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    2 stroke oil, the truth!

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    All it takes is one whiff. It could be an old dirt bike starting up fresh out of storage or a vintage scooter trundling past. No matter. As soon as two-stroke exhaust hits your nose, it splits your face into a big, toothy smile. The stuff literally gets under your skin.


    But what are you actually smelling? And why is it so evocative?


    From a physiological standpoint, the answer is straightforward. Olfaction, the process of smelling, is closely tied to emotion and associative learning. And, unlike our other senses, it’s wired directly into the limbic system; before you even identify a smell, the olfactory bulb has already triggered a memory and the feeling attached to it, a true primal reaction. So, if you grew up around motorcycles, your brain might associate two-stroke with the warmth of family, the pride of winning a race, or the satisfaction of tuning a carb. Getting a snoutful of the stuff can be comforting on a neural level.


    But there might be more to the magic of two-stroke’s distinct scent. So says Kelly Jones, the New York-based perfumer behind Kelly + Jones, an experimental fragrance line stocked at stores including Urban Outfitters and Garmentory. Asked to analyze burning synthetic two-stroke for Motorcyclist, her trained nose picked up an array of smells, including benzoin and balsam (tree resins), cade oil (a species of juniper), and a hint of patchouli (yes, patchouli). To Jones, the underlying character here was revealing. She notes that tree resins represented the very first perfumes, tracing back to ancient civilizations. Benzoins and balsams have long been used to make incense, and cade oil is a known antiseptic.


    Altogether, she describes the two-stroke fragrance profile as ancestral, ritualistic, ceremonial, and medicinal.


    “In a way, this scent is actually very human,” she says. “There’s a term we use in perfumery, animalic, to describe musk. And this one’s a little dirty, isn’t it? There’s an element of the forbidden. That’s sexy. People have always been attracted to those smells. They always will be.”
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    I just started using the "canned" 93 octane 2 stroke oil/fuel mix in my lawn equipment. Man that stuff smells just like the good old days my motocross racing. Makes me enjoy my yard work!

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    Hell yeah!! That smell we all know brings me back to my little evinrude chugging along as a kid.....to think, my life so far can be summed up with some blue smoke...haha people here get it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bodhi View Post
    Hell yeah!! That smell we all know brings me back to my little evinrude chugging along as a kid.....to think, my life so far can be summed up with some blue smoke...haha people here get it!
    I started out with an old 3hp Johnson. Nothing like it!!!

    When I want a fix, I break out my leaf blower... LOL!!!
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    That was a good read! I've never considered it like that! Now what about the stuff that smells like strawberries? (I forget what it's called)

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    Christmas right around the corner.. lol
    https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?m...2F192748654009

    And strawberries bunch of different kinds(put flavors first but caught it)

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    I might just have to get one of those! It would go great while sitting in a bubble bath, sipping some eggnog! Haha!

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    I use to use the Klotz R50, in my Lawnboy mower, I had left over from when I did a couple of DSRA races, just to smell that oil.
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    My friends kid once told me that my Lotus smelled like my outboards. My Lotus leaks a bit of oil.

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    Every week I mow the lawn with the '73 bricktop......plenty of blue smoke!
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    from a kid...suntan lotion and smelling 2 stroke means we are going out side to play

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    A warm sunned body bikini body with certain suntan lotions? WOOF! And think it as then it was lotion, now "screen" Why go in the sun if ya don't want it? Don't be a Kramer"!

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    Love the smell of burnt fuel mixed with Itasca/Quakerstate/Pennzoil diester-based synthetic oil...
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