Riding a 250F off-road is different. Compared to traditional off-road
bikes, like 250cc two-strokes and
450cc four-strokes, a 250F requires a
different attitude, a different skill set
and a different goal. We love 250Fs,
but we had to learn to love them.
These days, the most potent off-road 250 four-strokes are from
Europe. Husky and KTM have
embraced them as a new format and
a new style of racing, not as entry-level hardware. Both the new KTM
XC-F and the Husqvarna TXC250 are
based on full-fledged motocross racers. They are imported as closed-course competition bikes, just like
motocross machines. Once we had
the new KTM in hand, we found it
only natural to compare it to Husky’s
version of the same thing.