Every year new motocross bikes hit magazine pages and showroom floors across America. Shortly after they’re released to the masses (and often before they’re available), companies like MX race team powerhouse Pro Circuit get to work developing products to elevate the newest dirt bikes from stock to saaaaweet.This year, we’re lucky enough to jump on board with Bones and the Pro Circuit team as they develop suspension and engine settings for one of the most anticipated bikes of the year: The 2010 fuel-injected Honda CRF250R.Pro Circuit doesn’t really need an introduction. Just look around any Amateur National or AMA Pro Supercross or Motocross pit and you’ll see plenty of PC pipes, engine badges and accessories. The company is synonymous with horsepower and their Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki team has the trophy collection to prove it.Since I’m a big fan of the CRF250R, I’ve been assigned the job of riding along on this joyride of race bike development. I’ll be a test mule (as will a 2010 CRF250R) as we build a race bike all the way from basic upgrades to…well; we don’t know where we’re going yet. The cool part is we’re taking you along for the ride.A lot of readers ask us what they should do to their bikes. The questions almost always go like this: “I have $blank and I want more power from my bike and I want it to handle better for my size and speed. What should I do first?”When it comes to the 250F game, this is even truer. You dirt bikers want power first. A lot of riders are older guys and gals that regularly line up against 450s (like me) and are sick of bringing a knife to a gunfight. Some are kids looking to beat their buddies to the first turn. And some are riders that hardly race but still want to clear that out-of-corner double a little easier on their weekend track day.
I definitely fall into the first category. I ride 250F’s because I don’t really like hanging on to 450′s. But those big bikes sure push me around when the gate drops. So, as stage one of our Project Pro Circuit CRF250R I took Jim “Bones” Bacon and Mitch Payton’s first set of suspension and engine mods to the MTA World Vet Championships and gave them a go.Here are a few quick pics of the bike after the weekend and a couple days of testing and setup. I’ll be compiling a complete story as for the magazine when we either A. run out of things to do or, B. Bones and Mitch get sick of me hanging around the shop or, C. I sign a big contract with the Pro Circuit team and do sick Nac-Nacs and One-Handers for the ladies all day.Click on the pics for some inside info on the mods we’ve done so far. And stay tuned to Dirt Rider Magazine and dirtrider.com for more of this build up. As always, leave questions and comments below and I’ll try to get back to you in a timely manner.