Motorcyclists recognize good value when they see it. Case in point: Aside from a handful of limited-production race replicas, even the hottest-performing, most desirable sportbike costs thousands of dollars less than any exotic four-wheeler. The five new products seen here—from protection for you and your bike to road-trip restaurant alternatives—are all aimed at bettering the riding experience. And unlike an oil change for a Ferrari, none of ’em will cost you an arm or a leg.
Kawasaki’s top-rated Ninja 400 will perform even better with a Yoshimura rearset relocation kit. The American-made aluminum brackets offer two footpeg mounting positions—40mm farther back, 10mm higher up or 40mm back and 25mm up. Besides providing a more aggressive riding position, they deliver additional cornering clearance for deeper lean angles.
TrakBrand Light Covers protect headlights from rocks and other flying debris that could bring a trackday to a swift conclusion and cost hundreds of dollars to fix. What used to be a tedious application process with a roll of tape and a sharp knife is now a peel-and-stick affair with no gooey residue to remove when you’re back on the street.
A riding glove satisfies many requirements, chief among them protection. It must also fit well, as operating the controls of a motorcycle requires the dexterity of a concert pianist. Available in XS–5XL sizes, the iXS RS-300 covers all the bases, its Coolmax-lined goatskin chassis and kangaroo palm capped with molded knuckles and Velcro-backed safety straps.
Making time on a long ride is not easy if you stop every few hours for a big meal. Probars are nutrient dense with real fruits, nuts, and seeds, which deliver lasting energy and a feeling of fullness. Also available: Bolt Chews, which are packed with electrolytes, B vitamins, and complex carbs in five flavors for sustained energy.
Duer performance jeans disappear under armored overpants and offer freedom of movement approaching that of athletic wear. The L2X fabric is said to be 30-percent lighter with five times the stretch of conventional denim. An invisible seat gusset enhances range of motion, so throwing a leg over practically any motorcycle is a snap.