Sidi invented the X-treme
boot by taking the hallmark
features of the previous
Charger boot and throwing
in attributes from the top-tier
Crossfire2 boot. The result is
improved overall support, a
lightweight feel and an under-
$400 price tag.
VERDICT: It should be noted
that all Sidi boots come with
Italian lasts (the sole shape),
which means that they run
narrower than a typical boot
designed for wider American
feet. Make sure to try the
X-Treme boots on before
committing to a size.
Luckily, Sidi is one
of the few boot
manufacturers to offer
www.motonation.com or (619) 401-4100.
in the USA from
aluminum. The hubs
have double bearings
on the drive side of
the hub for increased
strength, and the bearings
are high-end TPI wheel bear-
ings. The FasterUSA wheels accept
OEM bearing seals and spacers.
VERDICT: FasterUSA will build whatever hub/rim/
spoke combination you want. Custom anodizing is also
available on the hubs, but the rim and spoke colors are
limited to the D.I.D. or Excel selections. MXA went with
gold hubs and black rims.
DIGITS: $463.00 (complete rear); $566.00 (complete
front)— www.fasterusa.com or (951) 600-7048.
USED IT, ABUSED IT, MISUSED IT & LOVED IT
KTM 125/150 FACTORY FATTY PIPE
Even though the new KTM 125SX is the fastest production 125cc on earth, a tiddler can never have enough
power. The combination of the Factory Fatty pipe and
Powercore 2.1 silencer increased the power significantly
across the board. The Factory Fatty improved the midrange while stretching out the top end for improved over-rev. This was a nice combination. It increased the power
while making the power curve more manageable.
VERDICT: This is a great-performing pipe for any
skill-level rider on both the KTM 125SX and 150SX. We
DIGITS: $249.99 (Factory Fatty pipe), $399.99
(titanium Powercore 2.1 silencer)— www.fmfracing.com
or (310) 631-4363.
LEATT 3DF KIDNEY BELT
Kidney belts are a hard sell in a world full of riders
who are more interested in how they look today than
how often they’ll be taking bathroom breaks in the future.
The Leatt 3DF kidney belt’s dual-action elastic bands, 3DF
lumbar back piece and three waist sizes make it a good
choice for riders who make good choices.
VERDICT: It is hard to deny the benefits of an
impact-absorbing shield covering the lower spine—and
that is exactly what the Leatt 3DF kidney belt is. For
those looking for additional protection, this is the
ultimate kidney belt.
DIGITS: $69.00— www.leatt.com or (800) 691-3314. ❏