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ProTaper Clamp On Grips - Pillow Top

Vital Review

“Tested: ProTaper Clamp On Grips - Pillow Top”

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 Read More »

Alpinestars Tech 7 Boots

Vital Review

“TESTED: Alpinestars Tech 7 Boot | Durability Test”

Alpinestars Tech 7 Boots

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 Read More »

2019 Honda CRF450R Works Edition

Vital Review

“First Impressions: 2019 Honda CRF450R Works Edition”

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

Vital Review

“First Impressions: 2019 Honda CRF450R”

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, Read More »

2019 KTM 450 SX-F

Vital Review

“First Impressions: 2019 KTM 450 SX-F”

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”

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”

Fasst Company Oversized Flexx Handlebars

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. 

Renthal Twinwall Oversized Handlebars

“Twinwall 999”

Renthal Twinwall Oversized Handlebars

The Good:

Strong good feeling bar. Looks good!

The Bad:

Being amonst the lowest bend it can sometimes be a bear to get the cross bar pad on. Minor details though.

Overall Review: Im 6' tall and i prefer a lower bar height. The twinwall 999 is my bar of choice after running numerous bar heights between both pro taper or renthal. 

2019 Husqvarna FS 450

Vital Review

“First Look: 2019 Husqvarna FS 450”

2019 Husqvarna FS 450
Vital MX: Building a Supermoto capable 450 can be a bit daunting, along with requiring a list of unique and expensive upgrades. Husqvarna however is trying to make things a bit easier with a model ready right off the showroom floor. For 2019, it's gained all the updates of its upgraded motocross brethren, check it out. HUSQVARNA MOTORCYCLES UNVEILS NEW FS 450 SUPERMOTO TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION FOR UNMATCHED CLOSED-CIRCUIT SUPERMOTO PERFORMANCE Husqvarna Motorcycles is pleased to introduce the 2019 Husqvarna FS 450 – a new supermoto offering both professional and amateur competitors a machine that features the highest levels of Read More »

Troy Lee Designs SE Air Shadow Jersey & Pant

“2018 TLD SE Air”

Troy Lee Designs SE Air Shadow Jersey & Pant

The Good:

Simple design, not busy, quality, long life pant, comfortable

The Bad:

No ratchet straps for waste, neck tight

Overall Review: Good quality gear from TLD. Waste on size 34 was pretty small, waste on 36 seems huge.  I like the simple design, it will stay in style for years and its made well enough that I expect it to last years without ripping or tearing.  Gloves are extremely comfortable and have velcro on top not on bottom.