I have personally tested the HJC CS MX Phase, and it is a great helmet for any rider. The first thing you want to check on a helmet is if it DOT approved, and this one is. DOT approved means that it meets and/or exceeds safety requirements from the Department of Transportation.
Although this is a cheaper helmet, HJC does not make junk. It is very reliable and lasts a long time if you take care of it. The comfort level is high and the shape of the padding inside fits my head nice and snug. Usually you have to spend big bucks to get a high quality helmet with really cool graphics, but here you get quality, comfort, and I personally think the graphics are pretty neat as well. The breathe-ability would be my biggest complaint. It is not horrible, but my head got pretty sweaty doing any riding above 70 degrees Fahrenheit. The ventilation is the only big downfall this helmet really has, so if you don’t mind a little sweat or if you live in a colder climate this would be a great helmet.
HJC has really good starter helmets that last for years if you don’t get in a big crash and crack it. The HJC CS MX Phase helmet is perfect for beginning riders that just want to ride, but want quality, name-brand equipment for a good deal. I have used mine for two full seasons and it still looks almost new and feels great. So go buy a helmet and get out and ride!
Dirt bike trails can be a lot of fun for any rider, but whats not fun is your bike getting damaged, or even worse, you getting injured. That is why there are many options and add-ons to protect you and your bike. Any rider that has hit a tree or another similar object while blitzing through dirt bike trails would have to agree that it hurts and they wouldn’t want to do it again (Unless of course you are on the show “Jesse James Is A Dead Man” and one of you ‘deadly’ stunts is riding a dirt bike over an off-road course). Anyway, protecting you and your dirt bike for riding on trails can save you some big money, especially if you “accidentally” tip over a lot. Don’t worry, these tips will help keep your bike in better shape in the end, and yourself as well if you choose to listen to me.
Protective Gear (For You)
The first thing to do before you go trail riding on your dirt bike is to buy protection gear for your body. Your bike may be expensive, but it’s much more beneficial if you save your own butt rather than the dirt bike. Remember, the bike is replaceable, you are not. At least not in this life you aren’t. The basic protective gear is obviously a DOT approved off-road helmet, a good pair of motocross boots, and some long clothes. Now to really protect yourself from all of those trees, rocks, roots, and other hard objects that you would hit when or if you fall on the trails, good body armor is the best protection you can get. Some people may say that they are very uncomfortable to wear, they are itchy and hot, or they’re just plain annoying to wear while riding. Most of those people probably have never even tried using one while trail riding, let alone even trying one on.
Body armor/suits are good for any kind of riding because they are full upper-body protection and many come with kidney belts that help prevent too much back stress, which is somewhat common when riding on dirt bike trails because you sit down a lot. I use one when I go racing, trail riding, and when I ride my dirt bikes with friends, and I don’t really have anything to complain about. I use a BJ22 Ballistic Jersey and will say that it was a good investment. I won’t go into too much detail about it, but will say that it is awesome protection. It doesn’t bother me much and it’s not extremely bulky. Fortunately this body armor has good ventilation and is still usable in hotter conditions without making me die from sweat. This suit comes with chest protection, shoulder pads, elbow guards, back-plate protection, and a kidney belt. If you want to give your upper body a break when you wipe out or hit something, try putting on some armor; your body will like it.
Another good protective piece of gear for trail riding is a neck brace/collar. This is another thing that is neglected, especially when riding on dirt bike trails. Most people that have one only use it when they ride on the track because that is usually the most dangerous type of riding. But if you are blazing through dirt bike trails there is a good chance of injuring your neck as well if you crash. I use an EVS Race Collar and am glad I got it (Click here for a review that I made for this neck collar). It can save a neck injury or collar bone if you fall and land on your head or if your bike hits you. I always ride with it on and will say that I never notice it. The only time it restricts the head is when you turn and try to look backwards, otherwise it’s great protection with good comfort. Trust me when I say these will pay for themselves probably after one bad crash.
Protective Gear (For Your Bike)
Once you get all of the necessary equipment for yourself then you can start protecting your precious bike. Probably the most important part to protect on a two stroke dirt bike for trail riding is the pipe. The head pipe/expansion chamber can easily get damaged if you crash, especially if it hits rocks or other hard objects. A simple way to keep it from getting badly dented or cracked is by buying a pipe guard. E-Line has Pipe Guards that will fit many two and four-stroke dirt bikes. These will make your pipe last much longer than without having one. It’s a cheaper alternative than buying another new pipe, and they hardly add any weight to the bike.
Hand guards are one of the most popular dirt bike modification for trail riding because they protect your hands from hitting annoying trees, weeds, branches, and other objects in the woods that would hurt your hands. Pro Taper makes many different Hand Guards for pretty much every off-road bike possible. They have many models with several colors to match your needs. If you want to protect your hands from roost and trees, you need some hand guards!
Devol Engineering makes Front Disc and Rear Disc Guards to protect your brake rotors from getting damaged or bent from hitting rocks and other stiff objects on the trails. This is a cheap way to keep your brake discs/rotors safer and cleaner.
Works Connection has Aluminum Skid Plates that will protect the underside of the engine and the frame. This is another common modification that trail riders do to their dirt bikes because logs and rocks can really do some damage to the under part of your bike. Stop the wreckage with a skid plate before it’s too late. They are light, easy to install, and don’t add bulk to your bike.
Radiator Guards can help prevent twisting and breaking of radiators that result in costly repairs or replacement. Works Connection also has Radiator Braces that will fit almost every name brand dirt bike with radiators out there. These Guards are a lot cheaper than buying new radiators and will increase the longevity of them.
Protecting you and your bike for trail riding is smart, it will save you money, and most likely a lot of pain. There are many more parts to add on to your bike to protect it, but these are the most common modifications that riders have.
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Thanks for viewing, and good luck protecting yourself and your bike. Stay safe, and have fun riding.
If you are looking into getting a neck roll/collar this might help you decide on which one to buy. Even if you aren’t in the market for one I suggest you keep reading because it could save a neck or collar bone, and that is the most common injury I hear about in motocross. I have been wearing the EVS RC2 Race Collar for the past season, and I will say that I’m glad that I bought it.
First of all, I like the fitment and I hardly ever notice it when I ride or race; hardly any restriction. I make sure I wear it every time I ride a dirt bike because it doesn’t bother me. The RC2 is great protection when you get in an crash and slam your head against your chest or shoulders. I fortunately haven’t had any bad accidents with it, but I did flat land a jump and my chin would have hit my chest but the race collar prevented that from happening. I ended up having a bruise there, but who knows what it could have been if I wasn’t wearing the collar.
All in all I think it should be a necessity for all riders that go somewhat fast because you honestly don’t know what will happen. It’s cheap enough that it will easily pay for itself and probably one hundred more after your first big crash that could break your collar bone. Go buy one now if you don’t have a neck collar already. Remember to have fun and stay safe. Thanks for viewing.
For those of you dirt bikers that would like to know a little bit about the Honda CR125, tune in to this post as I will give you a review of the bike. Although it is a 2002, not much changed since 2007 except that the motor was modified a little bit in 2005. So this should be pretty accurate to the newer models as well because Honda pretty gave up on their two-strokes once they unleashed the thumpers (four-strokes).
2002 Honda CR125R
First off, I wanted to mention the comfort level on this bike is excellent. It’s probably the tallest bike I’ve ridden, seat height-wise, but it’s also one of the most comfortable motocross bikes I’ve ridden. It’s a little bit high for shorter riders like me(5’6”), but once you get on it it’s fine.
For being stock suspension, I thought that it was great. Although I did not ride it extremely hard, it worked out very well for me. It soaked up all the bad landings, the braking bumps did not throw me around, and in the corners it wasn’t wanting to stand up. Since I am a lighter rider I thought the stock set-up would be a little on the stiff side, but I turned the compression and rebound clickers on the forks and shock all the way in and it was fine.
Now you may have heard that the Honda two-stroke enginessuck, they have no power, and they are the worst two-stroke ever. If you did not hear that, then disregard what I just said. Now, some of that is partly true. They don’t have the most powerful engine that’s for sure. But that’s not to say that they are slow. After all, it’s mainly the rider and not the bike, but we’re not here to talk about that. As for the power, yes the bottom-end is very weak. In fact, it’s so weak that it’s surprising that it even goes. Once you get it into the mid-range then it wakes up a little bit with okay power. The top-end hit isn’t the most powerful in it’s class either, but it’s nothing to be ashamed of. The motor also has the “Rattle of Death,” I have heard, and my CR had a rattle too, but you shouldn’t need to worry about that because pretty much all of them have it.
Handling on this bike is probably number one in it’s class. It can go through corners faster than you are able to! Wait, does that make sense?? Anyway, the handling is great much like the stock suspension. This is probably the biggest reason why people buy Honda’s, and I agree with them; it’s great!
The jetting on Honda’s is one thing that scares people away. The two-strokes tend to eat up spark plugs quickly if the bike isn’t jetted for the correct temperature and altitude. I didn’t have any problems with mine because I bought it with it correctly jetted for where I ride. I am not an expert with carburetors, so I suggest bring it to a trusted mechanic and get it properly jetted. If you want to do it yourself then buy a manual for the bike if you don’t have one already and read it carefully. Don’t let the Honda jetting or rumors about it always being hungry scare you away. It’s a great bike. You just have to fix the carburetor right way. Unless of course you go with the PWK Air Striker like many people are doing.
What I Think of It…..
Overall this is a great package for new riders. It looks great, it rides great, and two-strokes are easier/cheaper on maintenance. This is a perfect bike for a new racer that doesn’t need much power and wants a good handling, stock bike. After the the jetting is fixed, you got a great bike in your hands. Make sure you maintain it, have fun, and keep those two-smokes rollin’!!