I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again I’m a two stroke lover. When it appeared these new KTM/Husky 250’s were becoming available I started making phone calls to get on a list to buy one. I got lucky. I made one call and found a Husqvarna TC 250 available. Things happened much faster than I expected, but I had to jump on the opportunity.
2017 Husqvarna TC 250 Handling/Feel on the track
To be honest I was very skeptical about how this bike was going to handle. I had never ridden air forks before and the last time I rode stock KTM suspension (4cs forks) it was basically unrideable.
First ride I spun the handlebar clamps to the forward position, checked the air pressure in the forks and went out and rode. I didn’t even touch the sag, I figured I’d give the spring some time to break in before adjusting. The bike worked so well that I didn’t make a single adjustment the entire day. For the second ride I checked the sag (it was spot on) and ended up making a couple of clicks here and there (specs below). During my third ride I once again did nothing.
I don’t have the words to describe how impressed I am with how this bike handles. I am 6’2” tall, weigh around 175 lbs and for the riding I have done so far – mostly sand, I have no complaints about how this bike handles. Stock. And I’m a finicky m****r f***er go read my thoughts on the RM-Z 450 or YZ 250 I had.
For me the 2017 TC 250 seems to do everything right. It feels super light, corners well, is stable at speed and does exactly what I want it to through both big and small bumps. Both front and rear wheel traction are great. I’m trying pinpoint what helps the TC 250’s rear wheel traction and lack of disruption coming out of corners. I believe it has something to do with the counter balance shaft mellowing out the hit of the engine a bit.
I have never had a bike that felt this good off the showroom floor when it comes to handling or ergonomics.
My 2017 Husqvarna TC 250 Suspension Specs
- 2nd line from top
- 148 PSI
- Compression 11 clicks out
- Rebound 15 clicks out
- Stock spring
- 105mm sag
- Compression 9 clicks out
- High Speed Compression 2 turns out
- Rebound 14 clicks out
How is the 2017 Husqvarna TC 250’s engine?
I am not entirely excited about the engine yet. It has a lot of power and smooth power delivery, but a short powerband compared to other 250’s I have ridden. It has a solid bottom and mid, but doesn’t rev out as well as KTM 250 SX’s I have had in the past. This is something I intend to work on. Currently it takes a lot of shifting to make this thing get around the track quickly.
So I’m not overly impressed with the power spread, but there is something that I am very impressed with. Lack of vibration. The counter balance shaft really does work to decrease vibration. Now let’s hope it also helps keep bolts from loosening and pipes from cracking.
My 2017 Husqvarna TC 250 Jetting Specs
- Weather: 78°, 55% humidity
- 700’ above sea level
- Gas: 1 gal 110, 1.5 gal 93 mixed with Amsoil Dominator 50:1
- Main: 450 (440 stock)
- Pilot: 42.5 (stock)
- Needle: 3 from the top
- Air Screw: 2 out (1.5 stock)
Unfortunately, the jetting on this bike is super finicky. I am yet to find a setting that is consistent across different humidity and temperatures. I’m guessing the 2017 KTM 250 SX jetting is the same way.
What I’m going to try
I’ll tell you one thing, I’m not going to touch the suspension or ergonomics. I do want to shift less though, preferably improving the engine’s top end a bit. On KTM 250 SX’s I had in the past a Pro Circuit 304 Silencer (not the shorty) improved the bike’s ability to rev out nicely, so I will be trying the same on this bike. Since these don’t seem to be available currently, the first thing I’m going to be trying is a 49 tooth sprocket. I’ll post another update after I get to try these things out.