A combination between motocross and Enduro, the brand new TXC is designed for the North American market and takes the best of both worlds: the TC motocross engine attached to a six-speed transmission, both electric and kickstart assemblies and the 18” wheels which get it over rocks with great ease.
You won’t find the Husqvarna TXC 250 as being the most appropriate bike for the motocross track, but it will definitely get out with more than a clear face as it relies on its motocross 250cc four-stroke, four-valves, DOHC, liquid cooled single-cylinder engine to make a fairly good impression.
Where this Husky is often found is the off-road terrain where the six-speed tranny and the E-starter position it, together with the slight disadvantages brought with them on the track.
So we’re dealing with an off-road bike with an appeal for the track! This is a situation often encountered these days as the manufacturers are trying to find the most convenient type of motorcycle to offer their customers and totally satisfy their requests.
Another motorcycle maker that successfully accomplishes what Husqvarna intends with this motorcycle for 2008 model year is KTM. The Austrians are famous for offering a wide range of off-road motorbikes that offer reliability and performance at a decent price and the KTM 250 XCF-W is the most appropriate bike to the subject of this review.
It is like these bikes are twins, but have different parents. Is that even possible? Anyway, XCF-W’s 249.5cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke engine comes equipped with both and E-starter and kickstarter and the transmission mated to it feature six gear ratios, exactly like on the Husky. The carburetors are pretty much the same, both engines being fed through Keihin MX FCR units with 37mm on the Husqvarna and 39mm on the KTM.
These two competitors feature the same brakes supplier: Brembo. The front brake disc features 260mm on both machines while at the rear you will find a 20mm larger disc on the Husqvarna. KTM rear brake disc is 220mm in diameter.
Clearly showing the fierce competition between these two models is the almost exact dry weight. Husqvarna kept the weight as low as 104kg (229.3lbs) while the KTM proved very competitive as it weighs 104.2kg (229.7lbs).
Could we love these two models more? No, but we could love one of them more and who do you reckon will that be? Clearly, the cheapest! KTM offers the 250 XCF-W for no more or less than $6,998 while Husqvarna has for the TXC 250 a suggested retail price of only $6,598.
I love both models and have a small tendency to do with KTM as I already rode that model so I won’t be a fair judge! It’s up to you.
These days everything that has two wheels and goes off the road is inspired on the motocross bikes of the same manufacturer so why would the TXC 250 be an exception?
A combination of white, red and black easily to be distinguished out on the track, this Husky looks like what you would expect to find flying high when the jumps offer the opportunity, and this model certainly won’t miss its opportunity.
Characterized by a high mounted white front fender and a knitted black front number plate, you will immediately get an idea of what you are about to experience by simply taking a look at the bike. Also up front, the black dominates on the mudguards, fork and handlebars.
The side panels are pretty unique looking and characteristic to Husqvarna as they are longitudinally attached, revealing the strong-pulling engine and giving the entire shape its continuity aspect. Underneath the engine, the white-painted protective shield will also give a clue of where this machine will see its way through. Red is the color for what are considered to be the side panels. Perfectly blending in with the seat and the rear fender, these units actually look like one, and that is the whole purpose.
As you could read above, the Husqvarna TXC 250 beats its competition at the price chapter. One truly impressive ride, the new-release comes with an MSRP of $6,598 and that is enough to attract a bigger fun club.
Practically a motocross bike that received its much needed goodies, the TXC 250 is addressed to riders who feel like taking the motocross power and fun in the off-road environment. Have it climb rocks, pass through rivers or simply ride it on the trails and it would prove impressive in any given situation.
A nice TC motocross engine would not harm anyone while the convenience of and E-starter is a piece of heaven considering that trail riding and off-road in general is all about fun. But when fun implies a little bit of speed, this Husky has you covered with its six-speed transmission.
So what could you ask more? The ride you’ve always dreamed about is as awesome as it could get and it is here to stay. The new Husqvarna TXC 250!
Engine and Transmission
Type: 4-stroke, 4 valves, DOHC, Liquid Cooled Single
Bore x Stroke: 76 x 55mm
Compression Ratio: 12.9:1
Carburetion: 37mm Keihin FCR
Starter: Electric and kickstarter (with automatic decompressor)
Lubrication: Dry sump with two oil pump rotor and cartridge filter
Ignition: C.D.I. electronic, with variable advance (digital control)
Clutch/Transmission: Wet / Multiplate / 6-speed
Chassis and Dimensions
Frame: Steel single tube cradle (round, rectangular and ellipsoidal tubes); rear frame in light alloy
Front Suspension: Marzocchi upside-down telescopic hydraulic fork with advanced axle; compression and rebound stroke adjustment
Travel on leg axis: 300mm (11.8in)
Rear Suspension: Sachs progressive “Soft Damp” type with single hydraulic shock absorber; spring preload adjustment, compression and rebound adjustment (compression stroke; double adjustment)
Wheel travel: 296mm (11.65in)
Front Brake: 260mm Brembo fixed disc type with hydraulic control and floating caliper
Rear Brake: 240mm Brembo floating disc type with hydraulic control and floating caliper
Front Rim: 1,60” x 18” Light alloy
Rear Rim: 2,15” x 18” Light alloy
Wheelbase: 1495mm (58.86in)
Overall length: 2195mm (86.42in)
Overall width: 820mm (32.28in)
Overall height: 1285mm (50.59in)
Seat height: 963mm (37.91in)
Trail: 104,2mm (4.10in)
Dry weight: 104kg (229.3lb)
Fuel Capacity: 7.2 l (1.9 gallons)