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Review :: Motion Pro Revolver Throttle Kit PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 14 October 2009 03:23

REVIEW :: Motion Pro Revolver Throttle Kit

The Motion Pro Revolver Throttle Kit is a variable rate, quick-turn throttle kit designed for use at the racetrack. The stock throttle tube has a pretty wide opening rate and is not adjustable, which can make getting it to full throttle difficult in some situations. Before, when I was coming onto a straight at the track, I had to either twist my wrist into an awkward, and sometimes painful, position to get to full throttle or roll off for a second to readjust my hand position. This costs time, especially at tracks that incorporate long straights or places that require full-throttle, so I wanted to try a quick-turn kit that would allow me to comfortably go to full throttle without having to adjust my hand position. This led me to the Revolver Throttle Kit from Motion Pro.

This installation is for ‘03-‘06 CBR600RRs. Other years or models may be a bit different.



What’s In the Box?

- Throttle Housing
- Cables
- Throttle Tube
- Four Variable Cams in 35mm, 40mm, 45mm, and 50mm sizes
- Motion Pro RoadControl Grips
- Start/Stop/Run Switch (Sold separately from the Revolver Kit)
- A Freaking Great Set of Directions

First Impressions:

The kit is fairly straight forward. There are four cams which you can use to adjust the rate that the throttle opens. The cams attach to a nylon throttle tube and they only fit on it one way, making it easy to put together without any guess work. The cam and cable housing is made of cast aluminum and seems pretty durable. From a ‘crashability’ standpoint, I was kind of disappointed that the cams and throttle tube are made from heavy-duty nylon instead of aluminum, but after thinking about it, I guess it would not make too much of a difference in a wreck. The nylon pieces are probably much cheaper to manufacture and replace and are pretty durable anyway, so it isn’t really a big deal. The stock throttle tube is also made from nylon.

Installation of the Throttle Assembly:

Installation of the throttle kit is pretty simple and is made even easier with the directions that come with the kit. If you can change throttle cables, you can install the Revolver Kit. Remove the tank cover and airbox to expose the throttle bodies. Before installing the new cables, make sure to lube them as they do not come lubed from the factory. Now, take off the old throttle cables and install the Motion Pro cables, making sure to orient them correctly for push/pull. If you mount them incorrectly the throttle will operate backwards. On this bike, the bottom cable end has two lock nuts, while the top has one adjuster and one nut, just like the stock cables.

To choose the cam you want, you’ll need to consider what kind of track you are riding on and what your personal preferences are. The bigger the size of the cam, the faster the throttle will open and the smaller the degree of twist will be. For example, if you are on a very technical track where you need more sensitive throttle control, use the 35mm or 40mm cams. If you are on a high speed track or a track with a long straight and need quicker throttle response, use the 45mm or 50mm cams. Do not start out with the largest cams, because throttle response will be quite different than you are used to, which could put you on your head pretty quick. Start with the smaller cams and then work your way up to the bigger ones one at a time. The cams are color-coded and clearly labeled for easy identification.



Instead of routing the cables around the front of the stock brake reservoir, the new cables will be routed behind and above the cover of the reservoir, so that the Motion Pro logo on the silicone boot faces upward. The assembly comes with a pointed set screw that is installed to help hold the throttle onto the bar, although the main allen screws make it pretty rigid. I tightened everything down, including the set screw so that it would make an impression on the handlebar. Then, I loosened the assembly and used a prick punch to put a divot in the bar so that the set screw had something more substantial to dig into. I then reinstalled the assembly and set screw onto the bar.



Next, install the grip onto the throttle tube. The tube has ridges on it to aid in holding the grip on, but I make sure to safety-wire the grips on anyway. A tip for installing grips – use an air compressor to spray some air between the grip and throttle sleeve, and then push the grip on the tube while there is a cushion of air in between both pieces. The throttle housing has a bevel that gives the grip a bit more clearance so that it does not drag on the assembly. After the grip is on and secure, adjust the slack in the throttle cables to your liking.



Installation of the Start/Stop/Run Switch:

Because the stock throttle housing on the ’03-06 bikes also contains the Start/Stop/Run Switch, you’ll need to install a separate kill switch on the bars. This is where it gets a little tricky, but as long as you follow the wiring diagram in your shop manual, you should be OK. If you get stuck, you can call Motion Pro for guidance on the installation, but I’ve drawn the diagram here for you already. You’ll need to drill a small hole in the bar to allow a holding pin on the new kill switch to mount firmly on the clip-on.

The new kill switch comes with bullet-style connectors to rewire the plug and wiring harness. The bullet connectors would work fine, but I also wanted to retain the ability to easily switch back to my stock throttle housing if I needed to. I went to Radio Shack and picked up three 9-pin connectors, two female and one male, for about $8 total. The female plugs would be installed on both the Motion Pro and stock kill switches, while the male connector is installed on the wiring harness. This way I’ll be able to quickly change back to the stock throttle assembly if I damage the Motion Pro unit. If you need to rewire anything, be sure to solder all of your connections. You don’t need any of these wires coming loose right before a race.

Connectors:


Here is a color-coded wiring diagram for each plug. The view is if you have unplugged the connectors and are looking into the front of the plug. Again, this is only for the ’03-06 CBR600RR, so if you’ve got another model bike, it might be different. The ‘07-09 600RRs come with kill switches separate from the throttle housing, so those do not require any rewiring. Notice that the Switch plugs and Harness plug are mirrored, so if you are using the bullet connectors, the top right switch pin will go with the top left harness pin, etc.



Harness:


Finished:


Thoughts:

- There are a few popular options for quick-turn kits out there, including HRC throttle tubes, R1/R6 throttle housing and tubes, and then the Yoyodyne and Revolver Throttle Kits. The HRC and R1/R6 tubes do not allow for any adjustability in the throttle rate, so I was not interested in going that route. That left the Yoyodyne kit and the Motion Pro Revolver Kit. The Motion Pro set is brand new and offers four variable cams as opposed to Yoyodyne’s three, so I went with the Revolver kit.

- The way that the cables are routed make the adjusters rub up against the brake reservoir cap. I was able to remedy this by bolting a silicone-covered brake line clamp on the clip-on mount and between the reservoir and cable adjuster, which pulls the adjuster away from the reservoir cap.

- The kit seems well built and very durable, so I’m very pleased with the quality. The cams are very easy to install in the housing and the installation was very straight forward. Like I said before, the kit comes with an awesome set of directions that make install a snap.

- I am starting with the 40mm cam to see what I like best. Just to see the variation, I put the 50mm cam on and compared it to the stock throttle on my ’06 600RR streetbike, and the difference in throttle rate is extremely noticeable. The Revolver Throttle Kit does exactly what I wanted for a pretty good price. It is a high quality product that I’m sure will be a necessity on all of my future track bikes.

Where Can You Get Yours?

Motion Pro products are circulated by pretty much every major distributor in the world, including Parts Unlimited, Tucker Rocky, and Lockhart Phillips. The Revolver Kit retails for $154.99 and the Start/Stop/Run Switch retails for $35.99. All individual components of the kit can be purchased separately for replacements or spares.

 
Alpinestars GP Tech Glove Review PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 15 September 2009 15:04

Review :: Alpinestars GP Tech Gloves

From the manufacturer:

Developed with Alpinestars professional MotoGP and Superbike racers, the GP Tech is the ultimate expression of road racing glove innovation, featuring the very latest design and production technology for greater performance and safety. The updated version features new, aggressive colorways and improved performance fit, material and construction adding to the gloves class leading safety and performance features.

  • Develped with input from professional racers on the MotoGP circuit
  • PU knuckle and finger sliders for superior impact and abrasion resistance
  • Patented third and fourth finger bridge protects against "finger roll" and potential seam bursting during impacts
  • Strong, supple kangaroo leather palm is reinforced with Pittards digital leather and an advanced direct-inject Kevlar panel
  • Fingers have external seams for comfort
  • Kevlar stitching throughout for strength
  • PU-injected wrist closure for a secure, comfortable fit
  • Perforated cuff and ventilated finger forchettes keep your hands cool
  • Glove top is reinforced with knit Kevlar, features highly abrasion-resistant Pittards
  • Armor-Tan leather at critical areas
  • Padded Kevlar top panel provides impact resistance, flexibility, and improved cooling
  • 3D anatomical design for a superior fit

I just bought these to replace my Tecknic Speedstar gloves that failed me in the last crash.  Those bastards ripped to shreds. More on that later.

I have tried Alpinestars gloves before, but they never seemed to fit right.  They seemed to always bunch up (no matter the size) and not provide the same protection that I was used too.  I did take the plunge once again (I just love Alpinestars) and bought some GP Tech gloves in black.  Out of the box, these things feel broken in.  Usually, I have to fold the fingers over on my gloves and put a heavy weight as to stretch out the leather.  These feel amazing right out of the box.  The protection is there with heavy duty armor around all the knuckles and the strongest gauntlet section I have seen yet.

Surprisingly, they are flexible as well.  I thought the gauntlet section would get in the way or prevent movement.  Nope.  All good on that front!  The whole glove is well constructed, as with all Alpinestars products.  The safety is all there (see above) and I feel 100% confident in these gloves.

The negative?  Cooling.  This glove gets hot quick.  I would not recommend this to anyone but racers, or trackday riders as this thing heats up fast.  It is still very comfy, but lacks the cooling I am used to. That is about the only negative I have felt so far.

I will let you know after I crash test them.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 September 2009 15:07
 
Joe Rocket Ballistic Glove Review PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jimmy Schrage   
Saturday, 05 September 2009 04:04

REVIEW :: Joe Rocket Ballistic Summer Gloves

Reviewed by fellow rider/racer Brian

Name of Product: Joe Rocket Ballistic Gloves
Type of Product: Textile Gloves
Manufacturer: Joe Rocket
MSRP: $39.99

Manufacturer’s Description:

  • Rock Tex® 330 outer shell
  • 100% waterproof Dry Tech® mid-liner
  • Drum dyed leather knuckle
  • Shield wiper on thumb
  • Double leather wrap around palm
  • Reflective stripe



F.T.W. Racer Review:

Summer started in 05 and my motorcycle gear at the time consisted of mostly Joe Rocket Gear. The summer gloves blue/black and one of their perforated jackets to keep me cool in the intense summer heat of SoCal.

The pros of these gloves were nice while it lasted. The gloves did a marvelous job keeping my hands cool with the top layered in a thin material that allowed the wind to whisk away the sweat that would have otherwise gathered. The light weight of the gloves and thin material made it easy to fold up and stow away in the trunk of the bike.

The cons of the glove that make all the pros pointless. All the thin material used to keep the gloves light was the dark force that would ultimately make the glove rip on the palm area. Which had the Most padding on the glove.Ten stitches later. I will not go back to a Joe Rocket glove.

F.T.W. Racer Pictures (If Available): Very gory!  If you want to see them, please either email or private message me on the forums.

 

We do not recommend these gloves.

 

Last Updated on Sunday, 06 September 2009 21:42
 
Shoei RF-1000 Helmet Review PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jimmy Schrage   
Friday, 04 September 2009 16:03

Review :: Shoei 2009 Model RF-1000 Caster Helmet

From Shoei:

Shoei RF-1000 helmets offer a unique Aero Stabilizing system and high performance materials, in addition to an anti-fogging technology and race replica graphics.

Average price: $350 - $400

  • Aerodynamic Shell Design maximized through extensive wind tunnel and rider testing
  • The Aero Stabilizer dramatically reduces drag and lift coefficients, thus diminishing rider fatigue and increasing performance
  • Two-Layer EPS Liner System offers unmatched ventilation with internal channels and exhaust ports throughout the helmet
  • Integrated Upper Air Intake minimizes air turbulence and maximizes air stream in all riding positions
  • Outlet holes in the Aero Stabilizer allow warm air to be exhausted
  • The lower air intake provides an additional source of air flow
  • The neck outlet vent allows for effective air exhaust
  • Lightweight, Advanced Integrated Matrix Plus (AIM+) equals high performance fiber materials combined with extremely elastic organic fibers to create a shell structure that is ultra lightweight, rigid and resilient
  • Anti-Fog System features lower air intake provides air flow that helps to diminish shield fog
  • Removable interior cheek pads available in optional sizes for a custom fit
  • Chin strap cover can easily be removed to allow for cleaning or replacement
  • Q.R.B.P. (Quick -Release Base Plate) allows tool-less shield removal
  • Wide, 3-dimensionally curved shield offers increased peripheral vision and optical clarity
  • Scratch-resistant coating
  • 100% protection form harmful UV A & B rays
  • A pre-set lever can easily lock the shield in place to prevent it from opening unexpectedly
  • DOT 218 & Snell-M2000
  • Weight: 3.24 lbs /1470 grams (approx.)

 

This Shoei runs about the same size as all the other Shoei's I have worn.  Stick to the chart for sizing. Please make sure that your head does not move around at all in the helmet.  Your skin should be flush against all pads.  The ventilation is adequate, as with any other helmet.  I found nothing very special about their "Two-Layer EPS System" as it seems to be just the same ol' stuff. It works decently without producing too much wind noise.  It is no air conditioning system so you will sweat and get hot on warm days. Noise is standard, no real big difference between this helmet or many others. The helmet does a good job at blocking out most wind noise and I would rate it a bit better than all other helmet manufacturers (such as HJC, KBC, Scorpion, Icon, etc.)  You get what you pay for in this respect.  I am sure Arai has a similar amount of wind noise, but I cannot comment as I have never owned one (Shoei’s have always fit my head better).  I still wear earplugs when on a motorcycle and believe they are a standard piece of equipment.  A major plus about this helmet is its weight. You do not notice this helmet on your head. The last thing I ever think about is “helmet fatigue” as the comfort and weight of the helmet do not impact my riding at all. The lining is comfortable and well made, as with all Shoei products.  Plan to replace it every three years due to lining wear, as with any other helmet.

I have crash tested this helmet (see pictures below) and it did what it was supposed to do, too perfection.  I landed pretty hard and did some tumbles after a pretty major get-off at the track. This helmet protected my head extremely well.  Let me reiterate this point, the helmet prevented any injury minor or major to the most important part on my body.  This helmet stood up to asphalt, dirt, and large rocks (in that order) and took them all in stride.  The face shield did pop off though and I did sustain a few scratches on my nose. Other than a few scratches and a face full of dirt, this helmet was perfect; above and beyond expectations actually. I can honestly say this helmet saved my life.

I fully recommend buying this product for both the street and the track.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 04 September 2009 23:38
 









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