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2014 Husqvarna TC85 17/14
2014 Husqvarna TC85 17/14

2014 Husqvarna TC85 17/14
2014 Husqvarna TC85 17/14

2014 Husqvarna TC85 17/14
2014 Husqvarna TC85 17/14

2014 Husqvarna TC85 17/14 Review

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Speed through superior power…

Everything about the FE 501 is about smooth, accessible and infinite power, from low-down all the way to the top of the rev range. Maximum performance is the main objective, and superior power is the way to get there.


With a full range of 2-strokes and 4-strokes for all rider levels and preferences, the 2014 model range of motocross bikes brings the glorious brand back in contention at the very top.

2-strokes have always had a central role in the Husqvarna range, and 2014 is no different with the range of TC models (TC –Two-stroke Cross), starting with a brand new competition level 85 cc mini bike and a powerful yet agile and superlight 125.

With 300 cc 2-strokes getting a European Motocross Championship class in 2014, there is no better bike available to tackle the
competition with than the super-powerful TC 250 fitted with the 300 cc transformation kit available in Husky Power.

As a pioneer of 4-stroke motocross bikes, Husqvarna reinforces its strong 4-stroke history with 3 brand new models that cover
all the possible needs of every rider, from expert to amateur.

The state-of-the-art 250 cc, 350 cc and 450 cc engines in the FC range (Four-stroke Cross) are encased in a light and agile
chassis for maximum performance and wrapped in sharp bodywork and new white, yellow and blue colours for a stylish look on the race track.

Where do we come from?

In March 2013, Husqvarna entered the KTM family. Model Year 2014 marks a historic moment for Husqvarna, a return to its glorious origins, characterised by state-of-the-art technology and a blue, yellow and white colour scheme …

Husqvarna is the original name of a town in southern Sweden, where a metalworking business was founded in 1689 to produce muskets for the Swedish Army. Production of motorcycles began in 1903, making Husqvarna one of the world’s oldest motorcycle
manufacturers with uninterrupted production. The first Husqvarna motorcycle completely developed and produced in Sweden was
launched in 1918. As early as the 1920s and 1930s, Husqvarna motorcycles were being built for the road, but were also entered
for prestigious racing events such as the Tourist Trophy.

Its commitment to international competitions made Husqvarna famous throughout Europe.

In the post-World War 2 years the Husqvarna motorcycle range was limited to lightweight two-stroke models, which, in modified
form, were also used in the offroad sports that were becoming popular in the mid-1950s.

In the years that followed numerous competition machines with two and four-stroke engines were developed; and between 1960 and 1963 the first five Motocross World Championship titles were won in the 500cc and 250cc classes. Among the high-profile Husqvarna riders in the successful era of the 1960s and 1970s were Torsten Hallman, Malcolm Smith and Hollywood film actor Steve McQueen.

Racing continued throughout the ‘80s and saw Gualtiero Brissoni win the European Enduro Championship for the first time for
Husqvarna in 1982 in the 250cc class, followed by authentic Swedish heroes like Sven Erik Jonsson and Thomas Gustavsson.

In 1983 Husqvarna marked yet another milestone with its 500 4-stroke model. The exceptionally light and easy-handling offroader
with all-round lubrication and air cooling became the forerunner of a generation of four-stroke motorcycles for offroad use. By 1977 the entire Husqvarna business had already become part of Sweden’s Electrolux Group. Then, in 1987, the Husqvarna motorcycle division was sold to the Cagiva MV Agusta Group and the company headquarters and production transferred to Varese in Italy. In 2007, Husqvarna Motorcycles was acquired by the BMW Group.


What belonged together, belongs together!

After 25 years of independence, 2013 marks the date in which Husaberg returns to Husqvarna and forms the “new” Husqvarna –
excellent bikes with a unique story. A mixture of tradition, history, style and racing.

A quarter of a century is how long Husqvarna and Husaberg followed separate paths. Based at opposite ends of Europe, the
two brands were to trade paint on the most demanding offroad courses around the world, as well as in the marketplace.

On the one hand Husqvarna, with its centennial history, backed by enthusiastic Italian flair and sporting knowhow, went on to claim
over 60 World titles between motocross, enduro and supermoto.

On the other hand, Husaberg spawned from Husqvarna and followed a path of growing commercial success, backed by considerable sporting triumphs, with 20 titles and countless victories. Husaberg brings back to Husqvarna much more than just
technical know-how. As a young, strong and dependable brand, Husaberg’s innovative approach to product development has been
matched only by its reputation for reliability and clear understanding of its consumers needs.

In recent years Husaberg grew to almost match Husqvarna.

Now, the two once competing brands come together. The Swedish origins of Husqvarna and Husaberg are to be reunited and based in Mattighofen, Austria, under the watchful eye of one of the most successful motorcycle manufacturers the world has ever seen.

110 years offroad

Husqvarna is one of the oldest motorcycle manufacturers in the world – pioneers of the motocross segment. The combination of tradition, a 110-year company history, added to state-of-the-art technology and devotion to detail offer a very special brand experience. The offroad brand with the most fascinating history, coupled with style and technical details. This makes Husqvarna one of the most serious contenders in the offroad market.

Husqvarna today is in the privileged position of being able to take advantage of one of the most technologically advanced manufacturing hubs in the motorcycle industry. The Mattighofen area is home to several companies that belong to the largest and most important motorcycle manufacturer in Europe. High-tech manufacturing facilities find their place alongside cutting-edge research and development centres. The highly automated production methods of group company WP ensure that frames, radiators, suspension and exhausts are produced to the highest quality standards. Two efficient and flexible engine assembly lines in Munderfing cater for all displacements and engine types, and follow just-in-time production processes, with tested engines being delivered on a daily basis to the main production facility in nearby Mattighofen, where four assembly lines pump out hundreds of motorcycles a day to exacting standards.

Husqvarna’s revamped model strategy is focused on offroad, with over a dozen high-tech, class-leading motorcycles to tackle the enduro and motocross segments head-on. The competitive range of 2-stroke and 4-stroke enduro bikes are present in every category, from the light and super-agile TE 125 2-stroke to the full-on power of the FE 501 4-stroke. As pioneers of motocross, Model Year 2014 reflects Husqvarna’s intentions of returning to the top of the category, with a vast selection of displacements and engine types ranging from the light and agile 85cc 2-stroke to the super-power of the TC 450. Sharp and modern bodywork is wrapped tightly around high-tech engines and chassis, while the white, yellow and blue colours highlight the amazing attributes of the MY 2014 Husqvarnas.

The push for success means that no stone will be left unturned, and for 2014 Husqvarna will be back in the main offroad competitions of the world. Factory teams in both the MX1 and MX2 categories, as well as the World Enduro Championship, are to carry the 110 years of Husqvarna heritage to the pinnacle of offroad motorsport.



2014 Husqvarna TC85 17/14 Key Features

Completely new frame design, optimised for light weight and optimal torsional rigidity

Innovative polyamide rear subframe for optimal stiffness and design flexibility incorporates all electronics and airbox – first time ever on a production 2-stroke motocross bike

Lightweight and strong chromium molybdenum frame

Lightweight cast aluminium swingarm for complete control and stability in all track conditions

High quality closed cartridge WP fork and CNC-machined triple clamps for best comfort

New high-tech 2-stroke and 4-stroke engines take Husqvarna back to the top of the performance charts

High tech EFI systems and electric start on all 4-stroke models

Stylish, sharp and modern bodywork

Quality construction and reliability

Standard equipment includes handguards and map switch

Class-leading performance in both 4-stroke and 2-stroke categories

Carefully designed and engineered ergonomics to fit riders of all sizes

Top quality components, innovative solutions and top standard equipment


2014 Husqvarna TC85 17/14 Features and Benefits


Smooth and precise clutch action with the Formula hydraulic clutch.


The chromoly steel frame and lightweight aluminium rear subframe combine to offer unrivalled precision and rider confidence.


The single-component casting process eliminates welding and guarantees consistent behaviour and quality. Strong but light, the beautifully styled aluminium cast swing arm provides perfect stability and safety.


Low maintenance costs without any compromise on performance.


Completely adjustable WP suspension front and back for maximum performance on any track. The 43mm upside down fork with 270mm of travel has all the high quality characteristics of the full size Motocross models in the Husqvarna range.


Black Excel rims and CNC machined hubs play an important role in keeping overall weight at a minimum, while offering great stability as well as adding to the aggressive look of the TC 85.


The bolt-on aluminium rear subframe is perfectly matched to the lightweight feeling of the TC 85.


The PDS rear suspension offers stability, precision and rider comfort in extreme conditions. The shock features complete adjustability and can be setup to perfectly match rider preference and track conditions.


Traditional Husqvarna white, blue and yellow adorns the newly designed Motocross range, enhancing the modern styling.


Tightly wrapped around the engine and frame, Husqvarna’s new bodywork is designed to connect the rider’s body to the bike, for a perfect fit of man and machine, allowing for total control in all conditions for the most diverse body sizes.


Latest generation Formula brakes offer superior stopping power and feeling, guaranteed by the cutting-edge radial, four piston brake caliper and 220mm Wave disc at the front, while at the rear a two piston caliper and 210mm Wave disc gives the rider complete confidence.


Great comfort and durability ensure optimal rider control even after many hours of use.


The high performance cylinder has flow-optimised ports and an exhaust control valve for top performance.


The crank shaft of the TC 85 was optimised for maximum performance while guaranteeing durability.


The high performance 2-stroke engine on the TC 85 is mated to a 6-speed gearbox and a power valve to maximise the power band, allowing riders to compete at the highest level.


Reliable and efficient cooling is guaranteed by integrated crankcase cooling and two radiators.






2014 Husqvarna TC85 17/14 – International Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $ See dealer for pricing in USD

Canada MSRP Price: $ See dealer for pricing in CDN

1-cylinder 2-stroke engine, water-cooled, with reed intake and exhaust control

84.93 cm³

47 mm

48.95 mm

Starting aid
Kick starter

6-gear, claw shifted

Engine lubrication
Mixture oil lubrication

Primary transmission
19:66 straight cut spur gear

Secondary gear ratio


Multidisc clutch in oil bath/hydraulically activated

Moric Digital 2M1

Central tube frame of chrome molybdenum steel tubing, powder-coated

WP Suspension Up Side Down

Shock absorber
WP Monoshock

Suspension travel Front
270 mm

Suspension travel Rear
300 mm

Brake system Front
Disc brake with four-pot brake caliper

Brake system Rear
Disc brake with two-pot brake caliper

Brake discs – diameter Front
220 mm

Brake discs – diameter Rear
210 mm


Steering head angle

Wheel base
1,290±10 mm

Ground clearance (unloaded)
352 mm

Seat height (unloaded)
855 mm

Total fuel tank capacity approx.
5 l Unleaded premium fuel (95 octane), mixed with 2-stroke engine oil (1:40)

Weight without fuel approx.
68 kg

Specifications, features and prices to change by manufacturer without notice. All information correct as of posted date.

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