One of my formative motorcycling experiences, and it wasn’t all that long ago, was being given a 500cc 2-stroke dirtbike for the afternoon by a bunch of smirking friends. A Kawasaki KX500, I believe it was. This was the second time I’d ever ridden a dirtbike, mind you, the first being earlier that day on a friendly little XR250.
Without going into too much detail, I have never been so terrified on a motorcycle in all my life, and I’ve ridden hundreds of ‘em. The mere thought of that ball-tearing smoker going sideways under me in the middle of an unintentional wheelstand is enough to bring on a cold sweat - and I love a wheelie as much as the next bloke. Those things are absolute animals.
The big strokers seem to be a dying breed - due to difficulties in emissions tuning, they say - and while I’m perfectly happy never to ride another, there’s plenty of psychotic powerband junkies out there who will nearly wet themselves to discover that Maico has announced a full 2-stroke lineup for 2009, include 250cc, 320cc, 500cc, 620cc and the big daddy of them all, a 685cc widowmaker that makes a hideous 80 horsepower and weighs only 101kg.
I’m going to hide behind this tree while you read the specifications. Don’t bring that thing anywhere near me.
Model: 685 Cross
Cooling: Water Inlet system: Reed walve system Exhaust system: S.E.E.S. exhaust system Cylinder capacity: 685ccm Measures: 100 x 87mm KW/horsepower: 60/82 Caburator: BING 55/44-205 Transmission: 5 speed gearbox Ignition: PVL digital Frame: Chrom Molybdän Front fork: White Power Upside Down 48 mm Front brake: Brembo with 260 mm Wave disc Front wheel travel: 305mm Front rim: 1.6 - 21 Front tyres: 80/100 _ 21 Rear suspension: Maico Twin Link with Reiger shock Rear brake: Brembo with 220 mm wave disc Rear rim: 2.15 - 18 Rear tyres: 120/100 - 18 Tank: 9,5 Liter Wheel base: 1480 mm Ground clearance: 388mm Seat height: 960mm Weight: 101 kg
More info at Moto Magazine. I don’t know where you can get ‘em, and I don’t wanna know!You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.