Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Doubletake Mirrors: The Best Dual Sport Mirrors Out There!


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.

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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 motorcycles. 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.

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