8 Most Inspiring Professional Supercross Bike Setups
March 2nd, 2009 • My Thoughts
Everyone loves looking at professional Motocross and Supercross bikes. They are the trickest and most advanced bikes in the world, and it is inspiring as a rider to look at the incredible bikes ridden by my favorite pro racers.
It is easy to miss the number of incredible bike set ups in the midst of Supercross races, controversies and penalties. That’s why I have rounded up the 8 most inspiring Professional Supercross Bike Setups, enjoy!
Ryan Villopoto's Monster Energy KX450f
Ryan Villopoto has made a relatively successful jump in the 2009 Supercross season from the lites class to the Supercross class. As part of this transition, he has also had to move from the Pro Circuit / Monster Energy Kawasaki team to the directly factory supported Monster Energy Kawasaki team.
The result of this transition is the beautiful Factory Kawasaki he rides today. Featuring striking graphics, a Black/Green/White color scheme, black rims, factory Kayaba suspension and a full Pro Circuit bike, this KX450f is certainly a looker.
Austin Stroupe's Monster Energy / Pro Circuit KX250f
Taking Ryan’s place as the star of the Pro Circuit / Monster Energy Kawasaki squad is Austin Stroupe. Austin’s KX250f is certainly one of the trickest on the market outfitted with a full range of off the shelf and custom Pro Circuit goodies, a killer graphics package and more attention to detail than possibly any of the other bikes in the Pro Pits. If you are looking to build the absolute thickest KX250f possible, definitely check out Austin’s ride for a bit of inspiration.
James Stewart's San Manuel Yamaha YZ450F
James Stewart is one of the most talented motocross racers on the planet, and thus it is fitting that his ride, a Yamaha
YZ250f YZ450f be just as impressive. The San Manuel Yamaha team certainly did not fail to produce as striking bike for their superstar rider.
The bike may not look as clean or as well put together as the Pro Circuit or Monster Energy Kawasaki rides, however, it is clear that a lot of time went into perfecting Stewart’s ride. The bike has a primarily White and Blue color scheme with red highlights which really stand out.
Chad Reed's Rockstar Makita Suzuki
Chad Reed is having a great year battling Stewart for Supercross supremacy in 2009. His bike, like Stewart’s, is an incredibly piece of machinery. Wearing an bold Yellow/Black/Red color scheme, Reed’s Red #1 plate really looks killer when combined with the red highlights of the Makita logo. The bike features bold Showa factory suspension and bright Yellow rims, both of which help to complete the “factory” look the bike has.
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n Lawrence's Boost Mobile / Monster Energy / AmPm YZ250f
Jason Lawrence may not be on a factory team this year, but that does not mean that his bike should be an awesome piece of motocross eye-candy. The Black/White/Red color scheme essentially hides the real identity of this Yamaha YZ250f.
The Black graphics, large FMF header and loud Red number plates help to encompass Jason’s identity as the Bad Boy of motocross. if we are judging bikes on how they represent their rider’s personal sense of style, then JLaw’s Boost Mobile / Monster Energy / AmPM ride is definitely at the top of the list.
Chris Blose's Troy Lee Designs CRF250R
For 2009, Chris Blose is a member of the Troy Lee Designs Supercross squad. Owned by one of the most prolific designers in the motocross industry, Troy Lee, Blose’s bike is obviously one of incredible style and class. The awesome graphics, Red/Blue colors, and black rims all pull this bike together as one of the best looking in the pits. The Blue seat is a striking departure from the norm, and helps set the Troy Lee Design’s bikes apart from the rest.
Davi Millsaps Factory Honda
Davi Millsaps is a long time member of the Factory Honda racing squad. Honda has forever been known as one of the most perfectionist teams in the pits, and Davi’s bike makes that fact no secret. The White rear fender combined with the White number plates, Red radiator shrouds and Red seat really make this bike one of the cleanest on in the pits.
The shiny silver rims, while different from almost any other team, maintain the clean look of the bike, and the uber short Yoshimura exhaust system adds a hint of punk to an otherwise mundane setup. I am not a fan of the stock look of the ’09 Honda 450fs, but the pro team manages to make a beauty out of a beast. If you are looking to build a very clean motocross bike, then Millsap’s is certainly a place to look for inspiration.
Trey Canard's Geico / Factory Connection / Honda CRF250R
Wow. Only one word can describe the clean, trick and bold look of Trey Canard’s Geico / Factory Connection / Honda CRF250R. The bold Yellow Geico logo stands out from the Black/Red/White design, yet blends in well with the highlights of the Yellow Factory Connection logos. While I love the look of the Pro Circuit bikes, something about the Red graphics and red accessories, really make Trey’s ride stand out in my mind.
Factory Motocross and Supercross bikes are something most of us will probably never ride. However, that does not mean we cannot stare and dream. Just looking at the trick and clean set ups these pros ride gets me itching for winter to move out and the 2009 season to officially begin!
These are my favorite set ups, but what are yours? Let me know in the comments!