Mechanic: Joel Monusko
Phil Nicoletti has struggled to make main events this year, but the N-Fab Ti-Lube-backed rider made two main events in a row at the St. Loius and Daytona rounds. His N-Fab Ti-Lube YZ450F is one of the most “noticeable” bikes on the track, with its distinctive graphics, and, according to Nicoletti’s mechanic, Joel Monusko, it has the hardware to back up its looks.
Starting with the suspension, Enzo supplies front and rear suspenders and does all the maintenance for the N-Fab Ti-Lube team. The forks are the KYB pneumatic “air fork”. And according to Monusko, Nicoletti wants his suspension to be “comfortable.”
“It’s a constant battle,” says Monusko. “He likes a Cadillac ride and we wants to go softer, softer, softer, while we want to go stiffer, stiffer, stiffer for Supercross.”
The triple clamps are by Ride Engineering with an off-set of 22mm, however, Nicoletti uses off-set steering stem races, which bring the front end in a little to help the bike turn. At the rear, Nicoletti uses a Ride Engineering “lowering” linkage, which lowers the bike a little and it makes the rear suspension stiff in the initial travel.
The exhaust system is Akrapovic, while the brakes are Brembo.
As far as personal preference items, Nicoletti runs ODI bars and ARC levers. The footpegs are the Raptor titanium units. Meanwhile, Motion Pro supplies the throttle and cables.
According to Monusko, Nicoletti likes a very smooth power delivery and Alan Brown of Brown Motorsports does all the engine work. According to Monusko, the bottom end is stock but they use a GYTR head and a GYTR piston. The clutch is Wiseco.