HUSQVARNA TC65: $4999
For 2017 Husqvarna added the TC65 to its line. It’s
similar to the KTM 65SX but has its own bodywork. Again,
this is a good thing. The 65 class is even more saturated
in orange than the 85 class. Using the 2016 Loretta Lynn’s
Nationals as an impromptu poll, the class is 90-percent
KTMs. The big news for both bikes was the arrival of the
WP AER 35 fork. This makes the bike lighter and is a significant upgrade. The Husky 65 motor has a case reed and
a power valve that is controlled by exhaust pressure rather
than a ball-ramp mechanism. Again, the clutch is hydraulic
and the brakes are Formula discs at both ends.
To broaden the appeal of the 65, we took a look at a
new Rekluse Core EXP Automatic clutch. It’s a big step
from a 50 to a 65, and the manual clutch makes it even
more intimidating for younger riders. Rekluse has just
developed an application for the little Husky that takes
that problem off the table. With an aftermarket automatic
clutch, the kid will still have to learn shifting and most of
the other skills that come with a larger bike, but you can
put off the clutch problem for later. Pricing hasn’t been set
yet, but we expect the clutch to sell for around $600.
To make the 65 last a little longer on the other end of its
lifespan, KTM offers A-kit suspension. This is really only
practical for kids who race at a fairly high level, but you
can get A-kit WP suspension for minis just like you can for
big bikes. The price is formidable, but if you’re completely
immersed in mini racing, it’s worth considering.
HUSQVARNA TC50: $3999
Again, this is a new bike in the Husqvarna line for 2017,
but under the bodywork, there’s a KTM 50SX in there,
and that’s a good place to start. The market for this size
bike is crowded with very diverse options. Kids generally
start off on something small and mild like the Yamaha
PW50 or the KTM Mini 50, but they will outgrow either of
How do you keep
the family together
This works for us.
The TC50 is new to the
Husqvarna line. It isn’t meant
to be a first bike—that duty
usually falls to a Yamaha PW50
or a KTM Mini 50. It can, how-
ever, be detuned for a less
aggressive power delivery by
adjusting the automatic clutch.
For 2017, Husky
has a TC65 as
well. It’s aimed
at riders a little
over 5 feet tall
and 8 years old.
Keep in mind
that it’s a racer.