A: We changed the gearing from a 13/50 combination to a
13/51 for Vets and Novices. The tighter gearing made it
easier to get to 14,000 rpm sooner (and you have to get to
14,000 to get max horsepower). Faster test riders could use the
stock 13/50, and National-level Pros could make 13/49 work.
Q: WHAT ABOUT HUSQVARNA’S ELECTRONIC
A: The Husky has three maps—stock, mellow and
aggressive. Two of the three can be accessed via the handlebar-mounted map switch. You choose which two by selecting
from a dial inside the airbox. The handlebar-mounted map
switch also doubles as the launch control switch.
Map switch. Inside the airbox, tucked in the upper right-hand corner, is a rubber-covered dial. If you turn the dial until
the arrow points at setting 1, you get the mellow map when the
map switch is in its rearward (two dash) position. If you
turn the dial until the arrow points at setting 2, you get the
aggressive map when the map switch is in its rearward (two
dash) position. If you turn the dial until the arrow points at
settings 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 or 0, you get another stock map when
the map switch is in its rearward (two dash) position. Note: you
always have the stock map in the forward switch position, while
the rearward switch position can have a mellow, aggressive or
stock map. We always ran the aggressive mode (setting 2).
Launch control. We could write a book on how to get the
most from the Husky launch control system, but who would
read it? Instead, here are the basics: To engage launch control,
flick the handle-mounted map switch forward and backward one
time. This will cause the EFI light behind the front number plate
to flash. As long as it is flashing, the FC250 is in launch control.
Whatever you do, don’t blip the throttle while launch control is
engaged or it will disengage (requiring you to turn the bike
off and start it again to get launch control back on). Instead,
apply steady throttle until the gate drops. Oh yeah, not a
single MXA test rider used the launch control mode on the
Q: HOW GOOD ARE THE WP 4CS FORKS?
A: They’re good. Not great. We like them, not because
they are on par with Yamaha’s SSS forks, but because they are
much better than the typical WP offering. They aren’t the old
horrendous WP forks of our nightmares. They are raceable in
stock trim and, for the first time in a long time, like forever, test
riders could get satisfaction out of the compression clickers.
Slow riders could turn them out from the stock 15-click settings
and faster riders could turn them in. The 2016 WP 4CS forks
emphasize a plusher feel.
One caveat: These forks are designed to work best for Vets
and Novices. Pros will most likely bottom them over anything
bigger than a Snickers wrapper. We accept this, just as we
accept that there are no Pros running stock forks anywhere on
the planet. We applaud WP for being brave enough to build fork
settings that work for a major portion of their buying public,
even if it doesn’t sit well with the elitists.
Q: HOW DOES THE 2016 HUSKY FC250 HANDLE?
A: It handles just like a KTM—with a bad front tire. Job
number one is to exchange the stock Dunlop MX52 for your
favorite front tire. If the MX52 is your favorite front tire, carry
your medical insurance card on your person at all times. Since
the Husky FC250’s geometry, weight bias and balance are
identical to that of the sweet-handling KTM 250SXF, this bike
should feel like a dream. And it will with a decent front tire.