History of Rave X.
X Motorsports is a multifaceted company that has a retail store in
Maine plus an online store at ravexmotorsports.com. Rave X is also the
creative team behind the Outer Limits Tour, which is a traveling
freestyle snowmobile and dirtbike show. We have booked shows all around the United States.
These shows include, but are not limited too, snowmobiles, atv's and
dirtbikes which perform aerial stunts for big and little crowds. For
more information on these shows please contact us.
Older logo created by Marcus at Autographix
Rave X was started
in 2005 by Dave Carlberg, Ralph Gallagher and Travis Philpot. We
wanted to create a fun, non sales, atmosphere where we could discuss
snowmobiling year round, even when it was eighty degrees outside. Our
goal was to carry brands that were not readily available in the
northeast at the time plus grow the genre of freestyle riding in places
that have never seen or heard of ramping snowmobiles.
Without a retail store, we started to order products from vendors
and set them up in Dave’s basement. We had a few vendors like Troy Lee Designs that would set us up as a vendor without a physical location.
Our first paying customer was Jared Landers. He came to Dave’s house
and bought a bunch of tee shirts. This helped us get motivated to hit
the streets and find a retail location. After much looking we opened
our first location at 13 Main St. in Gray, Maine. We outgrew that
location within one year.
Stocking Klim in 2005 before it was cool
In 2006 we moved down the street to 61 Portland Rd. in Gray where
we stayed for three more years. The location and town were wonderful;
however we were not getting much walk in business. We needed to rely on
advertising to drive people our way which was not cost effective. We
needed to do something different to gain some more foot traffic.
61 Portland Rd.
In 2008 we started selling casual wear and gear at a small kiosk
in the center of the Maine Mall. That location worked out wonderfully
and we soon realized that it was not much more money to upgrade to an
The old Spencer’s location became available so we quickly jumped
on that opportunity and opened the doors to Rave X’s first Mall location
in May 2008. We all split our time between the two locations and
really started to gain some serious headway despite the crashing
economy. At this point, with the crazy retail traffic at the Maine
Mall, the Rave X Facebook page and email list grew immensely.
The Maine Mall
With the success of our mall location, we decided to investigate
some other malls. In 2009 they traded out the Gray location for an
in-line store at the FoxRun mall in Newington, New Hampshire.
Unfortunately, the business was not what we had expected and, due to
lack of revenue, we needed to shut those doors in just one year.
Now, as we work hard to make up for the hole that the Newington
store created we get more and more stoked with the rise of loyal
customers and fans. People have been traveling from all over to
patronize our store, internet orders are flooding in daily and we have
diversified with the our new creation; the Outer Limits Freestyle Tour.
As a back up plan, in 2009 we decided to take our love for the
sport to the next level and organize a traveling freestyle show called
the Outer Limits Tour to help spread the word and generate some more
funds. Little did we expect, the shows became a huge success. This has
led to a nationally distributed DVD series called FRESH and countrywide
In February 2012, Ralph and Dave decided that the Maine Mall was a thing
of the past and moved to Western Avenue in South Portland. We were
hoping to get back the feel of the Gray store but with a higher amount
of foot traffic. With 18,500 friends on Facebook, 20,700 followers in
Instagram, a 4,000 person database and a great customer service track
record, we are ready to rock. After three months on Western Ave., we
have seen a tremendous improvement in business from the mall and have
gained back a ton of great hardcore riders. This will be our best move
Also, In 2012 we started the Miss Rave X contest!
This started to help engage younger males while at the same time show
girls that Rave X is a cool place to shop for themselves as well. The
contest has been a huge success with over 100 entries each year. This
has also helped introduce us to other spokesmodels that are willing to
help our social media exposure. If you want more info on becoming a Rave X Girl email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today, Ralph and Dave are accompanied by Anthony, Travis, Jake,
Cody and Jimmy. The team has a great dynamic and we are working well together. It is clear that these employees Anthony has been
killing it on our Amazon store and working full time. The other boys
are working part time but really helping out the shop and making
everything run smooth. We just signed another 6 year lease which
includes a service bay out back. We NOW offer FULL SERVICE for all of your machines.
Got something that you need help on? Come to Rave X!