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2016 KTM 250 SX-F & 2016 Husqvarna FC 250 Comparison
Adam Booth | January 4, 2016
The 2016 KTM 250 SX-F and Husqvarna FC 250 come out of the same factory and are essentially the same dirt bike, with the only items differentiating them being the subframe, airbox, hydraulic clutch, brake rotors, tires, plastic and the color of the paint. The differences between the two bikes are even fewer than the KTM 450 SX-F and Husky FC 450, which for arguments sake are near identical. The 250s even share the same muffler, unlike the 450s. We spent separate days testing only the KTM 250 SX-F and Husqvarna FC 250 against each other to determine if one was better and why.
The most notable difference was that most riders preferred the Dunlop MX32 front tire on the KTM 250 SX-F over the Dunlop MX52 on the Husqvarna FC 250. Also the Husqvarna weighs about 1.5 pounds more, partly due to the composite subframe and the MX52 tires are heavier than the MX32 tires on the KTM 250 SX-F. One test rider noted the Magura hydraulic clutch on the FC 250 felt slightly smoother, but in the end the bikes were so close we had to place them in the same finishing position in the shootout. You guessed it, a tie.
The KTM and Husky are light, handle great, corner amazingly, have powerful brakes, use hydraulic clutches, source easy-access air filters and, of course, fire to life via their magic electric start buttons. These features helped the 2016 KTM 250 SX-F and Husqvarna FC 250 tie for second position in the 250F MotoUSA shootout, not far off from first!
• Hydraulic clutch
• Excellent power delivery
• Best WP 4CS fork yet
• Electric start!
• Most powerful engines
• Big price tag
• A tad soft for very fast riders
KTM 250 SX-F and Husqvarna FC 250 Suspension Settings
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.