Looking at Motorcycles in Movies [Infographics]

Movies have used motorbikes as certain pieces of props or the centre of the entire film. In this infographic, the value of these motorbikes in films, along with their appeal, speed, iconic status and screen time, is broken down in full.

What’s obvious here is that there’s lots of motorcycle abuse going on in films. Are you listening? Film directors?

Different Types of Motorhomes

A Recreational Vehicle, also known as RV is the usual term for a motor vehicle or trailer equipped with living space and amnesties found in home. This term is usually used in North America. There are several definitions exist for RVs and vary by region, including “caravan”, “camper van” and “motorhome”, but are also used to designate different types of vehicles outside North America.

There are actually many different types of recreational vehicles. One of the examples of recreational vehicles are Snowmobile, All–terrain Vehicle, Golf Carts and Other Vehicles. It includes the motorhome (Class A, Class B, Class B+, and Class C), travel trailer, fifth wheel trailer, toy hauler, popup trailer, and slide-in camper. Motorhomes are actually one of the recreational vehicles.

But what is a motorhome? Well, we do know about motorcycles as this site is dedicated for motorcycle enthusiasts. Recreational vehicles are not at all usually used and discussed. Most people have no idea about recreational vehicles. And if you are still new to the world of recreational vehicles, you probably will have no idea if motorhome enthusiasts are discussing the benefits of Class A, Class B and Class C motorhomes.

Here are the three different types of motorhome that you will be able to learn and their corresponding advantages and disadvantages:

Class A Motorhome

Hence, the name class A is absolutely the most luxurious classification of RV available. It is built on heavy-duty frames like a commercial truck or bus chassis. Some, like the King Aire, are built on a customized chassis built specifically for its design. They are equipped for vacations or short trips, but they are also commonly used by full-time RVers.

Advantages:

  • Owning a Class A motorhome is like owning a very nice home, only you can take it on the road with you.
  • It is actually large enough to accommodate a full family, and luxury motor coaches like the Mountain Aire, Essex, or King Aire have top-of-the-line electronics, entertainment options, master bedrooms, full bathrooms, and offer a variety of floor plans to match your lifestyle.
  • It offers a feeling of openness and home.

Disadvantages:

  • It is large, powerful, and expensive.
  • Most of it are difficult to drive especially on long, cross-country trips.
  • It gets poor fuel economy when compared to a Class B motorhome or your own family motor vehicle.
  • Choosing a Class A motorhome takes commitment, because it is a purchase that should fit your lifestyle.

Class B Motorhome

It is usually a common misconception that Class B is the middle-of-the-road option because Class A is the largest and the most luxurious, and also that Class C motorhomes are the smallest. Well, it is not. Class B is the smallest out of all the three types of motorhome. In terms of its size and offerings of amnesties, Class B motorhome is actually the most limited.

Class B motorhome is built using a cargo or camper van as the base which is often called “conversion vans” or “camper vans”. Class B motorhome are much larger than typical van and it has raised roof which is high enough to allow its occupants to stand up inside.

Advantages:

  • It has the advantage of specialization as many manufacturers of Class B motorhomes don’t manufacture other types of motorized RVs.
  • Compared to other types of motorhomes, it get much better gas mileage.
  • It can be used as a full-time family vehicle because it is small enough to park in most normal parking spaces or even garages.

Disadvantages:

  • It typically have small kitchen, living room and bathroom.
  • The sound system, television, and other entertainment options are extremely limited.
  • Occupancy id usually limited to between 2-4 people. The inside will generally feel cramped.
  • The bathrooms generally have the shower and toilet in the same place which is called a wet bath.

Class C Motorhome

Class C motorhome is usually distinguished because of its appearance of an attached cab. It provides many of the luxury amenities of the more extravagant Class A motorhomes, but are less expensive. It also proved a midpoint between the very stripped-down Class B motorhome family and Class A luxury motor coaches.

Class motorhomes are usually known by many people as a “cab-over” motorhome. Most have an overhang which is an area that hangs over the cabin with a bed and sometimes have an additional bedroom at the rear.

Advantages:

  • Features small dining areas, stoves, refrigerators, storage tanks for waters and propane, and higher-end electronic and entertainment equipment.
  • It has more storage and more room for families than a Class B.

Disadvantages:

  • It offers better gas mileage but poorer fuel economy than the Class B.
  • Its sheer size will not fit in garages and driveways because it is long.
  • In terms of its interior amenities, Class A is truly more luxurious than Class C.

Create a Great Garage For Your Bikes

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It takes no genius to know that cars and bikes, in particular, are very important for owners. These are their babies. But the garage is where the vehicles are settled, day in and day out. It is the place for these precious bikes that should be given special attention as well.

The garage is a part of the home that is functional and super helpful. Aside from a vehicle port, it can operate as a laundry room or even as a workshop. Taking care of it is truly necessary and beneficial.

In constructing or renovating a garage:

1. It would be great to start with working with the existent clutter. Go and organize your stuff so that this will lead to a tidier area.
2. Segregate your things into three categories, to keep, to donate or to sell, and to throw away.
3. Create a layout you want to follow and this includes positioning and placement of your bikes and other items. Do some research of other garage designs for inspiration.
4. Study which garage floor covering you choose to use. There are different products available in the market and they all vary in styles and colors. Make sure your choice fits the overall concept you want. Consider cost and functionality too.
5. Select paint colors that have good adhesion and washable feature. These paints are easier to clean and maintain in the long run. Pick out darker colors for dirt to not show clearly.
6. Avail of storage cabinets in hardware stores that are ready to be assembled. There are made to measure ones as well. This can be a quick alternative and it can no doubt make the most use of space.
7. Label your repositories so the access to them will be faster and systematic. Better yet, you can even make a map you can post up so others will know where specific stuffs are located.
8. If you fortunately have extra space, you can designate it as a lounging and relaxation area to read, drink coffee or even sleep in.
9. You’re a music lover? You can set up stereos and speakers in the garage so if you are there, working on your bike or getting some things, you can listen to your favorite jams.
10. Make sure that your garage is well lit and well ventilated. Sometimes, people tend to stay for long periods of time on their motorbikes. At least if the room has good lighting and airing, you are comfortable and cozy.

Your garage can be a form of expression, like other things. Do not be afraid to experiment and follow your preferences. It is your space so do what you want. There is no one else you should satisfy but you yourself. Time, effort, patience and most importantly, money, will be major factors in this undertaking. So, explore your options, study each of them and decide wisely. It is just like when you were shopping for your bike, right? It certainly needs much deliberation so contemplate a lot then go all out!

How to ride a Sportbike

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Knowing the basics of position and control are essential for safe riding and proper handling of your sport bike. Spending some time testing your position and controls will not only improve your performance but it could prevent you making a fatal mistake.

Step 1:

Use a sport bike that is the right size for you. Your arms should be able to reach the bars easily and the seat should be a snug fit with your body gripping it. Never use a bike that is too big as this will be harder to control, and familiarize yourself with all the controls prior to riding.Step 2:

Sit on the seat of your sport bike and grip the tank with your knees so your lower body has a firm hold on the seat. Lean forward slightly so you have easy contact with the bars.

Step 3:
Lean your body to the left or right into a corner to turn. The shift in weight guides the bike into the corner in the same direction as you lean. At the same time, push down lightly on the corresponding bar with your hand to turn left or right and lean as you push.

Step 4:
Keep your arms and hands loose and relaxed at all times to prevent accidental pressure on the bars. Sports bikes are designed with very rapid reactions and the controls are very sensitive to the rider’s inputs, so maintain a light touch with your upper body and only apply pressure when you turn.

Step 5:
Move forward in the seat to put weight on the front tire to increase speed on straight stretches. Move back to slow down as your weight bears down on the back of the bike and causes traction, which will automatically reduce speed.

Step 6:
Ride your bike in safe areas such as designated tracks or unpopulated straight stretches and calculate easy distances to ride with frequent stopping points.

10 Tips for Buying a Motorcycle

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Motorcycles are what everyone desires. If you are considering buying a used motorcycle you will need to be savvy so that you do not get taken for a ride. Not all used motorcycles are equal. So before you pay make sure the bike you are buying is the best in its category.Used motorcycles can be bought from family and friends, online stores, dealers, classifieds in newspapers and more. While buying a known motorcycle is your best option sometimes you may need to buy from unknown sources. Do your research well. Surf the internet and read articles and tips on bikes and what to look for when buying a motorbike. Visit a few dealers and online motorbike websites to see what is on sale in the used motorbike category. In case you are nervy take the help of an auto professional. Find out what the price is for used motorbikes this will give you an idea of brands and price range.

Before you decide on the bike consider:

1. Making a thorough inspection. Check for damage and scratches as well as bends and repair signs.

2. Study the different motorbike models and know what inherent flaws are.

3. Ask whether the bike has been raced and how many owners it has had.

4. Check the lines of the bike and the brake and clutch for smooth operation.

5. Rev the engine and listen to what it has to say. If you are tone deaf take along a biker friend.

6. Check the bike for signs of rust and paint flaking.

7. Check the wheel and tires for wear and tear.

8. Study the service records carefully.

9. Ask pertinent questions to know how the bike has been used and whether the owner takes pride in his bike. Judge whether the owner is being honest about the bikes accident free status and performance.

10. An owner who loves his bike will talk about it clearly and try and judge whether you will care for his old friend. Always make sure no modifications were done and that the service and maintenance were done by an authorized dealer with genuine parts.

Never buy the first bike you see. Buying a bike is like looking for an ever elusive pearl. Take your time and you will get a bike that will give trouble free rides. Always ask for a test ride and go through the papers to check there are no insurance or loan amounts pending. 

Study the bike not once but twice or even thrice before making a decision. Make sure you feel comfortable when seated on the bike. Motorbikes are like horses the owner and the motorbike must both feel as though they are one entity.

Glow or not To Glow

There are those that do and those that don’t. Having your lights on during the day that is! Whatever your opinion you may not have a choice as more and more bikes are coming with their lights hard wired so when the thing is running dip beam is on. This is not legislation in the UK yet, but some European countries have adopted it and it helps the manufactures’ of 160mph missiles look safety conscious.

Let’s look at the advantages and disadvantages. Well I thought long and hard about this and I can only actually think of a single advantage.

It makes you easier to be seen. Or does it?

I have had a scan at the road bible and as usual the good old Highway Code is a minefield of contradiction. This thing was definitely written by a politician, you can not get a straight answer out of it. Did you know it is NOT ILLEGAL to drive at night WITHOUT your lights on in a built up area (restricted road is the term). That seems a bit ludicrous to me and the very next sentence states,”use headlights when visibility is seriously reduced”. I thought darkness did this. Anyway it seems 100m is the general guide line as to lights on or off. The next rule I found gives guidance saying use dip beam at night in built up areas to be seen. I give up.

So disadvantages.

It drains your battery.
It wears your bulbs out quicker.
It dazzles people.
It increases your mpg.
It bakes the dead flies and makes the buggers even harder to get off.
It makes you the same as a Volvo driver ‘cos they have their lights on as well.
It makes you look bigger (and more scary you intimidating biker). I nearly put this in advantages but realised the anti-bike brigade use this sort of thing against us.
It makes it harder to judge your approach speed. Very important.
It can give a false signal. Even veryer important (don’t think that’s a real word but you know what I mean.)
So most of these disadvantages seem fairly innocuous, except the last two.
Judging approach speed is quite an important skill and when a headlight is coming towards you the dazzle effect does something to your brain. Rabbits suffer from it too.
So that can be one explanation as to why we are being constantly pulled out on BY BLINDED CAR DRIVERS who cannot judge the light approaching them.
The final disadvantage is the scariest and this has happened to me and numerous friends I know. Scenario is lights on, bumpy road, stationery car waiting to turn right into a side road across your path or pull out across your path. You are sure they have seen you so continue at normal speed when they suddenly turn directly in front of you. Pap time, emergency brake, swerve, crash whatever!
While the priest is administering your last rights the said car driver runs up ranting and raving and tells you it was your own fault because you flashed him. It has never gone quite that far with me yet or I would not be writing this but I am always very wary of my lights being able to give this false signal of a flash, especially on bumpy road surfaces.
At least the road bible is clear on this one and states you should never assume a flash of a headlight means you are clear to go, so the law may reward you posthumously.
The problem is that it is universally accepted that the flash of a headlight means I am giving way to you

I don’t have the answer and it is purely a matter of choice and I still believe that single advantage of being easier to see in general far outweighs all the others. I ride with them on.

Oh, I almost forgot, tip to remove the baked on flies. Use toilet roll or tissue paper, lay it on your headlight and fairing and liberally soak with water. Leave 10 mins then wipe off and all the bakelite flies come with it.

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