All-new models are a revolutionary step forward for dirt champions of tomorrow
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.
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.
Husqvarna’s all-new Swedish design is across six models, with much lighter four- or two-stroke engines.