Riders fall deeply in love with this bike from the first
moment their hand touches the throttle. The 150XC isn’t
a logical bike for an off-road racer. It doesn’t have any
specific class. But, the 150 isn’t about racing. It’s fun,
fast and weighs less than a gum wrapper. The bore and
stroke were upped from the 125, giving the 150 nearly
Husqvarna had a fairly new 125 motor when Japan
stopped making two-strokes. As a result, Husky 125s
are competitive with the last of the Japanese small-bores. What makes the Husky more interesting is the
price and value. Each 125 sold comes with a parts
package that includes a 144cc top end at no extra cost.
GAS GAS 200 RACE
The Spanish 200 Gas Gas seems odd, as it’s based on
the company’s 250cc motor rather than a 125, as is the
case with most 200s. But those who ride it swear it feels
light and agile. The six-speed two-stroke motor is tucked
into a steel frame with top-quality components, a
hydraulic clutch and Sachs suspension.
Just like the larger XC-W two-strokes, the 200 got a
new chassis this year with a new version of KTM’s PDS
no-link suspension. The 200 is made for tight, tough trails
and doesn’t like wide-open spaces. The retooling and
investment that the company put into this model further
demonstrates KTM’s commitment to two-strokes.