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

 

We are making changes to our regular hours for Thanksgiving but we are excited to be open for Black Friday!

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On Wednesday November 25th we will be closing our doors at 4:00 PM. We will remain closed Thanksgiving Day but we will be open on Black Friday 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

Our hours for this week will follow:

  • Tuesday November 24th 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday November 25th 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Thursday November 26th Thanksgiving Day CLOSED
  • Black Friday November 27th 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
  • Saturday November 28th 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Honda Pioneer 1000 5 Deluxe

November 18th, 2015

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With the Pioneer 1000 you get reliable power and performance with the 999cc twin-cylinder engine which utilizes the same Unicam cylinder head design found in Honda’s legendary motocross bikes. This class leading side by side features electronic fuel injection and the industry’s first 6 speed Dual Clutch Transmission. This unique feature allows you to choose between manual mode or fully automatic plus the addition of Sport Mode for a full performance driving experience. Honda also equipped this machine with steering column mounted paddle shifters so you can shift without ever taking your hands off the wheel. When driving in automatic mode this feature also allows you to override the current gear if necessary. The Pioneer 1000 is capable of tacking any big job with a 2000 pound towing capacity. This revolutionary machine handles tough terrain with high/low sub transmission, independent front and rear suspension, four wheel drive, and the option of electronic power steering (available on Pioneer 1000 5’s and Pioneer 1000 EPS). The Pioneer 1000 is capable of operating on sensitive surfaces when the driver selects Turf Mode making it the most well rounded side by side available. To top it all off the Pioneer 1000 is built right here in America at Honda’s plant in Timmonsville, South Carolina.

We are making deals here at Maxim Honda Yamaha on the Pioneer 1000 Deluxe come grab one before they are gone!

Resurgence Gear

November 11th, 2015

Kaitlyn B.


 

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Sometimes we don’t want to wear a full leather racing suit to meet friends for dinner. We might rather wear soft jeans and a nice jacket! Instead of sacrificing protection to ride in comfort  opt for something which is comfortable and offers high end protection such as Resurgence Gear. Resurgence Gear offers motorcycle jeans, jackets, and hoodies reinforced with Kevlar and the industry leading Knox armors for impact protection. Just like the jeans you can find in any department store Resurgence offers many different washes and styles to suit every rider. Their Rocker jacket features a soft hand cotton twill with a full silk inner liner. Of course, don’t be fooled by the comfort of this jacket as it is fully equipped with Knox CE flexiform shoulder and elbow liners and a CE back protector. For added protection this jacket also features Pekev lining patches on the elbows and shoulders for the best abrasion resistance. This gear is definitely a must have for any rider come by and check it out!