WHAT IS IT? Bill’s Pipes has long been synonymous
with two-strokes. Missing from the scene for a few years,
Bill’s is back with a new line of exhaust systems.
WHAT’S IT COST? $249.99 (pipe), $119.99 (silencer).
CONTACT? www.billspipes.com or (951) 371-1329.
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that stand
out with the Bill’s Pipes MX2 Works exhaust.
(1) Bill’s Pipes. Bill Cervera built pipes for Team
Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki and for riders like Damon
Bradshaw, Doug Henry, Steve Lamson and Travis
Pastrana. Bill was on the same level as Pro Circuit and
FMF, but when four-strokes took over, Bill’s Pipes wasn’t
ready for the transition. Now Bill has partnered with the
new owners of Big Gun and has been working hard to
rebuild the Bill’s Pipes brand.
( 2) Construction. Bill’s unplated, works-style, MX2
two-stroke pipe is made with 19-gauge AKDQ carbon
steel. It is hand-welded and -assembled for a precise fit.
( 3) Installation. MXA’s Bill’s pipe slipped onto our
Husqvarna TC250 like butter. It uses all the stock
hardware, and everything lined up with precision.
There was absolutely zero guesswork.
( 4) Stock performance. In stock trim, the Husqvarna
TC250 has a smooth and manageable powerband. The
bottom-to-mid power has enough oomph out of corners
that the clutch doesn’t have to be abused to stay on
the pipe. The power from mid to top is very linear but
lacking in hit. Equally odd, when the power is wound
out, the power curve falls on its face. Short-shifting is a
necessity between gears on the stock Husqvarna
TC250. In a perfect world, we would like to have a bit
more power all the way through, a harder hit and
( 5) Bill’s performance. Bill’s Husqvarna TC250 pipe
brought a big grin to our faces. Bill’s MX2 two-stroke
pipe sounded crisp, and on the track it sounded even
better. The first thing we noticed was a hard hit in the
midrange that pulled to the top. This was a big improvement over the stock pipe. The Bill’s pipe did give up
some power off the bottom, though, and this was an
issue on tight tracks. In tight corners, test riders had to
touch the clutch to stay in the meat of the powerband.
The clutch helped ramp up the revs to get to the sweet
spot quicker. This quick rev muted the added over-rev
because we got to peak much quicker than on the
stocker. Most test riders solved this problem by going
one tooth larger on the rear sprocket to help get the
bike into third gear sooner, which lessened the need
to clutch it.
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? On tight tracks, the loss of
bottom-end power with the Bill’s pipe makes you keep a
finger on the clutch.
We loved the midrange blast and added top,
but it takes a rider with Intermediate or
above skill to make it work.
BILL’S PIPES MX2 HUSQVARNA TC250
MXA TEAM TESTED