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.

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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 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

FZ-09 M4 Exhaust

M4 has released a carbon fiber slip-on exhaust system for Yamaha's new triple cylinder, the FZ-09. The M4 Slip-on exhaust for the FZ-09 requires cutting of the stock exhaust during installation but the result, as you can see, is pure magic. In addition to the amazingly good looks and OE looking integration, the M4 exhaust for the FZ-09 will shed nearly 10lbs from your machine. At present, the carbon fiber wrapped muffler is the only option but, in usual M4 fashion, look for other options to hit the market place. We're hoping to see the popular GP style muffler.

Be sure to check our website for more FZ-09 parts and accessories.  Here's a few more detailed pictures for your viewing pleasure:

Monday, December 9, 2013

Leatt 3DF Airfit Body Protector First Look

As soon as I got the 3DF Airfit email from Leatt I knew I had to have one. Unfortunately, a leaky fuel tank has kept me off of my dirtbike for the past week, but I don't want to wait any longer to start the conversation on this piece of gear.

There are a few key features I'd like to highlight on the Leatt 3DF Airfit Body Protector:

1. It offers a premier level of protection AND comfort over anything else on the market. You don't see CE-2 back and chest armor with CE elbows and shoulders in anything nearly this comfortable. Alleluia!

2. It's quite light, conforms to your body's unique shape and appears to ventilate amazingly well (initial impression- more testing required). Even the armor itself has ventilation holes for air to pass through while still achieving an elite level of impact absorption. The garment binds itself to the shape of your body, holding armor in place while utilizing material that wicks moisture away from your skin to cool you as you sweat.

3. The sizing is relatively scalable. The suit is sized for an athletic build, but the nature of the material allows it to fit a body that isn't built like a pro athlete. Another noteworthy aspect of the sizing is that each set of armor is sized specifically to each size range, meaning different sized armor is used for each size S/M to size L/XL to size XXL.

After trying the body protector on a few times and getting a feature breakdown from Leatt, here's my feedback so far... The fit is excellent. As soon as I zipped it up I felt like I was ready to ride. I'm 5'8" 172lbs and the Small/Medium fits me perfectly. Do the arms stay in place? Yes. The shoulders are well contoured and the elbow coverage is larger than I expected without shifting around. The Moisture Cool stretch fabric holding everything in place is ideal for a pressure suit concept. It's basically a built-in moisture-wicking base layer! I like the way the fabric is cut around the inside of the elbow. You can flex, twist, bend and shake without creating any binding or shifting of the armor. The rib protection was perfectly comfortable around my not-quite-six-pack abs and the fabric extended down far enough to tuck into my pants and stay neat.

Since all the armor is foam, the entire suit is very light, and the back and chest actually have contoured edges that angle out like a pyramid from your body. The angled corners allow for better energy absorption rather than having the armor catch and get pushed out of the way.

The Leatt 3DF Airfit Body Protector uses perforated layers of foam armor. There are three layers on the chest and on the back. While standing outside with the suit on I could feel even the slightest breeze come straight through the armor and fabric. The air moves right through the holes in the armor. I was surprised by the amount of airflow through the suit. This is a key feature I'm looking forward to testing in warmer weather since ventilation is a major complaint by riders using plastic pressure suits and under armor.

The viscous and elastic foam armor in the 3DF Airfit gets harder the harder its hit. Leatt uses about six different manufacturers of foam to create this special narrow, flexible armor with CE Level-2 certification in the chest and back and CE certified protection in the elbows and shoulders. The material is pliable to your body as it warms so it remains flush to your skin for maximum protection. Special testing by Cyril Despres has helped Leatt dial in the overall fitment of the suit to be practical for a real rider.

I don't have a neck brace yet (shh, don't tell anyone) so it does appear that the chest pad is a little low, but I would think a company renowned for their neck and spine protection is going to cater their garments to accommodate a neck brace. The chest, collar and back areas all have specific features for use with a Leatt neck brace that I'll go into at a later date. None of this is a deal breaker for me even though I don't have a neck brace.

Sorry I don't have a ride test yet, but I hope this gives you a good place to start your research. Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Klim Badlands Pro Jacket & Pants Review

After two years of testing, we have an enormous appreciation for the Klim Badlands Pro Jacket and Badlands Pro Pant here at Solo Moto. We have found this long-range touring and adventure jacket/pants combo to be the ultimate in protection, function, and style. If you're looking for one set of gear to do it all, look no further. The Badlands Pro jacket and pants may end up being your most important set of gear for several reasons... 

No matter how bad the weather, the jacket does its job. In the heat it ventilates extremely well for a jacket with this level of protection. The moisture-wicking brushed mesh liner keeps air moving once it enters one of the six (6) intake vents. The massive vents under the arms are very effective, and the forearm and bicep vents allow for fine tuning or all-out air flow. The two (2) vertical back exit vents remain effective since they route around the back protector. Amazingly enough, the Badlands Pro is still able to shield you from pounding rain and snow in the blistering cold. The Gore-tex shell and waterproof stretch panels are guaranteed to keep you dry, and easily adjustable wrist enclosures with gaiters secure tightly in and around your gloves to keep moisture out. The jacket collar reaches up near your helmet and can be cinched with a draw cord. We've had the jacket in rain, hail and snow, and it performed flawlessly throughout each adventure. 

Top-of-the-line armor and abrasion resistance keep you protected. There's absolutely no reason to buy a piece of equipment that doesn't offer a level of safety consistent with today's technology- and the Badlands Pro has it all. Armacor high-abrasion and tear-resistant material shields you from long slides on pavement or rough terrain. The internal D30 armor is amazingly comfortable and significantly more effective than similarly weighted foam pads used in other jackets and pants. The D30 armor remains soft and flexible while riding but absorbs impacts on a molecular level. The armor fits flawlessly into the jacket and pants, allowing for a full range of motion on or off of your motorcycle. We even find ourselves wearing the jacket around camp. 

Storage in the jacket is convenient and well thought out. The Badlands Pro has an internal chest pocket for an MP3 player or phone with exiting routes for ear pods. You'll find a storage pouch for a hydration bladder behind the back protector with a route for the drink tube exiting via one of the front pockets. There are four (4) big pockets on the front of the jacket that allow the rider to carry just about anything they'd need in a hurry like cash or a camera. There's a huge pouch on the lower back for miscellaneous items, and a convenient zippered arm pocket for ID, credit cards or emergency info. Storage has never been an issue in our experience with this jacket. 

We have yet to wear a better-designed, more functional on/off-road pant than the Badlands Pro. If you are an adventure touring rider you’ve no doubt been across some weather and probably had a spill or two. What if you had a pair of riding pants that had the abrasion resistance needed for street riding, sleek and comfortable impact-absorbing internal armor, and a reliable, rugged construction that will stand up to any type of weather and terrain you throw at them? Well, you’d have the Badlands Pro pant and you would be done shopping. We’ve had the opportunity to ride thousands of miles through rain, hail and snow in these pants and they are the best we’ve seen so far. If you want one pair of riding pants that does it all, the Badlands Pro pant is definitely at the top of the list. 

Overall, there really isn't anything more I could ask for from an adventure jacket and pants. The Badlands Pro is easy to ride in and it’s kept most of my soft tissue intact over the past couple years (despite my best efforts to destroy myself!). Whether I'm riding thousands of miles of highway through the Pacific Northwest, camping for weeks in the Sierras, or adventure riding through Death Valley, I have a one set of gear that will do it all and do it well.


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