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Guide To Riding A Motorcycle In Highways, Gravel And Twisty Roads – Copy

Riding a motorcycle unveils a whole new avenue of wondrous discovery and exploration. For some roads are just a way to get you from point A to point B if you are traveling on a car. But if you are traveling on a motorcycle, roads take on a whole new meaning. It can be exciting and fun. Traveling by motorcycle is a sport. An adventurous one. Riding down a great sweeping curve, cornering well in hair pin turns or riding in the dirt, makes you feel a certain kind of rush and as if you could conquer anything after riding through some particularly challenging roads like gravel and twisty roads.

If you have tried riding a motorcycle in a gravel road you could say this kind of road is not ideal. Imagine, traveling on a freshly laid medium sized gravel road. Rocks,stones, different sized pebbles, everywhere filling a narrow road instead of smooth asphalt or concrete.

Flat tires are common occurrence if you often travel on gravel roads. You better be used to some rear wheel wobbling. Remember, that gravel makes an uneven road surfaces so traction is impaired. Braking and swerving on gravel roads make the problem worse. Just relax, maintain your speed(it is safer and more stable to be moving), easy but firm grip on the handlebars, keep distance from other vehicles and travel on the part of the road where it is less dense. Keep the face shield of your helmet locked down to prevent the little rocks from getting into your eyes because those tiny stones have the tendency to jump up as you ride over them.

After some experience riding in gravel roads, it makes you not dread at the thought of it anymore. You will not cringe at the sight of those little pesky pebbles. Just remember no abrupt braking or swerving just ride slowly and carefully.

Another challenging aspect of traveling by motorcycle is riding through curvy and twisty roads. This can be done with timing and skillful judgment both of which only come from years of riding. Ride to the outside edge to set up for the curve, then lean through the curve and follow the curve at its widest angle. As you reach the apex, throttle and speed up and then straightening up as the curve ends. And be ready for another curve. If you are just a beginner always ride at your own pace, travel through a curve at a speed which you are comfortable.

It is wise to enter curves at slower speed and throttling up at the exit of the curve. Do not lean prematurely into a curve, where you could be traveling in the oncoming lane.

If you travel by motorcycle like it or not you have to learn how to ride through interstate highways or intersecting roads. Bottom line, learn to correctly maneuver and survive urban traffic while riding on a motorcycle.. If you must get to the West Coast from Mid West or to the East Coast or if you travel in Europe, you have to cope. Put the miles in. If you want to get from Andalucia to Sevilla or from London to Blackpool, learn and spend some time on highways. You are not just going to trailer your motorcycle wherever you want to go.

Riding a motorcycle in highways at highway speed makes the weather feel more intense. Like warm feels warmer and cold is colder and wet is wetter. Gear up with the appropriate clothing. Wear multiple layer of warm clothing in cold weather and start to peel it off one by one and ventilate when the ambient temperature gets warmer. Wear gel padded motorcycle gloves to prevent hand numbness and itch as a result of vibration of long hours of highway motorcycle riding.
On busy two lane or four lane roads you and your motorcycle are going to be traveling with all kinds of vehicles in all sizes. This is the time to heightened your awareness and stay alert. You should always remind yourself to scan. Scan your instruments, mirrors and blind spots, the car in front of you and most of all scan further ahead. It is easy to get fixated by the roads or the driver directly ahead of you. So actively force yourself to scan the whole area. Anticipate what the drivers are about to do or if the car is going to change lanes. And prepare an exit or escape route if something unexpected might happen.

Be conspicuous. Wear something catchy, honk your horn, and always beam your headlights. If you ride a Harley rev up that v-twin engines every now and then.

Although lane splitting is illegal in some places, it can be done slowly and with caution. Lane splitting can be a great way to weave through traffic by riding between vehicles especially if traffic is congested. There are inherent dangers of lane splitting like, you have the tendency to over estimate the width of your motorcycle especially if your cruiser has saddlebags, cars may change lanes without signals and aggressively whipping through traffic might provoke road rage. Maximum level of caution is needed when you execute this maneuver. So these are tips on safety techniques to ride your motorcycle on whatever kinds of roads that you may encounter along the way.

 
 
 

Chess

The powerful game of chess originated in India somewhere in the 5th or 6th century A.D. Experts believe this game can work as a pedagogical tool to develop a sharp analytical mind, inculcate clear thinking processes, enhance the memory, and build a sharp numerical and verbal aptitude. The game involves two players who begin the game with sixteen pieces of six kinds. These are moved on the board according to certain rules with the aim of defeating the opponents king by checkmating him.

Historians believe chaturanga as the oldest form of chess known to mankind. In Sanskrit language chaturanga means the four branches of the army. Similar to the actual warriors of yore the chess pieces were named after their eponymous real life objects, the elephant, horse, chariots and the foot soldier. Very different from the modern day strategy-oriented game, chaturanga was primarily a game of chance. Your success solely depended on the expertise with which you rolled the dice.

In the 7th century the mighty Arabs conquered Persia and renamed the game shatranj. The game found its way into the hearts of Arabs and later continued its journey to Europe in the 10th century as they expanded their empire. Till now it was played by the affluent class who could afford the luxury of free will, time and money. It was only in the late middle ages when the merchant class took up the game and popularized it among the masses.

Today chess is one of the most popular indoor games played by enthusiasts across the globe. Millions are won in various chess championships organized by sports authorities in various countries. People spend time and money to research how to improve the game, consulting experts and even using computers to hone their skills .The game has certainly come a long way from its ancient chaturanga days.

 
 
 

Pet Food Safety – Home Made Can Eliminate Uncertainty

The latest outbreak of dog food and cat food contamination has shaken the confidence of pet owners the world over, but nowhere as much as in the United States where illness and reported deaths took its highest toll of family pets. Now, in the aftermath of large scale pet food recalls, many are asking questions about the ingredients that they’ve always trusted to provide optimum health for their family pets.

It comes as no real surprise now that many pet owners are choosing to make their own homegrown variety of pet nutrition. When made properly, it has to be a better option than all that imported stuff with unknown ingredients of suspicious composition and origin. In fact, many say it’s not too difficult at all and fairly inexpensive to make. But, a number of experts caution that homemade diets won’t work for every pet or its owner. Some dogs and cats have a more difficult time adjusting to a new diet and the new process itself may simply be too labor intensive and inconvenient for many owners. The choice should be made only after careful consideration.

For starters, you can have your family vet or a recommended veterinary nutritionist put together a starter diet for you to try. On the other hand, if you prefer, do the nutritional research yourself. It’s unfortunate, but the rap against vets today, is similar to what doctors experienced in years past, that they know a lot about medicine, but were never taught much about nutrition. And, the veterinary nutritionists are accused of being little more than puppets, with the pet food manufacturers pulling the strings. There may be an element of truth to both, but in any case you’ll have to use your own judgment. However, having a few sample diets to follow while getting started will most likely be helpful.

The most responsible advice is to suggest paying close attention to your dog or cat. You know your pet better than anyone, so you should quickly notice changes in the quality of their health, such as energy levels, condition of their coat and stool texture. So, keep a close eye out for any subtle changes during the transition, as you would with changes to any food. When you decide to begin with your homemade foods, do it gradually by mixing the new food into the old food for a couple of weeks. Slowly increase the ratio of new to old each day as you monitor your pet’s adjustment.

Another trend of late has some owners feeding their pets a diet based largely on raw meat, vegetables and fruits. In fact, many people believe it’s the most natural and therefore the healthiest choice for pets. Melinda Miller, president of the North American Raw Pet Food Association recently stated, “There are a wide variety of benefits. Animals with arthritis and longstanding gastrointestinal ailments or skin problems often improve significantly after being placed on grain-free raw diets”.

For those who might be concerned about introducing contaminants into their own diets, it’s important to note here that the more common phobias and issues related to food borne microbes, such as salmonella are largely unfounded, with no real evidence of actual cases of illness to animals or humans when the meat is fresh and handled in an appropriate manner. Melinda Miller added, “no study has ever correlated human illness with raw-fed dogs or cats.” Raw food diets are popular in Europe and have gained significant interest in America over the past twenty years, so it can be considered yet another possible alternative over the store bought brands.

A Word of Caution:

Don’t just think that you can feed your pet table scraps and assume it to be a viable nutritional alternative. It’s not! Pets have special needs just as we do, so do your homework. There are many online resources, and even pet food cookbooks to help make things a lot easier. But, in the meantime, don’t just feed them what you’re eating. At the very least, they won’t be getting the nutrition they need, and the things you’re giving them could make them sick or even kill them.

Here’s a short list of foods that can be toxic for animals and should always be avoided, even in small quantities: chocolate, mushrooms, macadamia nuts, onions, garlic, leeks, chives, grapes, raisins, potato peelings, tomatoes (cats) and drinks containing caffeine or alcohol. The list for your particular pet may include other dangerous or sickening foods, so think before you toss.

Making your own pet foods can certainly be a loving and caring way to guarantee that your pet gets the healthy nutrition it deserves and without the risk of unknown contaminants. But, do your cost/benefit research first as to ensure a situation that you’re comfortable with including dollars, time and balanced nutrition. Carefully weigh the advantages and disadvantages for both you and your pet before deciding on this trendy alternative.

 
 
 

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