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FMF Racing Factory 4.1 RCT Titanium FS for KX250

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“Tested: 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”

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 »

Ride Engineering Billet Clamp Set 22mm Offset

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“Tested: Ride Engineering Triple Clamps for 2019 RM-Z250”

The Good:

Added comfort and predictability to the front end.

The Bad:

Is just one piece of the puzzle to help the RM-Z250 ride feel.

Overall Review:

As testers across the board have said, the 2019 Suzuki RM-Z250 has a rigid chassis and unforgiving stock suspension. What some testers don’t agree with is if they can deal with this or not. As the one tester that put down the fastest lap times on the yellow bike in our 250F shootout, I like the bike overall and it really works well when a track is groomed and smooth… But what bike doesn’t? When the track gets rough, the stock KYB fork starts to display an ugly set of traits - harshness, deflection, chattery-ness, and sharp-impact transfer all come to mind. While aftermarket triple clamps normally Read More »

Nuetech Nitromousse

Vital Review

“Tested: Nitromousse Foam Tire Inserts”

The Good:

No flats, responsive feel, not that horrible to install

The Bad:

Not that easy to install, slowly feels softer over time, heavier than tubes

Overall Review:

Inner tubes are the standard means of tire inflation and pretty much have been since the dawn of time. But then, professional motocross teams and off-road teams (that had special access and could afford them) started running these things called mousses (which is just “foam” in French). Now mousses are available for everyone and there are a few brands that offer them. The benefit is clear - the possibility of a flat is gone, but the downsides are a little more subtle. More weight, much harder to install/remove, different feel than air-filled tubes and questionable durability are all on the cons list. The Nuetech Read More »

Oakley Front Line MX Goggles

Vital Review

“Tested: Oakley Front Line Goggle”

The Good:

Very comfortable, high level of protection, Prizm lens is nice, and wide field of view.

The Bad:

Scratches relatively easily, still super expensive if you want the good lenses.

Overall Review:

Since the Airbrake launch five or so years ago, Oakley has been pretty low-key in terms of new product. They made a big deal of their Prizm lens and was much less vocal about what we have here, the Front Line Goggle. It is the latest in their line of high-impact goggles that have a rigid, pre-curved lens, following the Airbrake and Mayhem Pro, yet it has its own system of lens retention that is different than both of those models. Oakley Front Line Features: MSRP: $180 Large to medium fit Ridglock Technology High impact rigid lens Frame notches accept prescription glasses Three layer face foam First Read More »

2019 Honda CRF250R

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“First Impressions: 2019 Honda CRF250R”

After unveiling an all-new CRF250R in 2018, the result was acceptable but not perfect. A new engine went to a completely different power characteristic than what Honda had before and albeit it was the right step for the 250 class, it wasn't well rounded enough to capture praise. However, what did capture that praise was the newest generation chassis and suspension. With just a bit more power we were curious if the 2018 model could've done better come shootout time and for 2019 Honda went to work on just that. Hit the video below to hear out thoughts on the changes and if they really make an improvement. To see the technical list of Read More »

2019 TM Racing MX 250 Fi KS

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“First Impressions: 2019 TM Racing MX 250 Fi”

As a cycling nut, I can easily see the allure of a boutique brand. In so many forms of motorsports, things with wheels and other hobby sports...there are brands that are unique and cause you to turn your head a second time. In motocross we don't have very many of these brands but in this case, the TM MX 250 Fi fits the bill. Honestly, this test was my first time ever even throwing a leg over one of their bikes so I tried to come in with an open mind but a lot of questions were in my head on what I'd experience. Below you'll find a video to show off some of the details of the bike and my quick thoughts on the machine, while Read More »

Moose Racing TY-ER Irons

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“Tested: Moose Racing Tire Irons”

The Good:

The handles give you more control and strength, the extra-large iron's curved end makes the hard part easier.

The Bad:

Too big for trail pack.

Overall Review:

A review of tire irons, give me a break, right? They are all the same and most us moto guys don’t even change our own tires… Or maybe we do. It depends on what thread you read in the forum. Either way, I personally change my own tires and recently I had to put some mousses in for another product test coming up soon. Rather than my old skinny trail-pack tire irons, I figured I could use as much help as I could get since putting in a mousse by hand isn’t the smartest idea out there. Moose Racing kindly offered two different tire iron designs and I accepted both the Professional Tire Iron and the pair of TY-ER Read More »

Fly Racing FR5 Boots

Vital Review

“Tested: Fly FR5 Boots”

The Good:

Great control feel, sizing is spot on and snug like high-end boots, offers plenty of dexterity and comfort, and sole is both grippy and long lasting

The Bad:

Sole rigidity is lacking, ankle support is so-so, and bio-mechanical hinge can use a little help.

Overall Review:

Boots can be some the most expensive pieces of a rider’s kit and to be honest, at over $500 a pair, you should expect stellar performance from all of the premium motocross and off-road boot models. Where things get interesting is trying to find mid-priced or entry-level boots that offer a good bang for the buck. Fly Racing in the last couple years has really stepped up their program across the board and now has a mid-priced boot, the FR5. Fly Racing FR5 Features: 3D molded plastic shift panel with added grooves and texture TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) heel piece connect with lateral/medial TPU pieces for full coverage Read More »

Alpinestars Fluid Pro Knee Braces

Vital Review

“Tested: Alpinestars Fluid Pro Knee Brace”

The Good:

Simple and durable hinges, all-day comfort, not much heavier than Fluid Tech Carbon version.

The Bad:

Not as stiff as carbon braces, bike/brace interface takes some getting used to.

Overall Review:

Along with boots and helmets, the modern motocross knee brace has become a big-ticket item that we, as riders, expect a lot of performance out of. And with good reason, since knee injuries are some of the most common, devastating, and prevalent in our sport. No piece of protection can ever prevent all types of injury but knee braces certainly offer more overall protection than knee guards. There are some people out there that claim knee braces cause leg fractures that wouldn’t happen otherwise, and while I’m not writing those people off, I would liken that argument to not wearing a helmet because the Read More »