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2019 Honda CRF250R

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“First Impressions: 2019 Honda CRF250R”

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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”

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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”

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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

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“Tested: Fly FR5 Boots”

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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

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“Tested: Alpinestars Fluid Pro Knee Brace”

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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 »

FMF Racing Factory 4.1 RCT Titanium Anodized Full System

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“Tested: FMF Factory 4.1 RCT Titanium Anodized Full System”

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The Good:

Adds bottom-end power that the stock bike shifted up. Matched with aggressive map, it's awesome. Save over two pounds.

The Bad:

A little tricky to get on. Need to reuse some mounting stuff from stock pipe.

Overall Review:

MSRP: $1099.99 With the 2019 Yamaha YZ250F being almost all new this year, there were some engine changes that made a difference in how the little blue bike makes its power. Since the 2014 model introduction, it has been known for its incredible torque, but has been slightly looked down on for lack of top-end pulling power. For ‘19, the engineers at Yamaha took the “lack of top end” criticism to heart and made the YZ250F pull harder and longer than it ever has. But, you can’t make power everywhere. The newest version of the bike has given up a little bit of the bottom end Read More »

Flo Motorsports Pro 160 Levers

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“Tested: Flo Pro 160 Levers”

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The Good:

Folding design works as promised. A little lighter clutch pull. No play or wiggle in joints.

The Bad:

Brake lever changed the engagement to be more progressive than aggressive.

Overall Review:

I’m sure you remember just as well as I do when companies started coming out with “unbreakable levers” some years back. Many companies eventually designed similar concepts to help negate the issue of breaking off lever tips in a tip over at the track or out in the mountains. While this concept made a lot of sense to me then, and I have ran a few of the different brands over the years, I have always seemed to switch back to an OEM perch and lever. Mainly I felt the levers had too much play or the engagement just wouldn’t feel as positive as the stock setup. But, it is time for me give them Read More »

Neken SFH Handlebars

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“Tested: Neken SFH Handlebars”

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The Good:

More cushioning for your hands. They look good.

The Bad:

Not everyone likes super soft grips. Minor instal issues.

Overall Review:

Neken has fast become a well known brand of dirt bike control components. Now, they have a new bar with something sneaky up its sleeve. The SFH (Smooth Feeling Handlebars) are 1-1/8th inches in the clamping area, taper smoothly to 7/8ths in the control area, then abruptly taper to about a 1/2 inch in the grip area. Obviously you have to use specific Neken grips and throttle tube that have a smaller inner diameter to match the smaller bar ends, but are much thicker with more grip material that normal grips, making the outer diameter the same as a standard bar/grip combo. Unfortunately they are sold separately. Neken SFH Read More »

Shoei VFX-EVO Helmet

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“Tested: Shoei VFX-EVO Helmet”

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The Good:

Addresses rotational energy, isn't any heavier than previous VFX-W, very comfortable.

The Bad:

Isn't the lightest helmet out there, liner removal/installation is old school.

Overall Review:

Out of the hundreds of off-road helmets on the market, there are only a few brands that rise to the top of the list. Shoei is one of those brands and in modern motocross and off-road racing, the VFX-W helmet has been their only off-road model. Now, the VFX-W has been replaced with the VFX-EVO - not just an updated name and look, but an updated protection technology as well. Shoei VFX-EVO Features: Fully loaded with next-level performance, safety, style and progression Proudly boasts the SHOEI-exclusive Motion Energy Distribution System [M.E.D.S.] All-new V-470 visor provides a seamless connection with the shell, optimal roost Read More »

2019 Yamaha YZ250FX

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“First Impressions: 2019 Yamaha YZ250FX”

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Yamaha's XC lineup is becoming quite robust and the little bore machines aren't left out. While the YZ250FX remains unchanged in the performance department, the location of this year's test did. The BluCru decided to give us a crack at the conditions the bike was meant for by dropping us in South Carolina at Randy Hawkin's private facility with plenty of trees, roots, creeks, and tight confines to ride in. Hit the video below to find out more. Video - First Impressions: 2019 Yamaha YZ250FX