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

10 THINGS TO CHECK BEFORE BUYING A MOTORCYCLE 2

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

Cops Vs Bikers – Police Encounters & Cool Cops 2017

Cops Vs Bikers – Police Encounters & Cool Cops 2017 – Motorcycle riders capture their encounters with police on the streets

In Australia, never ignore the flashing lights of your fellow motorists…it could save your licence! That Aussie cop was very cool, he could’ve hammered that learner rider, but he gave him a warning…that guy should be thanking the gods for his good fortune!!….Doing 57kph in a 40kph school zone in Australia is a serious fine…3 kph over any speed zone and the cops can fine you!

Harley No Longer King Of The Road : Company in Trouble?!

Once upon a time Harley Davidson use to be the mega force in the motorcycle industry. It was always at the top of the list for any respecting biker to want to own. To be in most motorcycle clubs one had to have a Harley. A biker without a Harley wasn’t considered to be a biker but just some wannabee. All that has now changed. The once mighty symbol of freedom and image has started to crumble. The company that used to be the king of the road is just a shadow of itself. The company has no one to blame but itself for its fall from grace.

Harley got to be where it was from those hard working blue collar workers, workers that went to work every day and busted ass just to be able to ride and raise hell on the weekends. Since the early 90s when the lifestyle started to change and different people usually not apart of Harley’s core customers came flocking to the lifestyle,Harley took advantage of this new influx and started to raise prices. This was a serious mistake on Harleys part.Harley started to price out it’s core customer base and relied on a customer base that wouldn’t stick by the company for long.

In the early 2000’s shows like Biker Build Off, Orange County Choppers kept Harley riding high. Shows like those brought customers who never considered riding before into the mix. The Chopper craze was in full swing and if you couldn’t afford one of those a Harley was the next best thing. Harley started it’s decline at this point I believe. Harley started to focus not only on raising prices even more, they started pushing clothing and accessories as a bigger part of the company instead of staying focused on a better bike.

In 2006 most of the reality shows started to go off air and the recession was starting to loom. Those customers Harley relied upon started to get out of the lifestyle. Started selling off those bikes. The used market became saturated with all kinds of makes and models. That saturation continues till today. What happens when the used market becomes saturated with bikes? No one really wants to spend the 25,000 to get a brand new bagger. Shit no one wants to spend 10,000 on a sportster. When people don’t buy then production starts to be cut and people at the company get laid off.

Harley was lucky in it’s marketing. It had a loyal base from the Vietnam era that pushed an idea. If you were not riding a Harley then you were not a REAL biker. Some of that thinking still exists today but not like it use to be. Problem with that thinking is people started saying “If your on two wheels, who gives a shit what your riding”. I agree fully with that saying by the way. I got to that point when Harley started closing up factories here in the states and gave work to Mexico and India. When they started shipping production overseas the product suffered. Just look at all the recalls that have started just last year. Quality might as well be made if China.

Since the Old Scooter tramps are now moving onto other things in life a new generation has started to come up. That new generation has gravitated towards Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Indian and Victory. Why? Well it comes down too those companies make a better product then Harley. Most have a better design and most important are way more reliable. No one likes being on the side of the road on a long haul because the ride they are on has design flaws.

I sometimes found it funny when old timers would say “Yea they might make Hondas in Ohio but the money still goes to Japan”. I would just shake my head and tell them “Well at least some of that money is going into a hard working blue collar American who is taking pride building that bike”. Yea that usually shut them up lol. It was even funnier when that same old timer called me a couple weeks later asking for a tow because he and his Harley were on the side of the road. “You were saying about Harley again?”

Don’t think I’m here picking on Harley. I own a 03 Soft tail. I also own a Midnight Star. I usually ride the soft tail around town and the Star on long hauls. My personally preference is the Star rides a lot smoother then the Soft tail and my old ass needs all the comfort I can get.

What does this mean for Harley when companies like Honda,Yamaha, Victory start putting out better bikes then them? Simple the market share becomes smaller and smaller for Harley. (See Here). Harley is starting to literally fall apart according to their financials. The only bright spot for Harley has been its 550 and 750 models that mainly sell overseas. While Harley was raising prices and putting out some bad bikes over these past couple years the competition came in and swooped up that blue collar base that Harley turned it’s back on.

Do I think Harley will ever get back to it’s original core customers? If they don’t I think they will be in the same spot they were in the 70’s. They will be facing bankruptcy and this time won’t have a loyal base to bail them out. Harley miscalculated who would stick by them in the 90s and 00s. They also miscalculated that everyone in the lifestyle just needed to have that Harley to live up to the image. The new Image isn’t about owing a Harley to be a true Biker. The new image is “Just ride” and who gives a crap what you are riding.

Kurt Sutter Announces Plans For ‘Sons Of Anarchy’ Movie Starring Charlie Hunnam, Brad Pitt

Hollywood, California –

Kurt Sutter, creator of the hit FX drama Sons of Anarchy, has announced plans to turn the popular television series into a major motion picture.

Sutter, who was also a writer, producer, and director on the series, said in an interview with Hollywood Today magazine that he has long contemplated taking S.O.A. to the big screen following its run on television. “People absolutely loved the show, as did I, and I have put a lot of thought into the matter, and we are going forward with turning it into a feature film” Sutter said.

Sons of Anarchy ran for seven seasons on FX, from 2008-2014, and in the process built a huge following.  Sutter said the film will star Charlie Hunnam, who played the lead character Jax Teller, as well as Ryan Hurst who played Opie Winston, and Katey Sagal as Gemma Teller. The film, which is a prequel to the storyline of Sons will also introduce fans to Jax’s father, John, who will be played by Brad Pitt.

“I am most excited about bringing Brad (Pitt) on as John Teller, he is absolutely perfect for the role. The movie will take place from the day Jax was born, and leads up to the era just before Sons Of Anarchy began as a series.”

Sutter also said that he is really happy to bring Ryan Hurst back as Opie Winston, and hopes fans will forgive him for killing Opie off. “Man I tell ya, when we killed Opie off, it was like the thing turned real. I’ve never gone public with this, but I’ve had people get really crazy when they see me in public,” said Sutter. “They shout at me, and they get angry – ‘You shouldn’t have killed Ope! I hope you rot in Hell!,’ that sort of thing. I had people try to run me off the road when they recognized me, although that just might be because I’m kind of a dangerous driver. Anyway, my hope is that this film will help them cope.”

 

Sutter says pre-production on film will begin in the middle of 2015, and will begin shooting sometime in the fall. “For a movie of this scope, with this much storyline attached, you should expect to see the film by the end of 2016,” said Sutter. “In the mean time, buy all the official Sons of Anarchy merchandise you can. Every dollar goes to helping get this movie completed. Brad Pitt isn’t cheap, you know.”