2 Stroke or 4 Stroke? Well it Depends.

Waylon Brown

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The choice 2stroke and a 4 stroke dirt bike can be difficult for people, experienced or not. They both has their own pros and cons and it depends on the riders personal preference where they will be riding. The main points to look out for when deciding as far as performance goes are power, handling, and maintenance.

Starting with power, is the most commonly asked when it comes to dirtbikes. Not to be confused with speed, think of it like a truck has more power than a supercar, but less speed. As far as speed, they are relatively the same. Basically, dirtbikes are powered by the engine piston cycle. A 4 stroke will give a boost every other stroke of the pistons while a 2 stroke will boost every rotation. This ties in with handling because the boost every rotation means that it’s a more immediate and gives you more wheel spin. That makes it better on soft ground like sand and loose dirt. A 4 stroke is much better for starting riders because it offers a much more gentle ride. 4strokes are good for hard packed ground and tight rut turns. Maintenance means repairs and taking care of your bike. With a 2 stroke you need to mix gasoline, use a 32:1 gasoline to oil ratio. One gallon of gasoline combined with 4 oz of two-cycle engine oil. If you are in the state of California, use a 2-cycle oil mix ratio of 40:1. With a 4 stroke you don’t need to mix, just add them separately. When traction is necessary the 4 stroke has a clear advantage but if sharp turns and soft dirt are more common go with the 2 stroke. 2 strokes will be harder to control but has a more fulfilling ride. 4strokes are better for newer riders or those who are wanting an easier ride.

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