High Visibility: Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Honda At Washougal

Photos by Jeff Kardas

In a far away past, Troy Lee was one of the countless speedy motocross riders based in Southern California. He would hit races at Saddleback, Ascot, and Corona, and venture the National circuit between sessions in the paint studio, his most successful finish being 12th at Washougal. The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship continues to visit the Washington state circuit years later, and Lee makes it a point that his personal race team, Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Honda, have a one-off look for the event. Through the years we have seen Steve McQueen inspired schemes and a mix of florescent colors, but this year’s kit was a stunning contrast to the team’s standard red, white, and blue look.

Racers Cole Seely and Malcolm Stewart were outfitted in black and florescent green gear, helmets their bikes covered with matching graphics and PPG paint. It would not be a Troy Lee project without custom painted helmets, and the SE3 lids worn by Seely and Stewart were simply stunning, particularly the gold leaf used in Stewart’s 32. The gear was accented with the trademark three stripes used by team sponsor adidas, whose American base is in nearby Portland, and the look demanded attention on the track.

Getting your machine to match will be a challenge, as the Enjoy graphics were a one-off run and the painted fenders were done by TLD’s in-house paint department. However, the look is not impossible, as the gear is available through the company’s catalog.

We are already counting down the days to Washougal, where we will see what Troy and the crew will come up with for 2014…