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The Benefits of ATV, Motorcycle, and Dirt Bike Maintenance

ATVs, motorcycles and dirt bikes are in a lot of ways like cars and trucks; the more diligent you are in your efforts to maintain and pamper your bike the more life you will get out of it. A properly maintained bike will provide years of enjoyment and retain its resale value in the event you decide to part ways with it.  The time required is not significant compared to the maintenance of an automobile, but the tasks do need to be performed regularly in order to keep your ride in the best shape possible.

What follows are a few basic tasks that should be performed on a routine basis in order to properly care for you motorcycle, dirt bike or ATV.

Thoroughly Clean Your Bike

When mud, sand, and dirt are allowed to remain on the vehicle for an extended period of time, damage occurs as a result of corrosion, paint deterioration, and rust. In a relatively short period of time, dirt and sand remaining on the bike can become hardened and will be very difficult to remove. When these elements are not regularly removed from the bike, they promote corrosion as well. By giving the bike a thorough cleaning on a regular basis, it will remain corrosion and rust-free for much longer than if these responsibilities are not performed.

Do not Exceed Manufacturer’s Specs

When engineers design a bike or quad, certain parameters are established in order to ensure that the vehicle is operated safely. When a rider operates the bike in excess of these very specific guidelines, they are running the risk of incurring damage to the ATV – and possible personal injury to themselves as well. Operating the bike in excess of manufacturer specifications can range from hauling an excessively large load, to operating the bike at extreme speeds, to using the machine for tasks for which it was not intended. Operating your ATV, motorcycle, or dirt bike will require more frequent repairs, and can very well shorten the life of the bike.

Perform Scheduled Maintenance as Directed by the Manufacturer

Your bike is a machine that must have its maintenance services performed on a timely basis in order to ensure that the vehicle will remain problem free. This includes the lubrication of moving parts such as tie rod ends and ball joints, engine oil and filter replacement, and the periodic replacement of worn or defective parts. It is also important to replace the transmission fluid according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Neglecting the regular maintenance can very well lead to the occurrence of a costly, catastrophic repair.  Furthermore, failing to perform routine maintenance can be a safety issue as well.

Properly Prepare for Storage

While it is easier to simply stick the bike into storage and close the garage door at the end of the season, doing so can potentially cause a lot of damage to occur in the engine, fuel system, and chassis, which can shorten the life of the vehicle.…

Charming Cottage Perfect for Visiting Hearst Castle

A trip to Cambria is refreshment for the soul and what better place to do that than a storybook cottage just footsteps from the pounding surf and amazing energy of the Pacific Ocean?

If you’re the type who loves to take long walks on the beach, then Moonstone Beach in Cambria, California, is your kind of place. Cambria is a place where you can spend hours each day walking – on the beach, on the boardwalk and through a quaint, historic artist’s colony chock-full of art galleries as well as unique shops and good restaurants.

Cambria is ideally located near several San Luis Obispo County attractions. The wineries are just a few miles east, Hearst Castle just a few miles north. Some of California’s best beaches are a short drive to the south. And San Luis Obispo is just a few miles south and inland.

On our most recent trip to Cambria we discovered a charming group of cottages on Moonstone Beach that seem especially well suited to honeymoons or romantic getaways. There are just three “Moonstone Cottages” built on a small lot directly across the road from some of the best areas to explore on Moonstone Beach (so named because of the semi-precious agate and jasper stones that can be found in the sand). The cottages are not part of a big resort so you won’t be sharing your getaway with other travelers. Aside from seeing their vehicles parked in front of their cottages, we never even saw our neighbors the entire time we were there.

Each of the cottages is perfectly decorated with a lot of attention to detail. They’re not huge, but quite adequate for a couple and have plenty of room to move around. We stayed in the Seascape, the cottage closest to the ocean with the best view, which included a fireplace and mini-kitchen with a refrigerator, microwave, sink and counter space. Across from the queen bed with its wrought-iron frame was a gas fireplace and, as is common with small cottages like this, an armoire eliminated the need for a closet. A small white table for two was perfect for enjoying the breakfast that arrived in a basket on our doorstep. A flat-screen TV and DVD player were on a small marble-topped desk, and marble showed up again in the bathroom vanity and shower enclosure. The shiny dark cherry-wood floor, along with the updated furnishings, created an overall mood of simple elegance.

Outside, a well-maintained English garden added to the storybook feel and a small patio, chairs and table were available for simply sitting and watching the ocean surf and the visitors walking the nearby beach trails. A mature cypress tree framed the cottage, completing the illusion this little lodging is straight out of Hansel and Gretel.

Along this special part of the California Coast, the walks are the thing. It’s said you can walk entirely around the town of Cambria, including lengthy sections of a first-class boardwalk skirting the shoreline and complete this …

4 Wheeler Racing

An ATV is a very powerful machine.  The first four-wheelers were engineered for utility uses such as pulling tractors out ditches in the middle of a snowstorm or taking lumber workers deep into the woods to do their jobs.  But in the last couple of decades, the use of ATVs for recreational purposes has really taken off.  And perhaps one of the most exciting sports to grow up around four-wheelers is that of ATV racing.  It is a sport that is easy to get hooked on either as a participant or as a spectator. 

Much of the reason for the popularity of off road racing is also the reasons don’t want their youngsters involved in the thrilling hobby.  There is just no getting around the fact that racing four-wheelers is a dangerous passion to have.  Even an amateur ATV race will, by the very nature of the sport take the four-wheeler and its driver over rough terrain that could include ravines, rocks, fallen trees and just about anything else you might find in nature. 

It is one thing to take an ATV out for a recreational tour of the wilderness.  It is dangerous enough when you have the liberty to go slow, turn back or get out and clear the route before you take your four-wheeler over that terrain.  In a racing situation, you are pushing that ATV to its speed limits and the driver will commonly charge right into unfamiliar terrain that may have hidden dangers because of the need to move quickly to win the race.

When you are watching a race on television, seeing a crash is exciting because when that vehicle goes flying, as do the bodies of the drivers and passengers, those are not people you know.  But most four-wheeler races are local pitting daredevils from the same community against each other in a test of man and machine against each other and against rough terrain.  It is not so thrilling to see “wipe outs” in that situation when it is your friends or family out there facing potentially serious injury or even death.

That is why safety is a top criteria for any ATV race.  A four-wheeler race is not the kind of sport to get into if you are not prepared to conform to very strict standards of preparation and safety.  Every possible form of body protection must be employed to give each driver and rider maximum protection should there be an accident.  This includes helmets, gloves and body armor.  This is no sport for the “hot shot” who feels they should not have to wear a helmet.  The chances of accidents is high so whoever is running the race must make this rule the law of the land. 

Then when racing, even though you are competing against each other, each and every driver or rider in the competing ATVs must look after each other.  You want to win the race but for each of your competitors to come through unharmed.  By racing …

Toy Hauler Must-Haves

Toy hauler is a kind of recreational vehicle (RV) that never lets you go away on a trip without your motorcycle and other cargo. It gives you the opportunity to fully enjoy traveling with your family. However, you have to see to it that your fifth wheel has the so-called must-haves, which you can buy at a shop that sells toy hauler parts and accessories in California:

Weight Distribution Hitch

Are you having a vacation? No worries. Now, you have the choice to bring with you your dirt bike, motorcycle or other similar pieces because you have a toy hauler. However, you must have a weight distribution hitch or fifth wheel hitch to make sure of a stable and consequently safe journey. As the weights of your loads are evenly distributed, you are lowering the likelihood of getting into vehicular accident due to poor road conditions, wind problem and others.

Sway Control

It is a common thing for your vehicle to maneuver from one side to another but you should attempt to avoid it to minimize vehicular risks. Use sway control as it offers huge help to RV because it will prevent your trailer from wiggling, which usually takes place when there is a strong wind or when you are driving at faster speed. Sway control is best paired with weight distribution hitch.

Fire Extinguisher

You shouldn’t be amazed to see fire extinguisher in the list of toy hauler must-haves. The fact is that you should have at least two inside your toy hauler. Some, however, prefer to be sure of their and their vehicle’s safety that they locate one in the bedroom, one in the kitchen and one in the door entrance. It is not good enough, though, that you have them; you need to know how to use them. You should learn how to put out fire so as to prevent harm to your properties and more important, to those inside the trailer.

Trailer Brake Control

Most trailers (like the one you’ve got) include electric brakes. A trailer brake control is a system that can regulate them. Specifically, it helps you from stopping your toy hauler. It is easy to install trailer brake control; you simply need to adhere to the instruction written in the package. You may also ask the help of the shop that sells toy hauler parts and accessories in California. Trailer brake control comes in many styles and in numbers of brakes they can supply with power.

Tire Locking Chock

As the name implies, tire locking chock is a tool that locks tandem tires to prevent the fifth wheel from transferring and to offer additional firmness. Most tire locking chocks are lightweight and easy to keep. Likewise, most tools consist of padlocks for added security.

You can buy toy hauler parts and accessories in California from suppliers and manufacturers. You can likewise purchase online. Look for firms that sell these over the web. Before spending your money, however, ask relatives, friends and others for …

Amtrak Trip to Santa Barbara True Getaway

Got to admit it – it’s tough for this Californian to give up his car for the weekend, but that’s exactly what we did on a recent train getaway to Santa Barbara that proved we could do our small part to help reduce traffic and vehicle emissions and still have a great time.

In fact, just put aside the benefits to the environment and look at the benefits to our own family: We saved on gas, vehicle wear and tear and on the frustration that always comes with a never-know-what-you’re-gonna-get drive through the L.A. freeway system. We got to try a new adventure, introduce our 8-year-old to rail travel and we packed a lot of sightseeing into a short two-day period.

Santa Barbara is especially well suited to car-less travel because years ago city fathers decided they needed to do something to reduce the congestion they were seeing with many more visitors and the smog that would trap itself over the city. The Santa Barbara Car Free Project today offers travelers discounts on Amtrak as well as at participating hotels. They sweeten the pot by throwing in a multitude of discounts on local attractions and transportation. Our family of three decided to give it a try, traveling to Santa Barbara from our home in north San Diego County.

Boarding the 7 a.m. northbound Pacific Surfliner in Oceanside was a snap. Accustomed to long waits nowadays for air travel, we showed up nearly an hour before our train to check our one large piece of luggage. But A/ we really didn’t need to check the luggage – there is a rack you can put your luggage on in the business class rail car – and B/ you can step right on the train, even purchasing your tickets onboard.

Business class is slightly more expensive but offers reserved seating and amenities such as a continental breakfast, a newspaper and a comfortable work area with a power outlet for our laptop. We went up the stairs to the second level, found our seating and sat back to enjoy the scenery. In just a couple of minutes we were on our way, the gorgeous California coastline passing before our very eyes.

We were reminded of a recent country chart-topper called Sunday Morning that talks about the many walks of life in the USA and how people spend their Sunday mornings. It was, in fact, Sunday morning and we were observing our fellow Californians out for their morning jog or enjoying a newspaper and coffee on their beachfront deck, or preparing an outdoor breakfast in one of several beachfront state parks along the Surfliner’s path. The train sped along, often at 70 miles per hour or more, taking us on an adventurous route through many parts of the Southern California coastal region that we had not seen in our many drives along Interstate 5.

Another way to describe the feeling is to relate it to those “Over” shows – you know, the PBS television programs …

What Are ATVs

All Terrain Vehicles popularly known as ATVs are multipurpose utility and recreational vehicles which are used for adventure tourism, farming, natural resource exploration, trail riding, camping and surveillance. Since its introduction in Canada in the 1970s, ATV’s popularity has grown manifold, it is now owned by people throughout the world. People of US, Canada and Australia are the biggest users of All Terrain Vehicles.

An ATV runs on low pressure tires and has handlebars for steering control. It is a very stable vehicle and has the capability to travel on difficult terrains, where other vehicles can not travel, though due to safety reasons use of ATVs on public roads is banned in many countries. These are special vehicles and require professional training before you start riding them. Use of proper apparels, helmets, and ATV accessories helps in protecting rider from various injuries.

Keeping in mind the safety of kids, ATV manufactures have introduced low powered ATVs for kids which travel at low speeds and are easy to handle. Manufacturers also provide ATV accessories which can be attached to the ATVs for kids to further enhance the safety of your kids.

The growing popularity of ATV vehicles and increase in demand for ATV accessories have resulted in an increase in number of ATV dealers which sell new and used ATVs. ATV accessory and ATV parts are also made available by these ATV dealers. An ATV accessory helps to increase the driving experience and enhances the performance of your ATV vehicle. ATV accessories are used by ATV owners to customize their vehicle according to the terrain where it will be used. Most of these accessories are cheap and easily available. Various accessories available for an All Terrain vehicle are chainsaw mount to protect the chain of the vehicle, storage devices, seats, fuel storage devices, gauntlets, headgear, apparels, etc.

It is important in order to get the best and the safest deal that you have proper information about ATV vehicles, ATV parts and ATV accessories before purchasing them. At www.accessories-atv.com, you will get an extensive list of websites which provide information related to ATV vehicle, ATV accessory, used ATVs and ATV parts. So, to make sure that you have access to the best websites related to ATV vehicles.…

Wealthtv Recognizes Six Most Luxurious Vehicles

In connection with the ongoing Chicago Auto Show, six luxury vehicles were recognized by WealthTV, the leading lifestyle and entertainment network. At the start of the auto show, the lifestyle network announced the winner on their online poll conducted over a span of three months prior to the auto show.

There are six categories on the poll conducted by WealthTV which started last November 2006. The award shows how much a luxury car has ingrained itself in the hearts and minds of the network’s viewers. This year, the brands Lexus, Bentley, Range Rover, Aston Martin and Chevrolet are the recipients of the prestigious Viewer’s Choice Award which is made from crystal.

Lexus won two of the six categories and this shows how far the Toyota luxury brand has come in their 20 years in the luxury car market. The Lexus LS460 continues to earn accolade by winning the Most Exciting New Release of 2007award. This puts the Lexus LS560 in a position to be a serious threat to its competitor in their class. Another Lexus model to bag an award is the Lexus GS Hybrid which won the Most Advanced Use of Hybrid Technology of 2007 category. This may not come as a surprise since its parent company is producing the most popular hybrid electric vehicle in the US – the Toyota Prius.

The Chevrolet Corvette was voted as the Hottest Sports Car Under $50k of 2007. The Corvette incidentally is making noise also in the Chicago Auto Show where two special edition versions of the model will be sold in limited quantities.

The three categories left were won by vehicles from the brands Range Rover, Bentley, and Aston Martin. In the Most Luxurious SUV of 2007 category, the Range Rover came out on top boosting the moral of DaimlerChrysler. WealthTV viewers voted the Bentley Continental Flying Spur as the Most Luxurious Sedan of 2007. Topping the list as the Hottest Sports Car (with no price limit) of 2007 is the Aston Martin V8 Vantage. The awards given to all those vehicles will be a big help in their marketing.

Robert Herring Sr., chief executive officer of WealthTV emphasized the magnitude of the award given in his statement. “WealthTV continues its tradition of allowing our viewers to determine the most exciting luxury automobiles in each category for the year. Recognition by the hearts and minds of the luxury car enthusiasts is the best recognition an automotive company can receive.” Joe McDonald, the producer of wealth on Wheels where the winning cars will be featured believes that the consumers ultimately judges what the best cars are making their award more meaningful to win and a better reflection on the sentiments of automotive enthusiasts.

The said lifestyle network will air the highlights of the Chicago Auto Show on their Wealth on Wheels series. The cars that won the prestigious awards will be featured on the said show. Aside from being featured in the said series, winners were also given a hundred thousand …

What Police Can And Can't Do

DUI is driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and therefore, it is definitely a serious offence. Police are very strict on those who are suspected with DUI and if they wish they can stop anybody and question about the influence. In Los Angeles and the other parts of the State, many such incidents take place almost everyday. It is never recommended that one may drink and drive as it is dangerous not just for the person who is driving the vehicle, but also for the others. If the DUI charge against a person is established, he/she can get harsh punishments like jail, steep fine, high insurance premiums, etc.. Moreover, if the name of the person gets listed on the DUI record, then it is very bad for the track record of that person. Therefore, one should never think of drinking and driving intentionally. However, there are possibilities that because of a certain unforeseen situation, you have to drive under the influence and unfortunately you get pulled over by the police. In such situation, you must know what the police can do and cannot do in a DUI case. Here, a few instances of the role of police in a DUI case are mentioned.

Ask Questions

It is the job of the police to make inquiries and the officer will definitely do so. As per law, police can always ask you questions whether you have been drinking or not. However, the officer cannot force you to answer such questions.

Driver’s license and registration

The police officer will definitely ask for your driver’s license and the registration and have all the rights to arrest you if you do not provide those documents. This is the first thing that an officer would do while questioning a DUI offender.

Remain in the car

If the police suspect that you are drunk, then he can ask you to come of the car. It is better to stay inside the car as getting out and behaving abnormally can raise more doubts in the mind of the officer. If you handle the situation politely, the officer cannot force you to step out of the car.

The Field Sobriety Test

Police usually conduct such tests to ascertain whether you are driving after consuming alcohol. The police can definitely ask you to go through such a test, but again cannot pressurize you to do so. You can modestly deny.

The breathalyzer test

The officer can definitely ask you to take on a breathalyzer test, which is conducted to ascertain the content of alcohol in the blood. This test gives the more accurate result than the field sobriety test and therefore, you must not refuse it. Your refusal can land you in deep trouble and it can even cause you loss of the driver’s license. The officer can definitely ask you to conduct the breathalyzer test as they are allowed to do so under the State’s law.

Most importantly, if you have been caught with the DUI …

A collection of Brand Car Logos and their meanings (II)

PEUGEOT

PRUGEOT LOGO

PRUGEOT LOGO

Peugeot is a major French car brand, part of PSA Peugeot Citroën, the second largest carmaker in Europe. Peugeot’s roots go back to 19th-century coffee mill and bicycle manufacturing. The company’s entry into the vehicle market was by means of crinoline dresses, which used steel rods, leading to umbrella frames, saw blades, wire wheels, and ultimately bicycles. The trademark of Peugeot is a mighty lion, which is the symbol of the region Franche-Comté, where the company is. The lion represents the excellence of their saws in three aspects: saw tooth is as enduring as lion’s tooth; saw blades is as elastic as lion’s backbone; the performance of the saw is as invincible as that of lion. In 1890, when the first Peugeot motor was out on the market, the company decided to carry on the “lion” trademark to signify its high quality.

ASTONMARTIN

ASTON-MARTIN LOGO

ASTON-MARTIN LOGO

Aston Martin Lagonda Limited is a British manufacturer of luxury sports cars, based in Gaydon, Warwickshire. The company name is derived from the name of one of the company’s founders, Lionel Martin, and from the Aston Hill speed hillclimb near Aston Clinton in Buckinghamshire. The logo of Aston Martin is a flying roc with wings wide spread, on each of which writes ASTON and MARTIN, indicating that the company has the velocity and ambition of a roc.

Bentley

BENTLEY LOGO

BENTLEY LOGO

Bentley Motors Limited is a British manufacturer of automobiles founded on 18 January 1919 by Walter Owen Bentley (known as W.O. Bentley or just “W.O.”). Mr. Bentley had been previously known for his range of rotary aero-engines in World War I, the most famous being the Bentley BR1 as used in later versions of the Sopwith Camel. Since 1998, the company has been owned by the Volkswagen Group of Germany. Bentley’s winged and flying B logo has been used since the first Bentley motor made its appearance.

LINCOLN

LINCOLN LOGO

LINCOLN LOGO

Lincoln is the luxury brand of Ford Motor Company. Founded in 1917 by Henry M. Leland and acquired by Ford in 1922, Lincoln has manufactured vehicles since the 1920s. Leland named the brand after his longtime hero Abraham Lincoln. In 1927, Lincoln adopted the greyhound as their emblem, which was later replaced with diamond that is currently in use.

JAGUAR

JAGUAR LOGO

JAGUAR LOGO

Jaguar Cars Ltd., better known simply as Jaguar (pronounced) is a manufacturer of luxury and executive motor cars, headquartered in Coventry, England, and now operated as part of the Jaguar Land Rover business owned by Tata Motors of India. Jaguar was founded as the Swallow Sidecar Company by Sir William Lyons in 1922, originally making motorcycle sidecars before switching to passenger cars. The name was changed to Jaguar after World War II due to the unfavourable connotations of the SS initials. Jaguar cars are designed in an engineering centre at their headquarters in Coventry, England and are manufactured in one of three English Jaguar plants; Castle Bromwich in Birmingham, Halewood near Liverpool and Gaydon in Oxfordshire. The Jaguar logo is …

How To Build An Amplifier Rack For Your Car To Get The Best Sound

You’ve heard the booming bass as a car travels down the road. To capture this sound quality yourself, you need to construct a quality amp rack that brings the best of sound quality to your car. Usually an amp rack system begins in the trunk. This depends on the vehicle you drive, however. One man’s trunk can be another man’s truck bed. In some vehicles, the trunk is too minimal to even bother. You must choose a location that protects the components from outside elements while also allowing space for the system you desire.

A panel that can old all of the speaker components is placed in the a large enough space to allows the amplifiers, woofers, and other speaker systems to attach to this unit. Most people use an amp rack because it looks good. Sometimes, appearance does count. Custom upholstery and a variety of other features can turn an average amp rack into an awe inspiring artistic creation. In fact, there are car competitions for those with the prettiest amp rack.

If you have built a solid amp rack, you will find that the instillation is simple. It is all a matter of sliding the speaker components into place, wiring them up, and then hooking it all up to your stereo system. Leave a small opening in the back in case you have to rewire speakers or replace blown fuses. Make sure the openings are small, as appearance can make or break the value of your sound system. If you ever opt to resell, you can make plenty of money by having a solid and artistic amp rack.

Size does matter. You would be foolish to build an amp rack that is larger than your card can fit. Imagine purchasing all the components only to discover they will not fit. Measure repeatedly to ensure that your dream amp rack will work in the available space. Choose components that can fit into the space you have available. Also keep in mind the fact that you will most likely want to upgrade components over time.

Placement is everything. In a van, your sound system has plenty of room for growth. Average drivers do not have vans, though. For this reason, many drivers need to find a suitable location. Sedans are probably best equipped with the amp rack in the trunk. Corvettes, Trans Ams, GTOs, and Firebirds often have designated locations for an amp rack. In a truck, the amp rack should be placed in the narrow space behind the truck bench. In other trucks, you may need to place it beneath the seats. Given weather conditions, you should never place the amp rack in your truck bed. Hatchbacks can be trickier, but most can still house a wonderful system.

Whatever your ideal system, you can have the amp system of your dreams.…

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