tires, Neken bars and smaller fork guards (we still miss the
old-style wraparound guards).
What was new on the 2016 Husky TC125? For
2016 both KTM and Husky did a complete overhaul of its
125s. The new, lighter engine pumped out more power
across the entire spread. The updated chassis allowed for
improved handling traits, and the WP components had a
flexible and comfortable feel. Only a handful of parts were
used from the previous model. Overall, the 2016 TC125
was lighter, faster, better suspended and a blast to ride.
The matter in question was still the forks. Although the
4CS units handled better under the new chassis, we still
didn’t like them. They were either too soft or too stiff.
There was no middle ground.
Q: WHAT’S NEW ON THE 2017 HUSKY TC125?
A: Husky finally found a solution for the number-one
complaint that every Husky owner has made each and
every year. Even though the Husky and KTM 125s are
the lightest and most powerful 125s on the market, their
Achilles heel has always been the WP forks. Sadly for
the 125SX and TC125, 10-year-old Kayaba SSS forks blew
the WP 4CS components out of the water. There was no
comparison. Husky was at a standstill if they couldn’t get
better forks. Finally, the curse of WP has been removed
from the Husky and KTM family tree! No, the engineers
didn’t switch to Kayaba SSS forks, but they got the all-new
WP 48mm AER air forks to work in harmony with the
Husky chassis. The forks are plush and firm at the same
time, and they get bonus points for being the simplest air
forks to live with. The 2017 KTMs and Huskys are the first
complete packages to hit the market in decades.
Other changes made to the 2017 TC125 are the
10mm-longer brake pedal, glazed-over rear brake pads,
Mikuni TMX 38mm carburetor (we miss the Keihin, but
we will get to that later), bridge-style top bar-mount clamp,
ODI lock-on grips and Dunlop MX3S tires.
at peak. That’s a horse above the YZ125 powerplant. It is
true that the powerband was short and the bike was hard
to ride, but in the right hands this mill could sing the high
notes all day long. The minor changes for 2013 were black
grips, a new handlebar pad and graphics.
What was new on the 2014 Husky TC125? In 2014
things started to get interesting. Stefan Pierer had purchased Husqvarna in 2013 but didn’t have time to come
out with a new model that year. For a time, there was a lot
of mystery surrounding what his intentions were. It was
obvious something big had to happen for the Swedish/
Italian/Malaysian/German/Austrian brand to make a profit. Without having to spend tons of money on R&D, Stefan
took the proven engine and chassis of the 125SX and covered it with Husky salad dressing. So, what changes were
made? There were no left-over Husqvarna parts on the
2014 Husky TC125. The bike was literally a KTM 125SX
clone with different-shaped plastic, a closed-off airbox (to
make the engine delivery unique), and a few other odds
and ends. Unfortunately, the TC125 didn’t make it over
the pond in 2014. Only the FC450, TC250 and FC250 were
imported to the USA.
What was new on the 2015 Husky TC125? The
entire fleet of 2015 Husqvarnas got a shopping list of
updates. Most significant were the WP 4CS forks. We
didn’t love them, but we found ways to live with them.
The shock linkage was lengthened 2.5mm, making for a
less progressive curve. The sealed airbox was given some
breathing room, although not enough to make a significant
difference. The updated seat-cover material was like a
slip-and-slide. Other small changes were the Dunlop MX52
The 2017 Husqvarna TC125 is the twin
brother of the KTM 125SX. These two
125cc machines are the fastest small-bore engines to hit the showroom floor in