2008 Husqvarna WR Review


Ever since 1969, the Husqvarna WR series has been synonymous with inexpensive, durable fun. One of the longest lived models from the motorcycle company with Swedish origins, the WR has been known for its two stroke engine and nice suspension. All through the 1970s and 1980s, Husqvarna continued updating the look and technology of the WR. During this era, the Husqvarna WR had a larger, more cumbersome body, but during the 1990s, Husqvarna cut back the plastic, giving the WR lighter, more aerodynamic styling. In this decade, Husqvarna also replaced the old-fashioned drum brakes with much improved disc brakes. Classic 1990-era WRs feature a distinctive blue and yellow color scheme. Until 2006, only minor changes were made to the Husqvarna WR line-up, but in 2007, Husqvarna engineers completely redesigned the WR. They gave these bikes new seats, new fuel tanks and a new color scheme, featuring red and white. The WR was outfitted with up-to-date instrumentation, and the handlebars were completely changed. The 2008 Husqvarna WR 250, like its predecessors, is a classically styled motorcycle with years of history and development behind it. Its smaller sibling, the 2008 Husqvarna WR 125, is a two-stroke Enduro bike that puts up a serious fight, even against the bigger, 250-cc bikes on the track.

The 2008 Husqvarna is a first-class trail riding motorcycle. It has an eye-catching, black, red and white color scheme, and its abbreviated plastic bodywork allows onlookers to get a great view of the engine. The looks of this bike are quite similar to other Husqvarna motocross bikes except that it has a headlight and a lower suspension. Additionally, since Husqvarna was bought by BMW in 2007, every bike that is sold is a testament to German quality control and reliability

Test drivers thoroughly enjoyed their jaunts on the 2008 Husqvarna WR 125 and the 250 – but the 250 garners more attention due to its powerful engine. The two-stroke engine is a high-revving engine, giving the WR 250 a very distinctive sound when out on the trail. The gearbox is obviously well designed, as gear shifting was smooth and easy. The engine of the Husky is exactly what is needed on the trail. It gave test drivers plenty of power in every gear to plow through creeks and jump over branches and other obstructions on the trail.

For the 2008 model, the engineers at Husqvarna did some serious work on the 250's suspension and handling. This bike is well balanced and very stable even on difficult terrain. The WR 250 is equipped with brand new 45 millimeter Marzocchi forks and Sachs shock absorbers. These two new features give the WR 250 superb steering capabilities and engender rider confidence. When riders know they can rely upon the handling of a bike, they will be able to ride boldly and attempt trails from which they previously may have shied away. The 2008 Husqvarna WR 250 takes the classic WR series to new heights and leaves Husky enthusiasts wondering how the company can ever improve this incredible trail bike.

New For 2008

  • Husqvarna installed 45-mm Marzocchi forks on the 2008 WR 250.
  • Sachs shock absorbers help the 2008 WR 250 take on rough terrain without shaking the driver's teeth loose.
  • Brembo brakes on the 2008 WR 250 ensure superb stopping power at all speeds under all sorts of riding conditions.

2008 Husqvarna WR Specs

  • Model: 2008 Husqvarna WR 250
  • Engine Type: Single cylinder, two stroke
  • Bore and Stroke: 66.4 millimeters/ 2.61 inches; 72 millimeters/ 2.83 inches
  • Compression ratio: 8.4:1
  • Valve Train: Reed valve
  • Induction: Mikuni carburetor
  • Ignition: Kick starter
  • Transmission: Manual, five speed
  • Fuel Capacity: 9.5 liters / 2.5 gallons
  • Brakes (Front): Brembo hydraulic disc
  • Brakes (Rear): Brembo hydraulic disc
  • Suspension (Front): Inverted fork
  • Suspension (Rear): Twin sided, swing arm
  • Wheelbase: 1465 millimeters/ 57.7 inches
  • Seat Height: 975 millimeters/ 38.4 inches
  • Curb Weight: 227.1 kilograms/ 103 pounds
  • Tires (Front): Michelin 90/90 R21
  • Tires (Rear): Michelin 140/80 R18


  • Since the 2008 WR has been out for several years, many universal-style accessories will work on this bike.
  • Universal hand-grips available from many motorcycle stores will fit on the 2008 WR.
  • If drivers need storage capabilities, many motorcycle supply companies offer fender bags and tool packs that are easily installed on the 2008 WR.

Key Competitors For The 2008 Husqvarna WR

  • 2008 KTM 250 SX
  • 2008 GAS GAS EC 300 Racing
  • 2009 Kawasaki Super Sherpa
  • 2008 Honda CRF 230 L