What Matters Most in MOTORCYCLES?

Written by Maricon Williams

Just what matters most in motorcycle? Is it speed or is there something more? Motorcycles are probably onerepparttar most accessorized mode of transportation there is. Many motorcycle owners spend countless of dollars just to increaserepparttar 149085 engine performance of their bikes. And some of these engine performance parts include exhaust, fuel injection, mapping system and many more. Aside from that, countless accessories not only forrepparttar 149086 bikes but also forrepparttar 149087 owners are required only to be disappointed atrepparttar 149088 end. Such disappointment is due torepparttar 149089 fact that they have not gottenrepparttar 149090 desired performance they want.

Take for example trail riding wherein speed is not at all times required due torepparttar 149091 jaggedness ofrepparttar 149092 terrain. Additional accessories designed for speed may create some problems alongrepparttar 149093 way. Like your motorcycle may end up too much for you to handle. And some expert bikers say that some motorcycle accessories may even render your bikes to become slower. Likewise, some motorcycle accessories may even cause you,repparttar 149094 rider to meet an accident. An example of which is buying taller tires without considering geometry of your motorcycle. Such may cause a rider to lose balance and that can be fatal especially during trail riding.

Now, this doesn’t mean that you are not going to buy any accessory for your motorcycle. However, it is imperative that you know just what motorcycle accessories you need and suppose to buy. Here’s a list of must have motorcycle accessories:

Business Lessons Learned At The Mall

Written by Tim Knox

Normally I dispense highly-intelligent small business advice in response to thought-provoking questions submitted by future and fellow entrepreneurs. This week, however, I have a couple of questions for myself, one of which makes me wonder how truly intelligent I really am.

Q: Dear Me, I recently took my teenage daughter shopping atrepparttar mall. The experience raised two questions. (1) What business lessons might be learned from such a foray into teen commerce; and (2) Whatrepparttar 149041 heck was I thinking? -- Sincerely, Me

A: Dear Me, great questions! Let me answer them in reverse order sincerepparttar 149042 second question is probablyrepparttar 149043 one causing yourepparttar 149044 most concern.

What was I thinking? Onlyrepparttar 149045 good Lord knows. I vaguely recall complaining that my fifteen-year-old daughter, who we'll call "Chelsea" (because that's her name), didn't spend enough time with her dear old dad anymore. It's a complaint that every dad of a teenage girl formerly known as "my baby" has made at one time or another. I also recall my insightful wife telling me that if I wanted to spend time with Chelsea now that she was a teenager I would have to do it in her element, which happens to be any large structure withrepparttar 149046 word "Mall" onrepparttar 149047 side. A fitting analogy would be that if you want to spend time with a moody tiger you have to go intorepparttar 149048 jungle to do it.

No offense to my mall merchant brothers and sisters, but a trip intorepparttar 149049 deepest jungle is more appealing to me than a trip torepparttar 149050 mall. I get no joy out of trudging from store to store, attempting to communicate with salespeople from other planets, browsing discount racks of last season's dollar merchandise and peering into windows at mannequins that seem to be in some sort of inanimate pain (why can't they make a happy mannequin?).

Bottom line: I'm a guy. It is programmed deep within my genetic code to hold such things in high disregard. But so strong is my love for my daughter that I pushed my true feelings aside and off we went torepparttar 149051 mall last Saturday morning. I called it, "Drivingrepparttar 149052 green mile…"

I was perfectly fine walking through Sears (a real man's store). I held my own when we cruised through Spencer's Gifts (I foundrepparttar 149053 Ozzy Osborne bobble-head doll to be quite life-like). But when we walked into one of those stores that specialize in clothing and accessories forrepparttar 149054 younger generation my psyche all but shutdown. Within minutes I found myself standing atrepparttar 149055 back ofrepparttar 149056 store holding my daughter's purse while she tried on small swatches of material thatrepparttar 149057 store was trying to pass off as clothing. It was there, standing amongrepparttar 149058 mopey mannequins and teeny-tiny underwear and designer nose rings, that I realized I was witnessing good old American commerce at work.

This leads us back torepparttar 149059 first question: are there business lessons to be learned from a trip torepparttar 149060 mall? Asrepparttar 149061 young folks would say, "Dude, definitely!"

The following observations can be applied to most businesses, not just to retailers that cater to Generation Why.

Know Thy Customer Well Not just from a demographic standpoint, but up close and personal. Even from my limited vantage point behindrepparttar 149062 rack of neon tube tops it was easy to identifyrepparttar 149063 store's typical customer: young, hip females; ages mid-teens to mid-twenties. They wandered through in groups of twos and threes. I suppose that going torepparttar 149064 restroom in public and shopping arerepparttar 149065 two things females must do in groups. It makes perfect sense when you realize that for teenage girls (and many grown women, I'm told) shopping is a social activity, an excursion to be taken with friends. The smart retailers know this and design their stores to be as much a social hot spot as a retail establishment. Fromrepparttar 149066 hip/cool music blaring fromrepparttar 149067 overhead speakers torepparttar 149068 hip/cool young sales dudes torepparttar 149069 hip/cool posters onrepparttar 149070 walls torepparttar 149071 hip/cool selection of merchandise, this store was a teenage girl's retail heaven on earth.

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