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.
Coupons and deals to get out, to get buff and to get geared up. That's what you'll get from this week's episode of This Week in Deals. Our staff DealPros Heather, Yasar and Tom share some of the best and most popular deals on all of Savings.com with you this week from stores / sites like Orbitz, GNC and BikeBandit.com.
If, like most Americans, you drive to work, you've no doubt
felt the pinch at the pump. I don't know about you, but it pains me
deeply to put $50, $60, even $70 into my gas tank every week. (And
my wife fills up even more often.)
Needless to say, you should always look for the station with
the cheapest gas. Even if you save only 10 or 20 cents per gallon
every time you fill up, it adds up.
Ah, but how can you make sure you're getting the best price?
Maybe there's a station just around the corner that costs 15 cents
The price of gas sure does stink these days, but what are you
gonna do about it? While many will treat that as a rhetorical
question, choosing simply to pay up and grumble as the national
average price for regular gas creeps toward the $4.00 mark, others
will take a more practical approach to the issue and look for ways
to ease the financial burden. You therefore have to wonder:
Can something as simple as a rewards credit card help weather
the storm of rising gas prices?
Absolutely! The right gas
credit card can save you upwards of 5% per gallon, which would
basically be the equivalent of paying last year's prices. The
trick is finding the offer that best matches your lifestyle and