CARNIVAL SECRETS – Watch this Before You Go on a Carnival Cruise!

Before you see the video, please check one experience of the cruiser’s guest:

The first time I took a cruise on Carnival ,l Sal, was in ’03, and it was absolutely fantastic. This on board Carnival Legend. Loud horn blasts when we left NYC, ( I’m not talking about the muster drill, besides that, very long, loud horn blasts) singing waiters and waitresses in the dining rooms, waiters and waitresses with cherries and bananas foster with fire, 16 Carnival singers and Dancers in the main theater with a show that went on for an hour, real stage sets, HUGE!!! midnight buffets.. HUGE!!!!!!! Chocolate buffets!! jesus christ they were huge. Real live Caribbean bands and Orchestras,… It used to be a very happy cruise line. Now, it’s all gone. Now? It’s a stripped down, low budget ghost of what they used to be. First time cruisers don’t mind because they have nothing to compare to. No more fanfare leaving NY. No hornblasts, just a quite understated exit. Now? 8 Dancers. 30 minute shows. No more Carnival Bands. Now they use computer chips with pre-recorded music. No more stage sets. El Cheapo flashing LED lights on the Carnival Stage. Pool Bands? HA! Now it’s a kid with his apple computer, (that froze one day, mind you) Cherries, and Bananas jubilee? LOL!! gone. Chocolate buffets? Stripped. Midnight buffets? Stripped. This is all what Carnival calls 2.0 upgrade, with the addition of a couple of bars. My wife and I have since left Carnival because of these massive downgrades.

10 THINGS TO CHECK BEFORE BUYING A MOTORCYCLE

Buying a new motorcycle is like getting into a relationship. If done with the right one, it can be the most amazing thing in your life.

However, if you jump into it in an impulse, there’s a good chance you’ll end up regretting it pretty soon.

So, before you get out your checkbook and get the machine you lusted for, make sure it’s the one for you.

Here are 10 things you MUST always check before you get a new motorcycle, whether it’s a brand new one off the showroom, or a pre-owned purchase.

1. Engine Temperature

Another problem that plagues those with powerful engines, especially the crotch-rocket folks. A short-spirited ride on that literclass can blow your mind. But, an hour-long ride through traffic can blow your thighs. It’s always necessary to check if the engine heat will be bearable for you for your driving needs and local weather conditions.

2. Seat Cushioning

Don’t just get the bike you want. Get the one you need. If you have to ride for hours every day, getting that sportsbike with a thin-film-like seat really wouldn’t be the best decision for your posterior.

Keep those 2 guys in mind too. You don’t want them sleeping off, in the middle of the ride!

For the rest 8 things click on the PAGE 2

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3. Costs

Most buyers who stick to a budget, just account for the initial purchase price of the motorcycle.

But, that’s where they go wrong. Don’t forget to account for maintenance expenses, insurance premiums, fuel consumption, reliability, spare and repair costs. Over years of ownership, in some bikes these things can add up to as much as the cost of the bike!

4. Brake and Clutch Lever

Some bikes have levers that are closer to the grips, some don’t. Some have hard grips, and some don’t. While it may seem like an inconsequential thing, but it’s not. Imagine having small hands, distant levers which are hard to pull, and riding in heavy traffic everyday!

5. Foot Pegs

See if the positioning of the foot peg suits your comfort and riding style. And if not, make sure that you can adjust according to it.

6. Handle Bars

While they may look pretty comfortable, riding for a long time on a bike with wide-apart handlebars and a forward-riding position can be a pain the rear. In the back, that is.

7. Weight

Something to worry for the smaller ones among us. And in some cases, even the bigger ones. Yes, your bike is big and it looks badass. But, when the time comes and it falls or you’ve to push it by the road or to the gas station, you wouldn’t look so badass if you aren’t able to do it, for it’s so unbearably heavy.

8. Tank Size

For the maximum control of the bike, and especially doing cornering, locking the tank between one’s leg is necessary. However, some bikes, especially some customs come with tanks so wide you can make a football pitch on them.

So, unless you’re the size of an NFL player, do give this a thought. And this especially goes for most women riders.

9. Seat Height

You should be okay if you’re average height. However if you’re on the shorter side, or too tall, many motorcycles can be uncomfortable for you. Especially dirt bikes for the shorter ones among us. You should be able to put both your feet to the ground and balance the motorcycle properly.

10. Engine Vibrations

While there are folks who get a kick out of bikes that vibrate like rusty old things, most of us don’t. Make sure the piece you get doesn’t. This, especially goes out for those looking for a ride in the pre-owned market.

The “Ocean Warrior”, Sea Shepherd’s New Weapon Against Whalers

Charismatic Sea Shepherd CEO and captain Alex Cornelissen takes us aboard his brand-new flagship Ocean Warrior, Sea Shepherd’s latest sophisticated weapon destined to wage war to Japan’s whaling fleet – who Cornelissen has every intention to ‘make miserable’ as he prepares for his next campaign in the Antarctic.

Check this giants weapon against whalers on the video below

BREAKING: Saudi Prince Killed In Helicopter Crash – EXCLUSIVE FOOTAGE

Saudi Prince Mansour bin Muqrin and seven other people were killed in a helicopter crash near the country’s border with war-torn Yemen, it was reported. Chilling footage shows passengers boarding the aircraft shortly before it went down and disappeared from radar.

Everyone on board – including senior government officials and a mayor – died in the crash, local media reported. This comes a day after Yemen fired a missile at Saudi Arabia which was intercepted. Following the attack, Saudi Arabia arrested 11 princes in an anti-corruption purge.

Two Container Ships Collision At Open Sea (CLOSE VIEW)

A Hanjin Shipping containership collided with an Mediterranean Shipping Co. (MSC) vessel off Singapore in the Eastern Bunkering “A” area near the Changi Naval Base The Hanjin New York reportedly dragged anchor and made contact with the MSC Claudia, causing 11 empty containers to fall off the Hanjin ship. Ten of those containers landed on the bow of the MSC Claudia, and the other fell into the sea, a Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) spokesperson said…..

No injuries or pollution were reported as a result of the incident, which reportedly took place during strong currents and winds. A MPA spokesman said both vessels sustained minor damage and were later safely re-anchored. CHECK THE VIDEO

Why Outlaw Biker Clubs Ride Harley-Davidsons

How America’s best selling motorcycle marque became notoriously tied to a criminal underworld.

Outlaw biker clubs like the Hell’s Angels have been identified with Harley-Davidson motorcycles since the first member of Chicago’s Outlaw Motorcycle Club threw his leg over a motorcycle back in the 30s.

Over the years, Harley has tried at various times to distance themselves from the outlaw image and embrace it as a means of selling bikes and various pieces of pirate cosplay accouterments. How did this come to pass? Why are Harleys the go-to bikes for biker clubs?

Let’s start off by talking about what constitutes an outlaw motorcycle club. The American Motorcycle Association sanctions competition and organizations such as motorcycle clubs. Some sources say the origin of the term Outlaw Biker Group was in reference to clubs that weren’t sanctioned by the AMA. After several members of these non-AMA-sanctioned clubs made the news as a result of their criminal shenanigans, the term gained a closer association to disregard for the law. The AMA didn’t like the bad rap OMGs gave the rest of the motorcycling community, and actively took steps to combat these clubs via measures. One such famous anti-OMG campaign resulted in the banning of club insignia at races and other AMA-sponsored events.

As of 2015, the US Justice Department reported that there are roughly 500 large outlaw motorcycle clubs active in the United States. If smaller clubs are counted, that number jumps to around 2,500 clubs nationwide. The FBI estimates that about 45,000 Americans belonging to biker clubs. Despite law enforcement combating these organizations, they continue to attract new members and grow. Some clubs, like the Hell’s Angels and The Outlaws have chapters all over the planet.

The term one percenter, which is commonly associated with biker clubs, refers to the fact that outlaw clubs make up a minute percentage of motorcycle clubs according to the American Motorcycle Association. The public’s perception of the criminal biker image has been widely ingrained on the American conscience however, largely due to TV and film such as Marlon Brando’s 1953 film: “The Wild One” (Brando rode a Triumph in The Wild One, by the way. -Ed.) to the more recent “Sons of Anarchy”.

To even begin to grasp how H-D’s became the status quo in outlaw motorcycle clubs (from here on out I’ll refer to them as OMGs), you have to go back to the beginning. Supposedly the very first OMG was founded in 1935 in a suburban Chicago bar. The group, which I mentioned in passing above, unimaginatively named itself “The Outlaw Motorcycle Club”. It would be another 13-years before the Hells Angels appeared on the scene in the San Bernardino, California. The Angels, Outlaws, and other clubs experienced exponential growth in the post-war era thanks to a large influx of new members, many of whom were disenfranchised ex-military back from World War 2.

Source https://rideapart.com/articles/outlaw-biker-gangs-ride-harley-davidsons