The tractable power of JT’s Honda
made it hook up and encouraged
wheelies out of turns.
revving the engine to get to it (not unlike the stock CRF450 powerband). As for Thomas’ suspension, the WMI-tuned forks were reasonably soft in the initial part of the stroke, but ramped up quickly through the midstroke. The front forks absorbed both hard landings and choppy sections easily. It was a very good compromise setup for an outdoor track. The shock was reasonably balanced with the forks in terms of stiffness and feel. The harder you accelerated, the better the forks and shock worked in unison. Unlike many National pros, Jason’s suspension setup isn’t so extreme that it can’t be ridden by average riders (unlike James Stewart’s). What was the most impressive part of Jason Thomas’ DNA/BBMX CRF450? The QTM front brake. Jason sets the front brake up with a fair amount of play in the lever, so the engagement is late. Hard braking brought the lever to our knuckles. WHAT DO WE REALLY THINK? Jason Thomas started the 2009 season with a broken leg from the U.S. Open in November (so, he actually didn’t start at the begining of the season). Fortunately, he was able to come back halfway through the Supercross season and notched a top-ten finish at the final round in Las Vegas. In our opinion, Jason Thomas’ setup complements the 2009 Honda CRF450. He has made changes that help the stability of the bike and improve it for the rigors of pro-level racing. ; WMI and Butler Brothers are practically roommates. When they aren’t playing Xbox, they are tricking out engines and suspension with custom in-house parts and tuning.