Quote from Rob Twyerould, technical guy for KTM Australia, taken from the July issue of Australasian Dirt Bike:
"There is definitely a well-developed prototype at KTM, but they are waiting for the next round of emission restrictions to be announced before pushing forward.
"KTM has developed and patented it's own mechanical fuel pump system and a very compact oil delivery system to the bottom-end bearings, and the whole bike works really well.
"While there are some reasonable performance improvements, the real advantages of the system are in emissions and fuel economy. So the motivation for bringing to market will only come with the new emission targets."
The problem with pessimists is that eventually they are right.
Cool that they are still pursuing it, they will have my money whenever they release a SX model with it
It would be so sweet not having to jet you're smoker. I'd imagine it still has a reed valve system. Electronic power valve too.
Is it just me, or does it seem like KTM actually love building motorcycles?
The Villopoto strategy is simple. Get a good start and haul ass. If you don’t get a good start, haul more ass.
Being that KTM is in the business of purely making motorcycles and related items, it is great to see a company evolve and adapt so quickly to our changing world (legal, ethical, noise, and so on).
I have never been a big KTM fan even after working at a dealer for two years. Its not that I dont like them, I just have always thought the Jap bikes are better.
Now more than ever it seems the Jap bike approach of making a model and milking it for years (plug Yamaha here) is becoming a huge disadvantage. I think KTM will have the best bikes very soon and that it wont even be a competition.
Thank you KTM for listening to your consumers and striving to always make a better bike. I am sure that I will eventually buy one. Right after I get off my 2011 Honda CRF450 that is 5lbs lighter than your 350.
Yes I work nights, therefore I have nothing better to do.
So when can we expect these new 'emission restrictions' that they are waiting for?
In the video steedmills posted, it sounds like they are already pretty well advanced in the development of the fuel injected 2-stroke. They are talking about finding the right suppliers to supply the new pieces. I have no idea how much time this would take, but would that mean we could see them as early as 2013 or would that be too optimistic most likely?
Also, would it be more likely that they would give the 2-strokes EFI or DI? (not that I know the difference)
Direct Injection? Puhleeeze.....what fun is it owning a two stroke if you don't get to splash a little gas and oil on yourself once in a while?
I wonder if this will have better emissions than a 4-stroke?
I have a Mercury OptiMax 90hp direct injection 2-smoke on my bay-boat and those things are incredible. Clean burn, incredible mileage, fires up first time, every time.
"The public sucks. Fuck hope." ~ George Carlin
we in the north ride e-tech ski-doo's. our outboards are e-tech johnson/evinrudes. FI two strokes, oil injected....incredibly low emission. fast. why can't someone harness this tech for an MX bike?
this season I had a 2011 Ski Doo Summit Freeride with the 800 cc E-tec direct injection system, if KTM was able to "borrow" this system from their Austrian neighbours rotax I will be down at the dealership asap with my pre season deposit..
What I'm talking about is, like with cars you have different trim levels. I can go get a brand new 20k work truck or I can get a 60k truck with all the bells and whistles. I just think that if the guys would sell a stripped down version of their race bikes, that people had the ability to upgrade as needed, you'll sell a ton more bikes total
The new 2013 Can Am MX250 will have a 250cc E-Tec Rotax engine. It will be the lightest bike made and have more power than a 450cc 4 stroke. It will have better fuel economy, therefore reducing the size of the tank and associated weight of the fuel. It will burn cleaner than any 2 stroke ever made. It will also be very quiet. It will have a completely different frame based off of current aircraft technology. All this, for $8999. Yes, it will be expensive, but Can -Am's like BMW and Mercedes, are not for everyone.
Haha, hell yeah to that 2 stroke rider.
"push those four strokes up boys"
Haha, awesome vid.
I have an 09 250sx, but I will not throw down on a new bike until the DI comes out.
I think DI will finally bring the 2 stroke to the top again.
When I'm trail riding here's some conss of my 2 stroke compared to my 4 stroke riding buddies:
-I don't trust it idiling very long, while my 4 stroke buddies let their bikes sit and idle all the time.
-Coasting down hills my bike loads up and fouls plugs if I don't pull in the clutch and blip the throttle.
-They burn noticibly less fuel.
From what I've read and watched vids about DI it sounds like it will fix these last few issues that hold the 2 stroke back from certain buyers.
I just hope it doesn't nueter the 2 stroke hit.