Flexx bars are a big part of the Sutherlin arsenal of stuff.
A steering damper for a 125 motocrosser? Absolutely.
isn’t much expertise on the subject in the U.S. Ty
Davis has spent a little time working with the Husky
motor, but at this point most of his results are
trade-offs—low end for top end.
Sutherlin is an interesting guy; he’s a hard-
core believer in steering stabilizers for both off-
road and motocross. He simply doesn’t under-
stand why anyone wouldn’t run a stabilizer
for any type of riding. So, the 125 got a GPR
V4. He also installed Fasst Flexx bars,
which he considers mandatory.
For suspension, he took the road less traveled. The
stock fork might have great potential, and almost anyone
knows how to revalve a KYB fork, but Gary is a big
Marzocchi fan. Yes, that’s a little odd, but you need to
know a little background here. Gary rode Husqvarnas for
several years in the days that Ty Davis handled all Husky’s
West Coast racing. Back then, Marzocchi forks were
stock, so they learned to make them work. So the path of
least resistance for this project was to borrow a set of
those very forks from Ty for this race. Strange but true. Ty
revalved the stock Sachs shock.
The bike also got a TM Designs’ chain slider and chainguide, Split graphics and Samco Sport high-temp hoses.
That last addition was important because the stock hoses
touch the Pro Circuit pipe. The Samcos can withstand
that. Gary chose a Dunlop MX11 sand tire on the rear, partially because of its light weight.
Our Husky wasn’t really that exotic when we were done.
But from a sheer fun-factor point of view, it might as well
be the most expensive project bike ever. It’s a sheer gas to
ride; you almost can’t get off without a smile. Gary hadn’t
well and flat loved the bike.
How competitive is it? In terms of outright power,
it was better than any 125 and stronger than most
144 kit bikes. The Husky motor likes the 58mm
bore—it actually responds better to the dis-
placement boost than a Yamaha. The KTM
150, on the other hand, is a tough compari-
son. It’s fast—really fast. It makes more
bottom end, more mid and more top. The
good news is that the Husky handles bet-
ter. We were stunned by the perfor-
mance of the Marzocchi fork. If it had
been this good in the days when it was
original equipment, Husky would have
never changed. Still, we know the KYB
fork can work extremely well, and it
makes little sense to replace it. Virtually
all of our other changes keep the total
cost of the project reasonable. Even modi-
fied, the Husky is one of the best values in
the MX world. It helps that Husky gives up the
most important parts for free.;