Latest Product Reviews


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 »

IMS Pro Series Footpegs

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“Tested: IMS Pro-Series Footpegs”

Review and Photos by Thiess Lindsay As a taller rider (6’3”) with slightly bigger-than-average feet (size 12), I’m constantly trying to get more comfortable on motorcycles that are designed with a much smaller rider in mind. Being able to open up the rider compartment has become of particular interest to me. Whenever I have the opportunity to speak with taller AMA pros, or one with a shoe size in the double digits, I try to pick their brains on what they’ve done to fit the bike to them. A while ago I read that the IMS Pro-Series footpegs offered a series of different offsets, and I was intrigued. I called IMS and was Read More »

Moto-Gate Tie-Downs

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“Tested: Moto-Gate Tie-Downs”

Review and photos by Andre Barbosa Many people do not pay much attention to tie-downs. After all, securing a bike to a vehicle seems like a pretty simple job. I felt the same way, until many years ago I had my bike fall from a trailer. Luckily, I was driving slowly at the time, but the repair bill still amounted to new radiators, handlebars, grips, brake lever, and radiator shrouds. As you can imagine, I started paying very close attention to tie-downs after that incident. Product Highlights: Each strap features a carabiner (a metal loop with a spring-loaded gatehook) on one end and a hook-and-loop handlebar strap Read More »

Fox Racing Photon Shoes

“Great colors - Odd fit”


The Good:

- Great looks and colorways
- Bottom portion of the sole is durable

The Bad:

- The heal doesn't fit very well (my heal slips with every step)
- Cushion portion of the sole seems to be packing out to the side

Overall Review: The fit of heal pocket has kept me from using these shoes for anything but casual wear. The bottom portion of the sole is wearing well, but the cushion portion of the sole seems to be packing out on the outside of the sole making my ankle roll to the inside while talking. I'm not sure if I got a bad pair or if the problems that I have encountered are systemic of the shoe. I have two other pairs of Fox shoes (different models) and they fit well, so I know that fox can make great shoes. I didn't realize, until after the warranty had expired, that Fox has a one year satisfaction guarantee on their shoes, so I feel like I am somewhat responsible; therefore I didn't rate the product as bad as I was initially inclined to.

X-Trig Triple Clamps

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“Tested: X-Trig Triple Clamps”

Review and Photos by Michael Lindsay Tested on: 2013 KX450F and 2013 KX250F Don’t you hate it when you buy the latest and greatest bike and struggle with the handling? Even after setting up the suspension, you may still find yourself wanting to change its characteristics. Now, whether you’re looking for more bite, gaining a little stability, or trying to eliminate the front end tucking, a good route to go is to try some different offset triple clamps. Finding the right offset can be a challenge, as you may not like the change in all situations (based on speed, track material, roughness, etc.). This can also bring the Read More »

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

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“Tested: Shoei VFX-W”

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”

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”


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!”


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”

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 »