Sport Rider - - Mailbox - Jim Niesel Strat­ford, CT

Read with in­ter­est the mods you guys per­formed on the FZ-10, un­cork­ing 16 hp with a pipe and re- map! Re­minds me of the ’80s and the gains we used to see then with just a new pipe and jet kit.

In this day and age though, ditch­ing the cat­alytic con­verter and re- map­ping for a richer mix­ture, aren’t you vi­o­lat­ing sev­eral state and fed­eral laws if you op­er­ate the mod­i­fied bike on the street? Does the Graves pipe in­di­cate it is le­gal for on- road use?

Didn’t Har­ley- David­son just pay a whop­ping big fine for do­ing the same with OEM equip­ment and take the whole Screamin’ Ea­gle prod­uct lineup out of pro­duc­tion? You also note you dumped the deci­bel lim­iter ring, so now it also vi­o­lates the noise lim­its for a road- le­gal mo­tor­cy­cle as well?

While we know “ev­ery­body does it,” I think you owe the read­ers a note to say, “While these changes are pos­si­ble, they can legally only be done to a mo­tor­cy­cle des­tined for track or off- road use only and may void the man­u­fac­turer’s war­ranty and cause harm to the en­vi­ron­ment.”

Good point, and thanks for re­mind­ing us that a disclaimer is prob­a­bly a good idea with mod­i­fi­ca­tion sto­ries now in this day and age of height­ened scru­tiny with re­gards to mods. Mr. Niesel has earned him­self a pair of Aria Gore-tex boots from the great peo­ple at Mo­to­na­tion.

The new­est ad­di­tion to the Sidi Gore-tex lineup, the Aria is a mid- height tour­ing boot that fea­tures the highly breath­able yet water­proof mem­brane to keep your feet not only dry but cool and com­fort­able too. Tec­nomi­cro syn­thetic leather, Cor­dura, and soft TPU make up the outer con­struc­tion, with a ny­lon com­pos­ite in­ner sole with re­mov­able arch sup­port pad. Pro­tec­tion con­sists of a fully en­cap­su­lated heel cup, an in­ter­nal toe cup, in­ter­nal an­kle pads, and in­ter­nally padded shin plate. Dou­ble- stitched in all high- stress ar­eas, the Aria also fea­tures a Dupont poly­mer toe shift pad, Sidi non- slip sole, a side zip­per/ Vel­cro flap clo­sure sys­tem with an elas­tic panel ad­ja­cent to the en­try zip­per that al­lows a bind- free pull and ex­cel­lent fi t, and re­flec­tive pan­els on the back for nighttime vis­i­bil­ity.

Avail­able in black only, in sizes 6–15 (Euro sizes 39–50), the Sidi Aria Gore-tex re­tails for $250. For more in­for­ma­tion, log on to mo­to­na­tion.com. —Ed.

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