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BRP owns Evinrude.

Evinrude has the E-tec two stroke. This is an efficient (and emissions friendly) two stroke engine. Worldwide emissions standards are tightening when it comes to offroad vehicles (snowmobiles, 4 wheelers, etc.), so it doesn't take Nostradamus to see that that the E-tec will "drift" into those markets.

Two strokes will also probably return to the street. There is a company in Australia that uses similar technology to the E-tec in scooter engines. Two strokes are less expensive to produce- at least if you don't add in the license fees that must be hefty on these new technologies.

I, Nostracheesebeast, predict the return of the two stroke for the street by 2013. Unfortunately, in 2012 the Mayan calender resets and the world ends. Further, Cthulhu will rise and feast upon the hot salty flesh of the hapless masses who are lucky enough to survive the Mayan onslaught.

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BRP owns Evinrude.

Evinrude has the E-tec two stroke. This is an efficient (and emissions friendly) two stroke engine. Worldwide emissions standards are tightening when it comes to offroad vehicles (snowmobiles, 4 wheelers, etc.), so it doesn't take Nostradamus to see that that the E-tec will "drift" into those markets.

Two strokes will also probably return to the street. There is a company in Australia that uses similar technology to the E-tec in scooter engines. Two strokes are less expensive to produce- at least if you don't add in the license fees that must be hefty on these new technologies.

I, Nostracheesebeast, predict the return of the two stroke for the street by 2013. Unfortunately, in 2012 the Mayan calender resets and the world ends. Further, Cthulhu will rise and feast upon the hot salty flesh of the hapless masses who are lucky enough to survive the Mayan onslaught.

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How do I sign up to be a Mayan?
 

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Yeah.

BRP owns Evinrude.

Evinrude has the E-tec two stroke. This is an efficient (and emissions friendly) two stroke engine. Worldwide emissions standards are tightening when it comes to offroad vehicles (snowmobiles, 4 wheelers, etc.), so it doesn't take Nostradamus to see that that the E-tec will "drift" into those markets.

Two strokes will also probably return to the street. There is a company in Australia that uses similar technology to the E-tec in scooter engines. Two strokes are less expensive to produce- at least if you don't add in the license fees that must be hefty on these new technologies.

I, Nostracheesebeast, predict the return of the two stroke for the street by 2013. Unfortunately, in 2012 the Mayan calender resets and the world ends. Further, Cthulhu will rise and feast upon the hot salty flesh of the hapless masses who are lucky enough to survive the Mayan onslaught.

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Should we baste ourselves in butter or steak sauce?
 

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Butter. Cthulhu is pure evil, and pure evil does not worry about cholesterol. Sodium, however, is another matter entirely.

I am pleased you all seem to be taking the news in such a positive light. I, for one, wailed and offered mute supplication for tender mercy when I received the loathsome vision of what the future holds for us poor mortals.

Then I got drunk and forgot all about it.

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Ken, you can't talk your way out of this one. You can't run. You can't hide. Cthulhu knows when you are sleeping. He knows when you are awake. He knows if you been bad or good and he will eat you just THE SAME.
 

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I respectfully disagree. I believe the riding public at large is sold on the notion that 2 strokes are filthy devices with narrow powerbands that make the motorcycles they are in hard to ride.

I submit, as evidence, the demise of the 2-stroke in the off-road motorcycle world. Yes, 4-strokes are given a hefty displacement advantage (soon to be revised from what I hear), but the reason they were developed in the first place was to answer customer demand.

It doesn't matter that a similar sized 2-stroke is lighter, more powerful, and can have a powerband just as broad as a 4-stroke (Ridden a late model 300XC-W lately?). The majority believe "Four strokes truck and two strokes suck".

Disclaimer: I have no "facts and/or data" to back this up, just impressions from discussions with other dirt riders over the last 35 years.
 

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Pplassm, I hear ya'. My take is that many people view the two stroke as "disposable" and needing maintenance too often.

Check out the Evinrude E-tec Direct Injection system and the advantages are pretty impressive. On the other hand, I think many of the luddite snowmobile enthusiasts I know (my brother in law, for one) don't relish the idea of a "complex" electrical system mucking up his two-stroke chimp simplicity.

Anyway, Moto GP banned two strokes (in 2007) from competing in the 800CC class, so that too is stacked against the humble two stroke.
 

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You can't run. You can't hide. Cthulhu knows when you are sleeping. He knows when you are awake. He knows if you been bad or good and he will eat you just THE SAME.
It is as Naughty as it wants to be........
 

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I am pleased you all seem to be taking the news in such a positive light. I, for one, wailed and offered mute supplication for tender mercy when I received the loathsome vision of what the future holds for us poor mortals.
It's hard to get too alarmed about stuff anymore, given that by all rights I should have been dead at least three already.
Bring it on!
 

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a relitive handfull of Spaniards with Rapiers, Swivel Guns and matchlock rifles and pistols kicked the sh*t out of them last time. What do we have to worry about?
 
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