From Pedant’s Cor­ner (re­ceived with thanks)


Dear CR I en­joyed the ar­ti­cle on the Yamaha 350-3 (CR#193), but I’m sure I won’t be the first to send a sub­mis­sion to Pedant’s Cor­ner. Just to make it clear that the Kurth 3-cylin­der shown is a Cres­cent out­board en­gine (com­plete with di­aphragm carbs). Kurth used this en­gine – Cres­cent and Monark were badge en­gi­neered ver­sions of the same stuff – for sev­eral years in his forked out­fit. I hes­i­tate to call any Kurth cre­ation con­ven­tional, but I think his 2+1 Yam was only used in the mono­coque chas­sis he built with car sus­pen­sion. Any­way, I wasn’t aware just how much the Yam de­pended on Rudi’s bits, so your ar­ti­cle was a re­ally in­ter­est­ing re­minder of the great two-stroke years. Paul Heath Northants

Hello Paul Thank you for the note. Much ap­pre­ci­ated. I won­der if you feel that the great two-stroke years con­tin­ued and, if so, into what era they in­cluded? How about the later 1980s beasts? Do you feel that they were on par in terms of draw and some­what fear­ful rep­u­ta­tion? Tony

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