The fourth weekend of September, 2014, didn't go so well for Team USA at the Monster Energy Motocross Des Nations, in Kegums, Latvia. (Yes, I still refuse to go by the "OF" part of the current title, it's "DES", dammit). Sadly, we finished third (3rd). So now (still can't believe I'm doing this), I'm...more
Added a blog post Rupert X Ruport: Motocross Des Nations – Can't Believe I'm Firing The Man 10/22/2014 12:12 PM
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Started new thread The RIDE For "Madd" Matt Miller. 10/12/2014 5:31 PM
We lost our Matt, a much beloved young local Ohio racer to a car wreck recently, and local pro Shawn Rife, along with Matt Miller's family and friends - held a wonderful ride day at Briarcliff MX Park- in his honor. Matt was a big fan of Jason Lawrence,
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Added reply in a thread MXdN in USA in 2017..! Where should it be? 9/26/2014 7:56 PM
If you have directed attention to any American track besides RED BUD, turn in your man card, any previously erroneously issued motocross licenses and your US citizenship. Dude. No way. Red BUD or
Added reply in a thread MXdN in USA in 2017..! Where should it be? 9/26/2014 7:52 PM
It would be an insult to all that is sacred and good, all that is noble and proper - all that is Red White and Blue, Red Bud and holy, there is NOT ANOTHER &(*&((***&%$ track in this flipping country that should even be considered, ferchrisakes.
Added reply in a thread MXdN in USA in 2017..! Where should it be? 9/26/2014 7:25 PM
Seriously, if you're an AMERICAN motocross fan, and you want it at another motocross track, besides RED BUD, well, then, you've never been to RED BUD and you probably have some problems you need to work out with
Added reply in a thread MXdN in USA in 2017..! Where should it be? 9/26/2014 7:23 PM
RED BUD or
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Added reply in a thread MXdN in USA in 2017..! Where should it be? 9/26/2014 7:19 PM
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Added reply in a thread MXdN in USA in 2017..! Where should it be? 9/26/2014 7:15 PM
RED BUD is America's Motocross track. It is located in the heartland, for all to embrace. If the next American MXDN is NOT held, in brilliant pageantry and dubious distinction, with raucous revelry,in Michigan - at this particular locale, it will be
Added a blog post Rupert X Ruport: Christophe Pourcel – Why I’m his Fifth Biggest Fan and Enthusiastically Drive The Poucel Bandwagon. 9/23/2014 5:46 PM
Fifth biggest fan? Well, I’m assuming that his mom and dad, girlfriend, and brother, Sebastien are bigger fans than me. But, likely, I’m the biggest American fan the mysterious French motocross sensation has in his Yankee bullpen. Hells yes, I was a Jean-Michel Bayle fan, still am. So yeah, I do have a...more
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Added a product review for FMF S/S Aluminum Factory 4.1 RCT Carbon Cap – MegaBomb Header for 2014 Honda CRF250R 9/11/2014 1:41 PM
Review by Joey and Rupert Pellett // Photos by Rupert Pellett
Testing FMF's single-sided Aluminum Factory 4.1 RCT w/ Carbon Cap and Megabomb head pipe (say that five times fast) on a pristine 2014 Honda CRF250R is a chore... well, only if you're a twin-pipe lover. If you're not, then its simpler construction and cheaper price is a God-send.
FMFAluminum/Stainless Single-sided System w/ MegaBomb Features:
- Available with Aluminum or Carbon Fiber End Cap.
- Single-sided system includes thinner UFO left side panel.
- Utilizes RTS (Rapid Tuning System).
- Can and mid-pipe can be used with FMF header or stock.
- MSRP $699.99.
When pulling the exhaust and its components from the shipping box, we found it impressive that FMF not only included a spark arrestor for the new exhaust, but they also added in a UFO side plate. This thinner- profiled side plate is for the left side of the bike, which no longer has an exhaust since we opted for a single-can system.
Installation was a breeze. After about 15 minutes, we had the new exhaust on the bike. This full-system included everything we needed for mounting.
Also a worthwhile mention, the carbon cap on the exhaust really sets off the look and makes it appear "factory."
On the Track
Roaring onto our nearby grass track in a horse pasture, we were a little worried about the sound of this new single can. Rest assured, the single-sided FMF doesn’t sound any louder than the stock twin pipe system. The Megabomb header is behind this, as it not only adds power but also helps cut down the DBs. Once we were satisfied that the exhaust was ready for its track debut, we loaded up and headed to Ohio’s Briarcliff MX to give it a real-world shakedown.
At Briarcliff, we were able to hit the rev limiter, throw some scrubs, and give some sick look-backs at all the ‘C’ riders we blew by. Without hesitation, the single-sided system definitely made more power than the Honda's stock system. This increase in power wasn't up top by the rev-limiter, but down in the low-end and mid-range. The new exhaust seemed to let the Honda 250F really climb up the RPM ladder quicker, and pull through the flat spot found towards the end of the mid-range. Also, the added low-end power gave us the ability to roll on the throttle out of turns without as much clutch input.
FMF's single-side system has held up well, with no unusual wear or cracks in the materials. Even better yet, if you were to damage the exhaust, you now only need to replace one can instead of two!
The Last Word
At $699, the FMF S/S Aluminum Factory 4.1 RCT Carbon Cap with MegaBomb header (yes, it's a mouth full!), was an awesome upgrade to our 2014 Honda CRF250R. You will get performance gains, as well as that trick factory look you’ve always wanted. All this while still keeping the decibel levels at around the stock level. Which from Honda, is pretty quiet.
It isn't going to turn your ride into a fire-breathing factory race bike. But it's lighter, well-priced, and won't blow out you eardrums. For this, we give it a four out of five rating.
Vital MX Rating
Check out FMFracing.com to see all the options for your bike.
About the Test Rider
Joey Pellet - is a Software Engineer by day and throws whips for the ladies in his free time. He's been riding since he was four years old and has competed at Loretta’s three times in his illustrious career. Currently, Joey rides his local track at Briarcliff MX in Nashport, OH, and races B classes locally.
Main bikes: ’09 Kawasaki 450F, ’05 Honda CR125
Classes: 25+, 450B, 2-stroke
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Added a blog post Vital MX Rupert X Ruport: C’Ville 8/29/2014 12:38 PM
I’d been over in late May to this fantabulous new moto-resort in central Indiana they call the “Ironman,” as the freshly designed course was blessed by eight hundred (or so) frisky amateur MX personnel. They were attempting to get a ticket to Loretta Lynn’s, by qualifying at this very difficult regional...more
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Added reply in a thread Pssst. C'mere. Scenes From The Bodacious Buckeye Brouhaha 8/25/2014 5:12 PM
Yessir, been some boondoggles and brouhahas...Vizer does excellent work, props to