2012 Husqvarna TC Review


Husqvarna is a renowned Swedish motorcycle manufacturer that was purchased by BMW in 2007. Husqvarna bikes have a reputation for solid Swedish engineering, reliability, and racetrack speeds and the 2012 Husqvarna TC is no different.

The 2012 Husqvarna TC is built for the weekend warrior rider more than it is for the advanced intermediate. This is a reliable bike with well-equipped parts for the rider looking for a quality weekend bike. There are two versions of the Husqvarna TC, the TC i250 which was created in Italy and became popular in the overseas markets because of its improved displacement and lighter weight than comparable motorcycles. The 2012 Husqvarna TC 449 is more popular in the U.S. with a dual mode switch allowing access to two different fuel injection and ignition timing maps, as well as several other modifications designed to improve performance during motocross riding.

Both the TC i250 and the 449 come with an off-road body style and no lights. As a result, these are not street-legal bikes. The 2012 Husqvarna TC is an off-road bike that is fitted with trail tires and a suspension fit for rocky dirt trails. However, it is still adept on the road and around the city. Because it is basically a stripped down road bike, it is extremely light and offers solid performance. It is styled as a dirt bike and competes well with its closest rivals.

New For 2012

  • New, lighter piston which frees up some revs and snap.
  • New cylinder head is based on BMW's F1 technology using valve finger followers versus the conventional shim and bucket valve actuation, which has been adopted by the majority of motorcycle engine designs.
  • DLC coating added to reduce friction and increase durability.
  • The ignition has been upgraded to a CDI system with three preset maps matched to a Keihin ECU, and the throttle body is also now a Keihin unit, dropping the finicky Mikuni set-up on the 2011 model.
  • The airbox has been redesigned for more volume and a revised velocity stack pushes the o2 into the throttle body giving it a substantial power increase.

2012 Husqvarna TC Specs

  • Model: Husqvarna TC 250, Husqvarna TC 449
  • Engine Type: 249.5cc, single-cylinder, four-stroke; 449.5-cc, single-cylinder, four-stroke
  • Bore and Stroke: 3.11 inches and 2 inches
  • Compression ratio: 13.6:1
  • Valve Train: Double overhead camshaft
  • Induction: Liquid
  • Ignition: Electric/Kick
  • Transmission: six-speed manual
  • Final Drive: chain
  • Fuel Capacity: 1.5 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: N/A
  • Brakes (Front): Hydraulic, 10.2-inch disc
  • Brakes (Rear): Hydraulic, 9.5-inch disc
  • Suspension (Front): Inverted fork
  • Suspension (Rear): Twin-sided swingarm
  • Wheelbase: 57.5 inches
  • Rake: N/A
  • Trail: N/A
  • Seat Height: 38.8 inches
  • Curb Weight: 213.8 pounds
  • Tires (Front): Tubed Pirelli 80/100 R21
  • Tires (Rear): Tubed Pirelli 100/90 R19


  • Red/black paint color
  • Ricochet off-road skid plates
  • Various dual sport, mid or hard terrain, or paddle tires for different riding conditions
  • Color-coordinated Motocross helmet
  • Vinyl dust cover
  • Husqvarna Motorcross gloves
  • FMF Power Core IV Silencer

Key Competitors For The 2012 Husqvarna TC

  • 2012 KTM SX 250
  • 2012 Honda CRF 250R
  • 2012 Suzuki RM-Z 250
  • 2012 Yamaha YZ 250F