The glory days of 2-stroke

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When I think of my old Yamaha TZR 2501KT, I’m sad, because my children will never get the experience the thrill and exhilaration of riding a fire-breathing 2-stroke.

Pre-mix. Reed valves. Expansion chambers. All three are terms new, or even relatively new motorcyclists won’t recognize, as the two-stroke engine gives way to the cleaner-burning, yet less efficient, four-stroke.

Thankfully there are still a few 2-strokes out there and the video below captures the sensation of riding one of these machines perfectly.

About the author

Buks has had a passion for two-wheels since childhood. After his first motorcycle, a fire-breathing two-stroke Yamaha TZR250, he realized he was hooked. When Buks isn't writing for UltimateVelocity he enjoys practicing martial arts, gardening and spending time with his family.