Brake and Clutch Reservoir Covers: Purposes and Safety Benefits

All of those who are seriously into motorcycles know that they need top quality brake fluids for their safety. Unfortunately, these quality brake fluids are found to be highly sensitive to the UV light. To keep the fluid safe from the environment they usually put a sock on the reservoir cap to block the UV rays from causing any damage to the brake fluid.

Since there are many debates on the subject of brake fluid getting degraded by the sun’s UV rays maybe we can add that looking at MSDS (material safety data sheets) it states to store brake fluid away from sunlight, also this is the reason why they are not sold in clear bottles, but brake are clutch fluid reservoirs on most sportbikes are opaque which lets sun/UV rays to reach the brake fluid, aesthetically thinking these will also cover up the ugly plastic brake and clutch reservoirs.

The reservoir sock covers also help prevent spillage or leakage from either the brake or the clutch reservoirs. These are basically designed like wristbands wrapping the brake and clutch reservoirs to absorb any fluids that may spill or leak from the cap of the brake and clutch fluid reservoirs as in such cases of hard braking. And yes brake fluid does expand and anyone who is real hard on their brakes will know it. The danger is the highly corrosive fluid can damage paintwork, metalwork and get onto riding gear such as your visor which could cause real visibility problems. For those who are into motorcycle racing, the reservoir covers will also keep the reservoir caps firmly in place during a race and/or spirited riding. It can also help the brake fluid from getting contaminated with dust or dirt by keeping the brake/clutch fluid reservoirs clean and away from debris.

Many of the brake reservoir fluid sock covers are made from cotton and manufactured in such a way that each of the socks fit properly since you don’t want them to come flying off down the road or track. When it comes to the clutch fluids, it is basically the same principle. The brake and clutch fluid reservoir sock covers keeps the fluid from environmental degradation which can eventually lead to poor braking and shifting performance. And as most that use these covers are involved in motorcycle racing, poor braking and shifting performance and brake fluid spillage bike would not be any help on the track.

For those who are wondering if they could just go buy generic wristbands for their brake or clutch fluids, they can, at their own risk. But wristbands tend to fit very loosely and will eventually fly off going down the road or track. Obviously the bike aficionados would probably get horrified if they see their precious Honda, Yamaha or Ducati motorcycles getting dressed with poor fitting low quality products. They would want to get matching Yamaha reservoir sock covers for their Yamaha’s and Ducati’s, rather than having an ill fitting wristband with a sport shoe brand covering up their brake and clutch reservoirs.

Many of these motorcycle brake and clutch covers can be bought online or at reputable motorcycle shops. They are relatively affordable; the generic ones are particularly cheaper but are lower in quality and have heat pressed logos which tend to peel off after a few months. Higher quality reservoir sock covers will be made of high quality cotton, specifically made to fit your motorcycle application and have matching logos which are embroidered on.

Free Website Traffic Through Article Promotion

What is Article Promotion? Article promotion is a great way to attract quality traffic to your website. It consists on publishing articles that you have written on subjects tightly related to your website’s niche, and allowing the free distribution rights on these articles to anyone that may want to use them as content on their own site as long as they remain intact. These articles will be branded with a link back to your website.

Why does Article Promotion Work? Article promotion works great because the small amount of effort that it takes to write an article can have huge payoffs in the form of link popularity and qualified traffic. Visitors of the websites that pick up your articles will read through them, and if you have done a good job of getting their attention and interest, then they will follow the link to your site at the bottom of the article searching for more great information.

How To Start Your Own Article Promotion Campaign Starting an article promotion campaign is very straight forward. First of all you need to figure out what kind of people you want visiting your website (your market). Once you know who you want to attract it will become easier to see what kind of topics they will be more likely to read about. If you sell motorcycle helmets on your website, you might want to attract bikers; an article on “10 things your helmet must have” would be great! You can also write about related stuff like motorcycle history, biker culture, leather ware, etc…

So you know who you are writing to and you know what you are writing about. Take some time to get an outline together and jot down the points you want to touch on. This will help you stay organized and it will make your article easier to read. Make sure you keep your topic narrow so that you or your readers don’t get overwhelmed with the amount of information to cover.

Now that you have your outline in place it is time to write your article. Usually if you have made a well detailed outline, you should aim at writing one to two paragraphs for each line item. Remember to include an introduction that tells the reader what you are going to talk about, and a conclusion that restates the most important points in your article. Do not include any links to your website in the body of the article, this will work against you in the long run.

Cool! Your article is almost ready to roll. Now is the time to put the link back to your page in place. The reason why I told you not to link to your own page from your article is that most website owners don’t like to publish articles loaded with self promotion. If you include links to your own site in the body of your article it becomes a little bit of a sales letter in disguise, and this is not our goal. The bottom of the article should be used as an “About the Author” box. Write a little bit (around 250 characters) about yourself, but most importantly invite the reader to click to your website.

In order for this box to be effective you must keep your ego stroking to the minimum and use this text to call the reader to action. Give your readers a good reason to click to your website. The following examples will show you how your about boxes should look.

Bad Example – What Not To Do My name is John Doe, I have been riding motorcycles my whole entire life. I grew up in Mississippi but then I moved up north to New York. I started my website JohnDoesBikeHelmets.com because I thought I could make me some money. Visit my site today!

The Good: John Doe has a call to action: “Visit my site today!”.

The Bad: Although he has a call to action, he does not provide a valid reason to visit his site.

The Ugly: Nobody really cares about John Doe’s life, including biographical information is a waste of about box space. JohnDoesBikes.com is neither a hyperlink, nor a full URL. People looking for helmets are probably not looking for JohnDoesHelmets.

Better Example – Do This, You Might Get Some Traffic If you are looking for motorcycle helmets you must visit my website today at [http://www.JohnDoesBikeHelmets.com] Tired of looking for a helmet online, stop banging your head against the wall! Especially if you are not wearing one of JohnDoe’s Helmets!

The Good: Some personality comes through. Call to action. Live hyperlink and full URL.

The Bad: Although the URL is live now, it will still not serve a purpose because most likely people are not looking for JohnDoesBikeHelmets when they search for helmets on search engines.

The Ugly: There is no real reason why a reader should click on the link. No benefits have been pointed out.

Best Example –Do This If You Want To Get Loads Of Traffic From Your Articles! Hey! John Doe here. Looking for high quality, affordable, cool-looking helmets? You are in luck! My slick looking Motorcycle Helmets will not only save you tons of money, but will also save your life! Get 15% off your purchase with code: CoolHelmets

The Good: Lots of benefits, great incentive to click on link by adding a discount code, excellent linking technique by using anchor words people will actually be searching for on search engines.

The Bad: The search term “Motorcycle Helmets” can be very competitive and will probably not rank as high in search engines as a less competitive term such as “Custom Painted Motorcycle Helmets”

The Ugly: Some article directories don’t allow anchor text on about box links. If that is the case, just place a full live URL.

So far so good. You have a market, you know what your market wants to read about, you have written something to them and you gave them a reason to click into your website. Great job! Now we need to get your article published by many different websites so you get that constant flow of visitors into your site.

In order to let the world know about your articles the best thing you can do is to submit them to article directories. Article directories are websites loaded with free articles. Writers submit their articles and provide them with free content for them to distribute to other website owners who; on the other hand, visit article directories searching for free, easy content for their sites. They get free content, you get free publicity. It is a win-win situation!

Among the largest article directories that come to mind are:

EZineArticles.com, GoArticles.com, ArticleAlley.com, ArticleDashboard.com, ArticlesBase.com

I highly recommend that you register for free to each and everyone of the directories above, and that you submit every article you write to them. This should get you a fair amount of traffic. You can always find more article directories if you Google “article directory”.

Super-Charge your Article Promotion Campaign! The following tips will help you make the most of your article promotion efforts:

  • Write at least one article a month, one per week would be ideal.
  • Submit each article to at least five directories, ten is even better.
  • Use the keywords that you want to rank for in the title of your article.
  • Change your about box in every article directory, making sure to change the anchor text to keywords related to the main keyword you want to rank high on.
  • When it comes to titles, think outside the box. Catchy and long works better than short and dull.

Fears and Thrills

I saw a bumper sticker the other day that read, “Do one thing everyday that scares you. Eleanor Roosevelt.” I was on the back of our motorcycle when I read that quote. Be assured, riding a motorcycle scares me to death, but at the same time thrills me.
The scary part arrives out of fear. While riding I fear automobiles whose drivers run red lights, stop signs, and move toward our side of the road. I fear those drivers who are talking on their cell phones and are not paying attention to what is going on around them. Watching other cyclist pass by driving to fast and worst of all without helmets scares me.

What ifs also scare me. What if a deer runs out in front of us or that car behind us doesn’t stop and it hits us. What if the motorcycle’s tire blows out or what if my husband has a heart attack while riding the motorcycle like my friend was telling me her friend did. What if I am riding behind him when he has that heart attack?

Although all of those things scare me, the thrill of riding triumphs over all my fears. I am addicted to traveling our local countryside by motorcycle. I’ve never had the desire to ride solo. I love riding on the back of the cycle with my husband and I’m happy he is the one in control of the motorcycle. This affords me the opportunity to daydream, think, and a lot of time for sightseeing.
I love the courteous jester of the low wave cyclist give each other with their gloved hand held down to their sides. When we pass them, we know to look for the wave and offer one of our own to them. I enjoy watching the curiosity of the children whom we pass. I always offer a special wave to them and love to see their excitement. They make me feel like a celebrity.

Traveling through the Central Kentucky region has led to many discoveries. Most Central Kentuckians know about all of the more popular places such as Boonsboro, Red River Gorge, Natural Bridge, and the Horse Park. But, do they know about other areas rich in woodlands, creeks, streams, flowers, and waterfalls? Perched on my throne on my two-wheel chariot, I have glimpsed many glorious sights such as these.

Most people do not have the opportunity to smell, feel and hear Kentucky. Oh how I love the fresh air blowing gently through my helmet slapping my face with melodious sounds and glorious odors. The smell of just mown grass, blooming flowers, and even the foul smells rising from farms with a variety of animals all help bring a peaceful contentment to me. Memories of my life growing up on the farm tenderly attack me.

Some of the Madison County scenery we have been fortunate enough to view is things such as the creek off Barnes Mill Road with its gorgeous waterfall, the Reservoir at Red Lick, The Pinnacle in Berea and the mountain scene enfolding before us while traveling Big Hill as well as the beautiful lake at Owsley Fork surrounded by mountain peaks. We enjoy riding to the Valley View area and watching the ferry crossing the Kentucky River.

We also have discovered many beautiful places in other areas surrounding Madison County. In Bourbon County, there is a wall built of stone laid by hand many years ago. The wall extends for miles, surrounding beautiful farmland. The wildflowers growing on the countryside of Montgomery County were breathtaking. In Garrard County, we saw an endless field of buttercups growing wild.
Recently while riding through Lincoln County, we discovered the Cedar Creek Recreational Area. Sitting on a bench, I watched as the water slapped against the sand covered beach. Four geese honked as they floated on the lake. Several boats skimmed across the waves. All along, I could hear the roar of automobiles in the distance and an airplane as it flew overhead.
The noise did nothing to break the peaceful contentment lingering over the area. This was a beautiful place to come to sit and contemplate.

Evidence of previous visitor’s was strewn across the beach. Cigarette butts, broken bottles, plastic soft drink tops, and various sorts of garbage littered my getaway.
I tried hard to ignore the ugliness and focused my attention on the beauty surrounding me. Massive Oaks, remarkable maple and gangling locust trees stood tall around the lake, not to mention the many spiky cedars.
Goldenrods, daisies and many other wildflowers that I could not identify danced in the wake of the breeze. This place was a nice find.

If you are looking for something to do locally, hop in your automobile and ride around the countryside. You never know what you might discover. If you are brave enough, try riding a motorcycle. Discovering your world on a motorcycle is very exciting, besides, with the price of gasoline rising daily, you might be surprised how far a tank of gas will take you. A word or two of caution though, stay on your side of the road, watch what you are doing, be careful. Don’t forget to wave.