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What You Need to Know Before You Buy a Motorcycle



What You Need to Know Before You Buy a Motorcycle

After careful consideration, you’ve decided to get a motorcycle. Great! Riding is a proven way to save on fuel while getting to know the area where you live, but it’s important to go into the purchase process with the right information. From insurance and safety concerns to buying tips, we’ve made a list of things to think about when buying a bike.

Getting the Right Training

Taking a training course is a crucial step to take before you buy a motorcycle. Even if you’ve had a bit of experience on two wheels, training will provide the skills and preparation necessary for a smooth and safe ride every time.

Obtaining a Motorcycle License

In most places, riders must have a motorcycle endorsement or license before they can hit the road legally. You’ll likely need to take both written and road tests, during which you’ll apply what you learned during a Motorcycle Safety Foundation safety course. While the requirements vary from one state to another, it usually doesn’t cost much or take too long to get a motorcycle license.

Finding the Right Fit

Bikes come in numerous sizes and shapes and, much like automobiles, there’s something for everyone. For instance, if you’re used to driving a pickup, a compact car simply won’t do. You’ll have to make similar considerations when choosing a motorcycle. Test out different models to see how they look and feel. At the very least, you should be able to put both feet on the ground and keep the bike upright during stops. Keep your riding plans in mind, as that information will help you choose the right bike size and type.

Selecting a Style

Picking a motorcycle is a highly personal choice during which riders must consider where, when, and why they’re on the road. Are agility and speed the most important qualities? A sport bike may be the right pick. Do you plan to take long road trips? Touring bikes may be the way to go. Or maybe you need a bike that can do it all. At American Motorcycle Trading Co., we’re here to help you find the right fit for the open road or a quick run to the store.

Setting a Budget and Sticking to It

Whether you’re buying outright or financing a new or used bike, establishing a price range is essential. It’s all too easy to be drawn in by the best-looking and newest bikes, but flashy looks don’t always make for the right fit. Setting a budget, considering insurance and gear costs, and finding financing options before starting the search will help you stay on track.

Taking a Test Ride

While any bike can feel good for a short cruise, riding longer distances is another matter. Test riding a potential purchase is crucial. By scheduling a test ride, you’ll learn what to expect and prevent an impulse decision from turning into a regrettable purchase.

Getting on the Road

With a little research and some planning, any rider can find a great starter bike. Consider these factors, stay safe, and above all, make every ride a fun one! For help finding the right bike for any riding style, preference, and budget, count on the team at American Motorcycle Trading Co. for help and advice.


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quantum wormholes United Kingdom has potentially figured out



United Kingdom has potentially figured out quantum wormholes

Vice reports that a physicist working at the University of Bristol in the UK has potentially discovered quantum wormholes. Researcher Hatim Salih has proposed an experiment that makes a type of teleportation called “counter-transportation” realistically feasible. However, this isn’t exactly the Star Trek transporter many sci-fi fans have dreamed of over the years. Here’s everything you need to know about Salih’s quantum wormhole experiment.

Salih’s quantum wormhole is a huge scientific breakthrough.

The general theory of relativity of the famous scientist Albert Einstein affirms that hypothetical “bridges” are possible between two points in space-time. However, since 1935, when Einstein presented his theory, the existence of wormholes has been purely hypothetical. However, Salih’s experiment paves the potential way to achieve the longstanding goal of traversing a rift in space-time.

Counterportation comes from “counterfactual” and “transportation” and while similar to teleportation, the two terms are not synonymous. “Counterportation gives you the end goal of recreating an object in space,” Salih said. “[B] but we can make sure nothing happened.”

Although unfortunately, for Salih to achieve true counterportation, they’ll have to wait a few years. The quantum computers necessary to perform the task don’t exist yet in 2023. “If counterportation is to be realized, an entirely new type of quantum computer has to be built,” Salih said. However, development is underway, and Salih hopes to complete it in three to four years.

Wormholes are a classic trope of science fiction in popular media, if only because they provide such a handy futuristic plot device to avoid the issue of violating relativity with faster-than-light travel. In reality, they are purely theoretical. Unlike black holes—also once thought to be purely theoretical—no evidence for an actual wormhole has ever been found, although they are fascinating from an abstract theoretical physics perceptive. You might be forgiven for thinking that undiscovered status had changed if you only read the headlines this week announcing that physicists had used a quantum computer to make a wormhole, reporting on a new paper published in Nature.

Let’s set the record straight right away: This isn’t a bona fide traversable wormhole—i.e., a bridge between two regions of spacetime connecting the mouth of one black hole to another, through which a physical object can pass—in any real, physical sense. “There’s a difference between something being possible in principle and possible in reality,” co-author Joseph Lykken of Fermilab said during a media briefing this week. “So don’t hold your breath about sending your dog through a wormhole.” But it’s still a pretty clever, nifty experiment in its own right that provides a tantalizing proof of principle to the kinds of quantum-scale physics experiments that might be possible as quantum computers continue to improve.

“It’s not the real thing; it’s not even close to the real thing; it’s barely even a simulation of something-not-close-to-the-real-thing,” physicist Matt Strassler wrote on his blog. “Could this method lead to a simulation of a real wormhole someday? Maybe in the distant future. Could it lead to making a real wormhole? Never. Don’t get me wrong. What they did is pretty cool! But the hype in the press? 

The success of this experiment could change the field of physics forever. 

Additionally, Salih posits that this work is tantamount to the particle acceleration work at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN). “This work will be in the spirit of the multi-billion ventures that exist to witness new physical phenomena,” Salih said. “[…] But at a fraction of the resources.” 

The ultimate goal of the quantum wormhole experiment is to “explore fundamental questions about the universe,” Salih says. And if successful, the experiment could allow scientists to research “higher dimensions.” 

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