MXA’S 2022 125 TWO-STROKE SHOOTOUT VIDEO
MXA’S 2022 125 TWO-STROKE SHOOTOUT
In a world full of smartphones, smart TVs, smart cars, and virtual-reality programs, we strive to get away from the hustle and bustle of the internet by spending much-needed time at the track. Even there, four-strokes, with their computer-programmed ECU mapping and Wi-Fi tuning, are more digital than ever. Don’t get us wrong, we drool over the latest dirt bike technology (at least the stuff that works). We love racing four-strokes, and we’re thankful for fuel injection and electric starting, but there’s something beautiful about a simple two-stroke engine that brings a smile to every MXA test rider’s face. The fun-to-use powerbands, lightweight handling and distinct two-stroke melody light a fire that makes us forget about looming electric bikes, Zoom meetings and virtual-reality programs.
We had a blast conducting last year’s “2021 125 Shootout,” so when Yamaha introduced a brand-new YZ125 for 2022, it was imperative that we schedule the bikes for a rematch. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get a 2022 TM 125MX because of COVID-related issues in Holland. Of course, we would have gotten our hands on a Fantic 125XX, but their agreement to platform-share Yamaha’s frame and engine forbids them from importing bikes to the USA.