KTM has not ever come close to giving up on the two-stroke from the bike offering perspective. They have embraced offering a full line of the pre-mix burning bikes and continue to do so in 2012. And they are not re-hashed 2005 bikes, they are all new and for the second year in a row, receive some huge changes, enough that they qualify as all new bikes.
Linkage. That is the big change. Like the four-stroke SX bikes last year the two-strokes follow suit. So that means an all-new frame, new suspension, and new plastic for the most part. And the motors did not get unnoticed either. KTM made a big effort to work on the air box boot and tune it for a two-stroke. B ut perhaps the biggest change came with the addition of a brand-new Moto Tassanari V Force reed cage that now has reed stops on it. This helps the power pull longer and gets rid of the feeling that the KTM motor needs to be under a load.
All in all, these are some pretty sweet bikes, from the looks to the performance. Here is a quick visual rundown on what the parts are and how they work. Look for full tests in upcoming issues of Dirt Rider Magazine.