Just like dinosaurs, two-stroke motorcycles once ruled the earth but are now mostly a thing of the past (save for alligators and crocodiles, you can’t tell me those things aren’t dinosaurs.) Over the past 20 years or so, two-strokes have practically vanished from the streets due to the obvious environmental consequences and strict government emissions regulations. They have been replaced by cleaner, more reliable four-strokes however many people miss the sound, smell and sensation of a two-stroke hitting its power band… what a rush! We are left to nostalgically reminisce about a simpler time when you had to mix oil with your gas and keep a spare spark plug handy. Test your knowledge and see how well you remember the good ol’ days by identifying these two-smokers!

  • Born to Ride

    The only ones I actually knew were the NSR500, Bimota Vdue, Cagiva GP500, and Aprilia RS250. But I got a 77%!

  • 100% for me. First MO quiz I’ve aced in the last couple months.

  • Sayyed Bashir

    Two strokes are not dead. KTM just came out with TPI (transfer port fuel injection) which runs as clean as four strokes and meets all emission requirements. It is currently available on dirt bikes but could become available on supermotos or even street bikes.

  • two strokes are slowly coming back. the question is…will they last??? recent revelopments in electric motorcycles don’t show a bright future for two strokes…

  • B.Hoop

    100%. 20+ years ago I had a really clean RZ350 that I traded for a CBR600F2, which, it turned out, I hated. Dumb, Dumb, Dumb.

    • Kevin Duke

      I traded an RZ500 for an F2…

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        • B.Hoop

          Ouch is right!

        • Kevin Duke

          In terms of being a good motorcycle, the F2 was a big upgrade. In terms of visceral excitement, my unforgettable RZ was unmatched. People often ask what is my dream bike. It’s an RZ500 engine in a semi-modern aluminum frame…

          • Born to Ride

            Kinda like when people graft KX500 engines to 250cc mx bike chassis. It could be done in sure. Or you could take out a second mortgage and buy a Suter.

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  • SRMark

    83%. And I thought I knew my 2 stokes. Thanks for the dose of humility.

    • Mahatma

      80’s would be easier.Same here

  • Luiz Carlos Laba

    The best 2 stroke I ever owned was a Yamaha RD35R in Brazil.

  • Allison Sullivan

    Love it. Thanks for the blast from the past!

  • RMP52

    They still made two strokes in the 90’s? :- ) Actually my last two stroke was a Kawasaki 350, in about 1975 or so. Bought a new four cylinder Honda and never looked at another 2 stroke.

  • Roberto Deramo

    I scored 80%

    Still racing 2 strokes at 52!!!

  • B.Hoop

    Cycle World had a post by Ienatsch a couple weeks ago. He was talking about a company that is importing these now. Apparently since they are 25+ years old they can be legally imported and titled now. If I had 10 grand sitting around, I’d be very tempted…


  • Mariofz1

    Only 90% I am forgetting my two strokes..