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Rtech KTM Two-Stroke Plastic Kit

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“Rtech KTM 7-Pc Plastics Kit”

The Good:

Tons of color combos to choose from, fitment is the same as OEM plastics

The Bad:

Not really anything... eventually you'll scratch them up?

Overall Review:

Like all dirt bike guys, I always enjoy getting new plastics and graphics on a bike. Lately, I’ve been seeing a ton of the KTMs with the baby blue plastics and the bright orange front-ends and figured I’d like to try something similar but change it up a bit from the norm. I ended up finding Rtech who provides the kit and was able to get me situated with the light blue KTM plastics for the shrouds, side panels and rear fender while having the front fender, number plate and fork guards in white. At first, with the ‘18 KTM frames being bright orange, I wasn’t sure how all this would mesh together but Read More »

2019 Kawasaki KX250

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“First Impressions: 2019 Kawasaki KX250”

So what's new for the 2019 KX250? Well, not much but the F is no more! Kawasaki chose to drop the F moniker from their four-stroke motocross bikes this year. So don't be confused, this isn't a new two-stroke. But as we mentioned, there's not much new as Kawasaki's focus was on the all-new KX450 this year, meaning their 250 is taking a bye year but carries over a bunch of updates from 2018. If you want to know more about those changes, check out our 2018 First Impressions for this bike and for our 2019 video, we're going to talk more about the changes we did to the bike on the track and our overall riding impressions. Check them out below. Video - First Impressions: 2019 Kawasaki KX250  

Spy Foundation+ Goggle

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“Tested: Spy Foundation Goggle”

The Good:

Field of view is one of the biggest - Even though they are large, they’ve fit every helmet we’ve tried - Foam is comfortable, forms great seal, and is a sweat sponge

The Bad:

Price, for not having rigid lens - Flexible frame might give you pressure point on nose

Overall Review:

When it comes to modern motocross goggles, bigger is better… To a point. Obviously the bigger the goggle, the wider the field of vision, but they also have to fit in your helmet, so moto goggles do have size limitations. Yet, filling up all the space in a helmet’s goggle port without any room for air flow can also be a problem when it comes to ventilation. Spy claims to have fixed this conundrum with the new Foundation Goggle, which, according to Spy, has the most peripheral vision of goggles on the market. SPY Foundation Goggle Features Widest peripheral on the market Happy Definition (HD) Lexan lens Rise+ Read More »

ProTaper Clamp On Grips - Pillow Top

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“Tested: ProTaper Clamp On Grips - Pillow Top”

The Good:

Couldn't be simpler, super comfort from the pattern, and throttle cams match nearly all bikes.

The Bad:

Limited pattern options, you might be out of luck if you are a die hard full waffle guy/gal.

Overall Review:

There’s only a few points of contact between the rider and the bike and they make a big difference in how the bike feels. The grips are one of the most important contact points for me. When the grips are too harsh, I feel like I am holding directly onto the metal bars and my hands will hurt for a day or so after. But if the grips are not designed with enough durability then you’ll find yourself having to buy new grips every other ride. ProTaper has not only adopted this concept from mountain biking and some moto lock-on grips but they’ve perfected it. First Impressions ProTaper has always had a rad package Read More »

Alpinestars Tech 7 Boots

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“TESTED: Alpinestars Tech 7 Boot | Durability Test”

The Good:

Great balance of flexibility and protection | Burly, easy to use buckle | Excellent durability

The Bad:

Looser fit than booty boot | Not a super tacky sole

Overall Review:

These boots have been around a while, so don’t freak out and think that these are some new version. That will be the Tech 10 very soon, but here I’m talking about the Tech 7 MX Boot. Since their introduction, the Tech 7s have had a redesign in 2014 making the boot lighter and slimmer than the previous version. I’ve had this set of boots for about a year and, while I haven’t ridden in them exclusively, I’ve put a ton of time on them. Alpinestars Tech 7 Features: Advanced lateral hinge Dual compound sole Four-buckle multi-directional closure TPU anatomical shin plate Rear blade flex system Foam reinforcement on ankles Non-booty Read More »

2019 Honda CRF450R Works Edition

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“First Impressions: 2019 Honda CRF450R Works Edition”

KTM may have set the tone, but Honda is going for the one-up with their first ever "Works Edition" CRF450R. More than just a look, Honda added a full titanium Yoshimura slip-on exhaust, a hand ported cylinder head, and its own ECU settings. Beyond that, it also comes with top to bottom coated forks, a bit of love to the shock shaft, and upgraded wheels. Now is the Works Edition worth the extra coin? We'll answer that below, just hit play! Video - First Impressions: 2019 Honda CRF450R Works Edition To get the low-down of what makes the Works Edition so special, hit the play button below. Video - Tech Brief: 2019 Honda Works Edition  

2019 Honda CRF450R

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“First Impressions: 2019 Honda CRF450R”

Honda has hit the third-year mark on the fifth generation CRF450R, meaning it was time for a mid-gen update. In this case, Honda has attempted to complete the overall handling characteristics of the CRF450R by making a host of frame changes towards the rear of the bike, along with a new swingarm. It also features updated electronics, including a separate ECU map for each gear, along with a launch control. Engine-wise, the '19 has an updated head to mid-pipe along with revised cylinder head ports. Lastly the usual suspension tweaks were added and Honda finally updated to 1-1/8 handlebars. For our thoughts on the updated machine, from Read More »

2019 KTM 450 SX-F

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“First Impressions: 2019 KTM 450 SX-F”

KTM's 2019 450 SX-F is could be described as a full-production run from their 2018 Factory Edition as the only notable changes were to the shock setting and ECU settings, along with a more standard "look". Of course, the FE we're speaking of had a host of changes, pertaining mostly to the top-end of the engine, a new chassis, new exhaust system, and all-new body work...along with a few other goodies. Below, we'll focus on commenting of how the bike works on track and if you want to hear more about those exact changes, hit the link below to watch our 2018 Factory Edition First Impressions. Video - First Impressions: 2019 KTM 450 SX-F First Impressions - 2018 KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition Check out the rest of our 2019 Bike Tests

2019 Yamaha YZ250F

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“First Impressions: 2019 Yamaha YZ250F”

Since a massive overhaul in 2014, Yamaha's YZ250F instantly shot to the top of Shootout and opinions. Dubbed by many as a mini-450, the YZF had a power character a bit unique in the class and in an overall sense, it was FAST. Since then, it's stayed near the top with some revisions but ultimately a few bikes have come within it's reign or even taken it away. This was due to a larger feel and handling charateristics that weren't horrible, but just not as finely-tuned as the competition had become. For 2019, Yamaha came in with a host of suspension, chassis, and bodywork changes to get the YZ250F to feel more like the light 250s it Read More »

Fasst Company Oversized Flexx Handlebars

“Game changers”

The Good:

Took already good AER suspension and ironed out all the little bumps while improving botteming feel.

Noticeable smoother ride, less blistering, immensely better on slap downs and hacked out square edges and for off road it makes the front calmer on flat/off camber turns with lots of rocks.

I can’t tell they’re heavier while riding either.

Literally no regrets at all and I doubt I’ll race without these bars ever again.

The Bad:

Cost, but if you think your suspension is already pretty good I would pass on a revalve and get these instead.

Only other challenge is if you run a ton of things mounted onto your bars. The “moto” bends don’t have as much bar room as stock if you are going to mount GPS, etc, but it hasn’t been an issue for me.

Overall Review:

One of the best purchases I’ve made for any dirt bike. Like them for MX and love them for off road.