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Scott USA Prospect LS Goggle

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“Tested: Scott Prospect LS Goggle ”

Scott USA Prospect LS Goggle

The Good:

One goggle for all light conditions, can ride as the sun sets or rises without swapping goggles.

The Bad:

Doesn't get super dark, the Prospect is still a pretty big goggle that might not fit perfectly with smaller faces.

Overall Review: Released a few years back, the Prospect goggle from Scott is their premier, top-of-the-range goggle. When it was launched, the main changes to the goggle was that it had a much wider field of view and had a four-pen lens locking system that kept the lens in the frame of the goggle no matter how hard it was hit. Now we are looking at the LS (light sensitive) Prospect with a photochromic lens that changes tint with how much UV light hits it, just like Transition lens eyeglasses.  Scott Prospect LS Goggle Features (from Scott) Massive field of vision.  Lens lock system. Articulated outriggers. Read More »

Yoshimura RS-12 Stainless Full Exhaust With Aluminum Muffler

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“Tested: Yoshimura RS-12 Stainless Full Exhaust With Aluminum Muffler”

Yoshimura RS-12 Stainless Full Exhaust With Aluminum Muffler

The Good:

Huge difference over stock, mostly on the bottom end, but still pulls great on top. Doesn't feel like it needs to be remapped to get the most performance out of it.

The Bad:

Still expensive even for a stainless system. Have to build the hardware.

Overall Review: As we all know, the 2021 GASGAS models are slightly changed KTM/Husqarnas at slightly cheaper prices. Yet one of the very few differences between the three models is the stock exhaust systems. KTM and Husky’s 250Fs off the showroom floor have an in-house designed exhaust system that has a resonator dubbed the Flow Design Header, which is the bulbous part of the header pipe that looks sort of like an FMF Mega Bomb or a very small two-stroke pipe. In an effort to keep costs down on the GASGAS models, they come stock with a straight header that is no doubt cheaper and Read More »

Fox Racing Raceframe Impact Soft Back Chest Protector

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“Tested: Fox Raceframe Impact Soft Back Chest Protector”

Fox Racing Raceframe Impact Soft Back Chest Protector

The Good:

High level of protection, super comfortable, not too hot.

The Bad:

Doesn't work the best with a neck brace

Overall Review: Words by Chris Siebenhaar It appears as though wearing a chest protector is gaining popularity once again, with both the leading brands creating them and motocross riders of all levels wearing them. For years it seemed almost taboo to be wearing some sort of chest guard, and a full wrap-around chest protector? Forget about it. Through those years, it meant I was left eating lunch at the uncool kid’s table. I’ll be honest, I like wearing as much protection as possible, so long as it’s not hindering my movement or performance. Enter the Fox Raceframe Impact Soft Back. While at quick glance it looks Read More »

Tokyo Mods ECU Remap

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“Tested: Tokyo Mods ECU Remap”

Tokyo Mods ECU Remap

The Good:

Very simple to ship out and get back, a noticeable improvement across the RPM range, better throttle response and "connected" feeling, cheaper than aftermarket ECU

The Bad:

Not adjustable by rider like Vortex ECU, if you chose a map for a specific type of riding and/or specific fuel and change it, you might need to remap again.

Overall Review: Most modern motocross engine tuners will tell you one of the simplest ways to get more out of your stock dirt bike is to get an aftermarket ECU. And while this is true and even easier than swapping out the pipe for some beautiful ti/carbon system, aftermarket ECUs are not cheap by any means. This is where Tokyo Mods comes in. For our 2021 Kawasaki KX450, we asked for an extra ECU so that we could have one remapped by Tokyo Mods and leave the other stock to ride them back to back on the same day at the same track. At $149, this option is a fraction of the cost of a new ECU. Click play to see how we got along with the remapped unit. 

Leatt X-Frame Hybrid Knee Brace

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“Tested: Leatt X-Frame Hybrid Knee Brace”

Leatt X-Frame Hybrid Knee Brace

The Good:

Slims down the front of the knee brace area, comfortable brace on the bike, no hot spots or pressure points.

The Bad:

Not the thinnest or the lightest, knee sleeves mandatory so if you are used to full-length baselayer, might get hot on warm days.

Overall Review: Take a look at the latest knee protection from Leatt with a novel take on the knee brace. The X-Frame Hybrid Knee Brace is a two-part system, having a rigid brace frame and patella cup separate. This reduces the overall bulk of the brace and is actually really comfortable. But, don't forget the knee sleeves in the washing machine when you head to the track like I did. 

ProTaper SELA Holeshot Device

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“Tested: ProTaper SELA Holeshot Device”

ProTaper SELA Holeshot Device

The Good:

Universal for modern bikes, simple install, works just like it is supposed to.

The Bad:

Small click when riding, the priciest option for holeshot devices.

Overall Review: If you are going to line up to race motocross, a holeshot device is mandatory. But traditional holeshot devices usually take two people with good timing to engage (unless you are Ken Roczen). Enter the ProTaper SELA (Self-Engaged Launch Assist) Holeshot Device that makes it a one-person job. Just turn the knob, compress the forks and you are good to go. Also, the SELA is compatible with most modern motocross bikes, since the fork ring is adjustable and there are different pin latches for different bikes.

Ride Engineering CRF450L Lowering Arms

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“Tested: Ride Engineering Honda CRF450L Lowering Link”

Ride Engineering CRF450L Lowering Arms

The Good:

Improves traction, handling, and ability to touch the ground.

The Bad:

A little pricy.

Overall Review: Changing a dirt bike’s linkage can do a host of different things to a bike. For motocross, the goal is typically to change the way the bike handles and to modify the shock characteristics. Yet a longer link specifically for lowering the seat height is also an option. That is exactly what we tried on a Honda CRF450L using Ride Engineering Lowering Link.  Even if you are average height, touching the ground or dabbing through tough off-road terrain can be a challenge on a normal, full-size dirt bike so lowering the overall stance of your bike isn’t just for short people. The Honda CRF450L has a Read More »

509 Altitude Carbon Fiber With MIPS Helmet

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“Tested: 509 Altitude Carbon Fiber Off-Road Helmet with MIPS”

509 Altitude Carbon Fiber With MIPS Helmet

The Good:

Light, comfortable, MIPS, cool magnetic buckle system

The Bad:

Liner is a little old school, you have to trust the magnetic buckle system

Overall Review: I try to tread lightly when talking about helmets. I find it akin to talking about religion. People have faith in DOT, or SNELL, or ECE, or MIPS, or ODS, or any of the many tests and protection systems in a helmet. And until the helmet industry comes up with a new rotational testing procedure to make everyone happy, this debate will continue and without taking a digger in every helmet we get, we can’t get into the “protectiveness” of helmets. We just have to look at the features included by the manufacturer. Moving on to this specific helmet, the 509 Altitude Carbon Fiber Helmet with MIPS comes from a brand Read More »

Sidi Atojo SRS Boots

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“Tested: Sidi Atojo SRS Boot”

Sidi Atojo SRS Boots

The Good:

More ankle protection, great bike grip, lighter, still flexible, better for wider feet

The Bad:

Less replaceable parts, try on before you buy.

Overall Review: In 2017, Sidi introduced the Crossfire 3, the third iteration of the top-of-the-line Crossfire motocross and off-road boots that the Italian company offered. Three years later, we now have the all-new Sidi Atojo SRS boot, which is not another version of the Crossfire, but a new-from-the-ground up motocross boot. When I asked Sidi if the Atojo was replacing the Crossfire 3 in their lineup, they said no, it is just another high-end offering. First, let’s talk about the weird name real quick. It isn’t a made-up, nonsensical moniker or some Italian mythical creature. It is named after three Sidi-sponsored racers who all helped Read More »

Pro-Carbon Racing Bashplate

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“Tested: Pro-Carbon Racing Bashplate | CRF250R”

Pro-Carbon Racing Bashplate

The Good:

A lot more coverage than stock, much thicker and more protective than stock, looks amazing and cleans up well, very snug fit

The Bad:

Heavier than stock, internal finish is a little rough, but you don't see it so it doesn't really matter

Overall Review: Depending on what you are trying to protect, you have lots of options when it comes to skidplates, bashplates, glideplates, or any other name you want to give the guard on the bottom of your bike. It might be obvious but I am a sucker for carbon fiber. I love the look, the strength, and even the sound. Yeah, weird, I know. To replace the stock plastic skidplate on our 2020 Honda CRF250R, I reached out to Pro-Carbon in the UK since they have a huge range of carbon fiber protection pieces for all modern motocross bikes. They sent the Pro-Carbon Racing Bashplate specifically for the 2018-2020 Honda CRF250R, Read More »