Added reply in a thread MXA 450 Shootout 1/10/2018 7:49 PM

I've ridden an 18 Honda, but not a KTM or Husky. The Honda is easy to ride, turns amazing, has a strong motor, suspension felt good to me. I felt like in stock form everything just felt good - excellent handling, power was good, suspension didn't feel ... more »

Added reply in a thread Should E-Start be allowed in professional SX/MX? 1/9/2018 12:13 PM

I totally agree. Look how fast Anderson got up and tripled at that race in Metlife last year thanks to his e-start. Then look how long Tomac struggled in the ruts to get footing so he could kick his bike over and over and over. Kawi would be crazy not ... more »

Added reply in a thread Should E-Start be allowed in professional SX/MX? 1/9/2018 12:09 PM

I believe this is true

Added reply in a thread Vital MX Forum QNA: Jeff Emig 12/21/2017 2:28 PM

How hard would top level racers like you and McGrath train in the 90s? Was McGrath all talent or would he train pretty hard too? How do you think it compares to the top guys nowadays?

Added reply in a thread Anyone got a 17 kxf450 11/29/2017 3:27 PM

I have a 16 with two seasons. IMO the weakness on this bike is the fork. I have since got the spring conversion. Other than an air fork issue, no other problems.

Added reply in a thread Good Chest Protector for Taller Riders 11/29/2017 3:10 PM

I'm 6'3" and also have the Troy Lee 5900 and really like it. Order both the Troy Lee and the A-stars and try on in the comfort of your own home and send the one back you like less?

Added reply in a thread Any New York / Long Island People? 11/10/2017 9:27 AM

Also live in Manhattan. Ride Etown and Millville mostly, have been to Gotham and Budds Creek a couple times. Etown and Millville are the most common places we ride.

Added reply in a thread Vital MX Forum QNA: Blake Baggett 11/9/2017 2:12 PM

Another question! I know you used to wear a neck brace and you don't anymore. Any reason why? Are you a believer???

Added reply in a thread Vital MX Forum QNA: Blake Baggett 11/9/2017 2:09 PM

Blake, Do you have a favorite brand of bike you've ridden so far or are they all quite good at your level? I'd think if there were any traits with a bike that were a bit undesirable, that they'd be able to fix most of them at the factory level. Is this ... more »

Added reply in a thread Let's see your 2018 YZF450 10/6/2017 11:57 AM

great looking bike!

Added reply in a thread Dirt Rider 450 shootout 10/5/2017 11:20 AM

I've ridden the 18 Honda. It's a great bike, turns amazing, feels easy to ride, etc. You can't go wrong with that bike IMO.

Added reply in a thread E Start 9/21/2017 3:24 PM

Watch the New Jersey 450 main this year. Eli Tomac goes down - has to kick his bike in a very awkward spot on the track for way too long before he gets it started and gets going again. Also note Jason Anderson's crash in the same race. Picks his bike ... more »

Added reply in a thread Forum QNA: 2018 Vital MX 450 Shootout 9/21/2017 2:39 PM

Judging by the KX already being the lightest Jap bike and people generally not liking the fork, I'd think they'd be pretty inclined to ditch the air fork unless they can develop something more like the KTM's.

Added reply in a thread Forum QNA: 2018 Vital MX 450 Shootout 9/19/2017 12:43 PM

Will the '19 KX have a spring fork?

Added reply in a thread BEHIND THE SCENES - 2018 250 & 450 Shootout - VLOG 9/12/2017 3:03 PM

when will it be released???

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Added reply in a thread How many you of use Ear Plugs? 7/23/2017 8:59 PM

I do. That kx 450 is loud as hell and I'm trying to preserve my hearing for the golden years!

Added reply in a thread Barcia's return 2/16/2017 1:56 PM

15th

Added reply in a thread Flo green plastics 2/3/2017 1:11 PM

I went Flo Green on my 16, but not sure about the older models...I wanted the extra pop!

Added reply in a thread 16 Showa SFF TAC Fork 1/13/2017 2:06 PM

I had my forks on my 16 KX 450 revalved by FC and my pressures are way down from stock. I think close to yours (something like 140s or 150s for inner chamber and I think around 203 outer (it's winter and I'm not riding right now

They take the ... more »
Added a comment about feature 2017 Vital MX 450 Shootout 12/10/2016 10:16 AM
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I always find these shootouts very interesting to read as opinions vary so widely, but certain bikes get pretty consistent positive reviews. One thing I think would be interesting though is what bike would you really buy with your own money considering the mods you will likely do anyway. Things like bars don't mean that much as I almost always change them anyway, so knocking a bike for that doesn't really mean much. And a lot of people put a pipe on to add some power and better looks. Anyway, I think it would be interesting if there was one list for how they'd rate them in purely stock form, then another list for which one they'd personally want to buy considering cost, mods they'd do anyway, reliability, etc, as those are factors that also come into play.

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