machined hubs make the entire package pop. Our faster
test riders raved about the TC85’s engine performance in
the midrange and on the top end. Slower test riders found
it a little difficult to stay in the meat of the powerband, but
once there, there was plenty of power. Our beginner/nov-ice test riders praised the handling, but our intermediate/
expert riders wanted a firmer feel at both ends. The braking power is similar to that of Husqvarna’s larger models
and received kudos from everyone, as did the action of the
Magura hydraulic clutch. Serious racers love the fact that
the Husqvarna TC85 is available in both 17/14 and 19/16
wheel-size combinations without having to change major
chassis components when switching back and forth. The
TC85 is definitely best in the hands of an intermediate-to-expert-level ripper, but can be adjusted to fit most beginners who want to progress. ❏
Husqvarna’s TC85 is all about performance, no matter what aspect of the machine you’re talking about. The
chassis’ heart is a chromoly steel frame that is designed
with the same technology as all Husqvarna motorcycles.
One difference between the larger bikes and the TC85
is the aluminum subframe. Husqvarna uses aluminum
instead of the composite to keep the overall weight down.
Additional weight on this size machine would be a huge
disadvantage. The 2015 model received a redesigned,
single-component, cast swingarm. It is now 0.5 kilograms
lighter while maintaining the same structural characteristics. The new swingarm also features a redesigned
chainguide, chain slider and brake-hose bracket that
increase durability and performance. With the new casting process, Husqvarna’s goal was to eliminate multiple
welds in hopes of giving the bike more consistent handling
and also improving quality. WP suspension is used exclusively on the TC85. In the rear, it has a fully adjustable WP
PDS shock that offers 300mm of travel. Up front there are
43mm upside-down WP forks with 270mm of travel that
have all the adjustability of the larger Husqvarna’s forks.
In the TC85’s engine department, the theme of performance continues with a cylinder that has flow-optimized
ports and a power-valve system that Husqvarna designed
to provide the maximum power output possible. The
engine is liquid-cooled top and bottom using an integrated
crankcase cooling system with two oversized radiators
housing the liquids. The engine is fed by a 24mm Keihin
carburetor and features a Magura hydraulic clutch system,
just like Husqvarna’s larger models.
WHAT IT ALL MEANS
The attention to detail on the Husqvarna TC85 jumps
out at you right off the bat. Everyone likes the signature
white, blue and yellow styling. The black Excel rims with
Marcus loved throwing the TC85 around.
The TC85 is a serious race machine all rolled up into a pint-sized package. Available in two different wheel-size combinations—17/14 and 19/16—for the Super Mini class.
The engine is
explosive and is
at its best in the
hands of experienced pilots with
has similar components to that of
its larger siblings.
The test riders
in favor of the
2015 HUSQVARNA TC85