By Chris Denison | Photos Courtesy of Husqvarna
After months of speculation, rumors, and excitement, Dirt Rider has officially landed in Sweden for the 2014 Husqvarna press launch. As expected, the recent Husqvarna-KTM-Husaberg collaboration has come to fruition in the all-new Husky line, which features 10 different models for U.S. consumption.
Before we get to riding these bikes, we wanted to offer you a preview of the new model lineup. All of the various designations may seem confusing, but just remember that “F” refers to a four-stroke, and “T” designates a two-stroke, while “C” and “E” refer to motocross and enduro models, respectively. Don’t worry, you’ll figure it out after looking at the individual models below!
The FC 250 is Husqvarna’s 250cc four-stroke motocross platform. As expected, the bike is essentially a KTM with a polyamide subframe. The fuel-injected thumper is fed by a 44mm throttle body and is available in electric start only.
Like the FC 250, the FC 450 motocrosser sports a closed-cartridge WP fork, Dunlop MX51 tires and a Renthal 827 Fatbar handlebar. Aside from some minor bodywork changes including the polyamide subframe and handguards, the bike is essentially a KTM.
Husky’s new four-stroke enduro model, the FE 250, takes its cues from the now-obsolete Husaberg lineup. Keihin electronic fuel injection, a 42mm throttle body, and a DDS clutch make up the familiar engine package, while WP’s 4CS fork and linkage rear suspension handled the damping duties.
The FE 350 off-road machine has a lot in common with its smaller brother, including the previously mentioned DOHC engine features as well as a stock radiator fan, California green sticker homologation, and a high-pressure cast case for lighter overall weights.
While the FE 501 off-road machine is similar to the FE 250 and FE 350 models, the biggest displacement engine is actually a single overhead cam design with a Konig bridged box-type piston. As with the others, this spark arrestor-equipped, green sticker legal machine comes stock with a radiator cooling fan and a Brembo hydraulic clutch.
In a very fun twist, Husqvarna decided to add a TC 85 two-stroke to their model lineup, and while the new Husky is extremely similar to KTM’s 85 SX it is still a welcome entrant to the mini division. The bike did not get the polyamide subframe, but a hydraulic clutch, six-speed gearbox, and black Excel rims will most certainly stoke out younger racers.
The first thing you notice about the TC 125 may be the hand guards, but this moto-specific machine is definitely a departure from the previous Husqvarna 125cc model. As you can see, this motorcycle also sports the unique subframe design. The engine can be tuned via the adjustable power valve, along with one of two pre-set ignition curves.
The bigger version of the TC 125, the TC 250 motocross machine, also sports a WP closed-cartridge fork, a WP linkage shock and Boyesen reeds. If you thought that this machine looked like a KTM 250 two-stroke with a plastic subframe and Husky graphics, pat yourself on the back!
Husaberg was kind enough to loan Husqvarna some off-road two-stroke technology in the way of the TE 250 and TE 300, both of which sport the WP 4CS closed-cartridge fork with separate compression and rebound adjusters on the top of each cap. A DDS (damped diaphragm steel) clutch graces each machine, along with electric starting and a kick start backup.
The TE 300 is nearly identical to the TE 250—with its two adjustable ignition curves, which are changed by altering the plug connection—a Brembo hydraulic clutch, Boyesen intake components, and a six-speed transmission.
Stay tuned for a first impression of these machines to be posted immediately after we ride them!