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PRODUCT REVIEW: PRECISION PARABOLIC DAMPER

PRODUCT: It’s no secret that a steering damper is essential to off-road racing in the west. High speeds and rough terrain play havoc with stability, and when you don’t have to use so much strength to hold the bike straight, it allows you to go faster, longer. The guys at Precision first got into the […]

PRODUCT REVIEW: KLIM EDGE GOGGLES

The Klim Edge off-road goggles offer a maximum field of view with a fog-resistant lens and OTG cutouts to accommodate the riders who wear glasses. The ultra-HD lens achieves virtually perfect optical clarity. The multi-density frame helps seal out the elements and features a locking magnetic quick-release lens for quick replacements. It also features a […]

PRODUCT REVIEW: BRIDGESTONE BATTLECROSS E50R ENDURO/OFF-ROAD REAR TIRE

PRODUCT: The Bridgestone Battlecross E50R is an FIM-compatible rear enduro tire that is DOT legal. The E50R has improved traction and cornering grip while remaining FIM compliant. It features wide-spaced tread blocks that have increased rigidity and Castle Block technology for maximum bite and optimum traction. Bridgestone’s Bunker technology uses strategically placed dents at the […]

PRODUCT REVIEW: BULLETPROOF TPI GUARD

BULLETPROOF TPS GUARD The TPI bike’s TPS sensor is in a very vulnerable spot and prone to crash or trail-spear damage. If you wound the TPS in any way, there is a good chance your bike will not run and you may be stranded. Also, it will cost a good deal of money to replace […]

GAERNE FASTBACK ENDURO BOOTS: PRODUCT REVIEW

PRODUCT: Fastback boots are a mid-level product from Gaerne, which would make them premium boots from many other makers. The Enduro is a new version that is tailored specifically for off-road riders. The primary difference is a more aggressive sole. This allows a more secure grip for situations where you have to push off with […]

S3 SLAVENS MULE HIGH-COMPRESSION HEAD: PRODUCT REVIEW

S3 SLAVENS MULE HIGH-COMPRESSION HEAD The goal of the S3 head is to add performance, mainly bottom to mid-power. This is an area where the off-roader lives, making traction by having the ability to short-shift and lug his two-stroke when the going gets nasty. The Slavens Mule S3 head is CNC-machined, increases coolant capacity and […]

LEATT 4.5 ENDURO BOOTS PRODUCT REVIEW

PRODUCT: The new Leatt 4.5 Enduro boots are more budget-oriented but use many of the same features as the higher-end 5.5 FlexLock boots. Developed with help from Jonny Walker, the sole features a specific pattern and compound for assistance when you are walking or pushing the bike in nasty conditions. The top of the boot […]

COOBER ECU PRODUCT REVIEW

COOBER ECU We are huge fans of TPI technology: no jetting required, no pre-mixed gas and oil, and, for the most part, clean and immediate power. But, if there’s one gripe, it is that the TPI versions do not make quite the same power as the carbureted versions. The Coober ECU changes that by raising […]

FMF TITANIUM 2.1 POWERCORE EXTREME SILENCER: PRODUCT REVIEW

The FMF Titanium Powercore 2.1 Extreme silencer was developed for the hard enduro rider (i.e., Cody Webb, Graham Jarvis, and Colton Haaker). It has a very long titanium can, which has a larger diameter than the standard FMF silencers. The main goal is to smooth out the powerband for the rider who demands traction to […]

PRODUCT TEST: XTRIG PRELOAD ADJUSTER

PRODUCT: Engineered in Germany, the Xtrig preload adjuster is a mechanical replacement for the two rings used to make sag adjustments on your rear shock. The ingenious design uses a worm gear that travels the full length of the shock body to make minute preload adjustments using an 8mm T-handle wrench. Simply remove the stock […]

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: 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: SIDI ATOJO SRS BOOTS

PRODUCT: Sidi developed the new Atojo MX boot with the goal of saving weight, but the boot also had to be durable, protective and comfortable enough for the high-end motocrosser to accept. Sidi says that the Atojo is lighter than the Crossfire 3 and almost a 1/2-inch lower in height. The highlights are: • The […]

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: 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 […]