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2019 Yamaha YZ250FX

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“First Impressions: 2019 Yamaha YZ250FX”

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Yamaha's XC lineup is becoming quite robust and the little bore machines aren't left out. While the YZ250FX remains unchanged in the performance department, the location of this year's test did. The BluCru decided to give us a crack at the conditions the bike was meant for by dropping us in South Carolina at Randy Hawkin's private facility with plenty of trees, roots, creeks, and tight confines to ride in. Hit the video below to find out more. Video - First Impressions: 2019 Yamaha YZ250FX

2019 Suzuki RM-Z250

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“First Impressions: 2019 Suzuki RM-Z250”

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While Suzuki showed us the initial photos of this bike and some light comments a few months ago, it's created a waiting game as we got closer to finally riding the bike. To speed things up a bit, Suzuki flew us to Japan to meet with the R&D staff behind the machine and finally see one up close..,oh yeah, and ride it. With the consumer models expected to arrive towards late January to early February, it's nice to get the opportunity to ride the bike so much earlier and begin to develop some opinions on the changes. In this case, the bike we rode wasn't off the final production line but we were told it was running finalized Read More »

2019 Yamaha YZ250X

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“First Impressions: 2019 Yamaha YZ250X”

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The woods and creeks of South Carolina are where the two stroke roams, or in this case our 2019 Yamaha YZ250X which we got to take into some different scenery...unlike the deserts of the West coast. Hear our thoughts on the experience behind riding this machine in the conditions it was truly meant for. Video - First Impressions: 2019 Yamaha YZ250X

2019 Yamaha YZ450FX

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“First Impressions: 2019 Yamaha YZ450FX”

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A year after releasing an all-new YZ450F motocross bike, Yamaha has taken those same updates plus some additional changes to the YZ450FX. This year we were in for an even bigger treat, as we actually got to fly back to test this new model in trees, creeks, and roots of South Carolina...giving us a feel for what this machine can do on its' home turf. Hit play below for our thoughts. Video - First Impressions: 2019 Yamaha YZ450FX

Rtech KTM Two-Stroke Plastic Kit

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“Rtech KTM 7-Pc Plastics Kit”

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The Good:

Tons of color combos to choose from, fitment is the same as OEM plastics

The Bad:

Not really anything... eventually you'll scratch them up?

Overall Review:

Like all dirt bike guys, I always enjoy getting new plastics and graphics on a bike. Lately, I’ve been seeing a ton of the KTMs with the baby blue plastics and the bright orange front-ends and figured I’d like to try something similar but change it up a bit from the norm. I ended up finding Rtech who provides the kit and was able to get me situated with the light blue KTM plastics for the shrouds, side panels and rear fender while having the front fender, number plate and fork guards in white. At first, with the ‘18 KTM frames being bright orange, I wasn’t sure how all this would mesh together but Read More »

2019 Kawasaki KX250

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“First Impressions: 2019 Kawasaki KX250”

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So what's new for the 2019 KX250? Well, not much but the F is no more! Kawasaki chose to drop the F moniker from their four-stroke motocross bikes this year. So don't be confused, this isn't a new two-stroke. But as we mentioned, there's not much new as Kawasaki's focus was on the all-new KX450 this year, meaning their 250 is taking a bye year but carries over a bunch of updates from 2018. If you want to know more about those changes, check out our 2018 First Impressions for this bike and for our 2019 video, we're going to talk more about the changes we did to the bike on the track and our overall riding impressions. Check them out below. Video - First Impressions: 2019 Kawasaki KX250  

Spy Foundation+ Goggle

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“Tested: Spy Foundation Goggle”

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The Good:

Field of view is one of the biggest - Even though they are large, they’ve fit every helmet we’ve tried - Foam is comfortable, forms great seal, and is a sweat sponge

The Bad:

Price, for not having rigid lens - Flexible frame might give you pressure point on nose

Overall Review:

When it comes to modern motocross goggles, bigger is better… To a point. Obviously the bigger the goggle, the wider the field of vision, but they also have to fit in your helmet, so moto goggles do have size limitations. Yet, filling up all the space in a helmet’s goggle port without any room for air flow can also be a problem when it comes to ventilation. Spy claims to have fixed this conundrum with the new Foundation Goggle, which, according to Spy, has the most peripheral vision of goggles on the market. SPY Foundation Goggle Features Widest peripheral on the market Happy Definition (HD) Lexan lens Rise+ Read More »

ProTaper Clamp On Grips - Pillow Top

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“Tested: ProTaper Clamp On Grips - Pillow Top”

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The Good:

Couldn't be simpler, super comfort from the pattern, and throttle cams match nearly all bikes.

The Bad:

Limited pattern options, you might be out of luck if you are a die hard full waffle guy/gal.

Overall Review:

There’s only a few points of contact between the rider and the bike and they make a big difference in how the bike feels. The grips are one of the most important contact points for me. When the grips are too harsh, I feel like I am holding directly onto the metal bars and my hands will hurt for a day or so after. But if the grips are not designed with enough durability then you’ll find yourself having to buy new grips every other ride. ProTaper has not only adopted this concept from mountain biking and some moto lock-on grips but they’ve perfected it. First Impressions ProTaper has always had a rad package Read More »

Alpinestars Tech 7 Boots

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“TESTED: Alpinestars Tech 7 Boot | Durability Test”

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The Good:

Great balance of flexibility and protection | Burly, easy to use buckle | Excellent durability

The Bad:

Looser fit than booty boot | Not a super tacky sole

Overall Review:

These boots have been around a while, so don’t freak out and think that these are some new version. That will be the Tech 10 very soon, but here I’m talking about the Tech 7 MX Boot. Since their introduction, the Tech 7s have had a redesign in 2014 making the boot lighter and slimmer than the previous version. I’ve had this set of boots for about a year and, while I haven’t ridden in them exclusively, I’ve put a ton of time on them. Alpinestars Tech 7 Features: Advanced lateral hinge Dual compound sole Four-buckle multi-directional closure TPU anatomical shin plate Rear blade flex system Foam reinforcement on ankles Non-booty Read More »

2019 Honda CRF450R Works Edition

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“First Impressions: 2019 Honda CRF450R Works Edition”

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KTM may have set the tone, but Honda is going for the one-up with their first ever "Works Edition" CRF450R. More than just a look, Honda added a full titanium Yoshimura slip-on exhaust, a hand ported cylinder head, and its own ECU settings. Beyond that, it also comes with top to bottom coated forks, a bit of love to the shock shaft, and upgraded wheels. Now is the Works Edition worth the extra coin? We'll answer that below, just hit play! Video - First Impressions: 2019 Honda CRF450R Works Edition To get the low-down of what makes the Works Edition so special, hit the play button below. Video - Tech Brief: 2019 Honda Works Edition