PRODUCT: Raptor—the maker of titanium pegs for
many factory motocross teams, whose product is considered “state of the art,” “over the top” and a commodity
fit for kings and big-buck racers—offers their Extreme
Titanium Enduro footpeg for the off-roader. The difference
between the Extreme MX model is a cross piece that
is slightly bowed, while the Enduro has no cross piece.
The peg itself is super strong, built from hand-fabricated,
aerospace-grade titanium, and the latest manufacturing
techniques to produce the strongest welds that eliminates
stress and corrosion. They are ultra lightweight at 410
grams per set, offer a wider (57mm) platform, and an anti-clog design to resist mud buildup.
POSITIVE: We bolted on a pair of Raptor Enduro pegs
for our KTM 450XC-F with the 5mm-lower, 5mm-back
design. They target riders looking for less knee flex (
taller guys) and bolted on quickly, as they come with their
own footpeg springs. We did have to lower our brake
pedal 5mm to match the new footpeg height, but nothing
more was required. Performance-wise, their grip is stunning, with the wider platform dispersing the load on our
feet while the weight savings is sweet. We felt that the
ergonomics helped open up the cockpit and made the
machine easier to ride. And, this was a big deal. Plus, they
are flat fiendish to look at!
NEGATIVE: Unless you roost cash, the price tag of 350
dollars can make your ears bleed.
BOTTOM LINE: Based on the WF (wicked factor), these
are the nastiest foot platforms in existence. We praise the
design, weight, look and ergonomic appeal of the unit.
Now, if they didn’t cost more than our first car. ❏
PRODUCT: The LS2 MX442 is a very light, cost-effective helmet that erases the myth that low-cost helmets
have to be heavy. The tri-composite fiberglass shell uses
state-of-the-art technology, making for a high-perfor-mance off-road helmet that tips the scales at the 2.5-
pound mark. The cheek pads are cut from a solid block
of high-quality foam using LS2’s 3D laser technology,
and the technical-fabric comfort padding wicks moisture
to keep the rider dry and cool. It resists odor and bacteria and is fully removable and washable (hand-wash and
air-dry liners). The LS2 technicians focused considerable
effort on flow-through ventilation and a wide eyeport for
good vision and a wide view.
POSITIVE: This is a supremely superb helmet, very
light in feel and offers a comfortable fit that sells for what
seems like pennies on the dollar, especially when compared to the high-end lids that dominate the airwaves. For
the $129.95 price tag (that’s retail; the on-the-street price
is much more palatable), it just may be one of the best
buys in the dirt bike world.
NEGATIVE: Other than the perceived value that targets
a cheapie lid, there is no downside to the LS2 M442.
BOTTOM LINE: Love this lid. Take the time to get fitted,
as the helmet runs large, and check the street prices, since
they do tend to vary, and there are some great deals out