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FXR Helium MX Gear Set

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“Tested: 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 shoulders Read More »

Hinson Complete Billetproof Conventional Clutch Kit

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“Tested: 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 OEMs have Read More »

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

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“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

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“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

Vital Review

“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 »