It's (unfortunately) Up To The Buyer

I ride recreational Enduro and occasionally competitions. I really enjoy fast trail riding and single track. I grew up on 2 strokes; a Yamaha twin 100, Suzuki TS125 Duster, Kawasaki Bushwacker 175. Then a Suzuki TM400, RM400 (1978), Bultaco 370. Even a Suzuki GT380 for street.

Then I took a 25 year hiatus and bought an RM250, rode it for 3 years and bought a KTM 300XC. All of the above were smokers. I have now converted all of my riding buddies to 2 strokes. How? by encouraging them to think about the ride itself instead of just buying what's offered by the Japanese.

The bikes are typically GasGas, Husqvarna or KTM. Also a Beta which is a really nice bike. They are lighter, more responsive with a linear power delivery and can be rebuilt for about 1/4 of the cost of a 4 stroke AND you can do it yourself. I have a check waiting for the first manufacturer to build a DI 2 stroke and will continue to ride 2 strokes for as long as I ride. If they are no longer available for purchase I will just keep replacing parts on an existing bike.

So sad to see what has happened in the US and Canada regarding the grand farce of the "4 stroke solution". I still hope that consumers will wake up to the ruse but I am also realistic. If you don't mind the weight and trade every season or two they usually work out. However the used market is suffering as these bikes are a real gamble used and often cost as much to fix as the price paid used. Also eliminates many racers who cannot afford the maintenance.

However as long as people continue to buy from companies with the biggest marketing budgets it looks like they made the right decision.

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