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Motorcycle October 22, 2014

Having thoughts of selling your motorcycle? Thinking about where to sell your motorcycle? For many people there comes a time in their lives when they feel it might be time to part with their motorbike. Let’s face it. Things happen and situations arise when we have to sell our bikes. Some of the more common reasons motorcycles are sold include the birth of a first child, financial concerns, or just needing the extra space in the garage. Many people will buy a motorbike only to find they don’t really enjoy riding it after owning it only a few short months.

How do you get the most for your used motorcycle? Keep it clean. If you want to get top dollar when you sell your motorcycle, then it needs to look as clean and pristine as you can possibly make it. Any parts that can be removed and examined easily by a potential buyer need to sparkle. If you have a storage compartment under your seat, then make it shine. If you have an interested buyer coming over to inspect the motorbike, then make sure the battery is charged and it fires up the first time. There is nothing more embarrassing than having someone stop by to check out your bike and it won’t start because of a dead battery. Laugh now, but it happens all of the time.

If you have your bike regularly serviced at a dealership, then have all of the maintenance records on hand. This will show the potential buyer that you have taken great care in maintaining the bike. If you have an older model motorbike, a few simple upgrades can go a long way in sealing the deal. Replacing worn tires can add serious value to the potential buyer and your wallet. Anything extra that the buyer feels he may have to do to get the motorcycle in a safe and acceptable working condition generally lessens the value of the bike you are trying to sell, even if you think it is worth twice what it actually is worth.

Want to sell your motorcycle fast? Need to get it sold tomorrow? Do all of the steps above and do some research online. Find sites where people are advertising their motorcycles for sale and find one just like yours. Same year, same model. Try to find the average asking price for all the bikes you find just like yours. Now here is the hard part. Price it for a little less than what your motorcycle is actually worth. Sometimes when we really need the money it’s best just to bite the bullet and get what you can get when you can get it.

Where can you sell your motorcycle without having to pay advertising fees? There are many resources available that allow you to sell your motorcycle without having to pay costly advertising fees. Many people just put a for sale sign on it and park it in the front yard. This is a cheap method but it comes with many drawbacks. For one, it’s sitting in your front yard where anyone could easily steal it. Second, if you don’t live on a busy street then not that many people will see it. One of the best options I have found to sell your motorcycle is the internet. There are many sites available where you can list your motorcycle for free but, it gets buried under the featured ads where people actually pay extra to be listed in this category.

Only a few sites offer 100% free ad listings where you can add photos and a very detailed description of the motorbike you wish to sell. One such site is the one you are on right now. At motorcycletradingpost.com you can add photos, add a very detailed description, and simply sell your motorcycle. No strings attached. Get it sold.

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Motorcycle Training Class

Motorcycle October 21, 2014

Where can I find a motorcycle training class? If you would like to learn how to operate a motorcycle, then there are many classes and courses available in just about every city. I highly advise against trying to teach yourself the fundamentals of motorcycle riding and enrolling in a certified beginners course. The first place I would look is with your state’s department of motor vehicles. Many states offer beginner and intermediate motorcycle safety classes that will teach everything you need to know about operating your motorbike, although some states require that you already know how to drive a motorcycle before enrolling in a safety course. When that is the case, you can rest assured there are other avenues to learn how to operate that new bike.

One of the best places I have found that offer a beginner motorcycle training class is at a Harley Davidson Dealership. They will teach you everything you need to know to get you on the road and enjoying that bad new ride. They call it the Harley Davidson Boot Camp. Don’t worry, you won’t have to do any push ups or run 10 miles a day. They will, however, go into great detail about every aspect of the motorcycle you will ever need to know. They may also try to get you interested in buying one of their bikes as well.

Another place to consider searching for a motorcycle training class is your local community college. Believe it or not many community colleges offer this as an elective to their students. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be enrolled as a full time student to take advantage of this great learning opportunity. Most community colleges allow anyone to take one or two classes without being considered a full time student and having to apply for admission. Just call your local college and ask if they offer a training class or stop by and speak to someone in the admissions office or the registrar’s office.

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation is another great way to find a motorcycle training class in your area. This foundation pretty much wrote the book on motorcycle safety programs and they have certified trainers in locations throughout the country. They have an outstanding website where you can enter your city and state and get a listing of qualified locations that offer their courses. And they have many courses to choose from, too.

Courses offered through the Motorcycle Safety Foundation include Basic Rider Course, Basic Bike-Bonding Course, Street Rider Course, Street Rider Course II, Ultimate Bike Bonding Course, and Introductory Motorcycle Experience. Check out their website to get more information on the motorcycle training classes offered and the location of a training center near you.

For the more advanced rider, CLASS Motorcycle Schools offers one of the best advanced motorcycle training classes. This isn’t any normal motorcycle training class. This class is geared more towards those interested in street bikes and racing. In this class you will learn how to better control a high performance motorbike. You will also learn proper techniques for handling the bike and gain more confidence in your overall skills. Check out their website for more details.

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Cost of Motorcycle Insurance

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Evaluating the cost of motorcycle insurance is probably the second biggest decision you will make when purchasing a new or used motorbike. A good insurance policy can protect you financially in the event of an accident. Not only will you be able to find coverage to fix or replace your motorbike in the event of an accident, you will also be able to find coverage that can take care of medical expenses if you are injured.

Motorcycle insurance is not required in every state if you can believe that. Even if the state you live in does not require riders to be insured, it is always in your best interest to make sure you are covered. Anything can happen on the road and if it does you will want to know that you are covered for any accident. Without insurance you could be liable for any damage done to other vehicles, injuries related to the accident, and damage to your own motorbike.

So how is the cost of motorcycle insurance determined by the insurance company? Insurance companies look at several factors to determine the cost of the insurance policy. Your age, the type of motorbike you wish to insure, your driving record, and even where you live is a determining factor in the cost of your policy.

If you plan to insure a motorcycle such as a brand new Indian RoadMaster, then you can expect higher than normal premiums as compared to insuring a 2000 Honda Goldwing. Even the size of the engine is a determining factor. Basically, the faster the bike the more you are going to pay.

Insurance companies also pay close attention to your driving record. Even if you have never owned a motorcycle before, they still check how good or how bad of a driver you are behind the wheel of a car. They check for accidents, speeding tickets, and any type of moving violation you might have had. The cleaner your record, the better your chances are of finding a relatively low insurance policy.

Luckily, many insurance companies offer discounts for those individuals who have completed certain motorcycle safety training courses. Many state motor vehicle departments offer these courses for a small fee. Check your state motor vehicle department website for more information on motorcycle safety courses.

The cost of motorcycle insurance can be best determined by getting quotes from as many companies as you can find. Many insurance companies offer online quotes that only require you to fill out a short form. But sometimes you can get a discount with the insurance company you are already with. If you already have your home, car, and other insurance through a certain company, they may be able to offer you  a discount.

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Dirt Bike Safety Gear

Safety Gear October 18, 2014

Dirt bikes are loads of fun. I can think of no better way to blow off some steam than to hop on my bike and traverse the trails at my local off road course. But before you take off, make sure you have the best dirt bike safety gear available. Most courses that are open to the public have safety protocols in place, requiring that riders wear proper safety equipment. I don’t always like to wear all of the riding gear that is required, but I get that the course owners want to protect themselves from liability and to protect the riders from serious injury.

What are some of the required dirt bike safety gear? Many people think that all you need is a motorcycle helmet. I’ll be the first to tell you that you need much more. In addition to the helmet it’s imperative that you get a good set of goggles. If you are riding off-road in dirt and mud along side other riders, you can bet there will be debris flying in your face and eyes. Be sure to pick up some tear-off’s too. Tear-off’s really come in handy when you need to clear your goggles quickly.

Working our way down from the head, it’s also important to invest in a high quality neck brace. A neck brace can significantly reduce the amount of force placed on the neck and limit excessive movement in the spine.  A neck brace greatly reduces the possibility of injury.

Another important piece of equipment to have is the chest protector. The chest protector acts like a suit of armor in a crash. It protects the chest and back from impact and also helps to protect internal organs.

Aside from the helmet, knee braces are a must for me. I wouldn’t dare go off road without them. Accidents are a fact of life with dirt bikes and one of the most common areas of injury is the knee. Bruises, torn ligaments, scrapes, and sprains are prevalent among riders who choose not to wear knee braces. Knee braces can be costly but are a lot less expensive than knee surgery. Just get some.

Motorcycle boots are also a great investment. These boots are specially designed to protect the rider from motorcycle related injuries. They offer better protection for the lower leg, ankles, and foot area in general. There are many different styles and some offer better protection than others. My suggestion is to try on many different styles and brands until you find a pair that feels right for you.

On a final note, don’t forget your jersey, gloves, and pants. Many manufacturers offer these items in matching colors or designs. Not only do they offer additional protection, they also look cool.

Safe riding.

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