Choosing The Right Ride

A Guide To Buying Motocross Boots

Whether you are a fan of Gaerne, Fox Racing or Alpinestars, you can find a stylish, durable and comfortable motocross riding boot in one of these great brands. No matter what brand you are drawn to, you will want to research your options so choose the best product for your riding style. There are many things to consider when shopping for riding boots. This article explains what to look for if you are shopping for new boots. Removable Inner Booty A boot with a removable inner booty is beneficial in many ways. First of all, your boots won’t smell as bad if you are able to remove the booty. These are also the most comfortable. Riding boots are very stiff and if the inner booty is permanently attached to the the boot’s upper, it will not be as flexible or comfortable. Some manufacturers have attempted to fix this problem by making the upper softer. However, this might make the boot more comfortable, but it reduces how protective it is. Basically, a boot with a removable inner booty allows the most protection and comfort at the same time. A Weatherproof Outer The outside of the boot is obviously very important as well. Most importantly, you want a boot that is weatherproof. Not all boots, even if they are super durable, will keep water out. For instance, look for a boot with a trusted weatherproof material like Gore-Tex. This does not mean the material is completely waterproof, but it will keep most water out of your booty, even in the wettest conditions. Simple Buckling System Some newer boots have more advanced buckling systems. However, these systems are often unnecessarily complicated for most riders. If you want a product that is easy to pull on and off, make sure you test out the buckling system before committing to a boot. A Reasonable Price Range You can find top-of-the-line boots that are over $500. However, such expensive boots are unnecessary for most riders. This big price tag might mean that your boots have all the features, but a mid-range boot will probably be just as durable and just as functional for non-professional riders. No matter what brand you choose, you want to make sure your boots have all of these features and fit within your price range. The various features and styles can be overwhelming, but you will definitely be able to find a […]

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Cleaning Your Air Cleaner Is A Motorcycle Maintenance Job You Can Do Yourself

Making sure that your motorcycle is running in top condition is important, since you want to make sure that you get in as much riding time as possible. In order to make that happen, you should learn to do a few maintenance and repair jobs yourself. One basic job you can do is to clean your air filter or cleaner.  Air Cleaner/Filter You need to make sure that your engine gets enough air to keep running as well as possible. The filter is the way to make sure that happens and that nothing like dirt or debris gets into your engine to mess it up. That means that it is going to get dirty. When it gets dirty, your engine is going to give lower and lower performance.  There are three kinds of material that your filter could be made of. Those materials are paper, cotton, or foam. If your filter is made of paper, the only way that you can clean it is to toss it in the trash can and get a new one. However, if you have a cotton or foam filter, you can wash the filter and get your bike back to running well. The process for cleaning foam and cotton filters is basically the same.  After you have removed the filter, you need to get as much as the accumulated debris and basic street crud off the filter as possible. You can do this by knocking or brushing it off with your hands. You may want to wear nitrile gloves for this step or even the whole process.  Once you have gotten all the loose stuff off the filter, it’s time to give that cleaner a bath. Cotton and foam filters both have their own chemicals that you should use to clean them. It is important that you use the right cleaning solution for your type of filter so that it doesn’t get damaged.  You will want to do a pre-wash with the appropriate cleaning solution. Let it sit for a few minutes so that all the grease and whatnot has been broken down. Then it’s time to give the air cleaner its bath. Fill a bucket or tub with some water and a little dish soap. Start swishing the filter around in there. You are going to have to change that water a few times until that filter is the same basic color it […]

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Five Things That Need To Be Considered Before Buying A Motorcycle

A motorcycle is a vehicle that someone really needs to be present when it is purchased for them. If you want to give someone a motorcycle as a gift, they need to be with you when you buy it to make sure it is the right bike for them. The following guide walks you through a few things that a motorcycle owner needs to take into consideration when buying a bike.   The Width of the Motorcycle Motorcycles come in many different widths. When a rider straddles the bike, they need to be able to easily touch the ground so that it does not fall over when they are stopped at a stop light. The future owner needs to straddle any bike they are considering to ensure that the bike is not too wide for them to be able to straddle it comfortably. The Height of the Motorcycle Motorcycles stand at different heights depending on the make and model of the bike. The future owner needs to sit on the bike to determine if it is low enough for them or too high for them to ride safely. The Weight of the Motorcycle The rider needs to be sure that they can support the weight of the motorcycle. Motorcycles can be quite heavy and if the person does not have the strength to hold up a bike, it could fall on its side and become damaged. The Style of the Motorcycle The future owner needs to decide if they want a cruiser or a sports bike. A sports bike often requires someone to lean with their whole body when taking turns so that their knee comes very close to the ground as they turn. A cruiser often turns with very little effort by the driver. Simply turning the handle bar changes the direction of the bike with ease on a cruiser. The Desirable Options for the Motorcycle Motorcycles are available with many great options nowadays. A rider can choose a motorcycle with heated hand grips, a built-in radio, saddle bags for storing items, and even a double seat so someone else can ride with them on the bike when they ride. The optional upgrades need to be chosen by the person that will be riding the bike so they can be happy with it after it is purchased. All of these factors are essential to take into consideration when purchasing […]

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Advantages Of The RV Life

If you lust for freedom and a non-traditional existence, living in an RV may be for you. Even people with a regular nine-to-five job can take advantage of this lifestyle, often saving money in the meantime. If you want to simplify your life and free yourself to travel the country, consider embracing the RV lifestyle full time. Eliminate Debt If you live in an RV, you can eliminate your house or rent payments and reduce other expenses as well. Of course, the cost of your lifestyle depends on numerous factors. If you buy a new class B vehicle, you may pay $40,000 to $80,000. A used vehicle can cost your far less. If you want more room and luxury, you can buy a class A model, which will cost you more. You will still be paying campsite fees, which can range from $10 – $40 nightly. However, your living space will be small, so you will be spending far less on “stuff.”  This stripped-down approach frees you from many financial obligations, including property taxes and utility bills.  Outdoor Life Living in an RV allows you to enjoy the outdoors more. You can experience the best scenery that the country has to offer. Your small inside space will encourage you to sit outside and enjoy the sunshine and marvelous views. You will spend less time watching TV and surfing the net and more time enjoying the starry sky and other natural beauty. Fortunately, you get to enjoy nature while being freed of lawn care. You can sell your lawn mower and hedge trimmers, leaving the outdoor upkeep to the campsite owners.  Privacy If you want to “live off the grid” as much as possible, RV life is for you. You will not be on property tax rolls or have accounts with utility companies. You will have to tell your RV dealer not to sell your information to businesses, but if you are vigilant, you can establish a life that is largely free of interference from the “outside world.” Living full time in an RV is not for everyone, but it is a practical alternative to those who want to downsize and adopt a lifestyle that emphasizes freedom. You will need to get rid of unnecessary possessions and accept less room, but you will free yourself from many financial burdens. You will also enjoy nature more and develop a more private life. […]

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Accessories That Will Provide Comfort During A Motorcycle Road Trip

If you are going to be trekking across the country on your motorcycle, the following accessories will provide comfort during the road trip. As a result, you will be able to focus on the road and safely arrive at your destination. Cooling Vest If you travel during hot weather, you may find that you perspire a lot while on your bike. This could cause you discomfort and encourage you to stop frequently. A cooling vest will keep you comfortable on the hottest days of the year. Place ice packs or frozen chemical packets that came with the vest inside of each pocket. Once the ice or packets begin to melt, the vest will absorb perspiration and keep your core temperature at a consistent level. Vests come with adjustable straps and are lightweight.  Bug Deflector And Self-Adhesive Strips Many motorcycles do not have a large windshield. Bugs often fly into the eyes and mouths of riders, causing them to become distracted. Install a bug deflector that is tall enough to protect your face. Deflector kits contain hardware that can easily be mounted with a screwdriver or adjustable wrench. Deflectors are designed for many motorcycle brands. After you install one, it will look as if was hand-tailored for your bike. Keep the paint job on your bike protected from bugs by applying customized strips that contain an adhesive backing. These strips can be ordered for the motorcycle model that you own. Clean and dry the motorcycle’s body. Place a clear strip on any part of your bike that you do not want exposed to bugs. As bugs hit your bike they will not stick to its surface. When you would like to remove the strips, peel them off and the paint under the spots where they were located will look great and be damage-free. Hands-Free Hydration A water pack can be placed on your back and provide you with instant hydration while you are cruising down the road. A reservoir is located in the bottom of the pack. Insulation surrounds this piece, keeping beverages cool for hours. Select a pack that matches your riding gear and that is large enough to hold the beverage of your choice. A sip tube is connected to each pack. Line this piece up before you hit the road so that it is located within reach. Remaining hydrated will prevent you from feeling weak or dizzy as […]

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Are Foreign Cars Really Foreign Anymore?

The concept of a foreign car is becoming more and more confused with many domestic vehicles having numerous foreign components and foreign cars having domestic parts and assembly. If you are looking for a new car, be aware that what you are buying is probably part homegrown and part import, so no matter what you do, you are in some way buying a foreign car.  Foreign Cars Many cars that people see as foreign are actually manufactured in the U.S. For instance, Honda builds the Acura RDX in East Liberty, Ohio, and 70% of its parts are made in the U.S. Other Acura models are made in Marysville, Ohio, and in Alabama. The Volkswagen Passat is assembled in Chattanooga, and the Toyota Tundra’s home is in San Antonio. Foreign car makers do have extensive U.S. payrolls to meet. American Honda Motor company had a 2014 payout of 2.2 billion dollars for their U.S. workforce, while Toyota had a 2014 American payroll of approximately 29 billion dollars. These numbers do not approach the domestic payrolls of GM or Ford, but the numbers are still significant. Also, foreign car manufacturers end up paying taxes home and abroad, so they do contribute to the U.S. economy. Domestic Cars Some domestic cars are mainly produced overseas. Although the Ford Escape is mostly put together in Louisville, Kentucky, the engine and fifty-five percent of its parts are imported. Both the Dodge Challenger and the Dodge Charger are assembled in Ontario, Canada. All of the big three American automakers, Ford, General Motors, and Fiat Chrysler, have foreign manufacturing plants. Although most of the vehicles produced abroad stay abroad, some do come to the U.S. As a result, the movement to “buy American” vehicles does not really work anymore. The car manufacturing business has become a truly global commodity. Many car buyers will be disappointed if they want to purchase a completely foreign or domestic vehicle. Most cars and trucks are a blend of both. Some domestic cars have foreign parts and vice versa. As a result, you should focus more on your personal needs and style when choosing a vehicle and less on where it was manufactured. You do need to search for qualified mechanics to work on your purchase, but you will find that many specialize in models made here and abroad. Manufacturing cars is not a regional or national concern, but a global one. For […]

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