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5 Things to Consider When Buying a Motorcycle

5 Things to Consider When Buying a Motorcycle

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Millions of people around the world buy a motorcycle every year. An exciting vehicle to own as it’s so exhilarating to drive, so many adventures can be had from purchasing it. However, before you take the leap and buy one of your own, there are certain things that you’ll want to consider.

So to help guide you, here are 5 things that you have to keep in mind:

  1. Your Budget 

One of the first things that you’ll want to think about is how much you want to realistically spend on the motorcycle. They don’t come cheaply and you might want to save ahead of time before setting your heart on your dream one. Also, you’ll have to think about how much the maintenance will cost, fuel, routine MOTs and the safety gear you’ll need to wear when driving it. 

  1. New or Used?

Another thing that you’ll want to consider is whether you want to buy a motorcycle new or used. This will depend on several factors, including your personal preferences and what your budget is. However, there are also practicalities of each option.

For example, a new bike will come with a warranty – which will ensure that if anything happens to it in the first year or so of owning it, you’ll be covered. However, the newer the bike, the more expensive the initial outlay. Which is why it’s a good idea to compare and contrast the two options first, before settling on the one that you want. 

  1. The Style 

It’s important to know that motorcycles come in different styles. From touring motorcycles that are ideal for long-distance driving to sport bikes designed for racing to achieve maximum speed. Before deciding on one style, it’s therefore worth looking at the variety and what they have to offer. 

  1. The Engine Size

This is a very important factor to take note of. The engine size will vary hugely depending on the type of bike you’re looking at – from 50cc for a moped to 125cc and more. This means that the speed and fuel economy will be affected – two factors that will undeniably impact your purchasing decision. 

  1. Motorcycle Insurance 

As part of your purchasing journey, you’ll also want to think about what type of motorcycle insurance you purchase. Not only in terms of its inclusions (liability coverage is frequently the number one choice because of what it includes) but how much it costs. It’s also a legality in many states. 

Helping to protect you in case of property damage or from a typical motorcycle accident victims sustain, it gives you the peace of mind you need when on the road. Even if you’re striving to be a safer driver, this is a must-have from the get-go.

Final thoughts

So, there you go! Those are the top 5 things you’ll want to consider when buying a motorcycle. As long as you think about the above and factor them into your final decision, you’ll feel more prepared for the process.

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Tips for Motorcycle Lovers: Top 3 Mods for Kawasaki KX250

Tips for Motorcycle Lovers: Top 3 Mods for Kawasaki KX250

Agile and powerful, your Kawasaki KX250 nimbly blazes trails and looks great while doing it. You may have a lot of goals for your KX250, small or large. Maybe it’s just tweaking the handling a bit or shaving some weight off the bike. Perhaps you need tires that are better suited to your riding style. Or you’re looking at ways to help the engine get better power. These are all common objectives for modding a bike, and you need the best motorcycle aftermarket parts to get the job done. If you need to know where to start, this quick guide can help. Take a look at these three basic mods that will quickly result in some key improvements.

Race Tech Fork Springs

When you’re considering must-have mods for the KX250, swapping your OEM fork springs for Race Tech Fork Springs is a good move. This is especially true if you want to tune the bike better for your weight. These fork springs are crafted from chrome silicone and are shot-peened, heat treated and preset to deliver the best performance possible. With their high stiffness-to-mass ratio, you’ll have an easier time adjusting your suspension so it’s not quite so squishy. You’ll need to pay attention to the spring rate and select the right one for your model and weight, but they’re excellent investments for the money.

FMF TurbineCore 2 Silencer

Many riders improve power on their bikes’ engines with tweaks to help it “breathe” better. An aftermarket pipe is one common way to achieve this, and the FMF TurbineCore 2 Silencer is a top-rated model. The TurbineCore 2 is a lightweight compact unit that’s U.S. Forest Service legal thanks to its exclusive Turbine Dampening System. It also features a straight-through design of the spark arrestor canister, along with a Performance Flow stainless steel endcap. The result is a durable pipe that helps you get more power when you’re on the track or trail. This is one great mod to consider when you’re shopping for Kawasaki motorcycle parts online.

Pirelli MT 21 Motorcycle Tire

A tire upgrade may not seem as slick or sexy as modding the exhaust or applying a graphics kit. Nevertheless, swapping your stock tires for a model like the Pirelli MT 21 can deliver some useful performance improvements. The MT 21 is designed chiefly for off-road riding: 90% off-road and 10% on-road, to be exact. This DOT approved tube-type tire is one of Pirelli’s best-selling editions, and it’s easy to see why. Its aggressive design includes a 2-ply tread with a pattern made for use primarily on dirt and gravel roads. The MT 21 is also puncture-resistant and excels over long distances, making it an awesome choice for cross-country and desert riding.

Some Final Thoughts on OEM and Aftermarket Parts

Some riders are enthusiastic about upgrading every possible aspect of their trail machines. You can’t blame them. If you weren’t excited about modding your KX250, you wouldn’t even be reading this page. There’s a time for aftermarket parts and a time when OEM genuine Kawasaki KX250 parts are your best option, so remember your primary goals as you shop for your KX250 parts.

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Car Safety Tips

Car Safety Tips

When you’ve been driving for a while, it can be all too easy to fall into lazy habits. Waiting a bit too long to get your service done. Skipping out on getting that light on the dash sorted out. Perhaps not checking that the car seats are correctly fitted… an endless list maybe? Well, even if you have never been in an accident and in fact are an incredibly safe driver you still need to perform necessary safety checks on your vehicle. For example, how would you feel if your airbags didn’t deploy? Devastated.

So here are a few tips for you when it comes to car safety.

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Seatbelts

A correctly fitted seat belt will save your life most of the time. But the amount of people who don’t wear them correctly, or don’t fix twists in them is pretty high. The Traffic Highway Safety Administration says that 15,000 lives are saved each year just by a properly fitted seat belt. Don’t be tempted to tuck your seatbelt under your armpits, or avoid the crossbody strap. During a collision the seatbelt will spread to force across your body, protecting your vital organs and spinal cord.

Car Seat

Poorly fitted car seats can be deadly. If you haven’t read the manual, then you simply shouldn’t be driving with your children in the car. Each age range has a specially designed car seat that will be able to protect their bodies during an accident. They provide support and protection in a way that shouldn’t be underestimated. It is advised that children should remain rear-facing for as long as possible. There are height and weight limits that you should take into account to. If you are in doubt, then go to a specialist fitter.

Multitasking is Asking For Trouble

Sipping hot coffee, eating and hold the wheel with one hand, text, reaching in your bag… all of these things most people are guilty of. You are lucky that you haven’t had an accident due to this. Switch your phone notifications off, or active driving mode – so that you will not be disturbed and tempted to pick up your mobile phone. If you are hungry then pull over and eat, if you are thirsty then try to have a cup with a straw which requires less attention. If you feel distracted simply pull over when you can do so safely.

Bike Aware

Due to the speed and size of motorbikes, it is easy to miss them. If you are by a bike rider or cyclist, then make sure you give them enough room as your safely pass or provide them with enough room to move by you. When you are making turns, even on roads you know, you should ‘think twice, think bike’ and give a second look. Yes, this might frustrate drivers behind you, but it could be the reason you don’t hit a motorcyclist.

People Focus

More often than you would like to think, people will step out from behind cars, directly into the road. Be vigilant when you are in typically high foot traffic areas.

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