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 main event of the test was the all-new TE250 and I was expecting a solid bike with no surprises as I’d already ridden the MX version and got a feel for it. And I was treated to what seemed to be an amazing race bike – not a stock machine but a race-prepped flyer!
It really did give a great feel right from the off on the enduro loop. It turned well, it revved hard, it made smooth transitional power all the way and beyond where I needed to rev the motor. The bike felt super-light in the technical off-cambered grassy corner sections and it simply whipped up and over one natural step-up out of an off-cambered turn with epic ease.
I wasn’t expecting it but the new TE250 is a world beater when it comes to performance and I personally think it looks cool as f**k as well. With the overall light feel and the motor working as it does, handling is easy to get used to – you simply hit everything flat-out and don’t worry about it!
Controls feel good and the Brembo brakes give a smooth stop from the wave discs. The front light makes the bike look aggressive and the new rear led light cluster with the small race number plate holder is cool (the road legal holder bolts on top of the race set up).
The fuel injection system delivers juice well to the tiny motor (when the battery doesn’t run flat) and titanium valves guide the fuel on its journey to become exhaust gasses with a lot of help from the overhead twin cams. A six-speed gearbox keeps the drive coming from the motor to give the superb forward motion produced by this little package. All in all – and I know it’s early in the new bike launch season – I reckon the TE250 is going to be hard to beat for the title of enduro bike of the year…
Bore and stroke: 79mm x 50.9mm
Fuel tank capacity: 7.2 litre
Front suspension: 48mm Kayaba (300mm travel)
Rear suspension: Sachs (296mm travel)
Front brake: 260mm disc
Rear brake: 240mm disc
Seat height: 950mm
Ground clearance: 290mm
Kerb weight: 106kg