Wednesday, December 24, 2008

2009 Suomy Helmets Now Available

Italian helmet manufacturer Suomy, known for their wild graphics and high end race helmets, has released a number of new helmet models for 2009. Many are already available for sale.

Suomy makes one of the lightest helmets on the market. Very comfortable, in line with the highest standards of helmet making and certainly producers of the coolest graphics on the planet.

Our favorite among them is the new Suomy Spec 1R Extreme Capirossi. Super bold, European color racing graphics. Most folks will say "I'm not fast enough" to wear this, just as we hear with the AGV Rossi limited helmets. We poopoo that and think that extreme race inspired and replica graphics are great.

Our second favorite would have to be the Suomy Spec 1R Extreme Hodgson Helmet, particularly the right side view. From the description: "Suomy's new Spec-1R Extreme sets a new standard. In addition to the above standard Spec-1R features, the Extreme offers remarkable technological advancements that push helmet technology to the Extreme.Features:* The lightest weight (1250 grams), race approved helmet available with 3 shell sizes for ultimate fit * Structurally Enhanced Composite Fiber Weave (S.E.C.) helmet shell construction with sound-absorbing polymers * Air Wedge top diffuser works with the ram air system to extract warm air from the helmet interior; wedge also minimizes “helmet lift” even at high speeds * Advanced Channeled EPS for optimum venting with DVRC™ (Dynamically Variable Resistance Crush Zone) * Helmet interior is Alcantara, a luxurious fabric that offers the highest levels of softness, comfort and quality; has superior moisture wicking, cooling and durability * Removable washable 3D cheek pads and Comfort liner * Ultra Tech face shield has a translucent Opalescent Iridium finish with special hydrophobic coating that allows water to easily roll off the shield * Safety Lock visor system * Breath Deflector * Oversized sponge cervical neck roll * Race approval by every major US Motorcycle Race Organization * DOT approved and CERTIFIED to BSI 6658 Type A"

You'll also see a number of new Suomy Vandals in the 2009 line-up. Check out the Suomy Vandal Actuality.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Motostrano Voted Top 5 Motorcycle Shop in San Francisco Bay Area

Motostrano Voted Top 5 Motorcycle Shop in San Francisco Bay Area

Motostrano was recently ranked as one of the Top 5 motorcycle shops in the Bay Area by The ranking was based on independent voting done at, the top news web site for the SF Bay area, owned by the SF Chronicle, the Bay Area's largest daily newspaper. Motostrano tied for 4th place! See the article here.

Thanks to any one who participated in this vote! It means a lot, as there are hundreds of motorcycle shops in this very heavy populated motorcycle riding area. It means we scored better than most of the largest brick n mortar motorcycle dealerships, as well as all the local online companies.


Friday, December 19, 2008

Used Motorcycle Selling Tips

It's no secret that there's a lot of used bikes for sale out there right now. When the economy dips, it's always going to be time to "thin the herd" as they say. In some cases it may be time to butcher the whole pack and start afresh in the future.

Over the course of my own short life, I've sold ohh I'd have to say 50 or so used motorcycles of all types. Street, Vintage, Racebike, Off-Road, Exotic.

Here's some used bike selling tips from an insider's perspective.

The first thing I always tell people is to re-install any OEM stuff you still have for the bike. Get rid of all the aftermarket goodies you had on it and hide them in your garage.

If you're like me, you can't leave anything well enough alone when it comes to motorcycles and so you've invested hundreds or thousands of dollars in aftermarket stuff. Exhaust, billet stuff, levers, seats, whatever. You need to remove all that and put back on all the heavy, ugly stock stuff that you replaced. Hopefully you still have it!

The reason for this is that prospective buyers for your motorcycle won't usually consider the value of all those aftermarket goodies you put into it. Well, they won't tell you so at least. Those are "freebies". Also, having them on the bike could even been as a shortfall. A lot of people don't want to know that you've messed with things on the bike.

You'll want to sell all the aftermarket stuff separately, probably on Ebay. Same story with these parts. Always have a photo. If you don't sell this aftermarket stuff, more than likely the next owner of the bike will!

Also, if you're getting out of the activity entirely, unless you just don't care, don't include the junk helmet or other gear that you want to part with too. People will buy that stuff on Ebay or Craigslist. If anything, it will pay for a night out for dinner.

Venues for selling the bike itself. The online sites (Craigslist, Ebay, discussion forums) are the best places to sell a used bike. I can't stand Ebay usually, too darn expensive and the buyers are rarely local. Craigslist and the dedicated forum for your kind of bike are the best places to sell it.

Always include a photo with your listing. If you don't include a photo in your listing you reduce the chances of selling your bike ten fold. It may not sell at all without a photo. Plus, you'll also invariably end getting up getting nothing but "got a photo?" emails and calls anyway. The more photos the better. And GOOD photos. Your buyer doesn't want to see your cute little 3 year old son standing on or in front of your bike. Take the bike to a bright clearing and take a full 360 of the bike and use big photos. Your buyers will be staying up late at night staring at these for days as they struggle with why and why not they should buy your bike.

Clean the bike and don't ride it as you are selling it. Clean the thing like hell. Clean the rims, clean all the dead bugs off and clean the chain.

If it's an older bike you can do a lot with a little to improve the bike cosmetically before a sale. Get new grips for the bike. Replace any nicked or broken levers. Tighten down any mirror bolts. Repair any rips in the seat. Make sure the electrics work. If you have a Ducati SS, it's ok for the fuel guage light to be always stuck in the on.

Be honest about the bike's history. Has it been down? Did you tip it over in your garage? Did your wife throw it out on to the street one night? Tell the whole story.

NO TEST RIDES. This is a touchy issue. If the buyer insists on a test ride, politely explain that it's just not in the cards. You're there to sell a bike. You're not there to give free rides to complete strangers, as they figure out whether or not they will actually like owning the motorcycle you are trying to sell in 3 months time. Warrant to them that there are no problems with the motorcycle, or if there are explain in full detail what they are and find out how much they would cost to fix. What you don't want to do is have guys come see your bike, take it out for a half an hour and tell you that your bike isn't for them. Test riding a bike for 10 minutes isn't going to give a prospective owner a full feel of the bike and as long as the thing starts, runs and stops, it's going to take a lot more than a test ride to find out if anything else is wrong with it.

Let the buyer sit on the bike, start the bike, rev the bike. I've never done it but if the bike will handle it, ride with the guy two-up even.

Accept cash only.

A great time to sell a motorcycle is the spring time. A bad time to sell a motorcycle is the winter time.

When showing a bike, make sure the darn thing actually starts. Make sure it has a fresh charge on the battery and that the gas is fresh. If it helps, take it for a little spin an hour before you show it.

Is it wise to only try to sell the bike locally? Start locally but think globally too. Shipping a bike is easier than you think and there are a number of companies who make it as easy as shipping a small box. The transaction could take longer, but at least you don't have to deal a local buyer and tire kicking.

Always sell the bike "as is". Be up front about any issues with the bike, the bike's mileage, etc. But if in a week's time after the bike is sold, the buyer comes to you about a broken chain or some internal issue, it's not your problem any more. The bike is sold.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Give it all you got! Supermoto DVD

A new supermoto DVD is about to hit living rooms all across the nation. Available now for pre order at Give it all you got! Introducing the first-ever season review DVD for the XTRM AMA Supermoto Championship. For six rounds, pro racers from the United States and across the country fought to become the best in their class within the unique sport of supermoto. Riding specialized motocross bikes with slick tires and large front brakes, these athletes compete on both asphalt and dirt. Not only will you see the intense racing action from all six rounds of the 2008 series, you'll also get to meet the athletes, here more about supermoto from heroes like Carey Hart and Doug Henry, and learn about the technology through "Tech Talk" with team personnel. This DVD is a must-have for any sports junkie!

SMR Films 2009 Honda CRF450 Test Video

09 CRF 450 R from Donnie Bales on Vimeo.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Supermoto Race Bike Prep Check List

Setting up your supermoto bike for track duty is really very similar to the requirements in road racing. Safety wire everything. Set-up sliders for as much as you can and have some specific tools on hand designed to keep you and others up-right and safe on the track. Here's a simple check list of stuff you'll need or want to take your bike to any track.

1. Safety Wire - your bike will need its most critical bolts and covers safety wired. Always have a full roll of this stuff on hand. You'll be the most popular guy in the pits with it.
2. Safety Wire Pliers - it's no fun safety wiring a bike without this tool.
4. Carb Catch Can - keeps the fluids that flow out of your carb funneled into one container. Check it and empty it often.
5. Footpeg Sliders - primarily to protect the track itself, but they are also cheaper than buying new footpegs.
6. Axle Sliders - protects both the track and the bolts on your bike from being ground down.
7. Handguards and or Bar Sliders - there are are supermoto specific handguards available with replaceable sliders. Handguards don't as much protect your hands as they do the lever and master cylinder components of your bike. Bar end sliders protect your bars and the track.
8. Tire Warmers just a nice thing to have. Pricey, but cold tires suck.
9. Mocool - like the 'water wetter' stuff but by Motul. Less slippery than coolant, in case you crack your radiators.
10. Tire Groover - if the track you'll be on has any dirt, some grooves on those slicks are a bonus.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

AGV Rossi's Face Limited Helmet

Previews of the 2009 AGV Rossi's FACE helmet are available. We think this helmet will be priced the same as the current 2008 ROSSI Dream Helmet, $749.00. Same shell model. Expect this to come out in the USA just before or at MOTOGP Laguna seca.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Motostrano in RacerX Mag

We're a rinky dink little shop. As such, we get a little tickled pink any time we see our name in lights. Check out Volume 12 number 1 of the new Jan 09 Racer X Illustrated. Page 237 has an excellent article covering the 2008 supermoto racing season and includes some shots of Motostrano branded racers.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Motostrano Open House Dec. 20, Saturday

Motostrano's yearly Open House will be Saturday December 20th,
from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at our location in Redwood City, California.
Great if you're a last minute gift buyer, like me.

Come to the event that folks come to from all over the State
for great discounts, holiday cheer, sip some hot cider and a
check out a great selection of riding gear from Alpinestars, SIDI,
SUOMY, TPRO, AGV, Scorpion and more.

This year our Open House is on the same weekend as the San
Mateo Motorcycle show (Saturday December 20,
from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM) making it a no-brainer to take in the
show and stop by our store for great deals or just to feel up
our mannequin. Motostrano is located just 10 minutes south of the International Motorcycle Show in San Mateo. You remembered to carve time for the Motorcycle show this year, right?

** Plus, we'll be giving away discount passes to the Motorcycle Show while supplies last. Come to our open house, get discount passes to the Moto show. We'll run out of those so stop by early.

** For your last minute gift buying pleasure we'll have on hand
thousands of Alpinestars casual items, including t-shirts, hoodies,
hats and other stuff. A great gift for friends or you! T-Shirts
will be on sale for $15.00 store-wide!

** Plus we'll be giving away other stuff too! We don't even know what
we'll be giving away yet, but we usually do!

All leather suits will be on sale at 15% off.

All body armor will be marked down at least 10% off. Motostrano sells
Alpinestars, TPRO, Troy Lee, EVS and others.

All boots and gloves will be marked down 10% off. We're stocked on
gauntlet full race gloves and boots.

Staff from Suomy, Alpinestars and others will be on hand to field your
technical questions AND listen to product complaints! :-)

** We will also have on hand loads of clearance and close-out items to select from including items from Alpinestars, Rev'it, Scorpion, Z1R, THOR and more. This will be on sale up to 50% off.

Tell your friends! Tell your moms and your dads! Tell Grandma and Grandpa! Whatever!

Motostrano is located at 926 Broadway St, in Redwood City. Take the 101 to Woodside Rd. Take Broadway south, we're right on the left.

Date/Time: Saturday December 20, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM