We test the new 2017 Husqvarna TX 300 cross-country/GNCC racer on the off-road loop and single-track trails at Cahuilla Creek MX in Anza, Calif. The bike features several unique features that make it a light, competitive off road weapon.Following are our 10 Fast Facts after piloting Husky’s newest racer.
1. The 2017 Husqvarna TX 300 features a 293cc two-stroke engine fed by a Mikuni TMX 38 carburetor. The engine is very versatile. It lugs along in the lower rpm, with some modulation of the effortless hydraulic clutch pull. A quick pop of the clutch and some throttle gets the bike going up and over any obstacle you may encounter on the trail.2. The WP 4CS forks found on last year’s model are replaced with WP’s new AER 48 forks. The AER forks are a 48mm split air fork, with preload settings on the left hand side and damping on the right hand side. The AER forks weigh 3.6 pounds less than the 4CS forks, and the damping can still be adjusted by hand. Adjusting the air pressure requires the use of WP’s air gauge and should be checked and set before each ride.
3. The suspension settings work great for off-road. When navigating the tight, tricky single-track trails, the bike is forgiving on sudden impacts and absorbs small obstacles with ease.4. The bike comes with a six-speed transmission—an extra cog compared to the Husqvarna TC 250 motocross model. First gear works wonders for tracking through the technical sections found in off road while sixth gear is great for hauling down a fire road. Everything in between is spaced well and requires minimal shifting.5. The new 2017 Husky TX 300 is light, nimble, and flickable. When needing to change directions, a quick foot down and a pop of the clutch can put the bike in any direction you choose.6. The rear wheel is 18 inches in diameter—one-inch smaller than the standard 19-incher found on the motocross models—as is traditional with off-road (non-MX) bikes. Mated to the front and rear rims are superb Dunlop Geomax AT81 tires, which hook up wonderfully in all off road conditions from sand to grippy granite rocks.7. A lithium ion battery powers the electric starter on the TX 300. Having an electric starter on an off-road bike is now a necessity, especially when you are worn out on a highly technical single-track trail towards the end of the day. The last thing you want to do is kickstart your bike.8. Handguards come stock on the TX 300. It’s nice to have these right off the showroom floor, something that cannot be truly appreciated until you are riding down a trail that hasn’t been ridden or trimmed in several months. The guards prevent your hands from taking abuse from the skin-shredding shrubbery.9. The gas tank is translucent in order to see the amount of fuel, and holds 2.6 gallons. Despite the high-capacity (relative to MX), the tank stays out of the rider cockpit area and hangs down low by the engine. The extra fuel is unnoticeable, in both weight distribution and getting in the way while changing body positions while riding.10. The 2017 Husqvarna TX 300 is a blast to ride. The powerband is linear and doesn’t have any suddent bursts of power while pulling through the wide powerband. The lightweight chassis makes it easy to throw around and put it where you want it. Through the ups and downs of off road riding, the TX 300 is a great weapon for anyone looking to be competitive and have a great time doing it.Photography by Don WilliamsRiding Style
Suzuki V-Strom 1050 DE + Scott Casey – Living with PTSD and the Rolling Barrage
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends, a weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling.
My name is Arthur Coldwells.
The new Suzuki V-Strom DE has just been announced, and Avery Innis, Training and Publications Manager from Suzuki Motor USA, is just the expert to explain its nuances to us. The V-Strom has always been a superb, yet inexpensive platform, and the new DE variant gets more serious about ADV riding. I find out from Avery whether the new upgrades are worthwhile; and the place that the new V-Strom has in the current market.
Our second segment covers a subject that’s a little more serious than usual.
Many veterans and first responders suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, aka PTSD.
Scott Casey—himself a sufferer—decided to try and help his fellow vets, and started a cross-Canada charity ride in 2016 called the ‘Rolling Barrage’. It was—and is—incredibly successful.
It’s not just a tremendous ride. The Rolling Barrage is a place for like-minded sufferers and their supporters to ride together. They get some serious “wind therapy” whether it’s on just a stop, or a leg of the ride, one day, a weekend, or even the whole ride. Scott opens up with Associate Editor Teejay Adams about his personal history, and how he came to create such a brilliant and worthy real-world event that truly helps.
The Rolling Barrage is a supportive network of brothers and sisters. To quote Scott Casey: “this is the family you never knew you had”.
It was a Nation exploding into civil war. In 1992, the collapse of the former Yugoslavia triggered an international armed conflict that would last more than 3 years and eventually see nearly 100,000 people killed. Canadians were thrown into what was declared a peacekeeping mission, but it wasn’t. They were going well beyond the rules of engagement that were provided by the UN. Told by Scott Casey, Former Canadian Peacekeeper.