From the KTM factory’s northern door
There’s no escaping the fact that the Husqvarna FC250
comes out of the same factory as the KTM 250SX-F. The
Austrian parent company of both makes has done a great
job of separating them in identity, dealer network and marketing, but at the end of the day, they share 90 percent of
the same parts. The Husky has a few exclusive touches,
such as the integrated airbox and subframe, D.I.D Dirt Star
rims, a Pro Taper handlebar and a Magura clutch master
cylinder. It also has its own look and different bodywork.
But, as with the KTM, its only real changes for 2018 are
the battery, the suspension settings and graphics.
STRONG POINTS: At the risk of repeating ourselves,
the Husqvarna FC250 is a top-end screamer.
On the track, it’s really hard to separate the KTM and
Husky. They both have the same strengths, especially the
top-end power and low overall weight. The brakes and
clutch are excellent, just like those of the KTM. The Husky
does have a slightly different riding position, and the
power delivery is just a tiny bit smoother, but most riders
rate the two bikes in a dead tie in sheer performance. We
will say that the parent company has done a good job of
promoting Husqvarna separately and has given the bike a
very different look.
WEAK POINTS: Like the KTM, the Husqvarna suffers
from sleepy low-end power delivery. The biggest shortcoming has nothing to do with the bike’s performance on
the track. Husky still has an identity crisis, and there is
lingering resentment from those who say that the bike is
simply a “white KTM.”
BOTTOM LINE: If your twin brother is a movie star, is
that such a bad thing? The Husqvarna is tied to the KTM,
which means it’s fast, light and nearly flawless. In any
ranking, the two bikes have to finish back to back.
Weight without fuel: 219 pounds. MSRP: $8799.