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Mika Metals 7075 Pro Series Handlebar

“Mika: Correct Approach”

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The Good: Good flex, great rider support.

The Bad: Only black bar color option, didnt bother me as black is what i think looks best anyway.

Overall Review: Used handlebar material to create flex rather than a heavy mechanical piece at the highest point of the motorcycle.

Nihilo Concepts KTM Linkage

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“Tested: Nihilo Concepts KTM Linkage”

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Review and photos by Joe Carlino Many people believe longer suspension linkage arms are only made for riders of shorter stature, so they can lower their bike's ride height. Yes, it does that. But when set up correctly, it can also be an advantage on the motocross track to improve the bike's stability and eliminate that loose willowy feel of the stock suspension setup. Nihilo Concepts Linkage Features: One millimeter longer than stock. Recommended sag 106-108 mm. Anodized orange. MSRP $219.95 First impressions Out of the box, Nihilo’s CNC-machined piece of art...I mean linkage, really catches your eye. Compared to Read More »

Hammerhead Designs CNC Rear Brake Pedal with Pro Kit

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“Tested: Hammerhead Designs CNC Brake Pedal with Pro Kit”

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Review by Thiess Lindsay // Photos by Michael Lindsay Like most riders, I'm constantly trying to become more comfortable on the bike. In the search for comfort, I've found that the placement of foot controls is almost as important to me as the handlebar bend and location. Hammerhead Designs has made a name for themselves by providing riders with the ability to adjust the length and height of their foot controls. This made Hammerhead my source for a brake pedal when I was looking to improve my ability to use the rear brake properly. Hammerhead CNC Brake Pedal Features: Precision machined 6061-T6 Read More »

Kite Footpegs

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“Tested: Kite Billet Footpegs”

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Review and Photos by Shane Anderson Those of us who have been riding for a long time remember when footpegs were just incredibly narrow slivers of metal. It’s simply the way it was. Eventually, you could get weld-on peg extensions, to give you a wider platform to connect to your bike with. Over time, the idea caught on and wide footpegs became the standard on all modern bikes. Still, there’s something to be said for tailoring your footpegs to your riding style or physical size. The footpeg is a defined contact point between you and your motorcycle and it’s also one of points that energy gets transferred from the bike to your Read More »

Seven SE3 Supra Helmet

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“Tested: Seven SE3 Supra Helmet”

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Review and photos by Michael Lindsay I already know what you're thinking. "Hey that looks like a Troy Lee Designs SE3 helmet!" Well, you're right. The Seven SE3 is a TLD SE3, with a different paint job (a very good-looking one, I might add). Now Seven's gear is completely different from TLD's, but why is the helmet the same? Simple, it's expensive to develop a helmet, especially a high-end one such as the SE3. So instead of wasting time and money developing a new helmet, Seven decided to borrow the well-known and proven design that TLD had already put the work into. So if you're wondering what we think of the TLD SE3, this Read More »

EKS Brand GOX Limited Goggles

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“Tested: EKS Brand GOX Goggles”

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Review by Thiess Lindsay // Photos by Michael Lindsay I've heard for a couple years now that EKS Brand is one of the few goggle companies that outfits their professional athletes in the exact same foam that comes in their production goggle. It's been at least four years since someone gave me a pair of used EKS Brand goggles, and I was impressed with how well they have held up over the years, especially since they already had plenty of time on them when I received them. I wanted to know if my experience was typical, or if quality has dropped off, and I was happy to put a new pair to the test. EKS Brand Gox Goggle Features: A Read More »

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 »