Thursday, December 6, 2012

Good Qualities of Honda Motorcycles

When looking for a perfect ride on a bike, Honda motorcycles are the answer. These motorcycles are manufactured to be "top of the class" and are guaranteed to deliver a unique riding experience to anyone. Honda is a Japan based company who dominated the market with their variety of motorcycles designed for everyone regardless of race and social status. Honda motorcycles are known through out the world for their contributions to their owners day to day living.

Honda motorcycles are different from other bikes in existence today. They have created a legacy of excellence with their motorcycles and are continuously providing riders with the comfort on every ride. Owning a Honda motorcycle gives you the pride of being part of those individuals who made the right decision in purchasing motorcycles.

Each motorcycle is designed for specific purpose and terrain. Honda motorcycles are reliable bikes that anybody can use in any weather condition. They have designs fit for touring, sports, crossover and other forms of activity that need a good bike. Durability, style, and look are among the pride of these motorcycles. They have unique qualities that are not commonly found on other motorcycles. No wonder why we do not hear any arguments when talking about Honda motorcycles.

Among the best known product of Honda is there Honda Super cub. Manufactured from as early as 1958, until now they continue to manufacture these motorcycles because of the demand it is getting from satisfied owners. Super cub sold for over millions of units all over the world that no other manufactured motorcycle has ever accomplished. With the increasing prices of gasoline, this motorcycle is a perfect choice with its fuel efficient design. A larger number of this motorcycle can be seen all over Asia as the size was designed to fit Asians.

Honda motorcycles do not only capture the hearts of ordinary citizens who use motorcycles for day to day living. These motorcycles have produced champions in sports such as the Motocross and Moto GP.

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Concept Motorcycles

Motorcycles are considered as a convenient mode of transportation. It is an economical mode of transport as the cost of fuel involved is comparatively lesser that a four wheeled vehicle. Motorcycles were first developed in 1885 and since then it has evolved to becoming a fast mode of transport. Many companies specialize in the production of motorcycles. Some individuals make use of them as a regular mode of transportation. Others may use them solely for recreational purposes, and a few may use motorcycles to promote their products. Concept motorcycles are an extension of normal motorcycles to facilitate usage as recreational or concept mode.

Concept motorcycles are based on a wide array of concepts that one may find interesting. Some concepts that may interest an individual may be the Statue of Liberty concept, the Comanche concept, an aircraft concept, a "black widow" concept, a jet concept, or a fire concept. These motorcycles are most sought after amongst bike enthusiasts who swear by their splendor. Custom-made motorcycles are expensive to buy because they house a number of accessories that are not commonly featured on regular bikes.

Design element is the most important while making a Concept Motorcycle. Designers and engineers work together to find a different concept that is practical to incorporate in the original framework. This concept is charted out on paper before it becomes reality. Designs are put under scrutiny for flaws and design inaccuracies. A dummy model is made from clay or wood once the designing problems are overcome. From here on the actual products are either ordered or made in-house. This is the most time consuming process as fabrication of customized parts can take days to manufacture. A mock up is made following that to check whether all parts fit correctly and if any further alteration is required. The motorcycle is then painted, fabricated, and finally put together.

Concept Motorcycles have become very popular in America. Some car companies have begun to make use of concept motorcycles to promote their products.

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Evolution of the Motorcycle - A Brief History

While the invention of the Motorcycle is subject to great debate and contention even today, what is certain is that its evolution is both impressive and fun to look at. From the early steam models and gas powered predecessors, to today's high performance designs, the journey of the Motorcycle's development is a testament to man's ingenuity and skill.

The idea of a two wheeled motorized vehicle appears to have occurred to multiple people at around the same time. Hence, there is a multitude of different designs and forms in the earliest years of the motorcycle. There where several steam powered motorbikes made in the 1860's. The most famous of which is probably from American inventor, Sylvester Howard Roper, whom unfortunately died while demonstrating his creation.

By the 1880's internal combustion engines were all the rage. They were also fitted in the first Motorcycles that available for sale to the general public. And as the technology improved the engines got bigger and more powerful. This led to motorcycle design outgrowing their bicycle origins.

The early 1900's up to the half of the point century saw great improvements on Motorcycle design and safety. This is the time that their use on the streets grew and also when the military started using them. They were also first seen in races at that time. It was mostly Europeans and Americans that manufacture Motorcycles with the British dominating most of the market.

It was not until the late 1940's that the Japanese started making Motorcycles. Honda came out with great improvements on the design and quality of the motorcycle. The company soon dominated the industry with their high quality and inexpensive motorcycles. This caused several American and European Motorcycle companies to struggle and even go bankrupt.

The best selling Motorcycle in all of history is the Honda Super Cab. It is not the prettiest nor is it the fastest of Motorcycles but it sure made the Motorcycle as widespread and famous as it is today. First made in 1958, it is still manufactured by Honda to this day. Its simple and timeless design coupled with its high durability is what helps to keep it relevant more than fifty years after it first came out.

Putting a helicopter engine on two wheels sounds like a scene from a Wile Coyote cartoon. It is hard to imagine anyone seriously attempting it in the real world. And yet the evolution of the Motorcycle went down that path with the invention of the Y2K Turbine Superbike. It is officially the most powerful production Motorcycle in the world. It is powered by a Rolls-Royce-Allison Model 250 engine. It has a mind boggling, recorded top speed of 370 km per hour, that is faster than most bullet trains around the world.

Today Motorcycles are manufactured by companies from all over the world. The market is still largely dominated by the Japanese. Constant competition among the manufacturers have led to unthinkable innovations on the motorcycle's design. Today's Motorcycles are safer and perform better than ever before, It is very exciting to think of what the future Motorcycles might be like.

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Sunday, September 16, 2012

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Do Women Really Need a Specially Designed Motorcycle Model?

Is it marketing hype or reality? Since I am doing this business, every year or so I hear about a shop proclaiming that it is building a model to be mass produced just for women. The manufacturer or shop making this claim can be managed by men stating that they have an acute understanding of women riding needs, or a woman managed entity because, as you are supposed to know, only women can understand women...

What are the main justifications advanced for these claims? Women are shorter, have less strength, want a more comfortable seat, don't want to burn their legs on the exhaust, want everything adjustable, etc. My first remark will be that some men are short and shorter than many women (it's what lowering kits are made for), have also more or less strength than others, may want a comfortable seat as much as women do and, as far as I know, nobody has ever wanted to burn some skin on exhaust pipes.

But first, let's not confuse a woman motorcycle model to fit ALL women with 1- A feminine motorcycle which is a factory motorcycle getting its UNIQUE touch mainly through the choice of accessories and of a custom paint job. 2- a one-off custom motorcycle built from the ground up or customized by a custom builder with only ONE woman in mind. The same way car manufacturers don't build cars for women (no the Mini Cooper is not a female specific car, and yes women are at the origin of the SUV's success because providing a greater sense of security), I don't believe in a mass produced model for women (no, the Sportster is not and has never been a woman bike whatever some may think).

Ladies, I don't care your average height, weight, hip width (I am always polite), inseam length, etc. Like all custom builders I care only about you the rider, male or female, and only you as a person with a unique morphology and personality. I have built a few custom bikes at the request of women. I didn't build them a motorcycle for women, but a motorcycle custom tailored for you a specific woman.

None of these women wanted a bike for all women, and none would have accepted what I built for another woman client. And that's the way it should be. All women making a living as Custom Builders (and I know them all) build bikes for either sex because they build custom bike personalities. All female riders I know, like male riders, have customized or will customize their bikes for their own style and taste. It's what the after-market parts business is all about. I always confided to my industry friends that I wish there are more female custom builders. But I don't believe in creating one bike model for all women (not until 50% of riders are female!?!).

Until now there is no success story coming from a mass produced woman motorcycle venture. I think that the marketing proposition is very deceptive. I just believe in riding education to push more women to ride and improve their skills, and of course in customization because all men and women are different individuals. A Brenda Fox, Sasha Mullins, Genevieve Schmitt etc, all very feminine riders, are able to handle any bike, even supposedly "men" bikes, because they know how to ride.

Of course it doesn't exclude that they adapt/adjust their own bikes to their morphology, needs and taste. We just need more experienced women like them on the road. And guess what? They never burn their legs on the exhaust (not more than us!) and never refuse to ride because of the thickness of the seat. And the reason is, they are bikers. Both men and women, let me know your thoughts.

Cyril Huze is a master custom motorcycles designer & builder, inductee in 2006 in the IMBBA Hall Of Fame, whose work has been featured worldwide on TV, videos, covers of magazines, hard cover books, calendars, etc. His customs are some of the prettiest and most acclaimed in the motorcycle industry. He also designs and markets his own line of custom motorcycle parts sold to motorcycle dealers and direct retail all over the world He is a columnist and contributor for several major magazines in the US & Europe. He is also the only celebrity of the custom motorcycle industry to publish a Blog at updated daily with news, new custom bikes & parts, tidbits about the custom motorcycle scene. His Blog is the most credible and the most read by the medias, professionals and fans of custom motorcycles all over the world.