All about Minibikes and PocketbikesWritten by Gisbert Oskam
Copyright 2004 Gisbert Oskam
For those who were too small or too young to grip handles of a motorcycle, minibikes were a worthy alternative. Minibikes were about 4 feet tall, weighed as little as 65 pounds, and had wheels about 10 inches in diameter. With a frame like that, they didn't go very fast - but no one seemed to care.
As minibikes progressed, they soon came available with engines, brakes, suspension and headlights. They became more popular for off-roading than to race. Minibikes managed well in rough terrain and were not damaged with a fall.
Because of small size of bikes and young age of drivers, minibikes were outlawed on main roads. Children began seriously injuring themselves by driving on streets where cars could not see them. By 1973, with law was much stricter with minibikes and with first generation of enthusiasts graduating to real motorcycles, minibikes purchases slowly started to fade.
Now however, there is a whole new generation that has discovered fun-factor of mini bike or pocket bike. The latest trend is to get a minibike and then totally customize it into a super pocket bike. All kinds of accessories are available to facilitate this. Think custom saddles, headlights, chrome -everything- and of course engine kits to increase power of mini motor bike.
The Fine Print Behind Online Gambling Bonus OffersWritten by Mike Hellmer
If you have never opened an account with an online casino, poker room, or sports book you may be wondering if bonus offers are legitimate. We are all aware of wisdom in sayings, “If an offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is” or “There is no such thing as a free lunch”. So what’s catch? When a casino offers you $100-$1000 in free money should you dismiss it, assuming that there are all sorts of strict requirements, making it too difficult to achieve pay-out? The quick answer is no. These offers are for real and in most cases required terms and conditions to receive pay-out are typically quite easy to achieve. Some are as simple as making small minimum deposit of $50 to $100. Some require, in addition to minimum deposit, a minimum, but achievable, level of play.
How are online gambling sites able to give away free money and remain in business? The answer is simple. In most cases they get entire bonus back and more. Casinos live by odds that all casino games are in their favor and that eventually you’ll lose your original deposit and bonus. Online poker rooms, on other hand, get bonus back by taking a rake (usually 5%) of every pot.
Let’s take a look at various “free money” offers and requirements for full cash-out access to money. The requirements (the catch) are found in terms and conditions of bonus offer on site.
No Deposit Required! Some casinos and poker rooms offer free money without any initial deposit requirements. These offers legitimate and you will be able to play at all real money tables and slots. The typical catch is that you will need to make at least one deposit before bonus plus any winnings are released. For example, if you receive a $10 bonus and have $50 in winnings from that bonus, you will have to make a small deposit to your account before $60 is released for withdrawal.
First Deposit Bonus. To entice you to deposit real money into an online gambling site, a first deposit bonus is almost always offered. The interesting thing is not that they all do it, but very wide range of bonuses offered. You'll find one online site offering a 10% bonus while one of its competitors offers 200%. All online gambling sites have a maximum bonus limit. So a site that offers a measly 20% bonus could have their maximum bonus set to $200 (deposit $1000) while site that offers whopping 200% bonus could have a maximum bonus set to $100 (deposit $50).
Poker Room First Deposit Bonus. The catch for a poker room is that you will have to play a minimum number of raked hands and there may be a time limit. For example, to receive a $50 bonus you may have to play 100 raked hands in 60 days. The raked hand requirement is typically easy to achieve; however some of very large bonus offers are more difficult. Sometimes these large bonuses are paid in installments. For example, to receive a full $200 bonus poker room might require 500 raked hands with $20 released every 50 raked hands. If you're new to online poker, don't be discouraged by number of raked hands required; a typical online table will play 50 to 100 games per hour.