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2017 KTM 250 SX-F Factory Edition

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“First Impressions: 2017 KTM 250 SX-F Factory Edition”

While at first the KTM Factory Editions seemed like an odd idea, year-after-year they continue to sell them and we continue to see them at the track. With this, naturally the 250 SX-F joined the fray a few years ago and now is modeled after the Troy Lee Designs KTM team. This year the bike features the usual orange frame, clamps, and sprockets...along with the team graphics kit and all-orange plastic that we usually see on this bike. Beyond that is some new suspension settings from the 17 production bike, front and rear, along with some hard parts updates in the fork. The overall goal was to make the bike more Read More »

2016 Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin

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“Tested: Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin”

For the majority of our thoughts, plus a look at the machine in action, click play on the video above. Yes, a large adventure bike is something we don't see much of on Vital MX, but in the case of the Africa Twin it was a must test! Okay, well, it was a personal "must test" but it was completely worth it. For years, I personally laughed at the thought of riding a large adventure bike...initially finding them to be a bit pointless. Sort of like large street bikes meant for the dirt, but without basically any dirt prowess, while taking away a ton of that initial streetability. Now in the past few years this has definitely changed Read More »

Yoshimura RS-9T Titanium/Carbon Full System

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“Tested: Yoshimura RS-9T Titanium/Carbon Full System - 2017 Honda CRF450R”

One thing was certain when it came to the 2017 450s, Honda's latest CRF450R has made the largest gains of them all. Although it didn't win our Vital MX 450 Shootout, it received high marks from all of our test riders and similar praise from other media outlets. One of the biggest points of improvement was the engine, and while it was a huge step in the right direction, there were some still looking for a bit more. With a bike being this radically new, performance parts are harder to come by...but Yoshimura being the supplier of HRC in Japan, Europe, and the U.S. had a bit of headstart. Read More »

Dragon NFX2 Goggles

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“Tested: Dragon NFX2 Goggles”

I’ve always been pretty particular about which goggles I use, ever since I first saw McGrath rockin’ his rad signature series back in the day. Since then, I’ve had experience riding with everything from the old affordable Spy Targas, to some of the high-end Transformer-looking setups from the likes of Scott, Oakley, and 100%. When it comes to goggles, their price and quality definitely seem to go hand in hand. While my $30 basic Targas got the job done, it’s the small details that really set the high-end goggle apart. In this case, the Dragon NFX2’s are a great example of a company looking to produce the best Read More »

Gaerne SG 12 BOOTS

“Good boot.”

The Good:

Very comfortable, supportive and look great.

The Bad:

Steel toe sole.

Overall Review:

Overall this is a great boot. I had a two pairs of Tech10s prior to buying the SG12. The only complaint I have coming off of the molded sole Tech 10 is the steel toe tip gets caught on my shifter in certain riding positions making it kind of awkward at times. I am learning what position is causing me to this and fixing it on my end. All in all great boot so far and I do recommend them.  

2017 Suzuki RM-Z250

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“First Impressions: 2017 Suzuki RM-Z250”

More Motocross Videos After a host of upgrades in 2016 (including engine updates, new suspension components, and a new frame), Suzuki's RM-Z250 has remained mostly the same for outside of some cosmetic changes for 2017. Based on our shootout opinions from last season, we already know the weak point of the small-bore four stroke Suzuki is centered around the overall output of the engine. But in usual Suzuki style, the handling characteristics are top-level and keep some positive light over the machine. Check out some opinions from our test rider, Chris See, as he spins some laps out at the famous Glen Helen Raceway.

2017 Honda CRF250R

“2017 CRF250R”

The Good:

the motor is great and so is the frame geometry

The Bad:

The air forks are really stiff

Overall Review:

great bike overall it is ready to rip and fly around the tracks

2017 KTM 250 SX-F

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“First Impressions: 2017 KTM 250 SX-F”

With both a Factory Edition and standard production model every year, we end up spending quite a bit of time aboard the KTM 250 SX-F. Even with this, KTM still finds a few things to change with each model, constantly improving the reliability and overall ride-ability of the bike. For the 2017 production model, KTM had a few upgrades for their freshly introduced AER 48 fork. Changing the valving, along with the outer fork tubes, and damping cartridge; creating better feel, different flex characteristics, and even loosing a bit of weight in the process. To match up with the new tubing, the 250 SX-F also has a different set of triple Read More »

2017 Honda CRF250R

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“First Impressions: 2017 Honda CRF250R”

More Motocross Videos For years now, Honda has had arguably the most nimble bike in the 250F field, but has struggled some years with their overall power. Per Honda's view on their motocross models, they tend to lean towards easier-to-ride, over pure power to the ground. But in 2016, Honda made a host of engine changes which on paper brought it closer to the top of the class. On the track however, it's still kept the easy-to-ride mentality, which can hide the overall improvements they've actually made. With the main focus being on the 450 for 2017, the 250 hasn't received any notable changes, but it does give us a chance to take a second look at what gains Honda has made in the past few seasons.

Tusk Impact Wheelset

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“Tested: Tusk Impact Wheelset”

A fresh set of wheels can really set a bike off, but the price can also empty your wallet quite quickly. For some, the extra money is worth it for a set that's lightweight and stronger, but for the weekend warrior that just needs a spare set it's a bit much to ask. When you're on a budget, finding a set of good (but relatively inexpensive) wheels that won't explode once you leave the ground and slam back down harshly can be an interesting task. Tusk Impact Wheelset Features: Spokes are made from 304 stainless steel. Hub forged from 6061 T-6 aluminum. Rims produced from 7050 T-6 aluminum. Rear wheel available in 18-inch and 19-inch Read More »