We visited a few other famous sections like Machine and then Carl’s Diner. I think we could have attempted these, but then again I might still be there today trying to make it up, and I knew KTM wanted the bike back at the end of the day. We continued to the summit of the mountain for a quick break, a drink of water, and a few photos. Before we began heading down, I started to think about how well this bike was running. Normally, a two-stroke engine is more affected by changes in altitude than a four-stroke. I would say that at 3,500-plus feet of elevation, a typical two-stroke can benefit from some carburetor adjustments and the problems will become even more noticeable every 1,000 feet from there. The EMS was doing its job the entire way, and as much as I would let the bike idle or lug it, there was no need to clean it out with a quick twist of throttle. Naturally, the engine did lose a little power as we approached the summit (which is expected regardless if you have a two- or four-stroke), but it was not even close to as much as what I expected.