The 2017 FC350 exhaust has a resonance chamber welded to the head pipe. It increases midrange and lowers decibels.
Q: HOW GOOD ARE THE 2017 WP AER FORKS?
A: Showa and Kayaba have jointly ruined the reputation of air forks. Their Rube Goldberg designs, littered with
air valves and clickers, have sent racers scurrying back in
time looking for reliable and proven coil-spring forks. And,
Honda’s 2017 switch from air to springs might well be the
death knell of SFF-TAC and PSF- 2 forks. If coil-spring forks
don’t kill off Showa’s and Kayaba’s overly complicated
designs, then the WP AER air fork will. It is so much better
than any previous air fork that it is like the Lone Ranger
riding in to save the schoolmarm. Very good forks. Did we
just say that about WP forks?
Q: WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW TO LIVE
HAPPILY WITH MY FC350?
A: Here is a quick primer of 2017 Husqvarna FC350
(1) Peak power. The Husqvarna FC350 makes 54. 75
horsepower, but it makes its peak horsepower at 13,400
rpm. That means that if you shift before peak, you will get
less horsepower. Thus, you should never shift.
( 2) Battery. In cold weather, you should pre-heat the
lithium-iron phosphate (LiFePO4) battery before trying
to start the bike. We touch the starter button enough to
activate the starter, but not enough to get the bike to
turn over. We do this two or three times. Why? Because
lithium-iron phosphate batteries get stronger as they get
warmer. Then, once we have the battery preheated, we
push the choke up (not down) and start the bike. Never
grind away at the starter button. If it doesn’t start in a few
seconds, stop and start over.
( 3) Launch control. To activate launch control, you
must press the map and TC (traction control) button at the
same time. If you do this properly, the EFI light behind
the front number plate will flash rapidly. Be forewarned;
launch control will only stay engaged for three minutes or
until you rev the engine and then let the rpm fall off 30 per-
cent or more. What does that mean? If you engage launch
control on the starting line and then blip the throttle or do
a burnout, you will no longer be in launch control. And,
you have to turn the bike off to re-engage launch control.
The best strategy is to wait until just before the board
turns sideways, then press the buttons to activate launch
control. Once you begin to rev the engine up, be careful
not to let the rpm fall off. If you do, you will revert back to
whatever map you chose.
( 4) Fuel filter. Husqvarna installs inline fuel filters in its
gas lines. They can be accessed via the quick-release fit-
ting on the fuel line. You can flick the small nylon filter out
and check it for debris. It can be back-flushed or replaced.
Clogged filters hurt the fuel pressure and flow. Be very
careful to make sure that the fuel line clicks back together
completely. We have had the quick release pop off because
we didn’t get it clicked. When the fuel line pops off, the
engine stops almost immediately. Click it!
( 5) Shock preload adjustment. When we need to
adjust the preload on the rear shock, we do not hit the red
shock collar with a hammer. Instead, we turn the shock
spring by hand while using a long flat-bladed screwdriver
to pry against the frame and the shock collar at the same
time. If you hit the nylon shock collar with a hammer and
punch, you will deform the notches.
( 6) Rear brake-pedal spring. Turn your rear
brake-pedal spring around so that the tang on the spring
closest to your foot faces inward. If it faces outward, you
can hit it with your boot and unhook the spring. We also
crimp the tangs once they are turned around to make them
fit tight to the pedal.
( 7) Ignition cover plug. The small Allen plug on the
back of the FC350 ignition covers can leak oil—although
not enough to create any major issues, just enough to
make a mess. This plug can be sealed with high-temp
silicone. The Allen plug doesn’t attach to anything; it is