With their newly-developed 250cc four-stroke engine weighing in at just 22kgs, Husqvarna have produced a pair of featherweight fliers that pack a heavyweight punch…
These are exciting times for Husqvarna and the Italian manufacturer with a hint of German seems pretty fired-up for the future. With a newly developed super-light 250cc four-stroke motor rolling off the production line for the motocross and enduro class bikes the firm are stepping it up again. Now couple this with development engineers employed purely to work on the all-new two-stroke ranges for the future and things are looking positive for the hard-working factory.
The 2010 launch had a different atmosphere this year compared to previous times – it feels as though there’s a confidence returning to Husqvarna, a confidence that comes from fighting results in both WEC competition and the world MX3 championship. Seb Guillaume is pushing hard in E3, Bartosz Oblucki is hauling in E2 and Antoine Meo is ripping it in the E1 class and these three stars, along with the MX3 duo of Salvini and Martin, are helping make for a happy factory…
The test was held at Faenza and a cool enduro loop which was used for the Italian cross country championships a few weeks earlier was in use as well as the full GP track. The main bikes for the test were the motocross TC250 and the enduro TE250. The TC250 was launched earlier this year and pocket rocket Tony Marshall ripped up the San Miguel track in Tenerife on it. The bike was then sold only to a few teams as a limited edition but now the 2010 version is arriving at dealers as you read this.
The 2010 edition has some significant changes such as a swingarm shorted by 15mm for improved traction and turning as well as massive changes in the suspension department with the addition of closed cartridge KYB 48mm forks and damping improvements to the Sachs rear shock.
The super-light 22kg engine is up on power for better and more linear torque as well as a faster delivery. The bike weighs in at the FIM category limit so it really is a light bike and a credit to the factory. The TC250 incorporates all the changes that have been made across almost the entire range with the reinforced frame, integrated graphics in the plastics and new fork clamps.
The ride on the TC250 is smooth and easy with no major surprises. The track was hard in places and the little Husky hooked up and tracked its way around the various cambers and degrees of turn on offer. The power felt a little restricted and there seems to be more in the way of horsepower trying to get out of the motor. This will be an interesting bike to keep an eye on to see if it can get up and play with the world MX big boys in the four-stroke game as the 125 used to in the days of two-stoke GPs. Handling is massively improved with the Kayaba forks and these are a great addition to the range while the Sachs shock coped adequately even with my large frame.
Bore and stroke: 79mm x 50.9mm
Fuel tank capacity: 7 litre
Front suspension: 48mm Kayaba (300mm travel)
Rear suspension: Sachs (296mm travel)
Front brake: 260mm disc
Rear brake: 240mm disc
Seat height: 985mm
Ground clearance: 325mm
Kerb weight: 97kg