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If you are passionate about cars, then you will be eager to learn more about how you can enhance your car ownership experience, whether that means saving money on ownership costs, developing your automotive knowledge further, or modifying your car.

Indeed, even seasoned car enthusiasts are unaware of or have never tried many different facets of car ownership.

For example, you might want to learn more about the importance of detailing and how it can greatly improve your car’s appearance. Alternatively, you might want to join a certain car club to meet like-minded people and learn more about your car.

Here are five different aspects of car ownership which every gearhead should know about:

Make sure you find the best insurance deals

One of the most significant costs associated with car ownership is auto insurance.

You may be forgiven for thinking that you cannot do much to affect the price because insurance is a legal requirement.

However, this is a misconception because insurance providers use different metrics to create their car insurance quotes in Colorado Springs.

For example, certain companies are more interested in how safe you are as a driver, rather than your demographic. This has the potential to lower your car insurance and enable you to use that money elsewhere – such as modifying and maintaining your car.

Learn more about how your car works

One of the most rewarding aspects of car ownership is the mechanical knowledge you develop over time. When you are interested in cars, you will likely be curious about how they work.

To do this, you could learn about basic mechanical processes (such as how internal combustion engines work), on the internet and in books, as well as take the time to maintain your car yourself.

While you shouldn’t attempt advanced mechanical jobs until you are highly skilled as an auto mechanic or have professional guidance, attempting less vital mechanical work can be both satisfying and a great way to expand your mechanical knowledge.

Join a car club

Another great part of car ownership that you should know about is car club culture. There are car clubs for pretty much every make and model of the production car in history, in which passionate members share insider knowledge (such as where to source spare parts), stories about their cars, and find like-minded people to befriend.

Although car clubs aren’t for everyone, they can be great communities and gold dust if you are looking for an obscure car part or need an expert’s guidance.

Appreciate the importance of detailing

Detailing is a great way to improve the look of your car, but few people actually know what it is.

The process of detailing is essentially an incredibly thorough clean, whether that is the interior or exterior. You can hire professionals to do this for you, and it can help restore faded or scratched paintwork, a worn interior, or curbed alloy wheels.

If you are proud of your car, getting it detailed should be high on your priority list.

Get involved with car mods

Car modification is quite divisive in the car community, but there is no doubting the fact that it can transform ordinary cars into exciting ones.

Whether it is a louder exhaust, a remapped engine management system, new suspension, or simply a bold paint job, car mods can be enormously satisfying.

Getting involved with modifying your own car is a great alternative to buying a more expensive model when you get bored with

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By: Automotive Addicts Contributor
Title: 5 Aspects of Car Ownership Every Gearhead Should Know About
Sourced From: www.automotiveaddicts.com/75723/5-aspects-car-ownership-every-gearhead-should-know
Published Date: Fri, 26 Nov 2021 12:03:17 +0000

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2024 Honda XR650L Dual Sport Preview

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American Honda maintains its venerable XR650L into 2024, with no notable changes to the stalwart platform. It will remain priced at $6,999 and will only be available in the white color scheme shown below.

“A motorcycle of legendary status, the XR650L continues to stand the test of time, thanks in part to its simple, no-frills design and relentless dependability,” American Honda says in its official press release. “Backed by an incredible record of success in Baja, this dual-sport icon has amassed a loyal following of enthusiasts around the globe since its introduction in 1993.

The 2024 Honda XR650L will remain priced at $6,999.
The 2024 Honda XR650L will remain priced at $6,999. (Honda/)

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As is evident by the longevity of other dual sport motorcycles, like the KLR650 and DR650S, big single-cylinder machines continue to have appeal. The XR650L is no exception in this case, but it does now stand as one of the most simple of the bunch mechanically, now that Kawasaki has finally given in to fuel injection.

The 644cc mill is air-cooled, features a 42.5 diaphragm-type CV carburetor, and puts power to the ground by way of a five-speed transmission. The bike is ready for some hard time off-road too thanks to the sealed battery, dry-sump design, black spoked rims, and long-travel suspension.

The suspension is actually one area where the XR650L shines among its closest competitors, offering effective Showa kit front and rear. The long-travel, air-adjustable fork has 16-position compression damping and gives riders up to 11.6 inches of travel. The Showa shock comes with spring-preload, 20-position compression, and 20-position rebound-damping adjustability and 11 inches of travel. These specs outshine those of both the Kawi and Suzuki.

Its price tag is also one of the most competitive of the small group of largely-untouched-so-are-now-retro-cool dual sports, beating out the Suzuki and pricing just $100 above the standard trim and S-level KLRs.

2024 Honda XR650L Dual Sport Technical Specifications and Price

Price:$6,999Engine:644cc, SOHC, air-cooled single; 4-valveBore x Stroke:100.0 x 82.0mmCompression Ratio:8.3:1Fuel Delivery:42.5mm diaphragm-type CV carburetorClutch:Wet, multiplate slipper/assistTransmission/Final Drive:5-speed/chainFrame:Semi-double cradle steelFront Suspension:43mm air-adjustable axle Showa cartridge fork, compression damping adjustable; 11.6 in. travelRear Suspension:Pro-Link Showa shock, spring-preload, compression and rebound damping adjustable; 11.0 in. travelFront Brake:2-piston caliper, 256mm discRear Brake:220mm discWheels, Front/Rear:Spoked rims; 21 in. / 18 in.Tires, Front/Rear:21×3.00 / 18×4.60Rake/Trail:27.0°/4.0 in.Wheelbase:57.3 in.Seat Height:37.0 in.Fuel Capacity:2.8 gal.Claimed Curb Weight:346 lb.Available:March 2024Contact:powersports.honda.com

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By: Byron Wilson
Title: 2024 Honda XR650L Dual Sport Preview
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/news/honda-xr650l-dual-sport-preview/
Published Date: Mon, 04 Mar 2024 11:00:01 +0000

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Speed Read: A razor-sharp BMW R1300GS from Switzerland and more

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The latest custom motorcycles and bike news.
The Swiss maestros at VTR Customs deliver the first custom BMW R1300GS that we’ve seen, while Radical Speedshop builds a bespoke Moto Guzzi café racer like no other. We also look at a tidy Yamaha XT500 restomod and a stunning 1949 Triumph Speed Twin bobber.

BMW R1300GS by VTR Customs
BMW R1300GS by VTR Customs When BMW announced its new flagship adventure motorcycle, the BMW R1300GS, we knew it was only a matter of time before we saw it customized. Thanks to Switzerland’s VTR Customs, we didn’t have to wait too long.

Big adventure-style bikes with go-fast bits are all the rage right now. Machines like the Ducati Multistrada V4 RS and BMS M1000XR are primed for riders who want adventure bike ergonomics in a performance-orientated road-going package. This is probably what inspired the mad scientists at VTR Customs.

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By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Speed Read: A razor-sharp BMW R1300GS from Switzerland and more
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-motorcycle-news-march-3-2024
Published Date: Sun, 03 Mar 2024 19:12:35 +0000

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Audi Tops the Luxury Car Safety Charts in 2023

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Safety is becoming more important to luxury car buyers. Wealthy individuals want vehicles that will protect themselves and their passengers.

However, it isn’t always clear which brand offers the best safety profile. Now, though, figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveal a winner – the German automaker Audi.

The NHTSA looked at the rate of crashes per 1,000 drivers and found that Audi had a crash rate of just 0.54, putting it below tech leader Mercedes at 0.55 and far from Subaru which was up at 0.75.

The question on many people’s lips is why Audi is so safe. After all, Mercedes is the manufacturer that tends to bring the latest safety technology to market first.

The main reason appears to be the brand’s heavy investment in safety technology in recent years. The company conducts significant research and development in-house, allowing it to bring technologies to market at a lower price point than its rivals. Drivers benefit from comprehensive safety features across the range instead of solely on high-end models.

re Advanced Safety Features Necessary?

Previously, skeptics scoffed at the value of advanced car safety features, calling them gimmicky. However, the evidence suggests that it is effective, especially in recent years. Advanced driver assistance systems are finally coming of age and having a noticeable impact on the number of insurance claims. Data from LexisNexis Risk Solutions suggests that bodily injury claims are 27 percent lower with these systems, and property damage claims are 19 percent lower. 

These statistics are good news for drivers. It means that they can expect statistically different outcomes driving Audi vehicles than conventional cars. It represents a genuine upgrade. 

Car accident attorney Adam S. Kutcher is at the forefront of the consequences of vehicle collisions. The lawyer has tremendous knowledge of how vehicle accidents can cause harm.

“The people that come to us are real people who are often going through the most challenging time in their life,” he says. “People worry about who will pay their medical bills and lost wages, even if insurers agree to pay to replace vehicles. That’s why this new technology is so exciting for everyone who practices in this area. We don’t want to see people getting hurt. Instead, we want to make sure everyone stays safe and that as many people avoid this harrowing experience as possible.”

Currently, tort law is helpful to victims of car accidents through additional provisions in the legal code. But the reality is that many people never recover from their injuries and can’t go back to work, regardless of the medical care they receive.

“We can sometimes get big rewards for people seriously injured in car accidents, but financial compensation is only ever partial,” says Kutcher. “Money can’t fix a disability or even a tragic death in the family for an auto accident. That’s why car manufacturers are stepping up to the plate and investing in this technology.”

The Components Of Advanced Driver Safety Systems

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Advanced driver safety systems refer to a plethora of technologies car manufacturers are including in their vehicles thanks to advances in software and chip technology.

Automatic emergency braking is one of the most coveted features. Vehicles can now brake independently of drivers if they believe a crash is imminent, preventing rear-end shunts and jackknifes at interchanges.

Manufacturers have gradually increased the range of situations in which this technology will activate over recent years. Previously, it was solely to stop drivers from bumping into the car ahead, but now cameras can detect cross-traffic, even when reversing, and

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By: Wilson Lim
Title: Audi Tops the Luxury Car Safety Charts in 2023
Sourced From: www.luxuo.com/cars/automobile/audi-tops-the-luxury-car-safety-charts-in-2023.html
Published Date: Mon, 30 Oct 2023 07:56:16 +0000

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