TWICE PIPES AND
Why is MXA always harping
on Honda’s dual-muffler system?
Obviously, the factory engineers
know what they are doing or they
wouldn’t have put two pipes on the
bike. My CRF250 runs great with
We are fairly sure that Honda’s
engineering department doesn’t
believe that having two exhaust
pipes is the best scenario. If we
were betting men, we’d guess that
this decision germinated in Honda’s
marketing department. It doesn’t
take a degree in engineering to
understand that the CRF250’s dual
design is overkill. In fact, it adds
very little to the overall performance
of the engine while adding a considerable amount of heft. It is obvious
to every MXA test rider that adding
more weight in an attempt to
balance out the side-to-side weight
does no one any favors. We don’t
like having two mufflers, because
two mufflers are heavier than one.
They are more expensive to repair
and repack when they blow out, and
aftermarket twins cost $500 more
than a single-sided exhaust. Plus,
with the 2017 KTM 450SXF weighing 222 pounds and the 2017 Honda
CRF450 hitting the scales at 233
pounds, Honda can’t afford fluff
cosmetic appendages anymore. ❏
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Probably not. The marketing men
t the motorcycle manufacturers are
fairly staid. There is a glimmer of
hope based on the current success of
the Challenger, Charger and Mustang
in the car business, but we can
assure you that the Thunderdog
name will never be used again.