2022 Husqvarna FE 350 review [Dual Sport Motorcycle Test]

The 2022 Husqvarna FE 350s received a few changes this year, including hardware and suspension updates. They don’t change the character of the performance-oriented dual-sport motorcycle; Husky pushes the street-legal dirt bike a bit more in the enduro direction.2022 Husqvarna FE 350 Review: MSRPIndeed, the 2022 Husqvarna FE 350 is a motorcycle for off-road-focused riders who need street legality to connect trail systems. Contradictorily, the FE 350s arrive from Austria with adventure-tuned Continental Twinduro TKC 80s, which are great for ADV bikes, but not everything a pure off-roader would want. Contis are standard on FE 350s to help the bike meet EPA noise regulations—yes, the tires can be noisy. Although many riders get around the law and put on non-DOT off-road tires, we kept the bike-legal theme and rode a pair of the new DOT-legal dunlop Geomax Enduro EN91 tires and robust inner tubes before you even press the start button.2022 Husqvarna FE 350s review: Dunlop tiresThe 2022 Husqvarna FE 350 is a US-only build, as the standard FE 350—also available in the US—runs as a dual-sport bike in other countries. This version gets a lower case “s” added to the model name, illustrating that the changes are minimal and it is street legal. for runners who are not riding 100% as they would in a racing environment. The FE 350s is an accessible and user-friendly motorcycle due to its smooth power delivery and supple WP suspension. motor – no power modes or traction control.2022 Husqvarna FE 350s review: EngineShamelessly oversquare, the Moulin des 350 is ready to rev up. To drive it successfully, however, you don’t need to tap so deep into the rev range, which extends to over 11,000 rpm. Compared to the FE 350, the 350 has a smoother power delivery, with some horsepower knocked down—a good trade-off, if you ask me. On the track, the FE 350 engine lets you know it has a virtually flat torque output from just above idle until the rev limiter kicks in. It gives the rider all kinds of confidence. Regardless of rpm, the 350 will pull strongly and predictably. When you need to lift the front, the torque is always there. On the climbs, you are constantly reassured by the engine that it has the growl you want at any rpm above stall.2022 Husqvarna FE 350s review: Dual-sport motorcycle testThe 2022 Husqvarna FE 350 encourages me to pick up my pace because it never does anything unexpected. The smooth power allows me to dial in exactly the power I need, while providing a consistent and reliable level of torque production. This power output allows a wide variety of attack plans on different obstacles, or even the same one. The same hill could be successfully conquered in different ways. I cruised the hill in lower gear, keeping the rear wheel on the edge of traction and using the drivetrain to compensate for my possibly less-than-stellar line selection. Another time I took the hill at lower rpm, choosing my line carefully, knowing the engine could keep the EN91 going as needed with reliably available traction. Finally, I engaged a gear and let it rip, enjoying the 30+ horsepower available from 8k, floating above the hotspots – as fun as it was hair-raising. As is often the case with an exceptional motorcycle, the frame of the Husqvarna FE 350 2022 perfectly matches the chassis. Although firmer than before, the WP suspension is still in the plush range. This means no power is wasted unless you want it to.2022 Husqvarna FE 350s review: for saleThe tighter bermless single-lane turns, like the climbs, invited three different approaches, all good. the rear brake—a 220mm GSK disc with Braktec hydraulics—feels superb. This allows me to enter the corner at high speed, lock the rear wheel to back the FE 350s into the corner, then pick the bike up and put the gas on the way out.2022 Husqvarna FE 350s review: motocross testPlus, there’s the option to come in strong, aggressively implementing the front binder, which is the same GSK/Braktec team with a 260mm disc. There is no frontal thrust when I turn the bike hard if I get up on the seat a little. I finish by coming out of the turn aggressively, completing the turn by steering with proper rotation from the rear Dunlop. Dialing in the right amount of wheel spin is incredibly intuitive – kudos to the engine and tires. All three turn strategies work, with the conditions and my attitude determining which one to choose. Of course, finding berms makes things easier, but the trails rarely ask us in advance what we want. The plush WP suspension has over a foot of travel, so there’s plenty of room to work before you use it all up. I bottomed out both the Xplor spring fork and the Xact shock, but not frequently or hard. The damping isn’t soggy, so you still have great trail feel, even as it soaks up dirt. G-outs are most likely to suck the whole trip, although it can also happen when jumping whoops. On the track it feels great and the soft suspension is less fatiguing, which means more fun before you load the FE 350s back into the truck.2022 Husqvarna FE 350 Review: MSRPDid I just say load the 2022 Husqvarna FE 350s into a truck? Indeed, I did. Although this is a dual-sport bike, you won’t want to travel far on pavement. It handles well on mountain roads – the Dunlop EN91s are awesome all-around tyres. However, the level of engine vibration is unbearable at highway speeds. Once you hit 60 mph, your desire to twist the throttle is diminished. Husqvarna is tuning the power output and chassis of the FE 350s to dual-sport standards—it’s time for Pankl to offer a truly wide-ratio drivetrain. With a usable rev range of 2,500 to 11,250 rpm, there’s no excuse for the engine to rev full throttle at 60 rpm, or at least feel like it. Sixth gear should be tall enough for comfort at around 70 mph, and widening gaps along the way won’t affect an engine with such flat torque output. Everything else is in place on the 2022 Husqvarna FE 350s, or easily changed if you’re not entirely happy with the choices made at the factory.2022 Husqvarna FE 350s review: trail bikeFor example, many people will want a seat that isn’t as competition oriented as the stocker, with both aftermarket and Husqvarna technical accessories offering solutions. I’m good with the seat on a single track, with the tolerance of my rear end slipping on rides with more miles of dirt roads and kerbs. The stock handguards didn’t protect my hands as well as I expected. The 1980s are calling and wanting their mirrors back; budget for a less bulky and vulnerable pair of mirrors, and replace the duo before you break them. The LCD dash is small and well protected, but the front brake line blocks the rider’s view. Plus, the 2.2-gallon tank probably won’t be enough for the rides you’ll be inspired to take. Ergonomically, the FE 350 is perfect for serious off-roading, which shouldn’t shock anyone. It’s easy to move around on the 350 as needed. The plastic never interferes, and the curvature of the handlebars should satisfy most riders. Although I like the action of the DDS clutch and its hydraulic actuation, I wish the lever was closer to the ODI grip and had a lighter action. The front brake setup is perfect—a smooth initial engagement that accelerates to impressive deceleration.2022 Husqvarna FE 350s test: Braktec brakesThe ability to customize the 2022 Husqvarna FE 350 extends to performance. While I like the perfect balance of smooth power and chassis, some features will be race level. The nearly 50 horsepower produced by the FX 350 cross-country race bike is hiding inside, and the WP suspension can be valved and sprung to taste. This gives you a motorcycle that still has a license plate and is, as KTM puts it, “ready to race.” In states like California, pumping up a dual-sport bike is easier than legalizing a dirt bike, though it’s not strictly legal—we won’t say. Even though the performance pushes no limits, it’s still a lot of fun to ride a beautifully balanced motorcycle. Husqvarna has done a deft job of massaging its FE 350 enduro into the 2022 Husqvarna 350 dual-sport motorcycle. If you want more power easily, the Husqvarna 501s are waiting for you. If I’m riding singletrack and technical terrain, I can’t imagine doing it any easier with street legality than on the 2022 Husqvarna 350s.Photography by Kelly CallanDRIVING STYLE2022 Husqvarna FE 350s Specifications MOTOR

  • Type: single cylinder
  • Displacement: 350cc
  • Bore x stroke: 88 x 57.5mm
  • Compression ratio: 13.5:1
  • Valvetrain: DOHC; 4 valves
  • Starting: Electric
  • Lubrication: Pressure lubrication with 2 pumps
  • Fueling: Keihin EFI with 42mm throttle body
  • Transmission: Pankel 6-speed
  • Clutch: DDS wet multi-disc clutch with Braktec hydraulics
  • Final drive: X-ring chain

FRAME

  • Frame: Chromoly steel with double central cradle
  • Subframe: composite carbon fiber
  • Handlebar: ProTaper tapered aluminum with ODI grips
  • Front suspension: Fully adjustable 48mm WP Xplor inverted open cartridge fork; 11.8 inches
  • Rear suspension: fully adjustable linkage-assisted WP Xact shock; 11.8 inches
  • Wheels: aluminum rims with metallic spokes
  • Front wheel: 21 x 1.60
  • Rear wheel: 18 x 2.15
  • Tyres: Continental Twinduro TKC 80 (Dunlop Geomax Enduro EN91, as tested)
  • Front tire: 90/90 x 21
  • Rear tire: 120/90 x 18
  • Front brake: GSK 260 mm disc with Braktec caliper
  • Rear brake: GSK 220 mm disc with Braktec caliper
  • ABS: None

DIMENSIONS and CAPACITIES

  • Wheelbase: 58.3 inches (± 0.4 in)
  • Rake: 26.5 degrees
  • Triple clamp offset: 22 mm
  • Seat height: 37.4 degrees
  • Ground clearance: 14.2 inches
  • Fuel capacity: 2.2 gallons
  • Curb weight: 251 lbs.

2022 Husqvarna FE 350s Price: MSRP $11,999

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