to? The KTM 125SX has better forks than the previous
WP closed-cartridge design, but it doesn’t hold a candle
to the YZ125’s Kayaba SSS units.
( 2) Husqvarna TC125. The TC125 and KTM 125SX
share the exact same suspension specs—valving, spring
rates and oil height. Hence, the Husky suffers from the
same harshness as the KTM forks. The spring rates are
accurate for most riders, but the valving is stiff for slower
or lighter riders. Test riders were particularly impressed
by the shock, which could handle a heavy load without
WHICH BIKE HANDLES THE BEST?
(1) Yamaha YZ125. Suspension and handling go hand
in hand, and the YZ125 is tops in the class in both cate-
gories. The Kayaba SSS suspension helps the aluminum
chassis settle into corners while also maintaining stability
at speed. Confronted with tight ruts and whooped-out
downhills, there’s no 125 two-stroke we would rather rely
on than the YZ125. It doesn’t do anything strange.
( 2) Husqvarna TC125. The decent suspension, muted
powerband and forgiving plastic subframe give the TC125
merit in the handling department. In stock trim, however,
the Husqvarna did suffer from a slight front-end push,
which was alleviated by adjusting the fork-leg height.
( 3) KTM 125SX. A front-end push was evident, especially in tight corners, but overall we were satisfied with
the 125SX’s handling characteristics. The WP suspension
doesn’t pair up well with the chromoly steel chassis (the
blame should be placed mostly on the forks). The catch-
22 of the KTM 125SX is that the engine thrives on high-