No longer do the riders just cut their side panels and shave their seats; today’s Freestyle motocross bikes are built specifically for FMX. Now, trick specific flip levers are installed, steering stabilizers, and exact gearing and suspension settings make up a modern FMX machine. We recently got to take a closer look at Lance Coury’s Hart & Huntington/Dodge/RCH/Suzuki RM-Z450. Not only does it have numerous modifications for FMX, but it also shares quite a few similarities with the Supercross machines of Broc Tickle and Josh Hill. It’s also featured in the January issue of TransWorld Motocross, so don’t forget to pick up a copy for even more info on the bike.
Coury’s bike is customized for his needs right down to the gearing. Coury gears his shorter than stock so he can leave it in second for jumps and not worry about over-jumping. The engine is also massaged by the engine gurus at Yoshimura to provide more low to midrange punch.
Phil Perry is in charge of assembling Lance’s bikes and keeping them in tip-top shape.
This is one example of a trick-specific modification. The extra shifter tip that is attached to the counter shaft sprocket guard is used during no-handed flips and Nac-Nac flips. Lance uses it to lock his foot under so he stays attached to the bike.
Just about every single FMX rider runs a steering stabilizer. Lance equips his with a quick-adjust knob so he can change the setting on the fly depending on his tricks.
Sharp footpegs are extremely important for FMX riders. A sharp footpeg helps to keep the rider locked to his bike when performing tricks. Lance clearly likes his to be razor sharp.
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Freestyle Specific: Inside Lance Coury’s FMX RM-Z450