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The market for motorcycles is huge, and there are more and more motorcycles that are specialized and they are selling better than ever. The industry is taking advantage of all the new technologies that are available. You often hear a lot about these "dream" bikes, because that is what they should be for someone who is a beginner to the sport of motorcycling. You don't hear so much about motorcycles the beginner should be riding, until they have the skills to move on to a moto...

Pick A Good First Motorcycle

Pick A Good First MotorcycleThe market for motorcycles is huge, and there are more and more motorcycles that are specialized and they are selling better than ever. The industry is taking advantage of all the new technologies that are available. You often hear a lot about these "dream" bikes, because that is what they should be for someone who is a beginner to the sport of motorcycling. You don't hear so much about motorcycles the beginner should be riding, until they have the skills to move on to a motorcycle with a little more muscle.In the 60s and 70s a motorcycle that was considered small was one that had 50cc to 125cc; the intermediate motorcycles were the 150cc and 200cc. Motorcycles that have 250 through 500cc were considered midsize, and motorcycles whose engine was 600cc or more, was considered a big bike. Motorcycles come in 1400 through 1800cc these days and those are the big bikes. It is no wonder as these are heavyweight bikes.It is true that the motorcycle world is mostly made up of experienced riders, but it has given new riders very little choice when it comes time to buy his or her first motorcycle. Motorcycle manufacturers are selling bikes with up to 800cc as beginner's bikes.As an example a bike that was 800cc or more was considered a bike for an experienced rider, and now because larger and larger bikes are being manufactured, 800cc seems low compared to the monster motorcycles you will see at the dealership that has 1800cc. For dealers to recommend that a beginning rider purchases any 600cc or larger is like putting your kid in the car with the keys and saying, "Have at it."Don't despair; there is a bike out there for you to learn safely on until you are ready for the bigger guns. Standards and cruisers are a much better for the beginner than a sport bike. Riding a standard or a cruiser is a much more versatile ride. You can drive them on the interstate, country lanes or city streets. You can use this kind of bike to commute to work, or take a ride in the country over the weekend. The novice rider will find that a standard or a cruiser handles easier when you are traveling at lower speeds. This is usually when a tip over is most likely to happen.Experts in the world of motorcycling recommend that for your first bike a 125cc-250cc is the best choice. They are typically easier to maneuver, cheaper to repair should you have a mishap; they are lighter and easier to balance. In short, this type of bike will be less likely to cause the novice rider to get into any trouble.You can find websites for more information about purchasing a good beginners bike before you go out and buy that fantasy bike. Once you learn proper riding methods and safety techniques, you will be ready to trade your old bike for something with a little more power and a bit more speed.

Hybrid vs Electric Cars

Hybrid vs Electric Cars

There is much in the news these days over the need for alternative energy sources for cars. While there have always been a number of benefits to alternate fuel sources, the current outrageous spikes in gasoline prices have led to increased public desire for an alternative to purchasing gasoline. At an average of $3 a gallon, an individual who burns two gallons of gas on the way to work and an additional two gallons on the way back is spending $12 a day. That equals $60 a week which translates into $3,000 a year. That is quite a bit of money and when one considers the fact that gasoline was only $1.40 a gallon a decade ago, the spike in prices is somewhat outrageous. This is why there has been renewed and increased interest in electric cars and hybrid cars. From this there has derived obvious questions that have morphed into a debate over the merits of hybrid vs electric cars.Hybrid cars are cars that can burn regular gasoline as well as ethanol fuel. (Ethanol is a non-oil based fuel that comes from corn) Electric cars are cars that operate on a rechargeable battery. Several years ago, prototype electric cars were offered on the marketplace, but the cars failed for a number of reasons.There are a number of problems that currently exist that can preclude the advancement of the electric car in the marketplace. These problems, however, may be corrected over time, but at present, these problems are restricting the growth of the electric car in the marketplace. The problems include the following: the amount of miles that on can drive a car on the capacity of the current design of electric batteries are fairly limited and there are very few charging stations in the United States that can re-charge a car when the battery dies. Needless to say, it would be fairly difficult to drive a car long distances or even up and back to work if the electric car was susceptible to running out of power and the ability to recharge the car was limited. Additionally, any repairs that may be necessary can be somewhat difficult to have performed because it may be difficult to find a repairman who understands the complexity of an electric car. Upon examining these potential problems, hybrids have an edge in the hybrid vs electric car debate. While the hybrid vs electric car debate between which is the best has not yet been decided, it would seem the edge leans towards toward hybrids.For information on buying and selling new and second hand cars and bikes visit http://www.bharathautomobiles.com/index.php

Warranties And Add-Ons Defined

Warranties And Add-Ons Defined

After you have picked out your car and agreed on a price, you must go into the business or finance office, also called F&I, whether you have your own financing or not, to complete the transaction. In addition to preparing the necessary paperwork and trying to finance your purchase, you will also be offered several different packages and add-ons for your new vehicle. However, some of these products are simply not worth the money, while others may be necessary for some people. Below are some common F&I products explained.Extended Warranty: You are sure to be told that you need an extended warranty, but you can purchase one at any point while the original factory warranty is in effect, and you can get these warranties from other sources besides the dealer. If you are considering an extended warranty, be sure to read the paperwork and see what systems are covered and if there is a deductible or not. You should also try to get a warranty that provides a loaner vehicle if warranty work is necessary.Gap Coverage: If you have ever been upside down on a vehicle or put no money down when you buy, gap coverage is essential. Gap coverage ensures that your loan will be paid off completely in the event that your vehicle is totaled. This coverage is valuable because your insurance company will only give you trade value for your vehicle, not what you owe on it. Being without gap coverage could leave you with no vehicle and thousands in car debt. This can be purchased from sources other than the dealer.Rust proofing: Your car already has this feature, and many of these packages have too many loopholes or do not last long enough to be of any value.Fabric Protector: Some people swear by fabric protectors, but others say that getting Scotch guard and doing it yourself is just as good. You should find out what should happen if you do get a stain. Will the company clean or replace the part in question?Car Alarm: This is something you can buy on the open market and possibly get a much better system for less money.Paint Sealant: These products vary greatly. Some are just expensive wax, others coat your vehicle, protect the paint, and make it incredibly easy to clean. Some varieties of paint sealant will allow you to effortlessly remove nearly anything from your car, including spray paint, brake dust, and bugs.Credit Life and Disability: These packages can be valuable, but most people have similar coverage through employer provided insurance policies though it probably relates to income. This package will make your payment if a person on the loan becomes disabled, or will pay it off if one of those people die. Lots of loopholes in these packages, so read the fine print.Hopefully this has shed some light on the products that you will be offered when buying a car. While some of these products are worthless and others are nearly essential, all of them can be purchased at a discount by bargaining.

Popular Truck Bed Liner Options

Popular Truck Bed Liner Options

A truck is a common vehicle choice for men and women of all ages. A truck is often purchased for convenience. Many individuals will need a truck to move or transport large items that will not fit into a traditional car. The need for trucks is increasing and they are highly popular among many consumers. The prices of all vehicles, including trucks, have been on the rise. Purchasing a truck, for personal or work use, is a fairly large investment. To protect that investment many truck owners are using a truck bed liner to protect their asset. It is a known fact that the better a used vehicle is, the more money will be obtained later on from a trade in. Truck bed liners can come in a wide variety of different styles and options. A truck bed liner can be a drop in model that is specifically designed for specific truck makes and models. The drop in style truck bed liner is nice because they can be removed and reinstalled whenever needed. These models are often plastic. Although the previously mentioned truck bed liner is a popular choice, the most common form of truck liners used today is are spray on. Just like the name, a spray on truck bed liner is sprayed on the bed of the truck and it literally comes a part of the truck. A spray on truck bed liner can be installed personally or by a professional.A spray on truck bed liner can typically be finished in less than one day. The majority of individuals will choose to a have a professional install their bed liner. There are supplies and the option to prepare the bed liner yourself, but it is somewhat difficult to do. Many professionals have a system already down. This allows them to produce quality work in a little bit of time. Many professional truck bed liners can be installed in around two or three hours. Another benefit to having a spray on truck bed liner professional done is that their work is often guaranteed or insured. This would come in handy if a mistake was made or damaged occurred to the truck during the procedure. Each brand of a spray on truck bed liner will be different and may contain different chemicals. The majority of all spray on bed liners will be strong and durable. Just like a traditional truck bed liner, a spray on liner will protect trucks from a wide variety of scrapes, scratches, and other debris marks. A spray on truck bed liner is popular among construction workers, farmers, and everyday individuals. Spray on truck bed liners can come in a wide variety of different colors to go with any truck or owner preference. It is important to remember that although spray on truck bed liners are popular, there are still other bed liner options available. Protecting your truck is an easy and convenient way to ensure its value will not decrease more than it should.

The Vintage Mercury-Lincoln Cougar - A Nascar Legend

Many have thought of the Mercury Cougar a simply nothing more than a luxo-bloated version of a Ford Thunderbird. It may well surprise many Ford, Mercury as well as Ford Mustang and Mercury Cougar enthusiasts that 35 years ago that the Cougar Pony Car was kicking butt on the Trans-Am circuit.In its origins, the Cougar was an idea that Lincoln-Mercury had been tossing around, for some time, with the idea of a smaller sporty car. As early as February 1963 this idea of a smaller as well as sporty Lincoln-Mercury vehicle, to be introduced to the North American market, came to emerge within the corporate head office, marketing and design staff.The success of the Ford Mustang was all that was needed to put the wheels in motion. Indeed the famous marketing reference in regards to the product market popularity and sales of the Ford Mustang Pony Car was a sign in a donut shop that Or donuts sell as fast as Mustangs. Nothing drives the automobile industry more than the potential and promise of fast car sales figures. It is noteworthy that even the name of the vehicle product Cougar can be said to be family line generated. After the name Cougar is not only six letters but is another member of a line of fast creatures. Both the names of Mustang and Cougar evoke an image of sleekness and fast speed as well as agility.Built on a 111 inch wheelbase, the Cougar was three inches and half inches shorter than its cousin the Thunderbird. Underneath the elegant sheetmetal of the Cougar was a Mustang, so to speak. In actuality the Cougar shared with its cousins the sporty Mustang, and the more dour family vehicle - the Ford Falcon (which was also known in the Canadian market as the Ford Frontenac product. The Ford Mustang had the greatest fortune of being born from the Ford Falcon product line. Mustang enthusiasts owe a great debt of gratitude to a so called compact Family car. The Ford Falcon allowed both the Mustang car project as well as the Cougar car product a quick to develop, cheap to produce as well as a proven and durable base platform. Even the dash of the early Mustangs was a direct copy of the Falcons.Underneath all of the glitter of its elegant sheet metal the Cougar car was all Mustang, using the exact same Falcon front suspension and a solid rear axle with four-leaf springs. A base 289 cubic inch V-8 made 200 bhp (gross), but the real action came in the guise of a 390 cubic inch V-8 that made 320 bhp. A GT option included a performance handling package and power disc brakes that replaced more standard front brake drums. Finally special GT wheels rounded out the package.It has been said that Lincoln Mercurys chief designer had envisioned the Cougar as an elegant European sports car, along the lines of the Jaguar Mark 2. How was it that the Cougar went racing?In 1967 Lincoln Mercury turned to Bud Moore to be the point man for a shot at the SCCA Trans-Am Championship. Team Cougar made up of drivers, Dan Gurney, Parnelli Jones, Formula 1 driver Peter Revson and NASCAR driver Dave Pearson came in second in Ford Mustangs team. In 1968 then under the aegis of Moore, driver DeWayne Tiny Lund went on to capture the NASCAR Grand Touring Championship.So where and how did the Cougar go wrong. It seemed that Lincoln-Mercury was never quite sure on how to market the Cougar. This lack of market focus, as well as not knowing and perceiving the needs and desires of the potential Cougar customer market proved to be the Cougars undoing. By the 1969 product introduction the Cougar was a little longer and a little wider. From then on it was only a short decent into landau roofs as well as the opera window type styling and options of the day. Once started this downward trend and spiral of the Cougar was inevitable. The halcyon years of the early Cougar - specifically the early Cougar model years of 1967 70 remain a time when the Cougars roar boomed out of dual exhausts and the sign of a car that had some bite to it.

Motorcycle Saddlebags Or Tank Bags Which To Get?

Riding a motorcycle these days is not only fun but with today's gas prices it is also quite economical. The only problem with riding a bike is that their is a serious lack of storage unless you happen to have a Goldwing or maybe a Harley Dresser youre going to need some saddlebags or some sort of tank bag to carry your stuff in. Their are ups and downs to both choices and some of it also depends on your motorcycle. If you have a cruiser your ideal choice is probably some sort of saddlebags or luggage type bags. For Sport Bikes the easy answer is likely to be a tank bag.If you have a cruiser choosing a saddlebag for your ride is really a matter of taste. Their are so many too choose from its not even funny. Motorcycle saddlebags come in a variety of styles. Most are made of some type of leather or a synthetic material. Modern Saddlebags generally have a hard case liner in side which keeps the shape of the bag. When choosing a saddle bag it is best to choose something that will look good on your motorcycle. If you get something you don't like you are not as likely to use it. Bags come with studs and fringes and even locks if you want. You can choose from either permanently mounted saddle bags or ones that can easily come off the bike. I recommend you get some that can be removed easily so they can be carried in with you if you are planning to ride your bike to work or some other place where you will be away from the bike for a while. Most motorcycle saddle bags can be removed easily and put back on just as quickly. If you decide on some that mount permanently make sure they lock. Some of your more popular saddlebag makers are Saddlemen, Saddle Stow, Willie and Max, Ace, and ZR. Their are more brands than these but these are the major manufacturers for motorcycle saddlebags. Most of these are easily mounted and come with all the necessary hardware. Also T-Bags makes some really nice Sissy Bar Bags that have a decent amount of storage space. T-Bags also makes motorcycle luggage to fit most cruisers as well as sport bikes.For sport bike riders the preference tends to be a tank bag. Since saddlebags tend to lean more towards the classic look they aren't to appealing to riders of sport bikes. Tank Bags are actually a great alternative to saddlebags, most are expandable and can carry quite a bit of stuff as wells as that most tank bags have side pockets for extra storage. Most tank bags use a magnetic mounting system in combination with a strap that ties of to the steering head of the bike. This makes it really easy to pull the tank bag of and on with out it being a big pain. This makes it easy to take off the bike and carry with you if you plan on being away from the bike for a while. Most of these bags also have a carrying handle which makes it even easier for you to carry the bag with you. Their are a lot of different tank bag sizes available so it is important to pick a size the will suit your needs. I recommend one that is expandable which will allow you to make it compact or expand it for more capacity when needed. Also when picking a tank bag you want to pick one that is water resistant in case you get caught in a down pour. Most tank bags are either made from water resistant material or come with a built in rain cover.

Summary

The market for motorcycles is huge, and there are more and more motorcycles that are specialized and they are selling better than ever. The industry is taking advantage of all the new technologies that are available. You often hear a lot about these "dream" bikes, because that is what they should be for someone who is a beginner to the sport of motorcycling. You don't hear so much about motorcycles the beginner should be riding, until they have the skills to move on to a moto...