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.
Although Labor Day traditionally marks the start of the new model year at your local car dealers, these days cars just trickle in over the course of the year with fewer coming at the traditional fall introduction. So whether it is a brand new model or just new options or revised sheet metal, the new ones will be in dealers this month.
If you live in southern California, you've no doubt heard about next weekend's "Carmageddon," when a 10-mile stretch of the 405 freeway will be closed for construction. From July 15th through 17th, the 405 North will be closed between the 10 and the 101.
Hybrids are a very attractive idea. You save money on gas and get to save the planet at the same time. On top of that, you get to participate in the cutting edge of technology. In addition, say some, you get to save money on your insurance. However, that may not necessarily be true. In May 2010, USA Today reported that, of the ten cheapest cars to insure, none are hybrids. Most aren't even cars.