2017 Husqvarna TX 300 First Impression Review

The Do-All Two-Stroke Husky

Husqvarna announced its 2017 lineup less than a month ago, and yesterday the company rolled out several of its new models for the press launch. We put a day’s riding on four of the machines, one of them being the all-new TX 300; and by all-new, that means a brand-new two-stroke engine (based on the same new motor that’s in the FC250 as well as the KTM 250 SX) in a brand new model category – the TX line.

2017 Husqvarna TX 300
The Husqvarna's all look great. This one looks great in any environment.Photo by Max Mandell

Husqvarna created the TX and FX (two-stroke and four-stroke cross-country models) lines to provide a machine that could do it all, from motocross racing to off-road racing, and all the more-casual pursuits on track and trail as well. Component wise, the TX line is identical to Husky’s motocross FC and TC line except for the bigger tank, 18” rear wheel, a kickstand, and in the case of the FX350, an extra gear (for 6 total) in the transmission. For the TX 300, this means an all-new two-stroke engine (+50cc) as well as the new WP AER air fork. A less noticeable change for 2017 is the new top triple clamp with more material on the top/front for more rigidity in the clamp. Interesting the entire TX lineup for the US for 2017 is just these three models.

Husqvarna’s quest for the do-all bike is not as unrealistic as it may sound, especially for the average rider who is not pushing his machine to its full potential on every ride. For our Day One on the TX 300 two-stroke, we put two pro-caliber riders on it (Tyler Enticknap, weighing 195 pounds, and Dylan Anderson, weighing 145 pounds) on the Cahuilla Creek MX track and some nearby trails, and even with the demands those riders put on the bikes both riders were impressed with Husky’s new 300.

2017 Husqvarna TX 300
The TX 300 is nimble in the track, on the trails, and in the air. Tyler Enticknap demonstrates.Photo by Max Mandell

Engine

Both pro riders were impressed with the engine, especially its ability to lug yet be ready for a full charge without any sense of loading up or bogging. Tyler felt he wanted one tooth on the rear for technical off-road to stay further up in the RPM during technical sections as a way to get past a small inconsistency of delivery feel when coming up from idle; he said for fast, open riding, however, the gearing was perfect. On the track, Tyler short-shifted the engine to get the best out of it, while Dylan mentioned that the 300’s top-end felt stronger than the TC250 that he also rode.

2017 Husqvarna TX 300
Off-road the pro riders loved the compliant suspension. The AER fork is great on small bumps.Photo by Max Mandell

Suspension

Both pros agreed the suspension came set up too soft stock for them, but also both agreed the overall action of the suspension was impressive. Tyler, the heavier pro, knew the stock settings were just too soft for him to moto at his pace, and particularly wanted more support in the front end in soft berms that a stiffer set up would have given him; he also felt a wallowy sensation from the soft valving, though in the same breath mentioned the suspension was consistent and didn’t do anything unexpected. But once he backed down his pace he could appreciate the good action of the suspension. He praised the air fork, saying that it’s probably the best air fork he’s ridden; Tyler puts an emphasis on small bump compliance, and feels most air forks don’t do a good job of smoothing them out. But the WP air fork was smooth on the small bumps but also consistent and good on the bigger bumps, too. He did mention the track did not get very rough on our intro day. Dylan, our lighter pro, had bottoming issues on the moto landings, though did not feel the suspension was blowing through on the jump faces. He increased the air pressure and went two clicks stiffer on the fork compression, yet the bike remained too soft. Even taking it off-road with these settings the bike felt soft. But on the trails the mentions of ‘soft’ weren’t really a complaint. Both riders felt the suspension action was awesome, especially on small trail bumps. Tyler said it best, “soft and predictable.”

2017 Husqvarna TX 300
The TX is soft for pro track speeds, but the chassis and suspension remain predictable.Photo by Max Mandell

Handling

There weren’t any complaints heard about the TX 300’s handling. On the track it was called stable and in the tight trails it was called nimble, light, and thin. In corners, Dylan praised the bike for laying over and not wanting to pop up mid-turn. Tyler loved the stability while flat tracking around slick turns. Neither rider noticed much vibration, something the Husqvarna engineers worked to minimize.

Overall, we’re impressed with the TX 300 and will do further testing. Though our pro testers really felt the comprise of trail compliant suspension on the track, we’re going to put more riders on this bike and see how much of a do-all this machine can be for the average rider – average being the guy who wants to do it all, but also has a budget the prevents multiple bikes.

2017 Husqvarna TX 300
How’s an extra 50cc to pull you out of soft berms?! Tyler Enticknap pushes some dirt around.Photo by Max Mandell
2017 Husqvarna TX 300
Dylan Anderson appreciated the light and nimble feel of the 300 in the tight trails turns.Photo by Max Mandell