The new range of FX5 Mountain Motos is designed to use any of the Honda and Honda-clone pit bike, monkey bike, Madass, postie bike and CT-range off-road motorcycle engines, from 125cc up to 190cc.
We’ve been researching these engines for years and have tested in our early generation prototypes: Honda CRF50, Honda-Takegawa 88cc, Honda-Kitaco 125cc, Daytona Japan 125cc, Jialing 125cc, Lifan 125cc, YX 125cc and others.
We’re now installing a Daytona Japan 190cc into our current FX5 pre-production model, and we are setting the whole bike up to take this maximum amount of power…from the sprockets, chain, hubs, spokes, rim locks and tires through to the suspension, chassis and brakes.
The problem with larger capacity race oriented engines is that they tend to be less user friendly and less durable. This is one reason I visited the largest minimoto / pit bike race in the world…so I could go back to the pits and ask the riders and teams how their engines are going for them.
BBR seemed to win the most races running the Daytona 190cc, but there was strong competition from other teams using Daytona, the Chinese brands, and the Italian CNC-machined Bucci (rhymes with Gucci, and priced around the same level).