WHAT IS IT? Scalvini pipes are unique in that they are
handmade cone pipes that hark back to the glory days of
factory two-strokes. They are expertly welded in Italy by a
team of experienced artisans.
WHAT’S IT COST? $329.00 (cone pipe), $175.00 (
aluminum silencer with carbon tip), $247.00 (full carbon fiber
CONTACT? www.scalvinipipes.com or (760) 949-0941.
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that stand
out with the 2017 Scalvini KTM/Husky 250 two-stroke
cone pipe and silencer.
(1) Installation. In the past, we have had some issues
installing Scalvini exhaust systems. We were always able
to get the system on and off, but not without some serious
time and frustration on our end. But, the past is the past.
Scalvini has turned over a new leaf; its 2017 KTM/Husky
pipe slipped on with ease. The silencer’s P-clamp hanger
design is lightweight and practical, with all the hardware
needed in the box. The stock silencer mounts in two places, but the Scalvini only needs to be mounted in one (use
the rear mounting point). We do wish new O-rings came
with the pipe. If the O-rings on your stock pipe are damaged, you will have to stop working on your bike and go
to your local dealer to get the necessary parts. Overall, we
were happy with how the Scalvini pipe and silencer mated
to the KTM/Husky 250 two-stroke.
( 2) Construction. Cone pipes, like the Scalvini, are a
rare breed in modern times. They are labor-intensive to
make, as each of the steel segments must be cut, trimmed,
rounded and welded together to create the desired shape of
the expansion chamber. Scalvini saves some work by using
a stamped head pipe for the first and most difficult section.
( 3) Stock trim. The 2017 Austrian 250 two-strokes are
head over heels better than their predecessors. But, for
some, the bike can be a handful. It hits hard in the middle,
signs off fast and then falls on its face. The powerband
needs to be more usable for mere mortals.
( 4) Performance. The Scalvini system is the best-look-ing system on the market. The Scalvini gave up some
on the bottom but had a smooth transition into the mid
with a strong pull all the way to the top. Over-rev was
much better with the Scalvini than with the stock pipe.
This helped lengthen the shift points from gear to gear,
which made the bike easier to ride. This is not an overly
fast pipe, but it gives the 250SX and TC250 power where
they need it, making them easier to ride. Sometimes that
is more important than sheer power.
( 5) Tuning. We ran the Scalvini cone pipe and silencer
with 91-octane pump gas. The bike ran just as well as
it did with the stock exhaust. We were pleased that no
tuning was needed.
( 6) Options. Scalvini also offers a full-carbon silencer
for $72 more than the aluminum silencer, which is the
one we tested. We suggest the aluminum silencer if you
are looking for increased longevity. We have not had any
issues with the Scalvini full-carbon silencer, but we almost
always have issues with full-carbon fiber silencers in terms
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? We have two quibbles. (1)
Scalvini did not include replacement O-rings with the pipe.
This is not an issue unless the OEM O-rings are damaged.
( 2) We would like the bottom end to be a little more powerful to take some pressure off the clutch out of corners.
The Scalvini pipe is not the best-performing
250SX or TC250 pipe on the market, but there
are times when usability trumps power.
The Scalvini makes the Husky and KTM
two-strokes easier to ride by adding
more mid, top and over-rev.
SCALVINI 2017 KTM/HUSKY CONE PIPE & SILENCER
MXA TEAM TESTED