Q: FIRST AND FOREMOST, IS THE 2017
HUSQVARNA TC125 BETTER THAN THE 2016 TC125?
A: Yes. But give a giant share of the credit to the new
WP 48mm AER air forks. The other seven changes to the 2017
TC125 enhance the bike, but are small potatoes compared to
the contribution of WP’s radically new air fork.
Q: WHAT HAS CHANGED AT HUSKY OVER THE
LAST SEVEN YEARS?
A: In the last decade the Husqvarna brand has changed
ownership three times. In 2007 BMW purchased the historic
brand from MV Agusta, but BMW had serious issues finding
customers and soon racked up a reported $250 million in loss-es. When it was time for BMW to offload the company in 2013,
KTM’s Stefan Pierer was there to take it off BMW’s hands for
pennies on the dollar.
The history of 125cc Husqvarna two-strokes would never
make a motocross highlight reel—at least until Stefan Pierer
moved the brand to Austria. We won’t bore you with the
doldrum years of Husky 125 development in the early 2000s,
but we will give you a quick overview of what has changed
in the last seven years.
What was new on the 2011 Husky CR125? The
Husqvarna 125, then known as the CR125, got a modified
frame with a streamlined engine cradle, new motor mounts
and matching cylinder-head fittings. Also upgraded were the
water-resistant air-filter housing and almost-contemporary
48mm Kayaba forks. Yes, the same Kayaba forks off the
YZ125, just a dated version with different valving.
What was new on the 2012 Husky CR125? The best
thing Husky did in 2012 was throw in a 144cc top-end kit with
every CR125 they sold. The kit was a plug-and-play assembly
that livened up the pony power. This bumped the displacement from 124.8cc to 144cc (via an extra 4mm of bore).
Additionally, Husqvarna reinforced the steering-head area of
the chassis with gussets and switched to a black frame, silver
Excel rims and new graphics.
What was new on the 2013 Husky CR125? With sales
in the dumps, Husky didn’t have the R&D money to invest
in a new engine or chassis. It should be noted that the old-school CR125 engine pumped out a reasonable 35 horsepower
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