Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Doubletake Dual Sport Mirror [Video]

We took a moment to do a quick overview of the Doubletake Mirror on a recent trail ride. Yes, we use them. Yes, they're awesome!


Solo Moto stocks the full line of Doubletake Mirror kits and all replacement parts!

Click here to see all Doubletake Products

Model-specific applications:
BMW, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Yamaha, Triumph, Husqvarna

The Universal Kit will work on any handlebar.

The Doubletake Mirror is the ultimate mirror for dual sport and off-road riding. The Doubletake Mirror has a lifetime guarantee from Doubletake and the Ram Mount components are also warrantied, but directly through Ram. All of the pieces sold with the kit work together flawlessly to form a very rugged and functional mirror that can be mounted to any motorcycle with handlebars. We offer bike-specific kits for all the major brands. We also offer a universal kit that utilizes a split-clamp assembly that attaches the mirror components to the handlebars much like a stock mirror mount.

The Doubletake Mirror is simple to adjust to the precise position you desire. Loosening the knob on the Ram Mount gives you adjustability on the top and bottom knuckles at the same time. Since the Ram arm is held in place by the pressure you apply to the adjustment knob, you can move the mirror around and see where you like it without it falling out of place. When you find a position you like, tighten the knob to keep it there while you ride.

The Doubletake Mirror folds down in front of the handlebars to stay out of the way when it’s time to hit the trail. Some riders even prefer to leave their mirrors up on mild off-road terrain to keep an eye on people following in the same group.

Motorcycles traveling off-road tend to take more lumps than road-fairing motorcycles. Often times, mirrors will cause damage to the motorcycle or the rider in the event of a crash. The Doubletake Mirror’s design allows it to move in a cash which not only protects the mirror, but the bike and rider as well. If the mirror were to get hit hard, the rubber-mounted base lessens the possibility of damage occurring to your clutch perch or other bar-mounted controls.


Overall, the Doubletake is the best mirror we’ve seen for the hardcore dual sport crowd. There is a lot of value in this product, and we’ve seen it first hand through all of our own crash testing.

R&G Racing, Engineered to Perform

R&G Racing has made a splash in the aftermarket motorcycle accessories scene and has been steadily growing in the US market for the past few years.Their sleek and sexy European styling easily bests the designs of boring frame sliders while safely staying away from being tacky or looking cheesy. Just simply looking at the product makes me want to buy. Further, the real genius behind the brand is that their products are properly designed and engineered. On the surface, this might seem like an easy task but, sadly, a lot of brands aren't up to snuff.

R&G Racing hails from the UK (their facility is bit outside of London, to be exact) and we actually had a chance to meet the two founders at an industry event a few years back. We learned that R&G Racing is unique because their products are actually engineered (like, by an actual engineer with a degree and stuff) to work. For instance, the frame slider bolts are designed and the metal treated to bend, given enough impact force, so you don't need to worry about the bolts snapping off in your frame in the event of a crash. That's how it should be done.

Research and development doesn't come cheap from a manufacturer's stand point but it pays to buy a quality product that won't end up costing you more money or hassle down the road. I've said it before and I'll say it again: You always get what you pay for.

We were one of the first dealers in the country to roll out the R&G line-up on our website and the public reception of the product was great. Riders were buying R&G products because the parts looked amazing and functioned as they should, without surprises. There are a wide array of protection accessories offered for motorcycles from frame sliders, spools, fender eliminators to radiator guards and so on and so forth. Even their case covers are approved for racing by the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA). There's something for every rider and R&G doesn't just make accessories for sportbikes, either.

I'm no stranger to London and I really love how the English have a way with words. If you've ever been on the Tube in London, you've likely relished the opportunity to say "mind the gap" instead of "watch your step", hah! You'll find that R&G is no different when it comes to naming their products. They refer to their fender eliminators as "Tail Tidies" and their spools, "Reels". Do I have a point? Maybe not. Is it fun to say? Definitely.

With a high quality product, we'd naturally expect the price point to be higher compared others. For example, Rizoma makes a very, very high quality product that is unquestionably luxurious and impeccably designed but sometimes it can be a stretch for the average rider to spend three hundred dollars on a set of mirrors, for example. It's true, R&G Racing accessories are bit pricier than cheaper brands on the market but once you handle the parts, it doesn't feel as if you've overpaid for any of it. It's good stuff, all around and the pricing isn't ridiculous. As an added bonus, props goes to whoever can figure out what the difference between England, Britain and the United Kingdom (UK) are!

If you have any questions about R&G Racing accessories or if you simply want to hear us say tail tidy on the phone, give us a shout and we'd be happy to help!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Early Years of Motocross Museum



I'll admit I'm a little young to appreciate the awesomeness I was beholding earlier this week so, after speaking with a few senior riders I felt inclined to post what I came across at The Early Years of Motocross Museum.

I had the pleasure of meeting Tom White, as it was his establishment, and he was a very gracious host. As many of you know, Tom started out as a dirt tracker, racing against some of the greats, but really started kicking ass once he got on a Harley (which I was lucky enough to capture in a completely separate room from the actual museum). Tom had some later experience at Saddleback Motocross Park here in Orange County. (See old video footage here.) The track is long gone, but the locals still ride 'Saddleback'!

I may as well complete the bio... Tom joined up with brother, Dan, to create White Brothers, a corporate giant in the motorcycle industry whose name is still recongized to this day. I'm always excited to be in the company of experience and knowledge, especially when motorcycles are involved. I told Tom I was dizzied by my attempt to absorb all of the vintage race machines I was viewing, and he assured me that that was nothing compared to riding them. I've only ridden a couple of the motorcycles on display, but I'm sure some of these shots will bring back some memories for some of you. Enjoy!




Share

Share |