Front line: The Brembo front brake and
D.I.D. rims are big pluses.
Flow: The Husqvarna TC250’s airbox is
incorporated into the design elements
of the plastic subframe.
2014 HUSKY TC250
Q: WHAT ARE THE
PERTINENT SPECS ON THE
2014 HUSQVARNA TC250?
A: The technical specs are as
( 7. 6 cubic inches)
Bore and stroke: 66.4mm by
Carburetor: 36mm Keihin PWK
Mapping: Dual switch-activated
Frame: Chromoly steel (ovalized)
Forks: 48mm WP closed cartridge
Shock: Link-actuated WP 5018
Head angle: 63. 5 degrees
( 26. 5 degrees)
Brakes: 260mm (front), 220mm
(rear), Brembo master cylinders
Clutch: Hydraulic Belleville
washer-sprung Damped Diaphragm
Steel (DDS) clutch
Q: HOW FAST IS THE 2014
A: It is just as fast as a 2014
KTM 250SX and not one iota faster;
however, that is nothing to sneeze
at, because the KTM 250SX had been
the fastest 250cc two-stroke sold—
and now it can’t claim that anymore.
This is the best 250cc two-stroke
engine made. It hits hard and quick
by four-stroke standards, but by the
old-school way of thinking, it has a
broad and easy-to-use powerband.
However, since we no longer live in
our previous two-stroke world,
let’s just admit that it hits hard,
revs quick and, in the hands of a
maladroit rider, can wheelie and
spin the rear tire.
At just a hair under 50 horsepower,
and all of it on tap now as opposed
to later, both the Husky, and the
KTM it is based on, require a
talented rider—not necessarily a fast
rider, but one with two-stroke savvy.
Q: WHAT IS THE EASIEST
WAY TO MAKE THE TC250
A: You need to consider buying
the KTM 300cc PowerParts big-bore
kit. The $950 kit comes in both
enduro and motocross versions and
includes a new cylinder, head, piston,
rings, gaskets, power valve and black
box. This kit is worth 5-1/2 horse-
power in the midrange and 52
horsepower at peak.
Q: HOW DOES THE 2014
HUSQVARNA TC250 HANDLE?
A: Yes, four-strokes are easier
to ride. They are like a Cadillac
compared to the two-stroke Porsche.
But, when it comes to making cuts,
going into uncharted territory or
breaking out of the preordained line,
nothing can cut and thrust like a
two-stroke (not even a Suzuki
Four-strokes are like race cars;
they have one fast line around a
track, and they must go there. If
they deviate, they lose ground. Two-strokes are for deviants. They can
give up on the outside line and carve
a tight inside. Why? Because they
are 20 pounds lighter and accelerate
instantly. Their simple, lightweight,
quick-revving engines can generate
instant speed—and that makes
inside lines work.
Two-stroke racers don’t have to
follow the holy grail racing line.
They can run up the inside, cut
across berms and make surprise
attacks where a four-stroke would
never think they could.
The caveat to all of this is that you
have to put out the effort to make it
happen. Lots of effort. The “attack
mode” of the 1980s wasn’t just a
term for where to put your elbows—
it was a way of life.
Q: WHAT DID WE HATE?
A: The hate list:
(1) Suspension settings. Thanks
to the light weight and rear-wheel
handling of a 250cc two-stroke, the
Husky suspension isn’t the worst
we’ve ever tested—but it isn’t even
close to the best.
( 2) Seat foam. Yes, the Husqvarna
does have a different seat from the
KTM 250SX, but they use the same
( 3) Shock preload ring. We’ve
never been able to convince the KTM
engineers that their rubber preload
ring is bogus. Maybe the Husky guys
will be smarter in the future.
( 4) Shift lever. It is too low in the
stock position and too high in the
next notch up.
Nylon dynasty: KTM refuses to get rid
of its rubbery shock preload ring and
now they have Husky on board.