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post #121 of 515 (permalink) Old 08-31-2004, 06:42 AM
 
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My 1999 Yamaha TZ250. This is a 2-wheel version of the Elise! Light weight (220lbs), powerful (86 rear wheel HP) and the brakes and handling are outstanding.
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post #122 of 515 (permalink) Old 08-31-2004, 08:05 AM
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I love the tz250. Had an NSR 250 2 stroked registered and I rode it on the street, nothing beats a two stroke for power delivery and lightweight!! I did my first track day on the nsr
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Hi Chris,

You're right....nothing beats a 2-stroke in regards to small, lightweight and powerful.

That NSR 250 is an excellent bike as well.

Too bad they couldn't develope a clean and efficient 2-stroke for the road. They're very easy to work on and the power they produce is incredible.

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Bobby, yep aprilia and bimota both tried it and finally gave up although the bimota did go into production at least.

What I marvelled at the two stroke coming off a duc 996 was the total lack of engine braking, as limited as my abilties are you just never had to touch the brakes on the track, friend of mine races a tz, lives in N. Ga.
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We should start a motorcycle sub forum for Elise owners. Seems like quite a few riders here. I'm in!
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Are 2-strokes legal in the US? or when was it ban? If not, what about emission issues?

I bought a 4-stroke moped to learn mechanics, final stage mod is going to be a twin-cam 116cc with oil cooler and 5-speed gearbox. Later a go-kart chassis with the engine The parts are pretty expensive and I plan to complete my project in 5-10 years
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We should start a motorcycle sub forum for Elise owners. Seems like quite a few riders here. I'm in!
I'm all for it Huggy Brear...


Chris, I know that Aprilia has done the most R&D with 2-strokes and haven't had much success at making them run clean and efficient.

I have the TZ for 2 years now and I was amazed the first time I shut the throttle down and the bike never slowed down.

I've ridden many bikes and this is by far the best track bike by far.

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Toine,
Only street legal two strokes are scooter, I think by law they're limited to 50 cc. Many people have grey market two strokes that have been registered and titled for street use. I bought mine already registered and titled. It was a blast. Also, I think small scooter like 50 125 cc do not require a motorcycle license.

I'll see about setting up a bike forum

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Thks for the answers about 2-strokes and riding licence, Chris
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My 1999 Yamaha TZ250. This is a 2-wheel version of the Elise! Light weight (220lbs), powerful (86 rear wheel HP) and the brakes and handling are outstanding.
Wow. 220 lbs and 86 rwhp (which probably puts you around 100 at the crank). That's 2 and 1/2 pounds for every horsepower!
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Wow. 220 lbs and 86 rwhp (which probably puts you around 100 at the crank). That's 2 and 1/2 pounds for every horsepower!
That's exactly why I bought it Allan. The bike is an absolute blast to ride.

This is the same bike that's raced in the FIM MotoGP 250 class.

Coming off of a 4-stroke track bike, the TZ took some getting used to. The powerband is narrow, from 9k to 13.5k. That's it. Drop below 9k and the engine bogs....

Keep it screaming and it goes like stink. Definitely requires more shifts per lap than my old 600cc inline 4 Honda.

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A little late... but until the Elise shows up the Audi's been fun.

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I'm ashamed to mention what I drive now. It was only supposed to be my daily driver for 3 months... then 'Life with Lotus' happened. I've been driving around my beater for 11 months...but damn if I haven't saved a ton of money!
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Transio's baby brother:

99 Isuzu Amigo 4WD 3.2L 205hp V6, 214 lb-ft of torque.

I bought it to tow my dirt bike and it's pretty good in fuel. It's probably one of the shorter wheel base SUV, nothing fancy, no nav or anything like that.

Curb Weight: 3620 (under 2 elises, 1975)
Wheelbase: 96.90" vs 90.60"
Length: 167.80" vs 149"
Height: 66.60" way more than elises 45"
Turning Diameter: 34.10 ft I bet it's tighter than the elise

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Hmm, It went away...
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My daily driver i just an bought elise . Artic silver, touring,sport pas and hard top. I hope my lap times are close. Jim
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I have done only 2 scca autox but several pca autox. I mostly do Time trial events. I don't know your friends.

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