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.