Honda and Suzuki dropped their two-stroke lines. If it
weren’t for Yamaha, KTM, Husqvarna and a handful of
boutique brands like TM and Gas Gas, buying a new
two-stroke wouldn’t be possible.
MXA tests bikes that people buy—and that means four-strokes. But, the MXA wrecking crew has never given up
on the two-stroke. We have always seen the benefits of
keeping the two-stroke flame alive. Two-strokes are easy
to maintain, relatively inexpensive and fun to ride. In
short, two-strokes appeal to a broad audience looking to
plant roots in a sport that isn’t cheap.
For 2015, there are only three 125cc two-stroke
models being imported to U.S. shores: the KTM 125SX,
Husqvarna TC125 and Yamaha YZ125. Note that
KTM also produces a 150SX, but the displacement
The MXA wrecking crew rounded up the three bikes
and tested them on a variety of tracks and with a wide
range of skill levels to determine which bike is best in
the class. You will discover that our choice might not
be best suited to you, which is why we focused on
individual categories that illustrate certain performance
objectives—updates, powerband, suspension, handling,
brakes and clutch.