HUSQVARNA TC85: $5599
This bike has been in the Husky line since 2014, which
was the first full year of Austrian-made Husqvarnas. If
any bike fueled the “white KTM” criticism, this was it.
The differences you see are the ones you get, namely
bodywork and styling. The good news is that the KTM
85SX is hands down the most successful bike in the class,
so there’s no better bike to be linked to. Over half the 85s
at the Loretta Lynn’s Nationals were KTMs. The Husqvarna
TC85 hasn’t changed dramatically in its four-year run.
The company doesn’t hold much back for its smaller
bikes. It has a power-valve and a case-reed motor with a
Moto Tassinari VForce reed block. It also has a hydraulic
clutch and a six-speed gearbox, something that Japanese
companies haven’t come to terms with on their big bikes.
The master cylinder is from a company called Formula,
which is common in the trials world. Formula also makes
the hydraulic disc brakes, which have steel-braided lines.
The rear suspension uses a WP shock without linkage. The
fork is a WP Split design.
The standard TC85 has a 14-inch wheel in the rear and
a 17-inch wheel in front. For KTM there’s no big-wheel version officially in the line, but for Husky, there’s a TC85 with
a 16/19 wheel combo. Dubya also offers wheelsets that can
stretch the usefulness of the bike a few more years. Once a
kid gets past the age of 14 or so, there’s a period when he
wants to stay on an 85 but doesn’t fit anymore. Big wheels
are the answer, and they sell well on the used market once
you’re done. A new set sells for around $600, plus tires,
discs and sprockets.