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Akrapovic Evolution Line (Titanium)

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“First Ride: Akrapovic Evolution Full Titanium Exhaust ”

Akrapovic Evolution Line (Titanium)
For KTMs and Husqvarnas Akrapovic exhausts are pretty common, but not so much with Hondas, especially the CRF250R. At the request of XPR Motorsports, who will be building this bike up in the future, we got our hands on Akrapovic's top-tier Evolution Full Titanium System for our CRF250R. This video review includes an unboxing, a sound check vs. stock, and a first ride impression. Unfortunately, with all the tracks in SoCal shut down, we had to get a little creative with the location. 

Leatt 5.5 FlexLock Boots

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“Tested: Leatt GPX 5.5 FlexLock Boots”

Leatt 5.5 FlexLock Boots

The Good:

Durable, good bike grip and sole feel, innovative one-way velcro.

The Bad:

Hard to point your toe to get under the shifter, wide fit - not great for narrow or standard width feet.

Overall Review: At $389.99 the Leatt GPX 5.5 FlexLock Boot is on the upper end of the mid-range, or the lower end of the top-tier boots, depending on how you look at it. We spent a ton of time in these boots riding both moto and off-road and they feel almost the same as when we first rode in them, which is good and bad. On the plus side, the GPX 5.5 FlexLock Boots are rugged, durable, long-lasting boots that, other than some superficial discoloration, have no signs of deterioration. On the downside, they were a bit stiff with ankle extension (pointing the toe) and that doesn't show any signs of "breaking in" and getting easier. There is a lot of technology in the boot, and for the full breakdown of that please see the introduction video here - Leatt Boot First Look. 

Acerbis X-Seat Soft

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“Tested: Acerbis X-Seat Soft”

Acerbis X-Seat Soft

The Good:

The perfect amount of grip, waterproof, firm feel provides less of a pocket that some soft stock seats can have.

The Bad:

Heavier than stock, can't change covers because there isn't one.

Overall Review: A seat is a seat, right? All bikes have them and other than the grippy-ness of the cover and density of the foam, there isn’t much to them. But what about the shape? Acerbis X-Seat Soft for the Honda CRF250R has a whole different shape (and grip and density, for that matter) than any other seat on the market. Acerbis X-Seat Soft Features MSRP: 199.95 Fully external plastic shell with anti-slip grip. External plastic shell bonded with a waterproof inner foam. Shell-bonded, expanded waterproof foam for maximum comfort. At 1,450 grams, lighter than leading competitors. Fully waterproof; the integrity of seat does Read More »

ODI Podium CFT MX Handlebars-Ricky Carmichael Edition RC4 Bend

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“Tested: ODI Podium CFT MX Handlebars-Ricky Carmichael Edition RC4 Bend”

ODI Podium CFT MX Handlebars-Ricky Carmichael Edition RC4 Bend

The Good:

The black and bronze look amazing. For medium to short riders, this bend is really nice. Vibration and sharp hit reduction.

The Bad:

Taller riders might not like the bend. Crossbar (even the CFT) isn’t for everybody.

Overall Review: One of the benefits of being one of the best motocross racers in human history is creating your own specific bar bend. Ricky Carmichael has been with ODI team since the RCH Suzuki Supercross team, and now he has come up with his own updated version of the RC bend for ODI. The RC4 bend is available in both the Podium Flight (no crossbar) and Podium CFT (crossbar with damping). We got our hands on the CFT version to test out on our 2020 Honda CRF250R. ODI CFT MX RC4 Bend Handlebars Features: MSRP: $134.95 1 1/8" clamp diameter (requires "oversized" triple clamps or bar mounts) Read More »

2017 KTM 250 SX

“Bang for buck!”

2017 KTM 250 SX

The Good:

Powerful, light weight, reliable

The Bad:

Front forks (not as bas as ppl make them out to be)

Overall Review: Love my 2017 250SX. Message me if you want any suggestions for setting it up for offroad. I race mine in motocross, grand prix, sprint enduro, as well as trail ride. 

Polisport Honda CR Restyle Kit: Nardo Gray

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“Tested: Polisport Honda CR Restyle Kit: Nardo Gray”

Polisport Honda CR Restyle Kit: Nardo Gray

The Good:

Awesome color, solid fit and finish, no rough edges or extra plastic to trim

The Bad:

Fender mount washers would be a nice addition, shock access holes could be lined up better.

Overall Review: If there’s one thing I love it’s old two strokes. And if there’s something that I love doing to old two strokes, it’s making them look as updated as possible. The Honda CR chassis from the early 2000’s finally has an incredible facelift option on market thanks to Polisport. Polisport originally came out with the CR Restyle Kit in an assortment of colors consisting of red, white and black. Now, Polisport has decided to introduce the same kit in the very popular Nardo Gray colorway and I had to have this kit for my current 2006 CR250 project build  Polisport Honda CR Restyle Kit Read More »

FXR Helium MX Gear Set

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“Tested: FXR Helium MX Gear Set”

FXR Helium MX Gear Set

The Good:

Extremely high mobility without being too stretchy, Light and breathable in the right places, still looks good after a year of riding.

The Bad:

Waist closure seems like an afterthought, gloves wearing down quicker than the rest of the gear

Overall Review: There are a lot of choices when it comes to gear these days, with more each year. One of the seemingly new gear brands isn’t actually new to the moto scene is FXR. They've been around for a while yet it is recently that we’ve seen them in the pro ranks on some top riders. FXR started as a snow brand making gear for snowmobiling, but has always leaned heavily toward high-performance over bargain gear. The same can be said for their moto line of gear. FXR Helium Features  Jersey: $75 Durable Perforated Omni Stretch combined with high performance polyester knit Superior air flow design in the arms and Read More »

Hinson Complete Billetproof Conventional Clutch Kit

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“Tested: Hinson Complete Billetproof Conventional Clutch Kit”

Hinson Complete Billetproof Conventional Clutch Kit

The Good:

Hinson springs offer better power transfer without being too stiff, full-kit should have much better durability, great looks.

The Bad:

Not cheap, medium mechanical skill needed

Overall Review: Especially with modern 250Fs, a fresh clutch can make a huge difference when trying to get maximum power out of your motocross bike. The most economical way to do this is to just replace fibers and steels, but that isn’t the route factory racers go. A full clutch kit with clutch cover, basket, inner hub, pressure plate, fiber & steel plates and springs is what we are looking at here from Hinson Racing.  Why not just a clutch pack? The is a ton of energy going through your clutch and while stock clutch baskets, hubs, and plates work to the durability standards that the Read More »

FMF Racing Factory 4.1 RCT Titanium FS for KX250

Vital Review

“Tested: FMF Racing Factory 4.1 RCT Titanium FS for KX250”

FMF Racing Factory 4.1 RCT Titanium FS for KX250

The Good:

Increased power across the board, increased throttle response

The Bad:

Doesn't really boost any part of the power more than any other and doesn't add any overrev.

Overall Review: For this test of the FMF 4.1 system on our 2019 Kawasaki KX250, we tapped into one of our testers, former supercross racer Steve Boniface. He's been riding our KX250 and will be turning it into a project bike, but in the meantime we asked him to give us feed back on some of the individual parts, such as this full exhaust system. Features Available in Blue Anodized Titanium Muffler with Carbon End Cap Power gains throughout the RPM range. Weight savings FMF uses the highest quality proprietary blend of alloy grade titanium made especially to our standards. On The Track With OEM Read More »

Leatt Velocity 6.5 Goggles

Vital Review

“Tested: Leatt Goggle Velocity 6.5”

Leatt Velocity 6.5 Goggles

The Good:

Extra thick, injection molded lenses that are bullet, and fog proof.

The Bad:

There is a lot of lens material to look through, so not as crisp as fancy HD lenses.

Overall Review: Starting with their innovative, moto-specific neck brace, Leatt has been consistently building their catalog of protective gear for dirt bike riders. Knee, elbow, chest, hand, leg, head… and now eyes. The Velocity 6.5 is Leatt’s first goggle and it follows the current trend of having rigid, injection-molded lenses, as well as a few other stand-out features. Leatt Goggle Velocity 6.5 Features Bulletproof and impact tested to: ANSI Z87.1-2015 Military Ballistic Impact Standard (MIL-DTL-43511D) Certified CE EN 1938 :2010 Out-riggers with a 50mm anti-slip coated strap WideVision (170) Mirror Anti-Fog lens – Read More »