The 125 feels much lighter than its actual weight because of
reduced rotational mass.
On a 450, this brake is great. Imagine how good it is on a 125!
hasn’t been a strength on any of the 2015 KTMs and
Huskys, we expected the Husky to feel harsh. Not so. The
suspension settings are soft enough for comfort on little
bumps and rocks. And, the bike is so light that there’s no
significant fork-bottoming problem. There’s nothing about
the rear to spoil the show, either. It’s soft, as it should be,
and the light weight makes it very forgiving. The bike is
probably too soft for motocross, unless you have a rider
who’s moving up from the minis a little early. In that case,
the Husky might work well for MX. In general, a 13-year-
old would have to re-spring and re-valve a full-size motocross bike. But, the Husky could be a perfect match.
Aside from the bike’s appeal to such young riders, we
have to admit the TE125’s racing ability is limited. It’s
hard to find an off-road racing organization with a thriving
125 class. You can race it against 250s and 200s in many
places, but it will struggle to keep up if there are big hills.
That’s just the way of the world today.
Here are some other factors to work into the mix. The
TE125 has the same Brembo brakes that work brilliantly on
a 450 motocross bike. Just imagine how well they work on
a 125. It’s mechanically simple, and that makes it a perfect
way to teach young mechanics how to work on motorcycles, not to mention it’s cheap to keep running. It has good
parts—the rims, bars, chain and sprockets are all excellent.
The biggest single flaw in the whole package is the price. At
$7649, the little Husky has no real price advantage over a
250 four-stroke, and it’s far more expensive than other 125s.
And if it’s for a young rider, you have to consider the fact
that he might want something bigger very soon. At those
ages, riders grow out of bikes just like shoes.
We don’t expect the TE125 to change the way America
rides. The 125 off-road bike will remain a side note, and
many dealers won’t even stock them. But, that doesn’t make
the bike any less awesome. It’s okay to have secrets. o