First Look 2016 Husqvarna Off-Road & Dual-Sport Models

Adam Booth | June 29, 2015

The 2016 Husqvarna TE (two-stroke enduro) and FE (four-stroke enduro) off-road models feature chassis upgrades and revised suspension settings along with new colors and graphics, which represent a modern interpretation of Husqvarna’s long-standing Swedish color scheme.

 

2016 Husqvarna TE 125

The 2016 TE 125 two-stroke is ultra light and ready for single track fun.

2016 Off-Road Overall Updates

A new, lighter 22mm front axle replaces the previous 26mm axle. This smaller diameter not only reduces weight by 40 grams but also allows for shorter fork shoes.

Black CNC machined triple clamps on all models now feature a 2mm increase in offset to 22mm, reducing trail and balancing the increased trail from the new fork shoes. Four different handlebar positions ensure proper ergonomics for a wide variety of riders.

Now in its fourth year of production, the WP 4CS fork settings have been revised to suit the new front-end geometry.

The WP shock features revised damping to match the geometry and settings of the new front-end. The WP shock is fully-tunable with rebound, high/low speed compression and preload adjustment.

The fork protectors have been redesigned for improved access to the fork leg for easier maintenance and cleaning. No longer does the protector wrap around the lower leg which also makes for easier replacement. High quality in-mold graphics in white plastic ensure long-lasting and stylish looks.

New brake discs by GFK on the front and rear feature stronger braking power and increased control.

The 2016 Husqvarna off-road range comes with lighter spokes for an overall unsprung weight reduction of 100 grams. Improving quality and performance, a blue anodized Supersprox 2K rear sprocket has been added to the 2016 off-road range.

A new seat cover promises improved grip compared to the previous material.

 

2016 Husqvarna FE 350

The 2016 Husqvarna FE 350 is the perfect blend of a 250 and 450 and also comes in a dual-sport version. 

Model Specific Updates

All Husqvarna off-road models are equipped with a 6-speed gearbox. For 2016, the FE 250 and FE 350 receive a new bearing on the input shaft of the transmission for smoother shifts. A new bolt and washer simplifies mounting of the shift lever.

The DDS (Damped Diaphragm Steel) clutch system is featured on every Husqvarna off-road model (except the TE125). The clutch basket is a single-piece CNC machined steel unit that allows the use of thin steel liners to create a thinner profile. For 2016 the FE 450 and FE 501 receive an 80 gram lighter clutch basket with an updated pressure plate for better modulation with improved durability.

Both the TE 250 and TE 300 are fitted with a map switch that modifies the power characteristics of the engine according to the terrain or rider preference.

On all Husqvarna four-stroke engines, two oil pumps ensure proper lubrication of all critical areas of the engine. A pressure pump lubricates the crankshaft, piston, engine shafts and valve train while a second scavenger pump services the transmission. The FE 250 and FE 350’s system has been modified to prevent damage from over-filling with oil. This also improves lubrication in extreme terrain such as steep climbs or descents.

 

2016 Off-Road Model Highlights

A polyamide subframe integrates the air box and grab-handles and is more flexible than a traditional aluminum subframe. The three-piece design is more resilient in the event of a crash.

The off-road range features a Brembo hydraulic clutch system (except the TE 125 which features Magura hydraulics). Free play is constantly compensated so that the pressure point and the function of the clutch remain identical in cold or hot conditions and over time.

Every Husqvarna four-stroke comes with Pankl crankshafts and conrods, providing excellent durability and long service intervals (135 hours before major engine rebuilds). A plain big-end bearing and force-fit bearing shells ensure durability.

The crankcases are produced using a high pressure die casting process for thinner wall thicknesses and a higher quality surface than other casting methods. Thinner walls make for a lighter engine while the pressure casting ensures maximum strength.

On the four-stroke engines, a multifunctional counterbalance shaft cancels the inertia forces for minimum vibration while contributing to a compact engine layout. The side-mounter shaft also drives the water pump and camshaft timing chain further reducing parts for a smaller engine.

The WP Performance Systems radiators feature integrated routing in the frame. This system dissipates heat efficiently and optimizes cooling in the least amount of space possible.

All 2016 Husqvarna four-stroke off-road models adhere to AMA sound regulations and are equipped with  a USFS-approved spark arrestor. The two-stroke models also conform to AMA sound regulations but are for closed course competition only.

Tool-less access to the airbox, combined with a screwless air filter mounting system makes air filter maintenance and inspection quick and easy. All models fit a Twin Air filter as standard and have specifically designed air intake snorkels for maximum power.

The 2016 off-road model line is equipped with Dunlop GEOMAX AT81.

 

2016 Husqvarna FE 250

The 2016 Husqvarna FE 250 makes a great single track machine with plenty of torque. 

FE 250

The double overhead cam engine in the FE 250 is lightweight, compact and provides strong power. With service intervals of up to 135 hours, it is also very reliable. The chassis features WP 4CS forks and a versatile rear linkage suspension system. Closely related to the current-generation motocross engine, the FE 250’s performance is tuned for off-road use with stronger mid-range power and torque via the use of specific cams. The compact engine also features a DDS clutch.

Highlights

  • Revised front-end geometry and fork and shock setup
  • Brembo hydraulic clutch for perfect clutch modulation in every condition
  • New bearing on gearbox input shaft for smoother shifting
  • Modified lubrication system for improved running and reliability in extreme riding conditions
  • New disc brakes improve braking performance
  • Rear linkage suspension guarantees consistent performance
  • Electric starter as standard, reliable and dependable in tough situations

 

FE 350

The FE 350 shares its engine architecture with the FE 250, but with 25% more power. The 6-speed gearbox is mated to a Brembo hydraulic clutch for smooth shifting, while the Brembo calipers and new disc brakes provide strong power and great feel. Strong power pulls all the way to the high 12,000 rpm rev limiter. The FE 350 uses a Vertex forged bridged-box-type piston, weighing only 275 grams.

Highlights

  • Revised front-end geometry and fork and shock setup
  • Brembo hydraulic clutch for perfect clutch modulation in every condition
  • New bearing on gearbox input shaft for smoother shifting
  • Modified lubrication system for improved running and reliability in extreme riding conditions
  • New disc brakes improve braking performance
  • Torquey and easy to use 350cc engine combined to a light and agile chassis form a great mix between a 250 and a 450
  • Rear linkage suspension absorbs big hits and small ruts with ease
  • Electric starter as standard equipment
2016 Husqvarna FE 450

The 2016 Husqvarna FE 450 and a look under the plastic.

FE 450

In the hands of Pela Renet, the FE 450 won the Enduro World Championship in 2014. The 2016 Husqvarna FE 450 is powered by a fuel-injected, single overhead cam motor housed in a chromoly steel frame with a polyamide subframe. WP suspension completes the package.

Highlights

  • Revised front-end geometry and fork and shock setup
  • Updated DDS clutch with new clutch basket, 80g lighter than previous basket
  • New pressure plate on DDS clutch for better modulation and improved durability
  • New disc brakes improve braking performance
  • Compact SOHC engine optimized for extreme enduro use
  • Rear link suspension guarantees provides performance on any terrain and in any condition
  • Electric start saves energy

 

FE 501

Just like all Husqvarna off-road models, the FE 501 features a chromoly frame, polyamide subframe, 4CS fork and rear link suspension. The single overhead cam 510.4cc 4-stroke engine has a bore of 95mm and stroke of 72mm. The König bridge-box-type piston lowers oil consumption while optimizing performance.

Highlights

  • Revised front-end geometry and fork and shock setup
  • Updated DDS clutch with new clutch basket, 80 g lighter than previous component
  • New pressure plate on DDS clutch for better modulation and improved durability
  • New disc brakes improve braking performance
  • Compact SOHC engine optimized for extreme enduro use
  • Rear link suspension provides consistent performance on any terrain and in any condition
  • Electric start for ease of starting

 

TE 125

Weighing only 211 pounds without fuel, the TE 125 is the lightest off-road model in the Husqvarna range. Husqvarna claims 38 hp from the small two-stroke engine. The TE 125 is light and flickable while Brembo calipers and new, more powerful discs helps slow it all down. The Magura hydraulic clutch and 6-speed gearbox provide smooth shifting for control and precision.

Highlights

  • Revised front-end geometry and fork and shock setup for optimized handling
  • New disc brakes improve braking performance
  • Powerful 2-stroke 125cc engine for great performance while keeping running costs low
  • Boyesen high performance reeds for great throttle response
  • Consistent behavior by the rear linkage allows riders to push the limits on any terrain

 

2016 Husqvarna TE 250

The 2016 TE 250 and TE 300 two-strokes are the ultimate off-road machines, especially in extreme conditions.

TE 250 (two-stroke)

The lightweight TE 250 features an updated fork, modified front-end geometry and revised shock setup for 2016. The engine characteristics can be tailored thanks to the standard map switch that modifies the CDI curve between two ignition curves according to rider preference, conditions and terrain. Further optimization of the power delivery can be obtained by varying the spring stiffness in the exhaust valve. Power gets to the rear wheel through a 6-speed gearbox and Brembo hydraulic clutch. A 2.9 gallon fuel capacity allows longer running in remote areas.

Highlights

  • Revised front-end geometry and fork and shock setup
  • Standard map switch enables riders to switch the ignition curves to better match terrain and conditions
  • New disc brakes improve braking performance
  • 250cc 2-stroke power output and low weight, top performance and agility
  • Low maintenance costs
  • 2.9 gallon fuel capacity for extended riding
  • Electric and kick starting
  • Rear linkage suspension for consistent performance

TE 300 (two-stroke)

The TE 300 has a low overall weight of just 230 pounds without fuel. Updated forks, modified front-end geometry and revised shock setup are some of the changes for 2016. The engine characteristics can be tailored thanks to the standard map switch that modifies the CDI curve between two ignition curves according to rider preference, conditions and terrain. Further optimization of the power delivery can be obtained by varying the spring stiffness in the exhaust valve.

Highlights

  • Revised front-end geometry and fork and shock setup for optimized handling
  • Standard map switch enables riders to switch the ignition curves to better match terrain and conditions
  • New disc brakes improve braking performance
  • The most powerful 2-stroke in the Husqvarna range helps for extreme enduro performance
  • Typical 2-stroke low maintenance costs
  • 2.9 gallon fuel capacity for extended riding
  • Electric and kick starting
  • Rear linkage suspension provides consistent performance

 

 

2016 Husqvarna FE 350 S

A street-legal dual-sport variant of the FE 350, the 2016 FE 350 S is ready for the street or the dirt.

 

2016 Husqvarna FE 501 S

Based on the dirt-only FE 501, the 2016 Husqvarna FE 501 S is ready for any style of riding, be it in in the dirt or on the road. The 2016 Husqvarna FE 501 S received the 2016 off-road changes and is still powered by a 510.4 cc SOHC engine.

Adam Booth

Off-road Editor | Articles | Enjoying single track in the mountains, hitting the motocross track or battling an EnduroCross track, if it's on two wheels Boothy will have a smile on his face. Adam has served a mega ton of years in the off-road industry as a photographer, writer and popper of wheelies.