Q: FIRST AND FOREMOST, IS THE 2016
HUSQVARNA FC250 BETTER THAN THE 2015
A: You bet! The 2016 Husqvarna FC250 is a total
redesign of the 2015 FC250. Nothing—and we mean
nothing—is the same as on last year’s bike.
Q: WHAT CHANGES WERE MADE TO THE
2016 HUSQVARNA FC250?
A: The list of 2016 updates runs a mile long, but suffice
it to say that the frame, engine, subframe, airbox, plastic,
gas tank, footpegs, suspension, brake rotors, swingarm, seat,
bars, clutch master cylinder, throttle body, color scheme,
transmission, graphics, weight, clutch basket, shock spring
rate and exhaust are all different. What does that leave
unchanged? The wheels.
Q: WHAT IS THE HUSQVARNA/KTM
A: When Husqvarna began to falter under Italian management and BMW ownership in 2013, KTM’s Stefan Pierer
stepped in and bought the 112-year-old brand. His motives
were both altruistic and economic. Which was which?
Altruism. Pierer didn’t want to see one of the sport’s
iconic brands fade away as Bultaco, Maico, BSA, CZ, AJS,
Greeves, Hodaka, Puch and Ammex had. Thus, when he
moved Husky from Italy to Austria, he saved the grand old
marque from being thrown on the ash heap of motorcycle
history. It should be noted that in giving Husqvarna a
death-row reprieve, he condemned Husaberg to the exact
Economic. Stefan Pierer believed that KTM could
emulate the platform-sharing methods of the automobile
industry. For example, Volkswagen uses the same underpinnings on its VW, Audi, Seat and Skoda brands. The key
is to maximize the benefits of economy of scale. Stefan
Pierer wants to do that with KTM and Husqvarna.
Q: WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN A
HUSQVARNA FC250 AND A KTM 250SXF?
A: There is little doubt that platform sharing is the
underpinning of Husqvarna’s continued existence; however,
differentiating Husqvarna product from KTM product is
critical. KTM had, in the 2014 model year, just slapped
white plastic on a KTM. That was then, but now the
consumer demands more than just a wig, beard and change
of clothing from Husqvarna. Here are 10 areas where the
Husky isn’t a KTM.
(1) Aesthetics. The Husqvarna’s overall look—from its
truncated rear fender to platypus-bill front fender to its
ode-to-Sweden color scheme—is unique. From a creative