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Fox Racing Proframe LC Chest Protector

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“Tested: Fox Racing Proframe LC Chest Protector”

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There was a time when chest protectors were just as much a part of moto fashion as the gear itself. Frankly, you weren't cool if you didn't wear a chest protector. But since that time, moto fashion has evolved and chest protectors maybe don't get the love that they once did. But I believe their need has only increased. Love them or hate them, the modern four-stroke is here to stay, and I think one thing we can all agree upon is that the roost off of those thumpers really hurts. That, coupled with the desire to limit injuries in the event of a crash, causes many riders to look for some sort of protection. Today's Read More »

Pro Taper Fuzion Handlebars

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“Tested: Pro Taper Fuzion Handlebar”

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For some, handlebars are just a hunk of metal that they hang onto and use to turn the bike. Picky people, such as myself, find that every millimeter difference in the bend, or how the bars flex, can greatly affect how you ride. For the longest time, I'd been a part of the crossbar clan. Whether it was reality or just a mental thing, I seemed to be more comfortable with a crossbar in front of me. But at the same time, I do value the extra flex that comes from an oversized bar without a crossbar. Apparently someone at Pro Taper had the same conundrum. That's where the Fuzion comes in which has a cool feature found Read More »

Dubya Talon EVO Wheelset

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“Tested: Dubya Talon EVO Wheelset”

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Having a spare set of aftermarket wheels is a bit of a luxury, due to the somewhat extreme prices of the top-of-the-line sets. Quite honestly, though, these were the only option I would have seriously considered, since entry-level wheelsets often seemed to be not only heavier than stock, but also quite a bit weaker. What's the point of buying a shiny new set of wheels, if they're just going to change shape when you come up short on a double? The crew at Dubya recognized that not everyone has the budget to go after the same wheels they build for the likes of JGR or Red Bull KTM. That's why they teamed up with one of the Read More »

Fox Racing V3 Flight Helmet 2015

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“Tested: Fox Racing V3 Helmet”

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While Fox has been a longtime player in the gear market, some of their safety equipment hasn't always been as top-of-the-line as their gear. In the past few years however, Fox has taken a new approach to their product line and have committed to relaunching the safety side of the brand, which of course includes their helmet line. Part of this relaunch included taking some of the already popular existing products, such as the V3 helmet, and bumping them up a notch. Fox V3 Helmet Features: Contains Multi-Directional Impact Protection System (MIPS). Designed with a composite shell utilizing carbon fiber, kevlar, Read More »

Leatt C-Frame Knee Braces

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“Tested: Leatt C-Frame Knee Braces”

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Growing up racing, I was lucky enough to have parents that kept me in the best safety equipment possible. Because of this, I've been in knee braces since I was finally big enough to jump in to Asterisk's smallest knee brace, the Cell. Since then, I've never thought about running without them, especially after forgetting my braces one day and trying to ride without them. The downside to Asterisk's original Cell knee brace was its extreme bulk. Because of this, I'm always seeking a thinner profile brace, but without sacrificing the safety aspect. Thus my interest in Leatt's entry into the market, the C-Frame. Read More »

Fly Racing 2015 Evolution 2.0 Spike

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“Tested: 2015 Fly Racing Evolution 2.0 Spike Racewear”

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Fly seems to be growing more popular with each passing year, becoming a major player in the gear market. The Idaho-based company has a flair for creating products that cater to a broad range of consumers, appealing to both the younger crowd and the ever-growing vet segment. My first contact with Fly gear was about six years ago, and Iā€™m glad to report that their products have improved significantly over that time period. I was presented with the opportunity to test Fly Racing's Evolution 2.0 SpikeRacewear about seven months ago, as we were riding the 2015 KTM 450 SX-F for the first time. Fly Racing Read More »

Alpinestars Tech 7 Boots

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“Tested: Alpinestars Tech 7 Boots”

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Besides a helmet, boots are considered the most important piece of safety equipment that a rider should invest in. For both of these items, there are numerous choices ranging from very cheap (less than $100 on clearance) to very expensive ($600 or more for the best-of-the-best). For many of us, such a large purchase is a dance between price, protection, and style. In an effort to provide the price-conscious shopper a quality boot that offers good protection with similar styling as its high-end brother, the Tech 10, Alplinestars offers the Tech 7 boot. Alpinestars Tech 7 Boots Features: Utilizes a molded dual-compound sole with Read More »

Motool Slacker Digital Sag Scale

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“Tested: Motool Slacker Digital Sag Scale”

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Article and Photos by Michael Lindsay Before my time at Vital MX, I was lucky enough to spend quite a bit of time testing suspension and learning from one of the best in the business, Ross Maeda from KYB and Enzo. One of the most standout lessons was about how important correctly setting sag is. To put it bluntly, if your sag is incorrect it can not only affect how the bike handles, but it also affects the bike's balance and how the suspension reacts. As an example, if the shock's sag is too low, it will place more weight on the shock, thus causing it to be softer. This also takes weight off the front and would Read More »

Troy Lee Designs Air Helmet

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“Tested: Troy Lee Designs Air Helmet”

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Review by Joe Carlino // Photos by Joe Carlino and Michael Lindsay In the moto world, Troy Lee Designs is synonymous with style, whether it's their top-of-the-line gear or their smallest little products. At the top of this list is their helmet line, which is known for the SE3. However, this is not their only helmet, as they also offer a lower-priced model, the Air. I've recently been looking for a good mid-range helmet to test out, so I decided to give the Air a few months of attention to see if it lives up to TLD's excellent reputation. Troy Lee Designs Air Helmet Features: Dual-density Shock Pad System and EPS Read More »