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Moving and Storage

There is nothing to investigate or study up on, really, when it comes to moving and storage tasks. At the same time, I wish I had the knowledge of the best, most accessible, and most affordable moving and storage facilities twenty years ago, before I moved a hundred timesómany times into places that would not hold all my 5,000 books or into homes where I could have used some moving and storage experts.

And it wonít do you any good for me to tell you about the best, nicest, safest, and cheapest moving and storage company out here on the West Coast, in California, in Marin County, in San Rafael, if you are on the other side of the map. So what can I do to help alleviate your moving and storage stress or prevent your possible moving and storage nightmares? I can tell you about the types of moving and storageóthe u-pack/we carry long distance containers; the rental truck prices for a cross-country move; or the warnings about the few movers who use a name similar to a well-known name, take your stuff for you to the new place, then claim you owe another grand or two or they keep your stuff.

Fifth Street Highway was empty Thursday, but U-Haul workers were busy this week helping college students — who unexpectedly ended their spring semesters early — store their belongings in lockers.

Source:
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/berks-u-haul-and-penske-rental-trucks-adapt-but-keep/article_b075125c-6fa6-11ea-bbf0-3b805b9d3502.html

Instead, I could give you a few of the most rudimentary moving and storage tips I have come to discover/learn about by trial and error keep in mind, this ìadviceî is for the first-time mover who may not pick up on the logistics of moving and storage as anything other than pack and haul ass from point A to point B.

PACKING SIDE of MOVING and STORAGE:

Get free boxes (instead of paying ridiculous prices for them) online at such classifieds boards as Craigslist.com, outside behind strip malls (being respectful of the dumpster sites, of course), or by collecting those empty cases of beer Uncle Hugo churns out by the tens.

Pack books (and/or other heavyóyes, paper is hella heavy) items in low, small boxes. Those alcohol boxes are ideal. The first time I moved and had a bunch of friends help, they were laughingly disappointed in the giant pape towel boxes filled with booksÖas I had been thinking, ooh, bigger box, more books, fewer trips to the truck kind of thinking. Duh.

Tape doors, drawers, and cords closed/down to their bases. Dangling electrical cords and swinging cabinet doors are a hassle or accident in the making.

And though this may seem like a speed-freak or control freakís goal only, it is really a hugely helpful suggestion, especially if much of what you will move will sit in boxes for awhileÖuntil you get around to them: label all 5 sides of every box. (The sixth side, of course, is facing down, anyway.) When you go to look for the toilet paper or your vibrator or the cat food, and the one side written on in facing away and forty-two feet behind fifty stacks, you will not find it (in time)Öunless you have more time than we mortals do and have the energy and heft required to spin and flip each and every box until you find the desperately needed item. I promise you, the logistics you plan for, having person x take all bathroom items in his car while person q takes all cellar items will not happen as smoothly as you hope. I am still, after masterfully orchestrating a three-vehicle move, pre-packing and special stacking, AND five-side labelingÖlooking for shit. One friend couldnít fit all the soft items in his van, then decided he could take more, then unloaded without my autrhority (ahem), so stacks and rooms and inhalers and homework are anywhere out there in those boxes.

Oh, yes, that reminds me. Put IMMEDIATE needs, paperwork, medicines, deodorant, toothbrush, address book, and the like in one container in your possession at all times. Friends are a Godsend helping us move, but they grab everything and anything to get the endlessly endless moving and storage job OVER with.

MOVING SIDE of MOVING and STORAGE:

Pack the truck carefully, tightly, and by weightóthe way a grocer packs eggs on top, for instance, you should pack mirrors (in blankets) where they will not be crushed or slammed into.

And drive, or have the driver driveÖSLOWLY. Contents rearrange themselves in transit, and when you finally get to the driveway of your new place and open that rolltop door on the 19.95 a-day truck, you will find clothing and coat hangers and dresser goodies a flying at youÖ.

Or you could just pay the moving and storage (and even packing!) professionals to do it for youÖif you can afford it or if you can let go of being in control for a few hours.

Ford Motor Recalls

It might seem that as of this writing, the biggest concern the Ford Motor Corporation has is not Ford Motor recalls based on loose bolts, updated certificates, or displaced mechanisms but Ford Motor recalls—or rejections—based on…once again, snore…Christians against a particular sexual orientation. But before I get all pissed (or more so), and before I spew vociferous about the right to choose religion, sex, sexuality, and purchase options and other inalienable rights, and before I get even more vocal about how Ford rocks the automotive world, yee-hah and all that, let’s get down to the more serious discussion of the most recent Ford Motor recalls. More specifically, the Ford Motor recalls for 2006 include the following models:

FORD MOTOR RECALLS, 2006

**E-150

CHATEAU – The windshield wiper/washer motor may be defective. According to reports, this model’s windshield wiper/washer motor “may have been produced without grease applied to the output shaft gear.” This apparently affects high speed setting (after continuous use), causing the gear to “distort or fracture” and limit or cause loss of wiper function.

Dealers agree to have the part inspected and to have grease applied where none exists, to restore proper and safe function.

VAN – See the windshield wiper/washer recall for the E-150 CHATEAU

XL WAGON – See the windshield wiper/washer recall for the E-150 CHATEAU and VAN.

XLT WAGON – See the windshield wiper/washer recall for the E-150 CHATEAU, VAN, and XL WAGON.

**E-250

EXTENDED VAN – See the same windshield wiper/washer recall for the E-150 CHATEAU, VAN, and XL WAGON.

VAN – See the same windshield wiper/washer recall for the E-150 CHATEAU, VAN, and XL WAGON.

**E-350

CHATEAU SUPER DUTY – See above for the one single 2006 Ford Motor recalls report which applies here.
SUPER DUTY EXTENDED VAN – See above for the one single 2006 Ford Motor recalls report, which applies here.
SUPER DUTY VAN – See above for the one single 2006 Ford Motor recalls report, which applies here.

XL SUPER DUTY EXTENDED – See above for the one single 2006 Ford Motor recalls report, which applies here.

XL SUPER DUTY WAGON – See above for the one single 2006 Ford Motor recalls report, which applies here.

XLT SUPER DUTY EXTENDED – See above for the one single 2006 Ford Motor recalls report, which applies here.


Ford Motor Co. issued a safety recall for select 2019 Ford Ranger mid-size pickup trucks that were involved in a recall last year. The latest recall is to eliminate the risk of fire related to faulty HVAC blower motors.

Source:
https://www.nasdaq.com/articles/ford-recalls-select-2019-ford-ranger-vehicles-2020-03-12

XLT SUPER DUTY WAGON – See above for the one single 2006 Ford Motor recalls report, which applies here.

**F-150

126-IN. WB STX FLARESIDE – The Ford Motor recalls include 1) Interior Lighting, whereby there is a software error in the instrument cluster, possibly preventing the warning light for the ABS from showing if the ABS ever fails; 2) Tire tread and belts, whereby certain tire models might possibly wear prematurely; and 3) the windshield wiper/washer motor problem of above, described for the E-150, E-250, and E-350 series.

126-IN. WB STX STYLESIDE – See the 3 Ford Motor recalls as described for the 126-IN. WB STX FLARESIDE. The three recalls apply here, as well.

126-IN. WB XL STYLESIDE – See the 3 Ford Motor recalls as described for the 126-IN. WB STX FLARESIDE. The three recalls apply here, as well.

126-IN. WB XLT FLARESIDE – See the 3 Ford Motor recalls as described for the 126-IN. WB STX FLARESIDE. The three recalls apply here, as well.

126-IN. WB XLT STYLESIDE – See the 3 Ford Motor recalls as described for the 126-IN. WB STX FLARESIDE. The three recalls apply here, as well.

145-IN. WB XL STYLESIDE – See the 3 Ford Motor recalls as described for the 126-IN. WB STX FLARESIDE. The three recalls apply here, as well.

145-IN. WB XLT STYLESIDE – See the 3 Ford Motor recalls as described for the 126-IN. WB STX FLARESIDE. The three recalls apply here, as well.

4X4 126-IN. WB FX4 FLARESIDE – See the 3 Ford Motor recalls as described for the 126-IN. WB STX FLARESIDE. The three recalls apply here, as well.

4X4 126-IN. WB FX4 STYLESIDE – See the 3 Ford Motor recalls as described for the 126-IN. WB STX FLARESIDE. The three recalls apply here, as well.

4X4 126-IN. WB STX FLARESIDE – See the 3 Ford Motor recalls as described for the 126-IN. WB STX FLARESIDE. The three recalls apply here, as well.

4X4 126-IN. WB STX STYLESIDE – See the 3 Ford Motor recalls as described for the 126-IN. WB STX FLARESIDE. The three recalls apply here, as well.

4X4 126-IN. WB XL STYLESIDE – See the 3 Ford Motor recalls as described for the 126-IN. WB STX FLARESIDE. The three recalls apply here, as well.

4X4 126-IN. WB XLT FLARESIDE – See the 3 Ford Motor recalls as described for the 126-IN. WB STX FLARESIDE. The three recalls apply here, as well.

4X4 126-IN. WB XLT STYLESIDE – See the 3 Ford Motor recalls as described for the 126-IN. WB STX FLARESIDE. The three recalls apply here, as well.

4X4 145-IN. WB XL FLARESIDE – See the 3 Ford Motor recalls as described for the 126-IN. WB STX FLARESIDE. The three recalls apply here, as well.

4X4 145-IN. WB XL STYLESIDE – See the 3 Ford Motor recalls as described for the 126-IN. WB STX FLARESIDE. The three recalls apply here, as well.

4X4 145-IN. WB XLT STYLESIDE – See the 3 Ford Motor recalls as described for the 126-IN. WB STX FLARESIDE. The three recalls apply here, as well.

**ESCAPE

ESCAPE LIMITED – See the first of the Ford Motor recalls, listed as a windshield wiper/washer recall for the E-150, E-250, and E-350.

LIMITED 4WD – See the first of the Ford Motor recalls, listed as a windshield wiper/washer recall for the E-150, E-250, and E-350.

XLS – See the first of the Ford Motor recalls, listed as a windshield wiper/washer recall for the E-150, E-250, and E-350.

XLS 4WD – See the first of the Ford Motor recalls, listed as a windshield wiper/washer recall for the E-150, E-250, and E-350.

XLS 4WD MANUAL – See the first of the Ford Motor recalls, listed as a windshield wiper/washer recall for the E-150, E-250, and E-350.

XLS MANUAL – See the first of the Ford Motor recalls, listed as a windshield wiper/washer recall for the E-150, E-250, and E-350.

XLT – See the first of the Ford Motor recalls, listed as a windshield wiper/washer recall for the E-150, E-250, and E-350.

XLT 2.3L – See the first of the Ford Motor recalls, listed as a windshield wiper/washer recall for the E-150, E-250, and E-350.

XLT 4WD – See the first of the Ford Motor recalls, listed as a windshield wiper/washer recall for the E-150, E-250, and E-350.

XLT 4WD 2.3L – See the first of the Ford Motor recalls, listed as a windshield wiper/washer recall for the E-150, E-250, and E-350.

XLT 4WD SPORT – See the first of the Ford Motor recalls, listed as a windshield wiper/washer recall for the E-150, E-250, and E-350.

XLT SPORT – See the first of the Ford Motor recalls, listed as a windshield wiper/washer recall for the E-150, E-250, and E-350.

**EXPEDITION

EDDIE BAUER – See the first of the Ford Motor recalls, listed as a windshield wiper/washer recall for the E-150, E-250, and E-350, and the tire tread/belts recall for the F-150 series.

EDDIE BAUER 4X4 – See the first of the Ford Motor recalls, listed as a windshield wiper/washer recall for the E-150, E-250, and E-350, and the tire tread/belts recall for the F-150 series.

KING RANCH – See the first of the Ford Motor recalls, listed as a windshield wiper/washer recall for the E-150, E-250, and E-350, and the tire tread/belts recall for the F-150 series.

LIMITED – See the first of the Ford Motor recalls, listed as a windshield wiper/washer recall for the E-150, E-250, and E-350, and the tire tread/belts recall for the F-150 series.

LIMITED 4X4 – See the first of the Ford Motor recalls, listed as a windshield wiper/washer recall for the E-150, E-250, and E-350, and the tire tread/belts recall for the F-150 series.

XLS – See the first of the Ford Motor recalls, listed as a windshield wiper/washer recall for the E-150, E-250, and E-350, and the tire tread/belts recall for the F-150 series.

XLS 4×4 – See the first of the Ford Motor recalls, listed as a windshield wiper/washer recall for the E-150, E-250, and E-350, and the tire tread/belts recall for the F-150 series.

XLT – See the first of the Ford Motor recalls, listed as a windshield wiper/washer recall for the E-150, E-250, and E-350, and the tire tread/belts recall for the F-150 series.

XLT 4X4 – See the first of the Ford Motor recalls, listed as a windshield wiper/washer recall for the E-150, E-250, and E-350, and the tire tread/belts recall for the F-150 series.

XLT SPORT – See the first of the Ford Motor recalls, listed as a windshield wiper/washer recall for the E-150, E-250, and E-350, and the tire tread/belts recall for the F-150 series.

XLT SPORT 4X4 – See the first of the Ford Motor recalls, listed as a windshield wiper/washer recall for the E-150, E-250, and E-350, and the tire tread/belts recall for the F-150 series.

**EXPLORER

4×4 EDDIE BAUER 4.0L – See the first of the Ford Motor recalls, listed as a windshield wiper/washer recall for the E-150, E-250, and E-350, and EXPEDITION series.

4×4 EDDIE BAUER 4.6L – See the first of the Ford Motor recalls, listed as a windshield wiper/washer recall for the E-150, E-250, and E-350, and EXPEDITION series.

4×4 LIMITED 4.0L – See the first of the Ford Motor recalls, listed as a windshield wiper/washer recall for the E-150, E-250, and E-350, and EXPEDITION series.

4×4 LIMITED 4.6L – See the first of the Ford Motor recalls, listed as a windshield wiper/washer recall for the E-150, E-250, and E-350, and EXPEDITION series.

4×4 XLS 4.0L – See the first of the Ford Motor recalls, listed as a windshield wiper/washer recall for the E-150, E-250, and E-350, and EXPEDITION series.

4×4 XLT 4.0L – See the first of the Ford Motor recalls, listed as a windshield wiper/washer recall for the E-150, E-250, and E-350, and EXPEDITION series.

4×4 XLT 4.6L – See the first of the Ford Motor recalls, listed as a windshield wiper/washer recall for the E-150, E-250, and E-350, and EXPEDITION series.

EDDIE BAUER 4.0L – See the first of the Ford Motor recalls, listed as a windshield wiper/washer recall for the E-150, E-250, and E-350, and EXPEDITION series.

EDDIE BAUER 4.6L – See the first of the Ford Motor recalls, listed as a windshield wiper/washer recall for the E-150, E-250, and E-350, and EXPEDITION series.

LIMITED 4.0L – See the first of the Ford Motor recalls, listed as a windshield wiper/washer recall for the E-150, E-250, and E-350, and EXPEDITION series.
LIMITED 4.6L – See the first of the Ford Motor recalls, listed as a windshield wiper/washer recall for the E-150, E-250, and E-350, and EXPEDITION series.

XLS 4.0L – See the first of the Ford Motor recalls, listed as a windshield wiper/washer recall for the E-150, E-250, and E-350, and EXPEDITION series.
XLT 4.0L – See the first of the Ford Motor recalls, listed as a windshield wiper/washer recall for the E-150, E-250, and E-350, and EXPEDITION series.
XLT 4.6L – See the first of the Ford Motor recalls, listed as a windshield wiper/washer recall for the E-150, E-250, and E-350, and EXPEDITION series.

**RANGER

4X4 SHORT BED SPORT STYLESIDE – See the first of the Ford Motor recalls, listed as a windshield wiper/washer recall for the E-150, E-250, and E-350, EXPEDITION, and EXPLORER series.

4X4 XLT STYLESIDE – See the first of the Ford Motor recalls, listed as a windshield wiper/washer recall for the E-150, E-250, and E-350, EXPEDITION, and EXPLORER series.

SHORT BED SPORT STYLESIDE – See the first of the Ford Motor recalls, listed as a windshield wiper/washer recall for the E-150, E-250, and E-350, EXPEDITION, and EXPLORER series.

SHORT BED STX STYLESIDE – See the first of the Ford Motor recalls, listed as a windshield wiper/washer recall for the E-150, E-250, and E-350, EXPEDITION, and EXPLORER series.

SHORT BED XL STYLESIDE – See the first of the Ford Motor recalls, listed as a windshield wiper/washer recall for the E-150, E-250, and E-350, EXPEDITION, and EXPLORER series.

SHORT BED SPORT XLT STYLESIDE – See the first of the Ford Motor recalls, listed as a windshield wiper/washer recall for the E-150, E-250, and E-350, EXPEDITION, and EXPLORER series.

XL STYLESIDE – See the first of the Ford Motor recalls, listed as a windshield wiper/washer recall for the E-150, E-250, and E-350, EXPEDITION, and EXPLORER series.

XLT STYLESIDE – See the first of the Ford Motor recalls, listed as a windshield wiper/washer recall for the E-150, E-250, and E-350, EXPEDITION, and EXPLORER series.

**TAURUS

SE – See the same windshield wiper/washer recall for the E-150 CHATEAU, VAN, and XL WAGON and E-250 EXTENDED VAN and VAN.

SEL – See the same windshield wiper/washer recall for the E-150 CHATEAU, VAN, and XL WAGON and E-250 EXTENDED VAN and VAN.

While Ford Motor recalls do number in the tens, twenties, and even thirties, we can see (by the repetition above, for instance) that the problems inciting the recalls are typically minor…therefore keeping with the Ford tradition—being one of the best auto manufacturers in the land!

Motorcycle Helmet Visor

Anyone who has spent considerable amount of time on the road probably knows the benefits of a motorcycle helmet visor. Riders also know the importance of keeping this accessory clean and fog-proof. Following are some ideas for keeping your motorcycle helmet visor in tip-top condition no matter what the weather brings.

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https://www.askmen.com/home_auto/auto/best-bluetooth-motorcycle-helmets.html

Just about everyone has experienced times when the windshield on their vehicle becomes foggy. This usually occurs when hot air meets cold air. The same thing happens when you are behind a motorcycle helmet visor. The visor can become fogged up if you take a breath when it is cold. The warm air coming out of your mouth fogs up the chilled motorcycle helmet visor.

There are products that can be bought in stores or online. Common products that are used to keep motorcycle helmet visors fog-free include RainX, Anti-Fog and Never Fog. There are many other similar products available as well. These work pretty well but you do have to make sure to keep up with the applications.

In order to make sure that you motorcycle helmet visor remains clear no matter what kind of weather you face. I use my anti-fogging product on my glasses as well. The stuff works wonders and I can always see my way. These little details are quite important when you are on the road but they can also be important if you are putting on a cold pair of glasses too.

Fog isn’t the only element that can stand in your vision’s way. You also want to keep your motorcycle helmet visor free of dirt and dust. This may seem like a huge task but you might find that it is easier than it appears. It isn’t likely that you will do a good cleaning after each and every ride but you can keep things clear if you do get into the habit of cleaning your visor.

Just about any window cleaner will do but some swear that using rubbing alcohol is the best approach. Others suggest gin for the occasional cleaning. I have used both and I have to admit that gin does an amazing job at cleaning a motorcycle helmet visor. This can be an expensive approach if you use it on a regular basis.

I find that rubbing alcohol does a fantastic job and it is dirt cheap. I will occasionally use a splash of gin to shine things up, usually followed by a coat of an anti-fog product. No matter what the weather you will still be able to see as far as possible if you take care of your motorcycle helmet visor.

Motorcycle Gel Seat

The best and most euphoric feeling, for the motorcycle enthusiast, is the freedom of the pure, open road around them. At times, you may ride for hours, or even days on end. Then again, with every good comes some bad. A long ride can be foiled when you get bruised and sore, on your rump! Yes, even the toughest of us experience some kind of behind trauma, caused by a hard, poorly padded leather seat. In addition, the flimsy padding wears down, leaving you with a hard, flat seat surface. Luckily, there is a cure for rump roast. It’s what we call a motorcycle gel seat.

You may have heard of gel seats, used by professional bicyclists on long, grueling trips. The punishing terrain for a bicyclist can wreak havoc on his butt, leaving him unable to sit down. Because of this, the gel seat was invented, as a sort of “back-up system” for his behind.

As eager as you might be to hop back on your bike, it really pays off to have just a tiny bit of patience, as it will help you have a glorious season start and enjoy riding in a better condition for a longer time. 

Source:
https://www.autoevolution.com/news/how-to-ready-your-bike-for-the-spring-78863.html

The same principle applies to a motorcycle gel seat. It looks something like an overly-swollen bike seat. For each cheek, there is a corresponding gel lump. It looks something like what would happen if you sat on a ball of clay, and then flipped the finished piece over.

There’s one particular advantage the motorcycle gel seat has over the bicyclist’s. Seat size! A motorcycle gel seat may be shaped like a chair seat, enlarged to acommodate the comfort needs of the rider. So not only do you sit directly on thick, gel padding, you’re surrounded by it! Lucky you.

Some bikers favor long and frequent trips. Because of this, some opt to install an extra motorcycle gel seat. This is a wise choice if you’re into the long trips.

When the first layer wears down, the second one is there for you to fall back on, should you get stuck far away from any motorcycle shops.

How do you install a motorcycle gel seat? Its quite simple, really. For the larger, rectangular shaped seats, first remove the existing seat. You cannot put a motorcycle gel seat on top of one that’s already installed, or else you’ll be stuck about a foot above your normal seating position. Pull the seat you wish to discard out of its metal tray. This may take some prying, as it’s likely to be securely glued in place. Once the old seat is removed, spread a layer of gel seat glue inside the metal tray, and insert the new gel seat.

If your seat is the smaller, singular type, you will need to purchase an entire gel seat stand. Unscrew the old seat, and replace it with your new motorcycle gel seat.

With the motorcycle gel seat, you’ll certainly be able to enjoy those cross country trips. When you are sitting on, and surrounded by comfort, you’re able to focus on the scenery instead of your behind! The butt-imprint motorcycle gel seat is not difficult to install, and once in place, will last for many years.

Motorcycle Gifts

Is there someone on your gift list that absolutely stumps you? If that person is a motorcycle enthusiast, look no further! People who are into motorcycles tend to love everything relating to their hobby. Bet you never realized that there are motorcycle gifts galore. You just need to know where to look.

Knowing the make of motorcycle your friend owns helps. Most motorcycle owners are fiercely loyal to their make of bike.

A motorcycle shop is the first place to start when searching out the elusive motorcycle gift. You’ll be amazed when you walk in the shop and see the breadth of motorcycle gifts available.


Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has bought a new motorcycle and a new ready-to-go Posho mill for self-styled peace ambassador Nathan Ambuti.

Source:
https://citizentv.co.ke/news/sonko-gifts-new-motorbikeposho-mill-to-man-who-cycled-223km-to-mois-funeral-320635/

Key fobs, wallets, mugs, water bottles, special riding boots and jackets are among the more obvious choices. Helmets come with different features, plain and fancy. Undoubtedly, your friend already has a helmet, but another one is always welcome and can be used as an extra if he or she invites a friend to ride and that person doesn’t own a helmet.

If you aren’t into the motorcycle scene yourself, you may not realize the practical nature of many items you can buy as motorcycle gifts. On highway rides, insects are a real problem for a rider not properly equipped. Even a sturdy pair of jeans won’t prevent the stinging sensation of a little insect hitting your pants, causing real discomfort along the way. You can also become quite cold on a long highway ride, without a proper pair of leather riding pants and jacket. For all of these reasons, if your riding friend doesn’t already have them, any or all make thoughtful motorcycle gifts.

Leather riding boots, specially designed for the motorcycle rider are made of very high quality leather and are made to withstand heavy use, protecting the legs in case of a spill or accident. This also is true of riding apparel. It’s not just for looks, but safety, making for a meaningful gift that shows you care.

Another excellent motorcycle gift is the gel motorcycle seat. Riding on the standard hard leather seat for a long distance guarantees you a sore behind at the end of your trip. The gel type of seat conforms to your seat, a custom fit. They’re thick and comfortable as well.

On a more whimsical note, there are several other options for just fun and unusual motorcycle gifts. You’ll find miniature scale motorcycles, completely “authentic”, with chrome detailing, rubber tires and leather seats. Some make a “vroom-vrrooom” sound when the handlebars are squeezed!

E-bay recently sold a china plate etched with a motorcycle, designed for a big steak with gravy or sauce, such that when the food was eaten, the sauce settled in the etched design. Aha! There it is, your favorite image at the end of the fine meal.

Don’t forget to search garage sales and flea markets for these unusual items. Whatever motorcycle gift idea grabs your fancy, the recipient is sure to be pleased!

Motorcycle Riding Apparel

If you love to ride motorcycles, then you surely must own motorcycle riding apparel, which is stylish yet, serves a very functional purpose. Protective gear and clothing is an absolute must, and it doesn’t matter if you’re riding around the block, or if you’re going on a cross country trek. Riders must always be prepared for an occasional shower or other adverse riding conditions. And let’s not forget all those four plus wheeled vehicles that always seem to be out to get motorcyclists by any means they can. Preparation is key, but riders must always be prepared for the unexpected, which is why wearing protective gear is so important.

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Source: https://gearpatrol.com/2019/12/24/most-important-motorcycles-2019/

There are many brands and styles of motorcycle riding apparel available, for every type of riding, and for every kind of motorcycle. And you don’t need to own a motorcycle to wear it, you just have to look good in it, but it’s a bonus if you have the ride to go with it! One of the biggest names in motorcycles and motorcycle riding apparel is undoubtedly Harley Davidson; a name synonymous with classic biker style. To check out what’s available visit www.harley-davidson.com for the latest styles in motorcycle jackets, boots, helmets, chaps, vests, shirts, headwear, weather gear, and unmentionables too! With Christmas coming up, Harley Davidson leather corsets and matching G-strings are big sellers, for on and off the bike! You can also find motorcycle riding apparel on a number of websites like www.bestbikergear.com, www.coolbikerstuff.com, and www.leatherup.com, which carry top quality leather apparel and accessories at low prices. Another site, www.motorcycle-superstore.com, also specializes in discount riding gear in addition to a huge selection of motorcycle parts and accessories.

Motorcycle racers are most likely familiar with Vanson Leather, the largest manufacturer of high quality leather and textile motorcycle riding apparel in the United States. In business for over thirty years, this company is known for it’s unique designs, motorcycle jackets, and casual garments for men and women. Vanson garments may also be customized to your very own specifications. Lots of styles to choose from and lots of retailers that sell them, and some of better quality than others. Shop around for exactly what you’re looking for. Motorcycle riding apparel definitely speaks volumes about the person wearing it. It exudes attitude and independence, and even if it’s only worn on the weekend, it transforms us as soon as we put it on!

Motorcycle Training

Motorcycling is a popular mode of transportation for work and leisure. It doesn’t use much gas and its fun to ride. Cheap entertainment. But before you rush out and buy a new Harley, you should check into motorcycle training courses. Even if you’ve ridden in the past, it’s good to refresh those basic riding skills. Most basic courses are geared toward new riders who have never been on a motorcycle before (other than a passenger). The most basic of skills are covered, such as becoming familiar with the controls of the motorcycle, mounting and dismounting, starting and stopping, changing gears, acceleration and deceleration, turning corners, braking and swerving techniques, carrying cargo or a passenger, riding in poor weather conditions, and dangerous situations on the road.

Do you currently ride a motorcycle in Washington state? If so, you need to be aware of some important motorcycle-related legislation that went into effect as of January 1, 2020. 

Source:
https://www.rideapart.com/articles/391588/washington-state-new-motorcycle-laws-2020/

There are various motorcycle training programs in every state and most offer programs for the novice and experienced rider. Learning how to ride in a course gives new riders the advantage of learning the proper methods of riding in a controlled non-threatening environment. Classroom instruction is combined with supervised practice riding on an enclosed course designed specifically for teaching safe riding techniques. It is as important to learn what not to do, as it is to learn the basics of riding a motorcycle. The requirements for successful completion of this course are a passing percentage on a written test, in addition to safe performance of all required riding skills. The graduate rider is then given a certificate upon successful completion of a certified motorcycle training course, which allows them to avoid the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicle) driving requirement before they are issued a motorcycle endorsement on their driver’s license.

A motorcycle training course is just the beginning. To continue to be a safe rider, you need to increase skills with frequent practice and additional training as it is warranted by your skill level. No one wants to have an accident, but studies have shown that a great percentage of riders involved in accidents were self-taught. Check out local rider’s groups or organizations that promote safe motorcycling, such as ABATE at www.abate.org, a group that has chapters in most every state nationwide. Courses are also offered through local DMVs. Visit www.dmv.org for course descriptions, schedules, locations, and required insurance information. Remember, safe riding is an attitude, and motorcycle training cannot provide that, only you can. Ride safe and watch out for other drivers who are not aware of you, it could save your life.

New Car Search Okay

Sometimes I really envy impulsive people. I know that I gain a lot by being careful when making any purchase, but even so it makes things pretty difficult for me sometimes. One of the biggest examples of this is buying a new car. For most people, a new car search is limited to looking at a couple local dealers. They have one brand or two that they are loyal to, and they go and see what is on offer. They don’t do elaborate new car searches, trying to find the best deal everywhere. They don’t do all the consumer reports research that I feel the need to. They simply make a decision and go with it, and things usually turn out more or less alright for them.


Volkswagen has unveiled an EV charging infrastructure prototype called the Mobile Charging Robot which can locate your electric car, bring a device to it to charge the battery and then take it away when the charging is done.

Source: https://www.financialexpress.com/auto/car-news/volkswagen-mobile-charging-robot-ev-charger-electric-cars-in-india-id3-range-vw-skoda/1805454/

Unfortunately, I am much more careful. Although it has been the key to my financial success, it also makes me grouchy from time to time. Every time I take a new car search, it takes a long time. Fortunately, the Internet has made things a lot easier for me. Nowadays, I can do online car searches and find the best quotes from different dealers. Many people don’t realize how much the price of a particular car can vary from dealer to dealer. You can gain or lose a lot of money by missing or seeing the right sales.

One of the best ways to save money during your new car search is to buy closeouts of last year’s model. Few people really realize how little most cars change from year to year. Every once in awhile, the major car manufacturers do big upgrades and change everything. Generally, however, all the parts will be the same in the 2007 model as they were in a 2006. The styling will be slightly updated and a few things might come from different manufacturers, but often that is it. Therefore, if you wait for a closeout sale, you new car search can net you considerable savings on a car that, although a year old, still has not been used.

Another way to save money on a new car search is to check out what are known as floor models. Many of these have been through nothing but a few test drives. People have come and gone, tried out the chairs and contemplated the car for purchase, but little more. Except for a few minor scratches, there is no damage,. These cars, in fact, are barely used at all.

Exotic Car Rental

When one of my friends first propose that we get an exotic car rental to blow off some steam and celebrate, I really thought that it was a crazy idea. We had just graduated from college, after all, and were not exactly what you would call independently wealthy. Add to that the fact that my friend was not a very good driver, and you had a recipe for disaster. Nevertheless, we had always been close friends, and had always shared a love of sports cars and exotic cars from around the globe. I don’t know how he managed to do it, but soon exotic car rentals started to sound like a good idea. It was quite an adventure, that is for sure.


November 16, 2019 – Croatian rent-a-car company Carwiz has opened its first rental office in the United States.

Source: https://www.total-croatia-news.com/business/39656-carwiz

When we first started looking at exotic rental cars, we thought that they would be out of our price range. They were pretty expensive, but since we only wanted to drive for a days, we definitely could afford one. The real problem with exotic car rental has to do with the insurance. It costs a lot of money to ensure a Ferrari car rental like we wanted. If you mess up and get into an accident, it make it a little bit more difficult to get affordable insurance rates – at least that’s what my father told me. That is why I was so nervous.

Still, it was worth it. The exotic car rental was like a dream came true. We really lived it up like rock stars for that day. We drove around the city, showing off our wheels, and just enjoying ourselves generally. Then we went to a nightclub. Let me tell you, that was a dream come true. There’s something about driving a Ferrari that makes you so much more confident than usual. All the girls loved us. We both got several numbers, and had a good time that night. The only scary part was when we were pulling out of the club. Some drunken jerk almost sideswiped us. If he had, it really would have ruined what had been a perfect evening. Fortunately, I was at the wheel.

I don’t think I’ll have an exotic car rental anytime soon. It made me nervous to drive something so nice. Still, for special occasion it is a sweet deal. If you have never been behind the wheel of a true precision driving machine, you have never lived! It really is something you have to experience to believe.

Used Moving Boxes

The amount of money spent moving depends a lot on what you are willing to do and how much time you leave to plan. You see, when moving the only thing that really matters is that you get all your property from point A to point B intact and undamaged. The more effort you spend planning out your move and the less help you hire, the cheaper it is. Then again, this inexpensiveness comes at a price. You will have a lot more work and you might have to take a few risks.


For short-distance moves, it is often possible to rent a small van and make several small trips between two properties. 

Source: https://easyreadernews.com/10-essential-cross-country-moving-tips/

One of the easiest ways to save on moving is with used moving boxes. The more organized you are at packing, the easier it will be for you to save money. Most over your possessions can probably be moved in free boxes that you can get outside of stores. A lot of grocery stores go through literally hundreds of cardboard boxes in a week. Usually, they will be perfectly willing to give them to you for free if you ask. Although these are not great used moving boxes for heavy or valuable possessions, for most of the routine transportation that you do they will work just fine. They are small enough to be easy to handle, and they are fairly solid as well.

Then again, sometimes it makes more sense to invest in higher quality used moving boxes. This is especially true if you have a lot to move. Going and getting boxes from grocery stores is fine for a small household, but for a larger move you want your boxes to all be of the same size. This makes it much easier to stack them and guarantees that they will not shift around on the way over.

Besides used moving boxes, there are a lot of other shipping and storage supplies that you can get for your move. A lot of people I know like to move in stages. They put their most important and needed possessions in used moving boxes and take them over to the new house. They leave their less important stuff in storage until they start to get settled. Then, one trip at a time, they start to bring things out of storage and over to the house. This stops things from getting cluttered and makes the transition to living in the new place that much easier. The trade-off is that it takes longer to do. Overall, it is probably more involved and more work. Still, it does let you start living in your house immediately without the worry of additional clutter.