2021 Husqvarna FE 350

The 2021 Husqvarna FE 350 is a great starting point for those who want a comfortable enduro or who want to upgrade it to a race-ready machine.

2021 Husqvarna FE 350

2021 Husqvarna FE 350. (Husqvarna/)

Ups

  • 350cc engine is fun and offers an entertaining amount of torque
  • Adjustable suspension is comfortable and plush. It does well in 90 percent of trail riding scenarios
  • Brakes, tires, and controls are competition-ready level

Downs

  • Engine is flat in the rpm range above 8,000
  • Cornering suffers a little in tighter turns because of its slightly longer feeling chassis
  • Wide ProTaper handlebar could be cut down for tight trail riding

Verdict

An enduro that’s easy to ride, has a lightweight feel, and offers plush suspension like the FE 350 can be ridden for multiple days in a row without expending too much energy.

2021 Husqvarna FE 350.
2021 Husqvarna FE 350. (Husqvarna/)

Overview

Husqvarna has two four-stroke enduro models in its lineup including the FE 350 and FE 501. The FE 350 resides below its FE 501 counterpart in terms of displacement with its 350cc liquid-cooled engine and targets the trail rider who aims to navigate through technical terrain at lower speeds. Seeing as it is California green-sticker compliant, 50-state legal, and meets United States Forest Service requirements with its spark arrestor, the FE can be ridden in many areas that are otherwise restricted to other off-road models such as the FX 350.

Updates for 2021

The FE 350′s new graphics are the only change for 2021.

Pricing and Variants

A $10,699 price tag can be seen on the FE 350.

Competition

KTM’s 350 XCF-W, GasGas EC 250, and Yamaha’s WR250F are considered the FE’s closest competition.

Powertrain: Engine, Transmission, and Performance

As seen in the FC 350, FX 350, and FE 350s, the 350cc liquid-cooled four-stroke engine is also in the FE 350. Prior to our testing, we recorded power figures from the FE 350: 36.5 hp at 9,200 rpm and 21.8 pound-feet at 7,900 rpm.

During testing, the engine produced “fun, easy-to-control torque, making good power through the lower rpm range until about 8,000 rpm, after which it seems to get a little flat.” If more power is desired, tapping into aftermarket products such as an ECU and exhaust system can unlock even more potential for competitive riding/racing.

2021 Husqvarna FE 350.
2021 Husqvarna FE 350. (Husqvarna/)

Handling

When it comes to the FE 350′s handling it “feels fairly well balanced most of the time, with the fork tending to ride a little low in the stroke under heavy braking and especially on downhill trails,” we wrote in our full review. Because it is a touch long, cornering in tight, slow sections is more difficult and requires the rider to use their weight to manipulate the motorcycle.

The 48mm WP Xplor fork is adjustable for compression damping, rebound damping, and spring preload, where the WP Xact shock is spring preload, high-/low-speed compression damping, and rebound damping adjustable. This level of adjustment helps riders optimize the suspension settings to personal riding styles or terrain. In stock form it is a touch soft, but we reported that it “does a good job for trail riding about 90 percent of the time, offering impressive comfort and plushness. Below 30 mph, it’s just about perfect. It lacks a little performance when you really start to push the bike in heavier load situations, such as hitting whoops and G-outs, and under braking.”

Brakes

Magura brakes with 260mm and 220mm rotors make up the FE’s stopping power. In our review we consider the brakes, along with the tires and controls, to be competition-ready.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

Although fuel economy is not available, a 2.2-gallon fuel tank is par for the course of Husqvarna’s four-stroke enduros.

Ergonomics: Comfort and Utility

The stock ProTaper handlebar is too wide for tight trails, however, we did like the durable and well-designed hand guards. Compared to its KTM 350 XCF-W counterpart, the seat height is 0.4 inch lower, making it a slightly easier perch for shorter riders.

2021 Husqvarna FE 350.
2021 Husqvarna FE 350. (Husqvarna/)

Electronics

Information such as trip, speed, and fuel consumption can be viewed on the multifunction odometer. This four-stroke also has adjustable engine maps and traction control, in addition to an electric starter.

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

A 30-day warranty is provided from the date of purchase.

Quality

The FE 350 is a great platform for those who want a capable motorcycle for single-track riding as well as those with aspirations to customize it into a competition-level enduro.

2021 Husqvarna FE 350.
2021 Husqvarna FE 350. (Husqvarna/)

2021 Husqvarna FE 350 Claimed Specifications

MSRP: $10,699
Engine: 350cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled, four-stroke single-cylinder
Bore x Stroke: 88.0 x 57.5mm
Transmission/Final Drive: 6-speed/chain
Fuel Delivery: EFI w/ 42mm throttle body
Clutch: Wet, multiplate Damped Diaphragm Steel (DDS); hydraulic actuation
Engine Management/Ignition: Keihin EMS
Frame: Central double cradle chromoly steel
Front Suspension: WP Xplor 48mm fork, spring preload, compression damping and rebound damping adjustable; 11.8 in. travel
Rear Suspension: WP Xact shock, spring preload, high-/low-speed compression damping, and rebound damping adjustable; 11.8 in. travel
Front Brake: Magura 2-piston caliper, 260mm disc
Rear Brake: Magura 1-piston caliper, 220mm disc
Wheels, Front/Rear: Spoked wheels; 21 in. / 18 in.
Tires, Front/Rear: Dunlop Geomax AT81; 80/100-21 / 110/100-18
Rake/Trail: 26.5°/NA
Wheelbase: 58.5 in.
Ground Clearance: 14.2 in.
Seat Height: 37.4 in.
Fuel Capacity: 2.2 gal.
Dry Weight: 236 lb.
Contact: husqvarna-motorcycles.com

Cycle World Tested Specifications

Seat Height: 37.3 in.
Wet Weight: 251 lb.
Rear-Wheel Horsepower: 36.5 hp @ 9,200 rpm
Rear-Wheel Torque: 21.8 lb.-ft. @ 7,900 rpm
Source : Motorcyclist More   

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2021 Honda CRF250RX

The well-rounded 2021 Honda CRF250RX is a capable off-road companion for woods, desert, track, or trail racing/riding.

2021 Honda CRF250RX

2021 Honda CRF250RX. (Honda/)

Ups

  • Smooth, rideable power from its 249cc four-stroke engine
  • Lightweight feel contributes to nimble handling
  • Suspension is well balanced for jumps or rocky terrain
  • Low upkeep and maintenance needed
  • Strong Nissin brakes
  • Sidestand is a nice touch, even for the motocross track

Downs

  • Low-end power and overall torque could be better
  • Some vibration is felt at the handlebar, but it isn’t excessive
  • Fuel tank is a bit obtrusive and makes the radiator shroud area a bit wide between the rider’s knees
  • Gearing is tall for slow-speed maneuvers

Verdict

The CRF250RX is a user-friendly dirt bike. For those looking for something that can be used at the track or on single-track trails, this Honda will do the trick.

2021 Honda CRF250RX.
2021 Honda CRF250RX. (Honda/)

Overview

The CRF250RX is a fairly young off-road model from Honda since it was first introduced in 2019. It shares a space with Big Red’s CRF250R motocrosser, but is more geared for woods riding, desert riding, and GNCC competition environments. It is characterized by a 249cc liquid-cooled engine, larger fuel tank, convenient sidestand, and 18-inch rear wheel for additional tire sidewall flex and less chance of pinch flats.

Updates for 2021

The CRF250RX remains unchanged for the 2021 model year.

Pricing and Variants

Pricing for the CRF250RX is $8,399, which is $100 more than the preceding model.

Competition

Across the line of 250 four-stroke off-road competition bikes, the CRF250RX can call these its main rivals: Yamaha YZ250X, Husqvarna FX 350, KTM 250 XC-F, GasGas EX 250F, and Kawasaki KX250X.

Powertrain: Engine, Transmission, and Performance

Fuel injection of the 249cc liquid-cooled four-stroke makes sure the motorcycle always runs cleanly. We found it has smooth, broad power that makes it friendly on track or trail. A five-speed gearbox and chain make up the RX’s transmission and final drive. The latter is O-ring-sealed to limit chain maintenance intervals and boost durability.

On our in-house dyno, the 2020 model produced 38.2 hp at 11,900 rpm and 17.9 pound-feet of torque at 9,300 rpm. Its 38 hp is impressive for a 250 four-stroke off-road bike that weighs claimed 244 pounds.

A criticism we had during our testing was that gearing was a tad tall for slow-speed maneuvering over large obstacles.

Handling

Suspension includes an inverted 49mm Showa coil-spring fork which differentiates it from the air fork KTM, Husqvarna, and GasGas use. A Showa shock supports the back with 12.4 inches of travel. While some dirt bikes offer firmer suspension, the RX provides a more supple feeling. “Yet the suspenders offer enough damping support to withstand impacts from jumps and other obstacles encountered at speed even with a heavy 191-pound rider,” wrote our test rider. “We also value its above-average stability especially over rough terrain in top gear and its nimbleness in low gear in the woods.”

Brakes

Braking is handled by a pair of Nissin hydraulic disc brakes. We reported that both ends are strong and fade-free. With a dirt bike you tend to use the rear brake quite a bit and the RX’s rear brake works really well.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

Fuel economy is not currently available.

Ergonomics: Comfort and Utility

Its claimed 37.8-inch seat height is a tad tall, which is common on dirt bikes when compared to streetbikes. The position-adjustable Renthal Fatbar handlebar is not too far forward nor is it too far back. Sturdy footpegs provide good grip.

2021 Honda CRF250RX.
2021 Honda CRF250RX. (Honda/)

Electronics

The CRF250RX is equipped with a three-position-adjustable electronic launch control system and three selectable engine maps: Smooth, Standard, and Aggressive.

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

A six-month warranty is a nice security threshold in case anything goes wrong on this machine.

Quality

Honda’s known for its durability and this CRF250RX is very well put together. Plus, you don’t need to be a professional racer to get the most out of it.

2021 Honda CRF250RX Claimed Specifications

MSRP: $8,399
Engine: 249cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled, four-stroke single-cylinder; 4-valve
Bore x Stroke: 79.0 x 50.9mm
Transmission/Final Drive: 5-speed/chain
Fuel Delivery: Fuel injection w/ 44mm throttle body
Clutch: Wet, multiplate clutch; cable actuated
Engine Management/Ignition: Full transistorized
Frame: Aluminum
Front Suspension: 49mm Showa inverted fork, compression and rebound damping adjustable; 12.0 in. travel
Rear Suspension: Gas-charged Showa shock, spring preload, high-/low-speed compression and rebound damping adjustable; 12.4 in. travel
Front Brake: Axial-mount 2-piston caliper, 260mm disc
Rear Brake: 1-piston caliper, 240mm disc
Wheels, Front/Rear: Die-cast aluminum; 21 x 1.6 in. / 18 x 2.15 in.
Tires, Front/Rear: Dunlop Geomax AT81; 80/100-21 / 110/100-18
Rake/Trail: 27.4°/4.5 in.
Wheelbase: 58.5 in.
Ground Clearance: 12.9 in.
Seat Height: 37.8 in.
Fuel Capacity: 2.3 gal.
Wet Weight: 244 lb.
Contact: powersports.honda.com
Source : Motorcyclist More   

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