Have a big bike but still want to make it a little more special and personal? You can start with the nuts and bolts of it. Literally
Quality fasteners that also add a dash of style
When you want more, there are always several choices. However, what if you’ve already experienced the best and have found what you were looking for? Do you want to get more out of it? Or try to make it a little better, even if ever so slightly. High-performance tyres? Yes, they’re out there. Performance maps? They’re out there, too. As are high-flow airfilters and loud pipes, even forced induction and then some. Getting more performance out of your ride does not need to involve huge amounts of horsepower, or free-flow filters and exhaust pipes, it could be just as much about shaving weight, and improving what is already there. There are many areas that could do with some detail. And when it comes down to the nuts and bolts of it, that’s just what you essentially need.
One area often neglected by many owners of performance bikes or bikes in general, is the many fasteners on it. Nuts, bolts, washers, screws, clips, rivets, caps you name it. Pro-bolt have a plethora of choices and it’s up to you to decide which way to go – steel, aluminium, or even titanium. Moreover, there are parts available for everything from a KTM 200 Duke to a Ducati Panigale. There are over 35,000 products available, each of which have been created specifically for each particular bike, with a selection of several global models to choose from.
The parts list includes disc rotor bolts, axle nuts, swingarm nuts, axle bolts, bleed nipples, banjo bolts, grub screws, caliper-pad retaining pins, radial caliper mount bolt kits, front and rear caliper mount kits and pinch-bolt kits, fork or axle bottom pinch bolts, brake and clutch perch pinch-bolt kits, handlebar bolts, top and bottom triple-clamp bolts, foot-rest hanger bolts for rider or pillion, heel plate and chain guard kits, subframe bolt kits, and even scratch and spark sets.
Excellent for non-stress areas, aluminium components are about 60 per cent lighter than steel, and about 40 per cent lighter than titanium. The lightweight components are colour consistent and machined to a high-quality smooth finish. Pro-bolt offers seven colours to choose from: black, blue, gold, orange, purple, red, and silver, each of which have been chemically brightened and anodised to between eight and 12 microns thick. Anodised aluminium is not affected by saltwater, road film, or mild acids.
The material used for construction is 70756T6 Aluminium. The manufacturing process allows for commendable yield strength, tensile strength, and a strength-to-weight ratio. Aluminium is suitable for use in all non-safety critical areas – mudguards, screens, fairings, engine casings, huggers, fuel caps, number plates, lamp units, exhaust cans, heel plates, exhaust manifold brackets, fuel-cap surrounds, air filters, car rocker covers, plus many more. However, it isn’t suitable for any stress area applications.
Stress areas are aptly handled by stainless steel, with premium quality products that offer superior strength, durability, and high corrosion resistance. They are available in a black or a high-polish mirror finish steel.
Not all stainless steel is usable for stress areas, however. The material used is 316 Stainless Steel made from alloys of iron, they have a minimum of 16.5 per cent chromium with other elements – nickel, molybdenum, titanium, copper, carbon, nitrogen – added to enhance formability and strength. It is the chromium-rich, oxide film that lends the corrosion resistance of stainless steel. This makes it is suitable for engine casings, fairings, screens, front axle pinch bolts, caliper pinch bolts, caliper mount bolts, footrest hanger bolts, clip-on handle bar bolts, brake or clutch pinch perch bolts, top or bottom yoke clamp bolts, 1/4-turn D-ring quick release fasteners, 1/4-turn Allen key drive quick release fasteners, brake caliper pad pins, axle nuts, banjo bolts, bleed nipples and disc rotor bolts.
With components made from aircraft-grade titanium, Pro-bolt truly offer a unique opportunity for upgrade. Not only is it the high strength but also the fact that titanium is also over 40 per cent lighter than steel that makes it ideal for racers and those looking for the very best. Exceptional strength and stiffness are, of course, inherent properties.
The material used is an alloy first introduced in 1954: aircraft-grade Ti-6Al-4V (Grade 5) for bolts. This affords a tensile strength making it suitable for replacing both Grade 5 and Grade 8 steel bolts. Furthermore, Pro-bolt roll the threads for even greater fatigue strength and reduced galling.
They offer tapered, socket cap, flanged hex head, drilled race spec, countersunk, and dome head bolts, nuts and washers – from 3.0 mm to 12.0 mm, axle nuts, swingarm nuts, yoke nuts, caliper pins, banjo bolts, disc bolts and many more specifically machined items. The titanium components are available in natural, blue, black, gold, and purple haze.
WHY SHOULD YOU CHOOSE THESE COMPONENTS?
Pro-bolt are the leading supplier of high-quality fasteners, renowned for their supply, quality and support, in the demanding realms of British Superbikes, World Superbikes, and even MotoGP. Of course, that’s not to say that it’s restricted to the upper classes of racing. Those who partake in rides, longdistance touring, and, of course, track-days, can make the switch if they want higher quality components. Their products are often considered upgrades that have a fit-and-forget nature.
Using Pro-bolt bits will make your bike stand out. When the time comes to replace lost, corroded or worn fasteners, Pro-bolt offer cost-effective stainless steel alternatives, apart from low-weight of aluminium and titanium components, all of which are made from quality materials and manufacturing methods. You may choose to upgrade some components or even customise a number of them. Apart from a selection of high-quality parts for most international models, Pro-bolt also offer special race parts for certain BMW, Ducati, Honda, Kawasaki, and Yamaha models.
For now, you may browse their vast catalogue online, and even order. With India’s growing premium bike market, Pro-bolt are looking for distributors in the country. This would make sourcing these components much quicker and easier.