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Whether you are a first time watercraft buyer or an old salt, there are some things you should consider when shopping for the perfect personal water craft. The first thing you will be drawn to is the style of watercraft. Maxim has watercraft from sporty runabouts to family fun type craft.

Seating is important in both comfort and in how many passenger can be carried in safety. Make sure that the boat fits you properly. You will be spending a lot of time in this spot, so if anything feels awkward, that feeling will be magnified later.

Check out the handlebars and ergonomics. Do the controls feel right? Have one of our sales people to show you the adjustments so that your get a good feel for the controls. Also, make sure you take the time to stand up in the footwells. It should feel natural and comfortable with your hands on the handlebar.

Your choice of watercraft will depend on how you will use it. If you’ll be using the watercraft to tow a tube or wakeboarding, make sure you have plenty of horsepower and a good aft-facing spotter seat with grab handles.

If you’re looking for transportation out to your cottage or to get to your favorite camping island, your top selling points might be fuel capacity and storage. Also be sure to ask about convenient amenities like cup holders, easy-to-climb boarding ladders, and soft non-skid decking. At Maxim we want your summer lake experience to be the best. Come in and talk to us. We can show you the wide range of watercraft to make great memories on our Texas lakes.

Olympia High Vis JacketLast Wednesday I purchased a new Olympia riding jacket from Maxim. I have wanted one of these ever since I saw a group of riders wearing a high-vis yellow jackets. I could see these riders literally from a mile away but the other riders in the group seemed to get lost in the background. I thought “if a jacket makes you that visible I want one.” So yesterday I rode the VFR to Sherman to have lunch with my dad. After lunch I rode over to my mom’s assisted living place to check on her. I walked in and I walked to the dining area to check and see if she is still at lunch. (She was not.) As I walked by a table and one of the inmates asked me “what kind of uniform is that?” I had on my Olympia two piece riding suit with my newly acquired high-vis yellow jacket. “Uniform” I asked? He said “you must work for the highway department or somethin’!”

It16-Apr-2-GoRide has come to my attention that there are motorcycle riders that have never taken their bike on a road trip. There are few things you can do with a motorcycle that are more rewarding than a motorcycle trip. You don’t have to spend weeks in the saddle headed to exotic locations and you don’t have to rough it, unless you want to. Weekend getaways, that include an overnight stay can be just as rewarding as a cross country jaunt especially if it is your first time. Here are a few tips that can make touring by motorcycle safe and rewarding.

If you plan a long day’s ride and aren’t accustomed to riding for more than just a few hours a day, don’t jump right into a road trip. Try taking some practice rides to get used to being on a bike for longer periods of time or cut your travel time down to more manageable bits. The more prepared you can be for how endless six or seven hours is going to feel, the better. Wind protection goes a long way toward making your ride a pleasant one.

Fighting the wind for two or three hours at highways speeds gets exhausting. Five, six, and seven hours into riding, it’s even worse. A windshield helps cut the wind and fight fatigue. Make an investment in comfort. On my VFR I have added a comfy aftermarket seat, raised the handlebars and lowered the foot pegs. These changes do not take away from the handling or the fun of the bike but they make the “sport” riding position a little more neutral. The result is a bike I can ride hour after hour.

Prepare for the weather. You may think it’s hot at home when you leave but will it be the same in the mountains? Clear skies have a habit of developing clouds and dropping rain. Be sure to take something warm along with your riding gear. Layers are best. Also pack a rain suit. A cheap rain suit is better than no rain suit. Trust me on this one. Not only will a rain suit keep you dry it will also keep you warm by keeping the damp frigid air at bay.

Wear ear plugs. Nothing saps your good mood and ruins you hearing like the wind noise droning in your helmet. Rest is as important as riding and making good time. Take some time and stop. A motorcycle trip is not a marathon (unless your are riding the Iron Butt.) Stop and smell the roses, pull over for interesting attractions or just to stretch your legs. Frequent stops will keep you fresh and riding longer.

Technology is your friend. A helmet equipped with Bluetooth, for example, can link you to your phone and not only play music but receive calls, follow GPS directions, and allow rider-to-rider communications. If you have never been on an overnight ride make this the year you go. If you haven’t been trippin in a while make plans to get out there again. You will be glad you did.

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What is a 360fly action camera? A normal camera, like your point and shoot GoPro or cell phone shoots one picture in one direction. The 360fly Action Camera shoots a panorama around a 360 degree lens. It’s like a single eye recording everything in its field of vision. Mount it on your helmet and you’ll record everything above and on all sides of you and your bike.

Once you capture the video on the 360fly, you send the footage back to the app on your phone. You can view it like a regular video but you can move your phone around to see different parts of the 360-degree capture. The shot and the viewer make it just like being there. For instance, if you hold the phone in front of you can see straight ahead. If you spin the phone around you can see behind you.

You can even use a Google Cardboard Virtual Reality (VR) viewer. Just put the app into VR mode and then, as you move your head around, the screen just shows the point of view you’d be looking at if you were actually there inside the scene.
It is easy to share your 360 videos online using only your phone. You can use the 360fly app to edit your clips and then publish them to Twitter or Facebook.

For deeper sharing, upload your clips to the 360fly website using your computer. The site will automatically generate an embedded code for you, so posting the scene to your own blog is as easy as embedding a YouTube clip, only viewers are given the ability to freely scroll through a scene in full 360 degrees, exploring virtually any point of view.

If you are a GoPro user and you have GoPro mounts all over your bike and helmet then you are in luck. The 360fly takes the same mounting system as a GoPro camera. If you want to take your pictures to the next level or if you want to experiment with VR then you should definitely get a 360fly. You don’t have to go all over town to find one. We have them in stock at Maxim.

Olympia Airglide 4 jackets and Airglide 3 pants

In the month of February, Maxim Honda Yamaha has Olympia Airglide 4 jackets and Airglide 3 pants on sale for 30% OFF. This is a great deal and I will tell you why. Summer or winter I live in my Olympia Airglide riding gear. Wearing my Olympia Airglide jacket and pants in the winter is a sure thing. The waterproof liner blocks the wind and keeps me warm but what about the summer? The warm weather is when the Olympia Airglide really shines. With venting and open mesh panels the Olympia Airglide combines the armor protection necessary for great riding gear with the cooling effects of a much lighter pant and jacket. In the hottest Texas summer weather my Olympia Airglide pants are as cool as riding in shorts and oh, so much more practical. The Olympia Airglide gear can take you from just over freezing all the way to temperatures over 100 degrees. That’s a pretty versatile suit if you ask me. I travel with mine and pretty much live in it on the road but it is more than a traveling suit. I can slip it on over street clothes if I need to do that. I can wear the jacket and pants over light undergarments if I want all day riding comfort. Sometimes you can ride over mountain passes and the temperatures drop more than 20 degrees. The Olympia Airglide is perfect for this. I just zip up and I am comfortable. So far I have not had to test the durability of the Olympia Airglide safety features but there are plenty of riders who have. You can check out the testimonials at the Olympia site. Do not wait to take advantage of Maxim’s Olympia Airglide sale. When the current stock is gone the sale is over.

Gyde Supply & Gerbing'sIn 1975 a man named Gordon Gerbing decided there had to be a better way to ride a bike in cold weather. He set about developing and perfecting heated thermovelocity gear for riders that did not want to stop riding just because it gets a little cool. Today Gerbing’s tradition of innovation is carried by the Gyde Supply and offered to you by Maxim Honda Yamaha.

They start the process by sewing a Microwire onto a special pad to create the heat. The pads are then sewn into the piece of clothing and surrounded by a microfiber insulation to hold the heat in next to the rider. Currently, the company uses a waterproof nanowire material that is sewn into their clothing and incorporates plugs and connections for a better look while providing optimal heat in cold riding conditions.

Every year Gerbing brings new ideas to life and creates superior products that combine leading technologies with patented materials and designs to form clothing that performs for the wearer. Their latest innovation is the Gyde Thermogauge 12V Bluetooth Controller. This allows you to control temperature with your smart phone!

Gyde has taken the Powered by Gerbing Microwire technology a step further by adding wireless heat control. They have developed the Bluetooth powered Thermogauge adapter plus a user friendly app for your iOS or Android device. Now you can pair multiple 7 volt or 12 volt garments and seamlessly manage your heat at any time and any place right on your smartphone. In short, Maxim Honda Yamaha has the latest heated gear that feature:

  • Wireless control of the heat within each garment through four optimized heat settings
  • Once temperature is set, the Thermogauge will maintain that temperature throughout use (12V only)
  • Compatible with virtually all 12V Motorcycle Heated Products/Brands

Getting out and hitting the road for extended rides are what motorcycles are all about. We are fortunate here in this part of Texas to have a number of different destinations from the Hill Country to the Ozarks within weekend striking distance. Going places on a motorcycle requires a bit of preparation and planning but it’s not too daunting. Motorcycles are considerably more reliable than they used to be and gone are the days when a full tool kit plus a change of fluids was a traveling necessity. There are a few items to check however.

First, Tires: a marginal tire around town is a bald tire after several hours on the road at speed. Good rubber is important for care free riding. Have a Maxim mechanic check your bike over. He is trained to spot problems before they become road side emergencies. Packing: At Maxim Honda Yamaha we have all kinds of luggage options to fit you and your choice of destination. From huge expandable tank bags that will swallow your whole wardrobe to saddlebags and convenient top boxes and bag liners. Maxim Honda Yamaha has luggage solutions to fit every rider and budget.

Plan Your Trip: Take a little time and research your destination. You don’t want to ride into the middle of a rally or wildflower festival and find that there is no room at the inn. Remember getting there is half the fun. The interstate may be the quickest but that state highway that looks like a squiggly line on the map, might just be more fun. Take your time, enjoy the ride, be safe and above all have fun.

SL125 Honda Like My Old One

I was bitten by the motorcycle bug in the 7th grade. I was sitting in my English class when a friend passed a booklet to me under the table. I would never be the same. It was the full Triumph model catalog for 1974. Each page folding out as a single 11” x 17” color image and each page displayed a picture, in full color, of one bike only. From the T150 Hurricane to the 500 cc Trophy Trail it was an exciting introduction into, what looked to me like, a world of pure adventure. From that time on I knew I had to have a motorcycle.

A school mate sold me a well used and broken Honda SL125 that he had ridden to death. I shelled out my entire college savings fund of $90 to purchase that bike. I also braved the wrath of my parents who saw in that bike the seeds of my destruction. I fixed that sad little motorcycle and learned a lot along the way. For the attention I gave it, I was paid back many times over. We lived several blocks from a power line easement that cut a path through North Dallas. It was a dirt bike highway allowing for miles of off road riding with only the occasional busy street to push across. It became my joy, my magic carpet and my ticket to adventure.

Many years and many bikes later I still get that feeling when I ride. I ride because I can’t imagine doing anything else.

Did you know that Maxim Honda Yamaha offers some of the best financing in the industry on our full line of new and pre-owned bikes. We have great competitive rates from Honda Finance with some as low as 0.9% for qualified buyers. We also offer competitive rates of motorcycle and watercraft insurances so be sure to shop Maxim for a quote before you try the other guys.