FLY RACING F2
The Fly F2 carbon
helmet utilizes air-
carbon fiber and
makes the helmet
strong and keeps
it light. There are
11 intake and four
exhaust vents for air-
flow. In cold weather
these vents do flow a
little too much cold air.
Fly Racing offers a cold-weather plug kit for $16.95. The
visor offers excellent adjustment up and down.
VERDICT: This is an extremely comfortable helmet
that has superb ventilation, great looks and MIPS.
There are two different foam densities in the lining of
the F2 helmet. MIPS stands for Multi-directional Impact
Protection System, and it allows the rider’s skull to slip
slightly when his helmet hits the ground to reduce the
force of the impact.
DIGITS: $399.95— www.flyracing.com
or (208) 319-3079.
USED IT, ABUSED IT, MISUSED IT & LOVED IT
Lightspeed offers two types of transponder holders—
although KTM and Husqvarna owners must use the
snap-on system. Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki and Kawasaki
riders can also use the snap-on holder, but we think that
racers with front-mounted pinch bolts are better served
by the bolt-on model. It is more secure and $10 cheaper.
As far as the electronics go, it doesn’t matter which side
of the bike you put the transponder on.
VERDICT: The snap-on transponder holder is a
breeze to mount. You just spread the carbon fiber tube
apart and slip it over your fork stanchion.
DIGITS: $79.95 (snap-on), $69.95 (bolt-on)—
www.lightspeedperf.com or (714) 990-5767.
PRO CIRCUIT 2016-’ 17 KTM
Don’t confuse the Pro Circuit KTM 450SXF linkage
system with the more commonplace longer linkage arms.
Pro Circuit’s linkage system has longer arms, but it also
has a completely different bell crank, which changes
the rising rate. The Pro Circuit linkage system isn’t an
add-on; it is different in every aspect.
VERDICT: The 2016 KTMs come equipped with a
linkage system that feels harsh and stagnant, whereas
the 2015 model had an OEM linkage system that was
lazy and soft. It is difficult to reach optimal handling
with either linkage. Pro Circuit’s all-new linkage system
splits the difference between the 2015 and 2016 linkages.
With the Pro Circuit link, the KTM suspension works
better over small bumps and has a smoother transition
through its full stroke.
DIGITS: $349.95— www.procircuit.com or
wards off roost.
and more durable
ignition and clutch
covers to protect
against the worst-case scenario—
and the JGR Yamaha team runs this exact Hinson
ignition cover. A hole in a case is more likely with
the cast stock cover than with Hinson’s design.
VERDICT: Who needs this $399.99 ignition cover?
AMA National riders, riders who spend lots of time in
the saddle and riders who want their bikes to look as
trick as possible. Regular racers who live on a budget
probably aren’t worried about a freak occurrence.
DIGITS: $399.99— www.hinsonracing.com
or (909) 946-2942