Bike Review: KTM 125 E/XC —

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If you like them light and to ride, here’s a pocketful of fun

you be riding a 125 enduro bike?

For a lot of that’s a tough question to

Sure, if you’re just out or weigh-in at 125 pounds, it’s a 125 will work great, and be so powerful to intimidate you. But about the rest of us, all the 200-pounders who know better than get on a Plenty of big people and Senior riders are looking at 125s days, for many valid

1. They’re cheap. Even it costs the same to make a 125 or a 620 (at the level), manufacturers are forced by the to price a 125 lower than a big

This KTM 125 we’re testing month carries a suggested price of $4548, which is $1000 less than a For that $1000, all you’re less of is cubic displacement; other feature on the bike is the as the big bikes.

2. They’re light. to a 250 or Open bike, a 125 always less. In the case of the KTM, the 125 weighs exactly 20 pounds than the 250/300/360. Twenty may not seem like much, but a big deal when you’re or need every last bit of to get through that tight or drag your bike out of a

Weight is all important; if you don’t us we’ll make you race a bike for a while.

3. They’re not gutless anymore. 125cc enduro bikes are an combination of wide powerband and midrange power, while delivering that characteristic shriek on the top end. If you think 125 are still horribly peaky and you need to sling a leg over a or a Husky 125WXE one of these soon, and see what you think.

almost positive you’ll be at the available power.

Armed these revelations, we hopped on a for a day this past fall, and suitably impressed. First of the 125E/XC is easy to start—actually should be a main feature on the list. You push the kickstarter with a half-hearted jab and the bike up like it was running all along, not making any noise.

The only we could possibly have is the size of the kickstart lever.

the engine is warm, the first you notice is the abundant low-end

It appears to share the same number as the shift lever take that as truth), and if you size 11 feet, sometimes not sure you’ve got enough of big toe wrapped around the kicker to it down without it slipping If you have reasonable size this isn’t that of a problem.

Jetting is everything on a and this bike is no exception. a lot of KTMs, the 125 seems to come jetted a little strange; we it to be a little fat on the bottom and lean on Our jetting was dialed in by HH KTM in Douglasville, and for cool fall weather had the bike jetted with a 215 a 40 idle jet, a K55 needle in the position, and a DP262 needle

For the day we rode the bike, this was jetting. The starting jet stayed at a #60 jet, and like we said the was flawless.

Once the engine is the first thing you notice is the low-end power. Yes, no 250, but you can ease the clutch out and right along with bike. No frantic revving and required. The good bottom end right into a quick hit that tugs the bike up to When you hit mid revs you have a to make.

You can shift up and gently up in speed, or you can pin it and start riding a 125 knucklehead.

Which way you go mostly on terrain. If you’re riding on ground, you can do whatever you want. You can sit and short shift all day long, and have a nice mellow on a light bike. However, if the points up, or if you’re racing for keeps, you’d be better off on and letting the KTM buzz, which is can do well.

Pin the throttle and the 125 gathers strength and then leaps and by the time you get to about eight it’s begging for another Keep it pinned and smoothly jam it the next gear and the bike forward like a bee-stung and if you’re not paying attention the end is going to hop out of line when the wheel starts spinning. okay though, because on a 200 bike all it takes is a twitch your back end, and it back into line.

Pin it, rev, repeat, until you run out of

In the really tight, twisty the low-end power definitely but in hills you have to ride because yes, there’s low but it’s still a 125. If not used to it the first couple of might be frustrating, but seasoned 125 soon learn to shift two gears coming into a or hitting the base of a hill, than just taking as you’d do on a 250. When all is and done, riding a 125 aggressively can be a lot of work for your left but the light weight and low inertia of the makes up for it.

It is confidence-inspiring to know this is arguably the best absorber made in the world. The KTM have done more since ’95, and as a result the shocks now come with better damper valving.


year’s KTM is coming with the new 45 forks, which so far have to be a major improvement over the forks, which we had mixed about. The new Marzocchi Magnums to be valved a little more for the spring weights Marzocchi to use. We never got a chance to them all apart and see what doing, but we did notice that the work better, right out of the than they did last

Roots and hard-edged ruts are up with very little and choppy, rough terrain know the forks out of your line. We like them, better than last although we would recommend everybody open them up new, change the oil to a good oil and make sure the oil level is set We’d recommend this on any bike’s forks, not just

You’d be surprised at how far off most oil levels are, even from the factory.

The rear is provided via an Ohlins Type 3A and it is confidence-inspiring to know that is arguably the best shock made in the world. The KTM engineers done more testing ’95, and as a result the rear now come with even damper valving, which is not to say last year’s was bad.

’96 just seemed to be a more supple in the initial of travel, and felt cushier being soft. Nice suspension; no hopping, no kicking up, good control of the back However, like the forks, if really serious you’ll let a Ohlins service person the oil on this shock after and make sure that filled and bled with the oil.

Nine times out of ten bad rear action can be traced to air in the shock or assembly errors, and if you want to yourself to the best you won’t any chances.

If the 125 feels smaller the 250, it’s no illusion. The KTM 125 are slightly smaller; maybe an and a half in wheelbase. Don’t a low seat height, however, the 125 boasts of a seat height of inches—two tenths of an inch than the 250. The seating is typical KTM—you feel you’re sitting on top of the bike, plenty of room between you and the and a good relationship between the and footpegs.

The frame is chromoly while the rear subframe is

Putting it all together and threading bike through the trees is a It feels like you’re a mini bike, and when you the sweet spot in the powerband you can all day, hopping between and just plain having Yes, you do have to shift but that’s part of the trade-off for all light weight and flickability.

if you think you want to the 125SX of the E/XC, this is what find: The SX weighs 10 pounds (198.4 pounds) because of a rear subframe and no lights. It has a PVL flywheel ignition with no coils, and a close ratio that has a taller first and lower sixth gear the E/XC. It also costs $150 less than the

Everything else is essentially the

Well, we only had a day on this popper, but we wish it were As a matter of fact, we wish we had one of things in our garage. The fact this bike is as much fun to as it is stands as the answer to the Do I want a question.

If you like light and maximum maneuverability, well you probably do. This KTM 125E/XC has an suspension, KTM’s legendary and an amazingly versatile engine. You have to ride it a little bit than a 250, yeah, but the way you’re going to have a ton of


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