The Two Stroke Camel That Broke Our Back
by Rockin Road
The only reason I will not buy a 2 stroke is because of lack of reliability and longevity. I've put 12,000 miles on my XT350 4 stroke without having to crack open the engine once. I simply change the oil, sparkplug, and filters and that is it. In contrast, I'm lucky to get 5-6000 miles out of any 2 stroke. Not to mention constantly screwing around with carb adjustments, fouled plugs, fuel mixtures, oil, tuning, and general maintenance.
Sure it's cheaper to rebuild the 2 stroke and the power is nice and cheaper to rebuild. But, I would rather not rebuild or work on my machine. I bought it to ride... not to be a hobby mechanic every weekend.
Furthermore, the full power available by a 2 stroke is seldomly even used by 90% of the riders I have seen. It's there so they say it is... nothing more. That's why most eventually go to a 4 stroke, because it is exactly the kind of power they have been using in a much nicer package.
Another thing; I definitely won't buy a used 2 stroke. I know how much maintenance goes into these machines. I can't trust someone to have kept up with it. In general people are lazy. If it has high hours or miles, I won't even consider it regardless of how good the deal is. Even if the seller reports that it was recently rebuilt and with solid proof. You can never trust if it was done right or trust the quality of parts that were used until you are left stranded on the trail, water, and snow which has happened more times to me on a 2 stroke than I can count... and never once on a 4 stroke.
Forget power, weight, and environmental issues, until they develop a 2 stroke that is 4 stroke reliable, say goodbye to the 2 stroke. I think I am not alone, when I say, we're tired of playing with 20 y/o technology. The only camel we are riding is the one named 2-stroke that broke our back. The real death of the 2 stroke, is itself. Even if they say they have a good 2 stroke now, it will take years of proven reliability from others to prove itself to me.
Anyway, I'm going to go jump on my 4 stroke toys and have fun while you all debate this issue and fix your 2 strokes.Haha.. I love the way you finished up here "Rockin Road". I'm looking forward to the response you get from this 'stirring of the beehive'.