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2020 Yamaha WR250F

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“Bike Test: 2020 Yamaha WR250F Review”

2020 Yamaha WR250F
Trickle-down economics may be a bit controversial but trickle-down dirt bike technology is pretty awesome. In 2019, the Yamaha YZ250F got an all-new frame, heavily updated motor, and a trove of other changes that kept the blue machine at the top of the shootout podium (ours, at least). Obviously, the YZ is a motocross bike and the changes were focused on making it a better one. But that doesn't mean that they won't work for on off-road bike.  Case in point, the 2020 WR250F. Now, all three 250cc four-stroke dirt bikes from Yamaha (YZ, FX, and WR) share the same frame and most of the the same engine architecture. But as you move Read More »

Dubach Racing Development NS-4 Full System SS/AL

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“Tested: Dr. D NS-4 Full Exhaust System SS/AL KX250”

Dubach Racing Development NS-4 Full System SS/AL

The Good:

Overall a really great exhaust system. It increases performance where the bike needs it the most, has robust construction, great fitment, is easily rebuildable, improved looks over stock and sheds a little weight while it's at it, all for a minimal price (in the 4-stroke exhaust world).

The Bad:

It's cons come from what it's not trying to be; exotic. So don't read that as a bad thing. For just shy of $640, it's hundreds of dollars less than some of the Titanium systems on the market, so expect the difference in price to be reflected in terms of sheer beauty (think Akrapovic) and weight.

Overall Review: Tester: Chris Siebenhaar Bike: 2020 Kawasaki KX250 Mods: Completely Stock Weight: 7 lb - 4 oz Weight Savings: 1lb - 3 oz Whether Dr. D means “Doctor Dubach” to you, or “Dubach Racing Development”, one thing is for certain, the Doctor has a long list of first-hand racing and testing accomplishments that few in the industry can match. All that knowledge has been distilled into Dr. D products, from his ingenious engine relocating kits (mainly for Yamaha’s), to exhaust systems for every current motocross manufacturer. Recently, I was able to test their NS-4 exhaust on a 2020 Kawasaki Read More »

MSR NXT Gear

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“First Ride: 2020 MSR NXT Gear”

MSR NXT Gear
A few years ago the MSR Gear (Malcolm Smith Racing) switched hands form MAG (Motorsport Aftermarket Group) to the online retail giant Rocky Mountain ATV/MC. Poking around the site, we were surprised to see the 2020 MSR NXT Gear with such a fresh look and it piqued our curiosity. So, we hit them up and got a set to see if the gear feels, fits, and performs as well it looks. The MSR NXT Gear is in a slightly unique position as being a premier line of gear but still a house brand. The MSRPs stated by RMATVMC are sort of arbitrary since they can decide what to ultimately charge for the gear as they own the brand. It Read More »

Alpinestars Sequence Chest Protector

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“Tested: Alpinestars Sequence Chest Protector”

Alpinestars Sequence Chest Protector

The Good:

Comfortable, Lightweight, CE certified.

The Bad:

Ventilation is just OK, Lower section of the back piece doesn't conform completely to lower back.

Overall Review: Tester Profile: Chris Siebenhaar Height: 5' 11" Weight: 175 lbs Product Size: M/L The Alpinestars Sequence Chest Protector is an under-jersey style chest protector that is comfortable, lightweight and rather affordable. Since there are no hard-shell plastic plates or buckle closures, the Sequence Chest Protector manages to shave off quite a bit of weight without sacrificing protection. The bio foam that is used on both the front and back of the chest protector is CE certified, aiding in impact protection. The first thing I noticed when putting on the chest protector, was just how form fitting the Sequence really Read More »

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 »