Long Live The Reliable Two Stroke

by Diogo
(Dallas, TX)

I started riding back in 2005 and my first bike was a 2000 cr 125. Eventually I upgraded to a mint 04 yz 125 in 2008. I rode that thing for a couple years, but all my buddies rode the thumpers so naturally I jumped on the bandwagon with a 2008 crf 450.

I payed $3500 for it and within the first two months I had to do a 600 dollar top end on it. I said ok fine I just got the bike so if I rebuild the top end, it will last a while right? WRONG!

About another 6 months later the intake valves were toasted again so I spent another 600 bucks rebuilding the top end. So great, I get it all back together and the bike is running like a champ for about 10 minutes, then the rod blows up and breaks both my engine cases. So now I'm looking at $3200 dollars in parts to get it running again. Needless to say, I parted that thing out to try and cut my losses.

So I dusted off the trusty yz 125 and rode it for about another year. Now I have a 2012 KTM 250 SX and it's the greatest thing since sliced bread! Long live 2 Strokes! (literally)

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