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  1. It seems pretty good. I've got 100 miles on it. One more Off-Road adventure and then I'll be doing a review.
  2. I use a Bell Air Glide to keep the Tubliss at 110 psi. I installed my current set of Motoz with it as well. Under $30 at Walmart.
  3. If you see a tree down that's blocking a trial or creating a sketchy bypass, post it up on this thread and hopefully some lunatic with a dirt bike wielding a chainsaw will see it and take care of it when they have a chance. Post a picture if you can. It'll help to determine the size of saw required. ALSO, if you read of a blockage and fix it, let us know you took care of it so we don't haul a saw around while we ride all day for no reason. That sucks. I haven't seen any updates in a while on trail conditions at Walker, so I'll post what I know. As of Monday, anything not blocked by snow was open. I cut out the tree partially blocking Tooler. Someone else got the big one on Cavanaugh that broke the bridge railing. - Curt's and some of SMC are closed for logging - DNR was up there draining the lakes from JAM Trail
    Recently, I jumped through all the hoops required by Washington State to make my woods-ready 2-stoke MX bike street legal. Mirrors were required and while I did get a cheapo pair with the dual sport conversion kit I used, when the folks at Doubletake Mirror offered up their new "minimalist" Trail Mirrors for review, I jumped on it. I knew that Doubletake has a reputation for bulletproof mirrors and the ultra-simple design of their new mirrors appealed to me for conditions that I ride. I received a pair of mirrors that were individually packaged and noted that I they are no bigger than what many ladies carry in their purse for applying make-up (2" to be exact). Also in each package were two heavy-duty, UV resistant Panduit ® zip ties and a sleeve they ride on for added friction (helps the mirrors stay in place). Trail Mirrors have a convex shape to create a wider field-of-vision and its base is angled so that they point behind you. Of course, orientation will vary slightly based upon the sweep of the handlebars you are running. Install? About 30 seconds per side once you decide where on your handlebars to put them and to make fine( up/down) adjustments before fully snugging up the zip ties. I did read on the Doubletake Mirror website that the Trail Mirror is not US DOT approved, but I can't really see any LEOs giving you a hard time about them. I'm certainly not worried about it. Your mileage my vary. How do they work? For testing I did some commuting to work as well some full-on hard enduro trail riding at Walker Valley ORV. > On the Trail Despite plenty of rough terrain, trail brush, and a few "offs", the mirrors stayed right where they were installed and came away with not even a scratch. Replacement glass is $10.00, but if you manage to break these, you'll have bigger worries. Not that you need mirrors for trail riding, but I can see how they would be helpful if you needed to keep track of someone tailing you on group rides. A plus for us seasonal cold weather riders is that the mirrors are compatible with hand guard mittens. > On the Street Because of its "minimalist" design, Doubletake Trail Mirrors are only "adequate" for the street; better suited for connecting trails than daily commuting. You either have to lift an arm or lean the bike to see behind you. However, in the curves or at night when headlights are visible, the mirrors work fine. Since the mirrors are mounted directly to the handlebars, there is little-to no-vibration that effects the reflected image like there can be with extended mirrors. So, what's my overall opinion of the new Trail Mirrors from Doubletake? if you are going to be mostly hitting USFS roads between trails or zipping over to your local riding area, these things work phenomenally. But for more regular traffic use, they require a little too much extra work for my taste. Also, at $25.00 per mirror, there are cheaper basic options out there. At the same time, the Doubletakes seem indestructible and are rebuild-able. Like anything dual sport, these mirrors are trade off, ideal for some, not for others. Only you can decide if they are right for where you ride. More @ https://www.doubletakemirror.com/
  4. Doubletake Mirror Trail Mirror

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    The trail mirror mounts directly to your handlebar with a Panduit ® tie wrap and sleeve. These are much stronger than ordinary ties and are UV resistant. Indestructible- Made from reinforced Zytel. Excellent visibility. SAE spec convex lens. Guaranteed against breakage. Made in the USA.
  5. I just plated a bike and it did take a while. The lady that helped me had not previously registered an off-road bike for Street use but they figured it out. I use AMSI locally. They seem to have their crap together better than the actual DOL offices.
  6. You can build on private land. The DNR doesn't like competition. The best way to keep your trails from getting beat up is to keep them hush hush and disguise the entrance. Avoid switch backs if you can. Flagging tape is your friend. Chainsaw and Pulaski are the basics needed. CamelBak makes a trail builder pack to haul it all. Or there's a few companies that make saw mounts. I prefer the backpack myself. For trail maintenance of course.
  7. I just did this to my '04 MC 250. It's SO much fun around town! I didn't change anything from my normal woods setup. Running 12/52 sprockets so anything over 50mph is a little unpleasant. I used the Tusk universal dual sport lighting kit for bikes that already had headlights. Kick start only still with just the small battery that runs the LED lights and horn. I also went Trail Tech on the speedo with the Endurance II plummed after the regulator for constant backlight. Why did I wait so long to do this? Now it gets riddne 3/4 days a week.
    When riding slower, technical wooded trails, I can overheat quickly without gear that vents well, especially when it comes to helmets. Most helmets are designed to vent at varying levels, but most are only effective with some speed. Based on the positive experience with my well-worn first generation Klim F4 helmet , I wanted to see if they had genuinely improved it with the F3. Among other things, the F3 now boasts a whopping 13 intake vents, 6 exhaust vents, and field of vision has been nicely improved. Sounds great to me! In an effort to keep weight down, the Klim F3 is roughly 10% smaller that typical lids, but it continues to meet (or exceed) ECE and DOT safety approvals due in part to Klim's "Structure Mapped Composite base material lay up". Not only do lighter helmets reduce rider neck fatigue, it's less moving mass in a crash. So, smaller surely doesn't necessarily mean a compromise in rider safety. It's also designed with popular neck braces in mind (I wear an EVS Sports RK4). My initial impression of the Klim F3 was that it looked like a quality piece, both well put together and finished. Klim sent one finished in matte black and I was pleasantly surprised that it didn't look cheesy like some others I've seen with the same finish. Hopefully the black won't soak up summer heat! The F3 comes with a handy storage bag, an insert that covers your nose and mouth for riding in cold weather, extra visor hardware, but disappointingly, no spare visor. To test the Klim F3, I headed to Walker Valley ORV in NW Washington State. I knew that this time of year would be a good test because of snow. Now, you'd think snowy weather would be cheating for a helmet that already claims to have great ventilation, but since the riding was slow and technical, and I had to frequently get my bike unstuck or pick it up out of the snow and ice, I worked up a whole lotta' body heat! And while the bike may have been steaming, my head remained relatively cool. Pretty darn good for slow speed, very physical conditions. To test the F3's air flow at speed, I dropped down in elevation and rode some of the easy trails and ripped a few high speed gravel roads. Yep, she vents... to the point where my head was cold. No question that the F3 outflows the F4 and that's saying something because the F4 worked what I thought to be incredibly well. There is no way to throttle or close off the vents, so depending upon your comfort level, an under helmet beanie might be in order in very cold conditions. I did spend a day taking a rider safety course where it was a downpour the entire time. At no point did I see or feel any water seeping in through the vents. That's a major plus! Did Klim improve the rider's field of vision with the F3? Absolutely, both with and without goggles. I'd say the FOV is incredible. It's amazing what you can see out of the corner of your eye. No more surprise mountain lion and/or bear attacks! Helmet Eye port Comparison F4: 8.25" W by 3.5" H* F3: 9" W by 4.25" H* *From top of nose piece to upper part of eye port Is the F3 comfortable? Yep. No discomfort or pressure points from the cheek pads, liner (both feature "adaptive smart foam"), or chin strap. And, it's light enough that I didn't feel the need to take it off after a difficult trail. The F3 weights in at 3lbs. 3oz., nearly a half a pound lighter than my old F4. Lastly, no interference or conflicts with my EVS neck brace. Since my initial test rides where I got nice and sweaty, I've sent the cheek pads through the washing machine with my other gear. They are easy to remove and snap neatly back into place with no hassle. The helmet liner is made from anti-microbial/bacterial fast-wicking textiles, so it should stay relatively stink/cootie free with periodic cleaning. My overall opinion of the Klim F3 helmet is high. This helmet did not disappoint me; it breathes incredibly well, you can see everything, it's super light, and quite comfortable. I repeatedly got the bike hot, but my head never suffered the same problem. For the tight, technical stuff, you gain a great advantage with being able to see what your next obstacle will be. And, it's also very reasonably priced for a premium helmet at $299.00 USD. If you get uncomfortably hot while riding, I'd definitely checkout the Klim F3.
  8. Thank you Russ for the great review on new EVS neck brace. I have the old style just like the one pictured on the left. It's not only heavy but limits my head tilting back for steep uphills. I normally only wear it on extreme rides.

  9. Face punches for the lot of them then!
  10. I just had to deal with that tax yesterday. I plated my GasGas and they wanted the weight. Was that an Inslee bill?
    I have become very familiar with EVS products over the last few years, wearing their chest protector, knee & elbow pads, and first gen R4 race collar. EVS asked if we had any interest in giving their all-new R4K Race Collar a shot, the list of improvements sounded interesting, so we had them send one over. What's new with the EVS R4K Race Collar? After a quick read of the EVS website, my take away was all-new build materials and an alternative way to secure it. So. basically everything? Not necessarily. It still has the same Rapid Lock closure system, adjustable rear strut, and fastening straps. Improvements include a sleeker, more aerodynamic shape, an alternative X-Strap fastening system, and lighter weight (1.3lbs. vs. 1.8). But, the meat & taters for me is the all-new inner core that is now made from "state-of-the-art hi-tensile EVA foam with Koroyd." Sounds high-tech and it is. Koroyd is a co-polymer extruded tube system designed to absorb and redistribute an impact. Look it up, it's actually pretty neat stuff! The rest of the R4K shell is made from reinforced nylon coming in two sizes (youth and adult) and two colors (black, white). Since I've been riding with the previous gen EVS collar, I was in a good position to see how they had improved upon it. I tried out the new X-Strap fastening system and I felt like it just wasn't for more me. Don't get me wrong, it's easy to put on and plenty secure, but I prefer the elastic harness with a buckle. The X-Strap doesn't have a way to adjust how tight it is, while the harness does, giving me full control over how it fits. Since helmet shell shapes & sizes can effect range of motion while wearing a neck brace, I tried the R4K with three helmets (2 Klim's & 1 Bell) and didn't notice any interference. Another plus for the R4K collar is that if you have any neck brace friendly riding jackets, it will likely fit them just fine. I tested the collar with my two Leatt nasty weather jackets and found no fitment issues. I also tried the collar with and old pressure suit as well as an EVS chest protector and fitment was good across the board. So, I'd say that the R4K is pretty flexible when it comes to gear compatibility. Is the R4K comfy? I'd say so and more so when compared some of the other brands that I've worn. When riding rough terrain and even after a couple of falls, the R4K collar stayed put and never became unfastened. Best of all, when riding, it doesn't get in my way, not working against me. My overall opinion of the EVS R4K Race Collar is that it's a great way to stack-the-deck in your favor against injury without breaking the bank. I appreciated the new found weight savings and the sleeker design that plays nice with different helmets, jackets, and other safety gear. Thankfully I've not had a fall that really tested the Koroyd core, but having learned about this technology, I simply don't see how it can't improve the effectiveness of a product that I was already happy with. More @ http://evs-sports.co...llars/r4-series
  11. EVS R4K Race Collar

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    The R4K is a completely new race collar for 2016. It features a revolutionary Koroyd™ core with superior impact absorption and a reinforced nylon upper shell. The chassis has been completely redesigned to be lighter and more aerodynamic. In an impact, the head is pushed down on the race collar. The R4K effectively fills the gap between your helmet and shoulder with Koroyd, which absorbs impact energy better than standard race collar materials. - Koroyd® engineered core for superior impact absorption - Reinforced nylon upper shell - Lightweight, aerodynamic chassis design - Rapid lock closure system for easy front entry - Integrated X-Strap cleats - Polyurethane foam base - Sizes: Youth, Adult
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    From Monday.