Let me preface this article by stating, unequivocally, that I love four stroke singles. I am biased. I have no use for inline fours. If 90 hp and 35 fp of torque on a 600cc bike sound like a good thing, you’re in the wrong place. If, on the other hand, that hp/torque balance is more like 50/50, and the roads where you do your riding are tight twisties, you are in the right place.
I have owned a handful of big singles and one small one. They include a Suzuki TS125 (two stroke), a Suzuki Savage, a Yamaha SR500, and a one-off custom with an SR500 (540) engine in a Suzuki GS500 chassis. Just recently I added a big cat to the mix: I bought an MZ Baghira Street Moto. (more…)