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Team Latus Motors will be hosting @ A Moment's Notice's popular Concealed Handgun Classes. Get your concealed firearm permits for Oregon, Arizona, Florida and Utah! Here is some feedback from class attendees:
"Great class! A one stop shop that allowed us to get not only the Utah CCW, but also Arizona and Oregon and cover all states we plan to cross to winter in Nevada or Arizona."
"OUTSTANDING class! Looking forward to attending more in the near future. Thanks! One Happy customer!"
"Nice job. Kept my attention. Real professional."
Classes will be held for the next three months at Latus Motors in Gladstone October 13, November 10th and December 8th. Register at cfputah.com.
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Mother nature greeted us with rain on the day of our June poker run so we're having a "do over".
Mark your calendars. The Rose City H.O.G. "Do Over" Poker Run will take place Saturday, Sept 29th, 2012. All riders and bikes are welcome!
Where: Grand Central Restaurant and Bowling Lounge
808 SE Morrison St.
Portland, OR 97214
When: Sign in from 9:00 am - 10:00 am.
Last bike out at 10:00 am.
Last bike in at 2:30 pm.
Cost per person: 1 hand for $10
3 hands for $15
5 hands for $20
Ride pin to the first 125 registrants.
Prizes for Best and Worst hands.
Concept Entertainment Group and Latus Motors Harley-Davidson
Click here for the flyer.
This is an OPEN event. Open events are those chapter events which are open to chapter members, national H.O.G. members and other guests as desired.
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Technology has come a long way with regard to lighting. We no longer have to literally light our headlamps, but can project light hundreds of feet down the road with just the flick of a switch. We are no longer limited to one manufacturer, nor are we limited to one projection length, level of brightness, or beam shape. The options are unlimited, and oh so confusing. Today we are going to tackle the Light Emitting Diode (LED), and to do that, we need to summon our inner geek.
The simplest way to describe an LED is that it is a constant short that makes light; we are going to get a little deeper than that, though. What is a diode? A diode is the simplest form of semiconductor, and a semiconductor is a material with the ability to conduct electrical current. LED's are typically made from aluminum-gallium-arsenide. In its purest form, all of the atoms bond perfectly together with no free electrons to conduct electrical current. Most semiconductors have atoms of another material added to it in a process called doping. Doping changes the balance, either by adding free electrons or creating holes. Either way, it changes the conductivity of the material.
A semiconductor with extra electrons is called N-type material that is negatively charged, and one with extra holes is called a P-type material that is positively charged. Both types are attracted to their opposite. LED's are made of a section of N-type material attached to a section of P-type material with electrodes attached. With no electricity, the N-type material fills in the holes in the P-type material. When you add electricity in the correct direction, the material is attracted to its opposite, and this moving of electrons creates photons, which produce light.
LED's create a lot of internal heat, and need a heat sync to control it. A good LED will have a computer to monitor the temperature and control it by turning the light on and off, a process called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM), at roughly 250 times a second. The more LED's you have, the more heat and draw you create. They do create significantly less heat than Halogen, but still enough heat to need
assistance with cooling.
In the not-so distant past, LED's were limited to a very bright light that didn't project. These are typically forward-facing LED's. These require a lot of LED's, and with more LED's, comes more heat. You were limited to pointing the LED in the direction you wanted it to shine with a hard to control beam pattern. Rear-facing LED's allow the beam to be controlled using the reflector. This technology allows the use of a smaller LED and allows for fine-tuning a specific pattern of light and projection length. Led bulbs are much more durable than halogen bulbs, provide more output and consume far less power.
PIAA has both types of LED available for both motorcycles and cars. The 530 is a rear-facing LED that is great for driving and fog, and the 1100 LED is a forward-facing LED that is recommended for just fog. Harley Davidson's forward-facing LED headlamp replacement and passing lamp replacements paired with PIAA's LED lamps make riding in the dark a worry of the past.
Advantages to LED bulbs:
longevity—a standard LED bulb without heat-sync technology will typically last 25,000+ hours.
PIAA LED's generally get 50-60,000 hours.
low draw—the PIAA 530 LED uses two 3-watt LED's that produce 6,000 Kelvin (sunlight is about 5,250 kelvin)
cooler running temperature than halogen
Disadvantages to LED's:
Cost LED's can cost 3-4 times a Halogen bulb.
Tune in next week to get geeky with us on Halogen before deciding what type of lighting is best for you!
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IronHead Steve Sayz:
There are more people out there in the real world that have never driven a Motorcycle. Lots of them would love to become riders but are hesitant to take that first "leap-of-faith" That is where "JUMPSTART™" comes in. If you haven't figured it out from my hazy pictures; JUMPSTART™ allows a non-rider to get the feel of riding a Motorcycle with out any nervousness. With this ingenious device, the customer can pick out his or her machine, climb aboard and pretend that they are JAX or GEMMA from Sons of Anarchy without all the down falls (puns intended). You can shift, listen to the rumble of the exhaust, brake, accelerate, feel the motor, take pictures for your grandchildren (our your parents). This machine is guaranteed to put a huge silly-A$$ grim on your face. And who has this machine? Latus Harley-Davidson-of course.
Most of the readers of this discourse already ride but you all know of a friend or relative who is always asking "what is it like to ride?" Now you can send them to Latus Harley Motors. We will put them on "JUMPSTART™" and let them get a good, safe beginning of the answer to that question.
Call Internet Dave or Wirelesss Bob at 1-877-468-7587 with any questions or to schedule a test ride.
Not for you? Check out Latus Harley Davidson's entire inventory of used motorcycles!
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As technology improves, so do our toys. We find better and more efficient ways to improve things that we never knew needed improvement. Lighting is one of those things. Back in the day, lights ran on acetylene or oil, now we have the power to harness electrical-gas discharges to illuminate gas and metal salts in a High Intensity Discharge (HID). The trick is finding the correct draw for your application. Even a low-draw Light Emitting Diode (LED) can pull too much power for your system. We are going to talk about the two most prevalent and popular lights on the market: LED and Halogen. You'll learn something about them, and learn a few of your options.
The design of a headlight isn't coincidental, and isn't as easy as a mirror behind the bulb. Depending on the design, it can change the length of the beam, how far it travels down the road, and the shape of the beam as it falls on the ground. The original headlights were simply a flame with a smooth round back. They didn't send light very far down the road, and they weren't very bright. Researchers began to play with the glass and reflectors behind the bulb. Using different shapes in both the glass and housing, researchers were able to improve the distance and shape of the light. True to form, we find that tradition isn't always best; using the glass as the main light distortion they found that the total amount of light produced would be limited. In 1990 Honda found that a clear lens with distorted shapes on the reflector gave the best light, allowing more light out, and better control of the light. Contrary to conventional wisdom, manufacturers have flipped the bulb backwards and can achieve even greater beam length and shape control by using just reflector optics and improved bulb technology.
A standard Halogen bulb has a very yellow light. On the Kelvin Scale it ranks somewhere in the 3200 range. As you creep toward blue, the light becomes cleaner, and closer to sunlight at 5250 Kelvin. Everybody sees differently at night time, so I recommend seeing the different colors in the dark to experience how well you see with that color. LED and HID bulbs emit the cleanest light with HID bulbs hitting the 5000 Kelvin Range. Halogen, however, can come pretty darn close hitting 4100 Kelvin with today's technology.
The life of a bulb can range from as low as 500 hours to 40,000 hours of run time. Aside from reaching the life expectancy of the bulb, heat is the leading cause of a bulb failure. A Halogen bulb has typically a tungsten filament with a quartz casing. The amount of heat that a Halogen bulb emits would melt the casing if it were made from glass. There is usually some combination of five different halogen gases. LED's create their light by the movement of electrons in a semiconductor material, and HID produces its light by the movement of gas particles within the lamp.
Things to think about while picking the right lighting for you: when do you primarily ride? Do you ride often at night, or just when you're caught in it? Do you ride in areas where Bambi runs rampant? Do you already see really well at night? To get the best options for your answers to these questions, and get into the nitty gritty of Halogen vs LED, tune in next week to learn how an LED works, and what's available on the market.