Faster & Slower | Gear

By Ari Henning, Photography by Joe Neric

Motorcyclists mostly focus on acceleration—horsepower figures, power-to-weight, quarter-mile times, etc.—but potent deceleration is nearly as important when it comes to improving lap times, and even more crucial on the street. This month’s Gear spread is aimed at improving your 0-60 and 60-0 mph times.

SBS Streetexel Brake Pads
Long winters give the Danish engineers at Scandinavian Brake Systems plenty of time to toy with pad compounds. The material used in SBS StreetExel pads is their best mixture yet, and offers the highest frictional coefficient in their street lineup. The sintered pads are a good replacement for OE parts and offer consistent stopping power and reduced rotor wear. Pads sell for $26.95-$60.95 per pair, depending on application.

K-Tech Suspension Components
Brake harder and maintain better control while slowing by setting-up your fork to suit your weight. Getting the right spring rate is the first step, followed by dialing-in the damping. K-Tech’s replacement fork springs are cold-coiled, heat-treated, tempered and shot-peened for optimum perform-ance. The 20mm piston kit is a direct replacement for the stock damping cartridges in most sportbikes, and offers improved damping control and finer tuning than the stock components. Fork springs retail for $58.87, and cartridge kits go for $325.21.

Leovince Fast II Controller
The Fast II controller from LeoVince was designed to complement the Italian firm’s exhaust systems, but it works with other slip-ons and pipes, too. Use one of the three preloaded maps or take your bike to a tuner to develop custom fuel and ignition maps to get the most out of your setup. The Fast II retails for $499 and comes with a model-specific wiring harness.

Motion pro revolver throttle
What’s the key to going faster? The smart-aleck reply is to open the throttle quicker! With Motion Pro’s Revolver throttle kit, you can get to WFO up to 30 percent sooner. The kit’s alternative 35, 40, 45 and 50mm throttle reels let you tailor your bike’s throttle rate to suit your needs. Install a smaller one to reduce the throttle rate or a larger one to increase it. The Revolver kit is available for most popular sportbikes and comes with fresh grips and model-specific throttle cables for $154.95.

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