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.”
“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.