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Motorcycle windshields do not just add oomph to a bike, they do much more. Among other things, they intercept discarded cigarette butts, bugs and other assorted highway missiles. They also conduct the all important task of redirecting airflow away from the riders head and torso thus saving him from wind fatigue on long hauls.Little wonder then that windshields are the most sought after accessory in the market. The demand has also spawned a whole range of windshields, e...

Motorcycle Windshields Do More Than Add Oomph To A Bike

Motorcycle Windshields Do More Than Add Oomph To A BikeMotorcycle windshields do not just add oomph to a bike, they do much more. Among other things, they intercept discarded cigarette butts, bugs and other assorted highway missiles. They also conduct the all important task of redirecting airflow away from the riders head and torso thus saving him from wind fatigue on long hauls.Little wonder then that windshields are the most sought after accessory in the market. The demand has also spawned a whole range of windshields, each claiming its own USP. However, before buying one you must keep the following five points in mind:1. The Fit: Try and get a windshield thats made by your own bike manufacturer. They are more likely to fit your bike seamlessly. You can also try the universal shield. This type is lightweight, handlebar-mounted and can be fitted on almost any bike. Universal windshields provide just a very basic shield between you and air. 2. The Plastic: It is important that the plastic has good optical properties. Distortion around the edges or near the curvature of a shield can be especially dangerous.3. The Size: Bigger windshields do not always mean better protection. A high windshield might work well to block the icy wind but during the rains, it could become a wet wall that you cant look over. Short windshields are good because they let the cool breeze fan your face in hot weather, but they can cause havoc to your helmet when the wind is sharp. Much depends on the kind of bike you have and how you sit on it. The best is to sit on a bike and then check how the windshield will work.4. The Height: A windshield that sits just below your line of vision while seated comfortably is a good option. You should be able to see over it without straining and yet be comfortable dropping your head down to look through the glass. In any case the height at which you are most comfortable is probably the right height. Sit before several windshields and youll know which works for you.5. The Mounting System: Check the mounting system before you buy the windshield. Mounting hardware can vary radically from shield to shield. While putting up your windshields make sure you don't bind cables or block either lighting or brake lines. Give controls and mirrors ample space. Make sure that nothing touches the windshield when the fork is fully compressed. Also make sure that the shield doesn't interfere with steering. Take a short test ride, but take it slow.

Flat Motorcycle Tires... Roll Hard!

Flat Motorcycle Tires... Roll Hard!

Motorcycles with flat tires . . . roll hard! If your motorcycle is cruising along at 55 mph and your rear motorcycle tire suddenly deflates [has a blow out!] you now have a tremendously, dangerous challenge ahead of you. Avoiding other vehicles, controlling the steering, a swaying rear-end making everything unstable makes for a sizable victory when you roll off the side of the road and come to a stop. Congratulations, job well done! More riders than not end in an accident or something worse. All because of their motorcycle tires. Who knows your thoughts if it is the front tire to blow? You better be prayed up.We all want a sharp looking bike. Once you select your make and model, your interest is on chrome, color, accessories, personal appearance, dress etc. but let us not forget about the importance of the rubber "motorcycle tires" that get us around. Frame, structure and engine all work together and hopefully are worry free for years. Motorcycle tires keep moving and we need to often watch for wear and safety.There are two critical places that motorcycles need to be checked before each ride or at least once a month. Both are easy to do and both are many times overlooked. One area is brake fluid. If the pedal is mushy, bleed the lines or have someone else do it. Two, motorcycle tires need to be inspected. Why do we forget these?Our safety depends on it. We trust our life to the two motorcycle tires under us that have at best two patches of rubber in contact with the ground the size of our two hands at any given moment. Move that along at 55 mph or even at 15 mph and each of the motorcycle tires is taking on a serious responsibility. The attention and care we offer towards our motorcycle tires can help us tremendously with our safety and enjoyment of biking.Here are some areas where things can go wrong with your motorcycle tires:- Tire Pressure: Under-inflation may cause uneven wear, loss of control [stability], wears the motorcycle tires out faster and increases the chances of the motorcycle tires failure. Over-inflation allows [*_*] to heat up, limit traction [although a slight 10% over-inflation may actually increase traction in wet conditions] and affects the wear. To correct these, use a good tire gauge and check the [*_*] when it is cool. Keep the [*_*] pressure at the recommended PSI.- Fluids: Brake fluid, gas and lube spills need to be cleaned immediately. It deteriorates the rubber. Many of the cleaner protectants used on [*_*] harm the finish rubber. The best way to clean is to use old-fashioned soap and water.- Bumps: Potholes, curbs and stones may slash or crack the tire. Look for any problem.- Accelerated wear: Everyday use may be a potential hazard. Spinning [*_*] on take off or holding the brake on emergency stops need to be checked.- Nails, screws etc.: It is better to find them before you ride than to discover these nuisances 20 minutes down the road. Motorcycle tires that use a tube may pop from a nail/screw or sharp object, where a tubeless tire may have the nail/screw actually plug the hole they created which gives you a little more time for repairs.- Valve stems: Make sure the cap is on. It helps to protect the valve stem from leaking air and protects the stem valve from opening by centrifugal force and leaking air at higher speeds. When you use [*_*] with tubes, the valve stem should be straight out. If it is on a slant, the tire has been under-inflated and the tube has moved around the rim. Often this damages the tube and creates a leak.- Tire weights: Weights need to be firmly fixed to the rim. If they fall off it will throw the tire out of balance and cause uneven wear.- Rim: Cracked or dented rims are potential problems. You may want to replace wire spoke wheels when they become damaged with a cast or billet wheel that uses tubeless tires. Check with your dealer on this.- Worn/torn: Thin tread is easier to detect. Flat wear is due to leaning very little and driving mostly in a straight line, resulting in a ridge at the edge of the flattened middle of the tire. This causes [*_*] to become unstable in a leaning turn. It wants to warble. The tire may have more wear but it should be replaced. [It is good to replace both front tire and rear tire at the same time.] Sidewall punctures, cracking, cord separation are an alert.- Tread: Check the grooves called sipes making sure that the tread is still sufficient. The lack of having tread affects the cooling of the tire when in use, wear, stability, traction and can cause hydroplaning on wet roads.When doing your inspection of [*_*] get a friend to roll the bike while you check the tread and sidewalls. You may need to get a work stand if alone. Obstacles to having a good inspection are long pipes, saddlebags, fenders etc. making it hard to see the rear tire. Front [*_*] are a bit easier to examine. This sounds like a lot but it goes quickly and is easy to do. Make it a habit to check your [*_*] frequently.Some miscellaneous information you need to know. You will have better handling and get more out your motorcycles tires when you keep the rear tire aligned and balanced. Consider having this looked at approximately every1000 miles. Be careful when you have new [*_*] it takes the first couple of rides to get traction working well.So! Happy riding and remember to check your [*_*] often.

Skoda's Latest Fabia Is Proof Of The Pudding

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SKODA'S latest Fabia is proof, if it were needed, that you really can have your cake and eat it! And their recipe for success is in building a car that's one of the best value for money machines in the supermini class. Although some might question whether the Fabia is really a supermini, because there's not a lot miniscule about its dimensions. It offers you a healthy sized slice of metal which will carry a family of four in adequate comfort and with room to spare. Probably why the original car, launched seven years ago, has been such a hit in the UK. Buyers here have snapped up over 130,000 of them and more than 1.5 million have been built in that time. And it's won a shelf full of awards.The latest model, launched earlier this year, majors on the benefits of the previous Fabia as it takes on the likes of the Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Corsa and Renault Clio in the battle for sales, and starts at a competitive 7,990 for the entry level 1.2 HTP 1. It has a decent amount of standard equipment in a CD player, ABS, power steering, immobiliser and dual front airbags, but obviously sacrifices have to be made to keep the price down, so you won't find remote centre locking and electric door mirrors on the Fabia 1, the lowest trim level. And I was briefly left wondering if they'd forgotten the brakes as well on first acquaintance, as they proved to be a bit softer than I'm used to.But rest assured that though the pedal travel may be long there's plenty bite at the end to stop you safely. There's plenty engine choice in the range seven in fact the least swift being the 1.2 litre three cylinder 60bhp unit in our test car, an engine used in other VW Group products. There's a thrummy quality to the engine note, and it has to be said that in town it's perfectly adequate. It's just left lacking a bit when the road opens out a bit and the traffic thins out, which is where its breathing thins out and it gets a bit like the wheezy fat boy trying to keep up with the rest on the school cross country run. Using the cake analogy it doesn't exactly put the zip in the marzipan but then there are plenty others to choose from if you feel the need for a bit more speed.People opt for a Skoda for a variety of reasons value for money, reliability and overall user friendliness. The latest Fabia ticks all those boxes and this one in particular, while only the entry level model, proved a comfortable enough method of transport, and an economical one too. Its extra urban figure is a shade under 59mpg which means that as well as not costing a lot to buy it won't cost a fortune to run either. Oh, and it's insurance group 1 into the bargain. So, a neatly styled five door hatch that's a definite improvement over its predecessor. Piece of cake really.

Newcastle Car Auctions, The Ultimate Car Auction Yard

Newcastle Car Auctions, The Ultimate Car Auction Yard

Newcastle car auctions offer high quality vehicles, competitive financing for luxury or economy cars. Newcastle "car auctions" removes all pressures of selling a car, bringing really serious buyers in front of your car, helping you to get the markets highest price. Your car will be sold quickly, in a few days, at the market best price. When you sell your car through Newcastle car auctions, there are no warrantee fees, and the specialists are providing free impartial advices regarding the sale of any vehicle. There is no better way to sell a car that Newcastle car auction; if the purchase cant be made, you dont need to pay any fee; there is no sale charge. The payment for a car is always ensured by the Newcastle car auctions, which mediate the purchase and sale of your car. The car auction does not act as a part of the agreement between the buyer and the seller. Any information related to a car to be sold is exclusively a matter between the buyer and the seller. Quality used cars advantagesNewcastle car auction is making this division clear, to realize a reciprocal advantageous transaction between buyer and seller. One of the worlds most important and comprehensive car collections is offered by Newcastle car auction. Never miss the Newcastle auction every month; the owners deal with all the major car manufacturers, with a large selection of models. Buying used cars online is a challenging task, but Newcastle car auction is making it simpler for you. Through innovation, Newcastle car auction is able to satisfy the most precise requirements from every customer all over the world. The Used Car Discussion Forum is always opened to discuss anything related to buying or selling cars. The auctions promoters have strong ties with other used car auction sites, with many car dealers and suppliers. This is another advantage, because this is an effective way to meet the customers needs for high quality cars at affordable prices. There are not unpleasant surprises or hidden costs; the latest inventory is online daily. Another advantage is the possibility to provide future part needs with authentic new car parts; the prices are very low in this situation. Newcastle car auction is giving you the big winning ticket to your dream car. There are no unscrupulous auto dealers, every car is seriously checked and the experts are giving their opinions about the cars condition and prices. With Newcastle car auctions, you have a pleasant buying selling or visiting experience. The cars must be sold fast, at the right price for both, buyer and seller. The database is full of thousand of different cars, just waiting for you. Late models, beautiful and really new cars, with remaining factory warranty are easy to find there. The buyer must simply make a research to find them. Buying cars through online auction is a difficult decision, a stressful process too.

Chance To Buy Honda Cr-v For 2,000 Less

Outgoing 4x4 down in price by 2,000HONDA is gearing up to drive a curvy all-new CR-V into competition against the latest generation Freelander from Land Rover - and now's the time to buy if you fancy the model it replaces.To clear stocks, the manufacturer has reduced the prices of most current versions by 2,000 and is also offering two other incentives to buyers.Robert Fletcher, the franchise manager at Lookers Honda at Sir Frank Whittle Road, Derby, says that buyers can also choose either an accessory pack worth 1,200 or a 750 deposit allowance in the case of a personal contract purchase.Extras in the accessory pack deal includes running boards and reversing sensors.The price cuts apply to all Sport and Executive versions of the 4x4 but not the SE examples. The price cut means that the petrol-engined, 2.0-litre Sport is down from 19,225 to 17,255 while the diesel-engined 2.2i-CTYDi Executive can be yours for just over 21,000.Says, Jeff Dodds, head of marketing for Honda (UK): "This is a superb chance for customers to get their hands on a CR-V for a lot less."It's a car that's dominated the petrol SUV market for years and continues to pick up awards for its impeccable road manners - and remember, it's built in Britain!"Added Robert: "It's a cracking offer and we have a good range in stock."According to the company, there are no catches or difficult to understand clauses to worry about.Robert is looking forward to taking delivery of the new CR-V."It looks a superb vehicle and is a good evolution of the current model," he says.Like the latest Land Rover, the stylish new CR-V, on sale from January, represents a drive upmarket, with Honda saying that it mirrors an executive saloon in the way it drives.Improved equipment levels and Honda's latest advanced safety technology will add to its appeal, along with increased towing capacity.

Buy Seized Cars At Local Auctions

Every year there are a whole lot of cars that have been seized by the government for a lot of different reasons and then these cars can be sold to you for really cheap prices. First of all these vehicles have been seized by the IRS and other government agencies that are in control of property and taxes and things like that. The other reason why these vehicles have fallen under government control is because they have been taken under seizure and surplus laws. Let's say that the United States government imports a normal amount of cars from one country and then decides to take in a few more from somewhere else because it is a cheaper price. Then there is a surplus of cars on our American market, meaning that there are more supplies than demand. If no one wants to buy these cars then the government has to keep them and it costs a lot of money to store them. So, the government does not want to waste the money on storing them for no reason when they can just sell these cars to you at a cheap price even though they are really high quality. If you are on the lookout for these types of deals then you will really make out when you are buying a new car, SUV, motorcycle, boat, or any other kind of motor vehicle that you can think of that you want to own. All models and makes of cars end up under government control and you can take advantage of this to get the car that you have been wanting for a long time but just cannot afford to get. You need a car that looks nice and is still safe to drive but at a low price so you know that you got the best deal possible.The problem you might be facing could be that you do not know how to find out about these deals. Well, now that you know these kinds of things happen and that you can get these cheap cars, you should start looking for the deals that will save you thousands on the car of your dreams. By searching specific sites online that have this information ready for you it is really easy to find the car of your dreams for up to ninety five percent off the retail price. You can look up local auto bargains in your areas with listings on all makes and models in every city in the nation. The internet is really a tool that you should start taking advantage of because in this case it can get you information on amazing cars that you can save thousands of dollars on if you purchase them. If you start looking online right now I bet you will be able to find the car of your dreams sooner than you ever thought you could and you will be the happiest person in the world because you will have gotten this car for a great price that you can't get any other way.

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Motorcycle windshields do not just add oomph to a bike, they do much more. Among other things, they intercept discarded cigarette butts, bugs and other assorted highway missiles. They also conduct the all important task of redirecting airflow away from the riders head and torso thus saving him from wind fatigue on long hauls.Little wonder then that windshields are the most sought after accessory in the market. The demand has also spawned a whole range of windshields, e...