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First Look 2017 Husqvarna FC & TC

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MOTOCROSS MY17 INTRODUCTION

Motocross, a word that is synonymous with the very culture and history of the Husqvarna motorcycle brand. With over 100 years of continuous production developing some of the world’s first serial production off-road machines, Husqvarna motorcycles are truly the pioneers of the sport as we know it today. After the successful launch of four brand new models for MY16, Husqvarna has cemented a solid foundation for future development in the motocross segment.

Husqvarna continues to pioneer cutting edge technologies by developing motorcycles which are more agile, more powerful and more ergonomically advanced than previous generations. The attention to detail and innovative techniques used by Husqvarna engineers have resulted in continued development year after year delivering a premium product offering to the motocross market.

After a very successful 2015 racing season, Husqvarna motorcycles will again compete on the world stage in 2016. Campaigns in the FIM World Motocross Championship, the AMA Supercross as well as AMA outdoor series will allow the brand to exhibit its pedigree by offering race winning products.

For model year 2017, Husqvarna looks to continue its successes for the past century and maintain its position as one of the leading players in the segment by again offering motorcycles that are at the pinnacle of performance, design and ergonomics.

FEATURES AND BENEFITS

New WP AER 48 front fork

The WP AER 48 front fork is completely new for MY17. The 48mm split air fork features an insulated air spring and pressurized oil chamber for progressive and consistent damping. The new component is 3.7 pounds lighter than its predecessor and is easily adjustable via a single air pressure valve for pre-load (on the left leg) as well as easy access clickers adjusting damping with 30 clicks (on the right leg). Additionally, the air pump needed to adjust air pressure in the fork will be provided as standard.

Precision engineering by WP Performance Systems, quality materials and advanced production processes guarantee the highest performance levels.

  • Insulated air spring and pressurized oil chamber – progressive and consistent damping.
  • Easy access clicker dials – simple and fast clicker settings.
  • New outer fork tubes – increased flex and functionality.
  • Reduction in weight – 3.7 pounds.

CNC machined triple clamps

The 22 mm offset black-anodized CNC machined triple clamps feature an integrated rubber damping system that reduces vibration and increases rider comfort. The triple clamps have been expertly crafted using superior techniques and materials to provide premium quality and reliability while a new upper triple clamp has been redesigned to compliment the new WP AER 48 fork. A 3-way handlebar adjustment is standard and allows for customizable ergonomics.

  • Rubber damping on top clamp – reduced vibrations, increased comfort.
  • CNC aluminum – finest quality and reliability.
  • Adjustable handlebar position – adjustable ergonomics.

WP rear shock

The WP DCC rear shock is designed to provide advanced damping characteristics while conforming to a compact and lightweight design. With a pressure balance inside the shock, damping is improved resulting in greater rider comfort and handling while the outer contour of the reservoir increases cooling. The component is also fully adjustable and matched to a linkage system with a specific geometry to deliver the best possible traction and progression with a rear wheel travel of 300mm.

  • Lightweight and compact – conforming to the lightweight and compact design of the motorcycle.
  • Pressure balance – consistent damping.
  • Linkage system – specific geometry for best results, 300mm wheel travel.

Frame

The hydro-formed, laser-cut and robot-welded frame expertly crafted by WP Performance Systems has been specifically designed with calculated parameters of longitudinal and torsional flex. New aluminum engine mountings on all 4T models benefit suspension functionality and feeling while retaining a light, compact and strong package. The frame is finished off with a premium white powder coating and standard frame protectors guaranteeing supreme protection and durability.

  • Longitudinal and torsional stiffness – superior handling and feeling.
  • New engine mountings 4T – improved suspension function.
  • Produced by WP Performance Systems – guarantee of high quality standards.
  • Durable finish with standard frame protectors.

Composite carbon fiber subframe

The composite subframe is a design unique to Husqvarna showcasing pioneering technologies and innovation. This three piece component is made up of 30% carbon fiber making it remarkably light (3.1lbs.) and also particularly strong. Specific care has been taken to create a certain rigidity for optimal handling and rider ergonomics.

  • 3-piece subframe – composite materials.
  • Carbon fiber construction – 3.1lbs. overall weight.
  • Specific rigidity – benefits handling and ergonomics.

Swingarm

The hollow, cast aluminum swingarm has been designed to offer optimal stiffness and reliability at the least possible weight. The machining on the side by Husqvarna motorcycle engineers is another mark of quality showcasing in depth attention to detail and superior craftsmanship.

  • Optimal stiffness and reliability in a lightweight construction.

Footpeg mount

The Husqvarna frame features an innovative, self -cleaning footpeg mount which prevents the build-up of dirt collected through deep ruts or muddy terrain. As a result, the footpeg will spring back into its original position even in the toughest conditions. For riders who prefer a higher footpeg set-up, the MY17 enduro footpegs can be fitted raising the position by 6mm.

  • Footpeg mount – prevents mud and dirt build-up allowing footpeg to spring back into position.
  • Large footpegs – perfect grip and control.

Magura hydraulic clutch

The reliable, high quality, German-made clutch system guarantees even wear, near maintenance-free operation and perfect modulation in every condition. Meaning that play is constantly compensated so that the pressure point and function of the clutch remain identical in cold or hot conditions, as well as over time.

  • Magura hydraulic clutch – perfect modulation in every condition.
  • High quality German craftsmanship – very reliable, consistent clutch action.

Brakes

Class-leading Brembo calipers and controls with high quality GSK discs deliver superior stopping power instilling confidence in any condition. 260mm disc front and 220mm rear. New for MY17 is a rear brake lever which is 10mm longer as well as new rear brake pads that are less aggressive and provide better modulation.

  • Brembo brake calipers and high performance GSK discs – superior stopping power with greater control and confidence.
  • New rear brake lever and pads – improved modulation.

Pro Taper handlebar

The Pro Taper handlebar is second to none for function and style. Manufactured to exacting standards, the ProTaper handlebar features class-leading fatigue resistance while adding minimal weight. For 2017, the lower handlebar clamp has been separated while the top clamp is a bridge-type clamp improving torsional stiffness. The Pro Taper logos are chemically applied and are scratch and peel resistant. The large Husqvarna bar pad has optimal impact resistance, while the standard handguards offer maximum roost protection.

  • Pro Taper handlebar – class-leading function and style.
  • Oversized bar pad and standard handguards – optimal protection.
  • New bar clamps – improved torsional stiffness.

Grips and throttle assembly

The ODI lock-on grip on the left side does not require gluing, while on the right, the vulcanized grip features an innovative integrated throttle mechanism. The assembly has easy free-play adjustment and, by changing a cam, throttle progression can be altered.

  • New throttle assembly and ODI grips – easily to alter throttle progression; easy grip mounting without glue.

Map switch, launch control

The MY17motocross range features a new handlebar map switch on all four strokes. Optimized for easy operation, apart from changing between 2 different engine maps, the map switch also activates launch control. With the engine at idle, launch control is engaged by switching once between the selected map and the alternative map, and then back again. When the fuel injection LED flashes, launch control is engaged. This function limits the amount of power to the rear wheel, improving traction and preventing loss of control under hard acceleration.

  • Standard handlebar map switch – alter engine characteristics according to conditions and rider preference.
  • Launch control – maximum traction for perfect starts.

Traction control

The new map switch also operates a traction control feature completely new for 2017. This can be selected to an on or off position from the switch and functions by analyzing throttle input from the rider and the rate at which RPM increases in the engine. If the RPM increases too quickly, the EMS will register a loss of grip and reduce the amount of power to the rear wheel ensuring maximum traction. This can be a distinct advantage in wet or muddy conditions.

  • New traction control feature – optimal traction in all conditions.

Engine management system (EMS)

The Keihin EMS is specifically designed to be smaller, lighter and faster at processing data. It integrates launch control for perfect starts, selectable engine maps via the switch on the handlebar as well as traction control. Combined with the newgear sensor, power delivery is tailored for each gear.

  • Keihin EMS – smaller, lighter and faster at processing engine data for more efficient engine management.
  • Gear sensor – specific engine maps for each gear.

44mm throttle body

The MY17 features the same 44mm Keihin throttle body as MY 16. The injector has been positioned in order to ensure the most efficient flow into the combustion chamber while in an effort to ensure optimal throttle response the throttle cable is mounted directly without a throttle linkage providing more immediate throttle response and feeling.

  • Throttle body – 44mm, injector positioned for optimal flow, more immediate throttle response thanks to direct cable mounting.

Exhaust system

The exhaust system has been expertly designed to deliver the best possible performance while adhering to the FIM noise limits. The header pipes feature resonance chambers that improve performance, and on the 450 SOHC engine, the resonance chamber is integrated into the header pipe and resembles a 2-stroke expansion chamber. The silencers are crafted from lightweight and strong aluminum in an effort to reduce weight and benefit mass centralization resulting in sharper, more effective handling. The TC 125 and TC 250 exhaust systems have also been specifically designed to match specific engine characteristics while keeping weight to a minimum.

  • Exhausts – mass-centralization, light-weight, optimal performance.

Electric start and new Li-Ion battery

All 4-strokes come standard with electric starters. Along with the benefit of easy starting the system is combined with a compact Li-Ion battery which is 2.2 pounds lighter than a conventional battery. The wiring harness has been purposefully designed so that the rear subframe can be removed without having to remove any wiring.

  • Electric starter – easy starting when time is critical.
  • Li-Ion battery – lightweight, 2.2 pounds lighter than a conventional battery.
  • Battery and wiring harness position – easy removal of subframe.

Integrated cooling system and radiators

The radiators have been expertly crafted by WP Performance Systems using high strength aluminum. CFD (computational fluid dynamics) has been utilized to channel air through the radiators more efficiently and provide optimal cooling in any condition. The cooling system is integrated into the frame allowing for better cooling by channeling coolant through the frame while eliminating the need for additional hoses. Additionally, the radiator protectors do not only protect against flying debris but also act as a brace channeling any energy from an impact around the radiator and into the frame.

  • Integrated cooling – maximum efficiency in minimum space.
  • New WP radiators – stronger and more efficient for optimal cooling.
  • Radiator protectors – protection from debris and falls.

Fuel tank

The 1.85-gallon polythene fuel tank incorporates a threaded filler cap and an integrated fuel pump on the 4-strokes.

  • 1.85 gallon polythene fuel tank – large capacity for extended running times.

Airbox and tool-less air filter access

The airbox has been designed with inlet ducts positioned precisely to prevent air deformation ensuring maximum airflow and maximum filter protection. The air filter is easily accessed, without tools, by removing the left side panel. Easy maintenance is guaranteed by the Twin Air filter and filter cage design that features a simple fail proof mounting system for safe and accurate filter installation.

  • Airbox – maximum air flow and filter protection.
  • Filter mounting system – safe and accurate protection against dirt.
  • Tool-less filter access – easy and fast maintenance.

Wheels

Black high-strength alloy rims by DID are coupled to CNC machined hubs using lightweight spokes and silver anodized aluminum nipples.

  • Lightweight but strong and reliable construction – minimum unsprung weight.

Tires

Dunlop MX3S Motocross tires that feature the proven “block-within-a-block” design for more progressive cornering and superior grip are fitted as standard. Additionally the FC 250 will now feature a wider 110/90-19 rear tire as opposed to the 100/90-19 from MY16.

  • Developed in top-level AMA Supercross and Motocross – enhanced handling, cornering and steering feel.

Bodywork

Modern and functional bodywork in white with traditional Husqvarna blue and yellow accents mark a simplistic yet stylish Swedish design. The ergonomics have been specifically tailored to deliver greater control and comfort, enabling riders to perform at the highest level for extended periods of time. The seat has a low-profile and a high-grip cover for superior comfort and control in all conditions.

  • Bodywork – distinctive looks, modern colors and graphics.
  • Ergonomics – confidence-inspiring riding position in all riding situations.
  • Seat – greater comfort and superior control.

Overall weight difference MY16 vs MY15

  • TC 125: 192.7lbs. without fuel.
  • TC 250: 211.2lbs. without fuel.
  • FC 250: 217.8lbs. without fuel.
  • FC 350: 221.3lbs. without fuel.
  • FC 450: 223.1lbs. without fuel.

Credit: Husqvarna