YAMAHA YZ125 (TWO-
We have called this the best-handling dirt bike in the world, and
nothing has happened to change
our opinion. The YZ125 is pure fun.
It is great for youngsters making the
transition to the big-bike world, or
for older riders revisiting their youths.
Last year it got new bodywork and
suspension, and now it gets a few
minor cosmetic licks.
Husqvarna got its version of KTM’s
new 125cc two-stroke but with a
number of Husky twists. The clutch
has a Magura master cylinder. The
bodywork is completely different,
and the airbox is contained within a
polyamide subframe. The new motor
is ultra compact, and the whole bike
should weigh well under 200 pounds.
YAMAHA YZ250 (TWO-
After getting new bodywork and
suspension for 2015, the YZ250
two-stroke was left to enjoy its new
look for 2016 with only a couple
of cosmetic changes—black rims
and a gold chain, to be exact. It
remains an excellent motorcycle with
a backbone-style aluminum frame
and the best suspension in the two-stroke world.
KTM 150SX/125SX (TWO-
This is an all-new bike (or two
all-new bikes) and is the biggest
news that two-stroke fans have had
in years. The previous 125 and 150
were already very fast, but had used
the same motor design for about
20 years. This new engine is still a
case-reed six-speed with a Keihin
carb. The 150 and 125 are the
same, aside from a 4mm difference