gets a more appropriate 42 N/m spring.
( 3) Map switch. Gone is the flick-style selector switch,
and in its place is a multi-switch that toggles between two
maps, launch control and traction control.
( 4) Brake pedal. The rear brake pedal is now 10mm
longer than it was in 2016.
( 5) Rear brake pads. The rear brake pads have a
less aggressive compound to make the rear stopper less
( 6) Head stays. Last year’s steel head stays have been
replaced with thicker cast-aluminum stays that are 60
( 7) Triple clamp. The top triple clamp is more rigid.
( 8) Hour meter. There is an hour meter installed on
( 9) Handlebar clamps. Last year the bars were
mounted to a one-piece lower bar mount, but for 2017, the
top bar mount is one piece.
Q: HOW DOES THE 2017 HUSQVARNA FC250
RUN ON THE DYNO?
A: The 2017 Husqvarna FC250 makes a stunning
44. 38 horsepower at peak, the most in the 250 class. Does
that mean the Husky FC250 is faster than the 2017 KTM
250SXF? Yes, on a dyno. On the track, there is some doubt.
The Husqvarna powerband pulls a little longer, with a
steadier metronome-style power pulse, than KTM’s snappier, and is more responsive and a quicker-revving engine.
In the saddle, you can feel the difference between the two.
Every MXA test rider said that the KTM was faster.
If they are identical engines, why don’t they run the
same? Husqvarna’s plastic airbox is different from the
KTM’s. Our biggest complaint about the Husky airbox is
that airflow is severely restricted by the molded design.
During our dyno runs, we ran back-to-back tests with the
airbox cover propped open 2 inches. The opened-up airbox
made a 1/2 horsepower more at every point on the pow-
erband. Peak horsepower jumped from 44. 38 horsepower
to 44. 67 horsepower.
As for the 2017 numbers, the Husqvarna FC250 makes
44. 38 horsepower. The KTM 250SXF makes 43. 73 horsepower. The Yamaha YZ250F makes 40. 98 horsepower. The
Kawasaki KX250F makes 40.06 horsepower. The Honda
CRF250 makes 38. 89 horsepower, and the Suzuki RM-Z250
makes 38. 34 horsepower.
Q: HOW FAST IS THE 2017 HUSQVARNA
A: When we tested the 2017 KTM 250SXF in the
November 2016 issue we said, “If you are talented, brave
or stupid, this will be the fastest 250cc four-stroke you’ll
ever race. If you are slow, the best strategy is to stick it
in second gear and refuse to shift. That way, you’ll rev
it to the moon but not have to dance on the precipice of
disaster. This is a Pro powerband.”
Guess what? The Husqvarna also requires you to go to
max rpm in virtually every gear. Unlike the KTM, however,
the power below 14,000 rpm is more manageable because
it has a less rushed response. It’s important to note that
even though the Husky FC250 is a little easier to ride, it is
still a top-end-only powerband. And just as with its orange
brother, you have to use it to its fullest to get the most
out of it. MXA test riders were split between the snappier
KTM and steadier Husky, but regardless of which color
you choose to buy, you can get the exact same power out
of the Husqvarna as the KTM by simply drilling out the
Q: WHAT ABOUT THE GEARING?
A: Depending on the track layout, many Novice and
Vet riders had trouble getting the Husqvarna FC250 all the
way to 14,000 rpm. They would run out of straight before
they ran out of revs. The problem is that last year’s FC250
The big changes for 2017 are the WP AER
air forks, lighter shock spring, more rigid
top clamp, longer brake pedal, thicker
head stays and an all-new electronics