A History of Achievement and Support
Precision Concepts has a long list of credentials in most every off-road, two-wheel discipline. We've enjoyed a rich history in the iconic disciplines of motocross and desert racing, as well as supercross, Endurocross and adventure riding. Furthermore, we take pride in being involved in every level of the sport, from the fastest pro's to the youngest kids just learning their love of dirt bikes. Continue scrolling to see our experience in your favorite motorcycle discipline.
Desert and Enduro
What we're likely best known for at Precision Concepts are our desert racing credentials. Our achievements began with the American Honda off-road race team, where we enjoyed a decade of success. To emphasize, we won eleven SCORE Baja pro class championships between 1998 and 2008. Moreover, riders like Johnny Campbell, Steve Hengeveld, Robby Bell, Kendall Norman, and Quinn Cody all helped us develop our initial techniques and ideas.
Since then, we've supported numerous riders in the desert and enduro racing discipline and helped them achieve their goals. We supported Ricky Brabec on his way to two BITD championships, the 2014 SCORE championship and 2015 AMA National Hare and Hound championship. Likewise, we helped Nick Burson win the 2016 AMA West Hare Scramble championship. On top of that, we've supported many other riders over the years, including David Pearson, Axel Pearson and Justin Morgan.
The Grand Prix discipline is a growing subset of our sport. The GP circuit takes a balanced approach to bike set up. To be specific, it demands a bike built for high-intensity pace. However, it also needs to be very rideable for anywhere from one to three hours.
We have a long history of involvement and achievement in the Grand Prix discipline. As a result, we've learned the balanced bike set up required. We've supported some of the most successful racers through the years. These racers include Taylor Robert, Robby Bell, Bobby Garrison, Mark Tilley, and Gary Sutherlin.
Our involvement doesn't end with the pro's at the top of the sport. Equally important, we support many amateur racers and enthusiasts to compete and achieve their goals for success. Likewise, we take great pride in helping riders in the vet and senior classes find the ideal balance and comfort to enjoy their passion for competition.
What we've learned from setting bikes up for desert and grand prix has improved what we offer for motocross immensely. To clarify, anyone can make a bike feel stiff enough for motocross. We've learned how to make the bike stiff, and maintain a comfortable and controlled feel. After all, there's more to motocross than handling the big hits. Equally important is the ability to comfortably control the bike over rough chop. Not only does this add confidence for the rider, it also improves his riding experience and endurance. As an example, the rider may not feel like they're "fighting" the bike as much. Conversely, they feel a better "flow".
This same ideology translates to motor development as well. For example, getting more power out of an engine isn't the tricky part. What's important is delivering rideable power in a reliable package. To emphasize, having strong AND controllable power can improve the handling of the bike and decrease rider fatigue. This will result in a better and longer riding experience.
Our motocross set ups are treasured by vet-class riders, but they cross over to all skill levels. We have experience setting bikes up for top amateur riders, mini's, and top-twenty national pro's. Ultimately, our techniques can help any level rider improve their comfort, their speed, and their confidence on the motocross track.
Like motocross, supercross isn't just about getting the set up as stiff and aggressive as possible. Maintaining the ride-ability and cornering character will improve speed and confidence on the track. Additionally, it can make a big difference in how the bike handles the whoops.
Our supercross experience goes back to the late nineties, supporting riders like Andy Harrington and Ryan Ragland. Since then, we've helped riders qualify for the night shows and mains, like Trevor Reis. Although a supercross set up may not translate over to the everyday rider, what we've learned has impacted and expanded our techniques across many other disciplines of our sport.
As a niche discipline, an endrocross bike set up may not directly translate to the average rider. Nonetheless, the techniques we've learned and refined over the years have crossed over to other disciplines.
Working with riders like Jamie Lanza has taught us about extreme impact absorption. To be sure, impacts don't get a lot more extreme than hitting a stationary log at thirty miles-per-hour. In addition, it's taught us about giving the rear end a "dead" character in certain situations. For example, under extreme impact, you want the rear end to ride flat and dead. An overly active shock will not only be less predictable, it'll increase rider fatigue. In short, these ideas have crossed over to help us with bike set up for riders in other disciplines.
Precision Concepts has had a successful involvement at the pinnacle of freestyle motocross. We supported Kyle Loza on his way to two X-games gold medals. Currently, we support Rich Kearns—who currently travels with the Nitro Circus freestyle mx show—and Julien D'usseau—who's on tour with the Nuclear Cowboyz.
Rally and Adventure
Quickly gaining in popularity, adventure and rally riding is something we at Precision Concepts specialize in. As rally racing credentials go, we've helped Steve Hengeveld win the 2015 and 2016 Baja Rally's. Likewise, we supported him on his way to victory at the 2017 Norra Rally.
Beyond racing, we've learned the best techniques to improve the handling of an adventure bike. Usually, it's not too difficult to get a plush feel with all of the weight of an adventure bike. However, the real art comes from keeping the bike feeling controlled and predictable. For instance, the balance of the bike for cornering can make an immense difference in handling control. Additionally, keeping the bike from pitching forward and back as aggressively will give the bike a lighter feel. And while riding, there will sometimes be those unexpected moments of hitting something a little too big, a little too fast. Having the bike capable of absorbing larger impacts—and handling them predictably—will increase rider safety and confidence.
We have experience with the major adventure bike models—from the KTM line to the new Honda Africa Twin. Moreover, we've set up CRF450X's and XR650's that have been turned into adventure and rally machines. Ultimately, we've learned what can help the adventurer enjoy their riding experience that much more.