>Husqvarna is changing the way it looks at the U.S. market for 2017. In the past, the bikes fell into four broad categories. There were
dual-sport bikes, MX bikes, closed-course off-road
bikes (e.g., two-strokes), and EPA-approved off-
road bikes, which were subject to emission regu-
lations. For 2017 that last category will be going
away, and a line of off-road four-strokes will be
included in the “closed-course competition” class.
In other words, Husqvarna doesn’t want to mess
with the EPA and carb unless it’s for a dual-sport.
It makes sense. Most states really don’t care about
the off-road certification. In California, where it’s a
big deal, Husky’s dual-sport line will fill the void.
Earlier in the year we went to Europe to ride the
entire line of off-road bikes offered over there. This
included some models that are in very different
trim than the ones we will get. Basically, the U.S.
models will be quieter and have leaner fuel mapping. The two-strokes will be the same in Europe
and in the U.S. We’ve repeatedly heard rumors
that a fuel-injected version of the two-stroke motor
is coming soon, but it will be for certain markets
in Europe where two-strokes can be used on the
street. That’s not the U.S. Here’s a brief summary
of the bikes we tried.