The bike was littered with carbon fiber parts made by JGR.
Although Dubya’s focus
was on the wheels and
sprocket, the overall look of
the bike was stunning.
importer—Tom White. Kristen used the skills she learned
growing up at the White Brothers, and John Anderson
used his marketing and race-team connections to build on
the Talon connection. Dubya quickly snowballed as other
companies joined the Dubya program, including D.I.D
rims and chains, Excel rims, Galfer brakes, RK chains
and Kite hubs.
Dubya is only five years old, but John and Kristen (as
well as their team of nine employees) now have 2000
active dealers. Other than being a parts distributor,
Dubya USA is in the business of building race wheels.
Dubya offers complete wheel-building services for most
aftermarket hubs, as well as stock hub rebuilds. Dubya
has all the machinery required to build aftermarket
wheels that will satisfy every customer’s dreams. They
even cut, bend and thread their own spokes for any
Dubya wheels, along with the other products they
import, have been mounted on countless magazine
project bikes over the past five years, but the company
has never had the opportunity to build its own project
bike. So, when John and Kristen had the chance to
build a full-race showcase of what they can do, we
were glad that they came to MXA to let us ride it.
The Dubya USA bike build is simple yet special.
Thanks to the family’s rapport with Yamaha over the
years (they built the suspension that Marty Moates
used to win the 1980 USGP and the exhaust systems
that Chad Reed won the Supercross title with), it made
sense for Dubya to build up a yellow 60th Anniversary
Edition of the YZ450F. With yellow being the retro color
of Yamaha, John and Kristen decided to enhance the
retro look by going with gold D.I.D. ST-X rims and Kite
billet magnesium-colored hubs laced with Dubya spokes.