Following the announcement in November last year that Husqvarna will field Britain’s Danny Kent and Finnish rider Niklas Ajo in a Red Bull-backed Moto3 effort comes the first photos of the bike in its racing livery. Kent had previously raced Moto3 for KTM and team manager, Aki Ajo, winning races at Valencia and Motegi in 2012. Niklas Ajo […]
2015 Husqvarna Off-Road Lineup Revealed
Husqvarna Motorcycles revealed its 2015 dirtbike model lineup with a number of upgrades, most noticeably the use of WP Suspension’s 4 chamber fork across the entire motocross line. Many of the updates are similar to those introduced on the 2015 KTM lineup, which should be no surprise after Husqvarna was acquired by KTM’s Chief Executive Officer Stefan Pierer.
The 2015 motocross lineup includes the four-stroke FC250, FC350, FC450 and TC85 and the two-stroke TC125 and TC250. Husqvarna’s 2015 enduro lineup includes the FE250, FE350, FE450 and FE501 four-strokes and TE125, TE250 and TE300 two-stroke models.
As we noted, the biggest update to the TC and FC motocross line is the 4CS fork from WP, which Husqvarna says offers improves damping. Curiously, Husqvarna is offering the new fork on all models worldwide, whereas KTM’s SX line only comes with the 4CS fork in the U.S. As with the KTMs, the front wheel axle has been reduced to a 22mm diameter from 25mm, resulting in some weight savings. The rear suspension uses a new linkage geometry offering 4mm more stroke.
The motocross line also gets new fork protectors, handguards and a Neken handlebar and bar pad. The FC250 and FC350 also get new lighter clutch baskets and springs while the TC85 minicross bike receives a lighter swingarm.
The motocross line also gets new graphics to create a bigger visual distinction from the enduro line. The motocross graphics use more yellow, especially along the seat while the enduro line is more predominantly blue.
The FE and TE enduro lineup receive a new headlight design, new CNC machined triple clamps, and the same fender design as the motocross models. The enduro models already had the 4CS fork in 2014, and those remain for 2015. Like their respective FC versions, the FE250 and FE350 receive new clutch baskets and springs while the FE250 also gets a longer sixth gear ratio.
The TE125 receives new carburetor settings, promising smoother power delivery. The TE250 also gets new carb settings as well as a new power valve. The TE250 and TE300 get an updated electric started with shorter gearing and a new 3Ah battery Husqvarna claims is lighter and more efficient.
[Source: Husqvarna. Photos by Mitterbauer H. Schedl R.]