Q: FIRST AND FOREMOST, IS THE NEW 2017
HUSQVARNA FC250 BETTER THAN THE 2016 FC250?
A: Yes. Prior to the arrival of WP’s new AER air forks,
Husqvarna was operating with a major handicap. You couldn’t
mention a Husky or KTM without the conversation turning
to the Sturm und Drang of WP’s less-than-stellar 4CS forks.
Just as Shakespeare’s King Richard III yelled out his famous
phrase, “A horse, a horse! My kingdom for a horse!”, KTM and
Husqvarna were on the verge of losing their kingdoms for
want of a fork. Thankfully, the 48mm WP AER air fork came
to the rescue.
Q: SECOND AND SECONDMOST, IS THE NEW
2017 HUSQVARNA FC250 BETTER THAN THE
EQUALLY NEW 2017 KTM 250SXF?
A: No. If anything, it is a push between the two, but for
certain riders, one bike might be better than the other.
Q: WHAT IS THE BACK STORY BEHIND THE
A: Anyone interested in buying a 2017 Husqvarna FC250
must already know that Husqvarna is a spin-off of KTM. That
wasn’t always true. Husqvarna has been in the motorcycle
business for 113 years. When the Swedish brand began to
falter under Electrolux management in 1986, it was bought
by Cagiva and moved to Italy. When the Italian firm got into
financial trouble in the early 2000s, it folded Husqvarna into
MV Agusta (owned by Malaysian auto giant Proton). But,
Proton dumped its shares, which were picked up by BMW.
Six years into the ownership, BMW sold the company to KTM
owner Stefan Pierer in 2013.
Strangely, Stefan Pierer didn’t actually want anything that
Husqvarna had. He just wanted the name and the gun-sight
logo. There were two reasons for this: (1) He didn’t want the
headache of Italian labor unions and Husqvarna’s mishmash
of odd machinery. ( 2) With an Austrian factory capable of
pumping out 150,000 machines a year, Stefan Pierer had plans
to platform-share the new Husqvarnas with parts from KTMs.
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