4 Strokes Are The Future - Like It or Not.
For the average rider maintenance is not an issue for 4 strokers. I've owned them now for a while and have really done nothing to my 4 stroke. This maintenance issue is really bunk.
I think in the age we are living in we are lucky just to ride with all the environmentalists around. Soon all recreation vehicles will be a thing of the past. The four strokes are cleaner burning so they are 1 step in the right direction.
As far as performance goes the debate goes on forever. A friend of mine who has raced motocross in excess of 25 years had a 250 2 stroke Yamaha. He was always faster than I until I bought my 250 4 stroke. What he said was I'd consistently pull away from him coming out of corners. He said "every time I get on the gas I spin. I notice that you are rolling out of corners and hooking up better. You pull about a bike length coming out of the corner." Within a few weeks of me passing him he returned to the track with a 450 4 stroke.
- Thanks for your thoughts on why you prefer 4 strokes Trent. As you can probably see the amount of people in this whole 2 stroke vs four stroke thread that are favoring 4 bangers are a bit on the thin side. And most people that write in to support four-strokes don't have anything valuable to say.
Traction seems to be a definite advantage for the 4 bangers. And when it comes to maintenance I know people who say they don't do much to theirs either, but I think you'll find they are owners who buy new bikes then sell em off before having to do any major overhauls. Nice if you can afford a new bike when needed!
Check out "the future of two-strokes page" in regards to the modern 2 stroke engines and environmental concerns. It's def. a good read.