It's Senseless To Argue - You're Missing The Point
Yea, it's a heated debate and always has been. I've ridden/raced 2-strokes for 20 years and now ride a thumper. Most young guys love to hate on em, (read most of these posts!). They don't realize their riding styles will change, unless they plan on giving up riding on their 40th b-day. Personally, that's not an option!
I usually ride national forest trails, but I also take trips to Moab, New Mexico, Colorado, etc. The smooth power delivery and tractor-like climbing ability of my WR is priceless in steep, technical terrain. I've watched 2-strokes struggle in situations you can't just blast through, where I'm able to motor up at a controllable pace. It's all relative, I'd get eaten alive on a motocross track, but that's not the type of riding I do.
I still love the powerband of a 2-stroke in that setting, so I think it's closed-minded to just say either bike sucks. There are many types of riding and none of them are age-restricted. I ride with a few 20-somethings who own both for just that reason.
I totally disagree with eliminating the production of 2-strokes. Give the people what they want - and many riders don't want 4-strokes. Even though I prefer thumpers, I still appreciate 2-strokes and would hate to see them disappear. The dirt bike world was built on 2-strokes. It's great that things have evolved and riders now have many mount choices, lets keep it that way!
- Well said mate! You are absolutely right - both the 2 strokes and the 4 strokes have their advantages and disadvantages, depending on what type of riding you want to do. I did a lot of big sand dune riding back home on my RM 250 which was fun. But, after having a blast on my brothers CRF 450 I must say it was pretty awesome to have all that grunt and traction in the soft stuff! In certain areas it definitely improved my riding abilities, almost straight away. What we need and what we are really talking about right here is, we want both types of bike as an option... the right to choose.