2012 BUYER’S GUIDE
TM was once known for making the fastest small-bore
two-strokes in the world. The small company developed
a reputation in the kart racing world, as well as in the
80cc class at the ISDE. The 144cc motocrosser was
developed from the 125 two-stroke, but has a longer
stroke and a larger bore.
P ric e : TBA
We love this bike. The Yamaha YZ125 outlasted all the
other Japanese 125s for one simple reason: it was the
best. Now it remains in Yamaha’s line, albeit unchanged, as
a perfectly logical step for young riders graduating from the
mini ranks. Many tracks and racing organizations still promote a 125 class.
It seems that European makers are still very enthusiastic about the future of the two-stroke. Husqvarna’s
CR125 is light and compact. What makes it such an
exceptional deal this year is that Husky throws in a free
parts package with every bike sold, including a 144cc
cylinder and piston.
P ric e: $5999
After a brief hiatus, the KTM 125 two-stroke returns with a
new frame and linkage suspension. It remains the most powerful bike in the class—which is very small, indeed. And its big
brother, the 150SX, remains in the lineup, identical—except for
a bigger bore and a longer stroke, bringing it to 144cc.
P ric e: $6399/$6299
2011 model shown
Yamaha says the company will continue to make the
YZ250 two-stroke as long as people buy it. The bike
hasn’t changed in any meaningful way since 2007, but it
was considered the best of the breed at that time.
We’re surprised that the price has continued to climb
We get letters every month complaining about how
the manufacturers have abandoned two-strokes. It’s
not true. The KTM 250SX is still around and still moving
forward with every model year. It now has linkage suspension just like the latest generation of four-strokes,
it’s fast and the price is great.