Monday, March 17, 2014

Knobby Knife Breathes New Life Into Your Knobbies!


I was surprised and excited to hear about Knobby Knife from a riding buddy in Johnson Valley on a recent trip. He showed me his tires and described a tool revolutionary in its simplicity. He described a heated blade that allowed him to reshape his knobbies back to nice square blocks. It hit me all at once: why had I not heard of this?! Everyone knows you get some of your best riding on a fresh tire, and who wouldn't want to have that feeling over and over without having to pay for new tires and go through the hassle of changing them out? We all like to pretend we're monster mechanics that can have an off-road tire off a dirtbike in no time but come on, I know I have better things to do, like, oh, I don't know... ride!

Knobby Knife was created to cut your worn and rounded knobs on your off-road and dual sport motorcycle tires back to nice square edges. It is effectively a soldering iron with a nice big handle and a blade on the end. I've seen people suffer with razor blades, trying to get a little extra bite out of their old tires, but Knobby Knife eliminates the grunt needed with a razor blade by cutting through rubber like butter. Riders claim to be able to go over an entire rear tire in ten minutes after some practice.

Knobby Knife caught my eye because it's something the every-day rider can use to save a few bucks and stretch some mileage out of their tires. If you pay for racing out of your own pocket, Knobby Knife is probably a good addition to your tool box as well.

See pricing and availability here: http://www.solomotoparts.com/Knobby-Knife/

Ballistic Evo 2, Evo 3 Lithium Batteries

A few years back, Ballistic introduced one the first widely available light weight lithium batteries to the motorcycle aftermarket industry. Performance motorcycle enthusiasts no longer had to drag around heavy lead acid batteries and could upgrade to a ballistic battery to save, up to 9lbs in some cases, some serious weight. The Evo2, as they were called, were designed to be as light and compact as possible but they lacked OEM sizing; so, once installed, there was a large amount of unused space in the battery compartment. For most racers and performance junkies, this wasn't a big deal because lithium batteries wouldn't spill and could be used on the their sides or even upside down.

Like many new technologies, the early adopters understood the potential challenges and could live with any early issues (that have since been ironed out). Current Evo2 batteries now have a balance charging port that allows each individual lithium cell to be charged to full potential. We found this is the best way to charge a lithium battery, although they don't need to be charged often under normal usage conditions.
Now, in 2014, Ballistic has gone back to the drawing board and developed a new Evo3 battery that is designed to fit securely in your stock motorcycle battery box without modification. Essentially, it will drop in and now should provide the ease of use a traditional battery with the weight savings and longevity of a lithium battery (often lasting multiple times longer than a traditional lead acid).

Most motorcycle models will have three Ballistic battery options. The Evo is the lightest and smallest, designed for racers and performance junkies that want the lightest equipment possible. The Evo3 is OEM sized and designed for the every day rider seeking to extend the life of his traditional lead acid battery and save weight in the process. The Evo3 "upgrade" has the same features as the standard Evo3 but provides even more power for the adventure or cruiser rider that has additional electronics on board.

Ballistic Battery Features:
* Up to 80% smaller compared to your stock battery 
* Up to 10lbs lighter compared to your stock battery
* The service life of a ballistic battery is double compared to a lead acid battery operated in similar conditions
* Comes with an industry leading 3 year warranty
* Have been designed, developed, and assembled in the USA
* Comes with hard mounted terminals of brass for a direct replacement installation
* Use of absolutely dry technology to enable mounting of batteries in any direction 
* The product is non-toxic, recyclable, and can air shipped
* The product is for use in powersports vehicles from 50cc - 1800cc
* Batteries are tested extensively by professional race teams
* Impact and water resistant
* No requirement of special charger
* The batteries lose only 10% charger over a year of static use, hence there is no requirement for trickle charger

You can order Ballistic Batteries here:
http://www.solomotoparts.com/Ballistic-Battery/


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Best Dual Sport Mirrors Out There: Doubletake Mirrors

Doubletake Mirrors are hands down my favorite dual sport mirrors out there. Who cares what I think? Well, Dirt Rider and Dirt Bike Magazine agree! Doubletake Mirrors are functional and tough. Those are really my biggest requirements for any type of off-road or dual sport equipment. I beat the crap out of all my gear and I need equipment that can take the abuse. Just ask the guys I ride with.

Doubletake Mirrors utilize a well-known manufacturer to keep the dual sport mirrors right where you need them. RAM Mount hardware compliments the well-constructed mirror by allowing you to adjust the height and angle of the mirrors in just about any direction. The most significant benefit of pairing the RAM Mount hardware (included with the Doubletake Mirror) is that you can swivel the mirror all the way down in front of your handlebars (behind your number plate/headlight) and lock them in place to protect them when riding in rough conditions off-road. The mounts come in different lengths and are offered with threaded options that will fit the stock mirror mounts on most dual sport bikes. If you have an unusual motorcycle or custom application there are universal mounting options for Doubletake Mirrors as well.

I have had the Doubletake Mirror up for very rough sections of terrain off-road and it stays put. If I'm on and off of roads or highways that connect trails I don't have to worry about adjusting the Doubletake Mirror. It's easier to actually leave them up and enjoy the ride. When things get hairy on hill climbs or situations where I need to be over the bars a lot, the Doubletake Mirrors can be folded down towards the middle of the handlebars and tucked out of the way.

Visibility on the road is about as good as it gets for an aftermarket dual sport motorcycle mirror. I have a small bore dual sport bike that revs like crazy on the highway, and yet the Doubletake Mirrors remain relatively stable when compared with softer plastic-mounted fold-in mirrors or tiny pop-out mirrors that hide behind your handguards. The Doubletake Mirrors are what work best for me, and I can recommend them based on my personal experience. Check them out, and you'll probably like them too.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Heidenau K60 Scout Rear Tire: All-Round Winner For Big Dual Sport Bikes



Heidenau is a brand that we've been using here at Solo Moto for some time now, and we haven't felt the need to use any other rear dual sport tire on our adventure bikes since finding the brand. The TKC80 is hands down, our favorite rear knobby on the big bike, but it wears down too fast, sometimes after as little as 2-3,000 miles of dirt and street riding. Click here to see our review on the Continental TKC80. I personally like to pair the TKC80 front with the Heidenau K60 Scout rear. It seems to be the best combo for mileage and road manners without sacrificing off-road performance.

The Heidenau K60 Scout checks all the boxes for durability and mileage as well as street grip and traction off-road; so much so, that I haven't used another rear tire on my adventure bike since I started using the Heidenau. I routinely get well over 5,000 miles on a K60 rear and often reach over 8,000 miles. We've heard reports of adventure bikes getting 12,000 miles out of this Heidenau tire, but we're pretty hard on our equipment so I'm not holding my breath on making that mark.

If you're like me, and you ride a low-maintenance, high-mileage adventure bike on rides stretching thousands of miles over lots of different terrain, you'll love the Heidenau K60 Scout. Its street manners are what you'd expect from a true 50/50 dirt/street tire in the sense that it works exceptionally well in dry weather and is perfectly safe in wet conditions with a careful rider.

We've tested the traction of the Heidenau K60 Scout off-road in dirt and rocky conditions with outstanding results. It's actually hard to believe how many miles we get out of the Heidenau after tearing through rock gardens for days and then slabbing it home hundreds of miles. Sand is a tough proposition for a big bike and the K60 does about as good of a job as can be expected. We have no complaints. Extreme mud or slushy snow could be a problem for a Heidenau K60 Scout since the big center ridge of the tire has a tendency to spin in slop. This is also an integral part of the Heidenau K60 tire design that gets you the mileage on pavement so, you'll have to decide for yourself what your specific needs are.

All-around, the Heidenau K60 Scout is our favorite rear tire on the big, dual sport bike and we use it every day to commute to work and on the weekends for adventure rides through highways, deserts and mountains.

See pricing and availability for the Heidenau K60 Scout by clicking here.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Klim Latitude Pants

Klim Latitude Pants: Buying Decisions


I bought my first motorcycle, a Suzuki DR650SE, at the beginning of summer which was a great way to commute, especially living in Southern California. As fall came around, the first couple of rainy days caused some issues. I had no motorcycle-specific rain gear. I really needed some new riding pants.

I wanted a motorcycle riding Pant that would keep me dry and hold up to the rigors of riding in the dirt. When I began looking at waterproof pants, I was worried that whatever I got would cause the same problem as my traditional rubberized rain bibs so I started looking at materials first. I quickly realized that GORE-TEX was the way to go. Klim was the first company I really looked hard at as their reputation in the dual-sport, adventure, and enduro world is so good. Although pricey, I felt that Klim pants were the solution for me.


Klim's pant line-up covers much of the different scales necessary for different riders and includes various upgrades such as GORE=TEX, Cordura and optional armor. I found 
the Klim Latitude Pants (the ones I would end up getting). I feel these are a great balance for the mixed riding I do in the dirt and on the street. The Klim Latitude Pants are waterproof, warm in the cold, cool enough in some heat with the vents open and very comfortable while on the bike. The latitude pants are not designed as an over-pant and, fortunately, the material inside is comfortable against bare skin. I have not crash tested them on the street but have done so in the dirt a few times now. The hip and knee pads CE rated and are in the correct locations (and stay there) for me. They don't really pick up dirt that much and they stay pretty clean. It seemed I have found my salvation in a pair of Klim Latitude Pants.

The pants have two normal sized hip pockets and one pretty large thigh pocket. For ventilation there are two long vents on the outside of the thigh. These work well at catching the wind and pushing air into the pants. The key to this working is the two small exhaust vents on the back of thighs. These allow air to pass straight through the pants and keep you cool. The zippers are waterproof and take a little bit of working at first but quickly start breaking in. At the bottom of the pants, a zipper allows you to re-tighten that buckle that magically opens somehow on its own and a snap keeps everything closed and allows for a little adjustment. 


I tried on other pants but felt that the Klim Latitudes were the best for my needs. The Latitude Pants keep my dry, protect me somewhat from my mistakes, and do not get terribly sweaty. I'm pretty happy with my purchase.


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Pazzo Racing Levers Review

Pazzo Racing Levers Review

How about a shout out for one of the best pieces I have ever purchase and installed on my bike, introducing Brake and Clutch motorcycle levers by Pazzo Racing. Feeling safe and comfortable on a motorcycle is a #1 priority for me. Without these 2 things, your attention is taken away from the road and riding, and becomes focused on other things, for instance the motorcycle. Your bike and gear should be an extension of yourself; not needing to be thought about when riding on the road. We've used these for quite some time and we're ready to provide an accurate review. Read on:

Pazzo levers do just that. Designed and manufactured in Canada, Pazzo Levers are built to the highest quality and guaranteed to outlast your bike in most cases (barring a crash that is). They have 6 clicks on the lever for adjustment, 1 being closest in and 6 being the furthest out. They gave me the adjustment I needed over my stock levers on my R6 for my size 3XL hands, and most importantly FEEL much better than the original ones. Being able to adjust the pivot point is crucial, as pulling these levers feel much easier than my stock ones did.

And the best part of it all maybe? Installation! No need to bring the bike into the mechanic to get them fitted onto your bike, just do it yourself! The brake and clutch levers on most bikes are held by 1 bolt each, in the case of my R6 the only tools I needed to install them was a flat head screw driver and a 10mm socket wrench. They went on in less than 5 minutes.. crazy!

The Pazzo Levers come in a variety of colors, you can customize the color of the lever and the adjuster to match your bike and suit your needs! The levers even come in 2 different lengths; Long (Standard, same length as your OEM levers), and Shorty (about 1 1/4" shorter than your OEM levers). After sustaining some pretty heavy crashes from racing, I have had to replace my Pazzo levers once or twice and have had the opportunity to try both the long and shorty levers. After using both, I prefer the long style. Even though I had no problem using either length with my freakishly large hands, I found the clutch lever was a little harder to pull on the Short set due to losing some of the leverage you have on the lever from the shortened length. Despite that fact, we sell equal amounts of short and long, it is all about what makes YOU feel more comfortable on the bike.

Overall Pazzo Racing makes a very nice piece that I recommend buying to anyone I ride with. Shoot one of our resident part experts an email with any sales questions you might have and we will be more than happy to assist you!

Friday, December 20, 2013

QStarz LT-Q6000 Lap Timer Review


We've recently added a new lap timer to our website, and to say I'm impressed would be an understatement! This is the Qstarz LT-Q6000 Color Lap timer brought to us from the folks at QStarz Racing.

The lap timer is very easy to use in my opinion and, best of all, it comes with a COLOR screen! I have never seen this on a standalone lap timer that wasn't replacing the entire gauge cluster or instrument panel. Ever find yourself looking at your lap times riding, struggling to remember your previous lap times in the day or session and comparing it against the current lap? No more with the LT-Q6000. After you set the Start/Finish line and splits if you wish on your lap timer, the screen will turn green if you are faster, and red if you are slower than your previous times/splits! AWESOME. One of the best ways I can think of to figure out what is the fastest way around the track while you are actually riding.

The LT-Q6000 has a built in 10 mhz GPS sensor, that is able to record your exact position up to 10 times in 1 second! Ever try using your smart phone to time your laps and the GPS jumps a mile in random directions? Problem solved. The integrated G-sensor will measure how hard you are on the throttle and the brakes as well. With the Lap timer's built in 2 GB of memory, you will never have a problem of running out of free storage space.

The lap timer comes in a very well packaged box, and quite a variety of accessories are included! It comes with a USB Cable, Car Charger, Soft Padded Case for the GPS unit, Flexible Rubberized pad with 3M adhesive for mounting, and QRacing, QStarz included software used to analyze your lap times. The flexible mounting pad can be mounted on practically any surface, curved or flat, and uses a "Ram” Ball like mounting system, so you can angle and turn the unit to wherever you need it to be for maximum visibility.

Overall, the LT-Q6000 is a very well thought out lap timer that performs as good as it looks. Any additional questions feel free to contact one of our resident part experts to answer any questions that may arise.




FZ-09 Graves Full Exhaust


We tend to associate Graves to Yamaha like we do butter to bread and the release of their full exhaust system for the FZ-09 triple will keep that tradition alive for us. As one of the first full systems on the market (complete with cross over tubes in the headers) for the FZ-09, Graves has definitely put some serious development time into this exhaust. In the same fashion as their recent systems, the FZ-09 full exhaust comes complete with their new 'diamond shaped' canister in full carbon fiber. The FZ-09 system also sports an innovative carbon fiber 'strap' mounting system that keeps the ugly brackets out of sight- an important design note for a naked bike.

More pictures below:




Product Link:
http://www.solomotoparts.com/Graves-Motorsports-Full-Exhaust-System-for-FZ-09-14/

Installation Instructions:
http://www.gravesport.com/instructions/EXY-14FZ09-FSC.pdf

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Winter Track Day


Tyler at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway on his R6 this past weekend. In case you're wondering, he's wearing a limited NEXX XR1R helmet, Alpinestars GP Pro Gloves, Alpinestars SMX Plus boots and Spidi Track Wind leather suit. Benny Solis was out there that day as well.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Grom Parts

The little Honda Grom has taken the motorcycling industry by storm. Images and videos of the Grom have surfaced all over social media and with its love it or hate it appeal, the Grom has left many riders quite polarized on the subject. I, for one, think it's here to stay. For those of you who own and cherish Honda's little awkward brother, we at SoloMotoParts.com have the new 'other lady' in your garage covered.

Below you'll find a short list of Grom parts and accessories we offer:


Two Brothers Racing S1R Full Exhaust System for Grom 14

Two Brothers Racing Fender Eliminator Kit for Grom 14

Two Brothers Racing Billet Foot Pegs for Grom 14


Two Brothers Racing S1R Full Exhaust System for Grom 14Two Brothers Racing Fender Eliminator Kit for Grom 14Two Brothers Racing Billet Foot Pegs for Grom 14




Yoshimura Rear Fender Eliminator Kit for Grom 14

Yoshimura Graphic Kit for Grom 14

Yoshimura Stand Stopper/Swingarm Spool Kit for Grom 14


Yoshimura Rear Fender Eliminator Kit for Grom 14Yoshimura Graphic Kit for Grom 14Yoshimura Stand Stopper/Swingarm Spool Kit for Grom 14


Yoshimura RS-9 E.P.A. Noise-Compliant Slip-On Muffler for Grom 14




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