7 Top-Selling Sportbike Performance Parts: Customer Favorites

7 Top-Selling Sportbike Performance Parts: Customer Favorites

Three key elements converge when upgrading a sportbike: performance, safety, and comfort. And then there are aesthetics—who doesn't want their bikes to stand out among the crowds? 

Whether carving tight mountain turns, weaving through bustling city streets during some urban trekking, or improving lap times during a weekend track day, upgrading your sport motorcycle with premium performance parts enhances the experience, transforming it into a memorable adventure.

So, what are the most common sportbike upgrades?

We've analyzed feedback and data from our top customers and found some answers. From Ducati V4 Panigales to Yamaha YZF-R3s and everything in between, our goal is straightforward: to help you maximize your sportbike’s performance, safety, comfort, and looks.

Following are the top seven sportbike performance parts upgrades that are customer favorites. 

1. High-Performance Sportbike Exhaust Slip-On

Adding a slip-on exhaust is typically one of the first changes many sport riders make. And it’s simple to understand why.

A sportbike's roar is its heartbeat. Upgrading to an aftermarket slip-on not only fine-tunes this sound but significantly improves performance and sheds weight. By increasing exhaust flow, an aftermarket slip-on boosts horsepower and torque, something you can feel immediately after installation. 

Among the many options available, Scorpion exhaust slip-ons stand out as a premier choice for riders seeking to elevate their motorcycle’s capabilities while adding to aesthetic appeal. I’ve used Scorpion slip-ons on various bikes over the years, including a Yamaha R6 that seriously awoke after 10,000 rpm with added power and a bark like no other. And the style far outshines the OEM exhaust pipe.

There are many reasons to choose these exhaust slip-ons, from simple installation to no need for remapping. Here's why the UK-based Scorpion slip-ons are customer favorites.

  • No ECU Remapping: A favorite benefit of opting for a Scorpion slip-on is the ease of installation and compatibility with your sportbike's stock mapping. Reflashing an ECU takes money and time, and for most new bikes, it voids warranties. Many riders just want the benefits without the hassle. Most models are designed to work seamlessly without needing ECU remapping, making them a hassle-free upgrade for riders who want immediate improvements without additional tuning.
  • Durable Construction and Style: Scorpion uses premium materials such as stainless steel, carbon fiber, and titanium in its slip-ons. These materials are chosen for their durability, heat resistance, and lightweight properties, which contribute to reduced overall bike weight and improved handling and acceleration. And they look the part.
  • Sound Signature: One of the most appealing aspects of upgrading to a Scorpion slip-on is its distinctive sound. Engineered to enhance the exhaust note, without overwhelming noise levels. Scorpion Exhausts strike the perfect balance between a deep satisfying rumble and compliance with noise regulations; making your sportbike sound as good as it looks.
  • Performance Boost: Scorpion Exhaust slip-ons are not just about aesthetics and sound. They are designed to improve your motorcycle's performance by increasing exhaust flow and reducing back pressure. This leads to more efficient engine operation, resulting in noticeable gains in horsepower and torque, especially when combined with other performance modifications like air filter upgrades and a tuner.
  • Environmental Considerations: In an era where environmental regulations are becoming stricter, Scorpion is dedicated to developing products that enhance performance and comply with emissions standards. Their slip-ons are designed to meet legal noise and emission levels, ensuring riders can enjoy improved performance without compromising their environmental responsibilities.

Check out our selection of Scorpion exhausts here

2. Sportbike Aftermarket Performance Air Filters

Aftermarket exhausts also allow your sportbike to exhale more easily, providing more performance–if you allow the engine to inhale more easily, performance increases. 

One of the simplest and most inexpensive ways to get more air into your bike is to remove the restricted OEM air filter and replace it with an aftermarket one. While many riders are familiar with brands like K&N and BMC, DNA Filters are a customer favorite.

Founded in 1985 in Athens, Greece, DNA Filters originated from the passion for motorcycle racing of founders Dino Nikolaidis and Maria Ralli. They transformed their enthusiasm into a thriving business that produces top-quality air filters and kits for various motorcycle applications. 

DNA achieves excellence in quality and performance by utilizing eco-friendly materials known for their high tensile strength and resistance to high temperatures and UV radiation. DNA also significantly enhances engine power and torque by leveraging the latest air filter technology and conducting rigorous in-house dynamometer testing. 

DNA also has huge confidence in its products, offering a lifetime warranty on all air filters. I used DNA Filters on multiple bikes, which was always a once-and-done deal. Just keep them clean and conditioned by re-oiling them, and you’ll never have to spend money on a new one again. 

Here are some of the benefits that showcase why DNA Filters are a customer favorite:

  • Maximum Airflow: This is achieved through their multi-layered filtering media, which allows for higher volumes of air to enter the engine and ensures that this air is as clean as possible, free from dust and debris that could harm internal components.
  • Durability and Performance: DNA Filters are constructed from high-grade materials designed to withstand the rigors of road and track use. They are made using advanced textiles and specific coatings that not only filter out the smallest particles but are also designed to last the lifetime of the motorcycle. This durability means that riders can enjoy the benefits of enhanced performance without the need for frequent replacements.
  • Engine Performance and Efficiency: DNA filters can significantly impact the motorcycle's performance by optimizing the volume and cleanliness of air entering the engine. Increased airflow allows the engine to produce more power and torque, which is noticeable during acceleration and high-speed runs. Moreover, this efficiency can translate into smoother throttle response and, in some cases, improved fuel economy as the engine operates more efficiently.
  • Environmental Considerations and Maintenance: DNA Filters are designed with reusability in mind. Unlike disposable filters that contribute to waste and ongoing costs, DNA's high-quality filters can be cleaned and re-oiled, extending their lifespan and reducing environmental impact. This makes them a more sustainable and cost-effective choice in the long run, as the need for replacements diminishes.
  • Installation and Maintenance Simplicity: Despite their advanced design and materials, DNA Filters are created for straightforward installation, often fitting directly into the existing airbox without needing modifications. This ease of installation, combined with their washable and reusable nature, makes them an attractive option for riders looking to enhance their motorcycle’s performance without extensive modifications or maintenance requirements.

If you're ready to elevate your motorcycle's performance and efficiency through improved engine breathing, visit our main DNA Filters page

3. Sportbike Tuners

In the world of sportbike performance, where every fraction of a second and every ounce of power counts, the role of Electronic Control Unit (ECU) tuning and fuel management systems becomes indispensable. 

While systems like Dynojet's Power Commander have long been recognized for their ability to fine-tune a motorcycle's fueling and ignition parameters, there's another player that our customers rave about: Rapid Bike Tuning modules.

These offer automatic tuning and plug-and-play installation. The modules adjust air/fuel parameters in real time to complement various motorcycle upgrades. One huge reason they are so popular? The module is easily removable and does not void factory warranties, making it a hassle-free option for boosting your bike's performance.

For those seeking even more control, the Rapid Bike Racing module introduces advanced capabilities such as ignition timing and traction control, allowing for meticulous performance adjustments.

The EASY module stands out by simplifying the optimization process. It effectively enhances engine efficiency by fine-tuning the air/fuel ratio. Installation is straightforward, with no need for computer tuning, making it accessible for casual enthusiasts and serious riders alike.

Moreover, the latest innovation, the Rapid Bike SMART kit, is designed for modern motorcycles equipped with wide-band O2 sensors. It optimizes performance by precisely controlling the signal for a richer air-fuel ratio (AFR), significantly improving engine running conditions.

Here’s a quick glance at the top features:

  • Advanced ECU Tuning Capability: Unlike traditional systems that merely adjust fuel maps, Rapid Bike's modules go several steps further, modifying fueling, ignition timing, and, in some cases, even electronic throttle control (ETC) maps to optimize performance across the entire rev range.
  • Adaptive Fuel Management: One of the standout features of Rapid Bike's systems is their ability to adapt to changing conditions in real time. Using inputs from the motorcycle's various sensors, a Rapid Bike module can adjust fueling dynamically, ensuring optimal combustion under all conditions. Whether it's changes in altitude, temperature, or the installation of performance upgrades like exhaust systems and air filters, Rapid Bike keeps the engine running at peak efficiency.
  • Customization and Precision: Rapid Bike's EVO and Racing modules offer a high degree of customization through user-friendly software. This allows riders or tuners to precisely tailor fuel maps, ignition timing, and other critical parameters to suit specific performance goals or to compensate for other aftermarket modifications. The result is a motorcycle that performs better and is more responsive to rider input.
  • Plug-and-Play Installation with Extensive Motorcycle Coverage: Rapid Bike modules are designed for easy installation. Most models offer a plug-and-play solution that interfaces seamlessly with the motorcycle's existing wiring and ECU, minimizing the need for invasive modifications. Rapid Bike offers an extensive range of modules compatible with various motorcycle makes and models, ensuring that many riders can access the benefits of advanced ECU tuning.
  • Enhanced Throttle Response and Engine Smoothness: By refining how the engine responds to throttle inputs, Rapid Bike modules can significantly improve rideability. Riders often report smoother power delivery, more responsive acceleration, and reduced engine surging or stalling, especially in the lower rpm ranges where stock fuel maps may be less than optimal.
  • Safety and Reliability: Rapid Bike systems also prioritize engine safety and reliability while pushing performance limits. Built-in features prevent the engine from operating outside of safe parameters, protecting against potential damage from overly lean or rich fuel mixtures and incorrect ignition timing.

Whether you're aiming for quicker lap times, smoother power delivery, or simply maximizing the efficiency of your engine modifications, Rapid Bike provides the tools to achieve those goals with precision and reliability. Explore the Rapid Bike options available for your model and join the ranks of customers who have transformed their sportbikes into finely tuned examples of peak performance and efficiency.

4. Sportbike Windscreens

Nothing drains the joy of sportbikes like excessive windblast, especially when on those longer riders. 

This is a significant issue with most OEM windscreens; the stock units simply don’t provide the performance or sometimes looks that you deserve.

Like exhausts, air filters, and tuners, many options exist for modern-day sport riders. But one has been a staple overseas since 1978: Ermax. The French company has provided various windscreen options for sport platforms, and its latest designs are influenced directly through real-world use in MotoGP and World Supersport.

This attention to design, along with lower price points than competitors, are just two of the many reasons Ermax screens are a customer favorite. 

Here’s a closer look at why:

  • Aerodynamic Performance: Ermax has cultivated a reputation for producing windscreens that are not merely accessories but integral components of a motorcycle's performance toolkit. Through meticulous design and wind tunnel testing, Ermax windscreens are crafted to slice through the air with minimal resistance, offering riders a noticeable reduction in wind blasts. This aerodynamic efficiency translates to smoother, faster rides with less rider fatigue, allowing for extended periods of high-speed travel without the associated discomfort.
  • Durability and Clarity: Constructed from high-grade acrylic, Ermax windscreens are engineered for durability and optical clarity. This material choice ensures that the windscreen remains resilient against impacts, weathering, and the ravages of time. It maintains its structural integrity and clear vision even after years of exposure to the elements. The quality of the acrylic used also ensures that the windscreen does not turn yellow or become brittle, preserving the motorcycle's aesthetic appeal.
  • Options to Suit Every Rider's Style: Recognizing the diverse tastes and requirements of the riding community, Ermax offers an extensive range of windscreens in various shapes, sizes, and tints. Whether seeking a sporty, low-profile screen for a more aggressive look and stance or a taller, touring-oriented windscreen for maximum wind protection, Ermax caters to every preference. Additionally, the array of tint options allows riders to match their windscreen to their bike's color scheme or personal style, enhancing the motorcycle's overall appearance.
  • Innovative Features for Added Comfort and Safety: Beyond the basics of wind protection and aesthetics, some Ermax windscreens offer more unique features. Some models offer integrated air vents to reduce turbulence and manage airflow more effectively around the rider. Others are designed to reduce wind noise, a common issue that can lead to rider fatigue on long journeys. 
  • Ease of Installation and Compatibility: Focusing on user-friendly design, Ermax windscreens are developed to ensure straightforward installation, fitting directly into the motorcycle's existing mounting points. This ease of installation and the wide range of model-specific designs guarantees compatibility with a broad spectrum of sportbikes, from fully-faired to nakeds. 

Explore our wide selection of Ermax windscreen designs.

5. Rearsets for Sportbike 

Adjustable rearsets are more than just motorcycle parts; they're the critical interface points between rider and machine, especially on a sportbike where precision, control, and comfort are crucial. 

While many rearsets are available, one name stands out above the rest for delivering performance beyond our customer’s needs: Bonamici Racing. With the Italian company’s cutting-edge designs and engineering, Bonamici rearsets provide a blend of performance, ergonomics, and style that sets them apart.

I use these on two of my Ducati superbikes, and their precise adjustability sets them apart, along with gripper footpegs. The Italian styling also enhances aesthetics way beyond the OEM setups.

Here are some of the highlights of our best-selling rearsets:

  • Durability and Weight Savings: Bonamici rearsets are lightweight and extraordinarily durable. Constructed from high-grade CNC-machined aluminum alloy, this choice of material contributes to the overall reduction in motorcycle weight, enhances its performance, and ensures that the rearsets can withstand the rigors of aggressive riding, whether on the track or the street.
  • Adjustability for Personalized Ergonomics: The hallmark of Bonamici rearsets is their adjustability. With multiple points of adjustment, riders can customize their leg position to suit their riding style and body type. This level of customization is crucial for long rides and high-speed runs, where optimal ergonomics can significantly reduce rider fatigue and improve control over the motorcycle.
  • Enhanced Grip and Rider Confidence: Bonamici rearsets feature knurled foot pegs that provide superior grip, ensuring that riders' feet stay securely in place, even under hard acceleration or in wet conditions. This enhanced grip boosts rider confidence by providing a stable platform to control the motorcycle.
  • Aesthetic Appeal: Beyond their functional benefits, Bonamici rearsets are designed with aesthetics in mind. Their sleek, race-inspired look can transform the appearance of any sportbike, adding an element of style that complements the machine's performance capabilities. Available in various finishes, Bonamici rearsets can be selected to match or contrast with the motorcycle's color scheme, making them a statement piece as much as a performance upgrade.
  • Compatibility and Integration: Bonamici Racing has developed rearsets for a wide range of sportbike models, ensuring that most riders can access these upgrades. Furthermore, their rearsets are designed to integrate seamlessly with other motorcycle components, maintaining compatibility with stock or aftermarket exhaust systems and ensuring no interference with fairings or other parts.

Discover the Bonamici Racing adjustable rearsets available for your model

6. Sportbike Engine Protection

The adrenaline of pushing your machine to its limits on the track or curvy back roads naturally comes with risks. That's where specialized gear like frame sliders, engine protection, and axle sliders play a crucial role in motorcycle safety. 

A standout in this realm of sportbike protection remains the UK-based GB Racing: a brand synonymous with top-tier crash protection solutions tailored for the high demands of sportbike riders and racers worldwide.

Although not necessarily a sportbike, I recently upgraded my Ducati DesertX with GB Racing engine covers, and they definitely helped save the right side of my engine when I pinched the bike between a rock and a tree. Imagine what they can do for a dropped sportbike. 

The following is what makes GB Racing stand out:

  • Advanced Frame Sliders: GB Racing's frame sliders are not just about preventing cosmetic damage; they're engineered to absorb and disperse impact forces away from the bike's frame and vital components during a slide. Constructed from high-density materials, these sliders provide a robust first line of defense, minimizing the risk of costly repairs and extending the motorcycle's lifespan.
  • Engine Protection That Stands Up to the Test: The engine is the heart of your sportbike, and GB Racing offers specialized engine protection kits designed to shield this critical area from harm. These kits typically include covers and guards made from materials like reinforced polymers or CNC-machined aluminum, offering a shield against debris and impact that could otherwise lead to engine damage.
  • Axle Sliders:  Often overlooked but equally important, GB Racing's axle sliders protect the wheel axles and swingarm during a fall. Like their frame sliders, these are crafted from durable materials capable of withstanding significant force, ensuring that the points of your bike most likely to make contact with the ground are adequately protected.
  • Aesthetic Integration: One of the hallmarks of GB Racing's products is their ability to blend seamlessly with a sportbike's design. Available in various finishes and styles, their protection gear adds a sleek, aggressive look that complements the bike's aesthetics while offering peace of mind. This means riders don't have to sacrifice style for safety.
  • Ease of Installation and Compatibility: GB Racing understands the importance of accessibility for riders looking to enhance their bike's protection. Their products are designed for easy installation, often requiring minimal modifications to the bike. Moreover, GB Racing offers solutions tailored to a wide range of sportbike models, ensuring that riders can find protection that fits their specific machine perfectly.
  • Preventing Secondary Damage: Keeping the bike elevated off the ground prevents secondary damage to other components and systems, potentially saving riders from the domino effect of repair needs that can follow an initial impact.

Explore GB Racing's comprehensive range of frame sliders, engine guards, and axle sliders explicitly designed for your sportbike model. 

7. Sportbike Tank Grips: Protection While Staying Planted

How do you keep that fuel tank looking new thousands of miles later? Few accessories prove as indispensable as a quality tank protector.

The gas tank, a prominent and often beautifully finished component of your sportbike, is subjected to relentless wear from routine riding. It endures constant contact with rider attire, including racing leathers, pants, jackets, belts, and zippers, leading to unsightly scratches and wear over time. 

Among the leading solutions to protect fuel tanks and a customer favorite is the line offered by Eazi-Grip. These do more than simply protect; they also help sport riders' inner legs stay planted, especially when hanging off the motorcycle during those fun corners or under hard braking. 

Here’s why Eazi-Grip tank protectors are a top seller:

  • Maximum Protection: Eazi-Grip tank protectors are engineered to safeguard your motorcycle's fuel tank from the abrasive effects of daily riding. By providing a durable barrier between your tank and clothing, these protectors effectively minimize the risk of scratches and scuffs that can mar your motorcycle's finish.
  • Tactile Advantage for Rider Stability: An often-overlooked benefit of Eazi-Grip tank protectors is their improved rider stability. The pad's textured surface provides additional grip, allowing riders to maintain a more stable, controlled position during acceleration, braking, and cornering. This tactile feedback enhances overall ride quality and safety, making the tank pad a multifunctional accessory.
  • Longevity: Crafted from high-quality polyurethane, Eazi-Grip tank pads are resilient and flexible, conforming seamlessly to the contours of your gas tank. This choice of material ensures that the protector remains effective over time, resisting wear, tear, and environmental factors like UV exposure, which can degrade lesser materials.
  • Enhanced Aesthetics with Functional Benefits: Beyond their protective capabilities, Eazi-Grip tank protectors are designed with aesthetics in mind. Available in various styles and finishes, from clear to carbon-look, they complement the appearance of your motorcycle while adding a subtle, functional enhancement. This means riders can maintain their style for tank protection.
  • Ease of Application: Recognizing the diverse landscape of motorcycle models and designs, Eazi-Grip offers tank protectors in shapes and sizes suited to various motorcycles. Each protector has a strong adhesive backing for easy, secure application, ensuring a lasting fit without needing professional installation.
  • Cost-Effective Solution for Tank Preservation: Considering the potential cost of repainting or repairing a scratched gas tank, Eazi-Grip tank protectors represent an economically savvy investment. Riders can proactively protect one of their motorcycle's most vulnerable and visually prominent parts for a fraction of the price of cosmetic repairs. 

Keep in mind that these take patience to remove, and there are loads of videos online showing how. But when removed correctly, tank grips can preserve a sportbike’s natural looks like no other. Check out our Eazi-Grip tank protectors today

Optimizing your sportbike with these must-have performance parts boosts its functionality, visual appeal, and overall riding experience, helping make every ride more memorable.

Each component, from exhaust slip-ons to air filters to tuners, is designed to deliver superior performance and ease of use. Everything else, from windscreens to rearsets, will ensure that your ride performs better and more comfortably and looks the part.

Equip your sportbike with these top-performance parts and feel the difference in every ride.