Back in the early part of this century, which is now a decade old, there was a pit bike craze forming. Adults would modify new and old Honda XR50 dirt bikes and race the heck out of them. Since then, many businesses have sprouted up, selling hop-up parts and complete bikes ready to race. The trick components found on these two-wheelers would make even the most blinged-out Banshee look tame.
Pitster Pro out of Lindon, Utah, not only saw the need to sell these ultra-trick, adult race machines, they created their own line of ATVs as well. With four-stroke powerplants of 150cc and 125cc displacement, national-level competition may be out of the question for these machines, but most local tracks will find a class they can fit in.
If you are set on running the ATVA National Circuit, Pitster Pro does offer a 90cc model with a CVT transmission that should fit in the rules somewhere.
This mid-sized 150 has a manufacturer’s recommended age limit of 12 years and older. That recommendation is pretty reasonable for a trail rider. Younger, more experienced riders like our tester, Casey Nelson, will be able to handle it as well.
FXR150R No matter if it’s for race or play, these little minis looked so trick, we wanted to get our hands on one for a complete test. Depending on who you ask, a 150cc may be legal for a rider 16 and over, or even 14 and over. Since this technically is an adult “pit bike,” it was designed for and fits even older riders than that. However, from our experience, the size of the chassis and power of this machine suits an experienced rider between 12 and 14 years old. It’s only slightly shorter, yet lighter than a Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Can-Am, Polaris 250 or an Arctic Cat 300.
At $3695, it’s priced in their range as well. The FXR has an air-cooled, overhead cam, 155cc engine, mated to a four-speed manual clutch transmission. The 125cc and 90cc ATVs share a similar chassis and retail for $3495 and $3395, respectively.
The chassis is a typical setup with dual A-arms up front and a standard single shock swingarm in the rear. Travel numbers are impressive, with eight inches up front and nine inches out back. The stock shocks have piggyback reservoirs with compression and rebound adjustments. Overall dimensions read 60 inches in length, 45 inches in width, with a 43-inch wheelbase. Those numbers are all very comparable with the Yamaha Raptor 250.
The Pitster Pro comes complete with aluminum bumpers, nerf bars and heel guards. Aluminum oversized handlebars are also standard equipment, as are Carlisle Holeshot-style tires.
The Pitster Pro FXR150 comes with a full complement of lightweight aluminum skid plates. On the top side, bodywork looking very similar to a Kawasaki KFX450R covers the chassis.
EXOTIC ODDS & ENDS The long-travel swingarm on the rear of this thing is trick. It’s carved out of a chunk of aluminum with as much material removed as possible to make it ultra lightweight, while still being as strong as possible.
Under the swingarm, a sturdy aluminum skid plate is utilized and works in conjunction with a disc-style chain and sprocket protector. This is the same type of protective piece that many of the West Coast WORCS and GNCC woods riders rely on.
More exotics are found in the billet brake lever. The frame is made of chromoly, and all four wheels are aluminum, keeping the overall weight reading down to an incredible 225 pounds. Hydraulic disc brakes with dual piston calipers and wave rotors at both ends finish off the list of high-end components on this mini racer. Topping off the chassis is white bodywork that looks almost exactly like Kawasaki KFX450R clothing.
The Pitster Pro is the closest quad we have tested to the very popular Yamaha Raptor 250. It’s a great stepping stone to a machine like this.
SAND LOT Like expected, this mini fits a wide range of rider sizes. According to our six-foot-tall editors, down to the four-foot-five youth test riders, the quad is not cramped or too big. The levers, pegs and controls fit a wide variety of rider sizes as well.
On startup, we noticed the kick-start lever was sort of awkward. The machine starts right up, but you have to put your foot in a weird position to do so. A longer kick-starter or different heel guards might cure this issue. The problem is that the heel guard is too narrow and placed too wide from where your heel actually rests when riding.
The engine warms up in a hurry, and you are ready to ride. Having a manual-clutch transmission makes this quad a good stepping stone coming from a CVT-equipped mini. The clutch pull is light and not jerky when you feather it out. Sound coming from the compact aluminum muffler is very racey. You wouldn’t be looking into an aftermarket muffler very soon with this machine as you do with most sport quads. Sound levels are still low enough to please the neighbors and will pass any decibel tests at the track.
Pitster Pro’s four-stroke engine has tons of torque. The 150 will pull a 200-pound rider around without a struggle. Gearing is tight, and you have to shift quickly to keep the power pulling. On top end, the FXR150 runs out of speed at about 40 mph. That speed is perfect for most smaller or medium-sized tracks.
Suspension is plush, even for heavier riders, and it’s not overly stiff for lighter ones. The stock shocks are adjustable. For use, there was enough adjustment to suit all of our riders’ needs. If you have racing in mind with the FXR150, Pitster Pro does offer an Elka shock upgrade that will really take any abuse you could throw at it.
The only problem we found with the Pitster Pro is that the kick-starter was awkward to operate. We wish it had a forward kicking lever or an electric starter. The heel guard needs to extend inward towards the engine as well.
REPORT CARD For under $3700, you get a lot of machine for the money. The FXR150R is almost as fast as a Raptor 250, has just as much suspension and handles great. At a closer look, the attention to detail is not on par with a Japanese machine, but it does have components that are even better than you would find on one of those quads. For an aggressive rider wanting to hit the track, the Pitster Pro 150 is worth a test ride, for sure. We give the Pitster Pro an A for effort but a B for execution. Overall, we’ll grade it a B+. Contact Pitster Pro at (801) 796-7416 or visit their online showroom at www.pitsterpro.com.
WARNING: Much of the action depicted in this magazine is potentially dangerous. Virtually all of the riders seen in our photos are experienced experts or professionals. Do not attempt to duplicate any stunts that are beyond your own capabilities. Always wear the appropriate safety gear. Copyright 2008 Hi-Torque Publications, Inc. All rights reserved. Console Login