I Do This For The Glory
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Nobleboro, Maine
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Re: O/T - dirt bikes
Are you insane?
I've been riding since I was 10, bought my first bike with my paper route money, and have owned one ever since. I LOVE 2 strokes, in fact, my current bike is a Suzuki GT 750, which is a 3 cylinder, liquid-cooled, 2 stroke. It rips when you hit the power band, and can be a bit unnerving on anything but hard pavement. I almost lost it last Friday when the engine seized at 80 mph on the highway, one of the carbs leaned out too much (I think). It cooled down in about 30 seconds and refired OK, but it's in the shop being checked out.
Growing up I had mostly stripped down on-off bikes, which were all 2 strokes. They took no more to tune/adjust than the wife's TJ, and they were very simple to repair/fix if needed. A YZ will not be that great in any woods, they are primarily a full throttle/no throttle bike designed for racing. I'd suggest an on-off type (so you can get to the trails legally) or an enduro, which are made for driving through the woods.
BTW, that YZ has the ability to lift the front tire at any time, the power is unreal, and the power to weight ratio is also awesome. I'd suggest starting out on something a little more tame.