Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Exhausts 101 & Why We are Digging Competition Werkes GP Exhausts

For those not well versed in motorcycle-speak, it may be hard to explain the appeal of a slip-on exhaust. Let's just say that for the hardcore riders, a good exhaust is like that shiny shirt a guy might wear to the nightclub to show off his muscles and get more attention.

It's not going to make up for skipping all those trips to the gym, and it certainly won't make him a better dancer, but it will make him look like he's got game. And yes, the ladies will be impressed.

In much the same way, an exhaust won't make you a better rider, but it will sound cool to the guys at Bike Night, or even when showboating with a Honda Civic down the main boulevard. The appeal for most people is in how much sound an exhaust can produce.

On a more serious note... trash talk aside, there are performance advantages to be made with a slip-on exhaust. Very few upgrades can deliver additional performance gains as well as a rock-star way to announce your arrival all in one shot. Rarely does an aftermarket upgrade manage to do both so effectively, so we need to give credit where credit is due.

If your goal for your motorcycle is improved performance, then design, weight, and material are all important considerations when selecting a slip-on exhaust.

But first, let's spend a minute to understand the muffler design and the benefits of installing an aftermarket exhaust. Bear with us as we get a bit technical:

A muffler is a necessary part of a bike that reduces engine noise in order to meet certain noise level regulations. The baffles inside the muffler trap generated sound waves and let them bounce back and forth until a series of sound waves cancel each other. However, a lot of backpressure is created in this process, which reduces the airflow through the engine and subsequently reduces the engine's performance. (Yes, backpressure may be good for certain applications but let’s proceed with this line of thinking since we're on the topic of maximizing performance, shall we.)

When this happens, fuel is less efficiently combusted due to increased backpressure from the muffler. Now add to this the regulation limiting the amount of exhaust pollutants produced by road-fairing motorcycles, and the muffler design ends up being a watered down version of the high-performing race application from which it was developed.

This is why an aftermarket slip-on exhaust is often the first thing a new sportbike owner will purchase, due to the immediate improvement in aesthetics, cooler sound, and ease of installation.

A slip-on exhaust is basically just a muffler with a small mid-pipe that replaces the stock muffler(s) on a motorcycle. Technically, an aftermarket muffler has less number of baffles, which reduces backpressure and improves the airflow, therefore letting the fuel burn efficiently and increasing the bike's power. They are also lighter which means a reduced power-to-weight ratio and another boost of power. However, not all slip-on exhausts increase horsepower.

The stainless steel Grand Prix-style (GP) slip-on exhausts from Competition Werkes are some of the industry's bests with their sleek aesthetics and positive effect on the bike's performance. Some features include:

* Unique design and aesthetics
* Lighter than the stock muffler
* Greater flow for higher horsepower
* Tapered baffles for better performance and advanced tuning
* Handmade welding from straight section tubing

The Competition Werkes GP slip-on exhaust is as light as a feather compared to your clunky anchor of a stock exhaust. With a high-quality finish and fit, it also produces a thunderous sound. It is constructed with carbon and stainless steel which gives an outstanding look to your bike.

See our Competition Werkes GP Exhausts here:

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Q&A with Sandro from Galfer Brakes

We've carried Galfer braking products since we opened our web store in 2004. This is a brand that's close to our hearts. Galfer brake pads and brake lines have been such an integral part of my sport bike experience that it's hard to imagine riding without them. From my first sportbike, a 2003 Yamaha YZF-R6, to the 2006 R6 race bike you've seen with SoloMotoParts.com livery, all my motorcycles have benefited from Galfer products in one way or another. This Q&A with Sandro gives a unique insight into Galfer USA! Read on:

Q. How are you involved with Galfer? Please introduce yourself.
A. Alessandro Milesi, Galfer Braking Systems, V.P. US Operations

Q. What does Galfer make?
A. We manufacture brake pads, rotors and brake lines. Our products are manufactured either in Barcelona, Spain or in the USA at our facility in Southern California.

Q. How and when did Galfer start? What's the origin of the idea?
A. Galfer was started in 1946 by my grandfather, Maffio Milesi. His primary idea was to provide quality brake components to Italian brake manufacturers in Northern Italy. He eventually moved to Spain and opened the motorcycle division and production facility.

Q. What's the best selling product line here in the US?
A. We do well with all 3 families: rotors, pads & lines. Honestly, it depends on what product line you look at as we have much better performing products than others, Off-road or Sportbike, Cruiser and our extensive UTV / ATV product lines.

Q. Any new and exciting upcoming products we can look forward to?
A. Yes, there are a several new designs as well as an ever growing list of applications set to be unveiled at the AIMExpo in Orlando!!!!!! Everything from our custom Grom race kits to the new and exciting R3 and R1 as well as our expansive V-Twin product line.

Q. What's in your dream garage?
A. A Ducati 916 and a Husky 450, each clean & prepped; the Ducati hopefully by my friend Eraldo Ferracci, the Husky by our friends at Husky USA. Also, a big tool box that is only for my use, I hate losing things. Lastly, a refrigerator full of cold beers and a big screen TV to watch the races!

Q. Does Galfer offer a warranty for their products? If so, how does it work?
A. Every product family has its own warranty: rotors 6 months, brake pads are on a case by case basis and brake lines are lifetime…. There are several people involved with any issues that concern technical or warranties, all starting with a friendly and knowledgeable customer service person who is an avid rider and understands this passion & can relate. We strive to get things resolved in 24hrs: meaning, a solution should be in place or in gear within 24hrs of the problem being brought to our attention.

Q. How does Galfer use feedback from racing partnerships to improve product performance?
A. Galfer learns from its race teams, and we have a few: MotoGP, SX, MX, MotoAmerica as well as national championships like the CIV or CEV in Italy and Spain... Every team has the obligation to give us feed back, positive and or negative and also they have the obligation to spend time with our technical team doing testing at least 2 or 3 times per year. We take our sponsorship very serious from the giving side to the receiving side, we can only be as good as they make us. The next level of braking can only be achieved by being very analytical and proactive towards new technologies, and definitely not being afraid to try and test...

Q. Anything else to add?
A. At Galfer we take pride in assuring the very best in our brake components, and leading edge technology to further our research and testing to bring the very best to the people who want more in a quality Performance Brake Company.

If you're looking for better braking performance and feel, hop on over to the Galfer Brakes section of our site and get yourself a set of brake lines and brake pads!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Pazzo Levers: A Must-Have

Motorcycle hand levers are one of the most important accessories for a bike owner. And yet, how many of us actually make it a point to properly "fit" the controls? 

There are a lot of distractions that can occur on the road and poor motorcycle levers shouldn't be one of them. Too long or too short or too far or too close can all be disastrous when it comes to your hand controls and levers. 

We've all been in close call situations. Just mere seconds can mean the difference between accident or escape, and it's not safe to be fumbling with your hand controls in such a pressure situation. A good set of brakes and clutch levers can really make all the difference in your riding experience. 

Our personal pick for hand levers are, hands-down, Pazzo Levers

Pazzo Racing Levers, officially, are the result of 25 years of machining experience and expertise. Check out what makes Pazzo Levers a must-have accessory: 

Nearly indestructible material 

Pazzo levers are made from CNC machining using a 6061-T6 billet aluminum to precise tolerances. This is the leading material of choice for many street riders and professional racers alike. 

But what exactly is 6061-T6 Billet Aluminum? I went an asked my brother, the mechanical engineer, for clarification. 

In simple terms, it's a very high quality, aircraft grade aluminum that is difficult to flex or break and is among the strongest aluminum alloys available. Perfect! This is exactly what I would want for such an important part of my bike! 

Adjustable and fully customizable lengths 

In their most basic form, Pazzo levers allow you to adjust how close or far the lever is from the grip. Trust me, this is a godsend for riders with smaller or larger-than-average hands. 

Additionally, the length of the lever blade itself can be purchased in either short (shorty) or standard (long). The shorty can be considered a 2 or 3 finger lever and is most often used for the brake. For reference, it's about 1-1/4 inches shorter than the OE lever. 

Sets can also be purchased with varying lever lengths and combinations depending on what you need. For example, you can get "long clutch and short brake" for the same cost as "long clutch and long brake" or "short clutch and short brake". The goal here is to feel comfortable with your controls and have a setup you love.

New Pazzo folding levers

Aside from the standard configuration on long or short, Pazzo Levers also recently added folding levers to their product line. These provide a dual pivot folding action which helps prevent breakage in the event of a tip-over or low side. The levers will fold out of the way to help prevent the levers from breaking on impact. 

This is a great concept for road racers as broken levers can easily cause your race to end. New riders will appreciate them as well because unintentional tip-overs do happen (yes, I've been there). 

What's more, is that installation isn't rocket science and can be done relatively quickly for most models. However, we do recommend a professional mechanic if you're unsure.

Crazy cool color options 

Besides the technical aspects, the coolest feature may be that the Pazzo levers come in a variety of anodized colors. You can mix and match lever blade colors with different color adjusters so you can achieve nearly endless customization. (I myself love how black levers look on a modern sportbike.)

For those who like more color, you can select from a wide variety including red, blue, gold, and silver, just to name a few. It's incredible the combinations of colors available and I bet you'll take the longest time deciding what colors you want. Even if you're bored of standard anodized colors, IFX Candy and powered coated colors add an entirely new color dimension.

With these mind-boggling combination of custom options and features, Pazzo Lever are our top pick for hand lever upgrades to your motorbike.  

You can order very attractive and functional Pazzo Racing Levers here:

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Update: $1000 Product Giveaway Winner!

Last year we offered the chance to win $1000 in aftermarket motorcycle parts/accessories/gear, in honor of SoloMotoParts.com's 10th Anniversary. We had a great response, awarded the winner, and neglected to cash in on the publicity. Doh!

I would hate to have a digital archaeologist comb through the archives and assume that we were just blowing smoke, so better late than never, I'm posting the winner now.

CONGRATULATIONS to Ryan Beaini of Santa Monica, California! He used his winnings to buy himself a Two Brothers S1R Full Exhaust for his Yamaha FZ-09. Sweet bike. Sweet pipe, and he got it for free!

SoloMotoParts.com started out of nothing by two guys that sucked it up and did what they had to do, as so many Americans have done before us. We manually entered product on the website night after night, part number by part number, fueled by Diet Coke and cigarettes, often sleeping in the office/warehouse space we had just rented.

We had vision- a vision that consisted of a level of technology that had never before been seen in the motorcycle industry. There was no 'bike selector' before we arrived for God's sake! None of this was praised by anyone other than our customers, but why would we care?! Our customers were who allowed us to exist! We were marginalized and put down by our peers- even mocked at industry shows where we sat at tables with big OEM dealers that dominated the landscape of the market at the time. Little did they know that OUR business model, the lean, mean, disruptive and intensely customer-centric machine we built from scratch would put most of the bitter, irrelevant dinosaurs out of business in the following years.

Thanks to everyone that participated in the contest. We appreciate your patronage and support! Solo Moto has a lot of new and exciting incentives planned for all of our customers coming up in the near future, so stay tuned!

Q&A With Kyle Martin of M4 Exhaust

We've offered M4 exhausts on our website for years now and we felt it was time to dig a little deeper into who they are and what makes them tick. Last month, we did a quick overview of their exhaust systems. This month, we shot them an e-mail with a series of questions we thought would interest the riding community. The origins of their name is actually pretty cool! Read on:

Q. Please introduce yourself.
A. Kyle Martin, VP of M4 Performance Exhaust

Q. What does M4 do and where did the name M4 come from?
A. M4 manufactures performance exhaust systems for popular sport bikes.  Four Martin's started this company so M to the 4th power was fitting.  Also, my uncle Michael Martin was a great road racer in his day, his nickname was M2 for MM but then it became M4 for Miracle Man Michael Martin.  So M4 fit the company from a few different angles.

Q. How and when did M4 start? What's the origin of the idea?
A. M4 started in 1997.  My family owned Tube Forming Inc. which made all kinds of copper parts for air conditioning.  It became a big company and was sold, so with the knowledge of tube bending and the love of motorcycle roadracing M4 was created.

Q. How did M4 get into racing sponsorship and how does racing help with your R&D?
A. Racing was what got us started in the business. We built race pipes and want our pipes to out-perform others.  In order to showcase that, we needed to help great racers.

Q. Anything new on the horizon that we can look forward to?
A. We just finished building products for the new Yamaha R3, then on to the 2016 Suzuki GSX-S 1000.  Mid-2016 we are hoping to get a new GSX-R1000 that will help with our racing efforts and also sales.

Q. How does M4's R&D team do what they do? You guys always seem to have new pipes on the market super quick.
A. WE would actually like to get products on the market quicker but sometimes we take our time to make sure we create the best products possible for M4.  We build pipes to fit the bike using our knowledge of what we think will make power.  Then we go to the dyno and try numerous combinations of lengths and diameters until we find the sweet spot.  After that, we find a way to make that combination fit the bike correctly.

Q. Does M4 offer a warranty for their products?
A. 1 year limited warranty for defects in workmanship and materials.

Q. What's in your dream garage?
A. Wow tough question.  I have a decent garage now.  TTR125 (156cc) flat tracker, DRZ125 (170cc) flat tracker, 2016 KTM 350 SX-F, 2013 KTM 250 SX-F, Honda Grom, Yamaha Zuma 50 (80cc) and a golfcart!  Love my golf cart!

Q. Anything else to add?
A. M4 is a family business and we like to talk with our customers.  Any questions feel free to call us up 972-481-9300.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

2015 YZF-R1M Project Bike Highlights

You may have seen on social media that we have a 2015 Yamaha R1M in the Solo Family now! More specifically, my father has purchased one to add to his ever-growing stable of motorcycles. The dude has a passion, what can I say? Naturally, the first step (before even taking delivery, of course) was to make a gigantic list of performance 2015 R1 parts and accessories that were to be installed. My emotional state surrounding the new 2015 R1 is comparable to that of when the 2006 R6 was released. I'm in awe of all the high end features and ground-breaking technology - or maybe its just Yamaha's excellent marketing. Either way, I bet this is an affliction many motorcycle riders share.

I'm a sport rider and Yamaha-fan-boy at heart, and the years following 2008 didn't leave us with any impressionable new Japanese models (with exception of a few from the Kawasaki camp). I'm highly anticipating the revival of sport bikes in the years to come, with the rest of Japan, Inc. following Yamaha's lead with tasty new models. I'd like to see an all-new R6 sometime soon, but it likely won't happen until after 2016.

Our first order of business was to make sure this new 2015 Yamaha R1 was protected from any minor incidents, drops and spills. For years now, we've carried R&G Racing parts & accessories and we've always admired the build quality, unique design and superior engineering behind their products and we've been wanting to install R&G goodies on a new motorcycle for a while now. To this end, we've procured a full set of case covers, "Aero" style frame sliders, swingarm spools, rear axle sliders and radiator/oil cooler guards from UK-based R&G. We tossed in an R&G Tail Tidy for good measure to clean up the tail end as well. I really love the way the bike looks with the R&G accents, especially the black case covers. You can find more details about the 2015 R1 R&G Accessories on our website.

Not only do a set of aftermarket rearsets (the piece where footpegs, heelguards and brake/shift pedals converge) add an undeniably cool and sexy look to the sport bike, they are actually quite functional when it comes to foot position and riding comfort. These rearsets additionally provide increased rigidity that translate into a more direct feel with the motorcycle. They are a must-have upgrade for track junkies and high performance riders alike and are well suited to many sport bike applications. We went with Lightech Track System Rearsets straight from Italy. Like most accessories from Italy, these ooze sex appeal. I love them. Track System rearsets have adjustable footpegs and shifter pedal tip, ball bearing smooth action shifting and braking, as well as an option for reverse (or GP) shift. They're fully loaded.

For the all-mighty-must-have-mod-of-all-mods, we went with the Yoshimura Alpha Signature 3/4 Exhaust for the 2015 R1 and optioned the carbon fiber muffler with carbon fiber end cap. Being a 3/4 system, this exhaust uses the original factory titanium headers for the R1M, helping keep costs low, but still delivering on the performance. The Yoshimura Exhaust removes the factory catalytic converter as well as the Yamaha EXUP system. This pipe is a strong contender for any new R1 owner seeking an aftermarket exhaust system. In addition, the Alpha muffler is an entirely new design from Yoshimura R&D and it demands attention when installed on the new 2015 Yamaha Superbike. There's a lot of first's here, ladies and gentlemen!

We made a short sound clip video of the Yoshimura exhaust during idle and with light revs:

Find more 2015 Yamaha R1 Parts & Accessories here:

Monday, September 21, 2015

Stop Right There... with Galfer Brake Lines

We've said it before, and we'll say it again: braking isn't at the top of the upgrades list for most riders, but it should be! Proper braking technique shouldn't involve a lot of drama, but rather, confidence and precision, even in an emergency. Squeezing the brake lever doesn't offer a magic solution to bring the motorcycle to a stop, but instead, begins the process of transferring fluid through brake lines that then apply the pressure to the calipers, pads, and lastly rotors. Galfer brake lines are critical to escaping a critical situation and performing in competitive environments.

Founded by Maffio Milesi in Barcelona, Spain in 1946, Galfer Brakes started out as a brake pad supplier for the European auto and motorcycle industries. Before Giorgio Milesi, one of Milesi's sons moved to Santa Barbara in 1992. The Galfer brand was not known in the US at that time. The company has come a long way since then. Galfer now boasts a 12,000 square-foot warehouse in California and services North and South America, as well as Australia and the Far East. Today, Galfer is renowned as a quality brake component manufacturer in the USA.

The addition of steel-braided brake lines on any motorcycle offers a drastic improvement to braking performance without (ahem) breaking the bank. Many motorcycles are equipped with rubber brake lines from factory, which tend to expand as brake fluid is pushed through the lines. This creates more volume within the brake lines rather than transferring that hydraulic pressure to braking. Another benefit for off-road, dual-sport, and adventure riders is that steel braided brake lines offer more abrasion resistance than rubber lines, thereby better protecting your braking system when traveling off-road.

Galfer has tens-of-thousands of model-specific brake product applications, but they offer custom lines as well. This customization extends to a wide variety of color options for all standard and custom applications. You need a custom-length rear brake line for your extended swingarm on your fully custom sportbike build? No problem. Solo Moto offers any configuration of banjo angles and colors, lengths, and line colors that Galfer has to offer.

Galfer Brake Lines

- Made in the USA
- Lifetime warranty
- Available for ABS and integrated brake systems
- Uses virgin PFTE
- Utilize 64 lines of steel braiding
- Available in 11 colors

Galfer's relationship with OEM Manufacturers and top race teams gives them the advantage of handling the latest bikes firsthand, even before the public. This enables them to ensure the perfect fitment of their replacement brake pads, rotors and lines. They have always been the first to bring their latest applications to bike enthusiasts. Galfer's brake products are truly state-of-the-art considering the research that goes into the development of new brake pad compounds and their patented Wave® rotor technology.

Galfer Standard Brake Line Kits

- High-quality machined banjo fittings and bolts
- 11 colors of PVC coated brake hoses
- Tailored to specific bikes for perfect finish and fitment
- Pre-positioned banjo fittings to enable an out of-the-box fit
- Brake lines are labeled to help in understanding which end goes where
- Lifetime guarantee against manufacturing defects

More Offerings from Galfer

- Superlight Brake Line Kits: banjo fittings and bolts made of aluminum which weight less and are easily color-customized.
- Superbike Series Brake Line Kit: direct thread-into-the-caliper brake lines. Powerful and aggressive response, well suited for track racing.
- GP Series Brake Lines: compact mounting with one line coming from the master cylinder and splitting into two at the lower triple clamp.
- K7 Universal Brake Line Kits: brake line of pre-determined length with two female ends leading to endless possibilities for fittings.

You can order Galfer Brake Lines here:

Q&A with Healtech Distributor Blue Monkey

SoloMotoParts.com is a long-time dealer of Healtech Gear Indicators and the Speedohealer Calibrator. Recent, we had a rather good idea to interview our long time friend, Todd Robinson, of Blue Monkey Motorsports, to try and dive a little deeper into the man behind Healtech Electronics in North America.

Q. Please introduce yourself. Who might you be?
A. Todd Robinson, President and General Manager of Blue Monkey Motorsports, Inc.

Q. What does Blue Monkey do, when did it start and what's the origin of the name?
A. Blue Monkey is the exclusive North American distributor for Healtech Electronics, located just outside Sandpoint, Idaho. The business started in 2002 as Cal-Sportbike, but after moving to Idaho in 2007 and incorporating we decided to change the name. In the powersports industry we really don't have to take ourselves too seriously...so I let my kids give me naming suggestions, and I really liked their idea to call it "Blue Monkey". It was unique and catchy, and we really dug the old school "Speed Racer/anime" logo our designer created for us.

Q. How did you decide on Healtech? What's the origin of the idea to set out on your own?
A. Back in 2002 Cal-Sportbike was a parts and accessories shop just off Angeles Crest Highway in Wrightwood, CA. We connected with a business in Europe who made a truly superior pulse bandwidth modulator to correct for speedometer error and gearing changes, and we started to bring their products into the USA in increasing quantities. That was the original SpeedoHealer. By 2007 we were focusing almost 100% on importing and distributing their products, and they'd expanded to a company employing over a dozen people in a state-of-the-art production facility with distributors in 41 countries.

Q. What's the most popular Healtech product line?
A. The SpeedoHealer has always been the best seller, probably because it's really a "need" product. And in 12 years nobody has come up with anything better. Basically anyone who changes gearing not only has even worse speedometer error but also is now forcing the odometer to register many more miles than the bike is traveling...often 12-15% more. So when people realize this is happening, getting a SpeedoHealer is a no-brainer. A close second is their gear indicators...since between the GIPro with ATRE, GIPro DS Series, and GIPro X-Type they can be installed on any motorcycle, atv/utv, or car with electronic ignition. Their fastest growing line right now is the new QSE quick shifter. I think that's due to the fact that it offers far more features than quick shifters in the $600 range but costs just a little over $300. In fact, it was just named runner-up for Motorcycle.com's Product of the Year Award.

Q. Anything new on the horizon that we can look forward to?
A. Healtech is putting almost all their time into making sure there will be QSE quick shifter harnesses for every bike model on the market. This requires an inordinate amount of time to ensure compatibility. So it may be a bit before we see the next Healtech product as they work to really broaden model applications and performance with this remarkable new product. For example, they now make a harness for the Honda Grom, and the Motorcycle.com editors just used that kit for a 24-hour endurance race.

Q. Does Healtech offer a warranty for their products? If so, how would it work for US customers?
A. Healtech has the best warranty in the electronics industry. All Healtech products come with a 30-day ("love it or return it") money back guarantee. We are pleased to be able to offer this sort of buyer assurance, and in a given year I can count on one hand the number of money-back returns we get. People really love Healtech's quality and performance.  Their replacement warranty is also very strong. All products have a 2-year unlimited replacement warranty for failure, while the FI Tuner Pro has a transferable 5 year warranty (five times longer than any other mappable fuel injection tuner on the market) and the SpeedoHealer has an impressive lifetime limited warranty.

Q. Todd, what's in your dream garage?
A. My dream garage would include a Suzuki Lucky Strike RGV250, Aprilia RSW250GP, Rothmans Honda NSR250 (I do love the two-strokes), Honda RC30, '92 Ducati 900 Superlight (I sold mine in 2001 and I miss that bike), and a Bimota SB6R. And as a Porsche guy, there would be an air-cooled 911 in there somewhere...probably a '95-98 993 C4S for days it's too cold and windy to ride in northern Idaho.

Q. Anything else to add?
A. We see great things in the future for the Healtech product line. We are happy to have some long-time dealers like Solo Moto who have been with us for ages and are fantastic at supporting the product line with knowledge and great service. With Healtech continuing to set the benchmark for quality and performance in this industry, it's just a great place for us to be in this industry.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Sargent World Sport Enduro and 2UP Seats for BMW F800GS

We have put a lot of miles on the BMW F800GS here at Solo Moto, and more than a few long-distance adventures in a single clip. Riding thousands of miles in the stock saddle is not a very attractive proposition if you've ever tried it yourself. We certainly have, and a Sargent World Sport Enduro-Style Seat was the first thing we put on the bike when we got back.

Sargent has been making seats for over 80 years! I learned that it's not necessarily the foam alone that makes for a great seat. The forward-rear angle of the motorcycle seat as well as the width and shape play a big role in keeping your hiney from going numb on a ride. We've spoken to riders coming from two or three other brands of seats before trying Sargent, and they typically rave about the difference in ride comfort after trying a Sargent seat.

The seat on the F800GS doesn't start biting back until the miles start piling up. If you ride around town and do a little riding on the weekends, you could very well be fine on the stock seat. I don't need to do any convincing here if you're already on the bike and putting in the miles, so let's move on to what Sargent can do for you.

The Sargent World Sport Seat is available in a couple different configurations for the BMW F650GS, F700GS, and F800GS. There is an Enduro version that mimics the style of the stock seat which is appropriate for dual sport riding that requires the rider to shift from front to back on the seat while traveling off-road. The other version of the seat is the 2UP-Style that creates separate saddles for the rider and passenger, holding both in their respective positions, front to back. Side-to-side leaning for aggressive turning remains very comfortable and natural in this seat as well. Both variations utlize superior materials and shaping to create a much more comfortable ride, regardless of the circumstances.
The Enduro Sargent seat is absolutely best for the Dual Sport rider that will be carrying the occasional passenger. I brought my wife on a few rides and we were just fine on the Enduro seat. The 2UP seat would not have been appropriate for all the climbing and sliding and balancing I was doing off-road.

The 2UP-Style Sargent seat is best for the Touring rider who will be traveling long distances on the pavement and wants to keep a passenger where they belong, behind and slightly above the pilot. This is the seat of choice for a rider that likes to feel set in place without a lot of movement in the saddle.

Scotts Stabilizers, Don't Stress The Unforeseen

Motorcycle riding is epic-ly exciting and some even consider it therapy! However, you can still do without some of the thrills and chills that come along the way in the form of a rock or rut mid-corner or even a pothole in the middle of the road. That's no fun, but it's still an unfortunate part of riding a motorcycle and the best thing to do is to prepare yourself. As my father always says, "prepare for the worst, hope for the best." A stabilizer can positively affect the front end controls on every kind of surface and help keep your bike under controls in some unforeseen situations. Scotts stabilizers are hydraulic shock-absorbing dampers, that are fully adjustable and compact enough to fit on the steering head. It helps control the "head shake" or "tank slap" phenomenon that plagues all off-road motorcycles and even road bikes. We've all been there when the throttle is let go abruptly or the front tire comes in contact with something and things get a little dicey.

Scotts stabilizers manage to eliminate the "thrust-effect" which happens when you hit something unforeseen as well. Getting a scotts stabilizer installed will reduce the effort required to maintain the stability of the front end of the bike in rough or unforeseen terrain. The stabilizer makes your ride smoother by preventing handlebar wrenching jolts and reducing head shake. Operating on the same rough principle as the front forks or shock, the scotts steering damper absorbs any unwanted energy generated by unseen and unexpected impacts. We've used the Scotts product for years on our personal motorcycles and, in case you were wondering, it is possible to move the damper from bike to bike as long as the mounts (which we do sell separately) are already install. Be sure that the road and off-road dampers remain separate as they function a bit differently and the applications shouldn't be mixed.

For off-road, MX and dual-sport, its usefulness is highlighted when you are riding in the desert and taking on fire-roads, rocky sections, high speed sand washes and even in the woods amidst sharp edged rocks and tree roots. Through big rollers, sweeping turns or stutter bumps, your bike will track straighter and with the assurance of a secured landing even on tabletops or big doubles. If you look closely at the picture above, you can see the golden orb on the steering head of our Team Solo Husky TE310.

For street bikes and hard-charging track bikes, the stabilizer ensures increased stability during high speed directional changes (like at the infamous straight-away at Autoclub Speedway), trail braking, hard braking and when the front end is floated during hard acceleration. The extra energy released when the front end tries try to whip straight is absorbed by the stabilizer, allowing you to keep pushing for those extra milliseconds without losing your cool. We do actually use the stabilizer on our Team Solo Yamaha R6's when we hit the track.

So what's installation like? The Scott Steering Stabilizer has been designed as a "bolt-on" accessory for most of the well known motorcycle manufacturers. It also comes in a "weld-on" version when necessary for certain model applications, although rare. The installation is generally as easy as changing a spark plug and can be mounted in minutes with the help of an included instruction manual. Though the unit needs no extra attention, if mounted properly, you can always have the Scott's service team run it through their ten-point inspection program. We tend to service our dampers about once per year to keep it in tip-top shape.

As the official stabilizer for Husaberg America, KTM America, Kawasaki Team Green, Honda Off Road Racing Team and Yamaha Factory racers, the Scotts steering stabilizers have more championship victories, national titles and positive reviews than any other stabilizer on the market. It is without a doubt the best you can get. But what does this all translate to in the real world and why do you need one? Well, simply but, a more controlled machine gives the rider more confidence and, in turn, the ride is safer and more enjoyable. Riding fatigue will be lessened since you won't be fighting the bike so much. Another perk is that you'll likely run a bit faster without consciously realizing it -- and that's the feature we love most.

You can find out a bit more about Scotts Steering Stabilizers and buy one here:


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