OUR TAKE: While this is slated as
an ADV boot, we’re always on the
search for super-light yet structurally
strong boots for our off-road riding.
Long hours on the bike and knees
that start talking every time you lift,
dangle, prop and poke the earth’s
surface have the advanced dirt pilot
screaming for a light boot with a
strong bottom with foot support. The
Falco boot not only fits and feels
good, the buckles are outstanding,
and the toe box and comfort via the
heel rate good marks. More important, the weight is super light and the
strength through the footpeg receiving
area of the boot is strong enough
to let even thicker pilots not feel the
footpeg through the boot after lots of
BOTTOM LINE: The Falco Avantour
is a worthy player for the trail/ADV
rider. We’d rather see a less aggressive sole for trail use, but the fit, feel,
short break-in period and light weight
make it a player. ❏
now use the optional quiet insert (fits
at in the end of the cap), and this
lowers the decibel reading to 90 dB at
5000 rpm. The extra expansion room
in the new cap lets you dampen noise
without killing the bottom-end power.
OUR TAKE: Really good stuff here.
The system bolts on quickly, and you
feel an immediate power gain while
it retains a really soft bark. Once you
install the quiet insert, the noise factor
drops again (now it’s very quiet) and
the power softens up slightly, making
it more like stock, though quieter.
BOTTOM LINE: This is a great
mod for the KTM/Husky off-roader.
Good power gains with it opened up
over stock yet was still softly spoken.
And for areas where you want to go
stealth, the quiet insert brings it down
substantially. Our only negative is that
it would be nice if it came with new
screws, as the stock Torx units get
nasty on older, well-used systems. ❏