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What To Expect When You Upgrade Your Headlights

August 12, 2016 friadmin 0

Upgrading Your LED Headlights

Upgrading your headlights may seem like a timely and expensive investment. However, as many customers agree, LED headlights are the doorway to the future of practical lighting. There was a time when LED lights were considered impractical, when they had high production costs, and when halogen lights were considered the pinnacle of everyday, pragmatic lighting. But now, more and more people are scurrying to install LED headlights in their cars.

The Reason You Are Reluctant to Upgrade

Perhaps you have used halogen lamps, headlights and light fixtures your entire life. And because of that, you are hesitant about the idea of upgrading to LED headlights. This is not surprising, as halogen lights have a longer and more consistent track record than LED displays. But most innovations are new, lacking a long track record of success. Luckily, LED headlights have been proven to work.

Maybe you’re concerned about pricing, as energy-efficient, LED headlights sound expensive in and of themselves. There are many misconceptions that people tend to uphold about LED lights. But as you will soon discover, there are countless reasons why you should consider upgrading your lights anyway.

Another reason you might be hesitant about an upgrade is because you do not trust LED headlights, If you have used halogen lights bulbs your whole life for virtually every possible use (household lights, headlights, etc), then you may believe that LED lights are less dependable than halogen bulbs. As you will soon read, there are a few benefits you can anticipate upon upgrading your headlights to LED bulbs.

What Will Happen When You Upgrade

First and foremost when, when you upgrade your headlights, you will immediately extend the lifespan of your light bulbs. That’s right. Because LED lights are engineered for energy efficiency, you can expect them to live at least an average of 20 years. This is impressive considering the alternative. Halogen light bulbs have a much greater tendency to malfunction or run out of power.

Another thing you can anticipate, after an upgrade, is better gas mileage. As you will note, you will have to invest less money in your fuel expenses. This is because the LED light bulbs are less demanding on energy and therefore will not consume your fuel at the same rate as halogen headlights. Imagine, over a period of years, how much money in gas expenses you will save just by upgrading to LED headlights. Suppose LED headlights save you an average of $3 per day on gas. This will equate to $1,095 per year. If you use that vehicle, and those lights, for a total of 10 years, you will have saved $10,950 over a period of a decade. Just imagine how you could invest that money.

Another benefit you can anticipate upon upgrading your headlights is clearer road conditions. One common concern about LED lights is whether or not they will translate to the road. Undoubtedly, LED headlights are designed to perform even more efficiently than halogen lights. Most halogen headlights are characterized by dim lighting with a yellowish undertone. Whereas, LED lights deliver the most radiant and piercing brightness possible, making your driving clear and safe.

You can expect to save money on your upgrade as well. The installation process of LED lights and maintenance is so simple that even a novice can do it. This means you won’t have to waste your valuable dollars on a professional in the near future. And given the state of the art technology in this model, the likelihood of an electrical failure is relatively low.

Another thing you can expect is to save energy output, thus mitigating the burden on your car and the environment. LED lights are designed to expend only 20% energy, while halogen lights are made to expend 80%.

LUGO, RA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 22: unidentified happy bikers does the typical greeting riding Harley Davidson at motorcycle rally "Sangiovese tour" by Ravenna Chapter on September 22, 2013 in Lugo (RA) Italy

Tips for motorcycle riding in a group

May 1, 2016 friadmin 0
LUGO, RA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 22: unidentified happy bikers does the typical greeting riding Harley Davidson at motorcycle rally "Sangiovese tour" by Ravenna Chapter on September 22, 2013 in Lugo (RA) Italy
LUGO, RA, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 22: unidentified happy bikers does the typical greeting riding Harley Davidson at motorcycle rally “Sangiovese tour” by Ravenna Chapter on September 22, 2013 in Lugo (RA) Italy

Riding motorcycles with a tight group of friends or club members can be a lot of fun, but it can also turn into a real nightmare pretty quickly – especially if you’re not used to hitting the open road with a crew in the first place.

Yes, the basics of riding your bike might be exactly the same regardless of whether your alone or with 1000 other riders, but at the end of the day there are definitely some nuances that need to be mastered for this kind of group rally to be fun AND safe.

Pay attention to the inside information we’re able to outline for you below and you won’t have any trouble hitting the pavement with 5, 10, 15, or even 1500 other riders – regardless of whether your cruising down the road or clear across the country to visit Sturgis.

Let’s dive right in!

Designate a “Ride Captain”

Riding together in a group is tough enough as it is all on its own, but when you’re riding without a clear cut leader in the form of a Ride Captain things REALLY start to fall apart all over the place.

Take 5 or 10 minutes to find someone comfortable enough to lead the pack, lead the charge, and keep everyone and everything organized. This person should be an accomplished rider, one with experience, and one that understands the entire route – or at least their leg of it as leader – like the back of their hand.

The Ride Captain is the tip of the spear. They (and they alone should be out front, and everyone else should know the drop back and never pass them.

Lineup a “Tail End Charlie”

Probably the most important thankless job on any of these group runs, the Tail End Charlie is the last man on the loop, responsible for making sure that there aren’t any stragglers or riders left behind.

This is usually a volunteer position, and a lot of that has to do with the fact that it can be stressful, agonizing, and really grating on the wrong personality.

A responsible Tail End Charlie will keep things running smoothly though, so make sure you have one designated.

Make sure you ride with a real pack and leave the Lone Wolves at home

Do you best to assemble a group of riders that are going to be a real pack, sticking together and doing everything they can to make sure that their fellow riders are taken care of, safe, and having a good time.

Everyone should have a baseline level of skill riding motorcycles, should have a bike that is reliable and tuned up, and should be more than willing to be an active part of the team. Leave the Lone Wolves and the misfit riders behind – they’ll rain on your parade and cause all kinds of mayhem, mostly because “it’s what they do”.

Invest in proper headlights

Stock lighting on motorcycles can be extremely unsafe. Limited visibility results in other drives unable to see you, especially at night. By upgrading your headlights, you can completely transform the amount of light output of your motorcycle. LEDHeadlightsPro.com offers an easy, plug and play solution for LED Headlights for under a hundred bucks. It’s a no brainer.

At the end of the day, longer group trips should be a great time to bond over your bikes and your passion. Follow these tips and tricks and you’ll guarantee you have a much better time the next run out!

RIOLO TERME ITALY - SEPTEMBER 22: biker rides Harley Davidson motorbike with a group of bikers at motorcycle rally "Sangiovese tour" by Ravenna Chapter on September 22, 2013 in Riolo Terme, RA, Italy

Learn the motorcycle group riding formation

February 13, 2016 friadmin 0
A biker enjoying a ride in the country side
A biker enjoying a ride in the country side

Riding motorcycles with a tight group of friends or club members can be a lot of fun, but it can also turn into a real nightmare pretty quickly – especially if you’re not used to hitting the open road with a crew in the first place.

Yes, the basics of riding your bike might be exactly the same regardless of whether your alone or with 1000 other riders, but at the end of the day there are definitely some nuances that need to be mastered for this kind of group rally to be fun AND safe.

Pay attention to the inside information we’re able to outline for you below and you won’t have any trouble hitting the pavement with 5, 10, 15, or even 1500 other riders – regardless of whether your cruising down the road or clear across the country to visit Sturgis.

Let’s dive right in!

Designate a “Ride Captain”

Riding together in a group is tough enough as it is all on its own, but when you’re riding without a clear cut leader in the form of a Ride Captain things REALLY start to fall apart all over the place.

Take 5 or 10 minutes to find someone comfortable enough to lead the pack, lead the charge, and keep everyone and everything organized. This person should be an accomplished rider, one with experience, and one that understands the entire route – or at least their leg of it as leader – like the back of their hand.

The Ride Captain is the tip of the spear. They (and they alone should be out front, and everyone else should know the drop back and never pass them.

Lineup a “Tail End Charlie”

Probably the most important thankless job on any of these group runs, the Tail End Charlie is the last man on the loop, responsible for making sure that there aren’t any stragglers or riders left behind.

This is usually a volunteer position, and a lot of that has to do with the fact that it can be stressful, agonizing, and really grating on the wrong personality.

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Ways To Find New Adventure Motorcycle Riding Buddies

January 17, 2015 friadmin 0

ridemotorThere are a lot of folks out there that love nothing more than jumping on their motorcycle, hitting the road solo, and just kind of going wherever the pavement takes them.

These Lone Wolves love their bikes for sure – and live for the adventure – but almost all of them have just as much fun grabbing a bunch of motorcycle riding buddies and hitting the road together, enjoying everything this way of life has to offer as a team and a real pack.

If you’ve found yourself Lone Wolfing it for a while now and would love nothing more than to find some more riding buddies to head out with, but are finding this to be a little bit harder than you expected, check out all of the tips and tricks we’re able to offer you below.

You’ll have a bike pack formed in no time at all, filled to the brim with passionate folks that become lifelong friends!

Let’s dive right in!

Hangout at the local hangouts

Every halfway decent sized town and up has at least a couple of biker bars that aren’t just for the Sons of Anarchy crowd, populated by folks that love bikes, love riding, and love to get to know other people that are just as passionate as they are.

This is where you’re going to want to spend A LOT more of your time!

These hangouts – you can usually spot 10 or 12 bikes out front and have a solid guess that it’s a biker joint – are usually very welcoming, so long as you come in with no preconceived notions and make a real attempt to get to know the established crew.

Big bike rallies are can’t miss experiences

Look, big bike rallies – like the cross country runs to Sturgis or the big bike week down in Daytona, just to name a few – are once in a lifetime experiences that HAVE to be enjoyed by those that have motor oil in their bodies, but they can also be great ways to find new bike friends as well.

Check the web in your local area to see if there are any meetups to make it out to one of these runs, or just solo cruise on up and make a commitment to find folks from your area that are checking out all the action, too.

You’re bound to find at least a handful of passionate bikers from your local area this approach, and they will all be excited and open to connecting with you more regularly when you get back to town!

Jump online

There are all kinds of places online you can connect with bikers, not only from your local area but from all over the country as well.

This is a great approach for folks that are a little bit gun shy about going out and meeting new people “in the real world” at first, as you’ll have the chance to build up a bit of a relationship through the web before you take the plunge.

At the end of the day, you won’t have to look too far – or for too long – to connect with some new bike riding buddies, that’s for sure!