Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pulls omnibus public lands bill

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has dropped his effort to pass a massive omnibus public lands bill that would have restricted responsible off-highway vehicle (OHV) access to thousands of acres of public land. Reid introduced the legislation, S. 303, the "America's Great Outdoors Act of 2010," on Friday, Dec. 17, as a substitute to unrelated legislation titled the "Federal Financial Assistance Management Improvement Act of 2009." Reid's move was reminiscent of the controversial parliamentary tactic that anti-OHV forces used in 2009 to close 2.1 million acres of public land. "We are cautiously optimistic that this latest effort to keep the American public from responsibly enjoying America's public lands has failed," said AMA Senior Vice President for Government Relations Ed Moreland. "AMA members played no small role in this provisional success, and we thank our subscribers who responded to AMA Action Alerts to oppose this pending legislation. "However, we must remain vigilant because Reid has indicated a desire for a smaller version of S. 303 prior to adjournment," said Moreland. "The current session can possibly run through Jan. 4, 2011." Reid's bill was a collection of more than 70 measures and more than 1,000 pages. Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.) was one of several senators who protested the legislation, saying it was too sweeping to consider prior to the end of the current session. In addition, key representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives, such as House Natural Resources Chairman-elect Doc Hastings (R-Wash.), voiced opposition to the measure. "We need to protect public land for future generations, not from future generations, and that includes responsible OHV recreation access," Moreland said. "In addition, legislation deserves a full and public debate on its merits, and parliamentary tricks and sleight-of-hand, such as what we saw in 2009 and what we've experienced here, do not allow that."


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Fill a Need Pg. 14

Sport Bike Buying Tips Pg. 20

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Taking care of Juarez kids
“Tell them Juarez is not lost”
On December 12, the
Renegados MC held their 14th annual toy run to benefit the Juarez Firefighter toy drive. Even in the middle of the current drug war that has ravaged their city, Juarez bikers came out by the hundreds to bring some Christmas joy to the kids. Over 500 motorcycles and even more bikers and biker supporters attended the run, giving thousands of toys. As Presidente Fox, leader of the Renegados said, “On this day, the war took a back seat for this event where Juarez took care of Juarez.” The Cuerpo de Bomberos de Juarez, the Juarez firefighters, has been collecting, cleaning, and distributing toys for the kids of Juarez for 25 years. This year, the firefighters will be distributing more than 12,000 gift bags, each containing up to 5 toys, to needy kids. According to Firefighter Captain Alfredo Salas, the firefighters work all year long, January to December, to collect as many toys to give away at an annual event on the grounds of the Feria Expo. They hold several events throughout the year, mostly closer to Christmas, like this run and a lowrider car show on the same day. When asked if current events have made for fewer contributions, he said that people have actually responded positively to their

Story and photos by Ricky J. Carrasco

Renegados MC

cause, maintaining similar numbers to prior years. “The people have even responded to our request that no ‘violent’ toys be do-

nated. No toy guns, swords, or anything similar are being given to the kids.” Cont. Pg 8.

Bomberos de Juarez

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formances from the “Perfect Moves” dance studio providing entertainment. When this reporter showed up, most of the groups were wary, of course. When I stated that I was a reporter for an El Paso magazine, I was greeted with some amazement and great courtesy and enthusiasm. Presidente Fox stated that he understands the new found sentiments against his city, but that I, and the rest of El Paso, were “bienvenidos”, welcome. “There are just a few individuals causing all these problems, and unfortunately, they harm the reputation of the city as a whole.” The Renegados are thankful for all the bikers who came out that day and all the supporters from both sides of the border, like Old West Choppers and Bikers Custom who donated various products to use as raffle prizes. The bikers then paraded through the city and wound up at the Renegados clubhouse in Barrio Azteca where “Perfect Moves” performed again and El Grupo La Noche played everything from current cumbia hits to American classics like CCR’s “Have you ever seen the rain”. Bikes of every size and style lined the street in front of the clubhouse. There were Harley Davidsons covered in chrome and 30 year old Kawasaki choppers, created with hours of backyard engineering. From the most extravagant modern Harley to the most humble rat bike, held together by duct tape and baling wire, every bike and biker there was proud. Proud of their ride and proud to band together for this cause and their city. When asked about the day’s festivities, Raymond, from radio station “Orbita” 106.7FM, answered: “In Juarez, there is everything. Everything from the ugliest to the most beautiful. (Scanning the party) Here, you have the best of Juarez.” “Stripper” from the Dorados de Villas MC, upon hearing that I was from El Paso, stated how happy he was that an American came to cover good news

Neto from Cuervos MC

Cont from pg 7. The run began in the AutoHotel Las Fuentes on Avenida Tecnologico where many MCs came together as friends. Centauros Juarez, Dorados, Dragones, Gavilleros and many more were there united with the Renegados in one of the biggest biker events of the year. There was a metal band and per-

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ride the same everyday, as we always have.” Indeed, in this southern barrio of Juarez, reputed to be particularly rough neighborhood in a violent city, reporters like myself and Raymond, officers from the Transito Police Department, firefighters and paramedics, and bikers from all over Juarez, including our gracious hosts, the Renegados MC, all came together and enjoyed the day in safety and in a spirit of brotherhood befitting the season. All quotes translated from Spanish.

“Stripper” , member of Dorados de Villa

and attempt to display positive events in his city. When asked what he would tell our readership, he said, “Juarez is not lost or in a ‘war’ as the media tries to portray it. We still

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Top 5 Super Stylish Bikes
Author: Cheryl Ross

Super stylish bikes are
the way of life these days for most adventurefriendly youngsters. These bikes are specially meant for those who prefer a solid doze of adrenaline rush occasionally. A stylish super fast sports bike is a dream for almost every man on earth. Here is a list of the top ten most stylish and "top of the line" bikes which is present in the wish-list of every man that I know of:

darling to behold. It comes with a 4 stroke engine and 4 cylinders each comprising of 4 valves which makes the total number of valves 16 in number. Each valves configuration is DOHC. It has a liquid cooling and the compression ratio is 12.5:1. Perched on a hayabusa you are sure to get glances.

in-line engine provides it with all the horse power it needs. It has 16 valves 4 valves per cylinder. It has a compression ratio of 12.9:1. With killer designs and contemporary looks this bike is a sure shot head turner.

stroke engine. 2 cylinders with 4 valve each having a configuration of DOHC. The compression ratio is 11.6:1.

Suzuki Hayabusa 1340: costing at around $13,699 the Suzuki hayabusa is a

Suzuki GSX-R 600: this bike is all about speed with comfort. It has a tag price of $11,599 dollars. The 4 stroke horizontal

Kawasaki Ninja 250R: the Ninja is an excellent machine among various automotive resources, when it comes to looks and performance. This one is for the novice in sports biking. It is priced at an affordable $3,999 which makes it a best buy. It has a parallel twin 4

Blue Firebolt XB12R: the pocket pinch for this bike is $10,299. It has a V twin engine. The engine stroke comes down to 4. It has 2 cylinders with 2 valves per cylinder. The valve configuration is OVH – Pushrod and the compression ratio is 10.0:1. Cont. pg 11

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promises you value for every single penny that you shell out. It has a 4 stroke V twin engine, 2 cylinders with 4 valves each. It has a compression ratio of 11.5:1 with a DOHC valve configuration. Cont from pg 10. Harley Davidson VRSC V-Rod Muscle: some muscle this bike has. It is a completely powerpacked stunner. It starts at $14,999 which is likely to burn out a big hole in your pocket, but this bike These stylish super fast sports bike is a dream for almost every man on earth. For more information on these bikes refer auto blogs. About the Author Cheryl Ross is an expert author on various books and article on different automotive resources. In this article she has provided us with a comprehensive list of the top five sports bikes which are high on style and comfort. For details visit this blog

Essential Motorcycle Tools for Every Biker
Author: monisha

Motorcycles are often associated with activities such as racing, cruising, stunts, and many other fun activities. It is undeniable that the joy of owning a bike is unparalleled; however this wonderful mode of commutation requires great care and maintenance as well. It is very important for every biker to be able to perform basic repair jobs to ensure that they don't get stranded in a no-man's land. If you own a bike, although it may have a tool kit from the company; in case you don't have a tool kit, it is very important for you to

find your own set of auto repair tools. Problems don't warn before they come, therefore it's always better to stay prepared. When shopping for motorcycle tools you need to make a list of the jobs you will be able to perform in your workshop. Some of the essential jobs every motorcycle owner should be able to perform include adjusting and replacing chain/belt, replacing light

bulbs, greasing parts that require lubrication, fixing flat tires, changing fuses, etc. Once you are done with the list of the jobs, you need to start shopping for required auto repair tools. Some of the essential motorcycle tools include hand tools such as hammers, pliers, screwdrivers, wrenches, cutters, abrasive, flat repair kit, etc. You need to select these tools based on the jobs you are planning to perform. Once you have the re-

quired tool kit, you may need to learn to perform certain jobs, which you can do from a video streaming website such as YouTube. All you need to do is search for required lessons and practice. Adopting DIY approach for repairing you motorcycle will not only make you self sufficient of dealing with minor issues, it is sure to save you a significant amount of money in the long run. If you are planning to start with this DIY approach for motorcycle repairs, you can find the information and tools you need using any popular search engine.

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Pre-Motorcycle Purchase Checklist
Author: Matt LeClair

Have you been thinking
about purchasing a new motorcycle for the upcoming riding season? If you are, then you'll want to consider a few things before doing so. Here are three important things that you should consider doing before purchasing a new motorcycle for yourself. Get Your Motorcycle License Before you actually go out

and buy a motorcycle, you'll want to consider getting your motorcycle license. There are a number of things to prepare for this. You can take a rider safety course which will give you

the much needed knowledge and experience needed to make yourself a trained rider. The rider safety course will teach you about safety and riding techniques in detail with hands on experience. This is something that you simply cannot get when you settle for taking the motorcycle license test through the motor vehicle department in your state. You might actually even discover that riding motorcycle is simply not for you. It would be unfortunate for you to find this out, but at least you will have saved yourself from a major expense. Plan For Motorcycle Insurance One thing you might also

want to do is plan ahead and have some form of motorcycle insurance ready for the big day when you actually do get your motorcycle. If your motorcycle is ready to for you to take home, then it might be a good idea to let your insurance agent know about it so he can get your policy created so that you have coverage at the time when you ride the motorcycle home. Get Geared Up If you don't already have the proper gear for when you ride it the first time, then you should gear yourself up so your safe on the trip home. If anything, you should at least have a motorcycle helmet and a motorcycle jacket. These two items are the most important pieces of gear that any biker can have.

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Tips For Getting A Motorcycle Loan
keep in mind when searching for the best possible loan for your financing needs. Interest Rate Finding a loan that will suite your financing needs is critical, and one aspect of that process is the interest rate that you get with your loan. The basic idea is that you want to get the lowest possible interest rate so you pay less for the loan in the long run. The interest rate that you get will depend on a number of factors, of which the most important factor being your credit score. If you have a high credit score, then you will most likely be rewarded with a lower interest rate. On the flip side if you have a low credit score, your interest rate might not be as low. Terms You'll want to discuss your options as far as the terms of your loan goes. If you can afford to pay the loan off more quickly, then you should consider a short loan term or period because it will cost you less when all is said in done. The faster you pay the loan off, the less interest you are going to pay. Loan Selection There are a number of places where you can get a motorcycle loan, so it will be in your best interest if you shop around for the lowest possible interest rates and the most attractive loan terms that you can possibly get. The internet is a great resource that you can use to shop for motorcycle loans because you have the ability to compare a variety of different carriers so you can see which one has the best loan package for you.

Author: Matt LeClair When you purchase a new motorcycle, one of the options that you might have to look at in order to pay for it is a motorcycle loan. There are a number of things that you need to

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Fill a Need
Photos and Story By Ricky J. Carrasco
First, in conjunction with Bea Barraza, a Special Education teacher from Bonham school, and then progressively with various individuals and organizations like El Paso bikers, Marines Toys for Tots, and many others, Mickie and her merry band of elves collect and distribute toys to the many children in need in the barrio. This marks the 26th straight year that toys, ice cream, balloon and Christmas cheer are given. “Nobody just gave us toys when I was growing up, and when I saw an opportunity to do the same thing, I decided to start it up here in Chihuahuita,” says Mickie. So now, in the “last week of September, I start writing, by hand, my ‘begging letters’ to various sponsors and anybody that’ll help.” The drive needs a lot of help as the event has grown to pass out toys to more than 150 kids in Chihuahuita. Around 20 volunteers set up tables, set up age groups, help in crowd control and pass out ice cream, balloons and whatever else that is donated. “The kids are not particular about size or anything. Usually, they get just what they want, and they’re very happy to get whatever they get. One year, I had a volunteer that tried to get the kid a huge stuffed animal, and all he really wanted was just a little toy truck. Parents are not allowed to pick toys for the kids. We just need the kids to be satisfied and smiling.” The December bike run has

Mickie, Biker Santa, and Santa’s Elf ready to ride.

When Mickie Subia saw a
need for some Christmas cheer in the neighborhood of Chihuahuita, firmly en-

sconced in a small, almost forgotten corner of downtown El Paso, she decided to do something about it.

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been a part of the donation events since the beginning. “When I first started, there were only 8 bikes. Not a lot of toys that first year. But the Marines saved it for me” with added donations. This year, more than 70 bikes participated on the Friday morning run. Meeting first at Coco’s restaurant on North Loop, the ride proceeds to Cielo Vista, MacArthur, Ross, and Hillside schools to collect toys. Students are encouraged to donate toys to other kids less fortunate

MacArthur principal and staff with their donated toys.

than themselves. When the rumble of the riders can be heard, the kids at each school beamed and cheered with excitement. Each school lets out a portion of their students to meet the bikers. “When Bea Barraza and I started the bike run and toy donation, we would go to her school and her students would come out to greet the bikers, and would be extra excited for our Biker

Santa.” On December 18th, Mickie held the distribution event at her own home. Her garage, that holds the collection of toys, piled to the ceiling, serves as the backdrop to the event. Kids lined up and down the block to receive toys, ice cream,

and sit on Santa’s lap. Mickie finds the children earlier in the year by going around the neighborhood knocking on doors to see where the kids are. “That first year, I had a lot of slammed doors and people asking what I wanted.” Since then, her toy drive is a happy annual tradition in Chihuahuita with many bikers and organizations contributing for Christmas. “Just to see the look on the kids faces makes all the work worthwhile.”

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Gene Romer's West Coast Flat Track Races

Poker Run to Feed the Children- 1st Annual
Jan 15th, 2011 Address: 4724 Menaul Boulevard Northeast Albuquerque, NM 871110 We Will Be Hosting A Poker Run, Benefits Feed The Children, Anyone Is Welcome To Join Us. There Will Be 5 Stops For The Poker Run. We Will Meet At Shoneys For Breakfast At 8 AM. Then Be At Bobby J's Yamaha By 9:30 To Register, Kickstands Up At 10. Be Back At Bobby J's By 3pm For Raffle, Drinks, Food. Price Will Be $10 A Hand.......More Info Please Contact Chuck "Papa Chuck" Russell Chapter President At 505-999-7359 Or John Latter Chapter VP At 505-934-1878 Or Jason "Lobo" Sedillo Chapter Secretary@505-8508452 Sponsor: Star Touring and Riding Chapter 389 Rio Rancho NM hosting the 9th Annual Dallas Chopper Show at the Longhord Ballroom. Live Music with Pete Barbeck and 7th Son

Jan 7th, 2011 9777 Las Vegas Blvd S Las Vegas, NV 89183 In association with the 20th Annual Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction, MidAmerica Auctions is pleased to announce the third annual Gene Romero West Coast Flat Track Races. Friday, January 7th and Saturday, January 8th at the South Point Hotel and Casino Equestrian Center. Info: 651-633-9655

Show Classes: Manufacturer Built (Big Dog, Iron Horse, etc) Shop Built (by a custom motorcycle shop) Home Built (constructed by owner) People's Choice Hours: 11:00am to 5:00pm Admission: Adults: $8.00 Children ages 5-14: $5.00 Children under 5: FREE

20th Annual Worlds Largest Vintage Motorcycle Auction held at the South Point Hotel and Casino. 500 antique and special interest motorcycles will be auctioned during this three day event. Motorcycle enthusiasts from all corners of the world participate in this exciting sale. info: 651-633-9655

Welcome Back Javelina HarleyDavidson
January 8, 2011 DIRECTIONS 29078 IH 10 W, Boerne, TX Javelina Harley-Davidson welcomes you back from the holidays and into 2011! Enjoy Great food and meet our HOG Chapter from noon-2pm. Register to win a leather jacket

Las Vegas MidAmerica Motorcycle Auction - 20th Annual
Jan 6th - Jan 8th 2011 9777 Las Vegas Blvd South Las Vegas, NV Las Vegas MidAmerica Motorcycle Auction -

Dallas Chopper Show and Swap Meet
Jan 9th, 2011 Address: 216 Corinth St. Dallas, TX 75207 Texas Scooter Times is

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or a Riders Edge Gift Certificate. First 50 people through the door recieves a coupon book. Winners of the leather jacket and Riders Edge Certificate will be announced at 5 pm. For all your Motorcycle Event information check out the Motorcycle Monster.


Matt Dominguez Memorial Ride- 2nd Annual
Jan 22nd, 2011 1288 Loop 337 New Braunfels , TX 78130 This ride is in honor of a brave young boy who battled cancer at such a young age. All proceeds will benefit the Matthew Dominguez Memorial Fund, which in return will help out Christus Santa Rosa Hospital, where he was treated, and the Ronald McDonald House. The goal is to keep Matt's memory alive and to help other children and families in need and who are

struggling with cancer. For more information please visit m or email

Bikes and Boots Motorcycle Run January 15, 2011 3350 S. Main St., Pearland, TX The Alvin/Pearland Houston Metro Go Texan ommittee, a committee of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is hosting its first annual Bikes and Boots Motorcycle Run at the Pearland Lion's Club Registration begins at 10 AM, with first Bike out at 11 AM and last bike out at

Polar Bear Run
Jan 29th, 2011 5999 Hwy 146 S. Dayton, TX 77535 Fun Run 1st bike out at 1pm Last bike in at 6pm Blues Crew plays at 8pm Sponsor: Oaks Club Contact: Brandy Phone: 936-258-5084

Noon. Entry fee: $25.00 per bike, $5.00 per rider. Entry fee includes breakfast and event pin (per bike). Route includes a stop in Galveston and along the coast between Galveston and Freeport. For more information contact Cassie Mitchel at 281804-4211 or Linda Johnson at 281-543-2206.

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Driver: Jose Martinez Bike: 07 Yamaha YZF R6 Exterior: Tinted wind screen, smoked taillight w/ integrated turn signals, Hot Body flush mount turn signals, Pro Grip tank pad, carbon fiber style no cut frame sliders. Engine/Tires: AGG Racing smog block off plates, Hindle headers, GYTR titanium stubby, BMC race filter, Michelin soft compound front tire, Michelin dual compound rear tire.

High Revs, Ultimate Speed, Ultimate Power
Story by: Mario Rios Jr. • Photos by: Mauricio Lara must. Their advanced suspension systems provide a great amount of stability, adjustability and durability; enabling the rider to conquer those twisty back roads with ease. Why a sport bike over a cruiser? On a sport bike you are lunged forward over the gas tank, with your legs positioned high on the bike, unlike cruisers where you sit comfortably upright. This crouched position is key in riding these motorcycles, it helps move the center of gravity on the bike forward so at high speeds it will support the weight of the rider comfortably. The riders’ legs are positioned high for ground clearance when cornering, whereas leg positioning on a cruiser bike is only a few inches above the ground. Whether you’re having that itch for driving at high speeds or just looking for a Superman-like adrenaline rush, a sport bike may be right up your alley. Not only are they designed to go fast, but they also are aesthetically pleasing. Martinez could not have said it better when asked, “Why a sport bike?” “It’s just fun… and the ladies love it!”

Speed. The word “speed”
means something different to many people; it means the distance traveled by an object divided by its duration of the interval, to others it means going really fast! What good does that do if you can’t look good doing it though? Don’t have $50,000 for the newest, hottest sports car? Well speed comes in different shapes and sizes, sport bikes for example are a great, cost effective way to go fast and look good doing it. There are many bike manufacturers that make these beastly machines. Asian and European manufacturers such as Kawasaki, Suzuki, Yamaha, Ducati and Aprilia, produce these race ready machines, for almost

every taste. Local sport bike rider, Jose Martinez, is one fearless speed enthusiast and owner of an attractive 2007 Yamaha YZF R6. From the factory, these socalled “crotch rockets”, pack a punch. The highlight of these motorcycles is acceleration, speed, braking, and agile maneuverability. Most importantly, they can be used for any type of paved highway. These important factors compromise comfort and fuel economy, compared to other types of motorcycles. Martinez says, “I love that I can drive 200 miles on only ten dollars worth of gas”, in an economy with high gas prices, that’s not bad, especially for a bike that will redline at 17500 rpm.

Certain design elements on these two-wheeled rockets lie in their highperformance engines barricaded within a light weight frame. Engines range from 500cc which is entry level power, to 1000cc, a so-called super bike. The difference is about 200 horsepower or more at the crank in the 1000cc! These two key components help maintain chassis rigidity and structural integrity; making you go fast without having the bike fall apart from right under you. Other key components, such as the braking system, provide safe stopping for these high speed monsters. Built with high performance brake pads, multi piston calipers clamped to over size vented rotors, are a Jan 2011 Sun City Biker 19

Some Tips Before You Buy a Sports Bike
Advanced adjustment system and materials are found in suspension so that both stability and durability can be achieved The tiers in front and rear are larger and wider than the other motorcycles so that you can get more speed and good angles. By: Ricky Lee If you want speed in your life then go for sports bikes. However, not only these bikes are known for speed but also for excellent acceleration, maneuverability and deceleration. Before you go and buy a sports bike here are some things that you should know about these bikes. Features of sports bikes In sports bikes you get a powerful engine for helping you drive faster and a light body which is easy to control The braking system of the sports bikes have both brake pads and multi-piston calipers and each are clamped into rotors If fairings are used in sports bikes then they are shaped in such a manner that the aerodynamic drag is reduced to a large extent There are various types of sports bikes available in the market and these are: Entry level: These are for those who want to practice before riding on an excellent sports bike. These are

inexpensive bikes and are also lightweight and durable. The engines are made in such a way that they offer you both longevity and durability. The best part of these bikes is they are perfect for riders of any height and weight. Cont. Pg 22

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These bikes also have short wheelbase and lightweight thus making the handling easier and similar to the high capacity sports bikes

Hyper sport: Those of you who prefer bikes with high speed acceleration for them these bikes are ideal. The motors that you would find in these bikes range between 1000 Rider Tony Medrano cc and 1400 cc. These are heavier than the super bikes and therefore Cont. from pg 20. provide excellent stability Small capacity: The engines of these bikes range Super bikes: These bikes between 125 cc to 400 cc and are available as both 2 are made for those who want to compete in bike strokes and 4 strokes cycles. They are ideal for the racing. These bikes have larger engines ranging beriders with short statures tween 800 cc to 1200 cc. and with light weight.

ing bikes. Though these bikes are less powerful and heavier in comparison with the other sports bikes, they are preferred because of the comfort that they offer. They offer storage facility and make you feel comfortable while riding.

Super sport bikes: These bikes are also built keeping in mind the need of the racers. The power of the engines range between 600 cc to 800 cc. Sport touring: If you want to go for long rides then you should opt for sport tour-

About the Author: Sport bikes are great for you if you want to fun by racing. Choose any of your favorite from the great collection at The Sports Bike Shop.

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Motor Cycle Stands and Their Advantages
Many other accessories are being made by automakers to ensure bikes standing safely with a perfect degree of balance. Motorcycle wheel chocks is one such accessory. It can be used easily to strap down a motorcycle. It mounts in a perfect way on the floor. A wheel chock generally has an identical size, which makes it compatible with all types of bike wheels. By using a sturdy motorcycle stand, you can make your bike stand in a rock solid way, without any straps and tie downs. Ideal stands have a sound capacity of 2000 lb capacity and are mig wielded. They are added with squared steel tubing to enhance their performance. check and repair its front and back parts comfortably. They are in fact a biker's best friend during emergencies. Always buy a motorcycle stands from registered and reliable manufacturers or Many bikers prefer to use auto accessories dealers. a motorcycle lift instead. A Buying bike stands with motorcycle lift is safer maximum warranty pethan stands during a rainy riod, is a great option to climate. You can use such get maximum advantage accessories to make your from it. A factory tested bike stand at an elevated motorcycle stands is sure level. Bike lifts have many to give a high-level perother advantages as well. formance. By using such accessories, you can inA motorcycle jack is ancrease safety of your other important accessory bikes. Today, you can buy to make your bike stand an online motorcycle safely from ground level stands without much hasduring service and repairs. sle at price effective budgIt is like a small sea saw ets. device. By making your Info provided by: bike stand on it, you can J & S Jacks

By: Scott Mathews | Have you ever thought how important a motorcycle stand is to keep your bike safe and stable? It holds great importance when the bike is kept at rest. Your motor bike is a real prized possession of your life. You can make it stand safely with perfect balance by using a motorcycle stand. While cleaning and polishing it or washing it, and feel relaxed from fear of your bike falling on the ground.

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What Makes Harley Davidson Different
By: Sean Carter | in the car market and as of lately the truck market too. The Americans are chasing the foreign automakers in about every category. Harley Davidson builds a fine motorcycle but the truth of the matter is that it is not that much better mechanically than a comparable foreign motorcycle. In fact, some would even tell you that it is not as reliable or built as well. I am not going to get into that debate. While the other manufacturers have done a good job of copying the look of the bike they can never replicate the sound! They also don't understand that what makes a Harley is not just the design. It has everything to do with the image. If you ask most people over the age of 30 what their favorite motorcycle is and they would tell you, "Harley". Many of them buy apparel with the logo on it even though they don't own one. They will tell you that they will have one someday though. Harley Davidson has done a fantastic job of branding their product. They have created not only a product but also an image. When a person buys their first Harley they immediately purchase an array of apparel and accessories to go with it. They join a social class of proud Harley riders. They did not just buy a Motorcycle, they bought an image that and they are all to eager to live up to it. Harley Davidson is the ultimate "Brand". It's name represents high end quality and portrays masculinity, power and the ultimate "cool". Did the marketers at Harley Davidson do this on purpose, or was it just dumb luck. After all, many people remember the late 70's early 80's when you could not give a Harley Davidson away. People also may remember when there were 3 year waiting lists for about every model just a decade or so later. An owner of a local franchise told me once that the mentality of Harley Davidson was "Enough Harley Davidson's is one too many". That comment made sense to me because of what I learned in economics about supply and

Harley Davidson today is the most respected sought after motorcycle in the world. Other manufacturers have been trying to imitate their models for decades. They say imitation is the greatest form of flattery. That is not why the competition does it though. It is simply an effort to steal market share. The foreign motorcycle manufacturers are trying to copy a US manufacturer is kind of ironic if you think about it. That is not exactly the case

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pply and demand, the lower the supply the higher the demand. The Harley Davidson brand image benefited greatly from that demand. Whether it was intentional or by accident I don't know but it worked. The US car makers could probably benefit from a marketing strategy closer to that of Harly's. The US car makers have done just the opposite over the last decade. They pumped out units and sponsored numerous rebate/financing programs that "Cheapened" the image of the car or truck. Even though there are plenty of Harley's to be bought on showroom floors

today you don't see 0% financing for 72 months + $4000 cash back. Customers find out quickly that every dime they save on those kinds of programs they also give up on resale value later on. There is not the same desperation feel in the Harley Davidson marketing campaigns. I was in the car business when I bought my first Harley, a New 1998 Softail Custom demo with 1700 miles on it. It was kind of difficult for me to pay full MSRP for a demo with miles on it, after all, in my business we had to give every vehicle away to sell

it. Price on the bike was not negotiable at that time but I was welcome to put my name on a list for one with no miles. I opted to drive that one home instead of waiting possibly years to get another. I did not feel taken advantage of or cheated. I bought into the hype and felt pretty lucky and proud of my new/used bike. I realized that while I may have paid too much by my "car business" standards it was really all relative. The Harley was actually worth more than I paid when I drove it home. I know because I had offers.

Even after 8 years I still was able to get a couple thousand less than I paid originally for it. Harley Davidson is truly a success story in marketing, engineering, and branding. I love mine and would not own anything else. I am on my eighth one now and will probably own many more in the future. About the Author By: Sean Carter (Hoggdaddy) Website:

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