Inside GEICO Honda 10

Kibby at his desk. Yep, the bike behind him as cutaway plates because it's a dyno mule.

Like Kibby mentioned, all their race bikes start out as production machines. They don't stay that way long. There are race-winning bikes sprinkled throughout the shop. The rig to the left? That's their test hauler.

In addition to weekly downloads at the races, like this one with their graduate to Team Honda, Justin Barcia, they have meetings to dial in their program after each race.

This bike will be Kevin Windham's practice bike soon...and they're already working on the 2013 spec for their race bikes.

Inside the GEICO Honda shop, and Justin Barcia's work bay, which is manned by Mike Tomlin.

How do they keep track of off-season test parts? Sometimes it's as simple as making sure the hubs (like this new TCR unit) are silver, rather than race-spec red.

Pick a powerplant, any powerplant. The GEICO Honda squad benefits from having uniform equipment across the board.

The GEICO Honda engines mix performance and durability.

Kibby is in charge of building spec lists that make sure the bikes are uniform across the board. The only differences are to suit the fit of each rider.

The GEICO Honda squad benefitted from greatly improved performance this year.

Eli Tomac and Justin Barcia kept the pressure for the title on eventual number one, Blake Baggett, all the way to the end.

Kibby wouldn't cop to it, but we feel like the 250s are the F1 of the moto world.

The same Factory Connection West shop that handles all the customer forks and shocks, also handles the race team's suspension.

The GEICO Honda squad swept the East and West Supercross titles this year, and were in the hunt for the outdoor championship. 2013? We'll have to see.

We checked in with Kristian Kibby, the Technical Director of the GEICO Honda squad, to see what they're up to this time of year. Nope, there's no rest for the crews, as they get ready for the 2013 season.
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10 comments
  • Bulldog Racing

    10/7/2012 9:48 PM

    Nice interview, their shop is amazing!

  • quiknic

    10/7/2012 8:34 AM

    Good stuff, I enjoy the inside tours and insight behind the team and what it takes to run it successfully

  • julienmark

    10/6/2012 1:17 PM

    I love, shop tours.
    Were is Kibby from, he has wavering accents?

  • GuyB

    10/6/2012 2:02 PM

    Isn't it obvious? He's from Texas.

  • mikebrownsound

    10/6/2012 1:06 AM

    This is sexy has h*ll! thx Guy! Kibby seems to get things dialed. Wonder how much of a difference the inhouse more Factory Honda style 250f engine compare to the ones that mitch did for them. No idea to compare HP , because i would guess there is a difference each season or maybe engine package? But quality comparison and the different aproach to certain partm orhow to setup between the pc tuned engine package and the inhouse.

    I just love geico bikes. How many parts are unobtainable through American Honda & Japan (to many nasty thoughts in my mind). Btw where did VP fuel go, did they change name to renegade or what is the deal there ?

  • GuyB

    10/6/2012 3:05 PM

    He did say that by now putting all their eggs in one basket, it allows them to shop in a bunch of additional places. "In turning over more stones, you have the ability to find more things." It's freed them to work with whoever they please. There are Yosh pipes and silencers, and some other Yoshimura goodies. There's help and advice from Honda, and also a bunch of companies that are much closer at hand that they work with.

  • mikebrownsound

    10/7/2012 8:56 AM

    Its really nice. I admire them alot. Guess they are the official 250F team for Honda now.

  • GuyB

    10/7/2012 10:34 PM

    Now? I think they've been that for quite some time. Check out Honda's factory team, made up of graduates from the GEICO Honda squad.

  • mikebrownsound

    10/8/2012 4:39 AM

    True that. Remember that french guy rode the last 250 factory honda right, coisy was hes name? Anyway where did vp fuel go?

  • Crush

    10/5/2012 11:35 PM

    Thanks Gibby, that was great!!!

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