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Saturday, October 25 2014 @ 04:26 PM ICT

The Big-Bore Two-Stroke Dirt Bikes

Dirt Bike Review and TestsBig two-strokes certainly aren't what they used to be. The distinctive two-stroke sound resonating from the exhaust of a KTM 300EXC was like the purr of a prehistoric saber-tooth Tiger. It sounded good and all, but you just knew there was plenty of roar and a massive bite at the ready should you dare to twist the throttle fully open. The raw power is almost enough to make the most experience dirt bike rider reconsidering if he want to ride it – almost I said.

In the past, the Yamaha IT490, the Honda CR500E and even the KTM 380 were beasts reserved for real riders who liked beating themselves to a pulp. The thrill of riding an untameable beast was half the fun for the daredevils who chose to go for outright power and brute force.

Despite the rush of piloting one of these arm-stretching monsters, the majority of riders came to realize that massive amounts of power weren't the be-all and end-all when it came to trail and enduro riding and the trend toward more manageable off-road machines was inevitable.

Nowadays the big-bore two-stroke class is headed by less imposing capacities: namely, the Gas Gas EC300, TM EN300, Husqvarna WR300 and the very popular KTM 300EXC.

KTM are leading the charge with open-class two-stroke motocross bikes in the world with the KTM 300EXC and, as you probably expect for a good reason.

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