Four Strokes And Two Strokes Have Their Advantages
by Sam Mitchell
(Snohomish, WA, USA)
If you ride a two stroke, you know the thrill of going fast and being light and nimble. You can feel your bike as the powerband kicks in and you can go as fast as you can shift it. But on the other hand, you have to do all that mixing, prep, and worrying about fouling a plug.
A four stroke is nice because you can go for a nice ride, have easy, useable power, go through corners a gear high and tractor out, and just blip the throttle to go soaring off a sweet double. But, a 4 stroke has engine braking, making you go through corners a little slower. A 2 smoker doesn't have that so you can blow through corners and keep it screaming.
I believe that you should be able to race 2 and 4 strokes together. They both have their advantages and disadvantages, plus the 2 stroke started this whole racing thing. Come on, who doesn't enjoy the smell of a good, healthy running 2 stroke?