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PRODUCT REVIEW: BULLET PROOF TPS SENSOR GUARD

PRODUCT: Bullet Proof Designs’ KTM TPS sensor guard is a billet-aluminum guard that replaces the plastic OEM TPS (Throttle Position Sensor) cover on your fuel-injected KTM/Husqvarna/GasGas TPI two-stroke machines. It comes with new hardware and installs with very little effort. OUR TAKE: This is a quality product that will protect your TPI two-stroke’s vulnerable—and expensive […]

PRODUCT TEST: POLISPORT GRAPHIC PROTECTORS

PRODUCT: Graphic protectors manufactured by Polisport are made with translucent plastic and are designed to help protect decals from peeling back when they come in contact with a rider’s boots. Each kit comes with all the hardware needed for installation, and the protectors are molded to fit OEM-style plastics. POSITIVES: The Polisport graphic protectors do […]

PRODUCT TEST: COPPERSMITH AERO/HYBRID FORK KIT

PRODUCT: Coppersmith Racing Suspension, known for its Ohlins suspension setup, has an all-new suspension kit designed for the WP AER air fork. The Coppersmith-installed Ohlins Aero kit turns your stock WP AER or Xact air fork into a hybrid. Coppersmith uses the stock left fork leg with its air-spring technology in conjunction with internals from […]

PRODUCT TEST: ASTERISK CARBON CELL 1 KNEE BRACE

PRODUCT: Asterisk has been a top-of-the-line manufacturer of advanced knee braces for years.  The all-new Carbon Cell 1 was built to provide the finest quality, fitting and performance in a knee brace. It’s manufactured from military-spec and aerospace-grade carbon fiber pre-preg (the common term for a reinforcing fabric that has been pre-impregnated with a resin) […]

PRODUCT TEST: KLIM F3 CARBON ECE HELMET

PRODUCT: This is the lightest helmet in the Klim line. It is made from hand-laid carbon fiber. The inner EPS unit is triple-layered. It has a large eye port for a wide-viewing platform, uses a Fid-Lock quick-release strap and has high-efficiency ventilation (13 intake vents/six exhaust). The shell structure is designed for maximum strength at […]

PRODUCT TEST: SLAVENS MULE SWINGARM SAVER FOR KTM PDS MACHINES

PRODUCT: The Slavens Mule KTM PDS swingarm saver performs one task for the PDS (non-linkage) machine—it protects the swingarm where the mudflap rubs up against it as the suspension moves through its stroke. In muddy conditions, it can wear several millimeters through the aluminum swingarm and actually damage the PDS heim-joint seals. The Mule swingarm […]

PRODUCT TEST: MOOSE RACING FOAM HANDGUARDS

PRODUCT: Moose Racing foam handguards are ideal for those chilly winter rides. The outer shell is made from a heavy-duty, 500-denier nylon with ½-inch, closed-cell foam to keep the cold away from your hands. The universal cinch strap simply wraps around your handlebars, making it quick and easy to install or remove the guards from […]

PRODUCT TEST: LEATT 8.5 V21 HELMET

PRODUCT: The Leatt 8.5 V21 is an all-new helmet that is ECE- and DOT-certified and features a composite shell with brain-injury-reduction technology built in. The helmet uses 360º Turbine technology, which means it is lined with discs constructed from an energy-absorbing material designed to allow the head to move slightly inside the helmet during a […]

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. […]