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Seven SE3 Supra Helmet

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“Tested: Seven SE3 Supra Helmet”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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 »