What sort of motorbike should you buy?

You’ve decided it’s time to take the plunge and buy a bike. But how do you know what bike is right for you? There’s more to this decision than mere aesthetics, & David from the Cafe Racer Shop is here to tell you what to consider.

WHAT KIND OF RIDING WILL YOU BE DOING?

This is perhaps the most important question you need to consider when choosing your bike. What’s the main purpose of your bike going to be? What benefits of bike ownership are you most looking forward to enjoying?

     Cutting the costs of your daily commute

     Long, relaxed weekend rides with mates

     Off-road adventuring

     Short inner-city travel

     Low fuel costs

There are five main bike styles and each offer something different when it comes to comfort and performance. One of the main differentiators (outside of engine capabilities) is seat positioning and ergonomics.

Let’s take a look at the different styles…

CRUISERS

These are the traditional, Harley-Davidson style bikes that are perfect for long, relaxed riding. The seat position is designed for comfort, sitting lower and allowing you to easily keep your feet off the ground.

Good for…long weekend rides with a group.

SPORT BIKES

Sports bikes are designed to replicate a racing bike’s look and therefore can draw a new rider’s eye. They have tall seats that pitch you forward, allowing you to tuck under when reaching higher speeds. However, ergonomically they offer very little in the way of comfort if you plan to use the bike for any sort of commuting.

Good for…riders who plan to ride on a track at high speeds.

STANDARD BIKES

These bikes are your ‘jack-of-all-trades’. They’re sporty looking—usually coming with a powerful engine—but allow you to sit in a neutral riding position. This allows for comfort and puts less ergonomic strain on your spine.

Good for…daily riding, commuting.

ADVENTURE TOURERS AND DUAL-SPORTS BIKES

These bikes will take you anywhere—allowing you the flexibility to ride them both off and on-road. Tall seats mean they might feel awkward if you’re shorter in stature but the neutral seat position means that they will carry you comfortably through a long day trip.

Good for…riders who plan to go on off-road adventures and ride daily

SCOOTERS

Whilst it packs little in the way of power, you won’t get more fuel-efficient than the humble scooter. Those who are a little timid will appreciate a scooter’s continuously variable transmission which means there is no need for a clutch or gear-shifting. They’re comfortable and designed to put the rider at ergonomic ease.

Good for…riders who will be commuting around an inner-city or people wanting to dip their toe into motorbike ownership.

Signs You Need To Change Your Wipers

mobile car repairs ipswichDo you really need to change the wipers in your car? Well, of course, you do. The problem with wipers is that most drivers do not realise that they need to change them until heavy rains start to fall. If your wipers have already deteriorated, your windshield will be left with an uneven wipe that will leave you without a clear view of the road.

To check the quality of your car wipers, make sure to check them once a month and if you find something wrong with them, better replace them right away.

Here are some signs that your wipers need new quality blades:

Worn rubber. It is natural for your wipers to worn out especially as it ages so once you find that the rubbers are worn, just replace them with a new one.

Chattering. They can also develop a chattering sound as they pass across the windshield. This occurs as the rubber create a curve when they are not mostly used.

Streaking. Streaking can happen when the rubber becomes hard and develop cracks. The windshield can also get this from tree sap, road tar and other foreign substances getting in contact with them.

Split rubber. The rubber can be affected by the sun’s ultraviolet rays or simply because the rubber is too old.

Bent wiper frame. Accidents can happen and the wiper can also be bent mostly in automatic car washes.

Wipers may not be one of your top priorities when it comes to adding more accessories to your car but it is one of the most important components on your vehicle that give you more clear visibility while driving on the road. So, if you see that your wipers need replacing, do not hesitate to replace them.

Helpful Tips For A Worry-Free Winter Driving

mobile car repairs riverviewSince it is still winter and driving your vehicle especially when the snow is heavily falling may become difficult, it is best to gear your vehicle up and hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. There are seasonal car checkups that you can do to ensure that you and your passengers are safe while also ensuring that the car operates efficiently during the winter months.

Here are some tips to help you prepare for a worry-free winter driving:

Have a box full of winter supplies. This is the best and most important thing you can do for your car now that the winter is here. Place your winter supply in the trunk as this can be very helpful if something goes wrong while travelling on a cold day.

Your box should include the following:

  • Flashlight
  • First-aid kit
  • A few blankets
  • Road flares
  • A change of warm clothes
  • Extra pairs of gloves
  • A radio
  • A charged cellphone for emergency calls
  • An extra ice scraper
  • Some high-energy snacks

Check the engine. Be particular in checking the engine coolant and antifreeze levels since, without them, your engine can freeze which can be dangerous if you become stranded somewhere. You can also bring a kit for checking the engine coolant levels which can be found in every auto supply store. To check the antifreeze, follow the instructions in your car’s manual. But if you feel you do not understand this and you want to be careful, you can have a certified mechanic check it for you.

Check your tire pressure. Good tires will help keep you safe on the road especially during winter. So make sure that the tire pressure is good and your tires needed air is filled.