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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 »

Ride Engineering Triple Clamps/with HPSD Kit

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“Tested: Ride Engineering Triple Clamps with HPSD Kit”

I recently ended up with a newer model YZ250, in part due to a desire for the higher-quality KYB SSS suspension they're equipped with. Even though the suspension has a great feel, the overall handling still left me a bit wanting. One particular area that I found unsettling was a startling level of headshake. This would most often occur when transitioning from being on the throttle, to braking into a corner or a braking section. How bad was it? I even contemplated selling it and buying a new '16 YZ250F to get that planted, predictable front end feel. Instead, I opted to find a cure that didn't Read More »

2017 KTM 350 SX-F

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“First Impressions: 2017 KTM 350 SX-F”

More Motocross Videos KTM's 350 SX-F has been an interesting concept ever since its release. The initial goal, power closer to a 450 but with the characteristics of a 250F. However, the first release seemed closer to a 250F, so KTM went to work all around the bike, but mostly with the powerplant. Now things are a bit different, as the KTM 350 SX-F produces horsepower than nearly rivals its 450 counterparts. While here in the US, the 350 hasn't ever quite caught on with racers in the motocross scene, it has become popular with the weekend warrior crowd, along with the casual and serious off-road racer. So if the 350 produces near 450 Read More »

Ohlins TTX Flow Shock and RXF 48 Fork

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“Tested: Öhlins TTX Flow Shock and RXF 48 Forks”

One set of motorcycle suspension stands out more than any other set on the market, the gold forks and shocks from Öhlins. In Moto GP and multiple forms of motorsport around the world, Öhlins is considered the standard that all others are judged by. However, in motocross it holds a bit more unique place, being compared to other kit-level suspension. With Öhlins releasing their latest moto product, the Flow TTX shock, we snagged a set of their RXF 48 forks and this new shock to put them to the long-term test. Öhlins TTX Flow Shock and RXF-48 Fork Features: Both the forks and shock feature TTX (Twin-Tube Read More »

Fox Racing V3 Flight Helmet 2015

“Decent Helmet for the Price”

The Good:

Purchased the "Image LE" Edition. Color scheme is cool. Ample and plush padding.

The Bad:

Noticeably and measurably larger and heavier, plus a few other annoying attributes in quality of construction (that aren't even matched to the older version)

Overall Review:

I own the previous version of the V3 produced in 2009. My size medium measures 28" from jaw-crest-jaw and weighs 1350g. Although there is no MIPS, it is a great helmet with an excellent liner and great fit. I recently purchased a new MIPS V3 on closeout and needless to say I'm a tad disappointed. The new V3 in a medium is both LARGER and HEAVIER than the older version. Come on Fox....a newer model....that's 1" larger and over a 1/2 lb. (1650g) heavier than the older version....and more expensive?! The MIPS is cool, but it squeaks like crazy. The helmet also fits much tighter due to the changed liner and the Read More »

MXGP 2 - Video Game

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“Tested: MXGP 2 - The Video Game”

Motocross video games don't come out very often; we got MX vs ATV: Supercross last year, MXGP the year before that, but then there's a pretty big gap to the last motocross title. Luckily, Milestone is trying to make their MXGP series an annually-released title like their other major racing games. That's great for us fans, as we're always foaming at the mouth for a new video game, especially one that contains replica tracks. With that being said, the biggest problem with an annual release schedule is the lack of development time the developer has to improve the game from year-to-year. That means they have to place a Read More »

2017 Yamaha YZ450F

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“First Impressions: 2017 Yamaha YZ450F”

First Impressions: 2017 Yamaha YZ450F - More Motocross Videos After a moderate amount of changes in 2016, the 2017 model received a very short list of updates. This includes new tires, going from Dunlop's MX52 to the MX3S, new airbox mold better hide the zeus fasteners, and few internal engine parts that were updated for reliability. This isn't too surprising after Yamaha added new intake and exhaust cams, improved ECU settings, an updated frame, lower footpegs mounts, a new triple clamp offset, and more to the 2016 model. A few of which made their way to the YZ250F, which gained most of the attention for 2017. To learn more about the 2016 changes, head here - First Look: 2016 Yamaha YZ450F. For a list of the improved parts in 2017, click here - First Look: 2017 Yamaha YZ450F.

Leatt 4.5 Lite Gloves

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“Tested: Leatt 4.5 Lite Gloves”

Everyone in motocross knows Leatt as a neck brace company, though in recent years they've evolved their brand to become a full-on protection brand. This has included chest protectors, knee pads, knee braces, and other common forms of protection equipment. With each piece, they've tried to add a unique twist or bit of technology to make it their own. The latest product to receive such a treatment are oddly enough, gloves. With the recent trend of lighter-and-lighter gloves, it's rare to see any with worthwhile protection. So how has Leatt mixed protection and lightweight? Read below to find out. Leatt 4.5 Lite Glove Features: Read More »

2017 Kawasaki KX450F

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“First Impressions: 2017 Kawasaki KX450F”

First Impressions: 2017 Kawasaki KX450F - More Motocross Videos For 2017, Kawasaki has gone the route of refining their new KX450F they released in 2016. These refinements mostly focus around the chassis/suspension, in an attempt to bring about a better handling package for their newest green machine. These improvements include new triple clamps, not with a different offset but different flex characteristics to improve the front-end grip. Beyond that, they've also included a new link arm and bell crank to improve the linkage ratio for the shock, along with updating the swingarm with more clearance for the shock. To add to these Read More »