First Look 2016 Husqvarna Motocross Bikes

Adam Booth | August 4, 2015

The all-new 2016 Husqvarna motocross bikes have arrived and they are completely different than last year. To be perfectly clear, the 2016 Husqvarna FC and TC models are heavily based on the 2016 KTM SX-F bikes. In fact, there isn’t much difference at all. The Huskys use a new carbon fiber subframe, DID rims, GSK brake rotors, Dunlop MX52 tires, a Magura hydraulic clutch, different body work, ProTaper handlebars and, of course, a white frame. Husky tells us there is different valving in the suspension but the spring rates stay the same. The bikes, minus the previously mentioned items, are identical. This might puzzle some riders but we are excited, the 2016 KTM SX-Fs are awesome motocross machines so we have high expectations for the 2016 Husqvarnas.

2016 Husqvarna FC 450

2016 Husqvarna FC 450
If this bike looks familiar, it should, it is about 97% a 2016 KTM 450 SX-F. For 2016 the FC 450 features an all new chassis and engine, reducing overall weight by about 9 pounds. The 2016 Husqvarna FC 450 now joins the KTM 450 SX-F as one of the lightest production 450 MX bikes ever, even with electric start!

Highlights and Changes (Applies to the FC 450, FC 350 & FC 250)
• New engine is more compact, lighter and provides higher performance throughout the entire range of power
• New engine cases were redesigned to centralize the rotating mass of the crankshaft and clutch and reduce overall length and width
• Completely reworked Keihin Engine Management System with new 44mm throttle body features a lightweight direct-connect design
• New electronic Launch Control for efficient starts and multiple engine maps to control the overall power delivery
• New cylinder head combustion chamber geometry, optimized ports, shorter timing chain and friction reduced chain guides for improved power and reduced weight
• New 6mm shorter cylinder, shorter connecting rod and crankshaft has 10% more inertia.
• New lighter five-speed transmission is narrower and features a new surface treatment on first and fifth gears along with a special low friction coating on the shift forks to provide precise and easy shifting
• New “No Dirt” shift lever prevents dirt from fouling the lever joint to ensure proper shifting in any condition
• DDS (Damped Diaphragm Steel) clutch has a new lighter basket along with a reworked inner hub and pressure plate providing better oil supply and improved cooling of the clutch
• New super compact and lightweight 1.1lb Lithium-Ion starter battery
• New WP flow optimized radiator design features a substantial improvement in engine cooling
• New Flow Design Header (FDH) with an integrated sound resonator that is also designed to increase power along with a new lightweight silencer that is 40mm shorter than the previous design
• New lighter chromoly steel frame provides higher torsional rigidity with less longitudinal stiffness resulting in improved handling and energy absorption
• New subframe is a composite material
• New lighter swingarm features a revised internal structure to match the new frame characteristics
• New lighter “No Dirt” footpeg design that provides a larger surface area and features a “scraper” to reduce dirt build-up in the hinge
• New CNC machined upper triple clamp featuring a rubber damping system for the new ProTaper handlebar
• The advanced WP 4CS (Four Chamber System) fork has been specifically designed for motocross and features revised damping settings optimized for the new chassis
• New generation WP shock developed in conjunction with the new frame and swingarm including a new linkage/pullrod system
• Lightweight GSK brake rotors, CNC machined hubs, high-end rims and are fitted with Dunlop GEOMAX MX52 tires are standard equipment
• New airbox and air filter design offers maximum protection for the engine while ensuring maximum airflow and providing quick “no tools” air filter changes
• New ergonomics and bodywork to centralize mass, improve handling and rider comfort

2016 Husqvarna FC 450 Specs
Engine Type: Single Cylinder, 4-Stroke
Displacement: 449.9cc
Bore/Stroke: 95.0 x 63.4 mm
Compression Ratio: 12.75:1
Starter/Battery: Electric Starter / 12V, 3Ah
Transmission: Five-speed
Fuel System: Keihin EFI, 44mm Throttle Body
Lubrication: Pressure lubrication with 2 oil pumps
Primary Ratio: 31:76
Final Drive: 13:48
Cooling: Liquid Cooling
Clutch: Wet Multi-Disc DDS-Clutch, Magura Hydraulics
Ignition: Keihin EMS
Frame: Central Double-Cradle Type chromoly Steel
Subframe: Composite
Handlebar: ProTaper
Front Suspension: WP Suspension 4CS
Rear Suspension: WP Monoshock with Linkage
Suspension Travel Front/Rear: 11.81 in/11.81 inches
Front/Rear Brakes: Disc Brake 260 mm/220 mm
Front/Rear Rims: 1.60x 21”, 2.15 x 19”
Front/Rear Tires: 80/100-21”; 120/90-19” Dunlop MX32
Chain: 5/8 x 1/4 inches
Silencer: Aluminum
Steering Head Angle: 26.1 degrees
Triple Clamp Offset: 22 mm
Wheelbase: 58.5 ± 0.4 inches
Ground Clearance: 14.6 inches
Seat Height: 37.8 inches
Tank Capacity, Approx: 1.84 gallons
Weight (without fuel), Approx: 225.7 pounds

2016 Husqvarna FC 350

2016 Husqvarna FC 350 Specs
Engine Type: Single Cylinder, 4-Stroke
Displacement: 349.7cc
Bore / Stroke: 88.0 x 57.5 mm
Compression Ratio: 14.0:1
Starter/Battery: Electric Starter / 12V, 3Ah
Transmission: Five-speed
Fuel System: Keihin EFI, 44mm Throttle Body
Lubrication: Pressure lubrication with 2 oil pumps
Primary Ratio: 24:73
Final Drive: 14:50
Cooling: Liquid Cooling
Clutch: Wet Multi-Disc CSS-Clutch, Magura Hydraulics
Ignition: Keihin EMS
Frame: Central Double-Cradle Type 25CrMo4 Steel
Subframe: Composite
Handlebar: ProTaper
Front Suspension: WP Suspension 4CS
Rear Suspension: WP Monoshock with Linkage
Suspension Travel Front/Rear: 11.81 in/11.81 inches
Front/Rear Brakes: Disc Brake 260 mm/220 mm
Front/Rear Rims: 1.60x 21”, 2.15 x 19”
Front/Rear Tires: 80/100-21”,110/90-19” Dunlop MX52
Chain: 5/8 x 1/4 inches
Silencer: Aluminum
Steering Head Angle: 26.1 degrees
Triple Clamp Offset: 22 mm
Wheelbase: 58.5 ± 0.4 inches
Ground Clearance: 14.6 inches
Seat Height: 37.8 inches
Tank Capacity: 1.84 gallons
Weight (without fuel), Approx: 222 pounds

2016 Husqvarna FC 250

2016 Husqvarna FC 250 Specs
Engine Type: Single Cylinder, 4-Stroke
Displacement: 249cc
Bore/Stroke: 78.0 x 52.3 mm
Compression Ratio: 14.4:1
Starter/Battery: Electric Starter / 12V, 3Ah
Transmission: 5 speed
Fuel System: Keihin EFI, 44mm Throttle Body
Lubrication: Pressure lubrication with 2 oil pumps
Primary Ratio: 24:73
Final Drive: 13:50
Cooling: Liquid Cooling
Clutch: Wet Multi-Disc CSS-Clutch, Magura Hydraulics
Ignition: Keihin EMS
Frame: Central Double-Cradle Type 25CrMo4 Steel
Subframe: Carbon Fiber
Handlebar: ProTaper
Front Suspension: WP Suspension 4CS
Rear Suspension: WP Monoshock with Linkage
Suspension Travel Front/Rear: 11.81 in/11.81 in
Front/Rear Brakes: Disc Brake 260 mm/220 mm
Front/Rear Rims: 1.60x 21”, 2.15 x 19”
Front/Rear Tires: 80/100-21”; 100/90-19” Dunlop MX52
Chain: 5/8 x 1/4 in
Silencer: Aluminum
Steering Head Angle: 26.1º
Triple Clamp Offset: 22 mm
Wheelbase: 58.5 ± 0.4 in
Ground Clearance: 14.6 in
Seat Height: 37.8 in
Tank Capacity, Approx: 1.84 gal
Weight (without fuel) Approx: 220.6 lbs

2016 Husqvarna TC 125 and TC 250 Two-Strokes
Husqvarna took a page out of the 2016 KTM two-stroke book, helping to secure the future of two-strokes by introducing an all-new TC 125 and a revised TC 250. Yes, the Husqvarna two-strokes are basically the 2016 KTMs with composite subframes, but the more the merrier in the two-stroke world. The TC 125 motocross bike is lighter and faster while the TC 250 received minor revisions, staying much the same as the 2015 model.

2016 Husqvarna TC 125

2016 Husqvarna TC 125
The newly developed 125cc engine for 2016 is nothing like the 2015 powerplant. It features a completely new architecture using the latest engineering and technology. The new Husqvarna TC 125 engine produces better power throughout the rpm range, is more compact and is 4.4 pounds lighter. The new engine now lives in the same chassis as the 2016 4-Stroke FC line.

Highlights and Changes
• New TC 125 engine is more compact, is 4.4 pounds lighter and has more power
• New cylinder with revised ports and newly designed power valve unit with a sophisticated mechanism for the lateral exhaust ports increases performance throughout the rpm range
• A new piston is optimized for maximum reliability with the new cylinder layout
• Lighter crankshaft is optimally balanced for minimum vibrations. All-new die-cast engine cases raise the crankshaft and clutch shaft, centralizing mass and improving handling
• New six-speed transmission provides the same gear ratios as before but is lighter and narrower
•New “No Dirt” shift lever prevents dirt from fouling the lever joint to ensure proper shifting in any condition
• New exhaust pipe has been tuned for the 125SX specifically to get maximum power output from the new engine
• New lighter chromoly steel frame provides higher torsional rigidity with less longitudinal stiffness for improved handling and energy absorption
• A new smaller and lighter subframe design saves weight.
• The swingarm features a revised internal structure to match the new frame characteristics and is lighter.
• New CNC machined upper triple clamp featuring a rubber damping system for the new ProTaper handlebars
• The WP 4CS (Four Chamber System) fork has been specifically designed for motocross and features revised damping settings optimized for the new chassis
• New generation WP shock has been developed in conjunction with the new frame and swingarm architecture including a new linkage/pullrod system
• Super lightweight GSK brake rotors, CNC machined hubs, high-end Excel rims fitted with Dunlop GEOMAX MX52 tires are standard equipment
• New airbox and air filter design offers maximum protection for the engine while ensuring maximum airflow and providing quick “no tools” air filter changes
• New ergonomics and bodywork centralize mass

2016 Husqvarna TC 125 Two-Stroke Specs
Engine Type: Single Cylinder, 2-Stroke
Displacement: 124.8 cc
Bore / Stroke: 54.0 / 54.5 mm
Starter: Kickstarter
Transmission: Six-speed
Fuel System: Keihin PWK 38S AG Carburetor
Lubrication: Premix 40:1
Primary Ratio: 23:73
Final Drive: 13:50
Cooling: Liquid Cooling
Clutch: Wet Multi-Disc Clutch, Magura Hydraulics
Ignition: Kokusan
Frame: Central Double-Cradle Type 25CrMo4 Steel
Front Suspension: WP Suspension USD 4860 MXMA 4CS
Rear Suspension: WP Monoshock 5018 BAVP DCC with Linkage
Suspension Travel Front/Rear: 300 mm/11.81 in; 300 mm/11.81 inches
Front/Rear Brakes: Disc Brake 260 mm/10.24 in; 220 mm/8.66 inches
Front/Rear Rims: 1.60x 21, 2.15 x 19 Excel
Front/Rear Tires: 80/100-21”, 100/90-19” Dunlop MX32
Wheelbase: 58.5 inches
Ground Clearance: 14.8 inches
Seat Height: / 37.8 inches
Tank Capacity, 1.84 gallons
Weight (without fuel), Approx: 196.5 pounds

2016 Husqvarna TC 250

2016 Husqvarna TC 250 Two-Stroke
For 2016 the TC 250 features detail improvements and new colors and graphics, but retains the same chassis and engine specifications as the proven 2015 TC 250.

Highlights and Changes
• New CNC machined triple clamp with 22 mm offset and new handlebar rubber damping system for reduced engine vibrations to the rider
• Wheels now have new lighter spokes with a weight reduction of 100 grams.
• New generation Dunlop Geomax MX52 tires for improved traction and performance
• High-tech Brembo brakes with new lighter GSK rotors

2016 Husqvarna TC 250 Specs
Engine Type: Single Cylinder, 2-Stroke
Displacement: 249 cc
Bore/Stroke: 66.4 x 72.0 mm
Starter: Kickstarter
Transmission: Five-speed
Fuel System: Keihin PWK 36S AG Carburetor
Lubrication: Premix 60:1
Primary Ratio: 26:72
Final Drive: 13:48
Cooling: Liquid Cooling
Clutch: Wet Multi-Disc DDS-Clutch, Brembo Hydraulics
Ignition: Kokusan
Frame: Central Double-Cradle Type Steel
Subframe: Aluminum
Handlebar: ProTaper
Front Suspension: WP 4CS
Rear Suspension: WP Monoshock with Linkage
Suspension Travel Front/Rear: 11.81 in/12.48 inches
Front/Rear Brakes: Disc Brake 260 mm/ 220 mm
Front/Rear Rims: 1.60 x 21”, 2.15 x 19” Excel
Front/Rear Tires: 80/100-21”, 110/90-19” Dunlop MX52
Chain: 5/8 x 1/4 inches
Silencer: Aluminum
Steering Head Angle: 26.5 degrees
Triple Clamp Offset: 22 mm
Wheelbase: 58.5 ± 0.4 inches
Ground Clearance: 15.15 inches
Seat Height: 39.1 inches
Tank Capacity: 1.84 gallons

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.