Wow, I go back a ways but not that far. To me it was weird when DeCoster went from Suzuki to Honda!
As far as Reed, RV, Bubba, et al, are concerned...well let's just say that I am not going to lose any sleep over any of it.
The really weird part was the DeCoster and Robert were "real", legitimate, old school European MX stars, and they went from a proven, legitimate world champion
marque to a Japanese bike. No one ever did that back then, but of course, they set a precedent.
As for loosing sleep, me either. I admire what Reed has accomplished, but to me it is tarnished by several things. He never beat Carmichael or Stewart heads up with any consistency, so it has the look that he won because his competition was absent. He doesn't ride the outdoor series. He isn't a particularly good sport. If I had been his team chief, he would never have gotten away with flipping off his mechanic after the bike quit while being used as a submarine.
Stewart would be nice to have, but he's no model sportsman, either. The only reason I was excited to have Bubba move up to the big bikes was to give Ricky a run for his money. Now he's gone, and When Stewart's there the only suspense involved is over whether he can avoid crashing long enough to win. In a way, I like it better when no one is clearly better than anyone else, and you have to wait for raceday to see what happens.
Just a stab at it...but more power isn't always the answer...Even if your a pro...too much power can be a bad thing. Plus the 250f's that the pros are riding are putting out close to the same horsepower that our 450's are doing stock...with 20 lbs less. my .02 cents
Gray....Awesome pic!!!!! I'm only in my 30's but that sure does bring back good times!
The really hot 250f's are around 40-44 hp at the most, which is a lot, but still pretty far from 50. Even at that level (or any other) they have nowhere near the low end grunt of even a stock 450, so the power character is still very different.