Engine: Liquid-cooled, 249cc, two-stroke single
Bore x Stroke: 72mm x 66.4mm
Final Drive: 14/53
Wheels: Front: 21x1.60; Rear: 19x2.15
Weight: 226 pounds
Owner: American Honda
When it comes to AMA Supercross, there’s one true king: Jeremy McGrath.
Through the ’90s, McGrath helped put AMA Supercross on a national stage while winning more SX races—and championships—than anyone before or since. McGrath captured seven premier-class titles in eight years from 1993 to 2000. His career record of 72 SX wins still stands.
Although he would wrap up his championship run on Yamahas, it was on Hondas like this 1995 machine that the king established his empire.
McGrath set his records in the premier class, where he had his first race in ’93. In a breakthrough performance, McGrath won that race, in front of his home crowd at Anaheim, California. McGrath won 10 races that year, riding a two-stroke, steel-framed Supercross weapon much like this one.
The 1995 model featured one of the last of Honda’s steel frames before the company introduced an aluminum chassis to production 250cc motocross machines in 1997. Eventually all the Japanese manufacturers would move to aluminum frames on their motocross models, but the initial shift was too much for many riders, including the winningest SX racer of all time.
McGrath made no secret at the time of his preference for the feel and geometry of his tried-and-true, steel-framed Honda. Indeed, McGrath was known to be pretty reluctant to change a winning formula, even reportedly running a 1993-spec frame in later model years.
McGrath won four SX championships, as well as the 1995 AMA Motocross championship, for Honda before switching to Suzuki for the 1997 season, losing the title that year to Kawasaki’s Jeff Emig by 15 points. He then won three titles on Yamahas.