than the comparable KTM 250SXF. The extra baggage
(223 pounds versus 221 pounds) is a function of the
heavier subframe and swingarm.
( 8) Handlebars. The 2016 Husky FC250 is outfitted
with Pro Taper bars in a proprietary Husqvarna bend.
KTM uses Neken bars.
( 9) Seat cover. For 2016 Husqvarna switched to a
nub-style gripper seat cover that is more aggressive than
KTM’s rough-surface cover.
( 10) Price. The Husqvarna retails for $100 more than
the KTM ($8499 versus $8399).
Q: HOW DOES THE 2016 HUSKY FC250 RUN
ON THE DYNO?
A: In what we find to be a strange twist, the 2016
Husqvarna is the most powerful production 250 four-stroke
ever. The twist is that this title was held by the 2016 KTM
250SXF for the two months before the Husqvarnas hit
American shores. The KTM pumps out 43. 76 horsepower
at peak. The Husqvarna FC250 eclipses its brother with
a stunning 44. 38 horsepower at peak. Why do we find it
strange? There isn’t a gnat’s breadth of difference between
the two engines mechanically. But, this isn’t the first time
that Husky has outgunned KTM. In 2015 the Husky FC250
was 1.1 horsepower stronger than the KTM 250SXF.
Why does the Husky FC250 make more power than the
KTM 250SXF? In our opinion, it comes down to the airbox.
standpoint, the look of the 2016 FC250 is daring.
( 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 claim that
its new molded subframe is made with carbon fiber is a
little misleading. The subframe is plastic, but carbon
particles have been mixed into the plastic formula. It is
technically 70-percent plastic and 30-percent carbon.
( 4) Swingarm. Husqvarna’s swingarm has considerably different dimensions from the KTM swingarm.
( 5) Tires/rims/brakes. Husqvarna specs Dunlop
MX52 tires. KTM specs the more race-specific Dunlop
MX32 intermediate tires. For racing on prepped tracks,
the MX52 can’t touch the MX32 front tire.
( 6) Wheels. Husqvarna uses black-anodized D.I.D.
DirtStar rims, GFK brake rotors and silver spokes. KTM
uses black-anodized Takasago Excel rims, Galfer rotors
and powdercoated black spokes.
( 7) Weight. The Husky FC250 weighs 2 pounds more
2016 Husqvarna FC250: Thanks
to the white/blue/yellow color
scheme and creative plastic the
2016 FC250 distances itself from
its KTM 250SXF organ donor.