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Husqvarna 250 WXC/WXE – 1996

Submitted by on December 21, 2011 – 10:40 amNo Comment

This has to be one of the toughest bike tests we’ve completed in recent memory, for a handful of reasons. First problem, squeezing in a couple hundred miles of test riding between mid-Atlantic blizzards, deluges and other winter time fun proved formidable, to say the least. This dilemma was compounded by the fact that the Husky’s stay in the Trail Rider stables would be short, only a month or so. Every snow-covered and/or flooded day that passed served to heighten our anxiety. Needless to say, there were fresh Kold Kutter ice screws in the tires by the time we finished. The final straw, however, no doubt proved the toughest to overcome. Soldier on as we may, this pseudo problem was in fact that riding the ’96 Husky turned out to be a real eye opener, perhaps even pure joy (testosterone category),
just forcing us to seek more time in the saddle and drooling at the prospect of trying trick new setups and aftermarket parts combos. Returning the Husky to its rightful owners was akin to pulling politicians away from PACs. Dress Her Up The ’96 Husqvarna model line is adorned with considerable new stuff and unique features. Leading that category is the new Marzocchi front end, similar to the ’96 KTM fork, with a different lower leg casting (and subsequent caliper mounting scheme) and Husky-specified valving. Lower leg ground clearance is good, for a conventional fork, and the Husky Marzocchis don’t wad up debris in the caliper, like some others do. Husky ditched the Nissan brakes this year too, returning to quick change Brembos. The bike continues to maintain a right side final drive (chain and sprockets are found on the right side of the engine, like our old Trail King), going against convention and making the rear Brembo an identical mirror image of the KTM rear caliper–pads and major parts should still be interchangeable. Front calipers between the two bikes are completely the same.

In the unique/weird/neat category, the WXE/WXC 250 is the only 250 on the market with a six speed tranny. For that matter, even the ’96 360 gets the six speed–we like this. For motor updates, a reduced-weight flywheel and Mikuni TM38 carb are the major changes, while ergonomically, the bike still comes with the best kickstand tuck-in scheme in the business and has the thinnest seat of any bike on the planet (short of a no-seat trials bike). Peek-a-boo fluorescent yellow-green/white/blue plastic finds this year’s fenders fluorescent yellow-green with the rest of the bike wrapped in white. Fork guards are blue. Contemporary splash graphics decals round out the package and are plenty thick and mostly tasteful, without being boring.
Powerplant
All of our testing was accomplished in late January to mid February. Midwinter in the mid-Atlantic yielded 20-50 degree temperatures, frozen and melting snow; plenty of standing water with accompanying mud and slime. During the course of our engine testing we had the fortune to pick the brain of Husqvarna factory race bike builder/tuner Don Knight of Knight’s Cycles, and to secure a Dyno Port pipe and silencer, to spice things up. As sort of a control, our initial setup included all stock motor parts and jetting, as the Husky comes with an air box demi-lid, double wall pipe and serviceable aluminum silencer with add-on spark arrestor. The Mikuni TM38 carby showed up at the Trail Rider garages with stock brass and settings, noted as air screw 1.5 turns out; number 6AEJ3-64 needle with the needle clip in the #2 (second from top) position, a 40 pilot, and a stock 3.5 slide. Our bike came with a 430 main jet, while the owner’s manual claims that a 450 main is stock. Right off the bat, running the bike in this state of tune with premium pump gas found things kind of lean on top, yielding a slight detonation when pushed. This could possibly be corrected with a richer main jet or perhaps running race gas. Otherwise, the motor ran really clean in this configuration, with a nice tan plug insulator and no funky starting habits, bogging, or spark plug fouling.

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