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Neken SFS Triple Clamps

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“Tested: Neken SFS Triple Clamps”

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Review and Photos by Michael Lindsay Wandering the pits at a Supercross race can reveal some pretty trick parts on the top team’s bikes. Earlier this year, I spotted a unique set of triple clamps on Ryan Dungey’s KTM. Instead of standard solid bar mounts, they’d been replacedwith little air shocks! My first thought was about how cool an idea this was, but it was quickly followed by, “There is no way you can buy these.” Well, I was wrong. These clamps are built by a French company known as Neken, and they’re for sale to the public. So we snagged a set of their SFS (Smooth Feeling System)clamps and put them to a long-term Read More »

Thor Verge Helmet

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“Tested: Thor Verge Helmet”

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Review by Thiess Lindsay // Photos by Michael Lindsay Last year, Thor set out to redesign their top-of-the-line helmet (formerly known as the Force). With the help of not only their design staff but a list of their top pros (including all-around badass Ryan Villopoto), gave me the thought that the new Verge helmet had to be worth testing. Verge Helmet Highlights: Hand-laid composite Fiberglass/Kevlar construction EPS material extends throughout the chinbar Antibacterial, moisture-wicking SilverCoolTM liner is removable and washable Available in six sizes, XS to XXL. DOT and ECE 22.05 approved MSRP: $324.95 First Impressions I found Read More »

Leatt 5.5 Pro Lite Chest Protector

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“Tested: Leatt 5.5 Pro Lite Chest Protector”

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Review by Andre Barbosa // Photos by MX Califa and Cassios Racing Leatt started selling motocross neck braces late in 2006. Since then, the company has expanded its product line to include protective equipment for several different sports. Personally, I was an early adopter of the Leatt neck brace, as I'm always looking for ways to minimize the chances of getting hurt. Over the last six years, I’ve tried a multitude of combinations of braces and chest protectors from different brands. I'm always looking for a good balance of protection, range of motion, and comfort. This is why I wanted to try out Leatt's 5.5 Pro Read More »

Baja No Pinch Ultimate Tire Tool

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“Tested: Baja No Pinch Tire Tool”

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I think we can all agree that showing up to the track with a pinched tube after you changed the tire is very frustrating. While not everyone has difficulty changing tires, we all have that riding buddy who does. The Baja No Pinch Tire Tool was made as a way to help eliminate pinching a tube during mounting, while trying to make it easier as well. Baja No Pinch Tire Tool Features: Ultimate tool package includes 20mm, 17mm 15mm axle shafts, and a 25mm sleeve for KTMs. Rack and pinion system pushes the tire over the rim. Tool can be disassembled and carried in a tool bag. Made in the USA. Baja No Pinch Tire Tool MSRP Read More »

Fly Racing Kinetic Mesh Gear Set

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“Tested: Fly Racing Kinetic Mesh Gear Set”

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Review by Michael Lindsay // Photos by Andre Barbosa and Michael Lindsay Summer in sunny Southern California means a few things to me, like long days, flip flops and the beach. But when it comes to riding, it means one thing above all others. Vented gear is a must-have! For my latest trip down vented lane, I grabbed a set of Fly’s new Kinetic Mesh gear to put to the test. This is the same gear that Trey Canard and Andrew Short have been racing in since temperatures started to rise. FLY Kinetic Mesh Features: Three color options: Blue/Navy, Red/Black, Teal/Orange Jersey: Multi-panel construction - for maximum Read More »

MSR Max Air Gear Set

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“Tested: MSR Max Air Gear Set”

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Review by Andre Barbosa // Photos by Arthur Barbosa I typically avoid vented gear, as in the past I've had some issues with their durability. However, gear manufacturing and design have evolved significantly and I thought it was time to give another set a try. My gear of choice was the spring release of the Max Air line from MSR, a company started by the legendary Malcolm Smith in 1971. MSR Max Air Features: Two color options: White/Blue and Yellow/Red. Pants: Ventilated poly mesh fabric with printed graphics. Dual adjustable waist straps. Ratchet style belt closure. Comfortable mesh liner. Rubber thigh & knee logos. Read More »

X-Trig Preload Adjuster

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“Tested: X-Trig Preload Adjuster”

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Review by Shane Anderson // Photos by Shane Anderson and Michael Lindsay When talking about bike setup, riders often focus on items like jetting specs, EFI mapping, and suspension clickers. But the one thing that you rarely hear anyone comment on is their sag adjustment. This can be an overlooked adjustment, despite one that's often recommended specifically by suspension tuners. This is probably related to a bike's sag being difficult and a bit time-consuming to adjust. That's where X-Trig's Preload Adjuster comes in handy, since it makes setting sag as simple as turning a T-handle. X-Trig Preload Adjuster Highlights: Read More »

Ride Engineering 2014 YZ250F Linkage

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“Tested: Ride Engineering 2014 YZ250F Linkage”

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Review and photos by Michael Lindsay and Andre Barbosa Whenever an all new model hits the market, it usually gets the most attention when it comes to aftermarket support. This also includes our attention, as we want to address everything we possibly can with the bike. With the new YZ250F having an all-new chassis, we've spent quite a few hours this year seeing if it was possible to improve on the stock characteristics. After trying a few triple clamp options (which you can check out here), we decided to try out a shock linkage option from Ride Engineering. Ride Eng. Linkage Features: 1.25mm longer than Read More »

EVS RS9 Knee Brace

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“Tested: EVS RS9 Knee Braces”

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Review and photos by Andre Barbosa EVS Sports got their start in 1980's with their introduction of the AMX-5 knee brace, which was built specifically for motocross. Since then, EVS has expanded its lineup to include a multitude of products, but they haven't forgotten their roots. In fact, they offer several knee braces for off-road riders to choose from, including the RS9 model that I've been using the past few months. I consider myself an early adopter of knee braces, since I started wearing them in 1999 as a preventive measure. Coincidentally, my first set of knee braces were also made by EVS. Since then, I've Read More »

Pro Taper Tri-Density Half Waffle Grips

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“Tested: Pro Taper Tri-Density Half Waffle Grips”

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Review and Photos by Joe Carlino At some point almost every rider will crash, then lift it up to find that the end of the grip is shredded and the handlebar exposed. This is not only a bummer, but could also be the end of your day at the track. The new Pro Taper Tri-Density grips are designed to withstand more abuse on the grip ends, yet leaving the compound in the contact area of your hands tacky and comfortable. Pro Taper Tri-Density Half Waffle Grips Features: Three different compounds are built in to create comfort, traction, and durability. Anti-rip bar end tip increases grip life. Available in full diamond Read More »