Chatting with Chad Reed - "I'm going to race a Husky...probably do it on my own and have fun"

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10/22/2017 8:07 AM
Edited Date/Time: 10/22/2017 8:21 AM

Last night after everything was packed up and the pits emptied, I caught up with Chad Reed after having a few laughs with RV and was getting ready to leave. He gave us a couple minutes of his time and we chatted about the banter between him, Ronnie Mac, and Ryan Villopoto...then talked about his two-stroke and the event itself. Then right at the end, Chad gave us a little info on 2018...saying he plans on riding a Husqvarna and will probably do it on his own.

For the whole interview, click here:
http://www.vitalmx.com/videos/features/Chad-Reed-Im-going-to-race-a-Husky-probably-do-it-on-my-own-and-have-fun,16236/ML512,13480

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10/22/2017 8:17 AM

Very cool Michael, what a shame he missed the event after all that work. Glad he will be around next year, looking fwd to what his set up will look like, especially on a Husky! you know me and my love for white bikes cool

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10/22/2017 8:29 AM

Well that's a horse of a different color. Would have been great to have seen Reed make some runs last night.
On another note... It's damn nice to see how happy RV looks these days. Seems to be smiling all the time now... on camera at least.
Great event last night!

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10/22/2017 9:46 AM

Great news!

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10/22/2017 10:07 AM

That's really cool to hear that he'll be out there , even if some of it is on his own dime. Another cool thing to see / hear is how guys like him and RV are having fun building and playing around on some of these older bikes. 2 strokes and 4 strokes. Wish Reedy the best on this next year and hope he ruffles some feather's out there , by beating some full factory guys that are half his age haha. I know I'll be rooting for him!

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10/22/2017 10:39 AM

Chad does know how to give a good, intelligent & very articulate interview. It’s refreshing to hear it told the way it is. I hope he can indeed “have fun” this coming SX season without all the added pressure of being a team leader & having so much invested.

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10/22/2017 11:30 AM

Awesome to hear. Chad always has the cleanest graphics. I cant wait to see what he does with a Husky.

Team22?

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10/22/2017 11:51 AM
Edited Date/Time: 10/22/2017 11:52 AM

Good for him and for us! I hope he can make a reasonable deal on his new team (probably sx only?) with husky / boost / monster / 360 / discount tyres / fox / pro circuit. It would be a dammed shame to have a all time greats, a legend with a long line of autograph, riding on his own dime whereas he was still the last two years often the first rider of the brand he was riding for and actually the first rider on a Japanese bike except Tomac and Roczen. Anyway nice he will do another season and I can't wait to see his bike / gear combo, i think it will look awesome.

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10/22/2017 11:57 AM

Just an up front, honest, not-trying-to-hide-anything interview.....kind of like JS7 does.ermm

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10/22/2017 12:19 PM

Motoxdoc wrote:

Just an up front, honest, not-trying-to-hide-anything interview.....kind of like JS7 does.ermm

Dude is 35yr old. Go back and look at some of his interviews when he was in his early 20's. He is more mature now. It comes with age for most and at this point in his career and with his current situation there really isn't much that can be taken away from him if he says the wrong thing.

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10/22/2017 12:52 PM

Are you suggesting that many of the top racers in our sport don't do interviews, or are less-than forthcoming in their interviews because they are afraid of what might be "taken away from him if he says the wrong thing." That doesn't show much confidence in their intelligence and/or self control. Not that you're wrong, but that's a different angle for avoiding interviews and/or lying in them that I've never thought of.

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10/22/2017 1:23 PM

Very good to see, I think he will go well on the husky.

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10/22/2017 1:57 PM

Such great news. C'mon Reedy, one last leg around. You still have a W inside you, especially with a PC Husky 450 donk underneath you.

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10/22/2017 1:58 PM

Reed gonna put the wood to some factory boys.

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10/22/2017 3:42 PM
Edited Date/Time: 10/22/2017 3:43 PM

Crush will be pumped, he's on a steel frame! Good to hear he'll be out there.

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10/22/2017 7:19 PM

cant wait to hear what is wrong with the husky.

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If I'm healthy enough to complain. I shouldn't be complaining.

10/22/2017 7:32 PM

seth505 wrote:

Crush will be pumped, he's on a steel frame! Good to hear he'll be out there.

Fuckin better believe it!

I'd bet his results are better than the last two years too. Dude is about front end feel and comfort, which is why I wanted to see what he'd do on a KTM or Husky.

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Cheers, Crush
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10/22/2017 7:35 PM

seth505 wrote:

Crush will be pumped, he's on a steel frame! Good to hear he'll be out there.

Crush wrote:

Fuckin better believe it!

I'd bet his results are better than the last two years too. Dude is about front end feel and comfort, which is why I wanted to see what he'd do on a KTM or Husky.

Watching Dungey this year in SX it seemed he could turn tighter than anyone else on flat turns. I don't know how much of that is technique and how much is the bike but I am looking forward to seeing Reedy on the Husky

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10/22/2017 7:38 PM

Is he out for Aus X open ?
This injury will set him back a bit with his 2018 fitness, sounded like he was about to start ramping up his program..
I want him to do well next year, a podium would be great !

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10/22/2017 7:39 PM

smoothies862 wrote:

cant wait to hear what is wrong with the husky.

I wonder why every time he complains about a bike, other riders are struggling with the same thing.. 2013 Honda? Ask Canard, Barcia, and even Tomac what they thought of that bike. Shortly after Chad left, they finally made some changes and things improved.
What about the Yamaha? He's hardly the only person to note that the bike is big, heavy and doesn't turn the greatest. Cooper Webb seemed to have a frustrating year as well..

Acting like there's no validity to Chad's complains with bikes is ridiculous, he's 100x the rider any of us will be, I can't imagine the different things you feel at that level. He's always been someone that needs to be 100% comfortable to ride at full pace.

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10/22/2017 7:40 PM

motonation24 wrote:

Is he out for Aus X open ?
This injury will set him back a bit with his 2018 fitness, sounded like he was about to start ramping up his program..
I want him to do well next year, a podium would be great !

I think he's out...but I'm sure he'll be making an announcement whether he will or won't pretty soon.

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10/22/2017 7:42 PM

Question wrote:

Good for him and for us! I hope he can make a reasonable deal on his new team (probably sx only?) with husky / boost / monster / 360 / discount tyres / fox / pro circuit. It would be a dammed shame to have a all time greats, a legend with a long line of autograph, riding on his own dime whereas he was still the last two years often the first rider of the brand he was riding for and actually the first rider on a Japanese bike except Tomac and Roczen. Anyway nice he will do another season and I can't wait to see his bike / gear combo, i think it will look awesome.

"actually the first rider on a Japanese bike except Tomac and Roczen."

Lol! So you mean, he was the THIRD rider on a Japanese bike??!!

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10/22/2017 7:48 PM
Edited Date/Time: 10/22/2017 7:51 PM

smoothies862 wrote:

cant wait to hear what is wrong with the husky.

kevin204 wrote:

I wonder why every time he complains about a bike, other riders are struggling with the same thing.. 2013 Honda? Ask Canard, Barcia, and even Tomac what they thought of that bike. Shortly after Chad left, they finally made some changes and things improved.
What about the Yamaha? He's hardly the only person to note that the bike is big, heavy and doesn't turn the greatest. Cooper Webb seemed to have a frustrating year as well..

Acting like there's no validity to Chad's complains with bikes is ridiculous, he's 100x the rider any of us will be, I can't imagine the different things you feel at that level. He's always been someone that needs to be 100% comfortable to ride at full pace.

Fuckin Amen. Not to mention the fact he also sings it's praises when they're good. See 2003/2004, 2009, 2011/12, 2014.

Difference is, Chad isn't afraid to say whatever he is thinking, consequences be dammed. Everyone has heard the stories of the Dungey furiously testing and carrying on because his bike wasn't right, but then he goes full vanilla for the cameras.

And then if someone who isn't winning or in the limelight doesn't like their bike, well who gives a shit, you don't hear from them anyways. Does anyone know if Peick liked his last 5 bikes? Nope. It's a completely different expectation and interview question for him.

Whether you like that or not, it's just the way they are. Doesn't make them wrong.

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Cheers, Crush
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10/22/2017 9:05 PM

How much help will husky provide?

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10/22/2017 9:40 PM

He looked pretty dam good on roczens Instagram the other day and he wasn't full tilt. He can def loose 5kg- 10kg in 8 weeks easy and be fit by Anaheim with mates like O show.. Sorta sounds like the ankle is not catastrophic by his upbeat attitude

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10/22/2017 9:43 PM

coastlinecascot wrote:

How much help will husky provide?

If he top 5s a1 they'll look after him don't worry bout that. At least parts and tech wise

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10/23/2017 1:56 AM
Edited Date/Time: 10/23/2017 1:56 AM

But of a lacklustre way to announce it for him.

Low key might be the way to go.

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10/23/2017 1:58 AM

I am curious if he made his Yamaha 250 two stroke white cuz of the husky? Just a thought i had.

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10/23/2017 4:28 AM

mikebrownsound wrote:

I am curious if he made his Yamaha 250 two stroke white cuz of the husky? Just a thought i had.

I'd say he made his YZ250 white so as not to give Yamaha any kind of promotion- seeing as they're out of contract now and they're not paying him.
Same thing by riding and old bike instead of a brand new one. (Despite the fact he's known to love the steely)

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10/23/2017 5:49 AM

mikebrownsound wrote:

I am curious if he made his Yamaha 250 two stroke white cuz of the husky? Just a thought i had.

Thisusernameisavailable wrote:

I'd say he made his YZ250 white so as not to give Yamaha any kind of promotion- seeing as they're out of contract now and they're not paying him.
Same thing by riding and old bike instead of a brand new one. (Despite the fact he's known to love the steely)

I'd guess it was originally to not upset whatever was going on with Honda when the idea was first conceived, and in lieu of that the Boost deal seems to be the major backing for next year, so all white with Boost looked best.

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Cheers, Crush
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