ATV Service and Repair – How to Maintain Your ATV In Proper Condition

The ATV, also known as all-terrain vehicle is quite popular among the young generation. People who love to indulge in adventurous sports and exciting activities look forward to this vehicle as it is not only versatile but also provides unique experience to families and children. Quad bike-racing is famous worldwide and in various parts of the US, it is offered at affordable prices.

Whether it is for outdoor activities or agricultural practices, ATVs has been in use for many years. These vehicles are jumbos on road and can withstand any harsh conditions. However, in order to keep them in good condition and high performing, regular repairs and maintenance must be done. Various companies across the US offers ATV service and repair at really very reasonable rates but before choosing an agency, it is better to go through its past testimonials and reviews.

ATV service maintenance is quite similar to the maintenance that individuals perform on their own vehicles with a subtle difference. In here, much emphasis is given on the off-road driving and there are certain areas that need special attention and they are as follows:

  • Tires
  • Wheels
  • Suspension
  • Engine
  • Steering
  • Brakes

Most of the repair companies offer their services on almost every make and models of ATVs. They take care of everything, from front to the rear, from top to the bottom. The repairing services also includes complete engine makeover, tires, sprockets, cables, chain, hydraulic system, brakes, drive belts, steering/wheel bearing replacement, carburetor cleaning and electrical charging systems repairing. Most of these companies also can help you with a vast stock of tires, Amsoil motorcycle oil, spark plugs, fuel, oil and air filters, brake pads and batteries. Moreover, if they do not have what you need, they will order for you and you will get it within 2 to 3 days.

A high-functioning automobile need to be inspected regularly in order to check the parts are working properly. However, one thing you have to keep in your mind and that is if the ATVs are not in perfect condition it can pose serious risks to your life and even can be the reason of a serious injury. Being an owner of ATV, you can take your vehicle to any certified repair shops. The certified shops can handle your vehicle way better as they are experts in the field and they knows the exact areas where the extra care is needed.

Motorcycle Travel: Comfort and Convenience

After almost 30 years of riding motorcycles, I’m all about comfort and convenience! And sometimes it’s the ‘little things’ that make your motorcycle trip so much more enjoyable. Here are some of my top tips for motorcycle comfort!

Packing

Packing is super important on a bike because you (obviously) have limited space. You don’t want to look like this guy!

Think about the weather where you’re planning to travel, and realize the temperature may swing from high to low in the span of a day (especially if you’re riding in mountainous areas). Layer clothing whenever possible and make sure you have the essentials: jeans, underwear, extra socks, long-sleeve shirt and your favorite T-shirts. Another must: rain gear and good-quality leather chaps.

Helmet Laws

Know the helmet laws in the states in which you’re traveling. Don’t get caught without one in a helmet-law state. (It’s no fun geting a ticket on your dream trip!) Check out this site for a map of the states where helmets are required.

Don’t try to do too much

This is probably the one I have to remind myself about. If you’re not used to riding long distances, don’t force yourself to stay in the saddle for hundreds of miles. Plan stops along the way for hydration, a bathroom break, or just to walk around and get the blood flowing (and give your rear a break). Plan the total number of hours or miles to be comfortable for you and you’ll have a much more enjoyable trip.

Invest in a set of Desert Dawgs to protect your legs and feet from rain and updrafts; a butt cushion (or custom seat if your budget allows); or some music… anything for comfort and convenience.

Saving memories

Many wonderful memories are going to be made during this trip. Have you thought about how you’re going to save them? Your own brain, you say? Well, if you’re like me things don’t stick in the old noggin like they used to.

What’s the solution? Make a video!

Check out our blog post for tips on using a video camera. Then get yourself a high-quality and easy-to-use motorcycle camera mount – such as the cool-looking SwivelCAM or Tank Mounts – and get out there and do it. Think of all the fun you’ll have going back to watch this video in the dead of winter!

“Wellness” Checkup

Have you taken your bike for a “wellness” check? The two of you are going to be spending a lot of time together on this trip!

Make sure your motorcycle is roadworthy and reliable before setting out. Ensure all equipment is working and can withstand the rigors of the road. The tires should have plenty of rubber and be properly inflated, the oil and other fluids should be clean and topped off, and all lighting should be working.

If your bike has a chain drive, the chain should be properly tensioned and lubricated, and if belt driven, the belt should be inspected for wear and properly tensioned. Make sure all nuts and fastening hardware are tight.
And make sure someone knows where you are going and all of your contact information and insurance information is up-to-date.

It’s time to hit the road. You can do it knowing you’re prepared and are going to make memories that will last a life time! Enjoy!

Is The Impact Of New Motor Vehicle Technology On Our Lives Positive or Scary?

Is The Impact Of New Vehicle Technology On Our Lives Positive or Scary?

We are living in unprecedented times where the seemingly endless explosion of technology is making it increasingly difficult to keep pace with it in our everyday lives.

Children born in the last few years will in all likelihood find their future careers have not even been thought of yet such is the pace of technology innovation.

Look at how motor vehicles have transformed over the last decade with the implementation of new ‘gadgets’ to make our journeys so much easier and safer. Manufacturers are scrambling to deliver vehicles to the market with pioneering technology that will set them apart from their opposition. However are these new inclusions actually beneficial to the driver or do they take the human element out of the decision making process? The answer is open for debate as everyone will have an opinion or argument to counter the opposing view with an equal amount of validity.

The purpose of this article is not to formulate a defined opinion one way or the other but is intended to provoke you, the reader to ponder if these new technological innovations are helping you as a driver or whether you are happy to let computers make more and more of your decisions. Does this new era of computerization have “Big Brother” overtones similar to the novel ‘1984’ written by George Orwell in 1949?

Safety Progression

It would be difficult to argue against the value of safety improvements that have been made through technology. Safety was not a priority with motor vehicle manufacturers in the first half of the 1900’s. As the century progressed so did the power and speed of vehicles which coincided with a spiraling number of fatalities. The first manufacturer to introduce a basic safety feature was Buick who in 1937 added the first turning signal indicators. Seat belts were first trialed in the late 1940’s but did not become common in the front seats until the 1960’s. However mandatory seat belt laws were not legislated in the US until 1984. Front air bags followed and were legislated as mandatory in 1989. These 2 safety features alone are estimated to have saved in excess of 300,000 lives in the United States since their introduction.

As the decades progressed crash testing improved the strength of cars along with side impact airbags. There are too many features to list that manufacturers have included in the latest motor vehicles… voice active technology, crash warning sensors… the list spirals on for pages.

The impact that these improvements have made can easily be translated from available Federal data. The annual number of fatalities associated with motor vehicles peaked in the 1970’s in the 50,000+ per annum. Since then it has continued to fall each decade as motor vehicle safety improved. If you look at Federal data released in December 2014 you will find that car crash fatalities have fallen by 25% over the past decade, which is a stunning statistic. (For more detailed information you can refer to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis)

Implementation of Technology

Putting the technology inspired safety improvements aside we now look at aspects that potentially diminish or improve the skills of the driver.

Power Steering: Most younger drivers will never have experienced driving a car without power assisted steering. Although trying to turn the large cars of the 60’s and 70’s required quite a bit of strength and determination it certainly gave you a raw feel for the size of the car you were driving. The greatest improvement that power steering assisted with was when you were required to reverse park. Personally I have to give this feature a definite tick of approval.

Powered side view mirrors: Initially the mirrors were fixed in position and a lot of vehicles were not fitted with near side view mirrors. Once these mirrors became standard skillful drivers could adjust their mirrors so that they can expose the natural blind spot and safely change lanes. However to this day I am amazed at the number of drivers who do not set this mirror to expose the natural blind spot.

Automatic transmission: Nothing really makes you feel more at one with a car than using a clutch and stick shift. There is a large part of the driver population who have not been trained to drive a manual vehicle. However the automatic transmission has taken one of the thinking processes out of driving which has made it far easier for many people to learn how to drive. I consider the automatic transmission almost a mandatory requirement for those who have to endure congested traffic each day whilst driving to work.

Front and All Wheel Drive Vehicles: This definitely has diminished the skills of drivers who formally had to deal with the natural habits of a rear wheel drive vehicles. I must admit I own both a front wheel drive & rear wheel drive vehicle & find the real pleasure is driving an older rear wheel drive vehicle (1988 BMW E30).

GPS Maps: Initially there were individual devices that plugged into the power outlet in the vehicle. However the majority of manufacturers now make a built in multi-function screen that includes road mapping to your required destination. This device has taken the dangerous practice of trying to read a street directory while driving out of play thankfully.

Steering Wheel Controls: From adjusting the radio volume, manipulating the air conditioner, to making a phone call a driver can use the controls on their steering wheel in most instances to make these adjustments. Even with blue tooth available on most vehicles many drivers still choose the dangerous practice of holding their cell phones to converse while driving.

Driver-less Cars: With Google’s driver-less car clocking up over 1,000,000 miles & other manufacturers testing the technology with promises to release it to the public by 2020 there comes some major ethical issues associated with its introduction. The main issue that springs to mind is that as the vehicle is being controlled and directed via artificial intelligence what happens in a crash situation where a moral decision has to be made? As an example let’s hypothesize that a driver-less vehicle is confronted by another vehicle and a crash is imminent. To avoid the collision the only option is to swerve to the right, however there are a dozen school children in this escape pass. How does the on board computers assess the situation to make a moral decision? I am sure that this is being reviewed as I write but it certainly appears to impose a rather difficult dilemma for the developers of this artificial intelligence. Another issue to consider is whatever decision the computer decides to make who will be responsible for the actions it took if there is major damage, injuries or loss of life?

Morality of Artificial Intelligence

In our current driving situation our brain is absorbing vast amounts of information from the surrounding environment and assessing this data to make split second decisions. Would you feel comfortable traveling in a motor vehicle with a computer making all the decisions that could impact on your life? In all likelihood this will be the case for all of us inside the next decade.

Safety Tips For Driving In Winter Weather

Driving in winter conditions can be both challenging and frustrating. Here are some helpful tips to keep you and your loved ones safer on the road. Plan now for safe traveling in cold-weather climates.

Fuel up. Keep your gas tank at least half full to reduce condensation buildup that can lead to gas line freezing.

Clear the snow and ice from your vehicle’s roof, hood and trunk and especially from the windows, mirrors and lights.

Kick the snow off your boots before you get in the car. If you don’t, it will melt inside the car, turn into water vapour, and fog the windows.

Check your brakes. Properly functioning brakes can prevent wheels from locking on slick surfaces.

Check your tyre tread. A deep tread will help to prevent skidding in wet and icy conditions.

Take it slow, reduce your speed. Driving with reduced speed is one of the most important things you can do when snow’s on the ground. By driving more slowly, you’ll have more time to maneuver when accelerating, stopping and turning.

Follow traffic at a safe distance and don’t pass a snow plow that is clearing snow from the road.

Bridges and overpasses accumulate ice first. Approach them with extreme caution and do not apply your brakes while on the bridge

Leave plenty of room between you and other vehicles. Remember, the larger the vehicle, the longer the stopping distance.

Keep your lights on all the time so that other vehicles can see you better.

If you must travel during a snowstorm or in blizzard conditions, be sure to let a relative, friend or coworker know where you are headed and your expected arrival time. Avoid the temptation to check or be on your phone while driving as all of your attention should be on arriving safely.

If you do venture out or are unexpectedly caught in a snowstorm and encounter problems, stay in your car and wait for help. You can run the car heater to stay warm for 10 minutes every hour, but make sure your exhaust pipe is clear of snow. There is a danger of carbon monoxide poisoning if snow blocks the pipe and enables the deadly gas to build up in your car. Open your window slightly to help prevent the buildup.

Stay home. If you really don’t have to go out, don’t. Even if you can drive well in the snow, not everyone else can. Don’t tempt fate: If you don’t have somewhere you have to be, watch the snow from indoors.

Comfort and confidence are a must for a bike driving test

So, you are excited and worried at the same time! Not too many times that you get a feeling like this when you are 18-20 years of age. With your first love bike and a thrill to impress, you would be at the road transport office hoping to get through your test with flying colours. Would it be that simple though? What would be the first few things you would have to be wary about when you are going to prove that you are meant for the mean roads on your lean machine? Here is a quick guide to help you get through your bike driving test in the first go!

  • Know the bike :

One of the first things you have to do when you plan to get your riding license done is to get familiar with the bike. Unless you do this perfectly well, you would never be comfortable with the bike or know the exact methods around it. For example, you should be accustomed to the clutch as well as the gears. As a first time or an inexperienced rider, you are bound to have issues with the clutch release (especially at the first gear), but choosing the right bike can help. Using a common bike that is easy to use because of the sheer comfort would be a great idea, pick any of the Bajaj Bikes India since it would be an easy fit and great option. Spend as much as time possible getting to know the functions of each item on the bike and get familiarised with the functioning. It is the best way to get through a quick question round by the officer too.

  • Confidence :

The most important element during any exam is the sheer confidence you have. You want to be confident enough to take the bike with zero stall and with patience. Considering the fact that you already have a learners permit to practice riding, get all the hours you can under your belt. Do not start on crowded roads, instead learn to let go of the clutch and gear shifts in empty spaces only. Once you are completely sure of handling a bike and the power, take the motorcycle onto the road.

  • Know the path you have to ride on :

Most driving schools explain this before the test, but make sure you know the place where the test is going to take places and get the common riding techniques well practiced. So for example, many tests consist of a rider completing the sign ‘8′ on the road. It requires good control and balance. So, complete this a few times before and make sure you are sure of the road you have to go on.

  • Check the bike for any irregularities :

Before you go for the bike test, you have to be completely aware of the basic riding regulations. That would include you owning a helmet, the rear view mirrors and so on. It is an absolute must that you know how to take turns as well as indicators. This can be a big reason for rejection, so make sure you are on top of your game here.

  • Fitness of the bike :

Lastly, you do not want a bike that gets you rejected by the officers. Make sure all the documents of the bike are in place and that there are no flouted norms. The bike should be in good condition and must not breakdown during the test (you aren’t passing in that case).

It takes quite a bit of practice to ace a bike riding test in one go and give it your best shot. Be sure of the way you ride, make sure you make the right eye contact and most importantly, be calm on the road. Many of us great and composed riders do not get it on the first go, so don’t stress out. All the best!

Customize Your Classic Car – Paint Your Own Rims

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Paint your own Rims? Who would have thought something previously done by professionals could be done in your own home.

While, the concept of painting your own rims has been around a few years now, many questions pop up of how to do it and I thought I would share my own experiences with painting my Integra stock rims. I have read up many examples of how to do this, but my first time trying was this year when I chose to refinish my winter rims. I was quite please with the outcome.

First, what the hell do you need to paint your rims? Paint of course 🙂 This is where Duplicolor comes in with their wheel paint. They offer paint colors to match your style coming in white, gunmetal, classic silver and bronze as well. I chose to do mine in gunmetal leaving my lip the stock polished style look. So here are your options:

So you chose your color, bought your paint and are semi-ready. First, you need to sand down your rims. Why? This gives the surface a rough texture so the paint has something to adhere to. Reference the article to polish your rims on how sanding of the rims works. The only difference with this is how far you want to go. In my case, being winter rims painted I chose not to go through the process of stripping the paint on the rims completely. I simply sanded down the surface with 300 grit sandpaper ensuring to make everything sanded equally. This gives the rough surface required for the paint to adhere, and as long as your rims had no damage it should be good enough.

Your rims are sanded; you have your paint and now are ready. First, make sure you clean all sanding dust off the rims and ensure a totally clean surface so the paint will stick and not flake off after your first drive out with your newly painted rims!!! Here are my rims washed and ready to completely dry before painting:

My rims are masked off with newspaper and masking tape. Of course you want to do this so you don’t turn your tires into the color you are painting. I don’t want gunmetal painted tires. Also if you look close enough, you will know that the lip has been masked off as well. So I carefully applied the masking tape on the lip to protect it from being painted as well. Also, you know the little thing you pump your air into, mask that off as well unless you want that to have a color change as well 🙂

The rims are dry, you have masked off what you don’t want painted and now you are ready. Put some newspaper on the ground and place the rim on top of the newspaper. You don’t want to paint the concrete underneath the rim so keep it clean with the newspaper.

Now apply your first coat of paint. Let the paint dry well and next day admire your handiwork and results.