Of all the bikes in Husqvarna’s 2013 model line, the TC250R
motocrosser is the purebred—it’s 100
percent Husky. It was conceived,
designed and built in Varese, Italy,
before BMW took hold of the company. It’s also the platform that has generated all the company’s greatest
achievements in recent history.
In case you want a list, those great
achievements include three World
Enduro Championships and a string of
GNCC XC2 victories, courtesy of riders like Antoine Meo, Juha Salminen,
Jason Thomas and Andrew DeLong.
Yes, you’re right, that is a little odd.
Those are all off-road victories, and
the TC is a motocross bike. That’s the
twist in the story; the TC hasn’t
achieved much in its own name, but it
has a number of secret identities that
have had incredible successes. The
same basic bike has been reinvented
as the TXC250, TXC 310, TE250 and
TE310, which are all off-road and
There are two reasons for this identity crisis. One is just a matter of the
personalities involved. Meo and
Salminen are the best off-road racers
in Europe, and Thomas and Delong
are the hottest up-and-comers stateside. A bigger reason is the nature of
the bike itself. When it first appeared
in 2009, it was light, handled well and
had smooth, tractable power, which
made it a great off-road bike. It just
didn’t have the peak horsepower to
compete against the Japanese 250Fs.
Now that Husky engineers have had
time to refine the TC250R, is it ready
to do as well as its offspring?
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