NK SFS CRF450
What makes the NK
SFS air triple clamp
unique is that the handlebar mounts are actually
small air shocks, with oil
damping, that suspend
the handlebars to offer
10mm of shock-absorbing
biggest surprise with the
NK SFS triple clamps
was how absorbent they
were. Unlike handlebars
that flex or rubber-mount-
ed bar mounts, the SFS
clamps combine the bars,
clamps and air shocks
into one unit (and part of
the high price tag comes
because the bar mounts are included—unlike with many
aftermarket clamps). They work!
DIGITS: $730.00 (top clamp only), $929.00 (complete
SPLITSTREAM YZ250F WATER
triple clamp)— www.budracing-usa.com or (951) 245-2660.
The 2014 Yamaha YZ250F’s water-pump shaft can
break at the drift pin hole. Splitstream makes a special
YZ250F water pump that does not have a hole in the
shaft. You can order it with the stock impeller or an
VERDICT: We ran the Hi-Flow kit. It includes a
billet shaft, up-sized impeller, gaskets, spacer plate and
longer bolts. The Hi-Flow kit reduces average water
temperatures by 15 degrees. This product was developed
in Holland because of the high-temperature-inducing
loads of sand tracks.
DIGITS: $199.95 (stock size), $259.95 (Hi-Flow kit)—
www.motostuff.com or (503) 830-6433. ❏
USED IT, ABUSED IT, MISUSED IT & LOVED IT
FOX V3 HELMET
Considering that the
V4 is $100 more than the
V3, there are not a lot
of technical differences
between the two. The
Fox V3 helmet incorporates the same safety
features as the V4 to
ensure your head is
protected. In addition to
the Snell 2010 and DOT
certifications, the V3 comes
with the MIPS system.
VERDICT: MIPS (Multi-Directional
Impact Protection System) refers to a slippery
liner, placed between the EPS foam and helmet liner,
that allows your head to slide away from the point of
impact. The movement of the MIPS liner reduces the risk
of rotational injuries to the brain.
DIGITS: $449.95— www.foxhead.com or (888) 369-7223.
PRO TAPER FUZION HANDLEBARS
Pro Taper’s Fuzion handlebar is a 1-1/8-inch oversize
bar that allows the rider to adjust the amount of flex
with the twist of a dial located on the crossbar.
VERDICT: If you took the crossbar off the Fuzion,
you would have a basic Pro Taper Evo handlebar. Thus,
with the Flex Lock system in the unlocked position, it
works identically to a Pro Taper Evo oversize bar—only
it’s more expensive. Not a single MXA test rider opted to
race the bike with the bars in the locked position.
DIGITS: $129.99— www.protaper.com
or (951) 736-5369.