Under cover: The Husqvarna TC250 gets all the mechanical hardware of the KTM 250SX—including the diaphragm clutch.
Q: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A
HUSKY TC250 AND KTM 250SX?
A: The MXA wrecking crew was able to identify 13
differences between the KTM 250SX and Husky TC250.
(1) Color. The Swedish flag is blue and yellow, so to
distance Husqvarna from its Italian era, the Austrians
went with white plastic adorned with blue and yellow
graphics (and yellow fork guards). The Austrians do have
a Swedish connection in that they ran the Husky
spin-off brand, Husaberg, from 1995 until today. It
should be noted that the Husaberg’s color scheme was
also blue and yellow. KTM will shut down Husaberg at
the end of 2014 to focus on Husqvarna.
( 2) Plastic. Not only is the Husky’s color different, but
the plastic parts are unique to the brand.
( 3) Gas tank. Although it looks like a KTM gas tank,
there are enough differences that KTM radiator wings
will not fit.
( 4) Subframe. Husaberg was the stalking horse for
the idea of an injection-molded polyamide composite subframe (it’s okay if you say “plastic” or “nylon”). The 2014
Husqvarna’s plastic subframe is much less involved and
better designed than Husaberg’s cumbersome frame, but
it is untested on American-sized jumps.
( 5) Airbox. Largely because of the plastic subframe,
the airbox cover on the TC250 had to be reconfigured to
fit. On the KTM it is much smaller, while on the Husky
it encompasses the complete left-side panel and number
plate. Additionally, Husky has a spring-loaded plastic
clamp holding the air filter in place, while the KTM uses
a wire clamp.
( 6) Rims. The 2014 KTM motocross bikes come with
low-cost OEM versions of Excel rims. The 2014 Husqvarna
TC250 is equipped with black-anodized D.I.D. DirtStar rims.
DirtStars are below the LT-X and ST-X rims in the D.I.D.
product line, but they are better than the fake Excels on
( 7) Rear axle. Starting with the 2013 model, KTM upped
the rear axle size from 20mm to 25mm, so we were
surprised to see that the 2014 Husqvarna TC250 still had
the 20mm axle. Perhaps it isn’t that strange, though, since
the Yamaha YZ250 and YZ125 have smaller axles than
the Yamaha four-strokes. You can’t use the big KTM axle
because the axle blocks on the swingarm are too small.
( 8) Hand guards. Every 2014 Husky comes with hand
( 9) Grips. The grips have “Husqvarna” embedded in
them in case you forget what your $7200 bought.
( 10) Ignition maps. The KTM 250SX two-stroke comes
with two maps, but to access the second map you have
to disconnect a plug hidden under the left side of the gas
tank. On the Husqvarna TC250, the maps can be changed
via a switch on the handlebars.
( 11) Seat bolts. KTM seats are held in place by one bolt
from underneath. The 2014 Husky TC250 uses two seat
bolts (hidden inside the hand holds). Why did KTM change
the seat-mounting system? Because of the plastic subframe.
( 12) Rear sprocket. The Husky comes with a black
48-tooth rear sprocket, while the KTMs have silver
( 13) Valve cover. Since the 2014 Husky TC250 two-stroke doesn’t have valves, it also doesn’t have a valve
cover. But if it did, it would be powdercoated yellow.