VIDEO: 2016 Husqvarna FC 250, Dirt Rider 250F Motocross Shootout

The 2016 Husqvarna FC 250 is a totally different animal than last year’s Husky, and it earned a third place (second runner up) in the 2016 Dirt Rider 250F MX Shootout.

Based on the 2015 Factory Edition KTM 250 SX-F, the 2016 Husqvarna FC 250 is a totally different animal than last year’s Husky, and it earned a third place (second runner up) in the 2016 Dirt Rider 250F MX Shootout. It’s lighter by almost seven pounds, has a new motor and exhaust, and a new and much more nimble chassis. The new frame, new shock, and new linkage allow for a lighter rate shock spring rate.

Down in the bottom of the RPM, the FC’s engine lacked meat and revved slowly, though some riders felt that power character took less energy to ride. The Husky has slightly more bottom than its KTM brother, but for both Austrian bikes the boost is at the top. Most testers from novice to pro felt the top end surge was exciting and effective and the white bike grabbed traction well, but this type of power takes skill to stay in the upper RPM.

If you’re looking to smooth out the chop, the 2016 WP suspension is for you. Most riders got along well with both ends, loving the ‘pillow-y’ feel at the top of and into the stroke, with only few complaints of bottoming. The suspension is plush without getting wallowy or giving up handling precision, but its soft settings contradicted the pro-oriented engine character.

The FC is predictable at speed and it initiated turns well. The Husky feels both connected to the ground and is also lightweight-feeling and easy to pivot or turn down on a berm. One component worth mentioning – the Husqvarna has electric start.

WHY IT SHOULD WIN

The top end power blew riders away, up there many riders called it the perfect 250F race engine. Also, the suspension is plush without hurting handling.

WHY IT DIDN'T WIN

The Husqvarna engine department targeted pros and the suspension department had novices and intermediates in mind.