MECHANICS TO THE STARS
Every bike is a little different, so it takes time to get
used to something new. It doesn’t take that long, though.
They’re just nuts and bolts.
WHAT IS CHAD PICKY ABOUT? He’s very
particular about his bike setup, but once he finds what
he likes, then he doesn’t make many changes. He has so
much experience working with different factories, and
he’s really into the technology. Chad feels everything,
and he’s very picky.
WHAT KIND OF POWERBAND DOES REED
PREFER? Every 450 has so much power. You have to
make the thing rideable. There’s never a need for more
power. It’s a matter of making it good enough for the
rider to be aggressive the whole race without getting
worn out. Power is certainly not an issue on the Yamaha
WHAT IS THE COOLEST PART ON THE
FACTORY YAMAHA? Each factory bike has really cool
parts. That’s the neat thing about working on a factory
bike. When I was a kid, I would always look at pictures
and wanted to wrench on a works bike. Now that I’m
around it, I realize how much cool stuff is on a factory
bike. These bikes are ahead of their time. It’s special to
be able to work on a works bike. I like Yamaha’s concept
of trying to centralize the weight. It makes sense to me.
IS REED HARD ON PARTS? Chad is extremely hard
on the clutch. He can do more damage in a Supercross
heat race than most guys can do in three years of riding.
You would not believe what he’s able to do to the clutch.
What’s funny is that he blames it on the bike, but it
doesn’t matter what kind of bike he rides. There’s a common denominator there, and it’s Chad Reed [laughter].