2018 Husqvarna TC85 17/14 Review

2018 Husqvarna TC85 17/14
2018 Husqvarna TC85 17/14
2018 Husqvarna TC85 17/14
2018 Husqvarna TC85 17/14
2018 Husqvarna TC85 17/14
2018 Husqvarna TC85 17/14

 

 

THE NEW AGE.

Raising the bar in the competitive 85cc class, the all new generation TC 85 features much of the same technology found in the successful full-size Husqvarna motocross line-up. With an all new frame and state of the art WP suspension, young mini riders can push the limit confidently while a new engine delivers a stronger and more controllable power delivery ensuring top level performance and durability for the future stars of tomorrow.

MOTOCROSS IS SYNONYMOUS WITH THE VERY CULTURE AND HISTORY OF THE HUSQVARNA MOTORCYCLE BRAND.

With over 100 years of continuous production, developing some of the world’s first production offroad machines, Husqvarna are truly the pioneers of the sport as we know it today. Husqvarna Motorcycles continue pioneering cutting-edge technologies by developing motorcycles that are more agile, more powerful and more ergonomically advanced than previous generations. The attention to detail and innovative techniques used by Husqvarna engineers have resulted in continued development year-on-year, delivering premium products to the motocross market.

In model year 2018, Husqvarna Motorcycles look to continue their century-long success and maintain their position as one of the leading players in the segment. To achieve this, they will continue offering motorcycles that are at the pinnacle of performance, design and ergonomics.

Husqvarna Motorcycles’ new motocross line-up consists of eight premium TC and FC models that combine cutting-edge technology with Swedish-inspired design, offering class-leading performance across the range.

For model year 2018 Husqvarna Motorcycles’ engineers focused their attentions on introducing further engine and chassis advances, while presenting a new from the ground up TC 85 machine.

Raising the bar in terms of design, performance and handling, the all-new generation TC 85 shares the same levels of premium quality and advanced technology as found on Husqvarna Motorcycles’ full-sized motocross machines. Featuring an all-new frame and high-tech WP suspension the 2018 TC 85 will allow junior motocross riders to perform with total confidence.

A major upgrade to all full-sized 2018 TC and FC machines are the Magura front and rear braking systems. Utilising a similar layout to the previous design, the new brakes now offer the best in terms of sensitivity and feeling. Additionally, all 4-strokes receive a new Li-Ion battery.

Based on a simple yet distinctive design, new graphics across the 2018 motocross range highlight Husqvarna’s Swedish heritage.

 

 

2018 Husqvarna TC85 17/14 Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

Husqvarna Motorcycles are pleased to introduce their 2018 TC and FC motocross machines – a line-up of eight 2-stroke and 4-stroke models that combine cutting-edge technology with high-end componentry to offer riders of all ages one of the most efficient and enjoyable motocross ranges on the market.

Looking to maintain their position as one of the leading players in the motocross segment, in model year 2018 Husqvarna Motorcycles offer an all-new TC 85 together with seven TC and FC models that receive major updates in order to continue offering class-leading performance across the range. With the new from the ground up TC 85 setting new standards in its class, Husqvarna’s full-size TC and FC machines feature a series of upgrades among which are new brakes, a new battery, new graphics and a high-grip seat cover.

Featuring high-tech componentry and rider-focused design, all eight new models are at the pinnacle of performance, design and ergonomics.

 

MAKING STRIDES

Remaining true to their commitment to deliver premium machines, Husqvarna Motorcycles have combined their engagement in top-level racing with extensive testing to further improve their entire motocross line-up for model year 2018. From the TC 50 and TC 65 minicycles to the full-size TC 125, TC 250, FC 250, FC 350 and FC 450 all new models set an even higher benchmark in terms of design and performance. On top of new models, revamped for 2018 Husqvarna Motorcycles´ clothing and accessories collections feature a range of casual garments, functional gear and performance-enhancing parts for all dedicated Husqvarna riders.

For model year 2018 Husqvarna Motorcycles’ engineers focused their attentions on introducing further engine and chassis advances in all full-sized TC and FC models. A major upgrade is the Magura front and rear braking systems. Utilising a similar layout to the previous design, the new brakes offer the best in terms of sensitivity and feeling.

All FC 4-stroke machines feature new compact Li-Ion 2.2 Ah battery with improved output consistency. Based on a simple yet distinctive design, new graphics across the 2018 motocross range highlight Husqvarna’s Swedish heritage.

 

WHAT’S NEW FOR MY18

=>New Magura brake callipers

=>New Li-Ion Battery – better output consistency (all 4-strokes)

=>Mikuni carburettor with updated setting for TC 125/250

=>Bodywork with new colour trim & graphics

=>Extra grip seat cover

 

 

2018 Husqvarna TC85 17/14 Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

Raising the bar in the ultra-competitive 85cc class, the new generation TC 85 features much of the same technology found in the successful full-size Husqvarna motocross line-up. With an all-new frame and state of the art WP suspension, young mini riders can focus on performance with total confidence. Featuring a new engine that delivers a broader and more controllable power delivery the new TC 85 offers top-level performance and durability for the stars of tomorrow.

 

Frame

Professionally crafted by WP Performance Systems, the Chromium Molybdenum steel frame is constructed using hydro formed tubes joined by precision robot welding to ensure the highest level of consistent quality.

The frame employs an all-new geometry aimed at tailoring flex characteristics for improved handling and comfort. Together with the new laterally-mounted cylinder head mountings the result is an increase in torsional rigidity of 7%, with longitudinal stiffness being reduced by 25%. This allows the frame to move in harmony with the suspension soaking up big hits while delivering improved agility and high-speed stability.

Additionally, the frame is fitted with new “no dirt” footpegs that prevent the build-up of dirt collected through deep ruts and muddy terrain. The simple but effective self-cleaning system ensures the footpegs return to their original position providing complete control in all conditions.

The frame is finished off in a highly durable white powder coating with standard frame protectors.

             Hydro formed and robot welded – highest level of consistent quality

             New flex characteristics – torsional rigidity +7%, longitudinal stiffness -25%

             “No dirt” footpegs – complete control in all conditions

 

Subframe

Made from lightweight aluminium, the new subframe features a shorter and more compact profile. Overall, the component is now 75 mm shorter and 0.2 kg lighter contributing to the overall weight reduction while also improving mass centralisation.

             Smaller and more compact – 75 mm shorter, 0.2 kg lighter

 

Swingarm

Manufactured using a gravity die-cast production process, the one-piece aluminium swingarm offers exceptional strength at the lowest possible weight. For easy maintenance, the chain adjustment markings are visible from above, making adjustment even simpler.

 

WP suspension

Mirroring the latest technology found in the Husqvarna full-size motocross range, the TC 85 features all new WP suspension.

Up front, the WP AER 43 consists of a split fork design using a capsuled air spring in the left leg and the trusted oil damping system in the right leg. The new components offer a significant improvement in suspension performance with an increase in wheel travel to 280 mm total (+10 mm). Additionally, adjustment is made simpler thanks to the single air pressure valve and supplied air pump for preload and easy access clickers for compression and rebound.

             New WP AER 43 – improved performance & reduced weight 1.0 kg

             Increased wheel travel by 10 mm

             Simple adjustment – single air chamber & supplied pump, easy access clickers

On the rear, the TC 85 is fitted with a specific version of the new WP XPlor PDS shock absorber. The design offers improved progression and response that is further improved by lowering the mounted angle by 3°. Wheel travel is increased by 5 mm and is 305 mm in total.

The WP XPlor PDS is fully adjustable for preload, compression and rebound.

             New WP XPlor PDS – improved progression and response

             3° lower mounting angle

             305 mm wheel travel (+5 mm)

             Fully adjustable – preload, compression and rebound

Handlebar, grips, throttle

The TC 85 features a lightweight and strong tapered aluminium handlebar that is fitted with a new throttle assembly for easy free play adjustment. Additionally, the TC 85 is fitted with ODI lock on grips as standard. The system includes a vulcanised grip on the right side while the lock-on grip on the left does not require glue or wire for mounting.

 

Bodywork/seat

The TC 85 features all-new bodywork modelled after the successful full-size Husqvarna motocross line-up. When scaled down to the proportions of an 85cc rider, the contact points and feeling remain the same allowing the younger riders to feel the same control and comfort found on the larger models.

The improved ergonomics instil confidence while leaving room for free and unrestricted movement thanks to the broader and flatter seat and one-piece airbox covers.

Durable in-mould graphics accent the bodywork in blue, white and yellow as a tribute to Husqvarna’s Swedish roots.

 

Cooling

New radiators produced by WP Performance Systems are designed using CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) to ensure the ideal passage of air through the cooling fins. Combined with a revised routing of the coolant circuit, the new system ensures optimum engine temperature for the highest performance in varying conditions.

The new radiator protectors not only serve as protection from flying rocks and debris but also serve as a brace diverting energy around the radiators in the event of an impact.

 

Airbox

The new airbox is designed to offer the best possible performance with the highest level of filter protection.

The air filter is easily accessed, without tools, by removing the left side panel. Easy maintenance is guaranteed by the Twin Air filter and filter cage design that features a simple fail-proof mounting system for safe and accurate filter installation.

 

Wheels and tyres

Black aluminium rims and CNC-machined hubs are fitted with Maxxis tyres that deliver outstanding performance on a wide variety of terrain. The pattern design and rubber compound offer exceptional straight-line stability and excellent traction and predictability.

             Black wheels and CNC-machined hubs – low unsprung weight and great stability

             Maxxis tyres – exceptional straight-line stability and excellent traction and predictability

 

Brakes

A Formula four-piston brake calliper and 240 mm wave disc at the front and a two-piston calliper and 210 mm wave disc at the rear ensure powerful and confident braking.

The piston size on the rear calliper is reduced by 2 mm to 22 mm and, in combination with a new rear brake lever, delivers improved modulation and feeling.

             Formula brake callipers and wave discs → superior stopping power and feeling

 

Exhaust

The new exhaust system is perfectly tailored to the new engine’s power characteristics, contributing to the outstanding performance and all-round ride-ability.

The header pipe is made in a three-dimensional stamping process by WP Performance Systems. Once the components are shaped they are robot welded to ensure the highest level of quality and durability.

The new silencer is 50 mm shorter, improving mass centralisation.

 

Engine

The new TC 85 engine uses the latest technology to deliver unrivalled performance in the ultra-competitive 85cc class. With an unchanged bore and stroke, the engine delivers improved performance and ride-ability across the full RPM range. Key to the engine is a new power valve, which allows the power delivery to be tailored simply and more effectively than before.

             New engine – improved performance and ride-ability

             New power valve – increased adjustability

 

Cylinder and piston

The new cylinder has an unchanged bore and stroke (47/48.95 mm) with new ports to improve performance and response.

Additionally, the new cylinder is designed around an all-new power valve system. The new system controls both the exhaust valve and the sub exhaust port for significantly improved power, torque and controllability. As a result, the TC 85 receives a significant increase in mid-range performance reducing the need to use the clutch in loamy or sandy conditions.

An adjuster screw allows the opening time of the power valve to be adjusted to suit rider preference and track conditions. By changing between different power valve springs – available in the Husqvarna Accessories catalogue – the rate at which the power valve opens can be further tailored.

             New cylinder and ports – improved performance and response

             New power valve – improved performance and adjustability

 

Crankshaft

The all-new crankshaft is now lighter and features optimised balancing that reduces vibration. Even after removing weight, the rotational inertia of the crankshaft has increased, improving torque and ride-ability.

New crankshaft – reduced weight and optimized balancing

 

Crankcases

The crankcases are manufactured using a high-pressure die-cast production process that keeps wall thickness to a minimum while retaining strength and durability. The design of the new cases is more compact and aims at positioning the shaft arrangements as close as possible to the centre of gravity for improved handling. As a result, the crankshaft has moved 31 mm upwards and 8.8 mm backwards.

 

Gearbox

The TC 85 features a new, lighter gearbox. While keeping the same motocross-specific ratios, the shifting action is improved allowing the rider to select the next gear with confidence. Additionally, similar to the footpeg design, a new self-cleaning gear selector prevents the build-up of dirt ensuring complete control in all conditions.

 

Clutch

Replacing the previous coil spring design, the TC 85 features a new diaphragm spring clutch. The new design is more compact and also benefits from added durability.

The clutch is actuated via a Formula hydraulic system meaning that play is always adjusted and the clutch point remains the same under different conditions and over time.

 

 

 

2018 Husqvarna TC85 17/14 – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $ See Dealer for Pricing in USD

Engine
Design 1-cylinder, 2-stroke engine
Displacement 84.9 cm³
Starter Kickstarter
Transmission 6-speed
Primary drive 20:64
Secondary gear ratio 13:46
Clutch Wet, multi-disc clutch, Formula hydraulics
EMS MEDJ digital

 

Chassis
Frame design Chrome-molybdenum steel central-tube frame
Front suspension WP-USD, AER 43, Ø 43 mm
Rear suspension WP Xplor PDS shock absorber
Suspension travel (front) 11.02 inch
Front brake Formula disc brakes
Rear brake Formula disc brakes
Rear brake disc diameter 210 mm
Chain 428
Steering head angle 66 °
Seat height 33.46 inch
Weight without fuel 147.71 lb.
Suspension travel (rear) 12.01 inch
Tank capacity (approx.) 1.32 US gal

 

 

2018 Husqvarna TC85 17/14 – Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $ See Dealer for Pricing in  CDN

Engine
Design 1-cylinder, 2-stroke engine
Displacement 84.9 cm³
Bore 39.5 mm
Starter Kickstarter
Transmission 6-speed
Primary drive 20:64
Secondary gear ratio 13:46
Clutch Wet, multi-disc clutch, Formula hydraulics
EMS MEDJ digital

 

Chassis
Frame design Chrome-molybdenum steel central-tube frame
Front suspension WP-USD, AER 43, Ø 43 mm
Rear suspension WP Xplor PDS shock absorber
Suspension travel (front) 280 mm
Suspension travel (rear) 305 mm
Front brake Formula disc brakes
Rear brake Formula disc brakes
Rear brake disc diameter 210 mm
Chain 428
Steering head angle 66 °
Wheelbase 1290 ± 10 mm
Ground clearance 352 mm
Seat height 850 mm
Tank capacity (approx.) 5 l
Weight without fuel 67 kg

 

 

2018 Husqvarna TC85 17/14 – Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £4899 GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)

Engine
Design 1-cylinder, 2-stroke engine
Displacement 84.9 cm³
Starter Kickstarter
Transmission 6-speed
Primary drive 20:64
Secondary gear ratio 13:46
Clutch Wet, multi-disc clutch, Formula hydraulics
EMS MEDJ digital

 

Chassis
Frame design Chrome-molybdenum steel central-tube frame
Front suspension WP-USD, AER 43, Ø 43 mm
Rear suspension WP Xplor PDS shock absorber
Suspension travel (front) 11.02 inch
Front brake Formula disc brakes
Rear brake Formula disc brakes
Rear brake disc diameter 210 mm
Chain 428
Steering head angle 66 °
Seat height 33.46 inch
Weight without fuel 147.71 lb.
Suspension travel (rear) 12.01 inch
Tank capacity (approx.) 1.32 US gal

 

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