When we crowned the Husqvarna FC 250 the winner of our 2018 shootout, we knew that the iconic European OEM was not going to rest on its laurels and that plans for an all-new white bike were already in the works. Like its sister brand KTM, Husqvarna took practically of the updates and advancements that were debuted with the 2018 Husqvarna FC 450 Rockstar Edition and applied them to the 2019 model year of motorcycles, including the FC 250. How do the numerous refinements of the new model feel compared to its predecessor?
The most noticeable thing about the 2019 Husqvarna FC 250 is its appearance, which comes from the new bodywork and a dark blue frame. But there is far more to the changes than just aesthetics. The unique looking plastic body panels that were debuted on the Rockstar Edition are now standard for all Husqvarna machines and result in a slimmer cockpit that allows for unrestricted movement. The steel frame retains the same geometry as years past but features updated tubing, cross members, and engine mounts for a package that increases longitudinal rigidity. This is paired with a new two-piece composite subframe, which is 250 grams lighter than before and complements the characteristics of the mainframe. In addition to the frame changes, the upper portion of the triple clamp has been made stiffer and the new swingarm features an additional five millimeters of adjustability to the wheelbase. Altogether, these alterations are meant to produce a motorcycle that is more stable at speed and precise during directional changes.
Both ends of the WP suspension have been further fine-tuned with new settings and parts to correspond with the chassis. A new spacer has been added to the left fork leg, which holds the negative air chamber of the AER 48 fork, and cuts the total volume of the chamber in half to get a more responsive feeling when the fork is in the initial part of the stroke, while the shock received a new main piston and updated valving.
Despite having one of the most acclaimed engines of 2018, Husqvarna made a number of changes in an attempt to coax even more power out of the small-bore steed for 2019 by adjusting the valve timing and creating a new exhaust system, airbox, and 44 mm Keihin throttle body, along with refinements to the dual maps that are designed to provide greater response and a lighter feel. Traction control is still an option in both map settings. The bike also features a new diaphragm steel clutch system and a five-speed Pankl transmission.
In addition to the performance-minded upgrades, Husqvarna addressed assorted areas of the motorcycle with new parts. The D.I.D. wheels are built with new spoke nipples in an effort to maintain tension, the electrical system is powered by a new 2.0 Ah lithium-ion battery pack for instantaneous start ups, and the bend of the ProTaper handlebars is meant to suit a wider range of riders.