by Charles Owens on 12/28/2010
Motocross speedway and wind power – it’s a combination that doesn’t scream “natural fit,” but pairing the two is exactly what a Texas firm intends to do. In a press release, Here Enterprises said it had acquired Cycle Ranch, a 108-acre oak-strewn, red-dirt spread about 30 miles southeast of San Antonio with a 1.7-mile track. Here said it will develop wind-power resources at the site while also operating the speedway business.
CEO Mark Ryun said in a statement that the company’s strategy is “to co-locate wind energy facilities with commercial businesses in order to generate cash flow from the production of clean energy as well as from the businesses operating onsite.” Cycle Ranch is Here’s first acquisition in pursuit of this vision.
by Charles Owens on 12/21/2013
FMF Racing is pleased to announce it will be on the upcoming season of the World Famous show How It’s Made December 26th. The segment on Motorcycle Exhaust Systems will be airing on the Science Channel/Discovery Channel at 9pm EST or 6pm PST. How It’s Made was intrigued by FMF’s ability to produce all of our exhaust performance products 100% In House in the USA.
Please note that this is the information given to us by Discovery. Please check their website and your local listings to double-check the time closer to the air date in case there are any changes.
by Charles Owens on 12/19/2012
by JohnNicholas on 12/13/2009
The 2010 TM Racing motorcycles have landed! Models are now in stock and ready for delivery.
Want to see a TM before buying one? How about arranging a test ride to see what you think? At TM Racing – Barker Bros. Cycles we do that!
by Charles Owens on 12/12/2012
Canadian Motocross Rule Change For Two Strokes In 2013
This is great news, 250 vs. 250. Now if we can only get the AMA to do the same!
by Charles Owens on 12/06/2010
Looking for a new 125-300cc MX bike for 2011, but not sure what’s out there?
We have put together a few options to help in your decision, or at least point you in the right direction!
by Charles Owens on 12/04/2010
Just a quick note from TSM.com
Some things in life need to happen, the AMA rule change is one of them.
by JohnNicholas on 12/04/2009
This web site has become a fun destination for those interested in what’s happening in the world of Two Strokes. For this I am eternally grateful. Thank you!
The one request that I have received quite often is, why don’t I start a forum. The reasons stated were to make it easier for the fans to talk about their passion for two strokes. And to share news and information between readers.
by Vincent Page on 12/02/2009
The doom and gloom of the recession and the good ole British weather had a serious smile put on its face as the Carole Nash bike show opened at Britain’s N.E.C. last week. For the first time in the shows history a dirt bike and off road section was added to the show which clearly encouraged many top-line businesses to attend displaying their must have products for 2010.
by JohnNicholas on 12/01/2008
There is No Stopping the Cardboard Robot KX500
The Cardboard Robot KX500 is the World’s Fastest Dirt Bike! On September 6th, Kevin Kilkenny exited the timed mile at the Bonneville Salt Flats, USA at 130.418 miles per hour. He turned the bike around and rode back across the same stretch of real estate at 132.444 m.p.h. Setting a new record average of 131.431 m.p.h. and raising the AMA National 500cc MPS/P motorcycle speed record nearly ten miles an hour.
by JohnNicholas on 11/22/2010
Many people have a love – hate relationship with the Honda Motor Corp when it comes to Motocross machines. So many love the build quality, engineering and ergonomics of the two-stroke racers that Honda has built over the years. So much so that they do almost anything to continue riding and racing them.
On the other hand Honda has stated very clearly over the past few years that they will no longer build two-stroke machines and that four-strokes are the future.
by JohnNicholas on 11/21/2009
2009 has been a monumental season for the MC Federation. Running any championship successfully is difficult at the best of times, to run four National standard championships in what is realistically a debut year is a mammoth task. Not only this, launching the federation to every club across the UK is the final piece in the jigsaw that will firmly place the MCF as a major contender to help direct the sport, clubs and competitors. And with the introduction of the Elite Youth League in 2010, club racing is about to get the shot in the arm it so desperately deserves. It’s not all about a National Motocross race series at the MCF!
by JohnNicholas on 11/19/2008
TM Racing out of Pesaro Italy have been making Race Bikes and Karts for 32 Years. Every racing machine is built to exacting specs. TM builds a limited number of bikes per year using only the best components available. TM Racing is the only company in the world that makes their own Billet aluminum hubs.
by Charles Owens on 11/07/2011
For 2012 the big news on the 2-Stroke front is the revised 125cc engine which features a new cylinder and cylinder head with an electronically controlled powervalve, the new powervalve system is operated by a servo that is monitored and controlled by the CDI. This enables the powervalve timing to be more precise to the rpm inturn allowing it’s performance to be maximised. The 125cc engine also features a revised piston, new ignition programming and the new lighter gearbox selector barrel and matching selector forks.
by JohnNicholas on 11/04/2009
So much news on the two-stroke front. This listing contains news from around the world featuring two-strokes.
The biggest news of the week is the announcement from Great Britain, for the 2010 race season there will be 3 separate two-stroke championships available for racers and fans!
by JohnNicholas on 11/01/2008
While this article is from 2003, it does go to show that the manufacturers can do anything with technology when they put their minds to it. This unlikely advance comes from the company that many say was the leader in pushing for four strokes over the two strokes.
The following article is an amazing story of what is possible when technology is used to solve problems.
by JohnNicholas on 10/30/2010
With Maico Internationals Dunlop Maxima rider Neil Berry subjected to mid season surgery on his arm which effectively ruled out any serious challenge for silverware in any of the British two stroke Championships, the firm continue to build on their long term relationship with one of their main sponsors.
Working closely with fuel guru Anthony Webb at the newly re-branded U.K. distributors “W.P. Motorsport” the motor sports division of “The W.P. Group” Maico International is pleased to be approaching their third year in association with the leading American brand Maxima Racing Oils. 2011 will see the relationship extended to include O.E.M. fit of Maxima gearbox oil to the entire range of production M.M.X. Maicos as standard.
by JohnNicholas on 10/30/2010
Embracing the science of a wide and varied selection of technological advances, Maico International are pleased to release a glimpse into the specification of the optional factory engines which will be available for the 2011 M.M.X.
Providing the wow factor on the outside, billet ally casings will adorn the factory power-plant reducing the overall weight of the unit. Providing the same wow factor on the inside and using the same process that is used in many Formula One engines, the crankshaft and complete gearbox is coated in titanium nitride which drastically reduces the friction and increases durability and wear by up to three times and ultimately provides increased horsepower.
by Charles Owens on 10/29/2013
by JohnNicholas on 10/29/2009
As reported earlier this year, the FIM will be running a 125cc two stroke championship at 8 of the 15 World Championship rounds of the MX GP. The calendar of events was released today and is posted below.
With any luck these races will be broadcast on the Internet. Can’t wait to hear the sound of 40 125cc two-strokes blasting into the first turn. Just the thought sends shivers down my spine. This may be the year to visit Europe to see some real motocross racing!
by JohnNicholas on 10/28/2009
One of our readers from England, WestYZ, wrote to say that Suzuki of Great Britain is still distributing RM125 and RM250 two-strokes. The web site says that the machines are new as of October 2009, could these be the 2010 models?
Even more interesting, is that Suzuki GB has an Enduro models of the 125 and 250 available as well.
by JohnNicholas on 10/28/2008
by JohnNicholas on 10/27/2009
With all the debate raging over the loss of the opportunity to see the Pro Racers compete head-to-head on 250?s, it’s great to see an actual race with very fast Expert/Pro racers competing on those very same machines. That’s right, let’s leave all the conjecture and seat of the pants guessing and watch an actual competition between the 250F and the 250 two-stroke.
This past weekend in Wildwood, NJ the Thunder in the Sand event was held on the beach, in the shadow of the Boardwalk and Amusement Park.
by Charles Owens on 10/25/2011
by JohnNicholas on 10/21/2009
Hardcore two stroke fans will be pleased to know that next years Maico will feature a variety of styling and performance changes to the current model range. Not wishing to give too much away Maico International, who are responsible for the progress and development are keeping pretty tight lipped about the whole situation but have confirmed the changes do include several substantial improvements including a hand made alloy tank being designed and produced by one of the world leaders in alloy tank production, Parker Fabrications (www.parker-fabrication.co.uk) who are well known for their highly regarded aftermarket Harley Davidson tanks.
Speaking earlier in the week Maico Internationals Dunlop Maxima rider and head mechanic Neil Berry said “To say I’m enthusiastic about this is understating things a little, the 2010 Maico will be lighter and faster and well worth waiting for.
by JohnNicholas on 10/17/2009
During the past week there was a meeting of all the major players in Pro SX/MX in southern California. It was a gathering of the OEM’s, AMA, Promoters and others to discuss new ideas for the 2010 racing season.
It probably comes with no surprise that the two-stroke idea would be shot down. The enthusiastic crew from MX Sports, spearheaded by Davey Coombs, did their best to advise the importance of including two strokes in Pro Racing.
by JohnNicholas on 10/16/2008
by JohnNicholas on 10/14/2010
A few days ago, one of our loyal readers, mentioned in the comment section that Maico USA had not been responsive to an information request. Rich Winkler, the President of Maico USA, read the comment and responded with the following letter.
Hey I saw your comment on the Two Stroke Motocross site, and just wanted to drop you a note saying I’m sorry if I missed your previous inquiry regarding Maico and let you know the latest status…
by JohnNicholas on 10/10/2009
Some wonderful news from Italy today.
As some of you may know the 2010 World GP series is adding a European 125cc two-stroke class to a half a dozen GPs next year. And TM Racing has four young racers that will be competing in the new series.
by JohnNicholas on 10/09/2008
Whoever said the two stroke was dead, was dead wrong. Maico a brand from the past has rebuilt itself by using two stroke engines and top quality components. The new line up is impressive, check them out!
Maico 250 Cross
by JohnNicholas on 10/06/2010
European foothold for the American-made Cobra mini cycles is crucial, according to President Sean Hilbert
by JohnNicholas on 10/06/2010
At the 34th Annual Kawasaki Race of Champions, 14 year old James Coen continued his climb to the top of the motocross heap. The program developed by James and his dad Carlo is a strong and proven one, with numerous opportunities to compete at the highest levels. Englishtown is just another step forward in that program.
by JohnNicholas on 10/06/2010
For a small factory TM Racing is making big waves. They continue to push the envelope and build true race machines for the discerning racer. These motorcycles are truly the Ferrari of dirt bikes.
TM Racing builds the largest selection of two-stroke machines out of any manufacturer, with purpose built Motocross, Enduro and Supermoto machines.
by JohnNicholas on 10/06/2009
Motocross rules all over the world are a mess. In some areas of the USA you can race a 250 two-stroke against a 250 four-stroke, in other areas, the rule is a 125cc two-stroke against a 250 F and then in others a 144cc two-stroke is allowed to compete with a 250F. What is the best way?
The USA is not the only country with this personality complex. Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Great Britain, are all running differing rules as well. Although in many countries they are working on changing those rules to allow a modicum of fairness for the two-stroke.
by Crooijmans on 10/04/2013
A while ago dutchman, Rick Satink’s team went broke, all hopes of competing in his homeland and the final 2013 GP at Lierop faded.
Peter vd Laar from www.vdlaarracing.com , showed his tactical views and generosity again by providing Rick with some special “VdLaar”YZ250’s.
by Charles Owens on 10/02/2012
KTM Motorsports is excited to announce its 2013 model line-up of SXS motorcycles consisting, once again, of the popular 50 SXS, 65 SXS and 85 SXS race machines.
by Charles Owens on 09/29/2012
A limited number will be available, pre-order now by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The Service Honda digital ignition represents a huge leap forward for the CR500 engine. This ignition completely transforms the bike. The transformation is appearent as soon as you start the bike, turn the choke off and let the bike idle while you put your gear on… and the bike will not stall, and that is just the beginning of the improvements. Once your gear is on and you are riding the bike the next thing you notice is the improved throttle response and big increase in low end power. Throttle response on long technical down hills remains consistent through out the decent with the new system, a quick twist of the throttle produces instant power to easily clear an obstacle. The digital system uses 26 maps with a new map every 300 rpm compared to the old analog system that used only a few. The vast increase in the number of maps results in much smoother power delivery. The smooth power really improves traction vastly, even on a hard slick surface resulting in faster times and less rider fatigue. The power is so much smoother you can be fooled into thinking the new system makes less power, this is not the case the digital system actually makes a bit more power than the old analog system.
by JohnNicholas on 09/28/2010
Fuel-injection is not a new idea, the first mechanical system was invented in 1925 by Swedish engineer Jonas Hesselman. The concept was adapted for use in gasoline-powered aircraft during World War II. Then in 1940 Alfa-Romeo tested the first Electronic fuel-injection systems.
Fuel Injection systems virtually replaced carburetors in the automotive field by the late 1980’s. The way fuel-injection differs from a carburetor is that fuel is atomized due to being forced through a small nozzle using high pressure in fuel-injection. While the carburetor relies on low pressure created by intake air, drawing the fuel into the air-stream.
by JohnNicholas on 09/23/2009
YMA is pleased to announce a new locally developed variant to its comprehensive motocross lineup… the powerful and compact YZ144 two-stroke racer.
The YZ144 has been developed in Australia primarily to compete in up to 150cc two-stroke classes where it will line up alongside juniors on similar capacity machines and 250cc four-strokes in the senior Lites class.
by JohnNicholas on 09/16/2009
At the Steel City Pro MX National on September 5th something very strange happened. A two stroke qualified and raced both motos in the 450F class!!
Local Pennsylvania MX hero Brian Shuckhart piloted his Suzuki RM250 onto the track and made quite a few two-stroke fans happy. He finished in 25th position during the first moto and in 28th the second moto for a 28th overall. Is this the highest finishing two-stroke for 2009 in the Pro Class? I think so!
by Charles Owens on 09/13/2013
by JohnNicholas on 09/13/2010
We finally managed to pull ourselves away from the salt and head back to Milwaukee. At least until next year! This year the BUB Speed Trials had a strong two-stroke presence. Everything from the W’sFDB to modern RS & TZ road bikes, classic RD’s, an ancient Yankee and even a CR500 powered ironing board. The W’sFDB saw just a nick over one twenty on the great white dyno. While the bike has gone faster, this is a new Bonneville best for us.
by Charles Owens on 09/11/2012
For 2013 TM Racing will be offering a great lineup. The 125, 144, 250 and 300cc models are available in both MX and Enduro trims.
The 2013 TM 85 has been long-awaited. Pre-order now, they will be available in limited quantities.
by Jeff Conboy on 08/31/2009
My recent trip to Southwick MX 338 National MX was wet and Coool!.. A soggy New England day of actually exciting National MX racing action and some interesting pit discussions made for a great weekend involving work and fun.
by JohnNicholas on 08/29/2010
Bill Gates has invested a whopping $23.5 million US in engine producer EcoMotors International.
According to Green Car Reports;
by JohnNicholas on 08/27/2010
MotoGP’s new rule change eliminates two-stroke Grand Prix road racing with the announcement that in 2012, the 125cc class will use 250cc, single-cylinder, four-stroke engines (with a maximum bore of 81mm). Tentatively to be called Moto 3.
According to the Moto Matters web site;
by Crooijmans on 08/27/2009
In the MX-GP of The Netherlands to be held this weekend on 29th and 30th August on the extreme sand-circuit of Lierop, the crowd will be able again to enjoy some really nice two-stroke sound in the field of MX1 riders.
It will be Belgium rider Yentl Martens, son of former World Champion Jacky Martens, who will compete on his KTM-SX250. Ironically it was Yentl’s father who made the come-back of the four-strokes complete by winning the 1993 500cc World Championship on his Husqvarna.
by JohnNicholas on 08/26/2009
We are in the planning stages of creating a National Two Stroke Series in the US. Imagine a title of Two Stroke Champion being bestowed upon the fastest motocross racer?
But, we sure could use some help from you.
by Charles Owens on 08/25/2012
by JohnNicholas on 08/21/2010
Our good friend and two-stroke National racer Devin Watson needs some help.
He wants to race at the Pala National on his YZ250, but he finds himself a bit low on funds to get to the race. He is a newly married young man, paying his own way.
by Charles Owens on 08/20/2012
The American Motorcyclist Association has selected some of the fastest youth motocross racers in the country to compete at the 2012 Federation International de Motocylisme Junior Motocross World Championship Aug. 25-26 in Sivlievo, Bulgaria.
Two riders selected for each of the three classes — 65cc, 85cc and 125cc – will attempt to successfully defend the titles the U.S. team won in 2010 in France and 2011 in Italy.
by Charles Owens on 08/17/2012
by JohnNicholas on 08/13/2009
Amazing how in the middle of the summer that manufacturers release information about the following years models. Think about it the racing season is barely over and now we’re looking at new bikes.
Although it does alleviate the speculation and rumors that had been floating around for months. Plus it’s fun to look at what’s new.
by JohnNicholas on 08/12/2010
Pleasant Valley, NY., (Aug. 10, 2010) – Team Project Two 50 is happy to announce their participation in the AMA Pro Motorcross Outdoor National Series race at Unadilla on Saturday, August 14th. Both machine and man are in top shape and looking forward to a great race! Stop by, say “Hi”. We’re easy to find in the pits, just look for the Kinetic/Project Two 50 race canopy. We’d love to meet our fans face-to-face!
Project Two 50?s goal is to successfully race a 250cc two-stroke machine in the Outdoor Nationals this summer.
by Charles Owens on 08/11/2012
It looks like Yamaha Australia has the right idea. If Yamaha won’t do it, they will.
For the 2013 Yamaha YZ 125 and YZ 250 models, Yamaha Aus. is selling them off the showroom floors with the new restyled UFO plastics. At the minimum every YZ should come with this standard, or at least as an option. We are tired of just seeing BNG’s every year. C’mon Yamaha!
by Charles Owens on 08/09/2012
Husaberg IS Pure Enduro.
Did Husaberg leave the models alone for 2013? No, they offer up many improvements on the entire line. From Frames to spoke nipples, No BNG only upgrades here. Check ‘em out!
by Charles Owens on 08/01/2012
by Charles Owens on 08/01/2012
by Charles Owens on 07/30/2011
by JohnNicholas on 07/30/2010
One of our passionate readers started circulating a petition to the AMA to allow two-stroke race machines into the Pro ranks. His suggestion was to allow a 144cc two-stroke to compete in the 250F class and a 300cc two-stroke to compete in the 450F class.
While it’s not the ideal many two-stroke fans would choose, it is a step in the right direction.
by JohnNicholas on 07/29/2010
One of our passionate readers has been working diligently to bring the two-stroke question up to the AMA rule makers. He has opened up a conversation with the AMA and is using common sense, respect and determination to make a difference.
We can all help to move the two-stroke forward, by taking a few moments to sign this petition.
by JohnNicholas on 07/29/2009
Here’s a bunch of interesting two stroke stuff found over the past few months.It seems that the two stroke is enjoying a resurgence and is gaining momentum in all areas. Even some four-stroke lovers are singing the praise of the two stroke.
Read and enjoy!
by JohnNicholas on 07/27/2010
by JohnNicholas on 07/27/2009
On Saturday, July 25, Texas motocross fans had their chance to get up close and personal with the champ. Red Bull and James Stewart Entertainment held a FREE ride day at Oak Hill Motocross Park in Alvord, Texas, which is located northwest of Dallas/Ft. Worth.
Racer fans were treated to a practice session that included riding the track with James. Considering the sweltering 100+ degree temperatures, there was a good turnout.
by Charles Owens on 07/26/2012
The Coolum round will mark the final round of the 2012 Australian Motocross Championship on 25-26 August, with KTM coming onboard as title sponsor of the all-new category specific to two-stroke engines.
by JohnNicholas on 07/26/2010
Catching the imagination of the global motocross community earlier this year with the release of the 2010 Maico M.M.X., manufacturers, Maico International are believed to be on course to produce the most British made motocrosser for over a decade with the 2011 model, which features a new U.K manufactured engine and frame following a unique tie up with a leading engineering manufacturer for F.1.
Spending the last six months focusing on major development and working closely with the managing director of the Surrey based company who engineer and manufacture gears and various other exotic mechanical parts for many of the front running Formula One teams, Maico International will be unleashing a range of 5 new two stroke engines in, 250cc, 320cc, 380cc, 500cc and 700cc capacity, all manufactured to the highest standard along with an equally comprehensive range of high end optional upgrades which have been designed to outstrip the competition in terms of power, performance, durability and reliability.
by Charles Owens on 07/25/2013
by Charles Owens on 07/24/2014
No.. Not Ryan, we wish! Tyler Villopoto is up north racing a Husqvarna TC 250 2-stroke in select Canadian Motocross Nationals! Here he is in the pits of Ste Julie. Stay tuned for additional details and results.
by Crooijmans on 07/23/2012
Hopeful news here from a rainy Europe. I guess I have to share this with all off you two-stroke friends world-wide as it is a great development in the current Dutch MX. It’s a result again of YZ-specialist Peter van de Laar, of www.vdlaarracing.com, well known for transforming YZ 125 and 250’s into perfect 2012-look machines.
by Charles Owens on 07/19/2012
by Charles Owens on 07/14/2011
by JohnNicholas on 07/07/2010
As they say a photo is worth a 1,000 words. here is the official video from the Husaberg factory.
A quote from the video is; “…two-stroke markets are growing and Husaberg wants to be on the top of the line in the racing enduro segment. So it’s quite simple. we’re adding some two-strokes to the line and we’re doing it in a really good Husaberg way.”
by Charles Owens on 07/03/2012
This weekend Renner will be bringing back the 125 for the fans at REEDDDD BUUDDDD! After running a few SX rounds, he’s taking the smoker Outdoors. If you are attending the event this weekend, stop by the #532 pits and let them know his efforts are appreciated. He may even have some free swag to give away. If you can’t make it, be sure to catch it on TV. (TV Schedule linked below)
Ricky will be wearing a GoPro this weekend, stay tuned for additional pics and helmet cam footage!
by TSMgirl on 06/28/2013
by Charles Owens on 06/24/2013
The MX3 GP’s are dropped for 2014 and replaced with a two-stroke European 300cc championship – all a little confusing but read on.
So if the PR below is correct it looks like 250cc machines are making a return – if so are we looking at an all round two stroke world championship return in 2 or 3 years?
by JohnNicholas on 06/24/2010
“I was fortunate enough to be able to ride a full Mitch Payton Pro circuit Kawasaki 125cc (two stroke) “
“That was the bike the majority of us wanted to ride. I know i did when i was 10 years old sitting in the stands of the SX races or the uphill at Washougal .”
by JohnNicholas on 06/24/2010
Building on last year’s hit, Unadilla will again have a 2 stroke challenge race as part of the 2010 Rockstar Energy Drink Unadilla National. Here is your chance to experience first hand what it is like to be part of a National MX event!
Saturday August, 14th:
11:50-12:00 site lap
12:00-12:15 2 stroke race
by JohnNicholas on 06/22/2009
On Saturday June 20 James Stewart held a fan appreciation day at Milestone Raceway in Southern California. It was a chance for fans to not only meet James but also get to ride on the track with him.
From all reports of the day it was great fun for fans of all ages.
by JohnNicholas on 06/16/2010
These photos were posted on a few different web sites. If these are correct, it looks as though Yamaha has made very few changes to their bikes for 2011.
Still it’s great that a major manufacturer continues to sell two-stroke motocross bikes.
by JohnNicholas on 06/16/2010
This Saturday Robert Kraft will take his 2007 Kawasaki KX250 out against the best in the world on their 450 four-strokes. Make sure to cheer for Robert at Budd’s Creek!
by Charles Owens on 06/13/2013
by JohnNicholas on 06/10/2010
by Chris Barker on 06/08/2009
Thanks must go to Andy Lee the owner of Elsworth Moto Parc for working with the 125mx.com team and helping organize another 2st only practice day from East Anglia’s premier practice facility. Elsworth is a jump infested hard pack circuit that rewards a fast flowing rider, the key word here is ‘smooth’ and things will flow, get to aggressive and your speed and rhythm are lost.
We had a complete mix of riders as always and a great day was had by all, Yamaha’s head 2st racer and DEP 2st series Champion Dave Willet steered his 250YZ around as if its was on rails, schoolboy sensation Ryan Houghton had his 85cc KTM just nailed everywhere as he could get his teeth into some adult ‘scalps’ and there were plenty of riders stopping to check this kid out as he put in some great laps. Quickest lap’s of the day went to a super smooth and consistant Darren Redman on his YZ125 who is running top 10 at every 2st Championship event and hopes to see a round here as its his favourite venue (and it showed).
by Charles Owens on 06/07/2012
Here you will find photo’s and spec’s for the 2013 Yamaha Two Stroke Lineup. Including the YZ 85, 125 and 250. Looks like just some new graphics again this year.
2013 Yamaha YZ 85
by JohnNicholas on 06/04/2009
Long term Maico enthusiast and business man Steve Gallichan is aiming to put the new bikes firmly on the map in New Zealand after securing the distribution rights for the country with Maico International.
Based in New Plymouth, Steve is a devotee of the legendary German marque with numerous vintage models to his name, most of which get to feel the New Zealand dirt on a regular basis racing in various classic motocross events.
by JohnNicholas on 06/03/2009
On May 17th, the #1471 Spectro Oils / Cardboard Robot KX500 ran 125.854 m.p.h. at the old Maxton Army Air Base! Timed by the East Coast Timing Association, Mark Wolbrink’s run is the fastest a stock, full height motocross bike has ever gone. It was also good enough to set a new ECTA 500cc record.
by Charles Owens on 05/25/2012
We all want the RM’s imported to the U.S. again. We also want some R&D. Could these be the 2013 RM’s? AF conversions? Either way, they look great and we want them! What do you think?
by Charles Owens on 05/25/2012
2013 KX 65 Specs
When kids watch their favorite pro motocross rider tear around the nation’s tracks, they often dream of doing so themselves. Kawasaki’s compact KX™65, with its powerful two-stroke engine, lightweight chassis, disc brakes and long travel suspension provides just the ammunition to help them make the grade as a young racer getting a first taste of competitive riding.
by Charles Owens on 05/22/2012
2013 KTM Mini/SX 50-85cc Two Stroke Models
The Mini/SX line received several chassis and engine updates for 2013. Specs listed below. Click here to see the 125, 150 and 250SX
by Charles Owens on 05/19/2011
by JohnNicholas on 05/19/2009
As the off road motorcycle world wakes up to the fact that two strokes are still very much alive and kicking fuelled by the recent announcement of a two stroke class in this years American A.M.A. championships the one company that has remained “true to the two stroke” is pleased to announce an official distributor in Sweden, yes the legendary Maico is due to land on Swedish shores very soon.
by Charles Owens on 05/16/2013
by Charles Owens on 05/15/2012
2013 KTM SX Two Stroke Lineup
For 2013 KTM has made a few changes to their already great lineup.
by JohnNicholas on 05/15/2010
The guys at the Kawasaki Race shop put together this amazing KX250 Works bike for Ryan Villopoto. What an awesome machine…
The photos are from Transworld Motocross and the photography is just wonderful.
by JohnNicholas on 05/15/2010
Working closely with the company producing the silicone hoses for the M.M.X. range Neil Berry has given the thumbs up to the product which will now be fitted as standard equipment to the 2011 bike and will be added to this year’s options list.
Talking to an overseas journalist earlier this week Berry commented, “The hoses have been on the bike for a month now in all conditions and we have had no problems with them at all, combined with the new H.C.R. high performance radiator’s there appears to be a reduction in the running temperature which can only be contusive to better overall performance from the motor.”
by Charles Owens on 05/13/2014
by Charles Owens on 05/10/2012
Chris Blose is in for Hangtown, on what looks like a loaner Yamaha YZ 250.
Hopefully he’s got what it takes to overcome the AMA’s handicap and get it out there for the fans! Chris will be running #47 this year. If your going to Hangtown, keep your ears and nose open for that beautiful sound and the smell of PreMix.
by Charles Owens on 05/08/2013
As always KTM improves their bikes to make them the best option avalable for customers in the MX market.
The biggest changes to the KTM’s for ’14? Boyesen Reeds replace the V-Force 4 Reeds, and Pirelli’s replace the Dunlops.
by Charles Owens on 05/06/2013
In the south-eastern Nevadan desert lies a top secret military base that the United States government denied existed until the mid 1990?s … it’s also home to the Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, an arena home to many an exciting Supercross championship race.
by Crooijmans on 05/05/2010
As you saw earlier their photos of the prototype Yamaha YZ125 – 2011, the company has now also produced a Special Edition of that machine with aluminum gas tank, handmade exhaust and bodywork and decals in Black and Gold.
This machine will debut on the second round of the European 125cc Championship to be held during the MX1-MX2 GP round in Spain. It will be ridden by young dutch rider Lars van Berkel.
by Charles Owens on 05/02/2012
On May 17th Hangtown will be hosting a 2 Stroke only open class. More and more tracks are adding 2 Stroke event’s, and we couldn’t be more excited about it. Grab your Premix and get to the gate!
by Charles Owens on 05/02/2012
In celebration of the start of the outdoor motocross season and the launch of Wide Open Websites, we are offering a challenge to all of our potential customers around the world. If we can get 1,000 new website customers by May 13, 2012 we will donate $10,000 to the highest finishing 2-stroke at the 2012 High Point Pro National (June 9) in an effort to help any privateer racer make history by scoring national points on a 2-stroke. Also to help the cause we are cutting our website package prices in half for 2 weeks (April 27- May 13). So that means for only $49.98 you can get a custom website for an athlete or team and that includes hosting for 1 year! We will never offer a complete website package, with hosting, for this cheap ever again. So don’t wait, get a website for yourself and let’s make this challenge a reality. This is not an easy challenge at all. Wide Open Websites and its design team have put in 8 months of development to make this product available to motocross racers! Websites are a great tool for attracting sponsors, from novice to pro, any rider can benefit from having a website. Wide Open Websites offers custom website packages to athletes, including motocross racers, to help them market their talents and attract new sponsors and fans. Wide Open Websites are great for any level of athlete or racer. At under $50 you can’t go wrong by getting your own website so visit http://www.wideopenwebsites.com today and please ‘Like’ WOW on facebook.
by JohnNicholas on 04/28/2010
The last major bastion of the two-stroke engine appears to be in snowmobiles. Thanks to liquid cooling, electronic controls, fuel injection, sophisticated combustion techniques, and variable-exhaust-port technology, the latest avalanche of two-stroke “sled” powerplants aims to comply with the new U.S. EPA Phase 3 emissions regulations slated for the 2012 model year.
Can the two-strokes, with their impressive specific output, high power-to-mass ratio, and package benefits, hold their own against the four-stroke assault?
by Charles Owens on 04/26/2012
On Saturday May 12th we will be testing a few of the new TM Racing machines. Included in the test will be a TM 300MX, 300 EN and a 125MX. We are looking forward to getting our hands on them and giving you guys the information you want to know. RSVP to this event on facebook here.
by JohnNicholas on 04/25/2009
A few months ago we found that there was a calling fr a class to race two stroke 125cc machines in our area. After speaking with one of the local track promoter’s they agreed to add the class, as long as there was enough interest. The date was set for May 17th.
But an amazing turn of events, mostly a bunch of phone calls to the promoter from excited racers convinced them that they should also offer the class on opening day. With a little over two weeks before the event the news was announced on the District web site.
by Charles Owens on 04/18/2012
Last weekend Ryan Blizzard took his 2012 KTM 250SX out for some fun. It looks like he found plenty of it!
Photo’s courtesy of EVO MX Images, taken at Blizzard’s stomping ground’s in Long Island, NY.
by JohnNicholas on 04/17/2010
Service Honda–More Brands More Power.
Service Honda has launched two new websites! The corporate site http://www.servicehonda.com has all the great information about their state of the art handcrafted 2 and 4 strokes, plus discount OEM parts ordering for Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Polaris, Can-Am, Ski-Doo and Seadoo brands! The Service Honda website also contains some great in depth interviews and behind the scenes action and a complete listing of new and used motorcycles from their store.
by Charles Owens on 04/16/2013
TSM Editor and long-time follower Paul Savage previews the Moto X events for the upcoming ESPN X-Games.
Fans of the annual ESPN X-Games and the mighty two-stroke engine are in for a real treat this year.
by Charles Owens on 04/13/2013
It’s been busy around here getting things in place for our AMA Pro Outdoor effort. We are very pleased with the support we have received from everyone!
by Charles Owens on 04/13/2012
by Charles Owens on 04/12/2013
RE: 2013 Model Year – KTM 85 SX, 85 SXS, 125 SX, 150 SX, 150 XC, 200 XC-W, 250 SX, 250 XC, 250 XC-W, 300 XC, 300 XC-W
Dear KTM Customer:
This notice is sent to you in accordance with the requirements of the Consumer Product Safety Act. KTM North America, Inc.
has determined that a defect exists with the throttle assembly which relates to motor vehicle safety. To ensure the highest
level of safety, performance, reliability and customer satisfaction, it is necessary to have the top half of the throttle housing
assembly replaced by an authorized KTM Dealer free of charge.
by Charles Owens on 04/10/2012
The AMCA’s Wulfsport British Masters Motocross Championship has added a 2 Stroke class.
The Putoline Two-Stroke Masters made it’s debut a few weeks ago. Like the 2 Stroke races and series popping up here in the states, it went very well.
by JohnNicholas on 04/06/2010
by Charles Owens on 04/05/2013
4/5/2013 TSM Team PR
Two Stroke Motocross is pleased to announce new additions to our 2013 AMA Pro Motocross program!
by JohnNicholas on 04/03/2009
PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The staff of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is recommending that the agency refuse to grant an exemption for youth-model off-road motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles (ATV) from a new anti-lead law, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) reports.
The law, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) that took effect in February, has stopped the sale of dirt bikes and ATVs for children 12 or under. The law was meant to protect children from dangerous levels of lead in toys, but it was written so broadly that it also governs such things as children’s books, clothes, motorcycles and ATVs.
by Charles Owens on 04/02/2012
by Charles Owens on 03/27/2013
JK SKS Gebben Yamaha to run a YZ 250 two-stroke in the MX1(450) class at the Dutch Grand Prix in Valkenswaard
by Charles Owens on 03/26/2013
We are getting ready for the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Nationals!
by JohnNicholas on 03/26/2009
Following months of speculation by ardent Australian two stroke lovers, Maico Australia boss David Flowers is pleased to announce the arrival of the first 700cc M.X. on Ozzy soil.
The 82 B.H.P. crosser will be the subject of a press and photo shoot at a secret location later this week by invitation only and is expected to cause a bit of a stir as it is believed to the only production two stroke 700cc bike resting on Australian dirt.
by JohnNicholas on 03/25/2010
2010 GLEN HELEN NATIONAL: OFFICIAL STATEMENT
Glen Helen Raceway regretfully announces that it will not host Round two of AMA 250/450 Nationals on May 29, 2010.
by Charles Owens on 03/20/2012
realMotocross.com Title Sponsor’s the Texas 2-Stroke Spring Cup at Cycle Ranch
On March 24th, the inaugural 2-Stroke Spring Cup will be held at Cycle Ranch Motorsports Park in Floresville, TX. The event will be the first of its kind in southern Texas with over 30 race classes for two-strokes and another four classes that pit Four Strokes against two strokes. With over $10,000 in cash and awards & prizes for all riders from companies like Scott USA, Wiseco , Risk Racing, Six12 Suspension, PMP Sprockets and realMotocross. Not one rider will go away empty handed. Prizes range from massages from Whispering Pines a local spa to parts and motocross gear.
by JohnNicholas on 03/19/2010
Breaking cover for the first time since the press photo shoot in January the new 250 M.M.X. arrived at the popular Rogershill Raceway at Bere Regis last Wednesday to start filming for the new promotional video.
Big Thanks must go to Emma and Danny for providing us with the luxury of track one to ourselves allowing us the versatility of being able to use various parts of the track to film several takes without endangering ourselves or any other riders.
by TSMgirl on 03/17/2011
Move over Bubba Stewart. Get out the way, Ryan V. You guys hear those two-strokes closing in on you? Our TSM Family is growing! Under our Racer Profiles, in our forum, we have 3 promising riders making their way through all the 4-strokes and making TSM proud. In case you haven’t read up on these boys, we will give you the run-down.
First up is #721, ANDREW CAMERON. Beginning at age 5 on a pw50, Andrew has been moving up the ranks and his bike size. Now at age 16 and on a YZ125 his clutch and bike control are phenomenal. He races in the Northwest Region of the U.S. and posts up some sweet riding times. And let me tell you, This kid does it all. Not only is Andrew a rider for TSM, he is also TSM’s A/V Editor. His vid’s are like his riding, VISCIOUS! He has taken his two passions of riding and film producing and smashed it all together to create videos that stir emotions while watching. We hope to see great things in the future from Andrew, both on and off the track. Definitely check out Andrew’s videos and his rider updates under our forum!
by JohnNicholas on 03/17/2010
Orange County, New York may be famous for it’s American Choppers, but there’s a new kid in town, the Xtreme Motocross Series. In its first year of operation, the Xtreme Motocross Series has secured 4 exciting tracks with a total of 7 events. The first of these events will be held at Walden Motocross in Wallkill, NY on April 18th.
What’s in it for the riders?
by Charles Owens on 03/15/2011
by Charles Owens on 03/13/2012
Over the weekend Ryan Smith and Ricky Renner took on the challenge of attempting to qualify for Daytona SX. On their two strokes. Renner on a YZ 125 and Ryan Smith on a borrowed, bone stock YZ 250.
How did they do? Renner managed to qualify for the night show in 22nd place. Out of 60+ 250f’s that showed up. During his heat race he was holding down 8th place, until a mechanical problem took him out. I have heard people saying “That’s what he get’s for riding a 2 Stroke”. How about this.. Roughly 25 bikes DNS or DNF, guess what 24 of them were.. Here’s the best one I’ve heard.. “He was running an Athena 144 kit, he had an unfair advantage” Haha ok. Still being over 100cc’s down is completely unfair, what was I thinking? Whatever he was running between the cases, he rode it like a beast and he gets huge props from us for that. Fun Fact: His qualifing time was faster than 18+ of the 450?s that made it to the night show. Yes.. 450?s.
by JohnNicholas on 03/13/2010
MA released an Information Bulletin on February 23, 2010 with a rule change for the Pro Lites Classes run in Australia.
The previous rule allowed two strokes with the capacity of 100-150cc to compete against four-strokes with the capacity of 200-250cc. The new rule bulletin raises the capacity of the two-stroke machines up to 250cc.
by JohnNicholas on 03/08/2010
Following a recent emergency operation on a twisted muscle, Maico Internationals Dunlop Maxima rider Neil Berry is gearing up for the season ahead on the new 320 M.M.X.
by JohnNicholas on 03/06/2010
HILLSDALE, Mich., (March 5, 2010) – Cobra is pleased to introduce today the world’s fastest young dirt bike racers – the members of the 2010 Cobra Race Team.
A new chapter in the “Cobra Generation” story begins to play out in the coming weeks at the first ever Daytona Amateur Supercross, Texas’ Lake Whitney Spring Classic and Oak Hill’s GNC Final, then continues on through the summer and fall at hallowed amateur MX racing grounds such as Vegas, Ponca City, Loretta Lynn’s, Branson and Gatorback – with a trip overseas for America’s top racers to join up and compete with Cobra’s top European stars against the world’s best mini cycle racers at the MX Masters (aka the Mini Des Nations).
by JohnNicholas on 03/06/2010
The excitement continues to build leading up to the opening round of the UEM 125cc European Championship.
Photos of the Kawasaki 125cc two-stroke machines have been released. While the Kawasaki 125 two-strokes have not been distributed in the USA, they have been available in other countries. The unveiling of the remaining machines will be at the first round held on April 11 in Italy.
by JohnNicholas on 03/03/2009
MAY WELL BE THE LAST OF ITS KIND & THE BEST OF ITS KIND
by Charles Owens on 03/01/2013
MXPTV (Moto Xposure TV) is making its 4th visit to the Ricky Carmichael Daytona Amateur Supercross Championship on March 10-11 and for 2013, we are going live for the first time ever and we’re doing it right at the world center of racing from the infield at Daytona International Speedway. MXPTV will be producing a live race show recapping the event’s highlights on Sunday night, March 10th at 8pm ET. This marks not just a first for the Ricky Carmichael Daytona Amateur Supercross Championship to offer live streaming from the event but this will be the first event in the sport of motocross to be streamed live on YouTube, the world’s largest online video platform.
by Charles Owens on 02/27/2013
Twostrokemotocross.com to cover launch of new Maico two-stroke models
Representatives from Twostrokemotocross.com (TSM) will travel to England this year for the launch of several brand new models from two-stroke bike manufacturer Maico Motorcycles, TSM owner Charles Owens said today.
by JohnNicholas on 02/27/2009
No grass grows under the feet of AJ and the guys over at Service Motorsports. Another new bike joins their ever growing line up.
This new bike is built using a 2009 KXF250 chassis and brand new KX250 engine. Imagine the looks you will get when you show up at your local track aboard one of these beasts.
by JohnNicholas on 02/25/2010
A few Two Stroke fans put together a very cool banner for the Indy Supercross last Saturday. These guys are hard-core two-stroke supporters, who love to forward the cause.
This group of guys have all switched back to two-strokes after racing four-strokes for a few years. Now they tease their four-stroke friends by loaning them spare two-strokes when their friends four-strokes have blown up. They call these guys factory racers!
by Charles Owens on 02/23/2012
by Charles Owens on 02/22/2012
by JohnNicholas on 02/19/2010
Dan Barker the Long time Canadian distributor for TM motorcycles will be heading up the US TM operation for 2010. TM will be available direct from the distributor. This move from the conventional dealer network is designed to stabilize pricing, speed parts delivery and increase tech support.
Along with its complete line of MX, Enduro and Super Moto bikes, we will offer some unique custom build options to suit the customer’s specific desires. TM has had a very successful 2009 in Europe with a world championship in Super Moto, 3 ISDE gold medals and solid performances in MX1.
by JohnNicholas on 02/06/2010
In a surprising announcement the ACU (England’s version of the AMA) has released information about a new championship series for 2010. The British 2 Stroke Championships.
The race series will consist of 5 events. There will be Qualifying on Saturdays, with two races held on Saturday’s and three races held on Sunday’s.
by JohnNicholas on 02/06/2009
The jungle drums have been pounding around the U.K. with the news that a former factory Maico rider is about to ply his trade once again sat astride a rather familiar seat.
Going “Back to the Future” Keith Ree has joined the friendly U.K. Based set-up and will be doing some test and development riding as well as a few vets meetings around England this year. No stranger to the brand, Ree’s association with the prestigious German marque goes back to the late seventies and early eighties where prior to his Maico days he was under contract with another German manufacturer, Kramer.
by Charles Owens on 02/02/2012
It’s that time again! Get ready for the 2 Stroke Championship at Glen Helen!
April 1st, 2012
by JohnNicholas on 02/01/2010
With the prices for the new Maico M.M.X. line up being released in the next week Maico International is pleased to release news of their long term development strategy.
by Charles Owens on 01/29/2011
Today TM motorcycles appointed Pete Vetrano (Motoman Distributing, Fullboreusa Tires) as the new exclusive TM motorcycle distributor for the USA. Pete had been the TM motorcycle distributor for 16 years, prior to TM transferring those responsibilities to a succession of three companies that never h…ad the success marketing the TM’s in the USA like “Motoman Pete”.
by JohnNicholas on 01/29/2010
by JohnNicholas on 01/27/2009
Service Honda is well-known as the builder of the Aluminum Framed Honda 500AF. This bike has attained legendary status throughout the world and has been acknowledged as the best of the best by owners and magazines.
by JohnNicholas on 01/25/2009
There is an amazing amount of interest in the proposed rule change to allow 250cc motocross bikes of either 2 or 4 stroke to race in this summers AMA Nationals. Fortunately a great deal of it is positive on the side of the two stroke.
by JohnNicholas on 01/24/2010
Following the release of the new M.M.X. Maico earlier this week we can also confirm that the Enduro bikes will be receiving the same treatment and will take on a new name, M.M.X.E. Much curiosity has been raised by the M.M.X. tag allocated to the new bikes by Maico International’s Lesley White but the explanation is quite simple, M.M.X. is Roman Numerals for 2010.
by JohnNicholas on 01/20/2010
The plan was exclusively revealed by mx-pure.com last month and, now out of hospital after an operation before Xmas, Burkhardt Sarholz confirmed today that it will happen.
“We haven’t finalized all of the details of how to finance it, but we will go ahead. Cedric is keen to do it, and so am I. There is no specific support for the two-stroke from the KTM factory, but I get a budget from them and can decide myself how to use it.”
by Charles Owens on 01/14/2011
As we all know Cedric was injured earlier this week practicing on the YZ 250, luckily nothing was broken.
It was unsure if he would be racing in Phoenix this weekend, but he will be riding through the pain!
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by JohnNicholas on 01/13/2009
This meeting is the brainchild of Remy Aust. A Dutch racer with a preference for 500cc two strokes. In his collection of bikes are two Honda CR500 motocrossers.
As an introduction to Remy, it’s a good idea to watch these two short videos from a beach race in Holland. The first one is from 2005 and the second one is from 2007. Remy is riding bike number 43 against a field consisting of mostly 450 four strokes.
by JohnNicholas on 01/10/2009
Husqvarna still believes in two-stroke engines especially for the 125 class and this engine size remains the entry point for many young riders wishing to join the world of motocross.
by JohnNicholas on 01/08/2010
With the clock ticking down to the launch of the 2010 Maico, the company responsible for the dramatic advances are pleased to announce they have secured continued support from all 2009 partners, with some new faces joining the party.
Assisting Maico Internationals development co-ordinator and rider Neil Berry, Simon Parker of Parker fabrications has spent the last three months working closely with Berry in designing and developing the all new hand made Alloy fuel tanks which will be fitted to all 2010 bikes sold by the company, and is currently working on a larger capacity version for the Enduro and Supermoto models.
by JohnNicholas on 01/07/2009
Canada is facing some of the same challenges as the rest of the world and we at the Two Stroke Militia want to help. There is new web site for Canadian Motocross fans called Direct Motocross (DMX) The site is run by Danny Brault along with a support team from Racer X Canada alumni.
They are currently running a poll on whether the two stroke should be able to compete in the MX2 class and frankly I need your help.
by Charles Owens on 01/06/2011
Cedric Soubeyras will be attempting to qualify and race in the 2011 AMA SuperCross. His first race will be in Phoenix, on January 15th continuing through 6 races, ending in San Diego on February 19th . This is a very rare and welcomed sight considering the Four-Stroke domination in Professional Motocross.
by JohnNicholas on 01/04/2010
VHM, a very busy company in The Netherlands is developing special new cylinder heads with 4 different interchangeable inserts.
Engineers and both former MXGP-riders Theo Bouw and Heikki ‘Sealand’-VanDenBerg decided to add this item to their long list of two-stroke tuning parts.