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I just got my new (old) xr500 yesterday. I had started riding on a 92 rmx250 about a year back. I'm 36 years old and don't ride really crazy.

For my style of riding... getting rid of the 2stroke I think may be the best thing I ever did. The 4stroke is way more forgiving. On the 2 stroke it felt more like I had one chance to have the bike lined up before I cracked the throttle opened.

I'm hadn't ridden my 250 in over 4 months and had no desire to. I had pretty much given up the sport. Now all I can think about is riding again.

The 2 stroke made me feel like mabey I was in a sport I was getting a little old for. On my new xr I was smiling the whole ride.

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Word to that my brother. I have ridden my buddies 99' YZ250 many times and I just hate the bike. Everytime I get my my 02' WR250F I can't help but smile and gently pat the gas tank and say, "good bike":ride:

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man them XR500's are old, my older brother had one year's ago, they're good bikes i tell ya, they last forever.

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Having both 2t and 4t bikes I agree that 2 strokes can be harder to ride in certain terrain. For me I love my 450 in the desert, especially on long sandy hill climbs. But, in tight single track terrain I prefer my 2 stroke hands down.

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really? i think 500 and up two stroke do quite well in the sand.. much better then any 4 stroke i've ridden.

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yup 4 strokes are definately a lazy bike.

Lazy?

What is lazy about picking up a 260 pound dirtbike out of the sand after you drop it.

Nothing is lazy dirtbiking, just different way of doing things

Drinking beer on the couch is lazy

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if you ride a 500 smoker, you'll know the definition of both power and lazy, they lug better then a 4 stroke, are lighter, but man they pack a punch when you want it, in sand, nothing beats a big bore two stroke, 450's have there place lol, you'd be mad to try and ride a 500 in single track all day without being built like john rambo.

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well y would everyone switch from 2 strokes to 4 strokes if they werent easier to ride?

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because the only 2 strokes with smooth power and ones with over 60 at the wheel... most people are scarred of them, or have no expansion chamber and are gutless.

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well, there is gonna be a surge of 2 strokes when i get one and go out and smoke everyone with it:D

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lol yeah, i'm faster on my brothers 250F then either my 450 EXC-R or KX 500...

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They all have their place. I love 2's and 4's for different reasons. Give me a 2 for the track or for the tight single. But when was the last time you saw a 2 take the Baja?

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Year - Racer(s) (Vehicle) time [1]

1967 - Ted Mangels, Vic Wilson (Meyers Manx VW) 27:38

1968 - Larry Berquist, Gary Preston (Honda) 20:38

1969 - Rod Hall, Larry Minor (Ford Bronco) 20:48

1970 - Drino Miller, Vic Wilson (Miller VW) 16:07

1971 - Parnelli Jones, Bill Stroppe (Ford Bronco) 14:59

1972 - Parnelli Jones, Bill Stroppe (Ford Bronco) 16:50

1973 - Bobby Ferro, Johnny Johnson (VW Buggy) 16:50

1974 - No race

1975 - Al Baker, Gene Cannady (Honda) 18:23

1976 - Larry Roeseler, Mitch Mayes (Husqvarna) 11:30

1977 - B. Wallingsford, Scott Harden (Husqvarna) 14:37

1978 - Larry Roeseler, Jack Johnson (Husqvarna) 10:23

1979 - Larry Roeseler, Jack Johnson (Husqvarna) 19:48

1980 - Larry Roeseler, Jack Johnson (Yamaha) 12:45

1981 - Scot Harden, B. Wallingsford (Husqvarna) 17:14

1982 - Al Baker, Jack Johnson (Honda) 17:25

1983 - Dan Smith, Dan Ashcraft (Husqvarna) 14:48

1984 - Chuck Miller, Randy Morales (Honda) 14:34

1985 - Randy Morales, Derrick Paiemant (Honda) 17:44

1986 - Bruce Ogilvie, Chuck Miller (Honda) 18:05

1987 - Dan Ashcraft (Honda) 12:02

1988 - Paul Krause, Larry Roeseler, Danny LaPorte (Kawasaki) 11:33

1989 - Larry Roeseler, Danny LaPorte, Ted Hunnicutt Jr. (Kawasaki) 17:53

1990 - Larry Roeseler, Danny LaPorte, Ted Hunnicutt Jr. (Kawasaki) 11:11

1991 - Larry Roeseler, Ted Hunnicutt Jr., Marty Smith (Kawasaki) 13:35

1992 - Danny Hamel, Garth Sweetland, Paul Ostbo (Kawasaki) 16:50

1993 - Ivan Stewart (Toyota) 13:29

1994 - Danny Hamel, Larry Roeseler, Ty Davis (Kawasaki) 10:20

1995 - Paul Krause, Ty Davis, Ted Hunnicutt Jr. (Kawasaki) 19:31

1996 - Paul Krause, Ty Davis, Greg Zitterkopf (Kawasaki) 14:11

1997 - Johnny Campbell, Tim Staab, Greg Bringle (Honda) 13:19

1998 - Johnny Campbell, Jimmy Lewis (Honda) 18:58

1999 - Johnny Campbell, Tim Staab (Honda) 14:15

*2000 - Johnny Campbell, Tim Staab, Craig Smith, Steve Hengeveld (Honda) 30:54

2001 - Johnny Campbell, Tim Staab (Honda) 13:51

2002 - Steve Hengeveld, Johnny Campbell, Andy Grider (Honda) 16:17

2003 - Steve Hengeveld, Johnny Campbell (Honda) 15:39

2004 - Steve Hengeveld, Johnny Campbell, Kendall Norman (Honda) 15:57

2005 - Steve Hengeveld, Johnny Campbell, Mike Childress (Honda) 14:20

2006 - Steve Hengeveld, Mike Childress, Quinn Cody (Honda) 18:17

2007 - Steve Hengeveld, Johnny Campbell, Robby Bell, Kendall Norman (Honda) 24:15

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