Is it possible to improve the
ultimate off-road two-stroke?
There are people who can look at the Mona Lisa and think it needs a little more work. Alan Stillwell is like that. He runs Stillwell
Performance in Arizona and has built bikes for some of the best riders in
the world—guys like Cody Webb, Shane Watts and Jason Thomas. To
call him a perfectionist isn’t quite accurate. He doesn’t think anything is
perfect—not even the KTM 300XC, a bike that we absolutely love.
Alan offered to build up our 300XC to show us the possibilities. We
wouldn’t let him have it, so he gave us his. He purchased a new 2015
300XC and, without even starting it, rebuilt it into his current vision of the
perfect two-stroke. The result is hard to refute. His XC is so good that
he’s going to have a very hard time getting it back.