Story and Photos by Shan Moore
Jordan Ashburn is part of Randy Hawkins’ three-man Am Pro Yamaha off-road team, along with teammates former GNCC champ Paul Whibley and enduro specialist Jesse Groemm. Ashburn finished third in last weekend’s cross-country race at Big Sky Ski Resort in Big Sky, Montana, after running much of the race in second. The Big Sky course reached an elevation of 10,000 feet in certain parts, and Ashburn’s YZ450F still barked even at that extreme altitude.
According to Ashburn, the team runs a Vortex ignition, which is a big help when it comes to the dead-engine starts. But other than an FMF exhaust, Ashburn says the rest of the engine is basically stock, although it has been carefully “gone over”.
Ashburn runs a manual version Rekluse clutch, and says it is “invaluable in off-road racing.”
As far as suspension, Factory Connection sets up and services the suspension for the Am Pro Yamaha team and Jordan says he likes his setup to be soft during the first part of the stroke and then get progressively stiffer as it continues through the stroke.
The forks are fitted to Ride Engineering triple clamps, which have an offset that shortens the wheelbase a little for turning in the tight stuff. Ashburn adds that the new offset seems to make his suspension work a little more to his liking. He also runs a steering dampener.
Ashburn runs a larger-diameter front brake rotor in the front for increased stopping power, while the rear rotor is stock.
Other aftermarket items include a TM chain guide, an IMS fuel tank, Tire Balls, Evans coolant, Cycra Hand Guards and CV4 hoses.