Cynthia Madison 's Entries

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  • 22 Apr 2020
    What could be better than having your own dirt bike? You can learn new riding techniques that can be transferred onto the road, not to mention that you enjoy total freedom. Buy a motorcycle already. It doesn’t have to be as powerful as a KTM. Get yourself any kind of ride. If you have been toying with the idea of picking up a dirt bike for some time now, don’t waste any more time and look for a good price.  There are some things you should know when becoming the proud new owner of a dirt bike. Check to see what is there to know. Maybe you knew some of these things, maybe you didn’t. Either way, it’s worth reading.   From the helmet to the boots, you have to be protected     Sometimes when riding your dirt bike, accidents can happen Therefore, selecting the right protective gear is paramount. It will keep you safe on the road and, in case you happen to crash, you won’t end up severely injured.  The helmet will protect you from head injuries during a fall or collision. Unfortunately, it can’t prevent concussions. If you get hit hard enough, you risk being hospitalised.  It’s hard, if not impossible to find an affordable helmet. Actually, protective gear can be pretty expensive. Maybe so, but that’s not a good reason to skimp out on something that can save your life. Don’t buy the most expensive helmet that money can buy, yet get a good piece of protective gear. Helmets such as Bell and Fly are available anywhere. There are some of the best products on the market, meaning that they’re worth the price.  Boots are another thing to place on your shopping list. They protect your feet and ankles, which can get caught between the ground and the foot peg. Additionally, if you wear boots on your dirt bike, it will be easier for you to maintain your overall position. A good pair of boots will protect you against hazards and ensure good stability. Boots may all look the same on the outside, but they’re not the same inside, so choose carefully.      Find a local riding club   At times, you may feel lonely. Nobody in your entourage shares your passion for riding dirt bikes. Why don’t you join a riding club? You can make new friends with open-minded people and, most importantly, get a better idea of what it’s like to own a dirt bike. The best part of all is that you have land and places to go ride when you feel like it. You don’t have a specific schedule to follow. Find out if there are any motorcycle riding clubs in your area.  Get an idea of what the club has to offer before becoming a member. Go to a meeting or talk to one of the club members. Some of the benefits offered by dirt bike riding clubs are access to local events at affordable entry fees and guidance and training and education courses. The conditions for joining the dirt bike riding club are clearly set out in the association’s constitution. If you want you could set up your own club. It’s not a bad idea you know.     Maintain your dirt bike to prolong its life    The dirt bike needs a little tender loving care. Routine maintenance is of the essence because it helps prevent mechanical failure, accidents, not to mention costly repairs. You’re not much of a mechanic, but there are little things you can do to keep the ride running smoothly for as long as possible. Here are some tips to keep in mind:  Change the oil regularly – It’s just like changing the oil on your car, the only difference is that you don’t have to get under the hood. Fresh oil safeguards the parts and keeps them lubricated. Generally, dirt bikes require an oil change every 8 hours of riding.  Inspect and clean the chain – If the chain is over tightened, the mechanical linkages will stretch and eventually break. Check the chain tension and ensure everything is alright. If the chain is muddy, let the mud dry and remove it with a nylon brush. Invest in a high-quality lube.  Charge the dirt bike battery – During the winter, you’ll want to put the battery on a trickle charger. Charge the battery up full before storing the ride in the garage. After the long winter months, it’s necessary to charge the battery once again.    Insurance is part of being a responsible dirt bike owner    If you want to be a responsible dirt bike owner, buy insurance. An insurance plan offers protection that is specially designed for your riding situation. If your bike gets damaged, you’re financially responsible, so it’s worth looking into dirt bike insurance options. A comprehensive coverage plan covers legal liability, accidental damage, theft, fire, and so on. Many types of coverage plans exist, so figure out what you need.  No matter your riding plans, there is an insurance policy to meet your needs and expectations. Generally speaking, premiums are affordable and some insurers even offer discounts on existing policies. Dirt bike coverage is available for both registered and non-registered motorcycles. In some countries, dirt bike insurance is mandatory. If you drive an off-road vehicle in Australia, you’ll need insurance.  The cost of the premiums depends on the type of motorcycle, your age, and how much you ride. All in all, coverage doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Even if it did, there’s nothing more important than security. When you’re not using the dirt bike, keep it in the garage. Let your insurer know you keep the ride in a safe place at all times.  If you’re a first-time dirt-bike owner, then you’ve got a lot to learn. You’ll soon discover that being a motorcycle owner is the best thing ever. Your journeys don’t depend on anyone but yourself. Plus, it makes you feel better. You’ll notice a massive improvement in your mood and health. Go out there and start riding.
    3164 Posted by Cynthia Madison
  • What could be better than having your own dirt bike? You can learn new riding techniques that can be transferred onto the road, not to mention that you enjoy total freedom. Buy a motorcycle already. It doesn’t have to be as powerful as a KTM. Get yourself any kind of ride. If you have been toying with the idea of picking up a dirt bike for some time now, don’t waste any more time and look for a good price.  There are some things you should know when becoming the proud new owner of a dirt bike. Check to see what is there to know. Maybe you knew some of these things, maybe you didn’t. Either way, it’s worth reading.   From the helmet to the boots, you have to be protected     Sometimes when riding your dirt bike, accidents can happen Therefore, selecting the right protective gear is paramount. It will keep you safe on the road and, in case you happen to crash, you won’t end up severely injured.  The helmet will protect you from head injuries during a fall or collision. Unfortunately, it can’t prevent concussions. If you get hit hard enough, you risk being hospitalised.  It’s hard, if not impossible to find an affordable helmet. Actually, protective gear can be pretty expensive. Maybe so, but that’s not a good reason to skimp out on something that can save your life. Don’t buy the most expensive helmet that money can buy, yet get a good piece of protective gear. Helmets such as Bell and Fly are available anywhere. There are some of the best products on the market, meaning that they’re worth the price.  Boots are another thing to place on your shopping list. They protect your feet and ankles, which can get caught between the ground and the foot peg. Additionally, if you wear boots on your dirt bike, it will be easier for you to maintain your overall position. A good pair of boots will protect you against hazards and ensure good stability. Boots may all look the same on the outside, but they’re not the same inside, so choose carefully.      Find a local riding club   At times, you may feel lonely. Nobody in your entourage shares your passion for riding dirt bikes. Why don’t you join a riding club? You can make new friends with open-minded people and, most importantly, get a better idea of what it’s like to own a dirt bike. The best part of all is that you have land and places to go ride when you feel like it. You don’t have a specific schedule to follow. Find out if there are any motorcycle riding clubs in your area.  Get an idea of what the club has to offer before becoming a member. Go to a meeting or talk to one of the club members. Some of the benefits offered by dirt bike riding clubs are access to local events at affordable entry fees and guidance and training and education courses. The conditions for joining the dirt bike riding club are clearly set out in the association’s constitution. If you want you could set up your own club. It’s not a bad idea you know.     Maintain your dirt bike to prolong its life    The dirt bike needs a little tender loving care. Routine maintenance is of the essence because it helps prevent mechanical failure, accidents, not to mention costly repairs. You’re not much of a mechanic, but there are little things you can do to keep the ride running smoothly for as long as possible. Here are some tips to keep in mind:  Change the oil regularly – It’s just like changing the oil on your car, the only difference is that you don’t have to get under the hood. Fresh oil safeguards the parts and keeps them lubricated. Generally, dirt bikes require an oil change every 8 hours of riding.  Inspect and clean the chain – If the chain is over tightened, the mechanical linkages will stretch and eventually break. Check the chain tension and ensure everything is alright. If the chain is muddy, let the mud dry and remove it with a nylon brush. Invest in a high-quality lube.  Charge the dirt bike battery – During the winter, you’ll want to put the battery on a trickle charger. Charge the battery up full before storing the ride in the garage. After the long winter months, it’s necessary to charge the battery once again.    Insurance is part of being a responsible dirt bike owner    If you want to be a responsible dirt bike owner, buy insurance. An insurance plan offers protection that is specially designed for your riding situation. If your bike gets damaged, you’re financially responsible, so it’s worth looking into dirt bike insurance options. A comprehensive coverage plan covers legal liability, accidental damage, theft, fire, and so on. Many types of coverage plans exist, so figure out what you need.  No matter your riding plans, there is an insurance policy to meet your needs and expectations. Generally speaking, premiums are affordable and some insurers even offer discounts on existing policies. Dirt bike coverage is available for both registered and non-registered motorcycles. In some countries, dirt bike insurance is mandatory. If you drive an off-road vehicle in Australia, you’ll need insurance.  The cost of the premiums depends on the type of motorcycle, your age, and how much you ride. All in all, coverage doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Even if it did, there’s nothing more important than security. When you’re not using the dirt bike, keep it in the garage. Let your insurer know you keep the ride in a safe place at all times.  If you’re a first-time dirt-bike owner, then you’ve got a lot to learn. You’ll soon discover that being a motorcycle owner is the best thing ever. Your journeys don’t depend on anyone but yourself. Plus, it makes you feel better. You’ll notice a massive improvement in your mood and health. Go out there and start riding.
    Apr 22, 2020 3164
  • 21 Feb 2019
    Camping trips are the best way to de-stress and connect with nature when the city-life gets the most out of you and everybody should try it at least once in their life, and there are options for everyone. Maybe you are not used to sleeping in a tent or you don’t like the idea of not taking a long shower before going to bed, then you need to know there are camping sites that provide all the accommodation needed to enjoy a weekend in nature. There are many reasons to go camping and we all need to return to our roots from time to time, but there is no way to convince yourself of this, other than trying it for yourself. What can be more perfect than enjoying a night of peace and quiet with your significant other or share stories with your friends around the campfire? But make sure you don’t disturb nature and follow the number one rule every camper must know: leave the place as you found it. Whether you choose to go camping with the entire family, with a group of friends or plan a romantic getaway in the woods, make sure you follow some basic steps to make sure you get the most out of your adventure   Choose the Location Choosing the right location to set up your tent or caravan is what makes or breaks your camping trip. There are many options to choose from, depending on what type of trip you are planning and how many people are in your group. Established Campsites: if you choose to camp at a specially designated area, your work is already half-done. Choose a place in the established area to pitch your tent or park your caravan. If you plan for a family trip and you have kids with you, there are many campsites that have playgrounds, to keep kids entertained. Do some research and check what sightseeing spots you can find around the campsite, to plan a nature trip. Wild Camping: If you choose to camp remote, outside of the camping sites, try not to disturb nature. Look for open spaces, where you won’t intervene with the natural course of the wildlife. If you choose to sleep in a tent, pick a spot with level ground, check out for rocks and branches, but avoid having to cut out plants or roots to make room for your tent. Respect nature and make sure you leave the place as close as possible to how you found it. Make sure you arrive at the campground early, especially if you are a beginner, to familiarize yourself with the campgrounds and pitch your tent. Setting up the tent during nighttime can be a huge disadvantage. Make a Check-List To make sure you don’ forget anything important, make a checklist and check it a few times before packing. Make sure you have everything you need at least 24 hours before leaving, so you won’t stress with packing the night before. Check your gear to be sure that everything is working properly. To help you with your list, here are a few things that no camper should miss: Accommodation: Tent, tarp, sleeping bag, blankets, pillows, inflatable mattress Kitchen: Water, food (nonperishables), can opener, matches, charcoal, folding chairs, folding table optional: camp stove, cooler Dining: silverware, metal plates, metal mugs, metal glasses, towels and napkins, trash bags (lots), salt and pepper, oil First Aid: medicine, bandages, antiseptic cream, burnt ointment, sunburn lotion, scissors Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, toilet paper, small mirror, nail clippers Clothes: t-shirts, sweaters and hoodies, shorts, pants, socks, underwear boots, hat, raincoat Misc: binoculars, flashlight, bug spray, cards or games, duct tape, knife, rope, hammock, portable shower Prepare Your Motorhome For the ultimate camping trip experience, a caravan or a camper van is the best option. But going camping with a motorhome requires some safety checks before hitting the road. Check out the insurance policy to make sure it covers your motorhome and your truck. Check the pressure in your tires and verify the electrical system and water tanks, to make sure they are ready to use. Probably the most important thing to think about when preparing your motorhome is safety. Make sure your caravan and truck are prepared to carry the load you are bringing with you. To do that, check the suspensions on your caravan and car and make sure they are suited for the trip, you would not want to find yourself in the middle of the forest with no way to return home. If you have never towed a caravan with your car before, make sure the suspensions on your car are suited for the weight of the caravan. Consider looking for 4X4 suspension kits that are specially made to boost your car and help with the additional weight of the motorhome, to ensure your safety and enjoy your vacation.   Connect with Nature Going camping would be a waste if you don’t plan some activities to enjoy nature, because the more we advance, the more we need to get back to the simple life. Do some research before leaving, to make sure there are plenty of things to do around your camping area, like hitchhiking or exploring the nearby caves and waterfalls. The best advice to follow is to look for destinations near a river or lake to include some water activities, like skipping stones, swimming or playing water volleyball. Hiking is the most popular activity to do on camping. Find hiking paths around your camping area, but make sure you have enough time to get back before night, as some areas can be dangerous. Make sure you stay safe and keep hydrated. Pack a backpack with water, another layer of clothes, a small first-aid kit, flashlights and snacks. If you plan on staying on the campsite or do some small exploration of the area, there are plenty of games you can play in nature are here are just a few examples: birdwatching, nature gathering, leaf collecting or scavenger hunts.
    5923 Posted by Cynthia Madison
  • Camping trips are the best way to de-stress and connect with nature when the city-life gets the most out of you and everybody should try it at least once in their life, and there are options for everyone. Maybe you are not used to sleeping in a tent or you don’t like the idea of not taking a long shower before going to bed, then you need to know there are camping sites that provide all the accommodation needed to enjoy a weekend in nature. There are many reasons to go camping and we all need to return to our roots from time to time, but there is no way to convince yourself of this, other than trying it for yourself. What can be more perfect than enjoying a night of peace and quiet with your significant other or share stories with your friends around the campfire? But make sure you don’t disturb nature and follow the number one rule every camper must know: leave the place as you found it. Whether you choose to go camping with the entire family, with a group of friends or plan a romantic getaway in the woods, make sure you follow some basic steps to make sure you get the most out of your adventure   Choose the Location Choosing the right location to set up your tent or caravan is what makes or breaks your camping trip. There are many options to choose from, depending on what type of trip you are planning and how many people are in your group. Established Campsites: if you choose to camp at a specially designated area, your work is already half-done. Choose a place in the established area to pitch your tent or park your caravan. If you plan for a family trip and you have kids with you, there are many campsites that have playgrounds, to keep kids entertained. Do some research and check what sightseeing spots you can find around the campsite, to plan a nature trip. Wild Camping: If you choose to camp remote, outside of the camping sites, try not to disturb nature. Look for open spaces, where you won’t intervene with the natural course of the wildlife. If you choose to sleep in a tent, pick a spot with level ground, check out for rocks and branches, but avoid having to cut out plants or roots to make room for your tent. Respect nature and make sure you leave the place as close as possible to how you found it. Make sure you arrive at the campground early, especially if you are a beginner, to familiarize yourself with the campgrounds and pitch your tent. Setting up the tent during nighttime can be a huge disadvantage. Make a Check-List To make sure you don’ forget anything important, make a checklist and check it a few times before packing. Make sure you have everything you need at least 24 hours before leaving, so you won’t stress with packing the night before. Check your gear to be sure that everything is working properly. To help you with your list, here are a few things that no camper should miss: Accommodation: Tent, tarp, sleeping bag, blankets, pillows, inflatable mattress Kitchen: Water, food (nonperishables), can opener, matches, charcoal, folding chairs, folding table optional: camp stove, cooler Dining: silverware, metal plates, metal mugs, metal glasses, towels and napkins, trash bags (lots), salt and pepper, oil First Aid: medicine, bandages, antiseptic cream, burnt ointment, sunburn lotion, scissors Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, toilet paper, small mirror, nail clippers Clothes: t-shirts, sweaters and hoodies, shorts, pants, socks, underwear boots, hat, raincoat Misc: binoculars, flashlight, bug spray, cards or games, duct tape, knife, rope, hammock, portable shower Prepare Your Motorhome For the ultimate camping trip experience, a caravan or a camper van is the best option. But going camping with a motorhome requires some safety checks before hitting the road. Check out the insurance policy to make sure it covers your motorhome and your truck. Check the pressure in your tires and verify the electrical system and water tanks, to make sure they are ready to use. Probably the most important thing to think about when preparing your motorhome is safety. Make sure your caravan and truck are prepared to carry the load you are bringing with you. To do that, check the suspensions on your caravan and car and make sure they are suited for the trip, you would not want to find yourself in the middle of the forest with no way to return home. If you have never towed a caravan with your car before, make sure the suspensions on your car are suited for the weight of the caravan. Consider looking for 4X4 suspension kits that are specially made to boost your car and help with the additional weight of the motorhome, to ensure your safety and enjoy your vacation.   Connect with Nature Going camping would be a waste if you don’t plan some activities to enjoy nature, because the more we advance, the more we need to get back to the simple life. Do some research before leaving, to make sure there are plenty of things to do around your camping area, like hitchhiking or exploring the nearby caves and waterfalls. The best advice to follow is to look for destinations near a river or lake to include some water activities, like skipping stones, swimming or playing water volleyball. Hiking is the most popular activity to do on camping. Find hiking paths around your camping area, but make sure you have enough time to get back before night, as some areas can be dangerous. Make sure you stay safe and keep hydrated. Pack a backpack with water, another layer of clothes, a small first-aid kit, flashlights and snacks. If you plan on staying on the campsite or do some small exploration of the area, there are plenty of games you can play in nature are here are just a few examples: birdwatching, nature gathering, leaf collecting or scavenger hunts.
    Feb 21, 2019 5923