Tuesday, March 23, 2010

BMW 650i Pros And Cons

The BMW 6 series was relaunched in 2004 with the BMW 645i. This car was a two door, four passenger luxury sports car. This car is ideal for a sports car enthusiast who would prefer a larger, more practical car compared to the 650's 2 passenger, lighter peers. In 2006, BMW upgraded the 645i to a 650i by increasing the engine a little. When including options and taxes, the 650i tends to run at about $80,000, so it's not exactly cheap. Here are the pros and cons of the car:


Amazing handling: The car is amazing to drive. When you drive the car, you feel as if you have total control over the vehicle. A car such as the Mercedes CLS (also priced near $80k) just cannot match this car's handling. The BMW 650i definitely has the handling one would expect from a German-made luxury sports car.

Gadgets: The BMW 650i comes with BMW's Idrive, an all-encompassing electronic system. The Idrive controls the navigation system, music, air conditioning, as well as communication system. The Idrive also has voice command, making it easy to use when driving. Some believe the Idrive is a bit difficult to operate. That's hogwash. Within two weeks of owning the car, anyone competent enough to use a computer or a DVD should be able to operate the Idrive flawlessly. The Idrive is the gadget-lover's ultimate car toy.

Interior: The interior of the 650i is beautiful. It has modern, classy feel to it. Your taller passengers will certainly appreciate being seated in the front though, as the back is not exactly spacious.

Acceleration: With a V8 and 360 hp, the car isn't exactly going to be outrun by a Civic. The acceleration and amazing breaks can also help you get out of accidents that other cars wouldn't be able to avoid.


Reliability: Expect to make stops at the service center every now and then. While it is a wonderful car, it is prone to electronic and tire issues.

Price: At about $80,000, it's not exactly in the everyman's budget. But if you are willing to spend this much money on a car, the 650i is definitely a good one to check out.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Yamaha YZF R15 Bike Review and Details

By Deepak Raj

Yamaha made a sensational launch with the rolling out of Yamaha YZF R15, and this machine kissed the Indian roads with its sheer racing instincts although came disappointing with a heavy price tag. Nevertheless, Yamaha YZF R15 has some unique charisma with its advanced racing biking technology and is born to charm every other bike lover.

The look of this bike is developed along the lineage of the Yamaha R series, but Yamaha YZF R15 exhibits perfect harmony between the machine and the rider.

Yamaha YZF R15 is also India's first liquid-cooled 150cc engine with an all-aluminum cylinder. The Yamaha YZF R15 cylinder uses what is called as DiASil technology (Die-casting Aluminum Silicon), which effectively reduces engine weight as well as enhances cooling capacity. The radiator of Yamaha YZF R15 is a compact one ensuring greater stability while riding, be it the city roads or riding uphill. The pick up of this engine is awesome and it has six-speed transmissions. Its acceleration at low speed is just about excellent. Yamaha YZF R15 delivers maximum power of 17 PS at 8500 rpm and a torque of 15Nm at 7500 rpm.

Additionally, the mechanical noise from the engine is the least. Yamaha YZF R15 uses a forged piston and a 4-valve combustion chamber and that's another secret for its splendid performance. The fuel injection system is so designed to deliver optimized fuel efficiency and also adheres to the environmental emission standards. Fuel efficiency in Indian roads is 40kmpl. The delta box kind frame of chassis with mono suspension adds to its agile look and provides with maximum stability. The tyres are tubeless, thus one can ride a Yamaha YZF R15 with reduced friction. The motorbike also ensures all kinds of safety standards.

However, it is the look of the bike with its headlamps, fuel tank design and capacity of 12 liters and the rear view mirrors that make it stand apart from the rest. With a hefty price tag, this new model is definitely an owner's pride.

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Buying a Motorcycle - Ten Great Tips

By Alan Liptrot

It easy to rush into things once you've decided to buy a new motorbike, but have a little patience and save yourself a little grief and a lot of money.


Notice here, I avoided the word 'want', because what you want, and what suits you best are totally different animals. It's all very well finally aspiring to the bike of your dreams only to find that you fall off at every junction because your legs are too short, or it's so fast that it scares you to death, so retain a modicum of common sense when making your purchase. There's also the question of what you can afford. You may scrape together the money to buy the bike in the first place, but can you really afford to run it. Don't forget; fast bikes are costly to insure, especially if you are young or have no 'no claims' bonus.


Right, you've decided which bike to buy and you're off to get your eager hands upon the beauty, but wait, hold on a minute. Before you jump in, ought you not to test the water? It's time to survey the market. This is an important point, because it could save you a lot of money. You're going to have to decide whether you're going to buy privately or from a dealer. Of course, buying privately is cheaper, but if you go down this route, make sure you know what you're doing. Buying from a dealer will offer more protection should there be a problem with the machine after you've owned it for a week or two. Shop around and see who's offering the best deal. If necessary, hold back and wait until the bike you want is available.


You may find a motorcycle that is just the thing for you, suits you down to the ground and is reasonably priced, but that price won't look so good if you buy the bike, only to discover a few weeks later that the person who sold the motorbike didn't actually own it. If the seller cannot provide the documentation for the motorbike, don't touch it. Make sure that the address on the registration document is the same as the sellers.


Alright, we've ascertained that the person who's selling the motorcycle is the rightful owner; well he thinks he is anyway. The fact is that if the motorcycle was bought on finance by someone who overstretched themselves and failed to keep up with the payments, the bike could well be the property of the money lenders. Firstly, ask the seller if the bike is paid for; unless he's an out and out liar, he's going to come clean and save you a lot of hassle. If he seems to be a decent chap and you believe him...don't. Invest in a vehicle check. It could be the best money you ever spent.


Never, ever, ever, ever view a vehicle at any other place than the seller's home. Believe me; even if you have to travel a long distance to see the motorcycle, it's worth going that extra mile or two. Don't be tempted by offers to meet half way at a road side cafe or some such place. I hardly need to say this, but don't go at night. All vehicles look better under street lights. Now here's a really good idea; if you're not too hot on the mechanical side of things, take someone along who knows about bikes.


And more to the point, is it going to keep going? I refer back to the point about taking someone along who is knows about motorbikes. If you don't have a friend who fits into this category, it may be well worth paying someone who does. In the grand scheme of things a little extra on the price of the bike isn't too much to bear. The alternative could be unthinkable.


The motorcycle is a few years old, but according to the clock it must have been sitting in a garage, but hold on a minute, it looks a little worn in places. Watch out for 'clocking'. Ask the seller to produce test certificates from previous years and check to se if they tally with the recorded mileage.


Check it. It's not only humans that suffer from identity theft. Make sure you're not buying a ringer. Every vehicle carries a unique number; do your utmost to ensure that the number hasn't been changed.


Before you take the bike out for a ride, explain to the owner that you're going to be gone for at least half an hour. It's no good just going down the road and back and hoping to get a feel for a bike that you're going to be living with for a while. Take more care choosing your bike than your partner (most people do).


If something doesn't seem right, if there's a little niggle in the back of your mind, go home and think about it... no, just go home, leave it. Another bike will come along in due course. Now... about partners...

Alan Liptrot is the founder of the motorcycle tour company Motorbike Tours. Fancy a good read? Check out Motorbike Books

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Saturday, December 6, 2008

Finding Your Dream Car on the Internet

By Tom Tessin

Everyone has a dream car. It might be an antique car or a new super car. However, to get the right car is not easy. You need to search through many car dealers looking for your dream car and yet the frustration is high when you failed to find your dream car exactly the way you want. You might found the car and yet there might be some features that you don't like. You can very easily find the car you need in no time from the comfort of your home and a very reasonable price. Finding the best deal on the Internet is a very possibility and there are always chances that you get lots of good choice in comparison to the normal car purchase.

Do you realize that there are many online sites that offer automotive such as cars? It wasn't popular a long time ago to buy cars online. However, recently car traders have changed their mind about auctioning and selling cars online. Now, the public can access to the database of cars through the Internet and either purchase online or place their bid.

There are millions of people from all over the world who want to purchase the car in this way and try and get the car they want without a problem. There are people who would love to buy a car this way and you can be one of them.

However, there are a few things you need to keep in mind when buying a car online. A car that is sold for the price cheaper than what it is worth is usually a catch. The car is either in a bad shape or there is something damages internally, especially the engine or other parts. It is wise to ask the opinion of someone who is in the automotive industry to get an idea of the general pricing for your dream car and the procedures in buying a car.

Since buying a car online is truly based on pictures and descriptions of the seller, it is better to ask for a copy of the specifications so that in case the car is presented in a different way other than as promised, you have proof to fight against the culprit. This is to protect you from being conned. Conman is every where and you never know what will hit you in the future.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

How Advanced Vehicles Can Save The Environment

By Abhishek Agarwal

Scientists are doing extensive research to come up with a solution to control the pollution caused by millions of cars on the roads. We are abusing Mother Nature by releasing toxic fumes in the atmosphere every time we turn on the ignition in our cars. Researchers are trying to come up with a method to build advanced vehicles that are safe for our planet.

The term "Advanced Vehicles" brings to mind the image of a futuristic car with the latest gadgetry and gizmos, traveling at high speeds. The term however, implies the manufacture of cars using advanced technologies and alternative fuels to power them, so that they are safe for the environment. These advanced vehicles are powered by bio-fuels, compressed natural gas and many other 'green fuels'. Advanced fuel systems use batteries for energy storage rather than petroleum based products. These batteries help to power up the electronics and the systems of the car. Our aim should be to find an alternative fuel or a renewable source of energy before the stocks of oil are exhausted. We have to find a way to cut down on pollution by using green fuels for our vehicles. Constant research and development has made advanced vehicles highly efficient and convenient.

Advanced vehicles burn clean fuel, giving out little or no emissions. In most cases, the emission from this type of vehicle is pure and clean water or water vapor. This reduces global warming, thus making advanced vehicles environmentally friendly. These vehicles are also very convenient as one does not have to refill the gas tank at a fueling station, but just plug and charge. Ultra capacitors are fitted in order to provide extra power for the vehicle to accelerate on an incline. The electronics of the vehicle controls the amount of power to be sent to various parts of car like the ignition, converters, inverters and motor controllers.

Vehicle thermal control helps to set the temperature in the car to your comfort levels. To achieve this you may have to turn on the air conditioner or roll down the windows as the case may be. We live in a fast paced world and nobody has the time or patience to wait for their cars to be repaired or refilled. It is frustrating to find that your vehicle is gone to the garage for repairs just when you need it. Therefore, our researchers need to build an advanced environmentally friendly vehicle which will get us from one point to another in record time with minimum hassles.

When fuel stocks in the world are exhausted, it will become imperative to find more sources of alternative fuel to run the huge number of vehicles. So also it will become important to have more options of advanced vehicles so that the consumer will have a wide choice. Although there are some glitches in the advanced vehicles manufactured today, in future, constant research will improve technology and make available green fuels for environmentally friendly cars.

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