MXA PRODUCT TEST:
BOYESEN SHOKOUT GRIP
WHAT IS IT? It looks like a throttle for the clutch side of your handlebars, but it is really an anti-arm-pump device.
WHAT'S IT COST? $89.95.
CONTACT? (800) 441-1177 or www.boyesen.com
WHAT'S IT DO? The question that everyone asks is, Why would I want my clutch-side grip to move? The theory behind the Boyesen Shokout grip is based on the fact that most riders suffer arm pump, blisters and wrist injuries to their clutch arm more than their throttle arm. The Boyesen Shokout offers a small degree of give when hitting whoops, landing from big jumps or bouncing over berms. Instead of a rigid left wrist and a death grip, the Boyesen ShoxxOut allows a small amount of flex to lessen the force of impacts (just like the throttle side). It is like having a throttle on both sides.
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here's a list of things that stand out with Boyesen's Shokout grip.
(1) Elastomers. The latest version of the Boyesen Shokout grip accepts three different durometers of elastomer (soft, medium and firm). We like to run the stiff elastomer to lessen forward rotation and the medium elastomer for rearward play. Some MXA test riders use the stiff durometers on both sides (none of the MXA test riders run two soft bumpers).
(2) Size. The MXA test crew first tested the Boyesen Shokout grip ten years ago. It was a bulbous device back then with a horrible grip. Today, it is very small and comes with a nice grip.
(3) Consumer resistance. Although every MXA test rider resisted the concept of the Shokout, after they raced with it, they said, "I forgot it was there."
(4) Function. Does it work? The MXA test crew believes that the Boyesen Shokout grip lessens arm pump, decreases the chance of strained wrists in the whoops, and takes some of the micro-trauma out of the jarring of motocross. Those are good things.
(5) Replacement. Since the Shokout grip slips onto the clutch side, it can be moved from bar to bar without having to worry about prying the grip off or gluing a new one on.
WHAT'S THE SQUAWK? We must admit that there were moments when we thought the clutch-side grip was loose before we remembered that it was supposed to move.
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