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The Similarities Between Jet Skis And Snowmobiles Recreational Vehicles For All Seasons

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Summer is the season for people to load up their jet skis and head to their favorite lake, for a day of breaking the waves on their jet ski. Winter is the season for snowmobile riders to blaze a trail through the white snow of the mountains and plains. Snowmobiles offer the same speed and freedom as jet skis; the only difference is that they ride on snow and ice rather than water and waves.

Despite differences in terrain, jet skis and snowmobiles are very similar vehicles. Both are designed for one or two riders, at most. Both vehicles are powered by two-stroke or in some cases four-stroke engines. Both are even used for free styling and racing, by those people who need a little more adrenalin in their day.

If one is lucky, they may even live in an area where both types of recreational vehicles can be used year around, depending on the season. Those who live in the South generally only purchase a jet ski, since there is seldom enough snow to call a "snow day". But, those who are fortunate enough to live in winter recreational areas may also have a lake nearby for their summertime entertainment as well.

Buying Recreational Vehicles

If you are going to buy a jet ski, consider the following:

* Are you looking for a personal watercraft to ride standing, or would you prefer a sit-down model?

* Will you be looking for a jet ski that allows you to tow someone in an inner tube or on water skis?

* How large of a jet ski are you looking for? You will want to consider both the size of the hull of the Jet Ski and the size of the engine.

* How much time have you spent on jet skis in the past? The more experience you have had, the more likely it is that you will be able to handle a shorter, more maneuverable model; if you have had less experience, you may want to stick to the longer, wider, more stable design.

On the other hand, if you are looking at snowmobiles, you will want to spend time thinking about:

* Where you will be riding and what kind of riding you will be doing. If you plan to cruise and explore an area, you want a different snowmobile model than what is typically purchased for riding in deep snow or racing.

* How much speed and power can you comfortably handle? While larger engines give the rider more potential for speed, the larger engines are only available in larger snowmobiles that can actually be harder to navigate and control.

* How do your friends ride? If you are buying a snowmobile to ride with friends and they all go for speed, you will have trouble keeping up with them if you buy a cruiser.

In both cases, ask about modifications that can be made to the unit you are buying, and weigh the pros and cons of buying a new or used vehicle.

Modifications and Maintenance

Some manufacturers have designed their Jet Skis and snowmobiles to be customized to a certain degree. As a result, many aftermarket manufacturers offer performance Jet Ski parts and high-performance snowmobile parts for a variety of models.

Many aftermarket manufacturers offer performance engine parts for Jet Skis and snowmobiles. Other manufacturers offer aftermarket parts that are designed to increase the safety factor with the vehicles, in the guise of stronger frame parts.

Of course, all Jet Ski parts are important to the safe operation of the vehicle, but the most important Jet Ski part to maintain is the engine. Be sure to check the oil and flush water from the engine after riding. Additionally, a Jet Ski owner should take the time to reduce salt build up by wiping down their machine after using it; this is especially important if the Jet Ski is ridden in the salt water of the ocean or ocean inlets. Also, the Jet Ski owner needs to make sure that there are not any clogs in the impeller, and they need to make sure that the engine cooling system is working properly.

In terms of snowmobile parts, you will want to make sure the track and suspension are in good working order, as well as the skis and runners. Take the time to look at the drive belt to make sure it isn't frayed or worn; check the fan belt, the engine, and the cooling system.

If you notice a problem or come up against something you do not know how to do, talk with the company that supplies your Jet Ski or snowmobile parts; they can help you troubleshoot your problem and ensure you get the right parts to fix the problem.

Jet Ski and Snowmobile Safety

By taking care to find the right Jet Ski or snowmobile and making sure the vehicle is always well maintained, you are ensuring that you will stay safe while having fun.

As always, it is important that you expend the effort to stay safe so that you can enjoy your Jet Ski and snowmobile for years to come. Be sure to follow the local regulations and wear all of your safety equipment when riding. If you are riding with others on board, be sure to look out for their safety as well.

Jet Skis and snowmobiles are one of the greatest inventions known to mankind. If you don't agree with that statement, I can only conclude that you have never ridden on one yourself. But fun should always be tempered with a respect for the power of the equipment. Have fun, but be safe in doing so.

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There Are Many Different Types Of Motorcycles

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A motorcycle is typically a two-wheeled vehicle run by a small, loud engine. These vehicles are basically motorized bicycles, but are structured with heavier, sturdier and more complex parts, implying that a motorcycle is more machine than bicycle.

Motorcycles have various uses, but the obvious primary use is to ride, to serve as a form quick transportation. Other uses: military and law enforcement, sports/racing, touring, and serving as a symbol of freedom, depending on who is riding it. Motorcycle conventions also allude to yet another purpose for the motorcycle: a show piece! Motorcycles, like automobiles, are also works of art for those who are mechanically inclined or like to showcase their unique and innovative machines (concept bikes).

Motorcycles: Types

Road Motorcycles: motorcycles built for riding on paved and public roads. These motorcycles have shallow treads and 125cc engines capable of reaching 100 mph (160km/h). Some can go over 125 mph (200 km/h). These aren't designed for racing, but merely for public transportation. They have license plates, blinkers, and other accessories necessary for riding on public roads.

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Protect Your Head With A Cool Half Helmet

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DOT approved motorcycle half helmets are quickly becoming the most popular type of motorcycle helmet. Fashioned after the German motorcycle helmet, these small and light weight helmets are among the best available today for the motorcycle rider.

Many materials are used in making a motorcycle half helmet. The best manufacturers of motorcycle half helmets use super lightweight materials, and can have a helmet weighing as little as 28 ounces. Better quality half helmets are made from a durable, yet light weight carbon fiber shell. The manufacturer will use styrofoam as a spacer/padding inside of the shell. Lined with a plush cloth, and double d stainless steel rings for the chin strap, a half helmet can offer the best combination of comfort and safety. Some half helmets are finished with a leather exterior on the shell, or simply a paint scheme with graphics.

There are many sub styles of half helmets available. The retro style is simply a round shell with no visor. Simply a shell and chin straps. There are some retro style half helmets that have a patch of leather over where the ear would fit in the chin strap to offer some warmth to the rider on cool nights or days. This is commonly referred to as a neck warmer.

The jockey/polo style most closely resembles the German motorcycle helmet. Shaped like the retro, with a small extension of the shell in the back, and a permanent visor molded into the shell, these offer a comfortable fit as well. These can be fitted with neck warmers as well.

The beanie/shorty style of half helmets are very similar to the jockey/polo style half helmet, with the exception that the visor is removable. These can also have neck warmers optionally, and also have face shield visors that flip up snapped into place. The beanie/shorty style is the most popular among the half helmet categories.

When purchasing a half helmet, use a cloth measuring tape to measure your head size. Have someone help you so that you can get an accurate measurement. Measure around the circumference of your head just about one inch above your eyebrows, or whichever point gives you the largest measurement. If your measurement falls between two sizes, use the larger of the two sizes. The measurements for sizes are XS 20 1/4 - 20 7/8?, S 21 - 21 5/8?, M 21 3/4 - 22 3/8?, L 22 1/2 - 23 1/8?,XL 23 1/4 - 24?, XXL - 24 1/8 - 24 7/8?.

remember to always check for DOT approved helmets, and ask for the DOT number available for the helmet, so that you can verify yourself that the helmet is legitimately manufactured to meet or exceed DOT standards. This can be the deciding factor in some cases as to whether or not you can wear a helmet in some states that require helmets to be worn when riding on a motorcycle.

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German Motorcycle Helmets Have A Long History

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The motorcycle was first developed for every day use in the military during WWII. Along with this development came a lot of the motorcycle gear and motorcycle apparel that enthusiasts still use to this day. One of these style are the German motorcycle helmets.

Fashioned after World War One and World War Two German Army battle helmets, the German motorcycle helmets do not stray far from the original design. There have been other helmet designs based on the original German motorcycle helmet, but this style remains true throughout time.

Being one of the most popular styles today as a motorcycle helmet, the German motorcycle helmet was once only available as a novelty item. It was something to set the extraordinary motorcycle rider apart from the rest of the crowd. Today, there are German motorcycle helmets, that have been approved by the D.O.T. for use in motorcycle riding.

There are no face shields for these types of helmet. They look a lot like the half shell of a turtle. The only other part that sets it apart from a turtle shell are it's colors and the chin strap. Black is a very popular color. Pink German motorcycle helmets can be purchased for the female motorcycle rider as well. Chrome German motorcycle helmets are available and add a certain flair to the helmet.

Carbon fiber German motorcycle helmets are very durable and have a resilience like no other. They can be covered with leather to give them a smooth and semi-glossy finish, as opposed to the shiny black that carbon fiber offers. These can also be adorned with flat black flames that offset the glossy black of the helmet.

When you are measuring for the size of a German motorcycle helmet, use a cloth tape measure. Consider having someone help you to do the measuring. This will ensure that you obtain an accurate measurement. Placing the tape measure about one inch above the eyebrows, and calculating the circumference of your head is the best way to find out the size that you would need. If the measurement falls between two sizes, choose the smaller size. Remember that the chin strap will also help adjust the fit for you as well.

As there are no face shields to the German motorcycle helmet, the motorcycle rider might want to purchase some motorcycle eye protection for their apparel. This is an absolute must on long road trips. The more popular options are yellow, gray, or clear blue tinted goggles. These use a strap around your head and are even more securely fastened in place by the chin strap feature of the German motorcycle helmets.

Whether you prefer leather, carbon fiber, chrome, or simply flat black flames, there is a German motorcycle helmet right for you. The sizes are plentiful, and the originality of the style ensures that you remain a part of motorcycle riding's great history. Purchase one today, and be sure to make the right call and buy the eye protection right for you.

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Tips For Motorists To Save Money At The Pump

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Forecasters say the price of gasoline likely will set records throughout this busy driving season, which certainly will shrink many a bank account. Is there anything a motorist can do?

According to the professionals at the nonprofit National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), changing a few driving habits and paying attention to routine vehicle maintenance will help. They offer the following tips on how to squeeze the most out of each gallon of gas.

* Break your speeding habit. Speeding can decrease your miles per gallon by 15 percent or more. Sudden acceleration also can guzzle gas. Anticipate traffic patterns ahead and adjust your speed gradually. When feasible, use cruise control.

* Use windows and air conditioning wisely. Your mileage should improve if you keep the windows closed at highway speeds since air drag is reduced. This is true even with the air conditioning on - assuming that the system is in good working order, that is. But try to avoid using your air conditioner in heavy, stop-and-go traffic.

* Get organized. Combine your daily trips and errands and try to travel during off-peak times to avoid congested roads. Shut off your vehicle while waiting for friends and family as well.

* Clean out clutter. Removing unnecessary items from your car will cut down on weight and less weight means better mileage. After family vacations, make sure you remove any items that you don't need for your regular day-to-day travel, such as a rooftop cargo carrier.

* Check your tires. Underinflated tires or poorly aligned wheels waste fuel by forcing the engine to work harder. Wheels that are out of alignment, as evidenced by uneven tread wear, should be aligned by a professional.

* Follow the service schedules listed in your owner's manual. Replace filters and fluids as recommended. Take your vehicle to a repair facility to correct any engine performance problem, like rough idling and poor acceleration. Given today's high-tech engines, it's wise to have this type of work done by auto technicians who are certified by ASE to handle engine performance problems.

* Keep your engine operating efficiently. A failed oxygen sensor or misfiring spark plug can reduce gas mileage. Moreover, a well-maintained engine can prevent minor problems from becoming expensive headaches.

ASE was founded in 1972 to improve the quality of automotive service and repair through the voluntary testing and certification of automotive technicians. ASE-certified technicians wear blue-and-white ASE shoulder insignia and carry credentials listing their exact areas of certification. Their employers often display the ASE sign.

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Go Kart An Italian Passion

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With the recent success of Ducati Corse in the World Motorcycle category "Moto GP", engines made in Italy have shown, together with the "custom" Ferrari, to be designed to be regarded as leaders around the globe.

Indeed, a bit like in all other areas, the Italian manufacturing presents as well as a high quality product also the passion and determination that distinguishes us in achieving excellence and objectives.

In this regard, even in Go-Kart production Italian companies are moving and promoting all over the world, thanks to a great go-kart production using the best engines, components and accessories.

But perhaps this fascinating world of competition with mini-cars, called Kart or Go-Kart, is not well known and less popular because of the two sports quoted above: motorcycle and Formula One.

Indeed, karting is the simplest form of motorsports run with small cars with essential shape: tubular steel frame without suspension, wheels and engine. The sport, just for fun transmitting in goal, was born as a hobby but now is a step "almost mandatory" for those who wish to embark on a career as a professional pilot. Not surprisingly, the latest F1 exited from its "breeding garden" of the go-kart (Schumacher, Senna, Prost, Alonso, just to name a few).

The kart was born in America, as often happens, for economic motivations in 1956 where cars race became increasingly expensive and the number of participants (and especially the audience) was so narrow to seek alternatives. In these terms, the Karting was the dowry of remedy, at least in some respects, this situation by proposing solutions extremely funny but also economic and accessible to all fans of engines.

In Italy the phenomenon develops and explodes in the early '70s where simple manual constructions moved towards specialization of some companies in the production and sales of Go-Kart competition. The first racetracks were born and passion spreads quickly from young to older who do not disdain the emotions that only a sports car like the Go-Kart can feel.

Recently Kart manufacturers have always researched and developed new solutions, improving each component of competition mini-cars with high technology spare parts able to greatly improve the performance and consistency of the same in sports and competition areas.

Finally we have only to indulge in this passion with friends and colleagues in breathtaking races, perhaps without exaggerating for the weak of heart.

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Protect Your Health With Motorcycle Rain Gear

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Imagine for a moment, that you are flying along a road out on your yearly motorcycle road trip. You have 250 miles to go before you stop for the night, and you see a thunderstorm rolling in. As it looms closer you begin to wonder what to do. A contributing factor in all of this is that you forgot to pack your rain gear. Should you pull over and wait out the storm? Or ride on through to your next stop, and tough it out. You decide to for the latter, and end up spending the rest of your trip miserable, because you have gotten a cold mixed with a sinus infection. If only you had packed your motorcycle rain gear.

The miracles of modern textiles could have saved you the trouble and hassle of a cold. Quality motorcycle rain suits are made from an advanced waterproof technology, 600 Denier nylon. They will have several pockets with full enclosed flaps and Velcro, and even an inner pocket to keep your wallet nice and dry.

With numerous styles and colors to choose from, you can find one that matches your tastes, and still have a comfortable fit. You can purchase a rain suit in either a one piece style or two piece style. The legs should have Velcro and zippers to accommodate the wearing of boots, and the sleeves should have Velcro and zippers as well to help facilitate the wearing of a leather jacket. There should also be a durable heat resistant inner leg lining to protect the rain suit from becoming melted due to high engine and exhaust temperatures. Finding a motorcycle rain suit that has reflective material is also important. This helps to ensure that other drivers see you in bad weather.

When riding in the rain remember to take it slower than normal. Try to keep the turns to a minimum, as you only have two wheels touching the ground, and a condition called hydroplaning can occur very much easier than in a passenger vehicle. Hydroplaning occurs when the water underneath a tire causes the tire to actually float on the water, causing the tire to loose traction and stability. Be sure to observe the amount of rain on the road, as even a couple of inches of rain can cause hydroplaning.

Finally when you arrive at your destination, be sure to treat all of your leather products with a good polish and leather preserver like, Skidmore's Biker Motorcycle Edition Leather Cream that helps preserve and restore a soft durable quality to the leather. The best time to do this actually is after every rainy ride, or at least once a month.

Whatever the weather that you are riding in, always be sure to stay safe, and have fun. The art of motorcycle riding can be dangerous, but you can help keep it safe if you follow the rules of the road. Be sure to help out your fellow bikers, and always wear head protection.

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Complete Guide In Choosing Motorcycle Jackets

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Experts choose the best. As much as possible, we want to be choosing the way they do, right? Moreover, we have to know their standards and qualifications.

Choosing motorcycle jackets for one can be a taxing process if you do not know where to start and what areas to put special attention to. To expunge confusion from your weary head, here is a complete guide.

1. Material. Motorcycle jackets are either leather or synthetic. The former is the most popular material for jackets. However, synthetic like mesh is now also commonly used specially in hot season. Dupont Cordura, a variety of nylon with a scale going up to roughly 1000 denier, can also be chosen.

Leather can lasts up to 30 years. Through the years it has already established an attitude and traditional beat. It is also easy to clean and very affordable compared to synthetic materials. However, it is less conspicuous because it is usually dark.

On the other hand, synthetic materials have airflow to allow air to penetrate. Usually, they come in bright colors. Also, they are waterproof, longer and lighter. The drawbacks include being expensive, easily dated, complex to clean and do not last long.

2. Conspicuity. Motorcycle jackets must have the ability to be seen from afar by fellow riders as well as pedestrians. Conspicuity is one of the reasons why motor accidents occur. Failure to see another rider is a fatal defect. To remedy this, riders must wear motorcycle jackets with reflective materials or luminous colors. The use of scotelite can be used to attain a level of conspicuity.

3. Ventilation. Air circulation is essential especially during hot season when the sun can hurt the skin and can make a rider sweaty and uncomfortable. To remedy this, riders can purchase jackets that have ventilation zippers. These zippers are usually found under the armpits. Other ventilation holes are also made to efficiently allow air to circulate. A Velcro or a zipper at the back can provide substantial comfort. Pockets can also be added.

4. Waterproof. A waterproof jacket is a must in riding. Riding knows no weather. Thus, riders are always on the go. Nothing can stop them, even the unsympathetic weather. However, if riders ride with a non-waterproof jacket, their health can be at stake. Moreover, this will keep them from further enjoying rides.

Keeping the rider's jacket waterproof is an approach to avoid illness and to shun being stinky, dirty and less confident.

Caveat emptor. Buyers must be wary with the jacket's materials. A good jacket, according to 'Wild Heart' is like your symbol of individuality. Therefore, your choose mirrors your style in particular and personality in general.

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Repairing The Headlights On A Scooter

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A scooter with the safety feature of a headlight will require some amount of maintenance so you always have a fresh bright headlight. A headlight is generally sealed tight, so little or no water is going to enter the headlight fixture. Many scooters are also available with a scoop over the headlight to prevent additional moisture from reaching the interior of the headlight.

If you do find that your headlight is getting a bit dim, or that you have moisture in the headlight fixture you should replace it. Sometimes a large jolt can break the headlight requiring replacement as well. Every scooter varies in headlight replacement needs, but the headlight is very similar to that of a car.

The headlight that requires a bulb replacement will use a very small bulb, just a size larger than that of a bulb found on a string of lights. Removing the headlight can be accomplished using a screwdriver or a wrench. Some scooters are available with easy to remove headlights that require no tools at all but the movement of a few slip connections to remove the headlight. Simply remove the old bulb, insert the new bulb, and refasten the headlight to the scooter.

Headlights that are one piece, with no interior bulb are easy to replace as well. The one-piece headlight generally is going to require a hex screwdriver or a regular screwdriver to remove the headlight. You can purchase replacement headlights through medical supply houses, through scooter retailers and online headlight sources. Knowing the make and model of your scooter will allow for easy replacement of your scooter headlight.

The once piece headlight is taken out by removing two or four screws that hold it in place. Once you have removed the screws, you pull out the headlight, and unplug the headlight from the scooter. The new headlight will plug into the electrical outlet, and then you place the headlight back into the socket. You should be sure to replace all of the screws you have taken out so your headlight is secure and in place once again.

Remember, every scooter is different, and the type of headlight your scooter is equipped with will be detailed in the manual provided with your scooter.

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