at the bottom of the stroke. The fork itself is confi-dence-inspiring.
Q: WHAT DID WE HATE?
A: The hate list:
(1) Frame color. With the TC125’s puny black
frame guards, the white frame is exposed. In just a
few rides the white paint starts to wear off.
( 2) Airbox. The KTM 125SX has a better powerband than the identical TC125 engine. Why? The
TC125’s sealed-off airbox doesn’t allow the Husky
to breathe. Don’t be scared to drill holes in the side
panels or even remove a section of the right-side
airbox to get more excitement in your life.
( 3) Spacers. There are spacers in the seat-bolt
hole and right-side panel that fall out when you
remove either of these two bolts. Shouldered bolts
or tolerance-fit spacers would have solved this issue.
( 4) Tubes. The stock ultra-thin tubes will spring
a leak the first time you hit a rock. We recommend
replacing them immediately with STI’s heavy-duty
( 5) Shock-ring collar. With all the high-end
parts on this bike, you would think that after multiple years of complaints, Husky and KTM should
do something about the cheap plastic shock collar.
( 6) Torx bolts. You can’t bleed the forks without
a #20 Torx wrench or remove the ODI lock-on grip
or right-side panel without a #15. Even the brake
and clutch master-cylinder caps are held on with
Q: WHAT DID WE LIKE?
A: The like list:
(1) Ergonomics. When you swing a leg over the
TC125, you feel right at home.
( 2) Air filter. Installing an air filter in the TC125
is dummy-proof. It just can’t be messed up, even if
you install it backwards, upside down or inside out.
( 3) Forks. The WP AER air forks are simple and
offer exceptional performance.
( 4) Handling. We love this chassis. This bike
goes wherever you want it to with ease. It is nimble, light and corners with precision.
( 5) Radiator guards. The engineers over at
Husky put a lot of effort into designing their radiator guards. The guards don’t just manage airflow;
they are also strong enough to serve as radiator
( 6) Brakes. Although the rear brake pads are
not as touchy as last year, which most MXA test
riders liked, they are still the best in the business.
If you’re looking for that extra pucker power, you
can still buy the old brake pads. The part number
( 7) Engine. This is the best production 125cc
engine to hit the market, whether in a KTM or
a Husky. The powerband is broad, powerful and,
most of all, fun.
Q: WHAT DO WE REALLY THINK?