Yoshimura Introduces Alpha Slip-on for 2018 Kawasaki H2 SX

Even a simple Yoshimura Alpha slip-on makes the supercharged Kawasaki H2 SX sound mean!

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The beautiful Supercharged 2018 Kawasaki H2 SX is one of the most desirable Sport-touring bikes on the market today. In our quest to perfect power delivery and make the bike look and sound better we dove in to enhance this powerful touring machine.

Our Alpha Street Series slip-on for the H2 SX comes in both carbon and stainless configurations makes the magic happen. Increasing HP and Torque while making this powerful beast more friendly and fun to ride. If saving weight is what you’re into we have that covered too. The carbon version saves over 8 pounds! Of course a complimentary exhaust note that makes everyone green with envy.

Also available is our ever popular Fender Eliminator Kit for the H2 SX. This new kit incorporates our new Shrink Solder Connectors and our new and improved weather tight light housing equipped with a brighter DOT compliant LED light.

Proudly made in the USA!

2018 Kawasaki H2 SX Alpha slip-on and FE kit pricing and info

2018 Kawasaki H2 SX Street Alpha SO SS/CF/CF 
Part # 14210BM220
MSRP: $649.00
2018 Kawasaki H2 SX Street Alpha SO SS/SS/CF 
Part # 14210BM520
MSRP: $549.00
2018 Kawasaki H2 SX Fender Eliminator kit 
Part # 070BG142100
MSRP: $179.00

Stock muffler weight: 13.0 Lbs.
Alpha SS/CF/CF slip-on: 4.8 Lbs.
Alpha SS/SS/CF slip-on: 5.8 lbs. 

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Federal Legislation Would Require Proper Labeling Of E15 Fuel And Consumer Education Campaign

Proper labeling of E15 fuel is important, as modern motorcycles were not designed to operate on such fuels. 

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U.S. Rep. Austin Scott (R-Ga.) and U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel (D-Fl.) have introduced the “Consumer Protection and Fuel Transparency Act of 2018” in the U.S. House (H.R. 5855). The American Motorcyclist Association supports this bill.

The AMA has repeatedly warned of the dangers of E15 (15 percent ethanol by volume) for motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles because none of the estimated 22 million motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles in use in the United States is certified by the Environmental Protection Agency to operate on fuel containing more than 10 percent ethanol. Inadvertent use of E15 in vehicles not designed for its use can damage fuel system and engine components and void manufacturer’s warranties.

This bipartisan legislation would require the EPA to revise the labeling requirements for fuel pumps that dispense E15 and conduct a consumer education campaign to inform the public about the risks of improper use of E15 and the vehicles and equipment that are prohibited from using E15. To learn more and send a prewritten message to your representative, click the “take action” button below.

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Dunlop K180 Flat Track Tire Added To U.S. Product Line

The Dunlop K180 flat track tire was once reserved for the few who rode around dirt ovals. Now, thanks to the popularity of street trackers and scramblers in the States, Dunlop is offering the tires to everybody in America.

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With the introduction of various street trackers, scramblers and the growing culture of custom and vintage bikes inspired by American Flat Track racing, the timing is ideal for the introduction of the K180 to the U.S. market.

The K180 was inspired by American Flat Track and offers a classic and aggressive look. The K180 is P speed rated for speeds up to 93 mph and is a great choice for vintage flat track racing, or flat-track riders on off-road 450s who can fit the K180 3.00-21 size to their stock wheel. These will also be popular for riders building custom bikes with a street-legal flat track look.

Available at Dunlop retailers in select sizes, the K180 is also the original equipment tire on the newly popular Suzuki VanVan 200.


Front Load/Speed
3.00-21 TT 51P
Front and Rear Load/Speed
120/90-18 TT 65P
130/80-18 TT 66P
Rear Load/Speed
180/80-14 TT 78P

About Dunlop Motorcycle Tires

Dunlop is the largest supplier and manufacturer of original equipment and replacement motorcycle tires in the U.S.A. For more information, visit DunlopMotorcycleTires.com

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MO Tested: SBS SP EVO Sinter Brake Pad Long-Term Review

Sometimes we take for granted the importance of brake pads. As long as we can stop within a respectable time or distance, we’re good, right? Well, yes, but what if there was something better? Something providing more bite and better feel compared to stock pads throughout its lifetime? Enter the SBS SP Evo Sinter brake pads.

While it’s easy to assume upgraded pads are only necessary on high-performance motorcycles, better braking performance is a benefit no matter what you ride. With applications for adventure bikes, sportbikes, and touring bikes, there’s a good chance a set of SP EVO pads will fit your modern day machine.

The SBS SP EVO sinter brake pads, a solid replacement for your OEM pads.

As the name implies, the the EVO Sinter line is a sintered brake pad SBS says is built for the demands of modern braking systems. It’s also built for the rider looking for an alternative to the OEM replacement pad. Before going further, though, now’s a good time for a quick refresher on brake pads and what they’re made of.

Brake Pads 101

A discussion about brake pads is worthy of a story all its own, but here’s a broad overview. Simply put, sintered brake pads means fusing metallic particles under high heat to create the pad. Benefits include high initial bite, with more consistent and long-lasting performance when hot or cold. Sounds great, right? Well, the biggest drawback of sintered pads is the wear they put on the discs, as the metal-on-metal contact, under extreme conditions, can wear out the disc, too. Granted, this was typically an issue with older versions of sintered pads, but SBS says newer technology has virtually negated this drawback. Other negatives include increased brake dust, more noise, and typically a higher price tag.

The other common brake pad materials are organic pads. Here, different organic fibers and fillers – like kevlar and/or carbon fiber – are mixed with a resin to produce a brake pad. While not as powerful initially compared to a sintered pad, organic pads can deliver a more progressive feel at the lever. Crucial also is the fact they are much less abrasive to brake rotors. Lastly, they tend to be quieter and less expensive than their sintered counterparts. Obviously, the downside with organic pads is they don’t deliver the same braking power as sintered, and they don’t last as long, either.

A nice middle ground, then, is the semi-sintered pad. A combination of organic and metallic components make up the semi-sintered pad, and while they make a good compromise between sintered and organic pads, brake companies are constantly improving their technology to reduce the effects of sintered pads.

Exhibit A

Which brings us back to the SBS SP EVO. The sintered material itself is directly pressed and then heated with an electrical current, resulting in a homogeneous pad material. From there, the pad material is bonded to the backing plate mechanically, via a matrix of steel hooks that are then molded into the pad material. This creates an extremely strong bond without the use of adhesives, which could degrade over time due to constant exposure to high heat situations.

At the bottom you can see the backing plate with the metal hooks used to achieve the supremely strong mechanical bond between the backing plate and the pad material.

As for the material itself, SBS says the things we should expect from sintered pads – strong initial bite, easy modulation, fade-free performance even under extreme conditions, consistent performance throughout the life of the pad, and, importantly, little wear on the disc.

For this long-term test the motorcycle in question is a 2009 Kawasaki Versys 650 – my personal commuter. Installation-wise, things couldn’t be simpler. Each motorcycle will have minor differences, but in the case of the low-tech, pin-slide calipers on my Versys, installation was a matter of removing two caliper bolts and a retaining pin. From there the old pads rotate up and out, and the new pads pop right in (this is an oversimplification, but not by much).

Brake pads are one of the easiest modifications you can make to your motorcycle. In the case of my Versys, only three tools were used, and the screwdriver could have stayed home.

After some light sanding of the disc to clear off the old pad material, I rode around locally for a few miles (SBS recommends 20, but I didn’t do that), intermittently dragging the brake lever with one finger lightly until there was clear pad engagement to bed the new pads.

To SBS’ credit, the new pads came in very fast. However, having used race-spec sintered pads in the past, I was expecting (and hoping) for ferocious bite from the SP EVO once I really stomped on the binders. I was in for a big surprise when I first attempted a panic stop in anger and my expectation was met with a completely different reality. Initial bite was clearly stronger than the stock pads that came on the Kawasaki, but nowhere near the race level I was expecting. This is what they mean by “OEM replacement.”

The SBS SP EVO pads still have plenty of life left in them after over 10,000 miles.

With my expectations now in line with reality, I’ve been continually impressed with the SP EVO pads. Sure the initial bite isn’t as strong as I’d like, but it’s a clear improvement from stock. I appreciate the better braking feel and stronger power I have versus the stock pads, too, especially during spirited canyon rides – or, more importantly, during the panic stops I’ve had to make from inattentive car drivers cutting me off! More impressive is the fact this performance hasn’t diminished even after the 10,000 miles I’ve put on the Versys since the install. And I’d say I’ve still got another 5,000 miles left on the remaining pad material.

I haven’t put the Versys on a racetrack to test its abilities there, but the SP EVO pads are designed for the street anyway, so a track test wouldn’t be fair. As a street pad, I’m pretty impressed by the SBS SP EVO. If you’re not looking for race-worthy performance (though, for some, these pads could probably pull light track duty), but rather a solid improvement over the pads that came on your bike from the factory, these are worth a look. Nice bite, strong braking power, good feel, with excellent consistency and longevity – these are all things you can expect from the SP EVO. Pricing will vary depending on your model, but should range between $40 – $80 for a set. Contact your local Parts Unlimited dealer for specifics pertaining to your vehicle.

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BMW M Celebrates 20 Years as Official Car of MotoGP

From pace cars to safety cars, the BMW M series has been the official track car of MotoGP for nearly 20 years now.


New BMW M5 MotoGP Safety Car heads the 2018 fleet, with a total of six BMW M high-performance cars taking care of safety

A special MotoGP season is underway for BMW M; the 20th season as “Official Car of MotoGP”. BMW and BMW M GmbH have been involved as partners of MotoGP organizer Dorna Sports since 1999, with activities focused on providing the safety car fleet.

In the 2018 anniversary season, the fleet will be headed by the new BMW M5 MotoGP Safety Car. BMW M GmbH will provide a total of six BMW M high-performance cars this year to ensure the safety of the race events, with the BMW M3 Safety Car also in action, as well as a BMW M4 Coupé Safety Car with water injection and a BMW M2 Safety Car, provided for the Safety Officer and the Race Director respectively. In addition, the BMW X5 M Medical Car will take to the track this season and a BMW M6 Gran Coupé Safety Car also stands by ready for action. Two BMW S 1000 RRs, which BMW Motorrad provides as safety bikes, complete the 2018 fleet.

In addition, among the many other activities that make up BMW M GmbH’s commitment to MotoGP, the BMW M Award will be presented for the 16th time in 2018. This award is presented at the end of each MotoGP season to the rider with the best overall result in qualifying.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dorna Sports for the faith they have shown in us for what is now two decades. Rarely do you come across such a long and successful partnership in sport, and we are proud of this special anniversary,” said Frank van Meel, President of BMW M GmbH. “When we partnered with MotoGP organiser Dorna Sports in 1999, our aspiration was to use all our expertise, innovative technology from motorsport and new ideas to serve safety in MotoGP. That remains the case today. 20 years down the road, Dorna Sports still has a strong partner on board in BMW M GmbH, for whom the safety of the riders takes top priority.”

“It’s an honour for us to have had such a longstanding relationship with a partner such as BMW,” adds Pau Serracanta, Managing Director – Dorna Sports. “They make an incredible contribution to the Championship and the safety of the riders and everyone involved, and the anniversary season is testament to the importance of this relationship. We’re excited to continue together into this season and for many more to come.”

The incredible 2018 season continues next time out at Mugello as MotoGP races under Tuscan skies.

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