cover to ride with.
( 10) Oil pump. The oil-pump suction screen has new
O-rings that increase durability under extreme conditions
and over time.
( 11) Clutch. The Coil Spring Clutch (CSC) has a
lighter, one-piece, CNC-machined, steel clutch basket and
upgraded clutch springs.
( 12) Graphics. The Husqvarna FC250 uses sturdy
Q: WHAT MAKES THE HUSQVARNA FC250
DIFFERENT FROM THE KTM 250SXF?
A: The MXA wrecking crew was able to identify eight major areas where the KTM 250SXF and
Husqvarna FC250 differ.
(1) Aesthetics. Although the Husky and KTM have
the same exact engine, suspension and chassis, the
two brands are differentiated by their aesthetics, plastic
shapes, yellow valve cover and black rear sprocket.
( 2) Subframe. The standout innovation of the FC250
is the polyamide subframe. It is designed to have
increased flex compared to KTM’s aluminum subframe,
which equates to an improved feel.
( 3) Airbox. The FC250 airbox is different because it
has to fit into the polyamide subframe. Unfortunately,
that’s not a good thing. It is a far worse design than
what KTM is using. Why? There aren’t any open areas
for air to enter the airbox. The FC250 airbox is buttoned
up tighter than Fort Knox.
( 4) Rims. The Husqvarna line comes standard with
black-anodized D.I.D DirtStar rims, while KTMs come
equipped with black-anodized Excel rims.
( 5) Controls. Every Husky comes with white hand
guards. They are easily removable if you prefer to block
roost with your knuckles. The FC250 grips are slightly
firmer than what is found on the KTM 250SXF, and they
also have “Husqvarna” inscribed in the rubber.
( 6) Ignition maps. Husqvarna mounted a two-position map switch on the handlebars. Map 1 is the
stock map and Map 2 is whatever map you choose at
the junction box under the seat. The choices are mellow
( 7) Seat. The Husqvarna seat looks cool, but the
grippy-looking material offers no grip whatsoever.
( 8) Muffler. Don’t be confused by the different
exhaust part numbers on the FC250 and 250SXF. Both
bikes use the same system, aside from a minor bracket
change that’s required because of the tighter confines of
Husqvarna’s polyamide subframe.
Q: WHAT’S THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE
BETWEEN THE 2015 FC250 AND THE 2014 FC250?
Updates: The biggest improvement to the 2015 Husqvarna line-up is the 4CS forks. Although based on the KTM 250SXF, the
Husky FC250 has a completely different feel.