2015 Husqvarna FC250 four-stroke.
2015 Husqvarna TC125 two-stroke.
in the USA in 2014 (although it was
available as the KTM 350SXF). I was
surprised to find that Pitea didn’t have
a single double on the track, but it
was overpopulated with tabletops. I
found out later that doubles were illegal in Sweden, and Pitea just filled in
all its doubles to make them tabletops.
Within four laps in the deep sand, I
fell three times. This was not like me.
I was all over the place. Was I having
an off day? Was jet lag dragging me
down? Or was it the bike?
I brought the bike in to WP technician Mattias Falt to see if we could
figure out if it was me or Memorex.
When I told him I had been lying on
the ground more than staying upright,
he looked sheepishly at the ground. I
could tell he knew what the problem
was, but he didn’t want to tell me.
So, I looked at the ground also, and
that is when it hit me. The FC350 was
equipped with Dunlop MX52 tires.
These are hard-pack tires that I do
like on hard dirt, but an MX52 front
and deep sand are not a good mix.
Husqvarna was not going to change to
an MX32 front just for me, so Mattias
slid the forks up in the clamps and
raised the sag on the shock. This mod
put more weight on the front end,
which made a big enough difference
to keep me from scraping myself off
the ground the rest of the day.
I UNDERSTAND WHY
THE ENGINEERS DIDN’T
SET OUT ON THEIR
OWN, BUT LOGIC CAN’T
Once I figured out the track, I made
a beeline to the TC125 two-stroke.
There is no better feeling than
holding a 125 wide open around an
entire track. In truth, I wasn’t moving
very fast due to the deep sand, but it
sure felt cool.
Next on my list—the enduro line.
I grabbed one of the FE250s and
noticed that it had an aggressive compound Pirelli MT32 front tire. A light
bulb went off, and I asked if I could
put the Pirelli front tire on the next
motocross bike I rode. Husqvarna was
polite, but they said, “No.” So, I went
out on the motocross track with the
enduro bike and, what do you know,
the front end tracked straight as an
arrow. Yes, the suspension was a bit
soft, but I made it work. After spinning a few laps, I then proceeded to
the enduro loop. It started out nice
and easy, but as I got deeper into the