KTM LINKAGE GUARD
You might think of the Fastway link as a
suspension device, but the MXA test crew
believes that it is most useful as a handling
device. Plus, the Fastway link’s length is adjustable, allowing the rider to choose how low he wants the
seat height. It also acts as a skid plate for the shock
linkage under the bike.
VERDICT: Fastway’s linkage can be set up to the
stock length, 0.5mm longer, 1.3mm longer or 2.0mm
longer. The Fastway link can lower the seat height of
your bike by 20mm. The longer linkage arms rotate the
bell crank deeper into its stroke, which translates into
stiffer initial suspension. The result is a much more balanced chassis, the rear suspension stays higher in the
stroke, and has more usable travel and setup options.
DIGITS: $299.95— www.promotobillet.com
or (866) 466-4762.
ESR modifies the
4CS design to allow
the fork oil to flow
more freely from
chamber to chamber
(4CS is an acro-
nym for 4 Chamber
System). This gives
the oil room to
expand, which makes the forks plusher in the mid-stroke.
VERDICT: Every MXA test rider came back raving
about how plush the ESR forks were, but the faster
test riders felt that they bottomed too easily. The Vet
test riders loved the ESR forks because they were very
absorbent and stayed connected to the ground. ESR
eliminated the jackhammer feel that is the trademark of
WP forks. These are great forks for riders who know that
they aren’t fast.
DIGITS: $200 (4CS revalve), $100 (base valves),
$50 (fork oil)—(760) 949-0942.
USED IT, ABUSED IT, MISUSED IT & LOVED IT
PRO-VUE 100% ACCURI
Randy Nagel pioneered a way to embed prescription
lenses into a Lexan lens carrier, which is then attached to
the goggle lens with two screws. This allows riders who
wear glasses to have their prescription lenses mounted
to the inside of the goggles instead of wearing glasses
under their goggles.
VERDICT: The prescription lenses made it easy for
testers with poor eyesight to see clearly and not have to
worry about losing a contact lens or deal with eyeglass
frames. We like how the attachment screws doubles as
tear-off posts. It’s possible to swap the clear lens out
for other tints. Self-conscious riders preferred to install a
tinted lens, because it hides the prescription lenses from
DIGITS: $209— www.pro-vue.com or (800) 548-8354.
BRIDGESTONE BATTLECROSS X40
Bridgestone’s new Battlecross X40 tires are replacing
the old M603 front and M604 rear.
VERDICT: We admit that we were a bit confused
about which terrain this front tire should be used in. In
baked, hard-packed conditions, it was hard to find
consistency with the X40. The best pressure for
a consistent feel was right around 14 psi.
Across the board, MXA test riders found
that the softer the terrain, the better the
ride—strange for a hard-pack tire.
We just didn’t feel the X40 front
tire had the right formula for a
motocross track. Most MXA
test riders prefer the
Bridgestone X30 front
tire mated to the X40
local dealer. ❏