17' Husky 125 verdict?

Rockinar
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12/5/2017 9:04pm Edited Date/Time 12/6/2017 8:53pm
Been kicking myself in the ass for selling my CR125 last year. The bike was just flat out fun, easy to work on and cheap maintenance and that sound cant be beat. Local dealer has a 17' TC125 in stock. Thinking of grabbing it to make MX fun again.

Whats the verdict on the 17' 125? I remember reading about exploding gear boxes, reed issues, other stuff.

Whats the overall verdict? Time bomb or good to go?
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Bruce372
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12/5/2017 11:49pm
Amazing bike. I can even sell you a fmf factory fatty
305FC250
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12/6/2017 3:17am
Amazing bike. Packs some punch for being a 125. Good suspension, very light and nimble. I have 35 hours on mine and zero issues so far.
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12/6/2017 3:25am
Incredible bike, i love mine. No gearbox or intake issues here, and know of loads of them here in the UK and not heard of any of those issues. Go for it, you won't be disappointed

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12/6/2017 4:04am
I have a '14 KTM150SX and it is always fun to ride. I know the handling and suspension of the newer models is better and hear the engine is as well. Hard to go wrong if you're after fun.
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12/6/2017 6:07am
I have the '18 150sx, so not dissimilar bike. It is LIGHT. You will find yourself pounding out lap after lap. Very well balanced, and faster than I thought it would be. Certainly not like the small bore 2 strokes of old.
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12/6/2017 9:37am Edited Date/Time 12/6/2017 9:38am
Rockinar wrote:
Been kicking myself in the ass for selling my CR125 last year. The bike was just flat out fun, easy to work on and cheap maintenance...
Been kicking myself in the ass for selling my CR125 last year. The bike was just flat out fun, easy to work on and cheap maintenance and that sound cant be beat. Local dealer has a 17' TC125 in stock. Thinking of grabbing it to make MX fun again.

Whats the verdict on the 17' 125? I remember reading about exploding gear boxes, reed issues, other stuff.

Whats the overall verdict? Time bomb or good to go?
We had a 2014 for 4 years, it was blast and had no issues (other than 2 ignition coil failures.....). The 16's were the first year for the new high output / lighter motor and those had some issues, but the 17/18's seem to have the issues addressed and are pretty solid. We just replaced our 14 with an 18 150SX and it is so much fun! Added a Lectron carb, Bills Pipe and J Haeseeker racing cylinder and Powervalve mods and it is a blast to ride, even for our 195 lb riders! On the 14 we'd have to shift down on Mt St. Helens, Now we are upshifting! Big Grins!
12/6/2017 10:09am
Just don't let Stankdog ride it and I am sure it'll be fine! Laughing
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12/6/2017 10:20am
they go well, put a v force in it from new as the standard reeds to seal from new, have not put a lot of hours on my KTM version so can not talk about reliability,
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12/6/2017 11:23am
32 Hours on my 17 KTM 150 and zero issues. Raced it most of the summer/fall, plenty of practice days, and a lot of the tracks out here are sand which is pretty hard on small 2 strokes.
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12/6/2017 12:29pm
Bruce372 wrote:
[img]https://p.vitalmx.com/photos/forums/2017/12/05/229753/s1200_20171203_111642.jpg[/img]


Good ol' Club Moto.

Bike looks sweet! Love my KTM 300, but I'd love to step down to a 125/150 eventually.
12/6/2017 12:53pm
Seriously considering getting either a KTM or Husqvarna 125 next year. I've currently got an 18 YZ125 which I love but what puts me off getting a non Japanese bike is reliability & availability of parts. Also unsure on the air forks compared to what I have.
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Seriously considering getting either a KTM or Husqvarna 125 next year. I've currently got an 18 YZ125 which I love but what puts me off getting...
Seriously considering getting either a KTM or Husqvarna 125 next year. I've currently got an 18 YZ125 which I love but what puts me off getting a non Japanese bike is reliability & availability of parts. Also unsure on the air forks compared to what I have.
You're in the UK, so I would go for it. The 125sx or 150sx will be great at the likes of Apex, Fatcats etc.I must admit, that the first ride on my 150sx here in America had me thinking I should have got a 450 as the tracks are very different; rhythm sections and doubles with little run up is harder on the little 2 stroke, and less like the rougher natural terrain I am used to back home..

Trevor Pope has a brilliant online service that is quick, and KTMs use so many interchangeable parts there's a lot of good stuff in circulation used. The air forks are really good; I'm a convert.
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12/6/2017 2:20pm
Hard to get a picture but they need Reed's from the factory.



Other than that they are amazing bikes!

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12/6/2017 2:27pm
Same with mine from brand new. It ran okay, but when I pulled the standard reeds out to fit a v force before even riding it, there was daylight all around.
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12/6/2017 3:00pm
c0ncEpT wrote:
Hard to get a picture but they need Reed's from the factory. [img]https://p.vitalmx.com/photos/forums/2017/12/06/229929/s1200_received_10156071412831844.jpg[/img] Other than that they are amazing bikes!
Hard to get a picture but they need Reed's from the factory.



Other than that they are amazing bikes!

mine was the same, put the reeds up to light and big gaps, bolt the v force in, much better throttle response straight away,
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Pulled the OEM reed block out of the cupboard to take some pictures. Brand new. KTM should be reimbursing the cost of my V force.





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12/6/2017 4:35pm
Seriously considering getting either a KTM or Husqvarna 125 next year. I've currently got an 18 YZ125 which I love but what puts me off getting...
Seriously considering getting either a KTM or Husqvarna 125 next year. I've currently got an 18 YZ125 which I love but what puts me off getting a non Japanese bike is reliability & availability of parts. Also unsure on the air forks compared to what I have.
Parts availability for a KTM has not been an issues since 2005
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12/6/2017 5:08pm
Didn't they warranty the reeds/cages for those that had a problem?
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12/6/2017 5:18pm
Seriously considering getting either a KTM or Husqvarna 125 next year. I've currently got an 18 YZ125 which I love but what puts me off getting...
Seriously considering getting either a KTM or Husqvarna 125 next year. I've currently got an 18 YZ125 which I love but what puts me off getting a non Japanese bike is reliability & availability of parts. Also unsure on the air forks compared to what I have.
BobPA wrote:
Parts availability for a KTM has not been an issues since 2005
x2, you can literally get enough OEM parts off RMATV to build a new bike overnighted to your house.
12/6/2017 5:20pm
I have a '14 KTM150SX and it is always fun to ride. I know the handling and suspension of the newer models is better and hear...
I have a '14 KTM150SX and it is always fun to ride. I know the handling and suspension of the newer models is better and hear the engine is as well. Hard to go wrong if you're after fun.
Had the same bike; I regret selling it. Was such an awesome bike. Pulled forever and cornered like a Zook.
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12/6/2017 5:26pm
TeamGreen wrote:
Didn't they warranty the reeds/cages for those that had a problem?
nothing over here about recalls on them,
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12/6/2017 5:36pm
TeamGreen wrote:
Didn't they warranty the reeds/cages for those that had a problem?
Never thought to pursue it. I had already bought the V Force so didn’t give it much thought.
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12/6/2017 5:39pm
I've heard the Husky 125 is a pita to jet but maybe the reeds are the root cause of the problem? If I dropped $7k on a new one (which I almost did before getting a used 150SX) and thats how my reeds looked I'd be back at the dealer. Outside of the jetting, the Husky 125 is supposed to be badass and comparable to the KTM 150.
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12/6/2017 5:41pm
Bruce372 wrote:
[img]https://p.vitalmx.com/photos/forums/2017/12/05/229753/s1200_20171203_111642.jpg[/img]


norcal3737 wrote:
Good ol' Club Moto.

Bike looks sweet! Love my KTM 300, but I'd love to step down to a 125/150 eventually.
You ride out there???
Bruce372
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12/6/2017 5:42pm
Ours is pretty crisp and clean running. One down on the pilot, one leaner on the needle clip
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TeamGreen wrote:
Didn't they warranty the reeds/cages for those that had a problem?
For what? Another bad factory one?

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