2014 Husqvarna FC 250 PreviewDuring its 110th year, Husqvarna is on yet another new path. For the first time in 25 years, the Husqvarna brand is reunited with Husaberg*, and six months following the acquisition by KTM AG, Husky has unveiled its 2014 lineup.
One of the 10 models in the lineup is the FC 250, the smallest four-stroke motocross bike available.Like all motorcycles across the 2014 lineup, the FC 250 features a polyamide rear subframe. Husky says “uniquely housing the airbox and electronics of each model, the high-tech composite construction of the polyamide subframe is designed to offer optimum rigidity while also allowing more flex than a traditional aluminum structure. The unique three-piece fiberglass-reinforced subframe also provides an ideal grab handle, and gives the bike greater impact resistance (polyamide will bend back into place unlike aluminum).”The FC 250 also features other elements founds across the entire 2014 Husqvarna lineup, including an aluminum swingarm built from the single component casting process, and WP suspension.Speaking of the FC 250, Husqvarna says “the dual-overhead DOHC cam design of the FC 250 features a König forged box-type piston, titanium valves and DLC-coated finger followers. Fed by Keihin EFI and a 44mm throttle body, the FC 250’s power is put to work by a five-speed gearbox. The Brembo hydraulic clutch enables smooth and consistent operation of the CSS (coil spring steel) clutch.”The 2014 Husqvarna FC 250 also features Dunlop MX51 tires, a tapered aluminum 827 Renthal Fatbar, hand guards and Brembo brakes.Following are the highlights and specs of the 2014 Husqvarna FC 250.2014 Husqvarna FC 250 Cross Highlights:
High-revving 249.9cc DOHC four-stroke engine with DLC-coated finger followers
Closed-cartridge 48mm WP fork
CNC-machined triple clamps with four handlebar positions
* After 25 years apart, Husaberg and Husqvarna have come back together, reconnecting the heritage, classic style and innovative craftsmanship that introduced motocross to America. The first generation of this revitalized brand reflects a time that both Husaberg and Husqvarna can trace their roots back to – a time when blue, yellow and white Swedish-bred bikes ruled the off-road world. Husqvarna is now proud to recapture the spirit of this dominant era with the 2014 line of Austrian-built motorcycles, and return the iconic brand to the highest ranks of off-road competition.
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