KTM 250XC-W vs.
OFF-ROAD TWO-STROKE SHOOTOUT
>In the history of two- strokes, 2016 was a very good year. As it turns out,
though, 2017 is even better. Last
year brought us the Yamaha
YZ250X. It didn’t really look
that different from the YZ250
motocross bike that we’ve all
come to take for granted, but it
represented a shift in thinking for
a Japanese corporation. For the
first time in years, it was a new
two-stroke model, and on top
of that, an off-road one to boot.
How could things get any better
for the two-stroke lover?
Well, for starters, how about
a whole new line of KTM and
Husky two-strokes for 2017?
Suddenly, two-stroke fans have
choices! Today, there are more
new two-strokes available than
there have been in a decade.
We’ve boiled down the contest
to the two bikes that we think
present the most interesting contest. The 2017 Yamaha YZ250X
and the 2017 KTM 250XC-W
represent two completely different schools of thought, yet
they have targeted the exact
same rider. Both are made for
hard-core off-road purists who
ride hard and fast, regardless of
whether or not they’re entered in
an official race.
The rebirth of two-strokes brings
questions that need answers