Factory Bike Friday: Broc Tickle's RM-Z450F

Mechanic: Richard Matchett

RCH/Soaring Eagle/Jimmy Johns/Suzuki’s Broc Tickle has had some good rides in 2015, including most recently his fourth place finish at Anaheim 2. We spoke with Broc’s mechanic Richard Matchett to learn a little about Broc’s bike.

“Our suspension’s done in-house,” says Matchett. “We use Showa components but it’s tuned and everything in-house by Kaipo Chung. Broc’s really not a picky rider whatsoever. He does like the rear to be a little bit lower than the front, and the front to be kind of high. But that’s just a personal feel. He likes the front end to be a little higher. Even the bar positions are higher.”

Matchett told us the triple clamps all come through SMC, which is basically works Suzuki over in Japan. He also added that most of their parts are from Japan.

The exhaust system is beautiful and is a full Ti system with carbon canister for Supercross. For outdoors we’ll run the titanium canister with just a carbon tip.

The difference for outdoors and Supercross is the heat that gets ran through the exhaust during outdoors is a lot greater and the titanium is a lot more durable than the carbon.

When asked about the brakes, Matchett told us that all thier brake stuff is works Suzuki parts. “Not really much to talk about,” he added. “They all come from Japan.”

“He likes a more progressive front brake,” says Matchett. “He likes it to have some feel so he’s not grabbing a handful of brake barely touching the lever. He likes to feel it when he pulls it in and it progressively gets stronger and stronger. And the rear brake, there’s really no progression with the rear brake. The guys just hammer down on it, so you don’t need the progression. As for the front though, you do. You need that good feel for the rider to be happy.”

As far as the rotors, the rear rotors it’s a standard OEM rotor, while the front rotors are works Suzuki oversized rotor from Japan.

“For the clutch, we run the Hinson clutch components, the pressure plate, the hub, and the basket,” says Matchett. “We also run the Hinson ignition cover. It’s a lot more durable than standard. Standard is a casted and it has a tendency if it gets hit hard enough it’ll just shatter a hole in it, where the Hinson one is machine billet so it can take a lot more of a beating without risking engine failure if it loses oil or anything.”

As far as the rear shock sensor Roczen was running at Anaheim, Matchett said he couldn’t talk about any sensors that the team adds on, but that there are plenty of OEM sensors that they take full advantage of.

“The ones that come OEM they’re just your basic fuel injection sensors with auto position, your coolant, your map sensors,” says Matchett. “You’ve got all these sensors and you can monitor them through the data collection and just make sure that they’re running accordingly and there’s no problems with them. It’s more bike monitoring and slightly tuning with the stock sensors, but all auxiliary sensors you can’t speak of.”

When it comes to personal preference items, like bars and grips, here’s what Matchett told us about Broc:

“Broc runs the ODI, the champ bend,” said Matchett. “He and Ken run the same bend of bar, Ken just prefers no crossbar. It gives a little bit more flex; the crossbar adds a little bit more rigidity. They’re similar in that aspect but Broc likes his bars to be six mil higher. He runs it more on the taller side. He’s not the tallest rider but he’s one of the taller ones.”

Other cool items include:

• Radiators are standard OEM Suzuki.

• Excel rims.

• Hubs are works Suzuki from Japan.

• Sunstar Sprockets

• DID chains.

“We don’t run the GET ignition,” adds Matchett. “We run works Suzuki ignition but we don’t run the GET data collector as seen on the left side of the frame.”