There is hardly any other motorcycle brand able to boast a 108-year tradition of motorcycle production and racing like that of Husqvarna. The first Husqvarna motorcycles were built in 1903, with victory coming just 13 years later in 1916 at one of best known enduro races of the time, the Novemberkåsan. This laid the foundation for a success story which remains unparalleled to this day.
While the thirties also saw victories in road racing, too, it was after the Second World War that Husqvarna achieved a major breakthrough in off-road racing. In the early fifties, the company not only focussed on developing and manufacturing innovative, competitive and reliable motorcycles but also made a clear commitment to its involvement in the areas of motocross and enduro racing. Husqvarna won its first world championship in the class up to 250 cc in 1959, collecting the same title in the 500 cc category just two years later.
Ongoing success in racing made Husqvarna a sought-after brand with increasing sales figures not just in Europe but also in the USA. The enormous popularity of Husqvarna was enhanced by famous riders such as Mikkola, Aberg and Hallman, but there was one outstanding celebrity fan: American actor Steve McQueen. McQueen was not just an enthusiastic motorcyclist and motor racing fan, he also achieved success himself on the race track on both two and four wheels. Among other things he entered the Six Days in 1964. The title photo of the US magazine "Sports Illustrated" dated August 23rd 1971 showing a bare-topped Steve McQueen doing a jump on a Husqvarna 400 Motocross remains legendary to this day. The McQueen-Husqvarna combination eventually became the idol of a whole generation of off-road fans.
WR 125 - HUSQVARNA.The pleasure of learning.The pleasure of rediscovering lightweight enduro.
For young riders it is a necessity and also the natural choice for those who want to rediscover the joy of lightness and the unmistakable high rev sound of a WR125. A bike that has everything - performance and handling – the result of infinite tests and trials over the course of its career, often making it the standard of reference for the 125 cc class. And the significant advantage of having the most affordable price in the Husqvarna enduro racing range.
Thoroughly revamped in 2011 with a new chassis the same as the motocross version, the latest model sports the styling of the new 2012 range. An all black chassis, the aesthetic way to reflect the improvements made to its mechanics and ease of handling. The new black chassis has been modified at the steering-head with 25CrMo4 chrome-moly steel plates to improve strength and rigidity.
The bike also has the new 2012 graphics and the same anodized silver Excel hubs as the higher cc versions. The standard issue is fitted with handguards and control panel with digital display.
They say "don’t change a winning formula", and the compact single cylinder engine with exhaust valve, crank-case V-Force intake, Mikuni TMX38 carburettor, and the new exhaust (introduced in 2011), has been so successful that the combination remains unchanged for the 2012 version. The design team focused on reliability and the new WR125 now has protection for the lower filter box.
Suspension and Brakes
The new WR125 retains fittings adopted on the previous model. Kayaba 48 mm forks with external hydraulic adjustment for both compression and rebound and Sachs rear monoshock, with progressive linkage and Brembo brakes with daisy wheel discs Braking all have proved their worth and needed no modification.
|Engine Type||Single-cylinder, two-stroke|
|Bore & Stroke||54 mm x 54 mm|
|Fuel System||38 mm Mikuni TMX carburetor|
|Ignition||Electronic with adjustable advance|
|Rake and Trail||26.5 degrees / 4.33 in.|
|Wheel Base||57.68 in.|
|Seat Height||38.4 in.|
|Front Suspension||Kayaba 48 mm fork, open-cartridge|
|Rear Suspension||Sachs single shock, fully adjustable|
|Front Brake||Fixed disc, ’Wave’ type, with hydraulic control and floating caliper|
|Rear Brake||Fixed disc, ’Wave’ type, with hydraulic control and floating caliper|
|Fuel Capacity||2.5 gal.|
|Dry Weight||222.7 lbs. (Wet)|
Motorcycle USA----"The Husqvarna WR125 is an agile two-stroke off-roader that is now in the cross-country line-up. The 125cc two-stroke’s frame is now black in color, and the sharp new look of the 2012 is further accented by new IPD graphics and silver anodized Excel rims."
Total Motorcycle----"Light, powerful, manoeuvrable and stable, the WR 125 is a firm favourite having won countless national championship events and in effect becoming the point of reference in its category. Husqvarna has always had a strong championship presence in the small two-stroke 125cc Enduro and Motocross sector, models which since their entry to the market in 1988 have become a technical benchmark for the category."doc437330|center