Viva La Two Strokes! – Video

Troy Siahaan
by Troy Siahaan

Two stroke road bikes are a thing of the past, at least here in the states. It’s a shame, considering how unique they are to ride and work on. However, the absolute fandom surrounding two strokes is definitely alive and well in this country, as seen by a recent event at Deus Ex Machina in Venice, CA.

Dubbed “Ring A Ding Ding,” the two-stroke festival invited any and all two-strokers to invade the parking lot of the former flower shop to celebrate these quirky machines. All kinds of bikes showed up, from vintage Bultacos and Italjets, to (relatively) modern Aprilias, Hondas, Kawasakis and Yamahas. There were even a few Vespas. The variety of bikes was amazing, but the sound they produced made this otherwise idle parking lot sound like an angry swarm of killer bees!

My words don’t do these bikes, their sound, or these pictures justice. Check out the full gallery of pictures at the Deus Ex Machina website, and watch the video below to hear these bikes in all their glory. Do you have a cool two-stroke? Tell us about it in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

Troy Siahaan
Troy Siahaan

Troy's been riding motorcycles and writing about them since 2006, getting his start at Rider Magazine. From there, he moved to Sport Rider Magazine before finally landing at in 2011. A lifelong gearhead who didn't fully immerse himself in motorcycles until his teenage years, Troy's interests have always been in technology, performance, and going fast. Naturally, racing was the perfect avenue to combine all three. Troy has been racing nearly as long as he's been riding and has competed at the AMA national level. He's also won multiple club races throughout the country, culminating in a Utah Sport Bike Association championship in 2011. He has been invited as a guest instructor for the Yamaha Champions Riding School, and when he's not out riding, he's either wrenching on bikes or watching MotoGP.

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