Last Wednesday I purchased a new Olympia riding jacket from Maxim. I have wanted one of these ever since I saw a group of riders wearing a high-vis yellow jackets. I could see these riders literally from a mile away but the other riders in the group seemed to get lost in the background. I thought “if a jacket makes you that visible I want one.” So yesterday I rode the VFR to Sherman to have lunch with my dad. After lunch I rode over to my mom’s assisted living place to check on her. I walked in and I walked to the dining area to check and see if she is still at lunch. (She was not.) As I walked by a table and one of the inmates asked me “what kind of uniform is that?” I had on my Olympia two piece riding suit with my newly acquired high-vis yellow jacket. “Uniform” I asked? He said “you must work for the highway department or somethin’!”
It has come to my attention that there are motorcycle riders that have never taken their bike on a road trip. There are few things you can do with a motorcycle that are more rewarding than a motorcycle trip. You don’t have to spend weeks in the saddle headed to exotic locations and you don’t have to rough it, unless you want to. Weekend getaways, that include an overnight stay can be just as rewarding as a cross country jaunt especially if it is your first time. Here are a few tips that can make touring by motorcycle safe and rewarding.
If you plan a long day’s ride and aren’t accustomed to riding for more than just a few hours a day, don’t jump right into a road trip. Try taking some practice rides to get used to being on a bike for longer periods of time or cut your travel time down to more manageable bits. The more prepared you can be for how endless six or seven hours is going to feel, the better. Wind protection goes a long way toward making your ride a pleasant one.
Fighting the wind for two or three hours at highways speeds gets exhausting. Five, six, and seven hours into riding, it’s even worse. A windshield helps cut the wind and fight fatigue. Make an investment in comfort. On my VFR I have added a comfy aftermarket seat, raised the handlebars and lowered the foot pegs. These changes do not take away from the handling or the fun of the bike but they make the “sport” riding position a little more neutral. The result is a bike I can ride hour after hour.
Prepare for the weather. You may think it’s hot at home when you leave but will it be the same in the mountains? Clear skies have a habit of developing clouds and dropping rain. Be sure to take something warm along with your riding gear. Layers are best. Also pack a rain suit. A cheap rain suit is better than no rain suit. Trust me on this one. Not only will a rain suit keep you dry it will also keep you warm by keeping the damp frigid air at bay.
Wear ear plugs. Nothing saps your good mood and ruins you hearing like the wind noise droning in your helmet. Rest is as important as riding and making good time. Take some time and stop. A motorcycle trip is not a marathon (unless your are riding the Iron Butt.) Stop and smell the roses, pull over for interesting attractions or just to stretch your legs. Frequent stops will keep you fresh and riding longer.
Technology is your friend. A helmet equipped with Bluetooth, for example, can link you to your phone and not only play music but receive calls, follow GPS directions, and allow rider-to-rider communications. If you have never been on an overnight ride make this the year you go. If you haven’t been trippin in a while make plans to get out there again. You will be glad you did.
What is a 360fly action camera? A normal camera, like your point and shoot GoPro or cell phone shoots one picture in one direction. The 360fly Action Camera shoots a panorama around a 360 degree lens. It’s like a single eye recording everything in its field of vision. Mount it on your helmet and you’ll record everything above and on all sides of you and your bike.
Once you capture the video on the 360fly, you send the footage back to the app on your phone. You can view it like a regular video but you can move your phone around to see different parts of the 360-degree capture. The shot and the viewer make it just like being there. For instance, if you hold the phone in front of you can see straight ahead. If you spin the phone around you can see behind you.
You can even use a Google Cardboard Virtual Reality (VR) viewer. Just put the app into VR mode and then, as you move your head around, the screen just shows the point of view you’d be looking at if you were actually there inside the scene.
It is easy to share your 360 videos online using only your phone. You can use the 360fly app to edit your clips and then publish them to Twitter or Facebook.
For deeper sharing, upload your clips to the 360fly website using your computer. The site will automatically generate an embedded code for you, so posting the scene to your own blog is as easy as embedding a YouTube clip, only viewers are given the ability to freely scroll through a scene in full 360 degrees, exploring virtually any point of view.
If you are a GoPro user and you have GoPro mounts all over your bike and helmet then you are in luck. The 360fly takes the same mounting system as a GoPro camera. If you want to take your pictures to the next level or if you want to experiment with VR then you should definitely get a 360fly. You don’t have to go all over town to find one. We have them in stock at Maxim.
In the month of February, Maxim Honda Yamaha has Olympia Airglide 4 jackets and Airglide 3 pants on sale for 30% OFF. This is a great deal and I will tell you why. Summer or winter I live in my Olympia Airglide riding gear. Wearing my Olympia Airglide jacket and pants in the winter is a sure thing. The waterproof liner blocks the wind and keeps me warm but what about the summer? The warm weather is when the Olympia Airglide really shines. With venting and open mesh panels the Olympia Airglide combines the armor protection necessary for great riding gear with the cooling effects of a much lighter pant and jacket. In the hottest Texas summer weather my Olympia Airglide pants are as cool as riding in shorts and oh, so much more practical. The Olympia Airglide gear can take you from just over freezing all the way to temperatures over 100 degrees. That’s a pretty versatile suit if you ask me. I travel with mine and pretty much live in it on the road but it is more than a traveling suit. I can slip it on over street clothes if I need to do that. I can wear the jacket and pants over light undergarments if I want all day riding comfort. Sometimes you can ride over mountain passes and the temperatures drop more than 20 degrees. The Olympia Airglide is perfect for this. I just zip up and I am comfortable. So far I have not had to test the durability of the Olympia Airglide safety features but there are plenty of riders who have. You can check out the testimonials at the Olympia site. Do not wait to take advantage of Maxim’s Olympia Airglide sale. When the current stock is gone the sale is over.
In 1975 a man named Gordon Gerbing decided there had to be a better way to ride a bike in cold weather. He set about developing and perfecting heated thermovelocity gear for riders that did not want to stop riding just because it gets a little cool. Today Gerbing’s tradition of innovation is carried by the Gyde Supply and offered to you by Maxim Honda Yamaha.
They start the process by sewing a Microwire onto a special pad to create the heat. The pads are then sewn into the piece of clothing and surrounded by a microfiber insulation to hold the heat in next to the rider. Currently, the company uses a waterproof nanowire material that is sewn into their clothing and incorporates plugs and connections for a better look while providing optimal heat in cold riding conditions.
Every year Gerbing brings new ideas to life and creates superior products that combine leading technologies with patented materials and designs to form clothing that performs for the wearer. Their latest innovation is the Gyde Thermogauge 12V Bluetooth Controller. This allows you to control temperature with your smart phone!
Gyde has taken the Powered by Gerbing Microwire technology a step further by adding wireless heat control. They have developed the Bluetooth powered Thermogauge adapter plus a user friendly app for your iOS or Android device. Now you can pair multiple 7 volt or 12 volt garments and seamlessly manage your heat at any time and any place right on your smartphone. In short, Maxim Honda Yamaha has the latest heated gear that feature:
- Wireless control of the heat within each garment through four optimized heat settings
- Once temperature is set, the Thermogauge will maintain that temperature throughout use (12V only)
- Compatible with virtually all 12V Motorcycle Heated Products/Brands
Employee Choice Gifts: Fox Gear Bags 10% off
December 18th, 2015
All Fox gear bags in stock 10% off
Whether you’re a committed racer or a weekend warrior a quality gear bag is a necessity. Gear bags that are large enough to accommodate helmets, boots, goggles, gloves, knee braces, chest protector, etc. make packing for the races much easier. Luckily for us Fox Racing has everything you would want in a gear bag and more. Fox has integrated essential features that make their gear bags stand out from the rest and offer high functionality for track days. Adding all your protective gear in a bag can certainly make it heavy which is why Fox has the option of a gear bag with wheels. Additionally if you prefer to have no wheels Fox offers a large shoulder strap to ease the load of carrying such a heavy bag. Changing at the track is made easy with the roll out style mat so you never have worry about dirty socks. Let’s face it gear bags can get pretty nasty if we leave our dirty gear in for even a short period of time. Fox has a solution for this problem simply by adding vents in both the boot pocket and the extra side pocket. With a wide range of prices and styles available selecting a Fox gear bag as a gift is always a good choice. Plus these bags will be 10% off until the New Year.
Employee Choice Gifts: LaTrax Alias by Traxxas
December 16th, 2015
LaTrax Alias price reduced! Only 99$
Powered by Traxxas
The LaTrax Alias high performance quad-rotor helicopter is fun for adults and kids. With the option of three different flight modes easy, fast, and expert this helicopter is the perfect gift for beginner or experienced pilots. The high output motors allow the pilot to conquer 3D flips, rolls, and twists with ease. Pilots can fly with ease of mind with the high tech molded frame making this helicopter highly durable. Additionally The frame has lights for high visibility both day and night. Now for only 99$ the LaTrax Alias is a gift that grantees fun for the family.
Employee Choice Gift: GoPro Hero 4 Session
December 15th, 2015
Smallest, lightest, most convenient camera yet.
GoPro changed the game in action sports media with the creation of the worlds most versatile camera. GoPro’s mission is to help people capture and share life experiences in ways which were once never thought possible. They have a product line up that other companies are striving to compete with and now have added the smallest GoPro ever made. The Hero 4 Session camera is amazingly small and light making it easier than ever to capture your experience to share with others. This camera is compatible with GoPro mounts and accessories so you never have to worry about replacing the mounts you already have. The Hero 4 Session is more versatile than any other GoPro yet with the low profile frame giving you more mounting positions. Don’t let the size of this camera fool you as it has professional video quality capturing high resolution 1440p30 and 1080p60 video. This camera can also capture sharp life like images with several photo options: 8mp single photo, time lapse with .5, 1, 2, 5, 10, 30, and 60 second intervals, and 8mp burst mode at 10 frames per second. Setup for the Session is made easy with a single button feature and the free GoPro app for your smartphone. The Session is also compatible with the GoPro Smart Remote which can be purchased separately. This camera is both durable and waterproof without the need for extra housing in a convenient ready to go design right out of the box. At only 199$ this action camera is a perfect gift approved by our employees here at Maxim Honda Yamaha.
Zero Electric Motorcycles Now Here at Maxim Honda Yamaha
December 9th, 2015
Simple, sophisticated, and easy to own.
Zero Motorcycles lead the industry with the highest output air-cooled electric motorcycle available.
Utilizing a brush-less motor Zero offers a quiet ride allowing the rider to maintain precise focus. With no vibration and no noise riding a Zero electric motorcycle feels more like flying. The motor’s compact design and heat sinks disperse temperatures, no fan necessary. The computer controlled motor factors speed in the equation making it more precise than the mechanical brush motors. This style motor also contains no copper making it lighter than mechanical brush motors. Overall this motor is surprisingly quiet and highly efficient.
Switching between the ultimate power efficiency and super hooligan style aggressive riding is made easy with Zero. For an enjoyable economical ride the rider can select eco mode, for aggressive power the rider can select sport mode, and for everything in-between the rider can create a custom mode. Making the industry leading electric motorcycle wasn’t enough for Zero they also lead the way in innovative tuning integrating the use of Bluetooth capabilities with the simplicity of smart phone apps. This app allows the rider to customize settings for speed, torque, and braking. The app also syncs real time information from the motorcycle giving the rider detailed information right at their fingertips.
The battery has remarkable 5 year warranty outlasting most other batteries on the market. The battery is easy to charge and the rider can utilize a standard outlet with the optional charging accessory. Additionally many other charger accessories are available to maximize riding time and make charging possible virtually anywhere.
Zero Motorcycles have virtually no maintenance. Never change oil, adjust valves, or service the clutch again! This means more than just saving time, buying a Zero Motorcycle is an investment which will save you money in the long run.
We now have two models available at Maxim Honda Yamaha: the FXS 6.5 and the DSR ZF 13.0.
The FXS comes packed with the dual XMX module which is a self-sufficient cell box providing integrated BMS and multi function connector to allow full user modularity. Each cell box is made up of 28 individual cells which are wired in a series and packed tightly together. The cells are also weather proof sealed.
The FXS 6.5 has unmatched performance ability and a smooth ride. Zero motorcycles equipped the FXS with the industry leading Showa forks and shock. The FXS is also added the Bosch Gen 9 ABS guaranteeing superior braking power and reliability. To tie the package all together Zero chose the Pirelli Scorpion tires to put the power to the ground.
DSR ZF 13.0
The Zero DSR ZF 13.0 is an extremely versatile bike with competitive off road and on road performance. The long travel suspension and wide handlebars make this bike particularly well suited for back roads.
Much like the FXS the DSR is equipped with Showa suspension, Bosch Gen 9 ABS, and Pirelli Sport Demon tires. With 67 horses and 106ft-lb torque at the wheels this bike provides unmatched performance. The SDS ZF 13.0 monolith pack contains four cell boxes for energy leading density/capacity in a single pack.
This bike was made for adventure with so much power and comfort wrapped up together. Zero even added a storage compartment, no need for an additional tank bag here. Riders can enjoy more riding time with less fatiguing vibration and noise without sacrificing performance.
December Holiday Hours 2015
December 9th, 2015
The Holidays are a wonderful time to show appreciation for family and friends. Above all sharing time with loved ones is the best gift anyone can give. We will have changes to our regular hours coming up for the end of December and the New Year so we can also spend time with our families. The Holiday hours will proceed as follows:
- December 24th, 2015: open 9:00 am – close 4:00 pm.
- December 25th, 2015: closed.
- December 26th, 2015: closed.
- December 31st, 2015: open 9:00 am – close 4:00 pm.
- January 1st, 2016: closed.