Swedish Pride – Riding the 2015 Husqvarnas

Photos by Husqvarna, Emily Thompson, and Lutes

The track in Lulea, Sweden, was very sandy and unlike anything we’ve ridden back in America. It was a lot of fun getting outside our comfort zone and riding every new model that Husqvarna has to offer.

It isn't too often that we get the chance to travel to Europe and ride motocross, and when Husqvarna invited us to test out the complete line of 2015 Husky motocross machines—the second new model introduction since the rebirth of the company last year—we couldn't pass up the opportunity. After a long flight to Lulea, Sweden, we arrived at the European sand track the next day and were greeted by two of every single bike in the brand's line up. And while this trip was simply to get an introduction to the bikes, wetting our appetite before our test models arrive in the U.S., we thought it would be good to go through a quick rundown of our experience.

Upon arrival, Husky had over two dozen bikes prepped and ready for the attending journalist to thrash and put through the paces.

The track we tested the bikes on was as European as they come—fast, sandy, and rough. Throughout the day, we rode a total of six bikes—including one off-road bike to experience bashing through the Swedish trees—and when it was all said and done, we were extremely impressed with the 2015 machines. When compared to the 2014 bikes, the 2015s have only received minor enhancements such as new graphics, an improved subframe, new linkage geometry, new clutch assembly on the FC250 and FC350, an all-new shock, and the brand-new WP 4CS front fork. In spite of only a few changes, though, the 2015 Husqvarnas are just as worthy of motocross weapons as they were last year.

Did we mention that the sand was deep? In spite of that, though, the new Husky bikes were plenty fast to pull us around the track. Even the TC125 (pictured here) was quick enough to drag Lutes through the power robbing sand with ease.

We began our day aboard the FC250, which when ridden properly in the deep sand, was very fast and easy to maneuver. We then switched to the FC350, and immediately became comfortable aboard the bike. It was a very nice combination of a light and agile FC250 and the powerful FC450. From there, we continued on with the two-stroke machines, which provided the most fun we've had on a dirt bike in a long time. Even though the sand was power robbing, and it was imperative that your momentum was kept up, the TC125 was an absolute blast to ride. The bike really came to life up top and when ridden in the meat of the powerband it was very fast. Next, we swung a leg over the TC250, which was a hard-hitting, yet easy to ride machine. The power on the bike was strong from the bottom to the top, coming on very hard right out of corners and pulling through the top. Our final laps were aboard the FC450, which we found to be equally as fast as the other bikes. We did find that the front fork was slightly soft, however, that was easily remedied with some clicker adjustments.

The TC350 was probably our favorite out of the four-stroke motocross machines. It’s broad, strong power was easy to use and the light-weight handling made it very controllable in the deep sand.

When the dust settled, we left Sweden looking forward to when we take delivery of our test units back home. Every bike we rode was extremely fun to ride, and it was an amazing experience getting to ride a track unlike anything we have back home. We might still be finding sand in places you wouldn't think sand or dirt could get, but it was all worth it.

Yes, the track took some getting used to… Lutes took a trip over the bars and into a mud hole first thing in the morning. Before photos were even done in the brand new Shift gear.

Husky had dozens of mechanics on call ready to take care of anything we needed.

Not only was the track top-notch, featuring a full sprinkler system that perfectly watered nearly every portion of it, but the amenities were next level. On the grounds there was a full kitchen, sauna, and showers.

Everywhere we went there were reminders of Husky’s rich history in the sport of motorcycling.