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.
Hit the jump for more information on the 2012 Husqvarna WR250.
The latest version of the Husqvarna WR250 benefits from the same updates common to the 2012 range: chassis painted black, anodised silver Excel hubs and redesigned graphics. Because after many years of honourable service and continuous development, culminating in the adoption in the previous version of the Kayaba fork and the new Ducati Energy ignition, the WR250 has reached a level of efficiency and reliability such that no further changes were deemed necessary. Outstanding performance, exceptional reliability coupled with affordability. This 250 cc has all the winning traits, including the joy of off-road on a small budget. The advantages of a big two-stroke engine!
Two-stroke engines typically have a less linear power delivery than big four stroke single cylinder engines, but they can deliver emotions that for many fans are found nowhere else. Husqvarna technicians, after many years of continuous development, have transformed aggressiveness into effectiveness. This is thanks to fine tuning of the thermodynamics, the cylinder, exhaust expansion chamber, and the adoption as standard issue of the parts specially tested by the CH racing team. The Mikuni TMX38 carburettor, V-Force reed valve, Ducati Energy digital ignition, calibration of the exhaust valve and the drive shaft with the right compromise between inertia and reactivity.
The work in progress is an evolution that aims to make the WR250 engine perfectly balanced between easy control and explosive performance, much appreciated in the more extreme enduro trials, where only five gears are needed to tackle every terrain. The advantage of the two-stroke’s lightness and manoeuvrability.
The single piece chrome-moly steel alloy chassis of the WR250 2012 version is now black as opposed to white, but the technical features remain unchanged. The light alloy swingarm is attached to the Sachs monoshock by progressive linkage, while the front suspension has the same Kayaba forks, fully hydraulically adjustable, as used on other Husqvarna enduro racing models. The brakes are Brembo, large diameter (260 mm) daisy wheel discs Braking in the front, controlled by twin piston floating calipers, while in the rear only the WR250 comes fitted with a solid disc, without apertures, often preferred by professional riders for greater control and life expectancy of brake pads, especially over muddy terrain.
249.30 ccm (15.21 cubic inches)
Single cylinder, two-stroke
Power valve with mechanical control on the exhaust port.
Kayaba 48mm open cartridge fork with fully-adjustable compression and rebound damping. Upside down (USD) fork.
Front suspension travel
300 mm (11.8 inches)
Sachs single shock with remote reservoir, adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping.
Rear suspension travel
320 mm (12.6 inches)
Front tyre dimensions
Rear tyre dimensions
Front brakes diameter
260 mm (10.2 inches)
Rear brakes diameter
220 mm (8.7 inches)
Motorcycle USA----"The outstanding performance, exceptional reliability and affordability return for 2012, along with the shared changes of the Husqvarna off-road motorcycles: all-black frame, redesigned IPD graphics and silver anodized Excel rims. The Husqvarna WR250 comes with the light alloy swingarm which is attached to the Sachs monoshock by progressive linkage, while the front suspension has the same Kayaba forks, fully hydraulically adjustable, as used on other Husqvarna enduro racing models."
Bikez----"Inspired by Husqvarna’s World Enduro Championship factory race team, the outstanding performance, exceptional reliability and affordability of the WR250 return for 2012. The aggressive nature of a two-stroke motor comes together with tractability to offer a unique and potent power delivery."