Friday, September 24, 2010

Watch out for Multi-Tasking Mini EV Scooter Riders

BMW is set to debut a new Mini EV Scooter at this year's Paris Motor Show according to FastCompany.com. The new electric two-person scooter houses its electric motor in the rear wheel and lets riders dock their iPhone into the handlebars. Forget the days of lugging your iPod, GPS and cell phone with you along your journey - the Mini lets you do it all here. I just wonder, will my iPhone drain the Mini Scooter's battery?

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Golden Rule of Buying a Used Motorcycle

Last week we introduced you to Kevin Domino, author of The Perfect Motorcycle. Kevin is back this week to share more advice on avoiding lemons:

The Golden Rule of inspections is document everything! Write down the answers to the questions the seller is giving you, and everything you notice about the bike, the seller, and your reactions. Not only are you gathering valuable data for review later, you are much more likely to receive truthful answers if the seller sees that you are documenting their answers.

Another helpful hint: Bring a friend. Bringing someone along on your inspection can be very helpful for two reasons. The most important reason to bring someone along is as a witness. Having someone else along will help coax the seller to be more honest in the presentation and put you more at ease. When you ask the most important question, “Is there anything wrong with this bike?” having a witness is important to corroborate the seller’s representation, if you find defects that show themselves after the sale and if you need to take corrective action.

The other reason to bring someone along is that another perspective is invaluable. If your inspection teammate is knowledgeable about motorcycles, you can review your findings with them. If they don’t know about bikes, they can serve as a good sounding board for you and offer insights into the seller and surroundings that you might miss by being focused on the bike. It’s important that the person you bring along doesn’t distract you, though.

Performing inspections will serve multiple purposes.
1. The information you collect will give you a good reference point to compare different bikes for the rest of your riding career.
2. You will strengthen your negotiating position with the seller by demonstrating your expertise.
3. An inspection will also predict work and parts required to bring the bike to safe riding condition and highlight the costs to doing so, in the negotiations.
4. As important as the inspection is to determine the condition of the bike, you’ll be face-to-face with the seller to evaluate their motives and trustworthiness as well.

- Kevin Domino

Don't forget to visit www.theperfectmotorcycle.com for 10% off his book and a free digital download. Enter CT092010 at checkout.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Electric Motorcycle Manufacturer Brammo Announces Strategic Partnership

Electric Motorcycle Manufacturer Brammo is ramping up production of their line of electric bikes.

Photo Credit: Brammo

Brammo recently announced a strategic partnership to rapidly scale its manufacturing production in order to meet growing international demand, selecting Flextronics as its global manufacturing partner for the production of plug-in electric motorcycles and components.

“As Brammo pursues its international growth strategy it is critical to our success that we continue to build our strong reputation for quality, reliability and serviceability,” stated Craig Bramscher, CEO and founder of Brammo, Inc. “Flextronics is focused on providing a high quality end-to-end solutions approach to leading global companies, including automotive, and this is why we have selected them as our strategic manufacturing partner. We can now scale globally with the demand and the rapid evolution of this growth industry.”

Source: Brammo

Friday, September 17, 2010

Memorial Ride and Poker Run in Huntersville, North Carolina This Saturday to remember Logan Stroud and Nick Bussie


There is a memorial ride and poker run in Huntersville, North Carolina this Saturday to remember Logan Stroud and Nick Bussie.

The ride starts and ends at Easy Eddies at 12125 Statesville Road in Huntersville, NC 28078.

Registration begins @ 9:00 AM. Contact Kris Stroud @ 704-305-1683 or Connie Bussie at 704-932-6364.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Part 1: Inspecting Used Motorcycles – Ensuring You Get One in Great Condition


By Kevin Domino, author of The Perfect Motorcycle and CycleTrader.com contributing blogger

 Inspecting used motorcycles can be daunting, especially for new riders. The following is excerpted from the book, The Perfect Motorcycle: How to Choose, Find and Buy the Perfect New or Used Bike. The information provided here will give you a framework to guide your inspections, but space limitations preclude an in-depth discussion of the subject. For a complete picture of the process, check out the book’s website listed below.

One of the keys to finding the perfect used motorcycle is evaluating whether or not the bike you are looking at has been well-treated and is mechanically sound. The best way to determine the fitness of the one bike you want to buy is a three-pronged approach. You will 1) interview the owner, 2) inspect the machine, and then 3) go home and review what you have learned. Do all of this before you make an offer.

You can save time and money by interviewing the seller by phone or email before you look at the bike in person. You will learn which bikes are worth scheduling and taking a trip to go see, and which ones you can take off your list of possibilities. And afterward, it’s important to objectively assess the facts about your inspection away from the motorcycle with a post-inspection review.

There are forms available for download at www.theperfectmotorcycle.com/download-worksheets-and-che.html that you can use for phone or email interviews, in-person inspections, and a post-inspection review. When you arrange for face-to-face appointments, remember to bring along the completed interview form to verify the previous answers to the questions.

Take special note: The inspecting stage and negotiating stage are separate. By separating the stages, you will be in a much better position to get a great bike at a lower price. Do not negotiate with the seller in this inspection stage of the process! If you can separate the looking and the negotiating into two discrete activities, you are also less likely to shade your purchase by the infatuation factor (falling in love with the motorcycle you’re currently looking at). If you need to get a bike quickly, separate the inspection from the negotiating with at least a coffee break to review your findings, away from the seller.

It is also important to mention that during the motorcycle evaluation, the data transfer needs to be one-way only from the seller to you—not the other way. Don’t share what you are looking for or what you find with the seller. You are simply gathering information objectively about the seller and the bike, and recording your reactions to them. You’ll see later how this one-way communication strengthens your negotiating position.

Contributing blogger, Kevin Domino, is offering an exclusive offer just for
CycleTrader.com customers. Enter CT092010 into the discount box to get 10% off The Perfect Motorcycle and a free eBook.

Friday, September 03, 2010

The New CycleTrader.com Refine Toolbar Narrows Down Searches For Pre-owned Motorcycles - From Sportsbikes To Harleys


CycleTrader.com has always listed a wide selection of used motorcycles, but in August we made it easier for enthusiasts to find a pre-owned bike.

If you're in the market to buy but can't make the investment in a new motorcycle, CycleTrader.com's new refine toolbar on the left-hand side of search results helps you narrow down a variety of pre-owned motorcycles.

HOGs can find over 12,000 used Harley-Davidson motorcycles, while sportbikers can find almost 7,000 used sportbikes. Maybe the old cliche really holds true, "One man's trash is another man's treasure."