Factory Hardware – Bikes Of The Stars

Photos by Brendan Lutes
Assisted by Christie Oliver

Second to the actual racing, the most exciting aspect of the first round of any season are the new factory bikes. None have touched the dirt yet and all of them are prepped meticulously by each rider’s mechanic and team. Every year, we make a point to cruise the pits of Anaheim I to capture some of the factory machines before they hit the stadium dirt, get scratched, and become used. And this year, we managed to pack our studio lights around the A1 pits, photographing a true factory bike from every one of the five manufacturers--Yamaha, KTM, Honda, Kawasaki, and Suzuki. This post consists of numerous pages, so sit back, relax, and be sure you protect your keyboard from drool. Enjoy!

PAGE TWO – MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI
PAGE THREE – ROCKSTAR ENERGY RACING KTM
PAGE FOUR – YOSHIMURA SUZUKI
PAGE FIVE – TEAM HONDA MUSCLE MILK
PAGE SIX – JGRMX/TOYOTA/N-FAB-YAMAHA

FACTORY RED BULL KTM

For 2014, the Red Bull KTM machines received a new graphic scheme along with new settings that the team undoubtable discovered during the off-season. We managed to shoot photos of both Ryan Dungey’s KTM 450SX-F and Dean Ferris’ 250SX-F.

As you will see in the following pages, other factory-supported KTM bike’s were equipped with the WP Airshock, however, Dungey elected to not run the new innovative shock. To the naked eye, RD’s bike looks remarkably similar to last year, however, the team has been working hard on testing during the off-season.

In stock trim, Brembo brakes are some of the strongest and most progressive in the business. All of the factory Red Bull KTM machines are equipped with these massive works Brembo brakes on the front.

Both Ferris and Dungey run these ultra light titanium Raptor footpegs. Yes, they are extremely sharp. They are also available to the public for a very pretty penny.

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FACTORY MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI

Both Ryan Villopoto and Jake Weimer ride nearly the exact same KX450F. On the surface, both bikes look very similar to last year’s aside from new graphics and green accents rather than blue.

Ryan Villopoto’s wrench Mike Williamson had just finished putting the final touches to the bike before we snapped these photos. We particularly liked the new green hubs. If you look closely, you’ll notice the air canister on the bottom of the forks. Both Ryan and Jake are now running Showa’s Triple Air fork.

Both bikes have data acquisition equipment mounted on them, including this unit that appears to be for monitoring clutch position.

In addition to the Showa Triple Air Fork, both Ryan and Jake are running Showa’s new Balance Free Rear shock. The team first used the shock at Monster Cup last year, and it is claimed to offer an improved connection to the track by giving the shock better bump absorption through the entire stroke and better performance when under power.

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PAGE ONE – RED BULL KTM
PAGE TWO – MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI
PAGE THREE – ROCKSTAR ENERGY RACING KTM
PAGE FOUR – YOSHIMURA SUZUKI
PAGE FIVE – TEAM HONDA MUSCLE MILK
PAGE SIX – JGRMX/TOYOTA/N-FAB-YAMAHA

ROCKSTAR ENERGY RACING KTM

The Rockstar Energy Racing KTM team is supported by Factory KTM and have all the same resources available to them as Dungey, Roczen, and the rest of the team. In addition to numerous trick parts on the bike Ivan Tedesco also had the WP Air Shock mounted on his bike for practice. Dungey ran the unit at one round last year, but had a major malfunction during his qualifying race, forcing him to ride the LCQ. Reportedly, the team has fixed the previous issues and are further developing the shock, as evidenced by the bikes that it was on at A1.

Ivan Tedesco was a last-minute fill-in rider for Davi Millsaps, so expect him to continue building his results as the season goes on.

Here is a closer look at the WP Air Shock. Not much is known yet about the new design, as it has been heavily guarded by KTM and WP.

KTM’s Factory Services takes care of the engine, while a custom FMF exhaust system is mounted to help coax additional power out of the bike.

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PAGE ONE – RED BULL KTM
PAGE TWO – MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI
PAGE THREE – ROCKSTAR ENERGY RACING KTM
PAGE FOUR – YOSHIMURA SUZUKI
PAGE FIVE – TEAM HONDA MUSCLE MILK
PAGE SIX – JGRMX/TOYOTA/N-FAB-YAMAHA

FACTORY YOSHIMURA SUZUKI

In now his second full season aboard a Yoshimura Suzuki, James Stewart is beginning to get everything dialed in. The bike’s set up is relatively standard with no crazy innovations or additions to speak of. After extensive testing, James is now running the Showa Triple Air Fork with easily some of the brightest fork tubes in the pits. The color isn’t just for looks, though, it is actually a coating that helps reduce stiction and improve fork action.

Stewart’s bike is highlighted by Showa suspension that includes the Triple Air Fork, a factory full-carbon titanium Yoshimura exhaust, and countless unobtainable factory parts.

The craftsmanship of the Yoshimura system is truly amazing. For Supercross, the team elects to run the extremely lightweight carbon fiber/titanium system to save weight.

Here’s a closer look at the air canister on the bottom of the Showa Triple Air Fork. The fork offers a wider range of adjustability.

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PAGE ONE – RED BULL KTM
PAGE TWO – MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI
PAGE THREE – ROCKSTAR ENERGY RACING KTM
PAGE FOUR – YOSHIMURA SUZUKI
PAGE FIVE – TEAM HONDA MUSCLE MILK
PAGE SIX – JGRMX/TOYOTA/N-FAB-YAMAHA

TEAM HONDA MUSCLE MILK

Even though Trey Canard is missing the first few rounds due to a broken arm in the off-season, both his bike and Justin Barcia’s were present at Anaheim I for us to take photos of them. Both bikes are remarkably similar, however, one major difference we noticed was that Barcia elects to run Renthal’s Fatbar while Canard runs the crossbar-equipped Twinwall.

In his second year aboard a 450, Barcia likely has his set up pretty dialed in, as evidenced by his heat race win on Saturday night. The team is also in its second year with the newest generation of the CRF450R.

Barcia’s mechanic Mike “Schnikey” Tomlin crammed foam in some spots on the bike to help minimized mud build up during practice.

The most impressive piece of work on the Honda machines? The titanium gas tanks that both bike are equipped with. We can’t even imagine how much these cost.

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PAGE ONE – RED BULL KTM
PAGE TWO – MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI
PAGE THREE – ROCKSTAR ENERGY RACING KTM
PAGE FOUR – YOSHIMURA SUZUKI
PAGE FIVE – TEAM HONDA MUSCLE MILK
PAGE SIX – JGRMX/TOYOTA/N-FAB-YAMAHA

JGRMX/TOYOTA/N-FAB/YAMAHA

Arguably some of the trickest looking bikes in the pits each and every year are the JGRMX/Toyota/N-Fab/Yamaha machines. With the latest generation of the YZ450F, though, the team had to do extensive testing during the off-season in order to get up to speed on chassis, suspension, and engine settings.

Josh Grant is back on the JGRMX/Toyota/N-Fab/Yamaha team and has really been gelling with the new generation YZ450F. From the ground up, the bike is a true factory machine with too many one-off components to count.

Even the heat guards on the exhaust are works of art. The header also has a sensor mounted on it for engine tuning.

The rubber bar clamps help to absorb hard hits and landing. The GET knob located below the clamps is used to select different maps during practice, the switch next to the throttle sets those maps, and the button directly next to that switch is the launch control map for starts.

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PAGE ONE – RED BULL KTM
PAGE TWO – MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI
PAGE THREE – ROCKSTAR ENERGY RACING KTM
PAGE FOUR – YOSHIMURA SUZUKI
PAGE FIVE – TEAM HONDA MUSCLE MILK
PAGE SIX – JGRMX/TOYOTA/N-FAB-YAMAHA