If we look back in dirt bike history certain major developments will stand out – the introduction of a single back shock and long-travel suspension in the early/ mid 70’s, the 80’s saw a lot of major developments like disc brakes, upside down forks and water cooling. In the late 90’s Yamaha’s YZ400F ushered in the age of competitive 4-strokes. The last decade and a half has seen improved electronic engine management, the introduction of electric start, fuel injection and electronic launch control.
Now Husqvarna has announced their 2017 Motocross range featuring some noteworthy upgrades … and one very significant new innovation not seen before on an MX bike – TRACTION CONTROL.
Traction control was introduced years ago in MotoGP, then on road and dual purpose bikes. It adds an element of safety and enables riders to ride a lot more confidently because over-zealous use of the throttle on slippery surfaces is no longer a problem.
Across Husqvarna’s new 4-stroke model range the refined Keihin engine management system is designed to process data faster, analysing throttle input and sudden increases in RPM, the sensors register any loss of grip to reduce power to the rear wheel, ensuring maximum traction. If you think about it, motocross and other forms of dirt biking is where traction control is most appropriate because of the typical loose/ slippery surfaces and very lightweight/ high performance bikes used. Just imagine the advantage of always being able to get maximum forward drive without losing velocity to wheel spin and lack of control. It makes perfect sense – well done Husqvarna.
With integrated launch control for perfect starts, the EMS (Engine Management System) also features selectable engine maps via a switch on the handlebars. We look forward to testing these futuristic machines soon.
Husqvarna MY17 Motocross Models* – What’s New
- New from the ground up TC 250 2-stroke model
- All-new WP AER 48 mm forks
- CNC Upper Triple Clamp
- Handlebar support
- Traction Control on the 4-stroke engines
- Map switch on the 4-stroke models
- Bodywork with new Colour Trim and Graphics
- Dunlop MX-3S Tyres
- Rear tyre FC 250 (110 instead of 100)
- Cylinder head mountings on the 4-stroke models (made of aluminium instead of steel)
- Rear brake lever (10 mm longer)
- Rear brake pads (different material)
- 38 mm Mikuni TMX carburettor on the TC 125 (previously Keihin)
* valid for all models – where not differently specified – except the TC 85