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2018 Alta Motors RedShift MXR

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“First Impressions: 2018 Alta Motors Redshift MXR and MX”

2018 Alta Motors RedShift MXR
It's truly amazing how far the Alta crew has come since we saw its predecessor, BRD, and then the first version of the Alta at the AIMExpo in 2014. While there's been a few electric motocross-based offerings on the market, the Redshift MX really stands out as the first one to be comparable and even competitive when compared to the current internal combustion offerings that we're used to. Beyond that they've kicked off 2018 with a big jump in performance as they launched a new race-focused model, the MXR, and were also able to significantly cut the costs on their standard MX model. Now their standard 2018 Redshift MX Read More »

Asterisk Cell Knee Braces

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“Tested: Asterisk Cell Knee Braces”

Asterisk Cell Knee Braces
A pair of Asterisk knee braces is where it all started for me. Back when I was 14 and just moving up to full-sized bikes, I had a minor knee injury and my parents decided to step up my knee protection. I attempted to get my insurance to buck up for a pair of custom CTIs, to be one of the cool kids, but that didn't work...so off to Chaparral Motorsports we went to try on anything we could get our hands on. I walked out with a pair of Asterisk and those initial braces survived a lot; around three years of riding with three to four days a week of abuse was handed out before they finally went in to be Read More »

Fastway Evolution 4 Footpegs

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“First Look: Fastway Evolution 4 Footpegs”

Fastway Evolution 4 Footpegs
We get some pretty cool products to try but some are just a bit cooler than others. One of the latest things to land on our desk was Fastway's Evolution 4 Footpegs, and we're going to give them a quick moment in the spotlight. The Evo 4 is the latest in Fastway's Evolution line and is produced from stainless steel, plus it measure in at 3.50 inches from front-to-back and 2.25 inches wide. Updates from the Evo 3 are mostly focused around the shape and size, giving it a more rounded/moto appearance and increasing the length of the peg...along with adding the height adjustments from their Air line. This allows you to change Read More »

2018 KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition

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“First Impressions: 2018 KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition”

2018 KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition
Every few years, KTM gives us a Factory Edition that's a bit more special then the rest. Check out our thoughts on the latest version, the 2018 450 SX-F Factory Edition.   Any questions about our opinions or thoughts on the bike? Hit us with a question in the comment section below.

Yoshimura RS-9T Honda CRF250R Dual System

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“Tested: Yoshimura RS-9T Honda CRF250R Dual System”

Yoshimura RS-9T Honda CRF250R Dual System
Honda's 2018 CRF250R followed in the footsteps of the highly-anticipated CRF450R redo from the prior year. However, as we soon found out during our First Look testing, and even more during the Shootout, the newest CRF has an amazing chassis and great balance...but is lacking a bit in the motor department for the first year. Most notably there's a lack of roll-on power and torque needed to get the bike up and going at lower revs. Once things are wound up though, the bike is a blast...it just needs a bit more oomph to really round out the package. Yoshimura RS-9T Honda CRF250R Features: Read More »

Fastway Air EXP Ankle-Savers Footpegs

“Anklesaver.com”

Fastway Air EXP Ankle-Savers Footpegs

The Good:

I can't say anything good

The Bad:

I ordered the ankle saver classics from ankle savers website a week ago, I have yet to receive any sort of confirmation. I have sent 3 emails via the contact on their website and have had no response there either, all that has happend is them taking money from my credit card

Overall Review: Overall I would not recommend you buy directly from ankle savers.I can' give 0 stars or I would.

Motool Slacker Digital Sag Scale

“Best suspension tool there is”

Motool Slacker Digital Sag Scale

The Good:

easy to use

The Bad:

needs protective case for transport in a tool box

Overall Review: Bought one of these six months ago because I couldn't get my wife to come out to the garage and hold up my bike with me on it AND hold a tape measure to set my sag.   After using this thing it becomes apparent how important sag settings are, and how easily they can change from one day to the next because of constantly changing rider weight (lunch) or bike weight (mud).   I take this and my WP preload ring wrench to the track with me every practice and race day, and for my KTM there is a significant handling and suspension difference with just 10 MM variation in sag, you can really feel how the handling and fork action changes -  plus I can do it myself in 5 minutes without having to bug someone to hold a tape measure over and over.

2018 Husqvarna FC 450 Rockstar Edition

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“First Impressions: 2018 Husqvarna FC 450 Factory Edition”

2018 Husqvarna FC 450 Rockstar Edition
It's been quite a few years since KTM dropped their first Factory Edition bike, allowing Ryan Dungey to lineup at Anaheim 1 on an all-new machine. Now Husqvarna has the same opportunity so Dean Wilson and Jason Anderson can go to the first race of the year with the latest equipment beneath them. Click play to hear our thoughts on the FC 450 Rockstar Edition. The latest generation 450 from Husky isn't a total overhaul but visually it's quite different. An all-new frame, coupled with an updated swingarm, and completely redesigned bodywork give the FC 450 a new and improved feel. The end goal was to make the bike Read More »

MXGP 3 - The Video Game for Nintendo Switch

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“Tested: MXGP 3 - The Video Game for Nintendo Switch”

MXGP 3 - The Video Game for Nintendo Switch
Surprise! Milestone released MXGP 3 for the Nintendo Switch a couple of weeks ago. It was a surprise, to be sure, but a welcome one. Now, I should get this out front and center before you get too far into this review, this game is essentially the exact same as the console/PC versions they released earlier in the year, with a few changes to make it more suitable for the Nintendo Switch. So this is more of a review of the game as a port, not necessarily the game itself. If you'd like a deep dive into MXGP 3 as a whole, you can check out my review here. Click photo to change size and caption So, Read More »

Mobius X8 Wrist Brace

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“Tested: Mobius X8 Wrist Brace”

Mobius X8 Wrist Brace
Sadly, most don't spend enough time considering wrist protection until after a crash, when your wrist is wounded and flopping around like a freshly-landed fish. However, during the course of this review I ran the Mobius X8 brace through the entire gamut... both pre-injury, and then finishing our 450 Shootout with one back on as I'd dislocated my wrist during the testing. Mobius X8 Wrist Brace Features: The X8 Wrist Brace is equipped with a CCRS (Continuous Cable Routing System), which is a Mobius patent-pending technology. Tightening the knob on the CCRS increases the tension, keeping the wrist joint tight Read More »