Motor scooters have evolved into a popular and cheap form of travel

Motor Scooter   Motor Scooter

Motor scooters are vehicles with small wheels and a low-powered gasoline engine geared to the rear wheel. The first patents for “foot powered” scooters date back to 1921. Up to that time there were no motors attached to the scooter. They were propelled by “foot power”. The old-fashioned foot-powered push scooter was updated to a Razor motor scooter under the direction of Gino Tsai, whose father was a mechanical engineer for the J. D. Corporation in Shanghai, Taiwan. His motor scooter took about 5 years to design. Gino Tsai claims that the reason he invented the Razor motor scooter was due to the fact that his father had to walk for miles every day around the huge bicycle factory that he worked for because of his short legs.

To solve this problem he updated the old-fashioned push scooter into what we now know as the modern Razor motor scooter. When Gino finished the development of his motor scooter he began to market it to the public. It quickly became a huge success with customers waiting as long as six months for their orders.

Why was the Razor motor scooter so popular?
The Razor scooter was made from lightweight airplane grade aluminum which can support over 1000 pounds without bending. It is foldable, which means it can be stored in very small places. It has small polyurethane wheels and a low-powered engine. Braking is activated by stepping down on the rear fender. Today there are many different brands and models of motor scooters. We have electric scooters and gas powered motor scooters. They are very versatile and functional, serving many different purposes. They are patterned after motorcycles, but have smaller wheels, lower-powered engines and can be “stepped through,” unlike the motorcycle.

The most commonly seen style of scooteris the “folding,” or “foldable,” scooter. These are two-wheeled models that are typically used for traveling short distances around the neighborhood. Braking occurs when the back fender is stepped on, putting pressure on the back wheel and stopping its movement. This type of motor scooter is made for kids or adults and can also be used to perform tricks on. It is very compact in size and can be folded for storage in small places.

A unique feature of freestyle folding motor scooters is the “kicktail,” a portion of the foot deck that extends over the back wheel. This is what provides the leverage for performing tricks. Motor scooters with “kicktails” are called freestyle scooters and usually have hand brakes due to the fact that the back fender allows for the performance of tricks instead of braking.

Electric scooters are generally bigger and heavier. Because of the extra weight they consume more power and can only go shorter distances when compared with the folding scooters. After about 10 or 15 miles it may be necessary to recharge the battery. These electric, or battery- powered, motor scooters are often used to travel short distances around the neighborhood or perhaps on a school campus or other confined environment.

 They are particularly popular among the elderly, handicapped and disabled. Instead of being confined at home these elderly or handicapped people can now have some of their former independence returned to them. Motor scooters of this type are usually called mobility scooters. Gas powered motorized scooters are usually more powerful and can attain higher speeds than the folding scooters or electric scooters.

They can also travel longer distances when a larger fuel tank is included. Gas scooters may not be permitted in some areas so it is wise to check out the laws and regulations in your area before purchasing a motor scooter.

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Motorcycle Maintenance – Preventing The Need For Costly Repairs

Motorcycle Maintenance

Proper motorcycle maintenance and preparation before riding will prevent the need for costly repair jobs. The Internet abounds with motorcycle maintenance videos, DVDs, books and magazines. If you prefer not to go to an authorized maintenance center, it is possible to learn how to do-it-yourself.

A quick pre-ride check of your bike will help prevent the need for repairs, especially if you are going on a long road-trip, and even if you are just riding to the store.

First check the oil and the oil filter. Learning how to change your own filter will save time and money. If you do change your own oil make sure to dispose of the old oil properly. It should be sealed in an approved container and taken to a legitimate oil disposal facility. This is a good time to check the other fluid levels as well.

Next check the controls to make sure they all operate properly. Controls include front and rear brakes, throttle, clutch and shifter. Also check to see that the steering mechanism works smoothly. This may be done by turning the handlebars through the full operating range.

You should check your tire pressure often. If you are touring, carry a tire gauge and check it daily. The owner’s manual that comes with your bike will tell you what the correct tire pressure should be. Remember that air pressure can change with air temperature. When you check your tire pressure you should also check the condition of your tires. Replace any tires that have less than 50 percent of the tread left. Also replace tires that have cracks, cuts or signs of wear. You should not try to repair a tire unless there is no other option. Even then it is a short-term solution.

Make sure to check for any fuel, oil, or hydraulic fuel leaks. Check both the cases and the lines for leaks. Running out of oil out in the middle of nowhere will definitely mean costly engine repair or even replacement.

Check your headlights, taillights, and turning signals and brake lights. Get into the habit of doing this every time you ride. This is for your own protection letting other drivers see you as well as letting you see them. Instructions on replacing bulbs should be in your owner’s manual. Oh, by the way, if you bought a used bike and the owner did not give you a manual, try looking on line.

Now check your battery. You may actually double the life of your battery by checking and maintaining water levels regularly. This is as simple as shining a flashlight into the opening and filling to the indicated level. You may also consider installing a battery charger with a convenient disconnect.

Finally before you start out, check the position of the mirrors. Do this while you are sitting on the bike to ensure that they are correctly positioned.
Following this simple motorcycle maintenance plan can save you time, money and the need for repair. If you are not comfortable doing this maintenance yourself, find your closest motorcycle dealership to help you carry out this maintenance for you.

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Yamaha Motorcycle

Yamaha YA-1   Yamaha R1

The development of Yamaha motorcycles is one that took place quite by accident. In 1953 the company was already developing a variety of other products. They were looking for a use for idle pieces of equipment that had once been used to make propellers for airplanes. The ideas for this equipment included sewing machines, auto parts, scooters, all terrain vehicles, and motorcycles. The decision was made to focus on manufacturing motorcycles because of the market demand for them.

The first Yamaha motorcycle was introduced in August of 1954, called the Yamaha YA-1. This bike featured a two stroke single cylinder engine. By July of 1955 Yamaha was creating 200 quality motorcycles each month with a staff of 274 people. The YD-1 was introduced in 1957 as a racing bike. The bike quickly became popular and was featured in the United States Catalina Grand Prix in 1958.

This gave Yamaha the invitation to start selling its motorcycles in the United States with a private dealer in California. To further attract sales in the United States, Yamaha Motor Corporation USA was established in 1977. In 1959 Yamaha introduced the idea of offering a converter kit to consumers. This allowed the motorcycle to be used for both street riding and motocross racing.

By 1960 Yamaha was producing 135,000 bikes per year. 1965 saw the advancement of no longer having to mix oil with gas due to the automatic oiling system. By 1973 Yamaha was selling more than 1 million motorcycles each year worldwide.

During the 1970’s they began working on developing four stroke models to compete with other manufacturers. The results were faster motorcycles that met emissions regulations and were even more economical than the two stroke models. However, they also realized the potential to continue selling two stroke models to consumers as well. Many other manufacturers focused only on four strokes, so Yamaha was able to meet the needs of that target market.

1974 brought the introduction of the YZ250. This model quickly became the largest selling motocross bike because it featured a single horizontal rear suspension system. Yamaha built a racing track right next to the plant, allowing them to continually observe the quality and capabilities of their products.

Yamaha created one of the fastest racing bike models in 1985 with the introduction of the V-Max. This was classified as a muscle bike, with power that was not for the beginning rider. They continue to produce some of the fastest bikes on the market both for street riding and for racing.

Yamaha has never been satisfied to simply stop when they had a good thing going. They always had a vision of achieving more and to strive to further customer satisfaction. The visions and philosophies of the company have proven to be effective in every aspect of motorcycle production. The fact that they offer so many different models means the consumer has the opportunity to find the exact motorcycle they are looking for from a brand name they know they can trust to offer them a quality product.

While some of their models of motorcycles haven’t sold well, many of them have. Yamaha has always focused on the future of motorcycles while keeping in mind what consumers are wanting. They have been able to diversify their developments, and it has paid off by allowing them to reach a large portion of the motorcycle market without compromising their vision.

Today, Yamaha is the second largest motorcycle manufacturer in the world behind Harley-Davidson. They continue to make fast, reliable motorcycles that customers around the world are proud to own. They also manufacture motorcycles that have won more races than any other brand on the market. Their diversity and dedication to making quality motorcycles that meet the needs of the consumer have kept them a top seller in this growing industry. Yamaha dealerships can be found around the world, offering a full range of motorcycle models to suit your tastes.

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Bits For Bikes Cairns Motorcycle Wreckers

Bits For Bikes Cairns Motorcycle Wreckers

Bits For Bikes Cairns

Welcome to Bits For Bikes Cairns Motorcycle Wreckers. Wrecking all makes and models of second hand motorcycle parts and accessories in Australia. So if you need bits for your bike contact us now as we could be dismantling and wrecking the parts you need.

Bits For Bikes
172 Brown Street
Cairns Australia
phone: (07) 4031 3866
fax: (07) 4051 5048

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Customized Motorcycles

Customized Motorcycle

Motorcycles are very popular, with thousands of them on the road. You will find them in a variety of makes and models for your enjoyment. Finding exactly the style you want that fits your body can prove to be difficult, especially if you are extremely short or very tall. Having a customized motorcycle made to your specifications is a great alternative, but it is also more expensive.

One of the most well known custom motorcycle makers is Jesse James, owner of West Coast Choppers. Jesse James has been passionate about motorcycles since he was seven years old. He has customized motorcycles for many celebrities including Shaquille O’Neal, Kid Rock, and Kyle Petty. The bikes range in price from $50,000 to $150,000.

While this is going to be much to expensive for the average individual, you can still get a great customized motorcycle from some other sources. There are many things you need to consider to get started. First, what is it that you need from a motorcycle that you can’t get from a standard one at any retailer? If it is simply the color, you will save a great deal of money by purchasing it from the retailer and having it repainted. In some cases, you may be able to contact the manufacturer and have the bike painted your ideal color at the factory.

Most of the time, individuals need to have a motorcycle customized to fit them properly. Take Shaquille O’Neal for example. He is such a large person, that the average motorcycle just doesn’t work well for him. Jesse James was able to use O’Neal’s measurements to create a motorcycle that was comfortable for him to ride. Customized motorcycles are a great choice for those with a disability that prevents them from being able to operate a standard motorcycle.

If you are determined to have a customized motorcycle, take the time to research the various manufacturers you have to choose from. Keep in mind that you may have to wait several months or even years to get the motorcycle you want if the manufacturer is very busy. Always discuss the options you want in great detail as well as the price. If the manufacturer won’t agree to your specifications then look for someone who will.

It is a good idea to conduct research about the manufacturer. Find out how long they have been customizing motorcycles. Ask for references and to see samples of their work. You will also want to inquire about warranty information and a guarantee if you aren’t pleased with the work. In most cases, you will have to pay a deposit before work begins on your customized motorcycle. Make sure they are familiar with working with the model of motorcycle you want to have customized.

Having your very own motorcycle is a great recreational item to spend your time with. However, investing in a customized motorcycle will allow you to have the very best motorcycle that fits your style as well as your body. Being comfortable on your motorcycle will allow you more enjoyment and you can also use it for long road trips. You are less likely to be involved in a motorcycle accident if the motorcycle is a proper fit. While a customized motorcycle is more expensive than a traditional model, it is an investment that is well worth it.

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Rebuilding a Motor Bike

Motor Bike Rebuild

For most bike enthusiasts, motorcycle rebuilding projects are considered to be an enjoyable and relaxing activity. It shouldn’t be stressful and it should also be a lot of fun to do. Your experience on rebuilding a motorcycle will depend on how you approach the project.

A lot of people quit even before they start because they don’t know how to rebuild a motorcycle. Some may have the mechanical know-how but they just don’t know how to make the project or activity of rebuilding bikes fun.

The first thing that you need to remember when rebuilding motorcycles is that you shouldn’t be in a hurry. Always keep in mind that motorcycle restoration requires a lot of patience and it should be methodical. You should never scatter your attention all over the bike as this will only lead to frustration and will get you to do a lot more work than it should get.

Just like cleaning a totally cluttered basement, you should start in one corner and work your way through the rest of the basement methodically.
Although you may get overwhelmed at the required amount of work to be done at first but once you get started and concentrate on one part of the bike first, you can be sure that you will be able to get the job done without even knowing about it.

So, here are some tips that will be able to help you finish your motorcycle rebuild project without too much hassle.

The first is that you need to take all the parts off the bike. Make sure that you take considerable care and attention on every piece that you remove in order for you to know how to put it back again. Try taking pictures at what you are doing.
This will serve as a reference in the future.

Once you remove all of the motorcycle parts from the frame, try to keep them separate from each other. If you can, you should try labeling them. This will make it easier for you to identify each part you took off the frame. By taking all the parts off, you will have much better control and also more time devoted to each part when you are cleaning or reconditioning them. And, it’s much better to work standing or sitting at a work table rather than being hunched over working on each part that is still attached to the bike. Also, by taking each part off, you will be able to clean it thoroughly and you will be able to decide whether the cleaning is good enough or you may need to send it out to be re-chromed or repainted.

The point here is to get everything organized. By doing this, you will find that the entire rebuild project is quite easy to do. Just do things one step at a time and you will end up with a great looking motor bike that is also mechanically sound in no time at all. In fact, if you do these things, you’ll be surprised that the entire restoration project didn’t require a lot of work as you may have first thought.

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Customizing a Motorcycle

Customizing a Motorcycle

First of all, you need to remember that there is a difference between restoring and customizing a motorcycle. If you want to customize your motorcycle, this means that you are free to change anything about your motorcycle, such as the paint and paint schemes. Customizing also means that you can also add a different kind of engine to add more power or even give it a different gas tank. Restoring a motorcycle will mean that you will be returning the bike to its original look. This means that everything should be stock and should look like that it just rolled out of the factory.

Now, we all know that restoring old motorcycles can be a great hobby. They are wonderful to own and you will surely get challenged when you are on the process of restoring them. Although the process of restoring motorcycles itself is hard work, you will find that the rewards are great once you finished the project.

So, here are the proper and organized ways on how you restore a vintage or classic motorcycle.

The first thing that you need to do is to disassemble the motorcycle completely down to its frame. It is important that you check all the parts as you take them off and make notes about it. During this process, you will be checking the parts on what needs to be repaired, cleaned, or completely replaced. You also need to know if there are parts missing from the bike.

Next, you should look through old photos and publications that feature the motorcycle you are restoring. This will serve as your reference and give you an idea on what the motorcycle looked like in its original state. This part is easy if you are the original owner. But, if you are the second or third owner, this can be quite hard to do. Always remember that when you are restoring a motorcycle, you want everything to be exact and not something that is close to what the motorcycle looked like before.

The next step is to work on the frame first. You can sandblast it to remove any old paint and rust from the metal. Then, you can apply primer then paint it to its original color. You should do the same thing with the tank and fenders. But, if you don’t know how to properly paint the bike, you should definitely let someone else who is qualified to do the work for you.

The fourth step is the search for the parts that you need to replace. Original parts may be hard to find especially if the bike is very old and very rare. If this is the case, you can get it fabricated. Just make sure that you bring the original part with you in order for you to get an exact copy of the part that you need.

The fifth step is to rebuild the engine. This requires special tools and special skills. If you don’t know how to take the engine apart much more to rebuild it, you may want to leave it to the professionals to do this part for you. During the engine rebuild, there is a chance that you may need to find replacement parts for it. This can take a while and if you really can’t any original replacement parts, get it fabricated.

The last step is to put everything back together. This is where finesse will mean a lot. Be careful when you are putting everything back together in order to avoid scratching or damaging anything.

These are the steps on how you can restore a motorcycle properly. Remember these tips and you can be sure that restoring a vintage or classic bike will be a lot easier to do.

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Touring, Cruisers and Sports Bikes


There are three essential categories of street motorcycles. They are touring, cruisers and sports bikes.

Nevertheless, modern innovations and designs have incorporated some of the qualities of the other category.

However, let us stick with the basics and discuss them one by one.

Touring motorcycles are good for long and enduring rides. Usually, touring bikes have hard-shell trunks on either side of the fender, windshields, full fairings, dashboard and in-dash audio equipment that may include Global Positioning system. Touring bikes also have high rounded back with armrest so that the riders will be comfortable in his ride. Harley-Davidson’s Road King and Honda’s Gold Wing are examples of this category.

Cruisers and choppers, which belong to the second category, are not that heavy as compared to touring bikes. They are gorgeously captivating and comparable to that of legendary cruisers, and customized choppers. Indeed, they are cool and stylish as professed by many.

Choppers use a frame with a front fork extended and raked beyond the standard stock cruiser. As we can observe choppers are sizzling hot afresh. The continuing paranoia and hype redound to their fame. In fact, there are featured customized cruisers and choppers that are gaining its media exposure and success.

Café racers or sports bikes are also fascinating. They come in colorful facades. They encourage a different sitting posture. The usual thing is that rider’s feet must be put in front, with a sport bike, it puts the rider’s feet under him. Thus, the rider’s tendency is to lean forward over the gas tank with the shoulders and the head straight. This is done to make quick and accurate turns.

Sport bikes are great for nerve-racking riding adventures. None the less, they are not likely to be used for long and steady trails.

Honda’s Interceptor, Yamaha’s TMAX and Ducati’s Supersport are some of the bikes in this category.

Off road motorcycles are primarily designed to be tough and sturdy. Examples of this kind are dirt bikes that are designed to conquer hard, rough and grimy treks. Therefore, as not to bottom out, they come with tall frames and high tailpipes.

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How to get the motorcycle parts you need

Motorcycle parts

Have you ever fantasized about what it would be like to ride a motorcycle that defined an era in American history? If you have, then you are not alone. Thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts like you are now actively seeking their dream bike and hundreds are on the process of restoring it to get it back to its glory days. If you are a proud owner of a vintage motorcycle, you need to remember that restoring it is something that you shouldn’t take lightly.

Motorcycle restoration is a huge project and although it’s not as big as a car or auto restoration project, you will find that it’s almost as hard to find the right parts for it in order to completely restore it and get it back to its former glory.

So, here are some tips that will be able to help you get the parts you need for restoring a vintage or classic motorcycle.

The first tip that you need to remember is that you have to be prepared financially for it. Always keep in mind that parts for vintage or classic motorcycles are hard to find. And, because of the high demand for parts for vintage or classic motorcycles, you can expect that a price for a simple part can become very expensive. Some parts can even cost you ten times compared to the original price. This is how expensive this hobby is.

Another great tip that can increase your chances in finding parts for the vintage or classic motorcycle that you are restoring is by posting the parts you need in blogging websites. Try joining forums and blog websites that cater to motorcycle enthusiasts. Here, you will be able to find a lot of people who may be willing to sell or trade bike parts. And, if you’re lucky, you may get the parts you need to restore your motorcycle at a bargain price.

Joining forums and blogs that are specifically designed for motorcycle enthusiasts is a great way for you to gain contacts that can prove to be indispensible in the long run. It is also a great way to make new friends and also to do some trading.

The next tip would be going to the scrap yard. If you’ve heard of the term one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, then this is the perfect example. There’s a chance that you will be able to find a motorcycle of the same model and make of the one that you are restoring in scrap yards. You can get these bikes and salvage it for parts that you can work with to finish your motorcycle restoration project.

The last tip would be joining motorcycle clubs. Not only that you will be able to make a lot of new friends through this but joining such clubs will give you contacts to various people who can get the parts that you need for your restoration project. Some motorcycle clubs only trade parts within club members. By joining motorcycle clubs, you will be able to increase your chances in finding the part you need to restore your vintage or classic motorcycle. In fact, you can even get some tips or even a hand with your restoration project for free from fellow club members.

Remember these tips and you can be sure that you will be able to restore your classic or vintage motorcycle. Through these tips, you will increase the likelihood in finding the parts you need to get your bike back to its former glory.

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Motorcycle Accessories

There are so many wonderful motorcycle accessories to choose from, you definitely can make your bike look original, even if it is one of thousands that are designed exactly the same when you purchase it. Some motorcycle accessories are optional and some you need to purchase without exception.

Safety accessories are something you should invest your money the day you purchase a motorcycle or before. If you can’t afford the safety equipment, then you don’t need the bike! You will need to purchase a good quality helmet that fits you properly. You can get one customized to match your bike if you like. They are available in a variety of colors and designs so you won’t have any problem finding one that suits your style.

There are other motorcycle accessories that you can purchase if you like for safety, but they aren’t mandatory. Full riding suits that are flame resistant and very protective are a great option. You will find sunglasses, goggles, gloves, knee pads, chaps, and more. Many of these safety accessories will make riding your motorcycle more comfortable. It is a good idea to purchase some rain gear as well.

Do you plan to travel a great deal on your motorcycle? How do you plan to carry your necessities? There are many motorcycle accessories to choose from to take care of this for you. For short trips, consider purchasing a motorcycle back pack. There are also a variety of leather pouches and travel gear that attach to your motorcycle. Many of them are removable so you can easily add them when you travel.

Riding your motorcycle is supposed to be enjoyable, so make sure you are comfortable. My husband finally got the dream bike he had always wanted only to discover that the seat was uncomfortable when riding it for more than an hour. We invested a couple hundred dollars in a custom seat so that he could get more enjoyment out of the bike. If you often have a passenger on your motorcycle, consider installing a back rest bar. An additional set of foot pegs on the front of your motorcycle can help you stay comfortable as well on a long ride. They are perfect for stretching out.

There are also a variety of motorcycle accessories to help you customize the look of your motorcycle. Decals are very common, and they are quite simple to put on. Choose from stripes, flames, and many other great designs. You may decide to have a custom design painted onto your motorcycle rather than using decals. There are also a variety of chrome pieces you can replace standard ones on your bike with.

Deciding on the right accessories for your motorcycle is going to take some time. Look at the options available as well as the quality of the brand you are looking at. In most cases, you are better off saving your money to purchase quality accessories rather than paying less for poor quality. It can be fun customizing your motorcycle to your own personal look. Just don’t forget to invest in those important safety accessories first.

You can purchase motorcycle accessories anywhere that sells motorcycles. You can also request catalogs from motorcycle manufacturers. The internet also offers you the chance to look at thousands of styles of motorcycle accessories to choose from.

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The History of Motorcycles

The History of Motorcycles


Most of us have ridden on a motorcycle at one time or another. The idea for their design came from the development of the bicycle. I guess people were looking for a faster way to move their bicycle along, or perhaps one that wasn’t as physically exerting for them. The first motorcycle ever made is credited to Gottllieb Daimler in 1885. This gas powered motorcycle was basically a gas engine attached to a standard bicycle. However, Gottllieb decided not to pursue making motorcycles and choose instead to focus on manufacturing cars.

During this time period, many other individuals were also tinkering with the motorcycle concept. A couple of the men behind this experimenting were William Harley and Arthur Davidson. You guessed it, the dynamic duo behind the amazing line of Harley-Davidson motorcycles that have become popular all around the world since 1903.

People were very interested in this convenient mode of transportation because it was very economical. The public loved the idea of motorized transportation, but cars were still more expensive than most people could afford. However, some people soon realized that they would need to purchase a car instead of a motorcycle in order to transport their entire family.

A few of these motorcycle pioneers were able to successfully establish companies such as Harley-Davidson. However, many never had the money to start the venture properly and make it prosperous. Others left to go fight in the war and still others went bankrupt trying to market their motorcycle ideas during the Depression.

One downfall to motorcycles in the 1950’s is that you had to have a great understanding of mechanics to be able to operate one. The American bike manufacturers didn’t pursue making advances in that department until they started facing competition from Japan. They developed the electric start system that motorcycles offer today. This important feature allowed motorcycles to transform from small mopeds and scooters to powerful machines.

American motorcycle manufacturers did not see Japanese bikes as a threat, but this was as serious miscalculation on their part. It didn’t take long for American manufacturers to realize that they were losing consumers to the Japanese market. This lead to the introduction of many new models to prevent them from losing more of the market. Baby boomers continued to purchase Japanese bikes as they offered more power and were sold at an excellent price.

Motorcycles have certainly changes since their introduction. Today, the market is saturated with brand names that are well known in the motorcycle industry. Each one offers a variety of models to choose from as well as unique styles and designs. Regardless of the type of motorcycle you are interested in, you are sure to find one with the features and power you are looking for.

As the top motorcycle manufacturers continue to strive to come up with models that will please the consumer while out shining their competitors, you will have even more choices. As technology advances you will find faster, more durable, and less expensive motorcycle options on the market. Harley-Davidson continues to be in the top position, selling more motorcycles than any other manufacturer. In fact, the majority of their bikes are sold before they even leave the factory. While they remain one of the most expensive motorcycle producers, consumers are willing to pay for the quality and the power behind them.

When it comes to the motorcycle industry, consumers have come to learn that quality and reliability are more important than saving a few dollars along the way. A motorcycle is generally a large investment, and consumers want to be happy with the product they choose. The issue of brand name loyalty also comes into play with motorcycles. Since each manufacturer now offers a full line of different models and types of motorcycles, there is no reason why you can’t purchase both the brand and the style you are looking for.

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Obtaining a Motorcycle License


To operate a motorcycle on streets, an individual must obtain a motorcycle license. You do not need a license to operate a dirt bike as long as you keep it off of the streets. The procedure for doing so varies by state. In most states, you can obtain one at the age of 16, the same age for obtaining a regular driver’s license. The process involves a written test as well as a motorcycle driving test.

Keep in mind that if you get caught operating a motorcycle without a valid license, you face the same penalty in your state as driving a motor vehicle without a valid license. It is also very likely that the motorcycle you are operating will be impounded. Nationwide, 32% of motorcycle accidents involve those who do not hold a valid motorcycle license. Likewise, any person who has a suspended or revoked driver’s license won’t be allowed to obtain a motorcycle license either.

Each state offers a motorcycle operator manual for you to review free of charge. In some states, you can even review the information online. It is very important that you read the manual thoroughly and ask about any information you are not understanding. The information in this manual is what will be on the knowledge test you are required to pass in order to obtain a valid motorcycle license.

In some states, you will then be issued a motorcycle learners permit. This allows you to practice operating a motorcycle with the assistance of another licensed motorcycle rider. After a set amount of time or a set amount of practice hours, you will then be able to take a motorcycle operator skills test. Make you to bring along any safety equipment for riding that is required in your state. For states that don’t issue motorcycle learners permits, you will be issued your license upon successfully passing both the written and skills tests.

Make sure you have spent plenty of time going over the proper procedures for operating a motorcycle before you attempt to take the skills test. Test administration is very strict because of the huge risk operating a motorcycle comes with. Some of the same rules apply as when testing for a traditional driver’s license including looking in your mirrors, using signal lights, stopping appropriately, watching for pedestrians, and obeying posted speed limits.

Some common motorcycle skills you will be tested on include starting your motorcycle, stopping, turning, and balancing the bike. In some states, they set up an obstacle course for motorcycle testing that you have to be able to maneuver through. You can ask your local Department of Motor Vehicles what to expect on the skills test. This gives you plenty of time to practice particular skills before you test.

To find out the specific requirements including age, testing, cost, and other important information for obtaining a motorcycle license in your state contact your local department of motor vehicles. You can also find the information on the internet. If you are interested in learning to operate a motorcycle but don’t have anyone to teach you, consider enrolling in a motorcycle instructional course. This is a great way to develop the skills you need to operate a motorcycle safely and properly. You will also get a discount from most motorcycle insurance companies if you can verify you successfully completed such a class.

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German MotorCycle Helmets

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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Few road vehicles look as unique and stunning as Choppers.
These customized bikes epitomize all things wild and creative in the bike world. In simple terms, a chopper is a bike, usually a Harley Davidson or Indian, which has several of its parts ‘chopped off’. This is done in order to make the vehicle lighter, easier to maneuver and more eye-catching.

Choppers started appearing around World War II, when soldiers returning home desired lighter bikes, like the ones they had used in Europe. In order to get the desired effect, they began removing unwanted parts from their bikes back home, which resulted in the “ birth” of choppers. Over the years, the concept of choppers evolved and was not restricted to only chopping off parts from the vehicle. Several people started customizing their bikes in order to suit their personal tastes. Customized chopper parts soon became a craze and took the market by storm.

The most popular chopper parts that bike enthusiasts tend to fiddle around with are the handlebars, wheels and tires. In most choppers, the handlebars are extended to give the rider greater comfort, especially during long road-trips. The wheels are often customized to add that extra bit of style to the bike. While magnesium alloy wheels are growing in popularity, several still prefer the normal spoke wheels. The most exotic of these wheels are the classic 160 and 120 spoke wheels. Tires are another significant feature of choppers. In most cases, the front wheel is narrowed down while the rear one is broadened to provide extra grip and stability.

Other popular chopper parts include fuel tanks, body frames, seats and front and rear brakes. Several of these parts can be further customized upon the request of the owner. Before making the purchase, one must make sure the parts are from a genuine dealer and are compatible with the vehicle. Although some of them chopper parts would seem a bit pricey, they definitely serve to highlight the beauty and individuality of these lovely machines.

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Tips For Storing your Motorbike

As the weather gets cooler, is your motorcycle ready to be put up for the winter? Even if you plan to ride your bike through the cold winter months, here are some ideas on winter care. Or, maybe your have another reason for not riding your bike: travel, business or family commitments. The good news is that this shouldn’t take more than a few hours of work to be sure that your motorcycle will remain in tip-top condition in terms of looks, mechanical condition and trouble free riding.

First, be sure the fuel system is drained and conditioned. The best way to do this is to get the level as low as you can, then add a fuel stabilizer additive. Then run your bike for a few miles to be sure the additive gets into and through the entire fuel system. Then, when your ready to ride, simple fill up with fresh gas and you’re ready to go.

Next be sure and clean you motorcycle thoroughly. Use a good degreasing agent to get rid of all that grime that collected over the past several months. Be sure to remember to get the brakes and suspension systems. Clean out the brake calipers with a brake cleaner and re-lubricate.

Make sure that your bike is completely dry. If you have compressed air available, use it.

Next re-lubricate the motorcycle. Be sure to cover the brakes (calipers and discs) to protect them during this process. Be sure to get all of the joints and pivots points. Regular chain lube is usually good enough for moving parts and surfaces. Finally, the use of a corrosion treatments is recommended (not for brakes).

Use a good wax to coat and polish the surfaces. Again, avoid the brakes.

Get the tires up and off of the ground. If you have a center stand, great. If not, invest in a pair of stands to get the bike up. They will pay for themselves numerous times.

Save yourself the grief of needing a new battery come spring by using a battery tender. Like getting the tires up, this investment will pay for itself over and over again.

Finally, invest in a cover for your motorcycle. Make sure it breathes so condensation won’t occur.

These are just a few ideas to keep your bike in great shape when not being ridden for an extended period. A small amount of time and investment will result in a huge time and money savings later.

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Street Bikes

There are three essential categories of street motorcycles. They are touring, cruisers and sports bikes. Nevertheless, modern innovations and designs have incorporated some of the qualities of the other category. However, let us stick with the basics and discuss them one by one.

Touring motorcycles are good for long and enduring rides. Usually, touring bikes have hard-shell trunks on either side of the fender, windshields, full fairings, dashboard and in-dash audio equipment that may include Global Positioning system. Touring bikes also have high rounded back with armrest so that the riders will be comfortable in his ride. Harley-Davidson’s Road King and Honda’s Gold Wing are examples of this category.

Cruisers and choppers, which belong to the second category, are not that heavy as compared to touring bikes. They are gorgeously captivating and comparable to that of legendary cruisers, and customized choppers. Indeed, they are cool and stylish as professed by many.

Choppers use a frame with a front fork extended and raked beyond the standard stock cruiser. As we can observe choppers are sizzling hot afresh. The continuing paranoia and hype redound to their fame. In fact, there are featured customized cruisers and choppers that are gaining its media exposure and success.

Café racers or sports bikes are also fascinating. They come in colorful facades. They encourage a different sitting posture. The usual thing is that rider’s feet must be put in front, with a sport bike, it puts the rider’s feet under him. Thus, the rider’s tendency is to lean forward over the gas tank with the shoulders and the head straight. This is done to make quick and accurate turns.

Sport bikes are great for nerve-racking riding adventures. Nonetheless, they are not likely to be used for long and steady trails. Honda’s Interceptor, Yamaha’s TMAX and Ducati’s Supersport are some of the bikes in this category.

Off road motorcycles are primarily designed to be tough and sturdy. Examples of this kind are dirt bikes that are designed to conquer hard, rough and grimy treks. Therefore, as not to bottom out, they come with tall frames and high tailpipes. Sports bikes do not have street gear or license plates. To compensate this, they are given yearly green stickers by the Department of Motor Vehicles.

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Tips for Purchasing a Motorbike Helmet

You cannot choose a helmet based on its size or the material it’s made from alone. There are many things that need to be considered when purchasing motorcycle helmets. Sure, it’s probably possible to locate a helmet that is the right color or that is made from the type of material that will satisfy your safety concerns, but when it comes to “proper fit” it opens up a whole new can of worms. It is so important to consider the “safety factor.” Some motorcycle helmets are just not as safe as others and you should be aware of this.

Some of the more popular motorcycle helmet manufacturers are Icon, Arai, Shoei, Suomy, Erex, Bell, HJC and Nolan. The majority of their helmets are approved by DOT or Snell. There are many other makers, but these are some of the better known companies.

When it comes to safety there are two major concerns. One, how is your visibility? How is your peripheral vision? Can you see enough of the surrounding area to be safe? If your visibility is poor your chances of being in an accident can increase dramatically. And two, if you are involved in an accident will your head be protected as well as you’d like? Will the material that the helmet is made from stand up to the test, to the punishment?

Many motorcyclists or bikers look solely at the aesthetic qualities of a helmet and disregard safety when looking to purchase a helmet. But in reality it should be viewed oppositely. Safety should always come first.

The main options you have when searching for the perfect motorcycle helmet are color, shape, visibility and liners. Color is the easiest decision to make, right? Wrong. As far as the safety factor goes you should be able to be seen well by other drivers. Bright colors stand out and are very noticeable, even at night, while dull dark colors are not seen easily. It’s very important to choose a bright color that can be seen easily by other drivers, even at night.

Another factor to consider is the shape of the helmet. Some people have tall slim oblong heads (egg shaped) while others have round or oval-shaped heads. Trying on helmets for a good fit is the only sure way to tell if it will fit your head properly and comfortably. Plus, you want the weight of the helmet to be distributed properly so that the head can support the helmet easily.

As far as safety is concerned the number one thing to consider is your peripheral vision. Some helmets simply do not allow a biker to see to their periphery well enough to be safe. With good visibility it’s a lot easier to see when an accident might happen and have time to react to the circumstances and maneuver out of harms way.

Liners are the last item on the agenda. The purpose of a liner is for comfort, but it also is there to help you with a correct fit. If the liner is not a good fit for your head you will notice specific spots on your head that are receiving more pressure than others. Avoid these liners. Possibly the most comfortable liner is the skull cap. You will usually have less pressure in specific areas when using this type of liner.

Last, but not least, it is not wise to buy motorcycle helmets online unless you have tried that specific helmet on previously in a retail store. In most cases you will be better off trying one on in a store first. Then, once you know the brand, size, color and type of liner that you prefer it’s an easy job to browse online for the best deals.

The biggest mistake most consumers make is locating a flashy cool-looking helmet online and then buy it solely because of its looks and for no other reason. Spend a little time shopping and you will likely end up with a product that you can be happy with for many years to come.

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How Choppers Evolved

How Choppers Evolved

Choppers came into being in the 1960’s and 1970’s. They were the next step in motorcycle evolution after the “bobber”. The bobber came about after American soldiers returned home from World War II. While they remained loyal to the Harley Davidson company, riders that had served oversees just weren’t quite satisfied with the machines the company was producing. These riders remembered the motorcycles they had seen in Europe that were more lightweight and more exciting. Most hade been trained to work on motorcycles and automobiles in the service. They began to get together and talk about improvements.

To make the bike lighter, riders began removing or shortening the fenders. The front fender was usually removed completely, while the back fender was made short enough to just protect the passenger from mud and water thrown up by the rear tire. This is where the term bobber came from. Riders continued to make changes or customizing their bikes and eventually the “chopper” was born. Their original purpose was for dirt track racing.

The term chopper comes from the process of chopping. Riders began chopping off any part they felt was unnecessary. This included windshields, front fenders, big headlights, crash bars and big seats. The standard large footrests were replaced with forward-mounted foot pegs. The fuel tank was made smaller.  This made the bike lighter.

Next, riders began raking the front end of their choppers so that the angle of the fork to the ground decreased allowing for an increase in the wheelbase. They also raised the handlebars and called them ape hangers.

Anything that was thought too big or unnecessary was either made smaller or removed. The front tire was made small; the rear tire was made fat. Each rider created the bike he wanted to ride.

As always, as soon as this rage caught on, enterprising individuals began designing and creating custom bikes to sell to other riders so they didn’t have to do the work themselves. Choppers began to be built, not just chopped.  While this trend slowed for a few years, it seems to have made a comeback. Custom built choppers created by top designers are greatly prized and sought after.

The Shovelhead FX Super Glide was one such Harley Davidson model to come out of the chopper evolution. Choppers became especially popular after the film Easy Rider, starring Peter Fonda, was released in 1969.

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Restoring Vintage Bikes

If you’re thinking about restoring a vintage motorcycle, then you are definitely making the right decision. Restoring vintage bikes is not only a great hobby but it’s also an investment that will potentially make you a lot of money. In fact, some people who saw the business potential of motorcycle restoration now makes more than a hundred thousand dollars a year.

Setting the business side away, you will find that motorcycle restoration is a fun hobby especially if you consider yourself as a motorcycle nut or a bike enthusiast. The sense of joy and fulfillment that you will get once you fully restore a vintage bike aesthetically and mechanically can really be addicting. This will urge you to continue on restoring vintage bikes for years to come. And, the best thing about this hobby is that it can also be a family activity where you can get your teenage son or even daughter to help you out with the restoration process.

If this is your first time to restore a vintage bike, here is the basic step by step process on how you can restore your vintage bike properly and easily.The first thing you need to do is take detailed pictures of the bike. This means that you need to take close up pictures of every major component of the bike, such as the engine, wheels, seat, etc. Doing so will help you with the disassembly and assembly process.

After this step, the next thing you have to do is to start disassembling the bike. If it is possible, try to take photos of every part you take off. And, you may want to take notes about which part you pulled out first up until you take off the last part of the bike.

Separate the part that only needs cleaning to parts that needs repair and replacement. This will help you keep the entire project organized and also help you decide what parts you need to buy.

The next step is the hard part. This is where you look for replacement parts for your vintage motorcycle. You can try joining clubs and gain access to the contacts that may have the parts you need or if you run out of options, you can always get the parts you need fabricated in metal workshops.

After getting all the parts, the next step is to get the engine of the bike to a specialist for a complete rebuild. This will ensure that the bike will run as good as new and it will also repair any damage caused by wear and tear.

The next step is to get all the parts that need paint painted. If you are restoring the bike to the way it looked when it came out the factory line, then you have to get it painted with the original paint scheme. Or, you can give it a new paintjob to make it personalized and unique.

After this step, the last thing you need to do is assemble the bike. Do this part carefully in order to avoid any scratches and other types of damage that may happen when you put on each of the parts on the frame.

This is the step by step process on how to restore a vintage motorcycle. With these tips, you can be sure that you can never go wrong whenever you are restoring your motorcycle.

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