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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 »

DT-1 Dual Layer Air Filter

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“Tested: DT-1 Dual Layer Air Filter”

Review and photos by Andre Barbosa I'm a firm believer that you can substantially extend the longevity of a four-stroke engine if you feed it a steady diet of clean air, good fuel, and high-quality oil, at regular intervals. As a result, I'm very methodical about always keeping clean and well-oiled filters in my bikes. This task is made much easier if you have a few air filters in rotation, as it's much easier to clean several filters once a month, rather than cleaning a single filter every week. In this case, I decided to add a DT-1 air filter to the rotation for my 2014 KX250F, but I'm no stranger to DT-1 products, Read More »

FMF Titanium Factory 4.1 RCT Full System/ MegaBomb Header for 2014 YZ450F

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“Tested: FMF 4.1 RCT Full Titanium System/ Mega-Bomb Header”

Review by Bryan Wallace/ Photos by Michael Lindsay Since Vital MX received their 2014 YZ450F, I was lucky enough to grab it for the past few months to pound out some laps, and put in the hours. With all this time on it, I found myself wanting to see if there was anything to be gained in the power department. FMF had an early jump on development with the new YZ450F, thanks to their partnership with JGR. So when I was handed this and told to try it out, I was excited to see if all the testing would shine through. FMF 4.1 RCT Features: Tuned exhaust with optimized core Read More »

Scott SXII Grips

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“Tested: Scott SX II Grips”

Review and Photos by Andre Barbosa As fair warning, I'm very particular about grips. I guess it all started in my early riding days, when I was constantly battling the blisters in the palm of my hands. In search of a remedy I experimented with numerous different grips; with varying compounds, diameters, and designs entering the equation through the years. Over time, the blisters were finally replaced by calluses, but my fascination with grips stayed for good. When the chance to test the Scott SX II grips presented itself, I immediately volunteered. Scott SX II Grips Highlights: Double-density grip with a firm inner compound and a softer Read More »

Leatt GPX 5.5 Neck Brace

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“Tested: Leatt GPX 5.5 Neck Brace”

Review and Photos by Joe Carlino Unfortunately, accidents and injuries are inevitable in this sport we all love. The only precautions we can take are to use the proper protective gear. Along with helmets, boots and chest protectors, the neck brace has become one of the more standard pieces of safety equipment that you'll see on the track today. Neck brace safety is becoming more and more popular each year, so I decided to try out the latest offering from one of the leaders in neck protection, Leatt, and their GPX 5.5. Leatt GPX 5.5 Neck Brace Highlights: New low-profile design. five-way adjustability (no tools Read More »