HUSQVARNA TX300: $9199
This will probably be the best-selling Husqvarna of 2017.
It’s the new two-stroke motor in a 300cc configuration
with electric start and a six-speed gearbox. It’s in a more
aggressive state of tune than the TE models, and it has the
new WP AER 48 air fork. Off-road racing is its primary mission, but we know from past history that this bike can do
anything and do it well.
KAWASAKI KX85: $4349
Two years ago the KX85 was re-crafted and
brought up to date with a new top end, new
suspension and new bodywork. Now the bike is
enjoying a rebirth of sorts on the amateur racing
scene. The KX85 returned from the 2016 Amateur
Nationals with wins in many of the 85 classes, slowing the KTM tide somewhat.
KAWASAKI KX65: $3699
This bike virtually started the class back when it was a
60. It got a serious remake in 2000 and morphed into a
65, but it has changed very little since then. It’s one of the
smallest bikes that has a manual clutch and is perfect for
a transition into racing. At the highest levels, the Kawasaki
struggles to keep up with the newest 65s from KTM and
Cobra, but sells for much less.
HUSQVARNA TE250: $8999
The TE series is the Husky version of the KTM XC-W
two-strokes. If that doesn’t mean anything to you, then
think of these bikes as more trail-friendly, eastern-oriented
machines that are equally at home for play riding and
racing. It has the new motor platform with the counterbalancer shaft, the Mikuni carb and electric start, but the new
Xplor 48 fork has coil springs and soft settings.
KAWASAKI KX100: $4599
This is a good transition bike for riders who are a little
too big for an 85. The KX100 has a larger bore, bringing
the displacement to 99cc. The wheels are larger, with a
16-incher in the rear and a 19 in front, replacing the 14/17
combo on the 85. Racing rules vary, but the 100 is usually
legal in the Supermini class, though it might be at a disadvantage in stock form.
HUSQVARNA TE300: $9199
Husky is investing heavily in two-stroke off-road bikes
for 2017. The TE300 has the new six-speed motor with the
counterbalancer shaft, electric start and a Mikuni, just like
the TE250 and TX300. This one has the smoothest power
delivery and most trail-oriented suspension, following
closely in the footsteps of the previous TE300s from Husky
and, before that, Husaberg.