Event: Shoei VFX-EVO Launch

Photographer: Spencer Owens

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1995 KX60

“This is my 1995 Kawasaki KX60 that I turned into a 2001 Kawasaki Pro Circuit team replica bike. I bought the bike summer this year 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.


Press Release: Ryan Villopoto Newest Addition to the Roster of Pro Coaches Encinitas, Calif. Nov. 28th, 2017- Road 2 Recovery is excited to announce the 2nd Annual Jessy Nelson MX School on Saturday, December 16th at Pala MX Raceway in San Diego County  R2R has teamed with some of the top motocross/supercross Pro riders to help raise additional support for Jessy Nelson’s R2R Fund. David Bailey, Jeff Ward, Destry Abbott, Kris Keefer, and Grant Langston are just some of the confirmed renowned Pro coaches. And new this year, Jessy Nelson will be lending his expertise to the coaching staff as well.

With an already stacked Pro Coaching roster, R2R is thrilled to have just received confirmation that Ryan Villopoto will be the newest Pro Coach addition. His ability on the track precedes him with his 9 collective championship wins in Supercross and Motocross under his belt; having the opportunity to learn form Ryan is defiantly a once in a lifetime opportunity. Ryan’s legacy on the track is undeniably legendary; however it’s his drive to give back that is often under shadowed by his skill. This is just one way that Ryan continues to help and support others.

With a minimum donation of $100.00 per ride you’ll have a full day packed with years of knowledge and experience. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Participants can expect small class groups, with a cap of only 100 entries total; they’ll gain valuable skills from the best in the business. Coaches will be split in groups of two with a focus on specific parts of the tracks; starts, turns, big jumps, and “S turns”. With your donation you will receive a complimentary breakfast, delicious lunch provided by Wienerschnitzel, access to the Red Bull Recharge Zone, a swag bag, and raffles. There will also be industry partners setting up to help with small mechanical needs should they arise. More industry and pro coaches are to be announced soon.

To register and more details go to https://r2r.regfox.com/jessy-mx-2017

Date: 12/16/17 Time: 8am – 3pm PDT Location: Pala MX Raceway 12799 California Highway 76,

Pala, CA 92059

Preliminary Schedule:
·       8am – 8:45am- Check In ·       8:45am – 9am – Rider Meeting ·       9am – 12pm – Classes ·       12pm – 1pm- Lunch powered by Wienerschnitzel ·       1pm – 3pm- Classes ·       3pm All Classes End

·       3pm-3:30 pm Q & A


The Shoei setup out at the Zaca Station track. 

It has been 9 years since Shoei released a motocross helmet since 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.

 Zinger graphics.  Plain Jane black.

Josh Grant replica graphics.

The Glaive graphics.



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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 in over a decade. 

What’s new on the 2018 Yamaha YZ250? It is joke people. It now has blue rims and BNG fro 2018. WooHoo.

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