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Author Topic: Want to go two stroke... where to start?  (Read 4064 times)

Offline Drewski

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Re: Want to go two stroke... where to start?
« Reply #10 on: May 26, 2012, 11:05:17 »
Good idea!   ;)

Older 2 strokes are relatively simple and easy to work on. The air cooled Yamaha RD-series (250, 350 & 400) are a great place to start. The smaller displacement Kawasaki triples (250, 350, 400 & 500) are simple and very fun to ride too. Oh, and don't let the "hype" scare you away! I've been riding Kawi Triples on and off for 30 years. Suzuki triples (380 & 550) are super cool too! The 750 Kawi's and Suzuki's are great too if you wan a bigger, heavier Triple to play with. They are in greater demand and therefore worth more money in most regions. The smaller bikes, including the Kawi 500, are cheaper and generally more plentiful.

When you get to more modern 2 strokes like the RZ- series Yamahas, the technology improves but so does complexity. Just my opinion though.  ;)  They're great bikes!  8)

It will probably come down to what you can find in your area. Jump on some of the 2 stroke forums and see who/what is in your region.  8)

Like anything, shop around and compare. Some sellers price their bikes like they have the last one on the planet!  ;)  Above all, have fun!  :)

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Re: Want to go two stroke... where to start?
« Reply #11 on: May 26, 2012, 11:45:59 »
While you're searching, also include "R5" and "DS7". Those are the emmediate predesessor to the RD line and share almost all parts. The most notable difference between them and the RD's is reed valves. The RD's have them, the R5/DS7's do not. So you'll get slightly less torque out of the earlier bikes.
The upsides to this are... the R5/DS7's are usually cheaper (because they're older and "slower"), and you can always "upgrade" to the RD's reed valves (and a host of other performance parts) later if you like.

This is my DS7...


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Re: Want to go two stroke... where to start?
« Reply #12 on: May 26, 2012, 14:03:01 »

This is my DS7...




Good advice and...

... very nice bike!!   8) 8)
The Kawasaki Line-Up:

"Keepin' the Good Times Rolling"

STREET:
'77 "Faux" z1 kz/zx10r "Resto-Mod" BOTM
PLAY:
'72 kv75 "Pitbike" 4 Sale
TRACK:
'81 GPz/kz550 "TrackBike"
ON THE WORK BENCH:
SeaGlider's '71 h1a/750 "FBG Sleeper"
Drewski's '74 h2b Tracy/zrx Project
FOR SALE/GONE:
'05 zx10r "RetroLookRacer"
'02 zrx1200r "DailyRider" SOLD & GONE!!
'99 zrx1100 "euro-style" SOLD & GONE!!
'75 s1-250 Triple "Survivor" SOLD & GONE!!
'74 h2b/FZ "Mongrel" BOTM, SOLD & GONE!!

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Re: Want to go two stroke... where to start?
« Reply #13 on: May 26, 2012, 14:58:26 »
In Missouri about an hour or so east of Kansas city, good looking bike man I had never heard of a ds7! That's exactly why I asked cause I really didn't know what to be searching for thanks for the tips guys I will keep up to date if I find a keeper
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Re: Want to go two stroke... where to start?
« Reply #14 on: May 26, 2012, 16:54:54 »

First thing you do when you buy a two stroke is replace your crank seals or this could be your engine
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Re: Want to go two stroke... where to start?
« Reply #15 on: May 26, 2012, 18:35:55 »
This is available.  If you're going to by a stroker do it right!


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Re: Want to go two stroke... where to start?
« Reply #16 on: May 26, 2012, 18:58:54 »
That is a nasty lump ya got there hoof

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Re: Want to go two stroke... where to start?
« Reply #17 on: May 26, 2012, 19:01:54 »
I wish!  That would be a fun stroker to run around on.
El Mirage record 500 APS/PG 129.817
El Mirage record 500 SC/PG   122.240
El Mirage record 500 SC/PF    120.157
Bonneville record 500 SC/PG  119.667
Bonneville record 500 SC/PF   117.186
Bonneville record 500 SC/PBG  111.494
Bonneville record 500 SC/PBF   112. 600
Bonneville record 650 SC/PF   128.703
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Re: Want to go two stroke... where to start?
« Reply #18 on: May 26, 2012, 21:38:07 »
I think yours is the nasty lump there Brad!!  :o ;D
The Kawasaki Line-Up:

"Keepin' the Good Times Rolling"

STREET:
'77 "Faux" z1 kz/zx10r "Resto-Mod" BOTM
PLAY:
'72 kv75 "Pitbike" 4 Sale
TRACK:
'81 GPz/kz550 "TrackBike"
ON THE WORK BENCH:
SeaGlider's '71 h1a/750 "FBG Sleeper"
Drewski's '74 h2b Tracy/zrx Project
FOR SALE/GONE:
'05 zx10r "RetroLookRacer"
'02 zrx1200r "DailyRider" SOLD & GONE!!
'99 zrx1100 "euro-style" SOLD & GONE!!
'75 s1-250 Triple "Survivor" SOLD & GONE!!
'74 h2b/FZ "Mongrel" BOTM, SOLD & GONE!!

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Re: Want to go two stroke... where to start?
« Reply #19 on: May 26, 2012, 22:21:33 »
Good advice from Redbird - but don't go earlier than the DS7.

It was the first model with horizontally split crankcases and the improved clutch.  Both items were major improvements!

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