Husky’s off-road line is out, but still awaiting the inevitable EFI two-stroke. Here’s what Husky says so far:
Husqvarna Motorcycles’ new cross country line-up consists of three premium TX and FX models that combine cutting-edge technology with Swedish-inspired design, offering class-leading performance across the range.
For model year 2018 Husqvarna Motorcycles’ engineers focused their attention on introducing further engine and chassis advances. A major upgrade to all full-sized 2018 TX and FX machines are the Magura front and rear braking systems. Utilizing a similar layout to the previous design, the new brakes now offer improved sensitivity for an even better feel. Additionally, all 4-strokes receive a new Li-Ion battery.
Based on a simple yet distinctive design, new graphics across the 2018 cross country range highlight Husqvarna’s Swedish heritage.
WHAT’S NEW IN MY18
What’s New For Model Year 2018
- New Magura Braking System
- New Li-Ion Battery
- New Graphics
- New Seat Cover
FEATURES AND BENEFITS CROSS COUNTRY MY 2018 – CHASSIS
The hydro-formed, laser-cut and robot-welded frame is expertly crafted by WP Performance Systems, specifically designed with calculated parameters of longitudinal and torsional flex. The frame is finished off with a premium white powder coating and standard frame protectors guaranteeing supreme protection and durability.
Ø Longitudinal and torsional stiffness → superior handling and feeling
Ø Produced by WP Performance Systems → guarantee of high quality standards
Ø Durable finish with standard frame protectors
Composite carbon fiber subframe
The composite subframe is a design unique to Husqvarna, showcasing pioneering technologies and innovation. This three-piece component is made up of 30% carbon fiber making it remarkably light (3.1 lb / 1.4 kg) and also particularly strong. Specific care is taken to create a certain rigidity for optimal handling and rider ergonomics.
Ø 3-piece subframe → composite materials
Ø Carbon fiber construction → 3.1 lb overall weight
Ø Specific rigidity → benefits handling and ergonomics
The hollow, cast aluminum swingarm is designed to offer optimal stiffness and reliability at the least possible weight. The machining on the side by Husqvarna Motorcycle engineers is another mark of quality, showcasing in-depth attention to detail and superior craftsmanship.
Ø Optimal stiffness and reliability in a lightweight construction
WP AER 48 front forks
The 48 mm split air forks feature a capsuled air spring and pressurized oil chamber for progressive and consistent damping. Damping can be easily adjusted via the single air pressure valve for pre-load on the left fork, with easy-access clickers adjusting damping with 30 clicks on the right fork. The air pump that’s needed to adjust air pressure in the fork is provided as standard.
Precision engineering by WP Performance Systems, quality materials and advanced production processes guarantee the highest performance levels.
Ø Capsuled air spring and pressurized oil chamber → progressive and consistent damping
Ø Easy access clicker dials → simple and fast clicker settings
CNC machined triple clamps
The 22 mm offset black-anodized CNC-machined triple clamps feature an integrated rubber damping system that reduces vibrations and increases rider comfort. The triple clamps are expertly crafted using superior techniques and materials to provide premium quality and reliability. A three-way handlebar adjustment is standard and allows for customizable ergonomics.
Ø Rubber damping on top clamp → reduced vibrations, increased comfort
Ø CNC aluminum → finest quality and reliability
Ø Adjustable handlebar position → adjustable ergonomics
WP rear shock
The WP DCC rear shock is designed to provide advanced damping characteristics while conforming to a compact and lightweight design. With a pressure balance inside the shock, damping is improved resulting in greater rider comfort and handling. The outer contour of the reservoir additionally increases cooling. The component is also fully adjustable and matched to a linkage system with a specific geometry they deliver the best possible traction and progression with a rear wheel travel of 300 mm.
Ø Lightweight and compact → conforming to the lightweight and compact design of the motorcycle
Ø Pressure balance → consistent damping
Ø Linkage system → specific geometry for best results, 300 mm wheel travel
The Husqvarna Motorcycles frame features an innovative, self -cleaning footpeg mount which prevents the build-up of dirt collected through deep ruts or muddy terrain. As a result, the footpeg will spring back into its original position even in the toughest conditions. For riders who prefer a higher footpeg set-up, enduro footpegs can be fitted raising the position by 6 mm.
Ø Footpeg mount → prevents mud and dirt build-up allowing footpeg to spring back into position
Ø Large footpegs → perfect grip and control.
Magura hydraulic clutch
The reliable, high-quality, German-made clutch system guarantees even wear, near maintenance-free operation and perfect action in every condition. With the play being constantly adjusted, the pressure point and function of the clutch remain identical in cold or hot conditions and over time.
Ø Magura hydraulic clutch → perfect action in every condition
Ø High quality German craftsmanship → very reliable, consistent clutch action
New for MY 2018 is a Magura front and rear braking system. Featuring a similar layout to the previous design they offer improved sensitivity for a more progressive feel while retaining the highest level of performance. The systems are completed by 260 mm front and 220 mm rear discs made by GSK.
Ø Magura brake calipers and high performance GSK discs → superior stopping power with improved sensitivity and modulation
The ProTaper handlebar is second to none for function and style. Manufactured to specific standards, the ProTaper handlebar features class-leading fatigue resistance while adding minimal weight. The ProTaper logos are chemically applied and are scratch and peel resistant. The large Husqvarna Motorcycles bar pad has optimal impact resistance, while the standard handguards offer maximum roost protection.
Ø ProTaper handlebar → class-leading function and style
Ø Oversized bar pad and standard handguards → optimal protection
Grips and throttle assembly
The ODI lock-on grip on the left side does not require gluing, while on the right, the vulcanized grip features an innovative integrated throttle mechanism. The assembly has easy free-play adjustment and, by changing a cam, throttle progression can be altered.
Ø New throttle assembly and ODI grips → easily alter throttle progression; easy grip mounting without glue
Map switch, launch control
Optimized for easy operation, as well as changing between two different engine maps the map switch also activates launch control. This function limits the amount of power to the rear wheel, improving traction and preventing loss of control under hard acceleration.
Ø Standard handlebar map switch → alter engine characteristics according to conditions and rider preference
Ø Launch control → maximum traction for perfect starts
Traction control can be selected to an on or off position from the handlebar map switch and functions by analyzing throttle input from the rider and the rate at which RPM increase in the engine. If the RPM increase too quickly the EMS will register a loss of grip and reduce the amount of power to the rear wheel, for maximum traction. This can be a distinct advantage in wet or muddy conditions.
Ø Traction control → optimal traction in all conditions
Engine management system (EMS)
The Keihin EMS is specifically designed to be smaller, lighter and faster at processing data. It integrates launch control for perfect starts, selectable engine maps via the switch on the handlebar as well as traction control. Combined with the new gear sensor, power delivery is tailored for each gear.
Ø Keihin EMS → smaller, lighter and faster at processing engine data for more efficient engine management
Ø Gear sensor → specific engine maps for each gear
44 mm throttle body
The 4-stroke cross country range features a 44 mm Keihin throttle body. The injector is positioned in a way that ensures the most efficient flow into the combustion chamber. In an effort to ensure optimal throttle response, the throttle cable is mounted directly without a throttle linkage. This provides more immediate throttle response and feeling.
Ø Throttle body → 44 mm, injector positioned for optimal flow, more immediate throttle response thanks to direct cable mounting
The exhaust system is expertly designed to deliver the best possible performance while adhering to competition noise limits. The header pipes feature resonance chambers that improve performance. On the 450 SOHC engine, the resonance chamber is integrated into the header pipe and resembles a 2-stroke expansion chamber. The silencers are crafted from lightweight and strong aluminum in an effort to reduce weight and benefit mass centralization. The result is sharper and more effective handling. The TX 300 exhaust system is specifically designed to match the bike’s engine characteristics while keeping weight to a minimum.
Ø Exhausts → mass-centralization, light-weight, optimal performance
All cross country models come standard with electric starters. Along with the benefit of easy starting the system is combined with a compact Li-Ion 2.2 Ah battery, which is 2.2 lbs (1 kg) lighter than a conventional battery. The wiring harness has been purposefully designed so that the rear subframe can be removed without having to take out any wiring.
Ø Electric starter → easy starting when time is critical
Ø Li-Ion battery → lightweight, 2.2 lbs lighter than a conventional battery
Ø Battery and wiring harness position → easy removal of subframe
Integrated cooling system and radiators
The radiators have been expertly crafted by WP Performance Systems using high strength aluminum. CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) technology has been utilized to channel air through the radiators effectively and provide optimal cooling in any condition. Channeling coolant through the frame also eliminates the need for additional hoses. The radiator protectors protect against flying debris but also act as a brace channeling any energy from an impact around the radiator and into the frame.
Ø Integrated cooling → maximum efficiency in minimum space
Ø WP radiators → efficient for optimal cooling
Ø Radiator protectors → protection from debris and falls
Airbox and tool-less air filter access
The airbox is designed with precisely positioned inlet ducts to prevent air deformation, ensuring maximum airflow and filter protection. The air filter is easily accessed, without tools, by removing the left side panel. Easy maintenance is guaranteed with the Twin Air filter and filter cage design that features a simple fail proof mounting system for safe and accurate filter installation.
Ø Airbox → maximum air flow and filter protection
Ø Filter mounting system → safe and accurate protection against dirt
Ø Tool-less filter access → easy and fast maintenance
Black high-strength alloy rims are coupled with CNC-machined hubs using lightweight spokes and silver anodized aluminum nipples.
Ø Lightweight but strong and reliable construction → minimum unsprung weight
Dunlop Geomax AT 81 tires are fitted as standard with a 18-inch rear sizing for off-road performance.
Ø Developed in top-level off-road racing → enhanced all-round performance
The 2.2-gallon polythene fuel tank incorporates a threaded filler cap and an integrated fuel pump on the 4-strokes.
Ø 2.2 gallon polythene 4-stroke fuel tank → large capacity for extended running times
Ø 2.6 gallon polythene 2-stroke fuel tank → large capacity for extended running times
Modern and functional bodywork with traditional Husqvarna blue and yellow accents mark a simplistic yet stylish Swedish design. The ergonomics are specifically tailored to deliver greater control and comfort, enabling riders to perform at the highest level for extended periods of time. The seat has a low-profile and a high-grip cover for superior comfort and control in all conditions.
Ø Bodywork → distinctive looks, modern colors and graphics
Ø Ergonomics → confidence-inspiring riding position in all riding situations
Ø Seat → greater comfort and superior control
The 350cc DOHC engine weighs in at only 60 lbs (27.2 kg) and has a maximum power output of 58 hp. The engine is specifically designed with performance, weight and mass centralization as key criteria. As a result, all shaft arrangements have been positioned to allow oscillating masses to occupy the ideal center of gravity while all parts are engineered to offer the best possible performance while adding the least possible weight.
Ø Performance, weight, mass centralization → 58 hp and only 60 lbs
Ø Shaft arrangements → oscillating masses at ideal center of gravity
The FX 350 features a DOHC design with polished camshafts and DLC coated finger followers reducing friction and improving overall performance. Added to the design are large titanium valves (36.3 mm intake and 29.1 mm exhaust) that allow the engine to rev freely to the 13,400 rpm ceiling.
Ø Large titanium valves → 36.3 mm intake and 29.1 mm exhaust
Ø Polished camshafts, Finger followers with DLC coating → reduced friction, better performance
Cylinder and piston
The 88 mm bore and 57.5 mm stroke cylinder features a large diameter and lightweight forged bridged-box-type piston by CP. As a result, the relatively low oscillating masses deliver exceptional power, high revs and a very wide power band. The compression ratio is 14:1.
Ø Lightweight 88 mm diameter piston → reduces oscillating masses
Ø Forged bridged-box-type piston → high performance and reliability
A top quality crankshaft is at the heart of the high output, high-revving FX 350 engine. The plain big end bearing features two force-fitted bearing shells to ensure maximum reliability and durability, guaranteeing long service intervals of 100 hours.
Ø Plain big end bearing → increased durability and service intervals
The FX 350 features an engine design with mass-centralization and weight reduction as the main goals. All the major components have been positioned to achieve the best possible center of gravity. As a result, the motorcycle benefits from superb handling while ensuring a light and compact engine design.
High-pressure die-cast production processes keep the overall weight to a minimum, resulting in a thin wall thickness while retaining reliability. The iconic Husqvarna logo adorns the bronze finished crankcase covers.
Ø Crankcases → mass-centralization
Ø High pressure die cast production process → thin walls for reduced weight, while maintaining strength
The compact 6-speed semi-close gearbox features a low-friction coating on the shifting fork, ensuring smooth and precise shifting. The gear lever features a design that prevents dirt build-up for easy operation in the toughest conditions. An advanced gear sensor allows for specific engine maps in each gear.
Ø 6-speed gearbox → smooth and precise shifting
Ø Integrated gear sensor → specific engine maps for each gear
The 350cc engines features a CSS (Coil Spring Steel) clutches with Magura hydraulics and lever. The CSS clutch has six coil springs, seven clutch plates and a one-piece CNC machined steel clutch basket.
Ø CSS clutch → lighter with more consistent clutch action
Ø Magura hydraulic system → German-made precision and quality
The SOHC engine is the perfect example of the advanced engineering techniques used by Husqvarna Motorcycles. It offers a peak power of 63 hp at an overall weight of just 61.3 lbs (27.8 kg). Mass-centralization is key in the engine design, enabling chassis engineers to position the engine closer to the center of gravity for greatly improved handling and maneuverability.
Ø Mass centralization → improved handling and reliability
Ø Performance → 63 hp and only 61.3 lbs
The compact SOHC cylinder head has been designed to offer the maximum performance at the minimum possible weight. The camshaft actuates four lightweight titanium valves that weigh only 32 g on the intake side and 28 g on the exhaust. The diameter of the intake valves is 40 mm, while on the exhaust it is 33 mm. Low-friction DLC coating on the rocker arm and low-friction chain guides offer optimum efficiency and reliability.
Ø SOHC → compact engine design
Ø Titanium valves → low weight, only 32 g on intake and 28 g on exhaust
Ø DLC coating & optimized chain guides → reduced friction
Cylinder and piston
The lightweight aluminum cylinder is an engineering masterpiece. Featuring a 95 mm bore and a CP bridge-box-type piston that weighs only 320 g. The compression ratio is 12.6:1 for an amazing peak output of 63 hp.
Ø Lightweight aluminum cylinder → 95 mm bore
Ø Lightweight CP forged bridged-box-type piston → high performance, reduced oscillating masses
The inertia produced by the crankshaft is carefully calculated to deliver optimal traction and ride-ability from the powerful 450cc plant. The crankshaft is specifically positioned to harness the rotating mass in the ideal center of gravity, resulting in a lightweight and agile handling feel. A plain big end bearing comprising of two force-fitted bearing shells ensure maximum reliability and durability, guaranteeing long service intervals of 100 hours.
Ø Crankshaft position → ideal center of gravity, improved handling
Ø Plain big end bearing and force-fitted bearing shells → increased durability and service intervals
The crankcases are designed to house the shaft arrangements and internals of the engine in the position that offers the best possible handling. Additionally, the position of the clutch shaft keeps the clutch above the oil level resulting in decreased friction and increased efficiency.
High-pressure die-cast production processes keep the overall weight to a minimum, resulting in thin wall thickness while retaining reliability. The historic Husqvarna logo adorns the bronze finished crankcase covers.
Ø Design → optimized mass-centralization, increased efficiency
Ø High pressure die cast production process → thin walls for reduced weight, while maintaining strength
The lightweight 5-speed gearbox has a low-friction coating on the shifting fork guaranteeing smooth and precise shifting. The gear lever features a design that prevents dirt build-up and keeps the lever tip in its original position even in the toughest conditions. An advanced gear sensor allows for specific engine maps in each gear.
Ø 5-speed gearbox → smooth and precise shifting
Ø Integrated gear sensor → specific engine maps for each gear
The FX 450 features a DDS (Dampened Diaphragm Steel) clutch. The exclusive characteristics of this system include a single diaphragm steel pressure plate instead of traditional coil springs. It integrates a damping system for better traction and durability.
The clutch basket is a single-piece CNC-machined steel component that allows the use of thin steel liners and contributes to the compact design of the engine.
Ø DDS clutch → lighter with better modulation and improved durability
Ø Magura hydraulic system → perfect clutch modulation
The 293 cc 2-stroke engine has long offered the best combination of unsurpassed power and lightweight construction. The simplicity and low maintenance costs of the 2-stroke motor has made it a favorite amongst motocross riders for generations. The TX 300 engine features the latest 2-stroke technology aimed at centralizing rotating masses and reducing vibration while delivering the highest level of performance in its class.
The 72 mm bore cylinder features an innovative power valve system that delivers a smooth and controlled power throughout the RPM range. This can be further customized by simply changing two springs supplied, altering the power delivery for different track conditions and rider preference.
Ø Cylinder and power valve → Smooth and controllable power delivery that can be customized
The TX 300 engine is designed with mass centralization as a key theme. As a result the lightweight, die-cast engine casings are developed to house the shaft arrangements in the perfect position, centralizing oscillating mass and improving ride-ability.
Ø Engine casings → shaft arrangements positioned for mass centralization
Counter balancer shaft
The TX 300 features a laterally mounted counter balancer shaft. This shaft significantly reduces vibrations resulting in a smoother, more comfortable ride with less rider fatigue.
Ø Counter balancer shaft → significantly reduced vibration
The TX 300 features a 38 mm flat slide Mikuni TMX carburetor. With an updated setting for MY18, the carburetor provides a smooth and controllable power delivery with optimal performance over the entire RPM range.
Ø 38mm Mikuni carburetor → improved power deliver, optimal performance
The TX 300 features a 6-speed semi-close gearbox with motocross specific ratios. Additionally, precise and easy shifting is guaranteed thanks to the no-dirt shift lever, which prevents the build-up of dirt from blocking the step plate in the toughest conditions.
Ø 6-speed gearbox → precise and easy shifting
Ø No-dirt gear lever → prevents dirt build up and blockage
The TX 300 features a DDS (Damped Diaphragm Steel) clutch. What this means is the clutch uses a diaphragm spring instead of the more common coil spring design, which allows for a much lighter clutch action. This design also allows for a damping system that increases both traction and durability.
This combined with the Magura hydraulic system guarantees a light and modular clutch feeling, which is almost maintenance and adjustment free.
Ø DDS clutch → light action with integrated damping system, increased traction and reliability
Ø Magura hydraulic system → light and modular clutch action, almost maintenance free