HUSQVARNA TX125 TWO-STROKE: This is the advance
scout for the TE150, which is
still in the works. The TE150 will, of
course, have more displacement, but the
real news will be the availability of electric
start. So far purists have scoffed at the
concept of e-start on a little two-stroke,
but they once had the same attitude
about push-button start on all dirt
bikes. If the 150 is nearly as much
fun as the 125, it will probably be
the favorite bike of the year for
more than one of our test riders.
HUSQVARNA TE250 TWO-STROKE: This is the off-road version of the new TC250 motocross
two-stroke that we’ve already tested
in America. This version is much softer
in every way: power, suspension and intent.
It’s still very fast and light-feeling. It will be comparable to
the KTM 250XC-W, but it will have linkage rear suspension. Like all the models in this group, the TE250 will come
with a WP XPLOR 48 fork. This is an open-cartridge fork
with coil springs and adjustable preload. It’s a very good
fork from what we’ve learned and will probably be a big
improvement over the 4CS of last year.
HUSQVARNA TE300 TWO-STROKE: In the U.S. we’ve
already tried the brother to this model—the TX300. That’s
a very competition-oriented bike. The TE version has softer suspension, the XPLOR 48 fork and lights. This is an
amazingly good motorcycle. It’s interesting to note that the
TE300 has some of the same minor jetting issues that we
reported with the TC300, but those issues almost disappeared when we tried a TE setup with an Akrapovic silencer from Husky’s aftermarket division.
HUSQVARNA FE250: In the U.S., this will be a street-legal model. The difference between the U.S. version and
the Euro one we rode here will be limited to fuel mapping,
noise reduction, an evaporative canister, DOT lights, reflectors and a keyed ignition. Of all those things, the mapping
and muffler will be the only things that affect performance.
In Euro trim,
the FE450 is