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Shoei Blue/Red/White TC-2 Salute VFX-W Helmet

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“Tested: Shoei VFX-W”

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Review and photos by Andre Barbosa Unfortunately, even the best riders crash. It isn’t a matter of if, but when they’ll happen. I’ve personally acquired enough concussions over the years that making the search for a high quality helmet even more important to me. After spending quite a bit of time researching different models, I was led to the Shoei VFX-W. Shoei has a reputation for making top quality helmets, and having always been positioned in the higher end of the market, the VFX-W carries that reputation with it. Although this model has been around for a few years, it’s still considered one of Read More »

Mika Metals 7075 Pro Series Handlebar

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“Tested: Mika Metals 7075 Pro Series Handlebars”

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Review and Photos by Bill Weppner Handlebar setup is critical to the comfort and confidence we all desire from our machines. They bind us to our bikes and when set in just the right position, make the ride as comfortable as our home sofas. Move those bars a few millimeters fore or aft, or change the bend a few degrees and you lose that comfort and just don’t feel at home anymore. Technical Features Constructed from aerospace grade aluminum. Available in nine bends, in both 7/8” and 1-1/8” bar sizes. Can be ordered with bar pad color of your choice (ten color options). MSRP $60.95 for 7/8” ($99.95 for Read More »

ODI CFT Handlebar

“Buy them and you'll hooked”

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The Good: Noticeable absorption, great feel, comfy bend (champ)

The Bad: Wish they had a black bar pad cover

Overall Review: I started with their Emig lock on grips and absolutely loved them. So much so,iwent and dropped the $120 on the bars hoping for some relief to the pains I'm often left with after moto'ing on a blown out track. These bars delievered (and so do the Emig Lock On grips).

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 »