Kawasaki and Yamaha - Two-stroke Motorcycles


It’s been nearly 40 years since you could buy a street-legal motorcycle powered by a two-stroke engine, and many enthusiasts still lament their demise. The air-cooled two- and three-cylinder two-strokes of the 1960s and ’70s, made by Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha (and imported in smaller numbers by Bridgestone), were light, quick and sometimes a bit uncivilized. They were available with displacements up to 750 cc; their fans still speak about them in alphanumeric code: RD350. H1. T500. H2. S3. GTR.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2016/06/21/two-stroke