AS far as most people are concerned, the two-stroke is dead.
Nobody seems to be buying any, manufacturers are ignoring
them completely and even in racing the stink wheels are
getting their butts whupped by that Rossi bloke on a four-stroke.
But we still love the simplicity of ports to camshafts and
valves, the wail of a shrieking stink wheel at the top of
its power band to the gurgle and sanitised power delivery
of a four-stroke. Call us unfashionable or old, or resistant
to change, if you must.
it seems even Yamaha have written the obituary for their
flagship two-stroke. Where all the other bikes were bog-standard
to the best bog-standard specs, the Yamaha didn't even go
through a PDI for all its worth. The gearshift on the bike
was so bad and resistant shift that we had to revert to
Bullet-spec gear change techniques, leaving Aspi screaming
with a sore big toe. And the tyres, oh Lord. Over to you
Aspi: "The tyres are pathetic. It's like having no
tyre at all. The tyre has ruined what is still a very nice
bike. A couple of times the rear simply stepped out of line
and I am too old to relish broken bones. And oh my toe!"
For the record the Yam was shod with spindly 2.75x18 TVS
ATT125 tyres that frankly aren't the best in any respect.
The last time I sampled these tyres was on the Samurai and
I had blasted it out of the water.
case here.Two-strokes have always been like well-endowed
barmaids, all jiggly and fun at the top end but lacking
substance lower down. The Yam was a perfect reflection of
it, going like stink when its head was revved off but lacking
any mid-range substance. I thought the chassis was quite
good but we couldn't test it to the limit as the rear was
just sliding away merrily.
test the chassis to the limit, suspension was well sussed
out though," added racer-type Aspi. "The motor
is still very good in spite of being restricted for emission
compliance, and the mid-range is not bad (bad being a relative
term, mind). Better tyres would have allowed me to carry
at least 10-15kmph into the straight resulting in a significantly
better top speed." Glancing at the GPS, it was flashing
a top speed of 105kmph. Were it not for the tyres, the RXZ
would have clocked in the highest top speed in this test!
Now how frustrating is that?
Engine 2-stroke, 7 port torque induction
Max Power 14bhp@7500rpm
Max Torque 12.3Nm@7000rpm
Kerb Weight 115kg
Power To Weight 121.7bhp/ton
Price (on-road Pune) Rs 61,057