Factory Suzuki | 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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When riders like James Stewart and Ken Roczen choose to ride your motorcycle, it’s a pretty good sign that Suzuki is coming in hot with a solid base to build off. These bikes here are tuned to perfection, based on rider preference and hours of R&D. Suzuki’s factory racing efforts span directly underneath their own race rig with bikes for James Stewart and Blake Baggett, but extends factory parts to the RCH/Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John’s Suzuki team as well for Ken Roczen’s race machine. Absent from the 250 class in the most recent years, 2016 marks Suzuki’s re-entrance into the 250SX class via supporting both the Motorcycle Superstore Suzuki team and the MAD racing Dirtcandy Suzuki team as much as they can. We shot some images of all these bikes for your viewing pleasure, and got the lowdown on a few trick pieces while in the process.
Photos by Mike Emery | @emeryphoto
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There are so many trick parts on Stewie’s #7 machine. Carbon fiber and titanium, everywhere you look.
James runs Showa (pictured here his signature super stiff fork) while you’ll notice Roczen’s bike is equipped with KYB.
Machined titanium footpeg mounts, and the titanium pegs attached = $$$$$, and dream pieces for anyone who owns an RMZ.
They wouldn’t tell us any details, but pointed out this carbon fiber air box piece is one of many custom details to this bike.
James wins for most bling on a front brake setup.
Ken Roczen’s bike basks in the California sun. Same platform, but a much different set up.
Pegs are all rider preference, and as you can see Roczen’s are a stark contrast to many of the razor sharp pegs in the paddock.
A very custom carbon piece shown here protects the water pump with practically no weight gain.
KYB equipped, Roczen feels more comfortable on this setup and switched to it from Showa last year.
No swing arm stickers = no sponsors that stepped up for this ad space. It’s weird seeing it blank, and perhaps we will see someone buy in later.
Roczen’s works Suzuki levers are lighter, carved down, and have a grippy texture.
GET is the brains behind the data logging, and this piece mounts right behind the left shroud/radiator with the carbon fiber heat barrier in place.
Team Motorcycle Superstore Suzuki is one of the two new Suzuki backed 250 teams.
While not a full factory effort, they have some pretty dialed in machines.
The other Suzuki backed 250 team is the MAD Racing Dirtcandy Suzuki team, who’s bike turned out pretty badass with these flo-yellow plastics and all black frame/swingarm/wheelset combo.
They also are not a factory Suzuki effort, and have the freedom to run their own program. Notice they are using WP suspension, who recently made a big push into the Japanese bike suspension market with their Cone Valve Fork and Trax Shock.