WHAT IS IT? The Bud Racing Holeshot Link System is
a device that compresses the rear end of the motorcycle
for superior straight-line stability while starting.
WHAT’S IT COST? $230.00 (Japanese brands),
$320.00 (KTM and Husqvarna).
CONTACT? www.budracing-usa.com or (951) 245-2660.
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that
stand out with the Bud Racing Holeshot Link System.
(1) Idea. Just as lever-actuated devices compress the
forks to prevent a rider from wheelying on a dirt start,
the Bud Racing Holeshot Link System (HSL) locks down
the shock for better straight-line stability. A holeshot
device is incorporated into the center of the linkage pull
rod. Choose between two included latches. One holds the
rear end of the bike down between 100mm and 115mm
(depending on the setting), while the other keeps the
shock locked from 115mm to 130mm. Mounting the clevis
is a breeze. There are four settings on the pull-rod push
button, equating to eight height options. Activating the
rear Holeshot Link System requires depressing the push
button on the pull rod while compressing the rear end.
The Holeshot Link deactivates upon hitting a bump, just
as with a fork holeshot device.
( 2) HSL. Bud Racing originally used the Holeshot Link
System on the European circuit in 2008. The idea needed
refinement, so the Bud Racing crew shelved the Holeshot
Link for several years. Only recently has the French
company worked out the bugs. Now the HSL is widely
available for all major brands.
( 3) Craftsmanship. The HSL is milled out of a solid
block of aluminum and requires extensive machining due
to the reinforced holeshot button housing. Bud Racing
then anodizes the link for a factory finish. It’s nice that
the linkage needle bearings are pressed in for ease of
installation. Bud Racing sells the HSL in stock lengths as
well as longer options. Some bikes, such as the Kawasaki
KX450F, benefit from a longer pull rod. The Holeshot
Link is a two-for-one deal and doesn’t cost much more
than an aftermarket link sans device.
( 4) Performance. It’s amazing how well the Holeshot
Link works. It keeps the rear end tracking straight
off a dirt starting pad. Several test riders tried various
holeshot settings and also a front holeshot device. Riders
over 6 feet tall preferred the HSL set around 115mm,
while shorter and lighter testers went the full 130mm.
All riders agreed that the Holeshot Link works best
with an accompanying front holeshot device. With both
ends down, you rocket off the gate. A word of warning:
locking down the system takes a combination of brute
strength and technique. It is a two-man job.
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? The Holeshot Link System
is difficult to set. It’s only beneficial for racers who
start on dirt.
The Holeshot Link System is the perfect tool
for serious racers. We had to subtract a star
because the HSL isn’t beneficial for everyone.
Regardless, it’s an awesome product.
BUD RACING HOLESHOT LINK SYSTEM
MXA TEAM TESTED