BELL MOTO- 9 FLEX
Bell deserves a round of applause for its new Moto- 9
Flex helmet. 6D raised the bar with respect to helmet
safety, and Bell rose to the challenge.
VERDICT: The Bell Flex combines three densities of
foam in its shell. The liner closest to your head has
medium-density EPP foam. The middle liner in Bell’s ice
cream sandwich is softer EPO foam, and the outer layer
is the firmest EPS foam. Additionally, the foam liner is
segmented into six sections that each offer 5mm of
slippage to help manage rotational movements. The inner
liner of the Bell Moto- 9 Flex is like a three-layer cake that
has been sliced into six pie-shaped pieces.
DIGITS: $649.95— www.bellhelmets.com.
USED IT, ABUSED IT, MISUSED IT & LOVED IT
NO AIR LOSS
Works Connection’s No
Air Loss Adaptor ensures
the air pressure you set
in your air forks is the air
pressure you get.
VERDICT: When you
set the air pressure on your
Kayaba or Showa air forks,
there is always the possibility of losing air when
you disconnect the pump.
Works Connection’s No Air
Loss Adaptor has a rubber
seal inside that ensures
that the adaptor does not
lose contact with the Schrader valve until its plunger
is completely extended. That means that when you
unscrew the No Air Loss Adaptor, the fork seals itself
before the adaptor is completely removed. We leave the
No Loss Adaptor attached to our fork pump at all times.
DIGITS: $29.95— www.worksconnection.com or
POD K8 ULTIMATE KNEE BRACE
The Pod K8 Ultimate knee brace is the third generation
of the Australian-made Pod MX brace. The K8 is a finely
tuned version of the Pod K700.
VERDICT: The Pod K8 Ultimate is the answer to most
of the complaints about the K700. The Velcro that holds
the pads has been strengthened. More padding was
added to the shin area. The synthetic tendon has more
tension than before. Full-coverage guards were added to
protect the entire surface of the knee, whether bent or
straight. The price of a pair of K8s is $799.95, which is
the same as the price of the previous K700.
DIGITS: $799.95 (pair), $399.95 (single)—
www.podactive.com or (800) 999-3388.
When Husky opted
to mimic the exotic,
one-piece, carbon fiber
subframes of its works
bikes—only out of
ers didn’t take into
account that the plastic
Husqvarna subframe and airbox cover would seal out the
airflow needed for the engine to run. The homegrown
solution is to drill holes in the airbox cover to let the
engine breathe. LightSpeed came up with a more elegant
solution—carbon fiber airbox vents.
VERDICT: LightSpeed makes two different Husqvarna
airbox vents: louver-panel and KX-style vents. The louver
vents look clean, but the KX-clone vents flow more air.
The downside is that you have to put tape over the
vents when washing your bike.
DIGITS: $89.95 (louver panel), $99.95 (KX-style vent)—
www.lightspeedcarbon.com or (714) 990-5767. ❏