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2012 Husqvarna Motorcycle

In an effort to be more competitive in 250cc Motocross, Husqvarna has overhauled the 2012 TC 250 with a sprinkling of F1-inspired technology.

When designing the 2012 TC250, Husky called on the rich-racing heritage of its owner, BMW, designing the four-stroke engine with a new piston and cylinder head inspired from BMW Formula 1 technology.

Husqvarna says “The new piston is lighter and freer-revving, and operates inside a cylinder head whose design originated in F1 development. Updated valve finger followers are also F1-type, and now DLC- (diamond-like carbon) coated for a long lifespan and silky-smooth operation.”

In electronics, Husky switched from Mikuni to Keihin EFI, which features “battery-less” fuel injection technology. The ECU is available with three different map settings, and the ignition is upgraded to CDI. The “coil actually produces less voltage than the unit it replaces, but is far more efficient through capacity-style induction,” Husky says.

Husvarna says: “A new airbox and revised velocity stack feed the revised motor, and altogether produce a substantial power increase on the TC250, particularly in high-range and overrev.”

The TC250’s chassis is also revamped for 2012, the bike sharing the same black chromoly, strong frame as the TXC model. As for suspension, the 2012 TC 250 features a Kayaba 48mm closed-cartridge fork and link-mounted Kayaba shock developed for (and by) U.S. motocross riders.

Following are highlights, specs and MSRP for the 2012 Husqvarna TC 250.

2012 Husqvarna TC 250 Highlights:

  • NEW Piston is lighter and freer-revving, based on F1 technology
  • NEW Cylinder head design inspired by BMW’s F1 race program
  • NEW F1-type valve finger followers are DLC-coated
  • NEW All-black, chromoly-reinforced frame with increased rigidity and strength
  • NEW Fuel-injected with battery-less Keihin EFI unit (formerly Mikuni)
  • NEW Ignition upgraded to CDI, comes with with three preset maps
  • NEW Akrapovic exhaust system all new with power-boosting resonance chamber on the
  • header
  • NEW Revised Kayaba suspension front and rear tuned for demands of U.S. motocross riders. NEW Airbox and revised velocity stack produce substantial top-end power increase
  • NEW IPD (in-mold plastic design) graphics in striking new black/red color scheme
  • NEW Silver anodized Excel rims
  • Brembo brake hydraulics and Braking rotors
  • Five-speed gearbox operated by Brembo hydraulic clutch
  • Polished Grimeca hubs front and rear

2012 Husqvarna TC 250 Specs:

  • Engine: single-cylinder four-stroke
  • Displacement: 249.5cc
  • Bore x Stroke: 79 x 50.9mm
  • Gears: 5
  • Starting: kick
  • Front Suspension: 48mm Kayaba closed-cartridge
  • Rear Suspension: fully-adjustable Kayaba shock
  • Fuel Capacity: 1.7 gal
  • Wheelbase: 57.5 in
  • Seat Height: 38.8 in
  • Curb Weight: 220.5 lbs

2012 Husqvarna TC 250 MSRP:

  • $6,999

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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