MURIETTA, Calif. - Husqvarna in late June broadened its lineup from 10 motorcycles to 14 as it introduced two new dual-sport bikes and an expanded lineup of enduros and motocross models.
New to the North American market are the FC 350 four-stroke MX bike, the TE 125 off-road two stroke, and two street-legal dual-sport models, the FE 350 S and FE 501 S.
Husky rejoins AMA Supercross and Pro Motocross racing with an "elite spec" of motocross bikes featuring a subframe made from carbon-fiber-reinforced polyamide, an advanced injection-molded material selected for its lighter weight and enhanced strength, the OEM noted.
"The four new models and the advancements made to our motocross line are going to make a very big statement for the brand: Husqvarna is headed back to the top," said Steve Lawler, brand manager, in the announcement.
The FE 350 S and FE 501 S are street-legal options for the FE 350 and 501. The 350 S has a DOHC four-stroke engine with a heavier crankshaft than the off-road version to improve traction. The 501 S (see photo, below left) is powered by a SOHC four-stroke engine with titanium intake valves and DLC (diamond-like carbon)-coated rocker arms, and is also tuned for improved traction and maximum durability with a three-layer head gasket.
Both dual-sports have the same suspension components as the rest of the FE family -- the 4CS WP fork and link-mounted DCC (dual compression control) WP shock -- but are optimized for the specific demands of dual-sport riding, the OEM noted.
Husqvarna's two-stroke lineup gettings a little bigger with the new TC 125 (see top photo), which carries many of the features from the larger TE machines, including the 4CS WP fork and linked rear suspension featuring the DCC WP rear shock. CNC-machined triple clamps ensure optimum clamping surface and precision control of the front end while enabling four different handlebar positions, the OEM announced.
The eighth-liter mill features a high-performance cylinder and power valve. The Vertex piston is designed to deliver healthy bottom-end torque and top-end performance. And in keeping with its simple and lightweight nature, the TE 125 uses a kick start.
The bike's Magura hydraulic clutch offers smooth, consistent actuation of the six-speed gearbox, and Boyesen reed valves ensure crisp throttle response and maximum durability, the OEM added.
Husky's new middleweight four-stroke (see image, right) combines the lightweight agility of a 250 and the hard-hitting power of a 450. The FC 350, which is based on the 250 platform, is powered by a DOHC engine with lightweight titanium valves and DLC-coated finger followers. A CP-Carrillo-forged box-type piston combines maximum performance and reliability with minimum weight, and cranks out 54 hp.
The FC 350 carries the same 2015 upgrades to the 250, including the CSS clutch and one-piece machined steel clutch basket. The 350 shares suspension components and key features such as electric start, Brembo brakes and hydraulic clutch. Unlike the 250 and 450, however, the 350 will carry Husqvarna's fiberglass-reinforced polyamide composite rear subframe.
From a press release. Press images courtesy Husqvarna