Discovering the type of Motorcycle that’s Right for you

21 May

Buying a motorcycle generally entails an excellent deal of research before you determine around the 1 that’s right for you. You will find a lot of tends to make and models to select from that it can also be confusing. You’ll wish to think about your motorcycle riding experience when you are looking at the type of bike to purchase. You will also want to consider what you will be performing together with your motorcycle.

There are lots of various types of motorcycle to consider according to your interests. Do you want a motorcycle that is known for speed? If you will be taking lengthy road trips in your motorcycle then you definitely certainly want one built for travel and comfort. You may also want one that provides compartments to hold your necessities while you travel. Other motorcycles are designed for riding on dirt or for competition. You will find also scooters which are fun for in town.

In the event you are new to the feat of motorcycle riding, it’s recommended that you start with a moderately priced motorcycle or perhaps having a used 1. This is simply because a new motorcycle can cost you $20,000. Do you want to danger scratching it up or having pricey repairs from dropping the bike over? Trust me, in the event you are new to riding that is going to be a component of the encounter! You can always purchase a newer motorcycle as soon as you’ve become a seasoned rider.

Even when you have a specific style of motorcycle in mind, it has to fit the body completely. This may be disappointing at first, but keep in mind that if the bike does not fit you there’s a risk of an accident. It is also extremely most likely that you won’t be comfortable whilst riding it, so what fun will that be? Of course you can always have a customized motorcycle produced later on from the style you want that fits you perfectly.

The very best way determine if a motorcycle is really a great match for you personally would be to sit around the bike with the kickstand on the ground. Can you touch the ground with both feet? If not, then you definitely need to look to get a home that is not as tall. If you can attain the ground with both feet, can you attain the handle bars comfortably? How concerning the brakes and also the turn signals?

Obviously a very essential aspect you have to consider when searching for the proper motorcycle is the price. You need something that is going to fit into your spending budget. Do you want to purchase a used motorcycle for the quantity of cash you can afford? Are you currently willing to take out a loan to pay to get a higher priced motorcycle on monthly payments? You should determine this prior to you even start searching at possible motorcycles.

A motorcycle can provide you with a fun mode of transportation for fun or for commuting. Motorcycles are very affordable to operate and permit you to appreciate the beauty of the outdoors. You will find your motorcycle to become much more comfortable in the event you take your time and select one according to how it feels together with your body shape than how the body of the bike appears. Choosing a bike that doesn’t fit well will leave you disappointed in addition to raise the risk of accidents and injuries taking place.

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Be Safe and Wear Leather Motorcycle Jacket At All Time

30 Apr

Since dawn from the age of motorcycling, it was apparent that something was required to shield the exposed human body from the components. The natural answer was leather. The leather motorcycle jacket, a style made popular by film icons like James Dean. It not only serves as a fashion statement, but is definitely an essential piece of equipment to any severe biker for keeping warm, dry, and in 1 piece. A great leather jacket combined with leather pants would be the right choice.

Powerful leather jackets are a should for motorcyclists – and not just simply because to appear extremely cool. In addition to maintaining you warm and ventilated, they will shield your skin much better than any other material if you hit the ground. The most common material for motorcycle leather is cowhide, selected for its strength and durability.

Suggestions on how to discover the perfect motorcycle jacket

1 Discover motorcycle magazines or motorcycle sites on the Web for leather jackets inside your vicinity. Keep in mind that department stores, motorcycle dealerships and motorcycle components shops tend to charge more for high quality leather wear.

2 Get price quotes and visit the establishment that provides probably the most reasonable rates. Decent jackets begin at around $90, whilst fringed, vented and stylized coats can price up to $600. Keep in mind that a custom jacket might not be ready for months if it is from a popular shop.

3 Choose a jacket that will maintain you warm in cold winds and protect your skin from “road rash” within the event of an accident. Vented jackets permit the wind to swish in and cool you off on hot days.

4 Steer clear of jackets manufactured from poor-quality leather, which is smoothed with wax, as they will not final lengthy. Jackets produced from cowhide or water buffalo are best.

5 Also consider whether or not to purchase a jacket with armor. Because it is produced with numerous combinations of close cell foam and impact absorbing polymers, these pads are typically placed within the shoulder, elbow and spine regions from the jacket. You might not really feel like you need this if the majority of your riding is casual weekend cruising, but if you’re a sport rider or daily commuter, the extra protection might well be worth paying for.

6 Also ensure that the jacket is of the right match. In case your jacket is as well tight, you will not feel comfortable whilst riding and it into a discomfort. If it is too big, air will get trapped in your jacket while riding creating you feels like you’re wearing a big balloon on the highway. Getting a fitted jacket will make lots of distinction, particularly for sport bike riders. There is a few ways confirm your size.

Now that you simply have found the perfect biker jacket, take care of it, and it’ll reward you with years of wear. The typical lifetime of a heavy textile jacket will be from 3 to 6 years at the most. A well-maintained top high quality leather motorcycle jacket will easily give you ten years and more of riding pleasure!

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Motorcycle Parts, Gear And Accessories

22 May

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When it comes to riding down the road with freedom ahead of you and leaving the wind at your back, there are many different motorcycle apparel and motorcycle accessories to make your presence complete.

Motorcycle Helmets
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Since you’re required by law to wear safety gear upon your head, you might as well express yourself through the creativity of your motorcycle helmet. Solid colors are available in every shade for both men and women. This also makes it easy to match the color of your ride. Flames, dragons, candy paints, spray designs… when it comes to motorcycle helmets, the possibilities are endless.

Motorcycle Jackets
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Motorcycle jackets play an important role in the arrangement of motorcycle apparel. It doesn’t matter how hot the sun beams upon your skin during the summertime, there is always someone squeezing into his or her leather vest or motorcycle jacket. The materials used to create these motorcycle jackets go beyond the customary leather selections. Today, mesh, polyester mesh, waterproof Temperfoam and nylon are just some of the details that make up the construction of motorcycle jackets on the market. Some aspects of the jackets to be on the look out for include the color, fit and insulation.

Motorcycle Apparel

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There are more than just motorcycle jackets to put on your body when you take to the streets. Motorcycle apparel extends to gloves, rain gear and two-piece riding suits that fit casual, dirt or street riding. Equipped to handle all sorts of terrain, two-piece riding suits offer colorful, reinforced body protection. Depending on the product line, characteristics, such as leather flex zones in the waist and knee area or plastic body-armor, may be offered. Many opt for a pair of motorcycle gloves that provide extra protection for the palm of the hand, as well as the fingers and thumb. For increased protection, choose a pair that offers wrist protection. Looking for a cool pair of shades? When shopping for motorcycle apparel, you may find sunglasses in this category, but often times, these cool motorcycle accessories are not considered apparel.

Motorcycle Boots

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Since your feet need protection, too, there is a wide-range of motorcycle boots to choose from. What you want to accomplish with your motorcycle boots depends on the types of adventures you will embark on. You want to make sure that your boots provide the proper protection that you need to handle all of the resistance and shocks pertaining to bike riding. Good motorcycle boots offer convenient ankle support, as well as protection for your toes, heels and shins. Strong soles are also a plus. Make sure you choose motorcycle boots that offer breathable lining, so your feet don’t suffer from excessive perspiration.

Motorcycle Accessories

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When it comes to motorcycle accessories, you will find items for yourself, as well as for your ride. Perhaps you are in need of a new face shield or bag to tuck away your sweetie’s helmet. Tail bags and saddlebags are convenient products to browse because they serve many different purposes. Easily carry your lunch to work or your camera on vacations in one of the convenient zipper compartments. Roomy selections are perfect for storing an extra motorcycle helmet.

When it comes to eye protection, you could be cooling in no time with one of the many different shield goggles and sunglasses selections. Characteristics to be on the lookout for include comfortable nosepieces, interchangeable lens, optional straps, wrap-around capabilities, as well as a carrying pouch.

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Mission One unveils 150mph Electric Sportbike

17 May

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February 4, 2009 Mission Motors emerged from stealth start-up mode at TED2009 today, unveiling a truly landmark motorcycle and one which will no doubt be creating rumblings through every motorcycle manufacturer in the world as you read this. The Mission One is almost certainly the world’s fastest production all-electric motorcycle, but at the same time catapults electric motorcycles into contention as genuine sports motorcycles. With a top speed of 150 MPH and a range of 150 miles, the Mission One rivals existing sportbikes, but it’s the torque of the electric motor which will make ALL the difference – 100 lb-ft from 0 rpm all the way to 6500 rpm – by comparison, a 2009 Yamaha YZF-R1 produces 85 lb-ft at 10,000 rpm and the torquiest motorcycle on the market, the 2.3 litre Triumph Rocket III, produces 147 lb-ft.

The following is based almost exclusively on the press release which is all the information we have available (plus see Autoblog Green link at bottom of release and the RideMission web site): Mission Motors CEO, Forrest North, along with lead designer Yves Béhar, founder of fuseproject, will present the vehicle in development onstage to the TED audience this evening (February 4). Mission Motors will exhibit the vehicle throughout the conference at the Kohler LivingHome at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center, and will be on hand to discuss the company’s vision for a radically new brand of motorcycles. The company will also provide attendees the opportunity to see inside the product development process through the installation of a motorcycle design studio inside the Kohler LivingHome.

“The Great Unveiling,” the TED2009 theme, makes a fitting platform for the launch of Mission Motors’ first vehicle, the Mission One. It is the first production electric sportbike that features uncompromised performance and an iconic new design created by world-renowned designers Yves Béhar and fuseproject.

With a top speed of 150 MPH and an estimated range of 150 miles, the Mission One rivals gasoline sportbikes while dwarfing the performance of any other electric motorcycle on the market. The electric drivetrain creates a riding experience unlike anything currently available on a production vehicle. The electric motor’s linear torque curve provides peak torque at zero rpm, a feature gasoline engines cannot match. The motor delivers faster acceleration than most gasoline sportbikes without ever having to shift gears.

The announcement formally debuts Mission Motors, a San Francisco-based company geared to redefine the world of performance motorcycles, which was founded in 2007 by entrepreneurs Forrest North (CEO), Edward West (President), and Mason Cabot (VP of Engineering).

Building on their backgrounds in engineering, a desire to develop clean vehicles, and a passion for motorcycles, the Mission Motors founders developed a proprietary high energy lithium ion battery pack that could provide both the range and acceleration needed for a high performance sportbike. The company (named Hum Cycles at the time) placed second in the transportation category of the 2007 California Cleantech Open, the largest cleantech business plan competition on the West Coast.

“As a motorcycle enthusiast and engineer I knew I could combine my passion for motorcycles with my passion for innovation and create a motorcycle that truly sets a new standard in the perception of electric vehicles,” said Forrest North, Founder and CEO, Mission Motors. “With the Mission One, we’re writing the next chapter in motorcycle design, delivering a new riding experience without sacrificing performance or design in a zero emissions vehicle.”

With core engineering underway and an attractive business model, North and his co-founders turned to Yves Béhar’s fuseproject to create Mission’s unique brand and creative direction, as well as an iconic industrial design for the first product. The engineering team at Mission Motors and the design team at fuseproject worked in close collaboration to design the Mission One from the ground up, creating a machine that makes a bold statement about performance, technology, sustainability and design.

“This project was a dream come true: a statement about how design can make performance and sustainability come together without compromise,” said Yves Béhar. “I believe Mission is an icon for a new era of efficient and exciting vehicles. Designed to express speed and efficiency in it’s overall sharp lines, the Mission bike is also highly detailed with special attention to a riders needs, bringing a high level of product design and ergonomics to a new generation of performance transportation.” ENDS

Autobloggreen got the scoop, reporting, “To bring this amazing machine to market, Forrest North and his two co-founders, Edward West and Mason Cabot, have assembled a real dream team with incredible depth and experience and whose resumés list companies like Tesla Motors, Ducati and Google. The first 50 bikes produced will be a special Limited Edition model delivered in 2010 bearing a $68,995 price tag, while a standard, more affordable Mission One will be announced this summer. If the goal of this company was to create a paradigm-busting object of desire, then we say, “Mission accomplished.” ENDS

Founded in 1999 by Yves Behar, fuseproject develops cohesive brand and product experiences. With a focus on establishing new markets and disrupting old ones, the company takes a long-term strategic approach to developing and enhancing its clients’ business, with teams spanning brand & market strategy, identity & naming, packaging design, product development and communications design.

Source: gizmag.com @By Mike Hanlon

BMW Motorrad Navigator IV next-gen GPS for motorcycles

17 May

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Navigation specialist Garmin has collaborated with BMW on the company’s latest motorcycle-friendly GPS unit, the BMW Motorrad Navigator IV. Due to hit shelves in Europe and North America in Q3, the Navigator IV features a faster processor, flatter housing and a larger 4.3-inch, 16:9 touchscreen with big buttons to accommodate gloved hands. Software improvements include a lane assistant, junction views and 3D building representations while Bluetooth capability lets you listen to phone calls, MP3s and more importantly, spoken turn-by-turn instructions.

Based on Garmin’s zūmo™ 660, the Navigator IV comes preinstalled maps of 40 countries in Western and Eastern Europe with over 1.5 million points of interest. The readout can be configured to preference with information such as arrival time, remaining travel time, average speed and direction. There’s also a customizable fuel gauge that can be modified to the motorcycle’s maximum fuel range and a lane assistant designed to ensure you don’t miss the right freeway exit.

Being designed for motorcycles, the unit is waterproof, and the lithium-ion battery’s claimed five hour operating time should make it useful for when you swap the motorbike for the pedal powered variety or hit the streets on foot.

The Advanced Mount Cradle mount system suits all BMW motorcycles including the recent R-and K-series. A car kit is also available.

Bluetooth is A2DP profile for stereo transmission in helmet and there’s four gigabytes of internal storage capacity, so you’ll run out of fuel before you run out of MP3s.

The BMW Motorrad Navigator IV is slated for release in August at a cost of 750 euros.

Source: gizmag.com @By Gizmag Team

BUB 7 Streamliner motorcycle breaks 367mph for new world record

8 May

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Looking more like a long, blurred, red flash than a motorcycle, the BUB 7 Streamliner is now the fastest motorcycle on earth (pending FIM verification) after Chris Carr set a new FIM world record and AMA national record at 367.382mph (591.244kmh) through the mile – and an exit speed of 372.534mph (599.534kmh) – at the Cook Private Meet at the Bonneville Salt Flats Utah. It probably also makes Carr one of the bravest men on the planet. BUB 7 beat the previous record of 360.913mph (580.833kmh), set by Team Ack Attack last year. We originally covered the BUB 7 when it broke through the 350mph (563km) barrier back in 2006.

To achieve this new incredible speed, the BUB 7 was powered by a 3-liter, turbocharged, 16-valve V4 that generated an estimated 500hp in a package the size of a 1-liter V-twin, because the maximum limit for this land speed racing is 3000cc. This purpose-built motor was designed with one thing in mind – breaking the motorcycle world record. Mission accomplished!

The engine is a big bang type, so it must gain traction, then relax and then transfer power with the next power pulse. Unlike drag racing, one of the challenges all teams competing in land speed record racing face is that their motorcycles have to make two runs; a down and a return that are combined for an overall average, so the engine has to survive for both runs without any modifications.

But power isn’t everything … this winter, the ‘Seven’ underwent further streamlining using A2 Wind Tunnel (A2WT) facility in South Carolina, where it scored the lowest coefficient of drag (CoD) that the A2WT has ever recorded – a CoD 0.09.

Denis Manning, designer and builder of the Seven, has been in LSR (Land Speed Racing) for the better part of 40 years, and first got the record in 1970 with a Harley-powered Streamliner with rider Cal Rayborn at 265.492mph. This is his seventh Streamliner. He has held the fastest motorcycle record with two of them (twice with the Seven).

Not much more information at this stage, but watch the video below to show how fast 350mph is when the BUB 7 Streamliner broke that record. The team is now aiming for the 400mph record.

Source: gizmag.com @By Jeff Salton

BMW brings back the six-cylinder motorcycle with its hottest concept bike ever

3 May

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BMW released stunning images this week of a new concept motorcycle that nobody saw coming, featuring the resurgence of an engine configuration we all thought was long-dead. In recent years Triumph has stamped itself as the master of modern triples, and now BMW has made a clear statement of intent that it’s bringing the inline six back to the bike world. The Concept 6 showcases a brand-new 1600cc engine that’s four inches narrower than any previous production six, and produces truly prodigious power and torque throughout the rev range. And it’s housed in a cafe racer body that has to go down as the sexiest motorcycle design BMW have ever produced. Sensational stuff… We can has production model plz?

Six-cylinder motorcycles

Inline six-cylinder motorcycle engines don’t make a huge amount of sense on paper – for a given engine capacity, they tend to be heavier and considerably wider than a comparable four-cylinder. They deliver power, grunt and smoothness advantages, but historically, not enough to compensate for their weight. Even so, when Honda’s CBX1000 debuted in the late 1970s, its exotic engine and six snaking, chrome headers made it an instant cult classic that still turns heads to this day.

But the CBX was, at its heart, simply a branding measure – a monument to Honda’s engineering prowess and a demonstration that the company could build exciting, excessive machines. It fascinated the punters and delivered ball-tearing performance for its day, but the engine’s power was gobbled up by its excessive weight, and its imposing width played merry hell with the bike’s center of gravity, resulting in handling troubles that could never be compensated for – at least when it was placed alongside four-cylinder wonders like Suzuki’s GSX and the later V-4 Honda Interceptor.

Today there are precious few production sixes on the motorcycle market. Honda’s Goldwing is the only major contender; the GL has been gradually increasing its engine capacity over the years but sticking to a flat six format since 1988. Testers frequently describe the current-generation GL1800 engine as the smoothest powerplant they have ever sampled.

Still, the idea of high-performance six-cylinder motorcycles has pretty much wandered off the radar in recent years. Suzuki’s Stratosphere concept of 2005 raised a lot of eyebrows, but there haven’t been any hints that the “New Katana” will actually get off the ground. So when BMW released details of its Concept 6 cafe racer this week, perhaps the biggest surprise was the strong language in the press release promising that the new Bavarian inline six isn’t just an engineering exercise:

“The new BMW straight-six will further expand the K-Series in the foreseeable future. The first model to be introduced will be an innovative and luxurious BMW touring machine.”

So, having established that a Beemer Six is indeed on the way, let’s take a closer look at the Concept 6.

The Concept 6 engine – 1600cc of pure, 6-cylinder grunt

The Concept 6 design team was determined not to let the engine blow out to the party-pooping width of the CBX’s imposing donk – and it looks like they’ve done a good job keeping it acceptably narrow. Each cylinder is still slightly oversquare (its bore is slightly larger than its stroke), which will help it spin up and develop horsepower at higher revs, but the stroke is relatively long compared to the ratios used in BMW’s inline fours, keeping those cylinder bores as narrow as possible while retaining the ability to rev.

There’s very little space in between cylinders, and the alternator and other electrics have been relocated from the side of the engine back behind the crankshaft in the spot above the transmission. The overall result is a motor that BMW claims is four whole inches narrower than the previous thinnest inline six on the market – and only slightly wider than a big inline four.

With a capacity of 1600cc, and all the extra exhaust headers and gear required by an inline six, it’s still going to be a very heavy powerplant, but BMW have used a trick from their K-series sportsbikes to neutralize the negative effects that big lump of metal could have on the bike’s handling. With the engine tilted forward by 55 degrees, the main bulk of the cylinder bank is kept low, pushing the centre of gravity down and forward, which should help keep the bike flickable and fun in the twisties.

Peak output will reportedly be similar to the K1300 series engines – somewhere around 170 horsepower – but the big six will belt out a massive 130 Nm of torque from just 2000rpm. For reference, the torque monster Suzuki GSX1400 peaks at about 125 Nm at around 4700rpm. The new engine’s torque peak is unspecified, but it should rev as high as 9000rpm, making it a hugely flexible powerplant that BMW believes will be “the ideal power unit for a range of different motorcycles.” Yummy!

The BMW Concept 6 Cafe Racer

It’s a pity the first new-age Beemer Six is going to be a tourer – because this sporty concept is an absolute stunner. Looking like a marriage between the K1200R and a Buell Cyclone, the Concept 6 is a techno-masterpiece of design.

Interestingly, the design team chose not to fetishize the big engine or display acres of header chrome a la the Honda CBX – but then, their hands were forced by the engine tilt, which pretty much puts the exhaust headers out of view under the bike’s belly. An inline engine at that sort of angle is always going to look a little awkward, but the lines through the rest of the bike are absolutely gorgeous, particularly in the way the tank integrates with the miniature front fairing. Even the tail-light is beautiful – a red-hot trail of fire extending directly from the rider’s backside, representing exactly the kind of reaction you’d expect a 1600cc inline six to engender.

The front end suspension is a Duolever system like what you’d see on a K1300R, the rear swingarm doubles as a shaft-drive and torque reaction is nullified by its Paralever ‘ankle.’ The primary cue that the bike is a six-cylinder comes from the three flared exhaust chambers that exit low and wide just behind the rider’s feet – a muscular look that is echoed in the chunky intake ducts peeking out beneath the tank.

The dash takes the interesting step of eliminating the tacho, instead showing a readout of how much torque is available at the current engine speed – the theory being that with an engine this grunty throughout the rev range there’s no need to go hunting for a redline.

The Concept 6 sweeps aside the rest of the BMW range in terms of exciting design – and even tops the fantastic Lo-Rider concept for pure visual thrill. In typical BMW style, it looks more like a finished bike than a concept – and the kind of bike only BMW could build. Maybe, if we wish hard enough…

Source: gizmag.com @By Loz Blain