The '90s Were Cooler, 2-Strokes and Frosted Tips

The '90s Were Cooler, 2-Strokes and Frosted Tips

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The 1990s. It was the era of dial-up internet, grunge music, MSN chatrooms and frosted tips. And in motocross it was the Golden Age, defined by two-stroke motorcycles, hot pink gear sets, punk rock music and…frosted tips. As Red Bull Straight Rhythm steps back in time with an all two-stroke competition, some of the sport’s greats, including Jeremy McGrath, Travis Pastrana, Jeff Emig and more reminisce about why the ‘90s were just so cool.

Intro song: Crumble by Another Year Unknown 🎶

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  1. ben-jam-in on December 6, 2020 at 9:06 pm

    I was supposed to graduate from High School in 2001 (yes I got mad and quit but got my GED before graduation time in 01’ so🖕) and I totally miss the late 90’s and early 2000’s. Really the whole decade of the 1990’s seem really great to me now. The greatest ATVs came from the 80’s and 90’s and also had two stroke engines. The Honda TRX 250 R and ATC 250r 3 wheeler along with Kawasaki and Suzuki 2-stroke machines all still are fun to rip around on and sound so good. Then Yamaha came in throwing bombs with the Banshee YFZ 350 twin 2-stroke that everyone dubbed king of the dunes for a good reason.. power. But the ole Honda trx250r has always been king to me. I’ll never forget the sounds of a stroked out Honda 330r with a huge CT racing pipe and silencer at idle just popping “bang dedea beng bang beng bang bang” then taking off and shifting thru 6 but seemed like 16. I miss all that and need a new project.

    I will admit I also had highlighted hair and wore only those Oakleys that came in all colors that were so popular in the 90’s and early 2000’s for far too long. Now that it’s 2020 I’d go back and change a few things yes but not the hair bleach lol. And sure as hell not the 2-strokes! Bang deda beng bang.

  2. Zach Glantz on December 6, 2020 at 9:07 pm

    What was the first song at the beginning of the video

  3. Robert Volker on December 6, 2020 at 9:07 pm

    Cant stand mc2 ego.

  4. Rex.D on December 6, 2020 at 9:08 pm

    Who came up with the stupid idea of putting 4 strokes into mx?! It ruined everything. 2 strokes for life!

  5. Dennis T on December 6, 2020 at 9:08 pm

    Is it just me or does Matt Walker look like a younger Emilio Estevez?

  6. Johnny Beyer on December 6, 2020 at 9:09 pm

    Back when you could still poach nophies!! Or nofys or nophys. Or how however you wanna spell it

  7. Kasper on December 6, 2020 at 9:09 pm

    …and that’s to say nothing about playing Motorcross Madness after a day at the track, getting hammered, and then taking turns getting jump-scared by the "slingshot" mechanism which surrounded the map. Ah, good times. Brrraaaaaaappp!

  8. Trigger on December 6, 2020 at 9:10 pm

    Ewww 2 strokes…

  9. Matt Shelley on December 6, 2020 at 9:14 pm

    who said you cant still have all this today? except maybe the strippers and custom stuff

  10. Raymond J on December 6, 2020 at 9:15 pm

    The 80s kicked ass to bros jeramy magrath skinny chicks with big hair and tight asses and partying like a rockstar !

  11. Rich Moore on December 6, 2020 at 9:15 pm

    Miss the memories and life in the 90s and of course our 2 stroke dirt bikes!

  12. TBone Game House on December 6, 2020 at 9:15 pm

    Fuck euro 3 emisssion law, they baned 2 stroke and burn forest, fiuuck

  13. It'syourboy LS on December 6, 2020 at 9:15 pm

    Was in my pre teens to teens in this era and I will agree it was the greatest time to be a mx fan. Me and JS7 are around the same age so growing up watching McGrath,Emig, Pastrana and Carmichael,and the go right into James….say it again there wasn’t a better time in the sport

  14. Joe Nels on December 6, 2020 at 9:18 pm


  15. President elec Tyler on December 6, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    90s or early 2000s sounds like mostly early 2000s

  16. Garry Mainer on December 6, 2020 at 9:22 pm

    70s were cooler….Joel, Roger and Bad Brad….sorry you guys missed it….but I loved 80s, 90s too….still watch it at 64 years old….its in our blood! Love nothin more than to tease the young 4 strokers, but down deep I love them too!

  17. James Laspesa on December 6, 2020 at 9:25 pm

    Hell yeah! 90’s was punk as fuck.
    Not like the bitchboys and bullshit they have and do today.

  18. electron being on December 6, 2020 at 9:26 pm

    Thumpers are gay, I still rip my smokers

  19. Mike Krol on December 6, 2020 at 9:27 pm

    I just resolved to put my leg back over the seat of my KDX and fire it up just to listen to my FMF pipe make noise and fill my garage with the lovely scent of Golden Spectro oil. Viva the 90s, and a heartfelt thanks to all of my heroes that made motocross must-see television. Bring back the Gainesville opener during the Supercross season. I’m overdue for a pilgrimage.

  20. MarcD on December 6, 2020 at 9:31 pm

    If I was born the same time as McGrath I’d be the 7 time champion.

  21. Master Jcp on December 6, 2020 at 9:31 pm

    0:02 what is that song

  22. 2 strokes are better on December 6, 2020 at 9:33 pm

    0:25 off to a good start thats my last name!

  23. PapaBear Joe on December 6, 2020 at 9:33 pm

    Wait, people don’t wear kidney belts anymore?

  24. Aslmx on December 6, 2020 at 9:33 pm

    People that think the 90s were the best must have been too young to live in the 80s

  25. Jack Woods on December 6, 2020 at 9:33 pm

    Please someone tell me the name of the song at the end!!??

  26. Dennis Schell on December 6, 2020 at 9:34 pm

    I raced motocross in the 70s when men were men! Husqvarna rules! 😎

  27. Saldetor Vulcano on December 6, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    Wish I could have experienced the 90s, it looked so fun

  28. Noah Rifenbury on December 6, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    I ride 2000 yz125 and it’s scarier than my dads crf450

  29. Matthew Baluski on December 6, 2020 at 9:37 pm

    O the nostalgia, this brings me back…

  30. Texton Wade on December 6, 2020 at 9:39 pm

    I wear a kidney belt and im 15. Just kinda helps me stay on my 250 in a way.

  31. Anthony on December 6, 2020 at 9:40 pm

    1:23 i dare you.

  32. Harry van Halen on December 6, 2020 at 9:40 pm

    im so disappointed i didnt get to grow up in the era, but i feel like i get a taste of it when i ride my old cr 250

  33. Brendan Walsh on December 6, 2020 at 9:41 pm

    4:52 song?

  34. Jason Falcon on December 6, 2020 at 9:45 pm

    I owned the 90’s as. Being the first person to go from beginning to pro in 9 months! Then 2000 came and I could out ride any pro 250 racer on my 99’ YZ 125.

  35. jeff mad on December 6, 2020 at 9:45 pm

    i wouldnt race if i had to ride a four stroke !👎🏿

  36. Raymond L on December 6, 2020 at 9:47 pm

    32:1 😜🤣🤣🤣🤣

  37. joe draggerman on December 6, 2020 at 9:47 pm

    I want my 1998 RM 250 back. Bought that bike because of 199. Always rode KX. Miss them days

  38. The Canucklehead on December 6, 2020 at 9:48 pm

    I think it can be argued that basically every sport around today was better at one time. Ice hockey for example, goaltending and defense have become so specialized that we will never see the high scoring and crazy plays of the 70s-80s ever again. But the sport overall has tightened up. Players are faster, shots are harder and more accurate, etc. I think sports today in general are just refined about as much as they can get. Back then there was still experimentation everywhere

  39. gnarshread on December 6, 2020 at 9:50 pm

    This video doesn’t lie! 90’s motorcross was freaking awesome and a lot more people cared and were willing to throw money at the sport.

  40. bakerxcr85 on December 6, 2020 at 9:51 pm

    Enslow > McGrath

  41. lordlapswans on December 6, 2020 at 9:53 pm

    I still ride 2stroke, on the dirt with a 1998 kawasaki 125 and on the road with my 94cc yamaha tzr50 ! 2strokes are the BEST !

  42. Jason Rogers on December 6, 2020 at 9:54 pm

    New tech race gas was cheap HP guaranteed to horse on the dyno that gas was awesome

  43. HermCorps on December 6, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    I can’t remember who it was, but i think it was Mcgrath in a Crusty video that said "u can’t go fast if u don’t look good!"…I loved that quote when I heard it cuz I had the same mindset in the ’90’s. McGrath was, & still is IMO, the greatest ever (sry Carmichael fans) & he was all about style. The way he rode & his gear on & off the track. Even the factory teams bikes had sick graphics back then. Hands down, the best Era in MX by far & the last of the Outdoor National camp outs/parties/couch fires/burn outs/fireworks at the track the night before the pro race. If u haven’t experienced one of those, then u really never partied before, lol! Great times. Una-fuckin-dilla!!

  44. The_hsg1 on December 6, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    God I was born in the wrong generation I love two strokes, and also he had two strippers on the back😂

  45. MegaSparkyScraper on December 6, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    Lads the world didn’t get old yous did, my parents thought the 70s were class, i am 22 and im having a good time, enjoy the memories but don’t bash the world now. MAKE IT BETTER

  46. Jason Falcon on December 6, 2020 at 9:57 pm


  47. J R on December 6, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    I raced in the 90’s. This clip totally makes sense to me. The sound and smell of two strokes. Heck, I sometimes run mix in my lawnmower just to get that smell.

  48. Past To End on December 6, 2020 at 10:02 pm

    What’s the song. Called

  49. PrestigeWorldWide on December 6, 2020 at 10:04 pm

    #trump2020 #makemotogreatagain

  50. Ride Red on December 6, 2020 at 10:05 pm

    Man if you had a custom painted helmet back then you were the shit!

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