you may just want to wear them year 'round.Durable leather and ballistic nylon upper 100% waterproof seam sealed construction Waterproof and breathable inner lining Injection molded shin and ankle plates Rubber shift interface ribs High friction Icon outsoles Axialmetric steel shank Footpeg interface arch YKK waterproof zippers
ICON's come out with the ICON Heartbreaker Jacket and pant combo for women motorcyclists. Edgy, good looking gear the ICON Heartbreaker Jacket comes in black or red and has some sponsor logos and patches on it. The jacket is made to be worn with the ICON Heartreaker pants, which fall into the reinforced kevlar denim riding jeans category and look to be made of the right stuff. We haven't had the opportunity to test fit them on some real women yet, so if you're a woman and would like to donate your body for scientific study, drop us a line. Pants are a difficult item to get right size-wize, so lets hope ICON did their homework before letting these go to final cut.
I'm drooling over the 2011 Fall product from ICON. ICON moto has been on such a hard core roll with some fantastic, exciting motorcycle clothing and helmets in the past year and judging by their latest fall 2011 stuff, they're not letting up any time soon. With their complete end to end presentation, ICON is, for better or worse, putting a lot of other clothing companies to shame, or just flat out putting them out of business.
No longer just the "stunter" brand, ICON is really starting to give other makers of moto clothing a serious run for their money. I know, I know, they can't touch the likes of Alpinestars or SIDI in the boot and suit market, but who cares? You can't afford to go racing any more anyway. So, ICON is making some exciting hooligan stuff for the dudes having fun in the street, in the parking lot, in the back alley.
I like the ICON Guardian Alliance Helmet for it's wink at our boys fighting the good fights.
There's a limited edition ICON Hard Luck Jacket that will evaporate before you will realize it's that cool. We don't have numbers as far as how many will be made, but if it's anything like the "metal god" jacket that it copies, this thing won't last long, will be ordered up exclusively from the online shops and then sold on Ebay for double the price.
And since ICON is one of the few truly neutral clothing companies out there, Harley riders now have some black n orange ICON to wear with the new ICON Brawnson Sidewinder Jacket. Good stuff.
Oh and check this out! ICON is making a real motorcycle boot. The ICON Rein Waterproof boot is a touring commuting category killer. j
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
This month Rizoma released its long anticipated line of billet parts for the Ducati Diavel. Beautifully crafted billet aluminum parts are now available to Ducati Diavel owners. It's about time. It's about TIME Ducati Diavel owners get to customize their bikes with some Italian billet parts. Rizoma has released a nice catalog of Ducati Diavel parts based on their long experience with Ducati billet bolt-on parts..
Motostrano is a stocking dealer of Rizoma and has been for 7 years. Rizoma is made in Italy and produces parts for Ducati,KTM BMW, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Yamaha, Harley Davidson and Suzuki.
Monday, July 25, 2011
Motostrano is fascinated with alternative transportation machines. Electric bicycles are on the forefront of future and alternatively powered transportation. In addition to the Stromer bike, Motostrano sells the Ultra Motor A2B line of bikes and traditional bicycles from Felt Racing.
AGV and Valentino Rossi has released a beautiful limited edition helmet based on Rossi's "Winter Test" 2010 helmet design. Creatively dubbed the ROSSI WINTER TEST HELMET, it features a classic Rossi paint scheme with yellow/black coloring, basic lines and an aggressive look. In our opinion, this is one of the nicest Rossi helmets to come out in a while, which is saying a lot, since the last few helmets to be released have been just great.
Friday, July 15, 2011
Ducati Rider Portrait’s Photo Project
Bay Area Photographer Exposes the Soul of Ducati
251 W El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087
Saturday July 16th 2011
Combine the words art and motorcycle in a conversation and the word Ducati is soon mentioned. The bay area is a paradise for motorcyclists and a sanctuary for artists, so an exhibition that combines the two is a genuine showcase of local passions. From July 2nd to July 30th the Sunnyvale Art Gallery will play host to over 40 select portraits from acclaimed photographer Wayne Serrano’s “Ducati Rider Portrait Project”. The exhibition also includes several sculptures of Italian two wheel horsepower, including a rare Ducati Desmosedici RR.
For decades Wayne Serrano has worked as an editorial and commercial photographer. His style has evolved to capturing the moments and emotions of real people in the environments that reflects their uniqueness and true spirit. “Looking over a few contact sheets of a motorcycle rider photo-shoot it struck me. After people ride, their faces are different; you can see it in their eyes. With that discovery the project began. When riding, the state of being hyper-focused is subconscious. A rider escapes into the moment and all other concerns and pretenses are pulled away. My goal was to capture that moment in the Ducati rider’s eyes.”
Often considered the Ferrari of motorcycles Ducati riders were a natural fit for the project. These Italian machines are always fast, and very sexy. As a photographer, Wayne quickly saw the Ducati difference. “Even people who don’t know anything about bikes are drawn to the beauty of a Ducati straight away. Some Ducati riders say it’s the only motorcycle with a soul. When people feel that way about a bike, a good photo isn’t far behind.”
Often done in a few fleeting seconds rather than extensive photo-shoots Wayne sought to capture that “rider face” before it was gone. It’s clear he’s succeeded. One gallery visitor Cat MacLeod said “We’ve all seen ourselves in the mirror but to see your own wild-eyed soul staring back at you bigger than life…that’s art.”
The 20X30” prints will be available for purchase. All proceeds will go to fund the continuation of the project and subsequent book.
A special artist reception will be held Saturday July 16th from 1pm to 11pm, with Wayne speaking at 5pm. The exhibition opening is timed to coincide with Red Bull US Grand Prix, when all the motorcycling world’s eyes turn the Bay Area’s own Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Many riders are stopping off at the Gallery as they head south to the races.
The Sunnyvale Art Gallery is open from 8am to 8pm Monday through Friday and 9am to 8pm Saturday. It is located at 251 W El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087 (408) 737-8188
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Tuesday, June 21, 2011
A custom parts shop and fabricator , composite-art out in Florida is offering some high end carbon and kevlar parts for your high end supermoto. Composite-Art, is just that. Exquisite carbon parts for dirtbikes that would make most Ducati owners get a stiffy just by seeing this stuff. Rugged, immaculate carbon for your KTM and supermoto.
Motostrano allows motorcyclists to convert their dirt bikes to supermoto for street or racing with thousands of parts to select from.
Monday, June 13, 2011
Felt sure has a way of appealing to motorheads. Their newest limited edtion, the Felt Shelby Cruiser is one nice bike. Of course, the auto world is falling all over this bike and for good reason. Great looks, limited edition status and those cool blue Shelby colors. What more could a car guy who wants to ride a bicycle ask for?
Paying homage to the iconic Shelby image and brand, we went all-out on the limited edition Shelby Cruiser. Our designers took their cues from the wealth of Shelby racing traditions when developing the bike. The Shelby Cruiser features the legendary Wimbledon White and Guardsman Blue paint that adorned famed Shelby GT350. The bike is built around Felt’s hydro-formed aluminum tank frame and fitted with high performance three-speed Nexus internal gearing. 36 spoke wheels wrapped with “blue dot” tires impart a comfortable ride, and a proprietary Abraham Linkage Double Springer Fork affords fast and precise handling. Every detail on the bike is honed to the tradition and passion embodied by Carroll Shelby and his company.
Cruiselite Rust-Free Aluminum Hydroform Tank Frame Wimbledon White and Guardsman Blue High Quality DuPont Paint Felt Abraham Linkage Double Springer Fork & Semi-Integrated Headset Felt Drop-Zero Threadless Aluminum Stem Felt Cogswell Aluminum CNC Machined Chainwheel Super-Wide Felt 50mm Aluminum Rims Heavy Duty 12g Stainless Spokes 3-Speed Shimano Nexus Coaster Brake Hub Felt Oversized Aluminum Double 5-Star Drum Brake Front Hub 26 x 2.125 Circuit "Blue Dot" Tires Front & Rear Shorty Rear Fender
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
This is a good deal here. In a nutshell, this deal helps you get rid of that ratty old skank-lid you keep on your tool box or stuffed above your camping gear in the garage AND get 20% off a brand new AGV helmet all at the same time.
We all have them. "Oh yea, that's my old helmet. I keep it around for passengers. See it's signed by Giacomo Agostini's great grandfather". Or, "Yea, lotta miles under that lid, I keep it for when I ride with a chick on the back". Or, "I just can't part with this thing. I've had it for ten years and only went down twice in it. It's still good, right?" No, it's not. Time to get a new lid dude.
So, for a limited time, as in until June 15, in conjunction with AGV, Motostrano is offering you any new AGV Helmet at 20% off the standard retail price when you send in your old bruiser helmet as a trade-in.
Here's how it works
- Look over at the scratched up, used up, jalopy of a helmet you have over there in the garage and tell yourself "I need a new helmet".
- If you're still not convinced, pick it up and take a wiff of the inside.
- Next, visit motostrano.com and check out AGVs complete line of really cool helmets, including the brand new AGV Rossi Wake-Up helmet that just came out, like, today.
- Pick out a helmet and order it up online. As you order, enter the code "AGVTRADE" on our billing page in the field that says "Source Code/ Coupon Code". This will slice off 20% off the standard price of any AGV helmet you order online and will code you in for the trade in deal.
- Next, send us in your skank-lid. Yes, yes. You're going to actually have to part with it. See our web site for our address and send in a copy of your order to complete the deal.
- Here's the rule: if you're ordering a full-face helmet, you need to send in a full-face skank helmet. If you are ordering a MX or Dual sport helmet, you need to send in an MX or DS Helmet, etc. We can't trade in a cruiser half-helmet for a Rossi Replica. Apples for Apples.
- Sit back and wait for your new helmet to arrive in the mail.
- It's that easy, but if we lost you at step one, email or call with your questions.
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Saturday, April 16, 2011
MAKE covers some great ideas, gives some detailed build-plans and parts lists for making some awesome motorized fun. Making the stuff was half the fun. Riding and crashing it was the other half of the fun. And of course, back then, no one wore helmets while doing this kind of stuff and I nodded my head reading Mark Frauenfelder's commentary "It probably goes without saying, but I'm going to say it anyway: Wear a helmet! When I was a kid, no body wore helmets when they rode bikes, skateboards, go-karts, or minibikes. Please don't make that mistake today".
Being in the business of selling protective motorcycle gear, a motorcycle store is often the single place a professional neighborhood go-kart racer can turn to for a decent helmet and some gloves. And, we've served a lot of suburban asphalt racers over the years. Dads reviving old contraptions that have been stored in the attic at grandpas for years, new fab models with the latest in power-drill motors and light weight frame constructions.
These home-made racers tend to go for inexpensive DOT helmet models, that serve the need well. Brands like our Z1R and AFX helmets, or whatever sub-$200 helmet model that might be on clearance in our showroom. Any kind of graphic will do. It just has to fit and be cheap. It won't be well cared for and it will be used by multiple divers over the years.
Thursday, April 7, 2011
You may text us for anything at 650-918-6259. This goes to our office and our various wireless paraphernalia so we can respond (theoretically) to you question 24 hours.
Back in 2002, Motostrano was one of the first retail companies to email you a receipt right there on the spot for in-store purchases. It freaked some people out and pissed off those dudes who share their email with their wife - well, lesson learned.
Now, we can text local customers about orders ready for pick-up. We can respond to customers worldwide about order status or to provide price quotes.
Generation Y likes to text. Motostrano now accepts your text messages. (650) 918-6259
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Gimoto Previews the WAS+ Riding Suit
|Gimoto WAS+ suit|
The new product reportedly encompasses the highest levels of resistance to abrasion, impact cuts and tears and seam bursting, with no compromises in rider comfort and quality of fit.
After a development lasting more than 1 year and after more than 400 tests have been carried out, the WAS+ suit was confirmed as exceeding CE EN 13595 level 2 – in all sizes and colours including made-to-measure.
Arm and leg zones are high risk zones, that require CE homologated impact protectors ('body armour'). Two levels of performance are specified for clothing providing protection against road impacts: clothing designed to give some protection whilst having the lowest possible weight and ergonomic penalties associated with its use (Level 1) and clothing providing a moderate level of protection, higher than that provided by Level 1 (Level 2).
There are however weight and restriction penalties in providing this level of protection.
According to Gimoto, all the materials and construction that are used in the WAS+ suit design exceeded all of the following tests:
- Tears resistance following
- Abrasion resistance of materials
- Maximum knife penetration
- Burst strength of seams and fastenings
- Chemical and ergonomic test
To satisfy the requirements of all these tests, Gimoto has perfected the development and introduction of a new elasticated fabric - called G-nforced - developed and patented directly by Gimoto and used exclusively in the WAS+ suit.
WAS+ also introduces the new 3D inner liner that reportedly gives greater breathability and comfort to the rider. Gimoto, however, did not reveal any pricing details for the moment.