New bike season continues as Husqvarna has released the first official images of their 2019 motocross model line. The European brand continues its plan of taking the designs and technology that is proven by their Factory Edition motorcycles and putting it into their full range of standard production machines. For 2019 all of the models in the TC and FC line will be built with a new chassis design, updated bodywork, and other ergonomic changes, while the FC 450 will feature the same smaller, lighter, and more powerful engine originally used in the 450 FC Rockstar Edition machine.
The final spec sheets will be released June 18th, 2018.
Below is the full press release on all five bikes from Husqvarna…
Recently making history by securing both the 2018 FIM 450SX World Championship and 250SX AMA East Region Championship thanks to the committed efforts of Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team riders Jason Anderson and Zach Osborne, Husqvarna Motorcycles are pleased to lift the covers off their complete line-up of 2019 motocross models – a new generation of five premium machines redesigned in order to offer professional and amateur motocross riders the highest level of technology available on the market today.
Collecting feedback from world-class racers and combining it with extensive in-house testing and development, Husqvarna's engineers have introduced a long list of upgrades that allow the new generation of FC and TC machines to continue setting the benchmark in handling, performance, weight and aesthetics.
Combining state-of-the-art technology and premium-quality components with innovative technological and functional improvements, the all-new for 2019 Husqvarna motocross machines are designed with the goal of allowing riders of all levels chart new territory in their motocross riding careers.
In one sentence, the 2019 Husqvarna Motorcycles models are the most refined, honest and pure motocross bikes ever produced.
ONE BIG STEP AHEAD
For model year 2019 Husqvarna Motorcycles proudly introduce a new generation of five 2-stroke and 4-stroke machines, which represent the next step in the historic brand's motocross range. From the nimble TC 125 to the potent FC 450 4-stroke machine, each model in the updated range sets the benchmark in its respective class.
Standing out among a long list of upgrades is the new frame that is finished off in a premium blue powder coating. For MY19, it features an increase in longitudinal rigidity that results in improved rider feedback. Receiving new settings to perfectly match the new frame characteristics, WP AER forks and a DCC shock help further improve energy absorption and straight-line stability.
With all five models receiving a series of carefully considered improvements in the engine department, the flagship FC 450 has a redesigned and more compact SOHC cylinder head that reduces the engine's total weight by a whooping 500 g. To further enhance performance while keeping weight to a minimum, the exhaust systems on all 2-stroke and 4-stroke models have additionally received major changes for 2019.
With all new bikes featuring high-quality ProTaper handlebars and new spoke nipples on the D.I.D wheels, the FC 4-stroke machines also have new compact Li-ion 2.0 Ah batteries with improved output consistency. Showcasing Husqvarna Motorcycles' pioneering design direction in the offroad bike segment, a fresh new bodywork offers tailored ergonomics for optimum comfort and control.
WHAT'S NEW FOR MY19
– Redesigned bodywork
– Redesigned SOHC cylinder head on the FC 450 (500 g lighter)
– Blue coated frame featuring increased longitudinal rigidity
– New 2-piece subframe design (250 g lighter)
– Updated setting on the WP AER 48 forks
– WP DCC shock featuring new piston & updated setting
– New mufflers on 2-strokes, redesigned header pipe on TC 250
– Chain adjustment length increased by 5 mm
– Triple clamp protector integrated into front number plate
– Traction & launch control with updated settings [4-strokes]
– New throttle cable routing for easier maintenance
– Flow-designed resonance chambers & more compact silencers on 4-strokes
– New generation Li-ion 2.0 Ah battery
– Updated cooling system with new center tube
– External fuel line moved inward for extra protection
– ProTaper handlebar with new bend
– D.I.D. wheels with new spoke nipples