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Are hybrid cars, the cars of the future? Only time will tell. I am sure most of you have by now heard about the new hybrid cars in the marketplace today. I'm also sure many of you are saying, "What the heck is a hybrid car anyway?" Well let us see if we as laymen people from the old school of gasoline automobiles can understand these new high tech automobiles. [Read more]

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A lesson on motorcycles and motorcycle buying

A lesson on motorcycles and motorcycle buying Motorcycles have been around for sometime. When we hear about motorcycles, we think of big, bulky people dressed in leather and who will give you a trashing if you so much as look at them. Well I guess this is a stereotype for motorcycle riders. Other stereotypes include "gun runners, drug pushers" and you know the rest. They are also known to love road tripping so you see them everywhere, from road side diners to motels, in California, to Texas and even Mexico. Anyway, motorcycles are two-wheeled vehicles powered by an engine.

These vehicles are found in different styles depending on the purpose they were designed ? long distance travel, urban travel, sport and racing and off-road conditions. In most parts of the world, motorcycles are the least expensive and most common motorized form of travel. Unlike automobiles, motorcycles use less gasoline, it takes up small space and some can even travel as fast as cars. There are, of course, disadvantages to the use of motorcycles such as the higher risk of accidents.

Also, a motorcycle cannot carry as many passengers as a car. The first known motorcycle was designed by Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach. You probably recognize those names already. Until the First World War, the largest manufacturer of motorcycles was Indian.

In 1920, Harley-Davidson became the top producer with their motorcycles being sold in 67 countries. At present, Japanese names like Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha dominate the world market for motorcycles but Harley-Davidson is still popular in the US market. Motorcycles have four main parts: the frame, the road wheels, the petrol tank and the engine with the gears and the shaft. Different kinds of tires are used depending on the terrain ? off road tires need to be knobby because it needs the traction; road tires have treads, racing tires are smooth. Motorcycles are used for different purposes; while some use it for races in the speedway, off road or grand prix, others ride them for pure pleasure or as a means of transport. When buying motorcycle, there are some things that one needs to consider, perhaps the most important of them is: what type of riding do you want to do? Are your riding mostly in the city or you're planning to go on long bike trips to the country? Just as I mentioned, motorbikes are designed differently and so are the tires used.

Although a lot of motorcycles nowadays are more capable of doing more than one duty as they are packed with more power now than there ever was before, all thanks to the rapid improvement of technology. Some people would suggest a sportbike for daily commuting on twisty roads or for short trips. You can also get full touring or sport touring bikes if you are planning to go interstate.

Now that you've decided the kind of bike you are going to purchase then its time for you to decide whether you are going to buy a new or used one. When buying used motorcycles, you need to make sure that the bike is checked out by a mechanic you trust to ensure that the engine is in good condition. Aside from this, cycle traders say that it is best to shop for motorcycles for sale in the daytime so you get to see if there are any rust, scratches and dents that affect the performance of the vehicle.

Victor Pidkowich is author of this article on Buy New or Used Motorcycles. Find more information about Top Exposure for New and Used Motorcycles here.



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