me & my Bike

BIKE 2017 Husq­varna FS450 RIDER Jon Mullins AGE 27 HOME Ro­seville, CA OC­CU­PA­TION Race Sup­port Man­ager, Mo­tion Pro Inc.

Motorcyclist - - Shift - —Jon Mullins

af­ter sev­eral years of be­ing a fan­boy of su­per­moto I fi­nally dived into the sport. And then af­ter putting a cou­ple sea­sons un­der my belt—and with su­per­moto rac­ing back on the rise thanks to se­ries such as AMA Su­per­moto, Su­per­moto USA, and Golden Em­pire—i de­cided it was time to own a more com­pet­i­tive ma­chine.

With Husq­varna’s re­cent re­lease of the FS450, a race-ready su­per­moto ver­sion of their FC450 mo­tocrosser, the price and func­tion­al­ity of the bike made it a no-brainer pur­chase. The pre-setup bike had all of the ba­sic parts needed to get around the track, but of course the Husky wasn’t truly mine un­til I changed out sev­eral com­po­nents to suit my lik­ing. With mostly off-the-shelf parts I mod­i­fied the in­take, ex­haust, suspension, body­work, crash pro­tec­tion, con­trols, brakes, and tires.

Su­per­moto rac­ing is very chal­leng­ing, in part be­cause the tracks of­ten in­clude el­e­ments from road­rac­ing, mo­tocross, and flat-track. It’s dif­fi­cult to set up the bike to be good for each sec­tion of the track, so you usu­ally set it up to work well in one or two sec­tions and then you try to sur­vive the rest. The FS450, how­ever, re­minds me of the phrase “the right tool for the job.” It is pro­fi­cient in all the dis­ci­plines that make su­per­moto so chal­leng­ing. Or at least it comes as close as is rea­son­ably pos­si­ble.

I en­joy trav­el­ing the United States with my FS450 and gear in tow. While most of the rac­ing I do is on the West Coast, there are times that we travel for spe­cial events. Each venue has a dif­fer­ent vibe, and it is fun meet­ing and get­ting to know the new rac­ers at the dif­fer­ent rac­ing clubs. The ca­ma­raderie also re­ally stands out in su­per­moto. It’s one big fam­ily in the pad­dock, and I think the at­mos­phere is what keeps most of us com­ing back.

Sure, there are tough week­ends of rac­ing and it sucks to crash, but it is rare that I drive home from a race without a grin on my face and a story to tell.

Sure, there are tough week­ends of rac­ing and it sucks to crash, but it is rare that I drive home from a race without a grin on my face and a story to tell.

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