2017 Husqvarna TC 250 First Ride Test
The 2017 Husqvarna TC 250 two-stroke motocross bike is completely new from the ground up and performs significantly different than last year’s model. We took it out on the main track at Cahuilla Creek Motocross in Anza, Calif., to see how the changes work.
1. The 2017 Husqvarna TC 250 features a wide range of changes from the engine to the suspension and chassis. Husqvarna did a complete overhaul of the bike in order to make it more user-friendly, yet perform better on the motocross track for riders of all skill levels.
2. One of the biggest changes is the counterbalancer in the two-stroke engine. Because of the counterbalancer, something we’re not used to seeing in two-strokes, the 2017 Husqvarna TC 250 has noticeably less vibration than in previous years. Vibration on a two stroke can have a numbing effect on your whole body after some time on the bike, and the counterbalancer effectively reduces that, even at high rpm.
3. Changes to the engine include a new cylinder, piston, and crankshaft. Additionally, the crankshaft is 19.5mm higher than last year’s model, and the clutch is 4mm higher as well. The engine is much easier to use than last year’s model. The powerband feels similar to that of a four-stroke, as the new TC 250 motor can be lugged in a higher gear via short shifting, or can be ridden in a lower gear at high engine speeds.
4. The TC 250 is incredibly powerful and features a surprisingly linear powerband. However, those looking for even more snap out of their engine can upgrade to a 300cc by installing a new piston and cylinder from Husqvarna.
5. The 250cc motor has a good amount of compression, but kickstarting the bike is very easy and predictable. There are no crazy stabbing techniques required, just a smooth consistent kick similar to that of firing a kickstart-equipped four stroke to life.
6. The new WP AER 48 fork is a 48mm split air design, with air-preload settings on the left hand side and damping on the right. The AER forks replace the 4CS units used on last year’s model. The 4CS forks have hand-adjustable damping, which is a great convenience. Adjusting the air pressure requires the use of WP’s air gauge, however, and it is important to check the air pressure before each ride.
7. The front and rear WP suspension work very well together. I was impressed with how they handle the braking bumps and big landings alike without bottoming. WP did their homework on developing a set-up that is progressive and predictable for the motocross masses.
8. The 2017 TC 250 features a new frame based on last year’s that makes the bike feel nimbler while cornering, as well as in the air. The bike feels more similar to the FC models because of the frame change, which is a good thing.
9. The 2017 Husqvarna TC 250 weighs in at a mere 211 pounds wet, which his just more than four pounds lighter than last year’s model. Approximately 3.6 of those pounds came from the new WP AER fork.
10. The TC 250 is a blast to ride. The linear powerband of the 249cc motor makes the 2017 Husqvarna TC 250 much easier and more fun to ride. The new WP AER fork and shock compliment the new frame perfectly, as well. In a world dominated by four-strokes, the TC 250 may be the answer for those looking to either return to their motocross roots, or simply try something new and incredibly fun.
Photography by Don Williams
- Helmet: 6D ATR-1 FLO Red/Yellow
- Goggles: Oakley Airbrake MX
- Neck Brace: Alpinestars BNS Tech Carbon
- Jersey, pants + gloves: Moose Racing Sahara Racewear
- Boots: Alpinestars Tech 10 A1 Special Edition
Andrew Oldar is sponsored by Moose Racing
2017 Husqvarna TC 250 Specs
- Motor: Single cylinder power-valve 2-stroke
- Displacement: 249cc
- Bore x stroke: 66.4 x 72 mm
- Starting: Kick
- Transmission: 5-speed
- Clutch: Wet, multi-disc clutch w/ Magura hydraulics
- EMS: Kokusan
- Frame: Chrome-molybdenum steel central-tube frame
- Front suspension: WP-USD, AER 48 forks w/ 12.2 inches of travel
- Rear suspension: Linkage assisted WP shock w/ 11.8 inches of travel
- Front brake: Brembo twin-piston floating caliper w/ 260mm disc
- Rear brake: Brembo single-piston floating caliper w/ 220mm disc
- Rake: 26.1 degrees
- Wheelbase: 58.5 inches
- Ground clearance: 14.7 inches
- Seat height: 37.9 inches
- Tank capacity: 1.85 gallons