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The 2-Stroke Motorcycle Experience: Part III - Add to Bucket List: Ride an Early 70s 2-Stroke

It takes a while to stop grinning after being on any stink wheels.To begin with, there’s the sound. My T500, emits a low, poppity-poppity-pop-pop burble at idle, a deceivingly reserved, almost civilized going-to-the-pub buzz below 4,000 RPM and a hell-bent-for-leather mmmwwaaaahhhh above that. Jekyll &

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The 2-Stroke Motorcycle Experience: Part II - Why don’t we see 2-strokes on the road today?

They were fast. They delivered an instant rush to the cerebral cortex. Their engines were easy to maintain. So, why don’t we see 2-Stroke motorcycles on the roads anymore? In Part Two of our series on 2-Strokes, we delve into the demise of the road-going

The 2-Stroke Motorcycle Experience: Part I - What’s a 2-Stroke?

“Hey buddy, your bike is smoking a lot!"I’ve become accustomed to this reaction when I pull up to a stop light on my 1974 Suzuki T500 motorcycle. My T500 has a 2-stroke engine—it burns oil in addition to the gasoline that most engines use—which means

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