“Why would anyone want to screw up a perfectly good ’88 CR500R like that?” said a bewildered Ron Lawson. “You took the world’s best Open-class motocross bike and replaced its light, powerful, two-stroke engine with a Husqvarna 510 four-stroke engine that’s heavier and slower. I just don’t understand.”
I pondered his question for a few minutes, wondering how to explain my motives to a guy like Lawson, a motocross rider who has spent his entire, if comparatively short, life on two-strokes. I finally decided it was impossible and just mumbled something about him probably being right.
The truth is that explaining my latest project bike to most members of the younger generation would take as much energy as the project itself. But someone of my generation, someone who grew up hearing and feeling the unmistakable boom of big four-stroke off-road Singles, can fully understand. There’s something magically appealing about a 500cc four-stroke Single, even though that appeal is hard to rationalize.