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Which Motorized Boat is Best for You? (Part III)

Allow this guide to assist when choosing a motorized boat.

Watersports Boats

Water skiing, wakeboarding, and the latest watersports craze, wake surfing, are all enjoyed behind the porthole of a watersports motorized boat. Also referred to as “towboats,” this genre has a towing point for watersports. Which is usually elevated on an arch or a pole that mounts at or near the transom. The greatest and latest models, such as the Mastercraft X26 or the Super Air Nautique G25, can be supplied with special trim tabs and water ballast tanks that let you increase wave size and even “shape” wakes for better boarding and surfing.

The downside to devoted watersports boats is a lack of versatility. Sure, you can still take one across the river to your preferred restaurant. But activities like overnighting, fishing, and (due to increased draft) even beaching the boat are somewhat impractical. 

Motor Yachts

Just where does one draw the line between a motor yacht and other sorts of cruisers? It’s debatable, but most folks would agree that once you go past the 50-foot mark with boats like the Outer Reef 580, much less a boat like the Princess 75 Motor Yacht, the term truly applies. And while the price tag for a real motor yacht can be very extreme, when it comes to luxury, you can’t beat this sort of cruiser.  Do some research on Motor Yachts are the Best Luxury Cruisers to discover out.

Speed Boats

Speed junkies, get ready to rumble. Fast speeds are absolutely hair-raising when you experience them aboard a motorized speed boat.  While it’s true that speed boats do make plenty of sacrifices to squeeze out every possible MPH (cabins are small and lacking accessories to keep weight down, they’re usually quite loud, and only a few seats), if you desire a real thrill ride, there’s no substitute for speed than having a speed boat.

 

The Difference Between ATVs, UTVs, Ski-Doos, and Snowmobiles

One of the best things about toys for adults is getting the chance to ride around in a field on ATVs, a UTVs, a Ski-Doos, or snowmobiles. Whether you prefer riding in snow or not, it’s fun for everyone.

Other than the Ski-Doo or snowmobile, which is obviously needed only when there is snow on the ground, what is the difference between an ATV (All-Terrain Vehicle) and a UTV (Utility Task Vehicle)? They are seemingly similar toys but actually have a few differences. 

The Differences Between an ATV and a UTV

All-Terrain Vehicle – ATV

The ATV is smaller than a UTV, and it only seats 1 to 2 people. You can use them recreationally and also in racing. They’re fast and nimble and have a small turning radius. You sit on an ATV like you would sit on a horse, and they’re steered using handlebars like a bicycle.

Utility Task Vehicle – UTV

A UTV seats up to four people (although rumor has it that six seaters are coming soon), and their design allows for more work and less fun. You can haul stuff around, so they’re perfect if you have a farm. They do, however, have their moment in the sun when they can be quite fun.  

 

Going for a ride in a rural area is totally fine, but be advised not to take them onto city or county roads. They’re not road-legal, and you might end up having to arrange for a bail bond. There are several things you can do to make a UTV street legal, so don’t despair. 

Differences Between a Ski-Doo and a Snowmobile

Ski-Doos and snowmobiles are fun winter toys. You can do the same kind of cruising around on these as you can in the summer with ATVs and UTVs. Just like ATVs and UTVs have differences, there are also differences between a Ski-Doo and a snowmobile. 

Ski-Doo

Ski-Doos are the ATVs of the winter world. They typically use a handlebar system, and you sit on the machine the same way. There is typically one ski on the front of a Ski-Doo powered by an engine, with a track and rubber on the back. They are very similar to a snowmobile. 

Snowmobile

Snowmobiles can have one or two skis on the front and tracks on the back, though oftentimes, it’s just the track. These beasts chew up the snow, and you can have a ton of fun cutting through fresh powder.

 

As you can see, regardless of the season, there are plenty of ways to have fun outside. If you’re going to be playing in the snow, don’t forget to make sure you’re bundled up appropriately. Scarves, gloves, eye protection, and some good boots will make a world of difference between enjoying your time outside and being cold and miserable. 

 

No matter how you choose to play outside, or what season you decide you prefer, stay safe, stay smart, and above all, have fun. 

 

Which Motorized Boat is Best for You? (Part II)

With the many types of boats, there are, it can be overwhelming finding a motorized boat that’s right for you.

Pontoon Boats

Regardless if you are on a lake in Arizona or a bay on the Atlantic Seaboard, you’re most likely going to see lots of pontoon boats. Instead of riding on a fiberglass hull, this type of motorized boat has two or three aluminum “logs” they float on. Once upon a time, they were pokey and slow, somewhat ugly, and not very seaworthy. However, these are all issues of the past. Today, pontoon boats can be slick-looking, fast, and shockingly comfortable to ride on.

Runabouts

The term “runabout” is truly a catch-all that includes it all from bowriders to combination ski-and-fish boats to tiny speed boats. The thing these all have in common is that they’re small, open boats intended for day use in good weather. And while their exposed nature will be thought a drawback by some boaters, it should be thought an advantage, too. You don’t buy a boat to get away from the sunshine and spray.

Saltwater Fishing Boats

If you enjoy prowling the mangroves for redfish and snook, ply the rips for striped bass, or run offshore in search of marlin and tunas, there’s a saltwater fishing boat in your time to come. This type of motorized boat comes in a very broad range of boats.

Trawlers

Trawlers enjoy a tiny but dedicated following. These are slow-and-steady cruisers, made after commercial fishing trawlers but constructed today with range and comfort foremost in mind. They’re usually single-engine boats that perform most effectively at relatively slow speeds of seven or eight knots. Though, many also have the energy to get on a plane and run at or close to 20 knots, although at the sacrifice of efficiency when a fast return to port is necessary.

Trawlers come in several different sizes, going from boats like the Beneteau Swift 30, to the opulent Nordhavn 52.

Which Motorized Boat is Best for You? (Part I)

Finding the right motorized boat is essential to get the most use out of it and to enjoy it to it’s fullest potential.

Regardless if you’re a novice boater who’s still trying to figure out elementary boat terminology or an old salt who remains in tune with the latest boat design trends, you might know that picking the perfect motorized boat for you and your family is no easy task.  

You can break various types of boats down into dozens of categories. Though, chances are that regardless of what you enjoy doing out on the water when determining what sort of boat is right for you, one of these choices is going to be the best.

Bowriders

Bowriders are one of the most well-liked boat types on the water. It’s no surprise that you can use this multipurpose design for anything from day-tripping to water skiing. And while in the past bowriders were limited in scope and size, recently we’ve seen a push towards bigger models, usually with accommodations ranging from enclosed heads to full-blown cabins. 

The most exciting example is the Four Winns H440, a huge motorized boat with a bow cockpit accessed by walking through a saloon with niceties like a settee and full galley. Other huge bowriders that have hit the market lately include the Sea Ray SLX-R 400e.

Cruisers

This class has a vast range of different sizes and styles. In its most basic form, a cruiser is any powerboat with overnight accommodations, a galley, and the power to take you to new and distant ports. They typically have relatively fast cruising speeds. They can go anywhere from 30’ or so on up into the 100’ mega-yacht sizes. Most are powered with sterndrives, inboards, or pod drives, though there are also a couple of outboard-powered cruisers out there.

Freshwater Fishing Boats

Regardless if you want to go trolling for lake trout or casting for bass, a freshwater fishing boat is a must-have.

The Basics of Drag Racing (Part II)

Learning the basics of drag racing are important for both drivers and spectators so that everyone has fun and stays safe.

Reaction Times

Keep in mind that the tree counts down at five-tenths intervals. The reaction time stated is the time that the vehicle took to move off the starting line compared to when the last amber bulb lit up.  Reaction times are essential to the basics of drag racing. 

The Race

With every racer leaving the start line together, the finish line decides the winner. A series of infrared beams across each lane measure incremental times during the race as well as top speed.

The total time of the race for every lane is recorded and announced as the E.T. or elapsed time followed by the top speed for every vehicle. The clock begins when the car leaves the start line, not when the green goes on. The reaction time is recorded separately to tell how long a vehicle waited to leave while the E.T. shows how long the race was. Putting these numbers together as a “package” will tell the winner every time.

The Finish Line

After crossing the finish line, the driver eases off the accelerator and slowly applies the brakes in the shutdown area while remaining in his own lane. Drivers must try not to skid. The car in the left lane makes a left turn exit first followed by the right lane driver. This offers a safe exit for both vehicles. No driver must never, ever turn around on the track since there might be another pair of cars ready to begin the next race. A very important factor in the basics of drag racing. 

The Return Road

After the vehicles exit the track, they go back to their pit area using the return road. Racers can stop along the return road at a station called time slips where a track official will give the driver a printed slip that shows his times. The return road speed limit is just 5 m.p.h. 

 

The Basics of Drag Racing (Part I)

Drag racing can be fun and exciting but it’s important to be safe also.

First, what is “drag racing”? In the humblest terms, drag racing is a sport where two cars compete side-by-side in an acceleration contest. Both drivers go in a straight line from a standing start to a finish line. The first to cross the finish line wins the race. Competition is part machine and part driver.

You drag race on a dragstrip according to performance safety rules. The construction and design of the dragstrip allow racing to commence under the safest possible setting for the drivers and spectators. 

The track safety walls, surface, fences, staging lanes and return road are set according to strict standards. Race procedures have to conform to long-established industry standards. Insurance carrier and sanctioning body guidelines must be closely followed to guarantee a fair, safe, and fun racing experience for all that attend or participate.

Drag racing is a sport

The Racer

No special skills are necessary. In the sport of drag racing, any licensed driver can participate. Kids as young as 9 years old compete in Junior Drag League events and some as old as 80 race at local tracks nationwide. Driving skills develop with every race. The full performance abilities of a car are tested while a driver learns a vehicle’s characteristics.

The Tree

A drag race is started using a device called a “Christmas Tree” that stands around 40 feet ahead of the start line. As the vehicles come to the starting line, the drivers are beckoned to stage their vehicles and begin the race by watching the colored bulbs light up in sequence.

While both vehicles might leave together on the green light, a driver’s reaction time from when the green comes on will be a factor in the race. If one vehicle stays on the starting line after the green comes on, the other car will gain an advantage making it possible for the slower car to win the race.

Yamaha V Star 250 Cruiser

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The Yamaha V Star 250 Cruiser is a great choice for a beginner bike.

The Yamaha V Star  250 Cruiser motorcycle is another lightweight choice that is easy to handle and great gas mileage that is affordable. At around 78 miles per gallon, you can get around 200 miles between fill-ups. The super low-sitting seat helps offer an upright riding position that lets you feel the bike better and enhances your comfortability. 

If you love chrome, this bike is for you. It is capped on each end with quality chrome, including the handlebars, fenders, and stylish, low-profile mirrors. The 249cc V-twin engines offer all the power a beginner rider will require. The Yamaha V Star 250 Cruiser is one of the most low-cost bikes on the market, but it doesn’t falter in style or quality.

Choosing A Bike That Fits the Script

You must consider precisely what you would like to get out of your bike in order to decide which bike is for you. For example, you can find high powered sportbikes with plenty of torque, As well as a high-rise seat that is good for off-roading and trick riding on rugged terrain. 

Also, you can find low-riding monster bikes that have that old-school look and sounds that are comfortable and great for leisure cruises. If you are wanting something in between that is good for an everyday rider but will also be fun for turning tricks on the weekends, there are lots of mid-range bikes available too.

Honda Rebel 300

Honda’s Rebel 300 is an excellent beginner’s choice for power, value, and style. This bike sits lower than most bikes on the market, which makes it comfortable for commuting and cruising. The sporty engine is a lightweight, fuel-injected, single-cylinder model. It has mid-range power and torque, making this bike easy to handle. 

The blackout aesthetic and steel fenders produce a look that catches the eye. The widened front wheel makes a stable platform and improves stopping power, which makes this bike good for learning. 

Top Beginner Motorcycles (Part IV)

As a beginner, you need to find motorcycles that are lightweight and simple to drive.

Yamaha Bolt Cruiser

These motorcycles have a slim body and low-riding seat that offers a comfortable ride, even on long-distance trips. In addition it’s lightweight enough even for beginners to manage with ease. The bike has a big, 3.4-gallon fuel tank, meaning you have to fuel up less frequently. 

The bike is a good base for customizations. So, you can make a bike that is totally your own that still houses the speed and dependability that Yamaha provides. This Yamaha Cruiser is at the lower end of the middle price point, which gives you a perfect quality bike with lots left in your wallet.

Bonneville T120 Triumph

This bike is born of the original Bonneville style motorcycles, so it has a look that is timeless and classic. The 1200cc twin-parallel high torque engine has lots of power to get you where you need to go, while the seat is mid-range, meaning you obtain a good balance between control and a relaxed riding position. The heated grips, handcrafted chrome detailing, and 160 available accessories, this bike is no eyesore. The Bonneville T120 falls in the middle price range, and Triumph offers a lot of quality for the cost.

Honda CB1100 Ex

This bike is an attractive choice for beginners due to its style and easy maneuverability. Honda outdid themselves with a seamless gas tank on a sturdy and timeless steel chassis, which makes for a clean and classic looking ride. 

The triple-disc brakes will aid you in stopping on a dime. The engine takes a new spin on Honda’s famous incline-four engine by adding a cooling system and a more modern “blackout” aesthetic. This all pairs well with the classic frame, complete with chrome fenders and round headlight. This bike sits on the higher end of the middle price range but is packed with enough value and durability to be your everyday rider for a long time.

 

Top Beginner Motorcycles (Part III)

Harley Davidson has the top beginner motorcycles.

Harley Davidson Sportster Iron 883

If you know something about bikes, you’ve heard the name Harley. We don’t have to tell you that they design some of the most stylish, powerful, and reliable bikes on the market. Many Harley’s are souped-up for the pros, but that doesn’t stop the company from creating a few bikes that are easily handled by a new rider. As a matter of fact, they have some of the top beginner motorcycles around. 

The Sportster Iron 883 is a good example and has a lowered suspension that is comfortable and stable for all riders. You can expect to ride for miles thanks to Harley Davidson for equipping it with the 883cc air-cool engine.  

The drag-style dropped back handlebars create an old-school look that turns heads. The bike is available in many colors and supports the anti-chrome, blacked-out style. The bike sits in the middle of the price range. It has a little bit of a higher price point than many other choices for beginners. But with a Harley Davidson, you really get what you pay for.

Suzuki SV650

This bike is the epitome of an old-school sports bike, but with a touch of modern style. The bike runs on a 645cc V-twin Engine that offers clean, consistent power. This bike provides low emissions and great fuel economy. It’s also lightweight enough to be easy to handle during an evening cruise or a sporty terrain, even for beginners. Making it one of the top beginner motorcycles. 

The Low RPM Assist feature to adjust the engine to help stop stalling, which is good if you are just learning to ride.  The slim-frame motorcycle is made entirely of steel for a look that is stylish and a bike that is timeless. At the very top of the affordability range, this bike is both low-cost and high in value.

This is the number one choice for any rider that desires a naked bike with a scent of retro/cafe racer looks. It is also quite light and therefore manageable for female riders too.

Top Beginner Motorcycles (Part II)

These are some of the best motorcycles for people just learning how to ride.

Kawasaki Ninja 300

The Kawasaki Ninja 300 is among the top motorcycles to choose from. It’s really lightweight, creating an easy ride. Though, the little frame has a lot of power and includes Digital Fuel Injection technology that offers smooth throttle control and a 296cc parallel-twin cylinder engine. 

Enjoy good gas mileage with this bike, up to 66 mpg. The big digital multi-function display paired with the streamlined sporty look makes this bike appear modern and sleek, and it’s a very easy ride for those who are just getting their bike legs. This bike is another affordable choice for beginners, falling in the low-price range.

Scrambler Ducati Desert Sled

This bike is designed for off-road but delivers a smooth highway ride too. The seat is positioned way higher than many average bikes for better balance and control. The suspension is fully adjustable and fastened to a reinforced steel frame for increased durability, even on rugged terrain. 

Electronic Fuel Injection paired with 6-speed straight cut gears provides a smoother and consistent ride. Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tires and spoked wheels provide great stability for beginners. These motorcycles fall somewhere in the middle price range and offers plenty of quality for the cost.

Honda CRF250L Rally

Honda’s bikes are all made for speed, but this bike has that and way more. An increase in fuel tank size means fewer stops to fill up, and the small frame is perfect for smaller riders or for beginners who like more maneuverability. The seat sits high enough to give you great control but low enough that you can sit upright, which makes for more comfortable long-distance commutes. 

The Rally includes a few luxury add-ons that the standard CRF250L doesn’t have, like handguards, a windscreen, skid plate, and increased suspension adjustments. All this, paired with extra fairing and side panels and twin headlights, creates a rally-style bike that is timeless. This bike is affordable but packs more punch than other bikes in the low-cost range.

 

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