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Super Streetbike

Super Streetbike Oct-12

Super Streetbike is the first magazine to actively explore the outer reaches of the extreme sportbike movement. Super Streetbike features page after page of the wildest custom sportbikes in the nation. Each issue features in-depth hop-up articles for all popular sportbikes alongside pages of products showcasing the latest and greatest in sportbike performance, cosmetic upgrades and the hottest new apparel.

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3 min.
first word

The EPA and CARB committee is back at it again in the regulated state of California and aftermarket motorcycle exhausts are on the chopping block. Any argument that loud pipes save lives is falling on deaf ears as stricter sound and emissions regs come down the pipe for 2012 and beyond. Live elsewhere and your straight pipe might be safe from citation for now but the country loves to follow the Golden State’s lead in these sort of “green” matters so don’t throw your stock system on Craigs List just yet. As exhaust manufacturers scramble to turn out quieter and cleaner products and label non-compliant ones in packaging that clearly states, “closed-course use only,” I nostalgically look back at a glorious time of screaming Yoshs, D&Ds, Aratas, Erions and HMFs that…

1 min.
ssb yamaha custom showdown: laguna

BRING OUT THE BIKE BUILDS Old timers, club riders, international accents and kids that’ll one day rep an M1 license gravitated towards the SSB Yamaha Custom Showdown tent each of the three exciting days of the Laguna Seca MotoGP weekend. One of the most highly trafficked displays of sportbike passion outside of the on-track action meant each professional and amateur entry won a chance to show off and explain their hard work. From every corner, conversations of riding, wrenching and reliving the past brought motorcyclists from all backgrounds together. Under the shade of a large canopy, ballot casters ogled bikes, scratched their heads and investigated an array of Yamahas parked on display before picking their favorites. The opportunity to win our contest R6 (see pg. 36 for the build story) brought race-goers…

2 min.
xdl championship series: round 2

Staged on a slippery patch of asphalt in front of the parked Queen Mary cruise ship in the LBC, the second round of the 2012 XDL Championship Series jumped off under a shadow of viral video controversy. XDL founder Randy Grube found himself fielding questions from local news media and moto-journos interested in why a video called “The Stowaways,” left such a bad taste in the mouths of Queen Mary officials. The vid featured Ernie Vigil and Damon Barda riding on the ship. This is what Randy had to say: “We filmed with the permission of the Queen Mary (QM). I had prepared a production document and shot list that was very detailed and it included a scene in the QM pool area. The QM was under the impression they had…

3 min.
the best... 2013 cbr600rr graphics we hope to see

Motorcycle companies have a tendency towards the uninspired when it comes to graphics and color schemes, and lately Honda has been one of the worst offenders. British designer Kar Lee agrees and with a few swift strokes of the mouse rendered what he thinks the 2013 CBR600RR should look like. Spicier graphics are the main theme. “The problem with factory paint schemes today is that they’re simply not daring enough,” Lee says. “The model slowdown brought on by the recession has played a hand in stifling creativity of new bikes, and this is mirrored in the conservative paint schemes.” So Lee took it upon himself to give the industry a shot in the arm—Honda more specifically. If the bikes here almost look familiar, it’s no accident. Lee’s designs are meant to remind…

1 min.
bazzaz unveils the principia dyno

Pics: Bazzaz Looking like something you’d find in the hull of the Starship Enterprise comes the latest offering from Bazzaz—a durable dyno called the Principia. Embedded with sophisticated software and exclusive features, it offers increased accuracy that will have bike owners going home with a finer tune and power numbers well under what a Dynojet or Superflow will spew out. At the unveiling we watched a stock ZX-14R log 170.6 HP @ 99.1 LB-FT of torque—bewildered looks were met with assurance that the reading was indeed correct. Why the lower numbers? The combo of intelligent programming and features like the Speed Squared testing method that better simulates what it’s actually like to ride on the road/track provide the increased accuracy. Speed Squared simulates wind-drag by adding load/resistance on the drum as wheel…

3 min.
shout out

Upgrade Curiosity I burnt out my stuntbike’s clutch and I’m looking to replace it with something stronger than OEM without an all-out race feel. What is the difference between a Kevlar and carbon fiber clutch kit? Nate Potz Los Angeles, CA Learning to roll burnouts, ehh? If so, add more air to the rear so the tire spins easier and takes heat off the clutch. Either way, stunting in general is hard on the clutch so before choosing a clutch pack type it’s best to check the clutch basket and inner hub, as they might be chewed up from the plates banging against them. If the aluminum surfaces are worn, it can cause a new clutch to start slipping right away. Assuming everything is good, Kevlar is a tried and true material used in everything…