Mislead About 2 stroke vs 4 stroke
Dear Sir or Ma'am,
Did you re-read your comment? You stated that the 4 stroke made the same power as the 2 stroke, and so on. This thought process is what is hurting the 2 stroke. People who do not consider that the 4 stroke in the discussion is either twice the size of the 2 stroke, or close to it are lost and drinking the kool-aid. If the 4 strokes were better they would be racing size for size. Why has the big 4 said that if a 250 2 stroke is allowed to race against 250 four strokes in the AMA pro class, they would all leave and take their money with them?
The 2 stroke is inherently a superior machine, they are lighter, build power similar to a 4 stroke that is twice their size, as you stated. Costs a fraction to rebuild and on that note, they can be ridden and raced as they start to wear out. A 4 stroke top end does not wear out, they EXPLODE!
The 2 strokes also start after the motor is killed and the person racing the 2 stroke who may fall or stall the motor does not lose a dozen or so places while he's trying to start it, like the 4 stroke boys do.
Motorcycle riders used to be rebels, now many of them are followers and they are dictated not by what they want or know is better, but by people who hate 2 strokes. The old adage about, companies will make what the people want is no longer true. Many have fought and are still fighting to keep the 2 stroke but the big 4 are forcing us to buy their machines or we go without or we look elsewhere. Take KTM for example, they reported that in 2008 and 2009, their biggest sellers were the 2 strokes.
- Sir or Ma'am.
Thanks for taking the time to write but maybe it is you who should re-read what you have just written and lay off the kool-aid?
A four stroke can most definitely make the same power as a two but I never said that the same size cc can produce the same power. This is what I said.. "Their power to weight ratio is almost on par with the 2 strokes - and I simply mean in terms of how a 450cc four stroke is now a lot closer to the weight of a 250cc two stroke, but puts out a similar amount of speed and power."