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To buy Italian or not?

With recent Italian sport bikes such as the 1098 leveling the playing field a bit in terms of performance and price I've found myself giving Italian bikes a second look. I still can't seem to pull the trigger as Japan Inc. has so many wonderful machines to choose from at a much more appealing price with more features (like slipper clutches as standard issue).

My first bike was an 2003 Yamaha R6 that took me through every imaginable bike related social event including bike nights and weekend rides into the local canyons. I graduated to the much more track oriented 2006 Yamaha R6 and started up with weekend canyon rides and track days.

I began pouring money into the R6 as my track usage increased and I've since left the streets. I added new Galfer 1003 brake pads, brake lines, Scotts steering damper and a full exhaust system to my bike. It's a very, very capable machine. Naturally, I began to ask myself if I could find a better package in another bike to take around the track.

I couldn't bring myself to pay more for the 848 as it didn't even come with a stock slipper clutch and maintenance was a bit pricey on the Ducati. There seems to be a lot more aftermarket support for the Japanese bikes. I decided to stay Japanese for the track, at least for the time being. Performance just seemed to come at a lower cost. It doesn't keep me from drooling over the Aprilia's new RSV4. Maybe one day I can toss a leg over an Italian beauty I can call my own.

In the meantime the 2009 Yamaha R1 is catching my attention as the power curve is pretty close to that of the RSV4 from what I hear.
By Sir D


CRG Hindsight 3" LS Bar End Folding Mirror

26 reviews and 4 out of 5 stars confirm this is a GREAT product. They've been backordered almost steadily this year but we've managed to wrangle a large number of them. The 3" Hindsight LS Bar End Folding Mirror is IN STOCK and ready to ship.

These are not your standard southeast Asia produced crap and we definitely can agree that we get what we pay for. CNC Machined billet aluminum construction insure these beauties last a while. Replacement glass is also offered. On sale for $74.95 (Retail $90) they are not cheap but are more than worth it according to what people are saying. Pair them up with a bar-end adapter for easy installation.

CRG also offers a 2" non-folding mirror called the Blindsight for about $43 and a 3" non-folding Hindsight for about $67.
By Sir D


What's the best chain lube?

Even such a ubiquitous product should be given a second thought, especially one that can leave a nasty mess if it's not up to the job. Properly lubing your motorcycle drive train will most definitely add extra life to your chain and sprockets. With so many choices on chain lube how is one suppose to find a decent product that works?

Well, customer reviews have always been a go-to for me when shopping online. The products that stand out are the Motul Factory Line Chain Lube, Dupont Teflon Chain Lube and the Maxima Chain Wax when it comes to decent customer reviews with the Motul currently outselling the Maxima.

Motul's Factory Line has always been a staple in high end performance lubricants. I've noticed off-road guys seem to gravitate towards Maxima while street riders embrace Motul. Perhaps it's the marketing? Who knows. Maxima also offers a smaller 8-oz size for those looking for portability and a lower price point.

Another relatively new product to the bunch is the Dupont Teflon chain lube that's widely used among racers and voted one of the best chain lubes by a motorcycle publication. This my current go-to chain lube of choice and it's pretty amazing stuff - especially with a name like Dupont behind it. It works and it works well.

These are our top 3 selling chain lubes on our website and should serve you well!


By Sir D


#1 Dealer for SpeedoHealers in the USA!


SoloMotoParts.com is the #1 Dealer in the United States for Speedohealers. This item is usually stocked and ships quickly. Single Speedohealer orders arrive in 2-3 days via FREE USPS Priority Mail shipping.

Need a better understanding of the product? Not sure if it's worth it? Get informed with over 80 reviews from other customers on this product.

The SpeedoHealer V4 is an electronic device which will enable your bike's speedometer and odometer to show realistic information. This is a KEY addition when changing your sprocket sizes with a 520 conversion kit, etc. because your speedometer will read horribly off.

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By Sir D