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Scotts Performance Steering Stabilizer Kits



We use the Scotts Performance steering stabilizer kits on a number of our motorcycles. (A steering stabilizer is also referred to as a 'damper'). This kit fits seamlessly on our F800GS and it works great. I like the slight increase in bar height (about 1-inch, so most people won't even notice) because it makes road riding a little more comfortable and still works great off-road while standing up. The Scotts 'SUB-Mount' kit mounts under the handlebars so the damper is tucked out of the way while it does your dirty work. Overall, it serves to keep the bike moving forward without allowing the bars to flick back and forth violently, which helps to keep you in control.

I've ridden the F800GS through the sandy Mojave desert in California numerous times. I had very limited experience on a big dual sport bike at first, and the Scotts damper did its job helping me keep the bars straight and stabilizing the bike on every single ride. Our YouTube videos are testament to the the overall quality of the motorcycle, the parts we have outfitted it with, and the caveman tactics of the operator. :) I don't know what I would have done without the Scotts damper. Sand is a major challenge on a big dual sport motorcycle and there were numerous occasions where I needed all the help I could get.

One thing to consider about this F800GS Scotts SUB Mount kit will be whether you will actually be riding off-road or not. We simplified your options by labeling them as either On Road Only or a combination On/Off Road. We did this after speaking with Scotts Performance at length about what that actually means with regard to how the stabilizer operates. With their advice and consideration we reached the conclusion that if you will be doing any of your riding off-road you will want to opt for the On/Off Road option. That way, the rebound dampening of the On Road version will not inhibit the motorcycle's handling off-road.

We ride with aggresive lean angles on-road and explore a wide variety of terrain off-road. The On/Off Road damper setup for the F800GS Scotts SUB Mount kit has allowed us improved performance and handling across the board. We would highly recommend this kit to someone looking to stabilize the handling on any dual sport or off-road motorcycle.

Our sportbike experience with the Scotts damper also demonstrates that Scotts Performance is making a top-notch product that is useful in any discipline of motorcycle riding. We've had great success over the years with the Scotts damper at track days and canyon riding on various sportbikes.

Product info, pricing and availability for the Scotts Steering Stabilizer SUB Mount Kit for the F800GS

View all Scotts Performance products at SoloMotoParts.com
By Aram


Highs and Lows in Death Valley, DV DAZE 2013

We had an epic day of riding through the beautiful California desert into Nevada via Death Valley. The Mesquite Dunes were very entertaining, to say the least. It had been raining for days and the sun came out nice and bright the day of the ride. Perfect weather. Perfect dirt and sand. Rider cameos by Notmybikemodelname, Razr, Traveltoad, Scorpion and others (feel free to comment). The video ends with me (Aram) eating dirt in one of the worst crashes I've been in to date: loss of consciousness, broken clavicle, torn ligaments requiring surgery, it's been a major bummer for a guy that's been riding consistently every week for months now, but I'm sure I'll come back slower and with more excuses than ever before!

By Sir D


Rekluse Core EXP Install & Review [Video]

Rekluse Clutch rEvolution

I love my bikes. I'm not ashamed to say it. Each one has its charms and its woes. To increase the degree to which I experience pleasure riding each of these motorcycles, I add aftermarket parts that accentuate their intended uses. One such part for my Husqvarna TE310R is the renowned Rekluse Core EXP Auto-Clutch. As far as the Core EXP goes, we only sell the 3.0 now, so don't worry about ordering the wrong one.

I have literally been looked down upon by riders with Rekluse clutches on the trail above me as I burned my clutch and spun my back tire struggling to keep forward momentum going up a gnarly single track trail. Obviously, I'm a little late to the party as far as auto-clutches go. As off-road trails become tighter, rockier, steeper and more difficult, keeping the bike from stalling becomes a critical issue. Enter the Rekluse Core EXP Auto-Clutch. The purpose of an auto-clutch is to eliminate the use of the clutch lever by having the pressure plate in the clutch actuate the clutch automatically using centrifugal force. The beauty of the EXP and Core EXP is that you can still use the clutch lever whenever you like! It is absolutely the best of both worlds. Rekluse motorcycle clutches can be found on pro riders' bikes in just about every discipline these days, and for good reason!

Rekluse provides excellent paper instructions in the box with all of their kits. We have also added detailed installation and informational videos to our website provided by Rekluse HERE. I found the videos to be very helpful during the install since my eyes often dart through written directions haphazardly. I am a novice mechanic at best so, I was a little worried about tackling this project. Nonetheless, I forged ahead taking pictures and video to document my folly. See the following video for my installation of the clutch, some riding footage and my review of the Core EXP:



Rekluse Core EXP Auto Clutch Review

The Rekluse Core EXP simply eliminates the necessity to use the clutch lever in almost every situation. If we need to feather the clutch lever for very aggressive shifting, either up or down, we're able to use the clutch in the exact same way we would normally. The feel is identical. The investment in the Core EXP really pays off when we get into tight, gnarly rock climbs that we would normally stall out on. We're able keep the bike in a higher gear without stalling and simply blip the throttle to raise the front tire over abrupt ledges or obstacles. This upgrade on the bike is classified as cheating to a lot of people, and that's fine by me. Most riders will find that this clutch upgrade substitutes convenience for skill and provides a huge advantage for the average rider to make a leap to the head of the class in advanced clutch technique.

Navigating the bike out of precarious situations typically causes people anxiety. The Rekluse Core EXP not only improves a rider's chances of conquering terrain in the first place, but it also aids the rider in exiting situations that are a little over their head. I was able to turn the bike around in very tight quarters by planting a foot on the ground, blipping the throttle, and pulling the bars around the side of my body my foot was planted on. This may be a simple proposition for a more skilled rider, but I was amazed with how easily this inseam-challenged rider was able to pull it off. Variations on the same technique while standing next to the bike also proved useful to get going in the opposite direction without shimmying back and forth a million times.

For the guys and gals riding motocross, the benefits will be apparent as well. You're going to want to stay in a higher gear coming into corners and let the reliable slip of the Core EXP pull you through. Starts are easier as well since you will likely begin in second gear while holding the rear brake and simply launch the bike with a handful of throttle. Grab the clutch lever to slam into third on your way out and your starts are faster the first day you install the Core EXP.

So, what's the difference between the z-Start Pro and the EXP series? The two clutches function very much the same but use different technology. The EXP series (standard EXP and Core EXP) use a giant friction disk that holds wedges instead of a steel ball assembly like z-Start? Pro. The z-Start Pro has a varying lever feel that can feel very light or disconnected until you give the motor some RPM, then it comes back to stock feel. The EXP series will be much closer to stock with some differences still existing between the EXP and Core EXP. The Core EXP is the closest you can get to stock clutch lever action with an auto-clutch. Shop our website http://www.SoloMotoParts.com/Rekluse for the best price on Rekluse clutch products.

In summary, the z-Start Pro uses ball bearings while the EXP products use the "EXP", which is a giant friction disc that Rekluse invented. The EXP auto clutch is great but, if you want to closest thing to stock clutch feel AND all the benefits of an automatic clutch, the Core EXP is the way to go. I certainly love it, and I see why everyone I ride with uses them as well.

Thanks for reading! Let us know what you think!



By Aram


El Paso Mtn Off-Road Ride on Husqvarna TE310



Epic day out in Mojave on the Husky TE310. This was the first ride with the Rekluse Core EXP Auto-Clutch in the bike, and WOW! What a difference. We'll have a full write-up on the clutch soon! Make sure to check out our YouTube page for tons of motorcycle riding and product videos!
By Aram


Video: Klim Warranty & Repair

In July of 2012 I had the opportunity to ride over 4,000 miles to Idaho and back on my F800GS. Upon arriving at Klim headquarters in Rigby, Idaho, I met with Brand Manager, Jayson Wickencamp, for a tour of their facility. Jayson was kind enough to explain Klim's warranty process in the video I shot just outside of their inspection and repair area.


We carry the complete line of Klim Technical Apparel and Gear at SoloMotoParts.com. We've ridden thousands of miles through deserts, mountains and highways in their products and we can attest to their durability, comfort and protective properties as one of the best options on the market today.

Here is Klim's complete warranty (at the time of this post) for your convenience. Please feel to contact us with any questions. We will always be happy to assist you with any issues you have with anything you buy from us.

KLIM WARRANTY
We warrant *every product we make to be free of manufacturer defects for the **lifetime of the product. Additionally, all KLIM GORE-TEX® products are GUARANTEED TO KEEP YOU DRY® for the **lifetime of the product. If these products fail due to a manufacturing or material defect, we will repair the product without charge, or replace it at our discretion. This warranty is not transferable. Product must be registered with KLIM (at www.KLIM.com) to receive warranty coverage. 
* KLIM BOOTS are warranted against defects in materials and workmanship for one [1] year from the date of purchase. Aggressive running boards will accelerate the wear and tear on the soles of the boots. This is considered normal wear and tear. General warranty terms apply. 
* The KLIM F4 HELMET is warranted against defects in materials and workmanship for five [5] years from the date of purchase. General warranty terms apply.
* KLIM GOGGLES are warranted against defects in materials and workmanship for one [1] year from the date of purchase. Scratches are not covered under this warranty. General warranty terms apply. 
** The lifetime of a product unfortunately does not mean your lifetime. The intensity under which the product is used determines this factor. Rips, tears, cuts, punctures, burns, accidents, improper care, negligence, normal wear-and-tear, modifications, alterations or use for a purpose other than which the product designed will void the lifetime warranty of even if the warranty issue is not related to these damages. 
Warranty Freight Costs 
1. Please be sure to ship the package with a carrier that can provide tracking and insurance. Freight costs to transfer warranty claims to KLIM for evaluation are the responsibility of the party making the claim. KLIM assumes no responsibility for products during shipment from the party to our Warranty Department. Shipping charges are not refundable.
2. KLIM will pay return freight costs for repair or replacement items that have been approved for coverage under the warranty policy or the return of uncovered items. 
By Aram


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


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