Should I Go 2-Stroke or Remain 4-Stroke?

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Dear Motorhead:

I have been riding for 40 years and now drive an RX-1. I would like to know if there is a faster sled out there with the long lasting dependability of a Yamaha?

I seem to be first on the long straight trails where we travel 110+ miles per hour for 30 to 40 minutes at a time.

I have had no problems with the RX-1 and now have 22,000 on it.

Just looking for a change with more speed.



Dear James:

Thanks for your email!

Sounds like you’re riding very fast!

Okay, if you want to stay in the Yamaha 4 stroke camp you can buy the new 160 HP Apex – it is faster than your 03 RX-1.

If you want to look in the other camps there are three very potent 800 2-strokes from Arctic Cat, Ski-Doo and Polaris. All of them will out run your RX-1. So will the 4-stroke Turbo AC, the 1200 4 TEC SD and the 750 Turbo Polaris.

The dependability question is a good one. Nowadays, perception is that 4-strokes are more reliable, however it is mostly a perception. In the past it was probably more a reality than it is now.

Hope this helps.

Motorhead Mark

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