ATLAS AIR NECK BRACE
The new Atlas Air neck brace is an updated version
of the previous model. It is 1.3 pounds lighter and has
three times more travel in the support arms. The “Smart
Mounts” offer three angle adjustments, and the heavy
rubber padding has been replaced with lightweight
material from the running shoe industry.
VERDICT: Test riders liked the lower profile of the
Atlas Air brace because it was less obtrusive on hills or
when going through the whoops. Additionally, the brace
platform didn’t interfere with side-to-side head movement.
In terms of overall weight, the Air brace is appropriately
named. It’s very light.
DIGITS: $299.99—(661) 505-4407 or
PRO CIRCUIT RECON GEAR BAG
A mid-sized gear bag that is big enough to carry the
stuff you need for race day but small enough to use as
luggage at the airport.
VERDICT: As a gear bag, it is passable. It fits in
tight spaces, doesn’t weigh a ton (because it doesn’t
carry a ton) and is made to Pro Circuit’s specs by Ogio.
Where it really shines is when you have to spend
Thanksgiving at Granny’s house. Although it is too big to
be used as a carry-on, it is the perfect size for traveling.
It is a well-made bag for racers who travel light to the
races and heavy to Granny’s.
DIGITS: $209.95—(951) 738-8050 or
USED IT, ABUSED IT, MISUSED IT & LOVED IT
Bud Racing’s Yamaha
YZ250 pipe was made
by the Dutch-based
company HGS and built
to Bud Racing’s
system silenced MXA’s
complaints about the
There was increased
power from low to mid,
and the top end got some extra over-rev. Bud traded
bottom for mid, but no MXA test rider thought it was a
bad deal. If Yamaha wanted to make YZ250 two-stroke
owners happy, they would copy this pipe for the 2016
model. The carbon fiber silencer is mounted with a single
wraparound P-clamp. Watch it closely.
DIGITS: $249.00 (pipe), $119.00
(carbon fiber silencer)—(951) 245-2660 or
The Light Speed carbon fiber
transponder holder is a very high-
tech way to mount the electronic
transponder needed for scoring
at many tracks. It (or a version
of it) is used by all of the factory
VERDICT: Light Speed’s
design mimics the mounting
system of the stock plastic holder,
which is a hook at the bottom
and a post at the top. The major
differences between the stock
plastic bracket and the Light
Speed bracket are the carbon
fiber and mounting location.
Because it bolts to the triple
clamps, you don’t need zip-ties
and duct tape to keep it from
slipping on your fork leg.