FIRST LOOK! 2016 HUSQVARNA
The layout and design of the 2016
Husqvarna were revealed at the 250
Grand Prix when factory Husky rider
Aleksandr Tonkov showed up to race
the new-look machine. Although some
of the parts on this bike are from the
race team (forks, carbon fiber gas tank,
shock, hubs, carbon fiber head stays
and FMF exhaust), the rest of it is pure
2016. The new bike is lighter and
slimmer with redesigned bodywork, plus
a black rear fender. It cannot be used in
the AMA 250/450 Nationals until it is
Husky has a new frame for 2016,
which mimics the KTM Factory Edition
frame. The redesigned frame is 20
percent stiffer torsionally and more
forgiving longitudinally. The subframe
has been redesigned. The 2016 Husky
FC250 engine is lighter, smaller and
more compact. The engine shares
its architecture with the 2016 KTM
250SXF. It features a smaller footprint
and improved centralization of mass.
The fuel injection uses a no-pulley
throttle body and smaller battery.
Ignore the race team graphics on this 250
Grand Prix race bike, but underneath the
sponsorship logos is the 2016 Husqvarna
FC250. Obviously the plastic is all-new,
along with the KTM Factory Edition frame,
engine, swingarm and brakes.
Note that the plastic subframe
only has one lower bolt (instead of
two) and the engine is the
latest generation KTM powerplant.
The carbon fiber bits, Hinson
clutch cover and Cone Valve forks
are for the race team only.