Two Strokes Have Had Their Day
I think it is good to have new direction. I like the idea of a fuel injected four, next generation may be turbo aspiration, then maybe a blower in the near future? Can you imagine the belt for the blower hanging out the engine? Whaaaaa! You guys CAN'T tell me that you wouldn't like to see that! A fuel injected, blown YZF450. Who knows?
Yes we have the right to choose, but not at someone else's expense. Yamaha and Kawa etc, have the right to pick and choose to make any bike they want to make, and you can't do jack about it. It's arrogant to assume the role of director of someone else's business. The majority want 4 strokes not 2, so they make em.
Two strokes.. they have had their day. Remember just like the 2 stroke started out in its infancy, no travel in suspension, a complete dog to start the bastard, shit rattling off all the time, blown gaskets, broken this and that.. it's all part of the game that we LOVE! As a small Eng. mechanic I've seen (and thrown away) more two strokes in the shop for repairs than 4s so don't argue about 2 strokes being a sound Eng., that's just in theory.
In reality the 2 stroke is prone to human fault. Forgetting to put oil in the tank is a big one, smashed pistons, scoured cranks, rods and bores. Piston and main bearings you have about 30 seconds to remember that oil has been left out of the equation at start up of every top up. What about seals that don't last very long due to the fuel that is constantly in contact with all the rubber seals in your 2 stroke? This may sound trivial until you have to pry the pricks out!
The only thing a 4 stroke will have wrong with it (in the majority of cases compared to a 2 stroke) is the rings have worn down and need replacing - that is the majority of probs. for a 4 stroke. These are but a few of common problems I have experienced over the years in the shop.
You can't argue the point either of being ripped off with fuel injection, even a 2 stroke has electrical goods on board - the CDI unit - which is a source of problems. I bet the agitators of this argument were pissed about the introduction of this unit as well.
Four strokes are good now, but will get better as the years progress, to not see this is a show of youth and inexperience. Remember that he who dares wins, and the yzf has dared and has won. It just gets better from here on...