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Behind Ricky Carmichael's RM-Z450 Photo Gallery

Behind Ricky Carmichael's RM-Z450 - Makita Suzuki's Mike "Goose" Gosselaar has a unique job. He's the mechanic for the GOAT.

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Bridgestone was one of Ricky’s personal choices for his racing program. He made sure that his contract with Suzuki allows for him to choose whichever brand of tire he wants.
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Carmichael’s front brake is the single most important feature on his machine. He can never get enough performance from the front binder according to his mechanic.
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ProTaper has a handle on the controls department.
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Keeping Ricky Carmichael’s bike sorted out and winning races takes a special mechanic. Mike Gosselaar has the distinction of wrenching RC through not one but two perfect seasons in his career.
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A special Keihin carburetor uses a magnesium body.
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Goose has stood by Ricky for many years now but his career didn’t start with the GOAT.
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The clutch perch rotates on Teflon in case of a spill.
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Remember when RC had that huge chunk taken out of his leg by his footpegs? He likes ‘em sharp and these babies are Factory Suzuki.
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That brake line is the only stock part on Ricky’s front system.
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A heat shield is used on the carburetor and fuel tank to keep the hot-running 4-stroke from boiling the fuel.
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Pro Circuit supplies the exhaust from tip to tail.
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Being a professional mechanic is a labor of love and RC’s bike reflects the amount of effort put in by Goose, literally.
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The bike is only seeing action in select rounds this year, but it still commands plenty of attention in the pits.
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It looks normal, but the position of the rear brake lever has been modified to suit Ricky’s personal tastes.
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Not only does Suzuki install titanium bolts in every possible place, but they drill them out to save every possible ounce.
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Ricky’s bike is a perfect blend of protection and perforation.
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After being a Renthal guy over at Honda, RC made the switch to Tag Metals when he joined Makita Suzuki in 2005.
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RC is another rider who installs the hot-start next to his throttle.
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Factory hubs are mated to Excel rims.
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You think you’ve got some man hours into your bike? How many washers have you drilled to save weight?
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Hinson helps us out with some clutch components.
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One Industries keeps things looking sharp for the Greatest of All Time and the rest of the Makita Suzuki team.
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RC always says 'If I had a front brake that worked better than what I have I can go faster.'
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Win, lose or draw, Mike Gosselaar is always there to find out what he can do to make his bike better. Luckily it's mostly been the winning side of things.