classified as an off-road bike, it has somewhat lean mapping and a special fuel tank. It’s virtually irrelevant, though.
The FE’s compliance isn’t a handicap at all; it’s not like
a few years ago when manufacturers had to stifle performance in order to pass the test. Fuel injection has given
us that. The only real problem is that the Husky’s fuel-injection settings are fixed. You can’t just plug in a laptop
and install a new map.
The chassis uses linkage to connect to the WP shock,
unlike the KTM version of this bike, which still has a single
bolt connecting the PDS shock to the swingarm. There
were mild suspension changes for 2015. Other modifications include changes to the oil pump, headlight, front
fender and handguards. The seat cover is different and
There’s a reason this engine is so popular. It’s good.
Stinkin’ good. First of all, the size makes perfect sense.
Somewhere along the way we seem to have forgotten
the lesson that off-road pioneers like Husky, Penton and
Hodaka taught us so long ago. Small and agile beats
heavy and powerful 90 percent of the time. You can
write this down: most people riding 450cc off-road bikes
shouldn’t. It’s just some quirk in the American genetic
code that draws us to things that are big and overpowered. The 350 is like a bridge that allows us to step down
At the heart of the FE350 is the same motor as the KTM
350XC-W. It’s become the mainstay for the Austrian company, outselling everything else since it was introduced.
That’s why it’s in so many models. There are seven different bikes with the 350 motor between KTM and Husky.
They aren’t exactly the same, though. Many have different
EFI mapping, gear ratios and even clutches. The motor
in the FE350 has a wide-ratio six-speed gearbox, EPA
and CARB approval, and the diaphragm-spring clutch.
The Husky FC350 motocross bike, by comparison, has
a five-speed gearbox, closed-course fuel mapping and a
coil-spring clutch. The FE has a heavier crank, a different
piston and lower compression. The most obvious visual
difference from the outside is the kick-start provision on
the FE—there’s no actual kick-start lever, just a place to
put one if you don’t trust electric starters. There’s no such
option on the motocross version.
To make the FE pass the emission regulations to be
There’s still mixed blood between Husqvarna
and KTM. The Husky has its own bodywork,
subframe, suspension configuration and