Quality German engineering: BMW motorcycles
BMW motorcycles have been roaming the streets since 1920 and even today, nearly 50% of all BMW motorcycles ever produced still grace the roads all over the world.
Beginning with the 'Flink' which used the 'Kurier' engine design by Kurt Hanfland in 1920, BMW motorcycles have been dedicated to excellence and speed. Although the 'Flink' wasn't very fast, nor did it even sell under the BMW name, it was the first motorcycle that they produced after the Geneva Treaty mandate that barred them from making airplanes. Although the 'Flink' failed as a product, it paved the way for BMW motorcycles.
Eventually, in 1923, BMW unveils the R32 engine which was based on an earlier 'Boxer' engine and is a flat-twin design. Only after one official year in the motorcycle business, BMW motorcycles won their first German racing championship. In 3 years, there were 3,000 R32 motorcycles sold and the popularity and prestige of BMW motorcycles began to rise. Even though they were a bit more expensive than their competitors, people believed it was worth the extra money to have the BMW name and reputation backing their motorcycles.
Not only are BMW motorcycles fast and reliable, they are also stylish. BMW has been James Bond's vehicle of choice in the 007 movie franchise, which showed the world its sleek style as well as its class. BMW is still recognized today for its excellent engineering as well as its luxury and prestige as an automobile and motorcycle producer. The brand is world renown and you really can't blame them. They've been doing this for close to a century and it shows in the quality of their products that they know what they're doing.
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Manufacturers driving the latest tyre technologies
The amount of advanced technology that goes into today's premium branded car tyres is often not appreciated. Tyres, after all, are usually a distress purchase and to most consumers are simply "black and round".
Tyre technology, however is continuously evolving, driven to a high degree by the technical demands of the vehicle manufacturers but also, to a degree, by the requirements of an increasingly demanding aftermarket.
Tyre performance can be affected by three things - by changes to the tyre structure, by altering the tread pattern and by varying the rubber compounds used in the tyre, particularly in the tread. It is not surprising to see that the leading tyre manufacturers have a variety of proprietary technologies covering all these areas.
Take Bridgestone for example. Currently, the world's largest tyre manufacturer lists 14 key technologies covering, casing, tread pattern design and compounding. Some of these, such as the use of unidirectional tread patterns, silica compounds and rim guards to protect against kerbing damage are commonplace but some are unique to Bridgestone. Examples of the kind of technologies highlighted by Bridgestone are:
Diamond Bead - A new construction method for the bead coil, which increases the torsional stiffness of the bead coil to create a more uniform contact patch and therefore improved handling.
Flat Force Block - A new tread block design, which varies the angle of the block edges in accordance with their size. This provides a more uniform contact pressure and therefore a smoother ride.
Key Hole Sipes - These narrow slots in the tread increase in width as the tyre wears helping the tyre to maintain performance as it gets older.
Multicell Compound - An advanced and unique foam rubber based compound, the high porosity of which anables water absorption and an increased "edge-effect" to improve grip on ice.
Riblet - These are circumferential micro-grooves located on the surface of multicell compound tyres. These aborb a film of water on icy surfaces for improved grip when the tyres are new and before the multicell pores become visible.
If tyre manufacturers are continuing to evolve their tyre technology with a view to gaining a competitive advantage over their rivals, there are certain areas of technology, which are coming in for particular attention. One of these is undoubtedly the area of run-flat tyres and the associated area of tyre pressure monitoring systems. The leading manufacturers differ to some degree in the tyre technology they are using for their run-flat systems.
Michelin's PAX system, for example incorporates a special wheel with an asymmetric profile, which allows a support ring to be inserted, which bears the vehicle's load and allows it to be steered at zero pressure.
However, their Michelin ZP system functions by means of more robust sidewalls, reinforced with a special rubber compound to carry the vehicle weight. An innovative bead area, delps the deflated tyre stay on the rim.
A further example of the use of compounding to obtain a stiffer sidewall is Goodyear's Run-On Flat system. This system incorporates reinforced sidewall inserts using Goodyear's own compounding technology in order to create higher sidewall striffness. In addition, rim guards and tensioning devices on the outside of the sidewall are used to help maintain tension in the case of a flat.
Continental, like Michelin has two systems. The ContiSupportRing is a metal ring on a flexible support directly mounted on the rim, whereas the company's SSR self-supporting run-flat tyre incorporates a special rubber reinforcement in the sidewall, which takes the vehicle weight after pressure has been lost.
Bridgestone has also taken the support ring route with its Bridgestone Support Ring system.
So where next for tyres? We wait with interest to see how the tyre manufacturers can further innovate their products and keep improving tyre technology.
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Are Motor Scooters Safe? Yes and No!
Motor scooters, both electric scooters and gas scooters, are a style of motorcycle that have a step through frame and have become a very popular method of travel all over the world. They have been scooting out of show rooms at record speed. But what many people do not realize is that motor scooters are classified as motor vehicles when it comes to highway regulations. And although they are an object of desire for many they can also be dangerous for many.
They are typically regulated by state laws as either motorcycles or mopeds and are subject to many of the same regulations as other motor vehicles. With a careful and alert driver a scooter can be as safe as any other vehicle on the road. But accidents frequently occur when motor scooter drivers think they are exempt from the conventions that apply to automobiles.
Motor scooters (sometimes called mopeds or go peds) are commonly purchased for use by children and teenagers, most of whom do not even possess a valid license to drive. Licensed drivers have had a certain amount of training behind the wheel of a car, unlike many motor scooter drivers under the age of 16. Without proper training children and young teenagers can easily find themselves in positions that experienced drivers normally would not.
Darting in and out of traffic with little driving experience, on a motor scooter that is so small it cannot be seen by other drivers, poses a hazard to both the scooter driver and other motorists traveling the highway. To be safe a motor scooter driver must think of himself as being invisible to the other drivers making their way down the busy streets. A scooter driver cannot assume that other drivers will see them.
A safe approach for a scooter driver would be to assume that they are completely invisible to other drivers and then act accordingly. A motor scooter rider must be ready to maneuver out of harm's if another driver makes a sudden unexpected movement. Being safe means staying alert at all times. Being safe also means following the rules of the road and not making unnecessary or risky moves in traffic that would cause their moped scooter to dart out in front of another moving vehicle. Automobile drivers must have time to react to a scooter driver's movements.
There are many reasons to own a motor scooter. They are often used for traveling short distances around the neighborhood to perform errands. Due to their size, fuel-efficiency, weight, and typically larger storage room than a motorcycle, they are ideal in this situation. But in the hands of the youth, without any previous driving experience, they can be deadly.
The ATV, go carts, dirt bikes and mini bikes are other vehicles that are often owned and operated by younger drivers. ATVs are usually used off road along with dirt bikes and mini bikes. Go karts are typically driven on paved tracks specifically made for the go cart. The go kart, mini bike, dirt bike or ATVs don't usually get out on the open road where there are cars to contend with. Therefore they also avoid many of the dangers that scooter drivers must face.
Motor scooters are the latest craze, especially among the youth market looking for a quick, cheap form of transportation. These youths can be too young to own a driver's license, and the result is a dangerous situation. They are more popular than ever, but as their popularity grows, people's awareness of driving regulations has not kept pace, especially among the younger generation.
Kids often think of motor scooters as toys, not as adult vehicles. But a scooter is not a toy. It's a potentially dangerous motor vehicle subject to certain laws and regulations. Also, youth often think of themselves as being immune to automobile driving regulations and immune to accidents as well. "It won't happen to me" is a very common attitude among the youth. But it's precisely this attitude that can get them into trouble.
People need to be aware of the potential motor scooter dangers and take appropriate action. Scooter riders should pay special attention while driving, making sure not to drive erratically, but to be predictable and courteous to other drivers on the road.
Both kids and adults need training and experience before attempting to maneuver their scooters out in traffic. If parents will take a little time to train their children, making sure they are aware of the rules of the road before they are allowed to travel on them, it could make driving a pleasure instead of a danger. With a little training and some wise words of advice we can all make a difference in the lives of the youth. Give them some training and experience and their motor scooters may be an object of fun instead of injury.
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Why I Like Classic Car & Cycle People!
While watching the TV news, I was appalled at how many people can't just get along, to quote Rodney King. It is truly a very sad situation. Then I thought about all the different types of people we have at our event and how well they all get along. In the 18 years we have been doing our events, we have never had any trouble with the participants at our shows. Bikers, Low Riders, Classic Cars, Hot Rodders, Sports Cars types and Tuner owners, they all attend our classic car & cycle show and all of them have a great time. Don't get me wrong, they all have different likes and dislikes, but they are tolerant of their fellow gear heads. The world could learn a lot from Gear Heads! Learn to appreciate the other person's point of view. Low Riders always draw a crowd when they put their vehicles through their "dance". Now I'm not at all interested in having a car that hops, but I sure can appreciate the work and engineering that goes into allowing thousands of pounds of Chevy to bounce six feet off the ground. I also don't want a car with 1000 horsepower with a blower sticking out of the hood. but I sure do enjoy checking out those types of cars at the car shows. The way I see it, we are all different and we should revel in these differences not curse them. Diversity makes the world an interesting and fun place to live in. It's a shame that some people feel its either their way or the highway. Whether its religion, politics or drive trains, we all need to love our neighbors and that which makes them unique. If the world was made of Classic Car and Cycle People, what a wonderful place it would be! See Ya There! Ray Taylor Owner of the San Diego Auto Swap and the Classic Cars Net Free Classifieds http://www.CarsNet.com http://www.SanDiegoAutoSwap.com
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The Secrets To Getting The Best Motorcycle Insurance Quotes!
Protecting your property from theft and damage is a very important part of life. Why? Quite simply because you have a lot of time, money and love invested into them, and so securing them (at least from a financial perspective) makes a lot of sense. So, buying insurance should be one of your main priorities each time you add a home, change jobs etc.in your life. Equally, it is not just your home and life that needs insurance. That little (or big!) two wheeled beauty sitting on your driveway also needs it. Motorcycle insurance protects the investment that you make in your new Harley or other bike so that you can drive it down the road and park it in your garage without worrying about wrecking it or having it stolen. It also can stop you from experiencing punitive financial problems if you involve someone else in an accident. So, whilst getting a bargain on your motorcyle insurance is not a topic that will neccessarily be as 'Gripping' as riding the bike. It is nevertheless an essential aspect of owning a motorbike.
Motorcycle insurance can usually be purchased from the same company that insures your car, home, etc, which can help to make the process a little easier. Many times, you can get a discount by buying all of your insurance from one company (home insurance, life insurance, medical insurance etc - You can find more general insurance resources at http://www.insurancerebel.com). But you should still research the cost with other specialist vehicle and motorcycle insurance companies to make sure that you are getting the best price available. Here are some things you need to know when you purchase your motorcycle insurance.
1/ Make sure you know who is underwriting the insurance.
The underwriter is the guy (or gal! ;)) who pays up if you need to use the insurance due to a wreck, theft, or vandalism. So you will want to ensure that you have a dependable underwriter for your motorcycle insurance. If your underwriter is not dependable, you could end up with no motorcycle to ride and no money to replace it!
2/ Compare rates as well as policy details.
Just because one insurance rate is cheaper than all of the others does not necessarily mean that you are getting the best deal for your money. Check your state and local laws to learn exactly what insurance coverage you need to purchase for your motorcycle. In this way, you will not be paying for coverage that is not needed and you will have at least the minimum of what the law requires. You may want to get coverage that includes yourself or another driver, passengers, custom equipment, collisions, uninsured motorists, and medical payments. Ask your insurance provider what they offer in motorcycle insurance and compare them against several different companies to find the best price and insurance for you. Be sure to compare like with like in this area. Cheaper is not always better.
3/ Many insurance companies offer a discount on motorcycle insurance if you take an approved motorcycle safety course.
Ask if your company does. There may also be discounts if you purchase other insurance from them as I mentionned above. It never hurts to ask what kind of discounts that a particular insurance company offers, as it may just save you some money! The worst they can say is that they do not offer any discounts. In which case you are no worse off anyway.
A few things that come into consideration when you are getting a quote for motorcycle insurance are your age, riding experience, driving record, and details about your bike, such as value, power, age of bike, modifications, and where it is kept at night. Be honest about the questions that the insurance company asks you. If you do not tell the truth and something happens, then your claim can be denied later on down the road! So be careful. Be prudent. Tell the truth!
Motorcycle insurance is the easy way to protect your bike and yourself from any number of things that can happen in life. It can protect you from financial ruin if you have an accident and cause property damage or other damage. And it also covers you in the event that your bike is stolen or damaged.
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The Motorcyclists Winter
The Motorcyclist’s Winter It’s always been a long winter for the motorcyclist. Cold, wet days, slippery roads and some motorists treating you as if you were the Invisible Man. Only the bravest of the brave amongst us will venture out on such days. Many a motorcyclist needs his beloved machine as transport for work and is normally well prepared for the adverse conditions. What Can The Remaining Bikers Do During This Period? Do not despair…….What a great time to strip down the motorcycle. Ninety nine percent of motorcyclists, even if not mechanically minded can remove the main peripherals from a motorbike, (seat, lights, petrol tank etc). Perhaps you could take some digital photographs of the tricky bits to help you when it comes to re-assembly. Don’t Rush The Job Clean the removed parts thoroughly as you go, all the while checking for any damage, mechanical or superficial. (Tip: Obtain some ice-cream containers or Tupperware pots with lids). Put the nuts, bolts and screws from each dismantling process in a separate container, not forgetting to add a label. Make sure to fasten the lid securely. It is surprising how the containers can end up being moved about, sometimes in rage I hasten to add. Often ones partner does not take too kindly to the storage of motorcycle parts on the sideboard or under the bed for some reason! Back Together Change your fluids where applicable, replacing with best grades you can afford. Top grade oils, brake fluids etc pay off in the long run. The time has come to carefully put your pride and joy back together. Enjoy your task and cherish the thought that you are one step closer to putting the roads to good use once more. Use your photographs or drawings to make life easier…..You did take photographs didn’t you? With any luck you should not have any parts left over. If you do, keep them safe, you are sure to find out where they belong one day! Take a well earned rest and spend a few evenings around the fire, planning some great days out in the coming warmer weather. Check your calendars for race meetings and other important dates. Perhaps you and a friend or two would like to book a holiday together. Why not experience the French Roads……plenty of twists and turns, sparsely populated, hardly a pothole in sight and as smooth as a snooker table. Finale You are ready to get going again on the open road…..Have fun, be ready for the unexpected and above all Keep Safe.
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Choosing the Best Radar Detectors for Your Motorcycle
Because of the legal/illegal status of radar detectors in the US market many different models with different functions from different brands have emerged onto the market.
Some of these radar detectors are the following:
• Radar Screamer. This unit provides immediate warning in order to get the attention of the driver. This enhances the audio warning which is produced by many radar detectors to allow the motorcycle rider to better hear the warning while at constant speed. This is a water proof device and does not depend on any replaceable batteries.
• Escort 8500 X50. This is known to be the one of best radar detectors in the market. It offers advanced digital signal processing which can be reprogrammed and will also allow you to customize your detector. This unit can be upgraded. It has a very clever auto sensitivity mode, which automatically lessens false alarms.
• HARD (Helmet Assisted Radar Detection). This unit provides an urgent visual alert. The warning can be find inside the helmet, lighting up within your field of vision which allows the immediate awareness of the radar. This is designed as an accessory to all the leading radar detectors, especially designed for motorcycling.
• Bel RX65. This is a the fast response device, featuring 'Threat Display' which tracks multiple radar signals and their relative signal strength. This allows you to customize up to 7 options for your specific driving style. Beltronics state that this is their most advanced radar, laser and safety detector.
• Cobra XRS9700 Radar Detector. This model is equipped with many features including the 11-Band technology and the SmartMute. This offers three levels of false signal controls which lessen false alerts.
• PNI Sensor Traveler II Radar Detector. This is one of the most advanced and user friendly radar detector sold nowadays. This featured bilingual voice alerts - English and Spanish. The PNI Sensor is convenient to use because of it is a cordless device.
• Whistler Pro 1730. This features a voice alert and optional mute.
• Rocky Mountain Radar RMR-D230. This automatically adjusts the laser background noise which lessens false alarms. This increases the typical scanning process by a factor of three which enables the D230 to catch even Instant-On and POP radar.
• Escort Solo II. This features the following:
1. Convenient cordless design uses
2. Uses 2 AA batteries, this maximizes the battery life
3. AutoSensitivity mode virtually eliminates false alarms
4. Long-range protection on all radar bands
5. VG-2 Protection
6. 10 user programmable features
7. High resolution graphic LCD display
8. Built-in earphone jack
Most of these radar detectors belong on the top seller lists because of high performance. So, if you have decided to buy a radar detector, you can choose confidently from the above list. But please, before you purchase, check if the use of radar detectors is legal in your states.
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Tips On Buying That New Motorcycle
You've made up your mind and you have finally decided to buy a new motorcycle! What a thrilling time this can be especially when you go into a dealership with a little bit of knowledge! It is important to know what you want, and to make sure your motorcycle fits your needs. Do your homework and understand completely what you're looking for before you talk to a salesperson. There is a great web site called http://CycleBuy.com where you can find out the dealer invoice price and obtain a report on each bike. Remember the dealer is in business to think money and he will try and make at least 10% profit on your sale. Some of the more common fees are set-up fees, documentation fees, destination charges and taxes. It is difficult sometimes to find out what a dealership's profit margin is, but it is somewhere between 5 and 15%.
Also know that the salesman will always try to sell you extra items including an extended warranty and all the accessories, because, as you may well know, the dealer makes money on this as well. You may not want any extras and if so, don't let a salesman talk you into anything you don't want.
If you are doing a trade-in, remember to do your homework. Check out this web site, http://www.kbb.com (Kelly Blue Book), as this will tell you what the price of the vehicle is when either selling it outright or trading it in. Try keeping mind that the dealer always wants to make at least 10% profit on each deal, so doing your homework means you may be able to talk them down quite a bit.
Most dealers like cash deals, however, if you are financing try to put down a good portion of that in cash. You may want to use a personal line of credit or get a pre-approved loan from a lending institution before approaching a dealer. Some dealers may have low percentage loans they can offer you on certain models, and this may definitely influence your decision. If you sell your bike privately rather than trading it in, you will usually get more for it. Remember, the dealer wants to work with you so play hardball with him. Give them some of your other business such as riding gear and accessories as this can be used as a bargaining tool. After you finalize the deal, you can almost always get them to sweeten it a bit more by throwing in the helmet or a jacket, since the salesperson has spent a lot of time and doesn't want to lose the sale.
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