2014 Husqvarna TE250
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2014 Husqvarna TE250 Review
2014 Husqvarna TE250 on Totalmotorcycle.com
Performance without compromise…
The perfect bike for young riders who want to discover the world of enduro competition. Maximum fun with minimum effort.
There is no hiding the TE 250’s unbeatable handling, stability and performance. One of the lightest chassis in the E2 category is mated to the most advanced 2-stroke engine in the business. The amazing 250cc engine not only delivers strong performance reliably, but it also offers an electric start system that will get experts and amateurs out of any situation. Enduro has never been more exciting than on the TE 250.
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 TE250 Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features
250 cc 2-stroke power output and low weight combine top performance and agility to low running costs
Boyesen high performance reeds for great throttle response
Rear linkage system for consistent, terrain-absorbing behaviour in all conditions, for all riders
Electric starting for peace of mind even in the toughest situations
2014 Husqvarna TE250 Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits
The TE 250’s power delivery has been tuned for Enduro-specific use, and thanks to the advanced power valve that optimises power throughout the rev range, the high performance 250cc 2-stroke engine offers usable power right from the lowest rpm. A Boyesen reed valve is mated to the latest generation of reed blocks for excellent response and durability, while the 6-speed gearbox maximises the power band, allowing riders to accurately select the correct gear for any task. The engine characteristics can be further tailored to rider preference by varying the spring stiffness in the exhaust valve.
A durable cylinder guarantees maximum reliability as well as performance, and is mated to a power valve that increases the usable rev range of the powerful engine.
An innovative DDS (damped diaphragm steel) clutch system is fitted to achieve smooth action and easy control. The exclusive characteristics of this system include a diaphragm spring instead of coil springs, an integrated damping system for better traction and durability, and a strong inner hub for increased stability. Riders of all levels will appreciate the precise Brembo hydraulic system for perfect clutch modulation.
The TE 250 has an electric starter as well as a kick starter, underlining the extreme versatility and technology of the Husqvarna 2-stroke Enduro line-up.
The strong and light chromoly frame is an exceptional partner for the powerful 2-stroke engine, and works in perfect harmony with the other jewels in the Husqvarna chassis. Although the overall frame design is the same on all the Enduro models, each model has slight variations in geometry and stiffness in key areas in order to tailor the behaviour of the bike to the varying engine characteristics and outputs. The engineers designed the frame with precise longitudinal flex that helps absorb impacts from the rear wheel, working together with the suspension and giving the rider greater feedback. The torsional rigidity has been calibrated to maximise sharp handling, and thus magnifying the intrinsic characteristics of two-stroke motorcycles.
The subframe has been accurately honed and exhaustively developed in order to maximise rider confidence and comfort on the bike. The high-tech, lightweight, three-piece construction of the polyamide rear subframe is more flexible than a traditional aluminium rear subframe, and works in perfect harmony with the flex characteristics of the frame. The composite construction of the subframe allows the engineers to have unlimited opportunities of integrating features such as the airbox, electronics and rear grab handle.
Putting 2-stroke power to the ground can be tricky in certain conditions, so the engineers developed a single-piece cast swingarm that optmises traction even on the most difficult Enduro terrain. The flex characteristics feed precise information to the rider, instilling confidence and improving overall performance. Strong but light, the beautifully styled aluminium cast swingarm provides perfect stability and safety.
The Black DID rims shod with Michelin Enduro Competition tyres are kept firmly under control thanks to maximum feeling in extreme situations combined with amazing stopping power of the latest generation of Brembo brakes, featuring a new master cylinder and floating calipers. Ergonomically perfect controls allow the rider to accurately gauge braking power to the 260mm and 220mm wave discs at the front and rear respectively.
When you think 2-stroke, you think “lightning fast handling”! The WP suspension components have been developed with exactly the same thought. The 48mm WP 4CS front fork employs 4 chamber technology that reduces weight compared to a typical closed cartridge fork, while maintaining the same performance levels. It provides a decisive advantage in terms of responsiveness, constant damping precision and handling, that perfectly matches the mind blowing agility of a 2-stroke Enduro bike. Additionally, the 4CS fork is completely adjustable to different terrain and conditions by simply twisting the dials on the top of the forks for rebound and high/low speed compression damping settings.
The high performance DCC (Dual Compression Control) rear shock by WP is completely adjustable for rebound and high/low speed compression damping. The accurate construction and high quality components of the shock guarantee excellent and consistent damping characteristics over time.
The Husqvarna linkage system has excellent characteristics in fast and flowing sections, and excels on steep downhills. It offers great rider comfort in all situations and has great progressiveness in extremely rocky and bumpy sections. The versatile Husqvarna linkage system is sure to meet the need of riders of all levels, with a consistent, confidence-inspiring and light feeling chassis in every situation.
CNC MACHINED TRIPLE CLAMPS
Front-end feel is extremely important in every motorcycle discipline, and more so in Enduro, where riders can encounter all sorts of varying terrain and conditions on a single outing. The CNC machined triple clamps have been developed to deliver maximum feedback to the rider under braking, in rough terrain and on jumps by allowing the fork tubes to flex in a controlled fashion. One of the main features of the forks is the uniform clamping of the fork legs, ensuring even distribution of the forces, maintaining the leg shape, and thus proper damping along the entire stroke.
The radiator shrouds, seat and side panels form a perfect shape that combined with the excpetional hand and foot controls and silver anodised Neken tapered handlebar, allow the rider to take complete control of this high performance Enduro bike. The aggressive looks and yellow, blue and white colour scheme highlight the TE 250’s credentials.
The airbox is integrated in the composite rear subframe and is designed to allow quick and easy filter change in seconds without tools. All models fit a Twin Air filter as standard and have dedicated air intake snorkels.
The ignition can be modified according to terrain and rider preference. The CDI unit features two ignition curves that can be switched by changing the plug connection or via Husky Power optional accessory.
A complete range of accessories in the Husky Power catalogue complements the high quality standard equipment present on the TE 250.
2014 Husqvarna TE250 – Totalmotorcycle.com 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
Kickstarter and electric starter
6 gear, claw shifted
Mixture oil lubrication
Secondary gear ratio
Liquid cooling system
Wet multi-disc clutch DDS / Brembo hydraulics
Contactless, controlled, fully electronic ignition system with digital ignition timing adjustment, type Kokusan
Central tube frame made of chrome molybdenum steel tubing
WP Suspension Up Side Down 4CS
WP Monoshock with linkage
Suspension travel Front
Suspension travel Rear
Brake system Front
Disc brake with four-pot brake caliper
Brake system Rear
Disc brake with one-pot brake caliper, floating brake discs
Brake discs – diameter Front
Brake discs – diameter Rear
Steering head angle
Ground clearance (unloaded)
Seat height (unloaded)
Total fuel tank capacity approx.
11 l Unleaded premium fuel (95 octane), mixed with 2-stroke engine oil (1:60)
Weight without fuel approx.
Specifications, features and prices to change by manufacturer without notice. All information correct as of posted date.