Motorcycle Ramps: Where to Buy Them and What to Consider

Motorcycle Ramp

Are you planning to buy a loading ramp for your motorcycle? If so, then one of the questions you may have is where to shop for one. This is indeed a valid question, as the options available to you can be quite overwhelming. There are many places that sell motorcycle ramps, but not all of them offer ramps of excellent quality at reasonable prices. In order to find the best deals, you have to know exactly where to look. Following are a few suggestions you may want to keep in mind.

Motorcycle Super Store

This store has such a wide variety of ramps that you’ll be sure to find one that’s perfect for your needs and preferences. They have aluminum ramps and steel ramps. They have folding ramps and non-folding ramps. They have bi-fold ramps and tri-fold ramps. They have ramps suited not only for motorcycles, but also for ATVs, snowmobiles, and other types of vehicle. You won’t even have to step out of your house to make a purchase, as you can view their stock on their website and make a purchase there. The ramp you choose to buy will then be shipped to you.

Rage Power Sports

This store also offers a wide variety of loading ramps. They have aluminum ramps and folding ramps in various sizes. They also have a website that offers detailed descriptions of each item they sell, including the weight of the ramp itself, its maximum weight capacity, and the length of warranty, among other things.

Scorpion

This is also an excellent place for you to shop for a motorcycle ramp. The store has a wide offering of loading ramps for motorcycles, and most of these ramps arrive at your doorstep ready to use. It usually takes a week to eight weeks for the item to be delivered. Their website provides all the information you may want to know about the products they sell, including the shipping time, the ramp’s weight and weight capacity, and the cost. So when you make an online purchase, you can be sure you’re getting exactly the kind of ramp you need.

Other Options

 

Aside from the three stores mentioned above, you could also shop for a motorcycle ramp from your local sporting goods store. Just make sure you know how to differentiate a ramp of good quality from one that isn’t worth your money. You could also seek recommendations from friends who have loading ramps. Ask them where they bought their ramp, what material it is made of, what brand it has, etc. Their answers should help narrow down your options.

You could also try checking Nextag. This is a site that basically serves as an online directory. It enables you to easily find products and services. When you search for a motorcycle ramp on the site, you’ll be shown a list of all the places selling such ramps. The site also gives you the chance to narrow down your options based on the brand, the price, and the kind of ramp you need. You can also choose according to seller or check out sales and deals currently being offered.

For example, if you prefer a tri-fold ramp, then you could simply type that into the search box and then you’ll be given a list of all tri-fold ramps being offered for sale. When you find a product that possibly suits your needs, you can click on it to be taken to the seller’s website. You may then check out the details of that ramp and complete the purchase if it meets your requirements. Otherwise, you can continue with you r search.

Considerations for Buying Motorcycle Ramps

Choosing Product

Before you start shopping for your loading ramp, you may want to ask yourself a few questions. Your answer to these questions will help you determine just what kind of ramp you need to get.

  • Will you be loading your motorcycle onto a trailer or the back of a pickup truck? Note that trailers are generally lower than the back of the truck. This difference in loading height also makes a difference in determining what length of ramp you should choose.
  • Will you be loading your motorcycle in such conditions as mud, rain, or snow? If you believe you’ll constantly be loading your motorcycle in slippery conditions, then you should make sure the ramp you choose provides enough traction to prevent slippage. You may also want to consider getting a ramp that features open rungs, so debris will just fall to the ground.
  • Will you be loading the motorcycle on your own? If so, then it’s best to choose a longer ramp so the angle of the incline won’t be too steep. Remember that the risk for accidents increases as the steepness of the incline does.
  • Will you be using the ramp for any other vehicle? Do you have an ATV, a mower, a snowmobile, or anything else you plan to load using the ramp? If so, you need to consider the weight of the heaviest item you plan to load when shopping for a ramp. Make sure the ramp you buy is more than capable of holding the heaviest item you plan to use it for.

You should also consider the material of the ramp you’re going to buy. Most loading ramps are made of either steel or aluminum. Steel has the advantage of being very strong, durable, and affordable. Aluminum, on the other hand, is a lot lighter in weight, very easy to handle, and resistant to rusting and chipping. Your choice of material depends entirely on which features you deem more valuable.

Choosing Styles

Choosing

Loading ramps for motorcycles come in a variety of styles. You’ll have to decide which style suits your needs best. To do that, you need to learn what the different styles are and what their features are. Dual runners are basically two separate ramps that are joined together. They are in folding or non-folding, straight or arched designs. Bi-fold ramps can be folded in half for storage. They are quicker to set up than dual runners. Tri-fold ramps can be folded in thirds. It is easier to store and transport than bi-fold ramps.

Attached ramps are directly mounted to the back of your pickup truck for safer and easier loading. Hitch-mounted ramps are a combination of a carrier and a ramp. Non-folding ramps are perhaps the easiest to set up, but they are a bit difficult to store and transport. Arched ramps are usually preferred over straight ramps because they help reduce the risk of your motorcycle getting snagged as the front wheel hits the bed of the truck.

Most of the considerations you need to make when shopping for a motorcycle ramp have to do with making the loading and unloading process much safer. Even when you’ve taken all of the above considerations into account, though, it’s still advisable for you to take some extra precautions. Guide your motorcycle up the ramp instead of riding it, or if you really choose to ride it, be sure to wear a helmet and other protective gear.

By keeping the above tips in mind, not only will be able to find the perfect ramp for your needs, you’ll also ensure your safety and that of your vehicle.

Tips and Reminders for Armored Cosplayers

Armored Cosplayer

Aside from detailed and beautiful cloth cosplays, armored cosplayers also invariably stand out in any cosplay event they attend to. Compared to cloth cosplayers, armored cosplayers typically tend to have a harder time at it. They have to place their accouterments in large bags, carry them to the venue, and assemble them before the cosplayers can participate in the event. To minimize the hassle, we’ve assembled a list of tips to make your life easier in a cosplay event.

You Need to be Physically Fit before the Event

This is one factor that cosplayers sometimes forget about especially when a convention is nearing. Make sure that you are physically fit before the convention. If you are sick while wearing your armor, you might worsen your condition or worse, faint.

Fumes

Fumes from any types of adhesives or paints might be dangerous to your health. They’re even more dangerous if you encase yourself in a costume reeking with them. Fumes from these particular materials can pose a risk to your respiratory health.

Using Sharp or Dangerous Material for Your Armor

Skyrim Cosplay

When it comes to creating armors for cosplay, you need to use safe materials like cardboard, EVA foam, craft foam, fiberglass, or resin. Do not use dangerous and/or fragile materials like metal or glass. Using these materials and bringing them to the convention might disqualify you. In all likelihood, you won’t even be permitted to go inside the venue. On the side of the organizers, safety and security for cosplayers and convention goers are important.

Don’t Move About Too Much

Remember that cosplaying armored characters is completely differently from portraying ones in swathed in clothing. While cosplayers garbed in cloth costumes can easily move about in the convention halls, armored cosplayers are bulkier. Be careful as you might hit someone in the convention halls. Best not to move about too much for some parts of your armor (or weapon) might harm a fellow cosplayer or a con-goer.

Make Sure Every Part Is Secured and in Place

As you are enjoying the rest of the day wearing your armor during the convention, chances are some parts might fall off as you walk around or strike poses for other con-goers. Before you head out to the venue, make sure that every part of the armor is secured and durable enough. Use extra adhesive, Velcro strips, or plastic buckles to help you secure everything.

Always Have a Companion

Cosplay Assistant

When it comes to a convention, make sure to have a companion along with you. Whoever you ask to come along with you would be responsible for helping you put on your armor and take responsibility of your belongings while you are in costume.

If you don’t have a companion, be sure to ask help from the marshals or volunteers present in the event area to help you. Certain conventions have special baggage counters for those who are attending so be sure to secure your baggage ahead of time before the slots are fully occupied due to the limited number.

You Can Refuse to Have Your Picture Taken

Of course we get tired for a long period of standing up. If you are tired and someone wants to take a picture of you, you can kindly say no and tell them that you need to rest for awhile.

Important Reminders to Maintain Eye Safety for Contact Lens Wearers

Halloween Contact Lenses

It’s easy to buy a nice pair of contact lens halloween. These things, along with other novelty items, are found everywhere nowadays. You can buy them online or somewhere within your neighborhood. All you need to do is look for it. However, before you do so, it’s important that you get a prescription from a licensed ophthalmologist first.

 Eye Checkup

Having your eye checked by a specialist would enable you to look for a pair of contact lenses that would provide you with the best fit. Apart from that, it is also an ideal thing to do to ensure your safety. If you want to buy contact lenses from a reliable source then you’ll need to obtain a prescription first.

Basically, a valid prescription should contain the date of the eye examination, the date when the prescription was received following a contact lens fitting, the expiration date of the product as well as the prescribing professional’s name, address and other contact details. Other important information such as the manufacturer of the product and the measurements of the prescribed lenses should also be included.

As specified in the FTC regulations, contact lenses are not considered as over-the-counter devices or cosmetics. For that reason, you should be wary of stores that brand them as such. For your own safety, make sure to buy only from a reliable supplier. If you can, it’s best for you to ask the manufacturer’s written patient information for any pair of contact lenses you purchase. This will help you know more about the right way to take care of your lenses.

It’s important that you know how to clean and store your lenses properly in order to avoid developing any risk of eye infections. If you’re not careful, you can be subject to inconvenient eye problems such as corneal abrasions, conjunctivitis and other types of eye irritations.

 Contact Lens Container

To reduce any chances of developing any of these eye infections, you have to make sure that the contacts you’re wearing are clean. One way of making sure is to replace the case where you store your lenses regularly. Ideally, you should get a new one every three to six months. However, just because you are careful to get a new case two to four times in a year, you also need to make it a priority to disinfect your lenses every day. Soak them in their prescribed solution and seal them in their cases and store them in a safe location. Avoid reusing any lens solution and make sure not to forget taking your contacts off before you sleep or go swimming.

Hosting a Panel in a Convention

Hosting Cosplay

Aside from cosplay, toy exhibits, shops, and exclusive presentations, panels are also a part of a convention’s exclusive highlights. Majority of these panels are organized by prestigious individuals or companies composed of a variety of talented people including animators, comic book artists, and multimedia artists. If you are working or coordinating with those mentioned and you wish to organize/host a panel in a convention, follow these simple tips.

Contact Convention Organizers

There are two ways this could go: either they contact you first or you contact them and ask to be part of the convention. It doesn’t really matter who sends the invitation first. What matters is you will be given a space to have your panel. Once there’s already a confirmation on the side of the organizers, be sure to keep in touch with them every now and then.

Panel Contents

This is useful when it comes to advertising your panel in the convention. The contents of your panel can be either a presentation of exclusive content or it can be an exclusive Q and A section with you and the audience.

Here’s a valuable tip: try to give them information that they can’t dig up anywhere else. That way you will attract more people to your panel session.

Judges

Be Wary of the Time

Remember you can’t have your panel the entire day. Be wary of the time and do not make the panel too long since majority of the convention-goers still have other events and panels to attend to during the day.

Program Flow of Your Panel

Honestly, the entire flow of the program during your panel session would really depend on the content and information that you plan to share to the audience.

-You can start by introducing yourself and the other panelists. You can start with the achievements that you did and a summary of your past working experience until the present. You can also share your primary goals in the panel as well but that would really depend on you.

-You can immediately start the main panel discussion. This can vary from updates, exclusive announcements, and other related discussions.

-Question and answer portion of the panel. It is best that you make this panel consume the entire half of the session because there are going to be a lot of people who will be asking you stuff.

Question and Answer Session

During the question and answer session, be sure to limit the number of questions that you are ready to answer. It’s recommended that you let the others write down their questions first before attempting to ask the panel. As much as possible, do not answer all of the audience questions alone. You should be accompanied with the other members of your team or company to help you answer the questions.

Tip: Make sure that the audience questions are related to the panel discussions. Questions that border on your personal life should not be answered. If ever you encounter these during the panel, you can gently explain to the audience that you won’t be answering those queries as they’re not pertinent to the panel you’ve setup.

The Different Types of HVAC Systems

With the number of HVAC Las Vegas systems available in your local store, you shouldn’t have trouble picking the most ideal one for your heater and/or air conditioning needs. Also, with this wide array of options, a tight budget isn’t a problem; you can pick a model that’s well within what you’re planning to shell out. The different types of HVAC systems though, can be quite bewildering.

 

Here’s a guide explaining each one.

Heating and Air Conditioning Split System

This is considered as the most traditional system type. HVAC stores usually include accessories such as air cleaners, air purifiers, and humidifiers. It’s usually the typically bought system because of its simplicity and reliability.

Hybrid Heat Split System

This system is more energy-efficient than the traditional one. It has a heat pump, which enables it to perform AC and electricity-powered heating operations on top of the usual heating process powered by a gas furnace. If you opt for a better system having more advantageous features and functions, then purchase this one.

Duct-Free Split Heating and Air Conditioning System

This makes for a good complement to your ducted system. It comes with an AC/heat pump, refrigerant-converting compact fan coil, refrigerant wires and tubings that serve as the connectors of the outdoor unit to a fan coil, and a thermostat that you can, needless to say, adjust. HVAC suppliers in the Las Vegas area typically bundle this type of HVA with indoor air quality accessories such as air cleaners, UV lamps, ventilators, humidifiers and air purifiers. This one’s normally used in places where a ducted system is not applicable.

Packaged Heating and Air Conditioning System

This one’s perfect if the space of your locale is not sufficient for the multiple parts of a split system. An AC or heat pump unit fused with an evaporator or coil would be the perfect compact system for smaller areas. If you’ve a tiny living space, a comfortable ambiance is still achievable with this type of unit.

When purchasing, you have to think about the amount of heating or cooling you need at home. While planning, you can hire HVAC professionals to calculate estimates in order to identify the size of the equipment your home can accommodate.

Businesses outside Australia – Being Entitled to an ABN

Business Overseas

You’re aware that an Australian Business Number (ABN) is important if you wish to start a business in Australia. But what if you already have an existing business outside Australia and you want to extend your business to include transactions in Australia? Will you still need to secure an ABN in that case? Let’s find out.

There are indeed cases where foreign businesses or organizations are deemed entitled to an ABN. For example, if you’re operating an enterprise or if you are a manufacturer of certain supplies that you plan to sell to businesses in Australia, then you may apply for an ABN. Just like an Australian-based business, you also have the option to apply for ABN online. Note, however, that the Australian Business Register (ABR), which handles ABN applications, will be asking for additional information from you and you will not be given an ABN unless that information is provided.

Business Registration

It is also worth noting that before you even take the first steps towards securing an ABN, you’ll have to register with the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) and secure an Australian Registered Body Number (ARBN) first. The ARBN is an identification number issued to foreign companies that register with the ASIC, wishing to do business in Australia. The ABR will likely ask for your ARBN once you apply for an ABN. To ensure that the application process goes smoothly, it’s best to be prepared.

If you already have an ARBN, then it should be easy enough to proceed with the ABN online application. It takes only a few minutes to fill in the online application form and provide the necessary information, after which you’ll be given a reference number. This reference number is what you’ll need to provide if you ever decide to contact the ABR to follow up on your application or for any other purpose.

Soaring Business

If they still need additional information, the ABR will contact you directly. In the same manner, you will be contacted if certain documents need to be translated and certified by a duly-authorized translation service. Documents that are usually written in other languages include birth certificates, passports, and certificates of incorporation.

Even if your business isn’t based in Australia, that doesn’t mean you cannot secure an ABN and conduct business in the country. As long as you know what to do and where to go, it should be easy enough to extend the reach of your company and grow your business by entering the Australian market.

Scuba Gear for Novice Divers

From a layman’s point of view, the world of scuba diving may seem a bit too complicated. But if you are reading this article, that means there is a part of you that is interested and wants to try out this exciting sport. One of the most common reasons why some people are reluctant to engage in scuba diving, even though they really want to give it a go, is they believe that it’s too technical. There are so many essential and non-essential equipment, it makes your head hurt.

Knowing about some of the basic scuba diving gear for beginners may deliver that final nudge that will get you started on the diving courses you’re so eager to try after watching your favorite programs on the Discovery Chanel and National Geographic.

Scuba Diving Gear

The scuba system is comprised of the weighted belt, air tanks, the regulator, the buoyancy control device (BCD), and the BCD inflation system. These are the key tools of a scuba diver, the epitome of a Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus, more commonly known as SCUBA.

The weight and belt system allows you to gently descend underwater; it is designed to offset the body’s natural buoyancy. The tank is where breathable air is stored. This is the heart of the scuba system. Connected to the tank are the BCD, the regulator, harness, and other instruments.

Dive masks and exposure suits are what protect you from the harsh conditions of the underwater environment. Masks will allow you to see clearly underwater. For divers with vision problems, there are facilities that specialize in custom-fitting prescription lenses on scuba masks. Exposure suits protect your skin from cuts and scrapes while underwater. It also helps retain heat, maintaining your body’s core temperature at a safe level. There are two types of exposure suits, wetsuits and dry suits. The former is generally used in warm tropical waters, while the latter is more suited to colder conditions.

The fins, or flippers, helps propel you underwater. You think of it as an extension to your legs, pushing you to wherever you want to go. Basic diving courses will teach you how to effectively use them. Dive watches and computers serve as your data center, giving you critical information such as your current depth and dive time left.Dive-Gear_4

Other scuba diving gear also include dive lights for peeking into dark places like cracks and crevices, dive floats; which serve as markers keeping boaters away from your location, and underwater cameras for capturing the beauty of the different marine life and sharing the experience with friends and family.

Packing on Short Notice

Stuffed Luggage

If you’re moving and have only a little time left to prepare for the move, the best thing to do is hire a removalist. This will help eliminate your problem of transporting your belongings from your old place to your new residence. No matter where you are in Australia, there will always be a removal company ready to cater to your needs.

Since you don’t have enough time to sort out things and decide which ones to keep and give or throw away, you’ll need to do some pre-packing to help the removalists do their job efficiently. There are some things that you can do even if you only have a day or two left before the removalist takes your belongings and brings them to your new place.

First things first, organize your belongings in the simplest and most efficient way possible. There’s no time to sort out everything, so make a list instead of the things that are important and the ones that you don’t really need. Put your important possessions in one container and the not-so-important ones in another. Sort them out later when you get to your new house.

Next, make sure that your packing materials are ready. Your supplies should be sturdy, strong, and enough to cover your needs. Be sure to put heavy items in the bigger ad sturdier boxes. Cushion the bottom of the boxes so you’re assured they won’t break apart when the removalist takes them.

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Fragile items should be wrapped carefully and individually. You can use other materials like bubble wrap, cloth, or packing foam to cushion the items. Old newspapers, crumpled, can also provide support to fragile items.

Bulkier possessions should be positioned at the bottom of the storage unit. Do not forget to slowly add other items on the top. With the heavier items below, balance will be better and your small belongings will be safe.

All boxes must be labelled specifically. For your convenience, pack all your bathroom necessities, most used kitchen/cooking items in one box. Mark it with a reminder for you to open it first.

If there are extra spaces, small ones, in a box, fill these with small or easy-to-roll items like towels and socks. Maximizing the space of the boxes will help make your task easier.

When it comes to your furniture and appliances (like your TV), it will be better to leave the packing into the hands of professional furniture removalists. They’re trained to pack furniture and other valuable items with precision and care.

If you’re moving to the north area of Brisbane, your ideal option is to find reliable removalists brisbane northside companies that offer the services you need. With their help, packing and moving will be easier even if you only have a day or two to prepare.