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The Different Kinds of Motorcycles

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

Motorcycles are considered to be one of the most efficient means of transportation. Although men are the most riders of motorcycles, there are some women who are brave enough to experience this very exhilarating ride.

Street motorcycles
The street motorcycles these days are available with all the necessary equipments so that they can be street ready. They are well equipped with the lights, mirrors, horns and even a muffler. The tires of the street bikes possess a tread pattern that allows them to have good traction on both wet as well as dry roads. Street motorcycles are available in two general forms of touring motorcycles as well as cruisers. The touring motorcycles are the ones that are specially designed for the long- distance travels, they offer the distinctive features like the fairings, aerodynamic wind guards that are wrapped around the headlights so as to enhance the styling and reduce drag, they are also available with the other amenities that render them to be the appropriate long distance vehicles like the saddlebags and even a comfortable passenger seat. The cruisers on the other hand do not possess fairings and they intend to offer you with a more laid back look. These bikes are built with the features of swept back handlebars, low seats and even the casual riding positions along with the forward set foot pegs.

Sports motorcycles
They have been designed so as to handle the high speeds and even the feature of winding roads. They have the ability to offer more power with the help of the multi cylinder engines; hence they are capable of providing more power. The aluminum alloy frames and the stiff suspensions have the capability to improve handling, high grip tires and even they provide the powerful brakes. The sports bikes render the bikers to allow them to lean forward over the gas tank so as to reduce the wind resistance. In the other bikes the people are made to sit straight unlike the sports bike wherein they rest on the gas tank.

Naked motorcycles:
Like the sports bikes the naked bikes offer the same performance but the naked bikes are ripped off with the aesthetics. The unnecessary body work is completely taken off. The naked bikes are also referred as the street fighters in Europe.

They are also referred as the standards; they have the same appearance as the Universal Japanese Motorcycle. They were built in the 1970s. The UJM was also considered to be an all purpose bike and even the standards of today offer the same versatility and straight forward design.

All these motorcycles could provide you with different types of riding experience and depending on your choice and actual use, it would be best to browse among all the different types online before actually buying yourself one.

The prices of motorcycles also differ depending on their brand and feature but if you have the budget for it, it would definitely be much advisable for you to buy the best quality motorcycle you can find that can ensure your safety as well.

Motorcycles As an Alternative Mode of Transport

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

Motorcycles have many of the advantages of their pedal-powered counterparts; they are mobile and can bypass traffic jams with relative ease.

Furthermore, they aren’t nearly as harmful on the environment as other road vehicles, consuming around half the amount of fuel per mile than that of the average car. And given the soaring cost of petrol throughout much of the world in recent times, this works out pretty well on the wallet too.

Moreover, motorcycles have many of the main advantages of cars; they are fast, reliable and are allowed on city bypasses and motorways everywhere, which is ideal when trying to avoid city congestion. But when deciding to make the change from 4-wheeled to 2-wheeled transport, there are some key differences to be wary off, which can ensure a much safer existence on the roads.

Firstly, it is all too easy to go very fast with next to no effort on a motorcycle. And this is why it’s important to learn how to shift, brake and take corners smoothly; this will be taught in the motorcycle license test, but to hone these skills will take time. In a car, braking is performed entirely with the foot; on a motorcycle, however, the foot only controls the rear brake. If the rear brake is applied without the front brake, this can lead to what is known as a ‘highside’, which essentially means that the bike is flipped sideways, throwing the rider off in the process.

In addition, the need to wear adequate protective gear cannot be overstated either. In most countries, it is mandatory to wear a motorcycle helmet; but it is highly recommended that you wear as much protective gear as possible, such as leather jackets and trousers, gloves and boots.

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