From the complex compounds in your bike’s tires to the alloys in the engine and gasoline in the tank, your motorcycle is an excellent example of how 118 known elements can be combined to create an endless variety of substances. This month’s Gear spread contains a sample of the new products chemists have concocted for the greater good of motorcycling.
Maxima Chain Cleaner
The can says chain cleaner, but we know from first-hand experience that this stuff works equally well on wheels, bodywork and engine parts. Maxima’s chain cleaner doesn’t contain any caustic chemicals yet cuts through grease, grime, brake dust and bug guts with ease. The emulsified mixture rinses off with water, but we’ve found that leaving a little residue helps keep dirt from sticking. Pick up a can for $9.50 and see for yourself.
Race Tech Fork Oil
Quality oil is the final ingredient in an optimized fork, and Race Tech’s Ultra Slick fork oil is touted as some of the best. Race Tech’s 5-weight fork oil is blended according to their own recipe to provide the slickest fluid possible. Reduced friction means improved suspension compliance and better handling, as well as reduced component wear and more consistent performance between rebuilds. Ultra Slick oil sells for $29.99 a liter. Most modern forks require about 1500ml for a complete overhaul.
Amsoil Break-In Oil
Whether your bike is brand new or newly rebuilt, you want to make sure it is properly broken-in. Formulated without friction modifiers but with added zinc and phosphorous anti-scuff agents, Amsoil’s break-in oil protects critical engine components while facilitating piston ring seating for improved power and reduced oil consumption. It’s slippery enough to lubricate main bearings, transmission components, camshaft lobes and lifters, but not so slick that it prevents piston rings, cylinder walls and other microscopically rough-machined surfaces from seating correctly. Treat your bike to a proper break-in for $7.15 a quart.
Vp T4 Gasoline
The chemists at VP Fuels are proud to introduce T4, a 100-octane pour-in replacement for premium pump gas. This unleaded performance fuel is safe for use with catalytic converters and offers excellent detonation protection for high-revving engines. VP says T4 improves power output and throttle response, while the consistency of the ethanol-free blend provides increased tuning ability. Like all VP performance fuels T4 isn’t legal for use on the road, so save it for your track bike. Pick up a 5-gallon container for your next off-highway outing for $60.