Italian owned, Swedish born Husqvarna was purchased by BMW in 2007, and the German parent company has injected the brand with stricter quality control and upped production capacity. The 2010 Husqvarna TC Series has been designed for motocross, a market in which they have never previously been a major force. However, this may soon change, as the Husqvarna name is widely respected in the Enduro and supermoto categories, and its motocross offerings are sure to attract plenty of eager and curious customers.
The Husqvarna TC 250 bike was totally updated for the 2010 model year, and has received a new super-light engine, which is 10 percent lighter than the previous model’s power plant. This Husqvarna bike also comes equipped with 48mm Kayaba forks, a 15mm shorter swing arm, a new clutch master cylinder, and an updated chassis. Husqvarna is trying to gain market share in the competitive motocross market, and has made the 2010 TC 250 specifically to appeal to serious motocross enthusiasts. The model is noted for exhibiting extremely nimble handling and a linear power response curve.
The 2010 Husqvarna TC 450 received many of the same updates as the TC 250, including 48mm inverted Kayaba forks and shorter swing arm in the rear suspension, which improves the progression of the rear suspension, as well as the bike’s overall maneuverability. The engine is known for delivering impressive power, and the 2010 model’s mechanical updates include new carburetor settings, new radiator hoses, and a more powerful water pump. Ultimately, these updates have been designed to improve overall bike performance and cooling.
The plastic body panels on both models have also undergone some interesting and positive changes. They now feature IPD, which stands for In-mold Plastic Decoration. This means the graphics are a part of the panels themselves, which theoretically prevents the graphics from rubbing off and lends longevity to the bike's appearance. The panels themselves are made of a stronger and more flexible material than the panels on the previous year’s models.
Both the 2010 Husqvarna 250 and 450 feature Brembo hydraulic disc brake systems on the front and rear, and both sit on Pirelli rubber, so they have plenty of grip and stopping power.
The main difference between the 2010 Husqvarna TC 250 and TC 450 is, of course, the motor. The 450 sports a 449cc power plant, and the 250 is outfitted with a 249.5cc. Both are natUrally aspirated single-cylinder, four-stroke motors and feature dual overhead cams and kick starters.