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Solo Moto's 2011 Husqvarna TE310

We have a new addition to the stable, a 2011 Husqvarna TE310. This is a fuel injected, street legal dirt bike that is one of the lightest, most nimble motorcycles in its class. I say 'street legal dirt bike' because you really aren't going to want to do any touring on this thing. Short paved routes in between trails is all that plate is for. A KLR650 is like a Goldwing compared to the TE. This is an off-road machine with a license plate, which comes in very handy here in California where off-highway vehicles and OHV riding areas are experiencing more and more restrictions.

The TE310 is exactly what I was looking for: light, nimble, and plenty of low-to-mid power compared to a 250. Husqvarna developed the 310 in 2011 off of the 250cc platform rather than downsizing the 450 as they'd done before. This lightened up the bike a little which is always a good thing. The extra torque you get with the 310 over a 250 also allows you to be a little lazier with your gear selection since there's plenty of power to pull you through. I've never owned a 250cc four-stroke for that very reason. I had previously opted for the 450cc motocross platform for my off-road riding until now. I'm a medium sized rider at 5'8", 162lbs, so a 450 had the tendency to throw me around if I wasn't careful.

The Rowher Flats Breakfast Club was in full effect in the weeks after I bought the 310 so I picked a day and raced out to Canyon Country at the crack of dawn. I met up with the usual suspects and we took off towards the hills into the best single track the area had to offer. I was having fun as soon as the tires hit the trail! The trails were tight, and at times quite steep with difficult step-ups hiding around blind 180-degree turns. I hadn't ridden like this in years! The TE was amazing, of course, but so were the guys I was riding with so the pace for the day was perfect. 


We followed the tight switchbacks all the way up and rested in the shade under the low hanging tree branches at the top of the hill. It felt more like a mountain. After a brief intermission we proceeded to ride down the other side of the range to rest once again in the shade under the trees at the bottom. I was starting to see a pattern by this point. There was a nice cool running stream in the bush nearby so I washed my face and talked with the fellas before mounting up and heading back up the way we came. After a brisk ride back to the staging area I called it a day. I'll be back for sure.




 



So far, the TE310 fits the bill for what I wanted. I'll post up with some of the upgrades I've been making at a later date...
By Aram

[Video] Chuckwalla Track Day

Tyler and Daniel having a blast at Chuckwalla on their R6's.
By Sir D

Autoclub Speedway Fun with Daniel

Autoclub Speedway Fun with Daniel 10/21/2012
By Sir D

Eastern Sierras & WMRS w/ Husky TE310

Eastern Sierras & WMRS GoPro Off-Road w/ Husky TE310
By Sir D

Track Day at AutoClub Speedway

Tyler (#906) and Daniel (Black R6) were out doing what they love at AutoClub Speedway in Fontana, California with Fastrack Riders. It was a great day of testing and tuning with the new Solo Moto Racing R6. We're very excited for the upcoming season! Enjoy the pictures below (credits: Caliphotography)




By Sir D

Solo Moto Keychain

SoloMoto Rubberized 2" Keychains are now available for purchase! Put one on your motorcycle key to rep your favorite online store.

http://www.solomotoparts.com/Solo-Moto-Rubberized-Logo-Keychain/
By Sir D

Race Bike Graphics


SoloMotoParts.com worked with Concept Five in Oceanside, CA to develop a new graphics package for our race machines.We're very excited about the new look and hope to have the completed machines out on the track as soon as possible.
By Sir D

Motion Pro Bead Buddy II


The original Bead Buddy was developed and first offered by Motion Pro more than 10 years ago. Since then it has become one of their best selling products and one that many competitors have tried to copy. It is one of those classic ?Why didn?t I think of that?? tools. With a simple and compact design, the original Bead Buddy significantly reduced the effort and complexity in changing a tire, all within a tool that is small enough to fit in a tool pack or bag and not add a lot of weight.

The designers at Motion Pro are never content to just sit on their laurels. This year they have significantly redesigned several tools, and the 08-0471 Bead Buddy II is one of the neatest new designs. While other companies are busy copying their old designs, Motion Pro is busy innovating, making their products better and inventing new products to help you get things done faster and easier.
The original Bead Buddy was made from two formed plates of steel that were welded together. While this made for a perfectly functional tool, new manufacturing processes have become more affordable, and a complete redesign of the tool was possible. The new Bead Buddy II is a single aluminum extrusion. The new curved design protects the tire rim, smoothes the path the tire follows and reduces the effort of changing a tire even further than the original tool.  And yes, it makes the tool look a lot cooler too!  Take note:  If you run Bib Mousse tubes in your off road motorcycle, the Bead Buddy II is a must have tool!
In addition to the new curved shape, the Bead Buddy II is made from aircraft grade 6061 aluminum, so it is lighter and stronger than the original Bead Buddy. Blue anodizing, and a laser etched Motion Pro logo compliment the new curved design and lets everyone know you own the best motorcycle tools made today. The Bead Buddy II is available now at Solo Moto. 
By Aram

Barkbusters Handguards for the F650GS, F800GS & R1200GS

Protection is a major reason for upgrades to the stock trim on the F650GS, F800GS, and R1200GS. A must have for these bikes are HANDGUARDS!

My handguard of choice for the F800GS is the Barkbusters VPS Handguard. The same part number fits the F650GS, F800GS, and R1200GS models. The 800GS weighs somewhere in the neighborhood of 460lbs. Add camping gear, extra fuel, water and supplies, and that's quite a bit of weight when you drop the bike. The ends of the handlebars are always going to hit the ground when the bike goes down. This is inevitable if you are new to big bike riding or if you are like me and have to fall down to know you're having a good time. I've had the bike fully loaded- and tipped and slammed into rocks and dirt more times than I can count. My brake and clutch levers remained straight and untouched and my grips are only worm from my hands instead of having the ends torn to shreds by the ground.  Barkbusters take a lickin', that's for sure! If you need evidence take a look at some of our riding videos on the F800GS.

I took some pictures of my Barkbusters today and posted them below. I have about 12,000 miles on them and more spills than I can count.

 

Another perk of installing handguards is they shield your hands from cold blasts of air in the winter. Guards, leather gloves, and the heated grips have kept my hands toasty down into the high 30*'s, but that's nothing for some of you hardcore winter riders out there. It just doesn't get that cold here.

Click here for pricing and availability. We normally have these in stock and ready to ship. Thanks for reading!


By Aram

MotoGP at Laguna Seca 2012

The first of our tour of gas stations
This was my first year riding up to Monterey, CA from Los Angeles with an 01 FZ1 and I have to say it was quite a memorable one. The plan was to take 450 miles of back roads all the way up.

We started off on the Thursday before the race weekend and took a riding through Latigo Canyon Road in Malibu over to Agoura Hills. A rider in our group has a mechanical issue with his FZ1 and he had to turn back (luckily he was able to rent another motorcycle and met us later that night).

The Route
From Agoura Hills we went up the 23 to Filmore, then we took Telegraph Road to the 150 into Ojai. From Ojai we took the windy 33 up to the 166 into Taft. Then from Taft we continued on the 33 and hopped on the 58 and passed by Paso Robles into Templeton. From Templeton we took Las Tablas to Vineyard Dr - which took us through some very picturesque wineries. We passed Lake Nacimiento through Interlake Road/G14.  Then we took G14 to Mission Road/Nacimiento-Fergusson Rd which took us through Fort Hunter Ligget and onto Hwy 1.

We took a bathroom break :)
If you've never taken Nacimiento Fergusson Road from Fort Hunter Ligget through to Hwy 1 it's a must! The road is very technical but it brings you over to Hwy 1 with some breathtaking views. It's a little bit hairy going through there and it really made me want a GS or something of that nature but the group made it through just fine and took Hwy 1 up through Big Sur and into Monterey.

The group rented a huge house just outside the track in Monterey and it was good times for the entire weekend. We rode into the track daily and had a blast! We even took a ride up north to visit Alice's Restaurant - which is a famous Nor Cal biker bar of sorts outside of Palo Alto. The food was amazing but I did run out of a gas on the way up there and we had to siphon from a buddy's bike. It's an "adventure" though, right?


Premium Paddock Pass
I started the day with a standard paddock pass but ended up scoring a premium paddock pass which gives you serious access. I was able to check out Rossi's helmet and Rossi himself. 

Through some other cosmic grace I found myself as a guest of HRC and ended up on a tour of the Stoner/Pedrosa's HRC Repsol Honda garage which, if you aren't familiar, is some serious VIP status! They even fed us! 

I'm looking forward to next year's adventure and, hopefully, by then I can be on a new Ducati 1200 Multistrada!




Alice's Restaurant
Parking at the track
Siphoning gas
Valentino Rossi's Rear
Rossi's Carbon AGV Helmet
Rossi's Carbon AGV Helmet
Rossi's Carbon AGV Helmet
Dani Pedrosa
Ben Spies: Injury after practice
Ducati Girls
Yamalube Girls
PSR Girl - Michelle Yee
Brammo Girls
Repsol Honda Garage Access
Repsol Honda Garage Access
Repsol Honda Garage Access
San Carlo Girls
Valentino Rossi

By Sir D