Top Tips for Buying Beach Cruiser Bikes

If it’s been some time since you’ve been to a bike shop, prepare yourself to get floored. Picking a bike from the shop is a challenge these days. The sheer varieties, styles and combinations available can confuse you. Whether you want simple, uncomplicated or super speed, just about anything is available for the picking. Among the different kinds of bikes on sale, beach cruiser bikes are probably the most loved and one of the most widely bought bikes.

Beach cruiser bikes or ‘lifestyle bikes’ as they are now being called, are great for lengthy beach getaways or for short city rides. They are uncomplicated, easy to maintain and fabulous to ride. What with more and more people turning to biking for much needed exercise, bikes such as these are very much in demand. New features appear all the time and there are variations in prices. So, how can you decide on the right bike to buy?

The first buying decision is regarding – not the bike – but the rider. Is the bike for a man or woman? Commonly, women?s bikes have the common drop and men?s bikes have the rigid and sometimes ugly looking crossbars. However, these days, many manufacturers have designed unisex beach cruiser bikes that pass as bikes for men and women. Generic bikes may be of standard colors like red, orange, black and Chrome. Even so, people who have certain preferences or those with handicaps may prefer bikes with a dip in the crossbar so that they can get on and off the bike without them having to throw their leg over the bike.

Another important decision that needs to be taken is regarding the terrain. Will the beach cruiser ride on a hilly or level surface. Unless there is a specific purpose, there is no reason to buy a multi-speed cruiser bike. Since multi-speed bikes are difficult to maintain and assemble, these bikes may last for shorter periods too. Therefore, if you will be using the beach cruiser bike mainly for city riding, then, the better option is to stay with a single speed beach cruiser.

The third decision is regarding the look of the bike. Do you or don?t you want fenders on the bike? This is a matter of personal preference. But, it must be remembered that although fenders are generally considered stylish, there are maintenance issues associated with them. Fenders should be made of hardy, durable materials. Make sure that the bike has a kick stand if you opt for fenders. Many people have the habit of dropping the bike when it is not in use and fenders cannot stand this abuse for long. On the other hand, the usability of fenders is limited as they are required only during the monsoons so that water is not thrown outwards when the tire moves.

Finally, it is important to choose a bike that is of the right height for your use. One way to find out is to ride the bike before you buy. Otherwise, you will need to measure the inside of the seam of your pants and buy accordingly.

Victory Kingpin Review

This is not an article written by a wannabe motorcyclist article writer that is under direction from the magazine owners on what to write and say based on which motorcycle company is paying the most in advertising dollars at the moment. This article keeps it real.

As I mentioned, I purchased my Victory Kingpin in February of 2004 — A very good year. After looking at Harley Davidson and seeing how Harley has become a mass production company of cookie cutter, oil-leaking machines, I decided to look elsewhere. If a Harley is you bag, then that is all good. For me, I do not understand the appeal. Next I looked at the Honda VTX 1800 — Very nice bike. Best performance and all around cruiser for the money. I wanted this bike.

At the last minute I catch glimpse of a Victory Vegas advertisement. I decide I need to know more. I find that the 2004 Victory motorcycles are being sold by mostly Indian dealerships. Why? Well this is about the time that Indian corporation has decided to go out of business. So the nervous Indian dealerships are quickly signing on with Polaris to sell the Victory motorcycle lines. Was this fate or what? The Victory dealers are enjoying record sales now and selling high-quality American motorcycles. I go to my local Indian dealership, check out the Vegas, then in the back of the small showroom I see Victory Kingpins sitting there calling to me. One was the Black/Bronze 2004 two-tone color. I wanted this motorcycle. The look of the bike, the test ride.

Yes, I said test ride. And the professionalism of the Victory dealer made me sign for the bike that day. Sure I was nervous buying an unknown and unproven American (86% American that is) motorcycle. I knew the inherent problems with buying a Harley and I did not want to go there or be labeled a Harley rider. Not for me. Common sense told me I should have gone with the Honda VTX 1800. But the Victory had styling, had performance, and had comfort and handling that I wanted. It cost eight thousand more than a Honda, but who cares when it comes to the bike you want.

The Kingpin was a joy to ride from day one. I upgraded to the Stage I performance kit, which included new slip-on exhaust, a new K&N air filter and a remapping of the Victory Electronic Control Unit (ECU). The new slip-ons gave the bike a deeper throatier sound. Not the metal clanky sound you hear with Harleys. After doing the recommended engine brake in, I started to get comfortable with the new machine and explore its handling capabilities. With its low-center of gravity, this bike handled like a dream. Not as good as my sport bike but very impressive.

I initially was afraid to work on the bike since it was so expensive and foreign to me. But that winter I started doing some modifications on the bike. The modifications started small with simple bolt on add on like the highway bars, chrome goodies and mirrors. The following year I got even more serious and started wiring in brake light and headlight safety modulators. Then I started swapping out stock parts like the ugly stock turn signals and replacing them with custom LED lighting products from the boys at MBW Motorcycles. Now the bike was started to look custom and I was learning my way around.

The latest modifications I have done include more wiring in of the PIAA driving lights, adding a custom after market drive sprocket overdrive pulley. The latter modification involved removing the fuel tank, exhaust, rear wheel, belt drive, right foot controls. This was a serious modification and I had to make sure I put her back together correctly. I strongly suggest you buy the Service manual for your motorcycle. You need to know the torque specifications and which bolts need Loctite. I did succeed in getting the Kingpin back together and running. I took some time in practicing how to align the rear wheel with the belt drive. I did this a few times and bought a Motion Pro belt tension gauge to make sure I was a close to accurate I could be. With all of these modifications, my confidence in working on the Kingpin has gone from zero to what can I try next. It is Zen like to work on motorcycles and to ride them.

Now we are in spring of 2006. The Victory Kingpin is two year old. With all of my modifications and 10,000 miles I have not had one single mechanical problem with this motorcycle. Yes I am shocked. Especially since this was the first year for this motorcycle. There were bound to be some problems. The answer is simply no. This motorcycle is a gem. I can count on this bike on long trips. Feel comfortable riding the bike, and feel confident that I can keep her running for years to come.

I have my Kingpin completely customized to my style. With one or two performance modifications in place, I find the need to give the Victory Freedom 92 cubic inch engine more power. The method to which I will use to satisfy this need is to install an Eaglecat custom Victory air box and a Lloydz Victory Fuel Control module. Bit the items combined will give your Kingpin an additional 11 horsepower. Yes I said eleven horsepower. I have the dyno sheets to prove this.

Why Men Get Nervous When They Are About to Approach a Woman

We see them there in the bars, or the nightclubs, or even in the school yard. They are women, and they are scary. In order to try to ascertain why girls are indeed so scary to boys, we have to stop a moment and think back a long time ago. I’m not talking about last week; rather, I am talking about over fifty thousand years ago, in a time known as the Pleistocene. Try to imagine that you are a young male walking around the planet at this time. Typically you would have probably been in the African Savannah, and you would have been part of a group of around 50 people or so. In this group, about half would have been women. Of these 25 women, most will probably already have a mate. Some will be too old for a mate, and some will be too young. This means, that in a most probably scenario, you will probably only have about five girls whom you may consider a potential mate.

Now let us consider a scenario in which you approached one of the five girls, and she didn’t like you. This is bad but it is often not so bad as you think. Remember the game is a numbers game. Or perhaps she thinks you are too weak, stupid, odd, tall, short, ugly, pretty, or just too weird. What would be her next course of action? Well as soon as you walk away after being cut down by this girl, she of course is going to tell all of her friends. And who are her other friends, the other four girls in the group of course. So, we can see that, your failure to attract a woman in the Pleistocene would have met with horrendous results. The other girls in the group would have lost respect for you and your mating value would have been diminished significantly. Now, as fate turns out, with the invention of civilization, we no longer live in the Pleistocene. In the modern era, if you fail to attract a girl, chances are you may never see her again. But the problem is, the brain doesn’t know what civilization is. It is still living in the past because it hasn’t had enough time to evolve yet. Consequently, even to this day, when you enter a public gathering your brain is literally designed to make you anxious about approaching girls.

Free Website Traffic Through Article Promotion

What is Article Promotion? Article promotion is a great way to attract quality traffic to your website. It consists on publishing articles that you have written on subjects tightly related to your website’s niche, and allowing the free distribution rights on these articles to anyone that may want to use them as content on their own site as long as they remain intact. These articles will be branded with a link back to your website.

Why does Article Promotion Work? Article promotion works great because the small amount of effort that it takes to write an article can have huge payoffs in the form of link popularity and qualified traffic. Visitors of the websites that pick up your articles will read through them, and if you have done a good job of getting their attention and interest, then they will follow the link to your site at the bottom of the article searching for more great information.

How To Start Your Own Article Promotion Campaign Starting an article promotion campaign is very straight forward. First of all you need to figure out what kind of people you want visiting your website (your market). Once you know who you want to attract it will become easier to see what kind of topics they will be more likely to read about. If you sell motorcycle helmets on your website, you might want to attract bikers; an article on “10 things your helmet must have” would be great! You can also write about related stuff like motorcycle history, biker culture, leather ware, etc…

So you know who you are writing to and you know what you are writing about. Take some time to get an outline together and jot down the points you want to touch on. This will help you stay organized and it will make your article easier to read. Make sure you keep your topic narrow so that you or your readers don’t get overwhelmed with the amount of information to cover.

Now that you have your outline in place it is time to write your article. Usually if you have made a well detailed outline, you should aim at writing one to two paragraphs for each line item. Remember to include an introduction that tells the reader what you are going to talk about, and a conclusion that restates the most important points in your article. Do not include any links to your website in the body of the article, this will work against you in the long run.

Cool! Your article is almost ready to roll. Now is the time to put the link back to your page in place. The reason why I told you not to link to your own page from your article is that most website owners don’t like to publish articles loaded with self promotion. If you include links to your own site in the body of your article it becomes a little bit of a sales letter in disguise, and this is not our goal. The bottom of the article should be used as an “About the Author” box. Write a little bit (around 250 characters) about yourself, but most importantly invite the reader to click to your website.

In order for this box to be effective you must keep your ego stroking to the minimum and use this text to call the reader to action. Give your readers a good reason to click to your website. The following examples will show you how your about boxes should look.

Bad Example – What Not To Do My name is John Doe, I have been riding motorcycles my whole entire life. I grew up in Mississippi but then I moved up north to New York. I started my website JohnDoesBikeHelmets.com because I thought I could make me some money. Visit my site today!

The Good: John Doe has a call to action: “Visit my site today!”.

The Bad: Although he has a call to action, he does not provide a valid reason to visit his site.

The Ugly: Nobody really cares about John Doe’s life, including biographical information is a waste of about box space. JohnDoesBikes.com is neither a hyperlink, nor a full URL. People looking for helmets are probably not looking for JohnDoesHelmets.

Better Example – Do This, You Might Get Some Traffic If you are looking for motorcycle helmets you must visit my website today at [http://www.JohnDoesBikeHelmets.com] Tired of looking for a helmet online, stop banging your head against the wall! Especially if you are not wearing one of JohnDoe’s Helmets!

The Good: Some personality comes through. Call to action. Live hyperlink and full URL.

The Bad: Although the URL is live now, it will still not serve a purpose because most likely people are not looking for JohnDoesBikeHelmets when they search for helmets on search engines.

The Ugly: There is no real reason why a reader should click on the link. No benefits have been pointed out.

Best Example –Do This If You Want To Get Loads Of Traffic From Your Articles! Hey! John Doe here. Looking for high quality, affordable, cool-looking helmets? You are in luck! My slick looking Motorcycle Helmets will not only save you tons of money, but will also save your life! Get 15% off your purchase with code: CoolHelmets

The Good: Lots of benefits, great incentive to click on link by adding a discount code, excellent linking technique by using anchor words people will actually be searching for on search engines.

The Bad: The search term “Motorcycle Helmets” can be very competitive and will probably not rank as high in search engines as a less competitive term such as “Custom Painted Motorcycle Helmets”

The Ugly: Some article directories don’t allow anchor text on about box links. If that is the case, just place a full live URL.

So far so good. You have a market, you know what your market wants to read about, you have written something to them and you gave them a reason to click into your website. Great job! Now we need to get your article published by many different websites so you get that constant flow of visitors into your site.

In order to let the world know about your articles the best thing you can do is to submit them to article directories. Article directories are websites loaded with free articles. Writers submit their articles and provide them with free content for them to distribute to other website owners who; on the other hand, visit article directories searching for free, easy content for their sites. They get free content, you get free publicity. It is a win-win situation!

Among the largest article directories that come to mind are:

EZineArticles.com, GoArticles.com, ArticleAlley.com, ArticleDashboard.com, ArticlesBase.com

I highly recommend that you register for free to each and everyone of the directories above, and that you submit every article you write to them. This should get you a fair amount of traffic. You can always find more article directories if you Google “article directory”.

Super-Charge your Article Promotion Campaign! The following tips will help you make the most of your article promotion efforts:

  • Write at least one article a month, one per week would be ideal.
  • Submit each article to at least five directories, ten is even better.
  • Use the keywords that you want to rank for in the title of your article.
  • Change your about box in every article directory, making sure to change the anchor text to keywords related to the main keyword you want to rank high on.
  • When it comes to titles, think outside the box. Catchy and long works better than short and dull.