Never has the idiom “What’s old is new again” rung truer than in motocross. Just like
acid-wash jeans, Pokemon and haircuts from the 1930s, 125cc two-strokes are suddenly de rigueur again.
The two-stroke revival stems from the
need to draw more participants into a
sport that has become too expensive
for most people. The continual rise
in the cost to purchase and maintain four-strokes has resulted in a
groundswell of two-stroke popularity.
A 125cc two-stroke renaissance is
upon us, and while it might disappear
as quickly as Chia Pets and swing
dancing, savor the moment.
MXA test riders are the Johnny
strokes were becoming increasingly
popular. Even the bike’s owner, Ben
Graves of ClubMX Practice Facility
in Chesterfield, South Carolina, was
smitten by the newfangled four-stroke
technology. Still, Graves raced the
Kawasaki tiddler at a National in 2005
in a last-ditch effort at a Pro career. He
had the engine punched out to 134cc
in hopes of keeping up with the faster and easier-to-ride 250 four-strokes.
It was a pipe dream. Then, as real
life took hold, Ben sold the bike to his
father to pay his bills. Growing up, as
it turns out, isn’t all that grand.