Re: Four strokes=GOOD
I really don't think they're dead. They're still the fastest bikes out there. As for the opinion that GP technology doesn't trickle down, where do you think current 4-strokes aluminum swingarms, aluminum frames, aluminum wheels, disk brakes, and the current 4-stroke frame geometry came from? As far as 4-stroke technology trickling down from the pinnacle (F1), when was the last time you saw carbon fiber chassis, carbon brakes, titanium gearboxes, pneumatic valve gear, or electricallly-shifted sequential manual gearboxes in normal road cars? McLaren and Ferrari are the only ones trickling any of that technology down. Also, there is no imbalance in the rules to favor the 2-strokes. It actually favors 4-strokes by allowing them almost twice the displacement. @-strokes rule the roost because the motor is simple, powerful, small, and with a more compact mass than the 4-strokes, allowing optimum placement in the frome. The 4-stroke motor is much taller, to accomodate the valves, cams, and sprockets/gears.