Light As Air…Almost
ICON’s new Airframe Carbon RR helmet denotes the company’s move toward more advanced technologies and is constructed from fiberglass, Dyneema and carbon fiber. Furthermore, the helmet is built using a dry-molding technology that’s allowed ICON to reinforce the helmet with layers of carbon material but not add weight; the result is a helmet that’s claimed to weigh just 3.19 pounds in a size medium option. Benefits stretch past its weight however, and extend to improved aerodynamics and a washable, moisture-wicking HydraDry interior. The $515 DOT-compliant Airframe Carbon RR is available in sizes XS-3XL and in three separate colors: blue, red or pink.
Proud owners of the venerable 2001 GSX-R1000 that we honored elsewhere in this issue will be happy to find that Yoshimura still offers full-system and slip-on exhausts for the longstanding powerhouse. The $1099.00 TRI full system, in particular, features one of the more unique baffle designs you’ll ever find on a Yoshimura exhaust, and is constructed from stainless steel and carbon fiber. Other options include a RS-3 and TRS system, each of which is available in multiple materials and in a less expensive slip-on configuration.
Raising The Bar
Our search for images and information on the 1998 Yamaha R1 as part of this issue’s 20th anniversary section simultaneously put us on a search for aftermarket parts intended for the same model. Our hunt eventually led us to HeliBars, who continues to make and distribute handlebar risers for our one-time literbike champ – you know, just in case your passion for performance has transformed into a longing for comfort. The R1 risers are 1 5⁄8-inch taller than the stock clip-ons, 3/4-inch wider and terminate one inch closer to the rider. In addition, the HeliBars pieces are constructed from 6061 aluminum and retail for $279.
Save the Chains!
If we had a penny for every minute we spent cleaning chain lube off the fairings of our various test bikes we’d be…well, you get the idea. DuPont’s wax-based Teflon Chain-Saver is claimed to not fling off the chain however, and uses a patented formula to resist dirt and prolong the life of your chain. The company’s Teflon fluoropolymer works to resist water and thus protect against rust and corrosion, while a self-cleaning technology works equally as hard to shed contaminants. Dupont’s $3.99 chain lube is O-ring and Z-ring safe.
Put a (PSR) Cap On It
Anyone who’s spent an entire weekend drilling and safety wiring their track bike will appreciate PSR’s oil filler caps. These pieces are pre-drilled, pre-wired (the safety wire is wrapped in a silicon tubing that’s designed to not melt or discolor) and equipped with a mounting bracket that can be inserted behind any crankcase cover bolt for easy fitment. The filler caps are CNC machined from aluminum and available in silver, black, blue, gold and red colors. What’s more, PSR’s application chart includes most all Japanese and European sportbike models. Retail is set at $24.95.
Fun On A Smaller Scale
Kyosho’s Mini-Z remote controlled motorcycles are everything we wish we had as a kid. Scratch that, these 1/18-scale Yamaha M1 and Ducati Desmo replica bikes are everything we wish we had now. Unique to the $229.99 R/C rides is a coil-spring suspension setup, caster angle adjustment and E-gyro system, which uses a flywheel to keep the bike going straight at low speeds; adjust the system’s RPM for increased stability or for added agility. Speeds are claimed to hover around 12 mph and each charge is slated to last roughly 10 minutes. What’s more, the company’s FHSS (Frequency Hopping Spectrum System) 2.4 GHz technology eliminates frequency interferences and allows you to run up to 40 bikes simultaneously. We can only imagine the “friendly” battles that will ensue.
Inspired by The Rush
Cortech has greatly expanded its racer-support program over the years, and its one-piece suits have clearly benefited. Rider input has most recently resulted in updates to the company’s Adrenaline suit, which makes use of 1.2-1.4mm leather and accordion-style expansion panels for increased protection and flexibility. Newer features like neoprene stretch panels on the cuff combine with stainless steel external protectors on the shoulders and elbows to make the suit more formidable than before. Beyond that, the $919 Adrenaline benefits from pre-curved legs that increase comfort, triple-stitched design that boosts safety and CE-approved armor that improves performance in the event of a crash. Sizes S-2XL are available in three colorways.
Keep It Clean
While we don’t exactly miss carburetors, we understand that there are a large number of enthusiasts who still appreciate the performance of a well-tuned set of carbs. K&L shares a similar passion and offers a multitude of products intended to ease carburetor-induced nightmares. The Carb Cleaner Wire Set is among the company’s cheaper tools and comes with 14 separate wires, each of which are sized to clean popularly sized jets.