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2021 Husqvarna TX 300i

“Versatile off road weapon (GasGas EX300) ”

2021 Husqvarna TX 300i

The Good:

Intuitive handling
Smooth power delivery
Suspension much better than the internet would lead you to believe
No jetting required.
Reliable motor package.
Price (GasGas)

The Bad:

Plastics not designed for easy "grabbing".
No idle adjust (or real idle adjust) from the factory.
Motor tuning could be better, thankfully aftermarket has addressed this. Rear shock lacks rebound adjustment range.

Overall Review: https://youtu.be/WkKEJs4AI3k  

ProTaper Clamp On Grips - Pillow Top

“At least half as much rubbery cushion as the OG glue on style ”

ProTaper Clamp On Grips - Pillow Top

The Good:

Easy to install

The Bad:

They are super thin. The bumps are at least half as high as the glue on Pillowtops.

Overall Review: I've used glue on Pillowtops for over ten years. They legit help with arm pump. The clamp on pillowtops are NOT the same grip. They have been shaved down a LOT to make up for the extra tube thickness beneath the grip.

Arrow Exhaust Race-Tech SS/AL Full System

Vital Review

“Tested: Arrow SS/AL Full Exhaust System”

Arrow Exhaust Race-Tech SS/AL Full System

The Good:

Cool factor, looks better than stock, quality craftsmanship.

The Bad:

Heavier than stock system, not a huge difference in power.

Overall Review: Weight: Stock Header/Stock Silencer: 9.41 lbs Stainless Header/Aluminum Silencer: 10.33 lbs Titanium Header/Titanium Silencer: N/A Who are they? Since 1985 Arrow has been crafting exhaust systems that have seen competition in all forms of racing at the highest level such as; MXGP, Dakar, World Grand Prix, World Superbike, and MotoGP. Having amassed over 40 World Titles across multiple racing disciplines, and countless race victories, its safe to say, Arrow knows how to build exhausts.  What it is? Full system for the 2020-2022 KX 450, this one constructed of a Stainless Steel header Read More »

2022 Honda CRF450R

Vital Review

“Bike Test: 2022 Honda CRF450R Review”

2022 Honda CRF450R
The 2022 Honda CRF450R is finally here and we had the chance to test the updated machine at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park. The 2021 CRF450R model hit the production floor with a completely new design including a new frame, updated suspension, updated motor characteristics, hydraulic clutch, and a new look overall. However, it was quite noticeable that both the suspension settings and ECU mapping were far from perfect in 2021. New for 2022, Honda came to the table with updated mapping and suspension settings for the 2022 Honda CRF450R.

EKS Brand Lucid Goggle

Vital Review

“Tested: EKS Brand Lucid Goggle”

EKS Brand Lucid Goggle

The Good:

Protection, field of view, ease of use, looks

The Bad:

Red fleece is a tiny bit distracting

Overall Review: Brad Resnick EKS Brand made the leap into the rigid-lens goggle category with its latest goggle, the Lucid. It has a unique but super easy-to-use lens retention system and swapping lenses is a hassle-free operation. The field of view is very large while the goggle isn’t so large that it has helmet fitment issues. The multi-layer foam does a good job of sweat absorption and the wide strap with outriggers holds the goggle firmly against your face. One of my favorite things about the Lucid goggle is that it has its own look and is different than other goggles on the market. Plus, the nose guard is completely Read More »

Scott USA Prospect LS Goggle

Vital Review

“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

Vital Review

“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

Vital Review

“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

Vital Review

“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

Vital Review

“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.