2 stroke for Adventure / Motard??

Discussion in '2 smokers' started by Beemarty, Aug 28, 2014.

  1. Beemarty

    Beemarty Adventurer

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    Hi all, a weird question.
    I'm currently selling my 2014 Tiger 800 XC SE, (that I don't actually own - Thanks Dad!) and am thinking of a project adventure / DS bike.

    And by project I mean older Enduro, to be rebuilt ground up with all the goodies and bigger tank.

    I'm wondering what the consensus is on say, an older KTM 300 EXC built up as a DS & with Motard wheels for playing on the road?? Are the engines up to a few kms like that?? or is it still that you'll fowl up the plugs etc...
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  2. McJamie

    McJamie STROMINATOR

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    How about this?
    I've contacted the guy, if it's not too much I'm going to get it. It's already beaten to death, so I wouldn't be worried about scratching it.

    http://www.kijiji.ca/v-street-cruis...00/1008584824?enableSearchNavigationFlag=true

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  3. chaddhamilton

    chaddhamilton Just the tip

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    I think a 300 EXC would be pretty sweet platform for your project. The EXC has the wide ratio gearing which makes the higher sustained street speeds do-able.

    There was a guy on another forum who mentioned riding his 300EXC at 80mph for over an hour. Just a matter of getting the gearing right I think.

    They're just great bikes all around and I wish I had one.
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  4. AWM

    AWM Beard Bros Racing

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    A good friend had a 03 300EXC with a set of Wrap9's.

    Power was never a problem.And as long as you remember its a 2 stroke dirt bike not a Honda Goldwing there very doible.
    What I meant by that is,the motor doesn't hold alot of oil and its not going to put up with long slab riding with the throdle in one postion for long times.
    It was great jamming round town,and ripping up the sport bike guys on the back roads.
    That said its still a race dirt bike.So changing oil should happen often.:lol3
    And if your gona do it,,,a kush drive hub would be a good investment.Unless you like swapn output shaft seals.:deal

    And the local cops,,,you will get to know them by first names.Cause there isn't one anywhere that will let you pass without stopping you.
    That great 2 stroke sound and trail of blue smoke is like blood in the water for the cops.
    Just say'n.
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  5. Mr. Carts

    Mr. Carts Been here awhile

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    Get yourself a Yamaha IT465 or 490 you cant beat displacement.
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  6. AWM

    AWM Beard Bros Racing

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    60+hp at 250lbs.

    Don't think lack of displacement would be an issue.Thats better power to weigh then an Enzo Ferrari.
    What are we talking,2 maybe 3 second 0-60mph?:huh

    If that was a problem then a CR500 would be a lot easyer to find bike and parts.But there again at that level of power I don't think the 10-15hp difference would be a huge difference.
    Just say'n.:1drink
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  7. AWM

    AWM Beard Bros Racing

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  8. pdxjim

    pdxjim Two Stroke Terror

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    I have a plated 00 300exc that has been very good to me over the past 1.5 yrs of ownership.
    I've seen over 105mph lap after lap, held it at 75-80 for 30 mins at a time, done roadrace and kart track days and lotsa dirt/woods/fireroads etc.
    It's proven to be pretty much unstoppable, and I'm pretty lazy about service intervals.
    I think I'm about $3200 all in after buying a set of warp9s and btoo3rs 'Stones. Never gotten hassled by the cops either

    Not particularly civilized, buts it's cheap, fun, versatile, and gets the job done.
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  9. Beemarty

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    Thanks all for the comments :) I love the CR500 drag guy... god those things fly!
    I own a '14 R1200GS Adv, and have done 5000kms on the Tiger 8, ridden many many different bikes, and recently looked at a KTM 690 Duke R to replace the Tiger 8 with.

    I guess i'm looking for a light weight alternative to the GS, for a bit of fun. Hence the 690 Duke R. But it vibrates like hell. Just a thought... that if I could project up a Kato 300 or something, that has good suspenders to start with, it'd be a great back road bike, fun in the twisties and could do a day ride in the dirt also. Maybe i just need two 300's one motard, and one dirt bike... well, I'd probably kill myself on the dirt, so maybe a 350 4s for the dirt. hehehehe.

    I haven't ridden a modern 2S, or any 2 smoker's for 15 years... do they vibrate? any probs with fowling plugs now??? Last one I rode, if you didn't have it tapped constantly, the plug fowled and it was game over.
    :lol3
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  10. pdxjim

    pdxjim Two Stroke Terror

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    I haven't fouled a plug on any of my 2T bikes in almost 20 years.

    Holed lotsa pistons though.
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  11. MATTY

    MATTY BORDER RAIDER

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    I like the idea of the Big Yamaha IT best so far.
    My sugestion would be a Suzuki PE400. this would be a great starting point for your project look them up.
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  12. krautman

    krautman Been here awhile

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    I've had my '02 for about two years love it reliable looks ugly but keeps on going !
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  13. krautman

    krautman Been here awhile

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    I've had my '02 for about two years love it reliable looks ugly but keeps on going !
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  14. Highside>Lowside

    Highside>Lowside Hairier Than Thou

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    I've been thinking about an 81 IT 465 done up Sumo style for a while now.


    A twin shock Husky would be very tasty, as well. (I would go with an '82 XC 430, however, as I love the black tank)


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  15. MATTY

    MATTY BORDER RAIDER

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    Now you are talking the husky would do it. :D A good choice.
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  16. dhallilama

    dhallilama Long timer

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    honestly as much as I dig Yamaha ITs (from the wee 175 through the 490).... a KTM 300 would be at the to of my list. there's no comparison; a huge leap in handling/suspension/performance.
    reliability, im not sure though. I've beat my IT250 and put it away wet. freeway runs at sustained speed. sand. woods. daily commuting. it takes the abuse well. still thinking if replacing it with an orange bike, though...
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  17. theMISSIONARY

    theMISSIONARY hunting and riding!!

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    and a heap less vibration :deal
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  18. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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  19. miguelR

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    or this?

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  20. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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