Factory Kawasaki | The Machines

Factory Kawasaki | The Machines

Every year when the new season of racing begins, one of the best parts about Anaheim One is the debut of each manufacturer's race weapons. Each machine is hand built to rider preference, and the detail and assets invested are unparalleled. We cruised the pits the Friday before race day and shot photos of each of the six major manufacturer's factory 450 and 250 class efforts. We’ll be posting galleries throughout the week of the big six with some bike details included. Sit back and enjoy the factory freshness.

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 Team Monster Energy Kawasaki is looked at by many as the brand that knows how to win championships, and in the recent decade hosted multi-champion Ryan Villopoto who was about as dominant a rider as they come. Fast forward to 2016, and the green machines that Eli Tomac, Will Hahn, and the entire Monster Energy Pro Circuit squad ride every weekend are some of the most impressive looking and trick bikes in the paddock. For years, Mitch Payton and his team have crafted immaculate fire breathing 250’s while factory Kawasaki builds race winning performers, and judging by the photos of both Tomac and Savatgy’s bikes 2016 is no different.

Photos by Mike Emery | @emeryphoto

*Click images to enlarge.

Factory Kawasaki | The Machines

Riding with this KYB suspension was written into Eli’s contract, as he felt most comfortable with KYB on his Honda. For Kawasaki to make the switch showed how much dedication they had to signing and working with the Colorado native.

Factory Kawasaki | The Machines

We can never get enough side profile photos of these race engines. True works of art.

Factory Kawasaki | The Machines

Fast fact: Eli prefers full-waffle grips, which is pretty unique compared to the most common half-waffle setup.

Factory Kawasaki | The Machines

Tomac prefers razor sharp pegs, commonplace on most of these factory bikes.

Factory Kawasaki | The Machines

Custom carbon fiber chain guide and full factory axle/blocks is one of the many small details that are subtle and trick.

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Check out this cool little washer atop the top fuel tank.

Factory Kawasaki | The Machines

Savatgy’s Pro Circuit ripper is definitely not lacking in the looks department.

Factory Kawasaki | The Machines

No stone is left unturned in the engine package, and most riders want smooth power throughout the entire RPM range.

Factory Kawasaki | The Machines

Not yet available to the public, this custom air boot is race developed by the team.

Factory Kawasaki | The Machines

While looking truly beautiful, these magnesium front brake calipers provide plenty of stopping power for the boys in green.

Factory Kawasaki | The Machines

Always a cool little piece to look at, this coolant catch tank is there to recycle any overflow coolant back into the system if needed rather than spitting it out onto the ground.

Factory Kawasaki | The Machines

37=Savatgy / 1=1st / R=Race Engine. Throughout the year they need a way to keep track of everything, and this is a simple way of keeping track of race engines.

Factory Kawasaki | The Machines

The lower air chamber and the special factory coating used on the fork tubes match, on purpose of course.

Factory Kawasaki | The Machines

Pro Circuit uses some pretty cool looking fasteners, and these titanium bolts used on the rear rotor are a perfect example.

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