HUSKY CR125 SCREAMER
got a GPR V4. He also installed Fasst Flexx bars, which he
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
ridden a 125 since he was 14 years old, but he adapted
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 displacement boost than a
Yamaha. The KTM 150, on the other hand, is a
tough comparison. It’s fast—really fast.
It makes more bottom end, more
mid and more top. The good news
is that the Husky handles better. We
were stunned by the performance 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 val-
ues in the MX world. It helps that Husky
gives up the most important parts for free. ;
Flexx bars are a big part of the Sutherlin arsenal of stuff.
A steering damper for a 125 motocrosser? Absolutely.
YZ125 has an awesome fork and shock. Interestingly
enough, the Husky has a KYB fork that’s almost identical
to the Yamaha’s, aside from valving. Husqvarna’s specs
aren’t quite as plush, but it still provides a much better
ride than the KTM’s WP fork. In overall handling, the
Husky again splits the difference between the Yamaha
and the KTM. The CR turns extremely well, but isn’t quite
as stable as the YZ. But, most riders feel it has a handling
edge on the KTM.
A PRO MAKEOVER
Gary Sutherlin volunteered to be the foreman on our
CR125 project—his motive was to procure a race bike for
the 125 Pro class at the MTA Two-Stroke World
Championship. For a racing makeover, Husqvarna supplies you with the main ingredient when you buy the bike.
The cylinder and piston kit that you get with the bike
increases the bore by 4mm; there’s no stroke increase to
arrive at 144cc. KTM, on the other hand, increases both
the bore and stroke to separate the 150SX from the
125SX. The theory is that a 58mm piston is too heavy, but
the Husky doesn’t seem to lose that much scream when it
becomes a 144. It does, however, gain huge power on the
bottom and in the middle. Our bike also got a Pro Circuit
pipe and silencer. We didn’t want to increase the compression or change the port work, simply because there
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 understand why
anyone wouldn’t run a stabilizer for any type
of riding. So, the 125
The Husky might have been initially designed in the ’90s, but it looks
more modern than the other 125. The Split Design Graphics help.