DB LONG LIVE THE DING OF THE RING
Old world tough
Last year Husqvarna only brought
in a few WR250 two-strokes and it
took all year to sell them. For 2008
they were sold out in the first month.
With Kawasaki and Honda out of the
pool, the Husky was suddenly a hot
We rediscovered it too, and wondered where it had been all this time.
The biggest difference between the
Husky and most Japanese two-strokes is the engine layout—it’s
reversed. The WR has the clutch on
the left and the ignition on the right. It
doesn’t matter much, but results in
the need for a different rear brake
(one that can operate on the left side
of the wheel) and kind of strange
kick-starter location. Just like the
Husky four-strokes, the WR has a
Sachs shock and a Marzocchi fork.
Maintenance is freakishly easy. The
seat and air filter come off without
tools; there’s a grab handle on the
rear axle and there’s so much space
around the motor that you can grab
the sparkplug with both hands. Wild.
For tight, ugly, slow trail, you can’t
do much better. Frankly, we don’t
think dirt bikes have evolved much in
that environment. The Husky has
super smooth power delivery and so
much flywheel that it feels almost like
a trials bike at the bottom. Above
that, the power hits pretty hard, but
it’s nothing crazy. If you want more
snap, it’s easy to find. We tried a
Husky with an FMF pipe and silencer
that was much, much faster than
stock. We also liked the modified sus-
pension much better. RG- 3 knows
something about Husky suspension.
We’re not crazy about riding the
Husky on a motocross track; it just
doesn’t belong. It’s kind of stink-buggy and sluggish. Frankly, you
probably can’t modify the bike enough
to make it competitive in that world.
But in a Last-Man-Standing setting,
we’re the first in line. The Husky is a
tough-guy kind of bike for the few
tough-guy rides that still exist. ;
Old world thinking makes the Husky
WR250 a tool for tight, nasty conditions.
It makes strong bottom and mid power,
but tends to feel awkward once the
speeds escalate. We tested some RG3
mods with good results, so the potential is there.