Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Motorcycle Sidecars - Making Your Motorcycle a More Convenient Mode of Transportation

Still life with sidecar motorcycle


Vintage Toy Motorcycle with Sidecar - Art Photograph


Women Drive a Motorcycle with a Sidecar, 1930

A lot of people prefer motorcycles as their main mode of transportation because of the convenience in size, ease of maintenance, and the fact that it is relatively cheaper than owning a car. Furthermore, owners need not worry about getting stuck in traffic all the time because they can just squeeze their way through small passageways-something that even the smallest car could not do. But what happens when you have to use your motorcycle to transport your friends or your family? How can you let at least 2 adults sit behind you without worrying about falling or toppling over?
Additional seats
Don't worry because there are such things as motorcycle sidecars that you can attach to your motorcycle's side to turn it into a tricycle. The motorcycle sidecar is a vehicle with one wheel and, when attached to your motorcycle, it allows more room for passengers to ride with you. Aside from that, you can also use it to transport cargo. Some sidecars also have a rear trunk where you can put your things. A rooftop, windshield, and door can also be included with the sidecar.
Choose your sidecar
Motorcycle sidecars come in fiberglass and steel varieties. Both have great loading capacities and attach to a motorcycle with 4 bolts. For something durable and strong, steel is a good choice. You can also use it when you have to pass through rough terrains or be subjected to the toughest riding conditions. Steel sidecars also have a big loading capacity and you can match their styles and colors with your motorcycle. They can also come with a locking trunk, rubber floor mat, windshield, and a luggage rack.


Vintage Print Advertising

Macombynn vintage advertisement

 Print advertising has been around since 1468. William Caxton promoted his book "Game and Playe of the Chesse", using a print ad. Certainty advertising was sparse for several hundred years, but gained popularity and results over time.
We must realize also; prior to photography graphic advertisements were illustrated by hand. Advertisements in color were very uncommon until about 1910.
I have been collecting advertising prints for several years now. I find that they not only add flair to my décor, but offer up a little history as well.
Vintage ads are an excellent collectible. Collectible advertising offers an accurate glimpse into days gone by. Many of the older ads are considered art.  Noteworthy artists illustrated many of the vintage and antique ads.  Norman Rockwell was used often by the Saturday Evening Post.  There is the work of Maxfield Parrish, very sought after, and hard to find. I could fill several pages just by naming the great ad artists from the past.
Car enthusiasts love the vintage car and truck ads. These often have prices included. Over the years we have sold many vintage ads as gifts. If you have a friend or family member who is a car collector, restoring an old car, or enjoys decorating their shop or showroom they will love receiving collectible advertising as gifts.
Collectors of military memorabilia and veterans always appreciate the war time ads. The old Tide and other laundry product ads are so cute framed and displayed in a laundry room. Vintage metal kitchen cabinets are popular right now. I have sold many of the old ads to be used as reference, or framed as kitchen décor. Vintage and antique fashion ads look awesome framed, and make great reference tools for period costume design.


Via: Motorcycle

Military sidecar FN - Fabrique nationale - Pre WW2

FN  - Fabrique Nationale de Herstal - was a  Belgian company established in 1899 to make arms and ammunition, and from 1901 to 1967 was also a motorcycle manufacturer. FN manufactured the world's first four cylinder motorcycle, was famous for the use of shaft drive in all models from 1903 to 1923, achieved success in sprint and long distance motorcycle racing, and after 1945, also in motocross.

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250cc Cruiser, 2012Model Overview

Snow white Yamaha Virago

BMW oldschool Bobber


2012 Yamaha YZF-R 125 First Look

2010 Yamaha YZF-R 125 Wallpaper2012 Yamaha YZF-R 125 Wallpaper

2010 Yamaha YZF-R 125 Side View2012 Yamaha YZF-R 125 Side View

2010 Yamaha YZF-R 125 White2012 Yamaha YZF-R 125 White

2010 Yamaha YZF-R 125 Motorcycle2012 Yamaha YZF-R 125 Motorcycle

2010 Yamaha YZF-R 125 Black Color2012 Yamaha YZF-R 125 Black Color
The portable keyboard is a great way to begin your keyboard playing career. When starting out, many people do not know exactly what path they will take in the longer term. Will they head down the acoustic piano route or may be even the digital piano path? Either way, both types of instruments represent a considerable investment, and the risk exists that neither may be suitable.
A grand piano-like keyboard can be a very inexpensive way to test the water. A keyboard can help you learn to play songs and get a feel for keyboard instruments. The problem is that many keyboards are not at all piano-like, neither in terms of sound, nor key action. Often their keyboard action is very light owing to hollow, plastic construction.
The answer is to find a portable keyboard that has both an authentic piano sound and a keyboard action not too dissimilar from a real piano. If you add to this, a stack of in-built voices (instruments), plus an affordable price, then you have the perfect solution. The good news is that Yamaha have designed a keyboard with this need in mind and have named it the YamahaYZF-R 125


Monday, August 27, 2012

The Benelli Motard BX250 - Perfect 250cc Motard

Only a few weeks after Benelli opened its first showroom in South-East Asia (Vietnam), the company has introduced the Benelli Motard BX250.
The 250cc Benelli Motard BX250 is developed with the help of Benelli's Chinese partner. Officially the Benelli Motard BX250 will be introduced at the 2012 EICMA motor show in Milan this November. But we got some insides.
The design of the Benelli Motard BX250 is with the clear objective of attracting a younger set of buyers to the Benelli brand. The Motard 250 is contemporary and reliable thanks to the brand-new liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine. Lightweight and easy to manoeuvre, it’s the right choice for buyers looking for the sweetest riding pleasure at the right price.
It's also clear that they have developed the Motard 250 for the world’s emerging markets, like the South-East Asian 250cc motorcycle market.
The motorcycle is powered by a single-cylinder, 249,6cc engine with 4 valves double overhead camshaft, with balancer shaft. For suspension up-front a set upside-down forks, with hydraulic extension / compression and spring preload adjustments and the rear a steel tube trestle swingarm, rear shock with hydraulic adjustment.

2012 Hero Maestro Picture Gallery

Maestro, the first scooter from independent Hero MotorCorp, is a freshly designed new scooter which surely has some boy thing in it. After the aged Pleasure, which was Hero Honda’s exclusive offering targeted at female buyers, the Maestro comes as a fresh air of surprise. It is targeted towards those who need a scooter that provides freedom from gear shifting, good storage, size and ample comfort but which does not look feminine. As the scooter market is flooded with many options now a days, the Hero Maestro has to stand out of the crowd and challenge the segment leader, Honda. We will try to find out if it has anything special other than boy thing that can attract buyers.
Styling – The Hero Maestro follows a different design language that can attract the next generation and a functionality which will suit the ex-generation at the same time. At the front, things which will gain your attention are the black colored visor and the two-tone rear view mirrors. Use of a black colored visor over the headlight is a nice touch and is first of its kind for a scooter. Also, nicely shaped rear view mirrors come in two-tone colors, one being the black as common and another being the color which is same as the body. Two-angled lines run from the top of the apron and extend to the front mudguard which adds some muscular appeal to it.
Look from the side and the design language of the Hero Maestro seems to be in harmony with the front, simple but with a hint of masculinity. From sharp nose to sharp tail, everything has an edgy feeling in it. Side panels are well executed with matte black strip running in between which discontinues monotony and gives it a distinct appeal. Rectangular tail light covers all the area at the rear along with the clear lens indicators, which appear to be inspired by the Honda Activa. Grab rails are also designed keeping in mind not only functionality but also style.
Engine – We know that Hero borrowed engine technology from their ex-partners, in past, for various bikes and scooters. But, while Pleasure continues to use the last generation Honda motor, this scooter gets the tried and tested latest motor from the current breed of Hondas. The 109cc, 8.2 HP engine is identical to that of the Activa in every sense, nothing has been tuned differently. It appears to be a ‘as it is’ transplant from Japanese house. Vibrations tend to reach you, if you strain the engine suddenly. Engine noise is low but as experienced with other Honda scooters, it tends to get louder with time.
Ergonomics – Bigger dimensions of scooters can accommodate big people like me easily. The seat is also wide and is cushioned nicely thus providing support well. Foot board is flat and spacious, thus one need not bend his/her legs while riding and same is for the pillion thanks to the proper placement of foldable footrests. Even with storage box (an accessory) at the front there is lot of room for my legs to play around. Longer saddle makes sure both rider and the pillion gets seated comfortably. Height and position of the handlebar is very comfortable and gives you a good upright stance while riding. Also the speed console comes in your line of sight and you need not take off your eyes from the roads. Switches are easily accessible too. The weight and saddle height is what can make this scooter difficult to ride for some female riders though.
Instrument Cluster and Switch Gear – Bike-inspired instrument cluster has three pod layout which houses a digital display and all warning lights sitting at either side of central round speedo-meter. Digital display shows basic information like fuel gauge, single-trip meter, odometer and service due warning message and it has an orange colored back-light which is on all the time thus making it easy to read anytime. To make it appealing to males, speedo-meter needle swings from zero to full-scale and back once you switch ON the ignition just like every other sports bike.
Some grey texture on the background and ‘Maestro’ written at the center in funky font also catches your attention. Lockable ignition cover is an added feature which has become common now a days for scooters. This ignition cover can be locked without the key by sliding a knob and unlocking obviously needs a key. Till what extent this feature increases the safety of the scooter is questionable but it inspires the confidence in the owner and also makes ignition tamper proof.
Performance, Handling and Suspension – Seating position on this scooter is upright and you don’t need much effort to reach the handle bars. Once you twist the throttle, the scooter will give a nice response and accelerates smoothly. But if Hero wants to target young males then the performance is not as lively as the Honda Dio with the same engine. You get throttle response which gets dampened by the overall body weight and size. It’s a zippy engine and can take you around 90 km/h in considerably good time. The Maestro has a little feel of sportiness in it. Having conventional underbone type tubular chassis, straight line stability is good on high speeds, even with pillion rider. Handle bar feels quite heavy and hence at corners you will feel less confident.
Equipped with combined braking system, the Maestro fails to impress when it comes to braking. You need to press both levers very hard for effective braking and thus it does not inspire confidence amongst the riders. On performance front let’s assume that the scooter is tuned for men and not boys. Suspension setup is typical bottom link type at the front and unit swing arm at the rear with hydraulic dampers providing cushion at both wheels. Telescopic suspension could have helped well though. Thus, the Hero Maestro is not that good at absorbing potholes. As a rider, you’ll feel hammering effect on your hands when you go through potholes, especially at high speeds. But your backbone is saved by a good suspension setup at the rear. Pillion comfort is also good.
Miscellaneous – Under seat storage is generous and can house a full sized helmet easily with some space still left around it. We will give full marks for luggage space. Access to luggage space is provided by a lock located on the side and not at the back which is very convenient. One more feature which is carried over from Honda is the Combined Braking System. For the first time this technology is making its appearance on non-Honda scooter. Combined braking system, as the name suggests, is a system which applies brakes on both wheels even when you press the left brake lever only. This improves braking performance of the scooter theoretically. When you press the right lever, only front wheel will get the brake force.
Conclusion – The Hero Maestro has good looks, tried, tested and trusted engine, conventional proven underpinnings, big dimensions and good features on offer. But pricing of this scooter could have been better, as direct competitor, the Honda Activa treads at a lesser price. This added price will get you fresh looks and Hero’s wide service network but remember, except this and good looks it has nothing new in it. When the scooter market is dominated by Honda, the Hero Maestro has potentials to challenge that dominance. The Maestro is thus a scooter worth considering.
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