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2019 Alta Motors Redshift EXR

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“First Impressions: 2019 Alta Motors RedShift EXR”

2019 Alta Motors Redshift EXR
On the heels of their MXR announcement and intro just a few months ago, Alta Motors has taken the same upgraded battery pack and controller units to add to their EX line, creating the EXR. The 2019 RedShift EXR is Alta's do anything machine, as it's their competitor for the dual sport/enduro market. Street legal in any state, the EXR is meant to be ridden in the dirt, on the street, and anywhere in between. We spent three days up at their office in the San Francisco bay area, and north in Nevada City to ride/test out the new machine. Hit the video below to hear our thoughts on the the EXR, along with seeing it in action. Read More »

2019 Yamaha YZ450F

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“First Impressions: 2019 Yamaha YZ450F”

2019 Yamaha YZ450F
Yamaha's 2018 YZ450F was a big overhaul for the brand. With the usual updates such as a new chassis and bodywork but taken a bit further. In the case of the bodywork, there was a big redesign up front to thin up the bike and attempt to reach the same feel as their competition. With a new airbox design, relocated radiators and mounting angles, along with a fuel tank change...they were able to rotate the shrouds inwards and this was one of the largest changes a brand has ever made just with plastics. Other than that, Yamaha added their name to the electric start club with a complete engine case redesign and also made some casting Read More »

2019 Kawasaki KX450

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“First Impressions: 2019 Kawasaki KX450”

2019 Kawasaki KX450
While we test a lot of "new" bikes every year, there are some that really fit the description of all-new well. This year, that label belongs to Kawasaki and the 2019 KX450. The list of parts that didn't change is much shorter than what actually changed as the bike got the biggest overhaul of its existence as it heads into the fifth generation platform. There's so much to talk about with this bike and there's a few ways we're going to give it to you. First off, check out the video below for our usual mix of action and a quite breakdown of what we thought after our first day on the bike. If you want to read all the tech, check this Read More »

2019 KTM 350 SX-F

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“First Impressions: 2019 KTM 350 SX-F”

2019 KTM 350 SX-F
KTM's 350 SX-F has had a few descriptions. For some it's considered the vet's weapon, a few will label it as a "fun" alternative to the big boys of the class (450s), other note it was the machine Antonio Cairoli won multiple world titles on, and some will say it's the bike in their garage already. So what is the 2019 model? Click play to learn more about the changes and our thoughts on the track.

2019 KTM 250 SX-F

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“First Impressions: 2019 KTM 250 SX-F”

2019 KTM 250 SX-F
KTM has hit another generation with the introduction of their 2019 motocross model range. While each bike has specific updates, the consensus for all their models is a new chassis and associated bodywork and components to give the bikes a more responsive and thinner feel. The 250 SX-F doesn't just stop there though, it also got its already impressive engine massaged quite a bit, finding some extra ponies laying around to please our needs. To learn more about the overall changes, fit up our First Look...and for our First Impressions on the bike, hit the video below.

Lectron 38 HV Carburetor

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“Tested: Lectron 38 HV Carburetor”

Lectron 38 HV Carburetor
I recently got my hands on a new 2018 KTM 150 SX, and I'm really getting a feel for the bike. I’ve actually spent quite a bit of time riding it in completely stock form, and if you follow my YouTube videos you’ve likely seen that the bike had some sputter and bog at roll-on with the stock Mikuni TMX carb. Yeah, I've dabbled with the jets that came with the bike, as well as tweaking the needle position, but never really got it running the way I'd envisioned. It actually made the bike a bit frustrating to ride, and the power was disappointing. That's why I made a call to Lectron in hopes of remedying the Read More »

Fox Racing Vue Goggle

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“Tested: Fox Vue Goggle”

Fox Racing Vue Goggle
Over the decades, Fox has created some great riding gear. But in the distant past, some of their other items didn't quite match up to the level of the pants and jerseys, which made it slightly tough for racers to think of them as a head-to-toe brand. Fortunately, we've seen excellent quality helmets from them for over a decade now, and high-end boots for over five years. But goggles were an area that had been a bit lacking, especially as the market moved toward a wider field of vision and molded lenses for added safety. For 2018, Fox rounded out their total package with the Vue goggles. They claim these were Read More »

2018 Yamaha YZ65

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“First Impressions: 2018 Yamaha YZ65”

2018 Yamaha YZ65
To hear our opinions on the 2018 Yamaha YZ65, hit the slideshow below. Our main test editor goes over the adult perspective of the machine, which offers some surprising results...before switching over to our youth rider for his thoughts. Below the slideshow you'll find another video player, which has an interview we did with Yamaha USA's head of testing, Steven Butler, where we discuss the origin and development of the new YZ65. First Impressions: 2018 Yamaha YZ65 — More Motocross Photos Video: Developing the 2018 Yamaha YZ65   2018 Yamaha YZ65 Specifications Engine Type: 65cc liquid-cooled two-stroke; reed-valve inducted Bore x Read More »

Works Connection Aluminum Radiator Brace

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“Tested: Works Connection Radiator Braces”

Works Connection Aluminum Radiator Brace
Radiators are among the items on your bike that don't require a serious crash to ruin. In fact, it seems that even the most minor slideouts and tip-overs in corners can be among the most destructive things to them. Sadly, this can end in a leak, and the end of your riding day...along with a bill to fix or completely replace the radiator itself. In most cases, a good set of braces can save the radiators and can actually be cheaper than even the lowest cost replacements. While some radiator braces can be quite bulky and more cage-like, Works Connection keeps things simple with their Read More »

RXR Bullet Chest Protector

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“Tested: RXR Bullet Chest Protector”

RXR Bullet Chest Protector
To me, chest protectors are a lot like knee braces. I didn’t wear knee braces until I had ACL surgery on both knees. Now I won’t ride without them. Recently I took a handlebar to the sternum during a crash and ended up dislocating a good portion of my ribs. The cartilage is still recovering, which makes it a great time for me to see what type of protection is on the market to protect my tender ribs! RXR was brought to my attention, and after looking into their technology it seemed like an obvious choice to test out. They have a unique approach to impact protection in the Chest Protector product space that's called Air Read More »