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Updated photo album American International Motorcycle Expo - AIME: Day 3 10/20/2014 5:16 PM
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Added reply in a thread Honda spring forks vrs air 10/20/2014 3:53 PM

In my opinion, that's because the stock setting is better on the 15s' PSF 2. The PSF 1 forks on the 13-14 are a better design and are more capable overall. By example; Trey Canard, Eli Tomac, JGR and Star Yamaha are racing with PSF 1.

Added reply in a thread Honda spring forks vrs air 10/20/2014 3:27 PM

May I ask who did them? Rider weight? If you're dead-set on getting spring forks, try to find a set of KYB spring forks from a 2009-2012, they'll bolt right up. I believe the total extended length is the same, if not, it's within a few mms. I'll see ... more »

Added reply in a thread Honda spring forks vrs air 10/20/2014 2:58 PM

Have you had your PSF 1 forks tuned by an aftermarket shop?

ML512 added a feature story Social Scoop 10/20/2014 9:27 AM

Michael's Picks

Michael's Take: Dean may not have had the weekend he wanted, but it looks like he found the problem.


Dean Wilson: Think we need to do some suspension tuning...

Michael's Take: Malcolm's getting some inspiration, the moto videos from the late 90s and early 2000s were just awesome!


Malcolm Stewart:...more

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Added a new photo album American International Motorcycle Expo - AIME: Day 3 10/19/2014 7:41 PM
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Added a new video Travis Pastrana's Return To Racing: Straight Rhythm and Rally America 10/19/2014 3:25 PM
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Travis hits his first professional motocross race in five years with his signature 500cc two-stroke! And what better way to cap off a week than the Red Bull Global Rallycross? Also featuring Jarryd McNeil and some of the best action figures in the sport! Check it out!

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Added a new video Miles Mountain MX 10/19/2014 9:35 AM
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Located on a beautiful hillside along route 49 in Elkland, Pennsylvania Miles Mountain Motocross started out in 1998 as a personal practice track on the Egleston’s 1000 acre family farm. Over the years Miles Mountain has been transformed into a dirt bike riders dream park. With its 1.5 mile long motocross track sitting on the side of a hill there is lots of elevation change. A fully lit supercross track, and private freestyle motocross park fully equipped with six ramps, large landings, various jumps, a wall ride, and foam pit. Miles Mountain Motocross has it all!

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Added reply in a thread team honda,no muscle milk? 10/19/2014 9:35 AM

A new company purchased Muscle Milk this year from Cytomax. Moto doesn't seem to be a market they wanted to continue on with, so no renewal.

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It wont let me send you a Msg, IDK if its because you are admin or we are not "friends"

email is chop20041@hotmail.com. Thanks again
Updated photo album American International Motorcycle Expo - AIME: Day 2 10/18/2014 9:59 AM
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Added reply in a thread A little MEC eye candy 10/17/2014 9:04 PM

Or it's just better for them to keep their limited amount of current forks, that the riders, use on the truck. While being able to put the older models to good use.

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Updated photo album American International Motorcycle Expo - AIME: Day 1 10/16/2014 10:49 PM
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Added a new photo album American International Motorcycle Expo - AIME: Day 1 10/16/2014 8:34 PM
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Added reply in a thread A little MEC eye candy 10/16/2014 5:47 PM

It's a display bike at the AIME expo in Orlando. Suzuki's booth also has a display bike with the older forks on them.

Added a new video Driven To Win '14 - All Sewn Up 10/15/2014 3:47 PM
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Kailub Russell picked up where he left off before the summer break with a win at Unadilla Raceway, Round 10 of the GNCC Series and heads to Mountain Ridge to wrap up the Championship!

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Added a product review for Works Connection Aluminum Radiator Brace 10/14/2014 7:18 PM
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Tested: Works Connection Radiator Braces

Rating:

The Good:

The Bad:

Overall:

Review and Photos by Michael Lindsay

In my group of riding buddies, bike damage seems to be a common theme. There's always that one guy who gets a flat, burns out his clutch, or destroys a radiator during a small tip over. (Actually, in my group that's typically the same guy.) A damaged radiator is one of the biggest pains. Mostly because you either have to buy a costly OEM unit, or if you're lucky your stocker might be repairable, which still results time and expense.

After I started racing off-road, I needed to do anything I could to keep the bike in one piece for the longer races. Between rocks, high speed desert sections, and constantly banging into riders before entering the tight confines of a scoring loop (have to make every pass count!), the radiators would be in a bit of danger. After doing a little searching, I settled on some radiator braces from Works Connection.

Works Connection Radiator Braces features:

  • Constructed from aircraft-grade aluminum.
  • Supports radiators from side impacts and being bent backwards.
  • Sold in pairs when applicable.
  • MSRP $39.99-$109.99.

First Impressions

The Works Connection Radiator Braces are fairly simple in design. For most models, they resemble an aluminum triangle that mounts to the top and bottom of the radiator and to the side of the frame. They're slim in design, following the general shape of the radiator shroud. On some models, it may take a look or two to even realize they're on.

Inside the packaging, you'll find a pair of braces (for single radiator bikes, there will only be one brace), along with mounting hardware.

In the Shop

For most models, there will be three mounting points. To install, you simply take the radiator shroud off, bolt the brace onto the outside of the radiator, then re-install the shroud. The braces use the bottom shroud mounting bolt hole and one along the side of the frame. Some models have a hole along the top of the radiator for the third bolt (such as the Kawasaki KXF models), but some need to have the third hole drilled (Honda CRF and Suzuki RM-Z models for instance).

You can bolt the braces up to the two pre-existing holes and then drill, using the open third hole as a template of where to drill on the radiator. As long as your radiators are fairly straight, these braces line-up extremely well. However, if the radiator has already taken a few hits, there are no guarantees that the braces will fit.

On the Track

Some radiator cages I've seen before required spacers because of their large size. This can cause the radiator shrouds to bulge out and widen the feel of your bike. I've tested these braces on five different bikes, and never once thought to myself that the shrouds were wider and impeding my comfort on the bike.

Long-Term Durability

The most long term situation I've spent with these braces consisted of a year on a KX450F. This bike spent its time between motocross tracks, desert races, WORCS, playing around with Endurocross, etc. Even though this bike had spent plenty of time bouncing down hills, falling in corners and rocks, and the occasional end-over-end flip, it still had its stock radiators at the end of the year. I will mention that I went through about eight sets of radiator shrouds in this time, giving you an idea of how may times it took on side impacts.

The Last Word

How do I describe these braces? Cheap insurance. A pair of these braces are cheaper than just one aftermarket radiator and around the cost of repairing your stocker. In trade though, they offer continued support crash-after-crash. They're well-priced, can save you money, and keep you from loading up early after a small tip over. As most riders are aware, you endo over a triple and your bike might be fine, but you can fall over at 5mph and rip your radiator off.

These braces will offer more protection on some bikes compared to others based off the bike's design. Personally, I've noticed these braces are most supportive for modern CRF and YZF models. The only real drawback is that some models require a small amount of drilling to properly install.

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Check out WorksConnection.com for more protective products for your bike.

About the Test Rider

Michael Lindsay- is a born-and-raised moto freak and gearhead from the heart of motocross in Southern California. First swinging a leg over a bike at the age of five, he immediately caught the racing bug, spending nearly every weekend behind a gate…and a lot of time on the couch while injured. While swinging back and forth between moto and the off-road scene, giving him a wide range of experience on the bike. Of course, all of this led to one thing: Lindsay loves working on his bikes almost as much as he loves talking about them. When he’s not in the Vital MX forum or writing his latest product review, you can find him out at the track taking dirt naps, snapping some pictures, or drooling over the latest parts for his bike. With an outspoken personality, gearhead background, and as Vital MX’s guru for product, Michael is here to share his unbiased opinion.

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Added a new video Animated Track Map - 2014 Monster Energy Cup 10/14/2014 2:59 PM
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Check out this 3D Animation of the 2014 Monster Energy Cup track design inspired by five time Monster Energy Supercross Champion Ricky Carmichael. The Monster Energy Cup will be held at Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium on Saturday, October 18 and will feature the world’s top riders.

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Added reply in a thread Ronnie Mac Goes To Jail 10/14/2014 1:50 PM

Scottie already arrested him, on the homepage.

http://www.vitalmx.com/videos/member/Ronnie-Mac-Goes-to-Jail,11104/ocscottie,405