Two-stroke motocross bikes have made a comeback in recent years. While four-strokes rule the roost in the AMA pro ranks of the Monster Energy Supercross and Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series, two-strokes have been reappearing on local tracks all around the country due to the bikes’ ease of maintenance, lower retail and maintenance costs, power, and handling. While many manufacturers have ceased producing current-model full-size two-stroke dirt bikes, companies such as KTM, Husqvarna, Yamaha, and TM still offer two-strokes in every new year model lineup.
KTM and Husqvarna regularly update their two-strokes, which usually receive similar revisions to the Austrian duo’s four-stroke models as far as suspension and chassis changes go. KTM offers the 250 SX, 150 SX, and 125 SX, while its counterpart Husqvarna has the TC 250 and TC 125. The Yamaha YZ250 and YZ125 haven’t received many updates over the past 13 years, but both bikes are still a rider favorite thanks to their nimble handling and excellent KYB SSS suspension components. TM is a boutique brand that takes pride in making exotic motorcycles. The Italian manufacturer’s motocross lineup includes the MX 300, MX 250, MX 144, and MX 125.