- Motorcycle doesn’t care about birthdays and anniversaries
- You don’t need to speak to it after riding it
- Bike doesn’t care if you ignore it
- Cycle is never jealous on you
- It doesn’t snore
- Bike doesn’t wake you up in the middle of night with a question do you love me?
- Motorcycle won’t leave you for another driver
- You don’t have to pay alimony to your ex-bikes
- If you swear on cycle, you don’t have to apologize before riding it
- If it looks pretty bad, you can get a tuning
- Cycle isn’t interested how much other cycles you own
- You can change the exhaust if you don’t like the sound
- If motorcycle is too soft, you can always adjust the shock absorbers
- For a loosen bike you can tighten the screws
- If bike smokes, this can be corrected
- It’s not a crazy thing to get attached to your bike
- Bike always ready for a spin
- It doesn’t care at what time you arrive home
- Bikes doesn’t get pregnant
- Motorcycles don’t have parents to worry about
- It doesn’t mess with your head if you’re driving sucks
- Cycle doesn’t care if you’re paying attention to other bikes
- Bike doesn’t wain if something is not perfect
- It’s never late for meeting, you both arrive on the same time
- You can ride motorcycle as long as you want without rubbing off anyhting
- Bike loves all your friends, even the crazy and creepy ones, and does not mind that you spend much time with them
- Your motorcycle will never want to sleep with other motorcycles
- Before driving on it, shower is not mandatory
- You don’t have to spend time and energy to explain your bike that you’re the driver and all bikes are the same
- Bike needs a new chain or belt when the old is actually worn out
- Motorcycle always sounds good
- You can store spare parts in the garage
- Nobody is going to punish you if you decide to change cycles every day
- Motorcycle disassembly is rather an entertainment and not a necessity
- Bike doesn’t mind if you eat garlic, onions and other smelly foods or not
You’re full of determination to take one of the bravest steps in your life and finally decided to buy a motorcycle. Congratulations, the following article is exactly for you! Since we truly believe that our experience is vast enough, we would love to share it with you!
When choosing the fist bike, your expectations might not coincide with your actual abilities. For instance, your heart starts beating like crazy when you see Yamaha R1 and you think to yourself F*ck yeah, this is what I want!
To talk at least a bit of common sense to you, we would like to remind you that any motorcycle is a power keg you’re sitting on. It can explode at any moment. Motorcycles like Yamaha R1 belong to the so called High Performance class and are intended solely for racing purposes – they should be driven only be drivers with sufficient experience and skills, those who are well aware of their actual limits. Breaching those limits usually means inevitable crashes and injuries. To put it simple, motorcycles don’t forgive you for your mistakes. Considering all of the above, you must understand that this is your first, not the last motorcycle!
Properties that you should take into account when evaluating the possible motorcycle options:
- is it cheap enough (don’t forget that you have to pay for the insurance as well)
- is it practical enough (by that meaning the engine size and its location)
- does it have any spoilers or tuning
- does it fit your dimensions (for instance, can you touch the ground when sitting on it)
- can you lift it without assistance
We’ve tested many different bikes and have come across such things that would not been able to image in the past. One of such things has been handling – had bought a cycle that was quite difficult to maneuver, it was nearly impossible to drive between two cars with it. This often resulted in hazardous situations – about to fall of, topple to one side or the other etc. Motorcycles we’ve had problems like these are Gixxer 750 ZX7R and CBR900 – large, heavy and the driver can’t support them on both feet. Of course, this is not an issue for experienced drivers, but you have to gain this experience somehow at the beginning.. Do it by steering away from these monsters, and we believe you’ll be fine. More or less, haha!
The first bike our colleague Melissa had was the 1998 Suzuki GS500E, so called naked bike without any spoilers. Since the bike has only 500 cubes, overtaking maneuvers on highways were quite exclusive events. At about 90 miles per hour engine is roaring like crazy, but it still was possible to keep up with superbikes (if they did not fly faster than 115 miles per hour). She chose this bike cause it was relatively cheap and didn’t have those expensive plastic details that would cost her a small fortune to repair or substitute in case of an accident. Yes, some of her pulled a leg, but it did not matter – she knew her limits and wasn’t ashamed of them. After all, this was her first, not the last cycle!
We suggest to set your budget below $ 3,000. It may sound suspiciously little, but it’s possible to find quite good things if not nuggets! Melissa paid for her first bike $ 2,750 and went a year without any upgrades, just regular checkups and maintenance works.
In our opinion the best models to start with are:
- Suzuki GS500
- Kawasaki EX500
- Ninja 250
- Suzuki SV650
For additional information we recommend to check the Motor Safety Foundation website, there is plenty of great stuff for appraising motorcyclists.
Moving from HD Roadster to HD Ultra Classic. See the gallery below:
Yes, many of us smoke (but hopefully are not on fire). So what? This advice won’t have anything to do with us telling how dangerous smoking is to your health, how it reduced you life expectancy and further on. This post will be about one of the cheapest motorcycle accessories you can get – cigarette lighter socket. Make sure you have one on your motorcycle board in a working condition – it can help you in many unpredictable situations or even save your life
As with any device on the motorcycle, it should have a security switch and should be connected directly to battery, not the ignition key as it is for rest of the accessories and equipment. In such setup the cigarette lighter socket can be used even if the ignition is not turned on.
Since this unit is not waterproof, it should be installed in luggage compartment with its opening facing down.
Do you have a mobile phone? There has been an urgency when you need to call somebody but the battery has gone out? You won’t have to worry about this anymore, simply plug charger in the socket and talk as long as you please. Of course, it’s possible to get by without such comfort in daily situations, but think about times when you’re somewhere far away from civilized places. At that point such feature can be a true life savior.
Have you ever spend a night at camping or in a tent? Do you always get tired of blowing air in a mattress? Usual air pump can be operated through a regular cigarette lighter socket – you’ll get electricity that will do the exhausting task for you.
Have you ever had a need to charge a battery? Reaching poles of the charger cords have been a terrible nightmare? You have always been afraid of breaking those plastic dowels hold coating? In addition, there is always a possibility that you will accidentally connect the battery to the charger improperly, and hence damage the battery. Want to know the solution? It’s simple – make a jack for the charger that fits cigarette lighter socket and you’ve hacked the problem!
This is just a brief description of the opportunity a regular cigarette lighter socket offers.
This simple, low cost and versatile gadget should be included in every motorcycle’s base equipment, even if that’s politically incorrect.
Today Franky lost his motorcycle… RIP
From a trustworthy source we have recently found out and tested ourselves that a rapid acceleration genuinely helps to reduce the fuel consumption of any motorcycle type. This should automatically mean that its more environmentally friendly, doesn’t it? Turn the gas handle to two thirds as fast as you can, and your wallet and the environment will thank you for it…
Swedish Research Center has tried to prove wrong a general belief that under a rapid acceleration engine does not completely burn the fuel, so the old man who peacefully ride with their rovers use less juice.
Swedish Research Center manager Mark Doherty suggests that the gas must be open to two thirds because at that point is reached the best mixture of air and fuel in a cylinder. Upon an observation of 1,000 motorcycles it was determined that this method ensured a fuel savings of about 15%.
He also disclosed that many bikers that accelerate fast, have a driving style that is closer to the optimum than the majority of motorcyclists. Anyone who used to become worried about the fuel expenses seeing that somebody is accelerating super fast, can now stop worrying and, in fact, be happy and pleased with that!
Moreover, by driving fast you also help the environment around you! What news can be better than theses???
You are away from your home and stay there overnight. You think to leave the bike somewhere nearby, but notice that wind comes in force. Should you cover it or just leave it like it is, uncovered? And should you put it on the big legs or small will handle just fine?
Let’s start with the second question, perhaps it’s much easier to find an answer on it. Accept it as a rule and leave it on the small leg (except if you’re parking it in a garage or an underground parking space).
Compared to the central support, the side support provides more prop points in a triangular form – ensuring more secure and stable parking for your motorcycle. Only exception could be a situation when the motorcycle with such support is not standing firmly, for instance, if motorcycle springs are damaged or one of the tires is empty, or the luggage is too heavy, or the surface is oblique to the right. If the bike does not stand securely to your side with it’s full weight on the support, it’s easily overthrown to the other side.
As mats function very well in strong wind and rain, we recommend using them when you need to spend time (also night) somewhere by the nature. They have proven to be specially useful in cities – to reduce potential risk of theft and excessive expressions of attention from people around. In worst case scenario you’ll get your mat damaged, but your bike paintjob will remain intact.
Remember to tie up to the bottom of mat through the bottom of the motorcycle, it gives an additional defense and prevents the cover from being blown away. Moreover, this trick can discourage a potential thievery. Take a good care of your motorcycle and it will take a good care of you. Cheers!
Before any new motorcycle or car rolls out of the factory, it’s checked under a special fluorescent lightning for any body panel damages, typically dents or dings. These damages are outlined with a special pencil, and later pulled out applying paintless dent repair technique. What is paintless dent removal, what are the benefits using it, tells our business partner Chuck Garrick – man behind the Phoenix mobile dent repair business. Over the past year he and his team have repaired 100+ motorcycles in Phoenix, AZ and other nearby states for our clients and every single one of them has been super excited about the results paintless dent removal brings.
PDR is faster
First to say, paintless dent removal in Phoenix, AZ have been popular since the 90’s, just like in the rest of the US. It was invented to speed up and make easier the amendment of scourge brought by hail and paranormal size hail stones. Seeing that with PDR it’s possible to save up to 70% of time usually required by regular panel beating techniques, it was quickly adapted as the main treatment for other car, truck and motorcycle panel issues – dents and dings, and even minor scratches. All of these imprints could be averted in minutes, not days.
PDR is cheaper
Yes, speed is one of the factors why paintless dent repair is celebrated by many, but what if you’re in no hurry? What are the other benefits and advantages? Well, there is an aspect that most likely wont leave you completely ignorant – it’s the price. Paintless dent repair in Phoenix and elsewhere are 3-4 times cheaper than any other alternative dent removal technique in Phoenix or any other county, state or even country. It’s not a scam! This is possible because in general, PDR does not require any materials – it’s done by a professional with reusable dent removal tools (typical life expectancy of which are 10, 20 or even 30 years).
PDR leaves no trace
Ok, you have plenty of time and money, and don’t care about any of the green stuff, so probably all of the above will leave you indifferent… How can this method prove it’s superiority over others? Luckily, paintless dent repair still has an ace up its sleeve. Imagine you have a motorcycle or car that has been once repaired with a traditional filling and finishing technique and now you want to sell it. How are you going to convince the potential buyer that the vehicle hasn’t been in a collision, if he is holding a paint thickness meter that suggests paint layer is 220 microns (standard factory paint is 120 microns thin)? You won’t! But guess what – paintless dent repair does not alter the thickness of paint, technician simply pulls out the dent and original paint job remains intact.
To sum it up, paintless dent repair in Phoenix has three main advantages – the speed, the cost and the invisibility. Contact us if you have a bike or car that craves for PDR, we will figure something out.
After you’ve taken necessary measures to protect your motorcycle, it’s a good idea to protect yourself from potential health issues!
After driving long hours with your bike, it wouldn’t be a surprise if you would experience so called wrist bone syndrome (also known as carpal tunnel syndrome). Carpal tunnel is a combination of ties and bones in your wrist and anyone who performs repetitive movements (clutch, brake, gas, middle finger gesture etc) will face swelling and tissue damage because wrist tendons are constantly irritated. Cold and vibrations expedite this process, but there are certain things you can do to avoid this risk of painful wrists. First, adjust properly the steering wheel horn height so that the wrists, hands and brakes habel is on one imaginary straight line. It is important that your wrists sits in a neutral position – not bend at the top, nor the bottom.
The posture your back is in while you’re driving the motorcycle is often between something that can be described as unnatural and impossible. Worst posture to be in for a long time is with your back bent – exactly as your back is in while you’re driving. You need to avoid excessive curvature in the lower back as it squeezes nerves and spinal discs and causes muscle cramps. Remedies for the particular issue are only a proper rest or a quick appointment to your doctor. If you’re at home, lay down on the back and put a cushion under the knees. Such posture helps to relax all major back muscles and has the least strain on your back and spine. Of course, remember what healthy lifestyle preachers say – have a morning workout, eat healthy and regularly, lose excess weight etc.
Neck and shoulders
Head is a pretty heavy body part itself, but when you put a helmet on it, load on the neck is even bigger, about 8.9 pounds. Neck tends to incline in an unnatural position while you’re driving, as a result squeezing the nerves. Rapid acceleration and braking worsens the situation further. There’s nothing much you can do about this – change sitting posture and stop for a few minutes frequently.
Last year 20,000 deaths related to disease associated to air pollution were recorder in UK alone. If you suffer from a chronic bronchitis or asthma expect your problems to intensify, especially in urbanized areas. Exhaust gases cause more than 25,000 new chronic bronchitis and 500,000 asthma attacks per year. Only preventive action you can take is to gen an anti pollution mask, like the ones people use in urbanized areas in Japan and China. Breathing through the nose also helps to reduce the impact of pollution on your body.
Virtually all motorcyclists at some point experience varying signs of deafness. Vehicle produced noise may exceed 85 decibels that scientists assume as maximum sound strength that is harmless to human hearing. Louder sound than this stimulates inner ear cells that transmit sound signals to the nerves too much. These cells regenerate if the noise is brief, but are destroyed if it is long. Biggest threat to your hearing is not the exhaust or engine sound, but the wind, so it’s advisable to get a helmet with extra padding or use earplugs. If you decide to use the latter, among other things, you will be able to hear your bikes sound even better.
Stepping on a bike after having a saturating meal is like boarding on an American roller coaster – driving postures compresses it and road bumps will rock it neatly. Your stomach, simply put, is a muscular bag that produces acid to digest the food. Layer of slimes prevent the acid from spreading to other internal organs. At the top of the stomach there is a special valve that prevents the acid of splashing out. Tight outfit and driving posture can squeeze the stomach and thereby stimulate the acid ingress into inappropriate places. If you plan to eat a lot, better get some analgesic tablets for the stomach.
Both tight fitting trousers and sports bike seat design badly affect the testicles. Testicles are located outside the body, but riding in tight outfit can push them deeper into the body, which is not only uncomfortable, but more importantly – endangers your ability of having descendants. Testicles need about 4 degrees lower temperature than rest of the body to allow normal sperm production. Without driving naked, a normal way to deal with the problem is to include vitamin C and E containing products, as well as zinc rich sources. Zinc has also a positive effect on the prostate which is responsible for seminal fluid production.
Prolonged sitting can lead to hemorrhoids. It occurs when the tissue holding anus loses their elasticity. Blood filled pillows supporting your anus simply drop. Another undesirable side effect of being a motorcyclist is pruritus ani cause by spending too much time in leather clothes. This Latin name stands for irritated anus – skin on your bottom should be dry, but it inevitably becomes wet. Friction from the bike seat irritate the skin around the anus, causing itching and rash. Hemorrhoids can be treated by using special creams, but pruritus ani can be overcome by keeping your sensitive body part as dry as possible.
While driving leg joints receive large load – superbike owners cut corners in unnatural angles to improve their lap times, while the cross country and enduro motorcycle fans are very well aware of how much tension they put on their knees performing any jump or trick. Motorcyclists are exposed to the risk of knee cartilage tear that is usually described as a sudden sharp pain in the knee. If cartilage is teared, seek for a medical attention immediately.
The older you become, the more susceptible to tendon swellings your body gets. It threatens all major joints where the tendons are attached to the bones. Deterioration process starts when you become thirty years of age and lasts until your death. Namely, after a lounger journey pain may occur in the shoulder, elbow, knee, heel etc. There is no antidote to pain like this and it can strike like a lightning from a clear sky. Only advice that can be given is try to have a plenty of rest. Once the pain will be pass, you will be able to proceed with your journey.
Medical condition of dilated veins occur when the vein walls situated in the lower part of the body relax. Veins are full of valves that regulate the blood path to the heart. When the vein walls have become weakened, the valves does not close completely, resulting in reverse blood flow and vein inflammation. Heat released by your motorcycle interferes with your blood flow to your veins and can stimulate blood aggregation in the legs. So you won’t have legs like those of your grandfather, get off the bike and move around! Leg muscles activity helps to level out the blood flow and restore a normal order.
Dehydration (fluid deficiency)
If at a day when even asphalt is melting you are wearing leather clothes, then you will almost certainly suffer from dehydration. On average, human body loses 2-3 liters of fluid an hour at conditions like these. Losing only 2% of body’s fluid results in about 20% loss of it’s capabilities. After loss of 4% of body’s fluids person experiences real fatigue. As you can probably imagine, this is nothing you would like to experience sitting behind the wheel. In addition, risk of muscle cramps increases. Through sweating your body loses no only fluids but also electrolytes that are responsible for electrical signal transfer in nerves that give impulse to shrink or relax the muscles. An excellent way to make sure your body is not lacking water is to check the color of urine – it must be transparent. If it is not, get a drink.
Relax: You have to allow the blood to circulate through the muscles, so stop at least every 2 hours and read new on www.chopperheadroad.com. This will help them regain elasticity and firmness.
Drink: Mitigate the risk of dehydration by providing the body with fluid in advance – drink about 0.5 liters and hour or a bit more if it is a longer journey.
Breathe: Stay away from apparel made of synthetic materials, instead choose light and natural materials like cotton in summer time and wool in winter time. Synthetics interfere normal air circulation in your body and can lead to your sweat glands to overwork.