ued existence. Equally crucial is stopping people, including
the MXA wrecking crew, from calling Husqvarnas “white
KTMs.” Consumers demand more than just a wig, beard
and change of clothing from Husqvarna. They want something uniquely Husqvarnian. Are they getting it? We don’t
think so. Here are eight areas where the Husky isn’t a
(1) Aesthetics. The Husqvarna’s overall look—from its
truncated rear fender to its platypus-bill front fender to its
white color scheme—is unique.
( 2) Clutch. Unlike the KTM, which uses a Brembo
clutch lever, master cylinder and slave unit, the Husqvarna
uses Magura components.
( 3) Carbon fiber subframe. Husqvarna’s subframe is
plastic, with carbon particles mixed into the formula. It is
technically 70 percent plastic and 30 percent carbon.
( 4) Swingarm. Husqvarna’s swingarm has a different
shape from the KTM swingarm.
( 5) Rims. Husqvarna specs D.I.D. Dirt Star rims, while
the KTM uses plain-wrap Takasago Excels.
( 6) Brakes. Husqvarna uses GFK brake rotors and silver
spokes. KTM uses Galfer rotors and powdercoated black
( 7) Handlebars. The Husky FC250 is outfitted with Pro
Taper bars with a proprietary Husqvarna bend. KTM uses
( 8) Seat cover. Husqvarna’s seat cover is more aggressive than KTM’s rough-surface cover.
Q: WHAT CHANGES DID HUSQVARNA MAKE
TO THE 2017 FC250?
A: There are nine major changes to the 2017 FC250
compared to the 2016 FC250. Here is the list.
(1) Air forks. WP AER front forks replace last year’s
WP 4CS forks.
( 2) Shock spring. Last year the 2016 Husqvarna FC250
came with the 45 N/m shock spring. This year the FC250
Q: WHAT IS PLATFORM SHARING?
A: Another name for platform sharing is badge engineering. Platform sharing is when a manufacturer uses
major components from one brand as the basis for another. This can include engines, frames, suspension components, wheels and brakes. Platform sharing saves money,
because the manufacturer gets the benefit of economy of
scale. Instead of having to build new frames and engines
for each of its vehicles, a company can make separate and
inexpensive production runs of each and just label them
The automotive industry is rife with platform sharing—
the Audi A3, Audi Q3, Audi TT, VW Golf, VW Jetta, VW
Eos, VW Tiguan, VW Touran, VW Scirocco, Seat Leon,
Seat Toledo, Seat Altea and Skoda Octavia all ride on
the same basic components. Don’t think that motorcycles
have been immune to badge engineering. In the late ’60s,
British rivals BSA and Triumph used platform sharing on
lots of models, most famously on the BSA Rocket 3, which
was also sold as the Triumph Trident. No matter the
badge, both bikes rolled out of BSA’s Small Heath factory.
In motocross, the best-known example of platform sharing was the 2004 Kawasaki/Suzuki Alliance. In 2004 and
2005, the Kawasaki KX250F and Suzuki RM-Z250 were
identical save for the yellow or green plastic.
Q: WHAT ARE THE NON-PLATFORM PARTS
ON THE HUSKY FC250?
A: Platform sharing is crucial to Husqvarna’s contin-
The 2017 Husqvarna FC250 is an attractive
machine with its white plastic and blue
and yellow highlights. Under the hood lies
a clone of the KTM 250SXF, but with subtle