Gavin Trippe's SMRR
2009 Husqvarna F-450 Husky
Frame no. ZKHA222AB9V051216
Best known for his promotion of the Carlsbad USGP of Motocross and ABC's "Superbikers," Gavin Trippe was also one of the first to recognize the appeal of production-based Superbike road racing, giving the fledgling class exposure in 1973 when he included it on the bill at the Laguna Seca AMA National.
Thirty-plus years later, Trippe came out of retirement to champion another road racing class. Concerned with the spiraling cost of competition, he proposed a new race bike, one based on single-cylinder 450cc motocrossers that almost every manufacturer now produces. Engine and frame remain largely as-is, and with simple modifications to suspension and brakes, plus the addition of aerodynamic bodywork, a lightweight and affordable entry-class Formula 450 road racer is born.
As proof of concept, Trippe joined with Troy Lee Designs and Roland Sands Designs to build several F-450 examples. The latest is this Husqvarna, ready to race, based on the company's limited-edition 450 SMRR as seen in supermotard competition and at the X-Games. It features a six-speed transmission, slipper clutch, twin titanium exhaust pipes and a standard electric starter.
- Please note that the engine number for this motorcycle is 1427B118A0099952.