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After market foot pegs probably one of the most common upgrades that riders like to make to their bikes, myself included. I like a big platform, I like as much grip as possible when I'm riding so if you fall into that boat well you're gonna really like this article. So let’s take a closer look at the top 5 best dirt bike foot pegs and most popular foot pegs on the market.
Two things to keep in mind as you reading this. One – the first section will summarize each of the foot pegs, the second section will be a more in depth analysis. So if you know which foot peg you’re interested in, feel free to jump into that section for the details. Two, Keep in mind this is just five of the many foot pegs that are offered so if you have a foot peg that you don't see on this list, I would love to hear your thoughts about it so please comment below and let us know what you liked about it and what you don't like about it. That's going to help other riders out and same goes for you riders out there that have one of the foot pegs in my list, leave a comment let us know what do you like so much about it.
Unfortunately there a very few dirt bike foot pegs on the market that are interchangeable, most of them are brand/model specific, although sometimes you can find a pair that can be swapped accross different bikes and models but this is usually by chance rather than design. Be sure to look for the foot pegs for your specific bike and model.
How to Sharpen Dirt Bike Foot Pegs?
When it comes to sharpening your foot peg teeth, there are a few things to consider. Obviously sharper teeth will give you much greater boot grip, but sharper teeth can also wear down the soles of your boots really quickly and also gives rise to possible injuries if they were to make contact with your or someone else's body. The simplest way to sharpen the teeth of your foot pegs is to use a triangle file to sharpen the sides of the teeth until the reach a nice point at the top. You might consider rounding the points slightly as you don't want them to be too sharp. A triangle file works well, but you can also use a dremel or a sand paper disc on a high speed sanding machine if you have these tools available.
How to Change/Install Dirt Bike Foot Pegs?
You have five components: 1.Collar pin 2.Washer 3.Pin 4.Spring 5.Foot Peg First remove the collar pin and the washer, then wiggle the foot peg will pulling our the pin that holds the foot peg in place (The spring will come out at the same time). At this point, it's a good idea to clean the reusable parts. To install the new foot peg, first place the spring onto the foot peg, pop the peg into the mounting bracket, the spring should also slide into the bracket. Next slide the pin through the mounting bracket and the foot peg, slide the washer onto the end of the pin and finally pop the new collar pin through the foot peg pin.
How to Lower Foot Pegs On Dirt Bike?
There's two ways to do this. I highly suggest taking the second alternative. The first is a more technical hands on approach that requires modification to your existing foot pegs. To do this, you would need to use an ultra thin cutting disc, knock the lug of the underside of the peg and putting that on the higherside, however the springs will then be out of place and will need to be swapped from left to right to compensate. You will then need to use the mounting pin to line up the holes as you will need to have the peg welded back together. This will result in a drop of nearly 15mm downwards but also a small shift backwards of about 5mm. The second method, the far simpler method is to purchase a new set of foot pegs that offer this adjustability feature. I would highly recommend the Fast Way pegs as you will read about below in the review.
Summary: Tusk Billet Race Foot Peg Review
The first foot peg that is the billet race foot peg coming from tusk. I'm just gonna go out right now and say that when it comes to bang for your buck, this is one of the best values and foot pegs that is on the market. These are made from 6061 t6 aluminum so they're very lightweight and they're very strong. They also have an anodized finish to them that's not going to wear out which keeps the peg looking good. What I really like is a big platform, so front to back you’re 2.25 inches and then the length is going to be 3.25 inches. So it’s a nice big platform to stand on. The teeth go all the way around the outside. I've used this foot peg a lot, and it has a lot of grip, but what I really like as well is that these teeth will slowly wear out over time. That's what foot pegs do, but these are replaceable so you can actually get a tooth replacement kit for these foot pegs when those do start to wear out so you can just put some new ones in, instead of buying a whole new foot peg.
Fast way is a great company out of Idaho, they make a lot of really good foot pegs. If you're looking for a foot peg that is absolutely bomb-proof, this will be one that I would say you should go with because these are made from stainless steel, although this does make them a little bit heavier. When it comes to durability, this is going to be hard to beat. With the EVO there are some cool features I want to highlight. First the very large platform just like with Tusk foot peg you have 2.25 inches front to back but the length is 3.5 inches, so even larger than the pegs from Tusk. What's cool about these is that you have three different points of adjustability.
You can adjust the traction - so what I mean by that is the foot peg right out of the package comes with no cleats attached, but they have included two sets of cleats for you. One that are 10mm and the other that's 12mm. So you can actually put the cleats in and put the different heights where you want them so it just allows you to adjust where that traction is. The other point of adjustability is the camber, so you can actually have these tilted up just a little bit to help you kind of squeeze the bike better.
The third point is that for some bikes you can actually adjust the height, so depending on the bike that you have, you're going to have a little kit that comes included, so you can actually lower these 8 to 10 millimeters. For taller riders that would be a great advantage.
These have a very unique design, and what's so unique is that they have a center point where this foot peg actually pivots front to back to allow this to work with the riders ankle. So as your ankle is flexing front to back, the pivot is working with you and the reason that they designed it to do that is that way you just have a good contact point consistently with the foot peg that's going to give you more control, more grip, and also more comfort. So if you’re a rider that feels like there is some strain happening to the ankles, this set of foot pegs would be a really good pick to try out.
These are made from steel, so very good and very durable construction. You're going to see that the teeth are multi-directional, so they did that just to optimize the grip at the bottom the boot. One feature that I really like with these is the lifetime warranty. So when it comes to durability and that peace of mind you're going to get with Pivot Pegz foot pegs.
These are another great foot peg coming from Fast WAY. So just like we saw with the EVO 4, you're going to get the same adjustability with the cleats, the height, and also the camber. But two big standout features that really make these unique is one; 2024 aluminum which is a different construction than the EVO 4 which makes them very lightweight. They're actually 0.85 pounds per set. As far as front to back they're gonna be the same as with the EVO 4, so 2.25 inches and a little bit shorter though, they're going to be just over three inches long.
The big feature here you're going to notice is that they have the ankle saver technology. They have this extension that comes off the back that is there just to give a little bit of support for the rider’s ankle. So let's say you over jump, or under-jump and case something really hard, it's just gonna give a little bit of added support. I know a common concern that riders get with these is if it is going to interfere? Is it annoying? For me personally, I can tell you that you don't even realize that this ankle saver is there until you actually need it, so it's a really cool design and very unique feature coming from the Air EXT foot peg by fast way.
These are made from aerospace grade titanium which makes them very strong and also very lightweight. They come in at just 0.7 pounds per set which makes for some the lightest foot pegs in the best dirt bike foot peg spotlight. What I like too is that they are welded by hand and they are a really cool looking foot peg. These are 2.4 inches front to back, making them be widest peg in my selection and then there's gonna be a little bit over 3 inches long. The one drawback to these is that they are pricey, I'll admit that, but I've used these personally and I will say that these give the most grip of any foot peg that I have ever used.
So if that's what you are looking for this would definitely be a foot peg that I would consider. They have 30 teeth on there and they are very sharp, what I like too is that I've put a lot of time on these foot pegs and they stay sharp for a very long time. If you want to you could actually take a file and then just sharpen those right back up if they do start to wear out a little bit.
One of the best value for money, light weight, and durable foot pegs on the market
The Billet Race Foot Peg from Tusk is without a doubt one of my favorite aftermarket parts for any motorcycle. Upgrading to an oversized foot peg is exactly what you're getting here with these Billet Race Foot Pegs from Tusk. The width on these is 2.25 inches and the length is going to be 3.25 inches, so they're gonna be much bigger than most of your stock foot pegs that are out there. Now why would you want a bigger foot peg is to give you a bigger platform, which is going to offer a lot more grip. The more control you have over the bike, the more confident you're gonna be as a rider. These foot pegs are CNC machine from 6061 t6 aluminum.
What's nice about it, is it's very very lightweight but also very strong. In the center are a lot of cutouts. That's really important when it comes to a foot peg that's gonna help it be really good at self-cleaning. So if you do ride in muddy conditions you're not gonna get a lot of mud pack inside there.
Now the teeth are actually gonna be made from stainless steel and what's great about the teeth is not only do they give a really good grip but they're also replaceable, so over time if they start to wear out and start to round off a little bit, you can actually just replace the teeth. Now one thing you do want to keep in mind is that if you are replacing the teeth, you're going to need to pick up two kits if you're gonna replace all the teeth on both foot pegs but if you want to do just one foot peg, one kits gonna have enough teeth to get that fully replaced.
When it comes to mounting, it’s very simple to do. Literally replace your stock foot peg and mount the exact same way. So again, an awesome product with an oversized bigger platform to give lots of grip, and in my opinion a lot more confidence. Remember that foot pegs are machine specific so when you're picking yours up you want to make sure you enter the make and the model of the year of your bike and you will be good to go.
If you're looking for a foot peg that is absolutely bomb-proof - look no further
Now I don't know about you, but for me on any motorcycle that I have, one of my favorite aftermarket upgrades is going to an oversized foot peg. I just like as much grip as I can get on the bike as possible. I like to have that planted feel, so if that's what you're looking for an oversized foot peg is going to get you there. Fast Way have a reputation for making some of the best in the business. What's cool about the EVO 4 foot pegs is, first of all these things are massive, so they've got a very large platform. They're actually 2.25 inches wide and they're 3.5 inches long.
The big standout feature with these is going to be how much adjustability that you have. Before we get into that too much, first thing I want to talk about are the cleats. Now what's cool about these is you're actually gonna get two baggies with this product and bag is gonna have different length cleats. You're gonna get a 10mm and a 12mm, so depending on where you want the height of the cleat and how much grip you want on your boots, you have that adjustability. So you can kind of tinker with it and figure out what combination works best for you, you just want to make sure that before you install these, you use the Loctite that is included with the pegs.
Now aside from the cleats and having two different lengths, there's two more adjustments that can be made with these foot pegs. The first one is going to be the height. So what's really cool that Fast Way does is that allows you to adjust the height of the foot peg. So you're gonna have a standard position and for most bikes you're gonna be able to have it lowered 8 to 10mm.
The way you do it is really simple. You will have a collar that comes included with the pegs, if you have the collar on the bottom that's gonna put your foot peg in a standard position. But if you were to take that collar and reverse the orientation and have it on top, that's gonna drop the foot pegs again 8 to 10 millimeters. If you're a taller rider, that can be really beneficial having the foot peg sit down a little bit lower.
The other adjustment is with the camber. Now when I say camber, what I'm actually talking about is the tilt of the foot peg. The way you adjust that is also really simple. You're gonna get what Fast Way call their "fit kit", that comes included. At the base of the foot peg you're gonna have a bolt system, but all that does, is allow you to adjust the foot peg when it is completely resting against the bike, you're just gonna change the tilt or the camber of the foot peg, so you can actually have the peg coming up a little bit.
Now the reason you would want to do that, well, for some riders it's just a it's a comfort thing and has to do with the anatomy of your body, which might feel a little bit more comfortable to have that camber. Also what I hear is that having that added tilt actually will help you squeeze the bike better. So if you're looking for better riding technique and more control of the bike you want to be able to squeeze the bike. so if your foot pegs are tilted up just a little bit it can actually help with that.
The last thing I want to talk about are some durability factors. If you're worried about these foot pegs not being durable, well, take that worry and throw it out the window. These are made from stainless steel, so pretty much built to endure anything that you can throw at these. And that wraps it up for the foot pegs coming from fast way.
The pivot works with your ankle to provide more control and comfort
These are another great product if you're in the market for an oversize aftermarket foot peg. These are definitely a pair you should check out. The unique feature about these is their pivoting design. These are popular for dirt bikes but also for a lot of ATV bikes as well.
So with the Pivot Pegz, first let's talk about construction. They're made from heat treated stainless steel. So these things are meant to take an absolute beating. They also have a lifetime warranty. On the top of the pegs you can see a lot of cutout, so that's gonna help prevent mud from packing in. I'm also a big fan of the cleat design. The teeth on these are actually multi-directional, so they're not just straight up and down, and they've done that to just help optimize the amount of grip that you get with the riders boot.
The other feature is just the size of these. I'm a big fan of aftermarket foot pegs or oversized foot pegs. I like having a bigger platform, a more planted feel on the bike. These are very long, but also the width, probably the biggest foot pegs that I've seen - they're 60mm or 2.36 inches wide, so just a nice big platform for the rider.
Now with that pivoting design, this is really what makes these stand out and makes them very unique. These will pivot forwards and backwards, I could actually turn it with my hand, now it's not a ton of motion you're gonna get - about 5 millimeters of pivoting action front and back, but what it does is when you're working hard on the bike, we all know that our ankles are constantly flexing back and forward to try and work with the bike, our foot pegs are always staying flat, so what these are doing is they're working with you, so as your ankles are flexing, the peg is rotating, so it just helps keep a good contact with the foot peg. They say it helps with grip as well as comfort, and control. So kind of three elements that you're getting with that pivoting design, and I know a lot riders talked about it when they first put these on.
They notice it it might feel a little bit weird at first but the more you ride with it the more you get used to it and then after a while you don't even realize that it's doing that. So it's working with you, it's just giving you those added benefits. So this is a really cool foot peg, I really like the design coming from Pivot Pegz
You don't even realize that this ankle saver is there, until you actually need it.
Fast Way is a company that is known for making very high-quality aftermarket parts and accessories and they make a lot of cool foot pegs. What I like about them is that they're all adjustable, you can adjust the height, the traction, and the camber of all the foot pegs and obviously with the Air EXT, the big stand-up feature that everyone's gonna be looking at is gonna be their ankle saver technology.
Let's talk about construction, these are made from CNC machine 2024 billet aluminum - so a very high quality aluminum, also very very lightweight. The set total weighs less than a pound, so really nice, also bigger platform. With these, front to back they're 2.25 inches and then the width is gonna be 3.25 inches, so it's gonna be bigger than just about all your stock foot pegs that are on the market.
I mentioned earlier they have a lot of adjustability, which is something that Fast Way are known for. First adjustability features comes down to traction. So with each set of foot pegs, you also get a pair of cleats. The cleats are not going to come installed, rather they're going to give you two sets and if you want to, you can install them yourself. You're gonna have a set of 12mm cleats and 10mm. So what this allows you to do is adjust the traction and put it where you want it. So for example you could adjust the height of the cleats or teeth in the front,back and sides of the pegs to different heights. You could do the 10mm on the inside and do the 12mm on the outside if you want a little more grip on the outside of the boot. It's totally just rider preference but it's cool that they give you that ability.
The other adjustability feature is gonna be with height. So what they actually have is when you go to install these you're gonna have these pins and they're gonna have these collars, and with this you have the option to either have it the collar up or you can have the collar facing down when you install the foot peg. With the collar on top, that's gonna put it in pretty much a standard position, it's gonna be a little bit different per bike. With the collar down, that will actually lower the foot peg about 8 to 10 millimeters. So for taller riders that's a big bonus.
The third adjustability feature that you have is with the camber, and by camber I mean the tilt of the foot peg. Typically when you have a foot peg on the bike it's gonna be completely level with the ground, but with these you can have it to where it actually tilts up just a little bit. The reason that riders like that is it gives them a little bit better feeling of being able to grip the bike and squeeze with their knees. Again that's rider preference, but you do have that option. To adjust that is really simple. They have what they call their "fit kit" and this comes included with every set of foot pegs. It will have a bolt that screws into the bottom of the foot peg and this bolt is really what's gonna be interfacing and touching the frame with a bike and you're also gonna see you have these washers so depending on how many washes you put on here, that will adjust the tilt or the camber of the foot peg. So you can play with that and kind of see what setting you think is best. So again you can have it just to a base standard setting that you're gonna have with any foot peg or again you can have it tilt up just a little bit, so really cool that Fast Way is giving all that adjustability.
The last feature that to mention for this really cool and very unique foot peg is obviously going to be this ankle saver technology. With the ankle saver, you can see it's just an extension that comes off the back of the foot peg and it is tilted down just a little bit. The whole reason it's there is just like the name says to help save your ankles. So if you were to overshoot or overjump it's just going to give you some added support to the back so you're not hinging so much in the ankle joint you're just gonna take away a lot of that load. Now I know a lot of riders ask the question well, what happens if you're trying to go through a big set of whoops or you're going through a deeper rut do these get in the way? Do you notice it? Well, I can tell you that you honestly don't even really notice that this is here until you need it.
If I'm at a track and I'm riding, I really don't even know it's there unless there's a big set of whoops and I'm gonna start pounding through those and I'm really leaning off the back of the bike that's when I notice it because I can get a little bit more leverage and just a little bit more support in the back of the boot, so I'm a big fan of it. Or if you're an off-road rider you like to go out and hit some big hills and rocks or any sort of that riding, I think it really does come in handy and yes on those bigger landings if you overshoot or undershoot something is going to help take away that impact and give some more support to the ankle.
The last thing because I know this is a concern that a lot of riders talk about is well what happens in a rut if you know it's a real deep rut is it gonna drag? I personally I never even notice it. I never had any issues with the back of this dragging in or getting in the way, honestly like I said you don't even know it's there but in those times when you need it, it's there and that's why people like these foot pegs so much.
So overall, a really cool design, good-looking foot peg, very lightweight and again if you're looking for some added support for your ankles, well, I would definitely put these at the top of your list. These do come in different colorways like silver and also a black, please keep in mind that they are machine specific! So when you are making a purchase, just make sure you get the right model to match your bike.
The lightest dirt bike foot pegs in the foot peg spotlight
When I ride a motorcycle I like to feel like I'm stuck to the bike as much as possible. I like to have a lot of traction and a lot of grip on my feet and that's why I always upgrade to an oversized aftermarket foot peg. There's a lot of different foot pegs that are out there.
These Pro Pegs are made out of titanium, so they're super lightweight, and honestly if you look at them you just can't beat how cool these things look. I mean they have that rainbow look to them, they're super thin low-profile and what I like is that they're 2.4 inches wide. The teeth on these things are just really sharp and for me they give a lot of good grip, a lot of great traction.
Now a lot of people look at these Pro Pegs and the first thing they look at is the price tag, and yeah they are expensive and I'll completely agree with that. I've tried a lot of different foot pegs that are oversized, and a lot of guys ask the question, well is it worth the investment to spend that much money on a foot peg? For me after riding with them for a couple months, I can say that I've been really happy with them and really impressed with how much grip I have. One thing I've noticed too is that the teeth haven't really worn out or they haven't dulled.
That's something that I've noticed happen with a lot of other pegs, is that people start to round off. These haven't done that with all the hours that I've put on the bike. So if you ask yourself is it worth the investment, for me, if you have the money and you want to get a really good set of oversized foot pegs I would definitely put these on the list because like I said the look the weight savings and also with just how much grip I get on my feet I think these are an awesome investment to have on your bike.
Thoughts About Dirt Bike Foot Pegs
Keep in mind this is just five of the best dirt bike foot pegs out of the many that are offered. So if you ride with a set of foot pegs that you don't see on this list, I would love to hear your thoughts about it so please comment below and let us know what you liked about them and what you don't like about them. That's going to help other riders out and same goes for you riders out there that have one of the foot pegs in my list, leave a comment let us know what you like and don't like so much about it.
In this article wer’re taking a closer look at the F5 Koroyd helmet from Klim. So for those of you familiar with Klim, they come out of Idaho and are definitely known for making very high quality, very technical gear and that really does show in the F5 Koroyd. The biggest feature about this that I want to point out right off the bat is you're getting the Koroyd material inside, in conjunction with the EPS liner. This is the first helmet that I have seen using Koroyd and what's great about this material is that it's super lightweight and does a great job of absorbing impact. It also breathes extremely well so props to Klim for taking this newer technology and putting it into the helmet and we'll talk more about that in depth in just a bit.
Before we get into some of the technical, that let's talk about fitment. With the F5 Koroyd make sure you are use the sizing guide on the product page that's going to tell you what size you will want. I've tried the helmet on I feel like it fits true to size and find it very comfortable with the Drylex comfort inner liner which is removable and it's washable. Something that I really noticed with the fitment that stood out to me is when I put it on, I feel like the cheek pads really kind of wrapped around underneath my jaw and it gave a nice snug fit to the helmet. It wasn't too tight I kind of like the way it fit the contour of my face.
Klim F5 Koroyd Helmet: Construction
When we talking about the construction of the Klim F5 MX helmet, you got multiple shell sizes that's going to give a better fit depending on the size of the riders. The shell is full carbon fiber and this helps to keep the helmet lightweight and very rigid. The carbon fiber also does a great job of absorbing impact. One thing I really like about this helmet is the weight. In fact I went and weighed the size Large myself which comes in at 3.07 pounds which is EXTREMELY light. That is the lightest size large helmet that I've ever weighed. So if you're looking for a helmet that's lightweight and that’s going to be very breathable - this would be a helmet that you'd definitely want to consider. What I also quite like about the look of the shell is carbon fiber that you can actually see. The Klim F5 helmet Koroyd helmet is both DOT and ECE certified. A small watch out if you looking at the non Koroyd version – this is only ECE certified. So overall, I'd say it’s a pretty unique shell design coming from Klim with a nice aggressive look to it.
Klim F5 Koroyd Helmet: Ventilation
Now venting was a big emphasis that Klim put on this helmet. It has 18 intake vents and 8 exhaust vents. You’ll find intake vents along the mouth guard and couple more down along the chin bar, as well as underneath the visor above the eye port you have these massive intakes. On the top of the helmet you actually have these long grooved ports which vent into your EPS liner, which is the green Koroyd material you can see through the top vents which I’ll talk about in just a bit. But what I like about these channels on the top of the helmet is they go directly to the EPS liner, straight to the riders head. So Klim wanted to make sure that even when you're riding at slower speeds that this helmet could still get rid of that hot air. They did some wind tunnel testing to make sure that this helmet is gonna be aerodynamic so you're not gonna go out buffeting. On the back you have those exhaust vents on the top and along the crown of the head as well a few more down along the bottom as well. So overall venting I think Klim nailed it with this helmet.
Klim F5 Koroyd Helmet: Visor & Eye Port
The visor is adjustable, you've got one screw on each side including a screw underneath, like you would typically see. What I do like though is that the visor does sit flush with the top of the helmet, so I think it gives a nice sleek look. The Eye Port is nice and large. I really don't see any issues as far as fitment goes with any pair of goggles, so props to Klim for leaving that nice and open.
Klim F5 Koroyd Helmet: A Look On the Inside
Now let’s take a look on the inside because that's honestly where all the features are gonna be packed into this helmet. Starting with the chinstrap, first thing I want to point out is they have what they call their FID chinstrap. So this is actually pretty cool, you have this red tab which is magnetic to undo the chinstrap. All you have to do is just pull on this red tab and that allows the chinstrap to open up. When you go to shut it, all you got to do is just let it magnetically snap in. This magnetic feature makes it super easy to put on and take off. A lot of riders might be concerned with if that is gonna hold up if you do have a crash. I tested this, although not with a crash, but I can pull on it, honestly, as hard as I can, and it's not going to break free. But when it's time to release, just pull the tab out to the side and it comes off nice and easy. And trust me for this helmet to be DOT and ECE certified they've got to test that chinstrap as well, so you got nothing to worry about there.
So you've got that Drylex comfort liner on the inside, this sits underneath the cheak pads, which as I mentioned, kind of wrap around underneath the riders jaw, so I'm a big fan of that. After removing those, you get your comfort liner, which is basically the part that sits flush with the top of your head. What I like about this comfort liner is just how many cutouts they have included to help with breathing. Underneath the comfort liner you’ll notice right off the bat, you've got the MIPS liner system built into this helmet as well. We're starting to see MIPS in a lot of helmets nowadays. MIPS stands for Multi-directional Impact Protection System and what the MIPS liner system does - it creates a slip zone inside the helmet. Remember not all crashes are straight up and down you're gonna be moving front to back or side to side so that MIPS liner system will essentially just allow the riders head to rotate just enough inside the helmet to help disperse a lot of that energy. It's very popular and you can see on a lot of premium helmets using it. Underneath that you're going to find your dual multi density EPS liner. The EPS liner which stands for Expanded Polystyrene is what we see in just about all helmets. But you can also see a lot of different cutouts and a lot of channels in the Klim F5 helmet. All those channels are designed to help move as much air throughout the helmet and get it out the back. Now underneath that MIPS liner system you're gonna see the next big feature which I mentioned earlier. That is Koroyd material. So Koroyd is is actually a new material created by thermally welding miniature tubes together to form a whole that crushes on impact, absorbing energy in a measurable, effective way. There's hundreds of these small tubes in there and Koroyd is known for being super lightweight and it breathes extremely well, but also it absorbs impact incredibly well. In fact, the makers of Koroyd say that it actually absorbs up to 48 percent more impact than your traditional EPS liner so that's a big statement but that's really cool. So you will see that the way Klim has utilized it inside the helmet by actually cutting out a lot of the EPS liner. So it runs from the top of the helmet by the crown of the head, all the way around to the back. So they're doing that to keep the helmet lightweight, help it breathe better and also absorb as much energy as possible.
Klim F5 Koroyd MX Helmet Review
The Koroyd technology offers better protection, ventilation and weight than a standard EPS liner
Still a really good helmet at a much lower price. However, this lacks features such as the MIPS technology as well as the new Koroyd material. Other points to mention is that this version of the helmet is not DOT rated, only ECE certified.The other thing to note is the difference in weight. A DOT helmet requires a thicker shell, which means the non DOT version weighs in at even less than the Koroyd version at 2.6 pounds or 1.2KG.
The Final Say
Lastly what I like to mention is at this price point you're making a big investment and so Klim do include some extra goodies that come with this helmet. If you're gonna be doing any riding in cold weather, Klim include a breath box and they also have this gore-tex wind stopper liner, so if you don't want to get the airflow coming through the helmet you actually take this liner and put it between the EPS and that Koroyd inner comfort liner and that's gonna help block the wind which is really going to make a big difference if you are riding in colder weather. Klim do also include an extra advisor as well – which is always nice.
So that’s it for the Klim F5 helmet review. A lot of technology and a lot of cool features that are built into this Klim F5 helmet. Plenty of venting with lots of intake and a great exhaust system, along with that carbon fiber shell and new Koroyd technology helping to make this one of the safest and super lightweight helmets on the market. If you guys have any other questions about this helmet leave your comments, and I’ll do my best to get the answered.
Motorcycle helmet companies over the last few years have been big making big leaps when it comes to helmet technology making them safer for riders so if that's what you're in the market for this article should give you a really good starting point. First I'm gonna briefly cover some of the key features and the highlights that each one of these helmets has and what makes them unique and when you find one that you're interested in you want to learn more about – jump down to the in depth section where I break each helmet down in a full detail.
We'll start off with our 2019 best premium off-road motorcycle helmet summary. Then we'll move on to the next best options that are bit more pocket friendly. I’ll be highlighting my top picks and the best-selling offers of motocross helmets. There's a lot of great options out there so it can be difficult choosing which one's going to be best for you but the good news is that they're all really good options and honestly I don't think you could go wrong with any one of the helmets that I’ve chosen.
At the outset of the MX helmet project, Alpinestars product philosophy was applied and a set of specific objectives set: - Create the most advanced, protective and performance enhancing helmet possible. - Primary objective: protection – to create the most high performance protection possible. - Secondary objective: to give excellent ventilation, comfort and reduced weight.
The first motocross helmet in our lineup is the super tech m10 coming from Alpinestars. Alpinestars debut this helmet in 2018. It's their first go at a premium helmet and I think they did a fantastic job. It’s a very comfortable helmet and it fits true to size with the size Large coming in at three pounds on the dot.This is just one of two helmets in our premium lineup that comes in three pounds or less. If you're looking for a lightweight helmet, this one will not disappoint. It will be DOT and ECE certified. It’s got a carbon fiber composite shell that's what's keeping it so lightweight but what is unique and one thing I love that Alpinestars did with this helmet - they did a lot of research and a lot of development that even the shape of the shell has a very unique shell shape in my opinion is designed to help absorb and disperse as much impact as possible. You have a breakaway visor that's gonna break away regardless of the angle as long as enough force is applied which is a big safety feature there but internally there's a lot of great features you're gonna have. A four piece EPS liner so there's four separate pieces inside this shell and they're different densities and they put those different densities in the areas that are gonna help protect the head the most. Also what I like is the built in MIPS liner system which stands for a Multi-directional Impact Protection System. So the MIPS liner is a feature that we see in a lot of premium helmets but what is unique to Alpinestars is that they actually have an exclusive MIPS liner system that's two pieces instead of one which is just gonna help get a little bit more airflow throughout the helmet. With that MIPS liner you're also going to be eject helmet ready so if you want to run the helmet eject removable system it does come ready for that, however, it doesn't come included. The last feature that I like about this Alpinestars is that they’ve thought about all riding disciplines, not just motocross and off-road riders. They actually have pockets cut out into the liner on the inside if you want to run a Bluetooth communication headset. So if that's something you like to use so maybe you're doing some adventure riding from dual-sport you want to run that bluetooth comms device, this helmet will allow you to run those speakers inside the helmet. That is the super tech m10 coming from Alpinestars.
Next up we've got the Fox V3 Motocross helmet coming from Fox Racing. If you're a rider that likes to match his gear sets with his helmet well, fox is gonna be a really good brand to choose because they always have really good riding gear and they always have color styles in their helmets to match the rest of the gear. Now with this Fox V3 dirt bike helmet, size large comes in at 3.2 pounds, so it’s a very lightweight helmet. Keep in mind with fitment with the v3 I feel it runs just a little bit small so if you're right between sizes I would recommend going up one size with the helmet but the liner on the inside in my opinion is very, very comfortable. Now the way they keep the helmet lightweight and also very strong is through their multi-composite shell technology. The Fox V3 helmet has four different shell sizes of four different EPS liners which I like. On the inside you have dual density EPS liner, the MIPS liner system comes with the helmet. What I like about the MIPS liner again, is that it's got a slip zone between the riders head and the shell to help mitigate those rotational forces. Another really cool feature that Fox is using in their V3 with MIPS and the MVRS that MVRS stands for Magnetic Visor Release System - they've designed the visor on the V3 with a magnetic clip on system which enables it to breakaway - so when enough force is applied it's not going to add any additional forces to the riders head or to the neck when the visor breaks off, and the way they do that is actually with a magnetic system which i think is pretty cool. That way, if you do have a crash and the visor pops off, you can take the visor and actually just pop it back on. It's a really cool system. Again a lot of cool safety features built in with really cool color scheme’s to match the gear. That is the summary for the Fox V3 motocross helmet with MIPS and MVRS from Fox Racing.
Next up we've got the Bell Moto 9 carbon flex motocross helmet. Bell have been making helmets since the 1950s so it's easy to say that these guys definitely know what they're doing. They know how to make a premium helmet with some really cool features built in. Size large comes in at three and a half pounds. The Bell Moto 9 dirt bike helmet is both DOT and Snell certified. This is one of three helmets in the lineup that is Snell certified. For those not familiar with that well Snell, they are a nonprofit organization known for having some of the most rigorous standards when it comes to helmet safety and is not cheap to get your helmet Snell certified. The helmet manufacturer like Bell has to send their helmet off to them and ask that they run their helmet through their tests to make sure that it meets their standards and that's what a lot of riders look for in a helmet is that Snell certification. With the Bell Moto 9 you get a carbon fiber composite shell, it keeps a light weight and keeps it strong. I like the aggressive look of the Moto 9 Carbon Flex. There's a lot of cool features on the inside that I really like too, I love the magnetic cheek pads called MERS very easy to take in and out just a convenience thing that I'm a big fan of but what's unique about Bell is that they are the only company doing this, they have a three layer liner impact protection system, so on the inside of the helmet you have three separate liners and the reason for those is they're different densities and they help absorb impacts that your low, medium and high speeds. For example, you can still have a bad brain injury or head injury at a lower impact or a lower speed and that's why they have those three different densities, to help absorb shocks at different speeds. The other feature I like is they have their slip zone which means it's kind of like the MIPS liner system - in other words it's just gonna help that liner or slip just a little bit to help mitigate those rotational forces and just like we see with some of the other helmets, this is going to be eject helmet removal ready. This feature does not come included. That’s the summary of the Bell Moto 9 carbon flex motocross helmet.
Next up making its way into our premium helmet guide for the first time is is the VFX Evo coming from SHOEI. SHOEI is a Japanese company and like Bell Helmets, they've been making quality helmets since the 1950s. SHOE first had the VFX Dubby which was a premium home for a lot of years but they updated the styling of the shell as well as the visor for the VFX Evo and now a big new safety feature is their M.E.D.S. liner system that I'll talk more about below. The VFX EVO motocross helmet fits true to size, it’s a very comfortable helmet which is both DOT and Snell certified. Now my only nitpick with the VFX Evo is that a size large comes in at three point seven pounds so it is the heaviest helmet that we have in our premium lineup. For me, three point seven pounds just a little bit heavy for a premium helmet but there's some cool safety features built in you're gonna get, like their AIM plush technology when it comes to their shell which is a six ply matrix shell, which they say keeps the helmet rigid but also does a very good job of absorbing impact. The other big feature that I like so much about it is that M.E.D.S liner system and what it is, is a separate insert inside the helmet at the top of the riders head which is strategically connected to the helmet by four columns and the purpose for that is to allow it to absorb both impacts, but also because it can move freely inside the helmet it helps mitigate those rotational forces and those impacts. I think it's a really cool system also I just have to say with the VFX Evo one of my favorite looking helmets, very aggressive lines and really cool colors to choose.
Moving on we've got the Troy Lee designs SE 4 Carbon motocross helmet. Just like with the Alpinestars helmet, if you're looking for a superlight helmet this would be another one that I would consider. Size large weighs three pounds exactly, so very lightweight and very comfortable on the head. What's impressive about that weight in a size large is that it's gonna be DOT and Snell certified. Typically with Snell certified helmets they tend to be a little bit heavier because they have to meet those rigorous standards from Snell, so the fact that Troy Lee Designs kept this at three pounds in a size large and it's Snell certified, to me that's really impressive. You've got a carbon fiber Kevlar shell which is what makes it lightweight and rigid. On the inside I really like the comfort liner, it’s a very comfortable helmet, but some of the other safety features about this I'm gonna really like. You're gonna get the MIPS liner system on the inside, so we've already covered that great safety feature built in but what's unique about the SE 4 Carbon, is you have a three-piece EPS liner system and each piece is a different density and they strategically put those in the areas to help protect the riders head the most. Troy Lee Designs say that compared to all the other helmets in the market that they've added 13% more EPS liner up in the front in the headband area to help with impacts as well as 8% percent more in the back of the helmet up at the top as well as the bottom in the back as well, so that added extra EPS liner helps to absorb as much impact as possible. So again, a very lightweight helmet with MIPS liner system to gain that multi piece EPS liner included.
Next we've got the ATR 2 motocross helmet - coming from 6D. Now a few years back when 6D came out, the ATR one in my opinion, really changed the game, and how helmet manufactures we were looking at helmet safety and how they were building their helmets. I'll explain why but it has to do their ODS or Omni Directional Suspension technology, but the ATR 2 I found to be a very comfortable helmet. Fitment is true to size and size large comes in at 3.1 pounds so a very lightweight helmet. It’s also DOT and ECE certified with a tri-composite shell. This helmet in my opinion does vent very well, but the big standout features that make this helmet so awesome is there ODS technology on the inside which stands for Omni Directional Suspension. On the inside of the ATR - you have two separate liners. You have an outer liner connected to the shell that is a PP which is expanded polypropylene and then you have a separate liner which is EPS - Expanded Polystyrene and those 2 EPS liners are separated by 11 isolation dampeners and the reason for those dampeners is they compress - so they absorb impact but they also can move in six degrees of motion hence the name 6D. By allowing those to move in those six degrees of motion it helps mitigate and limit those rotational forces so it was very innovative from 6D when they came out with those isolation dampeners and on top of that you've got their low friction discs between those two liners that act similar to a MIPS liner system where it's allowing those two liner systems to move freely of each other and to mitigate and help reduce those rotational forces. So there's just a lot of cool technology that's built into the ATR dirt bike helmet from 6D. So overall, a very cool helmet, again very lightweight, very comfortable and I love that Omnidirectional Suspension Technology that is built within.
At the outset of the MX helmet project, Alpinestars product philosophy was applied and a set of specific objectives set: - Create the most advanced, protective and performance enhancing helmet possible. - Primary objective: protection – to create the most high performance protection possible. - Secondary objective: to give excellent ventilation, comfort and reduced weight.
Let's take a closer look at the Alpinestars Super Tech M10 motocross helmet. This helmet is over five years in the making, they debuted it in the 2018 Supercross season and I have to admit the Alpinestars guys came out swinging. This helmet is packed full of features so hunker down, we've got a lot to go over. There's a lot of rigorous testing in their own race development center. They want to make obviously the most protective advanced helmet on the market but also keep it very lightweight, comfortable and have a very good venting design. So we're gonna go through all those features, but before we do that, let's talk about fitment real quick. It's a very comfortable helmet, I've tried it on and it fits true to size so make sure you use the sizing guide on the product page that'll ensure that you know what size you are going to need. This helmet has something that is very unique that only Alpinestars is doing right now, they have what they call their A-Head fitment system and I'll take you through that more in-depth in just a little bit. But what it allows you to do as the rider, is actually chang the location of where the upper part of the comfort liner sits inside the helmet to adjust the angle of the helmet. Every rider's head is gonna be shaped a little bit different so if you put this helmet on initially you have a hot spot on the front of the head you can adjust that liner to get the fitment exactly how you want. So it's a very cool system that Alpinestars is doing. So again, very comfortable helmet. You have four different shell sizes so what's nice about those different shell sizes is that allows you to have a better fit for each sized rider or each riders head. Also what's cool is that with those different shell sizes, is that the EPS liner and the comfort liner is going to be the same in all the different helmets so it doesn't matter if you have a large, extra large or small the EPS liner is going to be the same thickness and that goes for the cheek pads and the comfort liner as well. They're trying to optimize the fit and make it as good as possible.
Now with the helmet shell sizes and construction, The Alpinestars Supertech M10 motocross helmet is both DOT and ECE certified. You're getting a multi composite carbon fiber shell, so it's actually a three layer shell construction and like I mentioned earlier they want to make this helmet very lightweight which they have done. A size large comes in at three pounds right on the dot - that is a very lightweight helmet for a size large. So if you have even a medium or a small obviously that's gonna be even lighter so props to Alpinestars for making this helmet extremely lightweight.
With the shell design it's a very unique shell design, I will admit when I first saw this helmet I was kind of on the fence. I couldn't decide if I liked it or if I didn't like it, but after seeing it in person I'm actually a big fan of the lines and the curves of this helmet has. It has a nice sleek, aggressive look to it. What is also cool that Alpinestars has done, is that with the shape of the helmet you're gonna notice that the sides of the helmet are pretty flat, when you look at the top it's pretty flat on the top as well. So everything has been optimized to help mitigate and reduce forces as much as possible. We've seen a big emphasis over the years on angular rotation and mitigating those with helmets so by having these flatter surfaces on the helmet. Alpinestars say that's going help to get more surface area to help absorb and dissipate more energy that's also going to help slow down those rotational forces so everything that the way this helmet is constructed is just to help make it more safe for the rider.
The visor sits right here flush with the top of the helmet, but what's cool is that the visor is designed to break off when enough force is applied. So if needed with enough force this will break off, that way you're not adding any additional forces or any additional twisting to the riders head or to the riders neck.
Now with venting, this was a big emphasis that Alpinestars put on this helmet. They have a lot of it, on the chin bar you've got these vents on the side of the chin and lots of vents on the mouth guard itself. I really like the giant vents that you have in the front and get a lot of airflow through. At the top of the helmet, just above the eye port, you've got multiple vents and you've got a couple more underneath the visor. At the top you've got a coupling, on here in the top couple here on these sides and then when you flip it on look at the back you can see you've got a lot of exhaust vents that are going to take that warm air through the EPS liner which has a lot of different cutouts and a lot of channels to get that air through and then it comes out the back of the helmet. Also with that venting, you're going to notice that all the cutouts in the visor are working in conjunction with those vents, so it's going to channel that air through the visor, you will find that they go directly into those vents so needless to say you're gonna get a lot of airflow with this helmet.
The Alpinestars Supertech M10 helmet comes hydration ready. In other words, If you wear a hydration pack, or camelbak, there is a channel that when you take the comfort liner out allows your sip tube to slide inside with a route inside the helmet to help hold it secure so you don't have to drill or modify your helmet. On the inside of the chin bar on that expanded polypropylene liner or for simplicity sake let's call it padding, is a groove that is built-in inside the helmet on both sides, so you can run the sip tube on either side of the helmet. So what you do is basically, you just take your sip tube, route it up through the helmet and then the sip tube will just sit right in the groove. What's really cool about this is that when you look at the cheek pads, they also have a groove that is built-in. So essentially what it does it just sandwiches that sip tube between the cheek pad and the helmet and that's going to hold it in place so if you have a sip tube they've giving you that channel to help keep that in place - very cool.
Another interesting feature I'd like to mention is that on the sides they actually have a kind of collar bone cutout which gives you a lot of space underneath the helmet. This comes in handy for riders that are wearing neck braces. Allowing to optimize the fit with the neck brace so it's not going to mitigate your range of motion as much as some other helmets would. You will also notice that the shell of the helmet actually stops a little short of the edges of the helmet. There is actually a type of lining along the bottom of the shell of the helmet which is called expanded polypropylene. It's a different material than EPS, it's a soft material and by having it there along the edge of the helmet, if it were to come in contact with the rider's collarbone it's just gonna be softer so it's gonna be more absorbent and much less likely to injure the rider's collarbone. You can just see Alpinestars have thought just about everything when it comes to construction.
Now let's take a look inside. There's a lot of features to mention. One of the first things you are going to notice is that you've got an “eject” inflatable helmet removal system and emergency response cheek pads. I'm a big fan of these. So in the event of a crash it makes it much easier to get these cheek pads out without removing the helmet and the way you do it is really simple. You simply have to pull on the padding tabs and they just pop right out of the helmet. So very simple to do. As far as your chinstrap goes, you get a pretty typical chinstrap you're going to have that standard D-ring.
Opening the helmet up you're going to see you've got your comfort liner in there, but now this is where you're getting a lot of crazy features, a lot of cool sets of technology and safety built in. It is a two-piece comfort liner, so if you remove the first part of the comfort liner you will see you got a big cutout, inside there that is your second piece of the comfort liner that fits at the top of the helmet around the crown area, and like I said that is adjustable to get a more customized fit. So the way it works, you've got the four corners, each corner has little tabs and these just pop right in and out, so what you can do is actually take this comfort liner move it around and each corner has three different locations that you can snap it in. If you adjust that it will allow you to adjust the tilt of the helmet where the comfort liner is making contact with the riders head. You can also even adjust the height of the helmet if you want to. So make sure to utilize that, and take advantage of that system - move it around to see where it's changing the fitment for you - find what's going to be best for you, and you are good to go.
What I also want to emphasize on the inside of this helmet is that you have a four piece EPS liner system. So inside this helmet you have four different pieces of EPS liner made of four different densities and they have put those there to optimize the amount of absorption that you're going to need in different parts of the helmet. Alpinestars along with the development of this helmet, are using the MIPS liner system, if you've never heard of that, it stands for a Multi-directional Impact Protection System, and what it essentially is, is a slip liner between the riders head of the comfort liner and the actual EPS liner of the helmet. Like I mentioned earlier, rotational forces are a big emphasis with helmets nowadays because you want to mitigate how much the riders head rotates. So what the MIPS liner system is, is essentially a slip zone that allows the riders head to slip a little bit inside the helmet to help mitigate those rotational forces, but it's actually an exclusive MIPS liner system that alpinestars is using so you're not going to see this in any other helmet and the way it works is pretty slick. You've got this A-HEAD adjustment system that we just talked about but you will see on the top of it you've got a hard plastic, kind of the skeleton for that whole liner system but in between that and the comfort liner you've got what they call a lycra sock and inside there is actually where that MIPS liner is going to be. So when that MIPS liner contacts the hard plastic skeleton on the outside, that's what's allowing to have that slip zone there. So it's very cool that Alpinestars is doing that, it's very innovative and also they're one of the reasons behind this lycra sock. A lot of riders have talked about with the MIPS liner system from other helmets saying that when it starts to get moisture or sweat built up it starts to squeak a little bit. So the lycra sock helps to mitigate that - so you don't have that squeaky noise.
There's a few more things on the inside I want to highlight. First you will notice in the top of the liner you've got the eject helmet removal system ready to go. That generally does not come included with the helmet but you can buy it separately. But if you're not familiar with that, it is a little baggie called a balloon but in the event of a crash the rider needs to get the helmet off safely you'd actually just pump that balloon up with air and it will help push the helmet off the riders head safely. So a very good safety feature that is built in.
last thing I want to mention and you can tell that with this feature, Alpinestars has really thought this through. They thought about all different riding applications. You now have speaker pockets that are cut into this helmet which is ideal If you run a Bluetooth communication setup and you have speakers that you want to run in your motocross helmet. Perhaps even for touring and enduro riders or maybe even side by side riding. I know a lot of riders nowadays like to utilize those. The helmet has pockets that are pre-cut so all you'd have to do is just take remove the little foam insert and put your Bluetooth communication speakers snugly inside.
So again like I said, a lot of features built into this helmet. That wraps up my analysis of the Alpinestars M10 or the Super Tech M10 motocross helmet. I know I just gave you a lot of information and it might be a lot to digest so make sure if you have any other questions about this helmet leave your comments below. I'll help get those answered.
"While there is still no concussion proof helmet, and very likely never will be, the reduction of energy transfer to the brain is everyone’s goal; and nothing does that more comprehensively than our advanced Omni-Directional Suspension system"
Taking a closer look at the ATR 2 off-road helmet from 6D, I'm rather excited to talk about this helmet. A few years ago 6D came out with the ATR 1 which in my opinion, kind of revolutionized the helmet market. I think it changed the way how helmets were being built and they did that by using their 27 isolation dampers inside their helmets, and they're really the first company I saw using 2 separate EPS liners to really help mitigate those angular and rotational forces. That was an awesome helmet from 6D and now it's new and improved. Looking at the new ATR 2 helmet it has a new aggressive look to it, a new styling. I think they did a really good job. It looks a little bit smaller than the ATR one. For a lot of guys they thought that the ATR 1 just looked a little, big in my opinion it kind of made you feel like you are a bobble head. They've also brought the chin bar or the mouth guard in just a little bit, so overall it's got a compact design with very aggressive good lines.
I think they did a killer job when it comes to the new design of the helmet itself so we'll talk about the construction and then we'll talk about the exterior and about the inner liner and then we'll jump into what really makes this stand out and separates it from the rest - which is going to be with their liner system - the ODS technology.
So first let's talk about fit. The helmet is very comfortable with very soft moisture wicking antimicrobial liner. It's gonna fit true to size. So as I mentioned earlier it's got an all new design with a nice aggressive look to it. Now the shell of the helmet is going to be made from a tri composite construction so it makes it lightweight and also very strong. You're also find on the back of the helmet is the DOT and ECE certified sticker. What I like is that they shaved about a hundred grams off the weight from the ATR one, so it's about three and a half ounces. So it doesn't sound like a lot but what they did, and the reason it feels so light (because in my opinion I think this helmet does feel a lot lighter than ATR one) is they lowered the center of gravity. So anytime you can take that mass and make it closer to the riders body it's gonna make the helmet feel lighter so even though they didn't shave off say a half pound it still feels much lighter when you're wearing this helmet - so good job. Then you're gonna find a lot of cool features, lots of good venting. You're gonna have nine intakes on the helmet which means you're going to get a lot of air flow through. You have multiple cutouts in the EPS liner which I'll touch on in a bit. There are also plenty of vents on the mouth guard along the chin bar. It has multiple multiple vents in the eye port and a few underneath the visor. At the back you're gonna have six exhaust ports so plenty of rear vents for that warm air to go through and then make its way out the back of the helmet.
The visor system - It has an adjustable visor with your typical adjustable bolts on the side and underneath the visor. Those are designed to shear away so in the event of a crash those are gonna break away so that the visor is not gonna add any of those additional angular or rotational forces to the riders head.
Now another cool feature I want to point out is if we look at the mouth guard, underneath it, they have what they call their sternum pad. So they're thinking of just about every possible scenario in the event of a crash. So you have this shock absorbing padding so if you were to go down, you know your chin goes down to your chest that's going to help protect the sternum of the rider. On the side of the chin bar they have their clavicular cutouts for your collarbone area. These are gonna help add some protection for your collarbones and also in the back. What I really like along the bottom of the shell of the helmet, it almost ends a bit short with a bit of softer padding at the bottom that's gonna contact your cervical spine. So we've all heard of the Scorpion when your legs come up over your head or maybe your head comes back well this contact point with the back of your neck and the spine has just been made a little bit softer so again they're just thinking of every crash scenario that could possibly happen - they're saying how can we make this better - how can we make it safer for the rider so props to you 6D.
Now the last thing we need to talk about before moving to the inside is along the eye port. Just above the intakes they actually placed a rib along the entire eye port. The reason they did that was to strengthen this part of the helmet. Think about it, anytime you have any round shape (your helmet) with an entrance cut out (the goggle slot), the weakest point is gonna be where it's cut out. So 6D realize that obviously if you come up short maybe you over jump something, you can smash your face or your helmet on your handlebars or maybe even on the ground. So they said, you know what, how can we strengthen this part of the helmet as well? So this rib above the goggle hole is just to add some strength and rigidity to that part of the helmet.
Moving to the inside of the helmet. As I mentioned earlier, you are gonna have antimicrobial removable washable liner on the inside which is very comfortable. You are gonna have titanium D-ring chin strap so that helps with the weight of the helmet. Also you're gonna have an emergency cheek pad removal system - so with these cheek pads, in the event of a crash, if you need to get the helmet off the riders head you want to be able to get these cheek pads out first, it helps the helmet slide off a whole lot easier. So with these you would just grab the tab's on the side and you're gonna pull towards the chin bar or away from the riders head and those cheek pad's just pop out nice and easy. Then the rest of the liner is just gonna have some snaps that hold it in place. If you remove the washable material liner you will find the EPS liner on the inside, where you can see channels or grooves cut away and that's for ventilation. So as the air comes in it moves through those channels and then work this way out the back.
Now we're really gonna dive into the the special features the ODS technology that absolutely sets the ATR two apart. With the ATR 1 you had a similar design but a whole lot has changed at the same time. Now you're gonna have two liners on the inside. The outer liner which is contacting the shell of the helmet is made from EPP, it's expanded polypropylene. The properties of expanded polypropylene allow it to do a great job of absorbing impact, but it also retains its shape. So if you were to crush this - have a big impact - it will go back to its original form and it will be able to do that multiple times. Then you have a a gap between that and the second liner which is your EPS liner. Now EPS stands for expanded polystyrene and the property of this is it's a lower density. It's softer so it absorbs impact extremely well. That's what we've seen helmet manufacturers use for many many years and the reason being that they haven't gone away from that is because it does absorb energy extremely well. In the gap between the two liners, there is a lot going on. The 6D ODS technology - this is what we saw in the ATR one and it stands for Omni-Directional Suspension. The ATR 1 had 27 of these suspension points, they have reduced that now to 11. 6D say that each of these suspension points move in six degrees of motion hence the name 6D. So these are allowing the two liners to move freely and that's going to really help mitigate the rotational and angular forces in the event of a crash. So that's the reason for those isolation dampers. But now like I mentioned earlier they got rid of 16 of their dampers - well you're asking why would they do that? Well what they did is they're still getting the impact absorption from these as well as those liners moving freely but now they use what they call their low friction disks and what these are designed to do is work in conjunction with these isolation dampers. How they work is simple, they're just allowing the liners to basically just slip and move freely with each other.
On top of the EPS liner they have this hard plastic almost skeleton looking design which adds strength and rigidity to the EPS liner, but it's also adding a low friction surface for these discs to move on. Now along with these low friction discs you're gonna get what they call their EPP progressive damping towers. Which are designed to help with the shock absorption and disperse that energy so that's what they've done they've really just designed this helmet to disperse as much angular and rotational energy as possible and they say that by going to this design, having just 11 isolation dampers and also having these low friction discs that they have added up to 30% more movement with the liner. So they're helping mitigate those forces a tremendous amount.
Now last thing I want to talk about that I really like that 6D is doing - helmets are a big investment, you're gonna be in for around $700 (at the time of writing) but because they're using EPP as that outer liner which can remember and retains its shape - if you have a bad crash and if you damage the EPS liner (remember with any helmet if you damage the EPS liner - EPS does not retain its shape, it's going to stay compacted and degrade so if that were the case you'd want to get rid of that helmet because it loses those properties of absorbing that impact) so what 6D is able to do, because they have the two liners separated, well if you damage the inside of the EPS liner, you can send it back to them and they will inspect the helmet for you! They'll look at the shell to make sure that it's still intact and make sure the integrity is still good and if they're able to, for around $100 they will actually just replace the EPS liner. You're making a big investment, so if you have a bad crash send it in to them and you can get essentially a brand new helmet with a brand new EPS liner. You don't have to go out and buy an all new helmet. So I think is absolutely fantastic that 6D is doing that, they understand the investment you're making so I think it's really cool that they can just literally swap out one of the liners and give you essentially a brand new helmet. Plus they do have a three-year limited warranty on these helmets so even more peace of mind when you are making this investment.
That wraps it up for our review of the 6D ATR-2 motocross helmet - again a lot of Technology built into this helmet something that 6D is absolutely known for. To getting those isolation dampers with their ODS technology, their low friction discs and everything is built to just absorb and disperse energy especially those angular and rotational forces. If you have any questions about anything I've mentioned (because I know I just gave you a lot of knowledge) comment below and someone from our team will get your questions answered.
No more "screwing" about. Awesome screwless magnetic visor system
Time to dig a little deeper into the V3 helmet with MIPS and MVRS from Fox Racing. So you know what I really love? I love to see helmet companies really just continuously improving their helmets and making them better and making them safer for riders. I really feel like fox has done that with the new V3 so this is the same helmet that Chad Reed, Ryan Dungey, Ken Roczen - some of your best riders in the world have all worn. So with this helmet there's a couple big updates that you're going to see. It's going to be similar as far as construction goes to the previous V3, but the two big updates are going to be a fourth shell size that they've added to the lineup and the MVRS technology which stands for Magnetic Visor Release System.
First thing let's talk about fitment. So myself including a few of my riding buddies have all tried this helmet on. We used the sizing guide, we measured our heads with the tape measures and the conclusion is that this helmet does run small. If you're right at the bottom of the window for a specific size you might be okay but if you're anywhere in the middle or at the top of the window I highly recommend going up to a larger size. Speaking of size, that's one of the big updates that you're getting with the new V3. Fox added a fourth shell size so with the previous version the medium and the large both shared the same shell size. What Fox did is kept the large to stay the same, but now the medium has its own shell size being a little bit smaller along with that EPS liner as well. So you have four sizes as a small, medium, large and extra large. So for the medium, the nice thing that Fox did is lightened it up a little bit and provides that smaller head size so the helmets not going to look so big. The large helmet weighs in at around 3.2 pounds, so it a pretty lightweight helmet.
So a few nice features with the construction remain the same. You have a multi composite shell so you're going to have material like carbon fiber and Kevlar which is very strong and very lightweight. On the inside you have a dual density EPS liner. That's going to help absorb impacts and it's going to be DOT and ECE certified. With the venting, it's going to have 14 intake. So you have 14 intakes on the front at the top of the helmet and also a couple underneath the visor and multiple chin vents. At the back you have four exhaust vents, so it's going to take all that hot air and it's going to push it out to the back. Before taking a look inside, I will just say I really like the colorways the Fox does, I love the Matt to gloss finish that you have on these helmets. I think it just looks really really good.
On the inside you're going to have the dry liner which is removable antimicrobial and it is washable so if you need to take it out after getting hot and sweaty you can do that and throw it through the washer and then you can simply clip it back in and you're going to be good to go. Two big features that I want to highlight with the V3 is going to be their MIPS liner system and that MVRS which is Magnetic Visor Release System. Over the years we've seen a lot of helmet companies making a big emphasis on rotational impacts and managing that rotational energy is absolutely critical when it comes to the riders safety. You need to remember, not all crashes are straight up and down. You're going to be moving either forward or side to side, so you want to manage that rotational impact and the way Fox does that is with two systems. Internally you're going to have the MIPS liner system, which stands for Multi-Directional Impact Protection System. That is it is a liner that goes between the EPS liner and the riders head and what that does is allows the riders head to slip or move just a little bit inside the helmet to help disperse some of that energy. What's new that Fox has just done is this MVRS, and I'm really excited to talk about this. Like I said, it stands for Magnetic Visor Release System. So the idea behind the MVRS is that in the event of a crash they want the visor to release from the helmet so that it does not add additional rotational forces to the riders head. The way they do that is by getting rid of the screws that normally would hold on the visor on the sides and under the visor. Instead, they've gone to magnets so that way if you do have a crash this visor is going to release easier and it's going to reduce any of those rotational forces. Now one question that riders will have is, well what if I just take roots to the visor is that going to be enough to pop it off? Well what Fox have made sure that doesn't happen. Underneath the visor there are supports, so as you're riding and your heads meet a downward angle so if you're taking roost or tree branches at the top of the visor, the supports will prevent it from popping off. But as soon as the same amount of force hit's the sides, the visor pops right off. So it's very simple and that's the safety feature you want. You want the visor to come off and give into the crash to reduce those rotational forces. To put it back on it's also very simple. Put the center magnet on first, pop it on, and then the two sides are going to pop into place. The magnets are actually really strong. Now one thing you do want to keep in mind with this is, with the magnets it's not an adjustable visor so you can't move this up or down it's going to stay in the position that it comes in so just keep that in mind, but if you ask me that is a very small sacrifice in the grand scheme of things because I really like the safety aspect and the innovation that Fox has put into the V3 motocross helmet.
I really like what fox is doing, I like that they're pushing the limits coming out with new innovation to make their helmets safer for us riders. Be sure to check out the different color styles, I think they're some of the best looking helmets on the market. If you have any questions comment below and we'll get them answered.
"The Moto-9 Flex is the most advanced helmet we have ever made, and is setting the standard for rider protection in motocross and off-road racing"
Now let's talk about the Moto 9 carbon flex from Bell helmets. Bell took the already extremely popular and very awesome helmet the Moto 9 and they added some key safety updates to this helmet that are gonna make it one of the best and most protective helmets on the market.
First thing we're going to talk about is the all-new three layer impact liner from Bell helmets. When we look at a high-end helmet like this Moto 9 flex you want to think of it as something like an off-road trophy truck. You're gonna have a very very premium suspension that's gonna be built to absorb the small the medium and the large bumps. So taking that idea, they put that into this Bell helmet. What they have is a three layer liner that's going to be built to absorb the low impact the medium and the high-speed impacts. So you're gonna be protected in any range or any speed that you're riding at. Traditionally helmets or rather these days, lower tier helmets, just have one liner inside which is really only meant to absorb hard high impacts, but doing their research Bell know that you can sustain significant injury even at the lower speeds. So whether it's just a tip over just cruising around or if you're on the track going high speeds or in the desert, this helmets gonna protect you in a much wider variety.
When we look at the bottom of this helmet you can actually see the three layers that you have for the inside liner. The inside liner is going to be your EPP that's going to be your softest liner that's going to be meant for taking your lower speed impacts. All three liners are made from a different material and have a different density, so that's where you get that impact resistance. The middle liner is your EPO liner. So that's for your medium range impacts. The very most outer layer you're is your EPS liner, so that's gonna be for those high-speed impacts. Like I said, just like with the trophy truck you want to be able to have very good progression from the slow all the way up to the hardest impacts that you're gonna get in this helmet. One thing that I really like that Bell has done is they actually have what's called a segmented liner that's gonna allow this helmet to really fit to the contour of just about anybody's head. They wanted to make this thing adaptable. So depending on what size head you have or if you have a different shaped head this helmets going to still be able to fit very comfortably.
Another awesome thing that I really like that bell has incorporated with this helmet is they've actually made the liner help protect against rotational impact. So you know that not all your crashes are going to be vertical straight down the ground it's possible, but most of the time you are going to be traveling forward or to the side when you crash so you're gonna have that rotational impact as you're moving. Bell has designed the inner most liner to actually flex and move with your head which is going to help disperse a lot of that energy with that initial impact so you're gonna have better dispersion of energy it's gonna result in less impact and less trauma to the head. Now if you're unfortunate and you do have a hard impact and you are on the ground, it is very very important that a first responder is gonna be able to remove your helmet without causing any further damage to you. Bell has what I feel is one of the best ways to do that, with the what they call their MER (Magnetic Emergency Removal) system. So on the cheek pad, most of your cheek pads are actually snapped into place, what Bell have is actually magnetic cheek pads that make it very easy to pull these out. The cheeck pads are basically held in place by magnets in three locations so it's gonna snap in and it's gonna pull out extremely easy - it's gonna make for very easy removal for a first responder to easily slide the helmet off your head. Along with the MER system that Bell has, these helmets are actually made to be compatible with the eject helmet removal system. So if you pull these cheek pads out and pull the liner out, what you'll see on the bottom of the helmet is the eject helmet removal system. Keep in mind this system is sold separately. Basically what that does is, when the first responder is there it's gonna allow them to actually pump air into the helmet that's gonna loosen and widen the helmet so it slides off the riders head extremely easy. That's very important if you do have a bad head injury they want to make sure your head can stay as still as possible while still sliding the helmet off.
On the outside of the helmet you are gonna have a carbon fiber composite shell that's gonna make the helmet very strong but also help keep it light as well. One of the things I like to point out is Bell has made these things awesome to look at. You can actually see the carbon fiber weave underneath that shell so it's just a cool thing from Bell that they're doing to make the helmets that much better. On the back you are gonna get DOT and Snell approved ratings on these I mean you're gonna get the best possible safety rating with this helmet. It's one of the few helmets in our premium line up that is Snell certified. With the Moto 9 Carbon Flex you're still gonna have that great aggressive look that you're used to from the Moto 9. It's gonna be very aggressive and it's one of my favorite looking helmets. Along with that you are gonna have excellent ventilation with great intakes along the chin bar and you're also going to have excellent intakes along the eye port making sure you get plenty of air passing through this helmet. On the back you're gonna have seven exhaust ports and on the liner, like I mentioned, it's that segmented liner they've actually designed that so it's gonna suck air through the entire helmet extremely well. It's gonna make sure it breathes and it stays cool extremely well during your rides.
A size large that weighs in at 3.4 pounds, so it's not going to be your lightest helmet but for all the added safety benefits and features that they put into this helmet it's definitely not gonna be one of the heaviest helmets either. Generally Snell approved helmets do tend to weigh a little more, so at 3.4 pounds you're still getting a light and extremely durable helmet with some of the best safety features available today.
The world’s most evolved motocross helmet has evolved. Long overdue? Perhaps. But world-class engineering and quality take time.
For those of you that are unfamiliar the VFX EVO, it is a new premium dirt helmet from Shoei and this is going to replace its predecessor the VF X W. What I want to do is kind of break down the comparisons of what you're getting with this new evolution. There's two main changes that we're going to see in addition to some other small tweaks.
One of the things that I really want to start off with is just getting some of the items out of the way first so this is gonna be an AIM Plus shell. There are four different shell sizes available for this and it is gonna be Snell and DOT rated. One of the things to note when we're talking about the weight, it is 3.5 pounds or 1.6 KG in a large. That's a three ounce increase over the predecessor. Some of that's gonna have to do with the fact that we're gonna see some new changes to the EPS on this, but some of it just has to do with the fact that they've made the new one more aggressive looking. But because of that you're getting more plastic added to it, so the new helmet is going to be slightly heavier than the previous version.
It's still going to be that intermediate oval head shape so for those of you out there you know trying to figure out the fitment for this it is gonna be a little bit longer front to back and little narrower down the side of the head which is exactly what you'd expect of SHOEI. This is the first change we've seen to the VFX line since around 2010 so it's definitely going to be a change that we welcome but when you look at all the other helmets that are on the market now in this premium world of dirt, you know the SHOEI is gonna have a lot to keep up with and this is now going to be one of the most expensive dirt helmets in the market around the $530 price point for solid colors and then up past the $700 mark for graphics. So it's definitely going to be a more expensive premium buy and the question becomes - do you know what are you getting for this?
So let's take take it apart, the shell that we're gonna have on the new VFX EVO definitely has more aggressive lines with the new helmet it's gonna be more pronounced around the goggles. At the back you're gonna have just more of an aggressive look to it overall. One of the things that I actually really like about this is that the visor is gonna be a little bit firmer. One of the problems that I have on the older model is if I use it as a dual sport style helmet is that when I'm on the street the peak has a tendency to really pull aggressively. I'm interested to see how this new design plays out as far as a little bit more of a rigid design to this.The other thing you'll notice is that there's a little bit of an indentation around the top screw of the visor which the old one doesn't have. That little indentation really helps to hold the peak in place once you're in that full upright position.
You'll also notice some other changes to the way that the goggle surrounds are done. This is gonna be more of a rubberized feel to it so it has a little bit more stick than the old version. You'll also notice rubber that's gonna encompass the entire bottom of the helmet. There is a little bit more ventilation too, at the top you'll notice that the vents on the new one have three additional vents and at the back are four exhaust vents so better venting and especially when you're looking at a dirt helmet that's gonna be a key consideration. But the venting hasn't been drastically increased so we're not looking at something like the Leat 5.5 for example which has massive air vents - you're just looking at a slight refinement over the old one.
Touching on two significant changes that you're gonna find on the new SHOE VFX EVO. Now one is really gonna be the aggressive lines, so there's no getting around that this is gonna be slightly more aggressive and it's gonna be more aggressive in its look but like we said earlier that is gonna get you a little bit more weight. But the real story here is gonna be the changes that they've made to the internal parts of this helmet. So one of the things that we've seen from a lot of manufacturers is, whether we're talking about MIPS technology that Fox and Bell utilize or if we're looking at the turbine technology that Leatt uses, you you know one of the things that a lot of manufacturers are trying to do is trying to figure out how to slow rotational impact, especially when you're off-road because if you're off-road you know the main hit that you're going to take is low speed impact that tends to rotate your head. So everyone's taking a different approaches to how to fix this. So for the first time in as long as I can remember SHOEI's change their actual EPS liner makeup to help reduce rotational impact. What you'll find in the top outer liner is a kind of orange ring which is what they're calling their M.E.D.S technology - Motion Energy Distribution System. What this is supposed to do is, help to reduce rotational impact. SHOEI's claiming this helps to reduce rotational impact by up to 15%. I'm glad to see that they're innovating and they're bringing this technology forward. I'm excited to see how it works because lord knows I've crashed more times than not - usually at lower speeds sub 30 miles an hour and I tend to usually bounce my head off of something. So I'm excited to see how this works. The one thing that I would note is if you look at this compared to other manufacturers one of the things that you'll see if you're looking at MIPS where they have an entire slip liner design on the inside or you're looking at Leatt with its turbine technology which has those little turbines in there and they're gonna encompass the entire thing is that SHOEI's only sits in the very top of the head. It's backed by a rubberized gasket but I was kind of interested to see that SHOEI didn't actually create the entire plane on the inside. But again they're claiming 15% reduction in rotational forces.
One of the things to to note when we're looking at the liner on the cheek pads - of the claims that SHOEI makes for their liner is that it is a revised liner contour to the cheek pads, but it is going to be able to hold two times its weight in sweat. Which if you're anything like me, if you're riding off-road you tend to pour just a massive amount of sweat into these helmets so the fact that they're making the cheek pads more absorbent to absorb more sweat before it starts squishing down is going to be a big deal. I don't know if you're anything like me and the fact that after a full day's ride if you go to pull the helmet off and all of a sudden the sweat just kind of like squishes out of the foam and it's all over your goggles which never helps. So the fact that this can be a little bit more absorbent is another plus.
So while SHOEI has brought the new VFX EVO to the table, the real changes are gonna be the internals of this. So when you look at it from the outside yes it's slightly more aggressive there's a few little key components here with small revisions to the vent scheme, like I said that one vent up front and you do have those two new exhaust vents down at the bottom, but really the main changes I'm gonna see with this is the fact that they've included that new M.E.D System at the top. Like I said it's gonna be interesting to see how it plays out, I am excited to get my hands on this from the standpoint that the old version, the VFX W has been my go-to. I've used other helmets over the past couple years but that's the one that I really gravitate back to. It's gonna be interesting to get to ride with this and really kind of put it through its paces.
Troy Lee Designs SE4 moto helmets were developed and competition tested by professional supercross racers like Cole Seely and Shane McElrath. TLD is out to create the lightest, most comfortable and visually striking helmets in motocross.
Another top contender for the spotlight as the best premium off road helmet is the Troy Lee Designs SE4. Troy Lee got started over 30 years ago. He actually started out painting his buddy's helmets out of his parents garage and now Troy Lee Designs has become one of the most recognizable names in the motorcycle industry.
So let's talk about the new and improved SE4. if I could describe this helmet in two words they would be safety and light-weight. But I'm not going to stop there, I'm going to dissect this helmet and describe all the new design and safety features that make this new and improved from the SE3 and why this helmet really is a front-runner as far as safety and innovation goes when it comes to the offroad helmet market.
The first thing we're talking about is sizing. In my opinion they do fit true to size and they are very comfortable, but you always want to make sure you check the sizing guide and measure your head so you know what size you are going to need. With this helmet you're going to have extra small all the way up to double XL and within those sizes there's actually three different shell sizes. With this helmet you can have a medium in a large shell size and the reason for that is it makes it easier to get a better fit for every rider no matter what size head you have.
Now with the construction of the helmet it's going to be a carbon fiber Kevlar composite mix. This helmet is going to be DOT and Snell rated and it is very light weight. The medium came in at 3.1 pounds and the small came in at 2.8 - so very light weight compared to some of the other high-end helmets that are on the market today.
With this helmet if we look at the profile of it, it's a very aggressive design but there are a couple differences between the SE4 that I do want to point out. The first is the old SE3 had a hood scoop up on the top to help vent air and push it through the helmet. They've done away with that and you no longer have that removable chin guard or mouth guard on the chin bar. Now with that hood scoop being gone it really adds functionality to the helmet, they've left it nice and flat up on the top and it's nice because it's very friendly for your action cameras. We know a lot of guys rock those and this makes it very easy to mount those. With the chin or the mouth guard being removed it's still going to vent plenty but not having that hood scoop or removable mouth guard comes from Troy's less is more approach, so now you just have less parts that could potentially break up if you did heavy crash. So a great design aspect, a lot of forward thinking with that new construction.
Next up let's talk about ventilation on this helmet. Now obviously you want the helmet to breathe well, Troy Lee I feel has really accomplished that here. You have over 20 vents. They're going to pull air through the helmet, you got multiple vents down along the chin bar and up along the eye port. What I like is that these vents up by the chimney eye port actually pull air through and it pushes it down into your goggle area so when it's hot if your goggles are fogging up that's going to help keep that to a minimum. Uderneath the visor we have more vents and also on the top of the helmet just behind the visor. Speaking of the visor, these screws are plastic and they will sheer away so if you did have a crash they're designed to break off. The SE4 helmet actually has nine internal channels built into the liner that are going to pull air through the helmet, it's going to take that hot air and push it through the six exhaust vents that you're going to have at the rear. So again, a great design of the helmet which is definitely going to breathe extremely well.
On the inside we're going to start out with the liner, now it's going to be a CoolMax and Dri-lex liner. It's moisture wicking, fully removable and you're going to be able to wash it easilly. On the cheek pads, first thing to point out are going to be emergency removal cheek pads. That is a huge safety benefit with this helmet if an EMT or a first responder needs to remove the helmet, these make it much easier and safer. To use them you're just going to take your finger, put it on the tab and you're going to pull up and out. I also like the neck strap, that they have titanium D loops, it just helps keep the helmet lightweight.
When you remove the inner liner you'll find a big yellow contraption going on in the inside. This is called MIPS. now MIPS stands for Multi-directional Impact Protection System. We're seeing this system used in a lot of the high-end helmets now. It's for angular impacts, so we know that most crashes they don't go straight up and down you're usually going at a high speed and so you're going to crash at an angle so what that MIPS system does it allows the riders head to rotate just enough inside the helmet that's going to slow down that impact. It's going to help disperse energy better so it's a very good safety feature that you're getting with that MIPS system. If you look at the top at that MIPS liner you are going to see a sticker that says eject approved design. So this helmet is also built to take the eject helmet removal system. If you're not familiar with that it allows a first responder or an EMT to pump air into the helmet and that will expand the helmet making it easier to remove from the riders head. Now just keep in mind though that is sold separate. But I love the design that Troy Lee has done with that system. Normally you'll see a cutout in the EPS liner where you put that ejection removal system, but Troy Lee didn't want to take away any of the EPS liner because that's what absorbs the impact. Instead they took your comfort liner and instead of putting padding on the top they've left that and that is where that eject helmet removal system would go. So they've thought forward, they said - hey we don't want to take away any of the safety from the helmet let's do it to the liner so it just goes right on top your comfort liner, it still works great, you don't notice it when it's inside the helmet. So again, you're getting that MIPS system along with that eject helmet removal system.
Moving on with safety, we are going to talk about the EPS liner inside this helmet. Troy Lee Designs have put 13% more EPS liner in the frontal headband area here and then 8% more in the rear, in the bottom of the helmet that's going to help absorb impacts. They say those numbers are 13% and 8% percent more than the next closest competitor. Now, EPS if you don't know what that stands for it stands for expanded polystyrene. It's a very dense foam that absorbs impact extremely well. Now the EPS liner on this helmet is actually three pieces and those three pieces are two different densities. The upper region is going to be a softer density then you're going to have a harder density in the lower rear region that's going to be for your slow, your mid, and your high speed impact. They want to make sure that you're going to have great protection regardless of the speed that you're traveling. In the chin bar here this is another great design and safety aspect to the helmet. They've used EPP lining instead of EPS. EPP stands for expanded polypropylene which is a dense foam that's going to absorb impact and flex very well, but it actually has some memory to it, so it's going to retain its shape much better. So if you'd like to carry your helmet by your hand if you want to hang it on your handlebars you're not going to damage that foam and it's going to keep its shape extremely well.
So they've thought about just about everything when it comes to this helmet as far as safety and functionality. I would love to hear your thoughts and comments on this helmet so make sure you comment below.
No magnetic visor system
No internal camelback channel
The Best Premium Motocross Helmet
So that wraps up my in depth review of the best dirt bike helmets on the market that meet your requirements. It's really tough to decide on a clear winner as there's not much that separates these premium helmets apart. You're guaranteed great safety with all these helmets so for me, at the end of the day it comes down to rider preference. Whether that be based on look or feel, the choose is yours. I love the look of the Fox range of helmets but the Alpinestars Super Tech M10 just has a few more bell's and whistles that I really enjoy.
Any enduro or motocross riders out there? Give us a shout in the comments section below and let us know where your favorite trail is at. Offroad and motocross riding necessitates a lot of gear: gloves, sturdy riding boots, elbow pads, kidney belts, roost deflectors, helmets… the list is exhaustive. Some of the gear you don’t need, some of it you simply can’t do without and some of it you think you don’t need, but actually you do. Most of the gear is for the rider, while other gear can be fitted to your bike.
Like handguards, for example. Many riders mistakenly think that a pair of motocross gloves provides enough protection for an offroad or motocross ride but we’re here to inform you otherwise. Acerbis handguards come in all styles for different riding (motocross, offroad and even for cold weather) and boast several important features.
Whether it's motocross riding, off-roading, enduro racing or just casual touring, Acerbis is a brand that delivers quality gear and equipment for every occasion. Established in 1973 in Italy, this leading brand produces high-level products to provide riders of all levels with the best two-wheeled riding adventure they could imagine. Today, Acerbis caters for the international market and continually innovates new products for a quality and modern riding experience. That being said we've tested a range of their handguards and decided to fill you in on our top choice of mx handgaurds as well as the best enduro handguards
We wouldn't want to be biased as there are definitely good equivalents from the Cycra and TMS brands, so of course we've put them to the test and gathered some common questions that riders have about handguards to help you better understand which is the best handguard for your riding.
Putting it simply, handguards are a piece of equipment that attach to the handlebars of your bike. Depending on your bike model and handguard selection, the handguards can be mounted to the inside of the handlebar either on top or underneath.
What is the Purpose of Handguards?
Despite their seemingly specific name, handguards actually have more than one purpose. The first (and most obvious) benefit of motorcycle handguards is the level of protection they offer for the more adventurous rider. Whether you love dirt bike racing, motocross, enduro or just hitting some rough and tough trails, you can bet on colliding with flying roost, tree branches, sharp rocks, uneven terrain and even other riders. Any object that hits you from the front will hit the handguard and avoid damage to your fingers, hands and palms.
Speaking of things deflecting off the handguard, that brings us to the second benefit of bike handle guards. The handguards provide adequate protection for your levers and you know how important those are. I don’t know if it’s ever happened to you but I hit a wicked branch once while riding and it knocked my right-side handlebar into the galaxy, severely damaging my levers. The repair cost an arm and a leg, about four times as much as it would have cost to just install an Acerbis handguard.
The third benefit is that handguards help you keep a good grip on the handlebar while riding. Did I mention that the wicked branch knocked me on the hand, too? So hard that I actually lost grip on that side and swerved off-track, straight into the wicked, wicked tree that was home to the wicked branch. Let’s just say it was NOT a pretty site (but the tree was fine, of course).
And one last benefit, for the dirt bikers out there. How many times do you try to wipe the mud off your levers, grips and gloves while riding? A lot, I’m willing to bet. Handguards seem to take a lot of the mud hit, keeping your levers and grips mud free and non-slip for those tough turns.
Will Handguards Distract Me Or Limit My Riding Ability?
Probably not, but this one is up to you. Enduro handguards are often reinforced with metal, which makes them heavier but also sturdier than their motocross counterparts. Steel bar-end inserts are often included to stop the guard from rotating in a crash. Enduro racing demands a more heavy duty handle guard that can withstand almost any situation, while motocross handguards perform fine without the added protection. Many riders go without handguards, claiming that they are too heavy, distracting or simply not necessary. I like my fingers whole and my bike pretty but this one is up to you to figure out. Run with both and see how you feel afterwards before setting out to buy a pair.
The Different Types of Dirtbike Handguards
Also known as open or standard handguards, these are a powerful choice preferred by professional riders. These are mounted to the inside of the handlebar either on top or underneath, depending on the model.
Motocross handguards are built with a rough terrain in mind and provide great protection from roost, debris and strong wind. They are also built with ventilation to provide maximum airflow. The clasp and mounts for motocross handguards can be made from several materials, with plastic and aluminium being the most popular choices for strength and flexibility.
An optional spoiler can be attached if you want to block off airflow, which is really convenient. Some MX handguards are able to pivot, which means they will hold up better against impact if you should fall.
Heavy Duty Handguards
These are handguards that wrap around the handlebar completely. I would say these are the optimal choice for enduro riding. They are mounted to the inside of the handlebar and also mount to the end of the handlebar – essentially, they cut off the end of your grips and throttle tube so if that’s something you can’t deal with, these are probably not for you. I’ve done a few rounds with full wrap-around handguards and surprisingly, they were less limiting than I thought they would be.
Since these are full and secure in two places, these are considered to offer a bit more strength and durability than mx handguards. If you tip over or crash in a way that might damage your handlebars, these handguards are more likely to protect levers from serious damage. Acerbis usually makes these from a strong injection-molded plastic, with an aluminium clamp.
A great choice for intermediate to expert riders that enjoy the occasional run, this enduro handguard comes at a very decent price.
If you’re worried about not having enough clearance between your hands, the handlebar and the enduro handguards, this model from Acerbis will serve you well. There’s plenty of room for cables and brake lines, with a strong curve outwards to give you some extra room for easy grip and manoeuvring.
The inner bar is aluminium for better protection and the shield part is made of a durable injection-molded nylon composite. The price range is nicely in the middle between the cheap stuff and the high-end, professional level handguards – a nice balance, and perfect for the intermediate to expert rider that goes out for the occasional trials or enduro runs.
I don’t mind doing a bit of extra effort when it means the gear comes at a great price. A bit of extra effort has never tasted so sweet.
I’m not a fan of modifying gear to fit with my bike but sometimes it’s necessary. Although this pair might need some slight modifications, TMS has designed these to be sturdy yet affordable. At this crazy low price, it is well worth the extra effort that installation may require. Like the Acerbis model, these have more than enough room for brake lines, cables and hand grip, with a reinforced interior bar for extra durability.
Beginner or moderate rider that hasn’t ran with handguards before? This is a great starting point since you won’t have to dedicate a huge chunk of your savings or riding gear budget for gear.
I've grown up with riding with Cycra handguards, Im a big fan.. and it feels good to support the economy by purchasing quality enduro handguards that are made locally.
Cycra is another great brand that produces top quality gear and equipment for bikes. This model comes with a probend shape and a center reach mount, and the best part: proudly made in the USA! It’s great being able to support local products, and easy to do when products are made to last and great to use.
The plastic abrasion guard is easily replaceable and the set comes with powergrip alloy bar ends and 1” spacers. Like the TMS model, this handguard might need some modification to fit on certain bike types but the set comes with everything you need to install the handguards easily, and installation is much easier than other models.
Are looks important? There’s a PowerMadd motocross handguard available in pretty much any color, so you’re in luck.
These handguards from PowerMadd are vented and come with vent covers, a nifty feature that lets you improve airflow on hot days or prevent it in cooler weather. These are multi-purpose and can be used on ATV’s and snowmobiles as well.
They also come in a wide selection of colors so if you’re picky about the look of your bike, these would be a great choice. In fact, you could probably buy a few colors to match your bike because the price is such a bargain. My bike is all black so I can choose pretty much any color and it still looks cool. I may or may not have purchased a bunch of these already… man, I hope my wife doesn’t read this. I also may or may not have hid them around the house so she doesn’t notice how many I bought.
Optimally vented handguards make it easy for you to enjoy motocross riding even on the hottest summer day.
Another vented option, this motocross handguard from Acerbis has a great design that allows for optimal airflow. Living in a hot, dry area? This is an ideal mx handguard for you. The set comes with a mounting kit, although it doesn’t include a bar to attach to the handlebars.
These are lightweight and won’t distract you while riding. Motocross riding is demanding and could be stressful, so lightweight mx handguards are a must for competitive runs. Acerbis always creates their handguards with potential scenarios in mind so you don’t need to worry about dealing with roost, dirt, tree branches or anything else that might come your way.
Everything you need in a motocross handguard and more. An easy install, aluminium brackets, rubber edges for better flexibility and a great design… ticks all the boxes.
Aluminium brackets, in-molded rubber edges, easy to install… what more do you need in a motocross handguard? Well, Cycra offers more. The set comes with a rotating bolt plate, meaning your brackets can be mounted below or above levers. That also helps ensure that the bracket fits pretty much any bike. The design is stylish, sleek and quality. If you’re looking for a good mid-range option, this motocross handguard is the one.
Great mid-range option
Rotating bolt plate
No color selection
The Best Motorcycle Hand Guard
Whether you’re looking to buy motocross or enduro/off-roading handguards, there are a lot of great models out there. As far as enduro handguards go, the Acerbis rally is our vote for the best motorcycle handguard. It’s great for everything from intermediate to expert riders, and the price sits nicely in the middle range. The handguards are sturdy, flexible and well-made.
Our choice of best motocross handguard goes to the Acerbis Uniko model. The vents are well-designed to support the best airflow possible, and they’re lightweight without compromising on the flexibility and structure of the product. Perfect.
The question isn’t what handguard you’re going to get. The question is: why don’t you have one yet?
I’ve loved camping ever since I was a kid but heading for the great outdoors on a bike takes the experience to another level. As I’ve grown older two things have changed.
The first, is the annoying fact that earning a crust impinges greatly on any leisure time. Secondly, I love a good gadget. Combining these two facts means that when it comes time to hit the great outdoors, I like compact motorcycle camping gear that works well.
So with this in mind, let's take a look at what you need to get the best out of your motorcycle camping trip.
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Every item on your trip has to earn its keep, why? Because weight and size are the enemies and there’s only so much crap you can get on a bike. So, if you’re looking at a motorcycle tent that’s up to the job, ask yourself a few questions first.
What Time of Year am I Going ?
Most tents are three season, this relates to spring summer and fall. If you’re taking your motorbike camping in the mountains during winter, then you’ll obviously need a specialist tent, and of course a snowmobile!
How Many Bodies Will I Try and Cram Into My Tent?
If you’re flying solo, then a two-man camping tent will give plenty of room for you and your motorcycle camping equipment. If you’re packing a ‘significant other’ who likes a bit of elbow room, you may want to consider a three-man. This type of tent will give you a slightly larger footprint, just be aware though that along with the extra size, comes extra bulk and weight. A lot of two-man tents on the market are ‘backpacking tents.' There's nothing wrong with them, it's just that all the emphasis is on how little they weigh and for me, they always feel a bit flimsy. I prefer to go for something a little more robust
How Robust is My Motorbike Tent?
By robust, I mean how heavy, and this is why you should always check out the ‘packed weight.' Here’s an example, the Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2 comes in at 2lb 5oz, whereas the Nemo Galaxi 2, weighs 5lb 5oz.
Now there’s nothing wrong with the Big Agnes but I’m not lugging it up a mountain on my back. The extra 3lb of the Nemo isn't an issue, so in this instance, go with personal preference.
Now if you're feeling uptight about your your bike having to spend the night outside you could consider an actual motorcycle tent like the Bike Shield so not only will you be protected, but you can tuck your baby safely into a bike tent. Weight does however, remain the enemy for anyone planning a motorcycle camping trip, so whatever motorcycle camping gear you choose, the overall weight of all your gear is an essential consideration and here's why.
Whatever bike you ride, the owner’s manual will give you the GVWR (gross vehicle weight rating).
Here’s an example of GVWR, a BMW 1200GS can safely carry almost 1000lbs before it handles like a pig on a skateboard. The standard bike juiced up, and ready to rock weighs in at around 525lbs, which leaves you well over 450lbs to play with.
That may sound like an awful lot but it includes rider, and or pillion, plus riding gear and that’s before you even begin packing it with your kit in your motorcycle backpack.
So what’s the deal with the Hydrostatic Head? In a nutshell, it is a standardized measurement that manufacturers of waterproof material use and it tells you your tent’s level of waterproofness. For example, if you see a tent with an HH of 5000, this translates to a fabric that can withstand a column of water 5000mm high, before it you get water ingress.
My last point to mention on the whole which is the best tent for motorcycle camping aspect is that while I do thoroughly enjoy motorcycle camping, I'm a fairly lazy camper so I'd prefer to opt for a quick motorcycle pop up camper, while they generally have a much lower maximum head height, the ease of use is just amazing, and not to mention the reduced weight from not having to lug around a bunch of heavy poles - but that's just my preference.
The next most important thing on the list of gear is a sleeping bag. A good night's sleep is crucial especially when touring. Shivering your nuts off all night in a bad bag is not recommended. When it comes to sleeping bags, there are three things to look out for, shape, filling and temperature range.
Shape breaks down into three basics styles; mummy, rectangular and tapered rectangular. The two rectangular variants are self-explanatory, with the tapered version narrowing down towards the feet. The mummy is very close fitting and comes with a hood. If you're someone who sleeps perfectly still and isn't claustrophobic, then the latter sleeping bag will do, otherwise consider one of the other two options.
All sleeping bags have one of two fillings, down or synthetic and each have pluses and minuses. The down bag is warmer and packs smaller. Get it wet though, and you may as well check into the nearest motel because your camping trip is over. Synthetic filled bags are cheaper, more rugged but bulkier to pack.
Like tents, sleeping bags are season rated, which in turn translates to safe temperature ranges. You will find most general-purpose bags are three season, and like a tent, if you intend it for serious cold weather, get specialist kit. You don't mess around with sub-zero temperatures.
A vital part of getting a good nights sleep when camping is keeping off the floor. Insulation from the ground will keep you warm and isolate you from the lumps and bumps. And answers to this problem range from thin foam mats to multi-cell inflatable beds.
As with everything you pack for a trip of this kind, it’s all down to trade-offs. A foam mat weighs next to nothing but is bulky, whereas an airbed packs a lot smaller but weighs considerably more.
Having gone down the foam mat route I can safely say that as a camping mattress foam mats are low on laughs.
Just bear in mind that an airbed needs inflating, so either pack a small hand pump or a 12v mini-inflator. If your battery is in good working order, it will handle an airbed without any problem.
Every aspect of camping equipment has improved dramatically over the years but cooking gear has lagged behind a little. Thankfully, technology has caught up and today’s options are a vast improvement.
The question you need to ask yourself before laying down the greenbacks is, what am I going to use it for? I know, it sounds like one of those ‘duh’ questions, but if your stove is going to be the sole source of hot food for a week, you need something up to the task while maintaining the requirement of compact camping gear for motorcycle camping.
You might consider a propane-powered unit with a decent size burner and pot stand like the Coleman Classic.
If however, you fancy something with greener credentials and an endless supply of free fuel, then a wood burning, Solo Stove Lite may be the answer.
For a weekend of coffee and ‘just add hot water’ meals the Jetboil Flash ticked all my boxes. It comes as a complete kit and the high output burner packs into its own cooking cup. It offer very efficient gear and a cool gadget all-in-one.
It doesn't matter what bike you ride, there is a right and a wrong way to pack it. Do it correctly, and you'll enjoy a trouble-free trip, do a shoddy job, by loading it poorly, and you’re an accident waiting to happen.
First of all, let’s look at stability. Motorcycle manufacturers go to all kinds of extreme lengths to get as much weight as low down as possible. Why? Because the higher the weight, the more it affects the bike's center of gravity.
On the road, this translates to the bike feeling top heavy and flopping into bends or the front end feeling vague and steering light. Pack too high and heavy, which is a common newbie mistake and you can even lose balance paddling through a car park.
The best way to avoid this is to spread all your kit out on the floor. This way you can see what you're taking and double check if you need it in the first place. At this point you should realize the importance of compact camping gear for motorcycle camping. If you have hard/fixed panniers, pack the heavy stuff low down.
This rule applies if you have throw-over panniers too, just make sure they can be secured to the bike in some way to stop them moving around too much. If you’re riding solo, use the entire passenger seat as this means the weight is inboard of the rear shock.
A wet bag will obviously keep all your kit dry, but it also keeps all your gear together in a neat oblong shape, making it ideal to lash across the top of your panniers.
Something to keep in mind here, if it's directly against your back, pack the lumpy things at the rear of the bag, so they don't jab you with every bump in the road.
Gadgets to Make Life Easier
Ok, so a sleeping bag isn’t strictly a gadget but the Three-Season Big Agnes Encampment, sure makes life easier. If you aren’t a fan of mummy bags and find trad rectangles bulky, then you will like the BA as it’s a combination of both.
It offers the warmth and compressibility of a mummy, but with extra leg room and if your back can stand a sleep pad, there’s a pocket underneath for it to sit inside. The bag comes in three sizes and can unzip flat, now that’s clever.
You may think you’re getting away from it all, but you’ve probably got a cell phone, GPS, GoPro or some other electronic device tucked away. If so, you need an FKANT Solar Charger. The positive is that all these items are ideal compact motorcycle camping gear. Built for outdoors it’s water and shock resistant, can boot up your smartphone in 60 minutes and the LED charge indicators are bright enough to use as emergency lighting.
We’ve all been there; you've just sat down to eat when 500lbs of grizzly comes calling with its eye on your curry-in-a-bag. Well, not today Bruin, that's not some ordinary old cutlery your packing, that's a Ka-Bar Tactical Spork.
Weighing in at just 2.4ozs, the serrated knife lives inside the body of the spoon for transit and then fits together to produce a serious piece of combat cutlery. If that’s a bit too cutting edge, check out the Eat N Tool, it’s a spork, bottle/tin opener, and wrench in one.
A definite must have on your list of motorcycle camping essentials is a good quality torch.
Anything can happen in the pitch black, just ask Vin Diesel. The Victagen Tactical 1230 is a small pocket LED torch that kicks out an incredible 1230 lumens on full blast.
Its got five lighting modes and a zoom facility which means you can go from illuminating your entire campsite to hanging it in your tent to read. It also has a strobe mode for emergencies, and its Li-ion battery is rechargeable via micro USB cable.
Lay everything out on the floor you intend to pack and make doubly sure it’s essential?
Take a minimum of two torches
If you buy a new motorbike tent, erect it before you go. You can make sure no parts are missing and that you can erect it on your own
When you buy a sleeping bag make sure it comes with a compression bag, (not all do) and check out its size when compressed
Secure your gear in layers, don’t put it all in a big pile and strap it on securely
Hard luggage or throw-overs, make sure your gear is in waterproof inner bags
Before you leave, go for a ride with your bike fully loaded. You can make sure everything is stable; see if the tires need more air, or the suspension pumping up
Keep your luggage away from lights and indicators
Check for anything that could potentially drop into the wheel or drive chain
Make sure you take enough food for the duration of your trip and can easily access water
Don’t leave food or food waste in, or around camp. Put it in a bag and throw it away or if you are going completely rural, hang the bag from a high branch away from your campsite
If you haven't got a kickstand pad, use a beer/soda can to stop it sinking into the ground
Never park your bike too close to your tent in case it falls on you!
If you light a campfire, make sure it’s out when you leave and take all your rubbish with you
Take a spare ignition key and put it in the zip-up inner pocket of your jacket
If you carry a cell phone or GPS, take some form of emergency charger
Tell someone reliable where you’re going (even if its just a rough direction) and when you are likely to be back
Ready to Camp
All of the above may sound like a big deal, and even seem to suck some of the fun out of motorbike camping but consider these points. Firstly, once you've assembled all of your motorcycle camping gear if you look after it, it’s going to last for many trips.
Secondly, although it sounds like I'm battering the point about packing safely, it is imperative. Your bike is tough enough to take all kinds of abuse, but don't take it for granted. Overload your bike or lash your gear on poorly, and things unravel very quickly on the road, and it’s seldom pretty.
Lastly, all of our top tips are just common sense. It’s just unfortunate that they generally occur to you when it’s too late, so take them on board and Experience ‘In-tents Motorcycle Camping at its Very Best’ will make your camping trip safer, and more enjoyable.
If I’ve missed any or you have some to add, be our guest and hit the comment box. Motorcycling is fun and camping takes it to the next level, so enjoy.
When I began writing this article, I attempted to make a rough calculation as to how many times I’ve started a bike over the years. As an absolute minimum, and not counting my misspent youth as a despatch rider, I would say at least 9000 times.
You would think that’s a sufficient number to get it right, but as every biker knows, motorcycles are not just a collection of metal parts. They’re alive, and if they don’t want to start, that’s it, you’re going nowhere.
For those of you who’ve been around the block a few times, we’ll be looking at more complex subjects. We’ll explore hot and cold starts, and engine cut-outs to name but a few.
Keep Calm and Twist the Throttle
- First Checkpoint
What Happens When Starting An Engine?
The internal combustion engine is simple in theory, but complex in its execution. To cut a long story short, this is what is happening internally, every time you start your motorcycle.
Fuel mixes with air and is compressed inside a chamber then ignited. The resulting explosion forces a piston via a conrod to rotate around a crankshaft with an external sprocket. The sprocket links to the back wheel via a final drive and achieves forward motion with every revolution of the crank.
How to Start a Motorbike With An Electric Starter
For a standard bike with an electric starter the steps on how to start a motorcycle are fairly straightforward
In order to set the whole thing in motion, firstly sit on your bike, turn on the gas at the tap, insert the key (for road bikes, see below for dirt bikes) into the ignition and turn it on. Your motorcycle should have a neutral indicator located either in your dash panel or inside a clock. This indicator light should be illuminated green, which means it’s out of gear. Make sure the handlebar kill-switch is set to run and if the engine is cold and fitted with a carburetor, pull on the choke and hit the starter button.
The last letter (C) refers to pulling on the choke, but the MSF also say it stands for clutch. They advise this relates to pulling in the clutch lever before you hit the starter button. That’s a bit too much like belt and braces for me, but it doesn’t hurt.
How to Start a Bike With a Kick-Starter
New to Kick-Starting?
If you’re new to kick-starting, try a few slow practice swings with the petrol and ignition off and the bike in neutral.
The 1969 Honda CB750 was the first production bike with an electric starter, and before that, you either developed a strong right leg or jumped a bus. Today, retro is in, and some manufacturers claim massive street cred for kick only bikes like the Yamaha SR400.
Don’t forget, a lot of dirt bikes are kickstart motorcycles, but whatever the reason, here’s how to kickstart a motorcycle.
The first five steps follow the electric start sequence (FINE-C) but then the road forks
Straddle your bike, swing out the kick-starter and push down with your foot till you feel resistance. By doing this, you’re bringing the piston up to TDC (top dead center). Your bike may feature a compression release mechanism, or as in the SR400, a kick indicator sight glass.
Either way, both will allow you to ease the piston over the compression stroke so that when you swing down on the kick-starter you're getting the most bang for your buck. Your leg action must be smooth, and the kick in one fluid motion, using the full length of the kick-starter’s swing.
Try to keep your resting leg and kicking leg slightly bent at the knee and after every kick, let the return spring ease the kick-starter back up at its own pace. Once the engine starts, fold the kick-starter back into place.
Starting a Hot Or Cold Engine
Obviously, the starting procedure is precisely the same as in our first section (in other words, follow the whole FINE-C routine).
The reason you're using the choke lever for a cold engine here is because it enriches the mixture. This procedure allows the air in the mixture to be restricted, so there’s more fuel in the combustion chamber, which in turn, makes it easier to ignite. This more volatile mixture is needed because cold engine oil is more viscous and requires more effort to move.
As you would expect, re-starting a hot engine requires the exact opposite. Your starting procedure, therefore, doesn't need any choke or twisting of the throttle, before you hit the starter button.
Don’t forget, if you’ve stalled the engine, the sudden lack of spark allows fuel to temporarily flood the combustion chamber. If you have a fuel-injected engine, hot and cold starts are automatically taken care of.
Dirt bike riders may also have something called a hot start lever on their bike, which acts in exactly the opposite way of a choke lever. Operating this device, manually withholds fuel in the combustion chamber, allowing in more air.
The Difference Between Starting a Two-Stroke Vs. Four-Stroke
Regarding starting the engine, two and four- stroke procedure is the same, the difference comes with the total number of power strokes per revolution of the crankshaft.
If engine sizes are similar, a two-stroke engine requires far less effort to start as it has no valve gear and fires on every revolution. Alternatively, four-stroke engines fire on every second revolution and generally have a higher compression ratio. For this reason, two-stroke engines require far less effort to kick-start. There are also a number of differences when it comes to size, ease of manufacturer and noise which you can read here.
Starting a Motorcycle With Engine Cut-Outs
Did you know that the collective governments of Europe, the US, and Australia, decided to save motorcyclists from themselves? Which is why you will find a series of ingenious devices around your bike designed to kill the engine.
I do get the safety concerns relating to newbies leaving their kickstand down or trying to start a bike in gear. Not one motorcycle safety organization or manufacturer, however, can provide sufficient evidence to suggest that these measures are needed.
Anyway, cutout devices are here to stay so let’s look at where they are and what they do.
Hinckley Triumph was one of the first manufacturers to have a side stand kill switch almost 30 years ago, and boy did it cause some problems! New owners would either not read the owner’s manual so were unaware of it, or the British weather would clog up the mechanism underneath the bike.
So in relation to you and your ride, it always pays to read the owner’s manual. This step is not nerdy, it’s common sense and will go through in detail, the correct starting procedure for your bike and the various kill switch traps, aka safety devices, employed.
The side stand or kickstand as it is known prevents the engine from starting if it is in the down position. It does this by having a small switching device attached to the stand and wired into the starter circuit. If your bike does not start even with the kickstand retracted, check that the switch is working correctly.
The other most popular kill switch is on the clutch, which means you need to pull in the clutch before the engine starts. It is possible to bypass both of these cutouts, but this is not advisable as it may void your warranty.
There can also be kill switches wired into the neutral or gear indicator. The best way to start your bike is to get into the habit of automatically going through your checklist. Look for a neutral light when you turn the ignition on, or a zero on your gear indicator, hold the clutch in and making sure the kickstand is up. If your bike is not start starting at this point you may try jumpstart motorbike.
Bump-Starting Your Bike
Bump or jump-starting is a method of starting your bike, usually when the battery has died. You can generally tell if this has happened by the dimness of the idiot lights and headlight, or if the starter motor is making a clicking sound.
Don’t despair though, a bump-start is the answer to your problem and although the thought of it may be daunting, it’s easier than it looks. All you have to do is observe some basic safety rules.
Before we get to the nitty-gritty, you need to make sure that it is a dead battery and not just an engine cut out that hasn’t disengaged. If all your lights are dim and the starter clicks, then it’s the battery. Hit the starter and hear nothing, and it’s more likely to be an engine kill switch.
Ok, its time to walk the walk and learn to jump start motorcycle. Firstly, go through your regular checklist, which should include, making sure you have gas, the tap is on, and the choke too if needed. The neutral light may be too dim to illuminate, so do a manual check by moving your motorcycle back and forth with the clutch out.
For an assisted bump, get one or preferably two people to help while you sit on the bike. Put the bike into second gear, turn the ignition on, pull in the clutch and yell "push".
When your volunteers have shoved you past the 5mph barrier, let the clutch out quickly and see if the engine starts. If it does, immediately pull in the clutch while revving the engine. Throttling the engine will help the alternator feed the battery, but MAKE SURE THE CLUTCH IS IN FIRST.
Don't let the bike tick over on its own until the engine has been thoroughly warmed up. Otherwise, it will stall, and you're back to square one. The best thing is to go for a ride as soon as it fires up.
If you’re on your own when your battery buys the farm, the checklist is the same only you will be supplying the forward motion. A word to the wise, pushing a bike to 5mph on your own is not easy, and trying to maintain momentum while jumping on and dropping the clutch is a skill.
If at all possible find a quiet hill to roll down, just make sure the road is free of traffic and get ready to yank that clutch in!
The Difference Between Starting a Road Bike Vs. An Off-Road Bike
To be honest, there's not a lot of difference between how to start a motorcycle whether it be a road or dirt bike. Checklist procedures are the same and when ready and depending on your make of bike either push that button or swing the kick-start.
A lot of dirt bikes are two-stroke, and kick-start only, which means they prefer a full swing of the kicker. Due to the lack of compression though, this can be performed reasonably rapidly and without much effort.
Kick-starting a four-stroke dirt bike follows the same procedure as our previous section. More care is needed though, to get the piston in the right position before adding your weight to the pedal.
The most significant difference between starting a road versus a dirt bike comes to light when the engine is hot. Some dirt bikes have a hot start lever, which allows more air than fuel into the combustion chamber. Road bikes do not have this facility.
Starting a Rebuilt Engine
For whatever reason work has been carried out on your engine, starting it for the first time after a rebuild is tense. The last thing you need is for the whole thing to come grinding to a halt, so before you even get to your starting checklist, look at the oil.
Whether you have a dipstick or a sight window, make sure the level is correct. Now you need to ensure the oil is circulating. This step is easier if you have a separate oil tank or know where the return oil line is. If you don't possess either, get the back wheel off the ground and remove the spark plug(s). Put the bike in gear, and manually rotate the back wheel; do this procedure with the ignition, OFF.
Alternatively, with the spark plug(s) removed, the gas off, and the bike in neutral hit the starter button and let the engine cycle a few times. Do this procedure with the ignition, ON.
So there you have it, how to start your motorcycle is no longer a mystery, and some of the more complex subjects relating to it are now clear.
We hope you enjoyed this article buy maybe we've missed something or failed to address an issue specifically related to your bike. Perhaps you have a top tip you want to share! Whatever the case, we’d love to hear from you in the comment section.
One of the most exciting activities out there is motocross, trails and off-road riding. There’s the thrill of speed and adventure but there’s also the chance that you might get hurt – in fact, as many as 95% of motocross riders suffer from a riding-related injury at some point. Common motocross injuries include broken collarbones, shoulder dislocation and bruised internal organs. Ouch, ouch and ouch. Luckily, a lot of these injuries can be mitigated by putting on the right protective gear. Chest protectors and roost deflectors are the best type of gear available to help protect against crashes and falls – read on to find out more about the best motorcycle chest protector we could find.
What is a motorcycle chest protector? It’s all in the name: it protects your chest while you are riding! But there is a bit more to the subject, which is what we’re here to share with you. We’ve given you an idea of how important kidney belts are while riding, and this is a similar piece of gear but extends farther upwards and across the torso to provide safety for the upper body.
Like most pieces of gear, there are different styles available across all price ranges but the basic concept is the same. A motorcycle chest protector is sturdy, strong and designed specifically to provide support and protection for the upper body and vital organs such as the heart and lungs while riding and/or racing.
Although chest protectors can be worn for casual riding and touring, this piece of gear is probably better suited for motocross racing and dirt bike riding. Chest protectors and roost deflectors are most commonly worn by off-road and MX racers for extra protection against the elements, crashes and flying rocks, dirt, sticks and everything else that attacks you while riding off-road. Riding out on trails without a chest protector or roost guard could mean a stick in the chest or a hard rock to the collarbone, while motocross could even mean a handlebar or foot peg bruising your organs if you should fall.
Many professional riders wear this gear underneath their jersey or racing jackets so if you don’t see anyone else wearing a chest protector, don’t be fooled – it’s there, it’s just hidden out of sight. Even if you’re just out there riding trails, a dirt bike chest protector could mean the difference between a plain old bruise and a nasty fall that could leave you with permanent organ damage or broken bones.
Motocross falls and crashes are inevitable. You need every piece of safety gear you can get. Not convinced yet? Check out this motocross fails video compilation and think again.
Chest Protector vs Roost Guard
There’s a bit of a difference between an mx body armor chest protector that covers the full upper body and a roost deflector, which is more lightweight and allows a wider range of motion while riding. Some riders find a full chest protector to be a bit uncomfortable and opt for the latter, which serves to deflect rocks, dirt and debris. Keep in mind though that a roost protector does not offer the same level of protection and probably won’t hold up as well as a full chest protector in a crash. Most modern chest protectors have been designed with comfort in mind and have contoured fits for a less intrusive effect.
Chest Protector vs Full Body Armor
Impact armor differs quite a bit from a chest protector and is primarily used by pro road racers and motocross/enduro riders. Impact absorbing pads are held in place by a tight race suit to provide maximum protection and safety. In terms of safety it’s much more encompassing than a chest protector and fully covers parts like collarbones that are most likely to be injured with mx riding. However, in terms of comfort, it’s far from ideal. Full body armor is prone to heating up way too fast, like a hot summer day but inside your suit. It may also impede your flexibility a bit.
Considerations When Choosing the Best Motocross Chest Protector
People are like potatoes, no two are the same. Make sure to find a motocross chest protector that suits your body type – and we don’t mean in terms of fashion sense. Your chest protector doesn’t have to flatter your body type. It does have to fit properly in order to provide that maximum protection and the best level of comfort possible.
Some chest protectors come with additional features, such as removable upper arm guards. It might seem like a minor addition but don’t underestimate the power of arm guards. As soon as you head into overgrown terrain and those tree branches give you a good whooping, you’ll realize that the arm guards make it much easier to prevent these stinging injuries and enjoy your ride at peace with Mother Nature.
Like with helmets, chest protectors and roost guards need to be ventilated. Well-placed vents allow air to flow naturally through the gear, thereby lowering the rider’s body temperature. If it’s not well ventilated, you’ll be ripping that chest protector off within minutes so go the extra mile and find one that gives you the breathing room you need.
Not surprisingly, different brands and models of chest protectors and roost guards will offer coverage in various areas. Roost deflectors can often be worn as a chest (front) plate only, with adjustable and removable back plates. Some heavy duty motocross chest protectors will have extra removable coverage for the arms and shoulders, and some include full chest and spine coverage. What you end up getting will depend largely on your personal preference and the type of riding that you will be doing, so think wisely about what you’ll need.
CE certifications indicate that the minimum safety standards for the gear in question have been met. It’s actually a European safety standard and mostly comes on products intended for the European market. However, it’s widely accepted as an international safety standard since there isn’t really anything else to go by. The DOT safety standard for helmets is specifically for the American market but there’s no equivalent measure for other protective gear.
For protective motorcycle gear including shoulder pads, kneepads and back protectors, CE certifications should be EN 1621-1/2/3 and preferably level 2 or 3 for maximum safety. Chest protectors with CE certification are recommended as they will provide the best protection for activities like off-road riding and motocross racing. Roost deflectors may have CE certification for certain parts of the gear, such as the front plate but often come without the CE label. If you’re getting a piece of gear that’s not CE certified, make sure that the materials used are good quality and that the gear will hold up well in case of accident.
I like buying gear that’s safety certified. There are a lot of companies out there that try to trick you with false features so a universal safety stamp gives me that peace of mind.
This is a full chest protector with the CE certification that we mentioned above. The back is CE EN16210-2 level 2 certified, while the front plate is CE EN 1621-3 level 2 certified for impact protection. Safety: check!
The Leatt chest protector has everything you need: a strong outer shell, an interior with ventilated soft impact foam and even a compatible fitting system for a neck brace. The protector covers the chest, back, shoulder and flanks well for ultimate protection. It fits securely and complements a rider’s motions so if you hate bulky gear that feels heavy and limiting, the Leatt model is a good choice for a dirt bike chest protector.
Light as a feather, ventilated and easy to use, this is a great roost guard for off-roading and motocross racing alike.
This one is a roost guard and not a full chest protector but the front shell is CE certified and sturdy. If you’re looking for a very lightweight option with great protection at the front, the Alpinestars roost guard might just be the one for you. The strap closure system is easy to operate and the materials used are ventilating and breathable.
If you plan on being out on those dirt roads regularly, you definitely want a roost guard with cooling ventilation and good materials that still provide flexibility. Loving it!
This is the chest protector of the future. Buy it now and you will literally be 10 years ahead of the times and ready to stay on Mars.
This one just looks so. Damn. Cool. Look at it. Like some futuristic gear for when we end up on Mars one day. It’s light in weight, it’s ventilated, it provides full coverage and both the front and back panels are adjustable. Not only stylish, but practical too.
Don’t play around with safety. There’s really no excuse to slack off with good gear – as you can see, there are a lot of affordable options that still look amazing and won’t be dragging down your style (like this one).
A 2-position back plate with lots of adjustable parts makes this a great choice for any body type. This roost deflector doesn’t discriminate.
Fox is a brand reputable for good gear that holds up well for racing and adventure. It’s important to get a secure fitting chest protector and Fox hit the mark with this one: in addition to having a removable back plate, the back plate can be adjusted in two different positions for a more precise fit.
The shoulder straps are also adjustable and the buckle system is easy to use. If you’re intent on getting a chest protector that sits perfectly, the Fox racing roost deflector is a great choice that fits almost any body type. It also fits really well under a jersey.
Initially I only purchased starter gear and it worked really well for me as a novice rider. It gives you the opportunity to test out what’s important for you specifically before diving in and spending a lot of money.
I like reviewing a budget option because as we all know, motorcycle gear can really drain your budget. This roost deflector from Fox is a good example of a sturdy piece of gear that despite an affordable price, doesn’t compromise on features like being adjustable and comfortable to wear.
If you like gear that can be changed for customization, this is a really good choice. The deflector includes padded arm guards that are both adjustable and removable, as well as shoulder connections that are adjustable. The fit is designed for racing and is well ventilated, although the sizing seems best suited to young adults and children.
Really great price
Not CE certified
In keeping with the idea of putting safety first, our vote for the best motocross chest protector is the Leatt 4.5 chest protector. The CE-certification for the plates are on point and if I’m buying a chest protector that’s meant to withstand the hardest blow from a tree or rock or whatever else, I’m not taking chances. The interior material is breathable and the ventilation seems more than sufficient for off-roading purposes.
If you have to go with a lighter option and are willing to risk the odds with a roost deflector, the Alpinestars A1 is a great mid-range option. The front plate is CE-certified and the interior padding is bio-foam – Alpinestars didn’t skimp on the material and although the roost guard doesn’t provide the ultimate safety for motocross or off-road racing, this option will surely protect the front areas that are covered. Safe riding, folks!
The phrase may relate to a cheesy 1940’s ad campaign for bowler hats, but when it comes to motorcycles, it’s very relevant. Regardless of whether you live in Illinois, Iowa or New Hampshire (no helmet states) it’s nuts not to wear a helmet.
Before you go throwing all that ‘let the rider decide’ stuff in the air, hear me out. The majority of bikers who choose not to wear a helmet have been around the block enough times and consider themselves able to make an informed decision, based on their riding style and skills. Personally, it's still a big no-no for me.
So, what kind of helmet will you need? The answer to this question entirely depends on what type of riding you do, just ensure that it's a good fit, and has a DOT sticker as a minimum.
Make Sure it Fits
Not everyone has legs like a stilt walker. Thankfully though, motorcycle manufacturers produce models with low seat height or at the very least, offer lower seats as an optional extra.
Being able to put both feet on terra firma is a necessary safety requirement to keeping your bike vertical whenever you stop.
Doing research online or scouring bike magazine adverts for your perfect ride is all well and good, but at some stage, you need to get yourself down to your local bike dealer and throw a leg over.
Specified seat height is a good starting point, but until you get behind the bars, you don't know the actual width of the gas tank or how much of a stretch it is to the bars.
These are both factors that play a part in whether you can control your motorcycle at a standstill. Be aware of the bikes weight too, enthusiasm for a specific make and model can blind us all to our limitations.
Protecting Your Assets
I'm sorry to tell you this, but it's a matter of when, not if, you go for a slide down the road during your motorcycling career. So the choice of what we wear is essential.
To put things in perspective, a typical pair of jeans in12oz denim will last less than half a second under these circumstances, while leather toughs it out for just over 4 seconds.
The same rules apply to jackets, and if we take contact points such as elbows, knees, and hips into consideration, the picture becomes even clearer.
No-one is saying that you have to wear a full race suit, and thanks to advances in fiber technology you may never have to invest in one. However, if you want to stick with denim or even cargo pants, just make sure they have a Kevlar or Aramid liner, many of which come with unobtrusive and removable body armor making them a win-win.
I’ve always been an advocate of the heavy leather jacket, but off the bike, a hot spell can make you feel like you're carrying the weight of a whole cow on your shoulders. Thankfully, street-styling has caught up with the textile armored jacket.
Locking it Down
Harley-Davidson was the first to tap into the whole aftermarket accessory/optional extra game, and now the likes of Ducati and Triumph are cashing in as well.
Triumph currently has a staggering 685 official items in their catalog, but regardless of make or model, the one that’s worth its weight in gold is ABS. BMW has the credit of introducing the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) to motorcycles in 1988, but Royal Enfield tried them out as far back as 1958.
What is it that makes them such a big deal, especially in the hands of a novice or returner? Until you've learned to control your reactions, which only come with time, grabbing a handful or foot-full of the brake is a pure reaction. It's also highly dangerous and can easily cause either or both wheels to lock-up.
When the brake is applied regardless of how heavily, the ABS releases pressure on the caliper many times per second. This action prevents the wheel locking and reduces braking time in slippery conditions by up to 30%.
Although at present it's an optional extra, in all probability as safety regulations become increasingly stringent, ABS will (in the very near future) become compulsory.
In the deep endless vacuum of space, motorcycle tires never lose air. Engines don’t leak oil and brake lines certainly don’t get air in them.
Any one of these three occurrences is inconvenient and messy, but the remaining two are potentially dangerous, hence why we should always give our bikes a quick once over, before riding.
For newer riders, the lessons learned at this stage will remain forever, and for returners, it's a good time to shake off that old bad habit of ‘start-and-go.' Performing a safety check on a bike can take less than three minutes, and it can save lives and dollars.
Flick the lights on and ensure they are lit up front and back, and while you are there give the horn a push. Finally, check out the tires. A visual inspection around the sidewalls will make sure there are no dinks or gouges. A quick kick will tell you if there’s enough air. If you’re not confident about the tire inflation, use a pressure gauge.
Knowledge is Power
To legally ride a motorcycle you need the correct license endorsement, and this will involve some form of aptitude test. Just because someone hands over a piece of paper saying you’ve passed, it doesn’t make you a motorcycle rider.
Becoming a bike rider takes experience and miles but what you can do is fast track this process. Taking a rider training course will add to your skill base, and supply the type of real-world road craft that you will need.
If you are a returner then a refresher course is a sound idea, you may have ridden coast to coast back in the day, but times along with highways have changed, and you may need to sharpen up those riding skills.
Organizations like the Motorcycle Safety Foundation run a number of different courses with varying skill levels throughout the country. Alternatively, some bike manufacturers run courses including Harley-Davidson’s New Rider Course, available at select H-D dealers.
One way to boost road riding skills off the chart is to take to the dirt. Off-road training schools have been around for years, but the increasing popularity of dual-sport bikes means there are lots of adventure bike courses running coast to coast.
It may seem odd that dirt riding can improve road skills, but believe me, it will. Learning how to spin the back wheel, lock the front and steer into a slide, will give any rider serious control skills and confidence.
Riding in groups is an often-overlooked skill and knowing how to do it right is a major deal. Take a look at bike-cops on escort duty who ride together like a well-oiled machine.
So what’s the big deal with riding in a line anyway? Well, it’s like this, get it wrong, and the potential for calamity is vast. There’s nowhere to go, no time to react and a domino effect is inevitable. It might be worth finding quality motorcycle accident attorneys.
Furthermore, it’s all too easy to get caught up in the excitement of being in a group and ride beyond your comfort zone. Luckily it’s not all doom and gloom, riding with a group of friends whether for a daylong ride-out or better still on tour, is hugely satisfying.
By observing a few simple rules, you'll get to enjoy the experience and live to tell the tale. Rule one, arrive fully gassed up and ready to rock. Two, find out where you are going and the approximate route. Three, ride in a staggered formation so that if someone slows down too quickly, you have a space to move into safely.
Four, take a cell phone and swap numbers with others in the group, that way if you break down or fall behind you're not on your own. Finally, rule number five, watch your mirrors; keep an eye on the bike in front, and look further up the line to give you the heads-up on a hazard or sudden braking.
watch your mirrors; keep an eye on the bike in front, and look further up the line to give you the heads-up on a hazard or sudden braking.
Windows to the Soul
Getting a face full of mega-bug like the Carrion Beatle or American Cockroach is no laughing matter. Multiply the weight of the bug by the speed of your bike and the velocity is enough to make a hot mess of an unprotected eye.
Regardless of what kind of helmet you wear, eye protection must always be a priority. Most full face helmets except Motocross styles have a pull-down shield and even an inner sun shade.
Open face or jet style helmets either come with some form of flip-up visor already installed or can take an aftermarket version. Goggles are a popular alternative; make sure to invest in a good quality pair with vented frames. You should also make sure your helmet has a loop and stud at the back to secure them.
Go down the half helmet route and eye protection is even more essential, just don’t be a cheapskate and think those cool imitation mirrored aviators are up to the job.
For motorcycle riding, lenses need to be high quality optically correct polycarbonate. Buy glasses with a range of replaceable lenses for varying conditions, or better still cover all your bases with photochromic lenses that change with the light.
Look On the Bright Side
Check the weather! Once again, we’ve ventured into the land of the glaringly obvious, but when you’re new to the saddle or a returner, it’s all too easy to get carried away in the excitement.
Take time out before you hit the road to see what Mother Nature’s got up her sleeve. It takes mere moments, especially if you’ve got a ‘smart’ cell phone with a weather app.
Regardless of where you live you’re going to get unpredictable or extremes of weather. In Texas, you can go from 80 degrees on the coast to blizzards in the north on the same day.
Oklahoma likes to surprise its bike riders with hailstones as big as tennis balls, and Arkansas's freak rainstorms are the stuff of legend. There is no need to be a fair weather rider, but not checking out the weather pre-ride, can turn a pleasure into a severe pain in the ass.
If the Hollister Riot of 1947 went a long way towards demonizing the biker as a boozed-up rebel, then the pot smoking chopper pilots of Easy Rider pretty much confirmed the perception.
Here’s the thing, bikers don’t need expensive artificial stimulants to get high, Mother Nature has provided them to us free of charge. Open the throttle on a winding stretch of road, and the rush of adrenaline will leave you buzzing.
The feeling of excitement or satisfaction from endorphins released from a good ride is also proof that you don't need to fill yourself full of chemicals.
It's a stone cold fact; motorcycle riding demands 100 percent concentration. That’s what makes it such a good stress reliever; there simply isn’t time to worry about anything else.
Don't ride, drunk or high, leave that for the B-movie actors. Instead, discover the Top 10 Motorcycle Safety Tips for Responsible Bikers.
That Covers it
If I’ve missed any or you have some to add, be our guest and hit the comment box. Remember, learning how to ride safely doesn’t detract from the fun, it makes the fun last longer
Another eyewear article because let’s be real, sunglasses are like shoes – you can never have enough pairs. There are so many styles available, and a lot of different features with everything from mirrored lenses to tints and colored lenses – not to mention the varying price ranges! There are few things as bad as that road glare that hits your eyes and leaves a scorching trail of pain as you struggle to regain composure. Finding the best motorcycle sunglasses is a must for any rider so without further ado, here’s our review of the best sunglasses for motorcycle riding.
Sunglasses are obviously vital for protecting the eyes from sunshine and can also be used to correct vision in prescription sunglasses. In cases of impact, sunglasses can help correct the eyes. If you’re driving with a half-helmet, a pair of sunglasses can even protect you from things like bugs, rocks and dust that could make it difficult to focus on riding. It might feel unnecessary to wear sunglasses under a full-face helmet but it’s a nice feature to have if you prefer clear shields.
The real challenge is finding a pair with a style that you love, a pair that’s comfortable to wear and fits within your budget… a challenge, but certainly not impossible. Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing the best motorcycle sunglasses:
Size and Fit
This is a no-brainer. If the glasses don’t fit properly, those babies ain’t gonna stay on your face. The glasses need to sit firmly on the face and fix behind the ears so they don’t move around while you ride. If you’re scared of the glasses sliding off, get a wrap-around pair with straps for a more secure fit. It might be helpful to take your helmet with to make sure that the sunglasses fit comfortably underneath.
This will depend mostly on your preference and is undoubtedly a fun part of the journey to finding your ultimate motorcycle sunglasses. Shop around and don’t settle for a pair you don’t like. If you are deadest on a steampunk pair, chase that dream. After all, you’re going to wear these on a daily basis. Here’s a fun quiz to help you find the right pair of sunglasses for your face shape and style.
Naturally, you can only shop as far as your budget allows. It might be less expensive to shop online. If you’re scared that the glasses won’t fit and you don’t want to go through the inconvenience of returning a pair, go fit them on in-store to make sure you like how they sit.
Lenses are one of the most important parts of sunglasses. UVA and UVB protection are important to have for protection from the sun, while impact and wind resistance are also great features to have. Other options include scratch resistance and wide frames with peripheral vision.
Look out for anti-fog coating if you’re going to be wearing the glasses under a full-faced helmet, can’t have any of that fogging business all up in your ride. Some lenses can even be switched out in favour of clear or tinted ones
Frames can be made from aluminium, plastic, carbon fibre (if you’re really fancy) and a lot of other things, with some manufacturers really getting creative. Plastic frames are a good idea as they are more flexible. Pay attention to the nose bridge of the frame and make sure that it sits correctly on your face. Try to choose a sturdy frame that won’t break or get damaged under the helmet. Some frames have a bit of flexibility and many are lightweight – choose one that will be comfortable for those long hours of open-road riding.
Padding and ventilation are really important in sunglasses – I’m giving you the Pestana promise on this one.
Here’s a perfect example of a wrap-around pair of sunglasses that can be adjusted for a secure fit. These are especially well-suited to motorcycle riding as they have great ventilation openings at the sides and really comfortable padding. Wrap-around sunglasses are perfect for all types of riding from off-roading and motocross to casual riding and touring.
I’ve had a pair that didn’t have good padding OR ventilation and for lack of a better word – it absolutely sucks. Take my word for it and splurge on the extras that will really make a difference, you won’t regret it. The Pestana promise.
I love it when I find a piece of gear that seems unbreakable, like the Nokia 3310 that will never die. Find a pair that will last through your toughest times.
It’s all in the name. A wind blocker is exactly what you need if you’re the half-face helmet type. The glasses have foam-lined eye inserts that seal well against the wind, with UV protective lenses to deal with the sunshine. A back strap can be attached for a more secure fit or can be left off for more casual wear.
A plastic frame and lenses make it difficult for these glasses to break easily – they’re anti-scratch and impact resistant. The price is also great so if you’re the clumsy type and do manage to break them, no worries!
I like looking cool. Get a pair that makes you feel good about your reflection and that fits well, too.
Can you say polarized? These glasses are amazingly stylish and without compromising on important features like polarization. There are safety standards for sunglasses – bet you didn’t know that. And these are actually certified as exceeding OSHA occupational safety standards so you can be sure these are pretty good quality. The glasses can also be used in occupational environments like sporting, tactical and even industrial safety (but we recommend sticking to your sweet ride!)
We’re throwing around fancy words like cranial geometry and tapered frames but don’t get confused. Basically, Oakleys are built to fit well and you can’t go wrong with a good pair.
Ahh, Oakleys… one of my favorite brands. All bias aside, Oakleys are quality and make a real effort to include features beyond just the normal features of UV protection. Oakleys has used cranial geometry (yeah, I also didn’t know it’s a thing) to make frames that taper in close to the head. If you’ve ever tried to fit a helmet over sunglasses that are too wide or big, you can appreciate what Oakley has done here: they’ve made a pair of sunglasses tailored for motorcycle riding! And with a great sense of style, too.
Switching out lenses is a fun way to customize your sunglasses – and your motorcycle riding experience.
I love being able to change my lenses. Clear for nighttime, tinted for those long sunshine days in the summer… it might seem like a lot of effort to change out lenses but once you get into the swing of it, it becomes second nature. And even though they’re so easy to switch out, they don’t really pop out easily. These are great for changing lenses easily and I love the level of customization I get with these.
The glasses are anti-fog and UV protected, and come with a rubber insert for extra wind protection. Smoke lenses are great for bright sunny days, while the amber lenses are well suited for other weather conditions.
Different lenses included
Sturdy frame and lenses
Higher price range
The Final Say
Honestly, just buy all 5 pairs. I love collecting gear. I probably shouldn’t have as many pairs as I do, but a man needs to enjoy his hobby. There are good features to all of these pairs and you can’t go wrong with any of them. In terms of superior features, we vote for the Oakleys. Yeah, they’re gonna take a massive cut out of your budget but these are a pair that will stay for life.
The Oakleys are geometrically tailored to fit perfectly under a motorcycle helmet… how can these not be the best motorcycle sunglasses around? If you don’t have the money for that right now, get the great WYND Blockers in the meantime (still great quality at a good price) and save up for the pair you want for the long run. Stay cool!
While motocross riding is all about strength, concentration and finesse, the most important thing is your protective gear. The helmet is the most crucial piece of protective gear, but this is followed by the boots. Motocross boots are absolutely necessary to keep you safe on the track, and Sidi boots are some of the best boots out there.
The ankles, calves and feet endure the brunt that comes with the sport more than the rest of the body. Sharp boulders, hot engines, other dirt bikes - all can lead to serious injury to your lower extremities, which is why the use and importance of boots shouldn’t be undermined.
Sidi, the Italian brand known for its contribution to sports gear has a range of excellent motocross boots that we have reviewed below.
Part of the game when dirt biking is the sand, mud, rocks, water and brush. These can vary in size and shape and can be difficult and dangerous to navigate through (which is half the fun if I'm being honest).
The main benefit of Sidi boots (much like Alpinestars) is the protection they offer. They protect the feet, calf, and shin area from injuries by protecting the lower legs from trees, rocks, and even other riders. Many motocross boots extend to under the knees and are typically either water resistant or waterproof. For this reason, motocross boots are an absolute must for anyone riding dirt bikes or motocross.
Sidi Motocross Boots
Tradition and values coupled with commitment and an international network, make Sidi a reputable company present all across the globe. Due to their guaranteed superior quality, they are the primary choice of some of the biggest names in the off-road motorcycle racing world.
What to Look for in Sidi Motorcycle Boots
Despite what you might think, your ankles and feet are very fragile. It is crucial to support them as well as protect them from the potential harm that can come while riding your dirt bike, so here are a few factors that you should consider when you purchase dirt bike boots:
The most important factor of any boot is the protection it offers you. Motocross and off-roading are much more aggressive than other riding disciplines and thus the boots require the maximum protection. Boots particularly designed for motocross or enduro riding feature built-in components which offer protection in all the areas it is needed most (which is basically everything from the knee down, your knee braces will look after the knees).
Take care not to buy motorcycle shoes that claim to be motorcycle boots, but don’t even cover the ankles. Also, remember that your chosen boots should not only cover the shin, ankle, and foot - they should also provide sufficient support such that the boots can help the ankles and feet withstand a serious force without twisting. However, if you are not looking for a pair of boots for gnarly riding terrain, you might be interested to read more of our post on why you should consider a decent pair of motorcycle shoes
Another vital factor to take into consideration is the way the boots are constructed. Everything ranging from the materials, to the way the boots are held together make a crucial difference in your safety. Since all boots are created differently, it is important you educate yourself on the materials as well as the methods of construction to find the best pair.
The key difference between motocross boots and boots of other riding styles are the heavy duty protection the dirt bike boots provide due to the tough outer shell which is built for the purpose of withstanding impact from all angles. Tough leather parts of the boots are usually protected by a strong plastic shield, it is the hard outer plastic shell that differentiates motocross boots from the likes of Harley-Davidson boots.
When it comes to motorcycle boots, it's very likely that when you buy a new pair they will feel very uncomfortable at first. The materials will be hard and stiff and your foot won't be used the shape of the new boot (although my foot felt great when I first slipped into my Sidis). The uncomfortable sensation is normal and it will take time to wear in your new MX boots, watch the video below on how to do this.
How comfortable the boots are becomes the determining factor of how long you can wear the boots, so it is important to find a pair that feels good. Before you commit to a pair for long rides, be sure to wear them for some time to see if you feel any uncomfortable spots or pressure points that will bother you when you hit the track.
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Importantly, despite their low prices, these boots still offer decent protection. Although the goal of this article is to provide you with information and recommendations on Sidi's top off-road performance boots, we have actually reviewed one of their best non-performance Sidi motorbike boots as well.
How to Break in Sidi Motocross Boots
After using the same boots for some time, you will find that they get softer and more malleable, and hence comfortable and provide less hindrance to your ride. When you trade these soft boots in and first put your new boots on, they will most likely feel like they are made of stone. They will be constraining and uncomfortable - but this is normal. You do not necessarily have the wrong sized boot, more likely you just need to break them in.
There are some initial things you can do (see below) to prepare your boots for the first ride. We won't go through these as the video above outlines the basics. However, once done with that, the best way to break in boots is to just go riding. Put on the pair of boots you have purchased, flex it a bit to prepare it, but ultimately deal with the initial discomfort that you feel, and spend a day out riding. In short time, they will break in and you can enjoy riding comfortably.
These boots are the flagship Sidi boots. Offering the highest quality of construction and best protection and adjustability, a must for anyone who cares about the safety of their ankles.
The top-the-range pair of offroad Sidi enduro boots, the Crossfire 3 SRS are the revamped version of the 2 SRS boots. If your only consideration is quality and the protection of the boots, this is the pair for you - it is however the most expensive pair, but what price can you really put on your feet and ankles?
Available in multiple colors to match your bike, kit or personality.
These boots feature an innovative addition to the 2 SRS. The 3 SRS comes with an ankle pivot system to stop the ankle from hyper-extending and tearing the joint. The soles are also thicker and deeper to allow the foot to sit more comfortably in the boot.
The construction is of the highest quality. The Air Teflon Mesh and Cambrelle lining allow for comfort and breathablilty, while the upper of the boot is made with sturdy Lorica and full grain leather. They also come with a replaceable shin plate to protect the vulnerable shins from absent minded tree branches.
These boots are easy to customize and modify. The adjustable buckles are easy to operate and come with memory-regulation system to stay in place once they have been adjusted. The diameter of the calf area can also easily be adjusted to provide a great fit over ankle and knee braces.
The classic Sidi boot. These boots are well known for their quality. Not as modern as the Crossfire 3 SRS, but with a more manageable price tag.
The precursor to the Crossfire 3 SRS boots, this pair is a classic. Cheaper than the Crossfire 3, but not with a huge compromise on quality - you can feel comfortable pushing your limits while riding in these.
Not only are the boots sleek and stylish, they also feature an innovative design. The SRS stands for "Sole Replacement System" which is the defining feature of the series. With SRS, the sole can be removed, and replaced allowing the boots to be used for different riding disciplines.
They come with a number of adjustable settings which include a memory retention system as well as the Dual Flex feature, allowing riders to adjust the shin size according to their preference.
The quality of the boots is unquestionable. The leather, as well as the microfiber material, are sturdy and not stiff at all. Lined with Air Teflon Mesh and Cambrelle for comfort, they come standard with removable toe defenders and shin plates that protect the two highly vulnerable areas of the legs and feet. Additionally they come with a shock absorbing heel, to prevent the joints and heels from sprain and injuries.
If you have any doubts about the strength of these boots, check out the video below
These Sidi boots are known to be highly waterproof, the Gore-Tex lining makes them perfect for riding in wet conditions while you remain protected from the roughest of terrain.
Another great pair of Sidi MX Boots are the Adventure Gore boots. These boots are ideal for the rider who is riding in wet terrain, and needs to protect their ankles while maintaining affordability and style.
The boots are lined with the Gore-Tex waterproof and breathable membrane and also feature a polyurethane shin plate, two buckles as well as a Velcro strap closure. The upper part of the boots is made from split grain and top grain leather.
These boots features include a flex system and adjustable straps. The Gore-Tex lining not only keeps water out, but also allows moisture to escape - however this can make the boots hot under normal conditions. While I would not put these boots in the same high end off-road performance boots as the one's listed above, I would mark these as great value for adventure riding.
A cheaper pair of Sidi motocross boots, while still not compromising on the quality of protection to keep you safe while riding.
Sidi has manufactured many great motocross boots, another one of them being the Sidi Crossfire 2 TA boots. The construction of these boots is very similar to the 2 SRS, but the sole is not replaceable but they are, however, a bit more affordable, offering a good compromise.
The quality and protection of these boots is as good as the SRS models, so you can take these on the rockiest climbs without fear.
The outer material is made using microfiber and leather while the inner liner is made using with the same Cambrelle and Teflon air mesh as the SRS. There is also a thermoplastic defender on the toe area which provides great protection against damage to the toe.
The boots come with adjustable buckles that are replaceable as well as easy to use. The adjustable buckles are fitted with the same memory regulation system and dual flex systems as the SRS series, so the boots enjoy flexibility and ensure the natural position of the foot bed.
The boots feature three extended ribs at the back to help the rider in making upshifts with the heel. Additionally, the heel is shock resistant, anatomically shaped, and rigid, providing maximum protection.
Easy to adjust
Cheaper than the SRS
Ribs on the rear help the rider upshift
The sole is not replaceable and can be slippery in ice, snow, and mud
These boots are not recommended for extreme off-roading, but are more suitable for the casual cruiser. You might even get away with them at work if they weren't covered in mud.
The ultimate dual purpose motorcycle boot. These boots are the best compromise of practicality, price and fashion. Not truly sidi enduro boots, they are more suited to casual use.
The boots come up lower than the other boots, but still protect the ankle. and also come with a waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex membrane to keep the rider dry. The top grain leather construction and double stitching makes sure that the boots stay stable for years, while the ratcheting instep buckle makes sure that the heel stays firmly planted. Moreover, the thick soles dampen the engine and road vibrations that are sent via the pegs.
These boots are equipped with a Velcro band closure system on top of the ankle and a micro adjustable strap system below the ankle.
They come with a rigid nylon innersole and a full-length inner gaiter. The removable arch support coupled with internal heel, ankle, and toe protection provides comfort and protection. The boots feature nylon plating, leather toe shift-brake pad, and internally padded shin plate.
The boots are highly comfortable without any areas that pinch the foot. The sole has a lug-type grip non-slip sole that offers good grip and is very easy to clean; the dirt can just be gently brushed off, and boot cream can be used on the shiny parts. A good choice for the more casual rider.
Stylish dual-purpose boot
Easy to clean
Cheapest pair of boots reviewed
Not as sturdy the stronger boots
Ankle isn't as high as some of the other boots
The Best Sidi Boots
Considering all the five boots, it is safe to say that my favorite boots are the Sidi Crossfire 3 SRS Offroad boots. They are highly innovative and incorporate the latest technology to offer the best in protection and comfort, and despite being the most highly priced among the five, these are our primary choice.
These boots offer
The ultimate protection for feet and ankles
High quality construction
High comfort for extended rides
The trusted reputation of the Sidi brand
For dirt biking, you need boots that are not only comfortable but also super flexible and the Crossfire SRS 3's sole replacement system coupled with the memory regulation system make sure that you enjoy a good riding experience. They also provide the best protection, so you can worry less about being (seriously) injured while enjoying the world's best sport. Get yourself a pair of Sidi boots!