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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.


By Sir D

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!

By Sir D

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.




By Sir D

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
By Sir D

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.

By Sir D

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




By Sir D

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:


By Sir D

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!



By Aram

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.
By Aram

Irvine, Santiago Peak, Ortega Highway Ride Report


Sunday morning I woke up early and stepped outside the garage in my pajama pants and a sweatshirt at 0615, passing my motorcycle and gear on the way out. It was socked in fog but I was wide awake and wanted to go for a ride. I threw my Klim Latitude Pants on over my pajamas, strapped on my Gaerne Balance Oileds, put my Alpinestars textilejacket on over a fleece jacket and warmed up the motorcycle not really sure where I was actually headed. 

I headed west towards the beach before turning back around to the east to see if the local canyons were clearer as visibility was less than 75 yards in Irvine. Once I passed through Foothill Ranch it cleared up completely as the tires finally warmed up. Getting on Santiago Road, other than a few bicyclists here and there, was wide open but cool temperature-wise. Silverado Canyon came was coming up on the right and I decided I was going to ride to where the pavement ended when Silverado Canyon Road turns into Maple Springs, one of the access roads up into Cleveland National Forest. Once I reached this without passing any hikers and it still being so early I decided to head up to 4 Corners where Maple Springs, North Main Divide, and Modjeska Canyon all merge (Maple Springs turns into Main Divide where they meet hence the 4th corner). The Sun was just reaching the ridgelines below and to the west when I reached there. 

Looking north from 4 Corners

The trusty steed looking at 4 Corners



Still being early I decided to go for the top of Santiago Peak. The ride was nice and cool yet working the stock DR650SE over the loose rocks on the westward (weather facing) roads was causing me to work up a sweat so it was time to open up the vents on the Latitude pants. I was surprised that the entire way up I didn?t encounter any hikers or mountain bikers as sometimes they are around every corner. I was the only person up there that I saw to this point.


Santiago Peak, looking west

 

I made the top shortly after 0730 to a still foggy Orange County but nice views all around. No one was up there and it was a nice way to spend the morning. I thought I was going to turn around and then I started looking east towards Elsinore and Ortega Highway. I had driven the part of North Main Divide between Santiago Peak and Ortega many times but had not ridden it. 

Somewhere out there is Ortega

 

I took off after spending about a half hour at the top. It is a fun section of dirt with mostly compacted sand and a little bit longer straight-aways allowing the DR to stretch her legs a bit.


Looking back at Santiago Peak


 
Approximately half way to Ortega from the peak I came across the first vehicle who were scouting around for deer. I kept going after talking to them for a few minutes and passed another vehicle that just flew by when I waved him through. I reach Ortega Highway a little after 0900 and decided it was time to eat so I headed down into Lake Elsinore for breakfast. After airing up the tires a bit at a gas station I headed back through Ortega Highway and was sitting at home just after 1100. A great way to spend a Sunday morning in my opinion.


Found Ortega!

By Sir D