WHAT IS IT? Every Scalvini two-stroke pipe is hand-rolled and welded by a team of experienced artisans in
WHAT’S IT COST? $279.00 (cone pipe), $175.00
(aluminum silencer with carbon tip), $247.00 (full carbon
CONTACT? www.scalvinipipes.com or (760) 949-0941.
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that
stand out with the 2016 Scalvini KTM 125SX cone pipe
(1) Installation. In the past, we have had some
frustrating issues when installing Scalvini exhaust
systems. We were always able to get the system on
and off, but not without some serious persuasion on our
end. Thankfully, the past is the past, because Scalvini
turned over a new leaf with the KTM 125SX and 2016
Husqvarna TC125 pipe. It slipped on with ease. The
previously troublesome P-clamp silencer hanger is now
lightweight and practical. The system comes with all
the hardware needed, but we pre-curved the P-clamp
around a pole before trying to mount it on the silencer.
When we took the stock pipe off, we realized one of
the stock O-rings was broken. No O-rings came with
the Scalvini pipe, and we didn’t have one on hand.
Amazingly, we managed to borrow one. We feel that
all aftermarket systems should come with new O-rings
(like FMF’s do). Overall, we were happy with how the
Scalvini pipe and silencer mated to the KTM 125SX.
( 2) Construction. Cone pipes like the Scalvini are
painstaking and time-consuming to make. Piece by
piece, the steel segments are rolled out and then welded
together to shape the expansion chamber. Scalvini saved
some work by using a stamped head pipe for the first
and most difficult section.
( 3) Stock trim. For 2016 the KTM 125SX was all new
from the ground up. It has gone on a Jenny Craig diet
and has more ponies throughout the entire powerband
in comparison to the 2015 model. It is the most powerful
production 125 to date. We enjoyed the stocker’s smooth
roll-on power, but ultimately we wanted to perk up the
midrange and get more rev.
( 4) Performance. The Scalvini cone pipe and silencer
produced one of the best-looking and crispest-sounding
KTM 125SX pipes ever. Every MXA test rider gave the
Scalvini system two thumbs up. It gave up a smidgen
of throttle response at the crack of the throttle, but anyone riding a 125 should have the throttle twisted to the
stops. That’s where the power is found. The brunt of the
Scalvini’s power was right in the middle and then pulled
hard over the top. It didn’t gain any rpm on top, but it
didn’t lose any, either. The Scalvini pipe livened up the
KTM 125SX and made for an easy-to-ride powerband
that every skill level liked.
( 5) Tuning. We ran the Scalvini cone pipe and
silencer with 91-octane pump gas. It ran just as well as
it did with the stock exhaust. We were pleased that we
didn’t have to invest $15 an hour to ride the bike.
( 6) Options. Scalvini offers a full carbon silencer for
$72 more than the aluminum silencer, which we tested.
We think the aluminum silencer makes more sense for
serious racers, but the full carbon silencer is the hands-down choice for garage queens.
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? Scalvini did not include
replacement O-rings with the pipe. This is not an
important issue as long as the stock O-rings are still
in workman-like condition.
The Scalvini pipe and silencer are a huge
improvement over stock in both looks
SCALVINI 2016 KTM 125SX CONE PIPE
MXA TEAM TESTED