2-STROKE TUESDAY: NEWS AND RUMORS

 
(9/18/2012)
 
The two-stroke counter revolution is beginning to make progress, and the bikes of 2013 will reflect that. Here’s a summary of the notable two-stroke models that will appear in the coming year.
YAMAHA:
 The YZ250, YZ125 and YZ85 will return unchanged. Consider that a victory; even the prices are unchanged. That makes them among the least expensive bikes in their respective categories. At $6290, the YZ125 has the lowest price of any full-size MX bike sold in America. The PW50 will return, and has the longest production run of any motorcycle in America.
HUSQVARNA:
 As of right now, Husky has announced the same two-stroke line that it had in 2012. That includes the WR300, WR250, WR125 andCR125. The two 125s remain a great value, not just because of their $6299 price, but because Husky gives each buyer an extra top end that brings the displacement to 144cc. That makes each Husky into two great bikes.
Bigger Husky news will come later in the year when a fuel-injected two-stroke is announced. The current 250 and 300 motors are quite old, and Husqvarna engineers have been working on a replacement. The new motor will have injectors on the crankcase side of the reed valve.
BETA:
We were pleasantly surprised by a recent unofficial announcement that Beta will expand its line to include two-stroke enduro bikes for 2013. We should have expected this move; Beta already knows how to make two-strokes motors as is demonstrated by its trials line. The company can make a mean enduro bike, too, and has been turning heads with its four-strokes. The new 250cc and 300cc two stroke enduro bikes are a logical combination of the two. No photos are available yet, but look for them right here within the month.
SHERCO:
Sherco is another company with a rich history of success in trails. A four-stroke enduro bike has been available in Europe for several years. Now the Gas Gas importer tells us that it will take over U.S. distribution of Sherco enduro bikes, and that the new line will include two-strokes. Again, no photos are available yet. Distribution of the Sherco trials bikes will remain in the hands of Ryan Young Products.
TM: The U.S. TM importer has already released photos of an all-new 85cc motocrosser with an aluminum frame and an electronic power valve. Motoman Distributing tells us that the company will concentrate primarily on two strokes in the coming year.  TM has long been known for making fast two-stroke kart motors.
GAS GAS:
Now this is a company that’s truly dedicated to the two-stroke. In Europe, Gas Gas has a line of four-strokes that are powered by Yamaha motors. But the U.S. importer isn’t going to bother with them. Gas Gas will be 100 percent two-stroke as far as the U.S. is concerned. The300 electric start will sell for $8599.
HUSABERG:
Last year, Husaberg was all two-strokes. This year the KTM-owned company will import four-strokes as well, but the 250cc and 300cc two-strokes will remain the core of the line. They aren’t just rebadged KTMs, either.  The ‘Berg models will get a new WP fork and a composite subframe that KTM’s corresponding models won’t have—yet.
KTM:
By far, the company with the biggest commitment to two-strokes in the U.S. is KTM. The company will have 13 two-strokes for sale in 2013. Here’s the list:
Sportminicycles:
50 SX Mini ……………... $3,299
50 SX …………………… $3,799
65 SX …………………… $4,499
85 SX …………………… $5,349
Motocross:
125 SX ………………….. $6,449
150 SX …………………. $6,549
250 SX ………………….. $7,099
Off-Road:
150 XC ………………… $7,199
200 XC-W ……………… $7,499
250 XC… …….………… $8,199
250 XC-W…..………….. $8,199
300 XC… ….…………... $8,299
300 XC-W…. ………….. $8,299
KAWASAKI & SUZUKI: Both companies will continue with their existing two stroke minis: the KX100 ($4249), the KX85 ($4049), the KX65 ($3649). The prices for the RM85 and RM85L have not been announced.
COBRA: American-made Cobra CX65s and CX50s will continue, although the 2013 versions have not yet been announced.
Dirtbikemagazine.com will have more two-stroke news in coming weeks. Stayed tuned.
 
Yamaha YZ250
 
 
Husky 300
 
 
Expect the Sherco to show up with a 2-stroke motor.
 
 
TM's new 85 MX bike
 
 
KTM XC300
 
GAS GAS EC300 Electric start


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