It was a bit of a mystery. In European off-road racing, few motorcycles have had the impact of the Husky TE250. It won the E1 World Enduro
Championship in its first attempt. Then, it was bored out to a 310 and won
the E2 Championship—and it kept on winning. So, when the American racing
version showed up under the TXC name, we expected a drooling monster of
a bike. What we got, however, was a fluffy teddy bear. It was a nice little
machine, but it seemed more like a CRF250X playbike than World
There were several factors responsible for the mystery. Their names were
Antoine Meo, Juha Salminen and Fabrizio Azalin. Meo and Salminen were the
two best off-road riders in the world, and they could win on almost anything.
The “almost” part of that statement is important, because with Azalin running
the Husky off-road race team, the little Husky was boosted to the championship platform.
It took several years for the production version of the bike to catch up to
the racing version. For 2013, the TXC250 has undergone a number of important changes and is finally a bike that can live up to its racing reputation.
The redheaded stepchild