2019 Off-Road Factory Racebikes—Jake Froman’s Husqvarna TX 300

A 300cc two-stroke for the AMA National Enduro Series

Jake Froman’s Husqvarna TX 300 at the Cajun Classic National Enduro
Sgt. Matthew Barrett was chosen to be “factory rider for a weekend” for the XC Gear/Enduro Engineering/Husqvarna team at the Cajun Classic National Enduro in Forest Hill, Louisiana.Shan Moore

With both of their team riders, Jake Froman and Logan Lowery, out of commission due to injuries, the XC Gear/Enduro Engineering/Husqvarna team decided to offer up one of the racebikes to a lucky veteran to be a "factory rider for a weekend" at the Cajun Classic National Enduro in Forest Hill, Louisiana.

Sergeant Matthew Barrett, a Louisiana native and Marine vet, was chosen to ride Froman's bike, and he did an impressive job finishing 11th place in the 30+ B division. XC Gear/Enduro Engineering/Husqvarna mechanic Michael "Napper" Napieralski gave Dirt Rider an exclusive look at Froman's TX 300 and how he sets it up for the Pro1 class. According to Napper, Froman likes a really linear powerband.

“A lot of people don’t believe this, but we try to tame the bike down quite a bit,” Napper said. “We do that by using a 2018 [model] FMF [header] pipe with the 2018 [model] silencer, which makes it a little bit smoother. Jake doesn’t like a lot of hit.”

XC Gear Mako 360 handlebar mount
According to team mechanic Mike “Napper” Napieralski, the XC Gear Mako 360 handlebar mount offers a little bit of a suspension effect in the bar.Shan Moore

Barrett weighs about 10 pounds more than Froman, so Napper switched out springs and set the suspension to Barrett’s liking. One of the most significant aftermarket items the team uses is the XC Gear Mako 360 handlebar mount.

“What it really does is give you 360 degrees of the polymer, so there’s no metal-to-metal contact on the bar,” Napper told us. “So the way the polymer sits gives you a little bit of a suspension effect in the bar and it takes out some of the ‘hum.’ So if you hit something, you’re just not feeling it in the bar; you usually have a little bit of cushion there.”

Keihin 36mm carburetors on the TX 300s
The team runs Keihin 36mm carburetors on the TX 300s, which Napper says gives the bikes better throttle response and is easier to tune.Shan Moore

Of course, the bike is littered with lots of Enduro Engineering products, like the rear disc guard and the Extreme skid plate with the linkage guard. In front of the countershaft sprocket is Enduro Engineering’s clutch cylinder guard with the included knockdown bar. Up top, Froman runs Enduro Engineering’s Evo2 Debris Deflectors, which are full wraparound hand guards, with the Evo2 plastic outer guards. Napper also told us the team runs Keihin 36mm carburetors on the TX 300s.

“It’s definitely better throttle response with the Keihin,” Napper said. “It’s just an easier carb to tune. It is really nice.”

2018 FMF header pipe on Jake Froman's Husqvarna TX 300
The header pipe is a 2018 FMF model, which Napper told us offers a smoother power delivery.Shan Moore

Kenda is a major sponsor of the team, and for the sandy Cajun course, Napper mounted a Washougal 2 up front and a Millville 2 on the rear. The sprockets and chain are Sunstar products, and Froman runs the stock gearing, which is 13/50. All of the braking is handled with factory Husqvarna equipment with a Braking solid rear rotor and Braking rear pads.

Enduro Engineering does the suspension work in-house, and Napper told us Froman likes his suspension a bit on the soft side. The stock radiators are mounted and protected by Enduro Engineering radiator braces and guards. Bike Graphics did a great job of coming up with military-themed graphics for Barrett as well. Finishing up, Napper told us Froman is somewhat picky when it comes to setting up the bike.

“I call him my little professor because he thinks about everything—sometimes a little too much,” Napper said. “I love Jake to death. He’s a great kid and I enjoy working with him, but he drives me nuts. He’ll move his handlebars and his levers like a millimeter. ‘That’s way better,’ he will say. I’m like, ‘There’s no way you can feel that.’ But in his head he can. Jake is really one of the better guys I’ve worked with for suspension. He really knows how he wants the bike to feel in the corner and where it should be at. To be honest, he’s sometimes been challenging for me to get him happy with the suspension. He’s been good with testing that way. Even with the motor stuff, [we’ve done] a couple things that are maybe a little bit outside of the box to get him happy. It’s worked. I enjoy that too. It makes me better.”