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Scooters Are The Answer To Congestion. Fact.

Scooter riders are reducing congestion times and making the world a better place. Ok that last part may be a bit of an exaggeration but the first part is true.

This is according to studies undertaken by researchers investigating the impact motorcycles and scooters have on congestion. Research Company Transport and Mobility, Leuven, wanted to measure the traffic flow as well as air quality on a stretch of busy road predominantly used by commuters and see how two wheels as opposed to four benefitted commuters and the environment alike.

The team placed sensors along the route and measured traffic flow every 5 minutes, mapping a typical rush hour pattern along the way and using the information as the benchmark for the study. Coupling analysis software with data obtained from the Federal Planning Bureau the team were able to simulate traffic flows whilst checking their simulation results against actual figures.

By adjusting the percentages of different types of vehicles i.e. cars vs. scooters during rush hour, some very interesting results were found.

A 10% shift from car to motorcycle resulted in a serious reduction in traffic queues that would see driving conditions return to ‘normal’ – proving that scooter riders were saving everyone time. The results showed that if just 1 in 10 drivers changed to two wheels the reduction in travel time would reach as much as 63%.

Perhaps more interesting is when the researchers found that a switch of 25% from cars to scooters/motorbikes would annihilate congestion completely.

Scooter riders rejoice! You’re doing everyone a favour by reducing congestion and that’s a fact!!

With regards to emissions, scooter and motorbike riders were doing their part for the environment by choosing two wheels as emissions costs were 21% lower than that of a car. Researchers also found that when 10% of the traffic was made up of scooters and motorbikes, emissions were reduced by 6% which came down to smoother traffic flow and greater average speeds.

In conclusion, when as little as 1 in 10 commuters switch to scooters or motorbikes from a car, everyone saves at least 60% in travel time and plays their part in helping the environment by reducing emissions by 6%. Couple that with the huge savings on fuel, insurance, parking and running costs, and people are set to save thousands of pounds per year.

In the UK alone over 80% of commuter traffic is single occupancy, which means millions of people travel alone to work. Of course car-pooling helps reduce emissions and traffic congestion, but facts are facts – travelling by scooter or motorbike is a sure-fire way to get to work quicker and save everyone else time.

So next time you’re watching a scooter cruise past you in a traffic jam, applaud that person for helping you reduce your travel time. Or why not take the plunge and make the switch to a moped or scooter yourself?

With a variety of fantastic scooters and motorbikes available from Kymco, with a range of finance and insurance options, commuting to work has never been more cost effective, or fun! With many scooters averaging over 100 miles per gallon, £6 can get you to work and back for a whole week.

You only need a CBT and most drivers can ride a scooter on a regular drivers licence, so making the switch couldn’t be easier.
So visit www.kymco.co.uk and take a look at the great range of scooters & motorbikes available today.

Contact Details: Kymco
Unit 43 Atcham Business Park,
Upton Magna,
Shrewsbury,
United Kingdom, SY4 4UG

General Enquiries 01743 761107

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The Cheapest Motorbike Insurance For The 2009 Superbikes

As regular as clockwork, the sunny months return and the major motorbike manufacturers launch their new models. As each progresses in the engineering stakes, the performance differences become marginal. It therefore leaves riders with personal preference and cost as their key decision making tools. So how does the new crop of litre superbikes rank in terms of motorbike insurance premiums?

How The Litre Motorbikes Rank

With a consistent customer profile, the average motorbike insurance quotes from the UK market have ranked the 2009 motorbikes as follows:

Bike Make and Model (% difference compared to the top ranked bike)

  • MV Augusta F4 1000 R
  • Suzuki GSXR 1000 K9 (+5%)
  • Honda CBR 1000 RR Fireblade (+10%)
  • Yamaha YZF-R1 (+10%)
  • Aprilia RSV R Mille (+10%)
  • Kawaksaki ZX10R (+20%)
  • Ducati 1098 (+100%)
  • Benelli Tornado TRE 1130 (+110%)

All motorbike insurance quotes are directly linked to the risk and the potential cost of a claim. So the key factors which define each superbike insurance quote are; the chances of a claim being made (risk of theft or accident) and the potential cost (cost of the bike itself, the average cost of parts for repair and so on).

These factors shine through in the rankings! The European manufacturers are reknowned for more expensive parts, higher dealership costs and poorer reliability. They’re also more rare and very desireable for thieves. It appears the Ducati and Benelli can’t hide from these factors in their insurance costs.

Perhaps the surprise entity is the MV Augusta – possibly due to the lower sales volumes and perhaps a more “enthusiast” ownership group. The main Japanese models – the GSXR, CBR and R1 – are relatively similar for insurance costs. But the ZX10R appears a poorer cousin in the insurance stakes – perhaps paying for the slightly “nuttier” characteristic of the older models.

The interesting thing to look out for is what sort of discount (potentially based on less claims over a period of time) the motorbike insurance companies may apply to the Honda CBR 1000 RR with their new ABS system as opposed to the same model without it. The journalist reviews of the ABS system have been very positive and it is even rumoured to become compulsory on all Honda sports bikes within a matter of years.

About Insurancewide

Insurancewide, also known as Insurancewide.com Services Limited, is an online insurance comparison website offering insurance comparison tools that allow users to search the market and procure the best insurance policies and quotes. Insurancewide was launched in August 1999 as the first insurance comparison website on the internet.

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DragonFire Racing Takes Over Round 3 and 4 in Lucas Off Road Racing Series

DragonFire Racing, a leader in custom performance racing vehicles, accessories and custom racing performance parts, today announced that its team took top finishing positions at the Lucas Offroad Racing series in Surprise Arizona earlier this month. Saturday started with Jerry Welchel winning Unlimited 2, Todd Romano taking third in Unlimited UTV and Hans Waage taking first in Limited UTV on Sunday.

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“It was some amazing racing and thanks go out to my staff and friends for making it all happen ,” said Todd Romano, spokesperson for DragonFire Racing. “We are in a great position to take three different point championships and are excited with the progress the team is making. The weekend would not have been a success without the help of our sponsors: Team Green Kawasaki, FOX Racing, ITP Wheels and Tires and Gear One.”

The Lucas Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) combines the traditions of midwest, short course off road racing with a West Coast influence. LOORRS brings intense side-by-side action on tracks that test the most seasoned racers. The 2009 LOORRS season features tracks in Lake Elsinore, Calif., Primm, Nev. And Surprise, Ariz.

DragonFire Racing is an industry leader in the performance racing field and a one stop shop for fabrication, paint, performance and protection for stock and custom ATV, Side-by-Side and other off road racing vehicles. In addition to the Yamaha Rhino parts, racers can find a wide selection of ATV exhausts and side-by-side parts, for all major brands including the Polaris Razer, Kawasaki Teryx, Arctic Cat Prowler and Honda Big Red parts.

With a 10,000 square foot corporate facility and newly opened retail facilities in Lake Havasu City, Ariz. and San Diego, Calif., DragonFire Racing has grown to be a reliable and preferred solution for outdoor racing enthusiasts. For more information on the Yamaha Rhino 700 EFI or DragonFire Racing, please visit http://www.DragonFireRacing.com.

About DragonFire Racing
DragonFire Racing is a leader in custom racing performance parts and accessories for Yamaha Rhinos Performance, Sand Rails, Pre-Runners, Arctic Cat Prowlers, Polaris Rangers, Kawasaki TeryxSide X Side parts, ATVs with headquarters in Mesa, Arizona. Focused on building performance accessories and turnkey race vehicles, DragonFire Racing delivers high performance parts and vehicles to customers and dealers worldwide. DragonFire Racing has franchises in California and Arizona. For more information, please visit the company’s website at http://www.DragonFireRacing.com.

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