You’ve decided to invest in a motorcycle. That is really cool for a lot of reasons. The fuel economy translates into a comparatively green form of transit when compared to a car or truck. You can enjoy a more intense travel experience that brings you into closer contact with the sights and sounds that you pass through. It’s far more manoeuvrable than a car.
But remember that like driving an auto-mobile, one little slip-up on your part can cause serious injuries to yourself and to others. Except that on a motorcycle, because your own ability to maintain balance is all that keeps you in a vertical position, your chances of being in an accident are multiplied.
That is just the beginning of the many pros and cons to buying a motorcycle. This short post can only scratch the surface of the things that a prospective motorcycle buyer needs to know and do. So be sure to get online and to use your Internet search engine to find and peruse as much data on the subject as you can.
By educating yourself on as many such details before you make your motorcycle purchase, you will save innumerable headaches after the sale. Ensure that you have a current motorcycle operator’s license. An auto-mobile license is not sufficient. It can be a Catch-22 if you don’t have an available motorcycle to take your driver’s test. But at least study the written part until you have one for the purpose.
While you are in the study mode, research the numerous types of motorcycle insurance that is offered in your area. Asking your current life, health, burglar, home or auto insurance provider is a good place to start. Often when you contract for several types of insurance with a single company you can qualify for a blanket discount package.
Consider the size of the motorcycle that you can handle. A bigger machine may win you more dates but if it’s too big for you to comfortably control then you both may be licking your wounds instead of snuggling in the theatre.
It’s usually better to buy a new motorcycle that includes a warranty. Though many rail against such things, invest in any service warranty that may be offered. That’s because there is always a need for maintenance.
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Holden Colorado 7 – Super SUV
The super new Holden Colorado is a proper off tack built vehicle this means that although it’s a sports focused utility vehicle for the city it’s is also build to take on the off road challenge and take your family along for the journey. This Super SUV is no so called “soft roader”.
The Colorado 7 is based on Holden’s UTE of the same name, but adds a boot and a third row of seats. That makes it a direct rival for the Mitsubishi Challenger, which is based on the Triton ute.
This Holden 7 is based around the UTE and with a nice size boot and an extra row of seats it’s a bang on rival to the well know famous Mitsubishi Challenger.
As you can see the range is pretty simple with a single engine and transmission and only two trim levels. The series starts at $46k for the LT the more armed LTZ starts at $50k metallic you can add lots off extras such as metallic paint jobs for $500 though.
Both are driven by the matching 2.8-litre 4 cylinder turbo diesel same as the UTE, which yields a very respectable 132kW and 470Nm. This coupled with 6 speed automatic is customary on both variants this pegs the fuel use back to at an affordable (if not economic) 9.4 litres per 100 kilometres.
Basic gear on the LT includes nice sized 16-inch alloy wheels, a reversing camera, back parking sensors, fog lights on the front, leather steering wheel, cloth seat trim, Bluetooth connectivity and a stereo with a booming six speakers in furnished with with USB and auxiliary ports.
Stepping up to the LTZ adds 18-inch alloys, LED tail lights, leather seat trim, six-way electric adjustable driver’s seat, climate-control air conditioning, chrome door handles and an eight-speaker stereo.
Although the Colorado shares most of its underpinnings with the UTE, Holden has developed a unique rear suspension for a more comfortable ride. The leaf springs of the UTE are replaced with a multi-link live-axle set-up. Holden claims this hasn’t hurt off-road performance.
Both the LT and LTZ get low range, a limited-slip differential and Hill Descent Control as standard. Both also boast a 3000-kilogram towing capacity.
The Colorado 7 has earned a five-star ANCAP rating. Stability control is standard and there are dual front airbags and curtain airbags that extend to the third row.
Good news for Peugeot as the company collected two category wins at the recent Auto Express New Car Awards 2012.
The ceremony was held at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London, with the Peugeot 208 picking up the ‘Best Supermini Class’ and the RCZ winning ‘Best Coupé class’ for the third year in a row.
Steve Fowler, Editor-in-Chief of Auto Express, commented, “Peugeot is back on top of the small car class. The 208 has got it all: style, quality, space and kit, while it’s good to drive and super-efficient, too. “The RCZ continues to reign supreme as the best coupé on the road thanks to its winning blend of great styling and agile handling. Even better, it’s much more affordable than its looks suggest.” Managing Director at Peugeot UK, Tim Zimmerman, was delighted with the win, saying, “This is a great week for Peugeot.
In the first week that the new 208 goes on sale in the UK, we are especially pleased to receive this key award. “The Auto Express Best Supermini award is the 208’s first international product accolade and recognises its lead position in the highly competitive small car sector. We are confident it is a stylish product of true regeneration, and hopefully this will be the first of many awards to come. “That the RCZ Sports Coupé has again – for the third year running – been awarded the Auto Express Best Coupé prize serves to demonstrate our improved product desirability, which increases with every new car we launch".
The Peugeot 208 has been available to buy in the UK since June 26, starting from £9,99 with a huge choice of engines. Peugeot is no stranger to awards success – the Peugeot 107 was named BusinessCar’s favourite city car in 2008 while the Peugeot 308 VTi was crowned ‘Best Hatchback’ at the Get A Car and CIMB Preferred Best Cars of 2009 awards. The Peugeot 208 is incredible energy-efficient and eco-coscious. Its diesel engines have CO2 from just 87g/km, and all are below 99g/km. Its petrol engines, with an all-new three-cylinder, start from 99g/km. Other winners at the Auto Express New Car Awards 2012 included the Skoda Citigo, which was named as ‘Best City Car’ and ‘Car of the Year’.
The Mercedes S-Class was crowned ‘Best Luxury Car’ with the BMW 1 Series named as ‘Best Compact Family Car’. AUTHOR BIO – Information provided by SaveOnNewCars.co.uk, the UK’s leading supplier of new car deals, vans and automotive finance plans. They can provide fantastic Peugeot 207 deals and amazing offers for other models, which are all UK-supplied vehicles with a full manufacturer warranty.
Every year brings with it a whole new batch of driving-based games, be they racing or combat based or both. Typically, we’ll see new instalments in all of the expected franchises, and 2012 is no exception. That’s not to say that some of those updates don’t look killer, and it’s certainly not to say that there isn’t a healthy dose of brand spanking new high-octane driving action for couch-based petrol-heads to sink their teeth into. Here’s a look at 2012’s vehicular prospects, featuring a mix of perennials and all-new action.
1. DiRT Showdown
This hybrid between a racing and demolition driving game has both single and multi-player gameplay. The game has intense courses with obstacles, pinch points, alternative routes, and ramps to make NASCAR look like child’s play. DiRT pushes the envelope of extreme sports racing with pyrotechnics, unique racing environments, and screeching metal demolition matches.
2. Gas Guzzlers: Combat Carnage
Gas Guzzlers: Combat Carnage is a fast paced racing game that incorporates powerful weapons, car upgrades, and challenging environments that demand that you bring your “A” game at all times. Winning races grants you money that can be used to upgrade your car with everything from speed to armor to weapons. The game is currently in open beta testing (you can get the client here) and has already been wowing gamers with an impressive amount of graphical clout. Just check out the video below to see for yourself!
3. MUM: FIM Motorcross World Championship
MUD is a game shaping up to be the definitive motorcross experience. Pulling out the sort of roster you typically expect to see in a football game, the title boasts a full and accurate repertoire of motorcross superstars, teams and bikes. Being the only game to hold the official licenses for the MX1 and MX2 championships, this game will be the only place to get your realistic, up to date motorcross action without saddling up and hitting the dirt. The game features real time terrain deformation that promises to make every race different as the pack of bikes chews up the terra firma.
4. Wrecked: Revenge Revisited
Wrecked: Revenge Revisited is a combat-based driving game with an emphasis on chaos. Players will find themselves engaged in brutal vehicular combat in a variety of different environments, and will have the option to either go it alone in a series of challenges designed to test your speed and weapons handling skills, or otherwise join three other players in competitive or co-op gameplay. The title will boast a wealth of different weapons, each with their own unique traits and will permit players to customise their ride before taking it out of the garage to take on the world. This one should be a must for anyone who was a fan of the classic Twisted Metal games on the Playstation.
5. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2
The Need for Speed series has been thrilling PC gamers since 1994 and console gamers since 2002. In January this year, EA announced that a new instalment in the series, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 would be released some time in 2012. Details on the game are still a little thin on the ground at the moment, but you can guarantee one thing: it’s going to be bold, brash, and very, very fast. Definitely one to look forward to. Whet your appetite now with this gameplay from the series’ most recent entry: Need for Speed: The Run.
So there you have it, a look at the biggest upcoming driving games of 2012. If that’s not enough for you, don’t fret, there’s loads more in the pipeline besides, and you know the flow of top quality, max speed racing games isn’t going to abate any time soon.
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Car stereos make long commutes bearable and prevent people from killing each other during traffic jams. In the 1920s, car rides were long and quiet with just the engine and the road noise to keep drivers company. Fortunately, during the 1930s, the car stereo came along.
The first car stereo was the result of three men’s hard work. The three inventors were brothers Paul and Joseph Galvin along with William Lear. Together, they created a dashboard radio by the name of Motorola, which stood for motorized Victrola. The entrepreneurs installed their prototype into a Studebaker. Later, the Motorola Company sold millions of car radios.
During the 1950s, advertisements appeared on billboards, which displayed happy couples driving down the highway listening to the AM radio. Additionally, rock and roll was just starting to become popular.
Finally, in the 1960s, drivers gained control over song selection with the creation of eight-track tapes. Unfortunately, eight-tracks suffered from poor construction, which gave riders terrible sound quality. However, they were still popular due to the song selection opportunity they provided.
Philips introduced compact cassettes by 1964 and during the 1970s, the company offered car drivers a much better way to listen to music in their vehicles. However, many drivers held onto their eight-tracks until the 1980s.
In the early 1970s, custom stereos became available, which gave drivers the opportunity to alter the sound system in their car to suit their personal preferences. Also, companies such as Alpine, Kenwood and Pioneer began selling high-quality equipment. Unfortunately, expensive stereo equipment became the cause of numerous audio thefts, so the stereo companies began manufacturing receivers with removable faceplates.
CDs appeared on the scene in the 1980s, probably still see one on a used Volvo by the middle of the 1990s, they were a common vehicle feature. The quality sound that CDs provided was superior to prior listening systems. Drivers could select the songs they wanted to hear while on the road. In fact, the only problem was the inability to customize a playlist, which wasn’t available until the digital age with MP3 players. Once the iPod became available, drivers had complete control over what they listened to while driving.
Now, with the O series, drivers can control more than their music as the O series can assimilate the iPhone into the vehicle’s stereo system. Furthermore, drivers can safely use all of the iPhone’s technology while in their cars such as an iTunes music compilation, Bluetooth access and the iPhone’s hands-free capabilities. Today, drivers have access to so much more than just music.
Car stereo and entertainment systems have advanced in multiple ways since basic AM and FM radio tuners. Most cars now come with a number of factory installed features, while containing opportunities for upgrades. A car stereo system basically works around a head unit, and a series of speakers. The head unit will feature displays and auxiliary ports for extras like iPods, phones, and Bluetooth, as well as CD players and radio units. While most of these are integrated into the head unit by the Original Equipment Manufacturer, drivers can also add in docking stations, which can be connected to the head unit. When looking to pick the right stereo features, drivers should consider the following issues:
1 – Audio Quality
Audio quality is a crucial element in car stereos. It needs to be sufficiently high enough to stand up to engine and road noise, while not being too distracting. The quality of the audio input in any car is defined by the speakers connected to the head unit. These typically involve main speakers, bass subwoofers, and crossover filters and amplifiers for modulating the sound signal.
Given the need to locate audio equipment within the car without taking up too much space, it is often difficult to create the right sound quality, particularly for speakers that handle bass signals. Different manufacturers will provide audio systems that have preamp and booster technology, while it is possible to install separate speakers at the back of a car. When doing so, drivers need to consider balancing power, volume, and the danger of overheating.
In the same way, the quality of an audio signal will depend on a radio tuner. Older AM and FM radios typically suffer from more interference than digital radios, which often produce more consist outputs. However, these digital signals will cut out altogether if the car is out of range.
2 – Accessibility
No matter what the quality of a stereo system, it needs to be flexible enough to be easily used when driving. Most tuning and volume features are now integrated into steering wheels, and can also be activated by remotes and voice systems, as well as retaining buttons on the head unit itself. Separate screens can also be added to the back of seats, making it easier to remotely control an output. Some cars now come with dual zone technology, enabling different controls to be used in different parts of a vehicle without causing interference.
3 – Extras
Most car stereo and entertainment systems now come with options for jacking different devices into the head unit, either through Bluetooth wireless or cables. The most common option is to plug in hands free mobile phones and iPods or iPhones. The latter can be used to play music through the car stereo, and can be easily fixed to the dashboard of a car through docking stations. When looking for the right station, it is important to find one that produce an excellent sound conversion through the car speakers, while being easy to adjust through the head unit’s controls.
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We have updated our entire Rockford Fosgate range over the past few weeks to the new 2011 products and wow are we impressed.
The new design of the 2011 product range is absolutely stunning. They have gone for a toned down, sleek look but dont be fooled, these subs still pack a monumental punch!
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Fusion audio have released a new range of car audio products to an already overcrowded market place in an attempt to re claw some of the success captured from years ago. The New Fusion products retain a similar feel and are based on a concept that has always shown success in the past. Three new ranges consisting of CS, CP (Performance) & PP (Powerplant) are now available to buy, But are they any good?
The most noticeable change fusion have made to the product range is the design. A more desirable “sleek & stylish” finish has been added to all the products in the range in particular the AM amps, which now look on par with the more fashionable Massive Audio amps as well as other brands. However its the PS range that have undergone the largest visual changes when compared to the previous “Ugly” Reactor series. The new understated styling the PS range now offers makes them one of prettier product ranges on the market and certainly one which can be shown off with pride.
As nice as a good looking sub is, Car audio isn’t just about the visual design. Most people buy the products to be heard as well as seen. So how does Fusion stack up in this department?
Looking at the vital statistics our first observation is that the performance has decreased! Power ratings have decreased slightly compared to the previous years ranges. However Fusion have been quite cleaver & introduced new technology to improve key areas to help improve the overall quality of the products. An example of this is more evident in the AM series amps, where a new method of thermal transfer has been introduced. Keeping amps cool has always been the key to quality performance over a long period & it looks like fusion have now cracked part of the puzzle.
What Fusion have done very cleverly is introduce a new and improved product range, dramatically improving the look and feel of the products at the same time keeping the performance & brand identity. The new range to 2011 is bound to be a big success with the current fusion fans as well as introducing a few new friendly faces to their audience.
With all the talk of radio following Televisions footsteps and becoming a digital service, it can be quite confusing as to what this will mean for your car. In this short blog I will go through the available options on the market today and try to help you find the best solution for your needs.
Firstly, lets look at what DAB actually means for you. The government aim to swap to the digital radio service around 2015. When this happens all of your favourite radio stations will cease to broadcast on the FM wavelength. The only way to pick up these stations will be using a DAB system. If your vehicle does not have DAB already this means you will need to convert your existing set-up.
Integration – Many of the big names in car audio are currently producing kits that will connect to your existing factory spec radio and allow you to listen to DAB stations. These kits are already in the advanced stages or manufacture and we have even had the pleasure of testing a couple of them. Tucking neatly out of site behind the dashboard, the integrated kits offer the ability to hide the kit and simply operate your car stereo as normal. Expect the basic level integration kits to be around the £100-150 mark.
New Stereo – There are a selection of DAB Car Radio’s on the market already. These units have the digital receivers built in and offer an excellent all round solution. The downside is that you will have to replace your factory stereo which is not everyone’s cup of tea. You can find DAB Car Radio’s for around £120.
Separate Unit – Some companies have developed separate units which run along side your stereo and connect via Auxiliary. A good example of this is the Pure Highway. Separate tuners have the advantage of being able to move from vehicle to vehicle and they will also cost slightly less however they are not of the same quality solution as the two I have already ran through. You can find the separate tuners for around £40-80.
All of the solutions I have mentioned will require a DAB aerial to work to there full potential. Again there are many different types of aerial and it is a good idea to speak to the company you use to get advice as to which design will suit your needs best.