Caught halfway between the street and the dirt worlds, 50cc stunters are like Rodney Dangerfield on wheels-they can't get no respect. 50 Stunt steps up to give these half-sized stuntbikes the aftermarket attention they deserve
Mini 50s have become a favorite training tool for street bike stunters. Valuable lessons in brake control, balance and body positioning are easy to learn on 50s and transfer directly to big bikes. Despite their usefulness, though, many still view 50s as kid's bikes or novelty toys, and as a result, there has been very little serious industry support for 50cc stunters. In other words, if you wanted stunt parts for your 50s, you built them yourself-until 50 Stunt has appeared on the scene.
The online arm of ESD Manufacturing, the web site www.50stunt.com, has become the source for stunt-specific parts for minis-including wheelie bars, oversized sprockets, hand brakes and more. Three hardcore 50cc fans run ESD/50 Stunt: Ryan Moore, Mark Zefeldt and Scott Case. Moore, who has a degree in manufacturing and engineering from Cal Poly, heads the manufacturing side of the company; Zefeldt runs the business and marketing, and Case oversees assembly and shipping. Based midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco in the quiet Central Coast town of Grover Beach, ESD was born when Moore put a CNC machine on his credit card and designed and created a high-tech, off-road go-ped. While doing a side job for another company to fund this project, a non-paying customer left an XR50 sitting in the corner of his shop. Moore started riding that 50 and found his future. As he began to play around on the bike and started stunting on it, he realized there was a market for stronger, lighter and better aftermarket 50 parts; 50 Stunt was born.
Today, ESD has a full line of stunt-related products available: rear sprockets and sprocket guards, billet throttles, triple clamps, handlebar risers,.oversized bars, brake arms and levers, street and stunt footpegs and 12-bars. The future knows no limit for the ESD team-Moore showed us dozens of parts already designed and soon to be released for 50 stunters, including custom swingarms and exhaust systems. In addition to minis, ESD also has plans underway to move into the big-bike stunt universe, starting with an affordable and attractive stunt-specific rearset for the popular Honda CBR600F4i. In addition to hard parts, ESD is moving forward to grow the sport of 50 stunting and has sponsored a 50 stunt competition at Infineon Raceway in May, fronting a $1000 prize to the top individual freestyle rider-the biggest prize ever offered for a 50 stunt competition!
Kid's bikes? That doesn't sound like child's play to us.
Washington D.C.'s Adrenalin Crew takes an unconventional route to becoming the best-known stunt group in America
When we think of top stunt crews in the country, Star Boyz, Team No Limit and Servin' It Up are some of the first names that come to mind. In reality, though, when it comes to mainstream exposure beyond the insular stunt scene, the best-known stunt group in the country is probably Washington D.C.-based Adrenalin Crew-despite the fact that these guys are virtually unknown to core stunt riders. While most stunters lose it over the opportunity to perform in front of 20,000 people during the lunch break at an AMA Superbike event, Adrenalin Crew has been seen by literally ten million people thanks to big-payoff placements, including a globally distributed pay-per-view stunt special, a two-page spread in men's magazine FHM and a front-page story in the "Style" section of The Washington Post. That's big-time exposure.