This Vet Rider Loves 2 Strokes!
by Jim Stentz
2002 Suzuki RM 250 - Ready for Action
I have been riding dirt bikes since the 1970's and am very disappointed that the AMA is so 4-stroke orientated. The 4-stroke is more expensive to operate and modify. 4-strokes can be more dangerous than 2-strokes because they are heavier and more powerful than the 2-strokes (due to more cc's).
I had a 2005 Honda CRF 450, a beautiful bike, but for me it had a dangerous tendency to endo. After 2 hair raising endos I sold the bike! My new 2002 Suzuki RM 250 has been a wonderful experience. Very fast, jumps and turns perfectly. I rebuilt the top end for $185, using all Suzuki parts, try that with a 4-stroke! At local SoCal motocross practice days I can pass a majority of the riders while feeling confident and safe with my scooter's handling and power.
In my opinion, unless you are seriously racing, consider a 2-stroke, it's a great way to find the fun in dirt riding and motocross again!
Jim Stentz, Upland CA
- "In my opinion, unless you are seriously racing, consider a 2-stroke, it's a great way to find the fun in dirt riding and motocross again!"
I totally agree with that last statement Jim. They seem to be overlooked and underrated by many these days.