Here at MX Vice, we always love hearing from companies that make great products that we think our readers will love. Last week we were contacted by Janis, the creative mind and driving force behind OMX Graphics. OMX Graphics is arguably one of the largest and most innovative dirt bike graphic companies, as they have recently added a number of new products to their offering. We sat down with Janis to talk about the latest trends in bike graphics and some simple tips that you can use to get your bike looking fresh straight out of lockdown! They also have a 10% promo offer on right now, simply use the code ‘SUMMER10’ at checkout!
MX Vice: Talk us through how OMX Graphics got started back in 2011. What made you start a graphics company?
Team OMX Graphics has been related to motocross since childhood. It wasn’t until 2011 that we decided to finally start creating our own kickass motocross graphics. The goal has not really changed since then. We want to offer the highest quality graphics that anyone could rock, which look great and are affordable too!
Dedication to the sport allows us to test our dirt bike graphics on a daily basis and in the roughest conditions before we give them out to the world for approval. It has been almost 10 years since we started, and we are continually innovating! Now we have the latest next-level printing and cutting equipment, along with the technique, skills and experience that cannot be bought. What makes us super happy is the strong base of fans sporting our product all over the world. Having countless satisfied customers is our greatest reward and it shows that doing what we believe in always marks the path to success!
MX Vice: You now have four offices around the world? What are the locations?
Yeah! The company has grown steadily over the past 10 years and we currently have four representatives in the United States, Finland, Russia and a European office in Latvia. We are also currently seeking new collaborations in other countries as well.
MX Vice: One thing I noticed, which separates you from a number of other graphics companies, is the fact you ship worldwide for free. How long does delivery usually take to Europe and the UK?
We really do ship for free to US and EU if a customer selects the standard delivery option. It usually takes five to 15 days and is done by FedEx. We have a really good long-term relationships with FedEx, so thumbs up for their service. Our products get delivered in a very timely manner!
MX Vice: Do you work with any professional teams or athletes in either MXGP or enduro?
Unfortunately, we do not. That is one of our goals, for sure! All the pro teams are more than welcome to hit us up! One thing I can reveal is that our designs are going to be featured in a motocross video game that is launching pretty soon. We cannot wait to see how it turns out and we are super stoked to have this awesome collaboration.
MX Vice: What sets you apart from other graphics companies. Do you have a specific style you apply to your designs?
The thing that is great about motocross graphics is that they are all so individual. Many producers try to copy the design of factory teams, but that is not our style. We are always striving to be different and provide our customers with a unique touch to their rides.
Motocross trends are usually set by the big dogs of the industry and the motocross gear producers, but we are quite confident to have many trendsetting products as well. It is always reassuring to see our designs on track and the feedback we have from our many loyal customers is a good sign we are producing the designs that riders want to run on their bikes!
MX Vice: What trends are you seeing in bike graphics at the moment?
Regarding the trends, one thing that always runs strong is vibrant and bright colour combinations. Anything from acid green to teal blue seems to steal the attention and is loved by riders. More recently we have seen a growing interest for more sophisticated hues as well, like sand and anthracite. Camouflage always looks dope, especially when done in a dark grey version that is featured on our website.
One of our personal favourites is our signature series that features a wolf pattern in aggressive but sleek yellow and black combination. Whatever is your choice, our message to all the petrol heads would be to stay different and true to their own tastes and personalities. We can design to meet the requirements of any rider!
MX Vice: What tips and tricks do you have for getting the best-looking graphics?
It really depends on your personal preferences. If you are asking me, I would suggest sticking to simple lines, clean design, two of three colour combos, and just few logos here and there. Either that or choose the complete opposite… Go wild and have fun with the hues and make your craziest design dreams come true! Keep in mind that OMX offers free customisation to help you build the perfect ride.
Our website allows you to customise your bike graphics in hundreds of different ways like rider names, number designs, colours and adding sponsor logos. You can even add customisation instructions for the designer who will mockup the bike design and sent it to you for approval. This is a personalised service from start to finish!
MX Vice: What is your most popular range?
Our best-selling dirt bike graphics can be seen on our website but, to name a few, the lightning series for Honda is a clean and modern design that looks great. The ‘Hound’ series for KTM is also a popular choice for those who like the subtle touch of grey, anthracite colours. The Tonus Series for Yamaha has also been a favourite of our customers for some time.
MX Vice: It is not just graphics you do, right? You also print custom jerseys and rim stickers? Talk us through some of the options and price points for these?
That is right! Lately we have widened the product range and introduced two new product lines mx rim stickers and custom motocross jerseys. We added the rim stickers, as we have noticed that our customers demand nothing but the best. Rim stickers are that perfect little accent that can make the bike truly stand out on track!
Regarding the jerseys, we are totally stoked about the quality. The printing technique that we use allows us to achieve a superb colour combinations and the methods we use prevents the jerseys fading, peeling or cracking over time! Even better, you can customise the shirt completely and even have your mom’s portrait featured on it [laughs]. Jokes aside, but our design team works hard to meet everyone’s expectations. The rim stickers cost USD 49 (€41.50) while jerseys come for USD 59 (€50).
MX Vice: For anyone who is new to motocross or thinking of getting customised graphics, how easy are it to install? Any tips here?
The video we made in 2016 already has +330k views on YouTube. Nice to see those numbers growing! Hope that our video guide helps a lot of riders out there. The big picture is that nothing much has changed since then with the process of applying mx graphics.
Just take your time, be patient, start with the less difficult parts and move on to more complicated ones. Moreover, the material we use (substance media) is developed alongside the Monster Energy Kawasaki team and has FLO technology for an easy (bubble-free) application. It takes just about an hour to have a complete makeover of your dirtbike and you will be surprised how easy it actually is.
Be sure to check out OMX Graphics products online and use the 10% promo code, ‘SUMMER10’ at checkout to get yourself a bargain this summer!
Tested: 5 modifications I like to make to my YZ450F before going racing
MX Vice’s Tester, Brad Wheeler, Shares His Thoughts
Since picking up my YZ450F back in November I have been waiting under bated breath for the chance to race it. Practicing is all well and good, but nothing gets the blood pumping more than lining up at the start with 39 other racers.
Words: Brad Wheeler | Lead Image: Supplied
The lack of racing got me thinking, what are some of the things that I would like to do to the bike before I go to my first race on the BluCru. I have logged around 10-15 hours on the bike now and feel I have established a solid base setting and something I can build on moving forward. With that being said here are 5 modifications I will be making before my first race, which is looking like early March time.
I wasn’t going to do these in any particular order but I think it will be more beneficial for you all if I go from most important to least important, in my opinion.
1) A genuine Yamaha holeshot device:
More often than not if you look down the starting line at any level of racing you will see bikes with a holeshot device. The point of the device is to preload the front fork. This does several things. It makes the bike lower to the ground, meaning you have a lower centre of mass and more control getting off the line. Secondly, it allows you to get more weight over the front of the bike, meaning you can hit the power harder and not have to worry as much about going into a wheelie. Finally, it also increases balance. Being lower to the ground you can touch the floor more comfortably.
I have used several different brands in my time, from cheaper to more expensive and I have found that if the OEM makes their own, that is the way to go. In this instance, the Yamaha one is easy to install and simple to use. The clamp opens right up so no need to remove the fork leg. It also has a big button making it easy to engage if you are trying to set your own device. In my opinion, if you are serious about racing, a holeshot device is an absolute must.
TIP: The buttons can work themselves loose over time on any brand of device so be sure to check them regularly.
2) ProGrip 799 ultra soft grips:
It’s no secret that Japanese standard grips are not built with comfort in mind. They will most likely outlast any aftermarket grip on the market, but I’m looking for a bit more out of my grip.
If you’re doing qualifying and 5 motos over the course of a weekend you’re looking at around 120-150 minutes of riding. That’s a lot of holding on. So I want a grip that is kind to my hands and also makes it easier to hold on.
Step forward Pro Grip 799 ultra soft. I have used this grip for as long as I can remember, all the way back to 50cc days. The grip is incredibly comfy and almost moulds to the shape of your hand. Don’t get me wrong, one little slide off and you can kiss the end of the grip goodbye, but that is the price you sometimes have to pay to have a comfier ride. Rather than spending thousands on suspension, try a softer grip first. You’d be amazed at the difference it can make.
3) GYTR factory racing seat cover:
For me, this really only applies to 450s. My Yamaha 450 is a rocket ship and pulls like an express train. This is great when my arms are fresh and I can hold myself forward, but as fatigue sets in, the sheer torque of the motorcycle pushes me back towards the rear of the seat.
The standard seat is relatively grippy and as stock seat covers go, is one of the better ones. However, the GYTR factor seat cover has 5 ribs up the seat which aid in keeping you up the front of the bike. The material of the cover itself is stickier than the stock seat cover.
Other seat covers are available, GUTS does several different varieties of gripper seats but the GYTR is similar to the factory cover that Jago Geerts and Maxime Renaux use, and who doesn’t want to look factory?
4) Raptor RME013 edge titanium footpegs:
Footpegs can often be something that people overlook. They’re one of the points of contact between yourself and your machine yet get neglected. Standard footpegs have come a long way from the breadsticks they used to stand on back in the 80s. Even so, the increased grip and strength you get with the Raptor titanium peg is second to none.
The peg bites into your boot making it virtually impossible to slip off of it. Titanium is not only lighter than steel but is also stronger. Over time the areas under stress on a steel peg become weak and are likely to fracture. However, with titanium, it would take a long time and an incredible amount of force to crack a titanium peg.
I’m not sure if I am supposed to say this but Star Racing Monster Energy Yamaha actually BUY these pegs for their race bikes. That’s right, Eli Tomac, Cooper Webb, Justin Cooper and the other 36 250 riders they have all use Raptor titanium footpegs.
Another plus is that the RME013 model doesn’t have the middle section you see on most pegs. This stops mud from getting jammed in there. Raptor also offers a variety of different offset pegs which is something we will be playing around with throughout the year.
5) GYTR Akrapovic Full Exhaust System:
The final modification that I will be making before I go racing is the addition of a GYTR Akrapovic. For me, this is the lowest priority of the 5. Riding a YZ450F, I am not looking for more power, and the ability to move the power around with an exhaust system has been bypassed by the tuner apps available these days.
That being said, it still has its perks. The GYTR Akrapovic (which I’m almost 100% the same as the Akrapovic Evolution system) weighs 0.85 kgs less than the standard system. Titanium is also a stronger and more durable material, so will be less prone to cracks in weak spots like welded joints.
This is Yamaha’s recommended after-market pipe of choice, so you know it is going to work well with the engine. Even if it isn’t more hit you are looking for, it is always nice to have your machine running smoother and sounding a little more factory than your buddies.
Last but not least, and this cannot be understated, just how awesome the system looks. I truly believe there is something in the whole “look good, feel good” saying. I know if I pull up to the track and I have fresh gear and my bikes looking good, I am already in a positive mindset heading to the line. And as we know motocross is just as mental as it is physical.
These 5 modifications are not gospel. What works for me, may not work for you. But, I have been racing for 22 years and my experience has taught me that these are the 5 things that make the biggest difference to myself. If you have any questions about the
above products drop me an email at [email protected] and I will assist in any way I can.
Tested and written by Brad Wheeler
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Fox Racing Announces New Adventure Collection
Everything You Need in Adventure-ready Gear. Nothing You Don’t.
Fox Racing, the global leader in motocross and mountain biking gear and apparel, announced the expansion into the adventure market with a purpose-built ADV Collection that inspires performance on dirt. The all-new ADV Collection includes three jacket and pant offerings—Recon, Defend, and Ranger—built with a minimalist chassis, GORE-TEX waterproofing, and CE protection across the board. The collection launches this Spring on www.foxracing.com, and at participating Fox Racing dealers and channels globally.
Words: Press Release | Lead Image: FOX
Expanding the brand’s commitment to Equip and Inspire riders, the ADV Collection draws from Fox Racing’s deep racing heritage and appetite for performance innovation. “We recognize that off-road riding is no longer contained to tracks and the trailheads of mountains and deserts. It can now be an extension to a rider’s commute or countryside tour where every technical feature matters to maximize the experience on the bike. The ADV Collection was built with this in mind—connecting riders to dirt with highly versatile gear that has everything you need and nothing you don’t. It’s a differentiated point of view in an evolving category that’s authentic and credible to our brand,” said Michael Crocco, Sr. Global Marketing Manager at Fox Racing.
Developed and tested over the course of three years, the all-new ADV Collection blends the brand’s expertise in performance racewear with the utility adventure riders demand. Performance starts with the minimalist chassis design approach and a closer-to-body fit to inspire movement in variable terrain. The main body is GUARANTEED
TO KEEP YOU DRY with fully seam-sealed GORE-TEX materials, the gold standard in waterproof-breathable technology. CE protection comes in the form of removable D30® back, shoulder, elbow, and knee protectors, and reinforced fabrics to increase abrasion resistance and durability. Other features such as stretch fabrics, ventilation, and storage vary across the three product tiers to meet the demands of a multi-day or an out-and-back ride.
The Recon GORE-TEX ADV Jacket and Pant are 949.95€ and 899.95€, respectively, and deliver maximum mobility and breathability with a minimalist fit for peak performance on dirt. The Defend GORE-TEX ADV Jacket and Pant are 699.95€ and 649.95€, respectively, and offer maximum storage and ventilation for adaptability on the move.
The Ranger GORE-TEX ADV Jacket and Pant are 549.95€ and 499.95€, respectively, and are the most accessible offering for essential performance on the bike.
Follow @foxracing on Instagram for the official release date of the ADV Collection plus exclusive information celebrating the brand’s 50th anniversary for 2024.
About Fox Racing
For over five decades, Fox Racing has been the global leader in motocross and mountain bike gear and apparel. Fox outfits the world’s best competitive action sport athletes and enthusiasts with products that combine innovation and style, rooted in the brand’s original competitive motocross spirit. The company is based in Irvine, California, with offices, retail stores, and an international roster of sponsored athletes, located around the world. www.foxracing.com
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