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    About every year or two I need to replace my riding pants and jackets. The Pac NW is really hard on gear and this time time around I wanted to try something new to me. I saw an ad on RMATV/MC for Motorfist Ranger gear, they looked really good, and were reasonably priced, so I reached out to see if they'd send me some to beat up for this review. Motorfist Ranger Jacket & Pant, ready for battle at Walker Valley OHV I'll start with a quick rundown on the pants. They're over-the-boot style made of 600 Denier Polyester on the inside and 900D out. There is stretchy material in the crotch, knees, and upper seat for freedom-of-movement. Out front the pants have two large zippered (YKK brand) vents, zippered hand pockets, and two large cargo pockets with folding flaps. One of my favorite features is the back zipper that pairs to the jacket; more about that later. At the ankles is elastic so that the pant holds snugly to your boots, something I liked immediately. On the inside is a mesh liner to aid with cooling, but most of my testing has been in sub-freezing temps. Last but not least, there are 3M reflective strips that definitely made me feel better when riding on the street in the dark. In terms of the jacket, its build materials and key features such as stretchy material (elbows & shoulders), mesh liner, & reflective strips all carry over from the matching pants. The jacket also has lots of storage options that include hand pockets, bicep pocket, a large lower back pocket, and four inside pockets, including one specifically for your phone. In terms of venting, the jacket offers two zippered front and rear exit vents. Finally, the jacket and pant can be "paired" together via a rear zipper and both pieces can be further upgraded with insert-able armor. Pairing Zipper Despite referring to the sizing chart from the Motorfist website, the first set of gear I received was too small. I exchanged it for one sized larger and everything fit perfectly, so keep that in mind when ordering. Getting everything adjusted for my first ride was easy, with all the zippers and snaps being thoughtfully located and worked without any tricks or frustration. Each time I rode in the Motorfist Ranger gear it was either snowing, pouring down rain, or in the 20's. Anything but ideal conditions to test venting, so they were zipped closed the whole time. I'm fortunate in that I can dual sport up to my local riding area (Walker Valley, WA). It's about a 15 minute ride with speeds ranging from 25-55 mph. Despite the crisp winter air, the pant and jacket kept me warm, even at highway speeds. The pant and jacket perform more like a wind breaker than an insulated garment, so I wore layers that included an undershirt, jersey, and chest protector. With the street section out of the way, I hit the trails. I enjoy riding technical single track and this was a great way to test the flexibility of the gear. Initially, I wore the gear without pairing the pants and jacket and the pants seemed to ride on the low side. This reduced my range a motion a bit. However, once I rode with the gear paired, the pants settled in where they should, and I didn't noticed any restricted movement. While the actual intention of pairing the two pieces isn't indicated, it worked well for me. Wind, rain, and mud were well resisted. A slight amount of mud worked its way through the seat of the pants, but the pants are not marketed as "waterproof", so not entirely unexpected. Some rain did eventually seep through the jacket as well, but I never became cold. So, this wasn't a big deal for me. Also, for you OTB pant haters out there, with the elastic ankles, not a single snag on my bike or trails hazards. About my only gripe is the jacket cell phone pocket. It's too small for larger smart phones, so I had to stuff it in the pant cargo pocket. However, I recently got a new phone that is about andinch shorter (5") and it fits the cell phone pocket just fine. Pros Nice looking w/o being overly flashy. Good quality construction. All-day comfort. Good freedom-of-movement (when paired). Ample storage. No-snag elastic ankles. Cons Pants ride too low when not paired w/ jacket. Phone pocket too small for some larger phones. Not waterproof. Russ's Bottom-line After all the woods riding with some highway transit sections, I found the Motorfist Ranger gear to pass the test of the Pacific Northwest. It withstood snow, mud, rain, bushes, and high-speeds. I was impressed with the overall function and durability of both pieces, not having noticed a single thread coming loose. They also clean up nearly new when machined washed and hung up to dry. My riding buddies said that I looked like I was ready for the Dakar; not a bad compliment for a full set of riding gear for under $400 bucks US.
  1. I ran the 120 on a Gas Gas 250 2T. It was a great tire until I slashed the side wall. Keep it off the street as well. It's a very TALL tire but I never had any fitment issues. I use Tubliss and it was usually at 5-6 psi.
  2. I just got both tabs for my plated 2 stroke. One for the plate and one for the orv tab on the frame. $93.
  3. You could get one of the rim sticker sets? This one is clearly for off-road enthusiasts.
  4. That's what my 2004 MC250 looked like a few years ago.... not so much anymore. - Clutch drag issues might be solved with using a couple of the Gas Gas friction plates in with the CR ones. That gives enough clearance. It may already have CR ones in it? However, Ebay is your friend with a GasGas. Here's a complete new kit specific to your bike for $135. - Radiators: I use a pair of over-sized Chinese ebay ones (bike specific-ish) with some Force Accessories guards. Never had any issues there. I had KTM louvers for a while but they never fit quite right and I had to use zip ties. You'll find the GasGas is the same form like 99-2011 on a lot of stuff. I'm on the other side of Washington but I do have odds and ends lying around. Mostly odds though. Plastics, sprockets, seats, a spare pipe.
    Last summer, the folks at Supersprox USA contacted me to ask if I'd like to try to destroy one of their Stealth Rear Sprockets. I guess that I have a reputation of being hard on stuff! I've run both aluminum and steel sprockets from a variety of brands, usually whatever fit the budget, but the lightness of aluminum and longevity of steel found in the Stealth design sounded pretty awesome. A more accurate term is probably "light-ish", because the sprocket is not made entirely from aluminum. It uses a 7075-T6 aluminum center carrier with a nickel coated carbon steel outer ring riveted to it. Supersprox lists the Stealth Sprocket as handling power from motorcycles up to 1400cc, so my GasGas 250 2T dual sport has margin to spare. The Stealth Sprocket is not all business, coming in flashy anodized colors that add some excitement to your hub. I received a 48 tooth sprocket in a nice looking anodized red that compliments my GasGas well, but a few months of Pac NW singletrack have pretty much taken care of the pretty part. But, I'm a function over form guy, so I'm happy. Installation is the same as any other sprocket with mounting bolts/nuts being sold separately. And, don't go cheap! Do the job right and install new hardware with threadlock. I did a weight comparison with the steel sprocket that I removed: All steel: 2lbs. Supersprox USA Stealth: 1lb. 10oz. Weight saved: 6oz. (about the weight of a proper billiard ball.) As a percentage, that's an unspung weight savings of just under 19%. Not sure that this translates into a measurable performance advantage for most recreational riders, but for racers who are looking for every possible edge, saving weight while maintaining durability matters. Since last summer, I've put nearly 1,600 miles on the Stealth Rear Sprocket, two-thirds being technical singletrack and the rest gravel roads and tarmac. I've packed it full of mud, sand, gravel, and lots and lots of snow and ice. It's been used to launch over roots & rocks, 60 mph highway jogs, and a constant barrage of decaying plant life from woods riding. About the only visible wear is that some of the nickel teeth coating has been rubbed off by the chain. So, still tons of life left in this sprocket. I'll have to report back when it finally wears out, but I expect that to be a long while. My testing conditions: For those who'd like to understand how I maintain my drive components, I installed the Stealth Sprocket with a new chain, using the fairly standard "3 finger" GasGas method for tension. I cleaned the chain and sprocket thoroughly after any muddy ride and lubed it up with PJ1 Black Label Chain Lube as needed. So, over-all, what do I think of the Supersprox USA Stealth Rear Sprocket? It's been outstanding. If you're looking to save a little unsprung weight and want your sprocket to stand-up to abuse for a long while, this sprocket is up to the task. I will definitely be running another one when the time comes. More @
  5. USFS approved? Or does it just produce extra smog like everything else in China?
  6. From the DOL. They actually responded. Thank you for contacting us. Here is a link to our website with good information on how to registermodified off-road motorcycles. You will need an ORV decal and a motorcycle license plate to ride on public roads. (The law requires modified off-road motorcycles to meet both ORV requirements and requirements for on-road use). I would like to review the vehicle record for you. If you would like to provide the license plate number or VIN, I can take a look at the status of the registration and clarify what your vehicle may require. Thank you, Donna Customer Relations Email Team
  7. I sent an email to the DOL today asking for clarification. I'll let y'all know what they say. If they return my message...
  8. Talk to some officials. But, the way it explained to me was, if your bike is legal on the street then you're legal on the trails. But if you aren't legal on the street you need a permit (orv tabs) for the trails. Since your bike will be titled as"modified from street use" it's safe to assume you're plated and have no need for off-road permits. Seems pretty straight forward. And nobody is exempt from a disco pass on a plated bike.
  9. False. You'll just need to carry a discover pass where applicable. I talked to a DNR enforcement officer about this.
  10. Yes. Pass inspection at a certified inspection dealer, take the paperwork to the DOL and the bike will be retitled for road use and be issued a plate. You'll pay tax on weight. I did this to a GasGas MC250 2 stroke. It ended up being around $200 for inspection and titling.
  11. I had LCG Graphix do an '89 YZ 250. I even did a review on it. They were nice to work with an expressed that just because you don't see a picture on their website, doesn't mean they can't do it. They'll custom make whatever you want. I did a seat cover too, but this is all I can find right now.
  12. My first bike was an '01 200 EXC. Great bike. Takes a beating and is light enough for a beginner to pick up out of the bushes repeatedly. I even did a hare scramble on mine and was passing all the 250 4t guys in the 200 class. Paid $1300 years ago for mine. I definitely got my money's worth.