We will take the added 5 pounds of the electric starter and
battery to have the ease of just pushing a button.
track. It is no secret that we love the WP AER 48 forks
and WP shock combination, with the bonus that we could
run the TC300 suspension settings a hair softer than on the
TC250 due to the smoother power delivery.
Should Husqvarna put a TC300 motocross version in its
2018 lineup? It is easy for hardcore motocrossers to say yes,
but where would riders race it? The royal flummox of the
AMA’s unequal four-stroke displacement rules have made
two-strokes poor second cousins in the motocross world.
But, the point is moot, because the idea of a TC300 isn’t
about fitting into the AMA’s structure; it’s about finding
the perfect two-stroke for your needs and wants. We are
willing to bet dollars to donuts that the average Husqvarna
TX300 buyer is 35 to 55 years old and, if Husky built a 2018
TC300 model, the age wouldn’t creep down one iota. This
is a Vet machine, and Vets can race whatever they want in
the Vet class. Plus, the question of whether unique engine
sizes can be successful has already been answered by the
KTM 350SXF and KTM 150SX. These orphan bikes are
SHOULD HUSQVARNA PUT A
TC300 MOTOCROSS VERSION IN ITS
2018 LINEUP? IT IS EASY FOR
HARDCORE MOTOCROSSERS TO
SAY YES, BUT WHERE WOULD
RIDERS RACE IT?
Is there a case for a production TC300 as a companion
piece for the TX300? Sure there is. The rise in popularity
of two-strokes over recent years means that it is a seller’s
market. By building a TC300, Husqvarna and KTM could
plug the gaps in the marketplace. Think back to the story
of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The TC125 is too slow,
the TC250 is too fast and the TC300 is just right. ❏
To fine-tune the power of our TC300, we tuned the power-valve adjuster to our tester’s personal preference.
The TC300 powerband is linear and gets the power to the ground
with the help of a heavier flywheel and different mapping.
We swapped the 18-inch rear wheel that came stock on the
TX300 and switched it out for a 19-inch to add stability.