than to move the engine back in the frame. Hubs: Although Windham’s CRF450 hubs look like exotic works hubs, they are actually TCR Racing hubs. Geico runs D.I.D. Dirt Star LT-X rims. Most teams use the stronger model Dirt Star rims (with the ST-X nomenclature), but the Geico/Honda team feels that they can get away with using lighter rims to lessen unsprung weight. Brakes: It’s important that a Supercross bike be capable of stopping quickly, which is why Windham uses a gigantic works front brake caliper with a 270mm rotor from CRF Stuff (the rear rotor is a 240). Geico uses stock Honda front and rear brake pads. A System Tech Racing (STR) rear brake clevis, made from billet aluminum (with a titanium pin), is also found on K-Dub’s machine. Kevin relies on ARC folding levers, and his rear brake pedal has a brake snake that the team made to prevent the brake from bending or breaking off completely in a crash, or if a rock gets jammed between the clutch cover and pedal. Tidbits: Other performance modifications include reinforced radiators for minor impacts. Kristian Kibby said, “We reinforce them just enough to make sure that the radiators can finish a race.” And although Kevin doesn’t use knee braces, which often tear up the side panels and frame, he squeezes so hard against the subframe that it causes the side panels to bow in. These areas have been reinforced to prevent the side panels from bending. In the unobtainable department is a works Honda shifter with a rubber tip that is made of forged steel—instead of forged aluminum. This material difference allows the shifter to bend instead of snap. Windham’s bike isn’t significantly lighter than a stock CRF450, since several parts on the bike are heavier than stock in order to handle the demands of Supercross. Geico/Honda does use Mettec titanium fasteners throughout the bike, including the swingarm pivot and engine mounts. K-Dub’s machine also contains aluminum fasteners that are made by a team-commissioned machinist. This machinist also makes Windham’s holeshot device. In an effort to protect Windham’s bike, the team uses a one-piece LightSpeed carbon fiber guard that wraps around the underside of the engine. Also, a longer chain guide was designed by Factory Honda and built by Geico/Honda. Kibby wanted to make it known that the team tries to make a lot of things themselves. Kibby says that even though the process is expensive, it is in the team’s best interest. “There are a lot of things on the market that I don’t think are designed properly. A lot of people make things that look cool or might be beneficial in one or two areas, but many of these designs are lacking in other areas. When we plan on replacing a stock component, we ask ourselves what we’re trying to achieve and if making the switch will present other problems. The components that you see on Kevin’s bike went through rigorous testing, and we loved every aspect of them.” The list of aftermarket companies that provide products for Windham’s bike is short but sweet. These parts include Cycra plastic (with Powerflow air intake shrouds); One Industries graphics; a D.I.D. chain and the aforementioned Dirt Star LT-X rims; Tag sprockets, grips and handlebars; a LightSpeed case guard and oversized titanium footpegs; suspension and engine coatings by Carbon Raptor; a Hinson clutch, as well as engine plugs; What is most unique about Windham’s setup? He uses stock CRF250 forks because they are less rigid than works Showas. and, as is common with many top-tier race teams, a Twin Air air filter. While we circled Windham’s CRF450 like vultures, Kibby removed the seat to reveal the Twin Air filter and proudly display a titanium air filter bolt. When asked why a titanium air filter bolt was necessary, he smiled and replied, “Because it feels good on your fingers when you’re tightening it, and you can feel superior to other people.” After laughing for a minute, he continued, “The riders get pumped on their bike when there’s Like most 450 teams, Geico/Honda runs a shortened muffler for improved bottom-end power.