Eight Types Of Bikes At Motorcycle Dealers

firThe first motorized bike was invented in 1867 and powered by steam. In 1894, the first mass-produced model was built. Since 1894, hundreds of millions of choppers, scooters, and off-road motorbikes have been produced and sold by motorcycle dealers throughout the world. In 2013, over 8,400,000 were registered in the United States. California, Florida, and Texas accounted for about a quarter of all registrations. They are very popular in dense cities and developing countries due to their low rates of fuel consumption and relatively inexpensive purchase price. Here are the eight main styles of bikes that you will find at motorcycle dealers.

Standard

Standard bikes are designed for basic street use. They generally do not have a windshield, and the driver sits in an upright position.

Cruisers

Cruisers are larger than most other motorbikes, and they offer a more reclined seating position. They have more torque, which allows beginner riders to not shift as much. Cruisers are popular with many motorcycle groups.

Dual-Sport

Dual-sport motorbikes are, as the name suggests, designed for both street and off-road use. Since they are driven off-road at times, a taller suspension is required, giving the rider a more upright seating position.

Sport

Sport bikes are designed for high levels of street performance. They are generally the fastest motorcycles on the road. They also offer the best braking and handling. As a result of the emphasis on performance, sport models generally offer lower fuel economy than their counterparts, and a less comfortable riding experience. Since they are designed with minimal air resistance in mind, riders sit leaning over the handlebars.

Touring

Touring models are built with the comfort of the rider in mind. They are used for longer distance trips, and often allow seating for a second rider. Most types have storage areas on the bike for luggage, and some even offer options such as radio and GPS navigation. Touring types can weigh well over 1,000 pounds when fully loaded.

Sport Touring

As the name suggests, sport touring bikes are a blend of the two models previously discussed. They are generally smaller and lighter than touring models, but larger and more comfortable than sport models. Due to their combination of comfort and sportiness, these models are one of the most popular.

Mopeds and Scooters

Scooters and mopeds are the lighter versions of the models discussed above. They have smaller engines, an upright seating position, and they often have an automatic transmission. As a result, they are very easy to drive. The small engine offers excellent gas mileage, as well. Worldwide, mopeds and scooters are the best-selling types of motorbike.

Off-Road

Off-road models are used exactly how the name suggests. They offer riders a more upright seating position and long suspension travel to deal with bumps and dips. The tires used are generally, specifically designed for their use on dirt, mud, and rocks.

In conclusion, motorcycle dealers offer potential riders a lot of options. If you are in the market for a new motorbike, use this list to help pick the model that is right for you.

Top Seven Movies Made Cooler by Motorcycles

motMotorcycles have appeared in hundreds of movies since the inception of the big screen. Some movie directors, however, used the genius tactic of shining a spotlight on these fine machines in their movies, instantly making these flicks much cooler than they would have been with a mere glimpse of the bike, or worse, no bike at all. Here are the top seven movies that were made that much cooler by their inclusion.

7. Wild Hogs

Even the comedic genius of the combination of Tim Allen, John Travolta, William H. Macy, and Martin Lawrence would not have been enough to save this movie without the constant presence of the actual “hogs.” These iconic bikes bring instant credibility to the screen while giving Allen, Travolta, and Macy at least a little street cred.

6. Robocop 2

Okay, Robocop by himself is already pretty cool. When you bring motorcycles into the mix, however, it is cinema gold. In the movie, Robocop mans a stray soft tail custom bike and chases down a box truck with it! Just like that an already cool movie got a lot cooler.

5. Rocky III

By this third installment of Rocky, the boxer (and the movie franchise itself) had started to lose his cool factor. Instead of being the tough, brash, unrefined fighter, Rocky was now rich, polished, married, and a dad. The only thing that could save Rocky in this current state is a motorcycle. Rocky rides the bike through Philadelphia and up to the statue that was erected in his honor, only to pelt the metal monument with his helmet in his anger and disillusionment at the loss of his trainer, Mick.

4. Animal House

This movie has a pretty high cool rating to begin with, but the injection of a motorcycle only adds to the cool factor. The scene that makes this movie is the character D-Day ripping up a flight of stairs on that beloved bike and ending his joyride by belting out a tune through his throat.

3. The Cannonball Run

What can be cooler than Burt Reynolds in a screwball comedy about a bunch of amateurs racing throughout the country? How about, as an added bonus, Peter Fonda riding a motorbike and mocking his own role as Easy Rider.

2. The Expendables

Generally action flicks are pretty cool, especially when they include the likes of Sly Stallone, Mickey Rourke, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. What makes this movie incredibly cool, however, is the scene where Rourke uses his chopper as a portable tattoo parlor and inks up Stallone right on it.

1. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

On its own this movie would not have much cool factor. While Harrison Ford has a large role, Shia LeBeouf has a larger one, and that fact hurts this movie. What helps the movie, though, is LeBeouf’s use of a motorcycle to rescue Ford and then ride through a library in an intense chase scene.

A Few Motorcycle Issues That You Need To Take Of

wIf you are a motorcycle owner then regular visits to a mechanic is inevitable. Since motorcycles are in motion through terrains that may or may not be suitable, wear and tear is almost certain. It is vital that you have sufficient knowledge of your vehicle and its parts so that you can enjoy rides on the motorcycle. Keeping a good watch and rectifying some common problems helps you extend the life of your vehicle. In order for you to keep a watch you must have the knowledge about the working and parts of the motorcycle.

There are a few issues that are common and you would need the help of an experienced individual to get them rectified. A few such problems are listed below.

Contamination of fuel

The motorbike can have starting problems or even sometimes refuse to start if you leave the bike unused for a long time with fuel in the tank. The fuel system is completely clogged by the stale gas. During winters when you have to retire the bike it is advisable to buy and add a solution that is designed to prevent the fuel from getting spoilt so that the gas remains good and clogging is prevented. If by chance you are not able to prevent the clogging then it is ideal to get the tank cleared by someone who knows the job at a repair center.

Old or punctured tires

Tires of new vehicles are usually low-grade causing them to wear out easily. It is better you upgrade the tires as soon as you purchase the bike. You need to get the tires replaced at least once in two years or as advised in the manual. A professional is in a better position to replace your punctured tire so it is better you rely on them and avoid doing it yourself.

Low chain lubrication

The rare tire of your motorcycle spins because the chain of the drive train is powered by energy from the motor. This is why you need to take good care of the chain. Riders can be exposed to serious situations when one misses to oil and maintain the chain in good condition. Greases are available in the market and you need to ask your mechanic which one is the best.

Being unclean

The bike is in continuous use and so there is a lot of dirt that accumulates both inside and outside. If not checked properly ant constant intervals then the grime deposits leading to bigger issues. These issues can easily be detected by regular checks so that dirty parts can be cleaned and problems kept out-of-the-way.

 

5 Great Tips For Selling Your Motorcycle Fast

koSo it’s time to put your faithful motorcycle up for sale? Of course you know what a great bike it has been for you all these years, but how do you assure your buyers that your motorcycle is the one for them?

There are some bases that you should be sure and cover before and during your sale. We have put together what we believe to be the top ones that you need to sell that bike fast.

    1. Know the expected value of your motorcycle. You may think your bike is the best one online and worth $5,000, but unless you price it competitively you will not even get people to show up at your door.

 

    1. Clean the bike. First impressions are everything, and if someone pulls up to your driveway and sees a filthy bike, the deal may have no chance before they even get out of the vehicle. Give it a good detailing.

 

    1. Tune up the bike. The second thing that will give the meeting a good or bad impression is how well your motorcycle runs. When they hit that start button, if it purrs to life and runs smoothly, it will be another positive check mark in the buyer’s eyes.

 

    1. Service records. Hopefully you have kept good service records and/or receipts to show any perspective buyers. This will help build confidence with your buyer.

 

  1. Take pictures from many angles. When taking photos for your ad, take from every angle you can possibly think of, including the gauges, seat, tire tread, engine closeup and more. You can never have too many pictures, but you most certainly can have too few pictures.

It’s never easy to sell your pride and joy, but taking these few steps will make your selling experience a much more pleasurable one and a much quicker one.