This is the world’s smallest 250F motor.
We don’t know how Husqvarna fit in all
the valves, cams and gears required to
make a four-stroke run.
The seat comes off with a single Dzus
fastener, allowing no-tool air-filter
You can’t do much better than the
stock exhaust system. The Husky
comes with a titanium Akrapovic.
all the impacts. The Husky gives you an initial feeling of being
very soft, but you quickly realize that’s a good thing. The
usual drawbacks of soft suspension are excess dive, chassis
movement and hard bottoming. The TC doesn’t do any of
that. The cushiness makes you anticipate all sorts of crimes
that never happen.
Most of our testing was done with riders in the 160-pound
range. They generally wanted more compression damping in
the rear and less in the front. Heavier riders will probably
need stiffer springs, but overall we give a big thumbs up to
Husky’s move to KYB. And, we’ve always loved the way the
bike turns. The Husky has somewhat quick steering, which
takes some adjustment time. You can easily give the bike too
much input at low speed, and if you aren’t being aggressive,
the bike can seem like it hunts for its line. But, that’s only
because you’re working too hard. If you relax, you generally
find the bike turns itself. You just start the process by point-
ing, then open the throttle and it does the rest. At 229
pounds, the bike weighs about what it should weigh, but it
handles so well that you might think it’s the lightest in the
class. In fact, the Husky is such a good-handling machine
that you get the feeling that you aren’t trying hard enough.
Everything comes easily; you don’t get very tired, and you
feel like you could ride all day at full speed.
That brings us back to the motor. Part of the secret to the
Husky’s handling is the fact that it’s down on power. How
much? That depends on the track. A dyno might say it has
about three horsepower less than a Kawasaki, but on hard-
pack dirt, that doesn’t matter much. If you’re struggling for
traction, the Husky hooks up well and can run with anything
Pete Murray rearranges some Elsinore dirt.