Motocross is fun. There’s no getting around that. Sure it can be serious when racing or training. Sure it can be dangerous, expensive and time consuming. But the bottom line is that we’re out there to have some serious fun.
Billy Nicoll, owner and founder of Nicoll Racing, knows this. And he’s all about it.
“[After Nicoll Racing’s work] People just have more fun riding their bikes,” says Nicoll, when asked why the average rider comes to his shop.
Nicoll Racing, founded in 2002, is a race shop. Though they specialize in suspension and motor work for dirt bikes, they’re also a full service shop and have no problem with anything from fixing a fork seal to full suspension revalve and modification. And they don’t stop at motocross bikes. The gear heads in the race shop can spin wrenches on street and retro motorcycles, quads and PWCs.
Though Nicoll says that his business is spread mostly by “word of mouth,” it seems they’re pretty popular; you can easily spot one of his stickers at most SoCal tracks and on quite a few pick-up trucks cruisin’ through South County.
Nicoll Racing has sponsored many riders through the years. Most recently, they’ve been working with acclaimed Baja Champions Johnny Campbell and Cameron Steele with suspension and motor work. In fact, Nicoll Racing used to run a chase support vehicle for Steele until one year it didn’t make it back across the border. In a bout between a box van and a semi, the semi wins.
Though I was pretty sure of the answer, I asked this question anyway; “which do you prefer, sitting up here (front desk), or working back there (race shop)”
“[laughing] Oh man, working back there for sure. I’m just trying to bang this stuff out so I can go work on some bikes.” Billy Nicoll not only works on bikes, and has since he was a kid, he’s also a racer and tries to make it to a race at Glen Helen every month.
Needing every competitive advantage possible, it’s easy to see why professional racers take their bikes to race shops. But what about the average weekend warrior? The ride-when-I-can, just-having-fun guys? Why not just set the sag and be done?
“Most of our customers are the 30 to 50 year-old riders that just ride for fun,” says Nicoll. “Basically, what we do the most is bike setup. With proper suspension adjustment, people can ride longer, get less beat up.”
Whether you want to take your CRFX all the way to La Paz, or just have more fun at the track, Nicoll Racing can get your bike dialed and styled. For more info, check out nicollracing.com or swing by their shop in San Clemente, Calif.