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11/12/2015 12:16 PM
Edited Date/Time: 11/12/2015 12:17 PM

I was reading an interview with Leon Oosterhof, Product manager/Off-Road Yamaha Europe and he has an interesting point when asked about further two stroke development.

Is this the start of a new two-stroke enduro era for Yamaha? In your opinion how much could this affect other Japanese manufacturers?

“As I mentioned before, the greatest hurdle for two-stroke machines is EU4 regulations. It will be a big challenge for most manufacturers to launch two-stroke models able to comply with the very strict European rules soon to be applied to all production bikes. And that’s the reason I think that the chances for any other Japanese brand to come with a two stroke enduro model are slim.”

Could this be part of the reason Suzuki, Kawasaki and Honda have been holding off??

Excerpt taken from http://www.enduro21.com/index.php/40-general/245-yamaha-s-wr250-why-now-what-else

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11/12/2015 12:38 PM
Edited Date/Time: 11/12/2015 12:59 PM

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rickys james mc hannah 469...ama pro career wins...and counting
which means these riders have an average of 92 wins ea...
which is equal to over 3 years of winning every single sx and natl each...
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11/12/2015 12:59 PM

I call bullshit.... they can meet those standards and more with a 2 stroke engine if they wanted to.

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11/12/2015 1:30 PM

I was talking with a Kawasaki rep this year who said their carbureted bikes (KLR650, KLX250) likely won't meet the new EU4 standard.

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11/12/2015 1:38 PM

If they were VW 2 strokes, the bikes would have no issues meeting emissions targets. Haha.

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11/12/2015 3:43 PM

I can't imagine any of the current four stroke MX offerings being able to pass any sort of emissions standards unless they're tuned to be near death lean from the factory.

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11/12/2015 4:05 PM

Perhaps Yamaha Europe is referring to non closed course models?? (as opposed to mx models)

I find Leon's reply to be a little unsettling for the future of two stroke motorcycles.

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11/12/2015 4:16 PM

.kyle wrote:

If they were VW 2 strokes, the bikes would have no issues meeting emissions targets. Haha.

^^^That was good!

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11/12/2015 4:28 PM

Jet the bikes super lean on the showroom floor, and include a "spare parts" kit with normal jets. Socialist, nanny-state governments are happy, and buyer is happy (after rejetting).

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11/13/2015 12:56 PM

Aceofspades wrote:

Jet the bikes super lean on the showroom floor, and include a "spare parts" kit with normal jets. Socialist, nanny-state ...more

Socialist, nanny-state governments are never happy.

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