Befriending the beast
with two heads
The Husqvarna WR125 is a two-headed creature— both literally and figuratively. First of all, it’s a 125cc,
two-stroke off-road bike. That’s already asking for split-personality issues. When small two-strokes were in their
heyday, they were motocross bikes, pure and simple. A
few nut cases rode them in off-road events, but they
were usually racing it on a dare.
In the old days, 125s were pipey, untractable, slow and
fouled spark plugs out of sheer meanness. They improved
over the years, but by the time the 125 had come into its
own, the future was already being written—and it didn’t
include two-strokes. Husqvarna had the unfortunate timing to reveal an all-new, state-of-the-art 125 motor on the
eve of the four-stroke revolution. The bike was the direct
result of several World MX Championships with Alessio
Chiodi, but by then, it was too late. Today, that 125 is still
in the Husky line, having continued its own course of
development and refinement over all these years. It now
has more low end than any 125 of 1999. It’s fast, pleasant
and well mannered. In short, it’s a great off-road bike—a
great 125 off-road bike.
As if that weren’t enough of an identity crisis, the
Husky might not even be considered a 125cc two-stroke. It really does have two heads (and two cylinders). When each Husky WR125 is shipped to a dealer,
it comes with a parts kit that includes an oversized top
end. You have the option of waiting until the stock top
end wears out to turn your bike into a 144, or swapping
right away and using the original parts as a backup.
The Husky is two different bikes for the price of one.