So I write about two-strokes a lot. Yes, it is true. Do I dislike four-strokes? Certainly do enjoy them. Because of the rules in current AMA Pro Racing they are the only way to be competitive at the Championship events. Do I write for pros? No, this site is all about you, the man looking to have some serious fun.
However, having grown up on 90’s era moto I have an excuse to be in love with the smoker in my life; including Supercross at the fabled Pontiac Silverdome and once leaving moto the two-stroke Jet Ski realm for the early part of the 2000’s. Ironically in this world the same debate rages: the bigger, larger, easier to ride “couches” aka sit-downs killed the sport at both an entry-level -because they were too expensive for the novice, and pro level the field was made boring by the new racing dynamic and fan bases fell off quickly and the money to be made left fast when beer sponsorships left. Due to my past, and a simple mechanical knowledge, I too have a fondness for the smokers. I will touch more on the Jet Ski vs Dirt Bike – Standup/Couch vs 2/4-stroke debate in another article. For today, we focus only on this-
Pure moto madness at a fornicatable level. The Two-Stroke National at Glen Helen. A good turnout of some relatively big names dusted off their smokers and made the showing to fumigate some bee-hives. Some solid racing ensued with Michael Lieb taking home the cash.
What I find most interesting about this race is that many of the racers mention their smokers being practice bikes or having just picked them up (literally days) before the event. Craigslist finds. Well, it so happens to be a mid-2000’s Craigslist find is what got me back into this sport. And for less than $1,000. Put that in your four-stroke pipe and try it!