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Wear Motorcycle Helmets That S A Good Question

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Motorcyclists are always evaluating the use of motorcycle helmets. Is this simply a matter of preference or are there significant issues to be considered?

A friend of mine (Bill) has chosen to ride with a helmet, or at times without a helmet. He says it depends upon riding conditions for him. One day he was on a two lane road, traveling about 50mph when a tractor trailer truck pulled out from the right side of the street to go the same direction. His thought was to maintain his speed and simply pass the truck. [Which, most likely could be done.] Unfortunately the truck driver did not have enough room for the turn, and stopped dead still, crossing both lanes. Bill was now approaching the truck too fast and too close to stop safely. He tried breaking hard but immediately knew he was facing the side of the trailer head-on. With quick thinking he laid his Harley on the side and slid under the trailer and on down the road a couple hundred feet. Relaying his story to me, he was flat on his back, feet first, with his arms spread out and his head bopping on the highway. When all was finished he gave credit to God for helping him and praised his destroyed helmet for saving his life. [Plus, the leather jacket and gloves that had taken the tears in place of him.] My friend only suffered from some sore muscles and hurt pride. But, it brings up the subject of helmet safety.

In the KSL-TV News of South Jordan, the Police Chief (Dan Pearson) is likewise teaching people that motorcycle helmets save lives, after losing three friends to motorcycle accidents in two years. All three suffered from head injuries and none were wearing motorcycle helmets. Then, the police chief himself was involved in an accident on highway 89 North of Afton, Wyoming. A truck towing a horse trailer had passed him and pulled in front of him, hitting the front of his motorcycle with the spare tire mounted on the back. Dan was thrown off his bike, landing headfirst. He says, "This injury would have been a fatal blow if I hadn't had the helmet on." Dan suffered from bruises and a few broken bones.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that motorcyclists survive a crash and receive less serious injuries when wearing a helmet. They report that at least 600 people are saved each year.

One question that is asked, "motorcycle helmets might protect your brain but can it increase your chances of a broken neck?" Dr. Michael Yorgason, a surgeon at Montana Orthopedics and Sport Medicine, states that the findings from medical literature shows: "autopsy studies done after fatal motorcycle accidents have shown that neck injuries and fractures are equally likely, whether you are wearing a helmet or not." Yet, most medical reports support the use of motorcycle helmets. They believe that the helmet generally decreases the risk of head and brain injury significantly and surmise that wearing them does not increase your risk of neck injury.

An Italian study concluded that a helmet decreased injury by 66%. A Thailand study found that after making motorcycle helmets mandatory, head injuries decreased by 41% in 2 years. Now, in Kentucky, a study revealed that brain injury increased by 4.3 times when not wearing a helmet.

In an article written by Jonathan P. Goldstein, PhD., titled "The Effects of Motorcycle Helmet Use on the Probability of Fatality and the Severity of Head and Neck Injuries." He concludes that there are a number of variables in a study that puts the study in question. Major differences are held concerning helmet use or non-helmet use. Normal results compare death and injury rates are two and three times greater for non-helmet riders and increases in occurrence rates in repeal years that vary from 19% to 63%. On one side: the helmet verses the non-helmet study fails to consider these two classes of riders. Stating that helmet riders are more cautious by nature. One, they drive slower, thus have slower speeds in crash situations. Two, they are less likely to have an accident. Three, helmet wearers are less likely to drink and drive (alcohol or use of drugs). These behavior changes dramatically reduce a riders risk.

On-the-other-hand, factors to consider are: 1-average age of the biker 2-average miles driven each year, per biker 3-average experience of the biker 4-the size of the motorcycle driven. So, between the size of the bike, potential speed, age, risk taking and alcohol ingestion; simply, cannot realistically prove the effectiveness of helmet use.

The Goldstein study did approach these variables in question. They reported a study that evaluates the effectiveness of motorcycle helmets in accident situations. The conclusions are: 1-Motorcycle helmets have no statistically significant effect on the probability of fatality. 2- Helmets reduce the severity of head injuries. 3-Past a critical impact speed of 13 mph, helmets increased the severity of neck injuries. The report then concluded that helmet users face a trade-off between reductions in the severity of head injuries and increases in the severity of neck injuries.

Under these circumstances a mandatory helmet use law cannot be reasoned to be an effective method to stop an individuals death or injury when involved in an accident.

Perhaps other choices need to be considered in providing safety in motorcycle use. Here are three suggestions. One, educate the general driving public (car and truck drivers) in road use with motorcycles. Two, educate inexperienced motorcyclists on accident avoidance (evasive action) and the proper use of these powerful machines. Three, create a strict enforcement of drunk driving laws.

[Some studies show that alcohol consumption is the major factor in deaths and injury.]

Harley-Davidson offers basic and advanced training to 200+ dealerships in 30 states. Honda has four training centers. BMW is considering advanced training but says they tend to attract seasoned riders.

It is believed that training cuts panic. You need to know how to negotiate a curve and resist the urge to brake, etc.

Here are some other factors that need to be considered. Tires should be inflated to the proper level. A riders visibility to be seen. Tests have shown that the plain white motorcycle helmets are the easiest to be seen. Clothing makes a difference between day/night.

For night riding there are reflective vests and lighted vests available. There is GLO GLOV; reflective tape for clothing and cycle; reflective vests and coats. Now back to helmets.

USA Today carried the statistic from the National Highway Traffic Saftey Administration, reporting that 24% of the fatal crashes in 2003 involved unlicensed motorcyclists, and that car drivers are responsible in about two-thirds of motorcycle fatalities.

US DOT findings discovered that following the Helmet Law Repeal in Texas and Arkansas from Aug/Sept of 1997 to May 1998, helmet use dropped to 52% in Arkansas and to 66% in Texas. In Arkansas motorcycle fatalities rose 21% following the repeal and head injuries increased 18.5%. Texas fatalities rose 31%.

One court case in California disputed what standards were set for qualifying a helmet as "safe". For a list of the US Government "Compliance Testing of Motorcycle Helmets" you can check to see if your helmet passed or failed. Check with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

When I am on my motorcycle, I know what I am doing. I don't know what the other driver is doing. So, with the many facets of helmet use and considering the pro/cons, I choose to wear a helmet. You will have to decide for yourself!

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Repairing Flat Tires On A Scooter

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The tires and the spokes of the scooter will require daily inspection to ensure you have no problems, and that your ride will be a safe one. If you are faced with broken spokes, you should repair them right away to prevent additional breakage. If you have a flat tire, you will also need to have someone change it, plug it or repair it so you can continue riding the scooter. Riding the scooter with a flat tire is going to bend and chip the rims, the wheels, and will not provide you with the smooth ride you are accustomed.

For flat tires, there is a canister type of solution you can purchase which is known as fix a flat, which will fix flat tires, plugging holes in the rubber tire. The Fix a flat is a canister that will plug right into the tire, inflating the tire as it plugs the hole at the same time. The Fix a flat is going to work on the tires that are rubber, the same as your car. This type of repair is not going to work on the tire with a tube or the tire that has a major cut in it. Repairs to the tire that has a large gash will require replacement of the tire. Most all medical supply houses, and scooter retail outlets do make replacement tires easy to purchase.

Regular reviewing and maintenance of your tires will be required. If you are not using your scooter for long periods, you should at least have someone move the tires around, so they are not sitting on one portion of the tire for weeks on end. Dry rot is a problem for tires not used often. A scooter not used for three months at a time can easily have dry rot on the tire. Dry rot can be spotted by the cracks in the tires, which can easily then lead to air leaks.

To prevent the need to fix flat tires, to fix broken spokes, and to prevent dry rot on any scooter tire, you should consider the purchase of tires, which are solid. Solid tires are available with or without tread. Solid tires never require air. If you have tires that do require air, you can pump up the tires with a bike pump or with an air compressor.

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Dirt Bikes Speed In The Dirt

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There are various dirt bike competitions like Motocross and various trial events where variants of a large number of dirt bikes compete with each other.

An interesting fact to note is that dirt bikes have no number plates. Every year the US Department of Motor Vehicles issues green stickers especially for dirt bikes. Another important fact to take care of is that dirt bikes are not allowed on city streets as they are only allowed to be ridden on off-road tracks.

Different Types of Dirt Bikes

Some of the bikes that you might see when it comes to dirt bikes are Yamaha YZ, Yamaha WR, Yamaha DT, Honda CRM, Honda CRX, Kawasaki KX, Kawasaki, KLR, and Suzuki RM, amongst various others. Though al these bikes have their own distinctive features they have one thing in common. They are light, strong, and have the ability to handle the roughest of tracks.

The Composition of the Dirt Bike

Dirt bikes are mainly built of either a two-stroke engine or a four- stroke engine. In a two stroke engine the mixture of oil and gas is ignited in the cylinder, and thus not only does the bike get powered up, but the engine is also lubricated in one go. The four stroke dirt bike engine is like a smaller version of the car engine wherein, the gas is ignited but the oil can also be used again.

If you are looking for differences between a normal street bike and dirt bike then you have to look no further than the suspension of the dirt bike. They have a higher ground clearance and not only this; they are much lighter as well. Their tires are also different, and have deep treads in them, so as to; offer them a better amount of traction through, gravel, sand, dirt or mud.

Moreover, the engine of the dirt bikes is also placed at a much higher level as compared to normal bikes, to protect it from various obstructions like rocks etc. Also, the gas tank installed in the mid-section offers it a better balance.

Choice of a Dirt Bike

There is a large amount of difference between what you want and what you really need. The one significant parameter that will determine the kind of dirt bike that you want to buy is dependant on your own skill sets. If you are a beginner it wouldn't be a good idea for you to buy a mean machine that you have seen speeding its way to glory in a Motocross Race.

The purpose of your purchase is also a key determinant of the kind of dirt bike that you purchase. If your objective is to have fun just riding with your friends and going out on trail rides then, you definitely do not want to buy a full blown racer dirt bike. On the other hand if you want to buy the bike, primarily for a racing purpose then you must surely get a true dirt bike racer.

End Words

Everyone is actually on a budget. Nobody wants to buy a dirt bike that is not within their means. Moreover, if you are on a minimal budget and cannot find a dirt bike to suit your purpose; then it's best that you tone down your demands a little and think of a middle-weight, slightly used dirt bike.

There are times when some of the best buys, in terms of dirt bikes, can turn out to be some of the most underrated bikes that are available in the market. Whatever the bike you buy, it's important that your objective is to have some fun. Don't think beyond having an exciting time, riding your bike!

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Harley Davidson Motorcycle For Sale For 2007

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Harley's continuing commitment to produce true-blooded American motorcycles has produced several models for 2007.

Starting off with the Harley-Davidson Sportster.

The Harley-Davidson Sportster has 8 models. The Sportster is the least expensive among the Harley-Davidson motorcycles. The XL 883 Sportster is the cheapest starting at $6,595 - 7,990. The lower version, the XL 884 Sportster Low is priced between $6,995 - 8,390. Next is the XL 883 Custom which is priced between $7,795 - 9,555. The fourth Sportster is the XL 883 R. This is one exciting Harley-Davidson model with price from $7,795 - 9,090. The bigger XL1200 Custom is priced much higher are 9,695 - $11,470. The XL 1200 Roadster on the other hand has a tag price of $8,695 - 10,090, The lower version of the XL 1200 Roadster, the XL 1200 Low is sold at $9,495 - 11,100. And finally, the model that celebrates that 50 years of conquering the road, the XL 50 is priced at $9,795 10,830.

A much higher model, the Dyna, has 5 versions. First is the FDX Super Glide with tag price ranging from $12,395 - 14,785. The FXDC is priced at $14,645 - 16,135. The mid-range Dya, the FXDB is priced a from $13,595 - 14,785. Next on the list is the FXDL Low Rider which is sold at $15,795 - 17,765. Finally, the FXDWG Wide Glide is sold at $16,795 - 18,765.

The mid-range Softtail is offered with 8 model-lineup. It starts with the FXST Standard with a price ranges from $14,995 - 16,810. The next one is the FXSTB Night Train at $15,895 - 19,385. The FXSTC Custom is priced between $16,895 to 18,485. The FXSTD Duece is priced at $17,345 - 18,865. The Fat Boy is between $17,095 to 18,980. The FLSTN Deluxe has a tag price of $17,345 - 19,315. The FLSTSC Springer is priced at $17,545 - 19,515. The Classic version ot the FLSTC is priced at $17,820 - 20,015.

The other Harley-Davidson models are as follows:


VRSC V-Rod$16,495 - 18,775

VRSCD Night Rod$14,995 - 19,050

VRSCDX Night Rod Special$16,495 - 17,210

VRSCX$19,995 - 21,205

VRSCR Street Rod$15,495 - 16,495


Touring FLHR Road King$17,345 - 19,265

Touring FLHRS Road King Custom$17,525 - 19,075

Touring FLHRC Road King Classic$17,695 - 19,565

Touring FLH Street Glide$18,295 - 19,935

Touring FLTR Road Glide$17,695 - 19,335

Touring FLHT Electra Glide Standard$19,095 - 17,935

Touring FLHTC Electra Glide Classic$18,095 - 20,205

Touring FLHTCU Ultra Classic Electra Glide$20,185 - 22,545

Prices are based from the Harley-Davidson official website.

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Qualms In Choosing A Bike

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The fact is - the best bikes are just out there and the challenge now is how to get them.

If you are to purchase a bike, the clerk representative will give you a long list of selection. As a result, you will likely encounter qualms in choosing your bike. To preclude this from happening, you must establish your needs and wants as a rider. Be sure that the bike that you are about to purchase will give them to you.

Different personalities of riders entail variation in the choice of a bike. There are those who are solid to Harley Road King. For them, it is important that your bike's tank have the Harley-Davidson's stamped legacy.

Others go for Honda while others for Yamaha. There are those who are more on the performance aspect. They are considering a bike that can still give comfort even during bumpy rides. These bikes must also be powerful and well defined. In addition, to boost their performance, riders must use quality OEM Honda and Yamaha motorcycle parts. If not, the rider can resort to an aftermarket motorcycle part of the same or of greater quality.

In purchasing a bike, the purchaser must also consider its insurance rates. Ironically, sometimes the latter can exceed the bike payment. Honda CBR can be a fine choice, however, consider the insurance probabilities.

Since there are ample choices and alternatives available, use the process of elimination to arrive at a good choice. There are good quality and high-performing bikes that will not drain your finances. You can choose them instead of their expensive counterparts.

Your choice of bike can lead you to frustration or fulfillment. Be sure you exercise your right to choose carefully and exactly!

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Oem Or Aftermarket Detailed Version

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You may be needing of an OEM motorcycle part or may be not. Read on to know more.

OEM part is short for Original Equipment Manufacturer part. At first sight, it may be understood as originally manufactured per se. However, many motorcycle manufacturers do not really manufacture every motorcycle part of their bikes. They have some parts designed and manufactured by outside companies. After manufacturing, they will now install it to their bikes and will be labeled as OEM.

Purchasing OEM motorcycle parts means buying the exact or same original part your bike manufacturer used to assemble their bikes.

In purchasing, be sure that you will get same performance than that installed in your bike. No less. When it comes to price, OEM parts are usually expensive than aftermarket motorcycle parts. However, there are instances when it is on the contrary.

Sellers, most of the time, say that OEM parts are of higher quality compared to aftermarket parts. This is a common scenario in a motorcycle parts store but the statement may not be always right.

Another circumstance about motorcycle parts is the transformation. Say an OEM part can eventually become an aftermarket OEM part. What a transformation!

The circumstances presented advice you to be extra careful. Caveat emptor, that is. In this regard, it will be best to use OEM parts only within your bike's guarantee period. Also, have these parts installed by authorized mechanics. This is to make sure that your guarantee will remain valid and subsisting.

Aftermarket motorcycle parts, on the other hand, should perform well as OEM. These parts are made by companies other than the original bike manufacturer. You can use these parts when your guarantee period lapses.

Some riders have this misconception that aftermarket is always of lower quality. But this is not always true. In fact, aftermarket parts can also be of the same or even higher quality than OEM parts.

Carbon fiber, gizmos, titanium and aerospace aluminum parts are some of the materials that make up high performance aftermarket parts.

When purchasing motorcycle parts, be sure to get at least the same quality if not better as the OEM part. You can do this by searching and asking. Search the Net and ask your fellow riders and skilled mechanics.

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Motorcycle Tips For The Beginner Riding Enthusiast

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There are many options available to the burgeoning motorcycle riding enthusiast. There is help though. The following tips will help to point a beginner in the right direction. Hopefully you will come to enjoy motorcycle riding like so many other people in this world.

The smell of lightweight oil, the rumble of the seat, the slight hint of octane perfume lingers in the air as you slip on your motorcycle helmet. You have your motorcycle boots on, and a rain suit packed on your motorcycle luggage rack. You ease the clutch out slowly and rev the throttle slightly, gliding forward, like a large self propelled ice skate.

The moment is yours. You have all of your motorcycle gear and apparel and have taken off into the wild blue yonder on a journey for your soul. The road and you become one, with your motorcycle as the medium, for your transitive state of mind. Your blood begins to race through your veins, your heart racing in tune with the engine. The vibration of the engine massages every muscle in your body at once. There is really no other feeling that comes close to riding a motorcycle.

If you are a beginner rider there are some attributes about motorcycle riding that you should consider. The first is motorcycle gear, and motorcycle apparel. You should always wear a motorcycle helmet. Motorcycle boots are a nice addition as well. But why stop there? Buy a second set of motorcycle apparel as safe keeping in your motorcycle luggage rack. There may be times that you will need to change clothes on a long trek through the countryside.

You probably won't need to buy multiple motorcycle helmets, unless you have a partner with you for the trip. In which case, there is a definite reason to make sure that you have enough motorcycle luggage storage space. All of your motorcycle apparel can be stored neatly in a motorcycle luggage trailer. Other options available for motorcycle luggage are motorcycle sissy bar bags, motorcycle saddle bags, leather tool bags, and leather windshield bags.

Motorcycle boots have evolved over the century or so of motorcycling's history. There are many different styles and colors to choose from today. A popular style of motorcycle boot used to be WWII combat boots. They were durable, had high sides to help protect from muffler burns, and were water resistant to help protect against the occasional puddle.

Many types of motorcycle gear have been made for todays motorcycle riding enthusiast. From mechanical additions to the motorcycle itself, to additional motorcycle gear for the rider. There are leather and textile jackets, rain suits, leather sissy bar bags, leather tool bags, eye goggles, leather and textile gloves, leather and textile pants, chaps and boots. In sizes ranging from young to old, short to tall, a multitude of choices await you when you purchase your next set of motorcycle apparel.

When purchasing your motorcycle gear, motorcycle apparel and motorcycle boots, remember to get some leather cleaning products for all of your new motorcycle gear. This will help to ensure that the gear you have now, you will have for years even decades to come. There may be many types of leather cleaning products available, but talk to the owner of the shop from where you purchased the motorcycle apparel, and they should be able to point you towards a proven product. After all, they have to keep all of that leather clean while it waits to be boughten from a consumer.

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Protect Your Investment With A Motorcycle Cover

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So you have just made the last ride for the season. You've checked the oil and drained the fuel from the tank. You place all of your motorcycle gear in the closet, after treating it with leather treatment. You have hand washed the motorcycle from top to bottom. You have dismantled the intake, and place cotton toweling in the carburetor to keep out any pesky rodents. The battery has been unbolted and placed on a shelf for the winter. Every thing is set for it's winter storage. Then it hits you. You forgot the motorcycle cover. Again!.

Last year you had to spend hours cleaning all of the dust off of the motorcycle so that you could go out for your spring ride and break the new oil in. What to do now? Well, not wanting to go through the same fiasco as last year, you decide to head down to your local Harley shop and buy a motorcycle cover. You did remember to bring the credit card right? The average cost for a quality motorcycle cover from a local dealer can run as much as $350.00.

Finding a solution on-line could help you out significantly. By saving money on your cover, you can afford to buy that new motorcycle luggage set you have had your eye on. When looking for a motorcycle cover on-line, be sure to pay attention to the details of the cover. Does it guarantee weatherproofing? Does one size fit all? Does the motorcycle cover have any features that another might not have? Is it heat retardant to prevent damage from the engine and super hot exhaust? You should ask all of these questions when buying a motorcycle cover.

The finer points of a purchase agreement should be read ass well. Often times a customer will have to pay for shipping charges if the product is to be returned for an exchange or refund. Does the website offer free insurance? Does the website have a return policy if it doesn't fit? Is the website you are buying from reputable? Can you find and speak to a real person of the company when you call their sales and support hot line? Do they have a sales and support hot line?

While you are waiting for the cover to arrive, be sure to get a tracking number from the company you bought the motorcycle cover from. Do they offer a tracking number from a reputable company like UPS, or FedEx? Think before you buy. Check out the company and do some research to ensure that you will have a pleasant purchase. There are plenty of resources available for the on-line purchaser to check out a company to find out if they are reputable.

Though you may be apprehensive about purchasing a motorcycle cover on-line, you can follow these helpful tips to be sure that your purchase is a success. You might even consider buying from the same company, and just finding out that they are the best solution for all of your motorcycle accessories needs.

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Motorcycles Provide Inexpensive Motorized Travel And Recreation For People Of All Ages

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No matter who you are or where you live, it is not hard to see that gas prices are higher than they were a few years ago, and it is not likely they will drop much lower than they are now. In our society, bigger has often been thought to be better. When it comes to vehicles, bigger might seem safer, but that is not necessarily true. Think back to the high-center, rollover problems that SUV's had just ten years ago.

The only conclusion that can be made about bigger vehicles is that they are more expensive to own and operate. Bigger vehicles require more expensive maintenance and repairs, and more recently, bigger means that it could easily cost $80 to fill the gas tank of that bigger, better truck.

Two decades ago, the federal government foresaw the need to teach Americans to use less fuel. The American Federal Government passed laws requiring auto manufacturers to manufacture vehicles with higher gas mileage ratings, but as is always the case with the political landscape in Washington, D.C., compromises were made. The one compromise that led us to our current fuel price crisis is that Washington exempted trucks and SUV's from the higher gas mileage rules. If it were not for these exemptions being made, Arnold Schwarzenegger would not be driving the 15/10mpg Hummer H2H.

The 20-Somethings Get It...

Our younger generations get it. They get that America as a collective society must take steps to decrease our dependence on foreign fuel sources and we must take steps to protect the environment. The 20-Somethings have chosen to buy vehicles that get better gas mileage, and better yet, they have ushered in the acceptance of the scooter as a viable means of transport.

Young people in this country are opting to drive motorcycles and scooters, instead of their father's Oldsmobiles. If you have any doubt, you only need to visit any college town across the country to see scooters filling the roadways.

Scooters On The Road

The Italian-made Vespa Scooters are one of the more popular gasoline-powered scooter brands on the road today. Their high-end LX models retail for under $5,000, and deliver 70-80 mpg at near 60 mph. The Vespa Scooters have actually been on the road since 1946, so the company has a lot of experience in manufacturing this type of product.

Other popular models include the Riptide Scooter, the Sinclair Scooter and the Wasp Scooter, all made by the American company GS MotorWorks. Historically, GS MotorWorks has also sold the Euro Scooter, the Retro Scooter, and Sport Scooters.

The Genuine Scooter Company produces its own line of scooters as well. Their super-charged Blur Scooters can turn on a dime and jet down the highway at nearly 70 mph. Their Black Cat model delivers more than 100 mpg on a scooter that is limited to a top speed of 30 mph. The Buddy Scooter will deliver 100 mpg, with speeds limited to 30 mph and 70 mph, depending on the model. Their Rattler Scooter is made for those rough country roads and is expected out later this year. The Genuine Scooter Company also offers a range of Stella scooter accessories, including the motorcycle-style, Stella sidecar.

Motorcycles Serve The Transportation Needs of All Generations of Riders

Motorcycles used to just be for rebels of society. Now, from teenagers to those approaching retirement, men and women, free spirits and business executives, motorcycles are everywhere. In rural areas and major cities, many people are choosing motorcycles to get them to where they want to be.

While scooters are popular among the high school and college students, older generations favor the motorcycle over the scooter. Many people were introduced to dirt bikes when they were kids, and they fell in love with the motorcycle at a young age. As adults, they now have a much wider selection of motorcycles from which to choose.

There are still many brands of motorcycles available in the marketplace: Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Yamaha, and the American-brands Harley Davidson and Kodiak. Of course, these manufacturers make a standard motorcycle for the average rider, racing bikes for the adrenaline junkies, the touring bike for those riders who like long, leisurely journeys across the country, and the recreational dirt bike for those who like off-road riding.

Off-Road Pleasures And Farming Utility

Of course, there are also people looking at motorcycles and ATVs not for transportation, but for recreation, a chance to get out in the dirt and blow off steam. The options here are no less limited, from lightweight motor-cross bikes to four-wheel ATVs, these motorcycles are built for fun.

The ATV is a popular product for the off-road riders, because it adds extra wheels to the riding surface, allowing for a slower pace and more safety. Even the aging rock giant Ozzie Osborne is known to ride a four-wheel ATV in his spare time for fun.

In the modern-age of ranching, the three-wheel and four-wheel ATV has replaced many horses, as the rancher's transportation vehicle of choice. While you might be able to talk to and pet your horse, you cannot pull a trailer behind your horse. For strictly utilitarian purposes, the ATV simply makes more sense to most ranchers. In fact, many ranchers use the ATV to haul feed out to the horses. How is that for irony?

Motorcycle Safety Equipment

Riding motorcycles safely, whether riding for transportation between home and office, on longer trips, or just for recreation requires two things: common sense and appropriate gear. Common sense means understanding where it is safe to ride, following the rules of the road, wearing the right clothing, and avoiding unnecessary risks.

Even if there are not helmet laws in your state, requiring motorcyclists to wear helmets when they ride, helmets could mean the difference between a minor traffic accident and a funeral. Additionally, it is a good idea to wear proper shoes, boots, and clothing, as well as a visor or protective glasses.

Riders should keep in mind that vision is key to knowing what is going on around them; so choosing the proper helmet with a good viewing radius is important. If the rider chooses to not wear a helmet, a good set of goggles is the next essential piece of safety equipment. Remember, if that bug is flying across your path when it hits you, it could easily bypass those sunglasses and hit you in the eye, temporarily blinding you at 70 mph.

Proper Motorcycle Maintenance

The importance of proper motorcycle maintenance is fully realized when one thinks about the consequences of a front tire blowout at 70 mph. I don't even want to think about that possibility. As they say, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."

Good motorcycle maintenance means a lot of things. It means to make sure that the motorcycle always has a good set of tires on it. It means making sure that the motorcycle always has a good set of brakes. Motorcycles are inexpensive to care for properly, so there is no excuse for not taking care of it in a way that will prevent accidents and malfunctions.

By looking over the vehicle at regular intervals, one will be able to determine whether there are motorcycle parts, scooter parts, or even ATV parts that will need to be replaced in order to help keep the vehicle in its best condition. For example, with motorcycles, riders should always take a close look at the clutch cable, fasteners, spokes, steering heads, oil levels, and brake pads. These motorcycle parts often show signs of wear and not fixing the problem in a timely manner could easily lead to an accident.

Similarly, there are scooter parts that riders should examine regularly. Scooter tires, starters, batteries, fuel filters, chains, and other parts can suffer wear and reduce the safety and reliability of the scooter.

ATV and off-road cyclists who ride on trails and other rough surfaces will see wear and tear to a much larger degree, and they may need to replace a variety of parts to keep riding fun: oil filters, gaskets, tires, pistons, and brakes. Additional ATV parts also need to be cared for and maintained at regular intervals. Off-road riders should also check the frame of their motorcycle or ATV on a regular basis, in order to ensure that the frame has not become a hazard to the safe operation of the bike.

No matter what, why, or how you ride, staying safe is the key. Replacing worn parts, wearing protective clothing, and following the rules of the road, all serve to keep motorized travel and recreation safe for people of all ages.

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