MWR | YZ250, YZ125, SHOEI VFX-EVO

TWO-STROKE SPOTLIGHT: MICHAEL FRASER’S 1995 KAWASAKI KX60

1995 KX60

“This is my 1995 Kawasaki KX60 that I turned into a 2001 Kawasaki Pro Circuit team replica bike. I bought the bike in the summer of this 2017 for $600. I completely stripped it down and restored/refurbished the entire bike. I sandblasted and painted the frame and swing arm. Restored the original exhaust. Put new bearings in the wheels, suspension, swingarm and steering stem. New chain and sprockets. New brake shoes and springs. Fitted a Factory Effex seat cover. New plastics. Renthal handlebars and grips plus new brake and clutch levers. Everything else on the bike was refurbished or replaced with new parts.

1995 KX60

SK Designs Australia 
 made the Pro Circuit replica decal kit. I’d like to give them a shout out here if I can as they did an awesome job on the decals and they have outstanding customer service, I would highly recommend them to anyone!

Well that about covers it all , I hope you like the bike and can use it in the Mid Week Report two-stroke spotlight. Thanks!” –Michael Fraser.

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2018 Yamaha YZ125Rider: Daryl Ecklund

Bike: 2018 Yamaha YZ125
Event: Shoei VFX-EVO Launch
Location: Zaca Station
Photographer: Spencer Owens
Lens: 300mm f/2.8
Focal length: 300mm
Exposure: 1/1000sec
F-stop: f/4.5
ISO: 320

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TAG METALS RELAUNCHES IN JANUARY OF 2018

SHOEI VFX-EVO LAUNCH 

The Shoei setup out at the Zaca Station track. 

It has been 9 years since Shoei released a motocross helmet (the VFX-W). Some would say the technology was growing long in the tooth with all the new helmet safety innovations that have been popping up. Shoei finally answered back with something innovative and original, the VFX-EVO. They didn’t want to stray too far away from the tried and true VFX-W. It has become a staple for Shoei. What they wanted to do was improve it in every way. With that, Shoei came up with M.E.D.S. (Motion Energy Distribution System).

The M.E.D.S. system helps reduce rotational energy in a crash.

This system features a dual layer, multi-density EPS liner that has been specially engineered to reduce rotational acceleration energy to the head in an event of a crash. It is anchored by a larger center column, the inner layer of the dual-layer system swings during impact, allowing its three perimeter columns to absorb the energy.

One of the biggest differences we found when riding with the VFX-EVO was its improved ventilation compared to its predecessor the VFX-W.

Rotational energy has been a hot topic in the helmet world and Shoei addressed it accordingly. There is not yet a testing protocol for rotational energy, but Shoei has developed their own set of tests and regulations that the VFX-EVO must meet.

Over the last few days Shoei let us check out the hemet and ride with it at Zaca Station. We had a blast.

Daryl Ecklund modeling the new lid. 

Spencer OwensOur new addition to MXA, Spencer Owens rips around on the 2018 YZ250 wearing the VFX-EVO.

Long time Shoei rider, Robby Bell came out and tested the helmet.

Jeff LairdMTA’s Jeff Laird was in attendance as MTA is a distributor of Shoei helmets. Nice camera, Jeff.

 Zinger graphics.  Plain Jane black.

Josh Grant replica graphics.

The Glaive graphics.

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WHAT THE MXA CREW IS UP TO  

2018 Yamaha YZ125We have been in two-stroke heaven lately. Here Daryl Ecklund rips the 2018 Yamaha YZ125. It is one of his favorite bikes to ride. Even though the power plant hasn’t changed much in over a decade. 

What’s new on the 2018 Yamaha YZ250? It is a joke people. It now has blue rims and BNG for 2018. Woo hoo.

2018 KTM 125SXWe shot the 2018 KTM 125SX in the studio last week and we are going to break it in this Thursday at Glen Helen. 

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CLASSIC MXA PHOTO

Mike Brown Mike Brown back in 2004 on his Yamaha of Troy YZ250F. 

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