I'm a little frustrated at the moment with the users of Craigslist, and by that I mean the entire population of this country. Its bad enough that when placing an ad we all have to worry about the flood of spam we know is going to come, and don't want to list our phone number lest we get robocalls. Then when the shoes on the other foot we have to call and call or email again and again and get no response. So I figured I'd set out a few guidelines, and also vent my frustrations.
For a lot of people, Harley Davidson is synonymous with motorcycle--but for actual riders this isn't the case. Unless they actually ride a Harley, or are just riding something else while saving for a Harley, chances are they don't want a coffee mug, teddy bear or shirt with that familiar orange and black logo on it.
Similar to if you kept buying a classic rock fan Elvis merchandise. Harley and Elvis have more gift-able merchandise than just about any other brand in their categories, but the Beatles fan wants an Elvis "All Shook Up" snow globe about as much as the BMW rider wants a fringed leather vest with a Harley logo.
I'm going to share with you some of the things that no one ever told me when I first got interested in bikes, when I was young. Your first motorcycle experiences are very important to your future enjoyment of all things motorcycle. Can you imagine if a kid crazy about horses climbed onto Seabiscuit instead of the ponies at the petting zoo? You'd be so freaked out you would burn all your posters, "Black Stallion" paperbacks and My Little Pony toys as soon as you got home. Yet many people (mostly men) feel that as long as they can afford the bike, they can handle it. The DMV doesn't care--in most states you can ride just about anything with the provisional permit you get after taking the written test.
The single best way to get familiar with motorcycles is by taking a beginner course with the Motorcycle Safety Federation. Not only will they lend you a bike and not get mad if you scratch it, in many states this class will let you leap from permit to full motorcycle license without another test. But the real best way to learn to ride is to ride dirt bikes out in the desert where there is no traffic and nothing to hit. Unfortunately there is no organization that lets you learn this way, you just need to know someone. Well, you know me, but I can't take all of you out to the desert with me
one at a time and let you crash my bikes. I don't have the time and I
don't have that many bikes.
So, I'll do what I can for you in this blog and at least you'll know
more to start than most people.
If you're like me, you change your car's motor oil religiously. The
"Every Three Thousand Miles or Every Three Months (Whichever Comes
First)" standard might as well have been carved into slabs and
hand-delivered by Moses.
And, if you're like me, you've been doing it
wrong this whole time.
Batman drives the coolest car of all: The Batmobile. Of course, it is hidden in a secret cave. However, when Batman gets the call to fight crime, even the criminals cannot help but drool over his uber cool ride. Did you ever stop to wonder how Batman keeps his car so shiny? It is plausible that he would ask his butler Alfred to shop for car care products at Autogeek.
So what products would Batman use to wash and shine the Batmobile?
Last September I wrote two blog posts about used car prices and how to find the best used cars for your dollar. Recently over a couple of beers with co-workers a gauntlet was tossed (not literally) by my supervisor Michael who used to work at a new car dealership. He claimed you can't get a drivable car that will get you to work for less than $1,000. I said I could get one for little more than $500 with enough time.
So a challenge was made and I started shopping. I had two weeks to find a car and drive it to work.