footpegs and a power-pulsating engine. On paper,
the Husqvarna TC125 should be a world-beater. It is
close, but it has two faults. (1) The narrow powerband takes a skilled rider to maximize it. ( 2) WP 4CS
forks hamper the handling, because the front end
fails to settle well into corners. Fixes are available,
though it will take an investment on top of the original purchase price of the 2015 Husqvarna TC125.
Once it’s dialed in, however, watch out!
The TC125 oozes style, like James Bond coolly
ordering a martini while dodging bad guys. The fact
that the TC125 is a Husqvarna and happens to be a
two-stroke is a win-win for those who favor
idiosyncrasies. It’s also hard to argue the benefits
of a bulletproof hydraulic clutch, stop-on-a-dime
front brake, bombproof durability, spicy engine and
chromoly steel frame.
We don’t like the suspension. Although better than
the old bladder forks, the new WP 4CS design is not
dialed in for U.S. tracks. Other quibbles include the
nylon shock preload ring, air-reducing left-side panel/
airbox configuration and fragile rear fender.
WHAT DO WE THINK?
This is a great option for a rider in search of something
fast and different, as long as he doesn’t mind harsh forks
and a narrow, high-rpm powerband.
most of the 2015 YZ125 updates center around
aesthetics. Yet in the 2015 MXA “ 125 Two-Stroke
Shootout,” the YZ125 took top honors. It’s a bike
that is very easy to go fast on—or at least as fast
as the engine will allow—thanks mostly to a
balanced chassis and amazing suspension. So,
while the YZ125 appears to have one foot in the
grave, it is still relevant because it is the epitome
of how a motocross bike should perform.
We’re not telling tales out of school when we
say that nearly every aspect of the 2015 Yamaha
YZ125 is impeccable. At the top of the list is the
Kayaba SSS suspension, which works across a
broad range of skill levels and rider weights. The
punchy engine, with its six-speed close-ratio
gearbox, aluminum chassis and comfortable
ergonomics, puts an exclamation point on a bike
that is coveted by the MXA wrecking crew.
From a raw-power standpoint, the YZ125 doesn’t
have the surge of the KTM 125SX or Husqvarna
TC125. And though the YZ125 received a facelift, it still
looks old. We also don’t think that the meager front brake
is very good.
WHAT DO WE THINK?
There’s no bike out of the crate that is more
exhilarating and enjoyable to ride than the Yamaha
YZ125. It is pure fun.
2015 HUSQVARNA TC125
Cloaked in white plastic, the Husqvarna TC125 is
practically identical to the KTM 125SX, save for the
subframe and gas tank. Therefore, it has the same
forward-thinking components that make that bike so
appealing: hydraulic clutch, massive front brake, large
2015 YAMAHA YZ125
How strange it must seem for a manufacturer to leave
a motorcycle unmolested for nearly a decade and still
be adored by the general public. That, in essence, best
summarizes the Yamaha YZ125. There is a stark contrast
between Yamaha’s strategy of treading water on the
technological advancements and KTM’s full-speed-ahead
approach to two-stroke development. Case in point:
MXA RODE TEST
MINI 125 TWO-STROKE TESTS