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    I'm a Motocross racer for life! It's been my passion ever since I was a little kid. I strive for excellence in all aspects in my life, whether it is racing, college, or my personal being. I also enjoy good food with great people, paddle boarding (and the beach in general), and physics. As an elite athlete, physical training is just another part of my life, however I do enjoy a good workout session and being physically fit. I also enjoy writing about my experiences as a racer, and being able to share what I have learned from my experiences with others, whether it's simply for reading pleasure or if it helps give someone a realistic look at what Motocross is for a grass-roots racer.

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  1. Oak Ridge was awesome! Lot of high speed sections, good flow, and fun jumps. Wish it wouldn't have been as windy as it was, it was making the big jumps a little sketchy! As long as you're having fun, that's what matters, my friend. Besides, when you go fast like me, getting hurt means getting pretty hurt.
  2. Hello ThumperTalk readers! I have to say that of all the things I write about, I enjoy writing about going to races that are put on by great companies to recognize the unrecognized talent. Recently, I made the trip to such a race in Iowa, called the Evergood Open at Oak Ridge MX, and I’m here to tell you about it. I will admit, I have a certain level of bias when it comes to races like the Evergood Open or the MX Reunion races, because it was through the Vurb Classic in 2012 at Echeconnee that I was recognized for my never-quit pursuit of a W against some stiff competition. Through the help I received from Race Tech because of the recognition and my performances at other Vurb Classic events and amateur nationals, I’ve brought myself to where I am now, and that’s not something I take lightly. Being brutally honest, the top level of support in the motocross industry is a tight nit group and it is hard to break into without solid results. These events give those who truly need the help the opportunity to get the help they need to make their journey to the top a possibility. Hats off to the companies who participate in these events that are giving deserving riders the opportunity to succeed, because that’s truly what you’re doing. 2013 Vurb Classic @ MX207 The staff at Evergood Co truly put on a great event that I will not soon forget. Not only did some great riders get recognized, but the event was held at possibly the coolest track I’ve ever been on. Also, the event was just plain fun! It wasn’t super high stakes, and instead was laid back and all about everyone having a good time. Everything from the track, to the people, environment, and activities after racing made the event feel like the drive was paid back in spades. Evergood Open @ Oak Ridge MX, photo by Jordan Hoover at Evergood Co Whether we realize it or not, if you’re a racer who competes for money or the goal of making a career of it, we get so sucked into the winning mindset that we forget that there’s more fun in motocross (or whatever you race) than just winning. One thing that I found super fun about the Evergood Open was the holeshot competition! It was intense… and I was genuinely concerned when I saw a 1200cc BMW flat-track bike pull up. However, I did end up winning on the 250f! If winning it wasn’t cool enough, interviews and popping a champagne bottle is icing on the cake to top off a good day of racing on a great track! I also think it’s great for the spectators, being able to see more than just racing, and it creates a great atmosphere for everyone. I mean, who doesn’t love watching people bang bars off a start for $100 all while playing some AC/DC? Evergood Open @ Oak Ridge MX, photo by Jordan Hoover at Evergood Co Another great thing about the Evergood Open was being able to meet different people, including those that we look up to. Over the weekend I got to meet Jeff Emig and Jason Anderson… not during a schedule; just walk up and started talking. Being able to chat a bit to people you look up to and get their perspectives and simply listen to what they have to say about a track is priceless. Being able to talk to Emig one-on-one about his ideology towards racing and explaining why he maneuvers the track like he does creates a new perspective that can be utilized if implemented correctly into your own personal riding style. Evergood Open @ Oak Ridge MX, photo by Jordan Hoover at Evergood Co Overall, great time at a great track that will have me coming back next year! Hats off to the whole Evergood Co crew, as well as everyone at Oak Ridge MX, y’all killed it! Be sure to stay tuned to the blog series and click/tap the “follow” button to stay updated on any new entries! You can also click the “follow” button on my profile to stay updated with anything I post on ThumperTalk. Thanks for following along, I’ll see you at the races!
  3. I'm more of an all-over-the-bike kind of rider, so I think getting a 125 and building it into a 144 would be enough to have some fun! Wish I could get my hands on a cr500!
  4. I'd be into making a 125 stroker motor. Give it a little extra, but still make it so you have to really work the bike.
  5. Hello ThumperTalk readers! Been some time since my last post. After Loretta’s some take a small break, which is good for the body and for re-evaluating plans going forward. For me, it’s been a mixture of both. Things have been calm or the calm before the storm, Hurricane Irma, yet hectic in the Meshey camp. The rush and intensity of getting to Loretta’s is over. Next the new academic year; college starting, sponsorship season renewing, training, and then throw a hurricane in the mix… it’s safe to say that things continued to stay busy for me. However, to be honest, I wouldn’t have it any other way! Looking back just a year ago, I was not cleared to start physically training yet by my doctor, no running or working out, no riding or bikes, and unclear when I was going to be able to race again and questioning if I would regain my standing within the racing community (don’t mess with the flu, kids). I knew I had the ability, but how long was this going to take get up to speed from my last national gate drop in 2015. It does not happen over-night and learning to be patient, can be hard when you breathe racing. I am pleased with my progress and recognize that you have to be grateful and appreciative of your own evolution, it’s not about where everyone else is…it’s about you and your efforts. Loretta Lynn's Amateur Motocross National 2017 Some really cool things have happened in the months of August/September, lots of new opportunities. One of those being the opportunity to write for Wiseco on their Racer Elite piston, so be sure to keep watch on their site or stay tuned to my profile/blog series, I will be posting the link when it is up and running, the product is awesome and the new relationships formed from giving valuable feedback has proven to be not only in the products performance, but those who work within the company, it’s a great group of people and I am thankful for the new avenues to explore. Also, I had the privilege of being EVS’s athlete of the month for September! (Link: http://evs-sports.com/explore/blog/athlets/scott-meshey/ ) Despite my time off, they have stood behind me and continue to do so through the good and the bad. Thanks Brad!! Along with a few new product review opportunities, including the Fly Tri-Pivot levers, Excel/FasterUSA wheel build, Race Tech Engine Services, and the Acerbis X-Seat. I’ll be putting all those products to the test to see how well they hold up, how well they perform, and if they add an edge to your racing program. I will also be adding new video content to my blogs and reviews using the new SENA Prism Tube camera, putting it through the paces to show its capabilities. So, what are my plans going forward? Balancing college, work and training isn’t exactly the easiest, but where there is a will there is a way, if you want something bad enough you relentlessly pursue every avenue, no matter the obstacles, for those are just challenges to test you, to live to your fullest potential. The focus to continue building through practice and hitting races in my area, along with the Evergood Open race. I’m looking forward to re-connecting with those who have given me the chances to evolve as a racer, the track looks awesome and good times to be had by all. Mini O’s is the next national and is probably my favorite national of the year, between the atmosphere of the race and the track, it has the feel of a family-oriented event, Thanksgiving and Mini O’s, go together if you are a racer. From there, Arenacross and spring nationals. Thankfully, I have already learned the basics of Arenacross and the process of pro race day and it will allow for a better result and not something that will come as a shock to me as previously. My health, breathing in particular, working with me instead of against me, Lots of exciting things coming up! MXGP Amateur Race Day @ WW Ranch, photo by MEPMX This entry may seem short, but there is always more to come from me! Be sure to stay tuned to the blog series and click/tap the “follow” button to stay updated on any new entries! You can also click the “follow” button on my profile to stay updated with anything I post on ThumperTalk. Thanks for following along, I’ll see you at the races!
  6. Nothing like a KX250 two stroke Also would consider an RM250!
  7. Always pondered the idea of getting another two stroke. Personally, I am a little biased to say that I would want a 250... but I want to hear what you guys think. Definitely not interested in a new bike. What bike would be the best two-stroke build?
    Chances are if you are a part of just about any motorsport that involves a start from a dead stop, whether it be Motocross or drag racing, you understand the importance of a good launch in order to get an edge on your competition. In the case of Motocross, the start is the only time in a race where you can pass 41 people in a few seconds. On countless occasions, the start has, does, and will continue to determine the outcome of many races! While we all know about holeshot devices that hold the front of the bike down to prevent wheeling, what kind of effect does a rear holeshot device have on start performance? I've been able to use the TamerMX Rear Holeshot Device in a variety of conditions, and I can say without a doubt in my mind… I will continue to use it for as long as I race! I have been using TamerMX’s dual-button front holeshot device for about 3 years now, so I had little doubt in whether or not I was getting a well-built product that’s going to last a long time. Instead, my skepticism was geared towards exactly how well it achieved its purpose, being to keep the rear end of the bike planted to the ground in order to increase traction. When the holeshot device is locked in, it can lower the rear of the bike by 115-135mm. The device loads the shock down, pressing your tire into the ground. This creates a lower center of gravity, preventing your tire from spinning when the gate drops and you hammer it all the way to the first turn. The TamerMX Rear Holeshot Device also helps the rear track straight when you have line coming out of your gate that is bumpy enough to make the rear end hop. Before and after: both front and rear holeshot devices are engaged. Even in a variety of conditions, the TamerMX Rear Holeshot Device creates extra traction for an insane burst out of the gate! Quite simply, if there is moisture or a rut, you can count on the rear holeshot device to have you leaping out in front. The only time I have struggled with the rear device is when I was starting on the dry flat of the very inside at MillCreek for the regional. On my mod bike, the rear tire spun, causing me to get mediocre starts; yet when I tried to give a little less throttle, the bike bogged. I think that this was simply because there was no rut and it was incredibly dry. Moral of the story: test, test, test, and then test some more so you know when to use it. When you have perfect conditions though, make sure you grip tightly because you’re going to be riding a guided missile! Scott Meshey #141: Slo-Mo start against a 450 while using both rear and front holeshot devices. Of course, just like the front device, you can customize how far down the rear device locks by sliding it up and down your linkage. This is good for riders who are picky about how they run their set-up. Another positive to the rear holeshot device is that it is quite simple to install and is very durable due to it being full aluminum, other than the plunger where the post locks into… that’s good ol’ steel! There are some things I do want to note about this product that aren’t necessarily negatives, just things buyer should know: MAKE SURE YOU TEST! The amount of traction and power to the ground you gain when the rear holeshot device is engaged is impressive to say the least. If you have moisture in the ground and don’t have your throttle opened enough, there’s a good chance you will bog. Make sure you have that throttle open! Given that you need to give substantially more throttle, some adjustments in body positioning and the amount you grip the bike need to happen. Be conscientious about your gate choice and how you prep your gate. You don’t want to run over your gate and have your device come undone and get squirrely. Just like the option of hitting a bottom button on a two-button system, sometimes it’s not always the best idea to be overzealous and engage the rear device if the conditions aren’t right. Again, this falls into the testing note. Things work different for different riders on different bikes with different amounts of modifications to the motor. Bottom line… for a relatively small investment of $159.95, the TamerMX rear holeshot device will give you an edge of the first 15-25 feet with extra traction and more power to the ground. This is especially important if you are running with a motor disadvantage, whether it be stock vs. mod or 250 vs. 450. It mounts to stock and aftermarket linkage arms of all modern big bikes as well as KX 85s and 100s. Check out http://tamermotocross.com/ for more on their rear holeshot device (and more). Real Rating: 4.5/5 Loretta Lynn's Amateur National, College 18-24 Moto 3, Moto Win - Scott Meshey #141
  8. He is. His number is (813) 714-2038. I don't know any other guys that are closer to Brandenton. Just pay attention when you ride with that going on, your suspension is going to feel non-existent and uncomfortable. Need to make my way down to FTT, looks sick! Is it expensive to ride there?
  9. I personally use Dunlop 3s tires for most tracks around Central Florida... however on a 450, you'll wear those out pretty quick if you're on a hard pack track like Tampa MX or WildWood. For tracks like that... if you want your tires to last a little longer, go with an intermediate compound, like a Dunlop 52. You'll sacrifice a little bit of grip for better longevity. Softer tracks like FTT, Dade City, Orlando, Bithlo, or Bostwick, you would want to use a 3s...
  10. I usually use Ronnie @ Six12 for any servicing like that. Tell him Scott Meshey sent you if you go with him [emoji16]
  11. Hello ThumperTalk readers! It’s been a while, and a lot has happened! My absence hasn’t been a negative time, but rather a time of building and preparation for the success I had just a few days ago. As I said in my previous entry, things are always likely to change, and I’ll talk a little about that too. Let’s get to it! In the weeks leading up to the largest amateur national, Loretta Lynn’s, the preparation was nothing short of busy. Working three 12- hour days in the Florida heat, the other day spent either on the bike training with, Ricky Renner, in the gym or on a road bike. One thing I hadn’t thought about, I hadn’t been on an amateur national gate since November 2015, and I was competing in two of the most competitive classes at the ranch. However, a little bit of ignorance was bliss, and it allowed me to come in with a level of confidence to start the week and only get better. Loretta Lynn's Amateur National, College 18-24 Moto 2, Photo by MEPMX At the ranch, the usual ups and downs of competition is an understatement. However, I found myself able to walk away with my head held higher than ever, accomplishing many firsts and doing it was more awesome than I could’ve imagined! In the 250A class, if something could go wrong, it did. A nasty get-together with another racer over a jump – first moto, a fried clutch – second moto, and a flat tire in the fourth lap third moto, it would’ve been enough for some folks to give up and go home. On the opposite side of the spectrum, it seemed like everything went right in the College 18-24 class. It was in this class that I got my first ever podium moto finish, moto win, and overall podium at Loretta Lynn’s! 5-3-1 for 3rd overall! Loretta Lynn's Amateur National, 250A Moto 2, Photo by MEPMX This year was very different from the rest. With the guidance of Renner, and my long-time wrench, Amish Sam, we came into things with more strategy and well-thought out plans for success, rather than “just go for it” mentality. I am not an inside starter… but this week was different. The slight disadvantage of a 250 against 450s, I had to get a good start to set myself up for the rest of the moto, rather than trying to get a holeshot from the center of the starting line and putting myself in a spot to potentially get pinched off and shuffled to the back. We made a few bike changes throughout the week, different gearing, different piston, and new mapping (big thanks to Doug @ Kawasaki for helping me). More than anything, I was open-minded to achieve the success I wanted along with hard work and effort it ultimately created the scenario for success, and more confidence which allowed for greater accomplishments. Loretta Lynn's Amateur National, College 18-24 Moto 3, Photo by Ricky Renner I believe the most exciting thing that happened last week was the last moto of the week, College 18-24, when I had my first ever moto win at Loretta Lynn’s! Perhaps you have experienced the feeling when you are leading, thoughts of, “just stay up”, and there’s a good chance of caving under the pressure. I went from 6th to 2nd in about 3 turns, and from there I passed into the lead by the 3rd lap finishing 8 seconds ahead of second place. When I passed into the lead and started to pull away, there was no sense of “don’t go down”. Instead, I was feeling confident and pride in myself. It felt like it was another day doing 20-minute motos… just nailing the lines, clicking off laps, in control, and CALM. It was at that moment I realized, that this is what I have trained for, all the preparation, to be in first place, at the most prestigious race of the year. To feel calm and comfortable in the most coveted spot. How awesome to be at the highest level in amateur racing of the year, leading the race, and feeling like it’s another day at the office, the sense to just keep it flowing! Going forward with this new confidence, I believe is a great stepping stone for further accomplishments at other national events and even into professional racing. I just had to have the breakthrough and get the momentum going! Loretta Lynn's Amateur National, College 18-24 Moto 3 Win & Awards Ceremony, Photos by Ricky Renner As mentioned in my last blog, plans change. I will be staying amateur another year. This decision has been unanimous with those who support me. I have missed a full year’s worth of gate drops, training and practice, and want to give myself adequate time to fully re-integrate back into the top level of amateur racing/competition. When I go pro, I want adequate support behind me, and to have all the tools necessary to create waves, and go in with the speed to be competitive off the gate drop. I will continue to document my journey in the A class, Arenacross run, and further. Be sure to check in and click the follow button for future blogs! We are always keeping it interesting in the Meshey camp. I want to thank everyone who helps me along this journey. Wouldn’t be able to do what I do without all of you! Jimmy, Mike, and Eddie at Cycle Springs Powersports, Chris and the whole crew at Race Tech, Erik at Boyesen, ThumperTalk, Mike at FLY, Brad at EVS, Dien at Acerbis, Rich at EKS (X) Brand goggles, Rob at Dunlop, RoostMX Graphics, Simon at Mika Metals and DT1, MotoSeat, Kevin at Tamer Holeshot Hookup, Gregg at Lynk’s Racing, Dale at Bulletproof Threads, Andrew Campo, Ricky Renner for stealing my candy, Amish Sam, Momma Meshey, Keith, Amanda, Adam, and Lauren. Also, a huge thanks to everyone at USF Health, especially Dr. Tabatabian and Dr. Welsh for bringing me back to good health! Also, I look forward to my future with Wiseco, big thanks to Al and Kevin over there! Photo by Ricky Renner
    I remember a time when I used to not even think twice about changing my foot pegs. Until about 4 years ago, I rode what came on the bike… Man, was I missing out! Now, I feel that over-sized pegs are a necessity. Being that I was wearing a size 10 boot in Super Mini class, the need for bigger, sharper pegs was real! Since then, I've ridden on the offerings from a few of the top brands, but overall, Fly's Gator Foot Peg takes the cake. Believe me, I was skeptical for a few reasons… First, the idea of an arch on foot pegs made me think it would be an awkward feel; second, I had no idea that Fly made foot pegs, and I was curious about running a gear company’s foot pegs compared to a company that focuses solely on parts like this. Despite my initial thoughts, I am honestly quite blown away with the comfort, durability, and enhancement of control that they bring to the bike. I say this with zero bias, even though I've been a Fly gear sponsored rider for a few years. #141 Scott Meshey - Video by NDA Action Sports I wear a size 11 boot, so having a larger platform to grip and the arch, it feels more natural than the stock Kawasaki KX-F foot pegs. The Gator foot pegs also provide better control of the shifter and rear brake lever. As you reach and move your foot up and down, the peg’s arch keeps constant contact with the boot, rather than a “hanging off the edge” feeling of a flat foot peg. Tampa MX Top Gun Dealer Cup Round 3, Photo by WFO Action Shots What’s the reason for the awesome performance? Well, there’s a few, actually! One would be the pyramid teeth as well as the material the foot pegs are made with… 17-4 stainless steel. This offers incredible strength, along with resistance to corrosion. What sets the Gator Foot Peg apart is its 2.32X3.54" (58X90mm) over-sized arch design. This allows for more surface area as well as contouring to the rider’s foot, allowing for a better grip. Of course, nobody is perfect, so you won’t always have your footing just right on the foot peg going around a corner. Gator foot pegs give you a larger area to put your foot on so you can keep pressure on the pegs, keeping your foot from slipping off and getting into sketchy no-footer situations! Also, the durability of the teeth is something to note. Even after having the foot pegs on for practice and racing for over a month, they still have an impressive bite. I got to test the Fly Gator Foot Pegs in all kinds of conditions and got a full spectrum of use. As far as slick conditions go, the foot pegs really help to make a difference when there isn’t a rut to rely on by allowing extra weight on the outside foot peg to prevent sliding. They also excelled with helping keep the bike stable on the long, rough, and sometimes muddy downhills of MillCreek. Believe me when I say that I’ve had a few sketchy moments where I thought for sure the bike was going to swap out from under me, but I was able to keep my feet planted on the foot pegs and straighten things out thanks to the larger, grippier platform that seems to offer a customizable weight distribution. Also, the open cleat design prevents mud from packing in your foot pegs, definitely great for places that get thick mud *coughs* Loretta’s. To sum it up, for $109.95, you’re getting an awesome product that is a must-have for any serious rider. With these foot pegs, your ride will not only give you a competitive edge, but they can also help keep you safer. If you’ve never had over-sized pegs, these will make you want a pair for every bike you own! They’re available for all major Motocross bike brands of almost any size. More @ http://www.flyracing.com/category/hard-parts/controls/footpegs
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    The unique arched design of the Gator footpegs allows for a wider footbed without compromising control. Your foot can roll on the arched cleats while shifting and/or braking so you stay in contact with more of the peg instead of just the front or back edge common with most wide flat foot pegs. Features: 17-4 Stainless steel 58mm wide x 90mm length construction Open cleat design prevents mud build-up Easy to install with no modifications Made in USA