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Archive for July 7th, 2015

The 2015 Honda CB300

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

With its 300-class engine, this new motorcycle model from Honda portrays a dash of attitude as well as independence, plus extensive credibility. So, whether you are zipping around town to catch fun, or commuting from place to place, the roomy ergonomics and the power-band of the Honda CB300F is designed to make each and every ride a fun ride.

Features of the CB300F Honda Motorcycle

Lightweight, Narrow and Low

The single-cylinder machine of this fun-filled motorcycle makes it narrow. And, with the seat measuring 30.7-inch in height, this bike is low and feels light since it weighs only 348-pounds. All these promote easy ride and handling.

Great Fuel Efficiency

The CB300F Honda bike is highly rated at the gas pump in terms of fuel economy. Its fuel efficiency rating is approximately 71 miles per gallon. It is also a passenger-capable bike, and of course freeway legal. It is a complete package of style combined with fun.

The Power of Single-Cylinder Engine

The single-cylinder engine alongside fuel injection, plus a counter-balancer and double-overhead cams that come with the 2015 Honda CB300F provide a good number of real benefits. One of such great benefits is power delivery: the sort of torque and midrange power that a single offers is suitable for all levels of cyclists and riders.

Counterbalance Shaft

The CB300F Honda bike’s counter-balancer feature makes the bike a smooth runner. You are simply combining narrow overall width as well as power benefits of a single with the effortlessness of a multi-cylinder motorcycle.

Disc Brakes

This stylish Honda bike comes with front and rear hydraulic discs, enabling brilliant stopping power as well as excellent brake feel. You can be sure that things will stay simple, plus un-sprung weight is kept lower with the front 296 mm hydraulic disc and the 220mm rear hydraulic disk.

Under-Seat Storage

The under-seat storage is a excellent and a rider can put items such as gloves, map, and sunglasses right inside this lockable area once you lift the rear passenger seat.

Separate Passenger Seat

The Honda Motorcycle CB300F is passenger ready with the separate passenger seat feature. That’s not all, the bike also includes standard passenger foot-pegs and an integrated grab rail, giving you the opportunity to ride with someone – this is another feature that confirms the CB300F’s versatility.

Affordable

At $3999 retail, the 2015 Honda CB300F model is completely affordable, considering the tons of innovative features that have been loaded into this stylish bike. To crown it all, the bike comes with transferable 1-year limited warranty, plus unlimited mileage. And, the Honda Protection Plan provides extended coverage.

Other innovative features of the CB300F include full LCD digital meter (multi-function), state-of-the-art exhaust system for enhanced performance and appearance. Also, the seat and side covers have been specially configured to promote easier reach to the ground.

Guide to Motor Oil and Your Hybrid Vehicle

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

This has especially become an issue when it comes to simple motor oil changes. Many are not sure when to change the fluid, or if a special type is required. Here are some answers to these questions.

Low Weight

Many mechanics recommend that the majority of hybrid vehicles use lower weight lubricants. The standard that many experts agree on is a weight (W) in the 0W20 range, which means the fluid should not have a weight over 20W. This contrasts with the typical weight used in conventional vehicles, which starts around 30W. The lighter weight lubricant is finer and processed easier by a hybrid than the heavier weights.

Synthetic

Hybrid automotive experts also feel that synthetic motor oil works better in hybrid autos than typical petroleum-based products. This is because it is much thinner than the natural alternative, and many mechanics are even starting to recommend its use in regular vehicles. The only real downside to using synthetic lubricant is that it can be more expensive than petroleum-based.

When the Motor Oil Should Be Changed

Motor oil changes are not needed as frequently with hybrid cars since the engine runs less during city driving with its low speed and stop-and-go movement. However, the lubricant does still require changing, and you should always use premium products. As stated previously, be sure to use the correct weight so you will not damage the top-end of your engine. Because hybrid autos shut down and restart their engines much more often than other vehicles, choosing the right lubricant is even more important to the long-term health of the engine.

There is an oil life indicator on the dashboard of each hybrid car that displays the percentage of oil life currently left. The range runs from 0 to 100%. Most hybrid service departments will recommend that the fluid be changed when it reaches the 15% range. Though it will not harm the engine to drive the vehicle past the 15% point, it serves as a good benchmark for operating the vehicle safely without damaging the engine.

This comes in handy because the gas engine in a hybrid vehicle doesn’t run at all times, so it is hard to give a mileage reading that indicates a change is needed. Different types of driving use the engine more than others, and the monitor is conditioned to figure out all the variables to estimate a realistic life for the lubricant.

There are many general recommendations for hybrid vehicles found all over the Internet, but if you have specific maintenance questions, you should always consult your service department or read the manual that came with your vehicle. All hybrid vehicles are different, and these are general tips that only apply to simple motor oil changes.