Factory Bike Friday: RJ Hampshire’s Factory Connection Honda CRF450R

Mechanic: Shawn Irwin

RJ Hampshire dazzled at this year’s Loretta Lynn’s AMA Motocross Championships, sweeping all four motos in the A Classes and winning the coveted AMA Horizon Award. Hampshire signed over a year ago with Factory Connection and this week he’s make his Pro debut at Unadilla. While at Loretta Lynn’s we have the chance to check out Hampshire’s amateur bike.

According to Hampshire’s mechanic, Shawn Irwin, you can’t get real crazy with exotic parts in the amateur ranks without people wanting to protest you or claim your bike, but RJ’s bike still has some cool items to talk about.

As far as suspension, Irwin says that RJ likes his suspension “in the medium range” but he likes the rear end to sit lower than usual. “He kind of likes to be off the back of the bike a little bit,” says Irwin. “We lower the rear with different shock settings.”

Of course, all of the suspension work is done in-house at Factory Connection.

The triple clamps are made by Factory Connection, with a little bit different offset, but nothing too crazy, according to Irwin.

The wheelbase is shortened up, too, although for the most part, Irwin says that the rest of RJ’s set up is pretty Vanilla.

“He’s not super picky on anything except his brakes, and he likes the front to be super firm, so his brake lever is far out there,” says Irwin. “He likes his levers pretty even – kind of down a little bit like a “Dungey” setup.”

In keeping with the “vanilla” theme, RJ doesn’t run a “hump seat”, or ribs, just a plain seat cover.

The brakes are stock with an over-sized rotor up front made by Moto Stuff.

According to Irwin, the motor is basically stock and they actually had to be de-tuned a bit to keep it under RJ.

The ignition is by Vortex and Athena helps with internal engine components.

As far as aftermarket goodies, the exhaust is a full Ti unit by Yoshimura. The footpegs are by Raptor. The SX Race Pro Taper bars with ARC levers.

TM Designworks supplies the chain guide.

As for tires, RJ kikes an aggressive bite so he runs the Dunlop MX 32 tires front and rear.