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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 »

Ride Engineering 2014 YZ250F Linkage

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“Tested: Ride Engineering 2014 YZ250F Linkage”

Review and photos by Michael Lindsay and Andre Barbosa Whenever an all new model hits the market, it usually gets the most attention when it comes to aftermarket support. This also includes our attention, as we want to address everything we possibly can with the bike. With the new YZ250F having an all-new chassis, we've spent quite a few hours this year seeing if it was possible to improve on the stock characteristics. After trying a few triple clamp options (which you can check out here), we decided to try out a shock linkage option from Ride Engineering. Ride Eng. Linkage Features: 1.25mm longer than Read More »

EVS RS9 Knee Brace

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“Tested: EVS RS9 Knee Braces”

Review and photos by Andre Barbosa EVS Sports got their start in 1980's with their introduction of the AMX-5 knee brace, which was built specifically for motocross. Since then, EVS has expanded its lineup to include a multitude of products, but they haven't forgotten their roots. In fact, they offer several knee braces for off-road riders to choose from, including the RS9 model that I've been using the past few months. I consider myself an early adopter of knee braces, since I started wearing them in 1999 as a preventive measure. Coincidentally, my first set of knee braces were also made by EVS. Since then, I've Read More »

Pro Taper Tri-Density Half Waffle Grips

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“Tested: Pro Taper Tri-Density Half Waffle Grips”

Review and Photos by Joe Carlino At some point almost every rider will crash, then lift it up to find that the end of the grip is shredded and the handlebar exposed. This is not only a bummer, but could also be the end of your day at the track. The new Pro Taper Tri-Density grips are designed to withstand more abuse on the grip ends, yet leaving the compound in the contact area of your hands tacky and comfortable. Pro Taper Tri-Density Half Waffle Grips Features: Three different compounds are built in to create comfort, traction, and durability. Anti-rip bar end tip increases grip life. Available in full diamond Read More »

Leatt GPX 5.5 Neck Brace

“Very good product at a reasonable price point.”


The Good:

Great range of mobility. Very easy to adjust. Fold flat feature makes it easy to fit in your gear bag. Lightweight.

The Bad:

The only bad I have found so far is the height pads on the sides of the brace can come out easy. Now this isn't an issue when riding, but I usually have to hunt around my gear bag to find one after it's fallen out. I will be storing the brace in a helmet bag now to mitigate this.

Overall Review: This is my first brace and I'm happy with the choice I made to get the GPX 5.5 from Leatt. I hope I never have to put it to the test but I feel more confident wearing this device. After a few laps I didn't even notice I was wearing it. [URL=][IMG][/IMG][/URL]

AGV AX-8 EVO Helmet

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“Tested: AGV AX-8 EVO Helmet”

Review by Michael Lindsay // photos by Michael Lindsay and Andre Barbosa Every time I see a new helmet hit the market I think, "How much is your head worth?" I know budget-wise, getting the most expensive helmet isn't always an option. Because of this, we always try to test out as many helmets as possible in varying price ranges. Although the AGV AX-8 EVO has been on the market for a few years, its unique design interested me, and I've been riding in one for a few months. AGV AX-8 EVO Features: Fully removable and washable inside padding in breathable Dry-Lex with hygienic treatment. The fixed part of the cheek pads is covered in Read More »

Scott Tyrant Goggles

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“Tested: Scott Tyrant Goggle”

Review and photos by Andre Barbosa Scott has been making motocross goggles since 1970, and I recently had the opportunity to test their Tyrant model. Over the years I have used several different brands of goggles, including Scott, with varying levels of success, but this was my first experience with the Tyrant goggles. I also tend to be more concerned about goggles than the average user because I wear contact lenses, and they do not mix well with sweat or even the tiniest bit of dirt. Scott Tyrant Features: Scott Fit System for optimized face fit. RAM Revolutionary Air Management for active frame venting. NoSweat 3.2 face foam. Read More »

Yoshimura RS-4 SS/AL Full System for 2014 YZ250F

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“Tested: Yoshimura RS-4 SS/AL Full System”

Review by Michael Lindsay // Photos by Michael Lindsay and GuyB The 2014 YZ250F's biggest improvement over its predecessor is its new and much more powerful engine. It reigns in as the torquiest stock 250F we've ridden. Even with an amazing powerplant, there is always room for improvement, right? The YZ250F is at its best from the low to mid-range, but some may consider it signing off a bit early and falling a little flat on the top end. After seeing the results of a few aftermarket exhausts, we noticed that gains were hard to come by, especially without losing in other areas. This shows that Yamaha did Read More »

Ride Engineering 23.5mm Offset Billet Triple Clamps

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“Tested: Ride Engineering 23.5mm Offset Triple Clamps - 2014 YZ250F”

Reviewed by Michael Lindsay and Andre Barbosa // Photos by GuyB If you saw our First Ride segment on the 2014 YZ250F then you'd know that we were extremely impressed with Yamaha's latest small-bore four-stroke, but our main concern was whether all this excitement in the bike hold up when we got it back to California. Sadly, the dirt out west is not nearly as tacky as what we originally rode on at Monster Mountain in Alabama, so after putting in some time on the YZF in home territory, we wanted to experiment with a few things we would like to improve from a handling standpoint. After setting up the Read More »