On the lower end of the Enduro-inspired motorcycles that Husqvarna released for the 2006 model year was the WR, which was split into two models. Named after their respective engine displacements, the WR 125 and WR 250 versions of the 2006 Husqvarna WR were given manufacturer’s suggested retail prices of $5,299 and $6,099, respectively.
The engine on the 2006 Husqvarna WR is a two-stroke liquid-cooled single-cylinder unit. The one on the WR 125 has a bore and stroke of 2.12 by 2.14 inches (54 by 54.5 millimeters), compression ratio of 8.8 to 1 and a displacement of 124.8 cubic centimeters (cc). The engine on the WR 250 displaces at 249.3 cc; and has a bore and stroke of 2.61 by 2.83 inches (66.4 by 72 millimeters) and an 8.4-to-1 compression ratio. Each engine is paired with a manual transmission: a six-speed on the WR 125 and five-speed on the WR 250. A kick starter is in place for engine ignition.
The two models of the 2006 Husqvarna WR share a peak fuel capacity of 2.5 gallons (9.5 liters), width of 33.1 inches (840 millimeters) and wheelbase of 57.7 inches (1,465 millimeters). However, the WR 125 is slightly shorter and taller than the WR 250: at 87 inches (2,210 millimeters) and 52 inches (1,315 millimeters) compared with the latter’s 87.8 inches (2,231 millimeters) and 51.6 inches (1,310 millimeters). Also, with a dry weight of 203.9 lbs. (92.5 kilograms), the WR 125 is a lighter version of the bike; the WR 250 weighs 228.2 lbs. (103.5 kilograms).
The 2006 Husqvarna WR comes with a two-tone, blue-and-yellow color scheme. Padding the bike’s aluminum-and-steel frame--built that way to shave off pounds while retaining structUral strength--are a side cover, a pair of fenders and an underside-protecting skid plate. At the front of the 2006 Husqvarna WR is digital instrumentation that consists of a clock, tachometer, trip odometer, speedometer, service reminder indicator, and fuel level and temperature warning lights.
For a smoother ride, Husqvarna gives the 2006 WR bike a suspension composed of a Marzocchi inverted fork in the front and a Sachs twin-sided swing arm in the back; the set-up is for absorbing bumps. For braking, each motorcycle uses a 10.2-inch (260-millimeter) Brembo® hydraulic disc brake at the front and another Brembo® disc brake – a smaller, 9.5-inch (240-millimeter) one – at the back. The braking provided surpasses the capability of all-wheel drum or front-disc-brake rear-drum-brake layouts.
For a relatively inexpensive racing bike, the 2006 Husqvarna WR is worth considering. Like many of the racing entries from Husqvarna, it handles well and possesses considerable power: thanks to its quality components.