2012 BUYER’S GUIDE
Husky’s two-stroke line is alive and well. The WR300
and 250 seemed tragically outdated when the world was f
ull of two-strokes—with their right-side output shafts
and slow-revving motors—but now their time has come
again. With modern suspension and brakes, the ancient
motors actually work quite well, and the prices are great.
Who says that two-stroke development isn’t moving? The
KTM two-stroke XC models are new and closely related to
the 250SX motocrosser, but with electric starting. The suspension and gear ratios of the XC models are more off-road-oriented, and the gas capacity is greater. Both the 250
and the 300 have linkage-style rear suspension.
When the idea of electric start first came to the KTM
300XC-W, it must have come written on a stone tablet
from some mountain in Austria. It was true inspiration.
Now, the button is featured on even the 250cc off-road
two-strokes. The W-line has a new version of KTM’s no-link suspension this year.
The TM 300 two-stroke is a monster. It makes as much
peak power as a 450 motocross bike. The 250 version is a
little more tame, but it’s still a potent motorcycle. TM prides
itself not only on horsepower output, but on having crafts-man-like detailing and high-quality components.
GAS GAS 300/250 RACE
Gas Gas is the unofficial cult bike of the National Enduro
Series. For 2012, the four-stroke line has been put on the
back burner while the two-strokes are all new, with a
redesigned frame, a new top end, a plastic sub-frame and a
screw-on air filter. The 250 and 300 Race Editions, as the
name implies, come ready to race with competition accessories.
For the 2012 model year, KTM (parent company of
Husaberg) will be importing ’Berg two-strokes but no four-strokes. The two Husaberg models will be very similar to
the 2011 KTM XC-Ws, with the more traditional PDS suspension, so if you’re a big fan of the way KTM two-strokes have been, you’ll have to go to Husaberg.