Motoboss Police Jacket
Remember that nothing negates a room full of power suits like black leather. The tastefully misanthropic Motoboss Police Jacket from Cycle Gear lets you slip on a little socially sanctioned hooliganism without emptying your wallet. Crafted from black leather and secured with legendary YKK zippers, pricing starts at $109.99 in men's sizes 36-54. Get more details, including the locale of the nearest Cycle Gear store, by dialing up (800) CYCLEGEAR or head for www.cyclegear.com.
Griot's Garage Sit-On Creeper
Ministering to your motorcycle's mechanical needs is traumatic enough without ruining your back and groping for a 12mm socket under the dryer. Thus the dual storage shelves, pivoting middle tray and padded seat of the Sit-On Creeper from Griot's Garage offer true solace to the mechanically reclined for $59.95. Backed by a lifetime guarantee, the 1511/44-inch-tall creeper is handy in all manner of wrench-related labors. Snap one up with a call to Griot's Garage at (800) 345-5789 or surf to www.griotsgarage.com.
The abrupt-onset gravitational pull known as a "crash"can grind up a grand or so worth of your bike's bodywork. Spare your bike's pricey skin with a set of frame sliders from Intuitive Race Products. Kits for sportbikes such as the Honda 929, Suzuki GSX-Rs, Yamaha's R1, R6 and others sell for $49.95 and come in black or white. Swingarm and clutch sliders add even more protection. Learn more from Intuitive at (949) 586-0514 or browse www.IntuRace.com.
On Any Sunday Revisited Video
Even if you didn't hide in the Bijou washroom to watch On Any Sunday three times on one ticket, there are enough outtakes from Bruce Brown's epic 1971 original to make On Any Sunday Revisited worth double the $19.95 admission price. The film of Dick Mann at Ascot Park makes every extreme athlete ever born look like a sissy. Available on VHS or DVD from Monterey Home Video at (800) 424-2593 or www.montereymedia.com.
Explore your personal racetrack in style with the Titan scooter. Built from full 6061-T6 aluminum, the Titan weighs a lissome six pounds. Its flashy four-inch wheels come in an extravagant array of colors. There's also a rear foot brake to scrub off excess speed, and three quick-release joints fold the Titan for pedestrian travel. Available from Moto Liberty for $99.95. Interested? Call (800) 214-RACE or try www.motoliberty.com.
Brembo Braking Components
Wanna stop with the same ferocity as reigning Formula Xtreme Champ Kurtis Roberts? You'll need cojones like basketballs, and world-class Brembo radial calipers from the same Erion Racing shop that builds Kurtis's bikes. Even if you can't swing the $4000 rotors and radial calipers on Kurtis's CBR929RR, Erion has the Brembo bits you want. Learn more by calling (714) 630-8850 or go to www.erionracing.com.
Kendon Stand-Up Trailer
Is your motorcycle trailer gathering rust in the backyard because garage space is at a premium? Kendon's folding, two-rail, stand-up trailer might be the answer if you can give up a 6.5-foot, 24-inch deep parking spot.
Folding? Stand-up? That's right. The tail section folds over and the entire unit can be stood up on three casters built into the rear portion of its powdercoated, triangulated steel frame. With a carrying capacity of 2000 pounds and a pair of six-inch-wide, 91-inch-long rails set 30 inches apart, the trailer can handle anything this side of a duo of Boss Hosses.
As the trailer is only 14 inches off the ground, we had no trouble pushing any steed up the 44-inch ramp. Using a Canyon Dancer bar harness, each sportbike we rolled up-with the exception of a new, short-handlebarred GSX-R750-could be affixed without plastic-interference problems.
Instead of a solid axle and leaf springs, this trailer rides on an independent, rubber-cushioned torsion bar-type suspension. The system not only offers a great ride when fully loaded, but also allows towing just one bike with great stability.
Besides the rather steep price ($1795 base price, plus $100 for the spare tire and $250 for the utility box), we found the trailer's security tether too short, the ramp difficult to open and the 350-pound unit (plus spare and box) a bit tough to lift up onto its casters and push around. Finally, due to the pivoting design, it's also quite noisy while being towed. Overall, though, it's a decent compact hauler.
Verdict: Easy to load and great on the road, this unique trailer is a bit cumbersome to handle in the garage.
Kendon Industries, Inc.
3711 East La Palma Ave
Anaheim, CA 92806
Digital Defense System
Spare your mitts from savage pavement with Teknic's new Speedstar gloves. You'll thrill to tough chrome Ultratek knuckle armor, first-rate cowhide and a kangaroo-skin palm. Get 'em for $169.95 at your dealer in seven color combos and standard sizes, or contact Specialty Sports Limited at (616) 866-3722 and on www.teknicgear.com.
Kryptonite New York Disc Lock
Kryptonite doesn't throw "New York" around loosely. In fact, the New York designation is given to only its toughest locks, suitable for use in "urban areas and other high theft danger areas." Its newest disc lock earns the title. Since your more sophisticated crooks now have the measure of the old barrel lock, the NY has a new "PiKSafe" cylinder and conventional key, which Kryptonite claims is virtually pickproof. And thieves with less finesse will find the lock's 13mm Kryptonium steel shackle and heavy-duty double crossbar body even more resistant to leverage than before. In fact, the only criticism we can level is that the thing is now too heavy to hook to a belt loop as you tool around town. Comes with a carrying pouch anyway, and a nifty vinyl-covered "reminder" cord that loops around the throttle.
Verdict: You're living in a fool's paradise if you don't secure your bike when you're out and about. A good disc lock is much better than nothing.
320 Turnpike St.
Canton, MA 02021
Muzzys ZX-12R Big-Bore Kit
If your ZX-12R still isn't fast enough, Muzzys Performance Products has a 1270cc piston and cylinder kit for you. Featuring a 2.5mm bore job on your cylinders and 13.5:1 forged pistons, this tasty assemblage of insanity delivers a prefinished nickel/silicon carbide-composite-plated cylinder, rings, pins, circlips, head gasket and base gasket. Get the works for $1179.95 (plus a refundable $695 cylinder core charge) from Muzzys Performance Products by calling (541) 385-0706 or online at www.muzzys.com.Sidi Vertebra Race Boot
You saw it here first: the world debut of Sidi's all-new Vertebra Race Boot. Sidi's equally exclusive, new integral ankle brace and adjustable toe-flex system conspire with the Vertebra armor and carbon-fiber shin plate for what the company says is "maximum protection" from hostile pavement. Those aerodynamic, bolt-on toe and calf skids are adjustable and replaceable. Choose black, blue, red or silver, in men's sizes 6-11 for $350 from Motonation at (877) 789-4940, or visit www.motonation.com.