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PRODUCT TEST: MITAS XT-454 SUPER SOFT EXTREME TIRE

PRODUCT: Mitas, a tire brand with a long European history, became part of the Trelleborg group in 2016. Mitas has plants in Europe and the U.S. and offers a large group of motorcycle-related tires. On the off-road side, we have been testing the XT-454 Super Soft, which is part of the Extreme Enduro tire group […]

PRODUCT TEST: BRIDGESTONE BATTLECROSS E50 EXTREME REAR GUMMY

PRODUCT: The Bridgestone Battlecross E50 Extreme is a gummy enduro tire based on the standard Battlecross E50. The E50 Extreme is only available in a 140/80-18 and offers widely spaced tread blocks to prevent mud and dirt buildup. Convex Castle Block technology is used on the center and side lugs, providing added biting surface to […]

PRODUCT TEST: SXS BURLY HANDGUARDS/ BEEFY MOUNTING KIT

PRODUCT: SXS is well-known for its production of hardcore skid plates and linkage protection made from ¼-inch UHMW plastic. Its hand shields are tagged “Burly” and are made from the same ¼-inch plastic that SXS uses for skid  plates and slide plates that incorporate linkage guards. They have been available as replacements for the KTM/HQV […]

PRODUCT TEST: CRUZTOOLS ROADTECHKT1 TOOLKIT

The guys at CruzTools make bike-specific toolkits that are compact enough to take to the track or carry with you on adventure rides. So far, the company has kits for most common off-road bikes, but special focus is on dual-sport and adventure bikes. BMW, KTM, Honda and Yamaha off-road bikes are all covered, as well […]

PRODUCT TEST: K-TECH SUSPENSION REBUILD

PRODUCT: K-Tech is a company based out of Derbyshire, England, that specializes in suspension engineering. The company is primarily known for its road racing success, but with the cooperation of its U.S. importer and Works Enduro Rider (WER), the company is making inroads into the American off-road market. Drew Smith at WER used K-Tech’s hardware […]

RIDING YAMAHA’S NEW E-BIKES

Yamaha is one of those companies that’s different things to different people. For us, it’s all about motorcycles, for others, the company might be about music or snowmobiles. Now, Yamaha has been getting more and more serious about electric bicycles. The Yamaha YDX Moro and Moro Pro are legit electric mountain bikes worthy of head-to-head […]

PRODUCT REVIEW: JUST 1 GOGGLES

PRODUCT: Just1 has expanded from a helmet company into a source for almost every piece of riding gear, and that includes goggles. There are two models in the Just1 goggle line, the premium version being the Iris. This uses an outrigger attachment design for the strap and includes a removable nose piece. Face fitment comes […]

GUMMY TIRE TEST

 Gummy tires have very soft and flexible knobs that provide solid traction in nasty terrain. In their element, they increase the rider’s ability to conquer wicked obstacles that can abuse even a competent rider whose machine isn’t equipped to grab and bite. Our testing took place on the following terrain: a 30-mile loop; two, long, […]

SEGWAY DIRT EBIKE

The gap between motorcycle and bicycle used to be wide and clearly defined. If it had a motor, it was a motorcycle. If you were the motor, it was called a bicycle. Now, advancing technology has made everything a little murky. The Segway Dirt eBike occupies that middle space between worlds. It’s a motorcycle that […]

HONDA CRF478X: PROJECT BIKE SPOTLIGHT

The Honda CRF450X is one of the all-time greats with a legacy of Baja success as well as a history of being  an excellent trail bike. Before the redesign of 2019, it went unchanged for years creating a big inventory of bikes on the used market. Here’s an example of a Craigslist CRF450X that was […]

SC2 SMARTCARB FOR TWO-STROKES: PRODUCT REVIEW

WHAT IS THE SMARTCARB? The SmartCarb is a precision air-and fuel-metering instrument designed to push the limits of mechanical fuel atomization. A proprietary Venturi concentrates and accelerates airflow for better fuel atomization. This high-velocity airflow is focused directly at the metering rod, providing better fuel atomization for a more complete combustion burn, a power increase […]

PRODUCT REVIEW: ALPINESTARS TECH 7 BOOTS

PRODUCT: The Alpinestars Tech 7 is one of the most popular motocross boots in the U.S. It is what Alpinestars considers a mid-level boot, but it would be a premium product for virtually anyone else. It’s designed and developed in Italy, but manufactured in Alpinestars’ facility in Asia in order to keep the price down. […]

PRODUCT TEST: PRO CIRCUIT CRF450R T6 DUAL EXHAUST

PRODUCT: Pro Circuit’s complete T6 stainless steel dual exhaust system for the Honda CRF450R and CRF450RX models is constructed of stainless steel throughout the head pipe, Y-collector, mid-pipe and end caps, while the canisters are made from aluminum. The T6 is designed for closed-course or off-road riders. Pro Circuit also designed the T-6 to meet […]

PRODUCT REVIEW: FCP RACING 2020 KAWASAKI ENGINE MOUNTS

PRODUCT: FCP Racing offers a chassis upgrade with titanium and aluminum engine-mount kits. The front engine mounts are CNC-machined out of titanium and come in the exotic titanium color combined with CNC-machined aluminum top engine mounts anodized bronze. We tested the kit specifically designed for the 2019-’20 Kawasaki KX450 motocross model. POSITIVES: The FCP Racing […]

PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: PRO MOTO BILLET

Your summer ride plans are coming together, and the bikes are getting dialed in with the final touches. Fastway by Pro Moto Billet brings you three products from Idaho to help make those day trips and multi-day adventures the best you’ve ever had. You know what Smokey the Bear says: if you’re hitting the national […]

DUNLOP GEOMAX MX33 REAR TIRE: PRODUCT REVIEW

Dunlop has introduced the new MX33 to replace the popular MX3, a high-end motocross tire designed for intermediate-to-soft terrain. Dunlop calls the Geomax MX33 the most highly developed motocross tire they have ever produced. The advanced Apex design enhances shock absorption, and a unique compound improves durability. Block-in-block tread pattern aids in linear tracking and […]

TM SKID PLATE & LINK GUARD: PRODUCT REVIEW

The TM Designworks Extreme full-coverage skid plate with link guard is a lightweight composite plastic with a silicone additive that helps it to reduce friction grab. They are designed to allow maximum frame flex and are 30-percent lighter than an aluminum plate. Its design is for extreme conditions, and it covers the main frame rails, […]

RESCUE PEGS: PRODUCT REVIEW

Rescue Pegs are oversized footpegs that allow a passenger to place his feet outboard of the rider’s feet. These aren’t replacement footpegs, but rather add-ons that can be fixed to the original equipment of almost any modern dirt bike. Each side is over 6 inches long (inside to outside) and 3 inches wide (leading edge […]