Q: FIRST AND FOREMOST, IS THE 2015
HUSQVARNA FC250 BETTER THAN THE 2014
A: Yes. It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to realize
that the 2015 Husqvarna FC250 was improved over
the previous model year. Why? Because the Husqvarna
FC250 gets the benefit of every improvement that is
made to the KTM 250SXF.
Q: WHAT CHANGES WERE MADE TO THE
2015 HUSQVARNA FC250?
A: The Husqvarna FC250 received the exact same
changes as the 2015 KTM 250SXF. Suspension was
the primary focus, although there are a bevy of other
updates found throughout the bike.
(1) WP 4CS fork. The four-chamber fork was
specifically designed for motocross. It offers improved
damping and shaves off 175 grams. The clicker settings
can be easily adjusted with dials on the top of each fork.
The left fork houses compression damping, while the
right leg controls rebound.
( 2) Shock. The WP DCC (Dual Compression Control)
shock features different valving and a 4mm increase in
stroke. The slightly longer stroke complements the new
link geometry without changing rear-wheel travel.
( 3) Linkage. The 2.5mm-longer linkage features new
geometry for improved handling and shock performance.
The different rising rate offers a less-progressive feel
throughout the entire stroke. Additionally, tighter
machining tolerances in the linkage system equate to a
weight savings of 40 grams.
( 4) Front axle. The 22mm front axle replaces the
previous 26mm axle to reduce unsprung weight by 40
grams. The axle clamps have a 2mm-shorter offset and
( 5) Subframe. The lightweight polyamide subframe of
the FC250 has been reinforced with an additional screw
on the left side that improves fitment and the airbox
( 6) Fork guards. The fork guards are no longer
wrapped around the lower fork stanchions. Although
they don’t offer as much coverage, they can be removed
without taking the forks off the bike.
( 7) Hand guards. All Husqvarnas come standard
with hand guards. This year they beefed up the material
for improved impact resistance.
( 8) Handlebars. Renthal FatBars have been replaced
by Neken bars, but the bend is identical to last year.
( 9) Seat cover. The seat-cover material is completely
new. The seat feels firmer, but it is not a very good seat
KTM 350SXF 2015 FC250
Elegant: The new styling of the FC250 is highlighted with
swooping blue and yellow stripes. Most MXA test riders
prefer this year’s graphics to last year’s.