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Best Party Coves in the U.S. (Part I)

If you’re looking for party coves with a great view and an adrenaline rush then chimney rock is the place for you. 

For many of us, there’s no place we’d rather be on a hot summer day than floating our boat in our favorite body of water. From lakes, bays, channels, and rivers to the vast open ocean, we’re always searching for the perfect place to drop anchor. Since many of you already know how to party on a boat, there’s only one question that remains: where to party? Get going set your navigation, these are some of the best party coves in the U.S.

Chimney Rock, Lake Martin, AL

First up on our list, we head down south to sweet home Alabama. Only accessible by water, Chimney Rock on Lake Martin is a popular hangout for adrenaline junkies of all ages. If you’re interested in doing a little cliff jumping, this is the place. With a 60-foot drop to the bottom, thrill-seekers won’t be disappointed. If you’d rather stay on the boat and drink a cold one, don’t forget to check out the scenery. You can’t miss Chimney Rock’s array of graffiti—a full collection painted by Auburn-Alabama rivals and other local teens to show off their school spirit.

Bridgewater Channel, Lake Havasu, AZ

If you’re looking for party coves, go to Lake Havasu. You won’t want to miss Bridgewater Channel, a half-mile stretch of waterway between London Bridge and Rotary Park. Famous for being featured on MTV’s spring break coverage not just once, but on multiple occasions, Lake Havasu isn’t for the faint of heart. For boaters who aren’t quite ready to get into the “spring break” mindset, we’d suggest avoiding Lake Havasu around the month of March. Otherwise, this 43-sq. mile-long body of water is one of the State’s most popular recreational attractions with water temperatures ranging between 75-85 degrees.

Devil’s Cove, Lake Travis, TX

Last but not least, we round up our list at Devil’s Cove on Lake Travis. You know what they say; everything’s bigger in Texas, so we expect a lot out of this party cove. Luckily, Devil’s Cove doesn’t disappoint. Forget party boats, instead, think party barge. Then, add waterslides, sound systems, barbecue pits, and margarita machines. 

Top Beginner Motorcycles (Part I)

If you just learning how to ride then you need beginner motorcycles to start with.

Riding a motorcycle is somewhat like riding a bike. You must learn how. But when you do, you never forget. However, riding a motorcycle can be a little more difficult than learning to ride a classic bicycle. No need to be discouraged, though. Selecting your beginner motorcycles wisely can help you have a smoother learning experience, so you can eventually move on to premium bikes (or an entire collection!)

The list is based on things such as stability, overall performance, maneuverability, total weight, and seat position. Here are some favorites for those of you that are novices in the bike world:

Yamaha YZF-R3

Yamaha design and build powerful bikes that are famous for having great ergonomics and sporty frames. The YZF-R3 is a good choice for beginners since it is lightweight and easy to handle but still packs a punch with its advanced forged piston design. The seat is positioned for a sports-style riding position that is comfortable and offers you the most total control possible. 

The flat seat helps even beginners position their feet firmly on the ground during stops and enhances balance, which is excellent for new riders. Disc brakes give you dependable stopping power every time. There are three color choices and a host of accessories to make this bike your own. This is one of the more low-cost beginner motorcycles on the market, at the bottom of the lower price range. Though, don’t mistake it for cheaply made.

KTM 390 Duke

The 390 Duke by KTM features a top-notch, single-cylinder engine with optimal performance at low to medium torque, making it a great choice for first-time riders. The bike is incredibly slim and lightweight, so it is easy to handle at any speed by any driver. 

The seat is high and curved to provide good stability, comfort, and control. The steel frame provides durability and an attractive touch that is complemented by the bold colors and sporty, geometric style. This bike falls in the lower price range, but it doesn’t look or ride like a cheap bike.

 

The Best Drones with Cameras (Part II)

These drones with cameras have capabilities you wouldn’t believe.

DJI Mavic Mini

DJI has done it again. The drone manufacturing juggernaut just released the Mavic Mini which is their smallest and lightest drone yet. This is DJI’s first model that weighs just 249 grams. Thus making it exempt from the FAA’s requirement to register any drone that weighs 250 grams or more. For its small size (around the size of a smartphone) DJI has done an incredible job packing the Mavic Mini with a large array of features making it one of the best drones with cameras. 

The popular foldable design from the Mavic series also shows up in the Mini. Which makes it one of the top tech portable drones with cameras on the market. With a 30-minute flight time, 12-megapixel camera, and a three-axis gimbal it will be hard to find a comparable aircraft in this size and cost range. 

Pilots have the choice to select from pre-programmed flight maneuvers like Circle, Rocket, Dronie, and Helix. GPS receivers and downward visual positioning sensors make the drone simple to work with. This drone is a good choice for hobbyists who want DJI tech in an affordable package.

U49WF FPV Camera Drone

The U49WF FPV Camera Drone boasts altitude-hold and a first-person-view (FPV) screen with Camera Live Video, so you can see exactly what the HD camera of your drone sees in real-time.

It also comes with an extra battery to help you fly for even longer before needing to charge, and an outstanding 720p camera for live video and clear HD pictures.

F111WF Folding Drone

The F111WF Folding Drone is an economical drone that is exceptional for traveling due to its folding arm design usually found on high-end drones.

The live stream allows the drone operator to see what the drone is seeing through your smartphone via the mobile app. The extra battery, propeller guards, and propellers that are included make this the ideal camera drone.

 

The Best Drones with Cameras (Part I)

Here are two of the best drones with cameras.

DJI Mavic 2 Pro

The DJI Mavic 2 Pro is one of the best drones for most folks for a few reasons. It a joy to fly, it has a big sensor, and the foldable design makes it portable. 

The DJI Mavic 2 Pro is one of the most famous drone models on the market due to its compact size and a big array of intelligent features. With a professional-grade camera from Swedish camera manufacturer Hasselblad; the CMOS sensor, Hasselblad camera provides 20-megapixel photography with enriched HDR and color sensitivity.

This drone may be little, but it is ideal for photographers, videographers, and web creators just to name a few. Its portable design makes it an essential companion for travel bloggers, documentary compilers, and commercial drone pilots in any industry.

The Mavic 2 Pro is excellent for content creators, pro photographers, and videographers. Its portability makes it a vital companion for commercial drone pilots, travel bloggers, and documentary compilers in any sector.

DJI Mavic 2 Zoom

The Mavic 2 Zoom has brand new zooming abilities. The 24mm zoom lens has 2x optical zoom and 2x digital zoom, giving photographers and filmmakers more flexibility when it comes to framing their shots. It also has an upgraded QuickShot mode with the fun and creative Dronie, Circle, Helix, Rocket, Boomerang, and Asteroid and Dolly Zoom flight modes. Due to its many features and capabilities, this is one of the best drones with a camera. 

Both the Mavic 2 Pro and the Zoom have enhanced tracking abilities, but the Zoom takes it up a level. With Hybrid Autofocus, the Zoom boosts autofocus speed by up to 40% with better accuracy.

If the image quality is your main priority, then you may opt to get the Mavic 2 Pro over the Zoom

The Zoom’s camera system is still professional-grade even though it comes with a 1/2.3” CMOS, 12-megapixel sensor.

The Basics of Drag Racing (Part I)

Drag racing can be fun and exciting but it’s important to be safe also.

First, what is “drag racing”? In the humblest terms, drag racing is a sport where two cars compete side-by-side in an acceleration contest. Both drivers go in a straight line from a standing start to a finish line. The first to cross the finish line wins the race. Competition is part machine and part driver.

You drag race on a dragstrip according to performance safety rules. The construction and design of the dragstrip allow racing to commence under the safest possible setting for the drivers and spectators. 

The track safety walls, surface, fences, staging lanes and return road are set according to strict standards. Race procedures have to conform to long-established industry standards. Insurance carrier and sanctioning body guidelines must be closely followed to guarantee a fair, safe, and fun racing experience for all that attend or participate.

Drag racing is a sport

The Racer

No special skills are necessary. In the sport of drag racing, any licensed driver can participate. Kids as young as 9 years old compete in Junior Drag League events and some as old as 80 race at local tracks nationwide. Driving skills develop with every race. The full performance abilities of a car are tested while a driver learns a vehicle’s characteristics.

The Tree

A drag race is started using a device called a “Christmas Tree” that stands around 40 feet ahead of the start line. As the vehicles come to the starting line, the drivers are beckoned to stage their vehicles and begin the race by watching the colored bulbs light up in sequence.

While both vehicles might leave together on the green light, a driver’s reaction time from when the green comes on will be a factor in the race. If one vehicle stays on the starting line after the green comes on, the other car will gain an advantage making it possible for the slower car to win the race.

Yamaha V Star 250 Cruiser

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The Yamaha V Star 250 Cruiser is a great choice for a beginner bike.

The Yamaha V Star  250 Cruiser motorcycle is another lightweight choice that is easy to handle and great gas mileage that is affordable. At around 78 miles per gallon, you can get around 200 miles between fill-ups. The super low-sitting seat helps offer an upright riding position that lets you feel the bike better and enhances your comfortability. 

If you love chrome, this bike is for you. It is capped on each end with quality chrome, including the handlebars, fenders, and stylish, low-profile mirrors. The 249cc V-twin engines offer all the power a beginner rider will require. The Yamaha V Star 250 Cruiser is one of the most low-cost bikes on the market, but it doesn’t falter in style or quality.

Choosing A Bike That Fits the Script

You must consider precisely what you would like to get out of your bike in order to decide which bike is for you. For example, you can find high powered sportbikes with plenty of torque, As well as a high-rise seat that is good for off-roading and trick riding on rugged terrain. 

Also, you can find low-riding monster bikes that have that old-school look and sounds that are comfortable and great for leisure cruises. If you are wanting something in between that is good for an everyday rider but will also be fun for turning tricks on the weekends, there are lots of mid-range bikes available too.

Honda Rebel 300

Honda’s Rebel 300 is an excellent beginner’s choice for power, value, and style. This bike sits lower than most bikes on the market, which makes it comfortable for commuting and cruising. The sporty engine is a lightweight, fuel-injected, single-cylinder model. It has mid-range power and torque, making this bike easy to handle. 

The blackout aesthetic and steel fenders produce a look that catches the eye. The widened front wheel makes a stable platform and improves stopping power, which makes this bike good for learning. 

Top Beginner Motorcycles (Part IV)

As a beginner, you need to find motorcycles that are lightweight and simple to drive.

Yamaha Bolt Cruiser

These motorcycles have a slim body and low-riding seat that offers a comfortable ride, even on long-distance trips. In addition it’s lightweight enough even for beginners to manage with ease. The bike has a big, 3.4-gallon fuel tank, meaning you have to fuel up less frequently. 

The bike is a good base for customizations. So, you can make a bike that is totally your own that still houses the speed and dependability that Yamaha provides. This Yamaha Cruiser is at the lower end of the middle price point, which gives you a perfect quality bike with lots left in your wallet.

Bonneville T120 Triumph

This bike is born of the original Bonneville style motorcycles, so it has a look that is timeless and classic. The 1200cc twin-parallel high torque engine has lots of power to get you where you need to go, while the seat is mid-range, meaning you obtain a good balance between control and a relaxed riding position. The heated grips, handcrafted chrome detailing, and 160 available accessories, this bike is no eyesore. The Bonneville T120 falls in the middle price range, and Triumph offers a lot of quality for the cost.

Honda CB1100 Ex

This bike is an attractive choice for beginners due to its style and easy maneuverability. Honda outdid themselves with a seamless gas tank on a sturdy and timeless steel chassis, which makes for a clean and classic looking ride. 

The triple-disc brakes will aid you in stopping on a dime. The engine takes a new spin on Honda’s famous incline-four engine by adding a cooling system and a more modern “blackout” aesthetic. This all pairs well with the classic frame, complete with chrome fenders and round headlight. This bike sits on the higher end of the middle price range but is packed with enough value and durability to be your everyday rider for a long time.

 

Top Beginner Motorcycles (Part III)

Harley Davidson has the top beginner motorcycles.

Harley Davidson Sportster Iron 883

If you know something about bikes, you’ve heard the name Harley. We don’t have to tell you that they design some of the most stylish, powerful, and reliable bikes on the market. Many Harley’s are souped-up for the pros, but that doesn’t stop the company from creating a few bikes that are easily handled by a new rider. As a matter of fact, they have some of the top beginner motorcycles around. 

The Sportster Iron 883 is a good example and has a lowered suspension that is comfortable and stable for all riders. You can expect to ride for miles thanks to Harley Davidson for equipping it with the 883cc air-cool engine.  

The drag-style dropped back handlebars create an old-school look that turns heads. The bike is available in many colors and supports the anti-chrome, blacked-out style. The bike sits in the middle of the price range. It has a little bit of a higher price point than many other choices for beginners. But with a Harley Davidson, you really get what you pay for.

Suzuki SV650

This bike is the epitome of an old-school sports bike, but with a touch of modern style. The bike runs on a 645cc V-twin Engine that offers clean, consistent power. This bike provides low emissions and great fuel economy. It’s also lightweight enough to be easy to handle during an evening cruise or a sporty terrain, even for beginners. Making it one of the top beginner motorcycles. 

The Low RPM Assist feature to adjust the engine to help stop stalling, which is good if you are just learning to ride.  The slim-frame motorcycle is made entirely of steel for a look that is stylish and a bike that is timeless. At the very top of the affordability range, this bike is both low-cost and high in value.

This is the number one choice for any rider that desires a naked bike with a scent of retro/cafe racer looks. It is also quite light and therefore manageable for female riders too.

Top Beginner Motorcycles (Part II)

These are some of the best motorcycles for people just learning how to ride.

Kawasaki Ninja 300

The Kawasaki Ninja 300 is among the top motorcycles to choose from. It’s really lightweight, creating an easy ride. Though, the little frame has a lot of power and includes Digital Fuel Injection technology that offers smooth throttle control and a 296cc parallel-twin cylinder engine. 

Enjoy good gas mileage with this bike, up to 66 mpg. The big digital multi-function display paired with the streamlined sporty look makes this bike appear modern and sleek, and it’s a very easy ride for those who are just getting their bike legs. This bike is another affordable choice for beginners, falling in the low-price range.

Scrambler Ducati Desert Sled

This bike is designed for off-road but delivers a smooth highway ride too. The seat is positioned way higher than many average bikes for better balance and control. The suspension is fully adjustable and fastened to a reinforced steel frame for increased durability, even on rugged terrain. 

Electronic Fuel Injection paired with 6-speed straight cut gears provides a smoother and consistent ride. Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tires and spoked wheels provide great stability for beginners. These motorcycles fall somewhere in the middle price range and offers plenty of quality for the cost.

Honda CRF250L Rally

Honda’s bikes are all made for speed, but this bike has that and way more. An increase in fuel tank size means fewer stops to fill up, and the small frame is perfect for smaller riders or for beginners who like more maneuverability. The seat sits high enough to give you great control but low enough that you can sit upright, which makes for more comfortable long-distance commutes. 

The Rally includes a few luxury add-ons that the standard CRF250L doesn’t have, like handguards, a windscreen, skid plate, and increased suspension adjustments. All this, paired with extra fairing and side panels and twin headlights, creates a rally-style bike that is timeless. This bike is affordable but packs more punch than other bikes in the low-cost range.

 

Best Party Coves in the U.S. (Part III)

These party coves in the U.S. are sure to put a smile on your face.

Party Cove, Lake of The Ozarks, MO

What used to be referred to as Anderson Hollow Cove in the Lake of the Ozarks is now well known as Party Cove. Out of all the places on the list, none of the party coves in the U.S. will be quite like this one. Did we mention that the Lake of the Ozarks just so happens to be the spot of one of the hottest high-performance boating events in the nation? The yearly Lake of the Ozarks Shootout, held at the end of August, has been called the “mother of aquatic top-speed events.” 

Big Island, Lake Minnetonka, MN

In the Land of 10,000 Lakes, Big Island on Lake Minnetonka is the spot to party. In 1906, Big Island was home to its own amusement park with a carousel, roller coaster, and a music pavilion. After some money problems, the amusement park closed down in 1911. Which made way for a private veteran’s camp to open years later. Years after that, Big Island was sold again and later named a public nature park. 

While the faces and names have come and gone, Big Island has never lost its spirit to the party. Every year on Independence Day, you’ll find no lack of boaters looking to have a good time at one of the awesome party coves in the U.S. Of course, no shortage of law enforcement doing their part to guarantee that happens in a law-abiding, safe manner.

Zephyr Cove, Lake Tahoe, NV

After showing plenty of love to our East Coast and Midwestern boaters, it’s time to head out west to see how the Left Coast parties. One particular party cove draws in the crowds on this side of the country: Zephyr Cove on Lake Tahoe. This social oasis has luxury resorts, beachside bars, sand volleyball and more. You may even find a waterside DJ booth. As summers come to an end on Lake Tahoe, the party doesn’t stop. Party crowds move from the water to bigpantsmouse.com the slopes. 

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