>Winning a championship in off-road racing is like putting a huge puzzle together and keeping it together for months on end. One little piece out of place and the entire thing starts
Nick Burson has been winning races and number-one plates in
the California desert for over a decade, so he knows what it takes
to win. In 2016 Burson claimed his first AMA West Coast Hare
Scrambles championship in convincing fashion, so when we got
the chance to ride his Purvines/DA8 Training Yamaha YZ450FX, we
jumped at the opportunity.
On paper, Yamaha’s YZ450FX seems like it would be a perfect fit for
the Hare Scrambles series right off the showroom floor. For the average
rider, this would probably be true, but for a rider like Nick who pushes the
limits of man and machine, there are definitely some changes that need to
be made before riding it. Wanting more power out of the Yamaha is not so
much an issue as getting it to the ground in a civil manner. Burson likes a
smooth delivery and feel throughout the power curve without any major hits.
This makes it easier for him to control in wide varieties of terrain and conditions that the West Coast Hare Scrambles series has to offer.
YZ450FX PURVINES/DA8 TRAINING
Riding one piece of the