Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Harley Davidson 883 Sportster - A Great Motorcycle

Harley Davidson 883 Sportster - A Great Motorcycle by A R Thompson

Of all the different models of motorcycles that Harley Davidson produces those that come in the Sportster group are the best selling of all of them. This also includes the Harley 883 Sportster which is extremely with both the young and old who are looking to own such an iconic motorcycle.

As anyone will soon discover all the bikes that Harley Davidson have produced through out the years including this one are extremely versatile. But what is making this motorcycle so popular is that it looks very similar to the XLCH Harley Davidson Sportster that was first built back in 1958. But for those who wish to provide themselves with a little more comfort to use the bike for touring on there are a number of additional items that they can put on to theirs. Below are a list of the items that you may want to consider buying for yours.

1. Get yourself a set of flush mounted leather saddlebags. 2. Get it fitted with a sport windshield. 3. Replace the seat that it comes with, with a deluxe touring one instead. 4. Get a low sissy bar along with a passenger backrest. 5. Fit on to it a sport rack, and then buy yourself the overnight rack and tank bags.

Once you have all these parts fitted you will find that going away at weekends on it will be extremely enjoyable and will not have lessened the ride any. Plus including the new seat and passenger backrest on to the bike even those on the back of your Harley 883 Sportster will enjoy the journey just as much as you.

As previously mentioned the latest versions of all the Harley Davidson Sportster's look very similar to the XLCH Sportster produced back in 1958. The only difference being is that the parts have changed since then and only good quality modern parts are fitted to these machines.

Today all the Harley Davidson 883 Sportster motorcycles have in them an Evolution V-Twin engine, which will have been bored out to 883cc. However, if a person wants to they can actually convert it so that it becomes a 1200cc size engine instead. If a person, wishes to do this their local Harley Davidson dealership will charge around $900 to do this work.

Although the 883 Sportster has a large engine it has not been designed for being ridden at high speeds, generally going no higher than 60mph is best, especially if you want to avoid vibration. Rather those who would prefer some thing a little faster then a Japanese motorcycle might be a safer bet for them. Yet for those who like the feel of the wind in their face and the sun on their skin then this motorcycle would be perfect.

What you will soon discover after owning your Harley 883 Sportster for even the shortest time that they are ideally suited to be ridden both in the city or out in the country. Also now that all the Harley Davidson motorcycles are fitted with a belt drive rather than a chain drive they sound much quieter and also much easier to maintain as well. So if you are looking for a bike which can hold its value but has all the qualities that you would look for in a custom made motorcycle you may want to consider one of these as your next purchase.

Here at we offer information on one of the most popular motorcycles Harley Davidson has built. It is here you can find some great deals on bikes and parts for the Harley 883 Sportster.

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Indian Larry, Chopper Shaman

Here is a link to a book about Indian Larry, so some reason I thought I should add it here. For the real Chopper man this is a good book to read and digest. I met Indian Larry one day and talked to him, examined his bikes, got a picture with him and he signed a custom Indian Larry shirt for me. Good Memories for a guy who dies way to soon in life.

Here is another book that may also be of interest.

The best kids dvd for Christmas presents.

If you still need presents for the big or small kids in you life, get anyone of these great DVD and sit back and enjoy.


Cars the fantastic animated show about a Race car and a Sleepy town. I have watched this show 30+ times with my kids and love it every times I see it.


Toy Story the original is a great family fun kids show, I have also watched this many times and love it every time.


Toy Story 2, In my opinion not quite as good as the original but a great show too.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Long Way Round, a great DVD for Christmas

Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman,
in The Long Way Round. Drive Motorcycles around the world

Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman, The stars of Long Way Round get a team together and set out on an advent rue to drive from London to New York by way of Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Alaska, Canada, and then finally across the USA. The team takes on all kinds of challenges and has an adventure of a life time. They hook up a sponsorship deal with BMW and make a British TV show along the way. The planning and schedule are long and detailed but in the end they have a long BMW riding adventure.

Ewan Mcgregor and Charley Boorman-Long Way Round

2 men, 2 bikes, 20,000 miles...

This is a great documentary BBC TV series follows actors Ewan McGregor (The guy from Star Wars,) and Charley Boorman (Also an Actor but not as famous) on a motorcycle trip around the world. The two friends will travel through such places as Siberia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, and Alaska. Adventure awaits them at every corner. They do finally end up in in New York. The filming is done by on board cameras and one ride along cameraman, as well as a support crew that sort follows along.

For over 115 days. Their trip starts in a slow wind up fashion but within one episode the action and fun begins. From this adventure they were able to produce a DVD, book and a TV contract to make it all possible. Go Ewan and Charlie go, I hope you finish the famous this long adventure around the world in 115 days.

This is a good set of TV shows, I watched them all and was interested and amazed at the adventure all along the way. so if you get a chance to buy or watch these DVD I definitely recommend them.

Monday, December 10, 2007

The star from Long Way Round Race the Paris to Dakar Rally

Charlie Boorman, The star from
Long Way Round Race the Paris to Dakar Rally

This is a great christmas gift if you have anyone in your fanily who loves to ride this is an amazing story of a serious offroad race and adventure. Even if you don't aspire to ride offroad this is a fun adventure to watch.

Charlie Boorman, Without his co star Ewan McGregor who only stops in for a few shots and cameo appearances. The star from
Long Way Round Charlie Boorman the likable biker. He gets the team back together for another sponsorship deal with BMW where he enters the Paris to Dakar Rally. I guess he said he wanted to in the last show Long was Round, so they are putting in all the effort again for a long BMW riding adventure.

Charley Boorman-Race to Dakar

He gets most all of the original team together, and adds Simon Pavey an Australian bike champion, Bike Instructor, 5 times Dakar Racer finisher. and all round good guy going by the film, the personable British biker, rider, camera guy Matt Hall, and the mechanical crew consisting of two very good mechanics last but not least the Producer and team Captain Russ Malkin. A good group to attempt an almost impossible task. The Dakar Rally!

The series starts in a slow wind up fashion but within one episode the action and fun begins. Charley has reservations and trouble getting going, and seem to swear way to much in just casual conversation. They try to show you a real sense of how tough the race is both mentally and physically. For me one of the funniest parts of the show is the BMW X-5 car thing they tried to make ready for the Dakar. 100's of hours are spent trying to get a street car BMW thing ready for the serious off road Sorry BMW it's a street car with a 4x4 false impression, and it's way to electric and computerized, this causes problems for the team from day one. Once the rider really hit the mud, sand dirt and heat true moments of fun frustration, stress, fatigue, and lots of admiration and bafflement for the people riding, driving or supporting this event. The Dakar rally is really is one of the worlds hardest races. Charley and the team crew give you an insight into how quote "insane this all is" It makes all bike rider wish and dream about the day we could try something like this. Charlie is luck or how do they say is cunning like a fox to be able to have a year to prepare, a large budget of cash, a team of co-riders, backup trucks, mechanics, office crew etc. I guess the DVD, book and TV contract make it all possible. Go Charlie go, I hope you finish the famous Paris to Dakar Rally.

Get the Worlds Fastest Indian DVD for Christmas

The World's Fastest Indian.

This is a great movie, sorry if I just found out about it and was able to watch it on DVD. It is a very fun show about a true biker, who builds old school fast Indian Racing Motorcycles. He takes on the adventure of traveling from New Zealand to the Boneville Salt Flats near Salt Lake city to run his motorcycle in the World speed races.
Here is a great christmas present for any of the biker in you world. If you have ot seen this movie it is a must have. It's also a nice enough show that the chicks will like watching it with out it being called a "Chick Flick"

My Movie review. GREAT Five greasy wrenches, I loved it, the whole story line was fun and genuine, and driven. The main actor Anthony Hopkins, plays Burt Munro an old retired motorcycle racing fanatic, who has always dreamed of speed racing on the Boneville Salt Flats in Wendover Utah. He finally makes his dream come true, traveling from New Zealand to Utah to race on the salt. The story follows his adventures across the oceans and through California and Nevada.

If you are interested you can find more information or Click here to buy this Great DVD.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Difference between Used Motorcycles and Brand New Motorcycles

Difference between Used Motorcycles and Brand New Motorcycles by Victor Arthur Pidkowich

While a brand new motorcycle is a very nice thing to have in life, the price of these motorcycles can often make your dream of owning the motorcycle of your dreams impossible. This is especially true if you have other responsibilities, like credit card bills, a family, or just want to get the most for your money. One of the best ways to get the motorcycle of your dreams is to buy a used motorcycle. Used motorcycles are often to be thought of as not as good as a brand new one, but are you aware that a pre-owned or used motorcycle and actually give you more value than a brand new one? This is because an avid motorcycle lover will maintain and care for his or her motorcycle in a way that others won't. On top of that, he or she knows the bike inside out, and can tell you how it performs and explain all kinds of nuances about the bike. Each motorcycle is different just like each person is different, even if you're looking at the same model and make. So in many cases, you can actually get more out of used motorcycles than you ever could from a brand new motorcycle. Used motorcycles are also highly affordable, so you can realize your dream and know that it is within reach.

Buying used or vintage motorcycles is always a great idea if this is going to be your first bike. When you buy pre-owned or used motorcycles you can easily learn the art of riding and controlling the bike for a lot less money than if you were buying brand new. There is a catch to buying used motorcycles, though. You have to know what you are looking for and how to evaluate used bikes. Don't leave things to chance or guess work. Do your research and know as much as you can about the workings of the bike. Another problem that you will have to face, whether your buy a brand new one or used motorcycles is that you have to know which bike is right for you. You could end up losing a large amount of your hard earned money by buying the wrong motorcycle all together.

First, consider your budget for purchasing either a new motorcycle or used motorcycles. Obviously, a brand new motorcycle has an advantage in that you usually will have a warranty that comes with it. But there is also a disadvantage, and that is one of price. Used motorcycles can have an advantage in that if it is in good condition, and you buy from a person who loves motorcycles, you can usually get a pretty good deal, along with a lot of extra information on the workings of the bike, for example how it rides, and how you can make your rides more enjoyable. Usually, the summer months are the months that bikes become more in demand, so the prices usually go up during this time as well. If you're looking for good deals, you may want to wait until the fall or winter to buy your used motorcycles. In order for you to get the best deal on either brand new or used motorcycles, you need to do your research. Feel free to browse this site for more information on used motorcycles for sale.

Victor Arthur Pidkowich - writer for Used Motorcycles For Sale - - A site dedicated to the listing of new and used motorcycles in Canada and the United States.

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Speeding Up to Slow Down

Speeding Up to Slow Down by Jason

The flowers were breathtakingly beautiful: bougainvillea like I've only seen in Hawaii and cannot grow at home in Houston. They covered a wall almost 15 feet long and half as high. Brilliant sprays of orange, red and fuchsia offset against a background of the deepest green.

I saw all this out of the corner of my eye as I sped by at 25 mph, pedaling as fast as I could. The peloton of riders was ahead of me, and I didn't want to be last for lunch.

It didn't matter that I was in the Puglia region of southern Italy, cycling along the "heel" of the Italian "boot" on a once-in-a-lifetime trip. It didn't matter that I was supposed to be vacationing, taking in the sights. What mattered at that particular moment was where I was going and how fast I could get there.

The thought that I was here to relax, see the countryside and restore my sense of balance hadn't quite taken root in my mind. I had to move fast, catch up, keep up and get ahead � everything I had traveled 15 hours by plane to Italy NOT to do.

I wasn't the only one who'd forgotten why we were here. Fifteen other riders, including my husband Tom, were all going down the same track � the one we'd come here to leave behind us. There was one difference. They were all faster riders than I was. That meant I had to WORK a lot harder just to keep the unchanging view of the back of the peloton in sight. And to think, I had come here to play.

"Riding Lesson" Restores the Joys of the Road

With the realization that if I kept doing what I was doing, I'd be WORKING for 7 days, I put on my brakes and slowed to a stop. Checking my mirror for traffic, I turned around as three other riders pedaled by. One rider asked if I was okay.

Now I was okay because I was choosing to honor not only Puglia, but myself and the reason I came here in the first place. I hadn't come all the way to Italy to ride with the peloton; I'd come to relax.

"Stopping to smell the flowers" is an overused clich�, but that's exactly what I did. I stopped to smell the flowers � and the olive trees and the freshly turned earth of the fields I had been zipping past. I stopped to smell the salty air blowing off the Adriatic Sea, fresh bread cooling in a bakery window, lunch cooking in homes along the roadway. The aromas increased my appetite for lunch and for life. What I was smelling wasn't important, but the fact that I'd finally stopped long enough to take in the smells made all the difference.

When Tom came pedaling back, I was easy to find. I was sitting under a 150-year-old olive tree staring at that wall of bougainvillea. When he saw me, he didn't say a word, but parked his bicycle and sat beside me. Together we enjoyed my discovery. Not just the flowers, but the peace and the pace.

The peloton was long gone. The street was quiet. Now we could hear the everyday sounds of Italian life � two people arguing, a dog barking, a tractor in a nearby field. Not a word passed between us as we soaked up the smells and the sounds.

After 20 blissful minutes we remounted our bicycles. We shifted into a lower gear and started back up the road. Our destination and direction were the same, but now our purpose had changed. We were riding for the reasons we'd come this far.

We eventually caught up with the group. They'd reached the farmhouse where we were having lunch and were enjoying cold drinks and wine. Tom and I still had another 20 minutes until the signora would call us to the table � plenty of time to clean up and slake our thirsts.

Restoration Has Its Own Rewards

Visiting with the other riders over lunch, I realized that they had spent their extra time at the farmhouse rehashing the ride. When I mentioned the bougainvillea, two thought they'd seen the flowers, but the others had no memory of the sight. They were more concerned with who passed whom, how fast they'd ridden from the coast to the farmhouse and where they'd purchased their cool biking gear back in the States.

For sure we were all enjoying our vacations. I was simply enjoying a vacation that would renew me for my return to the business responsibilities awaiting me at home. The fact that the other riders missed the flowers didn't diminish their enjoyment, but seeing and smelling them enhanced my own. Tom and I didn't ride faster than 12 mph for the rest of the trip. We were never first to lunch and we weren't always last, but we enjoyed the rides more than ever.

Career, family and social demands pull us in many different directions, often all at the same time. I don't know about you, but both my clients and I benefit when I slow down. Making time to pace ourselves and "smell the flowers" is not only important � it's mandatory. I am much more creative and work at a much higher level when I've taken the time to relax and restore, and my business reaps the rewards.

Vacations Are Where You Find Them
The good news is you don't have to travel anywhere to enjoy this kind of restoration. You can vacation right at home. My "second mom," who is 74, vacations in her bathtub with candles, bath oil, a glass of wine and her favorite CD. You can do the same, and you don't have to wait until you're 74. Maybe you prefer to sit in your backyard with a cup of tea or a glass of wine, or curl up in bed with a deliciously light book. You might even want to visualize a favorite place or recall a rejuvenating experience from the past.

Try this for the next three days: Set aside just five minutes to relax every day. Then keep expanding your relaxation time until you get to 20 minutes each day. Next add a nightly session. Soon you will experience the mental freedom you enjoy when you're on vacation.

Tom has a saying he read somewhere that goes, "Sometimes I sits and thinks, and sometimes I just sits." He says this whenever I catch him "just sitting." Make your own time to sit. You'll thank yourself for it later. In the meantime, I'll be sitting under a 150-year-old olive tree, breathing in the scent of bougainvillea � but this time around I'll be doing it from my Jacuzzi� with a glass of Italian wine.

Inc. Top 10 Entrepreneur Vickie L. Milazzo, RN, MSN, JD is the founder and president of Vickie Milazzo Institute ( She is credited by The New York Times with creating the legal nurse consulting profession in 1982. She is the recipient of the Nursing Excellence Award for Advancing the Profession and the Stevie Award as Mentor of the Year. Vickie has revolutionized the careers of thousands of RNs.

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