Every so often what begins as a minor bike build turns into an extravagant venture. The
idea of maintaining some semblance
of minimalism is abandoned, because
in our eyes every project has the
potential to be extraordinary. The
MXA wrecking crew is aware of our
excesses, but to us it doesn’t matter.
Despite our best efforts to stay within our preset budget, we still dump
thousands of dollars into parts that
turn even the most modest build into
a money pit. Just as Twinkies and
Snickers are a tease to contestants
on “The Biggest Loser,” anodized
trinkets and lightweight titanium are
the vices of the MXA wrecking crew.
It’s a sickness that consumes us.
The American motocross scene
has many motocross racers who
have the finances to purchase the
most exotic aftermarket components,
even after spending nearly $10,000
on a new bike. On the flip side,
there is a much larger contingent of
racers who don’t have the means to
burn up their pension on the accouterments that dreamers dream about.
If you’re in the latter group, then the
DR.D Kawasaki KX450F project bike
is for you. Why? Doug Dubach, a
hard-working business entrepreneur
and responsible father, understands
the value of a dollar. He’s reminded
of that fact every time his daughters
ask for money to go out with friends
or his son needs a new baseball
uniform. Doug also knows that motocross isn’t a cheap sport, and that
it’s been made even more expensive
by the advent of the four-stroke.
After all, Dubach was on the ground
floor of modern-day four-stroke development. He was the test rider for
the original 1998 Yamaha YZ400 and
was instrumental in getting the 2001
Yamaha YZ250F on showroom floors.
He has witnessed the shifting tide of
two- to four-stroke popularity, and he
feels consumers’ pain. On the plus