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  1. 6 points
    Last spring I was looking for a tire that would last a whole season of riding. Sedona's MX-208SR tire crossed my radar and its steel belted, dual compound construction made me wonder if I'd found what I was looking for? The Dead Blow Hammer” Tire Sedona describes the MX-208SR tire as having energy dispersing “dead blow hammer” anti-rebound properties. It's supposed to take the bounce away from square edged hits while also allowing lower tire pressures because of the stability of the lightweight steel belts. The belts are also supposed allow for better traction with softer sidewalls and a moldable tread face, while still maintaining tire stability. Sounds awesome on paper, but what are they like on the trails? Initial Impressions Holy crap! This tire looks huge (120/90-18)! In reality it's not any taller, but its very deep tread and pattern gives it that illusion. I tossed it on the scale and it came it at 17lbs. The gummy tire it replaced was 13lbs., so approx. 30% heavier; it certainly felt heavier in hand. I didn't weight the front because it felt average when picking it up, despite also being steel belted. I put some body weight on the rear tire to see how much its carcass flexed and as expected, it's super stiff. This made me not look forward to spooning it on. Unlike the rear, the front flexes a bit, so mounting should be typical. Installation Figuring that the rear was going to try to give me a run for my money, I left the tires in the sun all day to soften them. I decided to get it over with and started with the rear. Since I run the Tubliss system, my install procedure is a little easier than with tubes and it actually turned out not to be all that bad. Once I got the the wheel inside the tire, it spooned right on. The super stiff sidewalls didn't want to spread apart to slide the wheel into, but I made it happen with some creative iron work. The front tire installation was typical and involved much less cursing. Mounted and beaded up property, I was ready for the fun part. Riding Impressions My initial ride was 50 miles of desert trails through washes, boulders fields and some high-speed dirt and gravel roads. Sedona suggested that I start out with the rear tire at 8psi. I was pretty skeptical, but gave it a shot for about 4 miles. It was waaaay too stiff and to get very minimal flex out of it, I ended up at 1psi; pretty much no air. At the suggested pressure, the tire's "dead blow" feeling was lost, but worked as intended at extremely low pressure. Fortunately the tire continued to break-in throughout the first ride. In contrast, the front tire performed well at 8psi and I settled on this value through the summer. I did a follow up ride a couple days later in an area that has sandy soil and wild grasses and the traction excellent. I had trouble keeping the front end down on hill climbs and the tires dug into the sandy MX track quite well. I had another ride in the high mountains that included 60 miles of dirt, rocks and creek beds. Riding in a good variety of conditions, here's what I learned about Sedona MX-208SR tires: The rear tire doesn't seem to wear out. I was unkind to it and it barely wore past the pockets in the center lugs. There were no signs of chunking or weird wear patterns. Optimal traction comes when there is a little moisture in the ground. The rear seemed to struggle in loose technical terrain where a gummy tire performs. High-speed sections are where they shine. The tires do act like a dead blow when smashing through stuff with an aggressive approach w/ the right psi. Lean angles are not compromised with the dual compound tread. You can really ride like a squid with these things! The tire's hefty weight was never an issue. I cannot say if it was a plus or minus. I ended up running the set until early fall with about 800 miles on them. While the lugs were still pretty deep, performance did drop off considerably for my riding style & needs (more technical stuff). Pros Durability High speed confidence Reasonably priced for what you're getting Great traction in the right conditions Cons Heavy (but not a noticeable performance loss) Struggles in dry, loose technical terrain and wet rocks Bottom Line Are steel belted off-road motorcycle tires any good? In my experience, for the right conditions, they're great. If you're desert racing, running GNCC stuff or just want something that lasts, Sedona MX-208SR steel belted tires are right up your alley. They take a beating and keep on working. If you're running hard enduros, you probably won't appreciate their strengths as much.
  2. 2 points
    Great experience so far with the Moto Cinch product. Very well made and easily adjustable to fit your bike. Relatively easy to install and the attaching points are very low profile so they won't inhibit items going in the bed of a truck or floor of a trailer. I haven't seen any movement of our bikes when using the tie downs as instructed (using the front brake strap). Two reasons for only 4 of 5 stars. First was the cam stop plastic pieces were loose when received and after first trip one had fallen off. We simply reattached and tightened the screw down and haven't had an issue with it since (probably 10-15 total hours travel with them so far). Second is the price, however, over the life of the bike or even several bikes, I feel like these tie downs will outlast typical fabric straps 10 to 1 maybe 20-100 to 1 depending on the conditions fabric straps are used in so they will eventually pay for themselves in that regard. A good note with regard to the price, I feel like this system holds better, and is more secure than straps as they lock in place so no loosening or wiggling off while driving over rough terrain so if they prevent even one drop over the side of the truck they will have paid for themselves probably several times over.
  3. 2 points
    Was using the classic narrow folding short MSR ramp teamed up with my milk crate. Wasn't great, but it worked for years. Picked up a 17 F350 to better haul my wife's horse trailer and after 1 episode of stepping off that high tailgate onto my milk crate I was amazed I didn't go right through it and snap my tib/fib. Not wanting that kind of adrenaline rush again while unloading a dirt bike, I picked up the 7 foot step ramp. "WORTH EVERY PENNY!". It's like walking up the stairs to the Lido Deck for Mai Tai's at sunset! Superior design, superior quality materials. Lightweight. Fits straight down the side of the truck and allows tailgate to close. I presume anything in my truck won't be in it when I get back from riding, so gear bag, bike ties, and fuel go in back seat. I picked up two of these MasterLock truck bed locks https://www.amazon.com/Master-Lock-8287DAT-Truck-U-Lock/dp/B001R4JHRA?pd_rd_w=Hy6PW&pf_rd_p=a92e0124-cfa8-4f1e-82b5-a4a348d97008&pf_rd_r=JR8V5H5N7JF2ENK0NP4R&pd_rd_r=988d519f-19b8-452e-91ce-f852b4d1a816&pd_rd_wg=OVrT5&pd_rd_i=B001R4JHRA&psc=1&ref_=pd_bap_d_rp_1_t and I run a Kryptonite 1515 chain through the ramp when It's set for loading. https://www.amazon.com/Kryptonite-Legend-1515-Motorcycle-Security/dp/B07W44Y5H9/ref=sr_1_6?crid=3GZBNIG0ZC010&dchild=1&keywords=kryptonite+fuggedaboutit+chain&qid=1609803141&sprefix=kryptonite+fu%2Caps%2C215&sr=8-6 When the bike is loaded I run that chain through the bike and into one of the goose neck hitch loops for security. Not cheap, but if it'll slow a thief down, he's gonna pick another truck/bike/ramp to rip off, not mine.
  4. 2 points
    I was in the market for a better ramp than what I have been using for the last number of years. There are various offerings and methods that I have seen to load a bike in the back of a truck and until now nothing else really jumped out at me as a great design. I have a 2004 GMC Sierra, stock height and the tail gate is significantly lower than newer trucks. My tail gate measures in at 35" off the ground. I have been using a 7ft curved ramp for a long time, and I bring a bike stand with me for the "step up". I've come very close to having the stand spit out from underneath me a number of times. I have also seen people use wide atv style ramps to walk the bike up with and was not impressed with that either as they take up a good amount of space in the bed. Some digging around on the web I came across www.stepramp.com and started looking at the two ramps they offer. Being that my tailgate height is 35", the 5 step ramp "SR-5B" was the ramp I decided on. Order was placed on 12/24, and the ramp shipped after the Holiday and weekend. Arrived in two days via UPS from Idaho to Colorado. It was well packaged, and the only assembly needed was to install the handle and locking mechanism with the supplied hardware and allen key. See below for pics and video loading one of our bikes in the truck. I am very pleased with the quality and design. Ramp appears to be built very strong, and is not overly bulky when folded closed. the 5 step ramp weighs 32#. Pros: 😁 One piece design with knurled steps to walk up that are spaced well and feel very strong Strap to secure ramp to the truck for those of us that load bikes using the power of the bike versus pushing up a non-running bike Durable locking mechanism with carrying handle Closed dimensions are 5"x16.5"x72" for the 5 step ramp. Nice compact package when in transit Cons: 😐 Price- not really sure this is a con, it seemed a little steep at first but now that I have the ramp it's built quite well but this is more money than some may be willing to dish out for a ramp It will need to be locked up or put in the cab, so it does not get stolen. www.stepramp.com
  5. 1 point
    I'm going to jump right in and answer the key question that everyone wants to know: how well does 2020 Klim Mojave Vented Gear vent? Does it keep you as cool as possible when riding in hot conditions? Categorically, yes. I've been testing this gear (pant/jersey/gloves) over the last couple of months riding in central Florida where felt temps (factoring in relative humidity) have ranged from the high 80s in the morning to as high as 112°F (or so)! 🥵 I've ridden in the Mojave desert in the summer and no question that it's very hot, but humidity really does takes things to the next level. Standing in the staging area, even if there is just a light breeze you can feel the Mojave jersey flowing air. The Mojave pants don't feel quite as airy here, but once you're riding they flow nicely. My hands never really get too hot or sweaty, so the Mojave gloves aren't a standout for me either way. Towards the end of the ride when things are really heating up, as long as I'm moving I'm pretty comfortable. As soon as I stop I realize how hot it really is and how well the Mojave gear is flowing. In case anyone wants to know, I don't wear any sort of base layers. Nothing "cool" about Florida summer riding, but Klim Mojave gear definitely makes it bearable. The next most likely question is, is the 2020 Klim Mojave Vented Gear durable? So far, very much so. Vented gear can be tricky in terms of snagging. To combat this, Klim uses a tighter (and heavier) mesh pattern in the shoulders and the top of the entire length of the arms where snagging is most likely to occur and a lighter, more open mesh everywhere else. I ride among a lot of Live Oak branches that encroach upon the trail that are often times difficult to miss completely when on the gas and there are no signs of snags, rips or wear for that matter. On one particular ride a miscalculation resulted in taking a smaller tree trunk to my right shoulder, giving me a nice scrape and a good bruise. Despite the flesh wound, no visible damage to the jersey at the point of impact. Klim Mojave jersey strikes a good balance between weight, venting and durability. The pants have held up equally as well. They don't take as much abuse from brush and I've not gone down in them, but our trails are pretty whooped out, so gripping with your knees is critical. The leather patches sewn on the inside of the knees offer good grip and have held up nicely. The butt is also a high-wear area and I'm running a fairly aggressive Seat Concepts gripper seat. The Mojave pant uses nylon Cordura here and it's holding up quite well. The gloves are also holding up well. I'm impressed by the durability and grip of the silicone patches on the palms. This is usually the first thing to start peeling off gloves, but so-far-so-good with the Mojave gloves. Is the gear comfortable? This is very subjective, but my rule for gear is that if I don't think about it when I'm riding, it's comfortable. So yeah, Klim Mojave gear is comfortable by this measure. I found sizing to be accurate and there is good freedom of movement overall. There are Velcro adjustment tabs at the waist that allow for micro-adjustments. Also, I don't wear knee braces, so I can't say for sure how the pants accommodate them, but EVS knee/shin guards fit with ample room. My guess is that most knee braces will fit. Other Notable Features of Klim Mojave Vented Gear Silicone strip at the lower back of the jersey and waistband of the pant keeps things tucked. Flexible panel between the torso and leg gives the pant good freedom of movement. Generously sized thigh cargo pockets w/ zippers are easily operated with gloves on and stay closed in rough conditions. TPU knee patches for additional impact protection. Gloves have same at the knuckles. Glove index fingers works well with phone touch screens. Klim Mojave vented pants come in both in-the-boot and over-the-boot styles. My key requirements for summer gear is keeping me as cool as possible in the Florida heat, stands up to trail abuse without falling apart, not encumbering me moving around on the bike and being reasonably comfortable. By these measures, I think that the 2020 Klim Mojave Vented Gear delivers and I certainly think that those shopping for vented riding gear should put it on their shopping shortlist. Nice job Klim. 🤙 Croom OHV Brooksville, FL w/ my buddy @xmxvet
  6. 1 point
    I buy aftermarket hoses for one reason...get that thermostat outta my xc-w!
  7. 1 point
    Many riders don't seem to put too much stock in HQ aftermarket wheel sets outside of noticing how sexy they typically are. However, over the years I’ve used a number of different race wheels and can say that without a doubt, they have material advantages over stock. Recently, I got the chance to test a set of wheels on my 2017 KX250F built by FasterUSA, using Excel A60 rims and FasterUSA billet aluminum hubs, stainless steel spokes, & spline drive nipples. The first thing that I noticed about the wheels was how incredibly solid they were, even after putting in a few hours and some hard hits that could create a wobble in a stock wheel. As someone who is concerned about my equipment lasting considering the trials I put them through, I went with the slightly heavier but stronger Excel A60 rim, along with beefy stainless steel spokes & spline drive nipples. While the wheel set components I chose didn't save much weight vs. stock, in just about every way, they are much stronger & more durable. Better built wheels mean the bike will roll much easier and with a lot less effort, especially with high-quality bearings and no additional weight for specialty spacers. The reason why is that the wheels hold their shape. What does that mean for riders? Well, it just makes gaining and keeping speed easier. This is great for all conditions and all parts of the track, especially tight sections. Less dramatic fluctuation of throttle use in tight corners or sections means a more stable bike. Florida’s tracks have a lot of sand, and I found that I was able to carry better speed throughout corners and I was maneuvering around the bike less against the struggles of sand. Engine braking became less dramatic (especially on a modded 250F), which helped keep the bike more stable in the entrance to corners and allowed good body positioning to really dictate where the bike was going, minimizing the feeling of “knifing”. As someone who races the top-level of amateur motocross, soon transitioning to pro, I am hard on equipment. I demand every ounce out of my bikes, and sometimes that means over-jumping because you’re trying to get every inch of advantage on your competitors. Production wheels can get flat spots fairly easy when put them to this kind of test and in some cases can result in a blowout, even if you keep up on your spokes. Even with a flat spot, your tire can grab a rut wrong and have an effect on your performance. There is also a small detail called unsprung weight. Unsprung weight refers to the weight of a part of a vehicle that is not supported by suspension. On a bike, the wheels are something that is not supported by suspension... the rear wheel is one of those parts. Any additional weight creates a more dramatic rebound when you apply the same amount of force. Flat spots can create unevenness in your wheel, causing a wobble and additional wear on your bearings. This has an effect on the integrity of the wheel which is an issue whether you are a pro or a novice rider. The Excel/FasterUSA combo held its own even after a few accidental OJs and the rigors of my riding style. They just simply felt well-built whether they were in my hands or under me, and the spokes seemed to stay tight (something you have to stay on top of with stock wheels). In my opinion, it makes sense to have aftermarket wheels not only for the performance aspect, but because they are stronger and more durable than stock. The Excel A60 is 15% stronger than their Takasago rim, using a V-Curve design to reduce mud build-up, and is used by some of the top off-road & motocross teams including Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki, Rockstar Husqvarna Factory Racing & Factory Off-Road, and Star Racing Yamaha. FasterUSA makes their own hubs in-house using high-grade US certified aluminum, anodizing their hubs and spokes. Overall, it is a worthwhile investment not only from a performance and aesthetic standpoint, but also having a strong, reliable wheel that is going to last a long time. Check out RK Excel for more on the A60 rim and FasterUSA to take a look at their services, wheel sets, components, & how they're made. FasterUSA hubs come with a full one year warranty, but claim they've never seen a broken hub outside of negligence such as loose sprocket bolts. FasterUSA wheel sets don't come with sprockets or rotors, but top brands can be added. FasterUSA has complete wheel sets starting at $849 USD with Excel Notako rims (enthusiast level rims), going up to the top-of-the-line Excel A60 rims starting at $1,139.
  8. 1 point
    I bought a pair earlier this season and they are very comfortable. They seem well built as expected and have protected me from a few gnarly ankle hits. I did tip over on a rough trail and the foot pegs tore part of the plastics around my ankle, but I wouldn’t attribute that to a design flaw. Just dumb luck. I would recommend these to anyone.
  9. 1 point
    I'm a technical woods and high mountain single track rider that has has been wearing motocross boots since I can remember. I did try a pair of trials boots that were VERY comfortable, but they just didn't offer enough protection against trail hazards. I had been researching boots with the perfect blend of MX protection and trials style comfort and flexibility, and the Tech 7 Enduro by Alpinestars looked like a great candidate (at least on paper). Key Features of the Tech 7 Enduro Let's start top to bottom. The max usable opening on top is 5"W X 8.5"L with a Velcro enclosure and 4 replaceable aluminum buckles. Alpinestars doesn't necessarily explain the reasoning for the top and bottom buckles facing the opposite direction from the center two, but it's possible that pulling against each other might create a stronger enclosure? I can also see how the very bottom buckle sits out of the way from snags. There's also an extended gaiter to help keep moisture and dirt entry to a minimum, but keep in mind that the Tech 7 Enduro is not marketed as waterproof. Next, is a bio-mechanical pivot that creates really nice flexibility on and off the bike. Instead of just a clunky hinge right in the middle, the whole boot basically flexes in more than one spot. Upfront, there's an anatomically profiled shin plate that's made from a single piece to improve structural integrity. The foot shell of the boot is super resistant to impact and includes a hardened toe protector and a steel shank. The toe box of the boot is more compact than the last set of boots I ran and it has a grippy shift pad. Moving inside the boot, Alpinestars refers to an "Internal 3D Lining" that includes "anti-slide" microfiber suede to help keep your foot in place. Top that off with lots of cushy soft foam around the ankles for all-day comfort. Each boot weighs 4lbs. 7oz. and are CE certified. Checkout the "Description" tab for the entire feature list as I coverage the ones that stood out to me. Initial Impressions Out of the box, "Wow, those are REALLY white!" I took pictures because I knew they'd look terrible after riding in the woods. The overall fit and finish is as top-notch as you'd expect from a leader like Alpinestars. The first time I put my foot in them (no booties to bother with), it was like stepping onto a cloud. They are extremely fluffy and comfortable inside! I wore them for the last hour at work the day they arrived and hardly even noticed I had them on. The Tech 7 Enduro required no break-in period, being comfortable out-of-the-box. In terms of sizing, I generally wear a sized 12, that what I ordered, and I found them to be true-to-size. Since my GasGas 2-stroke is plated, I rode home in my new boots and had to relearn how to shift (more on this below). In terms of the buckle system, I'm not going to lie; I struggled with it. While I generally start from the bottom buckle and go up, with the Tech 7 Enduro, I found that I had to get the Velcro enclosure fastened first, then work my way down, re-adjusting them all again. I felt like as soon as I'd get the boots snug, I'd take a few steps, and they'd feel too loose again. Even once I thought that I had them to my liking, some adjusting was necessary to get them properly snug. With some experimentation, I've got them dialed in and I'm happy, but it just took more work than I'm used to. On-the-Trail Testing For three days of intense trail testing, I headed to Entiat Washington for non-stop switch backs, rock gardens, and beautiful alpine scenery. For the first few miles, I continued to struggle with shifting. However, I don't fault the boot. I'm running wide foot pegs and the arches of the boot are different enough from my previous boot to cause this. It's amazing how even small changes in a boot sole can require adjustments in foot positioning to get your shifting dialed-in. When riding high mountain single track with switchbacks, you plant your inside foot A LOT. There's no just sitting down and riding. We did 215 miles over a long weekend and while my bike took a beating, my feet did not. Washington State has been in a drought, so on day one, the fire danger was extremely high and so were the dust levels. The extended gaiters on the Tech 7 Enduro did a solid job of keeping all the dust out. On day two we lucked out with some rain that made trail conditions perfect! My feet stayed dry for a bit, but when we started pushing through wet brush, I began to feel some moisture getting in. However, water was not pouring in and pooling, just a little dampness. However, I think that our typically very wet Pac NW winters might prove to be a little challenging. But for semi-dry conditions, I think the Tech Enduro does a good job. I also spent time walking around on mountain tops and at creeks, as well as getting off my bike to push it up ridiculous obstacles. Regardless of the activity, my feet remained comfortable and supported. Given the conditions that I was riding, it's inevitable to take some hits to your feet and I recall having my feet swept off the foot pegs a few times by hidden rocks. I'm sure that I took plenty more smaller hits that I don't recall, but that's a good thing (having not noticed)! My feet & shins came out without injury, just how I like it. Foot peg sole grip is excellent and so far, little to no wear. But, both the the sole and foot peg insert are replaceable, so I should get some good life out of the these boots. I actually found that my feet became slightly hung up when I needed to put my foot done a few times. Not sure if there is too much grip or the sole lug pattern hooking on my foot pegs just right? Regardless, the Alpinestars Tech 7 Enduro boots took everything that I through at them and got the job done in comfort. Pros 👍 All-Day Comfort. Wide range of mobility. Solid Protection. Grippy, replaceable sole. Cons Not sold on the buckle system just yet. Not waterproof. Russ's Bottom-line I've definitely found a good boot for the technical riding offered in the Pacific Northwest. They allow me to move around on the bike without getting in my way, the protection from trail hazards is great, and they are one of the most comfortable boots I've ever worn. However, I wished that Alpinestars had rounded out the package with a waterproof design, something that is valued by us Pac NW west weather riders.
  10. 1 point
    Love em. Had them for just over six months, fit well. The hinge style sold me. I find Acerbis make some good quality gear. Thanks to the boys at MX1 Australia they sorted me out with the perfect size. Ps I went with the grey. Wasn't ready to be a storm trooper just yet.
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