The ex-Supercross racer signed on with KTM when
he began his offroad adventure. It was a good pairing,
but with the reinvention of Husqvarna, Mike Brown
saw an opportunity to switch to a manufacturer with a
rich racing heritage. Husky needed an established star
to relaunch the brand, and Brownie was the perfect fit.
Husqvarna offered Mike a two-year deal as its premier
EnduroCross rider, which he happily accepted.
HUSQVARNA BUILT MIKE BROWN
AN ENDUROCROSS-SPECIFIC RACE
BIKE USING AN FC250 CHASSIS
AND FC350 ENGINE.
Here’s the interesting part. Switching from KTM to
Husqvarna wasn’t going to be an issue for Brown, given
that the 2014 Husqvarna model line is identical to KTM’s
offerings—save for the white plastic and a few other
minor differences. Unfortunately, Husqvarna didn’t import
its FC350 (the equivalent of the KTM 350SXF) to the U.S.
Instead, Husqvarna built Mike Brown an EnduroCross-specific race bike using an FC250 chassis and FC350
engine. Although the bike doesn’t have a single FE350
part, Husqvarna badges Mike’s bike as an FE350 for
marketing reasons. In truth, Brown’s Husky is nothing of
MXA isn’t afraid to venture into unfamiliar territory.
We’ve tested every type of motorcycle under the sun,
including a dirt tracker and an ice racer. We have gone
so far as to put a Honda CR125 engine into a shifter kart.
Testing Mike Brown’s Husqvarna didn’t seem out of the
ordinary, even though EnduroCross is intimidating. So, we
saddled up, kissed our St. Christopher medal and hit the
first rock quarry we could find. It was worth the trouble.
Mike Brown isn’t just one of the most talented motorcycle
racers in the world; he’s also an excellent test rider. His
Husqvarna FE350 is a testament to that fact. ❏
When you race on a track littered with rocks, logs and boulders,
you need something strong to protect your rear brake rotor.
Mike uses a stout shark fin.
The carbon fiber subframe is over 2 pounds lighter than
stock. It has increased airflow to the airbox, and the end of the
subframe is 10mm lower than stock. Mike Brown’s bike is 11
pounds lighter than stock, thanks to the titanium FMF exhaust
system and Think Technologies seat.
Brown’s FE350 is equipped with a WP Trax shock. The Drop
Out system is beneficial in small bumps. As soon as the rear
wheel leaves the ground, the system opens up and tries to push
the rear wheel back to the ground as quickly as possible. The
Trax system works best over rock beds, because the rear end
is more inclined to stay in contact with the ground instead of
Would you double from the tractor tires over the concrete
tubing? If not, you aren’t cut out for Pro-level EnduroCross.