a corner with ease, even under acceleration.
Overall turning: A Once the bike
is set up correctly, it turns with very
Line selection: A The well-balanced chassis and top-notch suspension make getting into your chosen line easy—although, the Honda
CRF250 does it better.
Planted feel: A Are the tires glued
to the ground?
Overall feel: A It must be said
that, like the KTM 250SXF, it has a
much different feel from a Japanese
bike. This is not a bad thing. The hips
of the FC250 are wide but can be used
to your advantage. Once you get used
to the feel, chances are you will like
Brakes: A These brakes are just as
good as the KTM 250SXF brakes. The
rotors are a bit heavier for durability
Notes: This is a more forgiving
chassis than the KTM 250SXF offers.
Every rider likes the overall feel bet-
ter—although, to get the Husky to
handle like the 250SXF, a few chassis
changes must be made.
Forks: A The 48mm AER air forks
are awesome. They have great bot-
toming resistance. They are plush
and progressive. They are functional
for the masses, and they are easily
Shock: B The feel of the shock is
good. It works well with the forks and
absorbs chop well.
Balance: B This is a well-balanced
bike front to rear.
Gearing: F The super-tall 14/51
gearing is also on the 250SXF, but it is
much worse on the FC250. This is due
to the engine’s inability to breathe in
order to ramp up rpm quick enough.
The slow build-up of power and the
tall gearing do not mix. Spend the $20
on a 13-tooth countershaft sprocket
before leaving the dealership.
Maps: F Why are there three maps
with only one good one? The stock
map needs to add power where the
engine is lacking—in the bottom end.
Don’t bother with the soft map unless
you are riding on an ice rink.
Noise: A The bike sounds quiet
due to its restrictive airbox.
Tires: A The Dunlop MX3S tires
are great in many different riding
Price: F At $8599, the FC250 is
the most expensive bike in its class.
If you are a serious racer, it is worth
the money to have a light, high-horse-power engine with a hydraulic clutch,
super brakes, incredible handling,
easy to use air filter, solid shifting and
great suspension. If not, you might
consider saving the cash.
Weight: A The FC250 weighs in
at 220 pounds. It is 2 pounds heavier
than the 250SXF due to its plastic
subframe and beefier rotors.
Rank in class: Second place.