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Added reply in a thread Hotels for glen Helen national? 4/6/2014 1:25 PM

That area in San Bernadino is super sketchy and most of the hotels close to the track are dumps. I'd stay in Ontario near the mall about 20 min from the track. Much cleaner and safer area. It really is best if you don't bring guns into the state. You ... more »

Added reply in a thread Unit Clothing Out of Business? 4/2/2014 4:16 PM

Don't worry! HLTN is here to pickup where Unit left off. Not extravagant spendors???!!! We're they not aware of the one-off carbon fiber freestyle bike the company built???

Added reply in a thread Elsinore To Open 3/28/2014 8:52 AM

Same owners? Layout? Track builder?

Added reply in a thread Pala Closed ? 3/27/2014 4:43 PM

AAAAGGGHHHH!!!!!! Not going to be happy if Pala closes! People consider SoCal to be the mecca of motocross but it's turning into nothing but a series of lame "Vet" tracks with mellow tabletops, a couple hundred yards before any jump and MAYBE some single-to-tabletop ... more »

Added a product review for Mika Metals 7075 Pro Series Handlebar 3/4/2014 11:44 AM

Tested: Mika Metals 7075 Pro Series Handlebars


The Good:

The Bad:


Review and Photos by Bill Weppner

Handlebar setup is critical to the comfort and confidence we all desire from our machines. They bind us to our bikes and when set in just the right position, make the ride as comfortable as our home sofas. Move those bars a few millimeters fore or aft, or change the bend a few degrees and you lose that comfort and just don’t feel at home anymore.

Technical Features

Constructed from aerospace grade aluminum.

Available in nine bends, in both 7/8” and 1-1/8” bar sizes.

Can be ordered with bar pad color of your choice (ten color options).

MSRP $60.95 for 7/8” ($99.95 for 1-1/8”, as tested).

First Impressions

The Mika Metals 7075 Pro Series Handlebar is made from top quality aerospace aluminum that serves to provide engineered “flex” into the bars, to reduce arm fatigue and increase comfort, a solid plus to riders of any level. A close look at these bars reveals a number of tapers in the metal, an obvious indicator to different thicknesses and outer dimensions of the bar that contribute to its ability to dampen impacts. Mika also offers up quite the range of bar pad colors, for you to choose while ordering your bars, although the bars themselves are only available in black.

On the Track

When on the bike it can be quite difficult to perceive the affects of any handlebar initially, unless it’s made of solid butter. Around the midway point of a moto is when flex, or lack of it, can become a factor. As fatigue sets in, every square edge bump can feel like hitting a solid wall. The flex in the Mika Metal Pro Series bars added a level of comfort around this point that it was noticeable and welcomed. The front end seemed to suffer from less deflection, while still feeling precise when my arms began turning to Jello. At the end of the day, fatigue in my arms and shoulders were noticeably reduced, and can be attributed to the improved damping effects of the bars.

Long Term Durability

The only real way to test the durability of a handlebar is simple, but crashing repeatedly isn’t anyone’s idea of fun. Out on the track, the bars have stayed just as straight as the day I received them. On top of that the finish is still in good condition, with some of the usual small roost chips here and there, but nothing excessive.

The Last Word

The one miss I encountered with the Mika Pro Series bars was with the position of the taper (from 1-1/8” to 7/8”) towards the end of the bars. This left me with less control area adjustment than a standard bar, and for my preference I couldn’t quite get the controls moved in as far as I would have liked, due to the interference of the larger taper.  This ultimately led to some further adjustments during the first few laps, for me this wasn’t enough to deter, but the lack of control room could be a problem for riders with more items on their handlebars (handguards, launch control, etc.). Overall they are reasonably priced compared to most 1 1/8” bars on the market.

VitalMX rating: 3.5 stars

About the Test Rider

Bill Weppner resides in Long Beach, CA and has yet to declare his gang affiliation.  He has a deep desire to be the fastest +30 rider at Milestone MX Park on any givenSunday, so long as Jeff “Chicken” Matiasevich isn’t there.  When he’s not railin’ ruts and banging… stuff… he’s working for the world’s largest manufacturer of motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, that likely wants no affiliation with his comments and/or reviews on this website.  Enough said...

For more information on Mika Metal's Pro Series Bars or other Mika Metal products, you can check out Mikametals.com, or your local dealer.

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Added reply in a thread What's happening at Team Honda? 2/24/2014 11:01 AM


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Added reply in a thread Huh? Observations on RacerX 2/19/2014 9:04 AM

Dave Arnold is doing development of Tomac's bike. Not so much for Hahn. Will likely doesn't have the factory steering races and some other chassis secrets or all the ignition/EFI goodies.

Added reply in a thread Super rare Honda prototype for sale 2/4/2014 3:24 PM


Added reply in a thread Deegan - Steroids? 1/20/2014 3:26 PM

When was this??? Yeah, Deegan won a 125 main once but he was certainly never considered one of the fastest in the world.

Added reply in a thread A1 Pre Race Pics & Stuff 1/2/2014 7:40 PM

Dungey and Roczen look sick in their Fox gear on the KTM's. Reed's bike is less than impressive looking. Stewart's gear is kinda gay.

Added reply in a thread JG33 new clothing deal.... 1/2/2014 7:36 PM

Gonna be lame. I assume he's no longer with Unit. Probably thought "they're killing it, I could go do that myself" and now we have one more lame lifestyle company trying to suck another buck out of some young poser. I'd rather wear Fox clothes because ... more »

Added reply in a thread RCH and Soaring Eagle 12/17/2013 11:44 AM

I'm wondering the same thing....but Kenny Watson is a brilliant B2B strategist so it must make sense.

Added reply in a thread buying a bike thru your business for an advertising write off? 12/17/2013 9:49 AM

Nope!!! Positive my right offs are legit but for a few weeks after submitting my return every year I pray I just slide under the radar and don't get audited.

Added reply in a thread buying a bike thru your business for an advertising write off? 12/16/2013 5:06 PM

I wrote off the cost of bikes under my business for years. Totally legit expense.

Added reply in a thread 55 arrested at Indiana motocross event 10/27/2013 2:29 PM

You can thank MADD for that. Thanks to their lobbying you couldn't get federal funding for your states Interstate system unless the drinking age was raised to 21. I know since I was raised in Wisconsin.....I believe the last state to hold out on raising ... more »

Added reply in a thread 55 arrested at Indiana motocross event 10/27/2013 2:12 PM

I'm still at the airport in Indy after spending the weekend at the GNCC and did not see anything that eluded to this report. I did here there was some drinking going on in the woods near Ironman hill but nothing excessive and certainly no signs of police ... more »

Added reply in a thread did honda change their mind? 10/10/2013 8:57 AM

The '14 CRF250 has spring forks. I don't believe it was ever in the cards to use an air fork on the '14.

Added reply in a thread Chad Reed 2014 Rumours? 8/28/2013 5:01 PM

The '13 has issues with the linkage? Certainly no more than the '09-'12 did.....much, much less really. Reed is tweeting about the previous generation bike to piss some people at Honda off....nothing more. Soichiro wouldn't do it. I can say that with ... more »

Added reply in a thread Factory Suspension at Work 8/6/2013 4:32 PM

Why didn't I think of over jumping the double in the middle of the track like that??!! I'm just 'gonna hold it on and see what happens next time. BTW, you need to increase your post count by like ten fold to be taken serious as an admin here....get on ... more »