Husqvarna Announces 2016 MX Range

While Husqvarna is beginning to focus on road bikes with the upcoming release of the 701 Supermoto and future release of the 401 concepts, they’re still ensuring that their off road range remains at the peak of the curve. After earlier announcing their 2016 enduro range, Husqvarna has also confirmed its MX range for 2016 and there’s some impressive improvements.

Husqvarna has announced all new versions of the FC 450, FC 350 and FC 250 4-stroke bikes, plus an all new TC 125 2-stroke. These aren’t mildly updated machines with a few new stickers – Husqvarna has rebuilt them from the ground up. The newly released bikes are lighter, faster and more durable.

While you might often think of dirt bikes as low tech, Husqvarna is bringing some new thinking to their range. The frame is laser-cut and robot welded and made of chromium molybdenum steel (I don’t know what that means either, but it sounds impressive) and the three piece subframe is made of carbon fibre which saves 1 kilogram from the previous model. The rear shock is also half a kilo lighter and it’s mated to a new rear link geometry, which improves both damping and balance.

Across all 4-stroke models a new Keihin engine management system processes data faster while a 44 mm throttle body – compact and 100 grams lighter – provides immediate throttle response thanks to the elimination of a throttle linkage. New for MY16 is launch control, integrated into the standard handlebar map switch. With the ability to alter engine characteristics, the launch control feature seeks out maximum traction to deliver consistently perfect starts as standard. Overall weight savings have been significant. The FC 450 is now 5.2 kg lighter than the previous model, while the FC 350 is 4.7 kg less than the 2015 machine. The FC 250 has been lightened by 4.0 kg. That’s mighty impressive for what are already light machines.

And that’s not all. There’s new GSK brake discs, Pro Taper handlebars, ODI lock-on grips, new WP radiators, new 7-litre polythene fuel tanks, a new airbox design with tool-less air filter access, as well as black DID alloy rims and CNC machined hubs.

The new Husqvarna MY16 motocross range will be available from all authorised European Husqvarna dealers from September. No word yet on Australian or US release dates or prices.

 

2016 Honda CRF250R Gets Big Power Boost

We’ve previously reported on the updated 2016 Honda CRF250R – the mainstay of Honda’s MX fleet – just a week ago, but little information was available at the time. Now Honda has released full details of the upgrades to the CRF250R, save for actually how much more horsepower the bike makes.

The main focus of the 2016 enhancement revolves around a completely revised cylinder head, piston and con-rod. The new engine is more powerful in the high rev range and stronger off the bottom, while still maintaining its smooth feel and delivery. An extensive redesign of the power plant has resulted in a win-win situation; less weight and more power

The CRF250R’s renowned 49mm Showa SFF-TAC-Air forks also received a host of internal changes, as well as an extra 5mm length in the top tubes to enhance traction, suspension reaction, rider feel and adjustability. While both fork legs employ the same stroke and internal dimensions as employed previously, they have undergone extensive development to reduce friction through a shorter stroke, improving suspension reaction speed and also increasing reaction force at midstroke, boosting control during prejumping and landing.

The lightweight suspension – specially developed by Showa for the CRF250R – is designed to fully unlock the chassis’ performance potential for the ultimate riding experience. Other changes like the resonator chamber in the exhaust and a redesign of the footpegs make the CRF more practical than ever before, while cutting edge technology like the Engine Mode Select Button (EMSB) is an exciting reminder that the new model means serious business.

Release date will be within the next few months, depending on your location.

2016 Honda CRF250R Gets Big Power Boost

Yamaha Update 2016 Off-Road Range, Including New Two-Stroke Trail Bike

Did somebody say two-stroke? Yes, we did as Yamaha has taken the wraps of an all new machine, the YZ250X. Okay, it’s is based off the existing YZ250 motocross bike, but it does get a lot of GNCC-specific features (Yamaha’s words, not ours) such as an 18-inch rear wheel, sealed O-ring chain, off-road focused tires a standard side stand and fuel tank petcock with reserve position.

Other variations include narrow dimensions on the expansion chamber (vertically and horizontally), minor changes to the compression ratio, exhaust port tuning, ignition timing and the inclusion of a wide-ratio 5 speed gearbox to bring more versatility and flexibility to trails riders. It’s nice to see a two-stroke trails focused bike that’s not from Europe for a change.

The 2016 Yamaha YZ250X will be available in August, priced at $7,390 which is only $100 more than the YZ250 – a very small premium considering all the changes it receives.

Most of Yamaha’s existing lineup gets minor tweaks and refinements, while the YZ450F gets probably the most attention. Biggest upgrade is that it now comes with launch control. Additionally, Yamaha has modified the cam profiles for what they describe as improved low and mid range response. Also refined are the both the clutch and gearbox, the suspension gets revised settings and the front brake is now 270mm in diameter. It’ll be available later this month for $8,590.

 

KTM Revamps Two and Four-Stroke MX Lineup

KTM has announced a revamp of both its two and four-stroke motocross lineup, with less weight and more power the big takeouts from this announcement – word we always like to hear. The two-stroke 125 SX and 150 SX get the biggest changes, while the four-stroke 350 SX-F gets some nice upgrades as well.

The 125 SX and 150 SX get all new two-stroke engines. Within the heart of the new engine is a newly designed cylinder that has a bore of 54 mm. Apart from reworked ports, it features a newly developed power valve unit with a sophisticated mechanism for the lateral support exhaust ports. New 125 SX engine is more compact and is 4.4 pounds lighter than before while 150 SX engine loses four pounds of mass.

KTM says the over 90% of parts for the 125 and 150 updated bikes are new. Both models get a newly designed chassis with a new frame, subframe, footpegs, swingarm, linkage and rear shock to provide improved mass centralization and reduced weight for better handling.

The updates to the four-stroke SX-F range aren’t as dramatic, but still include as standard a state-of-the-art launch control system, an updated EMS with a faster ECU, as well as a new throttle body and different riding modes. The 350 SX-F gets the most attention and now has many of the features from the 250 SX-F Factory Edition released last year.

2016 KTM 125 SX Highlights

  • New 125 SX engine is more compact, is 4.4 pounds lighter and has more power for class dominance
  • New cylinder with revised ports and newly designed power valve unit with a sophisticated mechanism for the lateral exhaust ports gives a massive performance increase over the entire range
  • A new piston is optimized for maximum reliability with the new cylinder layout
  • Lighter crankshaft is optimally balanced for minimum vibrations
  • All-new die-cast engine cases raise the crankshaft and clutch shaft, centralizing mass and improving handling
  • New 6-Speed transmission provides the same gear ratios as before but is lighter and narrower
  • New “No Dirt” shift lever prevents dirt from fouling the lever joint to ensure proper shifting in any condition
  • New exhaust pipe has been tuned for the 125SX specifically to get maximum power output from the new engine
  • New lighter Chromoly steel frame provides higher torsional rigidity with less longitudinal stiffness resulting in improved handling and energy absorption
  • New smaller, lighter subframe design made with new aluminum profiles
  • New lighter swingarm features a revised internal structure to match the new frame characteristics
  • New lighter “No Dirt” footpeg design that provides a larger surface area and features a “scraper” to reduce dirt build-up in the hinge
  • New CNC machined upper triple clamp featuring a rubber damping system for the new Neken handlebar and ODI lock-on grips
  • The advanced WP 4CS (Four Chamber System) Fork has been specifically designed for Motocross and features revised damping settings optimized for the new chassis
  • New generation WP shock has been developed in conjunction with the new frame and swingarm architecture including a new linkage/pullrod system
  • Super lightweight Galfer Wave rotors, CNC machined hubs, high-end Excel rims fitted with Dunlop GEOMAX MX32 tires are standard equipment
  • New airbox and airfilter design offers maximum protection for the engine while ensuring maximum airflow and providing quick “no tools” airfilter changes
  • New ergonomics and bodywork centralize mass, improve handling and rider comfort

2016 KTM 150 SX Highlights

  • New 150 SX engine is more compact, weighs four pounds less and has more power for class dominance
  • New cylinder with revised ports and newly designed power valve unit with a sophisticated mechanism for the lateral exhaust ports gives a massive performance increase over the entire range
  • A new piston is optimized for maximum reliability with a reworked shape to fit perfectly with the new cylinder layout
  • Lighter crankshaft is optimally balanced for minimum vibrations
  • All-new die-cast engine cases raise the crankshaft and clutch shaft, centralizing mass and improving handling
  • New 6-Speed transmission provides the same gear ratios as before but is lighter and narrower
  • New “No Dirt” shift lever prevents dirt from fouling the lever joint to ensure proper shifting in any condition
  • New exhaust pipe has been tuned for the 150 SX specifically to get maximum power output from the new engine
  • New lighter Chromoly steel frame provides higher torsional rigidity with less longitudinal stiffness resulting in improved handling and energy absorption
  • New smaller, lighter subframe design made with new aluminum profiles
  • New lighter swingarm features a revised internal structure to match the new frame characteristics
  • New lighter “No Dirt” footpeg design that provides a larger surface area and features a “scraper” to reduce dirt build-up in the hinge
  • New CNC machined upper triple clamp featuring a rubber damping system for the new Neken handlebar and ODI lock-on grips
  • The advanced WP 4CS (Four Chamber System) Fork has been specifically designed for Motocross and features revised damping settings optimized for the new chassis
  • New generation WP shock has been developed in conjunction with the new frame and swingarm architecture including a new linkage/pullrod system
  • Super lightweight Galfer Wave rotors, CNC machined hubs, high-end Excel rims fitted with Dunlop GEOMAX MX32 tires are standard equipment
  • New airbox and airfilter design offers maximum protection for the engine while ensuring maximum airflow and providing quick “no tools” airfilter changes
  • New ergonomics and bodywork centralize mass, improve handling and rider comfort

2016 KTM 350 SX-F Highlights

  • The DOHC engine of the 350 SX-F features a completely new construction in order to make it even more compact and powerful.
  • New engine cases redesigned to centralize the rotating mass of the crankshaft and clutch while reducing overall length and weight
  • Completely reworked Keihin Engine Management System with new 44mm throttle body featuring a lightweight direct-connect design
  • New electronic Launch Control for efficient starts and multiple engine maps to control the overall power delivery
  • New cylinder head combustion chamber geometry, optimized ports, new camshafts, new timing, new finger followers and new valve springs for improved power and reduced weight
  • New lightweight forged bridged box-type piston by CP, new shorter connecting rod mated to a new shorter, stiffer crankshaft contribute to a light engine feel and strong power delivery
  • New 5-speed transmission features wider gears with a new surface treatment on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th gears along with a special low-friction coating on the shift forks to provide precise and easy shifting
  • New “No Dirt” shift lever prevents dirt from fouling the lever joint to ensure proper shifting in any condition
  • New CSS (Coil Spring Steel) one-piece clutch that has been completely redesigned for improved oil supply for better cooling, durability and lighter weight
  • New super-compact and lightweight 1.1lb Lithium-Ion starter battery
  • New WP flow optimized radiator design features a substantial improvement in engine cooling
  • New exhaust header and new lightweight  silencer are both designed to increase power and contribute to mass centralization
  • New lighter Chromoly steel frame provides 20% higher torsional rigidity with 30% less longitudinal stiffness resulting in improved handling and energy absorption
  • New smaller, lighter subframe design made with new aluminum profiles
  • New lighter swingarm features a revised internal structure to match the new frame characteristics
  • New lighter “No Dirt” footpeg design that provides a larger surface area and features a “scraper” to reduce dirt build-up in the hinge
  • New CNC machined upper triple clamp featuring a rubber damping system for the new Neken handlebar and ODI lock-on grips
  • The advanced WP 4CS (Four Chamber System) Fork has been specifically designed for Motocross and features revised damping settings optimized for the new chassis
  • New generation WP shock has been developed in conjunction with the new frame and swingarm architecture including a new linkage/pullrod system
  • Super lightweight Galfer Wave rotors, CNC machined hubs, high-end Excel rims fitted with Dunlop GEOMAX MX32 tires are standard equipment
  • New airbox and airfilter design offers maximum protection for the engine while ensuring maximum airflow and providing quick “no tools” airfilter changes
  • New ergonomics and bodywork centralize mass, improve handling and rider comfort

 

AUS | YCF Motorcycles Now For Sale in Australia

French manufacturer YCF has hit Australian shores with a range of off road only machines (none are homologated for street use) targeted at children all the way to young adults. Patrick Lowry of the Lowry Group is the man responsible for the importation of YCF to Australia for the first time and the machines will be immediately available at 11 dealers around Australia.

Paul Feeney used to be involved with the same firm that imported MV Agusta and Husqvarna into the country and it would appear that many of those same dealers will also be stocking the new range from YCF.

According to the YCF blurb, YCF offers a range of mini 4 stroke motorcycles starting at entry level 50cc, electric-start kids bikes with optional remote engine kill switch and training stabilizer wheels. They also cater for bigger kids and adults with a full range of fun bikes and pit bikes from 88cc right up to 190cc.

If you haven’t heard of YCF before, that’s probably not surprising. They’ve only been in existence for 10 years and began as a partnership between two Frenchmen, motocross rider Yannick Coquard and technician Dimitri Bera who helped establish the manufacture of the machines in China. YCF motorcycles are currently sold in Europe, South America, Canada and now Australia.

There’s a fairly substantial 20 models available at launch, 19 of which are dirt bikes plus a single supermoto. Prices begin at $1,550 (rideaway) for the kids 50cc automatic machine with the most expensive being the largest capacity F190 dirtbike at $4,990.

Visit the Australian YCF website for a full list of machines and dealers.