PRODUCT REPORT 33

FOX RACING TECHNIQUE GEAR

APPLICATION: Red, and Blue/Yellow. Jersey, S-XXL; Pants, 28-38; Gloves, S-XXL

PRICE: Jersey, $64.95; Pant, $200; Gloves, $39.95

RATING: 10

Last season, when Fox Racing introduced its line of Technique MX gear, we scoffed at the high-dollar price tags that the items in the line carried. How could anyone justify paying over $200 for a pair or motocross pants, we wondered. That is until we got or grubby hands on a set and tried the stuff out for ourselves. As hard as it is to believe, the high-end Technique line of apparel is made even better than Fox Racing’s industry standard 360 line, and has a fit and feel that is clearly superior.

For 2004, the Technique line looks distinctively different than the rest of the apparel line, mostly thanks to the “chrome” Fox head logos on the chest of the jersey and the tapered stretch panels in the pants. While we will admit that the gold Fox head on the blue gear is a bit gaudy for our tastes, the red chrome accents on the red line are just what the style doctor ordered.

When you slip the Technique jersey on, the first thing you notice is the cut of the sleeves. Made up of several different panels, the sleeves have a pre-curved fit that almost makes you assume the “attack” position. Furthermore, the extra padding in the shoulder and elbow/forearm areas of the jersey give it a nice, protective feel that standard jerseys simply do not have. Every detail of the jersey itself it top-notch. From the stitching to the rubber accents to, yes, even the chrome Fox head on the chest; the Technique jersey feels like it should carry a hefty price tag.

The Technique pants, however, are what really get our faces smiling, as they are, without a doubt, the most comfortable motocross pants available. Semi-low-waisted in comparison to other pants on the market, the Technique pant does not bunch when you are crouched over while riding. The cut of the legs and knees are extra roomy, without looking like a pair of Z Cavaricci balloon pants on those who don’t wear knee braces. The waist closure seems more like something off an astronaut’s space suit than a pair of motocross pants, and it opens and closes with a positive, easy-to-operate buckle. Many of the pant’s panels are ventilated with perforations, front and back. In comparison to the fully-vented mesh panels on the regular 360 vented line, the Technique gear does not breathe quite as well, yet it breathes better than the standard non-vented 360 gear.

We’ve worn and washed our Technique pants and jersey many, many times and have yet to find a stain that will not wash out, or a part of the pant that will not hold up to the abuse doled out by our crack staff of crash test dummies…er, we mean test riders!

This stuff isn’t cheap, but if your wife is wearing chi-chi designer jeans on Saturday nights, why shouldn’t you wear the best MX stuff that money can buy on Sundays?

Call 888/FOX-RACE or visit www.foxracing.com

– Donn Maeda

UFFE DESIGNS HELMET PAINT

APPLICATION: All helmets, preferably new and white

PRICE: $600 as shown

RATING: 9

We don’t send many of our helmets out to get custom painted anymore. Why? Two main reasons: One; stock helmet graphics are so good nowadays that there really isn’t that big of a demand for high-dollar custom paint, and two; some helmet painters are flakes. We’ve actually got three helmets MIA thanks to Aggressive Designs and List Designs, who have had our white lids for well over a year now and have not bothered to return any of our phone calls. Nice.

While there are plenty of talented and reputable painters Stateside (Troy Lee Designs, AP Designs, Axcel Fast Graphics, Artco, etc…), our buddy Jeff Hain has been urging us for years to send a lid over to Finland to see the wizards at Uffe Design. According to the Hainster, Uffe is regarded as one of the best hmet painters in all of Europe, and after taking delivery of our freshly painted Shoei VFX-R, it’s easy to see why. The paint job that Uffe laid down is one of the most unique designs we’ve ever seen, and the quality and attention to detail rivals the best we’ve encountered. One of Uffe’s trademarks is his flawless logo duplication. As the official helmet painter for some of the top F1 and Rally Car drivers, Uffe has plenty of experience with duplicating sponsor logos, and the TransWorld Motocross signage he put on our lid is off the hook! We don’t know exactly how to explain the logos that Uffe put on our helmets, other than that they are puffy and raised. The lettering is thick with a bubbly surface shape, giving our helmet a three-dimensional characteristic. Unfortunately, I have a tendency to slam my head on the ground and I have, indeed, put Uffe’s work through a durability test of sorts. Protected by a nice, thick coat of clear, the paint held up perfectly when pitted against the hardpacked dirt at Lake Elsinore MX Park.

While sending your shiny new helmet overseas to Uffe Designs in Finland might seem ridiculous, I’ve no doubt that there are at least a few of you out there who are willing to wait for something uniquely different.

Visit www.uffedesigns.com

– Donn Maeda

 

HURRICANE TRIPLE CLAMP

APPLICATION: Most bikes

PRICE: $285

RATING: 6

It’s no secret that we’re big fans of the 4-Post RG3 Triple Clamp for its vibration- and impact-dampening abilities, so when Dennis Vande Mortel of Hurricane Motorcycle Technologies contacted us with news about his triple clamp, we were excited to try it.

To simplify Dennis’ theory about rubber-mounted triple clamps, let’s say that conventional designs (which, in his opinion, include the RG3 clamp) render the impact absorption characteristics of the rubber mounts null because they are put under constant tension. The Hurricane clamp design places no compression on the rubber elastomers and allows the handlebar mounts to rock back and forth in the dual isolation cradles. For a more in-depth explanation of how the clamp works, visit the web site listed at the end of this review, because we’re going to share our experiences with the Hurricane clamp…

To be honest, we were skeptical of the clamp when we first saw it. With its big, overbuilt chrome handlebar clamp it looked more like a Harley-Davidson part than something for a high-performance motocross bike, and the unit’s overall mass gives it a boat anchor appearance. In comparison to the rest of the clamp, the material that actually grips the fork tubes seems wimpy, but it is—in fact—merely an optical illusion. The overall machining and workmanship of the clamp is flawless, save for the chrome bar clamp we already bagged on.

But enough about the looks, already! Does it work? In a word, yes. When we slapped the clamp on, we were surprised to find that we could not tell that it was on the bike. This is a good thing. Why? Because we initially expected the clamp to have a mushy, over-active feel on the track. We were pleasantly surprised to find that the clamp maintains a positive feel at the handlebar, yet provides a cushy, comfortable ride. When could we tell that the clamp was on our bike? After we took it off. When switching back to the standard rubber-mounted clamp, it was apparent that the Hurricane clamp did indeed do a better job of dampening vibration. That’s when we decided to compare it head-to-head with a new-edition RG3 4-Post triple clamp. Weighing in at nearly a pound less than the Hurricane clamp, the RG3 proved to do just as spectacular a job of absorbing vibration and track imperfections, but also had a more precise feel at the handlebar.

The Hurricane clamp is a good choice for people looking for a vibration-dampening triple clamp, but at $10 more and heavier to boot than its competition, it may not be the best choice.

Call 714/223-0262 or visit www.hurricanemctech.com

– Donn Maeda

 

SCOTT HiVOLTAGE II GOGGLE

APPLICATION: Available in black, green, blue, red, grey, silver and white

PRICE: $52.50

RATING: 9

I must admit that when I first laid eyes on the Scott HiVoltage II goggle, I wasn’t too stoked on the general appearance of the frame. (With its angled top, it reminded me of the Klingons in the Star Trek movies.) After seeing guys like Tim Ferry and Chad Reed wearing nothing but the HiVoltage II, however, I decided to cast my initial impressions aside and give the peeps a try.

And man, am I glad that I did! The M600 face foam does a spectacular job of absorbing sweat and keeping it out of your eyes, and the top Venturi frame design keeps the lens from fogging up in cold weather. The shape of the frame is what really won me over, however. Cursed with a flat Asian nose, I sometimes get dirt and rocks bouncing around inside my goggles when I am fed a healthy stone spray sandwich at the track, usually because my goggles are not properly sealed against my non-existent nose bridge. The HiVoltage II frame, though, accommodates a wide variety of face shapes and sizes, and just so happens to seal up against mine just fine. Ever since I’ve been wearing the HiVoltage II, I’ve not had any dirt in my eyes, even when Garth roosts me in the face extra hard! I’ve also come to love the Rose-colored lens that comes in the goggle. Perfect for low-light conditions, it is also great in full sun, as it accentuates the imperfections in the track’s surface.

Try a set of Scott HiVoltage II Goggles. I guarantee that you’ll love them.

Call TK or visit www.scottusa.com

  • Donn Maeda

PRO CIRCUIT KX250 WORKS PIPE

APPLICATION: All late model KX250s

PRICE: $199.95

RATING: 9

Now that the 2004 TransWorld Motocross bike shootouts are behind us, it’s time to start modifying our stock test bikes, fine-tuning them to perfection. Although we all have our preferences when it comes to bike set-up, the one thing I think most of us can agree upon is power. Smooth, predictable, meaty, useable power, is sought after by most motocross connoisseurs, and one of the cheapest, easiest way to accomplish this is through the addition of an aftermarket pipe. Depending upon the bike you’re starting with and the powerband that you’re hoping to achieve, we’re sure that there’s a pipe out there with your name all over it.

Since the day we took delivery of our 2004 KX250, our test riders have pounded countless laps on it, and most have agreed that the ’04 green machine can use a little help in the motor department from the mid-range through the top. The KX has a crisp, responsive bottom-end hit with plenty of power, but it tends to sign off a little bit too early for most riders. Our goal then was to find an aftermarket pipe that would offer the gains we were looking for up top, but without sacrificing any of the explosive hit that we enjoy down low. The fellas down at Pro Circuit assured us that they had a solution to the KX’s power woes, so we were quick to do the install and check it out. Is the Pro Circuit Works KX unit all that? Nope… It’s all that and then some!

Pro Circuit has been in the motocross pipe business since the beginning of time, and there’s no doubt that they produce some of the best equipment in the industry. The installation of our KX unit was smooth and without a hitch, and at our local tracks, which are pretty close to sea level, the Pro Circuit pipe didn’t require any jetting changes. As soon as we fired up the bike at the track it was obvious by the crisp, clean sound that our KX was breathing new life. The throttle response felt lively and solid, and ached to be ridden. Once on the track it was immediately clear that our worries ofnot be the best choice.

Call 714/223-0262 or visit www.hurricanemctech.com

– Donn Maeda

 

SCOTT HiVOLTAGE II GOGGLE

APPLICATION: Available in black, green, blue, red, grey, silver and white

PRICE: $52.50

RATING: 9

I must admit that when I first laid eyes on the Scott HiVoltage II goggle, I wasn’t too stoked on the general appearance of the frame. (With its angled top, it reminded me of the Klingons in the Star Trek movies.) After seeing guys like Tim Ferry and Chad Reed wearing nothing but the HiVoltage II, however, I decided to cast my initial impressions aside and give the peeps a try.

And man, am I glad that I did! The M600 face foam does a spectacular job of absorbing sweat and keeping it out of your eyes, and the top Venturi frame design keeps the lens from fogging up in cold weather. The shape of the frame is what really won me over, however. Cursed with a flat Asian nose, I sometimes get dirt and rocks bouncing around inside my goggles when I am fed a healthy stone spray sandwich at the track, usually because my goggles are not properly sealed against my non-existent nose bridge. The HiVoltage II frame, though, accommodates a wide variety of face shapes and sizes, and just so happens to seal up against mine just fine. Ever since I’ve been wearing the HiVoltage II, I’ve not had any dirt in my eyes, even when Garth roosts me in the face extra hard! I’ve also come to love the Rose-colored lens that comes in the goggle. Perfect for low-light conditions, it is also great in full sun, as it accentuates the imperfections in the track’s surface.

Try a set of Scott HiVoltage II Goggles. I guarantee that you’ll love them.

Call TK or visit www.scottusa.com

  • Donn Maeda

PRO CIRCUIT KX250 WORKS PIPE

APPLICATION: All late model KX250s

PRICE: $199.95

RATING: 9

Now that the 2004 TransWorld Motocross bike shootouts are behind us, it’s time to start modifying our stock test bikes, fine-tuning them to perfection. Although we all have our preferences when it comes to bike set-up, the one thing I think most of us can agree upon is power. Smooth, predictable, meaty, useable power, is sought after by most motocross connoisseurs, and one of the cheapest, easiest way to accomplish this is through the addition of an aftermarket pipe. Depending upon the bike you’re starting with and the powerband that you’re hoping to achieve, we’re sure that there’s a pipe out there with your name all over it.

Since the day we took delivery of our 2004 KX250, our test riders have pounded countless laps on it, and most have agreed that the ’04 green machine can use a little help in the motor department from the mid-range through the top. The KX has a crisp, responsive bottom-end hit with plenty of power, but it tends to sign off a little bit too early for most riders. Our goal then was to find an aftermarket pipe that would offer the gains we were looking for up top, but without sacrificing any of the explosive hit that we enjoy down low. The fellas down at Pro Circuit assured us that they had a solution to the KX’s power woes, so we were quick to do the install and check it out. Is the Pro Circuit Works KX unit all that? Nope… It’s all that and then some!

Pro Circuit has been in the motocross pipe business since the beginning of time, and there’s no doubt that they produce some of the best equipment in the industry. The installation of our KX unit was smooth and without a hitch, and at our local tracks, which are pretty close to sea level, the Pro Circuit pipe didn’t require any jetting changes. As soon as we fired up the bike at the track it was obvious by the crisp, clean sound that our KX was breathing new life. The throttle response felt lively and solid, and ached to be ridden. Once on the track it was immediately clear that our worries of losing low-end power were for naught, as our KX pulled just as strong off the bottom, if not stronger, and continued to pull hard right on through the top. Our testers kept waiting for the power to sign off midway through the powerband, but it never happened. Now with improved overrev, the Pro Circuit pipe allows the KX to be ridden deeper into the powerband without having to shift through any flat spots.

Overall, not only did the new KX250 Works pipe eliminate the dead spot in the later phases of the power production, but it also improved the overall horsepower all the way through the rpms. By the way…it looks really trick too!

-Ryan Cooley

Call 909/738-8050 or visit www.procircuit.com

BILL’S PIPES KX250F and RMZ250 EXHAUST SYSTEM

APPLICATION: 2004 Kawasaki KX250F and RMZ250

PRICE: $184 (head pipe), $269 (muffler)

RATING: 9

If there are any questions left in your mind as to how the new 250cc four-stroke entries are going to impact the MX scene, erase them! As made perfectly evident by the massive number of 250cc tiddlers we’re seeing at our local race tracks, rest assured that they’re here, and here to stay.

If you’re one of the many who’ve already strolled down to your local dealership to lay down some cabbage on one of the big four 250cc thumpers than you’re most likely in the hunt for the trickest new goodies to go along with it. There’s literally no better way to improve performance, lose weight, and make your new steed look cooler than with an aftermarket exhaust system. So if you own a KX250F or an RMZ250 and are looking to spice things up a bit, read the following report. If not, read it anyway and expand your knowledge for some good dinnertime conversation.

After a quick and painless install on our KX250F test unit, we jumped in the TWMX semi and headed out to Cahuilla Creek MX for a day of testing. When we fired up our new and improved KX250F it was immediately evident that the new addition had boosted sound decibels over stock. Now meaty and full of life, our little thumper sounded ready to play with the big kids, so with little delay, we rolled her onto the track and began to moto.

In stock form, the KX250F has a very smooth powerband with a strong emphasis on the mid-range. From the drop of the hammer our testers immediately noticed that the hit off the bottom is much improved with the new Bill’s unit. Crisp and quick responding, the Bill’s KXF has a great bottom-end punch! The motor proceeds to pull very well through the already strong mid-range, but what delighted us most came next. From the mid through the top, the Bill’s unit unlocked much of the hidden potential buried inside the KXF’s power plant. Top-end power and overrev is much-improved over stock form, and we’re now more confident than ever that the KXF has what it takes to compete with the premier motors in the 125 class.

The bottom line is this… For about $450 total you can dramatically improve the powerband of your KXF or RMZ, without the headache of tearing down your motor for more costly, potentially motor-breaking modifications.

-Ryan Cooley

Call 909/371-1329 or visit www.billspipes.com

 

 

 

 

s of losing low-end power were for naught, as our KX pulled just as strong off the bottom, if not stronger, and continued to pull hard right on through the top. Our testers kept waiting for the power to sign off midway through the powerband, but it never happened. Now with improved overrev, the Pro Circuit pipe allows the KX to be ridden deeper into the powerband without having to shift through any flat spots.

Overall, not only did the new KX250 Works pipe eliminate the dead spot in the later phases of the power production, but it also improved the overall horsepower all the way through the rpms. By the way…it looks really trick too!

-Ryan Cooley

Call 909/738-8050 or visit www.procircuit.com

BILL’S PIPES KX250F and RMZ250 EXHAUST SYSTEM

APPLICATION: 2004 Kawasaki KX250F and RMZ250

PRICE: $184 (head pipe), $269 (muffler)

RATING: 9

If there are any questions left in your mind as to how the new 250cc four-stroke entries are going to impact the MX scene, erase them! As made perfectly evident by the massive number of 250cc tiddlers we’re seeing at our local race tracks, rest assured that they’re here, and here to stay.

If you’re one of the many who’ve already strolled down to your local dealership to lay down some cabbage on one of the big four 250cc thumpers than you’re most likely in the hunt for the trickest new goodies to go along with it. There’s literally no better way to improve performance, lose weight, and make your new steed look cooler than with an aftermarket exhaust system. So if you own a KX250F or an RMZ250 and are looking to spice things up a bit, read the following report. If not, read it anyway and expand your knowledge for some good dinnertime conversation.

After a quick and painless install on our KX250F test unit, we jumped in the TWMX semi and headed out to Cahuilla Creek MX for a day of testing. When we fired up our new and improved KX250F it was immediately evident that the new addition had boosted sound decibels over stock. Now meaty and full of life, our little thumper sounded ready to play with the big kids, so with little delay, we rolled her onto the track and began to moto.

In stock form, the KX250F has a very smooth powerband with a strong emphasis on the mid-range. From the drop of the hammer our testers immediately noticed that the hit off the bottom is much improved with the new Bill’s unit. Crisp and quick responding, the Bill’s KXF has a great bottom-end punch! The motor proceeds to pull very well through the already strong mid-range, but what delighted us most came next. From the mid through the top, the Bill’s unit unlocked much of the hidden potential buried inside the KXF’s power plant. Top-end power and overrev is much-improved over stock form, and we’re now more confident than ever that the KXF has what it takes to compete with the premier motors in the 125 class.

The bottom line is this… For about $450 total you can dramatically improve the powerband of your KXF or RMZ, without the headache of tearing down your motor for more costly, potentially motor-breaking modifications.

-Ryan Cooley

Call 909/371-1329 or visit www.billspipes.com