In its 108 years of history Husqvarna proved us countless times that is able to construct strong motorcycles that have the potential to win races and to receive many prizes. Husqvarna won its first world championship in the class up to 250 cc in 1959, collecting the same title in the 500 cc category just two years later. Ongoing success in racing made Husqvarna a sought-after brand with increasing sales figures not just in Europe but also in the USA.
Since then, the company’s success skyrocked and today sits proud among the most appreciated brands of its type.
The 2012 WR250 is one the newest Husqvarna bikes powered by a 250 cc engine. The motorcycle benefits from the same styling updates common to the 2012 range: chassis painted black, anodised silver Excel hubs and redesigned graphics. There aren’t any significant technical upgrades worthy of being noted.
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There is hardly any other motorcycle brand able to boast a 108-year tradition of motorcycle production and racing like that of Husqvarna. The first Husqvarna motorcycles were built in 1903, with victory coming just 13 years later in 1916 at one of best known enduro races of the time, the Novemberkåsan. This laid the foundation for a success story which remains unparalleled to this day.
While the thirties also saw victories in road racing, too, it was after the Second World War that Husqvarna achieved a major breakthrough in off-road racing. In the early fifties, the company not only focussed on developing and manufacturing innovative, competitive and reliable motorcycles but also made a clear commitment to its involvement in the areas of motocross and enduro racing. Husqvarna won its first world championship in the class up to 250 cc in 1959, collecting the same title in the 500 cc category just two years later.
Ongoing success in racing made Husqvarna a sought-after brand with increasing sales figures not just in Europe but also in the USA. The enormous popularity of Husqvarna was enhanced by famous riders such as Mikkola, Aberg and Hallman, but there was one outstanding celebrity fan: American actor Steve McQueen. McQueen was not just an enthusiastic motorcyclist and motor racing fan, he also achieved success himself on the race track on both two and four wheels. Among other things he entered the Six Days in 1964. The title photo of the US magazine "Sports Illustrated" dated August 23rd 1971 showing a bare-topped Steve McQueen doing a jump on a Husqvarna 400 Motocross remains legendary to this day. The McQueen-Husqvarna combination eventually became the idol of a whole generation of off-road fans. Full story
The 2012 WR300 is the largest engine capacity 2-stroke model in the Husqvarna range. Despite its strong nature, the engine rewards you with a linear power delivery which makes it easy to ride on any road conditions.
The engine is based on the crankcase of the WR250, which houses a larger bore cylinder (72 mm, giving an engine capacity of 293.1 cc). Perhaps it goes without saying that all components are top of the range including Ducati Energy digital ignition, Mikuni TMX38 carburettor and V-Force reed valve.
The engine is paired with a similarly capable five speed gearbox which offers smooth shifts and is pretty efficient.
The front suspension consists of a Kayaba 48mm open-cartridge fork with fully-adjustable compression and rebound damping, while out back, there is a Sachs single shock with remote reservoir, adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping.
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For a long time the Husqvarna 300 was simply a suped-up version of the WR 250. However after it was launched on the market as a series model, the WR 300 had instantly attracted a lot of fans. The Husqvarna WR 300 has become even more appreciated after it helped Sebastien Guillaume to earn a place on the podium of the E3 class at the International Six Days Enduro Championship.
The secret behind the WR 300’s success is a capable 2-stroke single cylinder engine with a displacement of 293.1 cc. The engine is combined with a constant mesh 5-speed gearbox and a 9.5 liter fuel tank.
The motorcycle sits on front 21 inch and rear 18 inch wheels wrapped in 90/90 - 21" and 140/90 - 18" tires respectively. The wheels are combined with front Kayaba upside-down telescopic open cartridge fork and a rear Sachs single hydraulic shock absorber with spring preload adjustment, rebound and compression damping adjustment
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The 2013 Husqvarna WR 250 received a few updates which slightly improved its safety and reliability. Among the changes you’ll find a new handlebar protector, softer and glued handgrips and redesigned graphics.
The motorcycle continues to be powered by the capable 250 cc 2 stroke, liquid cooled engine which paired with a five speed constant mesh gearbox.
The ride quality is assured by a Kayaba upside-down telescopic open cartridge fork with compression and rebound damping adjustment and a rear Sachs single hydraulic shock absorber with spring preload, rebound and compression damping adjustments.
The bike rides on front 21 inch and rear 18 inch aluminum alloy wheels wrapped in 90/90 - 21" and 140/90 - 18" tyres respectively. The front wheel is combined with a 260 mm disc brake with hydraulic control and double piston floating caliper and the rear wheel gets a 220 mm brake disc with hydraulic control and single floating caliper.
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Husqvarna takes the WR 250 to a whole new level by improving the way it steers with the adding of new 45mm Marzocchi forks, new tapered Tommaselli handlebars with no cross bar and adjustable steering plate. But what’s most important is what first launched this model, qualities like reliability, two-stroke power and loads of fun.