ridden on the pipe. The FMF exhaust
system sang through the mountains,
and of course we had to stay on the
gas to keep our adrenaline rushing. The
STI tires created great traction coming
out of the corners, enough to pick the
front end up if we weren’t careful. The
modern Streamline brakes gave this
Banshee a new and improved brake
feel that made it easy to slow down,
apex a corner, and ride out in a hurry.
HANDLING AND COMFORT
We can tell you from experience
that the stock Banshee shocks were
terrible. The biggest upgrade we made
to this already stellar machine was the
Elka Shocks. With the Stage 3 front
shocks having preload and compression adjustment and the rear Stage 4
having compression, rebound, and preload adjustment, it made a world of difference in the plushness of the suspension. It went through the rough chop
and whoops like a dream and made us
wish the Banshees of yesteryear had
the same setup. The most fun we had
was carving around the switchback
mountain road, where the quad shines.
Boyko Racing completely overhauled
the engine with Wiseco pistons
and ProX connecting rods. Is there
anything sweeter than a Cool Head
and chrome FMF pipes?
(Above) The STI tires laid down some
great traction and helped avoid the
wheelspin. FMF Turbinecore 2 silencers
put out a great exhaust note even with
spark arrestors installed.
(Below) We believe the best Banshee
upgrade is modern suspension. These
Elka Stage 3 front shocks and an Elka
Stage 4 rear made a huge difference in
comfort and handling.