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  1. 3 points
    Test Bike: 2019 Yamaha YZ450F Rider Skill: Vet Advanced Test Conditions: MX, fast & flowing sandy trails, wooded single track What's in the Box? The Magura Hymec Retrofit Hydraulic Clutch Kit comes with a manual, clutch perch, clutch lever, hydraulic line and two different un-captured lower line barrels for different model applications. The kit also comes with a decompression lever pre-installed for use on older bikes such as a 1998 YZ400F. For my application, it was easily removed using the properly sized lever pivot bolt and nut (provided). After removal it has a clean, OEM look. The clutch comes fully assembled, bled and ready-to-ride once installed. Features As mentioned previously, the clutch perch has a removable decompression lever and a Reach Adjust Knob. A “slack” adjustment knob is not needed because hydraulic fluid is not compressible and obviously there is no cable to stretch. Installation The installation was quite simple and straightforward requiring only basic hand tools. It's pretty much the same procedure as replacing a stock cable-operated clutch perch, lever and cable. Installation was about an hour, but I'm pretty OCD and take my time to get everything just right. Here is how it looks on the bike: Once installed the Magura clutch looks factory. Fit & Finish The unit is typical Magura german quality: OEM fitment and high-quality hardware. The stock Yamaha clutch assembly was perfectly fine, but the Magura looks and feels like an upgrade. Clutch Feel The stock 2019 YZ450F has an exceptionally light clutch pull and the Magura is even lighter. In fact, I can operate it with my pinky. This may not be super important to some, but my arthritic hands really appreciate it. Anything that keeps me riding longer with less fatigue and increased control is awesome! In terms of clutch engagement, the lever throw is shorter and the action is buttery smooth. There's also not even a hint of take-up that you feel when pulling on a cable, allowing for finer clutch control. Lever reach can be adjusted by the Lever Reach Knob. There is no other adjustment for "slack" like you would have on a cable operated system as the clutch is inherently self-adjusting. Due to its "self-adjustment", clutch feel is always the same regardless of clutch heat and wear. Outside of period fluid changes, it's pretty much install it and forget about it. Line routing sticks out a bit more than I'd like, but its not snagged on brush yet. How does it perform on the track & trail? I had the ideal day of riding at Bone Valley ATV Park to test the Magura Hymec. The park includes a fun GP style MX track, fast, flowing double track trails and a tight single track loop where the Hymec was really appreciated. The adaptation period from stock to the Magura Hymec was just a few turns to get acquainted with the lighter pull and shorter throw. The tight trails feature some slow, semi-technical sections with small hills and obstacles which required a lot of clutch finessing to keep the tall-geared YZ450F moving forward while balancing between stalling or excess wheelspin; especially on one particular slow, loose, off-camber turning climb. The extremely light and smooth clutch pull combined with the shorter engagement throw made one finger clutch modulation effortless. And not only is the clutch easier to operate, I also think that the combination of lighter pull and short lever throw make clutch operation faster. This comes into play on a race start when grabbing gears as fast as possible on the way to the first turn. In that sense, this is a performance upgrade. Who knows, but this may be the difference between a 2nd place start and a holeshot! I noticed how much more effortless shifts were on the very first long and fast straight away of the day. The ability to just use an index finger for quick shifts was foreign to me. I've never owned a bike with a hydraulic clutch before, but now I am convinced it is an upgrade worth having. At my "experienced" age with arthritic hands, especially at the end of a long, hot day, the easy one finger operation of the clutch was noticeably less taxing in technical trail sections. Pros Easy installation. Minimal maintenance. Self-Adjusting (consistent feel). Easier, more accurate power modulation. Lighter pull decreases hand fatigue. Adjustable lever pull. Cons Clutch line sticks out above the engine case more than stock, increasing probability of being snagged. Bottom-line The Magura Hymec Retrofit Hydraulic Clutch Kit adds some refinement to an already great clutch on my 2019 YZ450F. Clutch operation is easier, quicker, and less taxing. It also just “feels” good to have controls that are super smooth and easy to modulate. This is particularly true for my painfully arthritic hands, where my strength is not what it used to be. The lighter clutch pull makes one-finger clutch modulation easier to finesse than the OEM cable clutch, especially in technical situations where the clutch is used more. All of this adds up to an upgrade that makes riding more enjoyable, less tiring, and may very well improve your lap times especially at the end of the moto, trail ride, or off-road race day. I unequivocally recommended this unit!
  2. 1 point
    2015 Beta 390rr ...runs great ...only reason I will give it a 4 star even with the stubby spark arrestor it had to be bent to get pushed inside betas quick dropping exhaust...Jon from Fisch moto came out to see the fit as I purchased it locally...great guy...good product takes about 1 min to set up
  3. 1 point
    I installed one of these on my 1977 yamaha XT500 and it worked great. I restored this bike and it was the same bike i owned in 1979 when i was 19.
  4. 1 point
    With manufacturers going further to make their bikes lighter, the question of durability is being asked more and more. One area for saving weight can be found in the foot pegs. From shaving material, or using exotic metals, a pound + can easily be removed. But, at what cost? Durability? I've broken steel foot pegs on a later model KTM and even stock Ti Yamaha units. After 60+hrs of abuse and 4 races, here's what I learned about the new IMS Core Enduro Foot Pegs... PRODUCT OVERVIEW Made from cast 17-4 stainless steel, using a patented mud relief design, IMS put function & durability before weight savings. The IMS Core pegs come in a medium-to-sharper tooth design. Sharp enough to keep your feet planted but not enough to have you replacing boot soles on a regular basis. There is no fancy anodizing or removable teeth, just straight up foot peg! Best of all is the LIFETIME WARRANTY! Break these foot pegs and IMS will replace them, no questions asked. INSTALLATION Installation is simple, taking 10-15 minutes with basic hand tools. You'll reuse the OE foot peg pins, springs and cotter pins. PERFORMANCE Design-wise, the IMS Core Enduro Foot Pegs look nearly identical to stock '16+ KTM foot pegs, but better. Overall the footprint is slightly wider, but I would mostly attribute that to more material being used. Overall, I'd say that the IMS is nearly 3x thicker with a weight penalty of just under .5lbs for the pair. In terms of their finish, dare I say raw? No purdy anodized colors or over polishing, just little shine on the outside edge with the IMS logo and foot peg model tastefully etched in. The Core Enduro Foot Peg is all business! No welds or fasteners, just a simple & strong one-piece design. The standard teeth are sharp, but not razor sharp with an outer edge that is slightly higher for more support and grip. When it comes to riding, the IMS Core Enduro Foot Pegs are on point. Riding for fun, practice, or racing, knowing that these IMS foot pegs can take the abuse you'll dish out inspires confidence. If you have ever raced use foam mousse, the feeling is the same; abuse it and never think twice. In one of my races, I rode in some of the worst conditions possible; lots of mud, snow, roots, and rock faces. It was by far one of the most brutal races I've done in years. The foot pegs held strong and offered excellent performance. In terms of overall grip, I didn't feel a noticeable improvement over the stock foot pegs. The stock pegs have been very good in this area. I did find on two occasions over the 40+hrs of testing that my foot hooked on the outer teeth when trying to get my foot off. Neither incident resulted in a crash, just something I noted. The foot pegs did not interfere with operation of the rear brake or shifter in any way and neither needed adjustment to play nice with the IMS foot pegs. MONK'S BOTTOM-LINE IMS Core Enduro Foot Pegs are a no frills, no gimmicks product built with performance and durability in mind and little more. Yes, you have the .5lb weight penalty but I chalk it up as a 1/2lb. of added durability. Toss in the lifetime, no questions asked warranty and you've got one of the best replacement foot pegs offered. I also found the IMS Core Enduro Foot Pegs to be favorably priced when looking at competitive offerings. I tip my hat to IMS for keeping these foot pegs simple, but better than stock. If you are someone who has a habit of riding tough terrain where a broken foot peg could send you back to the truck early, you really need to look at the IMS Enduro Core Foot Pegs.
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