A lot of new products land on our desks here at TransWorld Motocross; some great, some mediocre and some just straight-up kooky. In this day and age, it’s rare to see a product that is truly original, and not a rehash or variation of something that has already been done.
A few weeks ago a small tubular box including an electronic device called the iCAT showed up, and we must admit that we sounded the “Lamb Alert. What is that, you ask? Well, if you’ve been a loyal reader of TransWorld Motocross, you know that when a truly lame product shows up in our offices, they are subjected to the wrath of the editors, much like a sacrificial lamb. (e.g. No Bull Riding Armor, Raven MX Gear, Sport Legs Capsules, DMC Fork Lock, etc…)
Inserted in between the ignition coil and the spark plug cap, the iCAT is said to increase the intensity and duration of the spark plug’s spark, thus resulting in complete combustion of the fuel/air mixture and ultimately more horsepower. With memories of the Answer Roost Boost fresh in our minds (and its lack of results), we set out to test the iCAT on our 2004 Suzuki RM250.
Installing the product is actually a breeze. All you need to do is remove the seat and fuel tank, so that you have easy access to the spark plug area. The spark plug cap is unscrewed from the coil wire, and the iCAT is screwed into the coil wire. Once you screw the spark plug cap into the wire that comes out of the iCAT device, you affix the iCAT to the frame or radiator hose using the supplied zip ties.
We were shocked to find that as soon as we fired the RM250 up, it felt as if the bike revved quicker and cleaner. On the track, the bike actually ran stronger everywhere; the basic powerband character was maintained, but the bike felt as if it had gained a significant amount of power. The best example we can give to illustrate the gains experienced is the difference between the manner in which a well-jetted bike running on pump gas feels, and that same bike running on high-octane race fuel. The difference in performance was notable and surprising. While installing an aftermarket pipe can indeed boost the performance of a motorcycle, the gains made often require losses elsewhere in the powerband. The iCAT meanwhile, had no sacrifices anywhere in the rpm range.
Since that initial test day, we’ve tried the iCAT on several different test bikes and enjoyed identical results. As a matter of fact, when we bolted the iCAT on our 2004 Honda CR125R test bike, The Hatchet commented that it made the bike into a screamer that actually ran better than his ’03 CR125R race bike, which was bored to the AMA-legal 134cc. On the Honda CRF450R and Suzuki RM-Z250, the iCAT proved to be a sure-fire replacement for the hot start button. Hot or cold, the thumpers fired up on the first kick, every time.
The most impressive results we’ve gotten, however, were when we installed the iCAT on a fully modified 250cc two-stroke. As is the project bike knocked our socks off with a full four-horsepower gain over stock, but when we installed the iCAT, it literally blew us away. Hands down, the project bike (manufacturer and modification details withheld because the feature is still in the works) was transformed into the smoothest and easiest-to-ride, yet fastest 250 we’ve ever ridden.
Dollar for dollar, we’d venture to say that the $200 iCAT is one of the best performance modifications available today. It is easy to install, has no downsides, and can be transferred from bike to bike with ease. Call 918/441-1215 or visit www.icatusa.com.