Q&A With Kyle Martin of M4 Exhaust

We've offered M4 exhausts on our website for years now and we felt it was time to dig a little deeper into who they are and what makes them tick. Last month, we did a quick overview of their exhaust systems. This month, we shot them an e-mail with a series of questions we thought would interest the riding community. The origins of their name is actually pretty cool! Read on:

Q. Please introduce yourself.
A. Kyle Martin, VP of M4 Performance Exhaust

Q. What does M4 do and where did the name M4 come from?
A. M4 manufactures performance exhaust systems for popular sport bikes.  Four Martin's started this company so M to the 4th power was fitting.  Also, my uncle Michael Martin was a great road racer in his day, his nickname was M2 for MM but then it became M4 for Miracle Man Michael Martin.  So M4 fit the company from a few different angles.

Q. How and when did M4 start? What's the origin of the idea?
A. M4 started in 1997.  My family owned Tube Forming Inc. which made all kinds of copper parts for air conditioning.  It became a big company and was sold, so with the knowledge of tube bending and the love of motorcycle roadracing M4 was created.

Q. How did M4 get into racing sponsorship and how does racing help with your R&D?
A. Racing was what got us started in the business. We built race pipes and want our pipes to out-perform others.  In order to showcase that, we needed to help great racers.

Q. Anything new on the horizon that we can look forward to?
A. We just finished building products for the new Yamaha R3, then on to the 2016 Suzuki GSX-S 1000.  Mid-2016 we are hoping to get a new GSX-R1000 that will help with our racing efforts and also sales.

Q. How does M4's R&D team do what they do? You guys always seem to have new pipes on the market super quick.
A. WE would actually like to get products on the market quicker but sometimes we take our time to make sure we create the best products possible for M4.  We build pipes to fit the bike using our knowledge of what we think will make power.  Then we go to the dyno and try numerous combinations of lengths and diameters until we find the sweet spot.  After that, we find a way to make that combination fit the bike correctly.

Q. Does M4 offer a warranty for their products?
A. 1 year limited warranty for defects in workmanship and materials.

Q. What's in your dream garage?
A. Wow tough question.  I have a decent garage now.  TTR125 (156cc) flat tracker, DRZ125 (170cc) flat tracker, 2016 KTM 350 SX-F, 2013 KTM 250 SX-F, Honda Grom, Yamaha Zuma 50 (80cc) and a golfcart!  Love my golf cart!

Q. Anything else to add?
A. M4 is a family business and we like to talk with our customers.  Any questions feel free to call us up 972-481-9300.

By Daniel Relich

2015 YZF-R1M Project Bike Highlights

You may have seen on social media that we have a 2015 Yamaha R1M in the Solo Family now! More specifically, my father has purchased one to add to his ever-growing stable of motorcycles. The dude has a passion, what can I say? Naturally, the first step (before even taking delivery, of course) was to make a gigantic list of performance 2015 R1 parts and accessories that were to be installed. My emotional state surrounding the new 2015 R1 is comparable to that of when the 2006 R6 was released. I'm in awe of all the high end features and ground-breaking technology - or maybe its just Yamaha's excellent marketing. Either way, I bet this is an affliction many motorcycle riders share.

I'm a sport rider and Yamaha-fan-boy at heart, and the years following 2008 didn't leave us with any impressionable new Japanese models (with exception of a few from the Kawasaki camp). I'm highly anticipating the revival of sport bikes in the years to come, with the rest of Japan, Inc. following Yamaha's lead with tasty new models. I'd like to see an all-new R6 sometime soon, but it likely won't happen until after 2016.

Our first order of business was to make sure this new 2015 Yamaha R1 was protected from any minor incidents, drops and spills. For years now, we've carried R&G Racing parts & accessories and we've always admired the build quality, unique design and superior engineering behind their products and we've been wanting to install R&G goodies on a new motorcycle for a while now. To this end, we've procured a full set of case covers, "Aero" style frame sliders, swingarm spools, rear axle sliders and radiator/oil cooler guards from UK-based R&G. We tossed in an R&G Tail Tidy for good measure to clean up the tail end as well. I really love the way the bike looks with the R&G accents, especially the black case covers. You can find more details about the 2015 R1 R&G Accessories on our website.

Not only do a set of aftermarket rearsets (the piece where footpegs, heelguards and brake/shift pedals converge) add an undeniably cool and sexy look to the sport bike, they are actually quite functional when it comes to foot position and riding comfort. These rearsets additionally provide increased rigidity that translate into a more direct feel with the motorcycle. They are a must-have upgrade for track junkies and high performance riders alike and are well suited to many sport bike applications. We went with Lightech Track System Rearsets straight from Italy. Like most accessories from Italy, these ooze sex appeal. I love them. Track System rearsets have adjustable footpegs and shifter pedal tip, ball bearing smooth action shifting and braking, as well as an option for reverse (or GP) shift. They're fully loaded.

For the all-mighty-must-have-mod-of-all-mods, we went with the Yoshimura Alpha Signature 3/4 Exhaust for the 2015 R1 and optioned the carbon fiber muffler with carbon fiber end cap. Being a 3/4 system, this exhaust uses the original factory titanium headers for the R1M, helping keep costs low, but still delivering on the performance. The Yoshimura Exhaust removes the factory catalytic converter as well as the Yamaha EXUP system. This pipe is a strong contender for any new R1 owner seeking an aftermarket exhaust system. In addition, the Alpha muffler is an entirely new design from Yoshimura R&D and it demands attention when installed on the new 2015 Yamaha Superbike. There's a lot of first's here, ladies and gentlemen!

We made a short sound clip video of the Yoshimura exhaust during idle and with light revs:

Find more 2015 Yamaha R1 Parts & Accessories here:

By Daniel Relich

Stop Right There... with Galfer Brake Lines

We've said it before, and we'll say it again: braking isn't at the top of the upgrades list for most riders, but it should be! Proper braking technique shouldn't involve a lot of drama, but rather, confidence and precision, even in an emergency. Squeezing the brake lever doesn't offer a magic solution to bring the motorcycle to a stop, but instead, begins the process of transferring fluid through brake lines that then apply the pressure to the calipers, pads, and lastly rotors. Galfer brake lines are critical to escaping a critical situation and performing in competitive environments.

Founded by Maffio Milesi in Barcelona, Spain in 1946, Galfer Brakes started out as a brake pad supplier for the European auto and motorcycle industries. Before Giorgio Milesi, one of Milesi's sons moved to Santa Barbara in 1992. The Galfer brand was not known in the US at that time. The company has come a long way since then. Galfer now boasts a 12,000 square-foot warehouse in California and services North and South America, as well as Australia and the Far East. Today, Galfer is renowned as a quality brake component manufacturer in the USA.

The addition of steel-braided brake lines on any motorcycle offers a drastic improvement to braking performance without (ahem) breaking the bank. Many motorcycles are equipped with rubber brake lines from factory, which tend to expand as brake fluid is pushed through the lines. This creates more volume within the brake lines rather than transferring that hydraulic pressure to braking. Another benefit for off-road, dual-sport, and adventure riders is that steel braided brake lines offer more abrasion resistance than rubber lines, thereby better protecting your braking system when traveling off-road.

Galfer has tens-of-thousands of model-specific brake product applications, but they offer custom lines as well. This customization extends to a wide variety of color options for all standard and custom applications. You need a custom-length rear brake line for your extended swingarm on your fully custom sportbike build? No problem. Solo Moto offers any configuration of banjo angles and colors, lengths, and line colors that Galfer has to offer.

Galfer Brake Lines

- Made in the USA
- Lifetime warranty
- Available for ABS and integrated brake systems
- Uses virgin PFTE
- Utilize 64 lines of steel braiding
- Available in 11 colors

Galfer's relationship with OEM Manufacturers and top race teams gives them the advantage of handling the latest bikes firsthand, even before the public. This enables them to ensure the perfect fitment of their replacement brake pads, rotors and lines. They have always been the first to bring their latest applications to bike enthusiasts. Galfer's brake products are truly state-of-the-art considering the research that goes into the development of new brake pad compounds and their patented WaveŽ rotor technology.

Galfer Standard Brake Line Kits

- High-quality machined banjo fittings and bolts
- 11 colors of PVC coated brake hoses
- Tailored to specific bikes for perfect finish and fitment
- Pre-positioned banjo fittings to enable an out of-the-box fit
- Brake lines are labeled to help in understanding which end goes where
- Lifetime guarantee against manufacturing defects

More Offerings from Galfer

- Superlight Brake Line Kits: banjo fittings and bolts made of aluminum which weight less and are easily color-customized.
- Superbike Series Brake Line Kit: direct thread-into-the-caliper brake lines. Powerful and aggressive response, well suited for track racing.
- GP Series Brake Lines: compact mounting with one line coming from the master cylinder and splitting into two at the lower triple clamp.
- K7 Universal Brake Line Kits: brake line of pre-determined length with two female ends leading to endless possibilities for fittings.

You can order Galfer Brake Lines here:

By Aram

Q&A with Healtech Distributor Blue Monkey is a long-time dealer of Healtech Gear Indicators and the Speedohealer Calibrator. Recent, we had a rather good idea to interview our long time friend, Todd Robinson, of Blue Monkey Motorsports, to try and dive a little deeper into the man behind Healtech Electronics in North America.

Q. Please introduce yourself. Who might you be?
A. Todd Robinson, President and General Manager of Blue Monkey Motorsports, Inc.

Q. What does Blue Monkey do, when did it start and what's the origin of the name?
A. Blue Monkey is the exclusive North American distributor for Healtech Electronics, located just outside Sandpoint, Idaho. The business started in 2002 as Cal-Sportbike, but after moving to Idaho in 2007 and incorporating we decided to change the name. In the powersports industry we really don't have to take ourselves too I let my kids give me naming suggestions, and I really liked their idea to call it "Blue Monkey". It was unique and catchy, and we really dug the old school "Speed Racer/anime" logo our designer created for us.

Q. How did you decide on Healtech? What's the origin of the idea to set out on your own?
A. Back in 2002 Cal-Sportbike was a parts and accessories shop just off Angeles Crest Highway in Wrightwood, CA. We connected with a business in Europe who made a truly superior pulse bandwidth modulator to correct for speedometer error and gearing changes, and we started to bring their products into the USA in increasing quantities. That was the original SpeedoHealer. By 2007 we were focusing almost 100% on importing and distributing their products, and they'd expanded to a company employing over a dozen people in a state-of-the-art production facility with distributors in 41 countries.

Q. What's the most popular Healtech product line?
A. The SpeedoHealer has always been the best seller, probably because it's really a "need" product. And in 12 years nobody has come up with anything better. Basically anyone who changes gearing not only has even worse speedometer error but also is now forcing the odometer to register many more miles than the bike is traveling...often 12-15% more. So when people realize this is happening, getting a SpeedoHealer is a no-brainer. A close second is their gear indicators...since between the GIPro with ATRE, GIPro DS Series, and GIPro X-Type they can be installed on any motorcycle, atv/utv, or car with electronic ignition. Their fastest growing line right now is the new QSE quick shifter. I think that's due to the fact that it offers far more features than quick shifters in the $600 range but costs just a little over $300. In fact, it was just named runner-up for's Product of the Year Award.

Q. Anything new on the horizon that we can look forward to?
A. Healtech is putting almost all their time into making sure there will be QSE quick shifter harnesses for every bike model on the market. This requires an inordinate amount of time to ensure compatibility. So it may be a bit before we see the next Healtech product as they work to really broaden model applications and performance with this remarkable new product. For example, they now make a harness for the Honda Grom, and the editors just used that kit for a 24-hour endurance race.

Q. Does Healtech offer a warranty for their products? If so, how would it work for US customers?
A. Healtech has the best warranty in the electronics industry. All Healtech products come with a 30-day ("love it or return it") money back guarantee. We are pleased to be able to offer this sort of buyer assurance, and in a given year I can count on one hand the number of money-back returns we get. People really love Healtech's quality and performance.  Their replacement warranty is also very strong. All products have a 2-year unlimited replacement warranty for failure, while the FI Tuner Pro has a transferable 5 year warranty (five times longer than any other mappable fuel injection tuner on the market) and the SpeedoHealer has an impressive lifetime limited warranty.

Q. Todd, what's in your dream garage?
A. My dream garage would include a Suzuki Lucky Strike RGV250, Aprilia RSW250GP, Rothmans Honda NSR250 (I do love the two-strokes), Honda RC30, '92 Ducati 900 Superlight (I sold mine in 2001 and I miss that bike), and a Bimota SB6R. And as a Porsche guy, there would be an air-cooled 911 in there somewhere...probably a '95-98 993 C4S for days it's too cold and windy to ride in northern Idaho.

Q. Anything else to add?
A. We see great things in the future for the Healtech product line. We are happy to have some long-time dealers like Solo Moto who have been with us for ages and are fantastic at supporting the product line with knowledge and great service. With Healtech continuing to set the benchmark for quality and performance in this industry, it's just a great place for us to be in this industry.

By Daniel Relich

Sargent World Sport Enduro and 2UP Seats for BMW F800GS

We have put a lot of miles on the BMW F800GS here at Solo Moto, and more than a few long-distance adventures in a single clip. Riding thousands of miles in the stock saddle is not a very attractive proposition if you've ever tried it yourself. We certainly have, and a Sargent World Sport Enduro-Style Seat was the first thing we put on the bike when we got back.

Sargent has been making seats for over 80 years! I learned that it's not necessarily the foam alone that makes for a great seat. The forward-rear angle of the motorcycle seat as well as the width and shape play a big role in keeping your hiney from going numb on a ride. We've spoken to riders coming from two or three other brands of seats before trying Sargent, and they typically rave about the difference in ride comfort after trying a Sargent seat.

The seat on the F800GS doesn't start biting back until the miles start piling up. If you ride around town and do a little riding on the weekends, you could very well be fine on the stock seat. I don't need to do any convincing here if you're already on the bike and putting in the miles, so let's move on to what Sargent can do for you.

The Sargent World Sport Seat is available in a couple different configurations for the BMW F650GS, F700GS, and F800GS. There is an Enduro version that mimics the style of the stock seat which is appropriate for dual sport riding that requires the rider to shift from front to back on the seat while traveling off-road. The other version of the seat is the 2UP-Style that creates separate saddles for the rider and passenger, holding both in their respective positions, front to back. Side-to-side leaning for aggressive turning remains very comfortable and natural in this seat as well. Both variations utlize superior materials and shaping to create a much more comfortable ride, regardless of the circumstances.
The Enduro Sargent seat is absolutely best for the Dual Sport rider that will be carrying the occasional passenger. I brought my wife on a few rides and we were just fine on the Enduro seat. The 2UP seat would not have been appropriate for all the climbing and sliding and balancing I was doing off-road.

The 2UP-Style Sargent seat is best for the Touring rider who will be traveling long distances on the pavement and wants to keep a passenger where they belong, behind and slightly above the pilot. This is the seat of choice for a rider that likes to feel set in place without a lot of movement in the saddle.
By Aram

Scotts Stabilizers, Don't Stress The Unforeseen

Motorcycle riding is epic-ly exciting and some even consider it therapy! However, you can still do without some of the thrills and chills that come along the way in the form of a rock or rut mid-corner or even a pothole in the middle of the road. That's no fun, but it's still an unfortunate part of riding a motorcycle and the best thing to do is to prepare yourself. As my father always says, "prepare for the worst, hope for the best." A stabilizer can positively affect the front end controls on every kind of surface and help keep your bike under controls in some unforeseen situations. Scotts stabilizers are hydraulic shock-absorbing dampers, that are fully adjustable and compact enough to fit on the steering head. It helps control the "head shake" or "tank slap" phenomenon that plagues all off-road motorcycles and even road bikes. We've all been there when the throttle is let go abruptly or the front tire comes in contact with something and things get a little dicey.

Scotts stabilizers manage to eliminate the "thrust-effect" which happens when you hit something unforeseen as well. Getting a scotts stabilizer installed will reduce the effort required to maintain the stability of the front end of the bike in rough or unforeseen terrain. The stabilizer makes your ride smoother by preventing handlebar wrenching jolts and reducing head shake. Operating on the same rough principle as the front forks or shock, the scotts steering damper absorbs any unwanted energy generated by unseen and unexpected impacts. We've used the Scotts product for years on our personal motorcycles and, in case you were wondering, it is possible to move the damper from bike to bike as long as the mounts (which we do sell separately) are already install. Be sure that the road and off-road dampers remain separate as they function a bit differently and the applications shouldn't be mixed.

For off-road, MX and dual-sport, its usefulness is highlighted when you are riding in the desert and taking on fire-roads, rocky sections, high speed sand washes and even in the woods amidst sharp edged rocks and tree roots. Through big rollers, sweeping turns or stutter bumps, your bike will track straighter and with the assurance of a secured landing even on tabletops or big doubles. If you look closely at the picture above, you can see the golden orb on the steering head of our Team Solo Husky TE310.

For street bikes and hard-charging track bikes, the stabilizer ensures increased stability during high speed directional changes (like at the infamous straight-away at Autoclub Speedway), trail braking, hard braking and when the front end is floated during hard acceleration. The extra energy released when the front end tries try to whip straight is absorbed by the stabilizer, allowing you to keep pushing for those extra milliseconds without losing your cool. We do actually use the stabilizer on our Team Solo Yamaha R6's when we hit the track.

So what's installation like? The Scott Steering Stabilizer has been designed as a "bolt-on" accessory for most of the well known motorcycle manufacturers. It also comes in a "weld-on" version when necessary for certain model applications, although rare. The installation is generally as easy as changing a spark plug and can be mounted in minutes with the help of an included instruction manual. Though the unit needs no extra attention, if mounted properly, you can always have the Scott's service team run it through their ten-point inspection program. We tend to service our dampers about once per year to keep it in tip-top shape.

As the official stabilizer for Husaberg America, KTM America, Kawasaki Team Green, Honda Off Road Racing Team and Yamaha Factory racers, the Scotts steering stabilizers have more championship victories, national titles and positive reviews than any other stabilizer on the market. It is without a doubt the best you can get. But what does this all translate to in the real world and why do you need one? Well, simply but, a more controlled machine gives the rider more confidence and, in turn, the ride is safer and more enjoyable. Riding fatigue will be lessened since you won't be fighting the bike so much. Another perk is that you'll likely run a bit faster without consciously realizing it -- and that's the feature we love most.

You can find out a bit more about Scotts Steering Stabilizers and buy one here: 

By Daniel Relich

Shorai LFX Lithium Batteries

Let's face it, batteries are probably the last thing on your mind when looking to add additional performance to your motorcycle. For just about always, motorcycles have been using a heavy lead-acid battery which has a low cost and a wide manufacturing base so it was easily adopted as the go to technology. However, over the last few years, lithium battery technology has emerged as a worthy competitor in this segment where maintenance, volume, temperature sensitivity and relative low weight outweighs the cost factor (lithium batteries tend to be a bit more expensive than their lead acid competitors). A brand at the forefront of this emerging tech is Sunnyvale, California based Shorai. They started in 2010 and are most well known for their OE-specific fitment that are easy to install because they're the same size as your outgoing stock battery.

The key differences between a traditional lead-acid and Shorai batteries (Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries) are quite substantial.

- A lot less weight to be lugging around (up to 80% lighter)
- Discharges less quickly will sitting unused
- Improved starting performance
- Longer life-cycle so the batteries last longer
- Less negative environment impact
- Two-Year Warranty

Shorai batteries have become one of the leading producers of Lithium Iron Phosphate power sports batteries. They have led the market's conversion to the lithium starter battery from the traditional lead-acid and have helped revolutionized to industry with their LFX line. The Shorai battery LFX claims to be the only prismatic lithium-iron battery which lasts longer and packs more punch, while being half the size of a traditional battery. LFX batteries deliver more energy faster than its competitors in the market. These Shorai batteries even weigh and wear less per start cycle than other brands. The light weight is due in part to the high tech carbon-fiber composite case. Due to a low self-discharge rate, this battery can hold the charge for a whole year without maintenance. It not only has a service life 2-4 times that of a lead-acid battery but also recharges quicker. Shorai motorcycle batteries use LFX cells that are specifically formulated for engine starter duty.

Although the Shorai LFX series is pricier than the typical lead-acid battery, it has a superior technology that is backed up with a two-year warranty. The Shorai LFX batteries have a wide range of case shapes, sizes, capacity options and left/right polarity options for the best fitment possible. There are adhesive backed foam sheets included in the pack which can be used in case the LFX is smaller than the previous battery in any dimension. The foam sheets can be trimmed and applied accordingly to ensure a snug fit of the battery along with vibration and thermal insulation. The pack also includes terminal screws, a set of spares, the user manual and Shorai decals in different sizes. Shorai LFX offers a "drop in" installation for many power-sports vehicles due to all the different options and sizes available.

You can order Shorai Lithium LFX batteries here:
By Daniel Relich

Bring It Honda! An 800GS, 950Adv, and Me.

I haven't owned a million Adventure bikes. I've owned two: a 2010 BMW F800GS and a 2004 KTM 950 Adventure. I write this as my KTM sits in the shop, so please excuse any skewed editorializing.

What's most exciting to me about Honda's new release of the Africa Twin as the CRF1000L is that there is a very good possibility of finally having a very reliable, turn-key, 1000cc adventure bike that will handle better off-road than the other 'reliable' options on the market. Again, this is just based on my own personal experience and conversations with other riders.

My experience with the Beemer was overwhelmingly positive, but as everyone knows, it leaves something to be desired once you start pushing the envelope in the dirt. On the other end of the spectrum is the Dakar-bred off-road beast from KTM, that delivers more feedback and dirtbike-like performance than I ever could have imagined from a big bike. The two motorcycles are at opposite ends of the same Adventure category, with the 800GS being more road friendly and the 950Adv being more dirt friendly. If it ended there, my choice would be easy. I'd much rather ride a dirtbike on the street than a street bike in the dirt.

The issue I'm experiencing that pushes the two even further apart is the maintenance and general upkeep required. The 800GS required nothing outside of oil changes every six-thousand miles after outfitting it with SW Motech crashbars, an MOD skidplate, Barkbusters handguards, and Giant Loop and Wolfman luggage. The 950Adv has a laundry list of recommended updates and rebuilds, not to mention that you should change the oil every two-thousand miles!

The 950Adv is an absolute animal off-road, requiring only Doubletake mirrors, a Heidenau K60 rear with a TKC80 front, a Seat Concepts seat, and a Moose Racing windshield to get me comfy on the bike on the street and dirt. With nearly identical mileage on both motorcycles, I'm learning about cost of ownership the hard way with maintenance and updates required to keep my KTM happy. I love this bike, and I ride it every day. She just keeps making me pull out my wallet.

This experience has me looking to the new Honda Africa Twin as a safe bet to deliver what a modern Adventure bike should. Do I want a bike that performs in the dirt? Yes. Do I need something reliable that doesn't require a degree from MMI to keep running? Yes. I don't think that's too much to ask for, and based off all of the wild speculation online and the legendary history of Honda Racing and the Africa Twin, I would hope that the chances are good that we will see an enormously popular new Adventure bike that will satisfy the needs of riders who want it all.

You can look forward to seeing a lot of aftermarket parts and accessories from Solo Moto as soon as manufacturers make some goodies for Honda's new CRF1000L Africa Twin.
By Aram

USA Made M4 Exhaust Balances Price, Performance

Motorcycle riding is never simply just about a machine or just about getting to your next destination. Like life, riding a bike is really about the journey or 'the ride'. For most, this journey of motorcycle ownership also involves various performance upgrades and wearing the latest in protective gear from the brands we support and trust. I recall watching pro riders and flipping through sportbike magazines to create a list of upgrades that I would save for. Why? So I could make my bike better, and more importantly, make it my own. These days, I also like to look beyond the actual product and see what the company is all about. One company that checks all the boxes, is Dallas, Texas based M4 Exhaust.

M4 has evolved with the sport over the years and they now bring a wonderful balance of price, performance and looks to the exhaust marketplace, all while still being made in the good 'ole US of A.  On top of producing high quality exhaust systems, you'll often see them represented in the AMA Pro Racing paddock or, sometimes, on the podium. Being involved with racing allows M4 to rigorously test their designs under the hard conditions of racing; so the end product they sell to the public is the absolute best it can be in terms of performance, design and durability. Racing isn't a low cost venture and it's a pleasure to see a company as active in road racing as M4.

Often times as one of the first companies to bring an exhaust to market for new bikes, M4 focuses on mainly flagship sport and street motorcycles from major manufacturers. Some of their newest exhaust systems include the new 2015 Yamaha R1, as well as the new FZ-09 and FZ-07 but they cater to all sorts of road-going motorcycles including the BMW S1000RR and popular models from Kawasaki, Suzuki and Honda. I have to admit, the two main reasons for buying an exhaust generally include the promise of a very extra ponies and the mission to achieve that oh-so-sexy, perfect exhaust note. M4's R&D department hits the nail on the head every time.

The most popular system M4 offers is the GP system and, you guessed it, the black gp slip-on exhaust is the best seller. The M4 GP exhaust systems have a cone style muffler that is extremely loud for those looking to make a statement. What's more, is that the slip-ons start around $300! These really are a great balance between price and performance and there's also a 'stage 2' silencer separately available for those that want to quiet the GP pipes down a bit.

Gaining popularity in the past year is the Street Slayer systems that often come with a beautiful carbon fiber muffler, that appears striking similar to the ones that adorn their race machines. These are what I would consider to be the 'premium' systems from M4 simply because of the usage of carbon fiber in the muffler and the higher price point (usually from $400 and up). The M4 Street Slayer slip-ons are very sexy and are one of my favorites.

M4 Exhaust systems has built a strong reputation over the years for their build quality and excellent customer service. Only after extensive research, innovative racing experience, and brilliant engineering involved are the systems release to the public. They're committed to pricing their exhausts at an easily approachable price, in order to meet the evolving demands of motorcycle riders. M4 also offers a limited 1 year warranty for any defects in material or workmanship. For most riders, it'll be hard to find local a company that makes good on this many fronts.

You can buy yourself an M4 motorcycle full system or slip-on exhaust by ordering it online here: 

By Sir D

Gear Indicators: Necessity or Luxury?

HealTech GI Pro Gear Indicators

The evolution of motorcycles, and in particular, sportbikes, over the years has been absolutely tremendous. Riding these days has become far more technical, much more enjoyable and has certainly become more than just a mode of transportation. The range of accessories available to make riding safer has also increased and one such popular accessory device is the digital gear indicator. More specifically, we're going to talk about the line-up of Healtech Gear Indicators.

Whether you're new to riding or you're a seasoned pro, it's no secret that there's more to riding a motorcycle than pointing it in one direction and opening the throttle. Thinking about your body's positioning, proper braking techniques and observing traffic and road conditions all fall squarely into a good rider's repertoire of skills. On top of that, trying to remember the gear you're in at all times, begins to complicate an already complicated situation. After installing a gear indicator, it'll be one less thing you'll have to keep tracking of while riding.

Once installed, a digital gear indicator is a small device that tells you which gear is currently engaged (or what gear you're in). There is usually a lot of trial or guesswork involved in the absence of an indicator and although most seasoned riders may not need it or find it unnecessary, a gear indicator is considered very useful nonetheless. The presence of a gear indicator reduces the instances of over-revving the engine during multiple down shifts which can result in your back wheel getting locked up. It is also helpful in finding neutral easier.

HealTech Electronics, Hungary, though best known for their speedometer calibration device, the SpeedoHealer, also makes gear indicators. Healtech's GI Pro, the leading gear indicator on the market, has three different product ranges to offer. The products in the different ranges have distinct features suitable for all types of motorcycle riding.

Healtech gear indicators offer:
- A rapid gear change display
- Bright and clear indications
- Choice of display colours
- A neat and small design
- Easy installation procedure
- A 2-year replacement warranty
The GI Pro with ATRE series comes with an advanced timing retard eliminator function which improves acceleration and makes the throttle response smoother. Though the number one choice with riders, the products of this range support only limited models.

The GI Pro DS series is an unique Gear Position Indicator and is specially designed for the bikes which have a Diagnostic System connector and so is compatible with a greater number of motorcycle models. The indicator is more reliable and has a faster response time since it receives the gear position information from the ECU. A fully automatic unit, it has no programming wires or buttons. The unit is smaller and more compact than the GI Pro with ATRE, since it doesn't have the ATRE add-on.

The indicators of the GI Pro X-Type series are compatible with all the motorcycles as opposed to the previous two series which work only with selected models. For bikes without a gear position sensor or a diagnostics port, the indicators on the X-Type are the best device for an accurate gear reading. It provides a more reliable display and a quicker readout.

Based on the model of motorcycle you own, one of the indicators is bound to be compatible. Once installed, it will free you from the constant worry about what gear you're in and it'll make your ride more enjoyable.

What do you think? Are gear indicators a luxury that a rider should go without, in order to learn the ropes, or is it a safety essential? Comment below!

You can order HealTech Gear indicators here:
By Sir D