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We love two-strokes: from sports mopeds to lairy 500GP bikes, there’s nothing gets our juices flowing like the crackle of an expansion chamber, or the whiff of burnt premix on the air. The December issue celebrates the stinkwheel: we ride a reader’s scratch-built Rossi NSR500 road-legal replica, sample the production two-stroke you can still buy, and look at the measures taken past, present and possibly in the future to harness not only the power capability of a two-stroke, but – whisper it – their environmentally-friendly side, too. We haven’t overlooked the four-stroke entirely though: our guide to bargain-priced sports-tourers that will last forever and a day is worth a read if you like to get your money’s worth from your bikes.

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