Inside Taka Higashino's Yamaha YZ250 dirt bike
Get to to know Taka's bike
Japanese Moto X invite Taka Higashino has a lot to look forward to when it comes to X Games Austin 2016. Between Moto X Freestyle and Moto X Best Trick, 31-year-old Higashino is on tap to compete in two events in Austin, and to do just that, he's assembled a brand new ride for the event. Recently, Higashino, who was the most dominant Moto X Freestyle rider throughout the 2013 X Games year, caught up with photographer Chris Tedesco to run through his latest setup in advance of Austin.
Taka Higashino's Yamaha YZ250 2-stroke dirt bike is one of the freshest in the FMX game. With chrome plastics, sharp contrasting lines, and bright anodized parts, what's not to love?
Zeta Triple Clamps and a GPR 4 Steering Stabilizer keep Higashino's front end in place, while carbon fiber fork wraps add a stylish touch and protect from rock chips.
Higashino's bike features a blue anodized rear shock built by Enzo suspension.
The stronger D.I.D Wheels with blue spoke nipples withstand the landing impacts better than a stock wheel.
It is a competition between the Spectra Chrome Plastics and Gold Fork Tubes for shiniest part on the bike.
Details, details, details. Even the brake caliper mounts feature a custom finish.
An FMF pipe adds horsepower and torque throughout the power band, and the Boyesen water pump helps cool more efficiently than the stock unit.
The green, gold and blue accents pop against the silver chrome plastics and black frame. This is one aggressive looking FMX ride.
Higashino polished his rear brake caliper and pedal, and added Zeta anodized accessories.
As custom as it gets
Instead of a stock hub, Taka uses Zeta's latest Z-Wheel hub.
The front fender pays tribute to his fallen Japanese friends Cloud Tota and Eigo Sato. These riders were influential to Taka Higashino both on and off of the bike.
Keeping it unique
The Spectra Chrome coating is a unique look that is sure to stand out in X Games Austin 2016.
If all the other polished and anodized parts weren't enough, Taka Higashino even has a chrome rear shock spring from Factory KYB Suspension.
Enzo Racing beefed up the suspension to be able to handle the harsh freestyle landings.
Grip it and rip it
Bare hands are not allowed to touch Higashino's white ODI grips. The covers stay on over until it is time to ride.
The low end theory
A 50-tooth ISA Rear Sprocket gives Higashino the low end snap he needs to clear the FMX jumps at X Games.
The FMF Shorty Silencer also adds low end power and snap, something a 2-stroke dirt bike needs help with from the factory.
Taka Higashino returns to X Games Austin 2016 for the Coors Light Moto X Freestyle final on Friday, June 3 at 6 p.m. CT.