Is this a car? A motorcycle maybe? No – this is a transformers right?
It looks like a Ferrari and a cool bike made a love child and this is what we got.
This amazing vehicle is a creation of a cool bike that has been equipped with extra seats in form of something that looks like a car. There is room for two people in those extra seats. Looks great, right?
Winter, for most of us, means colder days, even colder nights, and the occasional snow and ice. But to a motorcycle enthusiast, it can potentially mean the end of the riding season! This can be somewhat depressing, especially if you enjoy riding. But, you might be pleased to hear that your riding does not have to end with winter, especially if you live in a climate where the winters are more mild. Here are some tips that might keep you riding, even if the temperature drops a little bit.
The main goal for riding in the winter is not to catch hypothermia. If your clothes get wet (either from the weather or from perspiration…) than it is time to stop IMMEDIATELY and change your clothes. Do not ride with wet clothes! This will offer basically no protection to you from the cold, and hypothermia comes on quicker than I’ll bet you would like to believe!
Your base layer of clothing should consist of either wool blends, silk, or silk blends. NO COTTON! Cotton takes longer to dry, and will leave you more vulnerable to the cold. Your mid layer should consist of your warm clothes. You need to retain body heat, let perspiration escape, and make sure that it is bulky enough to keep you warm. Fleece is ideal for this layer. Your outer layer should consist of waterproof riding pants, boots, and a jacket. Waterproof is essential so that you can stay dry while riding.
You might also want to wear a balaclava underneath your helmet if it is absolutely frigid, and you can even bundle up more around the neck to keep wind from getting down into your jacket. Remember not to drive in the ice or snow, because conditions like these are dangerous enough for cars to drive in, much less motorcycles.
Even with daylight savings time giving you an extra hour of riding time, you will most likely, at some point or another, commute via motorcycle during night-time hours. If you are any older than 25, than you have probably noticed that riding at night is not as fun as it used to be. And you are right. Riding at night is hard enough on your eyes when you are young, much less when you are older. You know how some people have said that “the eyes are the first to go”? Well, it is kind of true.
But, just because it is hard to see at night does not mean that you have no options when it comes to safety. There are still things that you can do to make yourself safer while riding at night, and if you follow some of these tips (or all of them), than you will increase your chances of “arriving alive” as they say.
First, make sure that your bike is clean. Before riding, scrub your headlight, tail lights, reflectors, all shiny surfaces, and windshield. If you increase the amount of reflective surface on your bike, than you increase the chances of another driver seeing you. It is hard enough to spot a motorcycle sometimes during the day, much less at night!
Also, make sure that your helmet is free of smudges and scratches. Scratches and cracks can distort images, and can make it hard for you to figure out just whether or not that car up ahead is really in your lane or if it just looks like it.
Also, if your bike is running an extra bright headlight, make sure that you dim your light for the other drivers. Bright headlights can blind the very people heading for you, and these are the people whom you really need to be seen by!
Perhaps you have heard of the Killacycle… or perhaps you have not. Well, it is the fastest electric motorcycle on the planet! This motorcycle set the world speed record for electric drag bikes in a screaming 7.82 second ? mile run, during which the bike peaked at 168 mph! The bike is owned by a government scientist named Bill Dube.
So, what kind of batteries power this bike? Well, they are not your classic double A’s, that’s for sure! The battery is a new Nan phosphate electrode battery cell from A123Systems. This battery gives the bike a monstrous boost of power, and utilizes nanotechnology to pry every ounce of speed from this electric demon of the road!
This battery is expected to have a usable life of 10 years, and is made of many more environmentally safe materials than you might think. The motor, which can provide 500 hp, is more than enough to challenge any gasoline powered bike! In fact, specialists and riders alike agree that batteries are bound to replace gasoline as the primary source of power for motorcycles. So, it won’t be long until you see the first battery powered bikes racing. Hey, since everyone else is starting to drive them, why not?
Electric motorcycles are cheaper to run, safer for he environment, and more efficient in terms of utilizing power. Yes, they require some charge time, but you won’t be driving them 24 hours at a time either! There is plenty of down time to allow for charge-ups, leading many to believe that electric bikes are bound for world domination quicker than you might think! So, is the Killacycle impressive? Well, if it impresses the record books, and also professional motorcycle riders around the world, than it more than impresses me!
As far as motorcycle helmets go, there is really only one truly safe choice, and that is an enclosed helmet with a face shield. Granted, it might take some getting used to if you have been riding open-aired up until now, but I guarantee that switching to an enclosed helmet will keep you safer in the long run.
Some people are concerned with these helmets because they seem to limit your field of vision. This is only true vertically. Horizontally, these helmets offer complete vision. Vertically, you may find yourself tilting your head forwards in order to read the instrument panel, but this will still not effect your line of sight with the road. So, vision is really not all that impaired with enclosed helmets.
Another concern with enclosed helmets is the reduced noise. Some people say that these helmets make it harder to hear the sounds around you that you need to hear in order to be safe. Is this true? Partially. Most of the noise blocked out by an enclosed helmet is just background noise. Sounds like other vehicles coming in your direction are really not effected by an enclosed helmet, so don’t worry about that.
An enclosed helmet also offers more protection against things like bugs and birds. Come on, admit that bugs in your face is irritating. And do you even want to think about what could happen if a bird hit you in the face at 60 mph? Wouldn’t you rather have an enclosed helmet on for THAT one? It is true that an enclosed helmet will not be as comfortable, but it WILL protect you more, which is the most important thing. Of course, you need to get used to it before you go all out, but if you ever have trouble (which, hopefully you won’t…), than you will undoubtedly be glad that you chose an enclosed helmet.
Into high dollar bikes? Into high speed? Into super bikes? Well, than the Dodge Tomahawk just might be your baby, if you think you can handle it. The most expensive bike in production, the Dodge Tomahawk is the ultimate in motorcycle technology. This beast will cost you $250,000, and since production is limited to a few hundred models, you better place your order YESTERDAY if you even want to see one in real life! Continue reading Dodge Tomahawk
So, is the new 2008 Suzuki Hayabusa worth it’s near $12,000 price tag? Maybe. Lets see what riders are saying about one of the fastest bikes out there today for the money. Continue reading Suzuki Hayabusa
The 2008 Kawasaki Ninja is one of the best selling Kawasaki motorcycles in the franchise’s history. This smaller sports bike is fun to ride, safer than the bigger Ninjas out there, and provides enough stability and fun filled driving that it appeals to both new and experienced riders. Why? Well, here are a few reasons.
First, the bike is less expensive than bigger units. Therefore, those who are looking to buy their first motorcycle will probably be interested in the 250 because it can get them into the action for a minimal amount of money.
Second, the bike is safer than bigger bikes because it is not the powerful beast that you might think of when you think of the bigger Ninjas. Yes, it has some “get up and go” to it, but you still need to plan and use momentum when passing a semi, sort of like you do in a small 4-cylinder car.
The motorcycle is also easy to drive. It is small and lightweight, making it extremely easy to handle in places like parking lots. Even though the 08 model has gained a little weight over its predecessor and now weighs in at about 333 lbs, you will find the bike light on it’s wheels. And since the bike isn’t packed with power like larger bikes, it is safer for new riders to drive. Giving this bike gas won’t get you into near as much trouble as you can get into with a bigger Ninja.
And last but not least, this bike is fun to drive. Have you ever heard that it is more fun to ride a slow bike fast than to ride a fast bike slow? Well, it seems that with the 250, less is definitely more. For some reason, being able to red-line this baby when on a straight stretch without worrying about getting a speeding ticket is amazing.
So, thinking of getting into motorcycles? If you are, than there are a few things you should know before you pry open your wallet and fork over your hard earned money for just any speed-hungry machine. Looking at the number one sellers out there can tell you what everyone else is riding, and why they are riding them. So, here are five of the most popular motorcycles out on the road today. Hopefully, this will tell you what you need to know for when you go to buy that bike you have been waiting so long for. Continue reading 5 most popular motorcycles
Are you a big motorcycle fan? If the answer to this question is yes, then you have probably seen many weird and unusual motorcycles in the world. In case you have missed some really weird and strange bikes from around the world, here are few pictures to keep you updated. (click on pictures to enlarge them) Continue reading Unusual Motorcycles