Saturday, June 20, 2009

Type of motorcycles

Motorcycles have, in recent years, become more focused and specialized in their function. Here are definitions of a few key types of bikes:

  • Adventure/Touring, Dual Sports
    The offspring of rugged dirtbikes and long-distance tourers, these bikes boast lots of suspension travel and upright postures that are comfortable for lengthy rides.

  • Choppers
    Epitomized by the Harley-Davidson Panhead in the film Captain America, choppers tend to have extremely raked forks, reclined seats, and lots of showy chrome.

  • Cruisers
    Cruisers are like sedate choppers; their fork rake is less extreme, and they're designed for laid-back riding.

  • Dirt Bikes
    Dirt bikes generally refer to motorcyles designed for offroad riding, and typically feature knobby tires, long suspension travel, and minimalistic frames and bodywork. Variants of dirt bike designs compete in Enduro, Motocross, and Trials events, among others.

  • Enduro Bikes
    Designed for long distance offroad competitions, Enduro bikes are usually equipped with headlights and taillights for nighttime riding, and can be outfitted with timers and roll chart reading devices that aid riders with navigation and timekeeping.

  • Naked Bikes
    Naked bikes recall British motorcycles of the sixties, and lack bodywork or a fairing that would normally hide their engines and inner-workings.

  • Power Scooters
    Power scooters are like scooters on steroids, and they share a similar step-through (or near step-through) design. But they also boast large engines (sometimes up to 650cc) rivaling the powerplants found in some motorcycles. Power scooters usually offer commuter-friendly creature comforts and numerous storage compartments.

  • Scooters
    Typified by Italian-made Vespas, scooters are like small motorcycles with bodywork that allows the rider to "step through" and sit without getting his or her clothes stained by oil. Scooter engine sizes can be as little as 50cc.

  • Sport Bikes
    Designed purely for performance, sport bikes tend to require arms-forward posture, powerful engines, and tight handling.

  • Supermoto Bikes
    Based on race machines that compete on a combination of road and dirt surfaces, Supermoto bikes combine offroad characteristics such as deep suspension travel with road tires and bodywork reminiscent of so-called "street fighter" bikes.

  • Touring Bikes
    Created solely for long-distance comfort, touring bikes often feature backrests, large windscreens, and creature comforts such as radios and navigation systems.

  • Trials Bikes
    These specialized competition bikes are tailor made for trials events, in which motorcycles are maneuvered around offroad or man-made obstacles, and riders are penalized if their feet touch the ground. Extremely lightweight, trials bikes lack seats and feature stiffer suspension than most dirtbikes.


So you want to ride a motorcycle?

So you want to ride a motorcycle? Here's a checklist you'll want to consider before you jump in the saddle:

  • Safety Gear
  • Motorcycling is a high-risk activity, and the most vulnerable riders are new ones. Protecting yourself with proper safety gear is an easy way to save yourself from injury, but the cost of gear adds up, and you'll want to add this to your biking budget.

  • Training Courses
  • Though it's common practice to experience your first ride in a parking lot, leave motorcycle training to the pros and take a Motorcycle Safety Foundation course. The skills you'll learn will last you a lifetime, and MSF instructors will educate you with fundamental skills that will make you a better, more competent rider.

  • Consider Your Bike Options
  • Will you be borrowing a bike? Are you considering buying your first bike? Plan ahead by either borrowing, renting, or buying a bike, and you'll be more committed to following through with your path to motorcycling. You can also check out our Visual Guide to Motorcycle Types for more information on different bike styles.

  • Start Slow
  • As a newbie, you're most likely to make potentially dangerous mistakes. Relax, take it easy, and learn at your own pace; motorcycling is an acquired skill that takes plenty of practice, and it's important that you keep that in mind while you learn.

  • Learn The Rules of the Road
  • Traffic laws are different for motorcycles, and each state's Department of Motor Vehicles has online manuals for motorcyclists. Download one, and educate yourself on the laws that govern motorcycling.

  • Get Licensed
  • There's no excuse for riding on public roads without a license. Once you've taken a MSF course and learned the basics, schedule an appointment at your local DMV office and take the test.


Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Clunz Cluz Bikers

This is saiful Clunz cluz or his famous nick name epoy,he was in Kuching then,joining wellknown bikers club known as Clunz Cluz.most of the club members riding jaguh Bikes while others riding shadow,virago,NSR and others.

Now saiful back duty in Sungai besi Kuala Lumpur,he's not riding jaguh but riding custom Honda Steed.I ,et him during last year Kuala Lumpur Bike week at matic. During his years with Clun Cluz in sarawak,saipul did introduce customised chopper builder from west malaysia to local bikers.And from him we know the existence of locklaq ( i will blog about locklaq later).

He also did start introducing apehanger to fellow clunz cluz tribe member,i was influenced by him then and use apehanger for a while.This is photo of him(from album of clunz cluz member).Nowadays clun cluz is away for few years,nobody know where all of them now,back then few years ago,clunz cluz active in biking community in Kuching with theor own concept bike and stylish customised jaguh Bikes.

I did contact few of the clunz cluz members and most of them not in Kuching anymore,working across sarawak and elsewhere.hopefully clunz cluz will revive again soon. i will posting some photo of clunz cluz bikers past activities later.


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