Daryl installed Rath Racing Signature Series Nerf bars with Monster pegs that cost
$479.95. A Rath grab bar was also put on the ATC for $89.95.
Daryl cut down the seat foam on his 250R right before the gas tank to make
transitioning from each side of the bike easier in cornering. A Fourwerx Carbon seat
cover provides grip.
In the ’80s ATCs spent a lot of time
racing on TT (Tourist Trophy) tracks,
which are a mixture of flat track and
motocross racing. The courses are
generally made with hardpack clay
with flat, banked and off-camber turns
that you must pitch the rear of an ATC
sideways to go through quickly. There
are whoops and jumps, but generally
they aren’t as big as ones you will find
on dirt motocross tracks. The pace is
fast during these high-speed races.
The engine of Rath’s Honda pulls
hard in the midrange, which is where
most of the power is needed. Even
though the engine has been built up
to have a lot more power, it’s easy to
control and utilize around the track.
Even though the front and rear
suspension were shortened to 7
inches of wheel travel, the bike rarely
ever bottomed out and handled well
over the jumps. In corners the ATC
was very easy to flick sideways and
begin its powered slide out of the turn.
Daryl’s ATC250R now only weighs 277
pounds, which is 16 pounds lighter
than stock, and makes it easier to
maneuver around the track with less
stress on your body. That translates to
faster lap times.
The technology we have out
nowadays wasn’t available back
in the 1980s. Aftermarket parts
are stronger and lighter than ever
before, and new innovations are
frequently getting released. Even
though three-wheeled off-road
machines may seem like a thing of
the past, a lot of aftermarket part
companies still provide components
A Rath quick release clutch cover runs for $395.
A $75 ESR kickstarter was also installed. This
pipe was hand-made.
A $156 Works Connection clutch perch was installed on a set of $80 Mika
handlebars for a better hand-control feel. The stock thumb throttle is still