Hey Dirt Rider! Let me first say I have loved the changes to the magazine and “guest” editors’ editions you have done (just read RC’s, I loved it!) But I have got to give you a hard time about something: out of ALL the 300cc two-Stroke bike tests and comparisons, I have yet to see you put the Husqvarna WR300 against the Husaberg, KTM, etc. Do you guys consider the bike out of date just because it hasn’t been updated in a while? I can tell you this much, if I would have had this bike at the ’12 Tennessee Knockout Extreme Enduro, instead of my KX450F, I would not have gotten “knocked out” after the second race of pro day!
So come on, put the beastly WR in one of your comparisons and tell us what you think, or do some tuning and put on some aftermarket accessories for a special race test! I love my Husky, and I love two-strokes, so show me the love!
Scott, thanks for the letter. We recently hit up Husqvarna to test the WR300 that is, as you stated, a bike that had gone unchanged for many years. It is still a great bike and with new entries into the 300cc off-road two-stroke world it would certainly be interesting to see how the Husky stacks up against the KTM, Husaberg, Beta and Gas Gas. I’ve ridden the Husky WR300 a bit and while it is a great off-road machine, it isn’t quite as good as a KTM or Husaberg two-stroke. Because of limited supply and the fact that the future at Husqvarna isn’t fully known right now (the brand was recently sold by BMW and bought by one of the owners at KTM), Dirt Rider was told that would not be provided with a WR300 to test—there are even rumors the bike may not be offered in the 2014 line up. We are hoping that this is all an intentional diversion by Husky in order to surprise consumers with an all new direct-injected 300 two-stroke that we’ve heard rumors about, but that may just be wishful thinking on our part!
I fully agree that the WR300 would have been a way better choice than the full motocross KX450F you raced at the Tennessee Knockout Enduro; I’ve done that one, and it isn’t easy! That is extremely far from the right bike to attempt a hard enduro on but kudos to you for getting out there and going for it. Here’s to hoping that we get our hands on a Husqvarna 300cc test unit in 2014 so that we may finally and fully answer your questions! —Adam Booth