Leatt Archives - Dirt Wheels Magazine https://dirtwheelsmag.com/tag/leatt/ The Leading ATV Magazine Worldwide Wed, 09 Nov 2022 22:40:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: LEATT 3.5 OFF-ROAD BOOTS https://dirtwheelsmag.com/product-spotlight-leatt-3-5-off-road-boots/ Wed, 09 Nov 2022 22:40:22 +0000 https://dirtwheelsmag.com/?p=34962

The all new 3.5 boot is Leatt’s entry level off-road or MX boot. Comfort and safety are at the forefront of the design. For 2023 the SlideLock closure system as used on both the 4.5 and 5.5 FlexLock boots is now featured on the 3.5 boot. That along with the extended foot peg riding zone […]

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The all new 3.5 boot is Leatt’s entry level off-road or MX boot. Comfort and safety are at the forefront of the design. For 2023 the SlideLock closure system as used on both the 4.5 and 5.5 FlexLock boots is now featured on the 3.5 boot. That along with the extended foot peg riding zone for those that like to ride on the balls of the feet. All these design features add up to a boot that doesn’t skimp out on quality or safety while remaining comfortable. Sure they are not quite as advanced as Leatt’s 4.5 and 5.5 boot, they are however one of the most impressive boots out there right now for the money. Kid sizes are now available with the 3.5 as well.

You can see sizes and color options on their website by clicking here.

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PRODUCT EVALUATION: LEATT GLOVES https://dirtwheelsmag.com/product-evaluation-leatt-gloves/ Tue, 29 Jun 2021 17:07:33 +0000 https://dirtwheelsmag.com/?p=30184

Three models to cover all weather By the staff of Dirt Wheels Leatt is a protection company that has bridged into riding clothing. We have been using three different Leatt gloves extensively—the 1.5 GripR, the Moto 2.5 Windblock and the Moto 2.5 SubZero. All share a design so close, they are hard to distinguish just by […]

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Three models to cover all weather By the staff of Dirt Wheels

This Leatt 1.5 GripR glove is light, form-fitting and vented enough for hot conditions. They are quite comfortable to ride in.

Leatt is a protection company that has bridged into riding clothing. We have been using three different Leatt gloves extensively—the 1.5 GripR, the Moto 2.5 Windblock and the Moto 2.5 SubZero. All share a design so close, they are hard to distinguish just by looks alone. As soon as you pick them up or try them on, you are aware that they are different. The prices range from $29.99 for the minimalist 1.5 Gripper to $37.99 for the cool and cold weather gloves.

DESIGN AND BUILD

Leatt’s 1.5 GripR, Moto 2.5 Windblock and Moto 2.5 SubZero are all snug-fitting, streamlined gloves constructed of 90-percent polyester. Padding is very minimal, consisting of the characteristics of the material and thin, literally printed-on pads. The pads are probably more to protect the glove material at high-wear points than to provide hand protection. There is little material that is not strictly necessary. None of the gloves have much impact protection. Leatt suggests, “If you are looking for impact protection, check out the Leatt 3.5 or 4.5 gloves.”

MicronGrip synthetic leather in the palm of the three gloves is ultra thin for great control feel. The MicronGrip also allows you to use your touchscreen phone with the gloves on. There is no padding and only a tiny seam near the web of the thumbs in the palm area or the face of the fingers.

Despite the thin MicronGrip material, it wears great. When the gloves get dirty or stiff, washing (but not machine drying) them makes them feel like new.

The 1.5 GripR comes in six colors/patterns and is available in small to XXL. In addition to the letter sizes, they are listed in American numerical sizes 7 through 12. As a general rule, your glove and shoe size are the same. Sizing on the 1.5 GripR is accurate for our hands.

Leatt’s Moto 2.5 Winstopper glove is more substantial than the GripR, but it stops cold wind to keep your hands warmer.

MOTO 2.5 WINDBLOCK

While the design and look of the Windblock glove is the same as the GripR, the GripR feels light as air, and the Windblock is a tiny bit more substantial. Both are what Leatt calls second-skin soft-shell gloves. The back fabric is a wind-stopping material. It works amazingly well for how thin and form-fitting the gloves are. It doesn’t have as much stretch as the thin material in the back of the GripR glove, so it is important that you get a large-enough size. We could wear an XL on the GripR, but a XXL is the correct size. The XL in the Windstop was snug.

2.5 SUBZERO

The story is the same for the 2.5 SubZero glove. The design is similar. Like the Windstop glove, the SubZero comes in only two colorways, but it offers the same S to XXL sizing options.

There is still no padding in the palm, but the back of the glove is a more substantial weather-resistant and wind-blocking material that has an insulating micro-fleece surface inside. For a cold- and weather-resistant glove, the SubZero is remarkably light and thin, but it is heavier and has less stretch than the GripR or Windstop gloves.

That means that it is even more vital to get the right size. We found the XL too snug, but the XXL felt fine.

When the cold mixes with inclement weather, the Moto 2.5 SubZero glove is a good choice. It has less stretch, so opt for a larger size than you normally choose.

PUT THEM ON

All three gloves have a small but effective Velcro wrist closure, but it is almost not necessary. The gloves are tight going on and stay snug but comfortable. The wrist closure does stop the gloves from pulling off without force. We had some good winter cold temps to test the gloves, but no cold rain or snow. If it is even cool, we head out with the Windstopper glove. Colder or night driving or riding have us digging for the SubZero gloves.

The history of cold- and wet-weather gloves is filled with options that don’t work or do work but are too bulky to easily ride with.

Some wind-stopping gloves are loose or baggy, with wind-stopping material having little inherent stretch. Leatt has solved those weak areas and come up with exceptionally comfortable and light gloves.

If you want cold or weather protection, you don’t need restrictive gloves to get the comfort you need in the cold. The palm is not insulated on any of three gloves. They are designed for riders working and generating their own body heat. If you are not working that hard, you will get cold through the palms. We suspect that the same is true if the palms get wet. If you are working, your hands will stay warm.

Whenever possible, handguards are a plus with a non-padded or armored glove. Guards will also extend the length of time you can ride before the palm gets soaked in wet conditions. We are once again impressed with Leatt’s innovation and drive to offer impressive riding gear. Light, form-fitting gloves like these are what we look for in gloves. Finding ones that are weather-resistant is a bonus at this price. Go to www.leatt.com or call (800) 691-3314 to get your hands on your own!

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LEATT 3DF AIRFIT BODY VEST https://dirtwheelsmag.com/product-evaluation-leatt-3df-airfit-body-vest/ Thu, 23 Apr 2020 22:01:39 +0000 http://dirtwheelsmag.com/?p=26300

By the staff of Dirt Wheels LEATT 3DF AIRFIT BODY VEST If we had the ability, we would cover every inch of our bodies in armor so we could ride fast and never worry about getting hurt. Unfortunately, we probably couldn’t ride for longer than five minutes without getting tired from all the weight, and […]

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By the staff of Dirt Wheels

One test rider, Logan Huff, rode for us and complimented how comfortable the body vest fit, as well as this new set of 2020 Leatt gear.

LEATT 3DF AIRFIT BODY VEST

If we had the ability, we would cover every inch of our bodies in armor so we could ride fast and never worry about getting hurt. Unfortunately, we probably couldn’t ride for longer than five minutes without getting tired from all the weight, and mobility would be a major issue. So, we stick to what keeps our limbs moving freely and the vital body parts properly protected.

Leatt tends to be a step above the rest in the protection department. They utilize special foams, inserts, military-grade components, and much more to generate neck braces, knee braces, and pads, helmets, gear sets, elbow guards, and upper-body protection systems.

We recently got a look at their 2020 gear and color choices and convinced them to send their 3DF AirFit body vest protector with a new set of threads. The body protector was quickly put to use where roost would be flying at a WORCS race on our Yamaha YFZ450R!

The materials that make up this 3DF AirFit body vest are flexible and ventilate well. When temperatures rise, the perforation and mesh are nice to have.

THE AIRFIT

LEATT 3DF AIRFIT BODY VEST

Most chest protectors aren’t actually protective in a crash. They are generally labeled as roost deflectors or roost guards. Their task is to stop rocks and roost approaching you as painful projectiles are blasted from the rear tires of riders and racers ahead.

Leatt didn’t want to just stop the annoyance of roost hitting your bare chest; they wanted a guard that was also going to protect your body in a crash. Its brilliant scientists created a line of upper body protection that utilizes impact foam that absorbs energy from roost and crashes. Its guards are CE-tested and certified as impact protection. The foam is multi-layered and perforated for flexibility and ventilation.

The version we picked up has foam protection on the chest and the back of the compression-fitting vest. The back foam is longer than previous models to offer more coverage. A zipper closes the AirFit onto your body, and a chest strap allows you to adjust the tightness.

There are flank protectors built-in. Leatt included straps on the shoulders of the vest to hold down a neck brace, and you can remove foam to allow a proper fit of a brace. The 3DF AirFit body protector’s anti-odor MoistureCool and AirMesh fabrics are designed to wick moisture and provide ventilation.

THE TEST

LEATT 3DF AIRFIT BODY VEST

After three practices on the motocross track, and two different hour-long Grand Prix races in 100-degree weather, we had gathered enough info on the AirFit. Does it work? You bet it does! Fortunately, our test rider didn’t take a spill to test the true potential of the impact-absorbent foam.

Putting the body protector on is easy and quick. It goes on under the jersey and zips up with ease. The clasp hooked to the chest can be tricky to connect sometimes. Ventilation is done well, but it can get warm when the temps are high. Leatt has another version that vents even better.

While our test rider ate much dirt and roost meals over the race weekend, he barely noticed the impacts to the body vest. We ignored the flying rock bruise on the unprotected inside of his arm. Mobility is not affected in the vest, and the material is very flexible in comparison to most hard-plastic protectors.

Initially, we figured the AirFit would feel constrictive, but it didn’t hinder breathing at all. Wearing a neck brace and hydration pack was comfortable as well. The flank protection was somewhat bothersome at first, but if it aids in protection, then we won’t knock it! 

The $199.99 3DF AirFit body vest comes in three sizes: S/M, L/XL and XXL. It is claimed as a unisex-fitting protector. Leatt has versions with shoulder and elbow protection as well. Go to www.leatt.com or call (800) 691-3314 to order, or get more info on their impressive and extensive lineup of gear and protection products.

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2020 LEATT MOTO LAUNCH https://dirtwheelsmag.com/2020-leatt-moto-launch/ Thu, 12 Sep 2019 12:32:39 +0000 http://dirtwheelsmag.com/?p=25650

By the staff of Dirt Wheels   2020 LEATT MOTO LAUNCH Leatt has unveiled their all-new 2020 off-road gear collection. The inventors of the Leatt-Brace® and producers of specialized, advanced protective gear, now offer head-to-knee protection including a complete apparel range of products for all off-road moto disciplines. The twenty/twenty apparel range has a completely […]

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By the staff of Dirt Wheels

  2020 LEATT MOTO LAUNCH

Leatt has unveiled their all-new 2020 off-road gear collection. The inventors of the Leatt-Brace® and producers of specialized, advanced protective gear, now offer head-to-knee protection including a complete apparel range of products for all off-road moto disciplines. The twenty/twenty apparel range has a completely new look and feel, incorporating the latest fresh colorways for pants, jerseys, and gloves, this includes the proudly South African statement colorway, the Zebra! Helmets also combine the same colors whilst incorporating Leatt’s 360° Turbine Technology.


GPX MOTO JERSEYS

For the second year, the construction of the Leatt 5.5 Ultraweld jersey remains the same. Why? Because Leatt believes it’s the best in the business. Keeping the minimum amount of material in contact with the body is key for comfort and ventilation, that’s why a 3D 4-way stretch material with welded overlock stitching is used. The material is so flexible you can use it with or without a body protector underneath. The 4.5 Lite jersey is more of a traditional fit and the 4.5 X-Flow is for the very hottest of conditions. Sizes S – 3XL. Prices are from $39.99 – $69.99 USD/€42.99 – €69.99 EURO/£34.99 – £59.99GBP.


GPX MOTO PANTS

The 5.5 Ultraweld pants are completely new from the ankle up for twenty/twenty. Leatt has listened to their customers and believes they have built the best pants to meet rider needs. New lightweight and breathable Ripstop stretch material makes up over 95% of the construction for the best comfort and feel. Now added is a Full Grain Leather inner knee panel to work alongside the proven I.K.S (Inner Knee Brace System) to give the best bike grip and improved wear resistance in those critical areas. A completely new rear yolk gripper system means you won’t be caught with your pants down!


PX MOTO HELMETS

The Leatt helmet range replicates the apparel line colorways for twenty/twenty but will also work well
with other clothing brands should the customer choose. All models, from the cost-effective 3.5 to the
carbon 6.5, feature the same 360º Turbine Technology. This system uses small turbine-shaped discs made
from an energy-absorbing material that can move in all directions, helping to reduce the risk of concussion
by up to 30% and rotational acceleration to the head and brain by up to 40%. All helmets are available in
both ECE and DOT certification. Material construction for the 3.5 and 4.5 models is an injected Polymer,
with the 5.5 being composite and the 6.5 full carbon fiber. Sizes XS – XXL. Prices are from $179.99 –
$499.99 USD/€189.00 – €499.00 EURO/£135.00 – £359.99GBP.

2020 LEATT MOTO LAUNCH

GPX MOTO GLOVES
The Leatt gloves get upgrades on all models for twenty/twenty, from the entry-level 1.5 to the top of the
range 4.5. Constantly developing new materials, not just for soft goods but for impact materials too, the
4.5 and 3.5 still comprise of market-leading NanoGrip palm material, yet now have softer impact
protection, whilst maintaining CE Certification. This, along with upgraded Velcro closure means comfort,
protection, and an optimized feel. The 2.5 now gets a Velcro closure strap, for those that want that tight grip
around the wrist and is made of MicronGrip palm material alongside the 1.5 GripR. The very popular 2.5
Windblock for those cold windy days remains unchanged. With 23 colors, there is something for everyone!
Sizes S – XXL. Prices start from $26.99 – $56.99USD/€29.99 – €59.99EURO/£24.99 – £49.99GBP.


RACE COVER AND VESTS

Being a global brand, Leatt understands the need for products that suit all markets. That’s why for twenty/twenty they have introduced 3 small but important consumer products that suit very different climates. The Race Cover Jacket is made from a lightweight, waterproof translucent material with large vent holes under the arms for those wet races and rides.

When you need something lightweight and non-restrictive to wear for cold morning practice sessions, the Race Vest or Race Vest Lite could be just what you are looking for. The Race Vest is a soft-shell waterproof stretch material with 4 pockets and a specially tailored neck to ensure the collar doesn’t irritate. For something super lightweight with similar features made from the 4-way stretch with just 1 pocket, the Race Vest Lite will be perfect. Sizes S – XXL. Race Cover Jacket $19.99USD/€19.99EURO/£19.99GBP. Race Vest $49.99USD/€49.99EURO/£42.99GBP. Race Vest Lite £49.99USD/€49.99EURO/£42.99GBP

2020 LEATT MOTO LAUNCH

GPX MOTO JUNIOR COLLECTION
Junior riders want to emulate their heroes, so that’s why Leatt uses the same cool designs as the adult
collection. With pants, jerseys, and gloves starting at size XXS, there is sure to be a size to fit every junior or
mini-pilot. Super lightweight yet durable stretch materials are used in the pants and jerseys. The 3.5 gloves
have CE Certified impact protection in the knuckle area for those flying rocks, posts, or branches – some
peace of mind for the parents. The helmet range consists of 3.5 and 4.5, both made from a polymer
compound material and uses the same 360º Turbine Technology as in the adults. This system uses small
turbine-shaped discs made from an energy-absorbing material that can move in all directions, helping to
reduce the risk of impact at concussion level by up to 30% and rotational acceleration to the head and
brain by up to 40%. Both helmets are available in both ECE and DOT certification. Sizes Gear XXS –
XL/Gloves XXS – L/Helmets M-L. Jersey prices are from $23.99 – $25.99USD/€24.99 – €27.99EURO/£17.99 –
£19.99GBP. Pant prices are from $64.99 – $84.99USD/€69.99 – €89.99EURO/£49.99 – £64.99GBP. Glove
prices from $18.99 – $27.99USD/€19.99 – €29.99EURO/£13.99 – £21.99GBP. Helmet prices from $149.99 –
$179.99USD/€159.00 – 199.00EURO/£110.00 – £149.00GBP.

 

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LEATT VELOCITY 6.5 GOGGLE https://dirtwheelsmag.com/leatt-velocity-6-5-goggle-review/ Wed, 14 Aug 2019 12:41:54 +0000 http://dirtwheelsmag.com/?p=24424

Product Evaluation by the staff of Dirt Wheels LEATT VELOCITY 6.5 GOGGLE Leatt has never made a secret of the fact that it is a protection company. All they do is produce some of the most protective riding products on this planet, and they sure don’t show any signs of slowing down any time soon. […]

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Product Evaluation by the staff of Dirt Wheels

This is one of the best goggles we have tested. We are impressed by its large 170-degree field of view.

LEATT VELOCITY 6.5 GOGGLE

Leatt has never made a secret of the fact that it is a protection company. All they do is produce some of the most protective riding products on this planet, and they sure don’t show any signs of slowing down any time soon.

The newest addition to the Leatt product line is the impressive Velocity 6.5 goggle. They are literally bulletproof! Or, at least, the lenses are. Admittedly, Leatt tested that claim with small-caliber, subsonic rounds, but the results are impressive nonetheless.

Do not get any ideas about testing the bullet resistance yourself, but we are convinced that roost won’t phase them. Go pick up a pair, and we guarantee you will enjoy using them for off-roading. Their starting price is $79.99, and we found them well worth it!

CONSTRUCTION

Let’s start with the lens. Leatt put their WideVision, dual-layer lens through three stringent tests: ANSI Z87.1-2015, Military Ballistic Impact Standard (MIL-DTL-43511D), and Certified CE EN 1938:2010.

This will seem like gibberish to most, but Leatt took the time to make their lenses certified for workplace hazard eye protection standards, protection from small projectiles hitting the lens at high velocities, and approved for on and off-road motorcycle usage. Leatt literally posted a video of the lens taking a 22-caliber round from a pistol, and it stopped the bullet. Enough said.

The frame is also packed with technology. The frame design allows liquid to drain from it easily, has a tapered shape to fit most helmets, and is made from a dual-density material to offer a tight and comfortable seal on your face with the assistance of a triple-layer, dual-density foam.

Outriggers are a part of the goggle’s composition. Flip the outriggers outward to allow access for lens removal. The outriggers also help provide a tight fit, and the attached goggle strap is lined with an anti-slip coating so it won’t slide around on your helmet.

The lens of the Velocity 6.5 is dual-pane and quick to change out. A removable nose guard comes attached.

LEATT VELOCITY 6.5 GOGGLE

PUT THEM ON

We were quite surprised at how comfortable and face-forming the Velocity 6.5 goggle really is after feeling how stiff it is. Generally, a stiff goggle tends to be uncomfortable and lets dust through.

The lens of the Velocity is optically correct and has minimal flex in it. That strength is what will stop roost, branches, and more from penetrating the lens while riding. Leatt states that the 6.5 will fit over glasses, which it does, but not that comfortably for some of our test riders.

The only noticeable discomfort the Velocity provided to us was that it is a little tight around the nose. However, most of our test riders never gave a peep about it, and they were quite happy with the goggle.

A pack of tear-offs comes with the Leatt Velocity 6.5, and posts are built into the lens and frame. The non-mirrored lens versions of the 6.5 start at $79.99, mirrored go for $89.99 and a roll-off version runs $99.99.

Spare clear, smoked, and mirrored lenses and tear-off/roll-off film are available. Over 10 different color options are available. We are once again impressed with Leatt’s innovation and drive to offer impressive protection. Go to www.leatt.com or call (800) 691-3314 to get your hands on one of your own!

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LEATT VELOCITY 6.5 GOGGLES https://dirtwheelsmag.com/bulletproof-new-leatt-velocity-6-5-goggles/ Thu, 07 Mar 2019 12:30:37 +0000 http://dirtwheelsmag.com/?p=23225

LEATT VELOCITY 6.5 GOGGLES Accidents happen, that’s why Leatt is determined to bring you the science of thrill, so you can live dangerously but make it through your ride in one piece. That is why they are introducing the new bulletproof Velocity 6.5 goggles series. Bulletproof lens tested to: – ANSI Z87.1-2015 – Military Ballistic […]

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LEATT VELOCITY 6.5 GOGGLES

Accidents happen, that’s why Leatt is determined to bring you the science of thrill, so you can live dangerously but make it through your ride in one piece. That is why they are introducing the new bulletproof Velocity 6.5 goggles series.
Bulletproof lens tested to:
– ANSI Z87.1-2015
– Military Ballistic Impact Standard (MIL-DTL-43511D)
– Certified CE EN 1938 :2010

STYLE AS WELL AS DESIGN

The joy of any offroad sport is pushing yourself to the limit and feeling the hair on the back of your neck stand up. If you have ever been hit by a branch, or taken a foot peg to the face, then you know that goggles aren’t always just to keep the dirt out of your eyes. The Velocity 6.5, IRIZ, Roll-off, and kid versions all come in a variety of colorways and lens options, but everything is interchangeable. The Velocity lens is universal to the Leatt design, and always will be. This makes it easy for stores to stock product, easy for customs to find what they need, and super easy to change your style whenever you feel like it.

LEATT VELOCITY 6.5 GOGGLES

KEY BASIC FEATURES:

• Out-riggers with a 50mm Anti-Slip coated strap
• WideVision (170°) 48mm Roll-Off system
• 170° WideVision Anti-Fog lens
• Permanent anti-fog function built into the inner lens polymer
• Self-draining lens/frame design
• Easy clip-in/out lens change
• Dual-density frame for fit, seal and comfort
• Tapered custom shape to fit even those difficult helmets
• OTG – over-the-glasses fit
• Triple-layer, dual-density foam with anti-sweat fleece backing
• Tear-Off ready with posts. Tear-off pack included
• Removable nose guard
• Soft bag included
• Optional lenses available from 20-83% light transmission (VLT)

 

 

 

 

 

 

RACE READY

The Velocity 6.5 roll-off goggles have an advanced system that allows you to see clearly quickly. The chambers are specially designed to allow riders to use the entire roll, without filling up the disposal chamber early. The roll-off system can be bought separately and added to any of the Leatt goggles. In addition, drain ports were added to the bottom of the frame to allow water and mud to easily escape your field of vision.

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LEATT Z-FRAME KNEE BRACE https://dirtwheelsmag.com/leatt-zframe-knee-brace/ Wed, 09 Jan 2019 01:52:43 +0000 http://dirtwheelsmag.com/?p=22466

LEATT Z-FRAME KNEE BRACE The inventors of the Leatt-Brace® expands their line of knee braces for 2019 with a new Z-Frame knee brace. Replicating the mechanics of the knee, the Z-Frame brace either deflects or absorbs impact as required. The Z-frame is made of an injected composite chassis with slim hinges for superior bike feel. Engineered […]

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LEATT Z-FRAME KNEE BRACE

The inventors of the Leatt-Brace® expands their line of knee braces for 2019 with a new Z-Frame knee brace.

Replicating the mechanics of the knee, the Z-Frame brace either deflects or absorbs impact as required. The Z-frame is made of an injected composite chassis with slim hinges for superior bike feel. Engineered to help reduce forces, it limits knee injuries and is CE certified as both a medical device and as impact protection.

Certified medical device and top-rated impact protection that won’t break the bank, this is where science and performance mesh to deliver pure, unrivalled Thrill!

The Z-Frame is available in size S-XL and retails for $299.99/€299.00/£269.99 for a pair.

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LEATT GPX 3.5 HELMET https://dirtwheelsmag.com/new-gpx-3-5-helmet-from-leatt/ Wed, 19 Dec 2018 01:11:34 +0000 http://dirtwheelsmag.com/?p=22398

The Leatt GPX 3.5 helmet is now available. Crammed with decades of knowledge, safety science and finished off with a great price tag!

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LEATT GPX 3.5 HELMET

This new GPX 3.5 helmet’s shell is made of injected Polymer compound, with a multi-density impact foam liner and is DOT+ECE certified.

Featuring Leatt’s award-winning 360 ̊ Turbine Technology, the helmet is lined with turbines which are 360 ̊moving discs constructed of an energy-absorbing shape and material. The 360 ̊Turbine Technology has two exclusive advantages, namely the reduction of rotational acceleration to the head and brain and the absorption of energy upon impact at concussion level.

Crammed with decades of knowledge, safety science and finished off with a great price tag. The Thrill within reach of all!


LEATT GPX 3.5 HELMET

The GPX 3.5 weighs in at around 1270g (2,8lbs) and is available in a total of six colorways, namely gold/teal, ink/blue, orange, red/lime, tribe black, and white. It retails for $179.99

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GNCC PRO: ADAM McGILL https://dirtwheelsmag.com/cst-athlete-spot-gncc-pro-adam-mcgill/ Wed, 31 Oct 2018 00:32:13 +0000 http://dirtwheelsmag.com/?p=21902

GNCC PRO: ADAM McGILL When other 16-year-olds were gearing up for a driving test, Adam was grabbing the gears, becoming the youngest person to ever place in the top 3 of a GNCC race, later winning the GNCC Pro Am Championship and the AMA ATVA Amateur Rider of the Year Award. To get to where […]

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GNCC PRO: ADAM McGILL

When other 16-year-olds were gearing up for a driving test, Adam was grabbing the gears, becoming the youngest person to ever place in the top 3 of a GNCC race, later winning the GNCC Pro Am Championship and the AMA ATVA Amateur Rider of the Year Award. To get to where he is today, Adam had to work hard and do things right, so we found out just how he does it.

Adam McGill’s first ATV race was part of a rodeo at the local fair, ever since then he has been tearing up tracks across the country. In fact his favorite course happens to be the most brutal, so you know he’s up for a challenge. In order to face that challenge, this CST athlete chooses to run the Pulse HT because it gives him all the performance he looks for in a tire. “Tire choice is one of the most important parts of racing, because it’s the only thing touching the ground.”

GNCC PRO: ADAM McGILL

Adam tells us that the difference between a stock and a race machine is like the difference between a Dodge Neon and a Corvette, so he entrusts his dad to his prep work on his lean machine.

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West Virginia’s own Adam McGill will be looking to earn his fifth Snowshoe GNCC win.

 

McGill wants his legacy to be that he went up against the odds while staying humble, and never forgetting where he came from. “I love meeting people at the tracks, and I ride because I love it….if you don’t have heart it doesn’t matter what parts you have on your ATV.” Adam tells aspiring racers that they should never give up on their dreams because crazy things can happen to those who work for it.

GNCC PRO: ADAM McGILL

Follow #521 as he tears it up with CST by heading to his profile and keeping up with the GNCC schedule!

 

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PRO-BUILT: ADAM MCGILL’S TRX450R https://dirtwheelsmag.com/pro-built-adam-mcgills-trx450r/ Tue, 15 Nov 2016 14:01:18 +0000 http://dirtwheelsmag.com/?p=12268

Riding red in the woods By the staff of Dirt Wheels Over the years in ATV racing we’ve noticed that most of the privateers in the pro ranks end up on the trusty Honda TRX450R. Not much has changed with this Honda four-stroke from its release date in 2004, but one thing is for certain—this quad […]

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Riding red in the woods By the staff of Dirt Wheels

Over the years in ATV racing we’ve noticed that most of the privateers in the pro ranks end up on the trusty Honda TRX450R. Not much has changed with this Honda four-stroke from its release date in 2004, but one thing is for certain—this quad has the potential to win at any level and on any terrain. There are a multitude of OEM and aftermarket parts; also in general, the TRX450R is simple to work on. In GNCC racing we’ve been seeing a sea of blue as of late, with Yamaha being the only manufacturer that is still producing a sport 450 that is competitive. Adam K. McGill is one of the riders in the GNCC XC1 class that has made a big splash the last few years, and he trusts his Honda to get him to the top of the podium. We had the opportunity to test his TRX450R woods weapon in West Virginia, and here’s the scoop!

 

We punished the Wiseco clutch all day, and it kept the traction to the ground like it was new. We’re always so impressed with the FMF exhaust note; it also made McGill’s Honda run like a scalded dog.
We punished the Wiseco clutch all day, and it kept the traction to the ground like it was new. We’re always so impressed with the FMF exhaust note; it also made McGill’s Honda run like a scalded dog.

 

POWERHOUSE 

McGill is known for getting hole-shots in the GNCC series and local races. Obviously, it comes down to how quick his reactions are to the flag being thrown, but having a well-tuned engine is the other piece of the equation. With years of go-fast knowledge behind them, Baldwin Motorsports handles all of McGill’s engine mods, including the head work and custom cams. A standard-bore high-compression Wiseco piston helps give the Honda the necessary horsepower to keep Adam up front. Adam relies on Bel-Ray oil in his transmission and engine to keep his crucial parts lubricated. A full FMF RCT 4.1 titanium muffler combined with a FMF MegaBomb header is the go-to for McGill. With this much power you have to make sure the engine is getting the correct fuel. Renegade race fuel is used exclusively in the oversized IMS fuel tank. A Baldwin Racing-tuned Keihin FCR carburetor keeps it fueled properly and gives instant throttle response when Adam needs it most. McGill trusts in his Twin Air filter to stop all of the elements from entering his finely tuned Baldwin engine.

With all of this power, it’s crucial to have a good clutch installed. A full Wiseco clutch setup, including a basket, inner hub, pressure plate, fibers, steels and springs, does just that for the 521 machine. With how brutal the conditions can be in GNCC, especially with the mud and rocks in particular, having a good chain/sprocket setup is crucial. Adam prefers the Sunstar X-Ring chain and Sunstar sprockets to keep him finishing races.

 

Out back sits the FMF RCT 4.1 titanium/carbon exhaust system and the RJR lowered-position grab bar to easily lift the rear end of the quad, even with the Custom Axis long-travel shock.
Out back sits the FMF RCT 4.1 titanium/carbon exhaust system and the RJR lowered-position grab bar to easily lift the rear end of the quad, even with the Custom Axis long-travel shock.

 

SOLUTIONS TO A ROUGH RACECOURSE 

Even with all of the power in the world, the quad still needs to handle the roughest terrain. The Custom Axis Pro Air front shocks boast 20 inches of wheel travel, are fully adjustable, lightweight and feel aggressive, but are plush enough to create an amazing ride. The rear Custom Axis Triple Adjust shock has 16 inches of wheel travel and complements the front end very well. We encountered zero bottom-outs or bucking from the front or rear end. In a word, it’s dialed! Lonestar Racing DC Pro A-arms, along with DC Pro spindles, make this rig turn on a dime. These A-arms offer added ground clearance, which is crucial to clear rocks and other obstacles.

The Lonestar Axcaliber axle offers strength and durability. It’s also adjustable. Like most XC racers, Adam prefers to keep his quad around 48 inches wide front and rear so he can carve through the woods unscathed. The Lonestar DC Pro steering stem and a Flexx handlebar enhance overall rider comfort by adding suspension for the upper body. ODI Ruffian grips offer great grip, even in the nastiest of conditions. Cycra kept our hands protected from the muck and trees that love to “jump out” at you when you’re barreling down the trail. A Works Connection Elite perch and lever combo is always a nice touch, as it helps with a smooth clutch feel. Stopping is important, and DP Brakes has Adam’s TRX covered with brake pads and rotors. This thing can stop as quickly as it can take off!

A big part of the McGill Mafia 521 TRX is the tire and wheel package. The CST Pulse tires offered amazing traction in all of the terrain we tested them in. Whether it was starts or climbing wet hills, the CSTs just kept eating! The Hiper CF3 carbon fiber wheels are strong and the rears offer a dual beadlock option for flat purposes. The Hiper mud inserts are also cool; they’re very simple to install or remove by three lock-on bolts. These tires/wheels combined with the Tire Blocks are one of the biggest reasons that McGill gets so many holeshots and why he continues to win. For quick pit stops, the IMS dry-break oversized fuel tank is a must on this TRX. Not only does it add fuel capacity, it also allows you to fill the tank within 10 seconds or less.

 

With the Custom Axis shocks and Lonestar Racing suspension components, the McGill machine handles like it’s on rails! The CST tires keep biting for traction around corners and starts.
With the Custom Axis shocks and Lonestar Racing suspension components, the McGill machine handles like it’s on rails! The CST tires keep biting for traction around corners and starts.

 

PROTECTION AND LOOKS 

Installed on the frame is a VGR (Vanilla Gorilla Racing) plastic skid plate. The plastic skid plate offers more flex and won’t bend like aluminum skid plates. On the swingarm is a RJR (Ryland Johnson Racing) Black Water stainless steel skid plate that protects the rotor and the sprocket from any harm. RJR also has Signature 521 products that Adam helped design. The RJR 521-series pegs/heel guards kept our boots planted when rallying it through the woods. The RJR 521 front bumper has a cut-out MM521 (McGill Mafia) logo that has a killer look, and the bumper has great leverage points in case you do get stuck. Now to our favorite RJR 521 part—the rear grab bar. It is angled low so you can have more leverage when lifting the rear end.

McGill’s Mafia machines are always known for looking great with wild color schemes. Spider Graphix handles the graphics that show off their talents along with all of Adam’s great sponsors. The Spider Graphix material is durable and looks great on this machine. A full set of red Maier plastics offer the factory look for around the same price of OEM, and they look great on this machine. The final piece of the puzzle is the Quad Tech McGill Signature low seat. The Quad Tech gripper material is one of the best on the market with a side grip that will keep your butt planted in any situation.

 

Since Adam was able to do this trick, we can point out the Vanilla Gorilla skid plate and the meaty RJR footpegs. The pegs keep his feet planted when he’s not performing a heel clicker.
Since Adam was able to do this trick, we can point out the Vanilla Gorilla skid plate and the meaty RJR footpegs. The pegs keep his feet planted when he’s not performing a heel clicker.

 

HOLD ON!

We fired this TRX up, and it starts quickly with the 24-volt starting system. Starting quickly is crucial for the dead-engine starts in XC racing. The exhaust note from the full FMF RCT 4.1 exhaust system is very crisp and is not annoyingly loud like other systems we’ve tested. After taking McGill’s Honda for a test run, it became apparent that this was no ordinary 450R; this thing flat hauls the mail! We thought it would be violent, but it has very rideable power. Hills and mud holes were no match for this woods monster. You can pound whoops as hard as you want, and the Custom Axis shocks would soak them up like you were on a fire road. It corners like a theme-park roller coaster; it’s literally on rails. The CST tires and Tire Blocks combination offered ample traction and zero flats for the day. Being from the West Coast, we did notice the quad being narrower than a desert quad. We had to throw more body English in the tight corners, but after some time it became second nature to us. We were smiling from ear to ear riding this machine. McGill literally had to stop us from running the fuel dry and pry our hands off of the grips. We can now see why he can run a two-plus-hour race and look like he was just out for an evening stroll. This quad works extremely well, and it’s all because of the fine companies, time and products that are involved.

 

The Baldwin Motorsports powerplant created huge power. In fact, it’s one of the most powerful sport quads we’ve ridden, and its Wiseco piston is a stock size for 449cc!
The Baldwin Motorsports powerplant created huge power. In fact, it’s one of the most powerful sport quads we’ve ridden, and its Wiseco piston is a stock size for 449cc!

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

Being a privateer in the ATV racing world is a tough gig. You’re putting your own time, money, heart, blood, sweat and tears into running a program that may turn into a championship one day. The McGill program has figured out the parts and machine that might give him that honor one day. Baldwin Motorsports built a killer engine, and Mark “Mustache Mechanic” McGill built every bit of this machine to perfection. We can now agree that this TRX450R can handle the rigors of XC racing with the best factory machines it comes up against.

 

McGill’s quads are no joke. Every bolt or powdercoated part is meticulously assembled. We love how the Candy Blue frame pops with the red plastic.
McGill’s quads are no joke. Every bolt or powdercoated part is meticulously assembled. We love how the Candy Blue frame pops with the red plastic.

 

2014 HONDA TRX450R CONTACTS & PARTS LIST

Baldwin: www.baldwinmotorsports.com, 440-224-2734, Baldwin ported head and valves $1,200, Baldwin cam shaft $349,Baldwin FCR carburetor modification $120

Wiseco: www.wiseco.com, 800-321-1364,Wiseco high-compression piston $282, Wiseco complete clutch $930.37

Lonestar Racing: www.lsracing.com, 480-834-2990,Lonestar DC Pro long travel XC a-arms $840, Lonestar DC Pro steering stem w/ 1 1/8-in. bar clamp $265,
Lonestar DC Pro spindles $650,Lonestar billet front wheel hubs $299, Lonestar billet rear wheel hubs $236, Lonestar DC-6 rear shock linkage $300, Lonestar Axcaliber adjustable width axle $449, Lonestar billet axle bearing housing $185

Custom Axis: www.penskeshocks.com/axis/, 610-375-6180, Custom Axis Pro Air long-travel front air shocks (20 in. of travel) $2,495, Custom Axis triple-adjustable rear shock (16 in. of travel) $1,100

Bel-Ray: www.belray.com, 732-938-2421, Bel-Ray air filter oil (1 liter) $15.95, Bel-Ray 20/50 conventional oil (1 liter) $8.99, Bel-Ray Gear Saver 80/85 conventional transmission oil (1 liter) $11.49, Bel-Ray chain lube (6 ounce) $10.95, Bel-Ray brake fluid dot 4 (12 ounce) $15.95

Twin Air: www.twinair.comTwin Air air filter $59.95

FMF Racing: www.fmfracing.com, 310-631-4363, FMF Racing Factory 4.1 RCT full exhaust system with Mega Bomb head pipe $774.99

Renegade: www.renegaderacefuel.com, 800-733-3381, Renegade Race Fuel Prices vary

Sunstar: www.sunstar-mc.com, 937-743-9049 (x1334), Sunstar X-Ring chain $100, Sunstar 13-tooth front sprocket $23.95, Sunstar 38-tooth rear sprocket $36.95

CST Tires: www.csttires.comCST Pulse 21×7-10 front tires $86 each, CST Pulse 20×11-9 rear tires $106 each

Hiper: www.hiper-technology.com, 877-GO-HIPER, ,Tech3 10-inch front beadlock wheels $244.99 each, Tech3 9-inch rear dual beadlock wheels $459.99 each

DP Brakes: www.dp-brakes.comDP front brake pads $38.95 per side, DP rear brake pads $38.95, DP slotted brake rotors $102.95 each

Streamline: www.streamlinebrakes.com, 909-987-4214, Streamline stainless steel braided front brake line $89.99, Streamline stainless steel braided rear brake line $39.99

Fasst Company: www.fasstco.com, 877-306-1801, Flexx Handlebar 14-degree Quad Racer Low bend $359.99, Fasst Company rear brake clevis $39.99, Fasst Company rear brake return spring $19.99

Cycra: www.cycraracing.com, 800-770-2259, Cycra Pro Bend full wrap-around hand guards for Flexx Handlebar $94.95

Works Connection: www.worksconnection.com, 530-642-9488, Works Connection Elite clutch perch and lever (CR style) $155.85

All Balls: www.allballracing.comAll Balls throttle cable $15.95, All Balls clutch cable $11.50

Ryland Johnson Racing: www.rylandjohnsonracing.com, 870-566-1276,RJR 521-series front bumper $140, RJR 521-series heel guards $220, RJR footpegs $130, RJR rear grab bar $90, RJR frame rub rail kit $70, RJR Black Water skid plate Call for pricing

Vanilla Gorilla: www.deminc.wix.com/vgracing, 336-608-8091, VG frame skid plate $85

Quad Tech: www.quadtech-atv.com, 951-487-6333, Quad Tech ATV McGill low-hump seat $189.99, Quad Tech Hi-Pro plastic hood $114.99

IMS: www.imsproducts.com, 800-237-9906, IMS 3.7 gallon fuel tank with dry break system $500.55

Maier: www.maier-mfg.com/catalog/atv, 800-33-maker, Maier front and rear plastic set $600.10

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