MXA PRODUCT TEST: Stefan Everts MX Training and Racing Techniques DVD

January 28, 2009
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WHAT IS IT? 50 minutes of instructional video starring the “Belgian Waffle,” Stefan Everts.

WHAT’S IT COST? $34.95?ÿ

WHAT’S IT DO? Stefan Everts had an utterly dominating career in the FIM World Motocross Championships (throughout the last decade and half of the current one). During this time, Stefan rode for all of the big Japanese manufacturers and accumulated ten World Championships (split between all three classes). In fact, Stefan once won both an MX1 (450) and MX2 (250) Grand Prix on the same day. After retiring, Everts took a job at KTM as Race Director and now serves as Team Manager. In his new position, Everts coaches the factory KTM riders at his Spanish motocross school. “Stefan Everts MX Training and Racing Techniques” is a DVD intended to let the average racer benefit from Everts’ knowledge, as well as gain insight into the style and technique of the motocross legend.

WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that stand out with the “Stefan Everts MX Training and Racing Techniques” DVD.

ÿÿ (1) Subjects. The instructional video isn’t limited to riding tips. Stefan covers the gamut of moto knowledge, from maintenance tips to bike setup to body positioning and cleaning your bike. Furthermore, while the focus of the video is on sand riding, most of the info applies to any terrain.

ÿÿ (2) Level of instruction. The information provided by the video doesn’t delve very deeply into any specific subject. The tips are good reminders for any racer, but hardly worth the effort of an experienced rider. This definitely isn’t the level of coaching Everts provided to Tommy Searle or Tyla Rattray.

ÿÿ (3) Footage. The best part of the DVD is the creative camera angles, including several different unique helmet views and aerial footage taken with a remote control helicopter. Even more impressive is the super-slow-motion footage. It is so slow that you can see the sidewall of the tire flex as it impacts the starting gate. Unfortunately, these scenes make up a small portion of the video.

ÿÿ (4) Actors. Suspension and maintenance experts join Everts with their own segments. While they certainly know their motorcycle specialties, they aren’t comfortable in front of a camera. It doesn’t help that English isn’t their native language. They often sound like Commandant Klink.

WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? The instructional portions are dry. The content is diminished by its monotonous delivery. We turned the volume down and just watched the slow motion footage. Everts plans to produce a series of videos, and we can only hope that volume two delivers some useful pearls of wisdom.

It is really a one-star instructional video, but we gave it two stars because of the camera work.


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