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2013 Husqvarna CR125

“Best bang for your Buck!”

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The Good: Got mine for $3500 OTD!!! No complaints so far, solid bike at an outstanding price! Mine has 25 hours so far with no problems!

The Bad: Finding a spoke wrench for the aluminum nipples, cased a 120 tabletop just a bit and the forks slid up in the triple clamps a bit.

Overall Review: A great bike for the money! Get one while you can! I'm a local top of the pack B rider, 6'0" tall and around 180-185 lbs with gear and even in 125 form the bike pulls me around fine!

Alpinestars Tech 10 Boots Boot

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“The Renewed Veteran”

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Dirt bikes are hard on our bodies, period. One place in particular is our feet and ankles. Boots have come a long way from their all-leather construction and tons of straps that made them look like they came out of an alternative rock band’s dressing room. Look down at your feet…. I personally have broken everything you can imagine in my left foot and ankle from the tib/fib down, making me the perfect candidate to snivel about boots. In the last few years I have set my feet into about every major boot for some extended time. For 2014, Alpinestars has released a new version of their flagship Tech 10 boot. As someone who never Read More »

Alpinestars Fluid Tech Carbon Knee Brace

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“Cost Effective Carbon”

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A few years back, if you wanted knee braces your options were few and far between outside of getting a prescription for a custom set. However, in recent years quite a few companies have thrown their names into the hat, including Alpinestars. The Italian company was once known only for their boots, but today offers equipment for just about every part of the body. For 2014, Alpinestars’ Fluid Tech Carbon knee brace is a completely redesigned offering from the ground up. Fluid Tech Carbon Feature Highlights The braces are sold separately (not as a pair), at $349.95 (so roughly $700 for a set) and Read More »

Hammerhead Designs Forged Shift Lever

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“Cheap Trick: Tough But Affordable Components”

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Dirt bikes take a beating, plain and simple. Any time you combine dirt with just about activity, you’ll need equipment that is either durable or replaceable…or both. This is where much of the motocross aftermarket comes into play, with parts that are meant to replace your worn out OEM parts, or improve upon the performance. Hammerhead Designs has been in the small hard parts business for quite a while now and their offerings continue to multiply. While the company has a reputation for trick looking CNC-machined aluminum parts, Hammerhead recently introduced a new line of forged aluminum components, Read More »

Hammerhead Designs Forged Aluminum Brake Pedal

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“Cheap Trick: Tough But Affordable Components”

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Dirt bikes take a beating, plain and simple. Any time you combine dirt with just about activity, you’ll need equipment that is either durable or replaceable…or both. This is where much of the motocross aftermarket comes into play, with parts that are meant to replace your worn out OEM parts, or improve upon the performance. Hammerhead Designs has been in the small hard parts business for quite a while now and their offerings continue to multiply. While the company has a reputation for trick looking CNC-machined aluminum parts, Hammerhead recently introduced a new line of forged aluminum components, Read More »

Raptor Titanium Xtreme Footpegs

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“Titanium Strength and Carnivorous Teeth”

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There was a time, not too long ago, when MX pegs were no wider than two fingers side by side, and with teeth no sharper than your own molars. By contrast, today’s stock footpegs are far more adequate to handle the rigors of racing, even on a professional level. However, much like many other parts on a dirt bike, footpegs are also not meant to last forever. Wear and tear, especially on the extremities of your motorcycle (handlebars, levers, fender, tires, etc.) is inherent, and that is where aftermarket companies have found a strong niche. When replacing stock parts, riders have three choices: 1) Opt for a cheap Read More »

Troy Lee Designs Catalyst X Knee Brace

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“Affordable and Secure Protection”

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Think about this for a second: a decade ago there were not even a handful of motocross-specific knee braces available...and even fewer that were affordable without a prescription. Today, there are so many knee brace options that it’s difficult to keep them straight. Just think of how many ACL’s have been saved in the last decade. Thanks, technology and competitive marketplaces! While many of the brace options come from companies that specialize in knee and joint protection, a few more moto-centric businesses have entered the fray as well. One of those companies is Troy Lee Designs with their Read More »

Rocket Exhaust Carbon Fiber Full System

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“Affordable Power”

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One of the first things most of us buy for our trusted machines is an exhaust system. Unfortunately, as bike prices have gone up so too have the cost of pipes. With this in mind, Rocket Exhaust is trying for more power but at a more affordable price. Here is the latest offering from the Southern California-based shop, tested on a 2013 KX450F. Rocket offers slip-on and full exhaust systems. For full systems, the head and mid pipe are made of stainless steel, but you have an option of an aluminum or carbon-fiber exhaust can. Options are where Rocket really shines: you can order aluminum models as Read More »

Airoh Helmets Aviator 2.1

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“Light Weight Performance”

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It’s hard to believe or even imagine now, but there was a time when racers wore open faced helmets…as in their mouths were completely exposed to the elements. Then people figured out that getting teeth knocked out every time they rode kind of took some of the fun out the whole experience. So, then someone came up with facemasks…a novel solution to tooth smashing, but it wasn’t exactly doing much for smashed jaw prevention. Finally the full-face motocross helmet came into being, and until some genius invents invisible and breathable EPS foam and carbon fiber, we probably won’t be seeing a full-head helmet anytime soon. Read More »

2013 Yamaha YZ250F

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“Test Bike Wrap Up: A Year With the 2013 YZ250F”

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New dirt bikes come out every year, but that doesn’t mean riders are buying new machines every 12 months. No, for various reasons, riders will often keep a motorcycle for two, three, or four seasons. Heck, a die-hard might never get rid of a certain bike. Whether they simply can’t afford new machinery or have become particularly attached to a certain ride, the fact remains: motocross bikes need to be able to take lickin’ and keep on keepin’ on…wait that’s not how the phrase goes. Well, you know what I mean, and some equipment handles the test of time a bit better than others. Now, one year probably didn’t cause even the slightest Read More »