Brad Bakken’s YZ250FX

Factory Bike Friday

Mechanic: Corey MacDonald

Virginia off-road racer Brad Bakken has been a Yamaha guy for the past few years, first with Randy Hawkin’s Am Pro Yamaha team and most recently with with help from Hawkins. He also rode an Obermeyer Yamaha a few years ago.

Bakken is known for his blazing speed through the woods and his bikes have pretty radical power for a woods bike, however one thing Bakken says he couldn’t race without on his YZ250FX is the DP oversized front rotor.

Bakken has switched back and forth the last few years between a two-stroke and a four-stroke, but took a big win last year at the Virginia round of the enduro series on a four-stroke and says he’s feeling right at home on a 250FX for woods racing these days.

Factory connection does Bakken’s suspension and he tells us he likes it very progressive and on the softer side. "I like to have a lot feel on my front tire and the 20mm offset Ride Engineering triple clamps help a lot with that," adds Bakken.

Bakken runs Pro Taper "Universal Low" bars, Pro Taper half waffle soft grips and a G2 throttle tube.

To protect the engine, he runs a massive aluminum UniBiker skid plate.

The Goods:

• Hand guards: Cycra

• Steering Stabilizer: none

• Fuel Tank: IMS

• Clutch: Pro Taper clutch perch with Rekluse manual clutch assembly

• Custom rear brake rotor

• GYTR breaded rear brake lines

• IMS pegs

• GYTR sprockets (stock gearing)

• GYTR chain

• UniBker radiator guards

• Engineering rear disk guard