Tuesday, December 9, 2008
The Aita network of stores has added new helmets for autumn-winter 2007-2008 period. The new models look trendy and cool, and ofcourse, work well towards safety, the first priority for helmets.
This new collection features 25 new designs for helmets, all upto the safety norms of the European Union. There is an ample range of colors and weaves, should you decide to personalize your helmet. Interiors of these helmets are made of fiber and are extractable for cleaning/dusting.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Insurance policies are a tricky thing, especially if like me you struggle with your finances. However if you own a motorbike, moped or scooter, this is a necessary evil and provides safety assurance in case something goes wrong. People who look for motor bike insurance tend to find it difficult to search for a policy that works for them or tailored to their needs. What most new motorists do not realise is that it is not about whether the policy suits you in terms of working around your needs, it is about finding the policy that will cover all of the necessary costs in case of an accident or emergency.
Motor bike insurance is designed to cover you financially, should there be a problem of an unexpected accident, damage to your bike, damage to the other party's vehicle, third party damage etc. As much as this may seem like something you may be able to do without, it is in fact just something you will have to grin and bear the brunt about, as it is more damaging to your finances if you are up against the people of the court!
Paying for medical expenses and other damages is just another way of saying goodbye to your money or watching your pennies fall out of your pocket. There is no excuse and not really any way round it. However, motor bike insurance in particular does become cheaper as you become more experienced on the bike. New riders will naturally be quoted a higher price due to their inexperience of being on the road and the fact that they will be more likely to be involved in an accident.
Insurance for motor bikes are possibly more expensive than normal car insurances, so you will need to take a deep breath in before you begin your searching. Insurance for this type of vehicle is different due to the higher premium rates you will have to pay. This is standard and practically every motor cyclist will know that that is the case, because it is higher at risk of causing an accident than a normal car would. It can be debated that it is due to the driver, however, motorbikes are faster and designed to be used at a much higher speed.
As a way of reducing the prospects of having to spend out thousands of pounds on damages, it is wise to opt towards a comprehensive package rather than just a third party damage as this will cover you for everything, which will include damage to your bike, theft, fire damage, third party damage and extra costs such as medical costs, repairs to yours and the other party's vehicle. This is the most expensive insurance policy, it may be worth the price if you own an expensive designer manufactured bike.
Other types of motor bike insurance includes third party only cover or third party, fire and theft cover, which is ideal for people looking to save some money or unable to afford a fully comprehensive insurance cover. The best way to find one that you can afford and are more likely to gain value for money is to do your research and compare insurance prices. Find a medium of what you are likely to pay and equate this to how this will affect you financially. If in doubt there are plenty of insurance policy forums to keep you happy and posted about new deals.
You can also approach insurance, however, you should be careful of extra costs involved so be clear on what you are going to pay for and what the costs will cover.
Monday, May 19, 2008
James Bond is a few of the men to walk away from a motorcycle accident without so much as a scratch. Studies conducted by the National Safety Council in the U.S estimates that a motorcycle accident seriously injuring at least one person occurs once every fourteen seconds. Another study by the National Insurance Crime Bureau Statistics reveals that there is an alarming rise in the theft of motor vehicles especially motorcycles. What is more alarming is that only 20-25% of the stolen bikes are ever recovered.
Motorcycles are small and relatively light, some are compact making it easy for the crime of theft to occur. A fire, explosion or flood is all it takes to destroy your dream machine. So, in a nutshell you would be a fool to even think about skipping motorcycle insurance. Many states in the U.S even make it mandatory.
Motorcycle insurance will cover liabilities for:
* Injuries to yourself and/or any co-passenger * Damage to other people or, of their property * Damages arising from fire, theft, falling objects, hail or even contact with animals. * Accidental damage to your motorcycle * Loss or damage of any personal items or safety apparel, so your investment in leather, helmet and gloves may be safe.
In addition to these, 'comprehensive' motorcycle insurance will also cover medical expenses, which include your transport to a hospital and may include any physical rehabilitation after the injury. You can also opt for optional insurance for towing and roadside assistance coverage that may come handy when you are away from home. In spite of all these advantages, bikers usually grumble and gripe about the soaring costs of motorcycle insurance. One of the main reasons for this unprecedented rise in motorcycle insurance premiums is the kind of bikes that are available today. The new high-tech, swanky bikes cost almost as much or even more than a second-hand car.
Another crucial factor that decides how much you have to pay is the size and power of the bike. Once you hit the 1,000cc mark, motorcycle insurance costs will increase. Cruiser style bikes are less expensive to insure than the flashy, high performance sports variety. Every year, we see new accessories and gadgets being added to bikes. Add to these certain other factors, like the climbing cost of litigation, falling stock markets, higher numbers of claims, etc. and you can see that motorcycle insurance will continue its steady climb upwards. Motorcycle insurance is not only smart, it is absolutely necessary and how much you spend on your motorcycle investment is entirely up to you. Count the cost, the risks and the worth to you personally. Then decide what company you will insure with.
Saturday, April 5, 2008
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Monday, February 25, 2008
Aprilia is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to small-bore 125 and 250cc road-racers, as well as in the 450cc off-road and supermoto categories. These successes have led the Italian company to branch out further, this time into the hotly-contested Superbike World Championship. The machine it will be doing battle with is the RSV 4, a brand new design using a brand new engine. That engine is very different from the normal inline four-cylinder Japanese models against which Aprilia will compete, as it uses a V4 design with the cylinders canted 65 degrees apart. The one-liter engine produces "well over 200 HP" in race trim, and a street-tuned version should for forthcoming. It probably goes without saying that we are anxiously awaiting the start of the 2009 season to see how well a small manufacturer like Aprilia can compete against the big factory teams of the Japanese manufacturers. Even more important to us, though, is how well the street version will compete against the other liter bikes already for sale.
Sunday, February 3, 2008
The RC51 (SP-1 in Europe) and I nearly didn’t get off to a start at all. After filling in all the forms, and signing my life away at the Honda Press garage in LA, I got on, fired up the big V-twin and moved off (ever so slowly). It was a good job I did, as the floor of the facility is gray non-stick paint (that allows the bike to be easily wheeled around) but has the same effect on fresh tires (which is what I was on) as a mild oil slick. The bike weaved and waved all over the place and I very nearly ended up in the front door post. Ouch! That would have been the most uncomfortable 2.5 mph fall ever. Fortunately the Honda and I made it out of the garage and off we went to the nearest empty car park so that I could light up the rear tire and burn off some of that mildew.
I’ll be honest- I had approached the bike with some trepidation. The last Honda V-Twin I had rode was the Firestorm - VTR in London. I expected much and was sorely disappointed by the package. The new race/road machine promised much and had already received praise in the press and at the pub. The engine was over 90% new with aluminum/ceramic cylinders, a redesigned crankshaft with a central oil galley feeding the big ends, allowing a more efficient lower pressure oil pump and weight reduction. The PGM-F1 injection system has large 54mm throttle bodies with two injectors each with a four-jet nozzle. An electronically operated flap closes off the ram-air at low revs for better low and mid-range urge - a system that in LA traffic worked beautifully. In fact compared to the 929, the RC51 proved a much more willing and enjoyable companion when off the racetrack and on the “real world” highway. The inverted forks and responsive steering combined with the torquey V-twin allowing easy slow speed maneuvers. Once I was clear of the traffic, the open roads gave me chance to open up the throttle bodies, activate the ram -air, and let the red devil work in hills. With racing in mind Honda clearly spent a large amount of time stripping down the competition, IE the Ducati 996 SPS and Aprilia RSV-R. The resulting chassis development has been an incredible success both on the racetracks of the world and on the streets.
The aluminum frame features a hollow headstock to allow straight access for the ram-air inlet in the nose. You won’t find a pivot-less frame here either; Honda reckoned it wasn’t up to the pressures of racing. Instead you get a conventional, triple box-section, twin-spar job with a swingarm spindle. For the rear shock, the engineers have fitted a beefed up cast ally cross member under the swing arm pivot to reinforce the frame. With all this you get fully adjustable front and rear shocks with 130mm and 120mm of travel respectively.