This past weekend’s Indy 100 GNCC in Gosport, Indiana, was a total washout. It rained so hard on Saturday that the pits became a quagmire, and the bike race on Sunday had to be cancelled. Luckily, this gave me a chance to focus on other things, like Nate Kanney’s WMR Off-Road Racing KTM 450 SX-F, which is one of the trickest bikes in the pits – it’s pretty much a full-on factory bike with aftermarket goodies you can buy.
Nate Kanney’s 2011 KTM SX-F has loads of aftermarket items, including Nihilo brand items, which are made in-house by WMR Competition Performance. WMR has practically redesigned Nate’s 450 SX-F, with new bodywork and a new linkage-suspension. And they have even managed to worm a bit more power out of the carbureted engine with some in-house motor work!
WMR’s new Nihilo KTM fuel petcock is billet aluminum and anodized orange. You need an 8mm socket to turn it off and on so the rider can’t turn off the fuel by accident during a race.
WMR makes it’s own rear shock linkages and this one is longer than stock (can’t say how long, though) to improve handling on whooped out straights and in corners. According to WMR’s Rob Fox, a lot of testing went into this piece.
Nate’s bike features this cool looking Nihilo rear brake tip, which is anodized aluminum and stronger than stock.
If you race any series that uses a transponder for scoring then you will need to check into the Nihilo transponder holder, which fits nicely on the fork tube and out of harm’s way.
Check out the front of these personalized triple trees with Nate’s name on one side and number on the other – sweet!