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ODI Emig V2 Lock-On Grips

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“Tested: ODI Emig V2 Lock-On Grips”

Review and Photos by Michael Lindsay Grips used to be a simple purchase on my part. I'd just grab a pair of half-waffle grips off the shelf and I was good to go. Personally, I would snag the hardest compound, just so I didn't have to change them as often. But in more recent times, I've grown fairly picky and prefer the softest compounds I can wrap my fingers around. Sadly, this often means I'm changing grips at a rapid rate, and even the smallest tip over can ruin a set. ODI's lock-on grips are quite popular amongst the mountain bike community, but have only recently caught on with the moto crew since they introduced Read More »

Hammerhead Designs CNC Shift Lever

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“Tested: Hammerhead Designs CNC Shift Lever”

Review by Thiess Lindsay // Photos by Michael Lindsay One of the most feared mistakes in motocross is hitting a false neutral while approaching the face of a jump or a whoop section. Having a larger than average boot (size 12), I seem to constantly struggle with missing shifts on long straights, where multiple shifts are required. Almost every time I've had this problem, it's boiled down to me not lowering my toe enough to allow the shifter to reengage for the next shift. Occasionally, I also have the problem of bumping the shifter down after a hard landing, due to the length of my foot. After spending Read More »

Nihilo Concepts Factory Frame Grip Tape

“Great concept and works well, but only for a short time. ”


The Good: Easy to apply and looks great on the bike, especially KTM's.

The Bad: Wears out way too quickly. Thought it would last longer but you can literally wear right through it in just a matter of a few rides. Needs something better to protect the frame paint while also serving a purpose by improving grip on the bike.

Overall Review: Great concept, just need to make it more durable.

Nihilo Concepts Factory Frame Grip Tape

“nihilo frame tape”


The Good: looks great easy application

The Bad: doesn't last long

Overall Review: we bought some for our brand new 15 ktm and it works great butdidn't last long. if your looking for something that lasts longer i would suggest real frame guards like the plastic ones they sell because it will last longer  for the average guy. ours lasted about 2 hrs. this would be a great product for the professional racer if you got it in bulk  and it was replaced after every weekend .these guys have many other great products we use

Nihilo Concepts Factory Frame Grip Tape

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“Tested: Nihilo Concepts Factory Frame Grip Tape ”

Review and Photos by Michael Lindsay Wandering the pro pits is always interesting, especially when you spot the small tricks that the factory mechanics do to their rider's bikes. One thing that's quite common, is to find grip tape along spars of the frame. Some riders love the extra traction that can be found by doing this. But it can be a bit of a pain to replicate, since cutting out the perfect-sized piece of grip tape is time consuming and takes practice, even with a good template. Now there's a solution, Nihilo Concepts has produced a grip tape kit that is made to fit individual Read More »

Works Connection Aluminum Radiator Brace

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“Tested: Works Connection Radiator Braces”

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. Read More »

Troy Lee Designs 5955 Chest Protector

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“Tested: Troy Lee Designs 5955 Chest Protector”

Review by Michael Lindsay // Photos by Joe Carlino At one point or another, we've all questioned how much protection we need to wear while riding. Weight and comfort is an issue, as is the ability to keep cool... or maybe look cool. Personally, I've been all over the map when it comes to chest protection. I grew up wearing a chest protector until I was almost 18. Then went without it, before realizing that the roost hurts, so I grabbed an under-the-jersey foam pad to eliminate the pain. I then figured out that the foam padding wasn't quite enough to withstand small rocks flinging off the rear of a Read More »

No-Toil Biodegradable Chain Lube with Wax

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“Tested: No-Toil Biodegradable Chain Lube with Wax”

Review by Michael Lindsay // Photos by Michael Lindsay and Joe Carlino In my personal experience at local tracks and races, I noticed that most people under-rate the use of chain lube. Most riders tend to just give the chain a small spray before they ride in the morning, sometimes just in their garage and not even at the track. Once this is done, they tend to forget about their can of chain lube and just ride moto after moto without giving it another thought. When I ask my friends of this habit, they tend to answer with, "Well, I sprayed it this morning, it's fine!" The way I look at it, Read More »

FMF S/S Aluminum Factory 4.1 RCT Carbon Cap – MegaBomb Header for 2014 Honda CRF250R

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“Tested: FMF Aluminum/Stainless Single-sided System w/ MegaBomb for 2014 CRF250R”

Review by Joey and Rupert Pellett // Photos by Rupert Pellett Testing FMF's single-sided Aluminum Factory 4.1 RCT w/ Carbon Cap and Megabomb head pipe (say that five times fast) on a pristine 2014 Honda CRF250R is a chore... well, only if you're a twin-pipe lover. If you're not, then its simpler construction and cheaper price is a God-send. FMFAluminum/Stainless Single-sided System w/ MegaBomb Features: Available with Aluminum or Carbon Fiber End Cap. Single-sided system includes thinner UFO left side panel. Utilizes RTS (Rapid Tuning System). Can and mid-pipe can Read More »

No Toil Air Box Cover

“Solid but could be improved”


The Good: The cover protects the air intake from the majority of the water being sprayed into the air box while washing.

The Bad: The rubber seal has a gap allowing some water to enter the air intake.

Overall Review: I purchased the No Toil cover based on price and have been reasonably happy with the performance. The rubber seal, that presses against the air box, is nothing more than a piece of rubber tubing that has been split down the middle and slipped onto the cover. This sealing surface works well except the piece of hose was cut too short and leaves a gap for small amounts water to enter into the intake. Since I do not ride by bike immediately after washing I can wipe down the intake and let everything dry, but i would prefer if the cover didn't allow anything enter the intake. The product is built for a stock air filter cage. Read More »