Next-gen­er­a­tion de­sign

All-new mod­els are a rev­o­lu­tion­ary step for­ward for dirt cham­pi­ons of to­mor­row

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

HUSQ­VARNA has an­nounced its 2016 mo­tocross line-up, stat­ing it rep­re­sents a rev­o­lu­tion­ary step for­ward in dirt bikes.

“Ev­ery de­tail of this new from the ground up mo­tocross range has been specif­i­cally de­signed to im­prove per­for­mance,” said the com­pany in a state­ment.

Husq­varna said its new six­model range for 2016 en­sures rac­ers and riders alike have the per­fect ma­chin­ery to achieve their goals. The range com­prises the FC 450, FC 350 and FC 250 four-stroke mod­els, and the TC 125.

A frame like noth­ing be­fore

Re­think­ing tor­sional rigid­ity and lon­gi­tu­di­nal stiff­ness, the hy­dro­formed, laser-cut and robotwelded chromium molyb­de­num steel frame is lighter and more com­pact to of­fer bet­ter han­dling and feel­ing than its pre­de­ces­sor. Cou­pled with its new, three-piece car­bon-fi­bre sub­frame, which is one kilo­gramme lighter than the pre­vi­ous sub­frame, and a new cast-alu­minium swing arm, it en­sures a mo­tor­cy­cle with un­ri­valled ride abil­ity and ease of use.

Per­fectly match­ing the new chas­sis char­ac­ter­is­tics, the new CNC ma­chined triple clamps, WP’s 4CS forks, and new shorter and 500 grams lighter WP rear shocks are mated to a new rear­link ge­om­e­try, which im­proves both damp­ing and bal­ance. It en­sures op­ti­mum trac­tion and con­trol across all rid­ing sit­u­a­tions and ter­rains.

Smaller, lighter en­gines

In the en­gine depart­ment the FC 450, FC 350 and FC 250 en­joy fur­ther de­vel­op­ments and im­prove­ments, and to­gether with the TC 125, ben­e­fit from a sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tion in en­gine weight.

Across all four-stroke mod­els, a new Kei­hin en­gine man­age­ment sys­tem pro­cesses data faster, while a 44 mm throt­tle body – com­pact and 100 grams lighter – pro­vides im­me­di­ate throt­tle re­sponse thanks to the elim­i­na­tion of a throt­tle link­age. New for MY16 is launch con­trol, in­te­grated into the stan­dard han­dle­bar map switch. With the abil­ity to al­ter en­gine char­ac­ter­is­tics, the launch-con­trol fea­ture seeks out max­i­mum trac­tion to de­liver con­sis­tently per­fect starts as stan­dard.

The two-stroke range, in par­tic­u­lar the TC 125 eighth-litre ma­chine, re­ceived a sig­nif­i­cantly smaller and lighter en­gine.

Re­designed and repack­aged with a new power valve and ex­haust, it has an in­creased power out­put from 38 hp to 40 hp. The 2016 TC 125 is 3,2 kg lighter com­pared to the pre­vi­ous model.

For the youngest rac­ers in the Husq­varna fam­ily, the ag­ile and pow­er­ful TC 85 is the ideal en­try ma­chine into mo­tocross. Adorned with stylish colours and graph­ics, it is the per­fect mo­tor­cy­cle for the cham­pi­ons of to­mor­row. Re­fine­ments to the TC 250, in­clud­ing new CNC triple clamps with rub­ber damp­ing, a new seat cover and new disc brakes, make it a for­mi­da­ble com­peti­tor to its four-stroke broth­ers.

All mod­els went bant­ing

Over­all weight sav­ings have been sig­nif­i­cant. The FC 450 is now 5,2 kg lighter than the pre­vi­ous model, while the FC 350 is 4.7 kg less than the 2015 ma­chine. The FC 250 has been light­ened by 4,0 kg. Im­por­tantly, the ex­haust sys­tem has been com­pletely re­designed to im­prove mass cen­tral­i­sa­tion and re­duce sound lev­els in keep­ing with Fim lim­its. No­tably shorter and sleeker, the FC 450 sees its res­o­nance cham­bers in­te­grated into the header pipe.

Inspired de­sign

Keep­ing in line with a more com­pact and sleeker gen­er­a­tion of mo­tor­cy­cles, the dis­tinc­tive and fu­tur­is­tic body­work, with strik­ing pearl-blue and elec­tric yel­low colours and graph­ics, marks a new era in Swedish-inspired de­sign. The re­vised er­gonomics and new seat pro­vide greater com­fort and su­pe­rior con­trol in all rid­ing sit­u­a­tions.

Fi­nally, new GSK brake discs, Pro Ta­per han­dle­bars, ODI lockon grips, new WP ra­di­a­tors, new seven-litre poly­thene fuel tanks, a new air box de­sign with tool­less air-fil­ter ac­cess, as well as black DID al­loy rims, CNC ma­chined hubs and Dun­lop MX52 tyres, fur­ther en­sure that the all­new MY16 mo­tocross line-up is one of the most so­phis­ti­cated on the mar­ket.

The new Husq­varna MY16 mo­tocross range will be avail­able from all au­tho­rised Euro­pean Husq­varna deal­ers from Septem­ber. — WR.

PHOTO: QUICK­PIC

Husq­varna’s all-new Swedish de­sign is across six mod­els, with much lighter four- or two-stroke en­gines.

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