2001 HUSQVARNA 125CR Husqvarna?s 125 is its newest model, designed from the ground up two years ago. We know that the power is at least in the ballpark, although the pre-production 2001 model that we tested was down on power compared to the 2000 model. We think this is a fluke. The 2000 model had decent low end and was comparable in peak power to a Honda. Workmanship is surprisingly good. The suspension is a half-step behind what Japan has to offer. TEST BIKE WEIGHT: 216 lb. PEAK HORSEPOWER: 29.9 hp @ 10,000 rpm.
2001 HUSQVARNA 250CR The 250 Husky motor has been around for years, and it shows. It?s down on power compared to anything else in the 250 class. We know that it?s capable of going fast, though, because we?ve seen Steve Lamson do amazing things on his works version. The Marzocchi fork and Sachs shock are extremely soft in stock form. TEST BIKE WEIGHT: 235 lb.
2001 HUSQVARNA TC570 It?s probably the most powerful motocrosser you can buy today. Husqvarna took its old 610 engine and completely revamped it, giving it a lighter crank and giving the bike new steering geometry in the process. It?s still a very big, cumbersome motorcycle, but the 570 is competitive for the first time in years, mostly due to huge gobs of torque. The suspension is a little rough, but closer to the mark than Husky?s two-strokes. TEST BIKE WEIGHT: 249 lb.
2001 HUSABERG FC470 Husaberg has new engine cases that incorporate the cylinder for 2001. We don?t see the advantage, aside from a little more weight. Oh, well, Husaberg can afford it?it?s still one of the lightest full-size four-strokes you can buy. The 470 isn?t our favorite engine size. It?s all mid-range and needs more on the bottom and top to hang with a YZ. The suspension has potential, but expect to do some fiddling. TEST BIKE WEIGHT: 243 lb. PEAK HORSEPOWER: 47.3 @ 8250 rpm.
2001 KTM 300EXC To this day, the KTM 300 remains one of the company?s best selling models. It has a smooth, no-hit powerband, a powerful lighting coil worthy of a night ride, and is bulletproof. On the other side of the ledger, it is very finicky when it comes to jetting, and the rear suspension is limited?either too soft or too hard, depending on where you ride.
2001 TM 250E You still don?t see that many, and you probably never will. TMs are expensive and rare. The 250 enduro is a solid enduro mount that has proven super reliable. Its power is competitive, although it has a slow-revving, old-fashion feel. Ohlins rear suspension is excellent, but the Paioli fork needs work. TEST BIKE WEIGHT: 236 lb.
2001 YAMAHA WR426F Yamaha gave the off-road version of the YZ a boost in displacement for 2001. That puts it out of the 400 four-stroke class, but expect racing clubs to change the rules to suit the new WR. The bike is a great all-around race platform, although it?s still a bit of a brute on really tight trails. TEST BIKE WEIGHT: 260 lb.
2001 VOR 503 MX A few years ago, we were super impressed with VOR?s first effort. Now it?s time to advance. The newest VOR motocrosser isn?t that different from the original. The motor is milder and the suspension slightly better. But it needs big changes to keep up with what?s coming out of Japan and Austria. TEST BIKE WEIGHT: 247 lb. PEAK HORSEPOWER: 50.3 hp @ 7500 rpm.