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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.

 

Top Beginner Motorcycles (Part I)

If you just learning how to ride then you need beginner motorcycles to start with.

Riding a motorcycle is somewhat like riding a bike. You must learn how. But when you do, you never forget. However, riding a motorcycle can be a little more difficult than learning to ride a classic bicycle. No need to be discouraged, though. Selecting your beginner motorcycles wisely can help you have a smoother learning experience, so you can eventually move on to premium bikes (or an entire collection!)

The list is based on things such as stability, overall performance, maneuverability, total weight, and seat position. Here are some favorites for those of you that are novices in the bike world:

Yamaha YZF-R3

Yamaha design and build powerful bikes that are famous for having great ergonomics and sporty frames. The YZF-R3 is a good choice for beginners since it is lightweight and easy to handle but still packs a punch with its advanced forged piston design. The seat is positioned for a sports-style riding position that is comfortable and offers you the most total control possible. 

The flat seat helps even beginners position their feet firmly on the ground during stops and enhances balance, which is excellent for new riders. Disc brakes give you dependable stopping power every time. There are three color choices and a host of accessories to make this bike your own. This is one of the more low-cost beginner motorcycles on the market, at the bottom of the lower price range. Though, don’t mistake it for cheaply made.

KTM 390 Duke

The 390 Duke by KTM features a top-notch, single-cylinder engine with optimal performance at low to medium torque, making it a great choice for first-time riders. The bike is incredibly slim and lightweight, so it is easy to handle at any speed by any driver. 

The seat is high and curved to provide good stability, comfort, and control. The steel frame provides durability and an attractive touch that is complemented by the bold colors and sporty, geometric style. This bike falls in the lower price range, but it doesn’t look or ride like a cheap bike.

 

The Best Drones with Cameras (Part II)

These drones with cameras have capabilities you wouldn’t believe.

DJI Mavic Mini

DJI has done it again. The drone manufacturing juggernaut just released the Mavic Mini which is their smallest and lightest drone yet. This is DJI’s first model that weighs just 249 grams. Thus making it exempt from the FAA’s requirement to register any drone that weighs 250 grams or more. For its small size (around the size of a smartphone) DJI has done an incredible job packing the Mavic Mini with a large array of features making it one of the best drones with cameras. 

The popular foldable design from the Mavic series also shows up in the Mini. Which makes it one of the top tech portable drones with cameras on the market. With a 30-minute flight time, 12-megapixel camera, and a three-axis gimbal it will be hard to find a comparable aircraft in this size and cost range. 

Pilots have the choice to select from pre-programmed flight maneuvers like Circle, Rocket, Dronie, and Helix. GPS receivers and downward visual positioning sensors make the drone simple to work with. This drone is a good choice for hobbyists who want DJI tech in an affordable package.

U49WF FPV Camera Drone

The U49WF FPV Camera Drone boasts altitude-hold and a first-person-view (FPV) screen with Camera Live Video, so you can see exactly what the HD camera of your drone sees in real-time.

It also comes with an extra battery to help you fly for even longer before needing to charge, and an outstanding 720p camera for live video and clear HD pictures.

F111WF Folding Drone

The F111WF Folding Drone is an economical drone that is exceptional for traveling due to its folding arm design usually found on high-end drones.

The live stream allows the drone operator to see what the drone is seeing through your smartphone via the mobile app. The extra battery, propeller guards, and propellers that are included make this the ideal camera drone.

 

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