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– 2012 Husqvarna TC250 Review
2012 Husqvarna TC250
Husqvarna’s TC250 receives another overhaul for 2012, bringing it another step closer to track supremacy. The motocross/GP race-inspired bike boasts bigger power, better handling and a dose of F1 race technology, ensuring that the TC250 will be a force to be reckoned with in 2012!
Husqvarna TC250: Developed at world championship level
The return of Husqvarna to the MX World Championship has already produced its first results. The experience gained at the World MX2 Championship has now been incorporated into the new Husqvarna 2012 model TC250. The collaboration between the factory R&D technicians and the Ricci Racing team led to the development of important updates, which bring the TC250 to the top of its category. Both to the engine a real jewel at only 22 kg! – and the mechanical design, and all modifications which will be immediately appreciated by riders of every level and experience. Just try it.
The 2012 Husqvarna TC250 was completely revamped to exploit the experience gained during the European MX2 motocross championship by the Official Team. The bike has been radically redesigned, both as regards the engine and mechanical aspects. The engine has electronic fuel injection, with a Mikuni THB 45mm diameter batteryless throttle body.
To boost power at low and medium revs the air intake and exhaust systems have been redesigned and a nylon air intake has been introduced to the line between the filter housing and throttle body. The engine crank-casings have been modified and strengthened in the area near the attachment to the frame and the engine is protected by a new, more shock resistant, material.
Another highly valuable innovation in a mass produced motocross bike is the use of an Akrapovic exhaust specially designed for the new TC250, with titanium muffler.
Mechanically, the chassis has been completely redesigned and reinforced, strengthening the area near the footrests, making it more tapered and streamlined.
The suspension is Kayaba, with a sealed front fork and Sachs damper. Wheels and brakes: the hubs are completely new – polished and lighter, the disc brakes are daisy wheel. The bike remains the category benchmark in terms of kerb weight: only 97 Kg.
There have been structural changes to the tank, which now houses a new petrol pump enabling 100% exploitation of petrol available. The in-mould graphics on the sides reflect the new Husqvarna aesthetic.
2012 Husqvarna TC250 Features and Benefits
The engine has electronic fuel injection, with a Mikuni THB 45mm diameter batteryless throttle body. To boost power at low and medium revs the air intake and exhaust systems have been redesigned and a nylon air intake has been introduced to the line between the filter housing and throttle body. The engine crank-casings have been modified and strengthened in the area near the attachment to the frame and the engine is protected by a new, more shock resistant, material. Another highly valuable innovation in a mass produced motocross bike is the use of an Akrapovic exhaust specially designed for the new TC250, with titanium muffler.
Mechanically, the chassis has been completely redesigned and reinforced, strengthening the area near the footrests, making it more tapered and streamlined. The suspension is Kayaba, with a sealed front fork and Sachs damper. Wheels and brakes: the hubs are completely new ? polished and lighter, the disc brakes are daisy wheel. The TC250 remains the category benchmark in terms of kerb weight: only 97 Kg.
More rigid frame, Kayaba shock
The steel frame is made of tubing with a variety of cross sections, strengthened and made more rigid with new plates (chrome-moly 25CrMo4 steel) at the steering-head. Stability and manoeuvrability are noticeably improved by the new monoshock, now a Kayaba, with externally adjustable damping (high/low speed compression and rebound). The fork is also Kayaba (leg diameter 48 mm) and the preload has been changed to a firmer setting. The new 2012 version of the TC250 has also had an aesthetic makeover, the frame is now black, InMould graphics (integrated into the plastic and absolutely resistant to washing), and anodised silver rims.
Engine: new cylinder head
The Husqvarna 250 cc four-stroke engine is a very modern design, and remains the most compact and lightest in its category. But when you want to provide the best, you can never rest on your laurels. So our engineers radically redesigned the layout and changed numerous suppliers. The improved performance of the new TC250 engine is the fruit of these radical changes. First of all the twin cam valve train was completely redesigned! With a totally new design, four titanium valves and a different piston, the increase in power and torque is considerable: more horsepower reaches the wheels.
The injection has also been completely changed (now Keihin, with 46 mm throttle body), the electronic ignition is Kokusan, and the exhaust is new too. It comes fitted with ?Power Bomb? on the manifold and silencer from the specialists, Akrapovic.
2012 Husqvarna TC250 – North American Specifications/Technical Details
MSRP Price: $6,999 USD
Wheelbase: 57.48 in.
Overall Length: 87.20 in.
Overall Width: 32.28 in.
Seat Height: 38.78 in.
Trail: 4.37 in.
Ground Clearance: 12.79 in.
Total Weight (Dry): 220.5 lbs.
Fuel Capacity: 1.71 gallons
Oil Capacity: 0.95 quarts
FRAME: Chromoly single tube frame cradle utilizes rounded-rectangle elliptical tubing for maximum strength and durability.
FORK – Kayaba 48mm closed-cartridge fork featuring 11.8 inches of front wheel travel. Upside down (USD) telescopic fork features fully-adjustable compression and rebound damping.
SHOCK – Kayaba Progressive “Soft Damp” hydraulic single shock with 11.65 inches of travel. Features adjustable spring preload and fully-adjustable rebound and dual (high/low-speed) compression damping.
Front: Braking 260mm wave rotor, Brembo dual-piston floating caliper; hydraulic actuation.
Rear: Braking 240mm wave rotor, Brembo single piston floating caliper; hydraulic actuation.
Front: 1.60×21 Excel rim, 80/100-21
Rear: 1.85×19 Excel rim, 120/90-19
Type: Single-cylinder, dual overhead cam (DOHC) four-stoke
Head: 4 titanium valves in radial arrangement operated by DOHC
Bore x Stroke: 79 x 50.9mm
Compression Ratio: 13.5:1
Starting: Kick start with automatic decompression
Clutch: Wet multi-plate with hydraulic control
Cooling: Liquid, 2 radiators
IGNITION: CDI electronic with variable advance
FUEL SYSTEM: EFI with Keihin D42 throttle body
LUBRICATION: Wet sump with lobe oil pump, cartridge and oil filters
TRANSMISSION: 5 speed
2012 Husqvarna TC250 – Australian Specifications/Technical Details
AU MSRP Price: See dealer for pricing.
Type Single cylinder, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4 valve
Bore 79.0 mm
Stroke 50.9 mm
Displacement 249.5 cc
Compression ratio 13.5 : 1
Lubrication Wet sump with oil pump, cartridge and net filters
Ignition C.D.I. electronic, with variable advance
Spark plug type NGK CR 8EB
Spark plug gap 0.7 – 0.8 mm
Fuel systen Electronic injection feed, throttle body KEIHIN D42
Clutch Wet, multi-plate type, hydraulic control
Driving disc number 7
Driven disc number 6
Type Steel single tube cradle (round, rectangular and ellipsoidal tubes); rear frame in light alloy
Front suspension KAYABA USD telescopic hydraulic fork with advanced axle, compression and rebound stroke adjustment
Fork leg diameter 48 mm
Fork travel 300 mm
Rear suspension KAYABA Progressive Soft Damp type with single hydraulic shock absorber, spring pre-load adjustment. Compression and rebound adjustment (compression stroke – double adjustment)
Rear wheel travel 296 mm
Front brake 260 mm BREMBO fixed disc “wave” type with hydraulic control and floating caliper
Rear brake 240 mm BREMBO fixed disc with hydraulic control and floating caliper
Rim front 1.60″ x 21″, light alloy
Rim rear 1.85″ x 19″, light alloy
Tyre front 80/100-21″ PIRELLI 51R-MT 32A
Tyre rear 100/90-19″ PIRELLI NHS(57)-MT 32
2012 Husqvarna TC250 – International Specifications/Technical Details
MSRP Price: See dealer for pricing.
Dimensions, weight, capacities
Min. ground clearance12.79in
Kerb weight, without fuel220.46lb / 100kg
Fuel tank capacityU.S. Gallons 1.71 / 6.5 lt
Transmission oilU.S. Quarts 0.95 / 0.9 lt
TypeSingle cylinder, four stroke
Displacement15.22cu.in / 249.5cc
StartingKick start (with automatic decompressor)
Water radiator No. 2
TypeWet sump with lobe oil pump and cartridge and net filters
TypeC.D.I. electronic, with variable advance (digital control)
Spark plug typeNGK Iridium CR9EIA-9
Spark plug gap0.0315in / 0,8-0,9mm
TypeElectronic fuel injection
Brand and typeKeihin D42
TypeWet, multiplate type; hydraulic control
Number of driving discs7
Number of driven discs6
TypeConstant mesh gear type
Number of gears5
Transmission sprocketTeeth 13
Rear wheel sprocketTeeth 50
Manufacturer and typeD.I.D. 520 DS / Regina 135RX 3 (5/8″x¼”)
TypeSteel single tube cradle; alloy rear frame
TypeUpside-Down telescopic hydraulic fork with advanced axle; compression and rebound adjustment
Fork legs dia.1.89in / 48mm
Travel on legs axis11.8in
Front fork manufacturerKayaba
TypeProgressive “Soft Damp” type with single hydraulic shock absorber; spring preload adjustment, compression (double adjustment) and rebound adjustment
Shock absorber manufacturerKayaba
FrontFixed disc, “Wave” type, with hydraulic control and double Ã˜28 piston floating caliper
RearFixed disc, “Wave” type, with hydraulic control and single Ã˜26 piston floating caliper
Size1.6 x 21″
Size1,85″ x 19″
FrontPirelli 51R-MT 32A / “MICHELIN” Starcross MS3
RearPirelli NHS (57)-MT 32 / “MICHELIN” Starcross MS3
Engine sprocketTeeth 17
Clutch gearTeeth 54
Type4 titanium valves, operated through two overhead camshafts with finger followers, driven by a combined chain/gears system
Overall ratios 1st26,180