Factory Bike Friday: Billy Laninovich’s TLD Honda
Troy Lee Designs goes 450 racing.
Factory Bike Friday: Billy Laninovich’s TLD CRF450R Honda
Story and photos by Shan Moore
The Troy Lee Designs Honda team is a proven winner, as evidenced by the Lites Supercross win that Cole Seely took at Anaheim One back in January. At the Lakewood round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, we took a look at Billy Laninovich’s TLD Honda CRF450.
All of the TLD outdoor bikes, including Laninovich’s 450, run special triple clamps that are 20mm off-set, which is the same as stock, however, they run the off-set out a ¼ by running different bearing races. And according to Laninovich’s mechanic, Jeremy Coker, the team runs Pro Circuit A-Kit suspension.
“Bones does a really good job setting up the suspension for us, and Pro Circuit hooks us up with a really good pipe,” says Coker. “We also have a really good engine package from our in-house motor guy.”
As far as personal preference, Coker says that Laninovich likes his suspension a little on the stiff side, and he likes to run a real flat bar, so he uses the 999, which are raised up about 4mm with bar mounts, and his levers are in a pretty standard position.
For the altitude, Coker changed the ignition settings a little and went to a different fuel, but other that the bike is the same as it was for the Freestone National in Texas.
“When Billy started riding for us, he was really hard on clutches; we went through one every moto, but we ended up making a gearing change and that made a big difference, now we only go through one per race,” says Coker.
Among the aftermarket goodies adorning Laninovich’s bike are Braking rotors and Talon hubs, supplied by through Dubya, Renthal sprockets and bars, Braking rotors, Moto Tassanari air boot, and a Boyesen water pump cover.
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