HUSQVARNA FC250: $8599
Husqvarna continues to battle the notion that its offerings are just white KTMs. The 2017 FC250 can give you
that impression because it shares the same engine, frame
and suspension with the KTM 250SX-F. Both have electric
start, big peak horsepower numbers and the new WP AER
48 air fork. But, the Husky is just different enough in suspension, bodywork and layout.
KTM 250SX (TWO-STROKE): $7699
We’ve been waiting for this bike for years. The 250SX
has the first full-size two-stroke motocross motor released
since 2002. The same motor platform is used for nine different bikes across the KTM and Husqvarna lines, making
it the biggest combined production run in the company for
2017. In its MX configuration it doesn’t have e-start, but a
kit is on the way.
KTM 250SX-F: $8499
There’s no doubt that KTM has the fastest and lightest
bike in the 250 class. It has traditionally been a bike for
pro and intermediate riders, and for 2017, that’s still the
case. Most of its horsepower advantage is in the top of
the powerband. The electric starter, on the other hand,
pleases everyone. For 2017 it gets an air fork and push-button traction control.
This is the newest bike in the Husqvarna line, and it is
the foundation for a whole family of new two-strokes. The
TC250 motocross bike has a new five-speed motor with
a Mikuni TMX carburetor. It uses the same power-valve
configuration as the motor it replaces, but everything else
is new, including a counterbalancer shaft.
SUZUKI RM-Z250: $7699
In 2016 the RM-Z received some motor, frame and
suspension updates, although the bike hasn’t changed
cosmetically in a very long time. It’s unchanged for 2017.
It still has the KYB PSF2 fork, which features low-pressure
air chambers and independently adjustable high- and low-speed compression damping. The motor has excellent bottom end but modest peak power.
KAWASAKI KX250F: $7749
Kawasaki gave its 250 a complete redesign for 2017
with weight reduction as the priority. It’s now a pound
lighter than either the Honda or Yamaha. It still uses the
Showa SFF fork with a single spring in one leg, and it’s
the only dirt motorcycle to use a secondary fuel injector,
located between the air filter and the throttle body.
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