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Classic Bike Profiles – Suzuki Gs 750

Another great classic bike that you can find on today's market place for very low prices is the Suzuki Gs 750. The Suzuki Gs 750 was a fantastic mid-range bike produced from 1976 to 1983.

The I'm quite the fan of the old Suzuki's, they may not be the most powerful or modern (for their production time), but they sure are fun to ride. The Suzuki Gs750 was introduced with an air-cooled DOHC 4 stroke engine that turned out about 63 horsepower. Not enough to break the speed of sound but plenty of pick-up for a sport bike this size.

There are several models available starting with the 750 in '76 -'78, GS750E in '79 -'80, GS750L also '79 -'80, and finally the GS750G and GS750GL in 1981. All had a 5-speed gearbox and a front disc rear drum brake setup.

One thing about Suzuki Gs motorcycles I am particularly fond of is their ability to handle abuse and provide good reliability. Especially for a rider today who wants to enjoy the classic style of a Gs750 yet does not want to spend every waking moment tuning the bike and making adjustments.

In fact the Suzuki Gs750 is a perfect candidate for restoration or customization as well. There are several Cafe kits available for those looking to relive the days when these bikes used to fly at crazy speeds down race tracks and many also go the bobber / chopper route as well. These bikes are very simple and easy to work on so customizing one to suit your tastes is something that can be tackled even by the somewhat inexperienced mechanics out there.

Now on to the ride .. The Suzuki Gs750 is a particularly stable and well handling bike that is capable of handling and stopping the power it puts out with ease. I still feel the brakes leave a little to be desired but that is fairly common of all older sport bikes.

The best part about these Gs750's is that they are not only abundant still today, but you can pick up very clean examples for under $ 3,000 dollars and decent running bikes for $ 2,000. At those prices why not add one to your collection?

Source by Brian Ostrowiak

Upright Exercise Bikes Vs Recumbent Exercise Bikes

Due to hectic and packed schedules not many of us find time to exercise and keep fit. However, the alarm rings when we see those obnoxious love handles and flab dangling from all the wrong places in our body. Most of us are lazy to get up in the morning or do not have the time to join a gym. In such cases Exercise Bikes are the best investment.

These bikes are very popular amongst fitness freaks and amongst people trying to burn all those extra fat. These bikes are designed keeping in mind your requirements and the functions fulfilled by the bikes used in gyms. These exercise bikes can easily be adjusted inside your abode and you can use them as and when you like. Just bring them home and see their benefits and positive impact on your health and overall well being.

These bikes are available in two different designs to suit your requirements:

  • UPRIGHT EXERCISE BIKE: these are backless bikes, which is the traditional design of these bikes. This backless feature has its own advantages and disadvantages that have led to a mixed bag of reviews about these bikes.

When exercising without any back support, you keep your body posture straight and upright. This helps in exerting pressure on your abdomen, which leads to toning up of the abdomen muscles and loss of fat from the belly area. The foot rest are directly under your bodyline. Also, this upright position while paddling the bike helps you develop an upright posture even while sitting and doing about your daily works.

On the other hand, the upright posture without any kind of back support results in exerting pressure on your lower back. This can lead to pain in your back after 15-20 minutes of paddling. Also, you can experience stiffness in your neck and back due to wrong back and hand postures while exercising. This is highly uncomfortable, especially for people new to exercising.

Except the above mentioned problem, this bike has no other disadvantages. The back ache subsides with experience and also body becomes accustomed to it. However, it can lead to a perpetual bad body posture.

  • RECUMBENT EXERCISE BIKES: These bikes are the modified and more comfortable version of the Upright bikes. These bikes have a comfortable back attached for back support and they have wide and padded seats. These are a little reclined backwards thus, providing an extremely comfortable exercising posture. Also, these are lower in height and much closer to ground. The footrests are provided in front, near the front wheel of the bike.

These bikes are perfect for people with back problems and for old aged people, who cannot sit upright for long. Also, these bikes are much comfortable for obese people. These bikes are considered a better option than upright bikes and are thus, more popular.

Choose the exercise bike best suited for your body type. Remember, an exercise machine should do benefit to your body rather than harming it in any way.

Source by Franke Mor

Searching For BMX Freestyle Bikes for Sale?

The early 1980s was the beginning of BMX freestyle bikes for sale. At this same point in time extreme cycling became popular. Bicycles were mainly used for transportation, pleasure riding and racing before BMX freestyle bikes became popular. The design of the bike has-lead to a new style of extreme cycling that has become a well-known sport. This style bike is designed for jumping and tricks but they are mainly used for street and off street riding.

In years gone by we all have fond memories of getting up on a summer day and heading out to see what the day would bring. We would spend countless hours riding our bikes from early morning till day's end. It was our means of transportation as well as just a good time. Remember the sting-ray bike with the banana seat? As we got older the ten speed bike became the ride of the young teenager until we started to drive. Once we started to drive the bike was a thing of the past.

This is not the case with the extreme style of today's cyclist. It has become a sport that one can start at a young age and it seems to intensify in the teen years. Once they start to drive the bike ends up being thrown in the back of the truck of the young driver heading to the next race or new dirt track.

When shopping for the best BMX freestyle bikes for sale spend a little time to do your homework. Research the bike from the handle bars and brakes to the tread of the tires. Things to take into consideration would be the size, weight, different features and of course staying within your budget. Taking the time to become well-informed will lead to buying the bike that meets your performance and safety needs.

The weight and construction are of utmost importance when shopping for a BMX freestyle bike. A sturdy light-weight bike is what you're looking for. With a light-weight bike you have better control and will be able to get much higher off a ramp. A sturdy bike is going to hold up better when it comes to landing. As you come down from a really high jump the last thing you want is to have a bike that can not withstand the landing. A bike constructed with a quality material none as Chromoly is what to look for when searching for BMX freestyle bikes. It will give you a safe landing while being extremely light to get the height you want.

Other things to consider in your search for BMX freestyle bikes for sale would be the type of wheels, tires and crank. These are key factors to be aware of before making a purchase. Knowing some of the things to look for will make your search interesting as well as successful.

Source by Kathy Martin

Yamaha Bikes and Hero Honda Bikes

Bike riding are the latest craze, mainly among the youth. Riding on the bikes are the symbol of style, freedom and mobility. When you drive the bikes it gives you the different feeling on the roads. Most of the people prefer the two wheelers especially in metro cities due to their small and manageable size, low maintenance and pricing. There are many bike brands available in the market. The two most preferable bike brands in India are Yamaha bikes and Hero Honda bikes.

Yamaha bikes and Hero Honda bikes are the most famous and popular two wheeler bike brands in India. Yamaha bikes are known for its stylish looks where as Hero Honda bikes are recognized by its quality and durability. The two giants face each other in a duel.

The taglines of any brand show the confidence of their product. Hero Honda says Dhak Dhak Go where as Yamaha says Yes! Yamaha. Both brands are using the persuasive strategies to promote their brands like Hero Honda endorsed the super star like Hrithik Roshan and the other four Cricketers like Virender Sehwag, Mohammad Kaif, Yuvraj Singh and Zaheer Khan as its brand ambassadors where as Yamaha has signed the John Abraham as its brand ambassador.

Splendor and Yamaha crux both are the excellent bikes by its performance, engine, looks and features. Splendor is ruling in the hearts of Indian consumers from the last few years. It is the most selling bike brand in India and beats all the selling records. Yamaha Crux is the attractive by looks, gives you the comfortable riding and comes with the cool price tag.

Let’s compare the Splendor and Yamaha crux by its performance, features and price. Splendor is powered by 97.2 cc and Yamaha crux by 106 cc. Both have the similar fuel tank capacity 11 liters and associated with 4 stroke air cooled engine. The length and width of Splendor is 1950 mm and 720 mm where as Yamaha crux has 2000 mm and 735 mm. The total weight carries by the Splendor is 109 kg on the other hand Yamaha crux has 103 kg of weight.

Yamaha crux comes with the price tag of Rs 35, 000 approx whereas Splendor bike price is Rs. 40, 000 onwards. There is not much difference in the cost of both bikes. Let’s enjoy your ride with the bike of your taste and budget.

Source by Meena Singh Shah

Specialized Roubaix: Evolution of the High Performance/High Comfort Road Bike

Pro Bike Geometry Dominates Road Bikes Business from Mid Eighties to 2000

Following the road bike boom in the 1970s and early 80s, road bikes declined in popularity as the mountain bike market emerged. The road bike market from the mid eighties until the turn of the century was dominated by bikes with aggressive, race-oriented geometry. This trend was exaggerated by two trends: longer top tubes on road bikes became the norm with American manufacturers who were capitalizing on the success of pro cyclist Greg LeMond, and the use of threadless headsets which had a lower stack height than the older, threaded models.

These two factors made the front ends of most road bikes too low and too long, leading to discomfort, especially on longer rides. The trend helped facilitate the rise of the hybrid bike market. Hybrid bikes used shorter top tubes and taller head tubes. This gave greater comfort in the short run, but the hybrids were inefficient and heavy compared to road bikes.

Comfort Became an Issue for Road Bikes at the Turn of the Century

In 2003, Specialized Bicycle re-introduced a bike that they had made for a few years in the early 1980’s – the Sequoia. The original Sequoia was a lugged steel bike with sport touring geometry. This allowed for use of racks, fenders and wide tires, but without the add-ons and with a 23 or 25mm tire the bike was light, responsive and fun to ride. The new Sequoia was made from an aluminum frame with a carbon fiber front fork. You could put racks on it but there wasn’t enough clearance for fenders or wide tires. Strong sales of the new Sequoia demonstrated that there was a market for “endurance road bikes” as Specialized called them. Here was a bike that was comfortable, relatively light and had a shorter top tube and longer head tube than most other road bikes of that time. The Sequoia was ideally suited to century and club rides, or touring if you didn’t have to carry your own gear.

The Specialized Roubaix Road Bike Revolutionizes the Industry

The following year, 2004, capitalizing on the success of the Sequoia, Specialized introduced the bike that changed the industry: The Roubaix. The Roubaix, which took its inspiration from the famous Paris-Roubaix race (run over many sections of uneven cobblestone), was a bicycle with a full carbon fiber frame that introduced several important innovations. The top tube was longer than the Sequoia but not too long, more in line with European stage-race geometry. The head tube was much taller than the norm, which allowed more flexibility in handlebar height.

A multi position stem was used to enable a greater range of handlebar heights than most other road bikes at the time. The carbon fiber frame was engineered to be torsionally stiff but compliant (flexible) vertically, which maximized pedaling force while allowing the frame to absorb road shocks effectively. And an elastomer material, which Specialized trade-named “Zertz” was inserted into the seat stays, seat post and fork. This Zertz absorbed the high frequency road buzz that lightweight bikes amplified and transmitted to the cyclist, contributing to the riders’ fatigue level on longer rides.

That first year, 2004, the Roubaix was available in four models with the highest being the Roubaix Pro. That put the bike on an equal footing with Specialized’s highest-end road racing bike, the Allez Pro. The very next year, Specialized introduced its S-Works line of bikes, the very pinnacle of cutting edge technology for each bike type. For 2005, the S-Works Roubaix was sold as a frameset only. In 2006, it was sold as a frameset and a complete bike. By now, the other big players in the bike market were trying to copy the commercial success of the Roubaix, but they never put in a wholehearted effort to understand the bike or its market, and Specialized was staying 2 – 3 years ahead technologically. The 2007 S-Works Roubaix added SL to its name, signaling a significant weight reduction from previous models.

2009 Sees Specialized Bicycle Company Introduce the SL2

For the 2009 model year, Specialized did something extraordinary: they introduced a major technological frame advance in the S-Works Roubaix only, dubbed the S-Works Roubaix SL2. By now, Specialized-sponsored Pro Tour teams like Quick Step and Gerolsteiner were using Specialized’s race-specific bike, the Tarmac. By giving the Roubaix more cutting-edge features than the Tarmac, they were signaling that the Roubaix was a bike to be taken seriously by professional and elite-level riders as well. And indeed, their efforts paid off with the Roubaix coming full circle to its original inspiration: Quick Step rider Tom Boonen won the 2008 Paris-Roubaix on an S-Works Roubaix. He would repeat the following year, and in 2010 Saxobank’s Fabian Cancellara took the title, also on a Roubaix.

The 2011 Roubaix saw a number of startling changes. The S-Works Tarmac had been upgraded to a new frame technology, dubbed SL3, for the 2010 model year. This construction method created the frame in four parts: the top tube/head tube/downtube section was made in a single unit. The seat tube was a separate unit, as were the seat stays. The bottom bracket area, chain stays and a short lug to connect the seat tube and down tube were fashioned as one piece. This gave the Tarmac best-in-class bottom bracket and chain stay stiffness, the part of the bike where torsional flex would waste the most power. And it allowed the bike’s engineers to build in vertical compliance in the seat stays and top tube, to give the bike a smoother ride.

The 2011 Roubaix got this innovation, plus a few more. The Cobra head tube wrapped some fibers from the top tube and down tube around the front of the head tube, widening the top and bottom of the head tube as well as the connecting ends of the top tube and seat tube. This stiffened the head tube junctions for quicker, more predictable handling with less material, saving weight and maintaining the vertical compliance of the top tube. Also for 2011, the Roubaix gained internal cable routing plus redesigned fork and seat stays.

The Zertz inserts were no longer all the way through the carbon. They fit into a concave section in each area, maintaining the vibration-damping properties as before while also making the fork and seat stays torsionally stiffer for better power transfer and handling. And perhaps the boldest innovation of all: the Pro and Expert models of the Roubaix also gained SL3 construction and internal cable routing, bringing the technology that one year earlier had been available only on S-Works bikes costing upwards of $8,000 to models starting at around $3,500. Also, the entry-level Roubaix Elite at under $2,000 and Roubaix Comp at about $2,600 were given SL2 framesets. Talk about trickle-down!

What Does the Roubaix Revolution Mean for the “Rest of Us?”

So what does all this bike geek-speak really mean to the average cyclist? It means that now, almost any rider can get a bike that is super-light, super-fast and super comfortable. The Roubaix handles like a dream, accelerates quickly and maximizes rider power and comfort. It can flatten hills, shorten century rides and make road biking a true joy for beginners, elite riders and professional cyclists alike. That’s a pretty impressive achievement for a bike that defined a whole new category just seven short years ago.

Source by Steve Bowen