There’s nothing quite like the banshee wail of a 2-stroke cafe racer, screaming through the pines, or the ghostly blue smoke left in the wake of such a machine. The manic powerband of legendary two-strokes like the Kawasaki triples earned them the nickname “Widowmakers.” For many, the very smell of two-stroke oil is as nostalgic as grandmother’s apple pie. Here at BikeBound.com, we are big fans of two-stroke specials, and we’re proud of some of the incredible ones we’ve been able to showcase.
Old East Metal: MZ ETZ 250 (300cc) Bobber - A two-stroke bobber from the founding city of MZ... MZ, which stands for Motorenwerke Zschopau (Zschopau Engine Works), began building motorcycles in 1922, making them one of the world's oldest motorcycle manufacturers, and the factory… ...read more Two-Stroke Café Racer: Suzuki GT185 Adventurer - Milwaukee's Steve Baugrud builds one sweet smoker... In 1973, Suzuki unveiled the GT185 Adventurer, a 21-hp air-cooled two-stroke parallel twin with Ram Air, crank case oil injection, electric start, and a front disc brake. The… ...read more Lightweight Monster: Yamaha RD400 Café Racer - "Like riding a lightweight monster..." --Derek Molinski, Bikeshop DM In late 1975, Yamaha introduced the RD400 -- a stroked and updated evolution of the 350, featuring a rubber-dampened engine, disc brakes, longer reach spark plug,… ...read more La Mama: Aprilia “RS154” by AG Custom - "La Mama" -- a GP-inspired two-stroke, created in tribute to the builder's mother... Built from 1994 to 2012, the Aprilia RS125 was a street-legal two-stroke GP replica, derived from the company's racing success in the… ...read more 2-Stroke Racing Special: Suzuki GT750S Vallelunga - Introduced in 1971, the Suzuki GT750 Le Mans -- affectionately known as the "Water Buffalo" or "Kettle"-- was the first liquid-cooled production motorcycle from Japan, a 739cc, three-cylinder two-stroke street machine that boasted 67 horsepower… ...read more Yamaha R5 Cafe Racer by Zanutto Engineering - The Yamaha R5, introduced in 1970, was the first of Yamaha's new generation of two-stroke parallel twin "giant-killers" -- a design architecture which would evolve into the RD350, RD400, and even the liquid-cooled RZ350/RD350LC. Lee… ...read more Sick RD: Yamaha RD350 Cafe Racer - Yamaha RD350 Giant Killer from California... The Yamaha RD350 is one of our favorite two-stroke street machines of the 1970s. The 39-horsepower parallel twin could compete with larger bikes due to its excellent power-to-weight ratio,… ...read more Yamaha RZ350 Restomod - "When you downshift, people look around like the antichrist just landed..." The Yamaha RZ350 was one of the most modern two-stroke street bikes ever sold in North America. It had triple disc brakes, 18-inch wheels, oil… ...read more “Street Lethal” Kawasaki KX500 Cafe Racer - Meet the ultimate lightweight, big bore 2-stroke street weapon... The Kawasaki KX500 is one of the most notorious motorcycles ever built -- a fire-breathing 2-stroke legend of motocross and desert racing whose power delivery has… ...read more Yamaha RZ350 Restomod by Keith Carlson - Dragon Slayer: 2-stroke weapon built for the Tail of the Dragon... Indiana's Keith Carlson, who specializes in two-stroke builds, is one of our very favorite builders. Each year, Keith and his friend Steve Hoy of… ...read more Yamaha RD350 Custom by Moto Exotica - Two-stroke cafe racer from the foot of the Himalayas! Arjun Raina of India's Moto Exotica, set in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains, has made a name for himself building Yamaha RD350 customs. In fact,… ...read more Suzuki GT380 Café Racer by Café Cycles - The Suzuki GT380 was a two-stroke triple with ram air cooling and 38 horsepower on tap. The lighter weight sibling of the GT500 and GT750, this bantamweight smoker makes for one nifty cafe racer candidate.… ...read more Handbuilt Show 2018: Two-Strokes - The 2018 Handbuilt Motorcycle Show, which took place during Austin's MotoGP weekend last month, proved to be the biggest and best yet. Hosted by Revival Cycles and BMW Motorrad USA, the Handbuilt Show aims at… ...read more Yamaha RZ350 “Lab Rat” by Swinndustries - The Lab Rat - a modern two-stroke screamer... The RZ350 was the final evolution of Yamaha's two-stroke RD series street bikes -- a liquid-cooled, dual-carb street weapon with 60 horsepower on tap, a wild powerband,… ...read more Suzuki A100 Cafe Racer: “Halimun” - GP-inspired, 2-stroke tribute to Barry Sheene! The Suzuki A100 was a small displacement 2-stroke that the company called a "sportcycle" built for "sprinting around town." The 98cc engine was good for 10-hp, pushing the 183-lb… ...read more Suzuki T500 Road Race Tribute by Weberwerks - A street-legal, 2-stroke vintage road racer... In the early 60s, East Germany's MZ team rider Ernst Degner escaped the Iron Curtain to work for Suzuki, using the knowledge he gained from 2-stroke genius Walter Kaaden… ...read more Mobylette Cafe Racer by XTR Pepo - From 1949 to 1997, French manufacturer Motobécane built a series of Mobylette (or simply "Moby") mopeds. In French, the word "Mobylette" has come to mean nearly any moped -- not surprising, given that nearly 14… ...read more Lazer Sport 50 Cafeped - “The Lazer lost in time” We first came across the term "cafeped" through the Instagram account of the same name, @cafepeds. The account features café inspired mopeds from across the world, including customized makes from… ...read more Suzuki GT380 Café Racer by Keith Carlson - Keith Carlson, who builds out of his home garage in Indiana, has become one of our favorite builders. With a background in vintage motocross, he has a preference for two-stroke street screamers that are, as… ...read more Suzuki T500 Titan Cafe Racer - Here at BikeBound, we are suckers for anything 2-stroke. Nothing beats the banshee-scream of an oil-burner, especially if it's one of the twin or triple 2-stroke street kings of the 70s. Enter Steve Baugrud and… ...read more Yamaha RX King 135 Cafe Racer - Teguh Setiawan, an engineering student in Indonesia, built this beautiful two-stroke cafe racer in the garage of his boarding house with nothing but makeshift tools, Youtube videos, the help of a few close friends, and… ...read more Yamaha RD400 Custom by Keith Carlson - There is nothing quite like the blood-singing mania of screwing the throttle of a big two-stroke. Sadly, there are few of these blue-smoking screamers still around. Even at their height, the suspension and brakes of… ...read more Suzuki GT550 Cafe Racer, “The Warlock” - We're thrilled to present The Warlock, a 1972 Suzuki GT550 built by Rich Page of Widow Maker Cycles in Draper, Utah. We've always been suckers for 70s two-stroke triples, blue-smoking screamers such as the one… ...read more