Russhole

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  1. I only use craigslist for cars anymore. For bikes, Facebook Marketplace and Offerup. Both of those options require you to be a real person with contact information. You can Facebook stalk people if you want to know if they're super weird.
    If you're a technical woods rider like me, big, clunky knee braces just don't work for you. Over the years I've worn a multitude of inexpensive plastic knee/shin protection and while most did the job, some had migration issues while others rubbed my skin raw. Now in my mid 30s, I'm even more concerned with protection and support, but I still didn't want to commit to a huge, clunky robo-guard. But, when I saw the sleek new EVS Sports T.P. 199 Knee/Shin Pad, I had to try them. Designed for the lunatic himself (Travis Pastrana), the T.P. 199 Knee/Shin Pad has been positioned as, "For those looking for complete support without the bulk of a traditional knee brace." That's me! Patella protection comes from a hard outer shell with Reactive Memory Foam (RMF) behind it. RMF is normally flexible, conforming to your knee for a comfortable fit, stiffens upon impact, and immediately returns to a flexible state. Cool stuff! The main carrier body is made from bio foam because it can be thinner and is more flexible than traditional foams, yet still offers good protection. Migration is controlled by silicone strips on the inner sleeve and the integrated internal floating knee sleeve offers continuous support, even when the carrier body moves around. The T.P. 199 Knee/Shin Pad is secured to your leg by Velcro straps above and below the knee and is further held in place by your boot. Here's an exploded view the nicely shows each component and it's orientation. Exploded View of the EVS TP199 Knee/Shin Pad Out-of-the box, the EVS Sports T.P. 199 Knee/Shin Pads appear to be well constructed. The materials appear to be of good quality, the stitching looks top notch, and they're pleasing to the eye. I like em'! With a handful of good hard rides in, they're holding up extremely well with no visible signs of wear. Time will tell, but I expect them to last a good bit. When I first put them on, they reminded me of those simple compression knee braces. The inner sleeve really keeps them nice and snug. Once in place, they're super low profile. They're MUCH longer than I expected (18-ish inches), so if you don't wear over-the-boot pants like me, probably a good idea to put them off before your pants. However, I was able to pull my pant legs up just enough to still fasten the top Velcro strap. I put them on at home without my boots and walked around a bit to see how they felt. I got sucked into doing some work in the garage and pretty much forgot I was wearing them. With boots on, the feeling is the same. Unlike some of the cheapy units I've used, both on and off the bike, the T.P. 199 Knee/Shin Pads stay right where I put them and any protective gear you can forget you're wearing is comfortable. On the bike, the T.P. 199 Knee/Shin Pads don't restrict movement, but you do notice there is some added stiffness as part of the built-in support systems. However, I had no migration issues and they didn't interfere with my riding in any way. In terms of protection, thankfully I've not wadded it up while wearing them. About all I've noticed is that with cheapy pads, I can usually feel branches & other trail junk bouncing off my lower legs, something that was greatly reduced wearing the T.P. 199s. It would appear that the larger knee cap and RMF armor behind it do a lot better job absorbing impacts. About the only con that I can mention, is that they are a little on the warm side. It's summer time and there's a few more layers to these guards than the cheapies I've worn. However, given the increased protection, lack of migration, and comfort, an easy trade-off. Pros Compression sleeve support. No pad migration. Low profile design. All day comfort. Good value. Cons On the warm side for summer conditions. Russ's Bottom-line In my experience, the EVS Sports T.P. 199 Knee/Shin Pad is an excellent piece of safety equipment. Without the bulk of traditional knee braces, EVS has found a way to utilize high tech foams to provide good protection & support in lightweight, compact design that I genuinely enjoy riding in. If you're looking to move up from standard plastic $25 guards and into the world of getting a little older and caring about your knees, the T.P. 199 Knee/Shin Pads are a great way to increase the longevity of your riding days.
  2. Seems there's a disagreeance in the force. Just be smart about it. If you're going 50mph and cram it down into 1st, you're gonna have bad time. One gear change down without the clutch is very normal.
  3. I good used master cylinder can be bought for the price of a hard to find rebuild kit. Buy a common one and be done with it.
  4. If for whatever reason I need to ride the bike to a store, I have a front disc lock. That'll at least slow someone down. If somebody wants your bike that bad, they'll get it. Insurance is $75 for a year on a plated dirt bike in Washington State... Let'em take it.
  5. My '04 Gas Gas MC 250 has at least 500 hours on it. Only about 30 hours on the top end. I've replaced some stupid stuff due to wear and tear, but for the most part, all I have to to do keep the air filter clean, air up the tubliss once in a while, and keep a good spark plug in it. Check the bolts before you ride, lube the chain after a wash, don't crash so much.
  6. You'll be fine. I commute in 25 mph zones a few days a week on my plated 2 stroke Gas Gas. It's woods tuned though so it can be putted around...
  7. I stopped at a local boat launch to take a photo and when I got back on the bike and headed back down the dirt road there was a guy walking his dog with his truck. The driver pulled off and I slowly passed them both. Then the dog started barking and chasing me. It seemed like he was trying to nip at my boots. Once I saw that, I gave him a 2 stroke gravel shower. That seemed to solve the problem.
  8. All balls rebuild kit and some random parts in the garage got it working.
  9. MSR Baja Fanny pack for regular rides (keeps the weight down low) , Camelbak trail builder pack for hauling the chainsaw.
  10. I did a review on the 505. It is a great tire and insanely inexpensive for what you get! I took it off for some DOT Motoz but it still looks fresh after 300 trail miles. I run and 18 and Tubliss and had it down to 3 psi and it was magical. Terrible on pavement. (too soft.)
  11. Street legal 2 stroke with a Tusk kit and doubletake trail mirrors. Trail tech endurance 2 in front of the bar pad.
    I recently plated my GasGas MC 250 2 stroke and needed to mount up some DOT tires in order to pass inspection. Most DOT tires aren't the greatest off-road, so I wanted to find some that would work both for my short commute and also for muddy mountain single track riding. Motoz recently released their Xtreme Hybrid tire that is supposed to cover all the areas I need. Along with the Xtreme Hybrid 120/100/18 rear, I also received a Mountain Hybrid 80/100/21 front to complete the set. Some of the highlights of the Motoz Xtreme Hybrid are that it is constructed like a trials tire with the exception of the stiffer sidewalls, deep tread block sypes, and reversible pattern. When compared to its brother (Mountain Hybrid), the Xtreme Hybrid is designed to handle better, run at lower PSI, and work in the soft stuff. To me, that is ultimately what I was looking for; a DOT approved tire that I could flog in the woods. The Mountain Hybrid front is also a DOT tire that is trials based in its construction. It has the dimensions of an off-road tire and is meant to handle well in a wide variety of terrain. It is also reversible like the Xtreme. Both tires are made from 100% rubber and boast long tread life. As I have experienced with Motoz Tractionator tires, this should be true with the Hybrids as well. Upon first inspection, both tires felt pretty dang stiff. However, mounting them was surprisingly easy. I even used a stand-up manual pump to seat the bead without any issues. The Motoz Xtreme Hybrid rear has deep tread and the syped blocks are fairly flexible, but not gummy. The Motoz Mountian Hybrid front tread depth doesn't seem to be quite as deep as most front off-road tires that I've run. That said, the blocks are pliable and the layout resembles that of a standard dirt bike tire. Also, Motoz gives you a sticker sheet. The kid in me loves that! Testing included about 250 miles of commuting and around town shenanigans. On the street, the tires handle much better than I expected. You can lean the bike over pretty far without getting that feeling the the knobs are going to walk out from under you. The deep sypes on the Xtreme create incredible off the line traction, especially in the rain! I am still amazed that I have to get up over the bars if I decide to leave the stop light aggressively. For road tire pressures, I ran 12 PSI up front and 6 PSI in the rear. The stiff side walls allow for pretty low pressures. I also run the Tubliss tire system. One odd sensation that you get with the rear tire is the feeling of swaying back and forth. If you look at the tread straight on, you'll see that the center blocks weave back and forth and you can feel it on the road at times if you're in a slight groove. Additional testing included another 100 miles of gravel, rocks, mud, roots, snow, and dirt. I ended up running an incredibly low 3 psi in the rear and leaving 12 psi in the front. Gravel roads can be ridden aggressively without doing much wear to the tires. Rocks and roots aren't too much of a problem either. However, when compared with a sticky or cheater tire, they don't really compare. On regular dirt and and even in snow, the Xtreme Hybrid does really well. In the sloppier the conditions, the Mountain Hybrid starts to struggle slightly. It still works really good, but I wouldn't say it's GREAT for nasty conditions. Some things are better seen that read, so checkout my tire testing video... My overall opinion of the tires are these: The Motoz Xtreme Hybrid rear is a great tire for both on and off-road. It handles well on the street and tackles the woods with confidence. It works in any weather condition and after 360 miles, shows very little wear. The Motoz Mountain Hybrid front is a really good tire. Again, it's fantastic on the street. It's also good in the woods as well, but the sloppy stuff is where it struggles a bit. 360 miles and it still looks brand new. DOT knobbies are a tough line to walk given the wide-range of conditions the riders will use them in and Motoz gets the job done without giving up much.
  12. 1 review

    The MOTOZ XTREME HYBRID tire is like a Mountain Hybrid, but with a more aggressive tread for extreme conditions, with serious straight line drive for those soft hill climbs and muddy bogs. It has traction characteristics of a trials tire, with the dimensions of a serious off-road enduro tire to maintain the bike’s handling characteristics. Climbs like a trials tire, but much better in mud, sand, and a wide variety of technical single track terrain. – Construction like a trials tire but with reinforced sidewalls to allow lower inflation pressure. – Flexible tread concave and lock system for increased traction. – Tread blocks with deep sypes for extra trials-like grip. – 100% Natural Rubber for durability and long wear life. – DOT and reversible.
  13. Unless you're riding on the street, 14 psi is about 8 psi too much. Run a heavier tube and air it down. Many of us run Tubliss or a bib mousse to avoid flats and keep the air down. Sand will always be slick but the air pressure will help.