incredible on a 218-pound freewheeling two-stroke. Even an oversized
rotor on the Yamaha YZ250 would
have a tough time matching the
brakes on the KTM/Husky duo—they
are that good.
The YZ250 brakes are okay. Not
great. Not very good. Just good
enough. But, as long as you never
ride a KTM or a Husky, you won’t
know how subpar they are.
WHICH BIKE CORNERS THE
Husqvarna wins this category
hands down. If the Husky and the
KTM are identical, why do we keep
pointing out how different they are?
Because they are quite different in
motion, though they are the same on
paper. How does the Husky beat the
KTM? The height and resilience of
the subframe play a big role in the
Husqvarna TC250’s very supple feel.
All you need to do is point and shoot
and the Husqvarna does the rest. It
is one of the best cornering machines
on the market.
The KTM comes in a close
second to the Husky, but it is second
nonetheless. The KTM is more
sensitive to setup than the
Husqvarna and requires the shock
sag and fork height to be fine-tuned
to get the most out of it.
Yamaha is third—as you would
expect from an eight-year-old chassis.
In stock trim, it had major issues
getting into tight ruts. And if we got
it in, it was a challenge to keep it
from climbing out. We could get it to
corner like a champ, with the forks
obscenely high in the clamps and sag
set at a very low 107mm. This setup,
however, compromised the chassis in