Product Report

FOX PRO PILOT V3

Application: XS-XXL; Navy, red, black,

matte silver, matte black, matte red,

Alien black (limited edition)

Price: $375

Rating: 9

// WHAT IT IS: The Pro Pilot V3 is Fox Racing’s latest and greatest helmet offering, and is the third generation of lids from the popular brand. You won’t find a single component from the V3 on any other helmet on the market, as Fox started from scratch to design the newest Pilot to their exact specifications. Special features include titanium screws and D-ring fasteners, multiple inner air channels and vents and the helmet even comes complete with a padded bag and an extra painted visor.

// HITS: Most impressive about the V3 is its ultra-light weight. Tipping the scales at only 2.9 pounds means that Fox finally addressed our biggest complaint with previous models-the last Fox lids were simply too heavy. The new venting system is also great, and not a single tester on staff complained about excessive heat. The ti hardware lends a custom “factory” look to the V3, while at the same time helping with weight.

// MISSES: Though we loved the graphics, unique shape, feathery weight, and pretty much everything else about the V3, we did have a couple of complaints regarding the fit. The biggest issue was with the ear holes, which caused some riders minor discomfort when it folded the top of their ears over and required finger adjustment before riding. The mudguard on the mouthpiece also stuck out too far, and some testers complained about the piece hitting them in the nose, though the soft guard was made for modification and can easily be snipped off to size.

// THE VERDICT: Besides a few little comfort issues, the Fox Pro Pilot V3 had most of us plenty pleased. Quality is exceptional, venting is great, and it’s finally light. The price tag is also reasonable, especially when compared to its competition.

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

=es, the Fox Pro Pilot V3 had most of us plenty pleased. Quality is exceptional, venting is great, and it’s finally light. The price tag is also reasonable, especially when compared to its competition.

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

WHITE BROS. ALUMINUM PRO EXHAUST

APPLICATION: All four-strokes (tested here on an ’05 Honda CRF450R)

PRICE: $595.95

RATING: 9.5

// WHAT IT IS: The Aluminum Pro is the more affordable version of White Brothers’s super popular Carbon Pro exhaust system, and features an impact-extruded muffler can mated to a stainless steel header pipe. Patented tuning rings at the rear of the muffler allow the rider to adjust the bike’s powerband by simply changing the end caps.

// HITS: When we first took delivery of our new Aluminum Pro for the Honda CRF450, we did a double take-gone was the long low-boy header pipe. Overall, the new system seems to feature several fewer inches of headpipe, and it is tucked in way better than even the stock pipe. Some of our longer-legged test riders have issues with burning their knees on the CRF, but with the WB system this was eliminated. With the larger end cap installed, the bike packs a big, beefy hit right off idle and pulls hard through the meat of the rpm range. Compared to stock, it is snappier and harder hitting, yet still easy to control (unlike the unruly hit offered by some aftermarket systems). We would choose the larger end cap in loamy soil or faster, more wide-open courses. The smaller end cap, meanwhile, still offers power gains in comparison to the stock system, but the actual delivery of the power is much more rider-friendly and more likely to suit the average rider. Power comes on smoothly and has an almost electric feel that makes it easy to put the power to the ground without losing rear-wheel traction. This setup is best for dry, hard-packed courses or tight, technical conditions that require good throttle control. A White Brothers Powerfilter air filter is included with each system.

/MISSES: The only fault we could find with the Aluminum Pro system is that it is not as sexy looking as the Carbon Pro!

// THE VERDICT: Thus far into the season, the White Bros. Aluminum Pro exhaust is our favorite aftermarket pipe for the 2005 Honda CRF450R.

Call 714/692-3404 or visit www.whitebros.com

SUNLINE BLAST SHIELDS

APPLICATION: All bikes

PRICE: $49.95

RATING: 9

// WHAT IT IS: Sunline is a company with a long history in motocross and off-road motorcycling, and it is making a big push these days under Valencia Sport Group ownership. The Blast Shields are handguards made especially for motocross use.

// HITS: The Blast Shields are absolutely, positively, the easiest-to-install handguards we’ve ever used. Unlike traditional handguards that require you to mount them on the clutch perch (oftentimes utilizing an aftermarket pivot bolt), the Sunline Blast Shields bolt directly to the handlebar and interfere with none of the control. The Blast Guards have an aggressive look and don’t give fashion-conscious MXers the “trail buddy” look. Though on the small side, the guards do a great job of blocking roost, wind and mud. The mounting design of the Blast Shields also allows the use of ARC’s pivoting clutch perch.

// MISSES: If you have a crowded handlebar (lap timers, variable ignition switches, etc…) the Sunline guards will not fit. You will have to eliminate something.

// THE VERDICT: These are the best handguards we have ever used.

Call 661/257-2756 or visit www.sunlineracing.com

20/20 HELMET CAM

APPLICATION: All video cameras

PRICE: $299

RATING: 8

// WHAT IT IS: The 20/20 Helmet Cam is exactly what it sounds like: a helmet-mounted camera that makes capturing your first-person motocross experiences easy.

// HITS: Small, compact and light, the 20/20 cam mounts on your helmet via some extra-burly hook-and-loop fasteners, and is powered by a 9-volt battery. The camera itself needs to be plugged into a hand-held digital video camera, which you must carry in either a backpack or fanny pack. Picture quality was good in the sessions we taped, and we discovered that mounting the cam on the side of your helmet, just below the goggle strap, yielded the best results. The 20/20 unit itself is non-cumbersome, but the quality of your riding experience with the entire setup on depends entirely on two things: the size of your video camera, and your comfort level while riding with a pack on. With past experience at an off-road magazine, Swap felt right at home with a fanny pack on, but he admitted that he was less inclined to hang it out on the track for fear of crashing and destroying his camera. All of the wires and connectors are waterproof, and the unit weighs only seven ounces.

// MISSES: Like we said earlier; if you have a monstrous video camera, you’ll probably be too worried about compensating for the weight on your back than trying to make a good video. In one instance, the camera got roosted with mud only a few turns into our moto, but that is something that could happen with any helmet cam.

// THE VERDICT: A helmet cam can add a whole new dimension to your bench-racing sessions, and make a day of riding with your buddies even more fun and entertaining. Be warned, however: a helmet cam makes jumps look smaller, and speeds seem slower.

Call 866/397-6920 or visit www.twenty20camera.com

READY FILTERS

APPLICATION: All bikes

PRICE: $9.95

RATING: 9

// WHAT IT IS: Ready Filters are disposable, pre-oiled air filters.

// HITS: No one likes to clean air filters, as the task is one of the nastiest chores associated with motocross (washing your knee brace sleeves and riding socks being number one). Ready Filters make slapping in a brand-new, clean and oiled filter a realistic option for non-factory riders, as each unit will set you back less than 10 dollars. Pre-oiled with Maxima FFT (one of the best air filter oils, in our opinions), the filters come sealed in an airtight bag, and include a pair of latex gloves to keep your hands clean throughout the whole filter changing process. We have used the filters repeatedly with success, but would not recommend doing so more than three or four times.

// MISSES: It can be tempting to use the filters over and over, especially for exceptionally frugal riders, but doing so could lead to seam failures and eventual engine damage. You must remember that this product was designed to be disposable.

// THE VERDICT: We were skeptical of the Readyfilter’s disposable nature at first, but have come to trust and appreciate the product. Thanks to Readyfilter, a nasty job is eliminated, and there is no good reason not to always have a clean air filter in your bike. (Intern Lisa loves them, as they have gotten her out of her weekly filter cleanings!)

Call 800/400-9924 or visit www.readyfilter.com

ons), the filters come sealed in an airtight bag, and include a pair of latex gloves to keep your hands clean throughout the whole filter changing process. We have used the filters repeatedly with success, but would not recommend doing so more than three or four times.

// MISSES: It can be tempting to use the filters over and over, especially for exceptionally frugal riders, but doing so could lead to seam failures and eventual engine damage. You must remember that this product was designed to be disposable.

// THE VERDICT: We were skeptical of the Readyfilter’s disposable nature at first, but have come to trust and appreciate the product. Thanks to Readyfilter, a nasty job is eliminated, and there is no good reason not to always have a clean air filter in your bike. (Intern Lisa loves them, as they have gotten her out of her weekly filter cleanings!)

Call 800/400-9924 or visit www.readyfilter.com